Thursday, April 26, 2018

Planning a Japan trip and still looking for an affordable accommodation?

Hokkaido may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of traveling to Japan, but this dynamic, wide-open island has a unique charm—with its long winters, lush forests and laid-back culture. For instance, its prefectural capital Sapporo, is home to the most delicious beer in the region, and it’s also the main setting of the blockbuster local film, Kita-Kita. That is why more travelers are becoming keen to unravel its beauty.

If you’re one of those travelers, good news: Karaksa Hotels, the official hotel partner of Go Hotels in Japan, has finally opened its doors in Sapporo! Opened last January, this newest branch aims to cater the growing numbers of Pinoy tourists in Japan.

“Japan is a timeless favorite among Pinoys when it comes to international travel,” said Go Hotels General Manager Elizabeth D. Gregorio. “We plan to open more branches in different cities in Japan with the emergence and increasing number of smart travellers—local and international.”

This newest Karaksa Hotel branch, like the four other branches in Kansai region, mostly has spacious twin rooms that can be connected to accommodate families or group of friends up to 6 people. There are double rooms and stylish modern Japanese designed rooms on the topmost floor, so guests can easily find a room based on their needs.

Since Hokkaido is a hot springs haven, this branch especially features a relaxing hot bath for all guests. Adjacent to it is the RoomⓇ, where you can further pamper yourself with a refreshing drink while on a massage chair after a long hot bath.

Have a beautiful morning with their buffet breakfast served with Hokkaido’s best ingredients ran by one of Sapporo’s restaurant chain. Their wide array of delectable local and Asian cuisines is a perfect way to start the day.

Their facilities and amenities cover the basic essentials of every traveler such as free high-speed internet service (Wi-Fi), safety deposit boxes, vending machines and fully air-conditioned rooms, complete with personal items. They also have a laundry area and.

The hotel is conveniently located at 5-24 Minami Sanjo-nishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo City. It is right smack in the central area of Sapporo, a 5-minute walk from Susukino station via Shiei Subway Namboku Line, and a 6-minute walk if you’re from Odori Station. It’s also a walking distance from—Susukino and the Odori Park, which are both famous for its Snow Festivals. 

The famous Tanukikoji shopping arcade is just outside Karaksa Hotel in Sapporo, making it the perfect accommodation for travelers of any interest. 

Karaksa Hotel Sapporo has 112 rooms in total. Aside from this, Karaksa Hotels has four other branches in Osaka and Kyoto which are also located near the famous spots of the cities. 

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Why go out of the country when there's so much to explore in the Philippines? It's about time we take travel on a different level. Bonifacio Global City, in partnership with the Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA) and the Department of Tourism is holding the first-ever outdoor travel fair to be held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater on May 4-6, 2018 from 10 am to 8 pm. 

The 1st Green & Gold Tourism focuses on showcasing eco-cultural tourism products, and highlights the involvement of community-based tourism activities to mainstream tourism.

Green Tourism

  • Nature Tourism. Activities related to nature such as bird watching, mangrove river ride, wildlife encounter, photography/videography tour, and reseach and study tour
  • Ecoadventure. Adventurous activities such as trekking, mountain climbing, scuba diving, white water rafting, canyoneering
  • Agro-Tourism. Garden tour, farm tour, visit to plantation and orchard, farm immersion like growing, harvesting, and processing of crops

Gold Tourism

  • Ethnic Tourism. These are activities for the purpose of observing and experiencing cultural expressions and lifestyles of indigenous communities, cultural immersion, tribe tour, living museum tour, artisan tour
  • Cultural Tourism. Interactive tours, vanishing lifestyle activities, festival tour, Philippine Kulinarya Series
  • Historical Tourism. This emphasizes the glory of the country's past. Activities such as "The Last Kilometer Walk of Dr. Jose Rizal", Western Visayas Landing Sites, CAMANA (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas) Tour, countryside tour of Metro Manila, The Philippine Artisans, Death March, War Memorial Programs
  • Faith Tourism. Pilgrimage tour, Philippine Road to Islam, Halal Culinary, Holy Week Program
  • Health and Wellness. Philippine Detox Program, Healing Holidays, Traditional Wellness such as hilot, dagdagay, stone massage

Expect amazing travel and leisure deals from more than 50 partner airlines, travel agencies and tour operators, hotels and resorts and local government tourism units during the 3-day travel event. 

You will also witness performances from local groups, and take part in talks and exhibits that will remind us of our rich Filipino culture and traditions. The event is also sponsored by local airline Cebu Pacific. 

For more information about the event, visit

Bonifacio High Street FB Page:

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

April is the peak of summer and you are probably seeing beach photos posted on your friends' social media accounts. Are you still dreaming of a perfect getaway but don't have money to splurge? You are not alone. I was dreaming of visiting Boracay one last time before it goes on a 6-month rehabilitation. Well, I just returned from a 3-day vacation and I didn't spend a fortune. That photo was taken in a beach somewhere in Batangas. Nice, right?

5 Ways to Enjoy Summer on a Budget

1. Go on a road trip to a nearby beach

Batangas and Quezon are popular beach destinations. Whether you want a romantic getaway, a family bonding, or a barkada outing, there's a beach resort that will suit your need. While renting a van is the most economical and more convenient way to travel, there are also resorts that are accessible via public transport. 

2. Hotel, Home Vacation Rental or Camping

There are many options for accommodation if you plan an overnight stay instead of a day tour. Since summer is a peak season, hotel rooms are expensive and most probably fully-booked by now. A great alternative is home vacation rental. Beach houses, condo units, and townhouses are usually 40% cheaper and can accommodate more people. If you are the adventurous type, pitching a tent near the beach is fun especially if you are with your friends. 

3. Bring your own food

You've got to make sure first if the resort allows bringing your own food. There are some resorts that charges corkage fees while other resorts only allow food bought in their restaurant. A resort that allows cooking and grilling is the best option if you are a group. 

4. Don't forget the essentials

Are you guilty of always forgetting things you should bring whenever you go on a vacation? Although there are convenience stores and shops, the items they sell are more expensive. 

5. Make sure you have summer ready stuff 

You are probably taking a lot of photos, and partying come night time. You've got to be ready for non-stop fun. I've got here some items from CD-R King, your one-stop media provider, and you can actually purchase these online at

I used to be contented with fan but with the heat index going up, a rechargeable portable fan comes handy. 

Low battery or a drained battery is unacceptable. Your power bank should also be waterproof and shockproof so you need not worry if it's durable enough.


You are probably spending most of your time in the water or near the water. We all know that not all gadgets are created waterproof. Protect your gadget with a waterproof case and bag to enjoy taking photos without the fear of getting your gadget wet.

Free up both your hands with a floating handle for action camera and take that underwater shot you've been dreaming about.

Set the party mood with your music playlist and a waterproof bluetooth speaker. 

Staying up late by the beach? It could get really dark on your way back to the cottage. Or if you plan to sleep in a tent, a LED rechargeable camping lantern comes handy.

I could go on and on with things to bring on your getaway but I'm sure you've got other things in mind. One thing for sure, CD-R King has it for you. 

Visit a CD-R King branch near you or if online shopping is your thing, you can order your summer must-haves at and enjoy nationwide delivery.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Can you guess my age? I wish I could be forever 21 but I'm already 41. Well, at least I could say I still feel like 21. 

I was invited last Saturday to the 2018 Summer Collection Launch of Forever 21 featuring their latest brand ambassadors. The #WeAreForever21 global campaign celebrates individuality and inclusivity. It highlights the desire of the youth for self-expression through their fashion style.

The brand ambassadors represent the style identities not only of Forever 21 but also of today's Filipino youth. 

Forever passionate.
Forever ambitious.
Forever stylish.

The Filipinos work hard and play hard. Forever 21 has a style that will match your personality and your passion.

What I really like about the brand is that I can always find a style that doesn't make me look like I'm not dressing appropriately for my age. 

Have you shopped for your summer #OOTD ?  Head over a Forever 21 branch near you. For the latest collection offerings, follow Forever 21 on facebook and instagram.

Already feeling the summer heat? Well, here's a "cool" news for you. 

The Philippine Ice Hockey team finished their first game of the year by taking home the bronze medal at the Challenge Cup of Asia (CCOA). The International Ice Hockey Foundation (IIHF)-sanctioned competition was held at the SM Mall of Asia Ice Skating Rink and marks the country’s first time to host the regional event. 

Team captain, Steven Fuglister, was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament with his split 14.5-second goal hit in the Philippines’ last game against Singapore.

“We want to thank everyone for their great show of support at this year’s Challenge Cup. Our families, friends, and fans gave us an incredible source of strength and motivation during this run, testament to our podium finish,” said Jonathan de Castro, the Philippine Ice Hockey Team’s new coach.

The national team will next play at the Philippine Ice Hockey Tournament in June. Although this will not have any direct impact to their IIHF standing, it will further promote the sport as some of the competing teams will come from neighboring countries.

The 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games will play a big role towards the team’s overall direction as they look to defend their gold title and advance to the IIHF World Championships. With the Philippines as SEA Games host, the team also looks forward to having the home crowd cheer them on.

“We are currently starting preparations for the men’s and potentially the women’s teams for next year. Riding on our motivation from CCOA, the coaching staff is currently breaking down film from our last game to move forward and create the roster for the upcoming 2019 SEA Games,” de Castro added. 

Future ice hockey games of the national team will be held at SM Skating Mall of Asia, which boasts an Olympic-sized ice skating rink that was unveiled last October 2017. SM Lifestyle Entertainment’s support for figure skating and speed skating alongside ice hockey goes hand-in-hand with SM Group’s vision to help and build homegrown talents. 

For more updates and announcements on tournaments and events of the Philippine Ice Hockey team, visit SM Skating’s website at or follow the official social media accounts at @smskating.

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