The Pinoy Traveler

Ultimate Guide for Budget Traveler and Adventure Seeker

Subic Bay is one of the nearest tourist destinations from the Metro. It is just a two-hour drive from Manila which is easily accessible thro...

Subic Bay is one of the nearest tourist destinations from the Metro. It is just a two-hour drive from Manila which is easily accessible through the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX). Subic is an ideal place whether you’re in it for the yachting, beaches, shopping, or food trip. No wonder it is being flocked with local and international travelers year-round, especially in the summer season. 



If you are planning to visit Subic Bay any time soon, check out my list of the top best things to do.


Yacht Party with Friends or Family





If you want to explore Subic at its best, you can try the sailing. You can rent a sailboat, a speedboat, or a luxury yacht at Subic Bay Yacht Club. You can experience a fancy tour with La Banca Cruises. For only P6000 / hour, you can have a private yacht sailing tour with your family, friends, or loved ones. It can accommodate up to 20 pax. The terminal fee is P1500. You can also avail of its steak and seafood for P999 which is optional.  They also offer yacht cruises for any functions and events in Subic. You may contact them at 0929 457 0187 or email them at labancacruise@gmail.com .



Food Trip at Meat Plus Cafe




A Subic trip isn't complete without hitting one of the famous restaurants in the town, the  Meat Plus Cafe. Located at the Subic Freeport Zone, Meat Plus Cafe is a must-visit dining spot. It offers a wide range of premium steak cuts, burgers, sides, desserts and refreshing beverages. You can choose the cuts from the restaurant’s freezer and tell the staff how your steak should be cooked. 


Shopping at Royal Duty Free 




Royal Duty Free is one of the best shopping destinations in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. It offers a wide assortment of both imported and local products, catering to the international and domestic tourists for 25 years now. You can find some good deals if you know what to keep an eye out for. Take advantage of their discounted items from fragrances, cosmetics, and luxury items, to chocolates and candies. Royal Duty Free  is open daily from 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM.


Praycation at Holy Land Subic




During the Lenten Season, a lot of Filipinos are flocked to Holy Land to pray to recall Christ's passion, his suffering, death and resurrection. It is Sanctuary and Biblical Theme Park at the Subic Freeport Zone, a pilgrimage destination for local and foreign visitors.  Entrance fee is P350/pax.



If there's a staycation, there's a praycation in Holy Land Subic. It is a peaceful vacation with God where the journey’s end is not the physical destinations you visit; rather it is an inner place where your soul finds rest in Lord. One of my favorite spots is Mary’s House of Prayer and Museum. It houses a collection of 29 Marian statues from the different apparitions around the world, including the Philippines. 


Nature Tripping at El Kabayo Waterfalls and Forest Trail



The El Kabayo Waterfalls and Forest Trail is a great activity for all ages, especially for nature lovers. It is an absolute must-visit if you’re looking for a relaxing place to unwind and escape the busy Metro. Indulge in fun and exciting activities including trekking, swimming, or joining the Jungle Survival Training with indigenous people called Aetas. 


Lakbay Norte 2022 is a media familiarization tour of Subic organized by NLEX Corporation in cooperation with FUNtastic Subic, Hydro Flask, Herschel Supply Co and Geely Philippines

Conti's Bakeshop and Restaurant is famous for its delectable cakes and pastries. The brand also offers unique dishes and signature favo...

Conti's Bakeshop and Restaurant is famous for its delectable cakes and pastries. The brand also offers unique dishes and signature favorites such as the Baked Salmon, Chicken Pie, and the well-loved Mango Bravo. The all-time favorite cake has always been an integral part of almost every occasion, be it big or small. Whether it's a birthday, wedding, graduation, or christening, Conti's cakes are truly bringing more joy to the celebration.



We recently visited its store in MarQuee Mall in Pampanga. We ordered roast beef in mushroom sauce, fresh vegetable salad, and a juicy baked Norwegian pink salmon. Among these dishes, my favorite was the baked salmon. The fish was savory and fresh which was perfectly paired with white rice or pasta. It's a must-try if you eat in any Conti's Restaurant. Not to mention, their salad was delightful. I could eat 3 bowls of their salad in one sitting. 




Cakes are their best seller. We tried the Almond Choco Sans Rival and Salted Caramel. The Almond Choco Sans Rival is made with layers of thin wafers coated with choco butter icing topped with roasted almond sticks. On the other hand, the Salted Caramel is made with layers of salted caramel, crisps, and butterscotch brownies, topped with dulce custard, and finished with dustings of ground cookies. These two cakes are perfect for hot black coffee. You deserve to treat yourself to these mouth-watering cakes. 



Overall, we enjoyed our food in Conti's Bakeshop and Restaurant. They fulfilled my cravings for cakes. The food was delicious and the servings were generous. The staff was friendly and helpful, and the store ambiance was very pleasant too. 


A visit to Conti's Bakeshop and Restaurant is part of Lakbay Norte's media familiarization tour in the Northern Luzon organized by NLEX Corporation in cooperation with Hydro Flask, Herschel Supply Co. and Geely Philippines.

Airports are essential to the economic growth of the country. They are hubs for tourism and transit providing services to airlines, moving p...

Airports are essential to the economic growth of the country. They are hubs for tourism and transit providing services to airlines, moving passengers, and transporting cargo. It also provides local businesses with access to the global market. Filipino and international travelers are surely excited to return to their favorite airports. 



Have you ever heard of the newest airport in the Philippines? Let me introduce Clark International Airport ( Filipino: Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Clark;), the next premier international gateway of the country. It's conveniently located in the Mabalacat - Angeles area within the Clark Freeport Zone in the province of Pampanga, which can be easily accessed by road from Subic (SCTEX), Metro Manila and North Luzon (NLEX).




The new airport serves both international and domestic flights. It features touchless passenger check-in counters, self-bag-drop systems, commercial spaces, all-gender restrooms and an exclusive lounge for overseas Filipino workers. The four-level terminal is in a 110,000 square meter area which can accommodate 8 million passengers per year. 




Upon entering the airport, we immediately noticed its impressive interior design. The iconic roof structure was inspired by the longest Mountain  Range in the Philippines, the Sierra Madre. The new terminal is big and spacious and surrounded by breathtaking views of Mt Arayat of Pampanga and the Zambales Mountains.

 


Clark International Airport is an alternative to the main airport in Metro Manila (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) and services low-cost domestic and foreign flights. Among the airline carriers operating in the airport are AirAsia Philippines, Asiana Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, Emirates,  Jetstar, Jeju Air, Jin Air, Philippine Airlines,  Scoot, Tiger Air, as well as one of the major middle east carriers—Qatar Airways.



How to get to Clark International Airport

  

  Via NLEX-SCTEX

1. From NLEX, continue driving until you reach SCTEX Exit.

2. Continue north and take CLARK NORTH exit.

3. Turn left on the first rotunda to CRK Airport Road.

  

  From inside CLARK FREEPORT ZONE

1. Take Gil Puyat Avenue towards Mabalacat Gate.

2. Turn right on the rotunda to CRK Airport Road. 


Lakbay Norte 2022 is a media familiarization tour of Clark Pampanga organized by NLEX Corporation in cooperation with Hydro Flask, Herschel Supply Co and Geely Philippines.

 

If you are looking for a quick getaway near Metro Manila, Subic is the place to be. It's a sanctuary for nature and wildlife and a venue...

If you are looking for a quick getaway near Metro Manila, Subic is the place to be. It's a sanctuary for nature and wildlife and a venue for countless outdoor activities for both adults and kids. Aside from that, you can find a lot of shopping and dining destinations and all kinds of accommodation options in and around the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.



Located in the heart of downtown Subic Bay, Best Western Plus Hotel is one of the best staycation spots that offer a pleasurable and memorable stay. It features exclusive themes such as Suites, Executives, and Deluxe rooms embedded with a beautiful blend of comfort, luxury and elegance.




Let's talk about its room. I stayed in a Deluxe Double room. It's a spacious room that comes with a King-sized bed, cable television with local and international channel options, a refrigerator, an office table, coffee facilities and a hotel safety deposit box. It has also a hot and cold shower with fresh towels and complimentary toiletries. Each room has complimentary high-speed internet access. 



The Sky Oasis Pool is my favorite spot in the hotel. It features an outdoor pool with an infinity edge and poolside loungers together with a bubble jacuzzi for a total staycation experience. From here, you can see the spectacular view of the Zambales Mountains and Subic Bay. The pool area is surrounded by luxurious lounge chairs, a great place to relax and chill.




Near the swimming pool is a fitness area. It is a state-of-the-art techno-gym with integrated audio and visual system and personal Bluetooth docking stations, treadmills, cross trainers, weight machines and free weights and spinning bikes.



Best Western Plus Hotel Subic offers a complimentary buffet breakfast. The in-house restaurant offers Pinoy all-time favorites like bulalo, pork sinigang, crispy pork kare kare, lechon kawali, pinakbet, crispy pata and many more. It has also coffee,  refreshing beverages and alcoholic drinks. 




The hotel is also an ideal venue for a plethora of grand celebrations, including birthdays, weddings, kids' parties, debuts, and company activities. 


Best Western Plus Hotel Subic


Best Western Plus Hotel Subic, Dewey Avenue, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales, Philippines

+63.047.250.8000 | +63.917.148.2104

reservations@bestwesternsubic.com

https://bestwesternsubic.com/


How to get to Subic 


A. Take a Victory Bus going to Olongapo City or Iba, Zambales. Bus station is located at Cubao and Monumento.

B. From the bus station, you can take jeep near to Subic Bay Freeport.


Lakbay Norte 2022 is a media familiarization tour of Subic organized by NLEX Corporation in cooperation with Hydro Flask, Herschel Supply Co and Geely Philippines


The humble town of Lucban in Quezon province is well known for its Pahiyas Festival which showcases the locals' gratitude to San Isidro ...

The humble town of Lucban in Quezon province is well known for its Pahiyas Festival which showcases the locals' gratitude to San Isidro Labrador for their bountiful harvest. This colorful festival is celebrated every 15th of May. Aside from this, locals and tourists are enjoying its unique delicacies that you can only find within the city.



If you are planning to visit Lucban any time soon, I highly recommend visiting King's Table. It's one of the must-visit restaurants in the town that offers sumptuous Filipino and Italian cuisine utilizing the best ingredients meticulously. Serving gourmet pizza, Italian pasta, local dishes like lechon belly, bbq ribs, sisig and many more.




King's Table is situated in the heart of the town. The two-storey property was a residential place and now turned to be a restaurant that everyone can visit.  The interior of the restaurant has a homey vibe with eye-catching decoration that will surely be enjoyed by millennials and Gen Z foodies. 



We ordered fried chicken, pork sisig, fresh salad and a lot more. The servings were big and the food was really awesome. I also loved the preparation and presentation making the food pleasing to the eyes. Not to mention, King's Table is also selling pancit habhab and 'hardinera', also known as the Quezon meatloaf or the Lucban meatloaf.



The restaurant is also a great venue for small events and special occasions, such as an anniversary, birthdays, and reunions. 


King's Table is open daily from 11AM to 9PM.


King's Table


Address: Aguilar Corner Regidor Street, Lucban, Quezon 

Contact Number: (042) 540 4297



The island of  Boracay is one of the top destinations in the Philippines that offers a perfect getaway to experience a mix of nature, fun an...

The island of  Boracay is one of the top destinations in the Philippines that offers a perfect getaway to experience a mix of nature, fun and relaxation. It is a tropical island surrounded by stunning white sand beaches and clear blue waters located about an hour's flight from Cebu or Manila. If you are looking for a place to stay, HUE Boracay is one of my highly recommended. This cozy resort will surely make your trip to Boracay a memorable one. 



HUE Hotel Boracay offers the best and finest accommodations and amenities that will give you a relaxing island vacation. Here are the reasons why I love to stay in this hotel.


Cozy and Elegant Rooms




A comfortable and relaxing room is absolutely essential. It's the best place to relax and feel better after a long tiring day. Hue Hotel offers a spacious, chic vibe in a well-designed room. We stayed in a Family Room which is great for small families or groups of friends. It has comfy beds with fresh and soft linen, a working table, refrigerator, flat-screen tv with cable channels, coffee facilities and 2 en suite bathrooms with hot and cold shower. One thing I love about this room is it has a view of the pool which is more stunning at night. Not to mention, free Wi-FI is available in every room.


Instagrammable Pool




The hotel is routinely rated high for its cool vibe, excellent customer service and its Insta-worthy pool. HUE's sparkling azure pool is one of the best spots on the property. It has luxurious lounge chairs with plush cushions making it a great place to chill and relax. It has a full outdoor modern bar that serves several refreshing beverages, wines, and signature cocktails. You can stay in the pool while enjoying your favorite drinks. 


Vibrant Station X





Station X is a unique and vibrant lifestyle hub that is home to a variety of restaurants, stores, bars and entertainment spots that are carefully curated. It's open for hotel and non-hotel guests. If you are looking for a place to eat in Boracay, this is the place to be. Why? They offer great food at reasonable prices. You can find here Filipino, Singaporean, Korean, Japanese and Italian dishes. If you love to drink, there is Prisma. It offers specialty cocktails and alcohol that will make you chill and happy. 


Affordable Weekend Buffet





If you are looking for a buffet restaurant in Boracay, HUE Hotel has in house restaurant called La-UD Restaurant. This Instagrammable dining spot offers a weekend buffet that will not break your bank. Enjoy a fusion of comfort food and polished recipes at affordable prices. Whether you are looking for seafood, grilled pork and chicken, fresh salads, pasta, or lush desserts, they have got you covered. The buffet is available on Saturday and Sunday from 6PM to 10PM at P599 per person.


Fun and Entertaining Activities




Whether you are a leisure guest, digital nomad or corporate traveler, the hotel should make it a top priority to give you a memorable experience. 


Aside from their impressive rooms, world-class amenities and facilities and exceptional customer service, HUE Boracay offers fun and entertaining activities. 


In their recent event, the hotel held a fashion show featuring amateur models of all shapes and sizes. It was joined by foreign and local travelers, a female big-wave rider, kids, a member of LGBTQ+ and a beautiful and confident Ati ( Indigenous people of the Panay Island ). The goal of this fashion show is to invite everyone to visit Boracay no matter what your physical appearance or what you look like or think you look like or what your style is, you are free to enjoy the island. Aside from the fashion, I also witnessed several local artists painting in front of a live audience. 


Hue Hotel and Resorts Boracay


Station 2, Main Road, Boracay Island, Malay, 5608 Aklan, Philippines

Contact number in Boracay: (+6336) 286 2900(+63) 927 640 9036

Manila office: (+632) 8896 9999(+632) 8896 3740(+632) 8896 4061(+63) 917 632 7457, (+63) 947 428 9027

Email: boracayreservations@thehuehotel.com, boracay@thehuehotel.com

Facebook page: Hue Hotels and Resorts Boracay

Website: https://www.boracay.thehuehotel.com


For more than two years, cinemas and movie theaters all over the world have been shut down in an attempt to stem the rate of infection from ...

For more than two years, cinemas and movie theaters all over the world have been shut down in an attempt to stem the rate of infection from the coronavirus. We have been forced to stay home and relied on digital (video-on-demand and streaming video)  for our entertainment. Good thing we finally get to watch movies on big screens again as cinemas are open now in Metro Manila and other major cities in the country.



Moviegoers finally get to revisit cinemas, but, so far, some are likely to skip cinemas and preferred to watch films on streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, Apple TV Plus and Disney Plus. The pandemic has kept many people in their homes and TVs have served as a refuge for them. Some of them get a large-screen Smart TV to help them intensify their on-screen entertainment. And if you are looking for an alternative way to watch movies and tv series in the comfort of your home, the LUMOS RAY  Home Cinema Projector is the perfect option. 


In case you’re planning to buy a home projector for yourself, here are the reasons why you should buy LUMOS RAY





Premium Design / Portability


LUMOS RAY is a travel-friendly and lightweight projector that will fit right into your backpack. It's portable and is easy to carry from one place to another. You can have your own cinema even if you are in the hotel room or at the beach. Please make sure there's a white wall or white cloth where you can broadcast the image. The design comes with a sleek & elegant look which adds a touch of modernity to your room. One thing you will notice about LUMOS RAY, it looks premium and high-performance speaker. 





Massive Screen with Little Space


High resolution is important for home entertainment projectors. The LUMOS RAY gives you the complete home cinema experience with a huge 150inch projected screen, 1080p supported resolution and theater-like dual built-in Dolby Audio Speakers.  Even if you have a small space, (say, living in a studio apartment), you would definitely enjoy this device. The RAY can cast and project an image the size of a 100-inch screen from just a 3m distance. Aside from that, LUMOS rates the projector brightness at 3,000 lumens, making the colors more vivid in darkness (not grainy or washed out). 





Built-in Netflix + YouTube


For most of my free time, I enjoy watching Netflix series and YouTube vlogs. Good thing the LUMOS RAY projector comes with two of my favorite movie-watching apps, with no need to download or install anything on the device. Additionally, this portable projector has its own built-in Android operating system which makes it literally plug and play. Just log in to your Youtube or Netflix account and continue watching your favorite movies and tv series and you are good to go. 




Wireless Mirror Casting


I use a Chromecast to cast my favorite entertainment and apps from my phone right to my non-Smart TV. Why I'm doing that?  Of course, I want to enjoy my favorite shows, movies, music, sports, games, and more on the big screen. Since I already have a LUMOS RAY, I no longer need the Chromecast because the projector allows wireless mirror casting. I simply open the built-in Air Screen app & connect it to Wi-Fi to mirror my smartphone.





Built-in Dolby Audio Speakers


The audio features are another strong point. LUMOS Ray has 2 inbuilt Dolby Audio Speakers, making the sound ultra-rich with strong bass. You read it right, unlike with old and big projectors, the RAY has its own speakers. It delivers enough volume to fill a large room along with surprisingly superb sound quality. If you want a private audio experience while watching your favorite shows, you can attach headphones.




User-Friendly


Setting up the projector is as easy as 1,2,3. Even if you’re not too tech-savvy, the manual is easy enough to follow, making the device easy to use for young millennials and Gen Z users. Your parents can also use the projector because all the apps are displayed on the screen once the projector is on. Just teach them how to use the remote so they can easily navigate the apps and settings of the RAY.


Pricing and Availability


The LUMOS RAY is priced at only ₱8,999 and the RAY Smart at ₱11,999 with 1-year local warranty,. It is available in Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore.


The LUMOS RAY Home Cinema Projector is now available for purchase directly from LUMOS Projector via their website at www.lumosprojector.ph/ray