Wednesday, May 6, 2015

VIDEO - No Script, Just Love
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No script. Just love. Thank you <3 Happy 7 Years Flair Candy! #BlogAnniversary

Posted by FlairCandy on Wednesday, May 6, 2015


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Instant Room Upgrades with Agoda
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My favorite hotel booking site just announced their latest treat for Filipino travel junkies! From April 8 - 22, Agoda is offering instant room upgrades in eight of the Philippines’ favorite destinations – Manila, Cebu, Boracay, Bohol, Davao, Batangas, Angeles City and Tagaytay.



Scoring free upgrades on airlines or hotels or car rentals is a constant daydream for travelers, although one that happens far too infrequently. However, from 8 – 22 April, every booking made through www.agoda.com/phpromo will enjoy just that – a free upgrade without the need to beg the front desk for a favor or say a silent prayer during check in. The stay dates for this promotion are from 8 April – 30 November, 2015.

With a free upgrade out of the way, travelers can spend more time focusing on the important stuff – exploring the vibrant night life in Manila, preparing for island hopping adventures on the pristine beaches in Boracay, or gearing up to experience the colorful marine life on dives in Cebu. Outdoor enthusiasts can look forward to spotting wildlife at parks in Davao, or trekking around the iconic Taal Volcano in Tagaytay.

Don’t delay – the booking period is only from 8 – 22 April. To browse the hotels in each of the eight destinations, head to www.agoda.com/phpromo.

Here are some of properties participating in this promo:

Angeles City
• Affinity Condo Resort

Batangas
• The Suites at Mount Malarayat

Bohol
• Hennan Resort Alona Beach

Boracay & Kalibo
• Friday’s Boracay Resort
• Hotel Soffia Boracay
• Red Coconut Hotel
• Boracay Holiday Resort
• Red Coco Inn
• Alta Vista de Boracay Hotel
• Boracay Mandarin Island Hotel
• Royal Suites Condotel

Cebu
• Alpa City Suites Hotel
• Crimson Resort and Spa
• Quest Hotel and Conference Center, Cebu
• Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
• Pillows Hotel Cebu
• Harolds Hotel
• Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark
• The Orchard Cebu Hotel and Suites

Davao
• Marco Polo Davao Hotel
• The Ritz Hotel and Garden Oases

Manila
• Crimson Hotel Filinvest City Manila
• Best Westen Plus Antel Hotel
• Privato Hotel
• Microtel Wyndham Mall of Asia
• Armada Hotel
• One Pacific Place Serviced Residences
• City Garden Grand Hotel
• Midas Hotel and Casino

Tagaytay
• Taal Vista Hotel


To connect with Agoda.com and learn about special deals and promotions on hotels worldwide, like Agoda on Facebook or follow Agoda on Google+, Instagram, or Pinterest.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Batanes - North Tour, Day 1
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*Photos captured by Smart iPhone6

Last year, I won a contest hosted by Solar Entertainment and Jack City. I joined the contest with my dear friend and fellow Smart Ambassador - Ynnah. I won tickets to Coron but just a few days before our trip flights were canceled and we chose to fly to Batanes instead.

I was very excited! Coron and Batanes are my 2 dream destinations in the Philippines. Coron, wait for me I'll come back for you!

So we flew to Batanes at 5:30am and we arrived in Basco, Batanes at 6:45am. It was a good flight, actually I don't know coz I slept the entire time from the moment we left Terminal 4. Lucky I woke up just right, and I woke up greeted by clouds everywhere and suddenly, the clouds cleared and I was greeted by this!


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Our landing was good and I really appreciated the top view of the island. We were seated at the right side of the plane (E and F) so reserve these window seats if your Basco bound. 

The Basco airport is one of the prettiest, most humble airport I have ever seen! It's really tiny, not much going on but it is beautiful! It's like the Shire's airport, if Shire exists in modern times. The weather was cool at 20-22 degrees Celsius. We were lucky the weather is nice! Sun was shining bright, cool breeze and the view was amazing!


Batanes by Flair Candy, on Flickr
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We looked for our sundo but couldn't find our names. So we decided to just commute to our hotel Batanes Seaside. We went out of the airport there were no tricycles. We asked the guard and they said there's a tricycle terminal down the street. Since the weather is nice, we decided to just walk. A few meters forward and we asked the people living nearby if they know the direction to our hotel. They told us it was just 1 kilometer away. We decided to walk! After all, a little bit of exercise is good. Just then, a van stopped right before us and it read Batanes Seaside! They were looking for us apparently there was just a confusion. All good! This place has a certain magnetic field turning everyone's energy to calm and serene.

Batanes by Flair Candy, on Flickr
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Batanes Flights

Currently Skyjet and Philippine Airlines have direct flights from Manila to Basco, Batanes. If you book really early, you could get tickets at Php 7,000. If you need to book immediately (say next weekend or this month), it could cost around 15k or more.

Batanes Accommodation

Peak season: December 1 - May 31
Lean season: June 1 - November 30


Batanes by Flair Candy, on Flickr
Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic License   by  Flair Candy  - The view outside Batanes Seaside.


We stayed at the annex building of Batanes Seaside Lodge. You can book online here. The one that's near the city center. It costs around Php 1,600 per night during peak season (Php 1,400 off season). You can check out their website for more details.

You can also check out these hotels listed here.

If you're on a budget, you might want to stay in Ivana at Villa Bella. It only costs Php 250 per person a night. This will be a homestay type and you'll have a fan room - but you don't really need airconditioning in Batanes, the weather is really comfortable there especially during February. Just contact Ching +63 929 443 6866. She said airport transfer from the airport is around Php 750 for a van and Php 220 for a tricyle.

Batanes Tours

There are really no public transportation (except for tricycles around Basco) as you would see locals either walking or riding bikes. You can hire a car or a van to go around the city or arrange for tours at Php 2,000 for North Basco tour and Php 3,000 for South tour.

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As there were only 2 of us traveling, we decided to go for a tricycle tour Php 1,000 for North and Php 1,500 for South.

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For Batanes Tricycle tours, contact kuya Lito at +63 918 216 7440.

1. Valugan Boulder beach 

The Valugan Boulder Beach can be found in the East side of Batan island. Nothing much to see but enjoy the view, the natural formation of the rocks and enjoy the cool breeze.


Batanes by Flair Candy, on Flickr
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Batanes by Flair Candy, on Flickr
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2. Japanese tunnel

These tunnels functioned as Japanese hideouts before. Japanese officials even have their own room somewhere inside - yes we went inside from one end to another! And we had to do a mini - "hike" because there were stairs made of dried mud. It was really dark inside and I tried not to panic!


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3. Idjang

Our next stop was the viewing of Idjang Savidug stone fortress. Our tour guide during this day, Kuya Julian, told us that this is the stone fortress of the native Ivatans around 4000 BC. That was a very very long time ago. Ivatans then took abode in this place for defensive shelter. This stone fortress has a good angle or viewpoint where they can spot any enemies coming near.


Batanes by Flair Candy, on Flickr
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4. PAGASA weather station

The islands of Batanes, knowing that it is surrounded by big bodies of water like the Pacific Ocean and South China sea, are prone to typhoons visiting by. This PAGASA station helps the locals to predict and prepare for a storm.


Batanes by Flair Candy, on Flickr
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That's me doing my interpretation of the famous saying "Ang buhay ay weather weather lang" :P

Batanes by Flair Candy, on Flickr
Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic License   by  Flair Candy  The view from the PAGASA weather station

5. Mt. Carmel Chapel

This is one beautiful church that kuya said, many went here to get married. How can you not fall in love with this place? It is situated by a hill and you have a good view of the area around. 


Batanes by Flair Candy, on Flickr
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6. Lighthouse

We went to 2 lighthouses in Batanes. One was found in the North. Climb up the tower and you will see a great view of Basco.

Batanes by Flair Candy, on Flickr
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Batanes by Flair Candy, on Flickr
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Batanes by Flair Candy, on Flickr
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7. Rolling hills

This is probably one of the scariest walks we ever had in Batanes. The path is narrow and steep. You can really see where you're gonna fall if you're not careful! We asked our guide if someone had ever fallen and "rolled" down the hills. Fortunately, he said no ever did! :P


Batanes by Flair Candy, on Flickr
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Batanes by Flair Candy, on Flickr
Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic License   by  Flair Candy  The view when you get to the edge of the cliff


Batanes by Flair Candy, on Flickr
Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic License   by  Flair Candy  What a great view! It was surely surreal!

Batanes by Flair Candy, on Flickr
Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic License   by  Flair Candy  Thank you Skechers for that really comfortable walk. I recorded 11,228 steps using my iHealth watch and my feet could take all these much steps because of the comfortable memory foam my shoes have <3

That ends our North Trip! The Tricycle tour cost us 1000. It was just me and Matt so 500 each. For Batanes Tricycle tours, contact kuya Lito at +63 918 216 7440.

More photos here.

Coming up next, South Batan trip!


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Finally Caught a Shiny Pokemon!
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What a great day for playing Pokemon! I have been catching up on the Pokemon Omega Ruby game that Matt gave me for Christmas ❤️ I was so busy during the Christmas season that I am just playing it now. :)



Today you can already get the Samurott with a hidden/special ability. Just type the code POKEMON503 in Mystery Gift to get it!



I also found a quite big secret base along route 121. I can finally use the stairs and the glitter mat I got somewhere along the game :)

To top off this lovely day, I finally caught a shiny Pokemon!  It's a shiny Dolphan. I was trying to sweep this 1 area for Pokemon with special abilities and I had to do it over and over again and then voila! Shiny Pokemon yaye!


Have you also caught your own shiny Pokekon? I'm curious, tell me!


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Polecats Manila Pole Dance Classes in 360 Fitness Plus Alabang
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Yesterday, I drove down south for our launch in 360 Fitness Plus Alabang! I was coding so I drove there way early (before 3pm). I stayed in UCC at Westgate Center to work a little.


I love this place! It was just a quick trip because I took the Skyway from EDSA. Once you get down the Alabang exit, just turn left to find Westgate Center. It looks like Pleasantville! You can park your car by the street and parking fee is just affordable! For 7 hours, I only paid P45! :)

We prepared for our launch that happened yesterday, February 10 by giving out goodies to the ones who will be attending our launch trial classes. Thank you to our sponsors for supporting our pole passion!


We were so happy to find out that the class was filled up! Thank you for all those who came to join us! 

Regular classes will start on March 3, 2015. Pole Dance classes in 360 Fitness Plus Alabang will be on Tuesdays at 8:30 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM. Class rates are at Php 250 for members and Php 500 for non-members.

For more details, photos and map, visit our Polecats Manila Blog.











Friday, February 6, 2015

Travel Tour Expo 2015 Highlights: Discovery’s 15th Anniversary!
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Attention all wanderlusts! The time has come for another Travel Expo happening on February 13 to 15. Don't miss out Discovery Leisure Company's booth as they celebrate their 15th crystal anniversary with "Discovery XV." Enjoy up to 60% Discount on your next getaway!




February 13 to 15, 2015
Booth Nos. 182-189
SMX Convention Center


2015 rings in a dazzling milestone for the Discovery Leisure Company as it celebrates its 15th crystal anniversary with “Discovery XV”, to be launched in the Philippine Travel Agencies Association’s 22nd Travel Tour Expo from 13 to 15 February at the SMX Convention Center. The hotels and resorts Group is delighted to once again be part of the highly-anticipated annual event that draws thousands of travel enthusiasts who are looking for the best deals in accommodations.

“Discovery XV” derives inspiration from crystal, which symbolically represents 15 years – an apt representation of the bright and stunning years that shaped the vibrant leisure company today. To fete the years gone by and the years to come, attendees of the Travel Tour Expo can expect no less than stellar “Suite Deal” room packages from Discovery Suites in Ortigas, the Group’s founding property, Discovery Country Suites Tagaytay, Discovery Shores Boracay, Club Paradise Palawan and the soon-to-open Discovery Primea Makati. With package rates starting at P 4,000++ per night, guests can have a gem of an experience with a host of benefits unique to each property, including great dining discounts, fun water activities, and crystal scrub massages, to name a few. Terms and conditions apply.

To inquire, email at corpsm@discovery.com.ph or log on to http://tinyurl.com/Discovery-XV for details.

To know more about The Discovery Leisure Company, please visit the official website at http://discoveryhotels-resorts.com/.



Where will your next vacation be? :)


Discovery Country Suites Tagaytay



Discovery Primea



Discovery Shores Boracay


Discovery Makati


Discovery Palawan