Convenient Travel Begins At The Trinoma Clark Airport Lounge

TriNoma Clark Airport Lounge

Named one of today’s top travel destinations, the Philippines readies itself for a surge in both local and foreign tourists in 2013. In light of pronounced efforts to boost tourism in the country, Ayala Malls is one with the Department of Tourism in promoting this cause as it opens the TriNoma Clark Airport Lounge—Diosdado Macapagal International Airport’s first offsite passenger lounge in Metro Manila.

TriNoma Clark Airport Lounge

Open 24 hours daily, the TriNoma Clark Airport Lounge ensures travel comfort with fully furnished amenities including a spacious waiting area, a secured luggage counter, real-time flight status updates, plus regular and direct roundtrip bus services from TriNoma to Diosdado Macapagal International Airport and back courtesy of Genesis, Philtranco and Victory Liner Group. The lounge will cater to passengers of the following airlines flying in and out of DMIA: Air Asia Berhad, Air Asia Philippines, Airphil Express, Asiana Airlines, Cebu Pacific, DragonAir, Jin Air, Seair and Zest Air. With the lounge also conveniently situated inside the mall, customers may opt to park or be dropped off at TriNoma, check in their luggage at the lounge, then shop, dine or catch a movie while waiting for the bus which will take them to DMIA.

The TriNoma Clark Airport Lounge was officially launched last January 15 by (L-R) Ayala Land Assistant Vice President Javier Hernandez, Clark International Airport Corporation President and CEO Victor Jose Luciano, DOTC Undersecretary Jose Perpetuo Lotilla, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. and BCDA President and CEO Atty. Arnel Paciano Casanova

(L-R) Ayala Land Assistant Vice President Javier Hernandez, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., Clark International Airport Corporation President and CEO Victor Jose Luciano, BCDA President and CEO Atty. Arnel Paciano Casanova and TriNoma General Manager Mark Anthony Sablan

A joint project of TriNoma and Clark International Airport Corporation, the TriNoma Clark Airport Lounge was officially opened last January 15, 2013 with a blessing and ribbon-cutting ceremony headed by House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., DOTC Undersecretary Jose Perpetuo Lotilla, BCDA President and CEO Atty. Arnel Paciano Casanova, CIAC President and CEO Mr. Victor Jose Luciano, Ayala Land Assistant Vice President for Operations Javier Hernandez and TriNoma General Manager Mark Anthony Sablan. Also present in the event were executives from the airline groups and partner bus companies. To cap off the event, guests were all filled with excitement as Air Asia raffled off 2 round trip tickets to Singapore, Taipei and Hong Kong to 3 lucky winners.

Air Asia CEO Maan Hontiveros (L) and TriNoma General Manager Mark Anthony Sablan (R) raffled off roundtrip tickets for 2 to Singapore, Hong Kong and Taipei to 3 lucky guests.

Now, traveling is made even easier with the launch of the TriNoma Clark Airport Lounge, the travel enthusiast’s ticket to a more convenient and hassle-free experience of flying through Clark.

The TriNoma Clark Airport Lounge is located at the Ground Level between Mercury Drug and Medical City. For inquiries, please call the hotline at 621-3673.

Who wouldn’t want to travel the world with these convenient ways, right? :)

2011 September Travel: Bangkok, Thailand

True to my goal this year, I wanted to visit Bangkok! Luckily, my friend Reg booked a low fare flight in Cebu Pacific that made our trip possible. Again, as usual our trip was a DIY plan so we were able to experience the joy and difficulty of commuting in Bangkok.

bangkok trip 2011

Bangkok Itinerary
4D/3N

September 18: Evening flight to Bangkok

September 19: Half day City Tour (free), Gem/Jewelry Shop, Grand Palace and Reclining Buddha; The Grand Chao Phraya River Cruise at night

September 20: Whole day adventure to Muang Boran: Ancient Siam; Cultural Show: Siam Niramit at night

September 21: Whole day shopping adventure and Swensen’s Bangkok

September 22: Dawn flight to Manila

Guest House: Four Seasons International House (will eventually be called “Four Seasons Plaza)
Tour Guide: Nittaya Paneechart (NIM) of Acer 88 Travel
Taxi (can be hired to tour around Thailand): Mr. Suwit – Mobile: 089-2213435

 

A Family of Palawanderers

This adventure happened last April 2011. After the Golden Wedding celebration, the couple had their Honeymoon a.k.a Family Reunion in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

What we did was very similar to what I had before but this year it was sunny and we discovered new restaurant as well as cool activities in Puerto Princesa.

Palawan 2011

PALAWAN REUNION 4D/3N
Pension House: Liberty Pension

Day 1: City Tour (4 hrs tour)

Almost the same activities we had but this time we experienced a sunny weather in Badjao Seafront Restaurant and a new adventure in Mitra’s Ranch. Then we had our dinner in Kinabuch’s on our first day compared to what we had before.

Day 2: Underground River and Firefly River Cruise

Exactly the same activities we did but discovered an inasal restaurant on the way to the firefly river cruise named, Ka Inato. We also had our “Tamilok” experience on our 2nd day during our lunch in Taraw Resort. However, we didn’t make it to the Vietnamese village because of tiredness.

Day 3: Honda Bay Island Hopping (whole day tour)

We went to the same beaches like before but in different order. We started in Snake Island, then Pandan Island and finally a newly improved Pambato Reef. We had our dinner in “Ka Lui” that time.

Day 4: Market Day

Exactly the same activities where we went to the market to buy some pasalubongs and then rest.

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2010 August Travel: Singapore Day 1 – City Tour

We got a promo fare from Cebu Pacific that cost us around Php 4500 plus travel tax Php 1620 and terminal fee of Php 750. Reg and I availed the GoLite promo since we want to budget our shopping expense in Singapore but Roocie had her bags checked-in.

We were in the airport 2hours before the flight. We had our dinner first since our flight is at 9.40pm. We checked in at once and was surprised to see their new boarding pass! It is very similar to SM’s grocery store receipts. No wonder why CebuPac fares are cheap.

I was a little bit disappointed with Cebu Pacific. Why? Imagine at 11:30pm, they still do their “Show Me/Bring Me” game! Most of us were already sleeping and then their crew facilitated the game. It was hard going back to sleep afterwards.

We arrived in Singapore Budget Terminal at 12:30am. I never saw their famous Changi Airport. Maybe next time I’ll try to book a flight to Singapore in a different airline. They also have a Fox’s candy compliments in the immigration area. One thing we noticed is that they don’t have cubicles unlike to other airports I’ve been to.

We stayed in our friend’s place in Haig Road. The nearest station is Paya Lebar, green line! We were lucky that it is near the airport. There is a surcharge fee of $3 if you came from the airport and additional 50% of your fare since it’s past midnight. We were welcomed by Darwin, Kim’s boyfriend since she has colds when we arrived.

We unpacked some of our things, settled down and rest in a real bed. It was really tiring flying on the wee hours of the night.

CITY TOUR

Itinerary for the day: Merlion, Esplanade, Suntec City and Glutton’s Bay

We woke up past 8am already since all of us were tired from the trip. Kim didn’t join us because she needs to rest so that she can join us in Universal Studios Singapore the next day. We had our maps, money and ourselves, and all set. Since we’re doing it on our own, we need to be aware of the Bus # to get to the nearest train station. We memorized the numbers so that it would be easier the next time. We can take bus #s: 43, 76 and 135.

In Front of Haig Road, Youth Olympic Games Flag

Bus Schedules and Route

We bought an EZLink card worth $12 with $7.50 load and $5 refundable fee. We use this card in going places in Singapore. You just have to tap it before you enter the train station or the bus and tap out afterwards. It’s such a convenience for everyone. I hope Manila can also have something like this in the future.

First Stop: Raffles Place
We walked from here to go to the Merlion. Along the road we saw different sculptures and the Fullerton Hotel. There is also a bay along the way where you can have a cruise too if you want. We just walked our way to the Merlion.

A humongous bird

Sculpture where in the boy is taking of his pants to swim with his friends

River Cruise

Double Decker Tourist Bus

We didn’t expect that it was the opening of the 1st Youth Olympic Games in Singapore that’s why we saw a lot of delegates and volunteers of the event. Also, because of this, the main roads are closed. We took our lunch first in Marina Square and saw some delegates of the YOG.

Me and Reg in Merlion

View of the Sands Sky Park

Second Stop: Esplanade

With my cousin Thea Ang in Esplanade

We didn’t get a chance to tour the insides of the esplanade since there were events happening when we arrived. My cousin Thea Ang is working there too that’s why we visited the place. Since we can’t do anything there, we decided to go to our next place. We’re off to Suntec City Mall.

Youth Olympic Games Stadium entrance

Third Stop: Suntec City Mall – Fountain of Wealth
The famous Suntec City mall is our next stop. However, we were a little bit lost that’s why we stopped for a while to check the map.

Finding our way to Suntec City Mall

We of course found our way to the mall and you can see there the Fountain of Wealth. There is also an instruction on what to do with the fountain’s water.

Instructions on what to do in the Fountain of Wealth

Suntec City

We wished to be wealthy after that. Hahaha! Hopefully in a few months, we all go back and thank the Fountain of Wealth.

There was also an event in the mall, similar to that of Glorietta’s event center. There were costumes around the world and we saw our National Wear. It’s nice to see that Philippines is cooperating in those kinds of events. At least, people will know that there is an island such as the Philippines.

Philippine National Wear

Since we had a tiring walk to Suntec City, we decided to have our snacks in Swensen’s!!! It was an ice cream parlor! Reg and I got the 5 colors where we are to choose 5 flavors from the list. It was such a sweet delight. ^__^

Swensen's Ice Cream Parlor

Cheewy Chocolate, Choco Mint, Rocky Road, Pistachios and Strawberry

Third Stop: Marina Bay Sands
This was the most tiring stop! We had to walk a kilometer or so just to reach this place where in fact, we can reach the place from Suntec to Marina Sands in just a few minutes. We took another route and then the shuttle going to Sands is not available too since the roads are closed from 2pm until 12mn!!! It was stressful.

Going to Marina Bay Sands

Directions going to Sky Park

Elevator going up to the 56th Floor for the Sky Park

Reg holding our tickets

Good thing everything was worth it. We payed SGD 20 for us to be able to access the sky park and the north garden. The hotel also has an infinity pool on top that was breathtaking. At least our tiring day tour ended well.

Esplanade View

Flyer View

Singapore at Night View

Infinity Pool

My Travel Buddies

North Garden

Last Stop: Gluttons Bay, Makansutra
Reunion with College Friends. Since this place is like the Banchettos in Emerald Ave., we had a wide range of food choices. We’re exhausted with our day’s tour so we let them decide what to eat. 3 of our college friends: Darwin, Kim and Wally are already working there and Diane is having her business trip that week. Rizza, who is also working there can’t make it that night because of prior commitments.

CSC Reunion in Singapore

They ordered the best food we ate that day! We even tried the Sting Ray that Roocie ordered. We ate a lot that night. Maybe that’s why it was called Glutton’s bay?

Dinner at Glutton

Roocie's Choice: Sting Ray

We walked by the bay after eating and listened to the band playing at the back of Esplanade. It was such a lively place with lots of music and lights.

Statement Blocks

CSC Girls in SG

Group picture with the view of the Sands Sky Park

Reaching the Train Station, Wally introduced to us the 1 SGD ice cream! It was like a dirty ice cream but it was Wall’s (Selecta in the Philippines). It was like a soap bar then sandwiched by a wafer. It was not bad for a 1 SGD. Reg and I tasted it since we can’t finish our meal without desserts. Hahaha! ^_^

SG version of Dirty Ice Cream

Our 1 SGD Ice Cream

First day was great and we’re looking forward to our next days in Singapore. This trip is going to be FUN FUN FUN!!! ^___^

For a complete IT of Singapore travel, click here: August 2010 Travel:  Singapore

2010 Palawan Getaway Day 1: City Tour

We are flying Cebu Pacific going to Puerto Princesa. Since we availed for the GoLite promo we are not allowed to check in our baggages unless we are willing to pay an additional Php400. (Tip 1: Unless you’re sure that you’ll be carrying less than 7kg of handcarry, better avail for the GoPromo to save money. CebuPac also introduced the advanced excess baggage in the case that you know that you’re goingg to shop and check-in more than the allowable weight which is 15kg, it will save you money too.) Luckily, I packed my luggage again the night before and weigh it at home so I’m confident that it’ll pass. My worry though is the tripod that we brought. I saw discussions on the web regarding tripods not allowed as hand carry baggage. Good thing though they didn’t bother to ask what it was. Just be sure to place it inside your bag.

Our departure time was 8:15am and expected arrival in Puerto Princesa is 9:30am. Our flight was on time and when we went out the PP airport, we looked for the Dangkalan Signage. I was looking for o ur name but unfortunately they placed “Fujitsu Ten” instead of our name.  Then little did we know that there is a low pressure area in Mindanao that causes rainshowers and thunderstorms here in Palawan. (Tip 2: Check the weather the night before going to your trip. This will save a lot of time asking and a great deal of disappointment.) … and I thought I’ll be walking on sunshine the following days.

We went straight to Dangkalan Resort which is around 20mins from the airport. When we arrived, Sheryl who assisted our accomodation and tour welcomed us and gave us our room keys and welcome drinks. We stayed in Room 07 which I think the same room where our fellow officemates stayed early this February.

We rested for a while and decided to eat lunch in Badjao Sea Front. One of the famous restaurants in PP since I’ve been researching for “must go-must eat” in Palawan.

Lunch in Badjao Sea Front

It has really a nice ambiance. You’ll be walking on a bridge in the middle of the mangroves with colorful flags before reaching the restaurant’s entrance.

As you enter the restaurant you’ll definitely love the place and the scenery. The restaurant is situated on the sea that’s why it’s name is sea front. Too bad the rain is pouring hard so you can’t see the mountains and the blue water. Nevertheless, we liked it.

Since we’re starving already… we ordered Fish Kilawin (Php 140) and Mix Seafoods (Php 140). The food is superb! We both loved it. The seafood is fresh and it’s really yummy! We had 2 rice each as an evidence. (Php 100 @ 25/each)

Then we ordered vanilla ice cream (Php 55) for dessert since all their dessert is not available. Well, that’s my only complain. They also charge a 10% tax so we spent almost Php500 for lunch.

Then we were picked up by the agency that was assigned to us for our City Tour. And there we met Kuya Joel, our friendly tour guide. We have 2 Australians with us in the tour so he was explaining everything in English. It was a long 4 hour tour and I’ve learned a lot from him. I’ll mention  the trivias I’ve learned from him as I continue my blog. To shorten our day, I’ll enumerate the places we went to and  explain a little something from it.

City Tour Itenerary (a little bit revised since it’s raining throughout the day)

Bay Walk Running Tour

All the while I thought that when you say “running tour” it means that you’ll literally run as you take the tour. It just means that the van will just drive along the road and you’ll view it from the inside.

The Baywalk is called the “safe harbour” by the Chinese.

Plaza Cuartel

The only remains from the World War 2 that was maintained.

Immaculate Conception Cathedral

The first mass in the city was held in this cathedral.

Souvenir Shop

Here I bought some bracelet pearls and Andrew bought 1 pack of cashew (Php 120) which he didn’t like that much since it’s fried. He likes the roasted one better. We might go to the market some other time to buy some roasted cashew for us and for pasalubong. As for me, I bought some pearl bracelets for Php 60 each.

Crocodile Farm

You’ll see a big crocodile skull and it’s skin in the entrance of the farm. The tour guide said that it’s 60 yrs old and killed 185 Palawenos.

There was also a hatchling area where the baby crocodiles were stored. And we also saw the 17 feet crocodile in the farm.

We managed to take some photos while holding a baby crocodile (Php 30/person). Its texture is like a rubber and it smells bad. At first it’s kinda scary but after the first shot, it’ll be okay,

Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm

This is where the prisoners that has no lawyer were sent. They are lucky though since they are given free shelter and jobs. I find it weird though but it’s their policy here. Some of the prisoners doesn’t want to go out of prison because they are living a good life inside and they can support their families through their prison jobs. Our tour guide even told us that some prisoners makes another minor crime just to extend their stay inside the prison when their sentence is almost over. By the way, there are 3 kinds of prisoners inside Ihawig Prison: Minimum, Medium and Maximum, the last being the worst crime down to the minor ones. The Minimum and Medium prisoners do the farming tasks while the Maximum prisoners stays only inside the prison cells and are only allowed 30mins just to get some fresh air and sunshine.

Also, we also bought some pure honey for Php 150. They say that it’s healthy and it’s mango based. I tried a little and it tastes good. Some tourist buys gallons and liters of it since it can do a lot of wonders. I now have to research on those after this trip.

Millionares Village, Mitra’s Ranch and Baker’s Hill

This were the last stops of the tour. Since it’s raining hard again we just had this “running tour” for each. The Village consists of retired foreigners and officials and their houses are very big! Then in Mitra’s Ranch, it’s like the Picnic Grove in Tagaytay where you can see the overlooking of taal volcano. Here in Palawan, you can see the overlooking of Honda Bay where the Island Hopping takes place. Last was the Baker’s Hill where we bought some bread for dinner. Nothing extra ordinary in Baker’s hill’s pastries though.

Then we are back to our hotels after the tour. It was a long rainy day so went to our rooms and rest for the next day’s adventure. We had a great day. Hopefully the weather will be better by tomorrow.