Stay | Batanes Pension Ivatan: From Hometel to Boutique Hotel

Pension Ivatan at night
Pension Ivatan at night

In a span of a decade, I can say I am seeing how Batanes transform. Recently, accommodations are on the rise to cater to the increasing number of tourist in the country’s smallest province up north. While new ones are being built or old homes converted into homestay, a long-time establishment asserts its place in Basco. Pension Ivatan, a small hometel with a restaurant known to serve Ivatan cuisines is already considered an institution. I have seen the trend of dining options come and go in Batanes but this is one of those that has stayed ever since I remember.

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Batanes | Diura Fishing Village: Languid Morning and Tracing the Archaic

Sunrise at the Diura Fishing Village
Sunrise at the Diura Fishing Village

Oh I am so looking forward to this. After days of hiking around Batanes, and recently a couple of daily hikes in Itbayat I was yearning for a place quiet to rest and recharge. I am excited to spend a night in Diura, an idyll fishing village in a quiet cove, east of Mahatao. I had been to Diura Fishing Village several times but haven’t tried spending a night. I wanted to take sunrise photos at the bay so being there would be advantageous. Our boat for Basco from Itbayat should have left already 2 hours ago. But I had to wait for 2 cows and 2 pigs on the boat. The sudden malfunction on the crane to hoist the cows added to the agonizing wait. I guess its just a little more time to endure for that much awaited repose.

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Stay | I’m Hotel: 5 Star Luxury in Makati and the First Onsen Spa in the Country

The bedroom at the 1BR Executive Suite at I'm Hotel
The bedroom at the 1BR Executive Suite at I’m Hotel

It’s all about you at I’m Hotel. It’s time to celebrate your individuality and indulge yourself with some much deserved luxury. I’m Hotel is a 5-star hotel in the heart of the bustling Poblacion, Makati. It’s hard to miss this 24-story hotel, towering at the corner of Kalayaan and Makati Avenue. It’s near the central business district and just walks away from where the nightlife and shopping areas are.

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Step-by-step Guide in Booking a Budget Sagada Hotel Using the Traveloka App

Using Traveloka App to book hotels in Sagada
Using Traveloka App to book hotels in Sagada

Sagada has enthralled travelers both local and foreign. It’s a shangri-la 5,000 meters above sea level located in the Mountain Province. Stunning limestones, breathtaking sunrises with sea of clouds, captivating cave formations and cool nature walks are some of its main attractions. To enjoy Sagada, one has to endure at least 12 hours of travel. Long travel can be taxing so it’s smart to book an accommodation already as not to unnecessarily wander around to look for on. Traveloka App makes it easy to book hotels in Sagada ahead of time.

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Bontoc | Follow the River Hike from Caneo to Tocucan Trail

Caneo to Tocucan Trail
Caneo to Tocucan Trail

I must admit. The urge to cover as much places as I can when traveling has lost its zing. New places still fascinate me but beyond the established tourist spots. Lately I have been visiting Bontoc, Mountain Province a lot. I’m still enticed to explore deeper into the area. My recent visit finds me hiking the Caneo to Tocucan Trail. Villages off the radar to most people since they are located in valleys tucked deep in the mountains. It was an idea thrown to us by our friend Suzzette which we gladly obliged as I was also looking for good suppliers for some native weaving.

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Top 10 Best Non-trivial Places to Visit

Iceland
Iceland

The greatest megalopolises, the most famous showplaces, the brightest cities of the biggest countries… Aren’t they the places you’ve ever dreamed about? We all desire to travel and visit as many terrific sites as we can. When it comes to deciding where to go, we chose the most popular destinations: Paris, Barcelona, Los Angeles, Berlin, Beijing, Jerusalem and other big cities. These capitals are definitely worth seeing for every person on a planet.

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5 Family-friendly places to visit in Hong Kong with Kids

Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong’s reputation for being a bustling city can be daunting for those traveling with kids. Attempting to hold your child’s hand or push a stroller through a crowded narrow road is already quite stressful, but here are some places that are kids friendly and fun for the whole family!

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