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Etiquette refers to a group of rules and codes on how to behave and how to do different things in a proper way. These actions are generally accepted by the local society and may differ from place to place. So, travel etiquette are unwritten customs which one should observe when travelling.

TRAVEL ETIQUETTE AND TIPS:
Whether you're traveling cross-country, hiking a mountain, or travel abroad, each destination has their own rules. As travellers, we must observe these rules in respect to their culture.

1. PROPER ATTIRE
Proper clothes must be observed when visiting the local place of worship. You may either come prepared with suitable clothes or you may bring your own sarongs. Some temples or churches require to remove one's shoes. If its in your itinerary, keep in mind to dress appropriately.

bali sarong

2. LEAVE NO TRACE
Leave no trace is more than just a 'travel quote' one uses in their Instagram photo. Whether its hiking in the mountains, exploring local beaches, or visiting abroad-- observe it. It simply translate to a visit which looked like you were never there; to prevent the decay of natural areas so others can also enjoy them. So on your next visit, you can still visit the piece of paradise you once enjoyed.

boracay sand wallpaper

3. PROTECTED AREA RULES
Different protected areas have different rules. It actually depends on the particular tourist spot/park they are protecting. Since its already a 'protected area', it has a huge significance to the locals and they want to preserve it. Therefore, we as travellers, should preserve it as well.



4. BE DISCRETE ABOUT YOUR OPINION-- ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY'RE NOT GOOD
Admit it. There are bad experience in our travels. As a form of respect, we shouldn't 'bash' the country because of it. You may be scammed or billed 10x more than the actual price. Nonetheless, one incident doesn't define the overall character of a country, but it can contribute to it. As travellers, sharing this on social media is a form of informing others as well. Let's just keep it in a professional informative way.

5. GOOD MANNERS
Even if you are not travelling, I hope everyone is doing this. Good manners will come a long way. Be patient in waiting for your turn. Be polite when talking to the locals. Aside from being patient you should also be punctual. Say "Thank you" when someone helped you. Avoid disrespecting the locals. Remember, you're visiting their home.

man observing respect at bali temple

6. RELIGIOUS CUSTOMS
Travellers should adapt to the locals' culture. Some religious customs are bowing one's head at temples in Thailand, not stepping on offering in Bali and not disturbing Muslims in their prayer.

7. OBSERVE PERSONAL SPACE AND RESPECT COMMUNAL SPACE

If you're like me, it is uncomfortable if someone invades my personal space. Isn't it disturbing when someone is leaning over your legroom in the plane? Or someone's standing too close to you? If it bothers you, tell them. Respect their personal space as well. This goes the same with hoarding and not sharing public property-- like hoarding the seats for your bag.

taichung night life

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8. LEARN A FEW LOCAL LANGUAGE

Sometimes, the locals appreciate when you try to converse with them in their local language. Its also a form of connection. It's also nice when you great them in their local tongue, it is more likely that they will answer your question. Basic words and phrases you should know should be: hello, good day, how much is this, how to get to destination, thank you, and good bye.

bali music picture

9. TIP WHEN NECESSARY
Giving a few tip wouldn't hurt us especially when we are happy with the service we received. Although in some countries, tips aren't welcome.

10. LEARN AND SEARCH THE PLACE TO KNOW WHAT ARE THE DO'S AND DON'TS
These tips are the basic travel etiquette out there! Research your particular country to familiarize yourself with their local etiquette.

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San Juan, La Union: Province in La Union, Luzon, Philippines
Coordinates: 16.6720° N, 120.3628°
What to do: surfing, beach, island hopping, heritage discovery
Where to stay: Chillin' Hotel
Ideal time to visit: Best time to visit is during summer (may get crowded)
Language: Filipino/English
Currency: Philippine Peso: 53PHP = 1USD (rough estimate)

La Union is called the Surfing Capital of the North.



La Union is a crowd favorite when it comes to weekend getaways, beach trips, or just wanting an escape from the busy jungle of Manila. Aside from Baler, this province is a surfers' haven whether you're a beginner or a pro. 

BUS COMPANIES EN ROUTE TO SAN JUAN, LA UNION:
You may opt to get a direct bus to San Juan or a bus heading to Laoag and tell the conductor to drop you off at San Juan, La Union. 
Via Partas Bus, Aurora Boulevard, Cubao, Quezon City
Via Dominion, EDSA, Cubao, Quezon City
Via Farinas Bus, Lacson, Sampaloc, Manila


WHAT TO SEE IN SAN JUAN, LA UNION
URBIZTONDO BEACH
San Juan's famous Urbiztondo Beach is packed with millenial. You'll never go hungry with the variety of food options within the area, not to mention the artsy ambiance of each restaurants and coffee shops which are perfect for your group photos!




TANGADAN FALLS
This place is a must-visit in La Union. Tangadan Falls is located in San Gabriel, San Juan's neighboring town. If you're in a group, hailing a tricycle from San Juan to San Gabriel would be the convenient option to get to its jump-off point. Once you arrive, a mandatory guide will accompany you through out the 40-minute beginner-friendly trail to get to the Falls.  





NIGHTLIFE
There is no shortage when it comes to nightlife in San Juan. Most food parks or restaurants serve beers and alcoholic drinks. It's just a matter of which bar you and your friends prefer! A crowd favorite is Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel.




ITINERARY
We took a night bus to San Juan. Expenses for 5 PAX and above.

Manila to San Juan, La Union: 5 hours via bus | 430PHP | Farinas Bus Terminal at Lacson, Sampaloc, Manila. Ride a bus heading to Laoag and tell the conductor to drop you off at San Juan.
↠ Breakfast: 50-100PHP |  Rice meal at Mami King (Typical food ranges from 30-250PHP)
San Juan to Tangadan Falls Jump Off: 30 mins via tricycle | 100PHP roundtrip | The tricycle tour costs 500PHP. They will wait for you. Contact Kuya Edward: 09095543621
Tour Guide Fee: 150PHP | Our tricycle driver suggested his friend as our tour guide. The original guide fee is 200PHP and we got it for 150PHP per person. Contact Kuya Edward: 09095543621
Tangadan Falls entrance fee: 30PHP
↠ Merienda at the Tangadan Falls: 50PHP | Typical sari sari store prices
↠ Lunch: 20-50PHP | Rice meal at a local Karinderia
↠ Merienda: 100-300PHP | El Union Coffee
Free time at Urbiztondo beach
↠ Dinner: 180PHP | Pizza wotth 360PHP good for two at Flotsam and Jetsam.
Nightlife: Beer starts at 50PHP, cocktails at 250PHP
Hotel: 700PHP | 2100PHP good for 3 pax, additional 500PHP for extra bed at Chill'n Hotel.
↠ Breakfast: inclusive
Surfing: Board costs 250PHP per hour, board with instructor costs 400PHP
↠ Lunch: 180PHP | Rice meal at Sabong Friend Chicken
San Juan to San Fernando: 9PHP | Take a jeepney to San Fernando
San Fernando to Cubao: 378PHP | 5-7 hours via bus |  Dominion Bus Terminal

Optional activities/places to visit:
- Bahay na Bato
San Fernando, La Union
- Ma-Cho Temple: free
- Grape Farm: Entrance fee of 100PHP





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FOOTNOTES:
Photos shot by Rae Argallon and Cheloi Marasigan. Credits to Leandro Lacsamana, Ryee Malonzo, Evette Cabangon, Kai Delos Reyes, Katrina Rinon, Alyssa Manrique, Iaian Tyapon, Julius Caballero, Ela Zabayle, Pam Ortiz, Jamscott Manalo | San Juan, La Union | Created May 2018, Updated April 2019

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Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival 2019 is a three-day event featured hot air balloons flying early in the morning and a music festival at the evening.


Official Poster



On the first day of the event, everyone went 'senti' with the songs of I Belong To The Zoo, Juan Karlos, Ben & Ben, and December Avenue.



On the second day of LIBMF, rappers Al James, Shanti Dope and Gloc-9 continued the hype. The night ended with Apl.De.Ap, Jessica Reynoso and Tipuan.





The perfect way to end the festival is with a music festival headlined by Heart Salvador, Vice Ganda, This Band, Moira Dela Torre and Bamboo.



The flying of hot air balloons started at 5 in the morning while the music festivals started at 6 in the evening. In between the programs, different aerial stunts, performances and attractions were showcased to the crowd.




Various food and drinks outlets were also available to the festival-goers. Games and promotions hosted by sponsors made the event even more exciting.





For six years, the International Balloon and Music Festival continuously wows the crowd. We can't wait for next year!




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FOOTNOTES:
Posters taken from Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival Facebook Page.
Photos shot by Rae Argallon and Cheloi Marasigan | Lubao, Pampanga | April 2019

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Taipei is the capital of Taiwan. With only a few days stay in this city, this blog shows the hows, whats and wheres in our itinerary.

Taipei: City in Taiwan
Coordinates: 25.0330° N, 121.5654° E
What to eat: Bubble Tea, Taiwanese Sausage, Taiwanese Beef Noodles, Pineapple Cakes, etc.
What to do: city and nature exploration
Ideal time to visit: Ideal time to visit is from February (nearing end of Winter) to May (Spring). Weather is cool and Sakura flowers are blooming.
Language: Chinese/English
Currency: Taiwanese Dollars: 53PHP = 1USD = 31TWD ; 1PHP = 0.59TWD (rough estimate)



Entrance at Wuji Tianyuan Temple


Tamsui Station

It was only a four-day trip and we wanted to maximize it. So we decided to visit nearby tourists spots and join tours.



DAY 1: HALF DAY EXPLORATION


Wuji Tianyuan Temple
We arrived at Taoyuan Airport around noon. We headed straight to the MRT and dropped our luggage at the hotel. We started out half day exploration at MRT Taipei Main Station.

POINTS OF INTERESTS
🚩 Wuji Tianyuan Temple
🚩 Taipei 101



Wuji Tianyuan Temple

Wuji Tianyuan Temple
Taipei 101
View at Taipei 101 at night

DAY 1 ITINERARY: 
🚩Arrival at Airport & Immigration
🚩Wifi Pick Up: Pre-booked with Klook | 4 Days: 50TWD/340PHP; 12.5TWD/22PHP
🚩Purchase Easy Card: 500TWD/848PHP
🚩Load 400TWD on Easy Card: 400TWD/678 (800TWD in total)
🚩Taipei Airport 1 to Taipei Main Station (Use Easycard): via Airport Train | 150TWD/255php
🚩Check in at Accommodation: Cheapest accommodation at: Angels Hostel Taipei Ximen (199TWD per night) 597TWD/1012PHP for 4 days 3 nights.
Lunch: 150-200TWD/225-339PHP for a good meal
🚩Taipei Main Station to Tamsui Station (Use Easycard): via MRT | 40TWD/68PHP
🚩Tamsui Station to Tian Yuan Gong (Use Easycard): via bus | 15TWD/25PHP
🚩Wuji Tianyuan Temple: no entrance fee
🚩Temple to Tamsui Station (Use Easycard): via bus | 15TWD/25PHP
🚩Tamsui Station to Taipei 101 Station (Use Easycard): via MRT | 44TWD/75PHP
🚩Taipei 101: 510TWD/862PHP
Dinner at Taipei 101: 150-200TWD/225-339PHP for a good meal
🚩Taipei 101 to Taipei Main Station (Use Easycard): 20TWD/39PHP
🚩Accommodation

SUMMARY: 2345TWD/3977PHP PER PERSON FOR A GROUP OF 4
*Summary excludes MRT fares since bought Easy Card (284TWD)
*MRT fares are based on Easy Card rates.

DAY 2: YEHLIU, SHIFEN, JIFEN


National Theater
Yehliu Geopark
Klook made it easy for tourists to visit the north coast of Taiwan. Within a day, we got to see 7 scenic places.

POINTS OF INTERESTS:
🚩Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
🚩Yehliu Geopark
🚩Yin Yang Sea
🚩13 Layer Remains
🚩Golden Waterfall
🚩Jiufen
🚩Shifen Old Street
🚩Shifen Waterfall
🚩Night Market







DAY 2 ITINERARY: 
Breakfast: included in the hotel
🚩Taipei Main Station to Chiang Kai Station: via MRT | 16TWD/27PHP
🚩Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall: no entrance fee
🚩Chiang Kai-Shek Station to Ximen Station: via MRT  | 16TWD/27PHP
🚩Yehliu Geopark, Jiufen and Shifen Shuttle Bus from Ximen tour: Pre-booked with Klook | 648TWD/1060PHP
🚩Yehliu Geopark: 80TWD/135PHP entrance fee
🚩Yin Yang Sea: no entrance fee
🚩13 Layer Remains: no entrance fee
🚩Golden Waterfall: no entrance fee
🚩Jiufen: no entrance fee
Lunch: 150-200TWD/225-339PHP for a good meal
🚩Shifen Old Street: no entrance fee
🚩Shifen Waterfall: no entrance fee
🚩Ximen Station to Taipei Main Station: via MRT  | 16TWD/27PHP
Dinner: 100-150TWD/170-225PHP for a good meal at night market
🚩Accommodation

SUMMARY: 978TWD/1658PHP PER PERSON FOR A GROUP OF 4
*Summary excludes MRT fares since bought Easy Card (48TWD)
*MRT fares are based on Easy Card rates.

DAY 3: TAICHUNG OR TAIPEI ZOO
We went to Taichung. If you plan on staying in Taipei. 
See the Day 3 Itinerary below.

POINTS OF INTEREST:

Taipei Zoo
Maokong Gondola






DAY 3 ITINERARY
↠ Breakfast: included in the hotel

Taipei Main Station to Taipei Zoo: 28TWD/48PHP
Taipei Zoo to Maokong Gondola: with Klook Gondola Promo.
Maokong District
Maokong to Taipei Zoo
Taipei Zoo: 60TWD/102PHP
↠ Lunch: 150-200TWD/225-339PHP for a good meal
Taipei Zoo to Taipei Main Station: 28TWD/48PHP
↠ Dinner: 100-150TWD/170-225PHP for a good meal at night market

DAY 4 ITINERARY: 
Breakfast: included in the hotel
🚩Taipei Main Station to Taoyuan Airport: via Airport Train | 150TWD/255PHP
🚩TPE to MNL

SUMMARY: 0PHP

*Summary excludes MRT fares since bought Easy Card (150TWD)
*MRT fares are based on Easy Card rates.




Chiang Kai Shek Memorial



TIPS WHEN EXPLORING TAIPEI

A. ACCOMMODATIONS, TOURS AND PRE-TRAVEL ESSENTIALS
ACCOMMODATIONS
Book your hotels through Booking or Agoda. These sites offer pay at the hotel or credit card payments. I highly suggest booking hotels near the city center or metro rail, specifically, Taipei Main Station or Ximending. The second concern would be the amenities and overall aesthetics of the place. I prefer hotels with air-conditioning, own toilet and bath, WIFI and breakfast included. Pools, gardens and other amenities would be a plus. I look for cheap hotels since I only stay there for sleeping.

TOURS
Book your tours with Klook or KKDay. What we booked:
Is it worth it? Yes. Booking through Klook is cheaper and lessens the waiting time. Don't worry if you didn't make it on your scheduled time, just go to the ticket counter to reschedule.
Is it worth it? Yes. It is cheaper and there are a lot of places to visit within the time frame. the tour was convenient but a little rushed.

INTERNET AND COMMUNICATION
Pre-book it with Klook or KKDay. You may pick either a 4G WIFI or Sim Card. I always choose the sim card to be able to contact tours or hotel. I just use internet data and  mobile hot spot for internet sharing. 
Cheaper and price is for day.
You may pick 3, 5, 7, or 10-day with calls, texts and unlimited internet.

TRANSFERS AND TRANSPORTATION
Easycard
This would be the first thing you need to buy. The easycard costs 500TWD with 400TWD consumable and 100TWD deposit for the card. Take the Airport Train from Taoyuan Airport to Taipei Main Station which costs 150TWD. You can use this card on the bus, metro rail and even on vending machines. 
If you plan to visit Taichung, book it with KKDay. KKDay and the Taiwan Tourism Bureau has a limited time promotion for a Buy One Get Two train tickets to different parts of Taiwan.

↠ PH TRAVEL TAX
1620PHP

↠ Download applications you need for navigation as well as contacting drivers and hotels. Applications like Whatsapp are widely use in the area.

B. GETTING AROUND
↠ Metro Rail
The best mode of transportation is through renting a motorbike since it costs less, the petrol cost less and you get to choose which places you want to go.
↠ Bus
↠ Taxi
↠ Airport Train 

Taipei Main Station
Bus

C. WHAT TO EAT
↠ Boba/Bubble Tea
↠ Xiao Long Bao
↠ Taiwanese Sausage
↠ Taiwanese Beef Noodles
↠ Visit the night market to discover more! 
Xiao Long Bao
Beef Noodles
Taiwanese Sausages
Milk Tea and me!

D. TIPS
↠ The weather is very unpredictable. One day it's scorching hot, the next day it's raining hard. Borrow umbrellas at the hotel.
↠ Have dinner at night markets. There are lot of food choices and cheaper than in restaurants.
↠ Bring your water bottle. They don't have service water.
↠ Know the places where you want to go and build your itinerary around it. Then cross off places that are too far away (unless you really want to go).

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FOOTNOTES:
Photos shot by Rae Argallon and Cheloi Marasigan | Taipei, Taiwan | March 2019

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