I Need A Zenfone 4 Max in My Life!

review, Travel Gadget

There are a lot of things you think you can’t live without, which are, in reality, truly unnecessary. I used to die of envy during my teens, when my friends would drive past our house on their newly polished cars. Now, as a global traveler, I find owning a car  a nuisance, because owning costly material things can weigh you down. Besides, there’s Uber.

On the flip side of the discussion, there are a million things you thought you don’t need, but they are in fact, crucial to your survival and happiness.

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Shot Using Asus Zenfone 4 Max

This is exactly the realization I had over the past week as I was asked to try out and review the powerful and highly reliable Asus Zenfone 4 Max. I loved the earlier version of Asus because of the flexibility it gives me when it comes to video and quality. I never thought I would need another variant. Also, I never really took paid attention to battery life, because let’s face, you can always plug your phone and charge. I Or so I thought.

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Some of my favorite things

Because I was embarking on a three-week adventure in Europe and the Mediterranean, the past week has been crazy and hectic, more than the usual, as I tried to attend meetings, and finish reports. There was a ton of things left to do, so much so,  that I had to report for work early mornings, and then go home late at night.

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The dual rear camera allows for wide-angled shots. Sample sjot of my favorite Starbucks branch.

You know what kept me sane and connected? You got it. While my earlier Asus phones were dependable for entertainment and selfies, it was the  amazing 5000 mAh battery life of the Asus Zenfone 4 that got me through this hell of a week. Needlesss to say, I was able to go the distance.

I charged the phone on Sunday night and I never needed to recharge the phone until Wednesday morning. In between, I was able to make about 50 calls, watch several video presentations on my mobile, surf the internet and listen to some feel good music during my down time. I also dabbed in video blogging.

I also used the 13-megapixel main camera to take some Instagram-worthy pictures.

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A garden shot using Asus

And yes, the 8-megapixel front cam, boosted by the live beautification feature of the phone helped me take some selfies that immediately appeared as profile pics in my social media accounts (haha).

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I love the beautification feature of the phone

All the while, my other phone’s battery is drained after two hours of multi-tasking.

This week made me realize that I badly need an Asus Zenfone 4 max in my life, especially as hit the road once again and face new adventures.

When traveling, the one thing that always sets me back are drained batteries. I would stumble upon amazing vistas and city scenes, only to find to find out that my phones and cameras are dead.

But those memories will soon be a thing of the past, thanks to the long-lasting power of the Asus Zenfone 4 Max.

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Singapore Unveils ‘Passion Made Possible”

Singapore

The Singapore Tourism Board introduced to the Philippines its latest destination brand, Passion Made Possible at the Singapore Travel Showcase, held recently at the SM Megamall Fashion Hall. This event gave Filipinos a glimpse of the country’s diverse cuisine, its world-class attractions, shopping destinations and wide range of experiences that can nurture different passions.

Drawing on the qualities that represent Singapore, the new brand Passion Made Possible captures the spirit of the nation, and reflects an authenticity and character that allows it to build stronger connections with global travelers and businesses. It projects the Lion City as a place that enables its visitors to ignite, discover and pursue their passions.

Passion Made Possible was first launched in Singapore in August 2017, then rolled out to more than 16 markets worldwide, including China, India, Indonesia, Australia, United Kingdom, and the United States, through a series of consumer launches, trade events, and industry partnerships.

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Passion Made Possible is not just a tourism brand; it is a reflection of who we are. We believe Singapore is a place where new possibilities can be discovered and fiery passions can be pursued,” noted Edward Koh, Singapore Tourism Board Executive Director for Southeast Asia, in his welcome remarks during the event.

For her part, Singapore Ambassador to the Philippines H.E Kok Li Peng, who graced the event as Guest-of-Honor, talked about the growing bond between the Philippines and Singapore, as seen in the growth of bilateral ties, tourist arrivals and trade investments between the two countries. She also pointed out that the Philippines and Singapore are each other’s 7th biggest source visitor market in 2016.

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Awakening passions

Travel vlogger and celebrity, Mikael Daez, and Filipino entrepreneurs Nicco Santos and Andre Chanco, were also present at the event to share how Singapore inspires them and played a role in the discovery and pursuit of their passions.

Owner of Hey Handsome, Your Local, and Any Any, Nicco talked about how he discovered his love for culinary through Singapore cuisine, which continues to inspire the flavors of his 3 restaurants today. Andre, on the other hand, shared how his humble beginnings as a barista at one of Singapore’s premiere specialty coffee shops, led him to start his own coffee journey that paved the way for Yardstick, a b2b enterprise and café. Mikael shared a vlog of his latest trip to Singapore as he talked about his passion for food and adventure, and his favorite spots in Singapore.

Specially-designed “Passion Zones” and their unique attractions made the event an even more engaging experience for visitors to the Singapore Travel Showcase.

Gourmands enjoyed free taste of some of the Lion City’s signature dishes like Chicken Rice and Kaya Toast at the Foodies Zone, which transported them to Singapore’s famed hawker centers. Those with a passion for fashion and shopping got to learn more about Singapore’s local brands such as Benjamin Barker, Naiise and Irvins at the Collectors Zone. Kids were also treated to fun games and activities at the Explorers Zone, which featured a miniature version of the famed Supertrees from Gardens by the Bay, and the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Singapore Tourism Board Area Director for the Philippines, Lael Loh, said “We are very excited to be holding our very own Singapore Travel Showcase for the first time here in the Philippines. Through this 3-day event, we hope fans and friends will be able to discover what Singapore has to offer. Whether you’re a Foodie, an Explorer or a Collector, we invite you to live up your passions in Singapore.”

Indulge in your passions and find out more about what Singapore can offer at www.visitsingapore.com.

Go Hotels partners with Karaksa Hotels, Flytpack, and Daiso Japan for Juan Goes to Japan promo

Japan, Promos

Filipinos can finally tick off Japan from their travel bucket list as Go Hotels, the first value-hotel chain in the country, ties up with Karaksa Hotels, Flytpack and Daiso Japan to bring their newest travel promo, #JuanGoesToJapan.

Japan has always been a dream travel destination for most Pinoys. It’s a country where the past and future meet—blessed with dynamic cities, rich traditional culture and advanced technology. It holds a lot of adventures and surprises that cater to every Filipino’s travel aspirations so it’s no wonder it’s on top of our bucket lists.

Go Hotels has partnered with three well-known brands in this promo: Karaksa Hotels, a three-star leisure hotel with branches at Osaka and Kyoto; Flytpack, a Wi-Fi router you can access overseas that is truly a travel essential, and Daiso Japan, your one-stop shop for affordable Japanese finds starting at P88.

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By booking directly with Go Hotels, bookers get a chance to fly to Japan’s culinary capital, Osaka! Book your trips from July 10, 2017 to October 10, 2017 and get a chance to win a 4D/3N Trip for 2 to Osaka which includes a roundtrip airfare, 4D/3N hotel accommodation in Karaksa Hotel Osaka Shinsaibashi I, Japan rail passes for 2 and overseas pocket Wi-Fi courtesy of Flytpack and travel kit from Daiso Japan PH.

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Everyone can participate by simply booking to any Go Hotels branch. Every 1,000 worth of bookings entitles guests to one (1) e-raffle ticket. Note that bookings must be made directly through Go Hotels website, front desk or customer service starting July 10, 2017 (12:00 am) until October 10, 2017 (11:59 pm) regardless of stay dates. Corporate and OTA bookings are not qualified to join this offer.

The winner will be chosen through an electronic raffle on October 12, 2017, and will be announced on October 15, 2017.

#JuanGoesToJapan is one of the efforts of Go Hotels’ for its Book Direct campaign where direct bookers are privileged with perks for booking directly through the Go Hotels website (www.gohotels.ph), hotels’ front desks and Customer Service.

Last chance to book your way to Osaka! Offer runs until October 10, 2017! For more details, visit www.gohotels.ph.

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Power and Perfection: The Asus Zenfone 4 Max Gives You Superior Battery and Stunning Photos

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In today’s modern world where technology evolves continuously, we are spoiled with the wide variety of gadgets at our disposal, whether its for travels or just day to day slice of life, experiences. This means, that we all have different ways of getting the things we want.

Say for example, travel photography. While most people choose to arm themselves with expensive hardware, drones and stuff, I simply choose to savor my travel experiences and shoot sparingly. And I do it with a mobile phone.

I have been traveling all over Europe and South America for the past two years and most of the breathtaking photos I took in the past were shot using Asus Zenfone 2 and Asus Zenfone 3.

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This photo of Vienna was shot using Asus Zenfone 2

So imagine my excitement when I found out that Asus has released a new mobile edition  with far more superior camera capabilities. This comes at a very opportuned time since I am embarking on a European odyssey next month and I will be traveling to Santorini, Croatia and fingers crossed, Iceland!!.

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Batanes shot using Asus Zenfone 3

Anyways, the all-new Asus Zenfone 4 Max promises a whole new experience for mobile photography enthusiasts like me. It is equipped with two cameras for optimum results.

Two Cameras Are Better than One.

The first rear camera is a 13-megapixel camera with a standard 80-degree field of vision while the second rear camera has a 120-degree field of view that is better for capturing wider subjects such as landscapes and cityscapes.

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We’ve all had that experience before. The subject is too wide or too tall to capture in one frame. The extended field of view of the Asus Zenfone 4 eliminates that problem.

The second rear camera is also perfect for capturing wide subjects in confined spaces.

The two cameras also have specialized lenses for depth sensory.

As if that’s not enough, the Asus Zenfone 4 Max boasts of an 8-megapixel front camera, which is definitely a must if we are to get that awesome selfies. So watch out for my selfies as I hit the road once again this October.

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Power in your hands.

The only worry mobile photographers have is the speed at which most phones drain their batteries. Here’s a true horror story. I traveled to Berlin last April and I must have took hundreds of photos of the city. When I finally got to the Brandenburg Gate, my phone died and I just stared at my phone for a full minute, in shock hahaha.

The moral lesson? Bring a massive powerbank. All the freaking time.

What’s even better? Bring a phone that has a formidable battery capability.

Yes, I am talking about he incomparable battery of the Asus Zenfone 4 Max.

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Parc Guell shot using Asus Zenfone 2

It has an ultra-high 5000mAH capacity battery, capable of powering the smartphone for 46 days on standby, or simply allowing users to shoot for far longer periods than conventional smartphones. It provides 3 hours of talk time with just 15 minutes of charging, has twice the lifespan of conventional phone batteries and can act as a backup power bank. It really is impressive.

I have been testing the phone for the past few days and so far, I only needed to -recharge the phone once, even after hours of taking selfies, taking videos, and listening to music, and watching videos, on repeat. Whew.

Needless to say, this feature is one of the most compelling reasons why you should get yourself an Asus Zenfone 4 Max. When you travel a lot, the battery capabilities of your phone will drastically change the way you take photos and videos. You won’t have any worries and hesitations, knowing that your battery won’t let you know.

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PixelMaster technologies

One of the thing’s that surprised me about this phone is its Pixelmaster Technology, which allows users to elevate their photography experience and capabilities.

The ones that I really like is the Super Resolution Mode  which allows users to create an ultra-high resolution, 52 megapixel photo. How do you this? By using special image-processing techniques to capture and combine four 13MP photos to create a much larger single image with greater detail and less noise. this feature is perfect for travel mobile photography since it will allow you to take photos which you can print using larger formats.

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A photo of Trajan’s Tower in Rome shot using Asus Zenfone 2.

Another awesome feature is the Power Saving Time Lapse shooting. With this gem of a feature, you can shoot extended time-lapse videos. In this mode, the phone automatically shoots frames at preset intervals which are then compiled into a stop-motion-like video. What sets the ZenFone 4 Max apart is its ability to save power through a “power saving” mode in time lapse shooting – which is important as time-lapse videos can consume a lot of battery power to shoot. I can’t wait to tale long time-lapse videos of Santorini!!

Impressive Looks

Lastly, I just love the feel of the phone. Its metallic curved edges makes it easy to hold. I chose a black one so its timeless and classy.

Obviously, I just love everything about the new Asus Zenfone 4 Max. I’ve only had it for a few days and I have yet to take it to another journey but here’s a promise. I’ll start posting amazing photos of my travels using the phone in the coming weeks. So watch out for them.

Amazing Travel Promo Alert: RCBC is sending winning customers to 6 Continents, 21 Countries, 25 Dream Destinations in SAVEcation Raffle Promo

Promos, Tourism News

Wow, this is some great stuff.

If you’ve been wanting to travel to Maldives, Quebec, Canada, Greece, Alaska, Brazil, or New Zealand, some of the most IG-worthy destinations in entire planet, hold on to your seats and listen. This might just be your best ticket to your dream destination.

You now have the chance to travel to all these great destinations and more, simply by joining this amazing contest by RCBC.

From September 20, 2017 to March 20, 2018, new and existing RCBC Checking and Savings account holders can win a much-coveted destination getaway by joining the bank’s SAVEcation raffle promo. For increased chances of winning, the bank is giving away a total of 25 trips! Imagine, 25 trips and that’s good for two.

From September 20 to November 19, 2017, RCBC clients get the chance to win a trip to Bohol, Ilocos, or Sapporo, Japan.

While free trips to Batanes, Palawan, and Dubai are up for grabs from September 20, 2017 to January 18, 2018.

Finally, from September 20, 2017 to March 20, 2018, qualified accountholders stand a chance to win the vacation of a lifetime in any of these dream destinations: Cape Town, Morocco, Italy, Greece, Belgium, Spain, London, San Francisco, Quebec, Alaska, Brazil, New Zealand, Maldives, Cambodia, Bali, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea, or Osaka, Japan!

In order to earn raffle entries, RCBC account holders just need to deposit and maintain an average daily balance (“ADB”) of at least Php10,000 for Personal Savings or Checking Accounts and Php50,000 for Corporate Accounts during the Promo Period.

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Winning account holders will get a trip for 2, including round-trip airfare, accommodations and tour packages to any of the aforementioned destinations.

I think this is the most amazing travel, if not one of the best amazing travel promos I have ever encountered in the Philippines. How can you even resist?

For more information on RCBC SAVEcation raffle promo, visit www.rcbc.com/savecation.

 

Six Overlooked European Cities You Should Consider For Your Next Trip

backpacking, Europe

The obvious European hotspots pop up on most people’s travel bucket lists. These often include Paris, Rome, Venice, and London. But, there is a lot more to Europe than these tourist traps, which can be expensive, cliché and absolutely full of holiday makers. If you want to see real Europe, without all of the frills and glamour, you should instead head to these must-see destinations.

Berlin

Berlin

Brandenburg Gate. Photo from Pixabay

Berlin is becoming much more popular with tourists from around the world but attracts such an eclectic group that it still feels authentic and genuine. Berlin is absolutely packed with history, all of which is on display at the city’s many museums, monuments, and landmarks. It’s also full of restaurants, street food and bars from around the world and has a thriving art scene. Berlin is the place to visit if you want a trip with plenty to do, see, eat and learn. You certainly won’t be bored in this vibrant city. For the best places to eat, visit https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurants-g187323-Berlin.html.

York

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York, Great Britain. Photo fromPixabay

Great Britain is known for London and Edinburgh. But, there’s plenty of other places worth a visit outside of the biggest cities. York is absolutely gorgeous. Filled with Harry Potter charm, little cobbled streets, cute independent shops and restaurants and bursting with its own unique history. It’s a picturesque city with an extraordinary allure.

Budapest

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Photo of Chain Bridge and the Parliament House. Photo from Pixabay

Budapest is actually two separate districts. Buda and Pest, which are separated by the river Danube. Buda is hilly while Pest is flat, but both sides are confident, beautiful and filled with romance. Visit the museums and galleries but also spend time exploring the back streets in search of hidden gems.

Valencia

Valencia

Peniscola Castellon in Valencia. Photo from Pixabay

Valencia is an absolute must for any food lover. The city is stuffed with street food vendors offering up fresh cuisine, as well as larger restaurants serving up both classic Spanish fare and delicacies from all over the world. While you’re there, you should also make some time to visit the Cathedral and Bioparc, which is a zoo devoted to African animals you may never have seen before.

Ghent

Ghent

The old buildings and canals of Ghent. Photo from Pixabay

When you think of Belgium, your first thought is probably Bruges. Ghent is little known outside of Europe but definitely worth a trip. It’s a destination that somehow manages to be both cozy and vibrant in equal measures. When visiting Ghent, make sure you try some of the chocolate and beer. Both of which are some of the best in the world.

Innsbruck

Innsbruck

The charming city of Innsbruck in Austria. Photo from Pixabay

Innsbruck is a funny city. There’s a huge, modern shopping district to rival Milan or New York. But, by trekking just a little way into the mountains, you find tiny old-fashioned villages. It’s almost like going back in time. Before traveling to Innsbruck make sure your travel insurance covers ski trips by visiting https://www.gobear.com/my/travel-insurance as you are sure to want to hit the slopes for a bit of adventure.

Travel Around Europe

If you can, spend some time traveling around Europe. Rail is an excellent option if you want to see as much as possible. Just be sure to explore both the bigger cities and attractions and the hidden gems and cultural hotspots.

Get a Chance to Travel to South Korea via RCBC’s Ready, Set, Seoul

Asia, Promos, South Korea

Can’t wait to visit famous Korean Landmarks and location shoots of your favorite K-dramas? Or maybe, you’re just dying to try some authentic Korean dish? Your wait may soon be over as RCBC gives everyone a chance to fly to Seoul, simply using RCBC’s MyDebit Mastercard!!!

You ca use your RCBC MyDebit Mastercard to securely pay for your online transactions – flights and accommodations, online shopping, collector’s finds, e-books, app subscriptions, in-app purchases and more. You can also use it for in-store purchases. Every P1,000 transaction earns you a raffle ticket to the “Ready, Set, Seoul” Promo.

This exciting new campaign from RCBC is meant to showcase the power and flexibility of the MyDebit mastercard.

“RCBC MyDebit Mastercard is the one card that truly keeps up with your lifestyle of choice, empowering you to enjoy the best things in life at your own terms,” said Margarita B. Lopez, RCBC Digital Banking and Operations Head.

“You can use it to withdraw cash if you want to, or better yet, securely enjoy convenient cashless transactions and pay for your online purchases practically anytime and anywhere. More importantly, since it is linked to your savings or checking account, you have full visibility of your purchases. It therefore offers convenience, security, and control all in one card,” she added.

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Ready, Set, Seoul! with RCBC MyDebit Mastercard

As an exciting way to celebrate the launch of RCBC MyDebit Mastercard, RCBC is giving you the chance to enjoy the ultimate South Korea travel experience with the Ready, Set, Seoul promo!

Under the promo, two (2) lucky RCBC MyDebitCard Mastercard holders will win the grand prize of a 4-day, 3-night trip for two to Seoul, South Korea, inclusive of roundtrip airfare, luxury accommodations at the five-star Lotte Hotel World, plus passes to top sites including the Lotte World Aquarium, SkyTower Observatory, and Lotte World Theme Park, the world’s largest indoor theme park.

The grand winners will also receive pocket money so they can live out their K-drama and K-Pop fantasies through engaging tours, check out must-see city landmarks, and savor authentic and mouthwatering Korean dishes around town. Moreover, they will also get Shilla Duty Free shopping vouchers, which they can use to stock up on world-renowned Korean beauty products and shop for trendy fashion pieces, among others.

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Get closer to your dream getaway with every secure cashless transaction

“There is no better way to celebrate the launch of RCBC MyDebitCard Mastercard than by showing you just how easy it is to unlock endless possibilities and enjoyable experiences with your debit card! Indeed, with RCBC MyDebitCard Mastercard, you are closer than you think to your dream Seoul getaway – or any goal or adventure for that matter,” said Lopez.

To join, simply use your RCBC MyDebit Mastercard for any in-store or online transaction with any domestic or overseas merchant  from August 18 to November 15, 2017. Every Php1,000 spent in a single transaction gives you one e-raffle entry, so the more you spend, the more chances of winning the Seoul experience of your dreams!

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Aside from the two grand winners of the ultimate South Korea experience, five lucky cardholders will win an overnight stay at Nobu Hotel with free breakfast buffet, while eight lucky cardholders will take home SJCAM SJ5000X Elite Action Cameras for recording their adventures.

The grand draw is on November 16, 2017 so you have enough time to earn and accumulate e-raffle entries with your RCBC MyDebit MasterCard purchases.

Get your RCBC MyDebit Mastercard now and transact your way to your ultimate South Korea adventure!

To know more, visit www.rcbc.com and follow RCBC’s official account on Facebook at www.faceboook.com/RCBCGroup.

Japan On A Shoestring with Karaksa Hotel

Asia, Hotels, Japan

Every Pinoy traveler’s dream destination includes The Land of the Rising Sun. And why wouldn’t it be, the place is screaming with so much culture and life, and every attraction is bucket-list worthy: the gleaming temples and architectures, modern cityscapes a la sci-fi film, stunning parks in vibrant colors, heavenly hot springs—all begging to be explored.

Its fusion of ancient traditions and modern technology makes it an endless discovery and a country that holds a lot of surprises. In fact, Japan is the fourth most-visited country in Asia last year according to the World Tourism Organization, so it’s no doubt that it’s on top of most people’s bucket lists.

Kyoto: A time-warp to old century Japan

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Kyoto’s Bamboo Forest

If Tokyo is the loud, beating heart of Japan, Kyoto is its more peaceful soul. This city is bursting with history and tradition, you’ll be amazed with how its century-old culture and architectures have remained intact up to this day.

Walk through the green wonderland that is the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, pass by the historic castles dating from ancient eras, admire the aesthetic pathway of Fushimi Inari Shrine, and experience the Japanese way of life by trying the delectable cuisine like the Kyoto’s popular kaiseki meal.

Golden Pavilion Kyoto

Golden Pavilion

One of the city’s highlights is the Kinkaku-ji, also called the golden pavilion, which sits in a lush of greenery surrounded by water where you can be one with nature. A trip to Kyoto won’t be complete without visiting this renowned Buddhist temple, so don’t forget to take photos while you’re there!

The city is also home to lovely cherry blossom trees and colorful geisha culture. With its reflective spirit and calm vibe, Kyoto is an amazing experience that you won’t get enough of.

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Karaksa Hotel Facade in Kyoto

Where to stay

Located at the heart of Kyoto lies Karaksa Hotel, a three-star leisure hotel that is a total bang for your buck. Think star-ranked hotels’ hospitality and facilities in a completely affordable price. It’s very accessible to the Arashiyama and is only 3 minutes away from Omiya station, so it’s a smart hotel option after a long day of exploration in the city.

Osaka Food

Osaka Food

The gastronomic adventure that is Osaka

Osaka is a dynamic city. For instance, it’s the food capital of Japan, so it’s the ultimate go-to place for binge-eating. If you’re in quest for the yummiest authentic Japanese eats like takoyaki, horumon and okonomiyaki—just head to Dotonbori or Shinsekai. Name it, they have it. The city is also home to popular tourist attractions such as Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, Osaka Castle, and Universal Studios Japan.

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Osaka’s familiar sights

For those who like to observe city skylines, Japan’s tallest skyscraper, Abeno Harukas, has an observation deck called Harukas 300 where you can admire the city’s sweeping views 300 meters high.

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle

While you’re there, you can visit the Kintetsu Department Store and Art Museum just a few floors below. The nightlife is also flourishing here, so be sure to be wide awake at night while exploring its happy streets.

Osaka Breakfast Area

Osaka Breakfast Area

Where to stay

At the end of the day, have a good rest at the comfortable rooms of Karaksa Hotel, a leisure hotel just a few walks away from Osaka’s main shopping district, Shinsaibashi. Osaka Shinsaibashi I is located at 1-6-9 Bakuroumachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka City, just a 5-minute walk from Sakaisuji-Hommachi Station/Nagahoribashi Station.

Come home to Karaksa

Whether you went to get cultured at Kyoto or eat your heart out in Osaka, you can come home to the inviting comfort of Karaksa Hotel, especially designed for the smart Asian traveller.

Kyoto Hollywood Twin

Kyoto Hollywood Twin

Inside, there’s everything you need for a cozy stay. The rooms are fully-air conditioned and equipped with hot and cold shower, all of which contains the basic necessities like the latest flat screen TV, universal sockets with USB ports, bath towels, hair dryer, suitcase storage under the bed, Japanese-style bidet, mini refrigerator, toothbrush set, shampoo, conditioner and face soap, pajamas, sanitized slippers. There’s also a mini desk area if you have an urgent work to check. The room sizes include double decker and Hollywood twin for 2 adults and their child, and connecting room for group of friends or bigger families. The average room size is 18 sqm.

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Osaka Triple Room

Its interiors are charming—every corner is a minimalist’s haven. The hotel is an experience itself: their amenities include a smoking space, and prayer room for the Muslim guests. A high-speed Wi-Fi service is also installed in the whole building, so you won’t easily get bored. Guests can also assure their important belongings are safe with their safety deposit box.

The overall vibe of the place feels like home–you can chance upon its Filipino receptionists, and there’s a TFC channel in your room television when you feel a little home sick. That’s because it has a touch of Pinoy: the hotel’s owner, Xymax Corporation, Japan’s premier asset property management company has teamed up with Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC), one of the leading property developers in the Philippines. RLC is the official Sales and Marketing agent of Karaksa Hotel in the country.

Osaka Hollywood Twin

Osaka Hollywood Twin

The Osaka branch features a laundry area and a leisure space with massage chairs and a wide array of vendo machines for snacks, toys and souvenirs, plus dining sets for eating or chatting with your companions. The Kyoto branch, on the other hand, features only twin rooms: Bunk and High Floor for up to 2 persons and Hollywood for groups and families.

A trip to Japan most likely comes with a hefty price tag, especially since the country is screaming with lots of attractions to put in your itinerary. To maximize your experience, start by choosing an affordable hotel to stay in. Karaksa Hotel is a great value for money, complete with basic amenities and comfortable accommodation. It’s slightly cheaper compared to other hotels of the same kind in the city, but it offers a top-star hotel experience that won’t hurt your wallet.

Kyoto Hollywood Twin

Whether you grab a seat sale or impulsively book a tour to Japan, fret not! You can book at Karaksa Hotel easily through http://www.gohotels.ph/gohotels-now-in-japan/. By booking at any Go Hotels branch, you can get a chance to win a trip for two to Osaka. Click here for more details.

Karaksa Hotel, in partnership with Go Hotels, will open five more branches before the Tokyo Olympics 2020: Hokkaido, Sapporo, Tokyo Ginza, Shin-Osaka and Namba to cater more budget travelers. You can expect the Namba branch to open this November.

Hong Kong, in a New Light

Airlines, Asia, Hong Kong

It’s been 20 years since the Hong Kong turn-over and this small but proud nation, has emerged as one of the most stunning and interesting locations in Asia.

One of the most popular destinations in Asia, Hong Kong has been pulling all the stops to mark the historic milestone. Lavish decorations and banners are seen upon arriving at the Hong Kong airport and other entry points to the destination. Giant traditional lanterns are also displayed in Central to promote this vital part of the Chinese heritage. Special workshops for lantern-making are also scheduled until the end of July.

The festivities kicked off with a “super fireworks wall,” a 23-minute pyrotechnic display will be multimedia extravaganza with components like LED screens and beam lights to go with synchronized music. Said to be the city’s most expensive fireworks event since 1997, it measures 1,250 meters long and 300 meters high is set to light up the Hong Kong skyline over the famous Victoria Harbour. Accompanying beam lights were projected from Causeway Bay to adorn the fireworks and give a 3D effect to the whole performance.

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Fun-loving travelers looking to be a part of the merrymaking are in for a treat, as Cebu Pacific will be sending off more of its fleet to Hong Kong starting this month. The airline is flying three times a day, or 21 flights weekly, between Manila and Hong Kong. Travelers coming in can enjoy more spacious seating and modern ambience as the airline trades up its A320 Hong Kong-bound fleet for the Airbus A330s.

“Bigger aircraft means more seats and lower fares for the Manila-Hong Kong route. We look forward to bringing everyJuan on a two-hour plane trip to experience the historic twenty-year milestone in Hong Kong’s history, or revisit the city with fresh eyes,” said Candice Iyog, Cebu Pacific Vice President for Marketing and Distribution.

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Another guest also reappears to celebrate the 20th Handover Anniversary. Hong Kong’s online sensation, the Rubber Duck, is back after generating waves online. This time, the inflatable installation takes the limelight while in dry land, next to the anniversary’s equally adorable display, the longevity buns.

Around the city, eyes will wander to the open spaces beautified by designers and local artists. Select flights of stairs will be embellished with flower patters from the Hong Kong Museum of Art collection; and museums will carry special exhibits, including the on-going display of the 126 pieces sourced from Louvre, France.

Beyond the cityscape and the urban vibe of Hong Kong, visitors can enjoy attractions in the outlying islands. The remote Po Lin Monastery, hidden away by lush mountains on Lantau Island, is revered for its 111-foot Tian Tan Buddha statue, which faces north towards Mainland China. Hiking trails and outdoor adventures also offer a scenic way to discover Hong Kong’s storied past.

Fly and discover more of Hong Kong today. Aside from Manila, CEB offers direct flights from its Clark hub to the destination and flies 10 times weekly using the 180-seater Airbus A320 aircraft. Iloilo flights to Hong Kong are scheduled three times weekly, while Cebu flights to the destination are scheduled daily.

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Fly to Europe with RCBC Savings Bank’s ‘Save Up and Fly Promo’

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We’ve all been there. We’ve all found ourselves daydreaming, thinking of the wonderful places we want to visit, wishing, hoping, and praying that someday, our dreams can come true.

Well, if you are like me, chances are one of your greatest dreams is to follow your heart, and fly to enchanting Europe. This region is so diverse, each visit is a totally new experience.

Be it Paris, Madrid or Rome, the region holds so much beauty, class and memories, that just one visit won’t be enough to take it all in.
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But never mind that, to visit Europe at least once is such an experience you will never forget. That’s why when I heard about the exciting new promo from RCBC Savings Bank, I just couldn’t help but share it, in the hopes that one lucky traveler gets to finally fulfill his/her wishes.

The ‘Save Up and Fly’ promo is open to all new and existing personal and corporate account holders of RCBC Savings Bank covering Basic Savings and Checking, WISE Savings, Dragon Savings, Dragon All In One Checking and MyWallet Cash Card.

By simply saving up, you can get a chance to go on an all-expense paid trip for two to Europe for 7D6N in a 4 star hotel covering Spain, France and Italy where the lucky winner will also be awarded with a P50,000 pocket money to enjoy the true European experience.
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Participants can increase their raffle entries by increasing their average daily balance through consistently depositing in their respective accounts.

Basic Savings and checking account holders including WISE Savings and MyWallet will earn one raffle entry for every P5,000 worth of deposit; corporate Basic Savings and Checking account holders will earn one raffle entry for every deposit worth P100,000; personal Dragon Savings and Dragon All In One Checking account holders will earn one raffle entry for every deposit worth P25,000; while corporate Dragon Savings and Dragon All In One Checking account holders will earn one raffle entry for every deposit worth P200,000.

Aside from an all-expense paid trip to Europe, other participants can also win a 4D3N to Singapore, Malaysia or Hong Kong. And the opportunity to win amazing prizes doesn’t end there. New and existing personal and corporate account holders opening a Dragon Savings account or Dragon All in One checking account within the promo period can also get instant prizes based on their respective additional fresh funds.

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Participants eyeing for the instant prizes should deposit at least the minimum required fresh funds upon account-opening per tier and maintain the average daily balance during the promo period. Participants able to maintain P250, 000 to 500,000 can get a chance to win a Samsung CP GLX J2 Prime; those that can maintain P500, 000 to 1,000,000 can win a Samsung J7 Prime; while those who can maintain between P1, 000,000 and up can win a Samsung CP Galaxy A7 2017.

This exciting promo coincides with the launch of RCBC Savings Bank MasterCard Debit Card. Cardholders can now transact in more than 2.5 million ATMs and in over 40 million merchant locations worldwide. From day-to-day essentials to life-long dreams, your RCBC Savings Bank Mastercard Debit Card can help you unlock what you need to live life to its fullest.

What’s left now is to start saving up during the duration of the promo starting on July 3, 2017 until April 6, 2018. With the Grand Draw will scheduled at the RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center in Bonifacio Global City on April 20, 2018.