Team Building Facility Near Metro Manila: San Rafael River Adventure

Looking for a team Building Facility that’s just outside of Metro Manila?

Check out SAN RAFAEL RIVER ADVENTURE! Very nice place to unwind and enjoy the nature! Provinciated but the accommodation is SOSYAL! Imagine sleeping inside a GLASS HOUSE or GLASS VILLA? They have a big facility that offers a lot of team building activities for your team. Quite exclusive accommodation, for now, they only have 4 Glass Cottages and 1 Glass Villa. You can also enjoy sleeping on a tent here, they call it GLAMPING and GLAMPING with a twist — floating tent, basically.


GLASS COTTAGE

One of the best breakfasts of my life! Al fresco style. Fresh air, good food and good company! Truly enjoyable!


Inside the GLASS COTTAGE, good for 2 adults and 2 kids.

Because it’s made of glass walls, you will see the outside right away. Very refreshing to see the nature as you wake up in the morning! Ang cool ng experience.


View deck overlooking the San Rafael River.


Other side of the view deck.


Bali inspired Reception area.


Plenty of water activities that you and your team can enjoy. You don’t even need to go that far (aka Bohol) to experience river cruising. They all have it here!


There are ATVs as well.


Floating bridge. One of the many teambuilding activities that you can try.


Bigger teambuilding area where you can play volleyball etc.


of course, Infinity Pool!


GLASS VILLA for bigger crowd! Can accommodate up to 20pax. Very nice!


Inside the Glass Villa


Glass Villa has 2 Bathrooms, if I remember correctly.


Veranda overlooking the San Rafael River. Where you can eat lunch/dinner with the whole team.

San Rafael River Adventure is my new go-to place to unwind! Perfect for staycation with your loved ones or colleagues.

Check out their Facebook: San Rafael River Adventure

Contact their Manila Landline: (02) 334 0195 for reservation and inquiries.

Check out their awesome Virtual Tour here:

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I Am Php10,600 Poorer Than I was Yesterday

I was really hesitant to go on a trip to Bora because of many many reasons. For one, I think it’s overrated. Second, not budget-friendly eh. Third, I’d rather sleep. Fourth, eversince that dreadful day in Pug-os beach (Cabugao Ilocos), where I almost drown myself to death, I haven’t really enjoyed going to the beach anymore. Fifth, I am very busy. Sixth, budget talaga. Ninth, budget pa din. Tenth, budgeeet! It’s one very expensive island! Well honestly, kahit saan ka naman mag-travel, it’s gonna cost you a lot money. Even my everyday travel to work is expensive — Php254 (that’s 5,334/month). Ughhh!

Anyway, I’m half glad, half sad that I said yes to Boracay. It was a fun experience and if I can, I’m definitely going back. Kaso lang when I look back and review my expenses…whaaaahhhh I WISH I STAYED AT HOME TO WATCH/SLEEP/EAT INSTEAD. Haaaay now I am Php10,600 poorer than I was yesterday!!!

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World’s Largest Dome Arena: The PHILIPPINE ARENA

The world’s largest dome arena is finally done!

All I can say is that this is a massive display of power and money. Even the designers said this is an ambitious project. Imagine, 3rd world country with the world’s largest dome. Doesn’t make sense haha.

Owned by Iglesia Ni Cristo

Located in Ciudad De Victoria, Bocaue

Capacity 50,500 (max. 55,000)

Field dimensions: 243 meters length, 193 meters width, 62 meters height

My goodness! I’ve only been inside Smart Araneta Coliseum once and I thought it’s huuugeee already. They have a total of 22,000 seats while MOA Arena has 20,000. Surprise surprise! Philippine Arena has 55,000!!!

The following buildings are also being built on the same location– Eraño G. Manalo (EGM) Medical Center, New Era University, the Philippine Stadium, and the Philippine Sports Center. Wow. I wanna be rich and tax-free too!!!

My only issue is:

It’s not very accessible. It is located between the border of Bocaue and Sta. Maria towns in Bulacan. You need your own transportation to get there. The good news is that there will be an NLEX exit for Philippine Arena soon. Must buy a property in Bulacan soon!

What I’m really excited about is to find out who can fill in such a big dome as this. I am totally going to flip tables if it’s Daniel Padilla.

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Preparing for my first trip to Baguio….this year!

Soo excited for my first trip to Baguio….this year! Thank you Japox for paying for our accommodation. We’re all very excited!

I’ve been to Baguio twice, year 2000 with the whole ECE graduating class, and 2008 with fellow bloggers Reyna Elena and Pinoyambisyoso. Both very memorable to me so I hope this year’s also a good one. I am just happy I could visit the place again because I didn’t have the chance to travel that much last year (except for our Team Building in Laiya and Puerto Galera and a few trips to my barrio) due to busy schedules (and poverty lols).


Visit 168 Divisoria for all your party needs. Very very cheap price there. That HAPPY BIRTHDAY candles is only 30P, you can buy the same thing in Goldilocks for 150P.

Since Japox paid for our accommodation, we decided to make a surprise party tomorrow night to celebrate 2 things – his bday and promotion! Congratulations on being promoted as the new MARKOVA for Asia Pacific! Do you have your business cards already? If you haven’t, I know a place where you can get quality custom business cards printing services for your personal cards. Let me know if you need help, ok. Congrats again! Well deserved!

Baguio..here I come!

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Christmas Shopping in Divisoria


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I have been harboring this love and hate relationship with Divisoria for a long long time now. Many times I’ve said to myself not to visit the place again but I just keep coming back to it!

Even when I hate its smell, dirty roads, pickpockets and its traffic, I always find myself visiting Divi at least once a year. Last Monday, I went there to meet my brother’s colleague, but I couldn’t resist it, I ended up shopping for Christmas gifts. It’s impossible to ignore the temptation when everything you see is at bargain rate.

Cute doll shoes worth 200P (my first pair!)
3 Dresses for myself = 1000. A little pricey but I could get each of those dress for 1000P in malls yah know.
Toys toys toys and a lot of toys to be given away to the kids in my barrio = 495P only!
4 bags for only 550P. Yes, 4!
3 lovely earrings for 100P
Various pieces of locks for 300P

All for 2645P only!

I’m quite satisfied with my purchases. The dresses are really really pretty.  Sulit ang pagod. Divi is sooo huge, you can get lost if you don’t know where to go. Here’s a when planning to go there

Divisoria Mall – This place is perfect for Christmas shopping. Lots of toys, giveaways, gift items, party materials – loot bags etc. You’ll find here the same toys you see in SM malls in a lot cheaper prices. More than half the price actually.

Each Credit Card Guard Wallet costs 250P online, in Divi mall, wholesale price (at least 6) costs only 35P each! LED xmas lights costs 250P/10m in metrodeal. You can get them cheaper in Divi Mall.

168 Mall – Go here when shopping for clothes, shoes, wallets and bags! 2 pairs of doll shoes for 380P only!

999 Mall – Pretty much the same with what’s inside 168, except that 999 is bigger, and cleaner.

Tutuban Cluster Bldg – Various textiles, curtains, bridal gowns, entourage gowns etc. Too bad, nasunog tong bldg na to earlier this year.

If you’re looking for wedding gowns, entourage gowns, ninang gowns, all sorts of gowns, patahian/modista in Divisoria, go to the old Ylaya Bldg. Cheaper there than the ones inside Tutuban Cluster Bldg

Tabora St. – beads, ribbons, laces, wedding souvenirs, sewing accessories, masks, feathers, native products, hard-to-find kitchen items. Various beads stores (I still prefer Quiapo when shopping for beads) – Wellmanson is also  located here.

Tips when visiting Divi:

– Pls wear a comfortable footwear. Slippers are highly recommended.
– Wear comfortable, light and cotton clothes.
– Bring a reusable big bag, just like a sako bag! Trust me you’ll need it!
– Bring a small sling bag or belly bag to keep your cellphone and money safe from pickpockets
– Bring a fan and face towel
– Shop early, and preferably on weekdays!
– Common sense, if you want your ears to be intact, do not wear earrings in Divi! It’s dangerous! Better yet, do not wear any “alahas” when shopping in Divi. It doesn’t make sense diba. You don’t need to impress anyone there.
– Use your cellphone when inside the malls only

Infairness, Divi’s traffic is much tolerable now. Less clutter in the hi-way, more space now unlike before, except lang when shopping at night.

If you haven’t done your Christmas shopping yet, it’s not too late, go to Divi and have fun shopping!

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My Expeience in Rebooking A Flight With Airphil Express, Cubao Ticketing Office

I initially called their customer service number 855-9000 to inquire about the re-booking process. The rep told me to go to Airphil Ticketing Office to pay 1344 pesos for the rebooking fee. Kelangan sa ticketing office ang transaction ng rebooking. I don’t have a choice but to go there. So I went to Airphil Cubao Office (tapat ng Farmers Cubao) to rebook my flight thinking that I only had to shell out 1344P.

Prior to going there, I clearly asked the customer rep if there were additional charges, hidden charges etc. He said it’s fixed. He didn’t told me that….

…eto ang beginning ng kalbaryo.

Arrived at 4PM, serving #817….mine was #874. Ang ineet. Walang aircon. Some people who went before me gave up their numbers already. It’s already past 7pm when my number got called. From #860, naging #874 because a lot of people lined up went home already. Napakabagal kasi ng serbisyo. I can understand that. Pero sana magdagdag sila ng staff, at maglagay ng aircon. Sobrang init sa loob ng office nila at ang dumi (ang arte hehe). Ampanget! Parang

When I was ready to pay, they’re charging me 4K+ for rebooking my flight back to Manila. Whaaaaat! Akala ko 1344? The rep told me clearly it’s only 1344! I waited 3++ hrs to pay 1344P!!! Yun lang ang kaya ng budget ko. May adjustment  daw sa pamasahe plus penalty which is 1344P. So penalty lang pala yun 1344. New ticket purchase costs 2500++. Much much cheaper! Parusa much ano ba! Mag RORORO na lang ako! Nanghihinayang ako sa ticket. At nanghinayang ako sa oras na ginugol ko dun. Haaaay I wasted my time and effort. That’s 4 hrs of my life that I’ll never get back bec that rep gave me the wrong info!!! If I had know beforehand na there are other charges, hindi ko na sana inabala ang sarili ko na pumila noh! Napaka-incompetent lang ng Customer Service ng Airphil!!!

So my advice when rebooking a flight: BUMILI NA LANG NG BAGONG TICKET.

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Warung Bodag Maliah, Bali Indonesia

I wanna visit Indonesia! I was watching an episode of Axian Food Adventure on AFC when they featured this restaurant – Warung Bodag Maliah in Ubud,  Bali. What caught my interest to go there is its location – in the middle of rice fields! The place looks heavenly and relaxing. No need for air-conditioning since the resto is windowless allowing the fresh air to enter freely. Plus they serve organic food. It’s very unique. Haven’t seen anything like that in the Philippines. I could set up something like that in my barrio!!!

They also featured the laid back lifestyle of Ubud and other places of interest. I want to take a trip to Bali and explore its culture! Don’t know when but I have to visit that place someday!

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Team Building for 20 – 30pax? Try Moonlight Beach Resort, Laiya Batangas

Planning your next team building activity?

Try Moonlight Beach Resort
Laiya Balacbacan, San Juan Batangas
Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check out: 1:00 PM
# 0920-2215493

Why I recommend it?

It’s just a few hours away from Manila. It’s beach front. Compared to other resorts that we checked, it’s more affordable and pretty decent. They have a very accommodating staff. They don’t require huge amount of deposit.


This is the frontview of Moonlight Beach Resort. Super bright yellow, looks newly painted. We rented 3 rooms to accommodate 20-30 person.

Amenities:
Room 7, 8 and 9 (good for 30 pax)
each room has 1 queen size bed, 1 double bed (queen size)
All air conditioned with private CRs in each room (Note: No TV inside the rooms)
1 Nipa Hut (beach front) provided for the group
Ref, grilling area, gas stove and cooking utensils are provided
Resort fee (overnight stay, 3 rooms): P 11, 000


These are the other rooms available.


Parking area here. For our transportation, we rented out 2 vans from UV Express Service.

Van: 2 x 14-seater, 6K each (back and forth)
Text Aldwin 09473642978 for more details
Budget: P12, 000 (Gas and rental included)
Note: Toll fee not included, also we included Kuyas in our food budget since they’ll have to stay with us the whole time. For their accommodation, they slept in the van.


Several neighboring resorts here, we just didn’t have time to roam around.


Nipa huts beach front. Perfect for those visiting on day tour only.


Nipa hut outside  perfect for kwentuhan. The sand is not powdery white, pero keri na.


Beach front


this scene is familiar, looks like my barriosiete, except that we don’t need to pay to have funnnnn


lots of visitors pa din even when it’s past summer already


mountains as a backdrop, ganda-ganda!


For activities, Ruthie and I prepared a games (some are ripped of from our favorite Korean variety show called – Running Man)

– Bring Me Item + Queen’s Race (QUEEN’s feet shouldn’t reach the sand while bringing the items we asked them for so she has to be carried out all the time, promotes team work and helpfulness)
– Guess What? (guess what item is inside the box)
– Movie Charades


Infairness, the beds are quite big.


See!? Can accommodate up to 3 person each bed.


This is the kitchen area, no extra fee for the gasul. The last time we went to Puerto Galera, we were charged 50P each for the gasul, wow, kasing presyo ng bago eh we only used it twice.


For food budget, I think we allotted 5,000++. Here’s our Menu for the whole trip:

Lunch – take out from Andok’s + Dunkin donuts (KKB)
Merienda – lots and lots of chichaaaas
Dinner – ensaladang mangga (indian mangoes, bagoong, kamatis, sibuyas at itlog na maalat); sinigang na spare ribs; inihaw na isda; adobong manok and baboy
Brunch (Day 2) – pancakes; cheesedogs; bread; bacon; egg omelette with spam
Merienda – Jollibee somewhere


Japox setting up his film showing!! I think you can rent videosingko naman but we don’t want to shell out more cash for that so Japox brought his own home theater. Thank you japox for your resourcefulness! CDR-King always reliable! lols


Group shot – wet edition! There’s a huge area in front of the nipa huts, perfect for..picture taking hehe. Sino-sino ang naka-stomach innnnnn?? LOLSSSS


Ayan nakahinga na ng maluwag haha. One more group shot before going home!

All in all, it was all nice. Company paid so I can’t really complain. Hindi masyadong nakakapagod…hinde din nakaka relax. Definitely not the best experience but for a quick, not-so expensive team building, Moonlight Beach Resort is perfect for you and your team.

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PHILTOA Launches the Country’s Largest Tourism Expo

If you’ve ever thought about taking a vacation and exploring the Philippines, now would be the best time to turn that idea into a reality.

It doesn’t matter if you want a quiet retreat or a thrilling adventure; whether you’re planning your honeymoon or just going out with friends, there is no shortage of options in the upcoming 23rd Philippine Travel Mart (PTM) this coming August 10 to 12 at the SMX convention Center in Pasay City.

Now bigger than ever, the Philippine Travel Mart (PTM)—the longest-running travel trade show in the country—is set to showcase the Philippines in the upcoming Sale ng Bayan. Featuring heritage and eco-adventure tours from all over the Philippines, the 23rd PTM is the result of various familiarization and exploration trips that bring new tour products into the market every year.

The annual event is organized by the Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA), in cooperation with the Department of Tourism. With almost 250 exhibitors presenting their tour products through colorful pavilions and booths, the Sale ng Bayan will also launch “Philippine Island Fun Caravan Getaways”—joint group tours that cover various locations from all over the Philippines. These 4-day to 8-day tours pool local, balikbayan, and foreign tourists together to avail of special packages that would have otherwise cost a lot of money if done individually. Featured tours include the Batanes-Cagayan Northern-scape, Cordilleras Cultural Weekend Warrior Caravan, Central Visayas Backdoor tour, and the Tuna-T’Boli trail, among others.

“It has always been our goal to outdo ourselves every year,” says PHILTOA President Cesar Cruz, who is also the chairman of the upcoming PTM. “Innovation is key. We’ve been working closely with tour operators and government agencies alike to offer newer, better products yearly.”

Like most trade shows, the PTM will still feature classic destinations such as Bohol, Boracay, Cebu and Palawan. Also not to be missed are the individual tour packages that have anywhere from 70 to 80% discounted prices, such as “Kulinarya” (Binondo food trip for as low as P648), “Health and Wellness” (Tagaytay Wellness trip for as low as P2900), “Festivals” (Panagbenga trip for as low as P5500), and many more. Aside from the endless array of tour products in the country’s biggest gathering of tour operators, the PTM will also provide informative seminars for students dubbed as Byahe-info. Also scheduled is an Eco Chorale Competition, a Folk Dance Competition, and even a Tourism Quiz Bee—ensuring educational activities for everyone in attendance.

It’s more fun in the Philippines!

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The Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA), Inc. is a non-stock and non-profit organization of tour operators and allied members actively involved in the advocacy of responsible tourism. The membership includes travel agencies, hotel, resorts, transportation companies, handicraft stores, and other tourism-oriented establishments and associations. For more information on the 23rd Philippine Travel Mart, visit www.philtoa.org.

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Subic Jungle Environmental Survival Training


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Planning a trip to Subic? Aside from visiting Subic Ocean Adventure, why not try their Tree Top Adventure or Jungle Environmental Survival Training? I tried the latter a few years back with my colleagues. It was tiring yet very interesting.

The tour started with a 45 mins trekking into the jungle. Once settled, Kuya taught us some of the basics of mountaineering, fire-building, cooking rice using a bamboo, getting water from various plant vines and other and other wilderness survival technique with the use of utility knives.  What was really surprising to me was when he created a full campfire out of nothing more than dried bamboo. Really impressive, it’s like magic!

Next time you plan your trip, include a survival training in your itinerary. It’s worth your time and money!

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