A Blast from the Past – Tulabs at Las Casas

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IMG_7131After my son’s graduation, we decided to spend an out of town getaway in Bataan. We wanted to have a unique stay in a good resort so we decided to travel to Bagac, Bataan to visit and spend a night at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. My company had our Team Building in this place last 2018 and I luckily won a overnight stay during our Christmas Party. See full story here:

 

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What to Prepare for your first Winter Vacation

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IMG_5051 (1)Philippines is tropical country so most of the Pinoys are dreaming of experiencing snow or winter season. It has been my dream to experience a White Christmas since I am a child and finally that dream came true last December 2018 although we weren’t able to spend Christmas time in Korea.

Since winter is not part of our season, we really need to be ready with proper attire, accessories and other necessities for cold weather especially when you are travelling with your kids, of course you do not want to ruin your vacation because your kids or even you got sick due of the change of temperature or climate. So here are some tips on what you need to prepare or bring on your winter trip.

First let’s talk about the things that we need to wear, since we need to do some layering we need to make sure that we are doing it properly and not just wearing all the clothes we have and end up looking bad or not be able to move at all.

  1. HEATTECH – this will be your first layer, these thermals usually looks like leggings or tights that hugs your body to maintain or hold your body heat inside. It shouldn’t be bulky but also comfortable to wear. We purchased our Heattech in UNIQLO, it is a little pricey but it is really effective and will help you a lot in cold weather. You may also opt to buy just a few sets of Heattech before your flight and buy more when you arrive in Korea (if you have spare time) most of the blogs I read before our vacation mentioned that Heattech in Korea is more effective than those bought here in Manila although I haven’t tried it.
  2. FLEECE – this will be the 2nd layer of your outfit. These are also thermals that provides best insulation that are thick, light in weight and soft. We also bought ours in UNIQLO, they have choices of turtle neck style or round neck style with different colors.
  3. SWEATERS – the 3rd layer of your outfit, can be a hoodie, cardigan, or knitted sweaters that we usually use during our Tagaytay or Baguio trip.IMG_4660
  4. JEANS – make sure to bring enough comfortable jeans, wear it on top of your HEATTECH leggings and you are set.IMG_4659
  5. COAT – the outer most layer of your outfit, and since it is the outer most layer it will appear on most of your pictures so you must invest in a good coat. It is really expensive but it will help you a lot in keeping your body warm. We got some good coats in an online Flea Market and also in Surplus stores in SM Malls.IMG_4227
  6. GLOVES – our fingers are prone to frostbite so we need to protect it with good gloves. In choosing the gloves make sure that it is waterproof so when you touch the snow it won’t be wet, touch-screen friendly so you don’t need to remove it when you need to use you phone, and durable.IMG_4658
  7. HATS – for some they thought that wearing hats are just for fashion but Hats are necessity during Winter, it will keep you warm during the cold weather. You may choose a beany, trapper hat Russian with Ear Flaps or knitted hats, anything that works for your fashion and can cover your ears since it is also prone to frostbite so we need to be extra careful. For us we just brought beanies, but it is not enough to keep us warm so we decided to buy Trapper Hat with ear flaps after our 2nd day. IMG_4874
  8. SCARVES – it can be an accessory at the same time is very useful during the cold weather. You can wear it around your neck, your face, your head your around your waist. It can also serve as a small blanket when you are travelling. IMG_4661
  9. SOCKS – you also need to protect your feet since this is your number one weapon in travelling to different places. Make sure to buy winter socks, that is not so thick but can keep your feet warm. You can buy long socks made of wool thru online shopping – Shoppee and Lazada.
  10. SHOES/BOOTS – walking around the snow or even during cold season is slippery and even with your wool socks, your feet can be as cold as ice so you need to invest on Winter Shoes or Boots. For us we only bought our pair of boots in Shoppee it was delivered from Shenzhen and was very cheap. Although its cheap it still serve its purpose, it protects our feet from cold and help us not to slip on any road we walked through.
  11. FACE MASK –  it is very important to bring a face mask during Winter season. We weren’t able to bring ours so we need to buy in the convenience store on our first day. It feels like its harder to breath with the cold wind on your face, nose and mouth. It will also protect your face and lips from drying. img_4213.jpeg
  12. EAR FLAPS –  If your Hats don’t cover your ears well you need to bring ear flaps to make sure your ears are protected from frostbite.
  13. SUNGLASSES – winter season doesn’t mean there is no sunlight that can affect your eyes. So bring your comfortable Sunglasses. IMG_4899

 

 What to Prepare for your first Winter Vacation Part 2. 

 

Blooming with Funtastic Deals – Klook Travel Fest Blossom Deals

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We have been using Klook since 2015 even before they started their office in the Philippines. As a frequent DIY Traveler, Klook has been our go to app/site when we are looking for different activities to different countries we want to visit. They have variety of activities to choose from, from theme parks, tours, dine in experience, transportation up to WIFI connectivity and sim cards with huge discounts.

This weekend (March 9&10, 2019) Klook held their 2nd Travel Fest in Manila at SMX Convention Center at SM Aura in Taguig.The first one was back in September 29 & 30, 2018 which we also attended.Β Since it is Cherry Blossom season the theme and title of Klook’s travel fest is Klook Travel Fest Blossom Deals.

If you follow them in Facebook and Instagram you will see their invites a month or even earlier about this event, the tickets are free, you just need to book yours from their app. If you are one of the early birds in booking the tickets, they are giving away a loot bag, I am not that lucky this time but during the first Travel Fest I am lucky to get 4 loot bags for my whole family which has a universal adaptor, bottled water and other stuffs

The Travel Fest’s gate officially opens at 11:00AM but if your are a BDO card holder or PLDT Fiber subscriber you will have an early access, you may enter as early as 9AM. Based on our experience on the first travel fest you do not need to be that early so we only planned to be there at 11AM, however, Klook posted the itinerary of events for the day and it was announced that the Ocean Park HK tickets Buy1Take1 promo will be released at 10am -11am only and is exclusive for BDO card holders. Luckily my travel buddy – Homer is a BDO card holder and we were able to score this great deal for our upcoming Hongkong trip this June.

Entering the Fest venue is easy, there are a lot of Klook employees who will assist you, just show them your tickets from your app and you are good to go. Upon entering the venue, you will feel the ambiance of the Cherry Blossom, you will see cherry blossom trees, flowers and almost everything is pink.

They have different booths for the 4 countries that were on sale (activities are on sale) these are Hongkong, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan. Each booth has games and other activities like travel planning, wearing of national dress and photo op on your favorite tourists spots.

We tried some games in Taiwan area which is a giant pick up sticks, unfortunately we weren’t able to win any prizes. We also played a game which I think is the best game that we had in Klook Travel Fest, it is similar to Eat Bulaga or other noon time show games wherein you need to go inside a glass room, then there are papers that will be blown by a blower and you need to get as much as you can, after that all the papers with Klook written on it will be counted, if you got 10-19 pcs you will get 250 travel voucher and 20 above will be 500 vouchers. Homer scored 18 and I got 10 so we both received a 250 voucher from Klook that we can use on our next booking.

Aside from the booths of 4 countries I mentioned, they also have GetGo where you can apply for the GetGo prepaid card which we did, you only need to pay for 150.00 pesos and 100.00 pesos load for activation. They also have Shopback which is already part of my travel and online shopping app, American Tourister Luggage which is giving huge discounts and Sweet Escape for Photography.

Klook also invited a great host for that day – Joyce Pring and several speakers to give some insights on how to travel one of them is the Agoncillo family, Richard Juan and writers of Where to Next.

They unveil different promo codes. After the the Buy1Take1 code for Ocean Park, they also have 50% off to HK Big Bus Tour, Lotte World and Taipei 101, Buy2Get1 promo for Universal Studios Japan, 50% off for Nami Island Tour, HK Disneyland, N Seoul Tower and 3 Day THSR and a lot more. We scored another deal with HK Disneyland. It was a productive and fun Saturday with Klook.

On the 2nd Day, I visited the Fest once again with my kids and husband. We only plan to take some photos since we are also in the area. We end up playing the game which is similar to the noon time shows and we scored more and were able to take home 2 500 Travel Vouchers.

IMG_6520It’s a Funtastic weekend that we had attending the Klook’s Travel Fest. We surely love Klook and will continue to Book it! Klook it! for all our next travel adventures! Thank you Klook!

 

 

 

Finding our Soul in Seoul

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IMG_4238Like every other Pinays I am also one of KDrama fanatic. I’ve been watching KDramas since the time of Endless Love and Jewel in the Palace up to this day, I am still hook in watching KDramas.

IMG_4180South Korea is part of my bucket list for the longest time, not just because I love KDramas but also I love the views I am seeing in KDrama, the parks, the malls and the foods are very inviting. So last December 2018, I finally ticked South Korea in my bucket list, I spent this vacation with my family (husband and two kids) and this is also our first Winter Vacation. So I am excited to share to everyone how we prepared for the trip specially that Philippines doesn’t have a Winter season and our first family Visa application πŸ™‚

IMG_4365I wanted to share the places we visited in our 6 nights 7 day DIY tour in South Korea and How we battle against the -19 Degrees Celsius Temperature…Β So watch out as I unveil our first Winter Vacation travel blog soon…

Applying for Family Korean Visa

What To Prepare for your First Winter Vacation Part 1

What To Prepare for your First Winter Vacation Part 2

 

Tulab Invades KL, JB and SG 2018

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β€œThe world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” – St. Augustine

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One of the best travel quote that I ever read and I believe in, that is the reason why my family and I always go out and travel when we can. This is year is a special travel for us since we are with the Tulab family (my in laws – Nanay, Tatay, Kuya Rhon, Kitkat, Kathleen, Euness and Ylay), this is the first time that we traveled out of country together, all 1 of us. There are a lot of ups and downs since everyone has their differences but in the end the fun, happiness and enjoyment made us one great family who sees the beauty of the each country together.

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In this travel, we visited our favorite destination Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the men to watch MotoGP 2018, Johor Bharu, Malaysia to visit LEGOLAND Park, Waterpark and LEGOLAND Hotel and lastly Singapore to visit my friend and her family and of course roam around Sentosa Island.

Here is the summary of our itinerary:

Day1:
Arrival in KL – KLIA2
Travel to KL from KLIA2
Tamu Hotel and Suites

Day2:
Travel to Sepang with the whole family
Visited Selfie Museum in Bukit Bintang
Dinner at Jalan Alor

Day 3:
Men – Travel to Sepang (stay tune…)
Kids and Women
1. Travel to Batu Caves
2. Visited Kidzania KL
3. Sunday Mass at Petaling Jaya

Day 4:
Travel to LEGOLAND, Johor Bharu
Check in at LEGOLAND Hotel
Experience LEGOLAND Waterpark
Dinner at Mall of Medini

Day 5:
LEGOLAND Theme Park
Legoland to Singapore via Bus
Check In at Genting Jurong Hotel
Lunch at Sticky Wings Westgate
Travel to Sentosa via Genting Jurong Hotel Shuttle
Dinner at Good Old Days
Watch Wings of Time

Day 6:
Breakfast at Kopi Tiam – Westgate (stay tune…)
Checkout and Travel to Sentosa
Universal Studios
Travel to Changi Airport (stay tune…)

Our Favorite Destination – Malaysia

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One of our family’s favorite destination is Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We first visited KL in 2013 and we keep on coming back every year since then. Many people asked me why do we visit Malaysia every year, its simple my husband is a fan of MotoGP, its a motor race that is being held in Sepang international Circuit which is just an hour away from KL, but aside from that, we also love Malaysia because the transportation is very easy and affordable, foods are delectable and also cheap.

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In this blog you will learn our typical itinerary which includes our trip to Tourist spots in KL aside from attending the MotoGP event.

Batu Caves:

Sheep Head Towel 101!

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As a KDrama fan, I have seen a lot of scenes on the series that I watched wherein they are in the public bath or Korean Spa and they have this cute towel on their head that looks like Princes Leia’s bun. I did some research and this towel bun is actually called “sheep head towel” maybe because it resembles the sheep horn.

When we went to New Lasema Spa, I saw some guests who are also wearing the same kind of towel, so I decided to learn how to do it for myself. Now I am sharing it to you so when you go to Korean Spa you can easily make one for you.

Step 1: Fold the towel provided by the Spa, in to three (crosswise).

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Step 2: Roll the sides outwards until you reach your preferred length.

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Step 3. Open and put it to your head.

 

 

As easy as 1…2…3