Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mango Mix: Back to school and it's cool




Mango Mix is a weekly column of Mango Tours in the Asian Journal. The column celebrates Filipino culture--from must-see travel destinations and advice, social events, culinary delights, arts, and everything interestingly mixing under the Philippine sun.



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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

San Juan's Barako Ice Cream and Dreamy Shores; Mango Tours in Balitang America



Beat the summer heat with a unique Batangueño cooler. San Juan’s Barako ice cream is a cool and creamy concoction infused with the strong kick of Barako coffee—a trademark of the province. Roam around San Juan and soak up on its rich history and heritage. For the sun-worshippers, San Juan's gorgeous strip of white sand is yours for the taking.

Getaway at Acuaverde Resort 


TWO-NIGHT PACKAGE                               US$ 363.00 per person
OVERNIGHT PACKAGE                            US$ 186.00 per person


Inclusions:

 - Round-trip transportation service (drop off & pick-up)
 - Two-night accommodation at Acuaverde Beach Resort  (Laiya, San Juan Batangas) on twin-    share basis
 - Two (2) Breakfast
 - Services of a driver/guide
 - Government taxes


Itinerary 

DAY 1
8:00 AM
Pick-up at the hotel


Leave Manila for Laiya, San Juan, Batangas

12:00 NN
Estimated time of arrival at the resort


Check In at the resort


Free Time


Overnight at Acuaverde Resort


(lunch & dinner on guests account)






DAY 2
7:00 AM
Breakfast at the hotel


Free Time


Overnight at Acuaverde Resort


(lunch & dinner on guests account)



DAY 3
7:00 AM
Breakfast at the hotel


Free Time

12:00NN
Check out at the hotel


Return to Manila

0400PM
Arrive Manila


END OF TOUR




Rates are valid until March 31, 2013

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Friday, May 25, 2012

Around Asia: Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Vietnam



Ho Chi Minh, formerly known as Saigon, is the largest city of Vietnam. It was renamed after the country’s revolutionary leader and prime minister in 1976. It was once dubbed as the capital city of South Vietnam.

The city represents the modern features of Vietnam. Most of the tourists flock here to capture and experience the old and contemporary highlights of the county. The city is dotted with centuries-old pagodas, towering skyscrapers, shopping malls, tea & coffee shops, and entertainment hubs. It exhibits a fusion of French, American, and Chinese influences, endowing it with great architectural wonders and attractions.

Ho Chi Minh City is an idyllic destination for different kinds of travelers. Exploring the city can be done by foot, motor, or vehicle transportation. Attractions vary from historical to cultural treasures of the city to modern and urbanized leisure spots. Some of the must see places in the city include: War Remnants Museum, Thien Hau Temple, and Cholon. All of these places symbolize the diversity of the city.

War Remnants Museum

The War Remnants Museum is one of the most popular destinations in the city. This museum houses the story behind the historic Vietnam War

Every visitor will be taken back to the past and have a glimpse of what had happened during the war. Built in 1975, this museum is of the city’s symbols and representations of its past.

Thien Hau Temple
The Thien Hau Temple is a Chinese-style temple built by the Chinese community in 1760. This centuries-old temple is located in the Chinatown district of Ho Chi Minh City. The temple is named after Thien Hau, known as the country’s Lady of the Sea. The temple’s exterior comprises of porcelain figurines, Chinese lanterns and wooden carvings.

Inside the temple is a magnificent roof decorated by Chinese-inspired porcelain dioramas. The altar is dominated by an image and figure of Thien Hau.

Cholon (Chinatown)

Cholon is the largest Chinatown market in Ho Chi Minh City. It has become one of the most significant landmarks of the city, showcasing its notable history that started centuries ago.  Binh Tay, which is the central market in Cholon, offers an assortment of Vietnamese and Chinese products such as food, souvenirs, clothing, and daily necessities. Most of the tourists that visit the city find time to visit this place despite the busy surroundings of the place.

Ho Chi Minh City is a year-round destination. Take time to explore the astonishing wonders of this city that overflows with life, culture, and contrast.
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Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Traveler’s Playlist: To the Mountains! Part 1

 There is always hesitance in the eve of departures. In the mind of a traveler are things that could have been forgotten: a wad of cash, cameras, chargers, toiletries, and other necessities. Knowing that you are in for a long trip means that missing out the “necessities” will make the journey uncomfortable, irritating even. But to the road-ready bon voyeurs out there, a good playlist is all you need to fill in the time that stretches across the road, sea, and air. There are songs that turn the act of traveling into a symphony of observations and epiphanies. This is the journey of a playlist. 





Last check-up for things forgotten--check. Speak of Banaue and a mental image of the Rice Terraces in all its thousand peso bill-glory will come out flashing. There are also pictures in text books and those handy school posters of this “8th Wonder of The World” lodged in our subconscious. Getting there is a different order. For the long and winding road is waiting. For starters, all buses from Manila depart to the mountainous province of Ifugao at night so there’s a sleepy hint in the eyes of fellow passengers. They are ready to hibernate; it is a 7-8 hour journey after all. As the conductor takes a final look at the filled seats and settled down riders, the gears shift and the tires become the needle that will play on the vinyl groove road to Banaue:  

Magda-drive ako hanggang Baguio
Magda-drive ako hanggang Bicol
Magda-drive ako hanggang Batangas
Tapos magsi-swimming dun sa beach

Overdrive
The Eraserheads

Overdrive by Eraser Heads on Grooveshark


It is a really long journey. Passing by the provinces of Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, and Nueva Viscaya is already a trip in itself. Roads lit orange by the lampposts, sleepy roadside houses, peddlers and bystanders, 24-hour quick hunger fix shops, and the occasional check points will greet and become familiar to you. Not unless you’re interested in diverting your attention with the on-board movie that’s showing, then dozing off is the next feature film for you. But to the awake-in-transit crowd, the bus, running at around 80 to 100 KPH suddenly speeds off in semi-slow motion and the details of the night come into play:

And as we’re crossing border after border
We realize that difference is none

Through the Roof ‘n’ Underground
Gogol Bordello

Through the Roof 'n' Underground by Gogol Bordello on Grooveshark

The last stopover is an ominous sign of things to come. The air that’ll find its way to your mouth and lungs is as cool as an Eskimo grinding on iced rails. You realize that you’re getting higher and higher--not through the use of illegal substances though--and the mountains are getting closer. From afar, the sight of these mountains can enthrall us; make us feel small, irrelevant even. But there is a thrill to this, to conquer a piece of rock with a bevy of life in it. What's even better is communing with it: 
I want to feel sunlight on my face
See the dust cloud disappear without a trace
I want to take shelter from the poison rain
Where the streets have no name.

Where The Streets Have No Name
U2

Where The Streets Have No Name by U2 on Grooveshark




You can feel the popping sensation in your ears. They’re adjusting to the altitude. The turns and twists on the road are becoming regular. You’re in the mountains where the streets blur with excitement. By the time you arrive in the slopes of Ifugao, there is no turning back. The sentimental string to the city that you’ve left spinning along the way spans 348 kms. After stretching your legs, you step out of the bus and make your first physical contact with Banaue. You are on the mountain, the mountain in you:


You’re ever welcome with me any time you like,
Let’s drive to the country side, leave behind some green-eyed look-a-likes.
So no one gets worried, no.
So no one gets worried, no.

Blue Ridge Mountains
Fleet Foxes

Blue Ridge Mountains by Fleet Foxes on Grooveshark


There’ll be more songs, thoughts, and pictures in the next installment of the Traveler’s Playlist. Want to head over to Banaue yourself? Please check out our Banaue package by clicking the widget below.








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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Fantastic Festivals: JUNE



PINYAHAN FESTIVAL
June 15-24 |Daet, Camarines Norte


Celebrated annually in honor of their main crop (Pineapple), the Pinyahan festival is an event filled with fun and laughter. This festival features an array of exciting activities from street presentations to trade fairs, cultural dances, art exhibits and more.    

MUDPACK FESTIVAL
June 23-24
|Murcia, Negros Occidental



Highlighted by a merry making of street dancers, the Mudpack festival is an annual event celebrated to instill and educate the youth on environmental conservation and awareness. In addition, the festival also aims to instruct the people on the use of different natural materials  in arts and crafts. This mud-moving spectacle showcases a lively street dancing parade with participants wearing almost nothing but mudpacks and mambukal clay. 

BARAGATAN
June 17-23
| Puerto Princesa City, Palawan



Derived from the Cuyonon word “bagat” which means “to meet,” the Baragatan Festival is an annual gathering celebrated to commemorate the city’s founding anniversary. Apart from this, the festival also aims to showcase the beauty and bounty of the province's agricultural products, people, tourist destinations and arts and crafts. It features a colorful float parade and a street dancing presentation of different localities and officials.

PINTADOS FESTIVAL
June 29
|Tacloban City, Leyte




This cultural-religious festival honors Señor Santo Niño and the native valiant Leytenos; also known as pintados, from wars, epics and folk religions. Participants of this festival are painted with designs that resembles the tattooed warriors of the old. An amazing array of dazzling colors fills the streets of Tacloban as dancers portray various traditions that flourished the land before the Spaniards came.

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Fantastic Festivals: MAY
Fantastic Festivals: April
Fantastic Festivals: March
Fantastic Festivals: February



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Mango Mix: Jessica's moment


Mango Mix is a weekly column of Mango Tours in the Asian Journal. The column celebrates Filipino culture— from must-see travel destinations and advice, social events, culinary delights, arts, and everything interestingly 

mixing under the Philippine sun.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Current Airfares to Manila (as of May 21, 2012)



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Friday, May 18, 2012

Hotel Highlight: Midas Hotel

Indulge yourself in a sophisticated stay at the Midas Hotel, one of Metro Manila’s newest boutique hotels. Midas Hotel flashes an exquisite style that is beyond global standards of service and hospitality, giving its guests the right amount of luxury and comfort they deserve.

Situated in Pasay City, Midas Hotel is a few minutes away from domestic and international airports. Also, guests may visit nearby landmarks such as the majestic Manila Bay, Mall of Asia, and the Baclaran Church, known as the most visited church in Asia.

Midas Hotel’s room accommodations are designed for guests’ satisfaction and comfort. Each room has a cozy and luxurious ambiance scented with green tea for relaxation. A private balcony attached to the room gives guests with a view of the Manila Bay and the city. Beddings are with great standards so guests are guaranteed to a soothing sleep.

Room Amenities:


  • LCD television set
  • electronic lockset system
  • internet access
  • mini bar
  • coffee and tea making facility
  • hair dryer
  • shower enclosure with bathtub
Every stay comes with a delectable breakfast in the hotel’s very own Midas Café. The café has a variety of delicious cuisines that suits everyone’s taste. They serve local and international dishes cooked by the hotel’s renowned chefs. The café is designed elegantly to boost every guest’s dining experience. 

 

Spend some time in the hotel’s The 2702 if you are into cocktails, wines and other beverages. It’s the perfect place for a relaxing drink and chat.  Opened daily, for your entertainment.


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Experience all these with our affordable 3 Days / 2 Nights Midas Hotel package with breakfast and more!
 


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