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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

12 Days of Black Friday Sale at Lamido

Gay Aida Dumaguing - Tuesday, November 25, 2014
12 Days of Black Friday Sale at Lamido

Ever wished that there’s a black Friday sale here in the Philippines? Guess what, Lamido heard you! They’ll be having an ONLINE black Friday sale, wherein they’ll be offering up to 80%, free shipping, and cash on delivery payments options starting on December 1 to 12, 2014.

What is a Black Friday?

I’ve only heard of the Black Friday or know that there’s a Black Friday sale is in the US. I’ve never have tried it but I know how crazy is the sale in the US since my older sister lives there. Anyway, Black Friday is a known shopping day for a number of reasons. But mainly, it marks the unofficial Christmas season, Thanks Giving, and many of the employers during these days gives their employees a day off for Thanks Giving.

In the US, I’ve heard that with your $100 you can buy a lot of brand new stuff, great stuff, even gadgets. My sister just told me the other week that there’s a store announcing that they’ll sell their iPads for only $100 and their iPhones for around $90. And yes, it’s this season when I wish I could just go there and go shopping.

Lamido Black Friday Sale and Games

So anyway, good thing that we’ll be able to experience it here in the Philippines this time around with Lamido. Other than the sale Lamido will also be having some games for you guys to play every day and get the chance to win some awesome items! Here are some teasers of the games that you can join (shhh.. don’t tell them I told you):

Facebook Share Game

Share their banner posted on the Lamido fan page (make sure that it’s shared publicly so they can check), tag 12 of your friends, and tag Lamido (of course!). There will also be a “Facebook event” created by Lamido at their fan page, and you may invite your friends to join the game, the more friends you invite, the better chance you have to win the FREE PHONE.

Post the Dream on Instragam

The game is really simple, all you have to do is select the item that you wish to purchase from the Lamido buy and sell website.

12 Days of Black Friday Sale at Lamido Travel Items Philippines

Make sure that it’s one of the items with a “Safepay payment option” and then of course upload the photo of the selected item on your personal Instagram account, tag and follow the Lamido Instagram account, use the hashtags  #lamidoph and #blackfridaysale, add the link (from the Lamido site) of the item as a caption, and tell them why you should win the item and give it to you for FREE!

WeChat Flash Sale

Great news WeChat users, on December 11, 2014 there will be 12 items that they’ll put up for sale to WeChat users (only) for P12.00 only. Lamido will sell another new item every 1 hour for the same prize. So there will be a total of 288 items to be sold for only P12. But the first one to check out the item, wins the prize!

Got it? Prepare your wallet and your budget for Lamido buy and sell website to let you experience the black Friday (crazy) sale!

Monday, November 24, 2014

7 Fun Facts About Butterflies

Gay Aida Dumaguing - Monday, November 24, 2014
7 Fun Facts About Butterflies The Habitat Conservatory Center Bohol Philippines

I was visiting Bohol Philippines few months back and one of my destinations for my visit is the Habitat Conservatory Center for butterflies. They have all sorts of butterflies, it’s not that huge but it’s really a cool place with a great and entertaining staff (and a sweet cat).

7 Fun Facts About Butterflies The Habitat Conservatory Center Bohol Philippines

With our tour guide at the Habitat, I was able some fun facts about butterflies which I may have already known when I was little but due to low memory I’m forgetting them. So let me share it with you guys and gals here in the Exotic Philippines blog.

Newly emerged butterflies are can't eat or fly.

7 Fun Facts About Butterflies The Habitat Conservatory Center Bohol Philippines

The butterfly got a four (4) lifecycle, which starts from the egg, then larva (which is more known as the caterpillar) that are plant eaters, then the pupa, and then the adult butterfly. Yes, when they come out they can’t eat or fly, they wait for a couple of hours to fill itself with blood and wait for them to dry before flying.

Butterfly wings are transparent.

7 Fun Facts About Butterflies The Habitat Conservatory Center Bohol Philippines

Yes, they said it’s transparent even though it doesn’t look like that and they’re one of the most colorful insects that I can find. The thing is, their wings are made up of layers of chitin (the protein that makes their exoskeleton), and this (transparent) chitins are covered by scales that then reflects light in diverse colors.

Butterflies have four wings.

Yeap, they have actually four (4) wings, there’s two hind wings and then two fore wings which are connected to the second and third thoracic segments.

The largest butterfly wingspan is like the bird wings of Melanesia.

I’ve seen a huge butterfly in the Habitat, but they say the largest butterfly in the planet has a wingspan of up to 25 cm or 10 inches which is like the Melanesia bird.

Butterflies live just for a few days.

7 Fun Facts About Butterflies The Habitat Conservatory Center Bohol Philippines

From the day they come out from the chrysalis as an adult butterfly, their remaining day’s starts counting down so they focus more on eating and mating. Depending on the type of butterfly, they can at least live a few days up to a year.

Don't pet the butterflies.

I used to love catching the butterfly and pet them, but then they say that petting them can cause death to them. At the Habitat I’ve learned that touching them may rub off their scales that (as I’ve mentioned above) gives colors to their wings and help them fly. So if they can’t fly, they can’t go to the flowers to eat and yes, they may die. So don’t pet them.

If a butterfly lands on you it won't bite.

7 Fun Facts About Butterflies The Habitat Conservatory Center Bohol Philippines

I’ve actually placed the butterfly in my face, in my arms, and on my shoulders. I was afraid that the butterfly will bite me but it didn’t, I do feel the feet though. But one thing I didn’t noticed is that they’re actually sipping my sweat (thank you very much) because our sweat have salt that butterflies needs to be healthy.

The stop at the Habitat is usually included in the itinerary for the Bohol tours, and I got mine from WithLocals.com where I got the whole day tour for $44.

Got some fun facts about butterfly to share with us? Please share it with us through leaving a comment below!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

10 Top Must Visit Davao Tourist Attractions

Gay Aida Dumaguing - Thursday, November 20, 2014
10 Top Must Visit Davao Tourist Attractions Davao City Philippines

Last month, Exotic Philippines was invited to come over to Davao Philippines to cover the BIMP EAGA & IMT 2014 event. I’ve extended my stay in Davao (thanks to ALU Hotel for helping me out with that) for a day to be able to have a quick tour, even just for a day.

At first, I thought there are just few destinations that we could visit in Davao though it’s a huge area. But then, I was wrong. A day to tour Davao is not enough to fully enjoy it, I need at least 3 days to really cover the bests of it.

For you not to make the same mistake that I made, let me share with you Davao’s top tourist attractions, destinations that is a must visit. Please take note that these are my personal lists of tourist attractions that I wish to visit (because I wasn’t able to finish everything) or wish to revisit. Also, I did not arrange this by rank.

Pearl Farm Beach Resort

Davao’s Pearl Farm Beach Resort is one of the destinations in Davao that I wish to visit. Sadly, I wasn’t able to visit it but I really wish to come back and just experience the beautiful beach and the sands on my skin. Other than the beach, the resort also offers numerous activities like jet skiing, banana boating, fly boarding, kayaking, scuba diving, and more. Well, actually (for me) the beach and the view is enough reason for me to visit.

Samal Island

Samal Island is a ferry away from the city, it’s another tourist attraction that I wasn’t able to visit. We did plan to but then someone else invited us to meet someone and visit a good restaurant. Samal is that place in Davao that you can get away from the city life.

Eden Park 

The Eden Park is one of the attractions that comes highly recommended to visit, but I didn’t know that it takes 2-3 hours to go to the place from the city and there’s a schedule for the tours. I was all ready at around 11am but the lady from the event told us that the tour starts at 1PM, and that we must go immediately so we can make it in time. So, we decided to cancel the trip and decided to walk around the city instead.

Eden Park offers tour packages (with and without meals), and a number of activities like skycycle (biking in a line), skyriding, and they even have butterfly garden. But what people love most about the place is that you’ll be able to reconnect with nature again. Please take note though, there are no mobile signals here since it’s too far away from the city, they say you’ll be lucky if you’ll get one bar.

Apo Ni Lola 

Apo ni Lola is a durian candy factory, well they don’t just make candies but different varieties of durian actually. From ice cream, shake, and spread, they have it in their store.

Apo Ni Lola Davao City Philippines

Their marketing manager told us that they’re planning to expand soon around the country so people don’t have to go to Davao City just to get a taste of the best durian.

Orchids Farms

There are a number of orchid farms in Davao city, I only know two (2) but our tour guide from Davao Tours 4 Fun Travel told us a different orchid farm which sadly was not included in our afternoon tour. So I guess there are a lot for you to choose from, but really if you love orchids then go for it! I was supposed to buy an orchid for my Mama but because our time is not enough, we were not able to visit any.

Jack’s Ridge

It’s one of the tourist attraction in Davao that I really love, I just love the view but they said it’s best during night time. All you can see then are city lights but because we visited the place in an afternoon, so I got this view.

Jacks Ridge Davao City Philippines

Still, it's really good though. You may also like to go swimming there since they do have a pool, or dine in with friends at their restaurants, or sip a coffee (or durian coffee) while watching this amazing view. They also have a great place to have a wedding there, and I can totally imagine someone having their wedding there, it could be really nice.

Monfort Bat Sanctuary

We were personally invited by the owner Norma Monfort, the 2011 Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund Hero and Davao’s very own batgirl to join them in their NovemBAT feast for us to experience how it’s like to be with these awesome bats.
But then, because we’re leaving before than, we can’t visit the place – but we’d love to one day.

Banana Beach

The Banana Beach is called “Banana” for a reason, I’m not sure if it’s because they also have a lot of bananas but they’re placed just right beside a Banana plantation. They offer differet types of tours, they have the river tours, forest, orchard, plantation, and twilight safari tour.

Comparing their beach to Samal Island, the Samal island is better and they offer similar activities to Samal too.

Aldevinco

Most of the Filipinos love to buy pasalubong for family, friends, and relatives and if you want to buy local souvenirs then go ahead and head to Aldevinco! There are a lot of stores for you to choose from, if you buy a number of items don’t forget to haggle with the store owners.

Fruit Market

Fruit Market Davao City Philippines

Davao is not only blessed with Durian, but they’re also blessed and rich with Pomelo and Mangoestene. You can buy all of theme cheap at the fruit market where the Davao travel agency we have brought us, there are really a lot to choose from there and they’re really cheap compared here in Cebu.

That ends my top 10 list of Davao tourist attractions, I’ll try my best to share some of the destinations that I was able to visit in Davao Philippines.

Let me grab this opportunity to thank the Davao travel agency that provided us with the tour, Mrs. Marlene Jamila of Davao Tours 4 Fun Travel for personally accommodating us and of course, the lovely Ivy our tour guide. I highly recommend the travel agency, it's just like having a tour with your aunt, they're easy and fun to be with, and of course they're the most affordable in Davao.


DAVAO TOURS4FUN TRAVEL
Unit B, The Site
Mapa cor, Jacinto Extension, Davao City
Tel. No.: (082) 3024383 / 09258774111
Email: info@davaotours4funtravel.com

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

5 Facts to Know Before Deciding to Swim with the Whale Sharks in Oslob

Gay Aida Dumaguing - Tuesday, November 18, 2014

So let’s talk about my experience in swimming with the whale sharks in Oslob Cebu. I’d like to talk about this on a separate post since I don’t want the other post to be too long for you to read. And of course, the first post about the whale sharks in Oslob are the details that you might want to know when you want to try it out for yourself.

Now, if you’re not sure if swimming with the whale sharks is for you, here are a couple of facts you might not know and you should know about before deciding to really go there.

They won’t eat you. When I was there swimming with the whalesharks, a tourist shouted “Kuya, please don’t let them eat me!”. No worries, as far as I know and can see they’re not interested with you. They’re being fed with the locals there and that’s why they go up and we can see them.

No touching. It is forbidden to touch the whale sharks in Oslob, but if you do DO IT intensionally then prepare to go to jail for at least 6 months.


The whale is the one who wants to get near me here. Not me. Not my fault.

No SPF50. Don’t apply anything on your skin, even the SPF50 lotion since the chemicals can do harm to them.

No drowning. I was so shocked myself, I mean, I’m fat, I’m heavy but I did not drown and can’t drown - it's not that I want to drown, it's just that "It's a Miracle!". I don’t know if it’s the water or what, but they literally have to push me down for me to take a photo with the whales. I was like, did I lose weight or something?


The guide pushed me down to take this shot but another whale showed up below me and hit my legs. when I got back up I told the guide that, "... the whale touched me, not the other way around..." LOL. I don't want to go to jail!

For limited time only. If you do decide and go for it, try the experience out. Then please be aware that the whale sharks are so busy (sleeping, maybe) that they’re only available from  9am to 12nn. They go down somewhere deep after that.

But then, let me leave you a message from a good friend of mine who’s a tour guide here in Cebu (and a walking history book of the Philippines) who does not support the whale sharks as a tourist destination. I asked him why he does not support this and why we should not, and his answer was;

It is not ecotourism.. but rather an exploitative tourism.
Provisioning (the act of feeding) alters the behavioral patterns of the whale sharks.
” 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

5 Steps and Tips for First Time Domestic Flyers in Mactan-Cebu International Airport

Gay Aida Dumaguing - Wednesday, November 12, 2014
5 Steps and Tips for First Time Domestic Flyers in Mactan-Cebu International Airport

I noticed that there are actually few sites that do have or share some steps and tips for first time flyers, they are usually generic ones too. So I decided that every time I get the chance to try out an airport, I’ll share with you guys here in Exotic Philippines blog the experience I have, along the steps for the specific airport.

Today, we have the Mactan-Cebu International Airport and that was when I was going to Davao Philippines for the BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT Business Leaders’ Conference. So, I got the chance to take photos of every step but sadly, I wasn’t able to use my Canon DSLR for this since it’s too big to carry around and too obvious – people might think I’m weird. So, apologies if the photo quality is not that good since I just used my Samsung Galaxy Y Duos phone camera – hopefully I’ll be able to upgrade it soon to get better photos.

Anyway, here are a couple of steps that you’ll take till you’re on board on the plane along with some tips within the steps.

STEP #1: Domestic Entrance

The entrance for the international and domestic flights are different, so if you’re going to take a taxi to the airport, let the driver know to drop you at the domestic entrance of the airport.

TIPS:
* Make sure you’re at the airport at least 1 hour before the flight. It’s best if you’re already at the airport 2 hours before the scheduled flight.

STEP #2: Baggage Check

Once you enter the domestic entrance go straight, there’s a stairs there and on the side there’s a way for the ones with strollers or carts – the flat floor going up, what do you call that?



Anyway, enter another door and immediately you’ll see the baggage x-ray machine wherein you’ll place every single bag you have with you – yes even your shoulder bag.

STEP #3: Check in!

After having your bags go through the x-ray machine, go straight and you’ll see some counters for the airlines. As for me, my plane for the day is the Cebu Pacific Air, so look for my flight number and destination – which was 5J 597 for Davao.


Give your printed copy of your ticket so they can verify your spot, and then they’ll ask you to weigh your bags for check in (the ones you’ll not carry yourself on board).

They’ll then give you a paper wherein your gate number, seat number, and other flight details can be found.


Make sure you don’t lose this especially if you have some bags checked in since they usually stick the sticker of your bag tag’s details there. Put this somewhere accessible too on your bag or pocket since before boarding, they’ll ask for this.

TIPS:
* Hand carry bags are only a maximum of 7 kilos for Cebu Pacific Air.
* Print your copy of the ticket in advance. Make sure you put your printed ticket and boarding pass in your bag that is accessible.

STEP #4: Departure Lobby Baggage Check


Look for the departure lobby, which is on the left side of the Cebu Pacific Air check in desks. But before you enter to the departure lobby, they’ll ask for another bag check via the baggage x-ray machine.


They’ll be stricter this time around. There might also be guards that will examine every inch of you, and you need to remove everything metal on you. Put your hand carry bags too on the x-ray machine and phone on the basket provided.

TIPS:
* Don’t wear anything metallic. Even belts.
* Put your phone or gadgets on your bag so that you don’t have to remove everything metallic on you. I usually put my phone on my bag because I’m clumsy sometimes that I don’t notice my phone fell off. So I pass quickly to their body check.

STEP #5: Find Your Gate


Now, once you’re in the departure area there are a lot of food stalls and souvenir stores there. Hold on to yourself! Don’t buy anything yet if you’re hungry or find some items really cute that you want to buy it.


Find your gate first! Especially if you’ve got few minutes left before the plane leaves, and usually the plane allows boarding about 30 minutes before they leave. Once you found your gate, the feel free to go back to the area where there are food and souvenirs available.


No worries, they also have the clock there and every announcement that you can hear near the gate can be heard at the area. But if you’re done eating and your departure time is about an hour away, go back to your gate and wait there since they usually starts boarding around that time.

I do hope these steps will help you on your first flight at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. If in any case I missed something, or wish to add an additional tip please do feel free to share it with us through leaving a comment below. Cheers!

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