Ultimate Guide for Budget Traveler and Adventure Seeker

Staycation at the Zen Home Icon Plaza

If there's no enough time to travel outside Manila, what I usually do is to stay (sometimes) in a cozy yet affordable hotel to relax and unwind. Working in the morning as a full-time employee and blogger at night is a bit stressful specially when I need to meet deadlines or to fulfill  a challenging obligation. Even I blog, I see to it I'm not compromising my work performances...everything need to be balanced.

Recently, I booked a room at the Icon Plaza in Bonifacio Gobal City (BGC) via ZenRooms.com to have a quick staycation. At first, I thought ZenRooms is like a booking site like booking.com and Airbnb. It's an actual hotel chain as they operate the hotels without taking their ownership. They call it as hotel franchise.

As we entered the room, we were welcomed with a spacious room which looked like a hotel room. It's a fully furnished family room which equipped with one (1) king size bed and two (2) small beds, television with cable channels, air conditioner, wooden cabinet, refrigerator, table, and chairs. Our room comes also with clean white towels and toiletries. Hot and cold shower is available as well.

The only difference of our room to a regular hotel room is the kitchen. Hotel room doesn't have kitchen but our room has its own cooking area. It has electric range, a microwave, a dishwasher, water dispenser and some kitchenware and dining utensils. If you want to save money, I really recommend to cook instead of eating in a casual dining restaurant or in a fast food  chain.

We enjoyed the infinity pool with a beautiful panoramas of Bonifacio Global City, 11th floor above the ground. Water level is around 4 feet. It's better to swim at night because the place offers a breath taking view of colorful buildings at the premiere central business of Metro Manila. There's also a small gym near the swimming pool.

Overall, our exeperience in Zen Home Icon Plaza was awesome! Our room on the 27th floor was spacious and has an amazing view of towering buildings. We had a great sleep on their very comfy bed. Also, the staff who assisted us was accommodating and polite. I highly recommended Zen Home Icon Plaza for those looking a place for staycation or for foreign tourists looking accommodation in the Philippines. It provides great facilities and services at a very low price.

ZEN Rooms offers travelers quality and affordable room stays in Southeast Asia's top destinations. It's a budget travelers’ favorite hotel chain operating more than 5,000 rooms across 35 cities in 7 countries. They guarantee all the key essentials (Fast free wi-fi, Cool AC, Hot shower, 24/7 Customer Service, Spotless bed) and more starting from only USD10! 

  • PHP 2,000 security deposit is required upon check-in. The deposit will be fully-refunded on the condition that no damage and disturbance has occurred.
  • Cleaning schedule: for your convenience, we offer cleaning service of your ZEN Homes for only 500 PHP/cleaning.
  • Check in time is 3PM and Check out time is 12 Noon
  • Smoking inside the unit is prohibited. You can smoke in the balcony
  • Cooking and bringing food is allowed.
  • The booking is non-refundable and cannot be modified or cancelled
  • It offers airport transfer at negotiated rates

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Hotel name: ICON Plaza
Address: 5th Avenue cor. 25th street. Bonifacio South, Bonifacio Global City. Taguig City, Philippines 1634 

Call: +63 2231 3338 WhatsApp/SMS: +62 877 8080 3550
E-mail: care@zenrooms.com

TravelBook.ph Launches First Travel Fair Entitled Destination: PH

Listen up, travel junkies! TravelBook.ph, one of the country's leading online travel agencies, will be having its first travel fair entitled "Destination: PH" from March 16 to 18, 2018, at the 4th Floor, Activity Center, Century City Mall in Makati. It promises best of the best travel promotions that you won't be able to resist!

This much-awaited travel fair will offer amazing and exciting offers from TravelBook.ph's hotel and tour partners as well as flight loyalty program partners Lots of prizes and freebies will also given away. 

Eagle Point Beach and Dive Resort in Batangas

If your perfect summer vacation includes staying in a comfy room, playing in the sand, or swimming in the crystal clear ocean, Eagle Point Beach and Dive Resort is what you need. This beautiful beach resort offers premier accommodation, amenities and outdoor activities that will help you to forget the buzzing streets, fast-paced lifestyles, and extreme traffic in the Metro.

Last month, we celebrated my birthday in Eagle Point Resort in Anilao, Mabini Batangas. I'm very happy that my parents were there to celebrate my special day. Most of the time, I traveled with my friends and colleagues, but I realized that I need to give more time with my parents. They're old and it's better to share the beautiful travel experience with them.

Adventure Beach Waterpark in Subic Bay

Adventure Beach Waterpark is the newest water playground in Subic Bay, Philippines. It is owned and operated by Subic Bay Marine Exploratorium Inc, the same company behind the operations of Ocean Adventure and Camayan Beach Resort.

This new playground offers fun and exciting attractions like Giant Slide, Lazy River, Pool Playground, Sand Area, Wading Pool, and Mini-Viking Ship Ride. You can also find here a gift shop that showcase an array of signature products, must-have souvenirs, and other specialty items.

Admission rate for adult is P688 and for kids (7 yr old below / seniors is P528 which includes Adventure Beach Waterpark all day pass, swimming at the beach, swimming pool and facility usage (Viking Ride, Wall Climbing, Rapelling and Cabana not included).

The water playground is a perfect venue to celebrate special occasion like birthday, wedding, family reunion, team building, etc. 

Adventure Beach Waterpark is open daily from 9am to 5pm. 

Camayan Wharf, West Ilanin Forest Area
Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Philippines 2222

General Inquiry and Info:
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Contact number:  +63 47 252-9000
Website: http://adventurebeach.ph/

Aqua Planet : The Newest Water Theme Park in Pampanga

Any plans this coming summer season?  Get your swim wears and head over to the newest water theme park in the Philippines, the "Aqua Planet". It's one of the biggest and state of the art water theme park in Asia with over 25 attractions that sits on a 10 -hectare property inside Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga.

Family and friends will surely enjoy the state-of-the-art swimming pools and slides including Spiral Slide, Super Bowl, and Octopus Racer. You can also try the Flow Rider that will test your skill in surfing, Another pool attraction is called Tornado. It's highly recommended for adventurous people that crave the feeling of soaring in the air.

Staycation at The Gramercy Residences

Most of the time, I spend my rest day travelling outside Manila. I feel like mountains and oceans are always calling me. But last week, I decided to stay in Metro Manila and booked a room at The Gramercy Residences.

One of my travel bucket list is to have a staycation in a high-rise building with an overlooking view of the city. I heard a lot of good things about The Gramercy Residences, also known as The Gramercy Residences at Century City. Some of my friends told me that they had a great stay in this building. So, I decided to look online to find the cheapest room.

Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival 2018

Ready to soar again for the biggest hot air balloon and music festival, the Lubao International Balloon & Music Festival 2018, happening on March 23 to March 25 ,2018 at the Pradera Verde, Prado Siongco Lubao, Pampanga.

The Lubao International Balloon & Music Festival 2018  will feature amazing balloon flights from international participants, as well as aerial exhibitions and other exciting activities like land exhibits, car shows, fireworks display, bazaar, food festival and a lot more.

Palm Beach Resort in Laiya Batangas

Situated in San Juan, Palm Beach Resort is a perfect place for those who are looking for a complete rest and relaxation. The resort is less than 3 hours away from Manila, making it a convenient vacation destination for both local and foreign tourists..

Palm Beach Resort is one of the best beach resort in Batangas which is part of the long coastline known as Laiya. It features accommodations that are elegant and well-designed structure. They offer rooms ideal for couple, families and homogeneous groups. We checked-in at the Casa Sofia. It's an air-conditioned room that has king-size bed, couch, television, refrigerator and a comfort room with hot and cold shower. The best part of the room was its balcony with breathtaking view of the sea and beachfront. I enjoyed sitting here while drinking my favorite drinks and updating my social networking accounts (Facebook and Instagram).

Cebu Pacific to launch Batanes route on March 25

Planning to visit Batanes soon? Have you booked your ticket? Great news to all travelers! Starting March 25, 2018, Cebu Pacific will start flying between Manila and Basco, Batanes with special introductory fare is at PHP2,699. 

Through subsidiary Cebgo, Cebu Pacific will fly once daily between Manila and Basco, Batanes beginning March 25 until October 27, 2018. The flight departs from the NAIA Terminal 4 in Manila at 6:20am, with the return trip from Basco, Batanes departing at 9:15am.

Maxboat Set To Launch WaterBus / WaterTaxi In Cebu

Maxboat Marine recently announced on its Facebook page that they are going to offer a new Sea Transport Service called WaterBus a.k.a the WaterTaxi, which will operate soon in Cebu.

The WaterBus will offer boat rides from Cebu City to neighboring cities or town including Talisay City, Bogo City, Dalaguete, Danao City, Liloan Minglanilla, Naga City, Oslob and Santander.

Mt Kupapey Dayhike in Bontoc

It was 4:30 o’clock in the morning when we started to trek going to the summit of Mt. Kupapey (also known as Mt. Kufafey). This mountain is 1647 MASL, with trail difficulty of 3/9. The summit will offer an overlooking view of majestic Maligcong Rice Terraces and amazing sea of clouds.

The first 500 meters was cemented and the rest was forest trail. We were a little bit sleepy and chillin as we passed along the dark trail. Make sure that you have head lamp or flashlight when going to Mt. Kupapey. You can also use the flashlight of your mobile phone. It will be only your source of light before the sunrise. There’s no major assault, everything was smooth. I can say this is one of the easiest mountain to climb in Mountain Province. I don't feel difficulty in breathing and there's no pain on my legs and feet when we reached the summit. Trekking time is around 1-2 hours.

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