February 22, 2024

31st PTAA Travel Tour Expo

Our last travel expo visit was year 2019, but then the pandemic happened so face-to-face events were paused. This year, we had no definite travel plans so sinuggest ko kay hubby na magtravel expo ulit kami but a few days before the event, I changed my mind kasi feeling ko wala din kami mabobook since malapit na yung travel dates na gusto namin like our wedding anniversary and Holy Week break.

However, since my husband was on vacation leave and my son had no classes, we decided to attend the 31st PTAA Travel Tour Expo. We had a good experience last 2019 so I was hoping that we could find a good deal. 

Just like our last visit, there is an early bird for Citibank and Union Bank credit card holders so in my mind, this would be an advantage for us but I was wrong. We arrived at 8:20AM, and my husband dropped us off so we could fall in line already. I asked the guard kung saan yung pila for PWD and Citibank card holder so pumila na kami. Then after 20 minutes, we were advised na wala daw pila doon so tinuro nila sa kabilang entrance daw. What?

Of course, nagkagulo na kami sa pila and nawala na yung pagkasunud-sunod. Then separate line daw for Senior & PWD and Citibank &Union Bank credit card holder. Nag 9AM na, wala pa rin pinapapasok, so ang dami na nagrereklamo kasi nga nasaan ang early bird. Time check 9:10AM pinapasok na nila kami and I was so shocked kasi ang haba na ng pila sa loob, Saan galing yung mga tao? Eh separate line nga ang Senior and PWD and kami unang pinapasok. 

Another pila ulit to get our ticket, free entrance pero we need to show our credit cards and sign pa. Time check 9:32AM na kami nakapasok ng anak ko. Then si hubby na nahiwalay sa amin ng pila kasi hindi naman siya Senior or PWD, 9:58AM na nakapasok. Imagine, ang daming oras na nasayang sa amin dahil lang sa hindi organized ang pila and ticketing booth nila. Malayo ito sa 26th PTAA Travel Tour Expo experience namin. 

Since I had second thoughts in visiting the expo; I was not able to checked the list of booths so wala tuloy ako idea kung ano meron and saan ako mag-uumpisa. Toink. We just started getting flyers and checking sales, promos, and deals. More on sa travel agencies yung mga booths and some of the airlines hindi sila nagbebenta ng ticket like Philippine Airlines and Eva Air, sa travel agencies daw kami magbook. So we went to different agencies and nag-inquire kami ng airfare, ending wala din kami nabook kasi nga mahal din naman. 

We checked different resorts pero wala din naman kami nagustuhan, some of the resorts kasi ay napuntahan na namin and yung iba naman located in Visayas and Mindanao, eh mahal nga airfare kaya hindi pwede. Hehehe! 

If our travel dates are from April onwards, possible na may cheap fare kaso may pasok pa anak ko so hindi kami pwedeng magbook. It was only this week, na nilabas sa news na until May 31 na lang ang school year. Sayang!

I was so sad because we were not able to book any resort or score cheap airfare. Good thing I won a travel tote bag from Philippine Airlines and thanks to the Taiwan Tourism booth at may napala din kami sa travel expo visit namin. We learned how to make Hakka Lanterns and tried their yummy pancakes. We wanted to join the DIY Pineapple Cake workshop but we were hungry na so ayaw na namin maghintay. 

Lunch at Polland 

We checked the second floor where the domestic hotel & resorts, travel stuff, and food kiosk are located. We had lunch at Polland, the rice meal was PHP180 and PHP60 for lemonade juice. 

After lunch. my husband saw the Diamond Hotel kiosk and ito daw yung ensaymada na sinasabi niya na masarap. He recently tried it when they ate Lunch at Corniche. PHP180 for one piece, it was already on sale kasi regular price daw is PHP225. My husband said, bumili daw ko ng two pieces pero nakakapagsisi kasi masarap nga, dapat pala tig 2 pieces each kami. Nabitin tuloy kami sa 2 pieces. 

We also checked the travel stuff section, kaso yung nakasale sa Pacsafe, same lang din kung sa online ko bibilhin kung may payday sale or 2.2 Sale. 

Lastly, we went back to the Taiwan Tourism booth pero nagstart na yung DIY Pineapple Cake workshop so hindi na kami nakajoin so we decided to leave na because we’re going to claim my son’s passport at DFA Festival Mall.

Entrance Fee

PHP85 - General Admission
PHP65 - Senior Citizen/PWD

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