|Posted by Jasmine R. Dedomo on August 26, 2016 at 6:40 PM|
Who says you can't enjoy despite of daily challenges (dealing with financial issues, work-related things and non-stop household chores)? Like what I have said in my recent blog post, it's just a matter of time management and excellent planning skills. You don't have to stress myself focusing on those negative things because it will just end up to ruin your day. What I do is to make a point to squeeze some time to plan about my upcoming summer vacation. Yes, everytime I feel disappointed and weary, the thought of a relaxing beach removes all the stress.
I know that this will be a hectic year for me (both in my career as a public school teacher and as a manager of my own in-home tutoring services). I deserve to have a perfect summer escapade and that will be possible by carefully planning it.
MY FIRST ACCOMPLISHMENT: AIRLINE
This month (August 2016), I have booked for our our roundtrip flight (2 adults and 1 kid) via PAL (Manila to Caticlan on April 22 & Caticlan to Manila on April 25, 2017). I have chosen PAL for a change and after the flight I can compare if it's better than AirAsia.
The only thing I regret was my impulse decision. Because of practicality, I have booked economy class amounting to almost P15,000 (for the three of us). I should have booked for business class or premium economy instead to experience their superb service and I would really like to experience staying in their Mabuhay lounge. I found out that economy class ticket holders aren't allowed to stay in the lounge. Oh, well! So we have to stay in the common waiting area in the airport. (Sigh!) Anyway, there's always next time. I hope that my Mabuhay Miles card points are enough to be an elite card holder by that time.
MY SECOND ACCOMPLISHMENT: ACCOMMODATIONS
I have searched for accommodations in Station 1 &2 and since I am in a tight budget. I came up with these options:
1. Estacio Uno
I have considered Estacio Uno because of my great experience last summer. I really enjoyed staying in their seaside suite, but of course, I have to be practical this time and I would also like to explore other hotels.
2. The District
This hotel is not as big as other hotels, butI fell in love with the modern structure when we tried the pizza in Carusso last summer. Based from the reviews that I have read, their basic room is good enough and the rate includes rountrip transfers from Caticlan to the hotel. Practicality-wise, this is a perfect choice.
We have been here for the free dinner buffet last summer and we were impressed with their facilities. I just thougt this won't be practical for us because it's quite expensive as well.
I have checked their rates before and even if they were affordable, I didn't book because of their location. I always prefer a beachfront hotel, and since it didn't meet my requirement, I settled for another hotel. I was really surprised when I was searching for a hotel this month via Agoda, the rate per night is a whopping P40,000 per night. I felt curious that I have checked some reviews, but I was NOT satisfied at all.
UPDATE: I have finally selected Discovery Shores Boracay (I have booked through Agoda in their Pay Later scheme). Though this is a luxury hotel, I think the rate is reasonable considering this is a beachfront hotel and it includes roundtrip transfers from Caticlan so I don't have to co ntact BHPT. I have sent an inquiry via email to confirm if it really includes the FREE roundtrip transfers and they have excellent customer service- they respond to the They told me that the additional kid will have to pay P3700 per night (with free breakfast and roundtrip transfers)-- definitely not bad at all :-)
WHAT TO COLLECT: SUMMER OUTFITS/ACCESSORIES
I will have a separate post that will feature my summer outfit collections. Basically, here's what I need for our 4d/3n stay in Boracay:
1. a lot of swimwears and summer dresses/outfits (I am ordering online via Lazada and Zalora and also spotting for swimwear sale in Robinson's Metro East and SM Masinag).
2. lotions/sunblock to protect my skin
5. travel bags/suitcase
By: Travel Basic distributed by The SM Store
Categories: My Travel Adventures