Thailand gears up for traditional New Year Songkran Festival

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) marks an extended celebration of the Thai Lunar Calendar, the New Year Songkran Festival, with unique activities and festivities that pay tribute to the role of water in Thai culture and society. Normally the celebration lasts for three days from April 13 to 15, but this year there will be an extended break as April 16 and 17 fall on a weekend.

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Thailand gears up for traditional New Year Songkran Festival

Revisiting Boracay

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Our 5-day Holy Week getaway in Boracay ends today. While waiting for our Cebu Pacific flight from Caticlan to Manila, I  drafted this visual diary before it gets added to my growing pile of unpublished travel blog posts.

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Revisiting Boracay

Get off the grid with this private island getaway on Airbnb

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When your idea of a fun and relaxing getaway has graduated from endless partying and going to LaBoracay to finding solace away from the physical and virtual pollution of the city, here’s a destination that you may want to consider.

Just a little over three hours away from Manila, a private island is up for rent on Airbnb. Equipped with an 80-square meter bungalow with a living room, a kitchen, a main bedroom and an attic, the island can comfortably host a group of up to 10 people. It has a separate study with the most relaxing 360 degree island view and a spacious ground area where you can dine alfresco. You may also chill and/or read on a hammock under a tree, walk barefoot while enjoying your favourite glass of wine, or roast marshmallows and hotdogs around a ready bonfire by the lake.

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Get off the grid with this private island getaway on Airbnb

Hong Kong 101 for first time travelers

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It’s that time of the year when major airlines are posting the most incredible flight promos that would enable just about anyone to travel around the country and even abroad.

And so, because a lot of our friends are going to Hong Kong for the first time this year, we are posting this travel guide for 5 days/4 nights that we use for our own trips to HK. This covers most of the tourist-y places that you have to check out and a few tips on the side to make your stay as smooth-sailing as possible.

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Hong Kong 101 for first time travelers

Hiking Mount Maculot – A beginner’s tale

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Ever since That Thing Called Tadhana, I have made it my mission to go emo while staring at the sea of clouds at Sagada’s Mount Kiltepan. Turns out, if you are not in your twenties anymore, you can’t just go to Sagada on a whim. While Kiltepan is supposed to be an easy climb, you have to do it at dawn in freezing weather which makes it challenging for first time climbers. Some preparation is needed and setting the incline on the treadmill at a higher percentage just won’t cut it.

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Hiking Mount Maculot – A beginner’s tale

Rosedale Hotel Kowloon

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Overlooking the Olympian City shopping complex off the Skyzone Deck and Lounge, 30/F Rosedale Hotel Kowloon

December 2015 –  My buddy Jae and I decided to take our moms to Hong Kong as an early Christmas present. It was their first time in the mega city and also our first out of the country trip together so we made sure that everything went without a hitch. We booked our plane tickets via Cebu Pacific as early as June but we took our time in choosing the hotel where we would be staying at. The latter was critical as our itinerary was planned around its location.

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Rosedale Hotel Kowloon

The Magical World of Disney

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The first time that we went to Disneyland, it was August. The heat and humidity in Hong Kong that time of the year was unbearable even at early hours of the morning but we didn’t mind. From the time that we boarded the train with Mickey Mouse-shaped windows and matching handles, we were already in Fantasia and we could hardly contain our excitement.

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The Magical World of Disney