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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Seems So Quiet

March seems so quiet for me and today is the last day of the month. Perhaps one of the reasons I cannot write a blog is because of so many things I am trying to figure out. Well let's get to the point this April and how I wish I can really start to go out of town. In fact I have some clients that need to be assisted for this coming months.

But I will keep my fingers crossed and hoping that I can start my blog this summer.

I need to buy few things like drone and start my own vlog. Well let's see.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

The Boso-Boso Church in San Jose, Antipolo

For the past few days I’ve been looking for a nearby place which I can visit and one thing that crossed my mind is to find a church that is seldom visited. I stumbled in one website that features Boso-Boso Church as it is located In Antipolo.  This church is not in the usual place that can be found in the city, just like the Antipolo Church.  In fact, it is found in a different direction.
Boso-Boso Church is known as Nuestra Senora de la Anunciata and was a newly restored church from the remnants of Spanish regime which was restored during the second world war.

Nuestra Senora de la Anunciata

How to Go to Boso-Boso Church
From Tropical Hut (across Sta. Lucia Mall) in Marcos High Way, get into a jeepney ride that go to Cogeo 2 (Labas). The fare is 15 pesos.  Then take another jeepney ride that go to Paenaan and the fare starts at 23 pesos to Boso-Boso Highland Resort.  Do not go down at the resort, just tell the driver to drop you at Boso-Boso (dulo) and when you get there, you will see an arch sign of San Jose Antipolo.  Turn left and If you have patience to walk, it will take 2 kilometers to reach the church. There’s also a tricycle and the fare is 10 pesos/person. For special trip, the cost is 40 pesos. The arch is on the left side. 

Along the high way in San Jose Antipolo

It will take approximately one hour to get into the place.

In my case, I made a mistake and asked the driver to drop me at Boso-Boso Highland Resort which is beside the Boso-Boso Hotel.  The store owner beside the hotel told me it’s still far and there’s no way you can take a walk from the hotel going to the church so I had to ride another jeep and told the driver to drop me of at the tip of Boso-Boso

From Marcos High Way, going to Boso-Boso will take you around approximately one hour to get there.

When I got there at Boso-Boso church, there was a funeral and I had to exclude posting the front photo of the church as it displays the car for funeral service and also as a respect for the grieving family.

The town of San Jose, Antipolo has a simple ambience. Antipolo is indeed a huge municipality that is not just covered the main city and you won’t miss out Boso-Boso if you go to Tanay via Marikina-Infanta/Marilaque High Way.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

The World in Macro Photography

I started to become more interested in photography in 2011 when I had my first DSLR Canon 550D camera. Prior to that, photography was already my passion and I bought my point and shoot camera in 2010 before I went to New York.

I had my work shop for landscape in "Chasing Light" and this type of photography has been first love that up to this day I still do it whenever I feel to do landscape in a sunset or sunrise shore.  But then, this has become my ticket of making money for events, portrait and glamour shots.  I was able to buy some studio lights and gears because this has become my profession.

Photography collaborates with my travel blog the reason why I am still on this endeavor.

Just lately I had my chance to buy a macro close up filter which I got from Lazada.

Now I have just started my macro photography and still mastering it.  There's a lot of things that you can see in this tiny world which I have come to realize that it was indeed BIG! Those things you can't see from a naked eye is being magnified through macro filter lenses.

As a start up enthusiast for macro photography, here's the magnified shots of some insects like ants and caterpillars:


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Exploring Binondo, Manila

First of all, let me greet everyone a Happy New Year! Time flies fast and we are already in 2019. My personal blog turns 10 years this year and this is something to celebrate!

For the past few years, there were not enough blog in my site and as much as I want to update my blog site, several things happen for a reason. Not that I was quite busy it's just that few things that I've been fixing around when it comes to my personal moments.

Today I decided to go to Binondo, Manila and it just happened that it was new year! I should have gone to this place a few days ago but unfortunately due to the rains it prevented me to go to Binondo.

According to Wikipedia, Binondo is a district in Manila and is referred to as Chinatown and is the world's oldest Chinatown. Its influence extends beyond to places of Quiapo, Santa Cruz and San Nicolas.

BPI Old Building
The start of my tour was the BPI Old Building. From Hidalgo St. in Quiapo I walked until I reached Isettan. Then across the mall is the Santa Cruz Church and you will see the fountain in the middle of the road, between the church and Binondo ark sign.

Sta Cruz Church
The Fountain serves as the landmark that you already reached the entrance of Ongpin St.

Then when you see the arch you are entering Ongpin St., the most popular street of Binondo where you can walk from the main entrance until you reached Quintin Paredes road.

The Arch of Goodwill, which serves as the main entrance of Ongpin St.
The main street of Ongpin
I walked the main street of Ongpin and the first thing I have noticed are the side walk vendors selling some lucky charms.

The vendor spinning the singing bowl with a stick
Singing bowl and inside is a lucky bracelet
Lucky Charm
As I continue to walk along Ongpin St, I entered another arch which was Ongpin North Bridge. This has more profound exploration that you are indeed at Chinatown  and it extends to the whole district of Binondo.

Ongpin North Bridge
Mr. Ube Rice and Noodle House
My first stop after the tiring walk was Mr. Ube Rice and Noodle House, obviously a restaurant with its own kind of food delicacies. At the main entrance is a store where they sell hopia with different flavors and some other delicacies.

Hopia of all sorts

One of the hopia flavors
Then came to my next stop and is a small altar at the street and you can light an incense and pray for your supplication.

Little altar in one of the streets in Ongpin

My next stop would be Eng Bee Tin, A Chinese Deli chain founded in 1912 at Binondo. They built a new building and it only operated six months ago

Eng Bee Tin one of their branch
New Building at the corner

First Floor

Second Floor where the restaurant is located

Second Floor where they sell souvenir items
The Great Budhha located at the second floor

The Staff of the Great Budhha

At the Entrance
The Great Buddha, which is the fine dining restaurant is just located at the second floor where you can find some souvenir items and a restaurant.

As I continued to walk, finally I reached at the end of Ongpin St. Quinton Paredes road is just right on the end where you can explore more of Chinatown.

Finally, I was able to see the San Lorenzo Ruiz Church in Binondo which is also located at Ongpin St and Quintin Paredes.

Calesa is still traditional in Manila up to this day

San Lorenzo Ruiz Church

Candles and Prayers

Inside the church of San Lorenzo
After the tiring walk to Ongpin St. I went back and rested my feet, sitting at the fountain. Then I met some of the visitors too where they had selfies and then I asked to take them pictures.

Joshua and Joan
That was the end of my first part of exploring Binondo, Manila.  Chinatown is big and in my part two are some of the places that are interesting to go. I missed out visiting the temple but surely on my next visit.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Not So Much Travel Blog For This Year

It's almost New Year and two more days left before 2019!

I was contemplating for more travel on 2018 but I think things weren't meant to happen yet. Except last March until July, I spent my time back and forth in Bicol Province and that was because of an official visit, although there were times that I snicked in and I was able to visit some town in Camarines Sur like Caramoan, Libmanan and Legazpi in Albay. But they were only a short stint.

There weren't so much travel for this year. But hopefully next year will be a blast now that I put up my own online travel agency.

At the moment, the rain pours today while writing this and I could see rain from my window pane.

So what will I do for the next 2 days since it's raining since last week? Well let's see if I can go out and I am contemplating either to go to the malls or go to Manila in Binondo and Quiapo.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Recently, my client visited Siem Reap, Cambodia where he had a tour for Ankor Wat.

Siem Reap is a resort town in Northwestern Cambodia and is a gateway to ruins of Ankor. Ankor are well preserved, which has a complex of intricate stone buildings that is preserved. Ankor is the seat of the Khmer Kingdom from 9th-15th centuries.

Below are some of the photos which my client took pictures on his 5-day tour to Cambodia.

According to my client, it was a worth the money of seeing the Siem Reap.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Tips When Working For Your Customized Tours

JuanTravelTips: For customized tours, here's a guideline that will help you in the way of working for your tours with a travel consultant:
-Your country/city destination. Do you need a single destination only or multi-city/multi-country?
-Preferred Travel Dates: You can include your departure and return dates. Would it be 3 days, two nights, 4 days or 3 nights, etc.
-Do you need a round trip airline ticket? you can include here your preferred carrier, The preferred time of departure, with baggage and meals as some of a low-cost carrier charge you on this.
-Your accommodation. Do you want 3, 4 or 5 stars hotel/resort/accommodation. Will it include breakfast. Standard room, twin or double or any special room.
-Do you need a transfer, whether it's one way or two way-airport to the hotel/hotel to the airport.
-Do you need a tour. Sightseeing, or does it involve activities that will need a lot of energy, for example, biking or hiking. Do you want an extra day for FREE TIME.
In that way, your travel consultant will be able to assessed your customized tour packages.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Putting Up My Own Online Travel Agency

It's been a while since I started to put up my online travel agency. More than 3 months already and I still have to keep a lot of things going. Having a travel agency was my dream aspiration and it started in 2011 and it was only now that materialize. Not really big but I want to make it BIG.

Things becoming clear and it was unexpected of putting up my own agency in hopes that it will have more clients to come. Little by little I am pretty much sure and have faith what I am doing.  

After all, it started as a dream, and yet it happened.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Creating A Tour For A Client

I have several tools to create a tour for a client, especially when someone is looking for the best tour packages. It is quite easy though. First you have to find out what place they want to go. In this way you already have an idea how the tours would gonna go because we know that each place have some tourist spots to offer. In this way you create a need for them why they have to see these places. This will lead them to the spots which has a milestone to each place that is unique and distinctive.

Second, is to identify the date which means that you have to know when they want to travel and its duration. Let's say 3 days and 2 nights, etc. Then you will have an idea how you are going to plan a tour for them. For example, a whole day tour would commence on their second day. The first day usually happens on their arrival time and place and this will give them more time to rest since the flight might be long and tiring. The first day usually have to do with their check in at the hotels.

Third is their accommodation, and this way, they have the place to stay in before the tour starts. They also have the choice if they would add an airport transfer to the hotel or do it by themselves.

These are the three things to keep in mind when creating a tour for a client. Make sure you connect to a reliable tour provider/operator.

Airline arrangement with a travel agency will give them their itinerary going to their destination and can offer them the affordable airfare packages.

So here's a link where you can get some of the best tour packages:


Sunday, August 12, 2018

Tips On How To Find A Cheapest Airfare

I love traveling and going to different places to experience the culture, arts, foods and the beauty of the place. I usually travel by land and if it is deemed necessary to travel by air, I usually look for an airfare through online. The reason of this because as much as possible I want the best deal although the first thing that comes into my mind is how a travel agency can give me the best customer as much as they can.  For me it is not really the price but it is how the service being given to me.  I remember the time before I traveled to New York 8 years ago, I was looking a cheap flights and airfare online and it was costly because it happens that going to New York was on peak season. I found one that is the cheapest online but because I continue to do so, I went to the local travel agency which was near to our place. I was able to look for a cheaper one since I let them know that they have to beat the price. This was the same agency that I took ticket from them going to New York via Korean Air in 2009. Then I got one from them with Emirates which they had a better price in 2010.  The difference buying online and through the local agency was quite minimal so I decided to take my airline ticket through the agency.

Fast forward, I set up my own online travel agency and the idea is to give the best prices aside from giving them the best customer service experience. So I was able to create Travel Every Juan, an online travel agency based in Cainta, Rizal.

I have learned a lot on how to get the best deal when it comes to the cheapest airfare.  There are two ways actually.

The first one is to get them through the trade shows usually on a specific date they have on sale was through their booth in the trade show.  You can get the cheapest airfare if you have an advance booking prior to traveling, maybe 2 to 3 months or as much as ahead of 6 months. This gives you a guarantee to get the best pricing.  But in the trade shows, time is limited and if you missed to attend, chances are, you'll never be able to get the best price again. The ticket has to be reserved immediately so that this will not go to other customers on the same date that they will travel, or chances may also depend on the availability of the seats and time and it may get costly once your travel plan comes close.  And chances are, you may find yourself getting quotes from different agencies.  So trade shows have limited time for sale and being a walk in, you may miss the best price deals.

The second choice is to find it online. This is the easiest, you don't really have to travel and spend time looking for the cheapest flights. Anytime you can find them in the search engines and you will never have to worry getting to your local travel agencies. You can always check on the prices.

The online travel agencies offer the best deals on airfare as it gives you a view on how different airlines offer their price to your destination. You can always be online from time to time checking on the prices and chances are, you'll get one as the prices changes in time. Online travel agencies offer a low price airfare all year round so if you plan your travel few months or even up to one year looking for the low prices, you can always watch them and once you get the best deal, then you can book your travel online.  It is all year round as prices are being updated always.

You keep an eye on it and for my experience on checking some low prices, just few months ago, I was looking for a cheap airfare going to Thailand for January 2019 trip. At first the price was quite high as it ranged to even $197. But upon checking it daily, the price went down to $113 on the same date and destination. There is also a time that you can find a Bangkok round trip flight for only $77!

So in order to get the best deals on airfares, don't go on the time you want to travel. Go to the cheapest flight you can find on the month that is offered online. In this way, you can save a lot.

Remember, don't go on the date you want to travel, go with the date that low prices is being offered.

For best deals on airfares, hotels and vacation packages, visit www.traveleveryjuan.com.