Sunday, February 21, 2010

Plan your Holiday at the Travel Tour Expo 2010

I have been anticipating this 17th Travel Tour Expo 2010 for a few months now and today I was able to come to the exhibit. Initially, I just wanted to catch the latest travel buzz and open up myself to more travel destinations that are out there, both inside and outside of my country. A lot of travel sites are popping these days, very much a testament to an international tourism boom. One of my ultimate travel goal is to spend a year off, go for an around the world tour. I am yearning to discover Europe someday - immerse in the local culture and food, and see the grandness of place. Obviously, I still need to work on my budget, but I guess some cheap apartments in London and Cornwall cottages could do a lot of wonder that could add value to my stay. 

Interestingly, a few days back, I was stunned to have been presented with a plan of putting up a travel agency in my province in Mindanao come summer of this year. My uncle wants me "IN". I got excited thus the more reason for me to be at the exhibit.

The said expo opened at around 10am. I was prompt, paid the P50 admission fee and worked my way inside. I was all over the place, my eyes glistened as I watch cultural performers and admire the displays, it was like visiting a number of countries every minute with every step I make. As my feet's itching to pack my suitcase and to start longer holiday plans, I patiently waited for my cousin/business partner. Hey, it all starts with a FUND at hand!

A couple of major airlines were present offering loyal customers huge discounts on plane tickets. There were more foreign exhibitors compared to local booths - travel agencies, airline companies, cruise operators, domestic tour operators, government agencies, embassies, national tourism organizations, hotels and resorts, international tour operators, travel shops, making the tour more exciting for planning an out of the country travels.

This long line is caused by Philippine Airlines incredible air flights...a whopping 10-60% off!!!!

The very first booth that greeted me is of none other than the Philippine booth by the Department of Tourism with a huge underwater canvas on its side. This visually appealing image made me want to try scuba diving!

There were so many travel agencies but I was quite upset, there were very few who included travel packages in Mindanao area.

Photos taken during the Travel Tour Expo

Above photos are taken from booths of China, Hongkong, Japan, Thailand, Macau, France, Malaysia, India, Russia, South Africa and Kenya.

Hawaiian Dancers on the move
Hawaiian dancers graciously perform their native hawaiian dance. All smiles to the public viewers.

Our own Native Performers

Accessories from Cebu
Price range of Php1,000-Php10,000
(made from Mother of Pearl and cost about Php3,000)

Visitors are overwhelmed by the many packages offered by Travel Agencies.
Visitors are overwhelmed by the many packages offered by Travel Agencies.

My short "travel tour" ended with an experience of playing in a slot machine c/o PAGCOR and went out of the hall with a heavy paper bag loaded with brochures, magazines, books, leaflets and maps and some bits of helping info from 3 service booths (partnering with travel agencies). It was a fun and well tiring day full of travel exploration. I hope to turn all my travel dreams into reality. 

"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open."
Jawaharal Nehru

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Win a Free Boracay Vacation Package

Win a Free Boracay Vacation Package by WOW Philippines Travel Agency

        WOW Philippines Travel Agency, Inc. is celebrating it's 5th year in business during July of 2010, and we would like you to have a chance to celebrate with us, so we have decided to give-away a FREE Boracay Package complete with 5 Star accommodations at the luxurious Le Soleil de Boracay Hotel on Boracay Island. The lucky winner will win the following Boracay vacation package.

        Vacation Package Inclusions:
            - 5 Days / 4 Nights Luxury 5 Star Accommodations at the Le Soleil de Boracay Hotel

            - Flights to Boracay from Manila to Caticlan Airport on Philippine Airlines

            - Island Transfers - Door-to-Door from Manila to the resort and back to Manila Domestic Airport

            - Three (3) Meals each day, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

            - Boracay Activities - Horseback Riding, Island Hopping, Glass Bottom Boat

            - PLUS - 5,000 peso Spending Cash

Read More Information: Win a Free Boracay Vacation Package 

Friday, February 19, 2010

Getting inside a Water Ball at SM Mall of Asia

Have you ever wondered how it feels like walking on the waters? At the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay, one can experience this one of a kind thrill of like floating on to the waters by means of these inflatable Water Balls! Water walking minus the wet!

Wonder how one gets inside this huge transparent looking balls? Here's a video clip of a girl getting inside and having fun after.

Sunset by the Seaside Boulevard of SM Mall of Asia

sunset view at Seaside Boulevard of SM Mall of Asia
There's always seems to be something magical about watching a glorious sunset by the bay. The drama, the vast range of the golden sunset rays splashed on top of the midnight blue waters expressing that another day has passed and that we should all look forward to a beautiful sunrise tomorrow.

Be sure to be at the seaside boulevard of SM Mall of Asia around 5pm onwards to catch glimpse of this enchanting sight.

candy store at seaside boulevard
seaside boulevard by night

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Summer season is fast approaching. Most of us couldn't wait to hit the waves and sands of Boracay, Puerto Galera, Batangas and other great beaches here in the Philippines. While others prefer the sunny air breeze and vast green parks like Tagaytay and Luneta. Fun seekers will go for rides in the likes of Enchanted Kingdom and Star City to satisfy their adrenaline rush.Well, why not combine all three - water, park and the adrenaline rush?

Bicol Region is most famous for the world's nearly perfect cone volcano, the Mt. Mayon. It recently made headlines as its volcanic activity intensified. But this region has more to offer than this perfect cone view, the newest addition to it's must seen tourist attraction - the Camsur Watersports Complex.

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