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Saturday, July 30, 2016

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How to get Get a Cheaper Airplane Ticket

Booking discounted airline tickets online.

I've been booking tickets for my family, friends and for myself for years now and I have learned a thing of two on how to get a discount seat.  Now, they let me book for them because I have plenty of time to look over airline websites and check if there are promo seats available.  Aside from that, I have learned a thing or two on how to get a cheaper deal and that's what I'll be sharing with you.

1. Standby for promo seats.  Sales usually land on holidays, such as valentines, independence day, and the such.  I've heard they start opening these sales at midnight.  So better go over the websites before going to sleep.

2.  Book fast.  Seats ran out pretty fast, so you are better ready with your credit card or you better decide when to have the trip and for how many days.

3. Book one way tickets separately.  I just learned about this just this morning.  There are times that 1 way cost more than the other when you pick the round trip option.  So what I do is buy the discounted one first and pray to the heavens that the other ticket going back will go on sale soon.

4. Booking months doesn't necessarily means getting cheaper deals.  Sometimes airlines would drop a better deal few months before your desired travel time.  So it's just a matter of getting lucky and being strategic with things really.

5. Take advantage of miles and discounts.  PAL has miles, Cebu Pac has Get Go.  The more you use the card/code the more you get yourself some miles.  The more travels you can book for a discounted price or for free in the future.

6. Remove unnecessary add ons.  Sometimes people just click submit not knowing that every page that they turn, there's additional add ons that is added by default.  Have the patience to remove those.  I'm talking about Cebu Pac here since I often book there.  Remove extra baggage if you don't plan to hoard stuff, remove seat selection if you don't mind seating anywhere, remove donation or insurance if you don't want to be bother by those.  In the end, you get what you just want to pay which is the ticket itself.

7. Travel in groups.  I know I know.  I may be an advocate of solo travels, but to tell you the truth, I'd rather travel by group than traveling alone.  I have really not found a comfortable ground yet.  Maybe soon, in my trip in Vietnam.  But for now, I'd choose traveling with a companion any day.   If you travel in groups and you go to a travel agent, they could give you a decent discount.

Here are the 5 ways I know that could save you some pesos.  If you know other ways, please do share in the comments section below.

Happy trip everyone! :)
Publisher: Shy - Saturday, July 30, 2016
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My First Art Exhibit at Matt Mason Gallery, Silang, Cavite Tagaytay

Sister and brother-in-law at the gallery

I think I got lucky on this one.  If this is a result of my new-found law of attraction practice, then I don't know what it is.  Just earlier this year, I've decided to get serious on painting.  And so I started applying for galleries, and lo and behold, it wasn't long that there was an open opportunity waiting for me at Silang, Cavite, Tagaytay.

And so I grabbed the chance by the horns, and found my way in it.  My fondness for painting hasn't really reached to my fondness of eating chocolate.  It's not something that I desire, although I wish to be the case so I would continually practice painting.  I just grab the brush when I feel like practicing.  It's not totally a a freeing in the sense that you still have to make good art.  It takes discipline to make sense of what you just made in a way that it better looks nice.  It is really easy to get lost in the flow and mess up what you have made because you were in the zone.  Some artist would think that as long as it's abstract, you could never go wrong.  Well at some point that's true, but it takes discipline to direct your energy and creativity in a way that's beautiful.  In the end of it all, creating artwork is just trying to explore possibilities, making a mess and trying to fix it so it would all look like a masterpiece.  It's just a bit like life, but on canvas.

Publisher: Shy - Saturday, July 30, 2016
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How to Avoid Traffic in Manila.


Traffic in Manila is the worst!  Just a couple of days ago, I made an awful mistake of starting to travel to Silang Cavite at noon, on a Friday which fell on a pay-day.  Awful! I was able to reach the gallery at 4:30pm and came back home at Cubao around 9:30pm.

Looking back I wouldn't want to go through it again.  Now the thought of doing a 9-5 job left a bitter taste in my mouth.  If this is something that I would have to go through 5 days a week, I should be feeling lucky with my current freelance job.

Here are the things that would have saved me a lot of time.

5 Ways to Avoid Traffic in Manila

1.  Leave early and avoid rush hour

I fell for the same mistake I did during the Pahiyas trip in May.  I left later than planned, so I had to start my day in traffic as opposed to a smooth and sailing trip with fresh and cool morning breeze.

2. You don't have to go to the bus terminal to get on a bus

Instead, get one that's running on the road.  Chances are there are still available seats, if not, there will be some soon.  It's better that way than to go farther distance to go to the terminal, knowing that you'll have to go back to the same route you've been before.

3. Take the MRT

The line may look intimidatingly long, but once they're accepting passengers, you'll notice that you'll get closer quickly.  You'll just have to wait for minutes.  Better that than waiting for hours in a bus.  I noticed that it has been running a lot faster than usual.  Fast enough that it made me feel scared for those people in it, at the same time, happy that at least they're moving fast unlike the bus that I was in.

4.  Try taking tricycle

Tricycles could go to streets that's not so traffic and make its way in between cars or along sidewalks.  The point is, it's moving.  The only con is that you'll inhale more smoke from exhaust and it's more expensive.

5.Traffic is worst in roads entering Alabang but it gets better through Guadalupe

Stops at ortigas and continuous well through Santolan.   When there's traffic, there's really no choice but to exercise patience. But hopefully with stricter road law implementation, and improved MRT system, it will get better.   As for now, we just have to roll with the punches. 
Publisher: Shy - Saturday, July 30, 2016

Thursday, July 14, 2016

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How to Get to Nuvali from Cubao Using Public Transportation


Getting To Nuvali from Cubao using Public Transportation

I guess there are many roads that lead to Nuvali, but I'll share to you the ones which I've actually tried.


1. Go to Edsa Kamias, JAC Liner(Farmer's side) and ride the bus going to Balibag.  - P70
2. Drop off at Waltermart Sta. Rosa, and ride a tricycle going to Complex (terminal) - P30
3. From Complex, ride a jeep going to Tagaytay - P30
4. Drop off at Nuvali


1. Ride a bus going to Alabang - P55
2. Take a shuttle there going to Balibag 
3. Drop off at Complex (terminal) Sta. Rosa
4. Ridge a jeep going to Tagaytay
5. Drop off at Nuvali

Going Back

1. We took tricycle from there to go to the Complex. All 4 of us cost P120
2. From complex we searched for buses going to Cubao

Publisher: Shy - Thursday, July 14, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

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7 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Blogging.


After almost 5 years blogging and only until now did I write a post about blogging.  Let's just say it hasn't been that fun. It's a love and hate relationship.  It's that relationship in which you break up feeling glad you did, and a week after, you'll come back crawling and snuggle up to the old routine again.  And you do it regularly that breaking up has become a Sunday than a Christmas for you.

Why did I even start blogging anyway?  It has been a long time now that I have already forgotten the reason why, but I was sure that I had a set of expectations before getting in.  Some of which were true some I didn't expect.  So if you're planning to have your own blog, here are the things that you'll be glad to know before getting in to this bitter-sweet journey.

1. Traffic is a Bitch.  It's elusive if you do it wrongly, but it's awesome if you do it right.  Either way if you get into blogging you have to understand how to draw in traffic.  I didn't really bother to focus on that since my main goal here is to just share my experience to everyone and not for monetary reasons.

2.  Know what you want to write about and be different.  There are a lot of blogs online, so you have to set yourself apart from the rest if you want yours to be successful if that is even what you want.

3. Know the purpose of why you're writing and build your blog around that.  Some people do it for the money, some they just do it for therapy.  If you're aiming for the former, you have to be very strategic and knowledgeable about SEO and marketing, but if for the latter, anything would be okay.

4. Consistency is the key.  Sometimes our creativity drives us to paths that aren't really related to our goals and to the theme of the site.  Some bloggers have a structure for their post and that is one way for them to establish their brand and differentiation.  Practice control and discipline yourself.  You'll be glad you did.

5. Writer's block happens.  The frequency of posting depends on the purpose of your blog.  They say that if you wish to increase your traffic, you have to post posts, at least everyday.  So what if you have a writer's block and you can't bring yourself to think creatively.  I suggest you go outside and do something different.  Sometimes sinking your teeth into something different could be the birth place of creativity.

6. There is Money in blogging.  That is if you know how to find ways to make it profitable for you.  There are a number of ways to do this but before anything else, building traffic is where every blogger should start and focus on.

7.  Looks Matter.  As with everything, you can attract your readers by making your blog look pretty.  You can make them a regular if your content is great.  So make sure you got the first one covered.

Publisher: Shy - Monday, July 11, 2016
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