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Fast Facts

Patapat Viaduct Ilocos Norte

  • Public Transportation: Jeepneys, Tricycles, or Vans
  • Languages/Dialect: Ilocano, Tagalog, and English
  • Payment Options: Cash and credit/debit cards are accepted.
  • Known For: Bangui Windmills, Paoay Church, and Empanadas

 

What to Know Before Visiting Ilocos Norte

  • If you’re going sightseeing, it’d be best to withdraw the cash necessary for entrance fees. There are several ATM’s in Laoag city, though they do tend to get sparse the farther you go out of the city.
  • Be prepared for long car drives – getting from one site to another may take as short as 15 minutes or as long as 2 hours. Bring a pillow, a book, or anything that’ll keep you busy and relaxed while on the road.

 

Best Time to Visit

If you really want to get in touch with the local culture, then head over during the month of June for the Empanada Festival in Batac and then go to Laoag City for the Pamunlinawan Festival in February.

You may also opt to go when it isn’t the rainy season (typically the -ber months), as the rains may dampen your tours around the city and cause bigger and rougher waves at Pagudpud. Though, if you want to go surfing – this may be ideal for professionals catching a ride off the Badoc Coast.
 

How to Go to Ilocos Norte

LOCATION

BY AIR

To get to Ilocos Norte by air, you can take a 45 minute flight from Manila via Philippine Airlines or Cebu Pacific. You will land at Laoag City International Airport, which also receives chartered flights from China and Taiwan.

BY LAND

The best way to get to Ilocos Norte’s capital, Laoag City, by land is via bus. There are several lines that can take you (Florida Bus Line, Partas Liner, Baliwag Transit and Fariñas Transit) with the trip taking you up to eight to nine hours.

BY SEA

While there is no ride that specifically ends in Ilocos Norte, Star Cruises’ Superstar Virgo has made Laoag one of their home ports before continuing on to Hong Kong and Kaohshiung.
 

Getting Around Ilocos Norte

Try out local transportation options like tricycles and jeepneys for an affordable way to get around. If you ever feel like you’re lost, friendly locals can help you with directions. You can also rent out vans for a whole day and they can take you to all the top tourist destinations in your itinerary without hassle.
 

Things to Do in Ilocos Norte

Cape Boreador Lighthouse Ilocos Norte

Sand Dunes and Saud Beach Ilocos Norte

  • Climb to the top of Cape Boreador Lighthouse and catch awesome panoramic views of Ilocos Norte.
  • Drive along the famous Patapat Viaduct and take photos of the country’s fourth longest bridge.
  • Go sand boarding and ride a 4×4 at the Sand Dunes.
  • Swim and soak up some sun at Saud Beach in Pagudpud.
  • Pay a visit to Sta. Monica Church, the largest Church in the region.

 

Tourist Spots in Ilocos Norte

Bangui Windmills Ilocos Norte

  • Bangui Windmills: These windmills are truly a unique must-see in the region. As you drive along Bangui Bay, you’ll notice that there are more than 20 turbines set up along the coast.
  • Kapurpurawan Rock Formation: Through thousands of years, the strong waves along Bangui Bay have helped form this stunning natural wonder.
  • Malacanang of the North: The former official residence of the Marcos family during his presidency, their old home has been transformed into a museum.
Kapurpurawan and Paoay Ilocos Norte

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation and Paoay Church

  • Paoay Church: Don’t forget to drop by one of the oldest and most beautiful churches in the country. Paoay Church also known as San Agustin Church, was inspired by a mix of oriental, gothic, and baroque architecture.
  • Sinking Bell Tower: This Spanish era bell tower was built on soft and sandy foundation, which is the reason why it sinks and how it got its name.

Read: Top 10 Ilocos Norte Tourist Spots

 

Where to Eat in Ilocos Norte

Batac Empanada Ilocos Norte

  • Herencia Restaurant (Ilocano Cuisine): If you’re looking for a great place to get great Ilocano food, go to Herencia’s and try out their classic Pinakbet and their famous pizza!
  • BergBlick Restaurant (German and Filipino Cuisine): Get a taste of unique German and international food and head to this restaurant, which name means “mountain view”.
  • Batac Riverside Empanadahan (Ilocano Steet Food): Your visit won’t be complete without trying Ilocos Norte’s famous Empanadas! These delicious orange treats are fried with bean sprouts, eggs, and longganisa. Depending on the variation, they usually cost no more than P50.

Read: 10 Best Restaurants in Ilocos Norte

 

Where to Stay in Ilocos Norte

Fort Ilocandia Ilocos Norte

  • Rivermount Hotel and Resort: This 4-star hotel and resort is located in the town of Sarrat with a beautiful view of the Padsan River. Families and friends can enjoy the hotel’s very own pool and restaurant.
  • Alta Vista Ilocandia: Enjoy the perks of both white sand beach with clear blue waters and the backdrop of a scenic mountain range at this seaside hotel.
  • Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel: The only five star hotel in Ilocos Norte, Fort Ilocandia exudes luxury with its stunning brick walled structures and classic interiors.

Read: Where to Stay in Ilocos Norte: Top 5 Choices
 

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Jetstar Airways: Informative Guide for First-Time Travelers

August 16th, 2018 by

Founded in 2004, Jetstar Airways lives up to their mission: All day, every day, low fares. This Australian low-cost airline aims to enable more people to fly to more places, more often.

Jetstar is a wholly owned subsidiary of Qantas, the flag carrier of Australia. It operates an extensive domestic network, regional, and international services with more than 5000 flights a week.

 

Top Jetstar Destinations

  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Don Mueang
  • Manila
  • Denpasar
  • Johor Bahru
  • Langkawi
  • Siem Reap
  • Singapore
  • Cebu
  • Hong Kong
  • Kota Bahru
  • Hanoi
  • Melbourne
  • Phnom Penh
  • Yangon
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Taiwan

 

Jetstar Terminals

Jetstar Terminal

In the Philippines, Jetstar uses Terminal 1 for both their arrival and departure flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

 

Frequent Flyer Program

Jetstar has made flying easier by teaming up with four great airlines so you can earn points or miles with their loyalty program. You may earn your points or miles on Jetstar Plus, Starter Max or Business Max fares.

Their partnered airlines include:

1. Qantas Frequent Flyer

Here are the classes wherein you can earn points:

  • Starter Plus – Economy
  • Starter Max – Flexible Economy
  • Business Max – Business

2. Emirates Skywards

With Emirates Skywards, you may earn Skyward miles on the following fares below:

  • Economy Starter Plus – 50% Economy
  • Economy Starter Max – 100% Economy
  • Busines Max – 125% Business

3. JAL Mileage Bank

If you’re a JAL Mileage Bank member, miles can be earned at an accumulation rate of 25% with Starter Plus or Starter Max Bundle on Jetstar Japan flights.

  • Starter Plus – 25%
  • Starter Max – 25%

4. Lotusmiles

Lotusmiles members can earn miles at an accumulation rate of 75% and 110% with Starter Plus and Starter Max fares on Jetstar Pacific flights.

  • Starter Plus – 75%
  • Starter Max – 110%

How to Avail

  • If you fly with these airlines, you can earn and redeem points or miles towards your Jetstar Frequent Flyer Program
  • Just select your loyalty program when you book your Jetstar Plus, Max, or Business Max bundle and add in your membership number

 

Web Check-In Process

Checking in online before you arrive at the airport is the fastest and easiest way. Just follow these steps below:

Jetstar Web Check In

Jetstar Web Check In Page

1. On Jetstar’s home page, simply click on the drop-down menu bar and then click Check in.
2. Fill in the information needed (booking reference number or PNR, surname and departing airport details).
3. Choose how you want to receive you boarding pass. You may opt for three choices:

    • Download your PDF boarding pass and print it,
    • Have it emailed to you,
    • or have a mobile boarding pass sent to your mobile phone.
    • * This is applicable on Australia, New Zealand, selected Jetstar Asia out of Singapore flights only.

4. If you have an international flight or a domestic flight from an international terminal, you must go to the airport counter to get a boarding pass.
5. Prepare and print any other travel documents you’ll need and you’re ready to go.

 

Baggage Allowance

Carry on Baggage

  • 7kg for Economy Starter, Starter Plus, and Starter Max
  • 10kg for FlexiBiz
  • 14kg for Business Class

Checked Baggage

  • Economy Starter fares do not include baggage allowance but you may opt to purchase and choose from 15kg, 20kg, 30kg, 35kg or 45kg when you book your flight
  • If you are taking this flight together with an infant or young child, you may bring a stroller, portacot and bedding, portable high chair and approved car seat free of charge. You may also bring a wheelchair if needed

Oversized Baggage

  • Any bag or item with a single side longer than one meter (1000mm, 39 inches)is an oversized item
  • Each passenger can bring up to two oversized items
  • Oversized handling fee may apply so make sure you purchase enough checked baggage when booking your flight

Maximum weight

  • No single bag or item can weigh more than 32kg – even if your checked baggage allowance is 35 kg 0r 40kg

Airport terminal

Tips:

  • If you want to avail an additional checked baggage, make sure you do it when you book your flight. Or else, you’ll be spending more if you do it at the airport. You might also be charged for excess baggage
  • Make sure to keep in mind the prohibited items on board

 

Jetstar Comfort Packs


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If you want to give your flight a touch of luxury, you can do it with Jetstar’s comfort pack. Each pack comes in a reusable case that includes:

  • Inflatable neck support pillow
  • Lipbalm and hand cream from Zenology cosmetics
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Earplugs
  • Socks
  • Eye mask
  • Jetstar pen
  • blanket

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First Timer’s Guide to Hong Kong International Airport

August 15th, 2018 by

The Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) known as the Chek Lap Kok Airport, was designed as a replacement for the Kai Tak Airport and built on an island largely comprised of reclaimed land.

HKIA is one of the most beautiful airport terminals, the busiest passenger airports in Asia and is also one of the largest passenger terminal buildings.

The airport is currently the #1 cargo airport in the world and more than 72.9 million passengers pass through here every year.

How To Get There

Hong Kong International airport is located on the island of Chek Lap Kok. Here are several ways that you can get here:

By Train

Airport Express HKIA
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From Hong Kong Station, take the Airport Express train to the airport. It is a 24-minute ride with trains coming in and out every 12 minutes. Make sure to purchase a ticket before getting on the train. You can buy them on-site.

By Bus

Bus HKIA
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From Hong Kong Central, take a bus headed straight to the Hong Kong Airport. Usually buses don’t have change so it is good to bring the exact amount.

The routes take a longer time but have more pick-up and drop-off points.

By Taxi

Taxi HKIA
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From Hong Kong Station, take a red taxi to the Hong Kong Airport.

By Shuttle

Most hotels will have a shuttle that brings guests to and from the Hong Kong Airport. It is best to check with the hotel if they have this service upon booking a hotel prior to your trip.

 

List of Airlines Operating in Airport

AeroflotBritish Airways
Garuda Indonesia
Mandarin Airlines
Siam Air
Air AsiaCambodia Angkor Air
Hong Kong Airlines
MIAT Mongolian Airlines
Sichian Airlines
Air Astana
Cathay Dragon
HK Express
Myanmar National Airlines
Singapore Airlines
Air Belgium
Cathay Pacific
Japan Airlines
Nepal Airlines
South African Airways
Air Busan
Cebu Pacific
JC International Airlines
Palau Pacific Airways
Spring Airlings
Air Canada
China Airlines
Jeju Air
Peach
Sri Lankan Airlines
Air China
China Eastern Airlines
Jet Airways
Philippine Airlines
Swiss International Airlines
Air France
China Southern Airlines
Jetstar Asia Airways
Philippines Air Asia
Thai Air Asia
Air India
Delta Air Lines
Jetstar Japan
Qantas
Thai Aiways
Air Mauritius
Eastar Jet
Jetstar Pacific Airlines
Qatar Airways
Turkish Airlines
Air New Zealand
Egypt Air
Jin Air
Royal Brunei Airlines
T’way Airlines
Air Niugini
El Al
Juneyao Airlines
Royal Jordanian
United Airlines
Air Seoul
Emirates
KLM
S7 Airlines
Vanilla Air
All Nippon Airways
Ethiopian Airlines
Korean Air
Scandinavian Airlines
VietJet Air
American Airlines
Etihad Airways
Lanmei Airlines
Scoot
Vietnam Airlines
Asiana Airlines
EVA Air
Lufthansa
Shandong Airlines
Virgin Atlantic
Austrian Airlines
Fiji Airways
Malaysia Airlines
Shanghai airlines
Virgin Australia
Bangkok Airways
Finnair
Malindo Air
Shenzhen Airlines
Xiamen Air

 

Departure Hall

HKIA Check In Counters
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Below are information about your departure for a quick and smooth journey to your boarding gate.

• Check- in

Go to the airline check-in aisle the corresponds to your airline. While you can counter check-in in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, there are 76 self check-in kiosks for your convenience.

Passengers should give enough time and arrive early for the necessary passport control and security procedures.

After the check-in, all passengers should drop off their baggage at drop-off counters. Those who bring hand baggage should make sure it doesn’t exceed the standard 22 in x 14in x 9 in.

Make sure that all baggage is packed following the security guidelines for a smooth drop off.

• Security Check

As a standard procedure, all travelers’ hand baggage will be inspected and there may be a body scan conducted. This is to ensure the safety and security of all at the terminal.

Apart from having your travel documents and boarding pass with you, make sure to have any medical proof or documents just in case.

• Immigration

Foreign travelers need to show their valid passport and filled out departure card. This card is at the bottom sheet of the original Arrival card attached to your passport.

Once the Immigration Officer cleared the passenger, they may proceed to their boarding gates.

• Boarding

Passengers are advised to be at their boarding gate at least 30 minutes before the flight departure time. There are many things to do like eating and shopping in the airport, but make sure to allot enough time to get to your boarding gate on time.

 

Arrival Hall

Arrival Hall HKIA
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To ensure a smooth and efficient arrival, you can browse all the essential information that you need to know after landing at Hong Kong International Airport.

• Immigration

Foreign travelers need to show their valid passport and filled out arrival card. This card is distributed during the flight and is also available at the Immigration Hall as well. After being screened by the officer, the passenger may go through.

After getting past customs, all passengers can go to the arrivals halls to meet their friends or relatives. This area has food outlets, shops, currency exchange, and transportation services.

• Baggage Reclaim

After Immigration, passengers can go directly to the baggage carousel to claim any checked-in baggage.

Make sure to go to the carousel that has the same flight number and airline that you took to get to Hong Kong. There are several information boards to help direct you to the right carousel.

• Customs

Those who have goods to declare will have to use the red channel while others who have nothing to declare can go through the green channel and directly exit.

According to the Customs and Excise Department website, as of July 16, 2018, all passengers in possession of currency or negotiable instruments (CBNIs) will have to make a written declaration if it exceeds HKD 120,000.

 

Hong Kong International Airport Contact

Useful Information
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General Inquiry Line+852 2181 888Customer Feedback, Airport Authority Hong Kong, HKIA Tower, 1 Sky Plaza Road, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau, Hong Kong
Lost and Found+852 2182 2018 or [email protected]Shop 088, Level 5, Terminal 2
Left Baggage+852 2261 0110Shop 001, Level 3, Terminal 2
Security Services+852 2949 8141avseco

 

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The Ultimate Guide to Hong Kong Shopping: Top 15 Places to Go

August 10th, 2018 by

In Hong Kong, there is a diverse pool of shopping areas to explore from curated boutiques, hipster stores, assorted markets, and streamlined malls.

Whether you want a designer item or a local souvenir, Hong Kong will have it if you look hard enough. 

Here’s your ultimate guide to Hong Kong shopping!

1. Argyle Center

Hong Kong Dresses

  • Location: 688 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon
  • How To Get There: Get off at the MTR Mong Kok Station, Exit D2. From there, walk to Argyle Center.

Those on a tight budget don’t have to fear shopping in Hong Kong when there is the Argyle Center. It is a multi-leveled mall in Mong Kok that is a cross between a street market and a commercial mall.

There are plenty of individual stores that sell an array of different items, a shopping day won’t be complete without a stop at the Argyle Center.  

You can get everything from clothes, bags, shoes, accessories, and even souvenirs. Make sure you’re ready to haggle because the price of an item can change if you’re determined enough.

Also, don’t forget to grab a delicious packet of Bai Wei cold noodles, a tasty Hong Kong food, on the ground floor. It’s savory, delicious, and you can pick out any ingredients you want for a steal price.

2. Citygate Outlets

Citygate Outlets
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  • Location: 20 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Outlying Islands
  • How To Get There: Get off at MTR Tung Chung Station, Exit C. From there, walk to the Citygate outlets. Alternatively, you could take Bus S1 or S64 from Hong Kong International Airport.

The Citygate Outlets is the largest outlet mall in all of Hong Kong City. This is definitely the place to score great deals on brands you love.

The mall features more than 80 international brands that offer year-round discounts up to 30 -70% off regular retail prices.

There are designer fashion labels, accessories, sportswear, footwear, beauty, and home accessories as well.

Although the mall is best known for its shopping, it also has other things to offer visitors.

The mall houses 16 food and beverage outlets and even has cinemas and a SPA by MTM.

Despite being in the middle of the bustling city, it has one of Asia’s largest outdoor kinetic fountains plus outdoor dining spaces.

3. Times Square

Times Square HK
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  • Location: 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
  • How To Get There: Get off at the MTR Causeway Bay Station, Exit A. From there walk to the Times Square mall.

Causeway Bay is the place to shop and all visitors rarely leave without setting foot in the grand Times Square. It sits right on top of the MTR Causeway Bay station exit, which makes it easily accessible.

From a distance, the Times Square mall is quite easy to distinguish because of their elaborate displays and Instagram worthy installations at their entrances.

The shopping mall has over 230 stores ranging from mid-price to luxury fashion and accessories.

Apart from having numerous fashion brands, there are also electronic brands, two department stores, restaurants, and a supermarket as well.

Hong Kong locals gather here to countdown the new year every December 31.

4. Hysan Place

Hysan Place HK
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  • Location: 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
  • How To Get There: Get off at MTR Causeway Bay station, Exit F2. From there, walk to Hysan Place.

The architectural design of this mall is its most alluring featured. Hysan Place was designed to let in as much natural light as possible with their high ceilings and open store fronts.

Their lush indoor and external greenery makes the area feel relaxing despite the hectic energy of Causeway Bay.

It has direct access to the MTR station and has 17 floors full of hip, trendy, and sought-after brands like GAP, Hollister, and more.

They also boast the largest Apple Store in the city. While their shopping scene steals most of the limelight, they do have a number of new concept restaurants that are worth trying out.

5. Langham Place

Langham Place
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  • Location: 8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
  • How To Get There: Get off at Mong Kok station, Exit C3. From there, Langham Place is around 3-minute walk away.

Langham Place is right in the middle of the gritty Mong Kok area but is one of the must-go places for shopping.

It is one of the biggest malls in Mong Kok and and has more than 200 hundred shops available. Most of the brands they carry are geared towards trendy and youth fashion.

The mall itself is a sight to behold as it has an unusual corkscrew design that lets you ascend or descend its floors without the use of an escalator.

They even have digital sky indoors and live performances to keep visitors amused.

The best part of Langham Place is their 83-meter escalator, which is also the longest indoor escalator in Hong Kong.

6. Harbour City

Harbour City
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  • Location: 3 -27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
  • How To Get There: Get off at MTR Tsim Sha Tsui, Exit A1. There are various entry points to Harbour City along Canton Road and an entrance next to the Star Ferry Pier.

This retail destination is a hard place to miss when you’re in Hong Kong.

Harbour City at Tsim Sha Tsui, has more than 700 stores, 50 food and drink outlets, and cinemas over four levels.

The mall is massive but is separated into four areas for easier navigation: Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel Arcade, Ocean Center, Gateway Arcade, and Ocean Terminal.

Marco Polo has the biggest cinemas in Hong Kong, a department store and home ware shopping. Kids and young trendy fashion can be found at Ocean Terminal.

The Ocean Center and Gateway Arcade sections have designers brands like Anna Sui, Kenzo, Prada, Versace, and the like.

7. PMQ Hong Kong

PMQ Hong Kong
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  • Location: No. 35 Aberdeen Street, Central Hong Kong island
  • How To Get There: Get off at the MTR Sheung Wan Station, Exit E2. From there walk through the Grand Millennium Plaza to reach Bonham Strand. Cross the road and then turn left onto Wellington street and walk straight for around 2 minutes. Turn when you get to Aberdeen Street and walk until you reach PMQ Hong Kong.

If you’re the type that likes to go off the beaten path when it comes to shopping then PMQ Hong Kong is just for you.

It’s name is short for Police Married Quarters. This is because it used to be a dormitory for only Chinese-rank and file police officers.

Since then, the PMQ Hong Kong was transformed into a local creative hub filled with concept restaurants and cafes, design studios, boutique shops, offices, art exhibits, and flea markets.

Half the tenants are in the design sector selling goods like fashion accessories, furniture, jewelry, and watches. They also offer design services and design galleries for rent.

Weekends are probably the best place to go as it is full of musical performers.

8. Temple Street Night Market

Temple Street Night Market
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  • Location: Temple St., Jordan
  • How To Get There: Get off at MTR Yau Ma Tei Station, Exit C. From there turn onto Temple Street at Man Ming Lane. Alternatively, you could get off at MTR Jordan Station, Exit A. From there turn right onto Jordan Road and take another right onto Temple Street.

This is the biggest night market in Kowloon and also the liveliest place to shop in Hong Kong.

Unlike other markets that are bustling during the day time, the Temple Street Night Market goes in full swing once the sun starts to set.

The smell of freshly cooked street snacks start filling the air at around 6 PM and signals the start of the busy night shopping.

There is just about anything in the stalls of the night market. From watches, footwear, household items, and even fake label clothing.

The items for sale are usually labelled with prices, but this should only be taken as a suggested price. You can usually haggle your way to get a bargain price for an item.

While there are better night markets, with better prices, the Temple Street Night Market is still a spectacle and an experience you shouldn’t miss.

Remember, the market stalls stretch for over a kilometer in length and the area is at its best from 7PM to 10PM.

9. Granville Road

Granville Road
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  • Location: Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
  • How To Get There: Get off at MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station. From the exit, walk along Nathan Road north-north bound for a couple of minutes. If you are headed the right direction, you will see Granville Road on your right.

You’ll find the most fashionable finds in this area of Hong Kong. There is a myriad of small fashion boutiques full of the latest trends and the best fashion choices from Hong Kong, Korea, and Japan.

There are a lot of brands that carry reasonably priced to high-end street wear in various styles.

Although this area is a mecca for fashionistas, the prices are easy on the wallet.

A number of brand name stores are at discount prices and there are over 20 factory outlets along the street including brands like Hang Ten, Bossini, Sample Nook, Mass Mass, Westwood, and more.

It is good to note that there are some small boutiques that don’t have fitting rooms. Don’t let this stop you from enjoying the experience! As long as you know your general size, you will be able to find something to buy.

10. Fa Yuen Market

Fa Yuen Market
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  • Location: Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
  • How To Get There: Alight at the MTR Mong Kok station, Exit D3. From there walk along Argyle Street to Fa Yuen Street.

There is no better place to get a great deal from shoes. If you’re someone one a budget, but wants to get great quality shoes, then Fa Yuen market is just the place.

It is is also known as sneaker street and is a sport shoe haven for Hong Kong locals since the 1980s.

Shoes are the main highlight of this area with brands ranging from cheap local shoes to international labels.

There are sneaker brands like: Nike, Puma, Adidas, K-Swiss, Merrell, and New Balance available here. You can even haggle for cheaper shoes to get a bargain price.

Most people come here for the footwear, but there are other products available like bags, clothing, and accessories.

11. Cheung Sha Wan Road

Cheung Sha Wan Road
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  • Location: Cheung Sha Wan Road, Sham Shui Po
  • How To Get There: Take the C1 Exit at MTR Sham Shui Po station, and voilà, the Cheung Sha Wan Road is there.

Those who are interested in buying in quantity will want to check out this shopping area.

You can get good quality items at cheap items at Cheung Sha Wan Road. In fact, four articles of clothing are already considered bulk quantity.

The retail business is one of the biggest businesses there, especially the fashion street known for their wholesale deals.

This shopping district is know for their over-sized clothes and a few shops center their businesses in this niche.

If you’re finding it hard to buy over-sized clothes, then this is the place for you!

12. Stanley Market

Stanley Market
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  • Location: Stanley New Street by the Stanley Food Market
  • How To Get There: Get off at Chan Wan Station, exit C. Then, catch a green minibus 16M to the market. Alternately, take bus bus numbers 6, 6A, or 260 from the Exchange Square terminal going to Stanley Food Market.

This market is a tourist destination that should be part of every visitor’s list.  It is located in Stanley, a town where British and Canadian troops made their last stand in 1941. This was before they surrendered to the Japanese troops in the Battle of Hong Kong. Thanks to this, and the historic colonial 160-year old Murray House, it is an area flocked by locals and tourists alike.

Despite all the history surrounding the area, the Stanley Market is a favorite spot for tourists to find interesting items.

The market is made up of winding lanes with art, antiques, watches, clothes, and an assortment of unique gifts. Although it is a great place to shop, there are also restaurants with authentic Hong Kong delicacies for those willing to try them.

13. Ladies Market

Ladies' Market
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  • Location: Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
  • How To Get There: Get off at MTR Mong Kok Station, Exit E2. From there, walk along the Nelson Street for two blocks then you will reach the market. Alternatively you can take Bus 1, 1A, 2, 6, or 9 from Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier and get off at Nelson Street.

Don’t let the name fool you into thinking it’s a market just for the ladies. The Ladies’ Market is actually Hong Kong’s most diverse outdoor market thanks to their wide variety of products on sale. Moreover, it’s also a favorite Hong Kong tourist spot.

It just got its name “Ladies’ Market” from the amount of stalls selling women’s accessories and clothing.

You can get anything from “I love Hong Kong” T-Shirt to home ornaments. There are over 100 stalls in the one-kilometre market stretch.

Try to go through the aisles to check which items you like the most.

When you are ready to buy, make sure you are ready haggle to get your item at a bargain price!

14. Pacific Place

Pacific Place
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  • Location: 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong Island.
  • How To Get There: Get off the MTR Admiralty Station, Exit F.

The Pacific Place shopping mall, also known as Admiralty, is in the heart of the bustling city center with amazing views across the harbour.

There are a lot of tourists that come here as it is close to top hotels like JW Marriot, Shangri-La, and Conrad. This mall is filled with many luxurious brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Cartier, Chopard, Hugo Boss, and so much more.

While there are tons of great brands housed in the mall, but it also has a supermarket and restaurants available at the lower levels.

Pacific Place is known for their unique movie houses. It has stadium style seating with beer, wine, and gourmet canapes during showtimes.

15. Jade Market

Jade Market

  • Location: Junction of Kansu and Battery Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
  • How To Get There: By MTR, get off at MTR Yau Ma Tei Station, Exit C. From there, walk along Nathan Road to Kansu Street.

This particular market is a jewelry wholesale and retail area in Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong. It is immensely popular  with locals and tourists as it is the biggest outdoor market of its kind in Kowloon.

Known as a flea market, there are more than 400 booths inside the Jade Market. They sell different kinds of rings, pendants, jewelry, and home ornaments.

The prices vary from booth to booth, but there is always something for everyone and at every budget price point.

While there are other types of stones available, jade is the most bountiful. Its most common colors are green and lavender, and the best quality would be intense in color without any blemish. 

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Where to Apply for South Korea Visa: Complete List of Travel Agencies

July 2nd, 2018 by

If you’ve been asking yourself, “Where to apply for South Korea Visa” in the Philippines – then good news. Starting July 1, 2018, those who want to travel to South Korea will have to apply through 35 travel agencies. Initially, applicants had to endure long lines at the Korean embassy in Taguig.

If you plan to stay in South Korea for 59 days or shorter, then the application is FREE.

For 60-90-day stays, you will be required to pay the application fee amounting to PHP2,000. Take note that travel agencies charge a service fee, which differs from agency to agency, for processing your application.

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The process takes three working days if you’re applying in Manila with OECD tourist visas within the past five years, and five working days if you’re applying in Manila without an OECD visa.

Here’s the list of the designated travel agencies you can visit, along with their addresses, contact numbers, and processing fees.

Disclaimer: Not all fees have been made available online yet.

CEBU CITY

AGENCY FEE ADDRESS CONTACTS
GRAND HOPE TRAVEL, INC. *N/A Lower Ground Level, SM City – NRA, Cebu City (032) 234-0764
HANKOOKCEB CORP. PHP800 Trans Asia Building, Room 301 cor. MJ Cuenco Ave., Osmena Boulevard, Cebu City (032) 238-2595 or (02) 776-0253

 

MANDALUYONG

AGENCY FEE ADDRESS CONTACTS
ABOEX TRAVEL AND TOURS PHP1,500 Unit 14 Upper Ground Globe Tower Plaza 1, Pioneer St. cor. Madison St., Mandaluyong City (02) 246-1518 or (077) 722-2141
TRAVEL PROS *N/A 5F SM Megamall Building B, EDSA, Mandaluyong City (02) 634-0265 / 634-0266

 

MANILA

AGENCY FEE ADDRESS CONTACTS
BUDGET TRAVEL AND TOURS INC. *N/A Suite 3, Metropolitan Tower, Mabini St., Malate, Manila (02) 523-8120
GETAWAY TOURS INTERNATIONAL INC. PHP700 576 San Andres St. cor. Adriatico St., Malate, Manila (02) 524-2202 or 524-2252
HORIZON TRAVEL & TOURS, INC. PHP1,000 490 Potenciana Mansion, Sta Monica St., Ermita, Manila (02) 521-2586
INTERNATIONAL JOURNEYS INC. PHP700 Unit 2 3/F, Altra Center, 1663 Jorge Bocobo St., Malate, Manila (02) 400-0550
LAS PALMAS TOURS AND TRAVEL AGENCY, INC. PHP700 G/F Unit B2 Imperial Bayfront Tower, 1642 A. Mabini St., Malate, Manila (02) 711-7069
PAN PACIFIC TRAVEL CORPORATION PHP700 353 E.T. Yuchengco St., Binondo, Manila (02) 243-6666
UNI-ORIENT TRAVEL, INC. PHP700 447 Juan Luna Street, Binondo, Manila (02) 243-3888

 

MAKATI

AGENCY FEE ADDRESS CONTACTS
ADVENTURE INTERNATIONAL *N/A G/F 3rd & 4th Floor Eurovilla 2, Rufino St., Legaspi Village, Makati City (02) 884-9400
ARK TRAVEL EXPRESS INC. PHP700 146 Alfaro Place, L.P Leviste St. Salcedo Village, Makati City (02) 816-6416
BLUE HORIZONS TRAVEL AND TOURS INC. PHP1,500 23 Floor Pacific Star Bldg., Makati Avenue cor. Sen. Gil Puyat, Makati City (02) 988-5000
CASTO TRAVEL PHILIPPINES INC. PHP1,700 2/F Tuscan Bldg., 114 VA Rufino St., Legaspi Village, Makati City (02) 810-0079
CITY TRAVEL & TOURS CORPORATION PHP1,000 LG8 Cityland 10 Tower 1, H.V. Dela Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati City (02) 812-9111
CONSTELLATION TRAVELS, INC. *N/A 11/F Pryce Center Condominium, 1179 Chino Roces Ave. cor. Bagtikan St., San Antonio Village, Makati City (02) 224-173
FIRST UNITED TRAVEL INC. PPH700 Garden Level Corinthian Plaza, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City (02) 818-7181 or 819-3919
MARSMAN DRYSDALE TRAVEL INC. PHP700 19th Floor Robinsons Summit Center, Ayala Avenue, Makati City (02) 887-0000
NORTH STAR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL, INC. *N/A 19/F Trident Tower 312 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City (02) 485-7272
RAJAH TRAVEL CORPORATION *N/A 3/F 331 Building, 331 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City (02) 894-0886
RAKSO AIR TRAVEL AND TOURS INC. *N/A 3/F Rico Bldg. #112, Aguirre St., Legaspi Village, Makati City (02) 651-9000
RELI TOURS AND TRAVEL COMPANY PHP700 3/F Dusit Hotel cor. EDSA, Pasay Road, Makati City (02) 894-1214
SHARP TRAVEL SERVICE (PHILS.) INC. PHP700 Suite 504 Alexander House Bldg., Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City (02) 817-0071
SWIRE TRAVEL PHILS, INC. PHP800 6th Floor Country Spacel Bldg. Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City (02) 817-1082
THE BARON TRAVEL CORPORATION PHP700 3F PCCI Corporate Center, 118 L.P. Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City (02) 817-4926
TRAVELSERVICES, INC. *N/A 2F Trinity Insurance Center, 7504 Bagtikan Street, San Antonio, Makati City (02) 706-8600

 

PASAY CITY

AGENCY FEE ADDRESS CONTACTS
COME ON PHILS. GOLF & TRAVEL AGENCY INC. *N/A A-36 HK Sun Plaza Macapagal, Pasay City (02) 810-1959
ISLAND RESORT CLUB TOUR SERVICES, INC. PHP1,000 Unit 109-P, G/F Five Ecom Center, Pacific Drive, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City (02) 708-9999

 

PASIG CITY

AGENCY FEE ADDRESS CONTACTS
KP JOEUN CONSULTANCY INC. PHP700 Retail 9, Goldland Millenia Tower J., Escriva Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig City (02) 451-1282 or 998-6639
MNK TRAVEL & TOURS CORP. PHP700 802 One Corp. Center, Julia Vargas cor. Meralco Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City (02) 687-4443
PARTY-ON TRAVEL AND TOUR COMMUNITY INC. PHP700 Unit C2 17/F Strata 100 Bldg. F., Ortigas Jr., Ortigas Center, Pasig City (02) 470-2000

 

TAGUIG CITY

AGENCY FEE ADDRESS CONTACTS
H.I.S. (PHILIPPINES) TRAVEL CORP *N/A 2/F Serendra Bonifacio High Street, BGC, Taguig City (02) 718-5002 or 822-4496
HANATOUR MANILA INC. *N/A 2/F Serendra Bonifacio High Street, BGC, Taguig City (02) 403-3993
JTB ASIA PACIFIC PHIL. CORP. PHP500 18/F, RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center, 26th St., BGC, Taguig City (02) 894-5528

 

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AirAsia Philippines: An Informative Guide for Travelers

June 1st, 2018 by

AirAsia is one of the best low-cost airlines in the Philippines, which was ranked six years in a row by World Airline Awards. Established in 1996, it is a Malaysian low-cost airline headquartered near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

It is the largest airline in Malaysia by fleet size and destinations, linking famous Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and more to the rest of the world.

The AirAsia Group is composed of AirAsia-branded short-haul carriers that includes the following:

  • Thai AirAsia
  • AirAsia Zest
  • AirAsia X
  • Indonesia AirAsia
  • AirAsia Japan

 

The airline serves 121 destinations across 21 countries. It offers mostly Asian destinations including stops in the Middle East and Australia.

 

Top Local Destinations

  • Basco (Batanes)
  • Coron (Busuanga)
  • Caticlan (Boracay)
  • Manila
  • Cebu
  • Davao
  • Tacloban
  • Puerto Princesa
  • Bohol (Tagbilaran)
  • Bacolod
  • Iloilo
  • Legazpi
  • Cagayan de Oro
  • Dumaguete
  • Laoag
  • Tuguegarao
  • Naga
  • Zamboanga
  • Butuan
  • Surigao

 

Top International Destinations

  • Jakarta
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • London
  • Bali
  • Nagoya
  • Seoul
  • Beijing
  • Osaka
  • Taipei
  • Busan
  • Shanghai
  • Tokyo
  • Macau
  • Bangkok
  • Bali/Denpasar
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Auckland
  • Ho Chi Minh City

 

AirAsia Terminals

AirAsia Airport terminal

All of AirAsia’s domestic flights from Manila are located at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 4. Meanwhile, their international flights depart from NAIA Terminal 3.

 

AirAsia’s BIG Loyalty Program

BIG Loyalty program is designed to reward its frequent users. It operates on four different membership status:

1. Red Status – Less than 13 one-way flights
2. Gold Status – Between 14 to 23 one-way flights
3. Platinum Status – Between 24 to 49 one-way flights
4. Black Status – 50 and above one-way flights

Among the many rewards and privileges you may avail as part of the program are as follows:

  • Free lifetime membership.
  • Each BIG points awarded to members has no expiration unless the member has zero activity for a continuous period of 36 months.
  • Awarding of points is automatic as long as the member logins to the AirAsia website using his/her BIG Member ID when booking flights.
  • All members get to enjoy a special 24-hour priority access to the popular Free Seats campaign, regardless of your membership status!
  • You also have the option to use “BIG Points + Cash” to complete any seat redemption in case you have insufficient point balance.
  • There is a separate mobile app for the BIG Freedom Flyer Program called AirAsia BIG Loyalty for easy monitoring of points. This is available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

How to Enroll

AirAsia Big Loyalty Website

It’s easy and free to register for a BIG Loyalty account.

  1. Go to their website or visit www.airasiabig.com.
  2. Input your information.
  3. Complete the verification process by clicking the link they’ll send to your email.

How to Earn BIG Points

This point system is unlike any other loyalty program from other airlines. You earn points based on the number of flights you have made and not on the amount of money spent or special status held.

Take note that the double point system is awarded for long-haul travels on AirAsia X.

Aside from flying with AirAsia, members can also earn points in the following manner:

  • Earn BIG Points for every money spent using the airline’s co-brand credit cards across the region.
  • Patronize over 100 their travel and lifestyle partners all over the world.

Redeeming BIG Points

You can use the BIG points to redeem all flights on AirAsia for a minimum of 500 BIG Points. Your BIG Points can also be used to redeem hotel stays, tours and activities as well as e-vouchers from their selected partners.

 

AirAsia Web Check-in Process

AirAsia Web Check-In

For web check-ins, you can do it as early as 14 days before your flight departure. It’s easy to do it online, just follow these steps.

  1. On their homepage, click the Check-In tab.
  2. Enter your flight details (departure place, booking number, and your surname).
  3. Click Check-In and print your boarding pass.

Tips and Reminders for Web Check-In

  • The following are not eligible for web check-in: pregnant passengers, those with infants, have special needs and reduced mobility, 16 years old and below who are traveling alone, and those with medical conditions/illnesses.
  • Web Check-In is available for individuals and group bookings up to 50 people.

 

AirAsia Baggage Allowance

Hand Carry Baggage

Hand Carry – Bag Size and Weight

All passengers (except for infants) can bring up to two pieces of hand carry on board. The combined weight for both should not go beyond seven (7) kilos.

Your carry on should fit the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of you. It should have the following dimensions:

  • Cabin bag – 56cm (H) X 36cm (W) X 23cm (D)
  • Under the seat – 40cm (H) X 30cm (W) X 10cm (D)

Check in Baggage

If you’re baggage will exceed the seven kilos, it’s advisable to pre-book a checked baggage. They offer a minimum of 15 kilograms for domestic flights and 20 kilograms for international flights. The maximum is 40 kilograms.

Take note that booking your checked baggage during your initial booking is cheaper than when doing it at the airport.

Restricted Items

  • – Guns, firearms, and weapons
  • – Flammable and explosive substances
  • – Toxic and chemical substances

 

AirAsia Fun Facts

  • AirAsia Malaysia is the first airline in the whole world to have an airbus A320 aircraft. This type of aircraft has sharklet wingtips designed to make it more fuel efficient. It can accommodate around 150 up to 180 passengers.
  • The airline was the official aircraft sponsor of Manchester United Football Club, a professional football club based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England.
  • It also became a sponsor to the Asia Red Tour of famous country pop singer Taylor Swift.

 

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