Camping at Lambingan Hills, Tanay, Rizal

Camping at Lambingan Hills

My friend Ruby’s quest to go camping at Cagbalete Island was called off due to our mishap of missing the boat thus we set another trip to fulfill her dream of camping – bonfire, marshmallows, coffee and friends.

After 8 months of lockdown, tourism gradually opened and we planned our next destination. Originally, we were supposed to go to Mt. Gulod but it was raining hard so our guide referred us to Lambingan Hills instead.

Lambingan Hills is located at Cayumbay, Tanay, Rizal which is around 2 hours away from Manila. We were picked up by a private van at 1PM and arrived around 3PM.

Upon arriving at the area, we were checked for temperature and listed our names and numbers for contact tracing. We waited for a few minutes for the rain to stop however we did not see it stopping anytime soon so we went to proceed with the climb.

Since it was raining hard, our trek going to Lambingan Hills was very challenging. Be very careful during the rainy season as the path gets slippery and muddy. If this was a sunny day I think it would only take 5-10 minutes to reach the top.

I lost track of the time since we moved up very slowly. There are kids here playing around and they helped us carry some of our things. Once you reach the signage, you are near the area.

We pitched our tent however it was raining hard with strong winds – Typhoon Quinta is fast approaching! The tent will not withstand the typhoon thus we rented a hut to keep us sheltered through the storm.

After setting up our hut, we went to take pictures.

We stayed in our hut throughout the night and just had coffee, snacks, played scrabble, talked about goals and future, listened to songs. It was a very fun night despite the bad weather. πŸ™‚

Since our quest for camping and bonfire has been ruined by the typhoon, we will be setting another tour to get this fulfilled! πŸ˜€

Morning came but still Typhoon Quinta battering us with heavy rain and wind. My DJI Osmo Mobile 2 and Tecno Spark 5 Pro were tested by the rain as well. Despite all that, they are still working great! πŸ™‚

We had our final picture at Lambingan Hills with their famous signage I ❀ Lambingan before going home.

Since this is a private tour, our expenses were a bit up. We were only 6 so the transpo cost is a bit expensive. Imagine having 18 pax with the old normal, transpo would only cost 222 pesos each roundtrip πŸ˜‰ DIY budget would cost less than 1k.

That’s it for our Lambingan Hills story! πŸ™‚

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Cagbalete Island Itinerary 2D1N for less than 2k

Cagbalete Island

It was during our extended New Year’s Day celebration when my friend Ruby said one of her 2020 goals was to experience camping by the beach – marshmallows, bonfire, tent, waves, starry skies. Cagbalete Island comes to mind when considering a not expensive weekend trip on a white sand beach somewhere near Manila.

Below is our expenses during our Cagbalete Island experience.

EXPENSES PER PAX
BUS Manila – Lucena – Manila 514
VAN Lucena – Mauban – Lucena 130
BOAT Mauban Port – Sabang Port – Mauban Port 200
AC Room Accommodation (1000 / 5 pax) 200
Pansacola Beach Day Tour 200
Environmental Fee 50
Trike around Mauban 60
Foods and Baon 500
GRAND TOTAL 1854

To maximize this experience, the group should depart Manila by 2 or 3AM. Since some of us work the night shift, this is not possible. By leaving at 10AM, we could still catch up the last boat which departs at 4PM. We were at DLTB bus terminal few minutes before 10AM but the bus departed almost 12noon plus the traffic in EDSA which spelled our doom. Travel time is 3 to 4 hours and fare is 257 pesos.

We reached Lucena around 4PM and went for a quick toilet break before transferring to a van going to Mauban. We were at the tourism office few minutes past 5PM and we were told the last public boat departed at 4PM. Even private boats won’t be allowed by the Philippine Coast Guard to sail so we had no option but to stay in Mauban.

Sadly, we won’t be able to spend the night at the island. We then asked some locals for a resort where we can stay for the night. We were recommended to Lumberio’s Travelers Inn and we found a nice deal for 1000 pesos (divided by 5 = 200 each). There is a nearby barbeque-han and surprisingly, it only costs 15 pesos. I had 3 and a rice for just 55 pesos. Solved. We were up till 1AM drinking and going down the memory lane.Β I was awakened around 3AM by the heavy rain. It felt like there was a storm. I think it was a blessing in disguise since we planned to only have tent accommodation on the island. Thought it might be an unpleasant night with that rain.

Sunrise at Mauban, Quezon
Sunrise at Mauban, Quezon

We woke up 5AM for the sunrise and strolled around the beach. We checked out at around 7AM and then went back to Mauban town proper. We bought some groceries and lunch before heading back to the tourism office. At the tourism office, you will have to pay for the Environmental Fee of P50 as well as pay a down payment for your chosen resort. If you wish to contact specific resorts in Cagbalete Island, the numbers are posted below:

On your way to the boat, there are street vendors – don’t forget to try and eat Pancit Habhab which only costs P10.

Pancit Habhab
Pancit Habhab

TIP: Go for the public boat, it only costs 100 pesos per way. First trip is 10AM and last trip is 4PM. Be there atleast 30 minutes before departure since the boat leaves when it’s full. The fare is collected by the crew during the sail.

Cagbalete Island Itinerary

The boat departed earlier than the 10AM schedule because it has already reached the maximum passenger capacity. Travel time is around 45 minutes. We reached Sabang Port in Cagbalete Island and we were greeted by a staff from Pansacola Beach Resort and he assisted us with our belongings.

Cagbalete Island Itinerary

Below is the map for Cagbalete Island as posted at the tourism office. If we had plenty of time, I would love to walk and explore the island up to Nilandingan Cove.

Cagbalete Island Itinerary

Pansacola Beach is 10 to 15minutes walk from Sabang Port. Since we won’t be staying for the night, we only paid 200 for the day tour. They said we can stay on the cottages and we got ourselves a nice one for free. The restrooms and shower rooms are clean and they have good supply of water.

Cagbalete Island boasts white sand beach and is a perfect weekend getaway from Manila. It is also child friendly specially during the low tide.

Our boat will depart at 3PM so our call time was at 230PM. We cleaned our table and then walked back to the port. It was a smooth sail and we safely arrived back to Mauban Port.

We went to buy some raw pancit habhab for pasalubong before hopping to the van bound for Lucena. We dropped by SM Lucena for our dinner at Buddy’s.

We boarded the Jam Liner bus bound for Cubao at 8PM and arrived 1130PM at their Kamias Terminal. I was asleep the whole ride. πŸ˜€

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How to Avail Travel Fund Option for Cebu Pacific Cancelled Flights

Cebu Pacific Air cancels flights due to bad weather condition, aircraft maintenance/servicing and recently due to the Philippine government’s directive to stop flights at NAIA to help minimize the spread of the corona virus (COVID-19)

You can avail of the Travel Fund option which can be used to pay for future flight booking. The travel fund is valid for 180 days or 6 months from the date of creation – plenty of time to score those seat sale. πŸ˜‰

Let me guide you through the process on how to avail the travel fund.

Login to your account at https://www.cebupacificair.com/ and click Manage Booking.

Select the booking you wish to refund and click Manage.

Cebu Pacific Travel Fund

Select Buy Add-ons, Rebook or Cancel for Travel Fund and tick the checkbox for Cancel Flight.

Cebu Pacific Travel Fund

Scroll down to the bottom and hit Continue. A pop-up will appear, just click Continue.

Cebu Pacific Travel Fund

In the next screen, select which flight/s would you like to cancel. Tick the checkbox and hit Continue.

Cebu Pacific Travel Fund

A pop-up will appear stating that changes will be applied to all passengers, click Continue.

Cebu Pacific Travel Fund

You will now see the Cancel Summary screen, click Continue.

Cebu Pacific Travel Fund

It will then be processed and once successful, you will get a confirmation that the booking has been closed and placed in a Travel Fund.

Cebu Pacific Travel Fund

And we’re done! Easy right? πŸ™‚

If you haven’t read yet, here is the terms and conditions for the Travel Fund.

Cebu Pacific Travel Fund

Lastly, you can now use the Travel Fund when you book future flights. πŸ™‚

Cebu Pacific Travel Fund

Hope it helps! πŸ™‚

Masbate 2D1N Itinerary for 4k

DIY Trip to Masbate

When it comes to Bicol, Masbate might be the one that is least visited mainly because of its distance from the mainland. As a Bicolano, I admit I haven’t been to Masbate. The Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary & Sandbar has recently caught my attention and for days I was itching to go. I finally get the chance to visit Masbate during a long weekend and wow it was such a paradise.

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Cebu Pacific Air flies daily to Masbate however, we haven’t scored a PisoFare deal yet so we decided to go on a bus trip. I always take the bus to LA (Ligao, Albay) so I’m used to the long bus travel time. I thought we’d only have to add a couple of hours and we’re in Masbate so it was not a bad deal. Also, we haven’t experienced RORO so it was another reason to go on this epic adventure.

EXPENSES 2 PAX PER PAX
Cubao – Masbate 2500 1250
Pio Duran and Masbate Port Terminal Fee 120 60
Masbate – Cubao 2300 1150
Accommodation at GV Hotel 951.59 475.795
Boat + Environmental Fee in Buntod 640 320
Trike GV – Buntod – GV 100 50
Habal Habal GV- Mobo 60 30
Habal Habal Mobo – Mayong Payong – Mobo 250 125
Habal Habal Mobo – Mangrovetum 100 50
Mangrovetum Entrance Fee 30 15
Trike to GV 40 20
Trike to GV-Safehouse-GV 150 75
SafeHouse Entrance 40 20
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner 700 350
GRAND TOTAL 7981.59 3990.795

For 4k, I think this is expensive lol. But this should only cost 3k if you could score Cebu Pacific’s PisoFare πŸ˜‰

Bicol Isarog Transport has multiple trips throughout the day going to Masbate. You can book online at https://bicolisarog.com. In our case, we just walked-in at EDSA Cubao and bought tickets since it is not peak season yet. One way ticket costs 1250 pesos inclusive of the RORO fare. I think it’s a great deal just that travel time would eat up 16-17 hours.

Bicol Isarog EDSA Cubao Terminal
Bicol Isarog EDSA Cubao Terminal

We departed EDSA Cubao terminal at 2PM and arrived in Pio Duran Port 2AM the next day. We have to get off the bus, clear the security checks and pay the terminal fee at the port, and then finally get to the vessel. The RORO vessel departer at 3AM and we arrived in Masbate at 7AM. I thought I’d wait for the sunrise but then it rained and then I fell asleep. When I woke up, the vessel was already at the port lol.

GV Hotel Masbate
GV Hotel Masbate

We walked our way to GV Hotel which is located just a few blocks away from the port. The standard check-in is 2PM however, they allowed for early check-in at 7AM. Awesome right? πŸ™‚

Since we had plenty of sleep from the long bus ride plus the smooth sailing RORO experience, we decided to go on tour already. We first grabbed a heavy breakfast and some baon before going hailing a trike to the port going to Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary & Sandbar.

We paid 500 pesos for the roundtrip boat transfer, 100 pesos for the entrance/cottage as well as 40 pesos for the environmental fee. That’s 640 pesos for two. The trip is only 10-15 minutes from the port and there’s only few human beings on the island. This is why I love off-peak seasons.

Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary & Sandbar is the highlight of this tour and looking at the drone shots, I fell in love with Masbate. I think Buntod can take on Maldives!

Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary & Sandbar
Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary & Sandbar

We stayed for 4 hours in the island and then went back to the hotel to freshen up and then we decided to go to Mayong Payong Mountain Peak next. We hailed a habal-habal to Mobo, Masbate and then another habal-habal going to the peak. It was a crazy trip going to this place but the view on top was worth it. If you’re going to Masbate, definitely add Mayong Payong to your itinerary.

I have made a quick video on our trip to Mayong Payong and it shows our struggle to get up there πŸ™‚

We were supposed to watch sunset at Mayong Payong however the clouds turned dark and it rained. We decided to go back as soon as the rain stopped. Our habal-habal driver waited for us and then we asked if he could take us to Mangrovetum. He said they are only allowed within Mobo so we had to transfer to another habal-habal.

Mangrovetum is just 10-15 minutes away from our hotel and entrance is only 15 pesos. It is a nice park with lots of green. The visitors here are mostly lovers and there are romantic songs being played on the park speakers. This is also a nice place to watch sunset. Mangrovetum was still in Valentines Mode and we were waiting for the lights however the rain came again.

We hailed a trike outside Mangrovetum and asked to take us to SuTuKil however it was closed during our visit. What a shame! We just asked the driver to take us to Kaykay’s Sinangag. They offer delicious meals for very very affordable price plus it is just a few steps away from our hotel.

Masbate Itinerary
Kaykay’s Sinangag

Lights Out.

I woke up very early and went to the port so I could secure a bus ticket going to Manila. I first saw Raymond Transportation booking office and inquired. It seems there’s only one trip daily to Manila and that leaves at 12noon. I bought our tickets already so I could secure our seats. Supposedly, I planned to go to Ticao Island but it seems we don’t have enough time.

I bought some pandesal on my way back to GV. We had breakfast and then went to Masbate Cathedral which just a few steps away.

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Masbate Itinerary Masbate Cathedral

We then hailed a trike going to Safehouse where the famous I ❀ Masbate signage is located. This is located near the port going to Buntod. Ideally, you can go here right after your visit to Buntod πŸ™‚ We asked the trike driver to just wait for us. The resort is under renovation but the owner allowed us to go inside. There’s a P20 entrance fee.

Masbate Itinerary
I ❀ Masbate

We then went to Masbate Public Market and bought some pastillas for pasalubong. We also had buko for just P20. Too bad we couldn’t find a ref magnet!!!

We went back to our hotel to packup and went to the port to catch our bus bound for Manila.

Masbate Itinerary

Masbate Rodeo Capital of the Philippines

Masbate,  you are such a paradise. Thank you! We will be back! πŸ™‚

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How to Get PSA Birth Certificate / Marriage Certificate / CENOMAR?

One of the requirements for acquiring a Japan Tourist Visa for the first time is theΒ PSA Birth Certificate and/or PSA Marriage Certificate if one is married. Sadly though, these documents are valid only for 6 months – the Travel Agency would not accept old documents. So if you have an old PSA Birth Certificate or PSA Marriage Certificate – you would have to get a fresh copy of it. Once granted a Japan tourist visa, your next application exempts you from these documents. πŸ™‚

Before you go – bring all your IDs so you won’t have to go back in case they request for another ID/s. Also, bring an authorization letter as well as photocopy of their IDs if you are getting documents for someone. Also bring your own pen but in case you forget it, there are ballpens stationed there but you have to queue.

I’ll share here my smooth walk-in experience in getting a Birth Certificate at PSA’s Main Branch located at PSA Complex, East Ave. Diliman, Quezon City. To get there, you should ride a bus bound for SM Fairview and drop off at V. Luna or SSS Main.

How to Get PSA Birth Certificate Marriage Certificate Cenomar (1)

I dropped off at V. Luna Jollibee and crossed the overpass. Walk towards the building.

How to Get PSA Birth Certificate Marriage Certificate Cenomar (1)

Get inside the complex until you see this building. Go to the parking floor on the right.

How to Get PSA Birth Certificate Marriage Certificate Cenomar (1)

How to Get PSA Birth Certificate Marriage Certificate Cenomar (1)

Here at the the Parking Floor, you will surrender one of your IDs and they will give you a temporary visitor pass which you can use to enter the building.

How to Get PSA Birth Certificate Marriage Certificate Cenomar (1)

According to this note posted – if you only have 1 ID, you can photocopy it so you can proceed with the application. Also, minors are not allowed for transaction.

How to Get PSA Birth Certificate Marriage Certificate Cenomar (1)

Visitor Pass acquired.

How to Get PSA Birth Certificate Marriage Certificate Cenomar (1)

Upon entering, you will be greeted by the well-air conditioned building. The guards here are very polite and would answer steps/documents-related questions.

How to Get PSA Birth Certificate Marriage Certificate Cenomar (1)

The forms are properly located and there are pens stationed as well. Fill it out properly and proceed to the payment counters.

How to Get PSA Birth Certificate Marriage Certificate Cenomar (1)

Look at that, there are 35 counters so transaction is really fast! πŸ™‚

How to Get PSA Birth Certificate Marriage Certificate Cenomar (1)

I only paid 155 pesos for a copy of Birth Certificate.

How to Get PSA Birth Certificate Marriage Certificate Cenomar (1)

Next step is to proceed at the second floor – climb the stairs found on the left side and go to the releasing area.

How to Get PSA Birth Certificate Marriage Certificate Cenomar (1)

The waiting area – it is very spacious and well-air conditioned. Listen carefully for your name to be called and which window you will go to.

How to Get PSA Birth Certificate Marriage Certificate Cenomar (1)

There are 35 releasing windows so it a really fast transaction. I spent less than an hour to complete my transaction.

How to Get PSA Birth Certificate Marriage Certificate Cenomar (1)

There are also drinking fountains.

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The CR is also well maintained and it is super clean!

How to Get PSA Birth Certificate Marriage Certificate Cenomar (1)

To summarize, there are only 3 steps :Β  Application Form > Payment > Releasing.

Kudos PSA! Keep up the great work! πŸ™‚

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Where to Stay in Palompon, Leyte?

Heading to Kalanggaman Island soon and looking for a place to stay in Palompon, Leyte? Check out  Palompon Sugar’s Inn

Sugar’s Inn is conveniently located at Rizal Street, Brgy. San Isidro, Palompon, Leyte, Palompon, Palompon, Philippines, 6538

What we loved about Sugar Inn?

– Can be easily located, just along the highway.
– You can walk to the centro but you can ride the Potpot for P5 only.
– Very welcoming and helpful staff.
– Very affordable! (800 per night for 3 persons)
– Super comfortable stay
– Super clean
– Fenced and with CCTVs
– FREE water
– FREE and fast wifi

Check out the pictures πŸ™‚

Palompon Sugar Inn

Palompon Sugar Inn

Sugar’s Inn at night.

Palompon Sugar Inn

Welcome to our room!

Palompon Sugar Inn

Palompon Sugar Inn

Our very comfy beds

 

Palompon Sugar Inn

Palompon Sugar Inn

LED TV and the wifi details

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The utensils

Palompon Sugar Inn

The small fridge

Palompon Sugar Inn

Mirror Mirror

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Palompon Sugar InnPalompon Sugar Inn

The shower room – look at how clean it is! This is my nephew’s favorite place. πŸ˜€

Book now thru Agoda!

 

 

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A Storm In My Heart – El Nido, Palawan – 4D3N All-In Itinerary for 5k+

Back when we toured Osaka, we were having buffet lunch with some foreigners and upon knowing that we are Filipinos, they excitedly mentioned how beautiful the paradise of El Nido was. It was a shame but I admitted that I haven’t been there! 😦

Palawan has been dominating travel sites and magazines and is regarded as one of the “Best Islands in the World“. The Google Images were really inviting so when I got the chance for Cebu Pacific Air’s pisofare, I immediately booked a trip to Palawan.

Below is a summary of my expenses when I traveled to El Nido, Palawan.

EXPENSES AMOUNT
Airfare 865.24
All-In 4D3N Package 4000
Dinner 300
Lunch 100
Environmental Fee 200
Matinloc Shrine Fee 100
TOTAL 5565.24

As usual, I was able to score Cebu Pacific’s PisoFare round-trip to Puerto Princesa for only P2595.75 and that’s for 3 persons. The round-trip airfare only costs 865.24  pesos per head:

el nido palawan piso fare

For El Nido accommodation, you may check thru Agoda:

I drafted a DIY itinerary and I found it more expensive and hassle as I need to coordinate with different persons. I instead opted to go for an all-in package of 4D3N for only 4000 pesos. Below are the inclusions and itinerary:

Package Inclusions:

  • Round-trip van transfer Puerto Princesa Airport – El Nido – Puerto Princesa Airport
  • 2 nights room accommodation in El Nido
  • 1 night room accommodation in Puerto Princesa
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Tour A with lunch
  • Tour C with lunch

There’s already daily breakfast and lunch so all we need to spend is the dinner. πŸ™‚

Daily Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in PPS Airport / Transfer to El Nido

Day 2: Tour A with lunch

Small Lagoon
Big Lagoon
Secret Lagoon
Shimizu Island
Seven Commando Beach

Day 3: Tour C with lunch / Transfer to PPS

Helicopter Island
Matinloc Shrine
Secret Beach
Star Beach
Hidden Beach

Day 4: PPS Airport / Flight to Manila

It was a rainy day and I had a fight with my girlfriend lol. Really bad that when I tried reaching out to her, she was not responding – at all. Just 6 hours before the flight, I still got no word. I then decided to bring along my nephew since the tour package was already paid. The flight for my nephew was a bit expensive though.

El Nido Palawan Itinerary

Our flight was around 9:45AM and it would take an hour to reach Puerto Princesa City. We arrived with a very beautiful weather.

El Nido Palawan Itinerary

Outside the airport you will be greeted with agents with placards of their guests. You just have to find your name if you availed of a tour package. If you’re on DIY route, just ask them for vans going to El Nido, fare is P500 to 600.

El Nido Palawan Itinerary

The van is shared with other tourists so we had to wait for the others to arrive. We left the airport around 12noon and traveled to El Nido which takes about 5 hours. There are few stop-overs but be warned that the store pricing would make you raise an eyebrow. Good thing we had brunch at NAIA. Wew.

We arrived at rainy El Nido Terminal around 5PM and looked for our accommodation Chariz Inn. After unpacking we went out and looked for a place to eat dinner. There are lots of dining place around the area but I highly recommend the Bulalo Plaza. Below is the menu, the serving is good enough for 2 to 3 persons.

El Nido Palawan Itinerary

It was raining hard the next day – to the point that our tour guide was waiting further instructions from the Coast Guard if we can proceed with the tour. I was getting anxious that the tour might get cancelled…. REALLY? SERIOUSLY? Along with this broken heart lol.

El Nido Palawan Itinerary

We had our free breakfast (choice of either tocino, corned beef, hotdogs, etc with rice and sunny side egg – and coffee of course). We got lucky that the rain has stopped and we were given a go signal to proceed. Our tour guide picked us up at our accommodation and we walked to the Tourist Information Center where we registered and paid for the P200 Environmental Fee. Also, there are lots of vendors selling waterproof bag. It’s a must for your gadgets – I highly recommend getting one.

El Nido Palawan Itinerary

We were all set for the tour and we departed the port at around 9AM. It was storming and it was scary to be in the middle of the sea with our little boat. The foreigners touring with us were very scared and demanded we go back to the port. Our Tour Guides assured them that it is okay – that the storm will pass – like my broken heart lol.

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It was crazy out there, the weather changes drastically – either raining or shining. Somehow I felt like a Straw Hat Crew out in an adventure. It was fun!

El Nido Palawan Itinerary

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El Nido Palawan ItineraryEl Nido Palawan Itinerary

Kudos to our tour guides for keeping us safe, taking amazing pictures and preparing our foods like these:

El Nido Palawan Itinerary

El Nido Palawan Itinerary

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There’s also some guys selling coconut and drinks so if you want some beer, they got it πŸ˜€

El Nido Palawan Itinerary

We got back to El Nido town around 5PM. We went to the nearby bakery and grabbed some hot bread and coffee. Got back to our inn and refreshed. For dinner we went to Bulalo Plaza.

The second and last day for the El Nido Tour. This time, the weather was a bit nicer but it was still raining.

El Nido Palawan Itinerary

Matinloc Shrine was my favorite part of this tour though I got some really serious goosebumps here – felt like there’s some other world creatures lurking. It was very secluded and our group was the only people here so it was very quiet.

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El Nido Palawan Itinerary (20)

We then went to 2 other islands and the waves and wind were stronger. It felt like our boat was not gonna make it. It was really nice to have Captain Sparrow on board. Wew.

We went back to El Nido port around 5PM and made a quick preparation. We departed El Nido past 6PM and our van driver dropped us at Corazon Tourist Inn in Puerto Princesa City.

We got the sun on our 4th and last day in Palawan. We had brunch at Nokinocs which is just a few steps away from our accommodation. Nokinocs serves really delicious and affordable combo meals.

nokinocs

After our brunch, we then informed the receptionist at Corazon Tourist Inn that we are going to the airport. They offer free transfer to the airport so it was really a great experience with them. If you’re going to Puerto Princesa, stay at Corazon Tourist Inn – which you book thru Agoda.

That’s it. It was an amazing tour despite the storms and heartache. Touring one of the best islands in the world is not expensive right? Definitely going back to El Nido!

If you wish to avail of tour packages, kindly let me know. πŸ™‚

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Step by Step Guide for Philippine Passport Appointment

Philippine Passport Appointment

Want to travel abroad but don’t have a passport yet? Lucky you, it is very easy and convenient to schedule a passport appointment nowadays.

Here is a guide on how to get yourself an appointment.

First, visit the Department of Foreign Affairs website for passport appointment at https://www.passport.gov.ph/appointment

how to schedule passport appointment

You will be landing at the Appointment page. Read the important notes and terms & conditions. Tick the check box and select either individual or group appointment. I will use individual appointment as example.

how to schedule passport appointment

Next is the Site Location page, you will need to select your preferred DFA Branch.

how to schedule passport appointment

In this example, I chose DFA NCR EAST (SM Megamall). Once done selecting your site, click Next.

how to schedule passport appointment

how to schedule passport appointment

Next is the Date and Time page, select your preferred date and time. Tick the CAPTCHA box and click Next once done.

how to schedule passport appointment

The next part is the Personal Information page. Key in the details and follow the format used as example.

how to schedule passport appointment

Next is the Family Information page, key in your parents’ name and citizenship. Click Next once done.

how to schedule passport appointment

Next is the Application Information page. Select the Application Type (New or Renewal), Citizenship (Birth, Naturalization, etc) as well as the emergency contact person and contact number.

how to schedule passport appointment

Last would be the Contact Information page. Type in your complete address, occupation and office address/number.

Hit Next.

how to schedule passport appointment

The next page would be a summary of your information. If you find an error, click Edit and then Save once finalized.

how to schedule passport appointmentThe next page will ask you to confirm the schedule. Tick the CAPTCHA box and agree. Click Confirm to proceed.

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Next will be Processing and Payment page. Choose between Regular or Express Processing and then click Pay Now. A new dialogue box will appear, tick I Agree and Proceed to Payment.

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Your request for appointment will be initiated. Proceed and Confirm.

how to schedule passport appointment

Note that the status has changed from Initiated to Pending.

how to schedule passport appointment

Lastly, you will receive an email with the subject DFA Passport Appointment System – Payment Reference. Go to your email inbox and take note of the payment reference number like the one above.

Go to your nearest Bayad Center and pay the amount due. Don’t hesitate to ask the crew in case you need help in filling up the form.

You will then receive your booking confirmation in your email inbox upon settling the amount.

Hope this guide has helped you. πŸ™‚

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Step by Step Guide on How to Book a Flight with Cebu Pacific Air

Step by Step Guide on How to Book a Flight with Cebu Pacific Air

I have been seeing a lot of questions on Cebu Pacific’s Facebook page so I thought I’d create a step by step guide with screenshots on how to book a flight with Cebu Pacific Air. πŸ™‚

 

This guide will use the web version, I’ll try to create one for the mobile app as well.

Ready? Let’s go!

First, visit Cebu Pacific Air‘s website.

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If you are not registered yet, do so and sign in.

The first page will ask where would you like to fly – Round-trip, One-way or Multi-City as well as the number of passengers (adult, child, infant) and the promo code (which I haven’t used even once lol)

Btw, on the left side of the page, you will see the ongoing promotions/seat sale. πŸ™‚

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I’ll use round trip as an example so we’ll select which airport we’ll be flying from. (Manila or NAIA is selected as default) as well as the destination which is Tokyo for a solo flight (1 Adult).

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Next, you will be presented with the flight results. Select your preferred date as well as the time. You can also add flight combos with meals and baggage allowance. In this example, I only selected a flight without add-ons (you can add them later if you wish)

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We will now select the returning flight since we selected “Round Trip” on the first page.

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Once done selecting both departing and returning flight – review the booking summary which shows the total amount. Scroll down to the bottom and click Continue.

how to book a flight

In the next page, you will have to enter the Guest Information. You can add this information to your Guest List so you can just select from the drop-down the next time you book. In case there are missing information, you will be prompted to fill those.

No need for the passport information as of time of booking, you can add this later when you check-in for your flight.

Check the box that you agree and click Continue.

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The next page will show the add-ons. Baggage, meals, insurance, seat, surf board, equipment and the newly added #CebMoments. By default, the meals, insurance and seat will be selected. Review those and modify the selection as you wish.

You can add those if you prefer but you can change these even 4 hours before your flight. Plenty of time, no worries. πŸ™‚

Click Continue.

how to book a flight

Since we used an international flight in this example, the next page will show the Philippine Travel Tax. You can pay this as well if you prefer but I personally pay this at the airport to avoid the P100 fee.

Tick the checkbox and click Continue.

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The next page will show the booking summary. Review and click the check box if you agree. Click Confirm and Continue.

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Time to pay. Fill in the necessary information. The email provided will be the one to receive the itinerary and receipt.

Below are the Payment Options available. You only need to select one of these.

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The first option is the Credit / Debit Card. Enter all the information as it appears on your card. This will require an OTP (one time password) so check your mobile phone for this.

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The next option is Paypal. My personal choice since I find this faster. You will be asked to sign in thru Paypal and confirm.

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how to book a flight

The next option is the Payment Centers. Using this option will put your booking “on hold”.

You have two options, I would recommend selecting Pay within 24 Hours from the time of Booking so you will have ample time. You can pay your booking thru 711 or SM/Robinson’s Business Centers as well as the other merchants in the screenshot.

Note that some of these merchants have “cut off”. In my experience with Business Centers, they don’t accept payments after 5PM.

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The last option is AliPay. I personally haven’t tried this one but I think it works the same way as PayPal.

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Once you select your mode of payment, click Submit. Your booking will be processed. This can take up to a minute (or longer if there’s heavy traffic on Cebu Pacific’s website)

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I have selected the Payment Center as mode of payment and now I have the booking that is “On Hold”. Take note of the reference number and pay this at any of the partner merchants (711 or Cebuana, etc.)

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Upon settling the amount, you will be receiving the itinerary or ticket that looks like this. The status would be Confirmed and you will have a booking reference number.

That’s it! Congratulations on your successful booking! Happy #CebTravels.

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