Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Road Trip: Bacolod to Cebu

I was so surprised to discover that traveling from Bacolod to Cebu by land is very easy. We were used to flying so, it was only last Mother's Day weekend that I decided to give it a try. 

Our route was Bacolod to San Carlos Port (by land), San Carlos to Toledo (via RORO or water taxi) and Toledo to Cebu (by land.) 

If you plan to bring your own car, the fastest route going to San Carlos Port is through the via Don Salvador Benedicto highway. Travel time is approximately 2.5 hours though you might be interested in spending a few hours in the area to enjoy it. You may read about our short Don Salvador Benedicto adventure, here

If you plan to take the Ceres bus going to Cebu, then you have two options: 

A. Take a direct trip (BCD - Cebu) 

This means that you don't have to transfer buses and purchase your RORO ticket separately. However, travel time is longer since they take the slower RORO. Estimated travel time by direct trip is 7-8 hours. 

Here is the schedule: (subject to change without notice) 

1:30 AM
4:00 AM
6:45 AM
9:30 AM
12:00 NN
2:30 PM 
9:30 PM

Fare: Php 505.00 and if you have questions, here is the contact number of the Ceres South Bus Terminal - (034) 4329427 / 09177711212

B. Take separate trips 

1. Take the bus from Bacolod to San Carlos via Don Salvador Benedicto
Travel time is 2.5 hours
Fare: Php 144.00



They have buses leaving every few minutes.We took this option since we did not make it to the 12NN BCD-CEB direct trip. When choosing this option, inform the driver or conductor that you will be going to the pier. Once you reach San Carlos, they will be dropping you at the tricycle terminal. 

Take a tricycle going to the Port and ask the driver to drop you at the Fastcat or RORO ticketing office. Fare is only Php 20.00

2. Ride a water taxi or Fast Cat from San Carlos Port to Toledo Port

There are also several options traveling from San Carlos to Toledo. I highly suggest you take the Fast Cat. (This is not a sponsored post.) It is not your usual "fastcraft" that can only accommodate passengers but cars and motorcycles can take the Fast Cat too. It is new, clean and fast. Travel time is only 1 hour. 



Rates start at Php 150 for Economy, Php 200 for Premium Economy (Airconditioned) and Php 250 for the Business Class. I took the Business Class since it's cooler, not so crowded and it comes with a free light snack. 

Senior Citizens and children are entitled to discounts and those below 3 years old are free of charge. If you are bringing your car, an SUV/ AUV will cost you Php 1,535.00 while a sedan's rate is Php 1,139.00. 

For a complete schedule of trips, you may visit Fast Cat's website.

Also, don't forget to pay the terminal fee is Php 20.00 per passenger. 

Additional Tip: If you plan to just leave your car in San Carlos Port, the overnight parking fee is only Php 34.00. 

3. Ride a passenger van from Toledo - Cebu City

Once you reach Toledo port, take a tricycle going to the bus or v-hire terminal for Php 10.00. Since most of the buses are non-aircon, I highly suggest that you take a passenger van. Fare is only Php 100.00 per person and travel time is 1.5 hours - 2 hours only. 

Additional Tip: Mcdonalds is just walking distance from Toledo port in case you're hungry. 

If you plan your trip carefully and minimize wait time, you can reach Cebu in 6 hours. It actually has a very minimal difference if you travel by plane. Since BCD-Silay Airport takes 1 hour, the pre-departure wait time is 2 hours, flying time is 1 hour and Mactan Airport to Cebu City takes 1.5-2 hours due to traffic. 

Do you have any other questions? Feel free to comment below or send us a message at Facebook.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Don't miss this GrabCar User Life Hack!

I am such a huge fan/ loyal user of GrabCar. With a lot of promotions, safe and reliable rides, one cannot deny the fact that it is more practical to just use the app than drive your own car (in most cases.) 



If you are not familiar or not sure what I am talking about Grab is Southeast Asia's leading ride-hailing platform. It solves critical transportation challenges and makes transport freedom a reality for 620 million people in Southeast Asia. If you are interested, you can download the app for free from Google Play or IOS store. Click here to download the Grab app. 



Now, here's the fun part. As I mentioned, grab has a lot of promotions and you can check the notifications tab in the app these promo codes as well as your phone messages since Grab also sends SMS for updates. For new users, you may use this Grab promo code: GRABFREE (not sure if it's still valid but this code gives you a free ride up to Php 300 off) 

And that's not all, did you know that you can enjoy cashback on every GrabCar ride booked via the ShopBack Mobile App? Yes, you get a Php 5.00 rebate for every GrabCar booked aside from the promotion or discount code that is applied directly to your GrabCar fare. 

Source: www.shopback.ph

So, just like Grab, Shopback is an app that you can download Google Play or IOS store. and you may download it here.

Now, you must remember that in order to get the rebate, you have to open your Shopback app first, click the RIDE button then, you will be routed to the Grab app. Once the Grab app opens, use as usual. Keep in mind to never open the grab app directly since you won't be eligible for the rebate. You may also read the full terms and conditions here.

As a smarter shopper, let us fast track your rebate points and get a bonus of Php 100 if you sign-up to Shopback via this link. Shopback does not only provide rebates for Grab but also to other sites such as Lazada, Hotels.com, Zalora, Althea and a lot more. Your rebates can be paid via Paypal or Bank Deposit. 

Do you have any questions? Feel free to comment below. 

How to disable video autoplay in facebook?

With the constant updates and new features introduced in Facebook, most of us are left with no choice but to simply accept the changes. 

One change that I really did not like was the autoplay feature of the videos, Since I am a scaredy cat, I could not help panic when horror clips play automatically. I hate it more when the spammy adult content videos circulating the network would also play on its own. I could not imagine when kids borrow phones and can see adult content. It's just too risky and scary for parents. 

So, if you are wondering if you can disable the autoplay feature of our facebook video? Well, I am so glad that yes, we can and it actually pretty simple. 

Just follow these steps:
  1. From the top right of Facebook, click and select Settings.
  2. Click Videos in the left menu (normally below the support inbox link) 
  3. Check Autoplay Videos settings and select Off.
Is it easy to display the autoplay feature? If yes, please share this post. 

Do you have any other facebook related questions, feel free to comment it below and we'll try to feature the answers. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Road Trip: Bacolod to Don Salvador

Summer vacation is almost over! Since classes are starting on June 5, Val and I decided to have a quick getaway this weekend. (If you just met us or just discovered this blog, my husband, Val is a teacher in one of the public schools in Bacolod City.) 

Since we wanted to just have a quick getaway without breaking the bank, we opted to visit Don Salvador Benedicto. They call it the "Baguio" of Negros but we think it's more of the "Tagaytay" of Negros. It has a cooler climate and one can expect to see lots of greenery and pine trees. It is approximately a one-hour ride from Bacolod City. The roads are good and cemented. If you plan to commute, there are a lot Ceres buses that you can take from the terminal.







When going to Don Salvador Benedicto, you will take the Bacolod-Murcia highway (The same one that you would take when you are traveling to Cebu by land which I will share in a separate post.) Your first stop is the lion's statue that welcomes you to the municipality. 


Also, take time to visit the viewing deck as you can see mini rice terraces below.  


Restaurant choices in Don Salvador Benedicto are quite limited. Since we wanted one that has a good view, we had our lunch at the Mountain View Resort Bar and Restaurant. 





Estimated budget is Php 300-500 per head. Though there is nothing really fancy or special about the food at the Mountain View Resort Bar and Restaurant,  it's definitely clean and reasonable. 



Another stop is the Malatan-og falls viewing deck. It is where you can enjoy the cool breeze and wonderful view. If you are lucky, there's also fog that you can enjoy. Malatan-og falls viewing deck is also where we buy locally made banana chips for pasalubong. It is only Php 10 per pack and it is really good. 



There are other resorts in Don Salvador Benedicto such as Balokon Spring Resort which was a bit crowded when we checked as well as Jomax Peak where we never had luck securing a booking. Well, you don't really need a reservation or resort accommodation to enjoy Don Salvador Benedicto. The place on its own is already a treat. We even saw others just parking their car along the road, brought food and enjoyed the surroundings. 

Also, let us share with you one last tip: When heading home, don't forget to drop by the pine trees lining the road with the not so visible I LOVE DSB sign. It is a great place to have your souvenir picture taken. 




How about you? Do you have other quick getaway recommendations in Negros? 





Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Receive Goodies for your Furbabies from Pedigree

Crumpy is a picky eater. Whether it's dog or table food, he certainly has his own preference. Even though he is already 11 years old, he still prefers the puppy variant. (I know that it is not recommended but don't worry, we make sure that we do supplemental feeding) plus only from one brand - Pedigree. 

Thus, we are long term consumers of Pedigree products from Denta Stix to Wet and Dry Dog Food. Cheesecake, Cinderelly and Crumpy simply loves them. By the way, this is not a sponsored post but let me share that Pedigree is giving out goodie bags to all furbabies. 

Source: ph.trypedigree.com

Get a box of samples which includes a pack of Pedigree dry food, a pouch of Pedigree wet food guidebook by simply registering online via this link. This promotion is available for Metro Manila residents and shipping is free. 

So, hurry and sign-up now. Don't forget to comment below the names of your furbabies. 
 

Monday, May 22, 2017

How do you view your facebook birthday video?

I had a blast celebrating my birthday and overwhelmed by the birthday greetings from family, friends, and clients. Though we may say that facebook was primarily responsible for reminding them about your day, still I am very grateful that they took the time and effort to send me a private message or write in my timeline. I even have one client and friend, Sha Nacino who is a well-known inspiration speaker and author, the Founder of the 90 Day Book Writing Challenge who took the time to shoot a video for me. I am so touched. :) 

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who sent their gifts. I couldn't be more blessed. Anyway, going back to the original purpose of this post is how to view your facebook birthday video. 

Technically, it is a video from facebook that will show on the top of your timeline the day after your birthday to highlight photos and messages from friends. Though it will automatically show on your timeline, one may realize that after viewing it, you may have no idea how to view it again. 



Fret not! The video is not really gone but you may check your facebook birthday video as well as other videos created by facebook for you via this link: 

https://www.facebook.com/fbvideos 

UPDATE: This link will only work when you log on a computer and not on mobile devices. 

And just like other personalized videos Facebook has created, you can edit the clips by adding or removing specific posts. 

So, thank you facebook for the wonderful birthday video. You have indeed become a big part of how people celebrate birthdays over the years.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Top 5 Things to Instantly Glam Up Your Look

Since it's my birth month, Val had been surprising me with my favorite things including a dinner date last week. Since we were a bit in hurry and it was totally unplanned, I just had to quickly prepare myself before we go out thus, I am thankful for these tricks that can instantly glam up one's look. 

After all, whatever the occasion is, one must not forget to prepare oneself because every woman deserves to be beautiful. 


Here are the top 5 tips to instantly glam up your look:

1. Add sparkle by wearing some jewelry

Whether you choose to wear, earrings, bracelets or necklaces, adding these little accents to your outfit can instantly glam up your look. Though my personal favorite is a pair of pearl earrings that can definitely brighten my face. 



2. Tie a scarf to your bag. 

Use some old scarves to give your bag a makeover. Just simply tie it around the handle. Voila! You get a new-looking handbag.  



3. Wear a belt

A perfect way to accentuate your waistline in an outfit is by wearing a stylish belt. Just play around with the different sizes and color that would perfectly match your outfit. 



4. Slip on a pair of heels.

The right footwear in an ordinary outfit can make a huge difference. Avoid wearing flats or slippers. A little height may be a little bit uncomfortable but glamming up for a few hours in a special event is definitely worth it. 




Whether you put on light or heavy make-up, having beautiful, long eyelashes can definitely give you a boost of confidence and making your eyes look brighter. 

Source: https://www.eylure.com/

How about you? Do you have other tips to instantly glam up? Just share it in the comments section below. 


Monday, May 1, 2017

The Future is Awesome: Samsung Happy Home

The Back to the Future Movie Day was celebrated in the US last October 21, 2015. Who would have known that the 1989 movie will give us a glimpse on what our future will look like? Flying cars and floating highways maybe far from reality but I’m sure these pictures will refresh your memory.

                                           
Up-close visual experience using VR glasses 

Crisp Sound and Visual Effects

Extra Large TV Screens

Put them all together, just like what Doc said, "Great Scott! Here is the Samsung SUHD." VR glasses, maybe its limit, but the visual up-close experience, crisp audio, and size of the screen will definitely bring the house down. Samsung Ultra High Definition is a new range of 4K Ultra HD TVs. SUHD raise the bar of home entertainment solutions using nano-crystal technology to make the body of the TV lighter and thin, but yet powerful enough to produce 64 times more color expression than a regular TV.

SUHD TV itself is already a killer, but to bring your viewing experience to a whole new level, SUHD TV also has a stylish curve sound bar equipped with multi-channel speakers and side speakers that enhance the surround sound, for a heart pounding and eye popping TV experience. To top it all, Samsung Wireless Audio 360 produces balanced sound in all directions that you can maximize through its built-in WI-FI technology. I’m telling you seeing this bad boy first hand in action was a blast, I was so carried away I didn’t realize what’s happening around me, I was totally hooked, didn’t know that Clarice took this picture.

Yeah! That’s me, on a pink shirt, guilty as charged
Aside from home entertainment system, Samsung also expands their artillery in making the perfect happy home by upgrading the lifestyle of Filipinos. Close to the idea of a retractable voice activated fruit basket from Back to the Future 2 movie. Samsung revolutionized the “fridge within the fridge” design, providing plenty of room in their Food Showcase Refrigerators.



Out of the fridge, cooking your food is a different ball game, but no worries because Samsung Smart Oven is there to save the day. Remember how Marty’s mom hydrates the pizza in the movie? That’s nothing compared to what Samsung Smart Oven can do. Truly an all in one cooking solution with a health conscious system that allows the oil /fuss free frying and grill, thanks to its Slim Fry Technology.



Another thing that Samsung wanted to address is the cooling system inside our homes. Living in a tropical country, high temperature and humidity affect the comforts of our homes. Once again, Samsung has one more trick up their sleeves to aid this need. Using the latest technology, Samsung created AR7000, an air conditioner that features a triangular design enabling quicker, further, and wide cooling. It also features the “Virus Doctor” that filters and keeps the air clean.  And the best part, it has a WI-FI function that will allow you to control it anytime, anywhere.

From the living room, into the kitchen, out to the backyard, Samsung is still on top of its game in dealing with your dirty laundry. Understanding the pain that you go through every time you seat or squat just to do your laundry, they have created the Samsung Activdualwash, which fused ergonomic design with the state of the art technology. It has a dedicated built-in sink, washboard and water jet built right into the washer making your laundry experience less tedious.



Generally, having all of these is part of one's dream home enabling families to comfortably lounge around the house and enjoy life's simple pleasures such as watching TV, munching on comfort food and making chores easier. A perfect showcase that families can enjoy conveniences and possibilities that is made by Samsung. Something that we can all look forward to. Some of part of it may not be written yet, but it will keep on coming until we are sent back to the future.


So, don’t miss the chance of seeing up close these great innovations perfect for your #happyhome at the Samsung Happy Home Roadshow at Ayala The North District Point Bacolod until October 25. Just like Dr. Brown has set, the future has finally arrived.  

You may visit also the Samsung Philippines’ fanpage or follow them in twitter @samsungph for more information. Full details and product images are available at www.samsung.com.ph

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