TRAVEL GUIDE | How to get to VILLA ELMA, Lucban, Quezon

If you want to commune with nature away from the noise of metropolitan, Villa Elma is the perfect weekend getaway for you.I am a native of Quezon Province, however it was also my very first time to visit the place this weekend.  I was not even aware it ever existed. Let us call it an astounding hidden getaway!Villa Elma is located in the town of Lucban in Quezon Province. Many of you may have heard already about the world renown “Pahiyas Festival”. Yes! It is where Villa Elma is also situated, its address is at A. Mabini St, Lucban, Quezon.

What to expect at Villa Elma?

  • Expect the unexpected, the downhill walk/trek is full of surprises
  • Communion with nature; breathtaking view of Mt. Banahaw
  • It is a good place for family bondingthe cool breeze climate, ecological balance is at its best

When is the best time to visit Villa Elma?

  • If you enjoy crowd – go during summer or holy week
  • If you are after to bliss and you want to enjoy the nature as it is yours, go during off-peak season – weekdays and non-summer days

How far is Lucban, Quezon from Manila?

  • 3 hours travel time form Manila, 123 kms.

How to get there:

Commuting by Bus

  • Go to Jac Liner/Jam Liner/DLTB Bus Station in either Araneta Center in Cubao or LRT Buendia in Pasay, Bus Fare to Lucena as of 2019 is P250
  • Take a bus ride to LUCENA – signboard must be LUCENA, advise the driver to drop you off at Jollibee Lucena diversion
  • Right beside Jollibee Lucena Diversion is Jeepney Terminal going to Lucban, advise the driver to drop you off at Lucban Public Market
  • Take a trycicle ride to Villa Elma

Driving your own Car

  • Drive all the way to SLEX and g all the way south to Calamba exit, it has a signboard from your right to Lucena, the easiest way is to use google map and wayze You will not surely get lost using these apps. Traveling has been very easy nowadays with the aid of technology

TRAVEL GUIDE | Why Macau is our favorite among the East Asian Countries?

Why visit Macau among the East Asian Countries?

If you want to experience the true feel of East meets West, then visit Macau. This country/state is part of China however the ambiance is like in Europe except that its citizens are Chinese Macau.

Macau is one of my favorites among East Asian countries, I love the weather, it is lovable during February. Since Macau is a small country/state, It is a walkable city, 

Macau is dubbed as the Las Vegas of Asia or the gambling capital of Asia, so Casinos are everywhere! The casinos are the attractions itself. The favorite hang out of the wealthiest Asians who enjoy throwing away money! They should give me some! 🙂

I am not into Casino gambling anyway, I just enjoyed strolling around at Senado Square, it is the popular spot in Macau where most of the European architectures are abound. Casino-hopping though must be part of your itinerary, you can get your stomach full eating some freebies (Cup Cakes, Milk, Mineral Water) inside the casino. 😊 You can also roam around the entire Macau for FREE by utilizing Casino’s shuttle services, you can travel as far as the border of mainland China. 😊

We’ve spent like 3 days in Macau and this was the place we’ve always missed in East Asia. It may also because when we traveled to Macau, we stayed with our friend’s apartment, so we had an opportunity to feel the realities of life in Macau. Let us also say that the “colonial mentality” inculcated to me by the Spaniards was telling me that one day I could visit Europe. 🙂

MACAU CASINOS FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE

Taking advantage of Casino’s shuttle service is for free, but make sure you know where it is heading or you may end to the border of Mainland China. You cannot cross the border though as it requires VISA to enter China.  Macau is technically part of China but it has border. 🙂 Macau is a SAR (Special Administration Region) state of China. It is like a country but at the same time a state. The political system of China is complicated. Do not be surprised, West Philippine Sea is now part of China. 

MACAU IS HOME TO 38,000 OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS

If you visit Macau, you would surely come across Filipinos, many of them works in Casino. Nothing new though, Filipinos are everywhere around the globe. 

TRANSPORTATION

Macau does not have Metro Rail but it has efficient Bus Transportation System

Taxi is also available like in any other city 

FOOD & DELICACIES

Macau is famous for its Egg Tart and Portuguese Seafood Rice

POPULAR ATTRACTIONS

Senado Square, Ruin’s of St. Paul, Macau Tower,, Guia Fortress, and a bunch of Grandeur Casinos 

RUIN’S OF ST. PAUL
GUIA FORTRESS
GRAND LISBOA

TRAVEL GUIDE | When not to travel Do-It-Yourself?

While most of the bloggers advocate and promote budget travel through Do-It-Yourself, I will not If you are travelling with your family. When I say family, it pertains to grandparents, parents, and children. In other words, if you are traveling with your children plus the seasoned citizens. I strongly suggest, take advantage of tour packages from a reputable travel agency.  

Doing it by yourself brings more hassle and a lot of works to do; from booking your own airline tickets to crafting your own itinerary. The worst scenario is the itinerary you yourself created is just a sheet of paper. In the real world of travels, you know nothing about your destinations yet, unless you are on a travel show where you have a production crew, everything is spoon-fed. You just have an idea and your adventurous spirit, you will surely end up leading the trip for your family, and so you need to find each destination by yourself the entire duration of your family trip.

Always take note that you are with your family to enjoy a memorable vacation not to go for a maze. Never compromise your family’s memorable trip. Do not put your family to unending search of where to go which may also lead to annoyance and disappointment of your family.

Yes, you can have a hassle-free family trip if you have a tour package. All activities have program from your arrival to departure. All your family must do is to follow the activities from the itinerary provided by the tour agency. There  are tour guides and tour operators to take care of your family travel. Tour package however is much more expensive, but it is a stress-free travel for your family.

The only thing I don’t like with tour package are the tour guides in some travel destinations are selling all sorts of stuff like the souvenir photographs and souvenir items which are expensive! 🙂 You can refuse to buy!

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REROUTE: Change of Travel Plan

This weekend, we’ve changed our Travel Plan. We decided to postpone our not so well-planned trip to Japan for this month. Where is the  Peso Fare of yesteryears?

We are going to travel to take some holiday vacations, to take some off from our daily routine, definitely not to stress ourselves out completing the required documents just to log our VISA applications on a very short notice, and as the target date of our holiday vacation is approaching, the price of airfare is sky-rocketing as well. This is a NO-NO, we will pursue Japan in the right time.

We ended up crafting our 7-day itinerary for an alternative country. 🙂 We booked our airline tickets way way cheaper than Japan via low cost airline. My goal of riding a Long Distance High Speed Train is still achievable. The alternative country that we are going to visit 11 days from now is one of the few countries in the world with High Speed Rail.

We are minimal to moderate spenders when it comes to international travels. We cannot afford to pay high airfare when we can get it 70% lower, if we planned our travel earlier.

Traveling without breaking bank account is my core belief. I started travelling on a budget, by DIY,  this was the very reason why I made it to travel abroad in the first place; with the generosity and hospitality of others, and as a result, it trimmed down my accommodation costs. Call me a beggar, I call it wise spender. It was me, and this was how I started travelling!

Though I was blessed to have had some free accommodations on my international travels, I did not gate crash, It was all invitations.  If I was welcome, then I was, if not, then I was not!  My traveling style has also changed as time passed by. The taste of adventure also depletes as I age. My traveling style now is more of chill and relax.  I don’t care if I would be in just one spot for a week. I am not in a competition, I am taking a holiday vacation for myself. 🙂

It has been three years already since I traveled out-of-the country. I could not move on as of yet on my ultimate dream travel destination, Europe. It still runs all over my body for 3 years. 🙂 It is about time to explore another Train Travels. My interest to Train Travel is my new source of excitements.

We are going to reroute! 😊

High Speed Train

VISA: Crafting an Itinerary for travel abroad on short notice is not a joke!

TRAVEL GUIDE | How to get to Kwebang Lampas in Pagbilao, Quezon

Why visit Quezon Province?

Unlike other provinces in CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon), Quezon Province is not yet, at this point, consumed by industrialization. The province still has the rural ambiance, the balance of ecological system is still present. It is not as crowded as the outlying provinces of National Capital Region. Most of all, it is just 2 to 3 hours away from Metro Manila.

Quezon has many attractions to offer but on top of it is the Quezonian’s culinary. It is one of the best in Southern Tagalog Region, there are variety of delicacies uniquely Quezonian. Absolutely, Food Trip is at its best! Nonetheless, the friendliness and hospitality of the people!

Commuting by Bus

  • Go to Jac Liner/Jam Liner/DLTB Bus Station either Araneta Center in Cubao or LRT Buendia in Pasay, Bus Fare to Lucena as of 2019 is P250
  • Take a bus ride to LUCENA – signboard must be LUCENA, advise the driver to drop you off at LUCENA GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL
  • Take a jeepney ride at LUCENA GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL to Pagbilao Public Market
  • Take a Jeepney ride from Pagbilao Public Market to Brgy Polo aka Power Plant, Fare is P45
  • At Brgy Polo aka Power Plant, take a tricycle ride to Power Plant River, Tricycle rent is P150
  • At Powerplant River, Pay P105 for Environmental Fee + Boat Ride  to Kwebang lampas (Day Tour)

Driving your own Car

  • Drive all the way to SLEX and g all the way south to Calamba exit, it has a signboard from your right to Lucena, the easiest way is to use google map and wayze You will not surely get lost using these apps. Travelling has been very easy nowadays with the aid of technology 😊

TRAVEL GUIDE | How to get to Air Summit Kamayan sa Palaisdaan in Tayabas City, Quezon

Why visit Quezon Province?

Unlike other provinces in CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon), Quezon Province is not yet, at this point, consumed by industrialization. The province still has the rural ambiance, the balance of ecological system is still present. It is not as crowded as the outlying provinces of National Capital Region. Most of all, it is just 2 to 3 hours away from Metro Manila.

Quezon has many attractions to offer but on top of it is the Quezonian’s culinary. It is one of the best in Southern Tagalog Region, there are variety of delicacies uniquely Quezonian. Absolutely, Food Trip is at its best! Nonetheless, the friendliness and hospitality of the people!

Commuting by Bus

  • Go to Jac Liner/Jam Liner/DLTB Bus Station either Araneta Center in Cubao or LRT Buendia in Pasay, Bus Fare to Lucena as of 2019 is P250
  • Take a bus ride to LUCENA – signboard must be LUCENA, advise the driver to drop you off at Jollibee Lucena diversion
  • Right beside Jollibee Lucena Diversion is Jeepney Terminal going to Lucban, advise the driver to drop you off at Air Summit Kamayan sa Palaisdaan, Jeepney Fare P22 as of 2019

Driving your own Car

  • Drive all the way to SLEX and g all the way south to Calamba exit, it has a signboard from your right to Lucena, the easiest way is to use google map and wayze You will not surely get lost using these apps. Travelling has been very easy nowadays with the aid of technology 😊

TRAVEL GUIDE | How to get to Nawawalang Paraiso in Tayabas City, Quezon

Why visit Quezon Province?

Unlike other provinces in CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon), Quezon Province is not yet, at this point, consumed by industrialization. The province still has the rural ambiance, the balance of ecological system is still present. It is not as crowded as the outlying provinces of National Capital Region. Most of all, it is just 2 to 3 hours away from Metro Manila.

Quezon has many attractions to offer but on top of it is the Quezonian’s culinary. It is one of the best in Southern Tagalog Region, there are variety of delicacies uniquely Quezonian. Absolutely, Food Trip is at its best! Nonetheless, the friendliness and hospitality of the people!

Commuting by Bus

  • Go to Jac Liner/Jam Liner/DLTB Bus Station either Araneta Center in Cubao or LRT Buendia in Pasay, Bus Fare to Lucena as of 2019 is P250
  • Take a bus ride to LUCENA – signboard must be LUCENA, advise the driver to drop you off at Jollibee Lucena diversion
  • Right beside Jollibee Lucena Diversion is Jeepney Terminal going to Lucban, advise the driver to drop you off at Nawawalang Paraiso, Jeepney Fare P22 as of 2019

Driving your own Car

Drive all the way to SLEX and g all the way south to Calamba exit, it has a signboard from your right to Lucena, the easiest way is to use google map and wayze You will not surely get lost using these apps. Travelling has been very easy nowadays with the aid of technology

HOW TO GET TO:

Nawawalang Paraiso
Kamayan sa Palaisdaan
Kamay ni Hesus
Graceland Estates & Country Club
Manasa Farm
Malagunglong Bridge
Pueblo Por La Playa
Cagbalete island
Silangang Nayon
Kwebang Lampas

TRAVEL GUIDE | How to get to Historical Malagunglong Bridge in Tayabas City, Quezon

Why visit Quezon Province?

Unlike other provinces in CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon), Quezon Province is not yet, at this point, consumed by industrialization. The province still has the rural ambiance, the balance of ecological system is still present. It is not as crowded as the outlying provinces of National Capital Region. Most of all, it is just 2 to 3 hours away from Metro Manila.

Quezon has many attractions to offer but on top of it is the Quezonian’s culinary. It is one of the best in Southern Tagalog Region, there are variety of delicacies uniquely Quezonian. Absolutely, Food Trip is at its best! Nonetheless, the friendliness and hospitality of the people!

Commuting by Bus

  • Go to Jac Liner/Jam Liner/DLTB Bus Station either Araneta Center in Cubao or LRT Buendia in Pasay, Bus Fare to Lucena as of 2019 is P250
  • Take a bus ride to LUCENA – signboard must be LUCENA, advise the driver to drop you off at Jollibee Lucena diversion
  • Right beside Jollibee Lucena Diversion is Jeepney Terminal going to Tayabas, advise the driver to drop you off at Tayabas Public Market
  • Take a tricycle ride right in front of Tayabas Public Market right across Primark Town Center Tayabas, advise the trike driver to take you to Malagunlong Bridge, Tricycle fare should not be more than P50

Driving your own Car

  • Drive all the way to SLEX and g all the way south to Calamba exit, it has a signboard from your right to Lucena, the easiest way is to use google map and wayze You will not surely get lost using these apps. Travelling has been very easy nowadays with the aid of technology 😊

How to get to Kwebang Lampas in Pagbilao, Quezon
How to get to Air Summit Kamayan sa Palaisdaan in Tayabas City, Quezon
How to get to Nawawalang Paraiso in Tayabas City, Quezon
How to get to Kamay ni Hesus in Lucban, Quezon
How to get to Mainit Hot Springs in Tayabas City, Quezon
How to get to Graceland Estates & Country Club in Tayabas City, Quezon
How to get to Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon

ORIGINAL KAMAYAN SA PALAISDAAN – TAYABAS
NAWAWALANG PARAISO – TAYABAS
GRACELAND ESTATES & COUNTRY CLUB – TAYABAS
MANASA FARM – LUCBAN
CAGBALETE ISLAND – MAUBAN
KWEBANG LAMPAS – PAGBILAO
SILANGANG NAYON – PAGBILAO
KAMAY NI HESUS SHRINE – LUCBAN
MAIINIT HOT SPRINGS – TAYABAS
ALITAO RIVER – TAYABAS
PUEBLO POR LA PLAYA – PAGBILAO

TRAVEL GUIDE | How to get to Kamay ni Hesus in Lucban, Quezon

Why visit Quezon Province?

Unlike other provinces in CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon), Quezon Province is not yet, at this point, consumed by industrialization. The province still has the rural ambiance, the balance of ecological system is still present. It is not as crowded as the outlying provinces of National Capital Region. Most of all, it is just 2 to 3 hours away from Metro Manila.

Quezon has many attractions to offer but on top of it is the Quezonian’s culinary. It is one of the best in Southern Tagalog Region, there are variety of delicacies uniquely Quezonian. Absolutely, Food Trip is at its best! Nonetheless, the friendliness and hospitality of the people!

Commuting by Bus

  • Go to Jac Liner/Jam Liner/DLTB Bus Station either Araneta Center in Cubao or LRT Buendia in Pasay, Bus Fare to Lucena as of 2019 is P250
  • Take a bus ride to LUCENA – signboard must be LUCENA, advise the driver to drop you off at Jollibee Lucena diversion
  • Right beside Jollibee Lucena Diversion is Jeepney Terminal going to Lucban advise the driver to drop you off to Kamay ni Hesus, Jeepney Fare is P27 as of 2019

Driving your own Car

  • Drive all the way to SLEX and g all the way south to Calamba exit, it has a signboard from your right to Lucena, the easiest way is to use google map and wayze You will not surely get lost using these apps. Travelling has been very easy nowadays with the aid of technology 😊

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