The Time I Booked a Hotel Room via Traveloka App (and is it worth it?)

Summer break is fast approaching! In the Philippines, the months of April and May brings good business as most families embark on family road trips. The holy week break is also a perfect excuse to unwind and reflect about life.

TRAVELOKA APP

TRAVELOKA APP

In Pangasinan, the month of April and May means Pista’y Dayat time and of course, the yearly Bangus Festival in Dagupan City! The town of Lingayen is the capital of the province of Pangasinan and most of their hotels and resorts are in demand.

That is the reason why I decided to secure a booking through Traveloka App. If you’re still not aware, Traveloka is the newest flight and hotel booking platform dominating the Philippines. With its enticing promos and good selection of hotel partners (even Pangasinan hotels that I never thought I’d find!), this travel app is already attracting the inner ILOCANA in me.

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Special Book Feature: The Gaia Effect by Claire Buss (plus giveaway!)

It’s only March 2017 but I’ve managed to read seven books this year. Although this volume seems little compared to frequent book readers, I would like to keep the momentum going by reading other genres as well.

The Gaia Effect

The Gaia Effect by Claire Buss


One of the books that I’ve read recently that is quite far from the usual style I dig is ‘The Gaia Effect’ by Claire Buss. This is her first novel and the journey to getting her work published is an interesting one!

But first, let me share the blurb of The Gaia Effect:

In City 42 Corporation look after you from cradle to grave. They protect you from the radiation outside the wall. They control the food, the water, the technology and most important of all, the continuation of the human race. Kira and Jed Jenkins were lucky enough to win Collection but when their friends start falling pregnant naturally, everything changes. How long has Corporation been lying to them? Is it really toxic outside the wall? As the group comes to terms with the changes in their lives they discover there is a much more powerful and ancient force at work, trying to bridge the gap between man and nature.

 

Or you may just watch the book trailer here:

Interesting, right? For some reason, I was imagining two Hollywood stars playing the role of Kira and Jed. I also have a Filipino version in my head but I wouldn’t reveal who I had in mind (unless you force me..).

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Hotels vs. Hostels: Which One Is Best For You?

The usual dilemma for travelers is finding a good place to stay during their trip. In most cases, tourists want to get a comfortable yet affordable accommodation service to suit their needs and budget. Plus, the cabin should be walking distance from the places they want to visit for more convenience.

View of Manila from Diamond Hotel

View of Manila from Diamond Hotel

However, looking for accommodation comes with various options as well as types to choose from, making it even harder to decide. So which one is really best for you, a hotel or hostel?
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