Wednesday, January 10, 2018

TripAdvisor’s Top Travel Destinations For 2018

TripAdvisor revealed its top destinations and the white beaches of Ishigaki, Japan won the number one rank in the world. 

Each year, the travel website recognizes 44 destinations in the world by measuring the palces with positive traveler review ratings for their restaurants, attractions, and accommodations, among others. 

Ishigaki, Japan

When you translate the name to English, it means “stone wall.” But it’s not a stone wall as water surrounds the island. It has white, beautiful beaches and attractive coral reefs. Hence, a favorite diving spot in Asia and around the world. It’s not only known for its water, but it’s also popular for its soba noodles, which is called Yaeyama soba. The type of noodles is made of flour, rather than buckwheat. 

This stunning white island is a top trending travel destination for this year. For an overnight stay in a hotel in this city, expect to spend around PHP 7,600. But you can opt to stay at its best-rated hotel, Art Hotel Ishigaki. 

Ishigaki, Japan is being considered as the new Bali or Hawaii. Its international tourism is increasing. In fact, its number of visitors rose to 8.77 million. 

Takayama, Japan

Filled with exciting attractions and sights, Takayama in Japan is the gateway to the hiking paradise of the country. The city is situated in the beautifully preserved district of Sanmachi Suji. When you go to its nearby places, you’ll find incredible old homes, exquisite temples, and shrines. A short drive away, you can go to the Unesco World Heritage Site of Shirakawa-go. In here, you’ll find various houses in their original setting. And not far to its east, you’ll find the peaks of the Japan Alps. 

Busan, South Korea

It’s the second largest city in the country. Busan offers a lot of things for travelers who are nature lovers. It has hot springs, hiking trails, and beautiful beaches. On the other hand, if you’re a cultural buff, you’ll surely appreciate its museums, historical buildings, and templates. The Gamcheon Cultural Village or Machu Picchu of Busan is also located here. You must not miss visiting the place as you’ll surely appreciate the vibrant alleyways. Its residents decorated them with mural and sculptures. 

Phnom Penh, Cambodia 

Its temples, palaces, and cultural sites are traces of French colonial history. Outside the city, you’ll experience the somber past of the town. At night, you’ll find the place to be lively. What’s great about traveling here is that even if you have a limited budget, you’ll still appreciate its extensive yet reasonably priced accommodations. 

Nantou County, Taiwan 

Home to the country’s highest peak, Yushan, Nantou County offers mountainous ranges and scenic lakes, not to mention, its lush forests. Visit its cultural villages and temples to learn more about its locals. At the Formosa Aboriginal Cultural Villages, you’ll find aboriginal communities and learn about them.

Other interesting entries on the list would include Nairobi. For travelers, this city offers an energetic atmosphere that can give you a fascinating introduction to nightlife and wildlife. Casablanca is also included in the top 10. It’s known for its thriving culture and Art Deco villas.

Monday, December 04, 2017

Real Estate Philippines In Cebu: Why Mandani Bay Is A Smart Investment?

Real estate in the Philippines, particularly in Cebu, is on the rise. Buying a condominium is a profitable investment that can give you attractive returns. With the increasing demand for luxury condominium units, you need to consider your options carefully. 

Mandani Bay 

It is one of the hottest property investments in the Philippines that you must not miss. The property is stretched along the Mactan Channel. 

It is situated near the Cebu Business Park and the Asia Town IT Park. Plus, there are two major hospitals nearby. And of course, it’s just a few minutes away from the airport. 

Mandani Bay is one of Cebu’s best condominiums that creates a modern coastal hotspot and residential communities in Cebu. The rapid economic growth of real estate in the Philippines gives you an excellent opportunity to ensure that your money works for you. Condo ownership in Cebu on the pre-selling period can help you generate significant profit later on. 

When you buy a condo unit at Mandani Bay today, you’re getting a low price because it’s still in the pre-selling period. The price starts at PHP3M. When the entire property is built, it is easy to sell it at a high rate, thereby, you can earn a significant amount of profit. 

On the other hand, if you wish to have continuous cash flow, you can consider renting it out. One of the best things about condo investment at Mandani Bay is that it gives your money a higher value because it satisfies your basic human need. 

Keep in mind that we always seek shelter. And compared to investing in stocks or bonds, investing in a condominium has a lower risk. 

Your Mandani Bay’s investment appreciates over the course of its development. 

Who builds it? 

It’s from one of the leading Asian property developers. The partnership of Hong Kong Land and Taft Properties and top consultants in property development in Asia made this township possible. 

As the Philippine economy expands, the demand for luxury condominium units is also increasing. And it’ll continue to grow at a tremendous high. 

Why is Mandani Bay investment a wise real property investment in the Philippines? 
If you’re looking for the first property that you wish to invest in, then purchasing one condominium unit at Mandani Bay would give you an excellent and affordable option. 

When you buy a conventional house, you need to pay a high down payment. But the downpayment for the units at Mandani Bay is less expensive. It’s also less time-consuming. 

Furthermore, the township has exclusive luxury amenities that you can enjoy without having to pay a hefty fee. It’ll have swimming pools, fitness gym, sports gym, etc. The best thing is that you can use these amenities anytime and you don’t have to maintain them all by yourself. 

No need to live outside the Metro 

Mandani Bay is a perfect place for you to live if you wish to have a cozy spot without going far from your workplace. The time and money you can save is definitely a worthy investment. 

You’re in Good Hands With Mandani Bay 

The real estate market in the Philippines is crowded. Thus, it makes it difficult to choose the perfect developer. But considering the reputation and track history of HTLand Inc, you can be sure that you’re in good hands. 

As a joint venture of Hong Kong Land and Traft Properties, the developers will take good care of you and the property you are going to purchase. 

There are plenty of reasons you must consider owning a condominium at Mandani Bay. If you’re looking to invest in real estate Philippines in Cebu, then Mandani Bay is a smart move. Contact us today for a reservation or to know more about the property. 

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

6 Best Countries To Visit Right Now

6 Best Countries To Visit Right Now

Time and money are two of the most common reasons people do not travel. But traveling does not always mean you need billions of pesos. All you need is a bit of cash to get going. Do not worry. The world will still be here. No one has ever said and wished that they have traveled less so they could put longer hours working. 

As to where you are going, we have listed here some of the best countries you must visit right now while you are still young. 


The French know how to make the most of their leisure time. When you visit France, you want to go to Paris. Cross the Eiffel Tower or go to Notre Dame. Then, head to Lyon, which is the second largest city in this country. And if you are a wine lover, you must not forget to visit Bordeaux or Burgundy. You can also make a stop on the French Riviera. 


Next is Italy. It has everything that you want. Art, beaches, mountains and best food. You name it; the country has it. In a matter of days, you can hit different cities. But the first place you must go is in Florence to San Gimignano. This country is a genuine treasure. Italy offers overwhelming community and culture. The residents here only want to eat good food and drink Chianti while loving their country. 


You should go there while you are still young so you could climb Kilimanjaro. Since it is the tallest mountain in Africa, you need a good set of heart and lungs. Reaching the summit can take up to nine days. But it will depend on the route you take. When reaching the top, you will feel like you are on a plane as you get through glaciers, snow, and wooden sign. 


Going to this country is cheap. Even if you come from the Philippines, you do not need a huge amount of money to go there. When going there, head first to Medellin. Then, enjoy the hot springs of Santa Rosa de Cabal before heading to Cocora Valley. Colombia is a country where the past mixes with the present. At the top of South America, you can see the Andes coming to meet Caribbean beaches and dance all night in Cali, which is famous for its dancing. 


Known as the Land of Smiles, Thailand offers cheap adventure. But, just because it is cheap does not mean that it cannot provide you unforgettable holiday. However, you should go there during the hot season. When you choose to travel to Thailand, make sure to head to Bangkok first as it offers some of the greatest food in the world. From Bangkok, you can go to the cooler mountain terrain in the North. Or you can go south and swim to its perfect beaches. 


It is closer to the Philippines. But you must go there while you are still young because of its rugged terrain. It has enchanting landscape and fascinating history. You must start in Ho Chi Minh City. The country may be known for its congested traffic and aggressive touts. However, this country has something exciting to offer.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

International Travel Safety Tips - Avoiding Pickpocket

Traveling in a foreign land will make you an easy victim for pickpockets. However, if you adhere to our international travel safety tips, you can avoid losing your possessions while enjoying your vacation. 

Don’t leave your things unattended. 

It’s pretty obvious, but sometimes, travelers forget about it as they get overwhelmed. But you must never leave your bags and your belongings unattended, even when you’re in a restaurant or at a cafe. Always keep them on your lap. If they’re on your bag, wrap your bag around your leg and never leave it at your feet or the side of your chair. And when you exit the place, always look behind you in case you forget something. 

Avoid keeping your credit cards and cash in one wallet. 

You should have one wallet for your credit cards and another for your money. But never put them all in one wallet. It’s an important travel safety tip in case your one wallet gets stolen. In this way, you’ll still have a source of money to fall back on. 

Never put your wallet in your back pocket. 

It’s a no-no. Always keep it in your front pocket or a zipped bag. But never in a backpack. It’s also essential that you sling your pouch in front so you’ll see it always. 

Don’t wear jewelry and an expensive watch. 

There’s only one reason you should avoid it. That is, expensive items would only make you a target for muggers. And to further avoid thieves, you should avoid crowded areas and strangers, as much as possible. 

Use anti-theft products.

I’m a big fan of Pacsafe Citysafe. It’s a safety handbag that comes with straps that prevent bag slashers who are on motorcycles from slicing through your bag and running off with your bag. Plus, it has built-in splash guards that protect your gears from a thief who’ll slash your bag and run. 

Its zipper pullers can be placed under to prevent pickpockets from reaching your bag. 

You can also go for a travel RFID money belt. What’s great about it is that you can wear it under your clothing so as to prevent theft. Then, it’s equipped with RFID chips that can block illegal scanning of your passports and credit cards. 

If you like using a backpack, you can go for Tigernu anti-thief backpack. It’s an Oxford fabric bag designed to protect your belongings even if you’re preoccupied. It’s difficult to steal your things in your bag because it doesn't have zippers/pockets on the front. The zipper is concealed under a flap. Plus, it’s water-resistant, thereby, keeping your things dry. 

What to do if your credit cards are stolen? 

You must call your banks to cancel them. Do it immediately. It’s to prevent transactions made on your card. After calling the banks, file a police report. 

On the other hand, if your passport is stolen, make a police report and request a copy of it. If it’s not available, get its report number, name, and location of the police station. These details are vital. 

If you heed to these international travel safety tips, you can avoid traveling to a foreign land with no passport, wallet or credit cards.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

The Pros and Cons of Retiring in the Philippines

The Philippines is in the list of the top 25 retirement destinations in the world. It’s based on several factors, such as benefits, discounts, healthcare, etc. 

Retiring in the Philippines can offer you a lot of advantages. But it also comes with some risks. In this post, let’s talk about the pros and cons of living or retiring in this archipelagic country with more than 7,000 islands. 

The Pros of Retiring in the Philippines 

Extremely low cost of living

It’s known to many foreigners that the Philippines offers a lower cost of living, compared to the US and other parts of the world. Per month, you can comfortably live on around $800 to $1,200. The amount would include dining out or traveling within the country. 

If your monthly benefit is, say, $900, it can already cover your basic living expenses. 

The most interesting part is that you can get a household help at a very affordable rate. That said, even if you’re on a tight budget, you can still afford to hire someone to help you out with cleaning, cooking, and other household chores. 

Beautiful Country

Our country offers a natural beauty. It’s easy to appreciate its surroundings anywhere you are in the Philippines. 

We have several beaches, like Boracay in Aklan and El Nido in Palawan. All of those biggest draws can surely attract people, not just in Asia, but all over the world. 

Incentives for Expats

The Philippines is very welcoming, especially to expats. We even have a government agency that’s designed to attract foreign retirees. 

Some of these financial benefits would include huge discounts to individuals who are 60 years old or above, duty-free import that’s worth $7,000 and exemption from travel taxes. 

Apart from those things, expats can also work and start a business here. Plus, you can stay here in the Philippines as long as you like because your retiree visa doesn't expire. 

However, you’ll need to obtain permanent residency first. Then, once you’re approved, you can easily leave or return without having to reapply for residency. 

Unfortunately, it’s not all pros the retiring in the Philippines. Here are some cons you must consider before you even decide to settle here. 

The Cons of Retiring in the Philippines 


It’s still a burden to some expats, especially in some areas of the country that don’t offer the same level of care in Manila. 

This is one of the reasons some expats with chronic conditions don’t choose the Philippine as they need regular treatment that the country couldn't provide. 

Lack of Infrastructure 

Even though the Philippines is one of the fastest-growing countries in Asia, it still has a problem with infrastructure, which is a huge economic obstacle. 

What it means to you is that you could experience power failures or outdated telecommunication system. You’ll also experience prolonged water shortages, especially during El Nino or summer season. It’s also common to see deteriorating bridges and roads. 

Safety Issues 

Ever since the campaign against drugs started by the current president, it had already resulted in thousands of deaths. However, if you’re not involved in illegal drug trade, there’s nothing to worry about. 

The biggest safety issue isn't the campaign against drugs. It’s actually terrorism. 

Terrorists are targeting markets, sporting events, and theaters. However, not all places in the Philippines are at risk. Only a few parts of the country are linked to terrorism and insurgency. 

These places would include the Sulu Archipelago and southern Sulu area. Certain regions of the island of Mindanao may also pose a threat. 


The Philippines is a beautiful country that attracts expats who want to retire in a better climate with beautiful scenery. Retiring in the Philippines may have its pros and cons, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons. 

The Filipino people are very welcoming to foreigners. Plus, our country offers incentives to retirees. 

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