Camp Avenue: Your Guide to an Affordable Trip

camping trip is the perfect way to enjoy nature this season. Keep reading to find out the camping guide for your next getaway!

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It’s no wonder that Camp Avenue has become a favorite destination among travelers. Besides its Instagram-worthy attributes, there’s another reason why millennial travelers can’t seem to get enough of this Camping site: its affordability and the theme of Bohemian Dreams!

How to Get There

Camp Avenue is located in Taboc, San Juan, La Union, about a 5 to 6 hour trip by land from Manila. You have two options on how to get there: by car or bus.

By Car:

Getting there is pretty easy with the help of waze. Take the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) and then the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEx). From there, take the Pozorrubio Exit to the McArthur Highway. Continue to the bypass road of San Fernando, La Union until you reach San Juan.

By Bus:

If driving isn’t an option for you, there are bus companies that would take you from Manila to La Union in just 5 hours like Dominion, Partas. Viron, Bataan Transit, and there are also buses going to Ilocos that may drop you off at San Juan, La Union. From there, you can take a jeepney or a tricycle to Camp Avenue.

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Camp Avenue offers two kinds of accommodations: tents and Indo-Bali huts.

Tent Accommodation: 750 pesos per person per night (Inclusive of Insulation Foam, 2 pillows, entrance fee and breakfast)

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Tent pitching: 500 pesos per person per night (You bring your own tent. This is inclusive of Entrance Fee, Space Rental, and Breakfast.)

Indo Bali Hut: 1,200 pesos per person per night (Inclusive of bedding, towels, entrance fee and breakfast)

Since the Indo Huts were limited, it is advisable to have a reservation before going to Camp Avenue.

Camping Tips:

Before going to Camp Avenue, make sure that you’ve packed light for your trip.

If you’re bringing in your gadgets, charge them first. Bringing a power bank is also highly recommended.

Remember to properly dispose of all your trash before leaving.

Bring enough cash

Bring insect repellant

Sunsets in Elyu:

Total expenses (Overnight):

Here’s a rundown of the expenses on my trip to Camp Avenue:

Bus fare (Back and Forth:) PHP 800
Tricycle to Camp Avenue: PHP 50
Tent Rental: PHP750
Extra expenses, E.G: drinks and Lunch, Dinner: PHP 1000

Total: PHP2600

 

Special Mention:

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Met these guys in Camp Avenue; Tine, Ruth, Jerwin, Marvs and Jonas — we were so lucky to find a soul that grooves with yours! See you guys soon!?
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We know that this was a spontaneous unplanned getaway, but it was so fun and unforgettable! Love you cousins; Gia and Rizah!

 

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TRAVEL GUIDE 2018: Spending a Weekend in Baler, Aurora

It’s more than just sand and surf!

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I had a great weekend escape in Baler, and I wanted to share some tips and things to do. The city makes it all the more appealing for a quick weekend trip. It provides a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, one that will truly help you relax and unwind.

Costa Pacifica, Baler

HOW TO GET THERE:

From Tarlac, Baler is a 3-4 hour drive, but if you want to commute, which I did, you can ride a bus. From Tarlac Baliwag terminal to Cabanatuan. From there, you’ll have to transfer to a van or another bus to bring you to Baler.

Expenses: Baliwag Bus PHP70, Van 220 (Back and Forth fare is PHP520)

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WHERE TO GO:

If Baler, Aurora is on your bucket list, here are some attractions you should visit while in town!

 

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Surf’s up! You didn’t visit Baler for just swimming, so go surf in Sabang Beach. It’s PHP300 for an hour surfing lesson. It was a great experience, and I’m sure you’ll love the surfer feel when you get the vibe!

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Ditumabo Mother Fall. If you get tired of the sand and sea, go for the cool mountain-fed waters of Ditumabo Waterfalls. An hour and a half trike ride from Sabang Beach and another 45 minutes of trekking and river crossing, and you’ll sure love the tropical vibe!

Expenses: PHP200 tour Guide (Required), PHP30 for the Environmental Fee

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The Hanging bridge is nice for picture-taking. It crosses a wide river with a mountain in the background. Crossing the bridge is also a nice experience. You can feel its purpose for the locals to cross the other side. On the other side are souvenir shops and pasalubong stores.

Expenses: Free

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Enchanting Aniao Islets! This spot is one of my favorites in Baler. A good stop for Instagram posts!

Expenses:  PHP10 Entrance Fee

If you have more time and days, here are some additional places not to miss:

Balete Tree,
Dicasalarin Cove,
Rock Formations
Dimadimaalangat Islets
and more.

 

A #SEOULgood experience: The top tourist spots in Korea that you can visit in 5 days!

It’s no secret that Filipinos are obsessed with Korean culture.  Everyone’s been going crazy after the best of Korean pop culture, food, fashion, and more – and we just can’t get enough.

So, friends and all my avid readers, let me share with you our 5-day autumn-winter wonderland with complete itinerary, tips and cost breakdown to help you plan your own trip to Korea soon.

Tip: DIY your own application so you don’t need to pay for any agency fee and plan your itinerary.

(BTW, Thank you so much, Erika Shallaine Yu for making our itinerary. You the best!)

We flew via Cebu Pacific Air and arrived at Incheon Internation Airport at 10:45pm (Philippines is 1 hour behind). Traveled via train going to our Hotel guesthouse in Yeonnam-dong, Seoul, South Korea.

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Space Torra, Yeonnam-dong, Seoul, South Korea

Rooms are equipped with air conditioning, heating and free WiFi. A daily breakfast is provided. Room rate for 5 days: 260,600 won

Tip: Buy a T-Money card. If you plan to be in South Korea for couple of days or more and need to take the subway or bus often, a T-money card would be advantageous in terms of savings. If you are flying into Incheon airport, you can grab a card at a convenience store just after arrivals.

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Price: 8000 won , T-Money Load 50000 won

What can you do in Korea when you only have 5 days? Here you go!

DAY 1: Nami Island, Petite France

Travel to Nami:

Admission fee:  8000 won

 

Walk: Space Torra to Hongik University (8 mins)
Train:[Gyeongui Jungang Line] Hongik Univ. Station to Mangu Station (15 stops)
Train: [Gyoengchun Line] Mangu Station to Gapyeong Station (12 stops)
Bus: Gapyeong City Tour Bus (Course A) to Nami Island Station (6000 won)
Walk: Nami Island Station to Gapyeong Wharf (2 mins)
Ferry: Gapyeong Wharf to Nami Island
Travel to Petite Fance:

Admission Fee: 8000 won

Right after exploring the picturesque Nami Island. We ride a taxi going to Petite France. (Forgot the cost of this cab ride. sorry.)

DAY 2: Everland, Gangnam District

Travel to Everland:

Admission Fee: 54,000 WON

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Walk: Space Torra to Hongik University
Train: [Line 2] Hongik Univ. Station to Wangsimni Station (11 stops)
Train: [Bundang Line] Wangsimni Station to Giheung Station (25 stops)
Train: [EverLine] Giheung Station to Everland Station (Exit 3) (13 stops)
Shuttle Bus: Everland Station to Everland

Travel to Gangnam District:

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Shuttle Bus: Everland to Everland Station
Train: [EverLine] Everland Station to Giheung Station (13 stops)
Train: [Bundang Line] Giheung Station to Jeongja Station (7 stops)
Train: [Shinbundang Line] Jeongja Station to Gangnam Station (6 stops)

DAY 3: Bukchon Hanok Village, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Secret Garden, Deoksugung Palace, N Seoul Tower, Myeondong District

Travel to Hanok Village

Walk: Space Torra to Hongik University
Train: Hongik Univ. Station to Euljiro 3-ga Station (6 stops)
Train: [Line 2] Euljiro 3-ga Station to Anguk Station (Exit 1 or 2) (1 stop)
Walk: Anguk Station to Bukchon Hanok Village (10 mins)

Travel to Gyeongbokgung Palace 

Integrated Palace Ticket: 10,000 won (This ticket is all in one package)

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Walk: Bukchon Hanok Village to Gyeongbokgung Station (10 mins)

Travel Deoksugung Palace

Walk: City Hall Station to Deoksugung Palace (10 mins)

Travel to Secret Garden

Travel to N Seoul Tower

Observatory tower Fee: 10000 won

 

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Observatory: N Seoul Tower by night

Gyeongbokgung Palace to N Seoul Tower
Walk: Gyeongbokgung Palace to Gyeongbokgung Station (11 mins)
Train: [Line 3] Gyeongbokgung Station to Chungmuro Station (Exit 2) (4 stops)
Bus: Namsan Circular Shuttle Bus No. 02
Daehan Cinema – N Seoul Tower (6 stops)

We ride a Cable Car going down from N Seoul Tower.
Adult Ticket One-Way: 6,000 won

Travel to Myeondong: 

Bus: Namsan Circular Shuttle Bus No. 05
Namsan – Myeong-dong (6 stops)

Shopping! and Food Trip time!

DAY 4: Haneul Park, Ewha Womans University

Travel to Haneul Park

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ENTRANCE IS FREE!

So if are around the the Seoul World Cup Stadium. Follow the big road and turn left to cross the street at the 4-way intersection. You’ll see the Haneul Park signage at the parking lot.

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There is a shuttle bus station that you can use to the top. We buy a ticket from the ticket counter which costs KRW 3,000 for round trip. Alternatively, you can take the zig-zag stairway, which precisely 291 stairs to finally arrive at Haneul Park.

Travel to Ewha Womans University

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Train: [Line 6] World Cup Stadium Station to Hapjeong Station (3 stops)
Train: [Line 2] Hapjeong Station to Ewha Womans University (3 stops)

DAY 5: Flying back to PH

Travel to Airport

Shout out to these gorge girls who are with me on this trip! Thank you Mother Krishka Lorenz Ramos & ‘Pachuchay’ Erika Shallaine Yu for making our adventure really special!

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Bora2k17: A Wave of Fun

DAY 1: Seas the day…

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Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, everyday can end beautifully.

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Day 2: “Tropical state of mind.”

 

Ahoy! Matey! Come sail away!

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I SEA you!

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SEA-ting pretty!

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No Lifeguard on Duty…

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These photos taken at the Puka Shell Beach in Boracay…

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That crazy little sun of a beach…

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This squad just wanna have sun…

 

SEA-venir! 

Of course shout out to my friends who made this travel extra special!

 

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Club Balai Isabel, Batangas: A quick beach staycation

Are you looking for a quick beach staycation? Batangas would be the best option! Since summer is quickly approaching, I decided to go by spending and experience the attractive scenery at Club Balai Isabel in Talisay, Batangas.

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Right on the shores of the world-famous Taal Lake and across from its volcano is a place where you can relax, connect and be with nature. Club Balai Isabel offers an option for an active lifestyle with all the comforts of city living. A mere fifteen minutes from the Tagaytay ridge, it offers an up-close and personal view of the lake and its world-famous volcano.

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For years, Tagaytay has been made famous by its view of Taal Lake and its volcano. However, the lakeside towns never became tourist destinations due to the lack of resort facilities. Manila-based developer Techno-Asia changed that two years ago when it planned to create a residential resort community called Club Balai Isabel. Today, Techno-Asia’s vision has grown from a four-hectare private subdivision to a nine-hectare resort.

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Club Balai Isabel’s amenities and facilities make it an excellent choice for holidays, corporate events, and special occasions. Enjoy the food served at the Terraza Cafe, take a refreshing dip in the pool, hang out in the cabanas; enjoy more active pursuits such as kayaking and sailing, or take a boat ride and get a closer look at Taal Volcano’s crater on horseback or on foot.

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The lush greenery and the proximity to the lake and the world’s smallest volcano make Club Balai Isabel perfect for an eco-tourism destination for environmental enthusiasts. They will be doubly glad to discover that the resort does its best to do its part in conservation and finds ways to minimize any negative impact on the environment.

READ MORE HERE: http://www.balaiisabel.com/about-us

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Aside from the pool, Club Balai Isabel offers a lot of amenities. Got a chance to try the traitional massage (Php 300/30 mins). They also offer water sports activities such as banana boat, flying fish, and jet ski.

HOW TO GO HERE

The best and fastest way to go here is via car. Just head to SLEX and exit at Sta. Rosa then head to Talisay. Club Balai Isabel is just along the road.  Travel time is around an hour or two depending on the traffic.
If via commute:
1. Ride a bus at Cubao bound to Sta. Rosa (Php 96). Tell the driver to drop you off at the terminal to Tanuan.
2. Ride a jeep going to Tanuan (Php 10) and drop off at the intersection. Just tell the driver you’re going to Talisay.
3. Walk to your left until you see a market and a terminal station bound to Talisay. Fare is Php 28. Drop off at Club Balai Isabel.
Travel time is around 3 hours since you’ll pass through Tanauan.

RATES

Day tour rates is around Php 750/head.
Buffet Breakfast – Php 350/head
Buffet Lunch – Php 500/head
Buffet Dinner – Php 550/hea
Outside food is not allowed. Reservation is required.

Room rates starts at around Php 3,000. For the current rates and promos, you may check them out here.
Water Sports and Equipment Rental
Kayak single-seater – Php 150/hr
Kayak double-seater – Php 300/hr
Pedal boat – Php 500/hr
Banana boat – Php 300/head (15 mins.)
Jet ski – Php 2,000/30 mins.; Php 3,500/hr
Fishing rod and bait – Php 50/hr
Taal Trekking – Php 4,500 (6 pax)
For more info and reservation, visit www.balaiisabel.com

Simple Every Day Makeup (In less than 10 minutes!)

Some of you requested a makeup tutorial for my last makeup blog so here it is! Who has 10 minutes to perfect their makeup in the morning? So, I am going to detail the 6 steps and feel fresh and confident as you go about your day !

Get gorgeous—fast!

View more below for more details!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  1. Moisturizer
  2. Foundation or CC/BB cream
  3. Eyebrow Gel, or powder
  4. Mascara
  5. Lipstick, gloss or lipbalm
  6. Blush

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1st step: Cleanse your face quickly but thoroughly and follow up with moisturizer.

2nd: Dab on foundation. 

NOTE: Use foundation only where you need it to even out your overall skin tone.

3rd: Fill in your eyebrows. Begin under your natural arch, thickening the brow slightly. This is to ensure a natural look.

4th: Sweep on black mascara. This will opens up the eyes and makes you look refreshed.

5th: On your lips, use color with a sheer or gloss finish, which requires less precision.

6th. LASTLY, Apply blush to the apple of each cheek (the roundest part when you smile.)

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Muse: Angelynne Huxley Cabrera, Former Mutya ng Pilipinas 2015 where she represented La Paz, Tarlac.

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Photo: Heintje Mendoza

I hope you guys enjoyed! Thank you! Comment below if you want more beauty tutorial!

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How To Get Your Hair And Makeup Prepped For The Season

A new season and warmer weather means a change in your everyday beauty routine. It’s time to ditch the dark makeup hues, swap out heavier creams for lighter versions and give your hair some extra loose wave!

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What better way to start out the day is to be looking good at your best. Here’s my beauty tip that helps you to look beautiful and natural.

Here are some beauty tips according to the beauty experts.

1.  “Sunscreen! In the winter and spring months, many forget to apply sunscreen – but it’s arguably the most important part of your skin care regime. I use SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50 ($44, available at SkinCeuticals.ca) religiously. It has a gorgeous tint to it, so no foundation required post-application.”Jessica Denomme,Flats Are For Quitters.

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2.  “Keep your makeup light and natural – winter is finally coming to an end and your skin can breathe in the fresh air! Light coverage, pink hues, and the feeling that your skin is no longer trapped by winter’s wrath gives you endless opportunities! This is probably a tip many will share!” Emily Hayward, What Emily Said.

3.  “I love blush all year round, and it’s definitely something I wear every day (regardless of the weather). My favourite beauty tip for spring is to swap out your darker blush shades (rose-y or bronze-y) and opt for bright coral shades instead! I love this trio from Make Up Forever.” Kayla Short, Short Presents.

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4.  “Swap your powder blush and highlighter for a cream version to help bring some life back into your skin after the harsh winter weather. L’Oreal’s Visible Lift Blur Blush in Soft Peach and Magic Lumi Iluminating Primer are great options.”Courtney Connolly, La Belle Sirene

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5.   “Keep your skin hydrated. Hydration is important as it makes for a healthy functioning of the system and gives a boost to a youthful-looking complexion. To help keep your skin in tip-top condition, you should use a moisturizer twice a day as part of your beauty regimen. Cleanse, tone and moisturize… it’s a cliché for a reason.”Eva Fydrych, Fashion Studio Magazine.

6. “Grab yourself a Tangle Teezer for your bag (the travel size has a little cover). Nothing gives the hair more natural volume and looks this good!”Gloria Chik,Urbane Bloc.

Muse: Merphi Panaguiton

Photo: Heintje Mendoza

Makeup By Yoo Kii