The Pinoy Traveler

Ultimate Guide for Budget Traveler and Adventure Seeker

California Maki is one of my favorite Japanese food. It's a Japanese rice wrapped in seaweed and containing kani (crab sticks), cucumbe...

California Maki is one of my favorite Japanese food. It's a Japanese rice wrapped in seaweed and containing kani (crab sticks), cucumber, avocado or mango. I never thought of making my own California Maki until I joined Midas Royale Club's fun activity held at the Midas Hotel.


Midas Hotel gathered Midas Royale Club (MRC) members in a room to experience an interactive learning activity, a Japanese cooking class which is facilitated by Yanagi Japanese Restaurant's Head Chef Chester Lucas. I'm fortunate to be invited on this wonderful event and I found the cooking activity very interesting and exciting.

Biking is one of the most popular sports in Taiwan .  You can find here numerous biking trails that offer beautiful sceneries and pleasant...

Biking is one of the most popular sports in Taiwan.  You can find here numerous biking trails that offer beautiful sceneries and pleasant climates. Most trails feature natural attractions such as mountains, rivers, lakes, trees and other amazing landscapes.


Aside from the Sun Moon Lake Bike Trail,  we also  experienced to bike in the Houfeng Bikeway in Taichung. It features a 4.5Km bike trail along the old mountain railway line.

Aqua Planet is one of the popular modern water theme parks in the Philippines. It is also the largest water park in the country covering a...

Aqua Planet is one of the popular modern water theme parks in the Philippines. It is also the largest water park in the country covering an area of 10 hectares which features over 30 water slides and attractions suitable for guests of all ages.


Located in Clark, Pampanga, Aqua Planet is a must-visit destination this summer. There are lots of exciting water slides to experience, from thrilling Tornado, Sky Shuttle to the relaxing Wave River, everything is surely fun.

Whether you spend your weekends or holiday exploring Taiwan 's fascinating history or prefer to experience to one of country's many...

Whether you spend your weekends or holiday exploring Taiwan's fascinating history or prefer to experience to one of country's many theme parks and night markets, it's important to have a little information about the area before you choose your accommodation.


To help you make short work of deciding where to stay in Taiwan, I have listed some of the best hotels where I stayed along the information that may help you choose the best accommodation to suit your taste.

Baler is the most densely populated town in the province of Aurora that features numerous of tourist destinations, lovely hotels and reso...

Baler is the most densely populated town in the province of Aurora that features numerous of tourist destinations, lovely hotels and resorts, exciting activities, good restaurants and many more. From world-class surfing and amazing beaches to fantastic mountains and waterfalls, Baler is definitely worth visiting.

Photo from @paulbenzi

Baler offers great places to stay that will suit every type of travelers. To help you on where to stay in this beautiful destination in the Philippines, here are some of the resorts/ hotels I recommend for a first time visitor.

The town of Baler in Aurora is famous for its high waves which attract a lot of local and international tourists. It's truly a haven f...

The town of Baler in Aurora is famous for its high waves which attract a lot of local and international tourists. It's truly a haven for surfers, having a long coastline fronting the Pacific Ocean. But Baler is not all about surfing. You can go here for another reason: the food! I have listed some of the restaurants on where to eat and drink in Baler.


Myrtle Park 

Myrtle Park is a great food destination if you want to chill and unwind after surfing. It offers a hip vibe ambiance with delicious food. Walls are painted with vibrant colors and lovely drawings. We tried the burgers and wraps and the taste was really good! They also have refreshing beverages like fruit juices and sodas. For those who want to drink beer, cocktail or drink on the rocks, no worries, these are all available in Myrtle Park.

The Rainbow Military Housing is one of the famous attractions in the city of Taichung . It's a vibrant and colorful housing complex wh...

The Rainbow Military Housing is one of the famous attractions in the city of Taichung. It's a vibrant and colorful housing complex where you can find bright colors and unique drawings on the walls. 


According to our guide (Ms. Bella), The Rainbow Village was originally a housing complex for military families that immigrated to Taiwan after the Chinese Civil War in mainland China. The village of today is now one of Taiwan’s most popular tourist destinations. We met Grandpa Huang or Rainbow Grandpa, the person behind of these colorful walls. He is one of the veterans who lived in this complex and he started to paint these houses with an amazing arts in 2008.

Visiting Subic Bay anytime soon? Subic Bay is a perfect destination for those who want to unwind and experience different adventures....

Visiting Subic Bay anytime soon?

Subic Bay is a perfect destination for those who want to unwind and experience different adventures. It offers several tourist destinations and exciting activities that would surely enjoy by everyone. In our recent trip to Subic Bay, we tried several activities like nature tripping, trekking, sailing and food tripping.

Photo from Mac Dillera
Before we go to El Kabayo Trail, we took first our breakfast in Jollibee. We ordered breakfast value meals like Corn Beef, Breakfast Steak, Longganisa, Hotdog and Pancakes. While waiting for our food, Jollibee surprised and entertained us with his energetic performance. He's very cool!

Night markets are very popular in Taiwan . These are street markets which operate at night and are generally dedicated to more leisurely st...

Night markets are very popular in Taiwan. These are street markets which operate at night and are generally dedicated to more leisurely strolling, shopping, and eating than more business like day markets. You can find here a mixture of individual food stalls, trendy clothes, consumer goods, xiaochi (similar to snacks or fast food), and specialty drinks. And if you are planning to visit Taiwan, then visiting night markets should be your number-one thing to do.


Ximending is a fun place to visit, no matter what time of day. It is a shopping district which is called the "Harajuku of Taipei" and the "Shibuya of Taipei". The road is full of lights and atmosphere is crowded and busy. This place is just 10 minutes walk away from our hotel (Just Sleep Hotel). We found lots of restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops, international brand outlets, milk tea stores and a lot of more.

The Tourism Authority of Thailan d formally introduced to the Philippines' members of the press and bloggers the 5 famous Thai festival...

The Tourism Authority of Thailand formally introduced to the Philippines' members of the press and bloggers the 5 famous Thai festivals at the PTAA Travel Tour Expo 2019 happened last Friday, February 8. They also unveiled the new Thailand ambassador none other than TV host Robi Domingo.



Before the main the event, dancers from Thailand perform on stage with their amazing Thai traditional dance. Women dancers were wearing a sinh ( a traditional garment worn by Lao and Thai women ) with blouse or a suea pat (s a long-sleeved shirt with no buttons.) and glamorous accessories. Men dancers were wearing chong kraben or pants, a Raj pattern shirt, and trousers or sado. Their costumes were very impressive.