Air Juan: Fly from Boracay to Coron, Palawan

After our 4-day Boracay trip, our next destination is Coron, Palawan. The original plan was to fly back to Manila and then take the plane going to Busuanga because that’s the only way we know. But after reading travel sites, Jeff stumbled upon a suggestion from tourists to take the Air Juan plane. Curious what Air Juan is, I googled and learned that it’s a 9-seater plane and has direct flights from Boracay to Coron and Puerto Princesa.

air juan flght from caticlan to coron palawan

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Fairways and Bluewater Newcoast Boracay review

Whenever we go to Boracay, it’s always during the BER months where the water on the main beach is crystal clear. We usually don’t go when it is summer because we are very much aware of the algal bloom during this season. But this April, Jeff’s cousin and his friend wanted to visit Boracay before we go to Palawan so we looked for nice accommodations that will impress our guests. Summer is peak season so most good hotels are jacking up their prices. Good thing Jeff’s cousin consulted Trip Advisor and suggested Fairways and Bluewater Newcoast Boracay. This is on the other side of the island which is great because it won’t be affected by the algal bloom, this way, our guests won’t be disappointed with Boracay, touted as one of the world’s best beaches.

fairways and bluewater resort boracay review

Turned out that we made the right decision to book Fairways and Bluewater for our Boracay trip. We all loved our stay even though we visit Boracay often. It’s as if discovering another beautiful secret the island has to offer.

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Wings Transit Lounge at NAIA Terminal 3 for the weary traveler

Sleeping in the airport? Now, that is possible with the Wings Transit Lounge located at the 4th level of NAIA Terminal 3. Jeff and I were checking out the newly opened restaurants inside the Food Hall at the 4th level of NAIA Terminal 3 while waiting for my Papa’s arrival. I saw the Wings Transit Lounge signage, I am really looking for a service like this in preparation for our trip next month so I’m really really glad to have stumbled upon Wings lounge.

the wings transit lounge naia terminal 3

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Cheap hotel in Tagaytay: Elegant Star Apartelle

Last December, we went on a road trip and beach camping with friends in Burot Beach in Calatagan, Batangas (blog post to follow). The following day, we drove from Calatagan and had late lunch at Bag of Beans. We plan to visit Sky Ranch the next day so we looked for a decent accommodation to crash for the night, I first browsed thru the Airbnb app on my phone, tried messaging some of the hosts but they were booked for the night. So we just drove along Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway and stopped and inquired on some hotels along the way. After 2 or 3 hotels and perhaps due to exhaustion, we parked at Elegant Star Apartelle.

Elegant Star Apartelle tagaytay

Elegant Star Apartelle is just in front of The Lake Hotel

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Tokyo Secret in Hong Kong

The title might confuse you, whaaat…Tokyo in Hong Kong??? But the word Tokyo and anything Japanese seems to be quite a trend in the names of the establishments in Hong Kong last month. Take for example this popular liquid nitrogen ice cream shop in Tsim Sha Tsui, Tokyo Secret.

tokyo secret hong kong

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Dining Bollywood Style in Gaylord Indian Restaurant, HK

Jeff came from a run with his fellow HK hashers and he said someone from the group recommended a good Indian restaurant near where we are staying. Gaylord Indian Restaurant is the name of the place, it’s a Michelin-starred restaurant and has been operational since 1972.

gaylord indian restaurant

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Review: Airbnb apartment in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

For our Hong Kong trip, we stayed at an Airbnb apartment in Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. We like it here because of familiarity, over the years, we stayed at Taisan Guesthouse but because we needed a bigger room with a lesser budget, we tried looking at Airbnb for a flat that fits our budget. We will be staying for 7 days that’s why we need to follow a stricter budget for accommodation and allot the savings for food and shopping.

My requirements when I searched for our place is that it should be near an MTR station, located in TST, and room should have a window with a street view. I remembered our Roomorama apartment in Causeway Bay before which has a window but the view is blocked by a building. I found this listing that fits our needs, TST MTR COZY Apartment

airbnb tst hong kong

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Visiting the Xiaomi Store Mi Home in Mongkok

Xiaomi, dubbed as the “Apple of China”, opened its Mi Home experience center in Hollywood Plaza in Mongkok, HK last June. I’ve been eyeing some of its products aside from its Mi power bank that’s why I secretly wished that we’ll have extra time to visit the flagship store.

xiaomi store in mongkok, hong kong

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Ebenezeer’s Kebabs and Pizzeria at Prat Avenue, TST

On our 6th day in Hong Kong, we were seriously hankering for some rice and a different kind of cuisine. We got tired eating noodles and Paisano’s pizza no matter how delicious it is. So I suggested that we look for Ebenezeer’s for some kebabs and curry. They have two branches in TST, one in Ashley Road and another one in Prat Avenue. We went to their Prat Avenue branch.

ebenezeers prat avenue tst

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Starbucks Hong Kong’s Mooncakes

You know it’s the Mid-Autumn Festival or the Mooncake festival when mooncakes are abundant. During our Hong Kong vacation last week, I’ve seen a lot of stores selling mooncakes. Even the posters at MTR stations advertises all kinds of mooncakes, from traditional ones to mochi-filled ones.  But what caught my eye are the ones sold in Starbucks. I thought I can buy the lotus filled ones with salted egg yolks here in Manila but not the Starbucks mooncakes because they don’t sell it here. I bought 1 box of Starbucks mooncakes from Hong Kong as pasalubong, I wish I had plenty of luggage space so that I can buy more mooncakes from other stores.

starbucks mooncake from hong kong

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