May 21, 2018

Where to Stay in Bangkok Thailand

If you are planning your trip, the next question after booking your plane ticket is “Where Should I Stay in (insert country)”. Looking for an accommodation is not easy especially if it will be your first time in visiting the country. Take your time in researching, reading reviews and don’t forget to consider your budget. Ask yourself if you like to stay in Airbnb, hostels or hotels.


Last month, we went to Bangkok, Thailand and I only had more than a week to look for an accommodation. But thanks to my husband because he already tried several hotels in Bangkok so choosing a hotel is no longer a problem. So just in case you are planning for Bangkok, Thailand trip and you are looking for a family-friendly hotel, check the following hotels in Sukhumvit Area.

Pro’s 

1. Near Shopping malls
2. Near BTS Skytrain
3. A wide range of hotel to choose from
4. If you love partying, there is nightlife here
5. If you like eating, there are a lot of dining options

Con’s

1. Tourist spots are quite far.
2. Traffic is intense

Where to Stay in Bangkok Thailand 

1. Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Hotel 

Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Hotel is the first hotel that my husband tried in Bangkok, Thailand. The hotel is near Terminal 21 Shopping Mall and Asok BTS Skytrain. They have connecting bridge so going to the mall and Skytrain is not a problem.

Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Hotel has 6 award-winning restaurants so have peace of mind that you will eat good foods. But just in case the budget is limited, you can just go to the mall and check the different restaurants there.

This hotel offers full-service spa, outdoor pool, fitness center, business center, airport shuttle and childcare. You have fruits every day in your room. Service is good.

Read: Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Hotel

2. Westin Grande Sukhumvit Hotel 

Westin Grande Sukhumvit Hotel is the second hotel that my husband tried in Bangkok, Thailand. It is also located in Sukhumvit area so it is near Terminal 21 shopping mall, BTS Asok Skytrain, and MRT Subway. It is just in front of Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Hotel.

The room is big, the smallest room is 40-45 sq.m. You can choose 1 King sizes bed or 2 Double bed so it is good for family. It offers fitness studio, in-room spa services, nail and beauty salon, child care services, and rooftop pool. My husband likes the swimming pool here because he can do some laps.

If you are not fond of DIY travel, you can book your tours with them too. Service is good and if you are regular hotel guests, they offer late check-out for free.

Read: Westin Grande Sukhumvit Hotel 

3. Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok 

Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok is the third hotel that my husband tried in Sukhumvit Area. Among the three hotels, this is the most affordable one. It is just five minutes walk to Terminal 21 shopping Mall, BTS Asok Skytrain, and MRT subway. It is also near Robinson and 24 hours supermarket. Don’t forget to use the back door.

It has a fitness center, business center, outdoor swimming pool and complimentary Tuk-Tuk. So if you want to ride tuk-tuk, you can take advantage the free shuttle tuk-tuk. Though we haven’t tried this because like what I’ve said, shopping mall and train station are just a few minutes walk.

This is where we stayed in Bangkok during our 6 days trip and we enjoyed our stay here. Service is good and they gave a lot of freebies. I will share more about this in a separate post, but you can check my review when my husband stayed here during his business trip.

Read: Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok 
Watch the video here

4. Louis’ Tavern Transit Hotel at Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel

Louis’ Tavern Transit Hotel is located in Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel. Yes, you’ve read it right. This hotel is inside the Suvarnabhumi Airport so if you have long layover or early flight and you are looking for an accommodation, you can stay here.

Read: Glimpse of Suvarnabhumi Airport 

When my husband had a 9 hours layover in Bangkok, he decided to stay at Louis’ Tavern Transit Hotel so he can have comfortable sleep while waiting for his morning flight. He can book a hotel outside the airport but he doesn’t want to pay the travel tax so he chose the transit hotel. No need to pass the immigration.

The rate is not similar to hotel because the rate starts at 6 hours of use including set meal. But at least, you can rest well.

Read: Louis’ Tavern Transit Hotel

Care to share your favorite hotels in Bangkok, Thailand.

May 17, 2018

Economy Class vs Business Class of Philippine Airlines: International Flight

Being able to travel the world is a privilege because I know that not everyone is able to travel. So even we are not frequent travelers, we are still happy because from time to time we visit a new city or new country. We don’t care about the number of cities, countries or continents that we have visited, what is more important is the experience that we have gained during our travel trips.

Traveling via plane is already expensive unless you score a cheap airline ticket, so I don’t mind booking economy class tickets because we all know whatever class of tickets we have we are just going to the same destination. But of course, this doesn’t stop us from dreaming to experience Business Class Seats.


Two years ago, we experienced our first Business Class Seats. It is just a domestic flight from Cebu to Manila. Since we have Business Class tickets, we were able to stay at the Mabuhay Lounge Cebu Airport and when our flight was delayed, walang stress sa pag-asikaso, I just gave our boarding pass and sila na bahala. Read more about our experience.

Advantages of Business Class Tickets 

1. A special lane for check-in.
2. Priority check-in, boarding, and luggage handling.
3. Access to Mabuhay Miles Lounge.
4. Welcome Drinks.
5. Hot Meals.
6. Priority Airport Standby.

It was just an hour flight so we’re hoping that someday, we can experience Business Class Seats for an international trip. We’re not in a hurry because we know how expensive Business Class Tickets. Little did we know that our dream will turn into reality. Last month, my husband booked our flight to Bangkok, Thailand, as usual, it is an economy class ticket.

On the day of our trip, we just did the normal thing, we checked-in, passed the Immigration and stayed at the Mabuhay Lounge while waiting for our boarding time. Then we went to the boarding gate and waited for our take-off.

Business Class Experience 

While waiting for the take-off, the flight attendant went to our row, she was talking to our seatmate and asked him if his surname is Solee, so napatingin kami bigla and was wondering kung may problem ba. Then the flight attendant went to my husband to confirm if his last name is Solee, we showed our boarding passes and then she advised us that we need to move seats. So we got our stuff and transferred, only to find out that we are upgraded to Business Class. Woah! We did not see it coming and we did not know why. But we’re so grateful for our experience. Watch the video here.
“Take every chance you get in life, because some things only happen once” 
I thought, it only happens in movies but now I know that it can happen in real life. My husband is a frequent traveler but this is the first time na na-upgrade siya sa Business Class. The comfortable seat has a blanket, big pillow and of course big space for the legs. I can no longer touch the front seat, so kelangan ko pa tumayo para lang makuha yung magazine.


Upon seated, the Flight Attendant immediately asked us for our preferred welcome drinks and handed the Business Class Menu. Wow, ang dami choices for main course and drinks. For drinks, you can choose, champagne, white wine, red wine, liquors beers, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages (cold and hot).



For Manila to Bangkok flight, here is our meal 

Appetizer: Scallops and Salmon in Mustard-Dill Dressing
Breads: Dinner roll, Wheat Roll, Multigrain Baguette, and Basil Olive Bread Slices.
Main Course: Manok sa Tanglad, Cod Fillet in Red Curry Sauce, or Beef in Apricot Red Vinegar Sauce
Dessert: Mango Lychee with Mango Pudding Carmen’s Best Ice Cream


Then one FA gave us iPad and headset for our complimentary use. Next FA, lay a tablecloth on our table and gave us appetizer and drinks. One thing that I noticed, you don’t need to call the FA, they just go to your seats. There are three Flight attendants who assisted us. They serve drinks, foods and ask what you need. Service is really good, you will really feel special.




Bangkok to Manila flight is more than three hours so if you want to sleep, you can literally lie down and sleep.


They also provided a Premium Lane Pass for us. If you’ve read my post before, Suvarnabhumi Airport is one of the busiest airports in Asia so this Premium Lane Pass is a big help because you have Priority Lane for Immigration. According to my husband, most of the time it will take him one hour just to pass the Bangkok Immigration. But this time, it only took us few minutes. Then we were able to get our luggage immediately because there is a “Priority Tag” on our luggage.


Economy Class Experience 

On our way back to Manila, we still have economy tickets so we experienced both types of service. Though we have an economy class ticket, we have number 1 to 3 privilege which is a Special lane for check-in, Priority check-in, boarding and luggage handling and Access to Miracle Lounge courtesy of my husband’s Mabuhay Miles membership benefits. My son and I only have a Classic membership so if ever hindi namin kasama si hubby, wala kami Number 1-3 privilege. Hehehe!


We got Premium Lane Pass ticket so no more long lines again in Immigration. My husband and son were able to stay at Miracle Lounge so free foods, drinks, and wifi.




Wala ng free upgrade, hehehe! We stayed at the economy class seats. Back to the small pillow, no blanket (by request) and limited legroom. No complimentary iPad or headset use. Good thing that they served kid’s meal first because when it was our turn na, wala na kami options. Kung ano na lang natira sa tray nila. We still have an ice cream for dessert pero hindi na Carmen’s Best Ice Cream.

So that is the difference between economy class and business class flight for an international flight.

May 16, 2018

The New BPI EMV Debit Card

Since last year, BDO has been replacing the old ATM card with new BDO EMV Card. I already blogged about it, you can check it here. This year, BPI is now replacing the old ATM card with new BPI Debit Mastercard. Since March, I’ve been seeing BPI branches that are open every Saturday just to release the ATM cards. I was wondering, why I haven’t received any text or email from my branch. Then last month, I received an email and text that my BPI EMV Debit Card is ready for pick-up.

“On (Insert Date) your new BPI EMV Card for your account ending in XXXX will be ready for pick-up at (Insert Branch). We will be open from 9AM to 4:30PM, exclusively for EMV card releasing. 

Bring: 
1 valid government issued ID with photo and signature 
Photocopy of the ID 
Current BPI ATM Card 

Upon claiming, you’ll be asked to update your personal information and signature card. Prepare your SSS no. and TIN. Visit bpiexpressonline.com” 



So a few weeks ago, off we went to NCR (old account) just to get my BPI EMV Debit Card, I arrived 10 minutes before 9AM but the branch is already open for business. So I pick-up the clipboard and filled-out the form.

Steps in Getting your New BPI EMV Card 

1. Fill-out the form


Important Reminders: 

1. Please write legibly in capital letters (including the email address)
2. No alteration/erasure
3. Check the back portion of the form for the correct codes
4. The permanent and present address must be encoded completely (do not put same or same as above)

2. Verification and Release of Forms

 After you filled out the form, go to the staff so they can verify your papers and proceed to the next step.

3. The release of EMV Debit Cards

Give the form so the staff can look for your EMV Card. In front of you, he/she will open the envelope to double check and will ask you to sign a form that you have received your BPI Debit Mastercard.

Good thing that I arrived before 9AM and I was done after 20 minutes. I was not happy when I received my BPI EMV Card because I went to Metro Manila just to get my ATM only to find out that they will just give one ATM for all accounts. How I wish, yung isang account ko na lang sa malapit sa amin pinadala yung ATM noh? I don’t like the idea of one ATM for all accounts, what’s the use of having separate accounts for different purposes. For joint accounts too, they only give one ATM. If I learned about this before, sana hindi na ko nagpakahirap, nagpareplace na lang ko ng ATM and paid P150 mas tipid pa sa gastos.

I haven’t activated my BPI Debit Card yet, I need more information pa if it is really safe to use one ATM for all accounts or if I can apply ATM for each accounts. What if may nangyari sa ATM mo, (nawala or nakain ng ATM Machine)? Wala ka na extra ATM para makapagwithdraw. Nagtipid naman ang BPI sa pagreplace ng ATM ng mga accountholders nila.

BPI Debit Mastercard Features

1.EMV Chip-Enabled. EMV (Europay, Mastercard, and Visa) is the global standard for card payments. It uses chip card technology to ensure that every transaction is secure.
2. 6-Digit Pin. Boost security with a 6-Digit Pin
3. Account Linkage. No need to carry several cards for different card-based Deposit Accounts. Carry up to 10 card-based Deposit Accounts in one card.
4. Global Acceptance. Use your card to withdraw here and abroad.

* By activating the card, you agree to link your other card-based Deposit Accounts to this debit card and be bound by the terms and conditions associated with this card and all future amendments thereto.

Your BPI Debit Mastercard is accepted in over 45,000 BancNet-affiliated stores locally. 

1. Withdraw cash from and BPI and BancNet-affiliated ATM
2. Pay like cash. Shop and make purchases in-stores where BancNet is accepted.
3. Pay Bills. Pay bills with any of BPI ATMs
4. Tap to pay. No need to sign or key in your PIN to pay. Just quickly tap for purchase below P2000. 5. Debit Internationally. Withdraw from any BancNet and Mastercards-affiliated ATMs here and abroad.

How to Activate Your BPI Debit Mastercard 

Step 1: Please make sure that you have your old ATM/Debit card with you.
Step 2: Check that the last four digits stated on the upper right side of this card carrier match the last four digits on the back of your old ATM/Debit Card.
Step 3: Go to any BPI ATM

A. Insert your Old BPI ATM/Debit Card
B. Select your preferred language
C. Select Other Services > Pin Services
D. Select Activate Debit EMV Card.
E. Enter the 4-digit pin of your old ATM/Debit Card

Step 4:

A. Insert your BPI Debit Mastercard
B. Select your preferred language
C. Select Other Services > Pin Services
D. Select Nominate Pin for Debit EMV Card
E. Nominate your new 6-digit PIN

* Your new card will be activated after 24 hours from PIN Change. Your old ATM/Debit Card will be deactivated within 30-60 days from activation of your new card.
* Your old ATM/Debit cards for accounts linked to his card will remain active until further notice.

Account Linkage 

1. Account Linkage gives you greater access and control of your accounts. It also lessens the number of cards in your wallet.
2. For your convenience, we have assigned a Main Deposit Account to this debit card. We also pre-linked your other card-based Deposit Accounts to this debit card. (if any)
3. The Main Deposit Account car be viewed and used in BPI and non-BPI ATMs here and abroad. You can also use this account to pay for Point-of-Sale (POS) purchases in-store.
4. The other linked accounts can only be viewed and used in BPI ATMs.
5. If you wish to change your MAin Deposit Account, link or unlink any of your card-based Deposit Accounts. Please visit any BPI branch or call 89100
6. Your card’s withdrawal and purchase limit will not increase regardless of the number of accounts linked. Your card limits are pre-set.

Maximum Daily Withdrawal: XX
Maximum Daily Withdrawal Count: XX
Maximum Daily Purchase Amount: XX

May 15, 2018

Mother’s Day at Tong Yang Shabu Shabu and BBQ Restaurant

I was not able to celebrate Mother’s Day last year because we were in Norway. Unfortunately, Norway celebrate Mother’s Day every February so I’m the only mom who wants to celebrate Mom’s Day at that time. This year, we’re just here in the Philippines so we had a simple celebration of Mother’s Day. 


We had lunch at Tong Yang Shabu Shabu and BBQ Restaurant last Saturday. We all know that restaurants are always fully booked every Mother’s Day so I decided to celebrate it in advance. I tried Tong Yang restaurant last December, we had get together there with my college friends. I am satisfied with my dining experience so I was hoping that they will have a branch near our place. 

Read: Tong Yang Shabu Shabu and BBQ Restaurant SM Megamall


After few months, I’ve learned that they opened a branch in SM Bicutan. Yey, malapit na sa probinsiyanang katulad ko. Though it is quite far pa rin, I think it took us an hour to reach SM Bicutan because of SLEX traffic. I remember that Tong Yang SM Megamall are not accepting reservation, so I did not make any reservation at SM Bicutan, but when we get there. I saw some tables that were reserved so I guess it is better to call and reserve.


We arrived at 12NN and we’re happy that they are able to accommodate us, no more waiting. Yun nga lang share kami ng table sa iba. Our table is good for 8 persons so may katabi kami na ibang family dun. Good thing, tahimik naman sila. Hehehe! 


I like the interiors of Tong Yang SM Bicutan compared to SM Megamall branch, mas maliwanag kasi and mukhang mas malaki. There is enough space for each table, nung nasa SM Megamall kami, we always have to say “excuse me” every time tatayo at kukuha kami ng food kasi hindi kami makakalabas, ganun kaliit space nila pag occupied na yung magkatabing table. 



I also prefer their table because there is one grill and 4 stoves so each persons can choose their own soup, same with Four Seasons Buffet and Hotpot City SM Southmall branch. For soup, you have 8 choices. You can choose Laksa, Chicken Soup, Sate Soup, Sinigang Soup, Malatang Soup, Vegetable Soup, Seafood Soup, and Chinese Herb. 

I checked their different stations and I was sad because I did not see fresh shrimps and beef bulgogi, yun kasi favorite ko kainin sa Tong Yang Megamall. But I saw ebi tempura, wala naman yan sa SM Megamall, yun nga lang pahirapan din makakuha ng ebi tempura, lagi nauubos. 




If you are hungry and don’t want to cook, don’t worry because they have cooked food, salad, dim sum and dessert. They also have sliced meat choices but you always have to order. Wala sila talagang nakaprepare like sa ibang buffet restaurant, yung ready na and kukunin mo na lang. With Tong Yang, you have order and wait so nagkakapila pa. For sliced meat, they have Beef Chuck Eye Roll, Beef Karubi, Beef Striploin, Pork Neck and Pork Belly. 


Drinks are already included in their buffet rate and you have a lot of choices. I also saw beer in their Beverage Station. 


I just ate here few months ago and there is already a price increase, from P645 to P688. Though I’m not sure if the rate varies per branch. Service is okay naman, matagal lang sa billing. 

Watch the video here

Tong Yang Buffet Rate 

Adult Rate 
P588 Adult Weekday Lunch 
P688 Adult Weekday Dinner 
P688 Saturday, Sunday and Holiday 

Kid Rate 
FREE - Kids below 3ft
P188 - Kids 3ft to 4ft 
P388 - Kids 4ft to 4’6 ft 

*Prices are subject to 5% service charge 

Birthday Promo 

1. Birthday celebrants of all ages can avail of the promo on the day of their birthday and on any day during their birthday month. 
2. Celebrants can eat for free ON THE DAY of their birthday for both lunch and dinner accompanied by ONE FULL PAYING ADULT. 
3. Celebrants can eat free for any day WITHIN THEIR BIRTHDAY MONTH and should be accompanied by FOUR FULL PAYING ADULTS. 
4. Paying adults should pay the full rate without any discounts. 
5. Celebrants should present any original ad valid government issued or company ID bearing their photo and birthdate. 

* Local and foreign ID’s will be accepted. 
* Failure to provide above ID requirements, birth certificate may be presented alongside with any ID bearing their photo. 

6. This promo cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotions or discounts. 
7. Use of Special Gift Certificates will not be honored for this promo. 
8. Promo is available at all Tong Yang Plus branches.

20+2 Promo 

1. For reservations with 22 guests and above are entitled to a special promo of 20+2 
2. For every 10 added guests, 1 additional guest may eat for free. 
3. This promo cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotions or discounts. 
4. Use of Special Gift Certificates will not be honored for this promo. 
5. This promo is only available at Tong Yang Plus Bicutan.

May 11, 2018

Breathtaking Gullfoss in Iceland

Our country is blessed with wonderful nature, we have so many beautiful beaches, hot spring, cold spring, and even waterfalls. So far, I have visited 6 waterfalls in the Philippines and there are more waterfalls to visit. It is nice to visit waterfalls especially now, it is so hot in the Philippines.

Read: Amazing Waterfalls in the Philippines


Last year, we were fortunate to visit another falls in Iceland. The first waterfall is located in Thingvellir National Park, tuwang-tuwa na ko dun when I saw that waterfall but little did I know na may maganda pa pala dun. As I mentioned in one of my posts, we visited Gullfoss which is part of the Golden Circle Tour. It is located in the canyon of Hvita river.

Read: Golden Circle Tour in Iceland

Gullfoss means Golden Falls, it is one of the most popular tourist spots in Iceland but honestly, I have no idea about this falls. All I know it is part of the Golden Circle Tour but little did I know that this will be the highlight of our tour.


Tourist started to visit Gullfoss around 1875, at that time the waterfall was hard to reach because of the rough terrain and impassable rivers. Sigridur Tomasdottir and her sisters acted as guides for the visitors and built the first trail that led down to the waterfall. Sigridur died in 1957 and the stone memorial that you can see in the Golden Falls was erected in 1979.


Thanks to them because now, it is easy to reach the waterfalls. From parking, we need to walk to the falls and there is a pathway so you won’t be lost. While walking, you can already hear the sound of the waterfall so in my mind malapit na. But the truth is, malayo pa pala and the reason why I can hear the sound is ang laki pala niya.



I can already see the waterfalls from the stairs and it leave me breathless. It was my dream to visit Niagara Falls but when I saw Gullfoss, napalitan bigla. In my opinion, this is more beautiful. I will run out of adjectives describing the Gullfoss, it is breathtaking, wonderful, amazing, spectacular, magnificent, stunning and astounding waterfall.



I will post here what I’ve read in their Tourist Information Board.
Gullfoss is Like No Other 
No waterfall in Europe can match Gullfoss. In wildness and fury it outdoes the Niagra Falls of the United States. Thousands of unharnessed horsepowers flow continuously into the gorge, year in and year out.  
Gullfoss is a unique natural phenomenon that triggers varying impressions in people. Its conservation, and thereby its existence in its present form, has a unique history.  
Gullfoss and the surrounding area were made a nature reserve in 1979 to give people the best possible opportunity to enjoy this unique natural scene. The area’s ecosystem is also protected and its vegetation remains untouched. Attempts are made to minimize man’s footprints to keep man-made structures to a minimum and not to disturb the land and geological formations. 
Even we’re all tired, tanggal pagod namin when we saw the waterfall. I am afraid of heights but it does not stop me from walking, ingat na ingat nga lang kasi one mistake ko, mamatay ako pag nalaglag ko sa falls. hehehe! While walking, you might get wet because of the waterfalls, sa lakas ng buhos niya there are floating water droplets everywhere. Kaya pati camera ko nababasa at nagmoist. Hehehe!

Watch the video here.

According to Wikipedia, the wide river moves southward which is about one kilometer above the waterfalls, it flows down into a three-step staircase and plunges in two stages. 140 cubic meters per second (summer) and 80 cubic meters per second (winter) is the average amount of water running down the waterfalls.


Indeed this is the highlight of our trip and would you believe that this is FREE. Yes, just like the other tourist spots that we have visited, there is no entrance fee for this attraction.

Read: The Great Geysir in Iceland
Discover the Wonder of Blue Lagoon in Iceland
Reykjanes Peninsula Tour in Iceland
Icelandair Experience 

May 10, 2018

Glimpse of Suvarnabhumi Airport

Bangkok, Thailand is the first country that I’ve set my foot on, it was our first layover when we went to Norway. We stayed in Don Mueang International Airport for more than 11 hours waiting for our flight to Frankfurt, Germany. Bangkok Airport was big compared to NAIA 1, thank God we did not get lost and we found the correct boarding gate. It was our first out of the country trip so everything was new to us. 



When the year 2017 came, I became busy preparing for our summer trip. I wanted to explore Bangkok so we decided to stay there for few days before flying to Oslo, Norway. Unfortunately, the available date from Bangkok to Oslo did not match our preferred date so we gave up our Bangkok, Thailand side trip. We just stayed at Suvarnabhumi Airport for our layover. Bangkok Airport is huge but we have no time to explore it because we always rushed to our boarding gate, we’re afraid to miss our connecting flight. 

Manila to Bangkok

Fast forward to last month, we were back in Bangkok, Thailand but this time it is no longer a stopover. Finally, I can say that I’ve been to Thailand, nakalabas na rin ko ng airport. Hehehe! 



Suvarnabhumi Airport is the 9th busiest airport in Asia and 20th busiest airport in the world and I can’t deny that because even the airport is big, you can see a lot of people there. And because of the flock of tourists, it will take you more than an hour to pass the Immigration. 



We’re thankful that there is Priority Lane in BKK airport so we did not wait that long. We got Premium Lane Pass from Manila to Bangkok and Bangkok to Manila. I will share more about this in a separate post. 

Read: Economy Class vs Business Class Ticket of Philippine Airlines: International Trip



We got our luggage in no time and I immediately searched for the Klook Counter so I can claim my 4G Sim Card. Looking for the counter is not easy even I have map and when I asked question, sa iba naman ko tinuro. Lol It was a relief when I saw the Klook Counter and Superrich Thailand so I was able to change my money to Thailand Baht. 



My husband thought I was lost sa tagal ko ba naman bumalik sa exit gate pero sa totoo lang ang layo ng nilakad ko para lang sa sim card. Then we went to Gate 5 to wait for the hotel pick-up service.

Bangkok to Manila 

After breakfast, we checked-out early for our 1:30PM flight. On the way to the airport, the rain started to fall and because of that, traffic is so bad. We did not worry because we know that we still have a lot of time to check-in. By the time we reached the airport, the check-in counter is not yet open. Oh di ba, ang aga pa talaga namin. 




We got a Premium Lane pass so we passed the Immigration immediately. We went straight to Miracle Lounge, my husband and son stayed at the lounge while I explored the Bangkok Airport. I don’t want to pay THB500 for extra person fee, idagdag ko na lang sa pasalubong. 



I checked their Duty Free Shops, I like how they named their shops, you can see Tastes of Thailand, Memories of Thailand, Touches of Thailand, and Scents of Thailand. It is easy for you to decide which shops you are going to visit. They also have a pharmacy at the airport, a lot of tourists are buying pasalubong there. 






I ate pizza before going to the boarding gate. By the time we reached the gate, we are just in time for boarding. Yey! Flight is on time! There is free wifi at the airport but I was not able to try it since I’m using my Thailand Sim Card with unlimited connection for 8 days. 

Just in case you have a long layover, you can also stay at Louis Tavern Hotel Dayrooms Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel. Yes, there is room accommodation inside the airport. 

May 09, 2018

Where to Buy Discounted Tickets for your Travel Adventures in Asia

Traveling is costly and there is no doubt about that. But this is not a reason for you to stop exploring the world because there are different ways to save for your next travel adventures. You can book a cheap airfare, budget-friendly hotels and discounted tickets. 

Read: 8 Ways to Score Cheap Airline Tickets 

Speaking of discounted tickets, for the past few years, I’ve been reading and hearing good reviews about Klook. But I did not mind it because I prefer buying my tickets on the day of our trip just to be sure that I won’t waste my money just in case our travel plans did not push through. 



My brother has been buying tickets at Klook for their past travels so last month, I finally checked this site. We booked a flight to Bangkok, Thailand, 9 days before our trip so I only have several days to make our itinerary. Spell CRAMMING. I’ve been to Bangkok four times pero hanggang airport lang (layover), so I guess, I never been to Bangkok so it was a challenge to plan an itinerary in less than ten days. 

Read: Glimpse of Suvarnabhumi Airport

I was thankful to Klook because it gives me an idea of what to do, where to go and how to get to different attractions in Bangkok, Thailand. There are so many tour packages on their site so at first, I’m just browsing and adding tour package on my wishlist. 

I was hesitant to book because some packages are non-refundable so before booking, I’ve made sure that we can visit this place on the scheduled date. I told my husband about this site and he agreed with me so I purchased my first voucher at Klook. I fixed my itinerary and booked the ticket, one day at a time. 

How to Purchase Voucher at KLOOK 

1. Go to KLOOK website or download the app and register. 
2. Start searching, filter your choices. Choose country and city 
3. Browse the different packages 
4. Choose package 
5. Choose date 
6. Choose Package Quantity (number of persons)
7. Click Book now 
8. Enter traveler’s information 
9. Pay via credit card or Paypal 

After payment, you will see this note 

Payment successful! 
Thanks for booking with Klook! Your order summary and voucher will be sent to (insert email) Check email for confirmation voucher

* The amount is in peso but during check-out, the amount was converted to dollar amount so I paid USD via Paypal.

10. Check email, print the voucher or just show your mobile voucher. Some attractions, they get my printed voucher. 

Can I Really Save Money?

Honestly, when I was checking their site, I can’t believe that there are really discounted tickets because when we went to Hong Kong and we stayed in one of the Disneyland’s hotel, I paid regular tickets and they did not even give me a discount even we're hotel guests and I purchased our HK Disneyland ticket at the hotel’s reception. But here in Klook, there are really discounted tickets and I even compared it to the website of the places that we’re going to visit and believe it or not, it is much cheaper. So if you want to save money, check Klook site. 

For our Bangkok, Thailand trip, here are the vouchers that I purchased. 

1. Sim Card P499 to P248 

For past previous trips, I’m not buying any sim card nor I’m not renting any pocket wifi. I just rely on my postpaid plan, I turned on my roaming if I really need it. But we all know that the rate is not cheap, I think it is P550 per day. 



So when I learned about the 4G Sim Card in Thailand, I did not have any second thoughts. Imagine, I have an unlimited connection for 8 days for P248 only. I can call or text my husband if I need to. THB 100 call credits (30min talk time) This is really a big saving on my part. I picked-up my sim card at BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport Klook Counter and they are the one who put the sim card on my phone and set up. The voucher is refundable too just in case something happened with your flight. 

2. Kidzania Bangkok 

Yes, there is Kidzania Manila already but it is also nice to visit other Kidzania branches. Their rates are expensive compared to Manila branch so it is better to book your ticket at Klook website to get discount. What nice about this voucher, it is refundable. Yes, full refunds will be issued for cancelations made at least 24 hours prior to the activity. 

Toddlers (2-3) P1150 to P833 
Child (4-14) P1916 to P1433 
Adult (15+) P1150 to P916 

I purchased 1 Adult and 1 Child ticket for P2349 or $45.01. 

3. SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World 

My son likes visiting different zoos and ocean parks so I included this in our itinerary. It is the largest aquarium in South East Asia. They have different packages for SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World so it took me days to choose. I was torn between the Super Combo and Aquarium + Madame Tussauds Admission Only. 

Aquarium Entry Only P999 (P1648) 
Aquarium + 4D movie P1082 (P2147) 
Aquarium + Glass Bottom Boat P1165 (P1897) 
Aquarium + 4D Movie + Glass Bottom Boat P1248 (P2,164) 
Aquarium + Photo P1332 (P2646) 
Super Combo P1415 (P2314) 
Aquarium + Madame Tussauds Admission Only P1864 (P3296) 

But in the end, I chose Aquarium + 4D Movie + Glass Bottom Boat P1248 (P2,164) 

Adult (P2164) P1248 
Child 3-11 (P1831) P1207 

I bought 1 Adult and 1 Child ticket and paid P2455 or $47.09 

Package Details Inclusive Of: 
Admission ticket to SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World 
4D cinema ticket at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World 
Glass-bottomed boat and Ocean Feeding 

It was a good decision because the Glass Bottom Boat is THB350 already per person if you want to experience it. 

4. Chao Phraya Princess Cruise 

My initial plan is to go to Chocolate Ville and IKEA Bangna on our first day but I changed my mind. So night before our flight I purchased Chao Phraya Princess Cruise so we can explore Chao Phraya River and see the historic landmarks at night while enjoying the dinner buffet. 

Adult P1581 (P2497) 
Child P1332 (P1831) 

I bought 2 Adults and 1 Child ticket for P4494 or $86.21. 

Klook Tickets vs Regular Tickets 

Klook Tickets 

Sim Card P248 
Kidzania Bangkok P2349 
SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World P2455 
Chao Phraya Princess Cruise P4494 
Total P9,456 

Regular Tickets 

Sim Card P499 
Kidzania Bangkok P3066 
SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World P3955 
Chao Phraya Princess Cruise P6825 
Total P14,345 

So I was able to save P4799. What nice about Klook, aside from discounted tickets, they also give rebates so I also earned points from my bookings and I can use this points for my future purchases. If you haven’t tried Klook, use my link and get P165

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Klook is not only available in Asia, they offer discounted tickets in East Asia, South East Asia, South Asia, Middle East, Oceania, Europe and North America. Just check their site to know if the country you are visiting is included.