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Thursday, November 24, 2016

DIY Davao City Tour: Walking in the Heart of the City

Davao's tourism has long been booming, but only when the new president  Rodrigo Duterte who is a strong political figure in the city, started promoting about the safety and beauty of the place, the number of tourists have skyrocketed in an all time high, leading to fully-booked hotel rooms and sold out flights. I highly suggest booking your hotel in advance through online booking sites like Traveloka, otherwise you may not find a place to stay when you arrive.

For starters, the best way to see Davao is to explore  the heart of the city on foot.   The center of the city is where many prominent landmarks are located close to each other, such as the City hall, the Rizal Park, Quezon Park, the Davao Museum or Museo Dabawenyo, San Pedro Cathedral, and a popular accommodation, Grand men Seng Hotel, which is gaining popularity because it has been featured to be one of the places where Rodrigo Duterte, during his mayorship, would hold lunch meetings with his constituents.

After going around these landmarks, you could start walking down the San Pedro street, where you could find an array of stores selling cheap items,  from clothes, fake DVD's, cellphones, toys and just about anything.  It's pretty much the  counterpart of divisoria in Manila.  Also if you're feeling a bit hungry, you could indulge on siopao ( Chinese meat bun), and lomi (noodle soup), at Kusina Davao, which is one of the oldest restaurants in the city.  Right across it is My Hotel where many tourists who are looking for a cheap and decent place to stay within the city.   Another budget-friendly option is Las Casitas Inn, located along J.P. Rizal Street.  The place has a pretty homey vibe and the room has all the basic amenities that any budget traveler would need.

Okay so maybe by then you're feeling a bit tired, and worn out from walking and you want to have a blast of aircondition to awaken your spirits, don't worry because just few minutes ahead is JS Gaisano.  The mall is one of the first malls in Davao city thus it's small and a bit beaten down, however davaoenos still visit it because it offers cheap and fair quality products which would run from clothes, toys, make up and the likes.   It's pretty much a haven for budget shoppers.

To continue the last leg of your tour, you may want to walk for about 5 to see People's park, one of the biggest and grandest park, which showcase the murals of our National artist kublai and the beautifully landscaped endemic plants.  Drop by here early in the morning for a free zumba class or just have a quick sprint around the park.   At night, you'll see a play of lights and water along the fountain area.

To cap your tour, why not hit the Pasalubong center located just outside the park.  There you could find different kinds of trinkets, native wallets, Davao t-shirts, and even durian and durian candies,  which Davao is also famous for.   One standing brand is Lola Abon which has really chewy, creamy and soft durian candies, a far cry from the regular durian candies that we have known.
If you get lucky, you could also score a free viewing in Cinemathique, which features local movies made by promising film directors in our city.

So that's it, guys. This is an insider's guide of Davao city, one that I would suggest any tourists to do.  There are much to see and do, but this is my go-to guide for anyone who would want to explore the city on foot.  Some landmarks are quite far from each other that's why I suggest this because tourist areas are closer to each other, and thereby are more practical and worth going to.

Publisher: Shy - Thursday, November 24, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

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How to get Traffic the Fastest and Easiest way

After almost 5 years of blogging casually, and a few months of doing it seriously I have found 1 simple way to increase my traffic dramatically and no, it doesn't involve SEO.

You'll be surprised how simple it is and obvious yet only a few number of people are tapping into it.  You might want to ask what is it by now.  Well friends, it's just our good old Facebook groups.

That's it.

What I did a few days ago was I joined all if not most facebook groups that are related to my niche.  And damn was I surprised as to how engaging and helpful these groups are.

What are the Benefits on joining Facebook Groups:

  • affiliate opportunities
  • increase traffic
  • blogger collaborations
  • link exchanges
  • get followers on different social media
  • guest posting opportunities
  • wider network of bloggers around the world
  • assistance/support from bloggers who have 'done it'

How to JOIN Facebook Groups:

1. Type "keyword" in search box. The keywords I use are 'travel blogging', but to view more facebook groups, try varying keywords that are under your targeted niche, examples for me are 'female bloggers', 'travel blogging female',  'philippines travel blogging'.

2. Click 'See all results for "keyword" appearing at the bottom of the drop down box to view all groups.

3. Join as many groups as you want to.

Here are some facebook groups that I recommend:

For Filipino bloggers:
Philippine Blogger Support Group
The Bloggers Association of the Philippines
Global Filipino Bloggers
Pinoy Bloggers
Proudly Pinoy Bloggers
Blogapalooza Bloggers
Ask Pinoy Bloggers
Filipino Writers and Bloggers Community

Filipino Travel bloggers:
Travel Bloggers Philippines
Travel Bloggers Southeast Asia

For Travel bloggers:
Travelmate Bloggers
Travel Bloggers Network
Travel Bloggers United
Travel Blogger Link Swap
Female Travel bloggers

For Bloggers:
Blogging Paradise
Bloggers Worldwide
Bloggers corner
Blog + Biz BFF
Bloggers Community
The Bloggers Exchange

As I am trying to understand social media marketing more and more, I have come to realize the power of community and groups.

Now you'll notice by now, I don't really write long posts because I believe that time is precious.  I'd rather you use your time implementing my suggestions, than read on my rant regarding my 'story'.  I know what you want, I'll try to give it to you and that I think is the most practical way to go about things.

Here's a final take away:

It is always great to stay active on fb groups that have really engaging users, because as you all know, not all fb groups are created equal.  You'll see more results from those pages than on any pages you've joined.

I also suggest to schedule posting on these groups on a regular basis so you'll get continuous flow of traffic to your blog.

Happy blogging y'all! :)

Publisher: Shy - Wednesday, November 02, 2016
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