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My Top 6 Tips for Budget Travelling With a Toddler

I used to think that being a mother marks the end of my travelling, gallivanting days.

To be honest, travelling with a child in tow does come with limitations. However, these limitations don’t necessarily mean saying good bye to treks and trips because it is possible to work around them. In fact, ever since I became a mum, I’ve been travelling even more!

It is challenging, but travelling with kids makes a trip even more fun and memorable. Don’t worry; I’ve been there. My 4-year old has already gone to different places in the country including Baguio, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Cebu, South Cotabato, Maragusan, and Tagaytay. This summer, we’re planning to visit Bataan and Subic. All on a budget! If you want to know how I did it, here are my top 5 tips for travelling with a toddler on a budget.

1. Organise the trip ahead of time.

It’s funny but I organise trips several months — even a year — ahead of time. Not only are we able to book cheaper flights, we are also able to look for affordable accommodations. What I do is check online travel websites for great deals. Since we’re planning to stay in Subic next summer, I already started looking for a good accommodation in the area. I found this hotel:

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Charming and quaint — affordable, too!

2. Arrange a “journey pack” that will entertain them on the road or during your flight.

Backpack, backpack!

Backpack, backpack!

My son always has his small backpack with him wherever he goes. When we travel, I fill it with things that will entertain him such as snacks (try to avoid too sweet stuff though – they go hyperactive), books, toys, and gadgets. This way, he wouldn’t get bored and at the same time, I wouldn’t need to buy him food and toys all the time.

3. Let them use their own cheap camera.

Taking his own pictures in Banana Beach, Tagum City

Taking his own pictures at Banana Beach, Tagum City

On-site entertainment can be cheap! If you have a cheap camera phone or a tablet, you can give it to your child (provided that he is old enough to carefully use gadgets) and encourage him to snap away. Three benefits: they are entertained, the photos will become memorable souvenirs, and photography is always a learning experience.

4. Don’t forget to pack weather-appropriate clothes.

Changed Yuri from a thick sweater into a casual shirt

Changed Yuri from a thick sweater into a casual shirt

Sometimes, this is obvious. Like, if you’re going to a beach, you will pack swim suits and clothes with breathable fabric. If you’re going to Baguio or Tagaytay, you will bring sweaters and thick garments.

However, pay attention to the weather. For example, one time, we were at the beach and the weather suddenly went gloomy. Thank goodness I also brought sweaters and jackets! And when we were in Tagaytay, it was so sunny it didn’t really feel like we were in Tagaytay. Good thing I brought extra shirts that were humid weather-friendly. This way, there won’t be any need for you to buy new clothes — unless you want to. *ehem*

5. Remember that a child-friendly accommodations are not always expensive.

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In my dictionary, a child-friendly accommodation doesn’t necessarily equate to playrooms or custom-built furniture. My definition of a child-friendly accommodation is simple. It is clean, secure, and convenient. A working elevator, friendly staff, a comfy bed with fresh sheets, cool air conditioning… you know, the basics!

I’m leaning towards booking our accommodation through Traveloka. I love that I can see the prices per night right away. But more than that, there’s also an option to look at various traveller reviews. As someone who always books her trips online, these online reviews are very valuable to me!

6. Don’t worry about things not going your way; just have fun!

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Resting at Bell Church in Baguio

Not everything is going to happen the way you were envisioning it — that’s the truth and that’s also the truth whether you’re travelling with kids or not. I’m terribly OC but I intentionally let go of my rigidity whenever we’re travelling. Just go with the flow and have fun!

What are your travel tips? Do share!

Tips and Tricks Travel

5 Practical Tips in Booking a Rental Condominium Unit

How was your weekend? Mine was an absolute blast because it was (1) Kadayawan weekend and (2) one of my best friends, Christine, was home! We haven’t seen Tine in over a year as she’s been working as an English teacher in Japan so we were really excited to spend a weekend with her.

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The theme of our bridal shower was obvious haha
From left to right: George, Christine (the bride), me, and Hazel

We originally had a room booked at Banana Beach at Tagum. However, not all things go according to plan. We had to cancel our reservation at the last minute (thank you Hijo staff for being so considerate and awesome!) and I spent Thursday — 2 days before our get-together/bridal shower — looking for a new accommodation. A difficult feat. 

As aforementioned, it was Kadayawan weekend, which means Davao City would be teeming with tourists. Every hotel and rental condos were fully booked! Then I finally stumbled upon one condominium unit at Palmetto Place Condominium which was available. I immediately grabbed it and paid for it in full.

Well… let’s just stay that while the amenities of the condominium itself were great, our room left a lot to be desired. I have been booking accommodations for friends, family, even neighbours for years, but I learned a lot from that experience. Here are 5 things you should look for when booking a rental condominium unit.

1. Make sure you can easily contact the condominium unit owner.

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General Information Tips and Tricks

How to Get Your NBI Clearance Online

How to Get Your NBI Clearance Online

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(This is an old post re-published.)

(Picture above is not at NBI Davao.)

In my city, the words “NBI Clearance” are often met with dread. This is because the office always manages to be full every day, with people. The lines tend to spill on to the streets, and people begin lining up at 4am just to be first!

I haven’t gone to NBI in, like, almost four years because there wasn’t any need for me to go. But because I will be taking up a board exam this May, I have no choice but to get a clearance.

It’s such a great thing that they have the online option now!

I didn’t think much of it mainly because I was aware that you still have to go to the actual office to claim your clearance. However, when my schoolmate from UP, who is also my classmate in my real estate brokerage class, said that she used the online option and she needed to be at the office for only 5 minutes, I was sold. Since I know most are either not aware of this option or do not how it works, let me take this opportunity to be your guide. Let’s begin!

1. Visit NBI’s website at nbi.gov.ph and click on the button that says “Click here.”

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Tips and Tricks WAHM Diaries

How to Get Noticed by Employers in Online Jobs PH

How to Get Noticed by Employers in Online Jobs PH

My email is overflowing!

This has been a hectic week at work as we are looking for 2 more additions to our (awesome) Philippine team. We actually hired someone earlier this week, but to make the long story short, her first day of work was also her last day. So I’m back to zero!

I’ve been going through profiles and profiles of fellow writers and virtual assistants, and when I posted an ad this morning (check it out here), even more profiles are added to my mental list of follow-ups. Hence, this is why my email is overflowing!

It’s currently a very stormy night here in Davao with a power interruption to boot, so let’s talk about applying for online jobs and how to get noticed by employers in OnlineJobs.ph. This has been my main “source” of job opps, and this is where I have gotten my job now. This is perfect for virtual workers who are looking for permanent full-time positions instead of projects. There are sooo many profiles in the website, and those looking for workers will not go through each one (because who has time to do that?). I’ve hunted for candidates several times, so let me share with you the factors that make some profiles stand out.

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Places Summer Destinations Tips and Tricks Travel

Ilocos-Baguio-Cavite Trip on a Budget: Itinerary

Ilocos - Baguio - Tagaytay - Manila Trip Itinerary

A couple of months ago, I shared this post about our trip to Baguio, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, and Cavite (with little bits of Manila in between) last summer. It’s not an extraordinary trip (though all of us enjoyed it!), but what makes it a fun trip to organise is that it was all done on a budget — of P3,500 per person!

I was really supposed to make a followup to that post for our complete itinerary, but it completely slipped my mind. Good thing my best friend George asked me about it yesterday. She’s trying to pull off a copycat move and embark on exactly the same trip. Tsk tsk. Love you George hahaha. Anyway, instead of writing her a copy of our itinerary, I figured out I’d write it on the blog instead. Here you go!

Day 1: Flight to Manila and Road Trip to Baguio

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11:30 am – Flight from Davao to Manila

1 pm – Arrival at NAIA, met up with Mang Leo our driver. Send me a message if you want the contact number of our service and please ask for Mang Leo. I highly recommend him!

Some of our companions (actually, my cousins) were quite late even though they took an earlier flight (long story) so instead of leaving for Baguio at 1pm, we were only able to leave at 2. 

2 pm – Start of our first roadtrip, which is from Manila to Baguio

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Android Apps Technology Tips and Tricks WAHM Diaries

5 Productivity Apps I’m Loving Right Now

Probably my entire life is in my phone. Hands up everyone who can relate!

As embarrassing as it is, I know I couldn’t function well without a smartphone. I mean, I could live without it, but my performance as a WAHM will surely suffer! This is because I’m super dependent on productivity apps, and I’m not referring to just work productivity. I also refer to personal finance, health, and overall well-being. I know these are unnecessary but I feel more “in control” of my life with these apps.

So what are my current favourite productivity apps? Here they are:

1. MoneyLover

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Money Matters Tips and Tricks

How to Apply for a BPI More Fun Prepaid Card

BPI More Fun Prepaid Card review

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This is part two of my post here.

And no, I am not paid to do this post. I am just amazed at this discovery and want to share it with you.

Before I begin, let me reiterate the difference between a prepaid card and a debit card. First, while you can use both cards for physical transactions, you can’t use debit cards online (at least in my experience!). Usually, in online transactions, when they ask for credit card details, you can’t input your debit card details. (An example is GoDaddy.)

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