Monday, May 31, 2010

Airasia seat sale: 10,000 free seats to Bangkok!

From the world's best low cost airline:

                                 Bangkok SEAT SALE ALERT

Booking Period


Book Now Till 01 June 2010
Last 2 Day!
Travel Period:7 June 2010 - 31 August 2010

Travel Notes
- Advanced booking bequired.
- Fares are not available during embargo period.

more here>>>

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Cebu Pacific seat sale alert!

Seat sale from the Philippines most preferred budget airline. Here's the alert from my inbox to yours:

Thank you for our 50.6% Market Share! This sale is for all your support!
50% off system-wide seat sale

We posted over 50% market share in both domestic passenger and cargo markets for the first three months of 2010.
Because of this, we are offering a 50% off seat sale for guests traveling to all our domestic and international destinations starting now until May 31, 2010. This is for travel from July 1 to September 30, 2010.

Based on Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) data, CEB flew 1.97 million guests during the first quarter, out of 3.89 million domestic air travelers. CAB data also showed that CEB cargo transported 20.49 million kilos, out of 38.50 million kilos in air cargo early this year.

This gives CEB 50.6% market share when it comes to domestic passengers, and 53.2% market share for cargo.

The sale includes seats to and from Osaka, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh, Kota Kinabalu, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Taipei, among other CEB international destinations.

Also up for grabs are seats to prime tourist destinations such as Boracay (Caticlan), Puerto Princesa (Palawan), Busuanga (Coron), Cebu, Bohol (Tagbilaran), Siargao, Dumaguete and Laoag. Inter-island flights for those visiting family and friends are also available, including Cebu-Clark, Cebu-Bacolod, Cebu-Iloilo, Davao-Zamboanga and Davao-Cagayan de Oro.

We would like to celebrate with our passengers, given the things we have achieved so far this year, and offer even lower fares than usual.
So hurry, grab your 50% off seats at now! 

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Mt. Kanlaon climb: the Mapot-Mananawin trail

Last Known Eruption: 2006
Summit Elevation: 2435 m   7,989 feet
Latitude: 10.412°N 10°24'42"N
Longitude: 123.132°E 123°7'54"E

The Lost City of Margaja Valley (Oh, well. I made that up!)

Canlaon City, Negros Oriental
Entry point: Sitio Mapot, Brgy. Malaiba, Canlaon City
Exit point: Sitio Mananawin, Brgy. Masulog, Canlaon City

                                 beautiful madness

CEB offers best buy with P999 seat sale to the Visayas!

Low fare offer includes Boracay, Cebu and Bohol

Here's the blurb:

Cebu Pacific Air is giving even more opportunities for budget travellers to fly with a P999 seat sale from Manila to the Visayas and vice versa starting now until May 28, 2010. This is for travel from July 1 to September 30, 2010. This seat sale offers the best value for guests who are planning to travel this July to September!

Fly from Manila to Bacolod, Boracay (Caticlan), Calbayog, Catarman, Cebu, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Kalibo, Roxas, Tacloban or Tagbilaran and vice versa for only P999 on 'Go Lite' seats.

From Cebu, you can avail of year-round low fares to other key Visayas destinations. CEB flies direct from Cebu to Bacolod, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Tacloban and Boracay (Caticlan). We have the most extensive hub from Cebu with a total of 19 direct flights to Luzon (Puerto Princesa, Clark and Legazpi), Visayas and Mindanao.

Cebu Pacific Air now accepts web bookings up to four (4) hours before your scheduled time of departure. Hurry, fly to the Visayas and get your seats at

Monday, May 24, 2010

Today, I Conquered Mt. Kanlaon!

I coddled the curves and plowed the cleavage of Mount Kanlaon--the most active volcano and the highest peak in Central Philippines! Sweet!

photo lifted from this link. here. 

Not for nothing, but Mount Kanlaon is a horrifying prankster! 20-minutes late and my group would have been swept by the flashflood or stranded in the damp and cold bosom of the jungle. Still, I lurve you Mt. Kanlaon. And will keep coming back!
On August 10, 1996, Kanlaon erupted without warning, killing British student Julian Green and Filipinos Noel Tragico and Neil Perez, who were among 24 mountain climbers who were trapped near the summit.
The authorities rescued the 17 others, including 10 Belgians, another Briton and six Filipinos. The 17 were identified as Belgians Frederick Carraso, Philipp Couche, Caroline La Grange, Sophie La Benne, Darmien Gaitan, David Ryckaert, Florence De Corte, Jean Francois Ossengeld, Caroline Verlinde and Delthme Ferrant, Briton Gordon Cole and Filipinos Pepito Ibrado, Wovi Villanueva and Albert Devarras.
One of the Belgians, Caroline Verlinde, said she and her group were about to leave a site near the crater rim when the eruption began. "Suddenly it ejected ash and stones. I ran to a tree for cover and saw my friends being hit by falling stones," she told journalists. She said their Filipino guide told them the smoke billowing out from the crater "was just ordinary."

Last Known Eruption: 2006 
Summit Elevation: 2435 m 7,989 feet
Latitude: 10.412°N 10°24'42"N
Longitude: 123.132°E 123°7'54"E

Thursday, May 13, 2010 deluxe bed (at a cheap hotel price, syempre!)

From the frontrunner of no frills, great value flights comes a hotel with a hostel price.

Holy Brocolli! For as low as Php388++ a night, that's even way cheaper than any bunk beds in hostels around Metro Manila!

Finding a good bed whenever I am in Manila for lay-over had been a hit-or-miss experience for me.  I travel several times a year to the Cordilleras and a Manila stopover is inescapable. Either I find myself in a hostel with complimentary bed bugs and cockroaches or a boutique hotel room and pay the price of comfort and other stuff in the room which I don't really need. I still have to experience though the kind of room that would fit right smack in the novel Tesseract by Alex Garland (for those of you who have read his second novel, set in Manila, you know what I mean).

I've come to know GOHOTEL through word-of-mouth alone. Soon enough, entries about the hotel started appearing in the blogosphere. I wasn't an instant convert. The bloggers were invited by the hotel, therefore they could be biased in their reviews. What I was digging for was a first-person account of someone outside of that circle who has paid and stayed there.

Fast ForwaRD >>>
The moment I opened the door of my room (with the flat screen TV tucked in the wall to my left and two cozy beds lay before me), I said to myself that my quest for that proverbial holy grail of a cheap but comfortable, quality bed amid the chaos and grime of Manila has finally come to an end.

The toilet reeked of ammonia though. The housekeeping staff probably didn't clean it well thinking there wasn't any visible spot on the floor at all. But boy, it had a funky smell!

During that stay, I left my toiletry kit at home. Good thing, there was a complimentary shampoo and soap. That saved me the hassle of going to the lobby and buy them from there. I took a quick, but nevertheless a refreshing shower. A departure from hostel dorm showers where I've to worry if someone is waiting in line. Another plus points are the towels--soft and they smelled fresh.

Since the room is basic, don't expect a closet. There is a rack where you can hang your clothes on. Under the bedside table is the safety deposit box for you stash your passport and other valuables.

I grabbed the fluffy pillow (chiropractic high-quality hypoallergenic fiberfill) and stretched on the bed a bit and dozed off. When I woke up, I was famished already. Food choices here are plenty. One outlet is near the reception desk and another is just outside. Or if you'd like more, Cybergate Mall beside the hotel has a lot to offer. I fancied a Japanese bento meal and ran to the food court at the top floor of the mall and had my fill for less than Php200.00!

My flight would leave at 6AM the next day and I reckoned it would be difficult to hail a cab very early in the morning. Good thing, the hotel has a taxi desk. I reserved for a 4AM trip (drop-off to the airport is Php400.00 for the sedan and Php600.00 for the mini-van).

I've stayed several times at this hotel already, and it's kind of grows on you. It isn't homey, alright. And the design is generic. But one thing I'm very happy about? I feel secure, my sleep is uninterrupted, my back happy and my pocket has never had any complaints since.

That said, GOHOTEL is indeed a new, fun and affordable way to catch some zzzzzzzzzzzzzzs between flights, between the airport and skip trips to Luzon or shopping or dipping our fingers in the pot of local colors and flavors peculiar of Manila.

Pretty soon, budget-conscious travelers like you (maybe) and I (certainly!) will enjoy the same experience in Go Hotels PH Ilocos Norte, Dumaguete, Tacloban and Palawan.

From the hotel's website:
8 smart reasons to choose Go Hotel PH

                                 1. quality beds

                                 2. rain shower

                                            3. LCD TV

                                             4. Wi-Fi access
                                                                   5. safe and secure
                                                  6. convenient location
                                          7. access to transport
                                                        8. fun and friendly

Cheap Thrills
Php388++ room

Location. Location.
Go Hotels PH is located in Cybergate Plaza next to Robinsons Forum Mall (EDSA cor. Pioneer St.), 10 minute walk from MRT Boni Avenue Station. (If you're coming from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, take the shuttle departing from the exit gates of NAIA and alight near MRT-LRT EDSA Station. Boni Avenue is 5 stations away.) Makati, Ortigas and provincial bus terminals are easily accessible.

Watch out for new in:
  1. Ilocos Norte – A prime tourist destination in the North, the entire province is like a feast for the eyes with its impressive historic churches, vast mountain ridges, sand dunes, and the famous Pagudpud beach.
  2. Dumaguete – While dubbed as “The City of Gentle People”, Dumaguete is known as an adventure hotspot, mainly due to Apo Island and Sumilon Island, two of the best dive sites in the country. The city also boasts of a vibrant nightlife.
  3. Tacloban – Several cultural and historical sites, white sand beaches, and commercial areas await you in Tacloban City. Just 10 minutes from downtown Tacloban is the Philippines’ longest bridge, San Juanico Bridge.
  4. Palawan – One of the most popular beach destinations in the Philippines, Palawan is a place of mesmerizing summer sunsets and long sparkling shores that have enamored locals and foreigners alike.

Book Early
Like cebupacific air, the earlier you book, the cheaper the rates are.

For bookings, whack this link to gohotels dot ph site or give them a call at 0922-GOHOTEL (that's 0922-4646835) and/or (02) 3988788. Tell the guys at reservations RV (yes. that's me, baby!) gave you the referral so you can get a FREE hotel room on your second night (just kidding!).

Locals and foreigners, budget travelers in The Philippines, mga balikbayans and everyone in between! Book na ta!

(disclaimer: all photos here are lifted from

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mt. Kanlaon Climb

Officially, I am in!

Mt. Kanlaon climb with Cuernos de Negros Mountaineers, Inc.