Friday, November 6, 2015

SHOPBACK: Online Shopping in the Philippines

Love the perks of shopping online! Imagine effortlessly hopping from one store to the next anytime you want, anywhere you want to be... even while wearing your tsinelas!

More than a year ago, because of work, I was relocated to Mindanao. Into a province that's far from the hustle bustle of city life and outrageous Manila traffic. Apparently, it's also far from the biggest shopping malls. And when you have no big malls around you, chances are, your shopping choices are limited.

Given the situation, I was left with my next reliable shopping solution - Online Shopping.

Back in June, BPI introduced me to SHOPBACK. The website has already been featured in PhilStar, Manila Times and Inquirer. It's basically a site that refers you to some of the biggest and most trusted online stores here in the Philippines and abroad. Simply put, you shop online and earn a cashback.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Crossing Borders: Vietnam Itinerary (Day 2)

I woke up seeing my aunt almost ready for the day's tour which I found odd because she has always been the last to prepare. She forgot that Vietnam is one hour delayed of Manila time! 

Day 1 left our toes tired and muscles aching (the effect of our 10km marathon stroll). The first day was more of 'DIY-slash-it's okay to get lost tour'. Day 2 turned out to be a more 'relaxed-slash-dive into Vietnam's historical tour'. Having booked a half day tour, we rode a bus that brought us to Cu Chi district.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Crossing Borders: Vietnam Itinerary (Day 1)

This Southeast Asian budget trip took almost a year to conceive. Thanks to Piso fare promo, I have ample time to save up for the right budget. From Manila - Ho Chi Minh, the flight took almost 2 hours. We arrived in Vietnam close to midnight (Vietnam is an hour behind).

Ho Chi Minh city as seen from plane

For airport pick up, I arranged two taxis prior to our arrival which was taken care of by our hotel. Our accommodation was an easy 30 minute drive from the airport. A few minutes down the road, the sleepy street was slowly turning into a vibrant night life as we arrived in the colorful street of Pham Ngu Lao, Vietnam's backpacker's district.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

How Much Should You Save For An Awe-Inspiring Asian Trip?

our millions of Vietnamese Dongs
How much will a trip to Southeast Asia cost? This is the most commonly question my relatives and friends ask me after knowing of my recent backpacking trip to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.

I won't be able to give you an accurate answer to that. But what I can share here is our personal journey from budgeting to spending. 10 days won't cost you a fortune, that's the good news. Asia is comparatively an affordable region to travel. We set aside a simple plan of knowing head on what to save, when to save and where to save. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Travel Video: Ho Chi Minh - Siem Reap - Bangkok

Check out our travel video taken during our summer backpacking in Southeast Asia.

Travel Dates: March 12 - 21, 2015

The first video clips include our walking tour and cross borders in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam - Siemp Reap, Cambodia and Bangkok, Thailand.


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