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Saturday, May 13, 2017

AIR ASIA Inaugural flight from Davao to Cebu

To officially welcome summer, Air Asia had launched inaugural flights from and to Davao, Cebu, Clark, Palawan and Caticlan/Boracay last April 22, 2017.



The first Air Asia flight was from Davao to Cebu, and I'm one of the online bloggers invited to join the flight that took off from Francisco Bangoy International Airport at 10:40 AM with Philippines Air Asia Director of Flight Operations Captain Gomer Monreal as operating pilot assisted by Captain Bernardino Perez and flight officer Leonardo Orendain. Our destination is Cebu, the Queen City of the South. 




Me and my blogger/vlogger friends from Davao Digital Influencers group were set in exploring Cebu's natural, historical and cultural wonders and at the same time feature the growing contemporary businesses and industries in the city from April 22 to 24 for 3 days and 2 nights Media Familiarization Tour. 

Our group was consisting of traditional media and online media personalities who were actively posting our contents on our respective social accounts, blogs and video blogs.

Cabin crew serving Santan Thai Green Curry Chicken

This aromatic Thai Green Curry Chicken infuses authentic Thai spices and ingredients, promising an appetising spread specially when served with fluffy fragrant white rice.  
Santa Hotmeals for Php 149.00  only. 
#AirAsiaSantanCombo    #AirAsiaSantanComboPH #SantanThaiGreenCurryPH


Aside from twice daily flights between Davao and Cebu, AirAsia also formally opened daily flights from Davao to Boracay; to Palawan at 3x weekly and to Clark at 4x weekly using Airbus A320s or jets which can accommodate up to 180 guests per flight. AirAsia also maintains 3x daily flights between Manila and Davao.

Our AirAsia flight Z2522 from Davao arrived in Cebu Mactan International Airport on time at 11:45am with 98% load and was welcomed by water salute from Mactan Cebu International Airport management followed by a cake-cutting ceremony led by officials from GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC).

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Experience the AirAsia wide variety of delicious inflight foods

Certainly when doing travel plans, there's a lot of destinations I want to visit, both in and out of the country but first, get into the essentials like where to stay, what to eat, what airline to choose and how I can save a lot on booking at low-cost airlines that still provide options to include meals on the airline tickets. Planning trips are very important to have peace of mind and enjoy a stress free vacation.

So last April 27, Air Asia invited Visayas and Mindanao bloggers to an exclusive foodie afternoon at Azia Suites in Cebu City. Yes, you got it right, I went to Cebu City for a food-tasting event of AirAsia's inflight foods they actually serve to passengers 35,000 ft. above ground.

“We are proud to say, we are the only domestic airline company that serves halal food. This is our way of showing we respect culture,” said Atty. Joy Caneba, AirAsia Philippines CEO."For a good flight, we need good food,” she also said. 
Best part of Air Asia foods are the Hot Meals which include Pak Nasser's Nasi Lemak, Beef Caldereta, and Uncle Chin's Chicken Rice.


BEEF CALDERETA
One of Philippines' finest cuisine that consists of beef, cooked in tomato sauce and paste, a blend of garlic, bell peppers, onions and peppercorns that brings the dish to a well-flavored and exquisite taste. (Photo by Kenneth Ong)
Pak Nasser's NASI LEMAK
A traditional Malaysian favourite fragrant coconut rice served with Pak Nasser's special chili sambal
and tender chicken rendang, accompanied with traditional condiments of fried anchovies, crunchy
groundnuts and half of a hard-boiled egg.
Uncle Chin's CHICKEN RICE
A Chinese Malaysian favourite of fluffy seasoned rice served with roast chicken and accompanied with Uncle Chin's special secret chili, ginger and garlic sauce.

Other AirAsia Inflight foods

There's also new hot meals - Korean beef steak and Honey-glazed soy chicken- available only for Korea and China Flights, at Php230 each.


Air asia serves sandwiches - Chicken Caesar Sandwich, Roasted Chicken Sandwich, and Kani Sandwich.

  • The Chicken Caesar Sandwich is savory grilled chicken breast filet with Caesar and honey mustard dressing with fresh greens. 
  • Roasted Chicken Sandwich is savory grilled chicken breast filet with Sun-dried and basil pesto sauce accompanied with fresh greens. 
  • Kani Sandwich another delicious and healthy offering on board. A delightful mixture of crab meat, and creamy mayonnaise and onions spread on whole wheat bread.


The Joy of Desserts
(Photo from Air Asia)
The dessert collection is called the Joy of Desserts in honour of the sweet tooth Atty. Joy Caneba, AirAsia Zest’s CEO, for the positive aura she exudes and advice she gives AirAsia Zest staff when they get stressed. Now that’s sweet! 

For flights less than 75 minutes will only serve snacks. To passengers who wants to enjoy hot meals onboard for short flights need to pre-book your meal 24hrs in advance and save up to 20% discount on the meal as compared to purchasing meals on board which is priced at Php200. Plus all pre-booked meals comes with 100ml mineral water. Take note that AirAsia with pre-booked meals will be served first.

So there you go, need we say more? Be sure to pre-book meals alongside purchasing tickets or if you already have a booking, you can still upgrade your flight with meals via the Manage Your Booking tab on the website or mobile app. #AirAsiaHotMeals



Again, Book your flights now @ airasia.com

Pre-book AirAsia Zest Hotmeals @ AirAsia.com via Manage My Booking

Like AirAsia Philippines Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AirAsiaPhilippines
Follow AirAsiaPH on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AirAsiaPH

AirAsia Zest, The Right Way to Fly!
Buy before you fly! Pre-book your meals at airasia.com!






Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Experience the breath taking beauty of the majestic Tinuy-An Falls


On my second day at Surigao del Sur, this trip is supposed to be a solo backpacking adventure that started on Friday noon and supposed to finish on Saturday. But my husband who came from Manila to Davao that Friday travelled from Davao to Bislig via car Saturday morning to join me in my tour of Tinuy-An Falls and Enchanted River. Actually, I'm done touring Tinuy-an Falls and Enchanted River from 5 am until 12noon before he arrive. The good thing about it, I know already the condition of the places if its advisable to travel via car or just take also the tricycle (Habal-Habal).

 Tinuy-An Falls of Bislig City

Tinuy-an Falls is a three tier cascading waterfall (with a fourth tier hidden from view). It is Bislig's number one tourist attraction and one of the main attractions in the entire region of Surigao Del Sur. 

Its magnificent cascades are found in Burboanan, about 30 minutes ride (habal-habal) from Mangagoy, the center of trade and commerce in Bislig City. The falls themselves are around fifty five meters high and have a breathtaking width of 95 meters. Often called the Niagara Falls of the Philippines, it is said to be the widest falls in the country. (For more information about Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig, kindly check their website: www.tinuyan-falls.com) 
My first trip to Tinuy-an was early morning of Saturday and it rain that night so there's no rainbow at the falls and the water is not clear. I didn't even swim and experienced the bamboo raft that time. 

However, on my second trip together with my husband on the next day, Sunday morning, we arrived riding a Habal-Habal at Tinuy-an's entrance around 7AM and I can see the rainbow at the falls which excited us a lot to go swimming. Ecstatic feeling to see up close the rainbow and going near thru the raft and feel the raging falls. 

We rented a life jacket Php 30/hour and the bamboo raft ride to the waterfalls for Php150 then the tourist guide offered the climb up the falls via a stairway.
the view from the top of the falls
At the 1st top layer of the falls
Tinuy-An falls fees & charges
There's also accommodations inside the Tinuy-an Falls so for our next trip, we are considering to avail the air-conditioned room for Php600.00
Open Cottages

Tables with Tents






HaBAl-Habal Contacts:

Kuya Loloy (09485750496 resides at Bislig, accept tours combining Enchanted River + Tinuy-an Falls for a standard rate of 1,500 pesos )

Tips 


  •  I advice you start early going to Tinuy-An falls so you can have the place on your own and explore the area.
  •  You can bring your own food and rent an open cottage of tables with tents.
  •  Best to avail the bamboo raft ride and explore the 1st tier top layer of the falls and let the tourist guide take the photos for you.
  • If you go on weekend or holiday, be there early to avoid the huge number of tourists.
  • Entrance fee is Php 50.00 and you can rent a locker for your personal belongings for Php20.00
  • I suggest you ride a Habal-Habal instead of using your car going to Tinuy-An Falls.



Need to see distances summary from the driving directions? 

Need information about the places to see in Bislig?


-Tinuy-An Falls
-Enchanted River
-Ocean View Park
-Internatinal Doll House
-BayWalk

Want to know the total Expenses of my solo backpacking adventure? Check this Bislig Travel Expenses (Budget vs. Actual)  



Roadtrip from Davao City to Bislig City, Surigao del sur

Are you travelling to Mangagoy for the first time? You can get the route from this trip.

Check out this guide because this will benefit not just solo backpackers, but also families and friends planning on a land travel or road trip to Bislig city's main tourist attraction to Tinuy-An Falls located in Burboanan, Bislig City.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Deluxe Getaway at Crown Regency Resort Boracay with Unlimited Use of Wave Surf Pool

Boracay is one of my dream vacation destination ever since I'm a student. So when Lyndon, me and Jun2x had a chance to book a flight to Boracay last year, we opted to choose to stay in a well under par and fabulous perks of Crown Regency Boracay Resort & Convention Center for an overnight retreat with unlimited use of wave surf pool for P3,999 instead of P7500.
Why choose Crown Regency Boracay Resort & Convention Center?

Its impressive 1,800sqm. wave swimming pool, kiddie pool and a country's first surfing pool were the consideration for choosing the hotel because we wanted to experience the thrill and wild of Water Adventures, Wave Rider, Tsunami Wave Pool and the Giant Slide and all the amenities and services of a world-class facility for our very discerning leisure travel this time.




The hotel is a 4 hectare property located at the Main Road of Station 2.


From Kalibo Airport, we travel via airconditioned van to Caticlan Jetty Terminal and took a boat transfer to Station 2 of Boracay Island 


Upon check-in at 2:00 p.m., we were ushered by a friendly and accommodating staff to our  Deluxe Room for 4 persons. The room is tastefully decorated air-conditioned room with veranda, fully equipped with amenities.


Amenities


* Two (2) Full-sized Posture-pedic beds

* Air-conditioned Rooms with Kitchenette
* In-room internet access (charges may apply)
* 32-inch LCD Cable TV with Remote
* Full bath with hot & cold water
* Check-in Time: 02:00 P.M.
* Check-out Time: 12:00 P.M.

 The next day, after greeting the morning, we went to explore the hotel facilities and services including the pool









Note:

I don't encourage you to have a henna tattoo or dye your hair and make stains on the linens and towels because the hotel will charge.

We were ask to deposit 3 thousand but was returned upon check out when they checked the room and no stains found.

If we choose to spend one more time at Boracay, I would still want to enjoy my stay in this hotel. The fun is complete and I want to experience more the other facilities and amenities offered by Crown Regency Resort & Convention Center

 ***this is not a paid post***



Maragusan Adventure Getaway at Haven's Peak Highland Resort

Explore Maragusan

Maragusan is the summer capital of Mindanao and valley of springs and waterfalls. It's cool climate is like Baguio so enchanting and invigorating. Its beauty is fit for adventure enthusiast like mountain climbing, trekking, hiking, swimming and other outdoor sports. It calls on the traveler's instincts to once again, be one with nature. Its more than 30 waterfalls, over 300 cold springs, 2 hot springs and home to the world's biggest bloom of flower known as Rafflesia Magnifica awaits the visitors to be in awe. This place has immense priceless treasures waiting to be shared.


The Town

Maragusan (formerly San Mariano) is a 1st class and most progressive municipality in the province of Compostela Valley, in Region XI Davao Region which is a part of the Mindanao group of islands. 


Arrival, information and transport

Transit to Compostela Valley from flights arriving in Francisco Bangoy International Airport (Davao) can then be made by land aboard buses at Ecoland Terminal and/ or air conditioned vans (Php220.00) are also available at Gaisano Mall Van Terminal that travel in transit to Maragusan (almost 4 hours travel time) . For van, the first hour departure is 8am and last hour departure is 3pm from Davao.

Local transport comprises the usual: tricycle, jeepney, non-air bus and air conditioned vans.


An easiest way to see Maragusan by van is to take a package tour through the Haven's Peak Highland Resort, tour packages cost include round-trip transfers, guide and lunch.



Tours at Maragusan Tourist Destination.

*Falls Hopping / Trekking
Marangig Falls, Brgy. Albay
Tagbibinta Falls, Brgy. Coronobe
-700feet high and a series of 7 falls
*Mountain Climbing (3 days- 2 nights) at Mt. Candalaga, 7,880ft. above sea level.
* Swimming at Cold and Hot Springs
* Cultural Enrichments at Mansaka Village
*Rafflesia Watching - the Biggest Bloom in the World
*DOLE Stanfilco Banana Plantation
*PYAGSAWITAN Festival every 3rd week of November


Accommodation

Maragusan's stairways to heaven, the Haven's Peak Highland Resort is located at the top of Tarago Hills is one of the great icons of the Maragusan. The resort was built with the traveler's trip objectives in mind from leisure to adventure. Its goal is to make that trip hassle free and take off all the pressures as part of the resort's services, the little stuff that matters in a big way.


Eating, drinking and night life

In the resort, you can either karaoke the night away "Sing to the Max" or enjoy a chat under the stars, while dining on appetizing foods. Live band performers on schedule during Saturdays and Acoustic Night every Sunday at Lantaw Grill.


Amenities / Services 

Lantaw Barbeque & Seafood Grill House
Terraza Adela
Bar & Coffee Shop
Camping Grounds
Conference Hall
Function Hall
Billiard & Dart Hall
Parking Area
Swimming Pool (Php 80/pax)

Tribal Huts (for overnight stay of medium capacity)

Mansaka House(2 persons cap)
Bagobo House (3 persons cap with view deck)
Ifugao House (3 persons cap)
T'Boli House (maximum of 5 persons cap)

Php1,400.00 overnight in all tribal huts

with free use of pool and complimentary breakfast for two.

Twin Villa (Dormitory Type)

8 persons per room
32 persons maximum capacity per villa
Php 350 per person
*Extra person/bedding Php150.00
*Special rates available for group reservation


Resort Tour

Entrance


Bagobo House (3 persons cap with view deck)

Ifugao House (3 persons cap)



Kiddie Pool and Adult Swimming Pools at day


Adult Pool at night

Maragusan abound with a selection of things to do, places to visit and sights to behold. Packaged tours cram activities into a tight schedule limiting one to appreciate the beauty of Maragusan. No rush, no crowds, no worries. Tour at your own pace at your own time. Choose your destination, take all the photos you can. Enjoy all you want. After all you deserve a getaway holiday.



Tagbibinta Falls




Marangig Falls



On the roll of fun in Maragusan together with fellow adventurer were Glen Santillan, Timothy Walker, Joann Fuertas , and Sarah Gavile.


This trip is sponsored by The Haven's Peak Resort.


The Haven's Peak Highland Resort

Tarago Hills, Maragusan Compostela Valley Province 
Landline: (082) 295 9251 
Mobile: (0915) 464 3088
Email: info@thehavenspeak.com
Website: www.thehavenspeak.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Havens-Peak-Highland-Resort/85897651909



Booking Office: 

204 2nd floor Doña Segunda Bldg. 
Ponciano Street Davao City, Philippines 8000

Credit to the Haven Peak Pictures.