Ultimate Guide for Budget Traveler and Adventure Seeker

The Starbucks Coffee 2018 Planner

Starbucks recently unveiled the 2018 Starbucks Coffee Planners which highlight the Kape Vinta Card. These planners will be available starting November 2,2017.



The Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2018 Planner comes in leather sleeves. Inside, there are plenty more surprises such as a stencil ruler and a cleverly-designed calendar that can be folded in a shape of a cup. All planner sets are available in regular and mini sizes.
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5 Reasons Why I Love Agos Boracay

Boracay is one of the best tourist destinations in the Philippines. This tropical island is surrounded by stunning white powdery beach and clear turquoise water located about an hour's flight from Manila. Apart from its white sand beaches, Boracay is also famous for beach parties, water adventures, adrenaline pumping activities, among others.


Looking for affordable hotel or resort in Boracay? For travelers on a budget, you can book at Agos Boracay. It offers several rooms from superior room, deluxe room, to family room for as low as P2,700. You can avail it for daily, weekly, monthly or even long term stay.
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Kamiseta Hotel: The Most Beautiful Hotel in Baguio

Baguio City is one of the favorite destinations for most Filipinos. Due to its cool mountain weather, it’s considered the "Summer Capital of the Philippines". The city offers several interesting attractions, fun indoor and outdoor activities and best restaurants.


Recently, we spent our weekends in Baguio. I love to go here after summer because it’s less crowd and the ber-months weather is really awesome. The city is truly a perfect destination to get away from the pollution and busy roads in the Metro.
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Cabin Zero: The Best Carry-On Bag for Adventurers

Looking for a quality and stylish bag for your next adventure? Check out the Cabin Zero. It offers a collection of high performance bags for all styles. It's a perfect carry-on bag for adventurers like you.


In my previous trip in Parola Island, Camarines Norte, I used the Cabin Zero, a British brand that is just starting to expand to the Philippines. I have an ultra-light Classic 44L cabin sized bag which part of the Classic Urban collection. It features a large 44 litre capacity, side compression straps, top and side handles, front zipped pocket, inside zipped and mesh pocket.
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Lowe Alpine Silvermark now in the Philippines

One of the most popular outdoor adventure brands in Asia is now available in the Philippines!

Adventure brand Lowe Alpine Silvermark recently opened its first flagship store in the country to provide quality and stylish athleisure gear for Filipino adventurers.


The first concept store is located on the third level of the Mega Fashion Hall at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong city which features the brand's full range of athleisure products including jackets, vests, t-shirts, pants, and Lowe Alpine’s world-renowned collection of outdoor bags.
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Traveling with ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom

Many of us take our phones with us wherever we go. We spend a good amount of time on our phones till the end of the day. We check e-mails, update our social networking accounts, play games, listen to music, and take pictures and videos. With the advance technology of today's smartphones, our work become faster and easier.


As a traveler and photography enthusiast, it's essential for me to have a great camera. I bring DSLR, action cam and  smartphone every time I have out of town trips. A DSLR provides a better image quality.  It comes with a highly advanced autofocus system with wide apertures, much wider than the zoom lenses on compacts. On the other hand, the action camera is a perfect travel gear for capturing actions and views with the extreme adventures. I really love my DSLR and action cam but most of the time I use my phone as the main camera when I travel. Honestly, the reason why I don't much use my DSLR is because its weight and size is inconvenient especiIally when hiking.


Every time I upgrade my phone, I check first the quality of the camera. I know for a fact that most smartphone cameras now can capture great photos and videos. They have almost the same features and performances like DSLR.



Recently I used the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom on our trip in Camarines Norte, Philippines. With its quality camera and stellar battery life, the ZenFone 3 Zoom is a great pick for travelers.

Let's go to the specs of the phone. The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom, a follow up to 2015's ZenFone Zoom, featuring solid specs for a reasonable price. The phone comes with a 5.5-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels. It has remarkably slim metal body with elegant color options in Navy Black, Glacier Silver and Rose Gold.



The Zenfone 3 Zoom is powered by 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and runs on the latest Android 6.0 operating system. This smartphone packs 32GB of internal storage that is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card.



You want to know about its camera? Well, the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom is equipped with 12-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 13-megapixel front shooter for selfies. This smartphone is perfect  for zooming. It has innovative dual-lens optics with its ƒ/1.7 SONY IMX362 sensor and 2.3x optical zoom camera that capture super-sharp, close-up photos and videos from right where you stand, and with just a single tap. Also, the ZenFone 3 Zoom is ideal smartphone for ultra-clear and vivid night or low light shots and photography of backlight subjects.



I took a shot with my travel blogger friend (@kennethsurat) from the top of the rock formation. With the normal shot, he looked so small and I can't see the details of his face. When I used the zoom-in feature, the Zenfone 3 Zoom surprisingly produced a quality image. With its clarity, I'm really impressed. Some smartphones I used before, when I zoom in the camera, the image became pixilated.



Like DSLR, the ZenFone 3 Zoom has a manual mode to feel like a pro! These include one-touch control over shutter speed, white balance, EV, ISO and metering, plus two features unique in the ZenFone range to ZenFone 3 Zoom: support for the professional RAW photo format, and the ability to switch instantly between the dual lenses for either 25mm or 59mm focal length.



With its 5000mAh non removable battery, it's the best battery life ever. I don't need to worry if I forget to bring a powerbank. I have a peace of mind that I can use this smartphone the whole day.

Overall, with its advanced dual-lens smartphone-camera system, 2.3x optical-zoom camera and world-beating 5000mAh battery, the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom is a perfect smartphone for travelers. I love its superb performance. It packs more zoom camera than I've seen in a smartphone. 

Meanwhile, most of the images taken from ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom was shot in Parola Island also known as Pink Beach. It's virgin and unspoiled beach surrounded with semi pinkish color, a mixture of white sand and a rough reddish one (miniature coral fragments). The island also fringed with coconut trees and several plants

For more information about the Zenfone 3 Zoom and other Zenfone series and, head on over to ASUS Philippines’ Official Facebook Page.
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Manuel Uy : The Unspoiled Beach in Batangas

Due to the limited time, I want to go to a budget traveler's destination near the Metro that will help me to relax my mind from stress.


Five days of working with non stop stress, frustrating system, and unlimited backlogs, giving me acrimony. It's a mixed emotion, pushing me to quit. What a bad week! I decided to join an outdoor group who will travel to a secluded beach in the province of Batangas, hoping it will give me a peace of mind. The name of the place was Manuel Uy Resort.
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Cebu Pacific brings ASEAN influencers to top PH destinations

        CEB celebrates the ASEAN 'one' spirit brings ASEAN influencers to top PH destinations

The Philippines leading airline, Cebu Pacific, held a welcome party for ASEAN influencers last September 20, at the Social House, Circuit Makati.

(c) Johanis Sani @jO.ms

As the Philippines takes the helm of the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2017, its leading airline Cebu Pacific will fly top travel and lifestyle influencers to world-class destinations in the Pearl of the Orient, including YouTuber Salshabilla of Indonesia, YouTuber Phở Đặc Biệt of Vietnam, beauty and lifestyle influencer Johanis Sani of Malaysia, lifestyle and beauty YouTuber Baby Mojiko of Thailand, and beauty influencer and freelance model Elaine Jasmine of Singapore.
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Bulalacao Beach | A Secluded Beach in Camarines Norte

Aside Parola Island, the town of Jose Panganiban has another secluded beach that will surely make your escapade to remember. Let me introduce the Bulalacao Beach.


Bulalacao Beach is a remote beach in Camarines Norte. Its name was derived from the Tagalog word of meteor, "Bulalakaw." According to the locals, you can watch most meteor showers or falling stars in this beach. It's one of the best stargazing destination in Cam Norte. So, if you believe on the power of the shooting stars, stay here overnight. Bring a blanket or sleeping bag and chair to sit on while watching the night sky.

The unspoiled beach is a private property but is open to public for P50. The beach features a mile-long fine grayish-white sand and blue waters. The waves are not big and strong which make it safe for those who want to swim. Unlike with other beaches, it's pure sand beneath the shallow waters. It's very relaxing, the sand was soft and the water was refreshing.
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Hop Inn | The Budget-Friendly Hotel in Makati

Budget-friendly and comfortable, Hop Inn Makati is the perfect accommodation for the budget conscious business and leisure traveler, just minutes away from the country’s business capital and city's famous entertainment and nightlife destinations.


Hop Inn Makati offers convenient accommodations, professional service from friendly staff, round-the-clock security, CCTV operations, a secure and spacious parking space, FREE WIFI, and outstanding value for money.
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Bagasbas Beach | Surfing Destination in Camarines Norte

If you are looking for a surfing spot in the Philippines, head over to Bagasbas Beach in Daet, Camarines Norte. It's a top destination for beginners and pro surfers because of its consistent waves the whole-year round, making it the country's first surfing spot and the world's 61st.


The mile-long stretch of Bagasbas Beach features sandy bottom and shallow waters which make it safe for surfers. The beach is known for its fine, gray sand with big waves.  What I like Bagasbas each, it's quiet and clean. Considering it's a public Beach, the local government was able to maintain the cleanliness of the beach.
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