By this time, I have been familiar with GoHotels brand of accommodation. I’ve stayed in their Mandaluyong and Dumaguete branches already and their staple character remains – the no frills yet comfortable rooms painted with the freshly colored green and orange, windsor beds, memory foam, rain shower, Cable TV, complimentary wifi, within mall vicinity and good value rates. These are all there on their GoHotels Puerto Princesa Palawan branch as well, the difference is in the location and the personal service.
It took me almost 8 years to return to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Definitely, one of the memorable destinations I have been to as it was my first out of the country travel and we climbed Gunung Kinabalu as well. It was fortunate that I got invited to Zest Air’s inaugural flight to Kota Kinabalu from Metro Manila yesterday and I was able to see what developments the capital city of Sabah has gone through out the years. I won’t be climbing Mt Kinabalu again this time but we made a round of the city and got some fun water activities at Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park.
There is always that little bag we take where we put the stuff we readily access and need when we travel like mobile phones, passport, flight tickets, notebooks, mints etc. The type of bag differs from each people. Some prefers belt bags or fanny pack, personally I like using shoulder bags and keep them on my side. I have used a lot and to add to the growing list is the new Eagle Creek Vagabond Courier. A new shoulder bag geared for the mobile tech and smart urban traveler.
It was one of those cases when I originally booked in one hotel but ended up in another. When I got back to Yogyakarta coming from my Borobudur trip, I took their efficient bus system and alighted at the station near JL Parangtritis. Hotel Winotosastro already caught my impression as I was passing by especially with their promo of IDR 137,500 (US$14) for their basic room but decided to take a very long walk to a lodging at the Jalan Prawirotaman. To make a long story short, the US$10 accommodation I booked was so far at the said street, I didn’t feel comfortable and secure with the room so I decided to just look elsewhere.
Summer has just started so there’s still time to get this awesome Lagu Beach Towel! So what’s so special about them?
- It’s sand repellant! (aside from getting those annoying sand on your clothes and stuff it helps preserve the sands on the beach, leaving them where they belong)
- It’s quick dry! (very convenient especially for packing)
- It’s allergen free (Personally it doesn’t itch on the skin)
- It’s proudly Philippine Made! (love our local products!)
It’s been a couple of days since I returned from Singapore. Last weekend was spent working for the Travel Photography Talk for Sony Singapore’s Sony Digital Workshop. I and my friend and co-facilitator for Backpack Photography, Oggie was there to give a talk about Travel Photography and introduce the wonderful island of Batanes to the people of Singapore. It was quite a new experience talking to a mostly foreign audience at the Singapore’s Arts House (formerly the Old Parliament). It was a learning experience as well that we had to make some adjustments on our presentation for the 2nd day of our talk.
After my somewhat slow-paced and laid-back 3-months stay in El Nido Palawan, I found myself back in Manila early March and it’s been a crazy month of going back and fort at the airport to fetch and send off relatives, once in a blue moon visits of my sisters from USA and Canada and my uncles and aunts since I arrived. In between, there were some preparations I had to do for my talk for Eagle Creek which concluded last March 21 and now for Backpack Photography’s talk at the Singapore Arts House for Sony Digital Workshops. I’m really thankful for the opportunities available to share my passion for photography and at the same time spend some quality moments with family.