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Packing light can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. It is also undeniably admirable, highly beneficial, and the more you do it, the better you become.

There are two types of travellers in the world – the one who travels with her entire house  in five pieces of luggage and the ‘light traveller.’ The former appears at the airport with insufficient arms to pull her bags, while the other wears a cute crossbody bag and pulls a luggage conveniently. Of course, the first person paid check-in baggage fees, while the light traveller had to bring one luggage only to maximize her free 7kg carry-on baggage allowance.

Who do you think would enjoy the trip more? Who seems to be the more frequent traveller? It’s the light traveller.

It is a skill, really, to be able to exercise being a minimalist with your traveling stuff when you want to ensure you’re not forgetting anything. After all, you’ll be gone for days and can’t ask someone to find that Hello Kitty shirt in your closet and ship it to you. Traveling light, however, has many other benefits than looking cute at the airport and saving on check-in baggage fees.

Benefits of Traveling Light

First, packing light means not having to worry about checking in your bags. You’ll save time on luggage scans and money on overweight fees. Once you’ve learned the art, you just need to come to the airport, be cute, and take OOTD photos if you like while waiting for your flight. Next, arrival at your destination, you wouldn’t have to wait for your luggage at the baggage carousel and proceed to exploring! Especially if you have a tight schedule and itinerary, the more time you save, the better.

Other major benefits include being in control of your belongings and not stressing on them getting lost or damaged. Also, you’ll save yourself from a sore back and feet from lugging a heavy bag around. Walks during your trip would definitely be easier and more meaningful since you’d be able to come to wherever corner you want. You’d be able to secure everything away in airport or hostel lockers and find it easy to unpack too.

So where do you start? Here are some tips you can follow to ensure your next trip would be easy-breezy:

  1. Start with a smaller suitcase instead of using your big suitcase because you would tend to fill whatever bag you have.
  2. Buy travel scales for accuracy and don’t be like the weird ones who like guessing the weight of their bags. It would be too late for you if you weigh at the airport.
  3. Use a packing list and stick to it. Pack only the essentials and avoid going through your things.
  4. Opt for compression packing cubes for your clothes. They serve as a natural limit on how many clothes you can take and the compression element halves the amount of space your clothes take up.
  5. Don’t pack shoes for every occasion. Stick to a maximum of 3 dual-purpose pairs.
  6. Use shower caps instead of bulky shoe covers. It’s cheap and you can easily find it at the department store or supermarket.
  7. Use a thin drawstring wash bag and skip the bulky beauty organizers.
  8. Go for lightweight and technical winter clothing and don’t give in to the temptation of bringing thick and heavy clothes.
  9. Wear your largest items instead of packing them. Airports are largely the same temperature regardless of the destination and flights are usually cold, so you can keep the boots on.
  10. Towels are heavy, right? Bring a sarong instead.
  11. Take only your essential medications and leave the ‘just in case’ items
  12. Check out solid toiletries instead of liquids. The latter are smaller, lighter, and won’t tip you over your liquids allowance.
  13. Invest in some travel sized versions of your perfume. Get yourself a travel sized atomiser.
  14. Call to check if your hotel has a travel hairdryer if you don’t have a travel hairdryer.
  15. Yes, you want a good ‘sound trip’ during your flight, but earphones is a much better idea than your favorite headphones.

Packing light can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. It’s also highly beneficial and the more you do it, the better you become. How many places do you want to go to this year and how many trips do you think would you have in this lifetime? Do you want them to feature mostly memories of you looking haggard and tired from worrying and carrying heavy luggage around? Time to learn the art of traveling light.

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Many people enjoy camping more than a trip to the beach. There’s just something about the fresh air that gets cooler and cooler as you keep walking, building a temporary home around a campfire, and staring at the sky full of stars. 

Your reading this can only mean one thing: you’re thinking of camping with some special people and you want to be prepared. Since camping is a project, it requires a few equipment and preparation to ensure an enjoyable and memorable activity. It doesn’t have to break the bank though, you’d only need basic gear and know-how. 

Let’s start with the most important things you need to bring: 

Tents

Some campsites offer tents and accommodation, while others don’t. It’s better to be prepared and have your own so you can be sure you won’t run into inconvenience later on. Tents come in a variety of sizes, but what you need to look after is performance. Take time to speak with the salesperson and ask about the size, its installation, and all the other things you need to know. 

Pads and Sleeping Bags

Again, this is something you’d need the salesperson to help you with. Most sleeping bags have comfort ratings based on temperature. Remember, it can be chilly in the field especially for someone in your family. Ask the campsite for the temperature in the area where you’ll be staying. 

Camp Stove

Choose a stable cooktop that lets you control the flame. A two-burner is a better option than the single-burner, as it offers versatility. Go for a foldable one. 

Other things you’d need to bring that actually don’t need reminding are clothes, hygiene, and insect repellent to protect yourself from mosquitoes and other insects. You may even bring mosquito coils and citronella candles to shoo away bugs.

What to Do

  • ● Ensure you have enough time to establish your camp at a relaxed pace. 

You can’t expect to have fun when you’re hungry and tired from traveling and it’s already late and dark. It’s important to allot ample time on the day of your departure for you not to rush breaking camp. 

  • ● Bring food that you actually like and enjoy. 

You wouldn’t live on bread and soup alone when you go camping. Bring a cooler so you can take fresh meat, vegetables, and eggs with you, among others you keep in your refrigerator. 

  • ● Make the most out of the natural resources, historic sites, and even activities around your campsite. 

Give yourself more reasons to enjoy and things to look forward to. You’re free to just relax and enjoy fresh air, though, if that’s just what you want to do. 

What Not to Do

  • Don’t be too ambitious 

It is best to start small, like go camping in the next long weekend, to get a feel of the experience. You have to know if the activity is for you and it’s something you’d really want to do. It would also give you an idea on things you may need and should not forget to prepare for. 

  • Don’t miss the chance to unplug from the outside world 

Many feature mobile and even wi-fi connection, but to truly enjoy the activity, you need to stop being in touch. It’s one of the many rewards you can get from camping. Instead, you may bring magazines, books, cards, or board games to pass the time and bond with the other campers, say it suddenly rained. 

  • Don’t bring too much food

You may have a cooler with you, but it wouldn’t be long until it can no longer preserve it contents. Uncooked food and leftovers may be unconsumable when you go back home. Plan your meals properly prior to your camping activity.

Camping is definitely an activity every person should try in their lifetime. It could be scary to leave the comforts of your home and sleep outdoors, but waking up to a nice sunrise is priceless. It’s the view, challenge of getting through the night, the whole journey. Try it – who knows, you may even enjoy it more than going to the beach. Expect yourself to be a happier and an even better person after the activity. 

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Bacolod City is known to be the City of Smiles for the people here always wear a smile, a obvious trait of being hospitable but historically the name City of Smiles is deepy rooted to the resiliency of the people wherein Masskara Festival was born.  Bacolod is derived from the word bakolod, old hiligaynon or ilongo word for a “hill, mound, rise, hillock, down, any small eminence or elevation since the resettlement was founded on a stony, hilly area. It was officially called Ciudad de Bacólod (City of Bacolod) when Municipalidad de Bacólod (Municipality of Bacolod) was converted into a city in 1938.

This city is known as the Sugarcane capital of the Philippines evident in different sweet treats you can indulge when you visit Bacolod and even bring some as pasalubong such as piaya, otap, napoleones and etc. It’s known also as the origin of Chicken Inasal. I must say the Bacolod is a foodie’s haven for there are a lot of restaurants and cafes you can dine when you visit this amazing city.

Aside from food, you will definitely enjoy your visit by exploring nature’s wonders such as hot springs, falls, white sand beaches and mountains which are accessible. You can also join the grand celebration in the Masskara Festival that is one of the well known festival in the Philippines and synonymous to Bacolod City.

A LITTLE HISTORY OF MASSKARA FESTIVAL Photo credit: Ceslou via Wikimedia

The festival was first held in 1980, a period of crisis wherein sugarcane price reached its all time low as sugar substitutes captured the market followed by another tragedy in April 22 of that year wherein inter-island vessel MV Don Juan carrying many Negrenses and prominent families in Bacolod City, collided with the tanker Tacloban City and sank in Tablas Strait off Mindoro, a tragedy that took 750 lives.

With the crisis and tragedy, the local government headed by the late Mayor Jose “Digoy” Montalvo appropriated a seed fund and enjoined the city’s artistic community, civic and business groups to hold a “festival of smiles”, to live up to the City’s moniker as the “City of Smiles”. They reasoned that a festival was also a good opportunity to pull the residents out of the pervasive gloomy atmosphere brought by the Don Juan Tragedy. The initial festival was held during the City’s Charter Day celebration on October 19, 1980 and was steered by an organizing committee. It was a declaration by the people of the city that no matter how tough and bad the times were, Bacolod City was going to pull through, survive, and in the end, triumph.

TOP 10 MUST VISIT PLACES AND TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN BACOLOD
10. Government Centers
Provincial Capitol of Negros Occidental – Capitol Park and Lagoon and Bacolod City Hall

9. Museums and Heritage Houses

Bernardino Jalandoni Museum, Balay Negrense, Negros Museum Silay Heritage Houses

8. San Sebastian Cathedral
A late 19th Century Church, the San Sebastian Cathedral located right across the public plaza is the seat of the Roman Catholic Church of Bacolod.
7. Chasing Waterfalls – Mag Aso Falls
Mag Aso Falls by Zef Loki (explorephblog)
6. Lakowan Island
Photo Credit: Mea Pabiona
5. Food Trip at Manokan Country, Calea Cafe and Ripples Restaurant

4. The Ruins
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Pampanga Bloggers’ Society serves as a local community for digital influencers based in Pampanga with the goal of helping promote the beauty and culture of the region through their various digital media platforms.

The group aims to promote camaraderie amongst its members and encourage sharing of knowledge to be able to help develop quality skills in new and emerging influencers. It also intends to be an avenue for current and aspiring digital media practitioners and influencers to meet, brainstorm, and work together efficiently and effectively through its various events, activities, and projects.

It envisions a united army of digital influencers in the region working together to promote and help boost the local tourism by using their voice and influence, thus creating a positive impact to the local communities and its people.

And because of this goal and vision,  Philippine Influencers’ Meetup or #PhilIMeet2019 happened last April 5-7, 2019. It was a 3-day event attended by selected digital influencers in various blog groups within Luzon who will help promote the region’s local tourism specifically Clark and Angeles City.

Through this, the group aims to start a new movement in the digital media industry, in which becoming a digital influencer goes beyond earning and fame; that we also have a responsibility in our local communities to be their voices to the world that has yet to discover them.

Thank you to all the influencers, partners and sponsors! Cebu Pacific Air Philippine Airlines Widus Hotel and Casino, Royce Hotel and Casino, Lewis Grand Hotel Philippines, Angeles Fried Chicken, Mother’s Cake House, Apag Marangle Bacolor, Susie’s Cuisine, Dainty Restaurants, Ripple8, Idea Zentral. Supported by Department of Tourism – Philippines Region 3, Mabalacat Tourism Office, Angeles City Tourism Office and Clark Development Corporation.

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ZEN Rooms, Philippines biggest budget hotel chain, will be having its big Summer Sale on April 04. ZEN Rooms best properties across Southeast Asia will be on Sale for up to 50% Off.

 

In its 3rd year in the Philippines, ZEN Rooms was able to surpass the big international and local hotel chains in the country and was recently recognized as the biggest budget hotel chain in terms of room inventory. The budget hotel chain has rooms in 13 cities across the country’s top destinations- Metro Manila, Boracay, Cebu, Davao, Palawan, Baguio, Angeles City, Tagaytay, Puerto Galera, Bohol, Dumaguete, Siquijor, and Vigan.

When it comes to Customer Satisfaction, no hotel chain comes close to ZEN Rooms’ rating in the Philippines which is currently at 8.3. ZEN Rooms prides itself on quality accommodations across Southeast Asia for the lowest prices of as low as Php999/night and no other hidden charges.

 

ZEN Rooms 4.4 Summer Flash Sale

 

More than 150 of ZEN Rooms best properties in Metro Manila, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong will be on Sale on April 04.

Travelers and staycationers can book around 100,000+ rooms for up to 50% Off during the big summer sale which will happen on ZEN Rooms’ website- www.zenrooms.comand ZEN Rooms Mobile App available on iOS and Android. Sale will start by 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm for those who signed up for early exclusive access. To sign up, visit ZEN Rooms’ Facebook Page- facebook.com/zenroomsph.

Sale to the public will start by 3:00pm for the remaining rooms. A 15% discount will also be available sitewide for all ZEN Rooms properties.

Amit Shukla, Regional Head of Marketing at ZEN Rooms said about the Summer Sale, “This is the biggest sale ZEN Rooms has done in the past years and we are expecting 15,000+ rooms across Southeast Asia to be sold on April 04. This is 10x more than our previous Flash Sales as we are adding 150+ ZEN Rooms properties on Sale.” Some of the customer feedback from previous Flash Sales are, “I’m glad ZEN Rooms had a Flash Sale where I booked a room for a very low price for a whole month for my business trip in Bangkok.” “I managed to score 3 of ZEN Rooms newest properties for as low as P600 each.” “ZEN Rooms’ Flash Sale is the perfect combination to Piso Fare Sale!.”

ZEN Rooms’ brand partners such as FoodPanda, KKday, Big Sky Nation, Eatigo, and more are also participating in this big sale by providing exclusive discounts to customers who will book during the Sale.

So mark your calendars, create your travel checklists, and be ready to travel more and pay less this 2019 because ZEN Rooms’ Big 4.4 Summer Flash Sale is surely an event you don’t want to miss! Sign up now and get your exclusive early access for the sale on April 04, 12 noon at http://bit.ly/44Salepr

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Whether you are travelling for business or leisure, Best Western Metro Clark can accommodate your travelling needs. The hotel provides a welcoming environment, comfortable accommodations, breakfast, free high-speed internet access, great service and easy access to many major businesses, shopping malls, and popular attractions around the city. And with added value of award winning loyalty program, Best Western Rewards, exclusive perks & discount at all local & international Best Western Hotels & Resorts make your  travel more rewarding.

It is perfectly situated in the heart of famous entertainment districts and the main thoroughfare of Angeles City.  The hotel is accessible to nearby several local and western restaurants, shopping centers, golf courses, Clark International Airport and casinos.

Hotel Rooms

DELUXE ROOM

Suitable for both business and holiday travelers, the 35 square meter deluxe room has a stylish contemporary design and features a comfortable sitting area to relax and browse the TV channels and movies.

PRESIDENTIAL SUITE

Whether having a get together with family or friends, the Presidential Suite, is perfect. The suite features a separate bedroom and open plan living area to entertain guests’ with comfort. The lounge has a stylish and cozy sofa set, dining chairs and a kitchenette with a microwave, large refrigerator and kettle for the full comfort experience. The bedroom has a work desk with internet access and an ensuite bathroom with refreshing shower and separate bathtub.

EXECUTIVE SUITE

Spacious and inviting, the Executive Suite offers larger space and ample room, endowed with comfort perfect for those lazy days away from home. Take care of business at the work desk with lamp and wired Internet access portal and enjoy a wonderful night’s sleep on the quality beds.

CONFERENCE AND FUNCTION ROOM

Meeting rooms are available for presentations, interviews, client pitches or training for your company. Best Western Metro Clark provides a number of meeting spaces such as conference rooms and boardrooms for rent. Catering, coffee service, projection equipment and other services are available to ensure you have everything you need for your meeting.

FUNCTION ROOM

Simon & Stanley Hall

Opening up to 405 square meters, with capacity for up to 360 guests for reception style function that can be divided into 2 smaller rooms each with 180-200
guests’ capacity. This venue is perfect for events such as weddings, debuts, parties, and special occasions.

Conference Room

The hotel also has a conference room, with a garden deck situated on the 4th floor opposite of the pool bar of the hotel that is ideally suited for conferences carrying in size from 25-30 guests.

SPENCER’S FUSION

Dine with delight as you savor and enjoy a wide array of cuisines from American, Continental, Asian & Filipino dishes. Experience new vibrant and cozy ambiance in Spencer’s Fusion (maximum capacity of 80 guests).

Operating Hours:

6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (Breakfast)

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Lunch)

5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Dinner)

BAR
POOL BAR

Pool Bar offers a more casual atmosphere in which to enjoy a refreshing drink while watching the unique panoramic view over the city.

HOTEL FACILITIES

In Best Western Metro Clark, guests’ convenience & comfort is the top priority. There is a range of facilities for both business and leisure travelers to cater to your needs.

SWIMMING POOL

With plentiful sunbeams streaming through its full-length skylight, the outdoor pool is an excellent place to swim laps, relax with family, or simply unwind in the peaceful surroundings located at the 4th floor of the hotel.

FITNESS CENTER

For gym enthusiasts and people who value fitness, Best Western Metro Clark provides you with a good selection of modern equipment and facilities in the Fitness Center, which is located at the 5th floor.

OTHER FACILITIES

24-hour room service

Concierge

Land transfer

High speed Wi-Fi internet access

Business Center

24-hour security

Laundry services

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The 10th Philippine International Pyromusical Competition will be held at SM City Clark Pampanga. The change of venue from SM Mall of Asia is due to the ongoing Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program of the DENR, SM Supermalls will move the 10th PIPC  starting on February 23 to March 30, 2019.

Patrons can still use the 10th PIPC ticket/s purchased in MOA to SM City Clark. Given the changes in this year’s schedule, dates of purchased ticket/s bought for February 16, 23 March 2, 9 and 16 shows in MOA can be interchanged and used for February 23, March 2, 9, 16 and 23 shows. Tickets purchased for March 23, 2019 show can be used for March 23 and 30, 2019 at SM City Clark.

Here are the schedules of the country’s competing for this year.

Ticket prices ranges from Silver – 120, Gold – 350, VIP – 600, Patron – 1,800 with dinner. Ticket prices will increase during the last and the final show of the 10th PIPC. Upgrading of tickets is available through roving sellers and ticket booths located inside the ticketed areas of the mall. Silver and Gold Tickets are standing, VIP Tickets are with seats are available on a first come-first served basis and Patron Tickets are guaranteed seats with buffet dinner.

Parking

Guests can park at SM Clark City open parking A, B, D, K *Along MA Roxas Highway near SM City Clark parking K. *Along Clark-Mabalacat Angeles Road near SM City Clark motorcycle parking. For convenience, you may download SM Car park app.

How to get there?

    1. Private vehicle
      If you’re travelling via private car, you may access NLEX, SCTEX South exit.
    2. Public Transportation
      From SM Mall of Asia you may refer to the directions below for the P2P (Point 2 Point) shuttle service, fare is estimated at PHP 380.00++. Estimated travel time is 3 hours.

For the past 9 years, the pyrotechnics have always complied with the international standards for environment safety, at par with countries like Canada, Australia, Hongkong and famous theme parks around the world.

You can buy tickets at www.pyrophilippines.com or through SM Tickets, SM Cinemas, and from official ticket seller located at SM Mall of Asia Music Hall (fronting Crocs) starting February 13, 2019. The following booths at SM City Clark will also be open starting on Thursday, February 14, 2019: near Hypermarket, near Starbucks entrance, in front of SM Appliance Center, near Food Court, near Carousel, near Café Bene and Green Kitchen, near The SM Store entrance and National Bookstore, and near BDO entrance and Wendy’s. Ticket coupons will be available for purchase in Metrodeal starting February 13, 2019. There will  be roving ticket sellers and ticket booths during the event before the show starts.

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