Why would you go with the crowd, fall in line or follow a long queue when you can do a self check-in at the airport? These self service check-in machines are a god send and whenever I’m at the airport, I usually use these for faster checkin. No queues, no lines. So far, I’ve tried Cebu Pacific Air’s (at all major airports around the country) and Air Asia (Terminal 4). But at the Mactan International Airport in Cebu, which is on a transition to a…Continue Reading “New self service check-in kiosks at Mactan Airport”

Q. For Japanese visitors and tourists, should you always get the JR Pass? A. Not at all. It all depends really on your itinerary. When one checks out posts on what’s the best way to go around Japan, the JR Pass is much regarded because, to a point, it will really save you big time. But first one should consider the price. At 38,880 YEN minimum purchase for an adult, 7 day pass, that is really expensive. But do you always have to get this?…Continue Reading “Why I took the Keisei Skyliner from Narita to Tokyo instead of JR Pass”

Much to my surprise when I got to the Ecoland bus terminal in Davao City, seeing for the first time the new buses of Rural Transit Mindanao Inc. (RTMI). It was big, huge, in fact compared to their usual airconditioned and deluxe buses with plush seating, cavernous baggage compartment and a built in toilet! It seats 49 passengers and is probably the first in Mindanao, if Super 5, that other big company that plies the CDO-Iligan route hasn’t beaten it yet. Mindanao, although the second…Continue Reading “Rural Transit has new buses in its routes”

What happened? I asked the Pe├▒afrancia bus driver who was with a few other bus passengers seemingly looking at the distance. Waiting. May singaw ang hose ng preno. Inaantay namin dumating ang mekaniko. Na traffic sa EDSA (the bus’s break has a leak. We’re waitng for the mechanic to arrive. He got stuck in traffic along EDSA), he answered. It’s been more than an hour since we’ve been stranded here under the tailend of the flyover in Alabang waiting. Time is ticking and my destination,…Continue Reading “Bus broken, stranded under the flyover”

Catanduanes is one of the under rated provinces in Bicol and in the Philippines in terms of tourism. There are lots of waterfalls like Maribina Falls, surfing in Puraran, caves, religious heritage structures and pristine beaches waiting for the intrepid adventurer. One of the access points to the province, if you’re not the flying type and prefers to take the bus ride from Manila, is via roro boat. There’s a regular roro schedule between the Port of Tabaco in Albay, gateway to the Catanduanes and…Continue Reading “Tabaco – San Andres – Tabaco ferry schedule”