Monthly Archives: December 2014

Smart and Easy Travel Tips You Have to Know

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The most seasoned travellers can attest–it’s really the little things that make the biggest difference when you’re exploring new territory. A few upgrades here and there and the necessary nuisance of going through airport security or going for a long-haul journey becomes a breeze; you might even get a couple of perks along the way.

From coach to business class

If you want to get upgraded from your cramped coach seats up to roomier business class, then you have to dress the part. Sure a t-shirt and flip-flops might be comfortable for your flight, but the airline will be less likely to put you with their top paying clientele if you don’t look the part.

From deluxe rooms to suites

The only time tardiness might actually be worth something. Checking in later in the afternoon or even evening gives hotel front desks a better idea of their occupancy; which means asking for an upgrade at this point might be more feasible. Remember to be polite (you are boldly asking for an upgrade, after all) and do so when there are no other guests around.

From casual to cosmopolitan

It’s hard to be fashionable when you’re essentially trying to fit a week’s worth of outfits into a single suitcase while making sure they’re comfortable, but it is possible. For instance, bring flat shoes that run a half size bigger (feet swell while on air and you’ll need the respite from all that walking), bring clothes that you can layer depending on the weather, try to keep your color palette strictly basic—blacks, whites, navys and nudes are easy to mix and match.

From falling into tourist traps to taking the road less travelled

Smart travellers know that most popular tourist destinations are expensive and sometimes, not even all that interesting; so try going for the road less travelled. If you absolutely have to or want to go to a popular tourist destination, go on a weekday and at a weird hour to minimize lines.

From holding up security lines to breezing through
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Zoomanity Group Christmas Gift Giving 2014 at Zoobic Safari + Zoocobia

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Christmastime is one of the best time to travel with the family even in this kind of weather we’re experiencing right now, no thanks to Typhoon Ruby. The little one has been suggesting we go back to the zoo, to Zoobic Safari in particular as it has been sometime since we last went there, according to him. The zoo is one of the best places to visit with children and even I enjoy the experience every single time. I do hope we can go back to the zoo one day soon. Meanwhile, here is a press release shared by our friends from Zoomanity Group, just in case you and your family are heading to one of their zoos this December.

On December 13, 2014, Zoomanity Group, the leader in theme park & zoo management is inviting everyone to experience and visit once again the only Tiger Safari in the Philippines.

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Zoobic Safari is a 50 hectares zoo with different activities; Zip Line, 4D realto, Tiger and Lion encounter, crocodile feeding and a lot more.

New activities are coming too to be launched by the end of 2014 or early 2015 that will surely amaze the youngsters or any young at heart.

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Sunday Stamps: Pasko 2014 Stamps

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I have not been really active with swapping postcards of late as I’ve one too many preoccupations, but I managed to swap a couple of cards over the course of 2 weeks and look what I got in the mail recently along with the lovely card ~ this lovely Pasko 2014 stamp, which was recently released in our country.

Here is a brief description about the Pasko 2014 stamps from phlpost.gov.ph:

Block of 4 stamps depicting the Filipino Christmas in artwork and when put side by side in a block of four, the four stamps form the Filipino lantern in the middle.

  • Stamp 1 features the new born Jesus with Mary and Joseph in traditional Filipino clothing
  • Stamp 2 features the all time favorite Christmas caroling
  • Stamp 3 “Pagmamano”, a symbol of respect for elderly Filipinos
  • Stamp 4 is an illustration of the traditional Noche Buena or the Christmas Eve feast of every Filipino family

Thank you so much Raine for sending me the lovely card along with the stamp. Hopefully I’d be able to get some of these stamps when I visit the local Post Office to send some cards next week.

To see more beautiful stamps, do visit the other entries for this week’s:

second image is from www.phlpost.gov.ph

Chikka Supports Vigan As One Of The New7Wonders Cities

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It is official, Vigan City in Ilocos Sur is now one of  the New7Wonders Cities. This is a global voting competition that seeks to preserve man-made and natural heritage sites around the world.

Vigan in a nutshell

Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, Vigan, known for its cobblestone walkways, horse-drawn carriages and 16th century European colonial architecture, will battle against Barcelona, Beirut, Chicago, Doha, Durban, Havana, Kuala Lumpur, La Paz, London, Mexico City, Perth, Quito and Reykjavik for international votes.

Local officials encouraged all Filipinos to unite and help Vigan become one of the New7Wonders of the World by voting for the city. Being part of this prestigious list of breathtaking sites will not only bring due recognition to the beauty of Vigan, but also boost tourism in the city.

In the country, where majority of Filipinos are still not connected to the internet, the most accessible way to give support to Vigan was via SMS.

Chikka Philippines, the creator of the popular texting application – Chikka Text Messenger, and Vantiv Systems Philippines, the company that organized the voting for the Puerto Princesa Underground River as one of the New7Wonders of Nature, worked hand-in-hand to help Filipinos vote for Vigan just by texting. Powered by the newly launched Chikka SMS API {http://api.chikka.com}, the system allows subscribers to send in as much as ten votes at once. Read more »