With the holidays also come along several travel days. If you plan to book a hotel rather than stay with families you can save money when the time comes to book. Even for those who will travel for work, or are after the best booking deals at any time of the year, it is possible to find a great price when booking a hotel room. But, you can’t simply go to one travel site and call it quits; doing this is going to result in finding less than average rooms, low star ratings, and yes, over paying for the room you are going to book during your stay as well. To avoid all of this, consider some of these things you can do when you are booking a room, in order to be sure to find a great deal.

  1. Don’t ditch the agent –
    Yes, there are great booking and online sites to find a deal. With this in mind, a travel agent is still a viable option when you book. Especially for all inclusive trips, or those business trips you can’t find a room for last minute, an agent can help. In addition to finding a great deal on the room, they can typically find you great deals on tickets for flights as well. SO, take the time to contact an agent, especially if you are not happy with rates you have found through online searches as well as with the booking sites you have already visited when booking your stay.
  2. Compare sites –
    Yes, if you want to save you have to compare when you shop. so, take the time to compare a few of the top travel sites. By doing this you can compare room, hotel chains, and amenities where you want to book. Further, you can find inclusive deals, hotel and car rental packages, and other deals. So it is worth comparing a few sites and seeing what is out there, so you know you do find the best price when you ultimately book the room.

  3. Know your times –
    Yes, timing is everything when you book. So begin the search early. If you have flexible dates, try to book around those times of year when other travellers aren’t flocking the beaches (or ski resorts in the winter). By booking around busy peak seasons, you not only have far more choices, you have far more options in terms of the savings (for far greater rooms and some of the top chain hotels brands out there).

You have to know where to go and you have to be willing to take some time to compare the top deals out there if you really do want to save when booking a hotel. Whether travelling for the holidays, booking a business trip, or travelling on a vacation with the family, you need the right hotel for your travel needs. In order to find that great hotel, and not have to compromise on over priced rooms, these are a few ways to save when you book it.


Booking a flight to any destination doesn’t have to be an overpriced pain. In fact, you can find a few great deals when booking flights if you know how to time things, where to book, and what to look for when booking your trip. Before you book through any online site, try some of these simple things to save.

  1. Book early –
    Booking in advance is the best way to find lower fares. Add in the fact that most booking sites offer a low price guarantee (meaning if a lower price pops up after you book they refund you the difference) there really is no losing when you book in advance. The earlier you can plan, the better it will be when you are trying to save.
  2. Inclusive deals –
    If you are booking a hotel, car rental, meal packages, and other local accommodations during your trip, do everything together. Many booking sites or travel agents can find you exceptional all inclusive travel packages. Not only is the flight cheaper, but you are going to save a great deal on the entire trip (as opposed to if you were to book everything individually for that trip).

  3. Compare sites –
    Yes, travel sites typically do offer the best deals for booking; this doesn’t mean choose the first one you visit. If you are a discount shopper, the best way to find the deals is to comparison shop. So, get out there and compare a few of the top booking sites, deals, possible savings, coupons, codes, and other options they have available for you to save on the cost of the flight. One good comparison site to use when booking flights is Expedia.

  4. Book together –
    If you are travelling in a group or with your spouse (kids, etc), book it all together. As is the case with all inclusive travel packages, many airlines are going to offer bulk or group pricing discounts. So if you are going to travel with a large group, or a few friends, make sure to see if there are bulk booking deals. In addition to paying less per ticket for the flight you are taking, you can choose to sit together, so you don’t get stuck with complete strangers during the flight, and can sit with the group you are travelling with during the planned trip you are taking.

Of course relying on a travel agent is still something many people do; so before you book with a travel site, this is another way to find possible deals which are floating around out there. Booking during non-peak seasons is yet another way to save and find great deals on inclusive packages and hotel plans as well. You do not have to overpay for a trip, even if it is to a popular destination when you are booking your airline flight. Comparing, shopping around and taking as much time as possible to do your planning in advance, are a few of the ways in which you will not only find better deals, but can also score upgrades or fly with the best airlines out there, for a low price

The Most Delicious Breakfasts in Warsaw

Every trip is a special mix of interesting places, new people, exciting adventures, and tasty food.

It is cool when you can find true information about not only the most outstanding sights of the city but also about the most delicious places, since it is a very important part of acquaintance with the city and culture in general.

Poland is a wonderful country, known not only for its rich history but also for its delicious and hearty cuisine. Shops are full of delicious meat and dairy products, unforgettable sweets and natural juices. In addition, high quality and excellent taste properties of products are supplemented by very moderate and therefore attractive prices. Polish food is also famous for its large portions. When ordering a dish in a cafe or restaurant, it is necessary to be ready in advance for the fact that sausages can mean not only a single meat product but also a side dish and even a salad.

Large crowds of visitors have not spoiled Warsaw, unlike Krakow or Wroclaw. As the business city, it is used to meet business guests. Of course, there is a tourist part with the old city in Warsaw but today not about it. Today about the delicious places of the city where breakfast is the brightest part of the day. If you don’t want to drink a morning cup of coffee alone, meet your romantic travel companion at

At  first sight, Warsaw can seem to be a city of buns and breakfasts’ lovers. Bakeries are attracted by vanilla fragrances in the most unexpected places.


Targ Sniadaniowy.

It is a street breakfast market, which is taking place every weekend in two parks of the city in the warm season and collects a delicious atmosphere of home and family holiday in the open air. This festival is open to all comers, so in addition to the national Polish cuisine, you can buy seasonal farm products, bread, and dishes from different cuisines around the world. Everything is prepared, sizzled and hissed right on the spot. Burgundy snails or dumplings, or maybe a Mexican tacos – all that will be cooked in a matter of minutes before your eyes. If you prefer croissants, fruits, and coffee, then this is enough here. On Sunday, it takes place in the park area of Mokotów, and on Saturday in the park near Żoliborz. Take a blanket and come here for breakfast, which will last up to the lunchtime. There is something to do besides food: culinary master classes and workshops on a variety of topics, or even yoga in the open air.

The Charlotte café.

France inspired this amazing place. Here you just want to try the whole menu. Breakfasts are here all the day long, and they are simply designed both to bring aesthetic pleasure and to please the taste buds. Here you can surely find fluffy croissants, homemade jam and chocolate, several breakfast options and, of course, coffee. The soft light of the morning sun through the large windows or a warm terrace will wake up you neatly to a quiet lounge without fuss. In the city, there are two such places: “Charlotte Menora” and “Charlotte. Cheb i Wino ». Choose the closest one to your hotel and chill out.

Nowy Teatr.

What about breakfast in complete silence in a closed patio? On the territory of the Theater of Contemporary Art, there are small tables. If you come here on a day when there are no any events or open exhibitions, then you can take pleasure from the huge hall of the former factory with high ceilings.


It is a place where you will be offered a huge portion of cappuccino and treated with a cheerful smile in addition. The coffee is delicious here. You can warm up with a pumpkin spice latte in an autumn morning, wrapping yourself in a warm blanket on the terrace or working for an hour or two. It is very easy to maintain a personal space here, even if all the tables are occupied.

MODA MINDANAO SEASON 11: Highlighting the Unique Mindanaoan Heritage

It has been 5 years now since the first time I watched Moda Mindanao. Since then I vowed not to miss this event every Kadayawan Festival.

_DSC0280Moda Mindanao is longest running fashion design competition in the entire Davao Region. Staged every year during Kadayawan Festival, Moda Mindanao aims to promote contemporary Mindanaoan fashion and pave the way for young and emerging local designers to become a recognizable name in Philippine and global fashion.

_DSC0357In its earliest conception, Moda Mindanao was part of the Urog Etnika, a Mindanao Fashion Show that was once an official event of Kadayawan Festival. From Urog Etnika, Moda Mindanao was staged separately to provide local fashion designers and accessory artists from different regions in Mindanao a platform to showcase their skills and creativity as they create fashionable garments and accessories highlighting the fabric, colors and patterns of Mindanaoan culture.

_DSC0356Now on its 11th year, Moda Mindanao is moving to its new home from SM City Davao to SM Lanang Premier. Aside from its new venue, it is now redefined as a “Young Fashion Designers Competition with a new format, new look and new perspective but with the same global aspiration – to highlight the unique Mindanaon heritage in a modern, contemporary and fashion forward way.

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Participating Young Fashion Designers from Mindanao

Ten local designers from Davao, SoCCSKSarGen and CARAGA Region competed in this year’s Moda Mindanao. The 10 equally talented designers vied in two categories – Pret-a-Porter and Evening Wear for women. Their astonishing and unique creations were showcased in a runway show highlighting the fabrics, patterns, and materials that reflect the unique Mindanaoan heritage.

Moda Mindanao 2016 5All the participating local designers created dazzling and eye-catching creations but it was Jay-R Gamboa Flores, a local designer from Sultan Kudarat who amazed not only the distinguished judges but spectators as well with his skillful ability to bring to life the Mindanao culture and colors through his exceptional creations. He was the runaway winner winning both Pret-a-Porter and Evening Gown categories.

Pret-a-Porter for Women

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According to him, his creations are inspired by the four indigenous tribes found in his Province of Sultan Kudarat – the T’boli, B’laan, Maranao and Maguindanaoans. The evening gown that he fondly called the “Empress of the Four Tribes” is an intricate work combining weaving, beading and handmade works. The fabrics used were from Cotabato City while bells and other accessories were from South Cotabato. The pret-a-porter on the other hand was inspired by Maranao and Maguindanaoan culture.


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Every year, Moda Mindanao features a Mindanaoan artist who has excelled in his field. This year, Moda Mindanao Season 11 featured and highlighted the works of young international accessories designer Ken Samudio. He is the very first Filipino designer selected by Vogue Italia as one of its talents for accessories in 2014 and who was also featured on its 50th Anniversary issue.

Ken Samudio’s Award Winning Accessories

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Aside from Jay-R Gamboa Flores of Sultan Kudarat, other local designers who joined this year’s Moda Mindanao are Aloha Lelani Begin of Agusan del Norte, Arwin Mark Meriales of Davao Occidental and Alexis Nickole Rule, Jonas Andrew Amora, Aries Buenvenida, Mimi Tandingan, Bianca Sabellano, Kian Plaza Deocariza, and Neil Patrick Jimlani – all from Davao City.


Jay-R Gamboa Flores and his winning creations inspired by the four tribes of his province of Sultan Kudarat.

Personally, being there watching the grand runway of Moda Mindanao Season 11 for another year is another astounding opportunity for me to see and be mesmerized by those extraordinary creations that depict the rich culture of my own identity as a Mindanaoan.

Moda Mindanao 2016 2 Moda Mindanao 2016 3Moda MindaNOW, a fashion showcase of what is truly “made in Mindanao”.

Congratulation SM Lanang Premier for hosting yet another successful Moda Mindanaw Fashion Event.


In my recent visit to South Cotabato, I was very privileged to be hosted by one of the finest hotels in the entire South Central Mindanao, the charming The Farm at Carpenter Hill in the Koronadal City, the capital of the province.

The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 4The Farm @ Carpenter Hill remains to be the only garden resort in Koronadal. With a fascinating 11-hectare area, it reflects the warmth and cultural charm of South Cotabato while it exudes an atmosphere of luxury and comfort in total harmony with nature.

The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 3Conveniently located along the National Highway, The Farm is about six kilometers away from the city proper. Being the only garden resort of its kind in the city, it has since become the most favorite among the locals and even guests coming from the neighboring towns and cities. Those who frequent here consider the place as their quick escape from a busy day and some just come back to enjoy the food that have become Koronadal’s signature dishes.

The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 52The sprawling 11 hectare property consists of Japanese-inspired Garden Villas and Hotel, convention centers, recreation facilities including spacious karaoke rooms, a number of restaurants serving good food, large functions halls, children’s playground, a butterfly garden and a lot more.

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Among the many astonishing features of The Farm, the Japanese Hall and Bonsai Garden is my personal favorite. The garden is a unique showcase of well-crafted bonsai trees in a Japanese setting. I really enjoyed the construction architecture of the place, as a retired Orlando roof restoration services expert. The wooden structure, the thatched roofing, the man-made stream, the bamboo fence, pebbles and rocks and the marvelous bonsai collection were incorporated to complement that Japanese feel. I learned that this is also among the favorite features of the resort especially for those who are first time guests.

The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 34 The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 35 The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 37 The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 49 The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 54Another personal favorite is the Japanese Courtyard Hotel where we stayed at for two nights. The cozy layout of the 22 rooms is designed to exude comfort and ease to its guests. All rooms are facing an indoor garden with a pond of brightly-colored koi in the center. The pond is accentuated with bamboos and other tropical plants in every corner. All rooms come with complimentary breakfast, complete morning kit, hot and cold shower, cable TV, and telephone with access to outside line. Room rates ranges from Php 2,000.00 to Php 4,000.00.

The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 62 The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 63 The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 64Aside from the Japanese Courtyard Hotel, another best feature of The Farm @ Carpenter Hill is the 6 well-appointed Japanese-inspired villas. Each is uniquely designed with individual gate, terrace and a Zen garden. The villas are equipped with high-end fixtures with orthopedic beds and pillows assuring guests of comfort and a stress-free stay. The villas are just facing the Courtyard Hotel. Room rate of Garden Villa is Php 3,500.00 and comes buffet breakfast for two.

The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 7 Adding to the many exquisite features of the property is the newly constructed Swimming Pool built in the middle of the lush verdant portion of the property. A clubhouse is also being constructed beside the pool. The themed pool which is designed for both children and adults is a perfect venue for exclusive pool parties and special events. It is not open to the public yet but in-house guests are allowed for the free use of this new pool. Once the construction of this facility is complete, I believe this will be among the must-visit destinations in the whole Koronadal City and South Cotabato.

Talking about good food, The Farm boasts itself as home to some of the must-try food in Koronadal City. The Aviary Bar and Café serves some of the most delectable flavors I’ve tasted in South Cotabato. It offers a wide array of local and international menu. For me of course, Filipino dishes top the list of the must-try food here. There are also other Asian cuisines as well as some continental dishes serve at the Aviary Bar and Café. And why called Aviary? Because the restaurant is surrounded by old trees and tropical garden while birds freely fly from branches to branches providing a soothing avian sound.

The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 23 The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 56 The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 108 The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 91 The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 97 The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 101Staying at The Farm @ Capitol Hill is truly remarkable. It doesn’t only provide comfort and quality service but it lets their guests to commune with nature as verdant life abounds in this 11 hectare property – a serene kind tropical set up perfect for a very soothing stay.

I have stayed to a number hotels and resorts in the different parts of South Cotabato but I must say, I am charmed by The Farm @ Carpenter Hill and staying with them is among the most remarkable. Highly recommended!

Brgy. Carpenter Hill, National Highway,
Koronadal City, South Cotabato

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