10 Facebook Group Posting Etiquette

Sharing lang napulot ko sa ibang group, applicable din naman ito sa DIY TRAVEL PHILIPPINES.

1. Pagpasok sa isang group una mong hanapin Rules para di ka mukang tanga na nagwawala sa galit pagnadelete ang post mo yun pla labag sa Rules ng Group.

Read: DIY Travel Philippines group rules

2. Makihalubilo ka muna wag post ng post agad ng binebenta Facebook group ang napasok mo hindi palengke maliban lang kung lahat ng kausap mo makita mo may dalang bayong.

3. Wag magtatanong ng kailangan mo ng sagot agad agad kagrupo mo ang kausap mo at hindi Emergency Hotline.

4. Wag kang pikon pag yung iba e tatawa tawa lang o nagbibiro FB Group yan kaya masaya wala ka sa Library. Pero wag din feeling close.

5. Wag ka magshopping spree na lagay ng ads e cocommentan mo ng “How Much or HM” Facebook group pinasok mo at hindi Tiangge, may kapangyarihan ka pra iPM cya samntalahin mo habang libre at baka bukas may bayad na yan.

Group for agencies, vans and organizers: DIY TRAVEL PH EVENTS, TOURS, VANS

Got something to sell? Or transient owner? Join DIY TRAVEL PH BUY AND SELL, RENT, HOMESTAY, TRANSIENT, STAYCATION

6. Wag ka magtatanong at magaantay ng gusto mong sagot dahil kung may gusto ka ng sagot e wag mo na itanong!

7. Wag mo tatawagin na bobo yung sumagot sa tanong mo kasi siya may sagot ikaw wala kaya ikaw ang bobo.

8. Hindi lahat ng nakakasagot sa mga nagtatanong ay nagmamagaling, meron din gusto lang talagang makatulong at madaming alam kaya alamin mo muna kung sino yung may kredibilidad.

9. Wag mo hahamunin ang Admins na iKick ka dahil ikaw mismo pwedeng umalis mag isa kaya wag mo na sila istorbohin.

10. Grupo na yan bago ka pa dumating wag mo asahan sila magbago para sayo, ikaw dapat ang makibagay sa kanila. mag isip isip ka kung talaga bang kailangan ka nila o ikaw ang may kailangan sa kanila. 👍

Credits to:Ernest-Duane Garciaa



How to set a passport appointment Philippines

Tips and tricks to get that elusive passport appointment slot

We see alot of people complaining to Department of Foreign Affairs about appointment slots being always full. In the past few months, DFA has announced that they will be releasing appointments from time to time. As per their page:

If you do not see available online appointment slots, it does not necessarily mean that they have been completely taken up

From www.passport.gov.ph

We decided to stalk the passport website to see if they do release appointments, lo and behold, here’s what we found out!

The 1 minute trick

To set an appointment, access the passport appointment page via mobile phone or laptop on the 59th minute of the hour. This means 9:59pm, 10:59pm, 11:59pm so on and so forth.

Select the branch you would like to set your appointment at, go through each branch until the clock reaches the next hour, ie: 10:00pm, 11:00pm etc etc

Watch video demonstration

This is the magic minute where the appointment slots appear. Quickly go to your branch of choosing, and grab the earliest date you can find. Select the hour and proceed with the appointment.

At this time of writing (July 6, 2018), pre-payment is already required for NCR branches (ASEANA and malls). Please pay for your appointment promptly to avoid losing it.

Getting through your first international travel

Today is Rachelle’s first international travel! Yay! Our first international travel together is bringing us to Bangkok, Siem Reap, Phuket and Phi Phi (read: preparing our itinerary)

After my intensive research on building our itinerary to Bangkok – Siem Reap – Phuket, the next step is getting through check in, security and finally immigration.

Tips for First Time Travellers

It can be a bit daunting specially if you are a solo traveller. The secret to not getting offloaded is be prepared and just be confident.

Make sure you do a lot of research, prepare your itineraries, check your travel documents and you will be on your way to the world of international travel!

You can join our facebook community and connect with other travellers !

Your passport

If you haven’t got a passport yet, get one (obviously 😂). Before booking your flights, check that your passport validity is within 6 months of your travel time.

READ: How to set a passport appointment Philippines

This means if your flight is Jun 1-6, 2018, your passport expiry date is no more than Dec 5, 2017.Count backwards from your passport’s expiry date, and that is your last day to be able to travel. That is usually the first reason why people get offloaded.

Your ticket

There a plenty of seat sales all year round. You do not need to burn your pocket just to travel outside the Philippines.

READ: Our guide on how to book a promo fare

Make sure you book a return flight back to the Philippines as most immigration officers will ask for your return flight. Immigration officers are just making sure that Filipino’s are not going abroad to seek employment.

It will be better to have a print out of your ticket to present to the immigration.

Things to know when at the airport

1. Is your travel tax included in your ticket already?

During your booking, you will have to option to pay for the travel tax (1620 pesos for Filipinos, OFWs are exempted from travel tax).

If its not yet included, you can pay at the airport. In our case, in terminal 3, the TIEZA area is at LANE A.


You can check in first, or go directly to the TIEZA counter. Present you passport and ticket, and they will tell you to go to another counter to pay. Once you have the receipt, you present it to the check in counter, and you will receive your boarding pass.

2. You must fill in a Departure Card

As with any other airports, you must fill in a departure card when you are departing a country.

Always have a pen with you so that you don’t have to queue for pens.

They had this at the check in counter, we filled it up while waiting for our travel tax receipt.

If you don’t have this, the immigration will reject you and ask you to fill it in, and you go back to the end of the line.

3. Facing the immigration officer

The scariest part for most people is being questioned by the immigration officer. Start by smiling and greeting them good morning or good evening. Hand over your passport and boarding pass.

He will then question you about your trip. Make sure you are ready, have your ticket printed out, hotels bookings printed out, have your itinerary ready.

I showed the immigration officer my Traveloka app bookings. But I also prepared the details of our travel and fit it into one page (but that’s me)

He also asked how I was related to Rachelle, my past travels, he asked for my old passport, and what Rachelle did for a living.

After that, photo and finger print and were through!

4. Final security check

There will be one more security check before you reach your boarding gate.

They will ask you to remove your shoes and empty your pockets.

Make sure you are not bringing in any prohibited items (a ninja wallet was one of them! Lol mine got confiscated).

No liquids over 100ml, I will write more about this in another article.

After that, proceed to the boarding gate 🙂

Boarding on time

I noticed that there weren’t a lot of boarding calls here in Terminal 3. So make sure you head to your boarding gate early, and be attentive.

I know someone who was at the boarding gate and somehow missed her flight, so she had to book another flight.

Arrival

Another daunting place to be is at the arrival immigration. Not a lot of blogs talk about this. You have a chance of getting deported back if they suspect you that you are not coming as a tourist.

Most airports will have an arrival card, and these are usually given during the flight, or will be available just before the immigration lanes. Fill one out before queuing.As before, greet the officer with a smile and hand over your passport and arrival card. They will usually ask you the same thing, your return ticket, your hotel bookings and itinerary. On a rare occasion they might ask you how you can support your travel (you can show cash, credit cards or travellers cheques).

And when you’re through, welcome to your destination!

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TRAVEL HACK: PISO FARE AND OTHER SEAT SALES

So if you didn’t know yet, Cebu Pacific has an ongoing PISO FARE PROMO SALE from December 28-29, 2017 or until stocks last.

Travel period is from July 1, 2018 to December 15, 2018.

Cebu Pacific has also disabled the over the counter payments for this sale!

Since we still have 1 day left and no cash payments, let us share with you our travel hacks and still get the PISO FARE TO YOUR DREAM DESTINATION!

(Also read: Video Guide on How to Snag a Piso Fare)

First hack – Debit Card and Prepaid Credit Cards

A lot of Filipinos don’t own a credit card. And trust us credit cards will be the worst thing you will ever own if you do not have self control.


Option 1 – Debit Cards

Most savings accounts now offer debit cards (but with annual fees). You can use a debit card the same way you use a credit card, and the money is directly taken from your account.

Option 2 – Prepaid Credit Cards

As the name suggests, it is a prepaid credit card. Which means you have to load money into it before you can use it. There is a one time payment to avail a prepaid card (around 750 i think, check BPI Prepaid Mastercard)

For 750 pesos, you get a prepaid card that is valid for 2 years. It also works internationally! I have used this in Guam and the US.

Loading a prepaid card can be done via online banking, ATMs or over the counter.

Second Hack – Traveloka is your bestfriend

Most of the time, piso fares or seat sales are only accessible through the airlines website.

But this time, we checked and we are able to find PISO FARES through Traveloka!

(READ: Using Traveloka for your DIY Travel)

AND GUESS WHAT!? You have to option to pay over the counter to.



But as any SEAT SALE goes. PATIENCE IS A MUST. Expect slow down, connection time outs and uncompleted transactions.

We can only offer you other ways which you can utilize to snag that fare, but we cannot assure you that you will be able to get that fare 🙂

Good luck!



ALERT: PISO FARE CEBU PACIFIC DEC 28-29, 2017

Cebu Pacific has released yet another PISO FARE SALE! It is not a myth! This is their 3rd round of Piso fare this year, so its not as rare as you think!  Check out our tips and tricks on booking a promo fare

Promo Period

Booking period starts Dec 28-29, 2017 or until stocks last!



Travel period is Jul 1-Dec 15, 2018.

Seats Available

 

How to Book

You can go directly to www.cebupacificair.com, you can also watch our guide below

Where to Go?

Check out our previous posts:

Thailand - 13 days

Dumaguete - Bohol - Cebu

 

How to PLAN A DO IT YOURSELF Thailand – Cambodia 13 DAYS

The Airfare

We made our booking for Manila – Bangkok – Manila last June 2017, during Cebu Pacific’s Piso Fare (read our guide to booking a piso fare), and our ticket only costs 4500 for 2 pax (no baggage, no seats, no meal, no insurance). Our only mistake here was the outbound flight should have been in Vietnam if you want to do a multi country tour.


The Preparation

We only made up our mind to push through with the trip just a week before Christmas. So since its peak season, I had to scour DIY Travel Philippines group for itineraries, hotel recommendations, and how to get to what.

Doing a Bangkok – Cambodia – Vietnam was going to prove costly and time consuming. Hence we decided to visit Siem Reap, then explore Phuket and Phi Phi Islands.

We got hold of a couple of Traveller sim cards for data and calls prior to our departure from Pinoy Travelers Unlimited Data SIM CARD.

Do it yourself booking hotels

Since we are DIYers, I want to be able to pick what I want to do and where to stay. I spent 2 weeks reading Trip Advisor for hotel reviews.

But my ultimate bestfriend is Traveloka. I downloaded the app onto my phone.

What I love about Traveloka is that I can hold hotel and flight bookings! This enables me to lock in prices, and continue to read more reviews before finally paying for the hotel.

The same thing applies to flights. For days I was going back and forth whether to check out Koh Samui. So at one point, I had a ticket held for Koh Samui and Phuket 😂😂

I booked all of our hotels from Traveloka. I did compare it with agoda and booking.com, but still ended up with Traveloka because of their responsive customer service.

The Dreaded Border Crossing

As I was creating our itinerary, and with budget constraints, I had to think long and hard how to cross from Bangkok to Siem Reap. Taking the train to Aranprayathet, and crossing Poi Pet sounded so exciting, but we eventually settled on booking online our direct bus ticket from 12go.asiaThe Decision

After alot of reading, and I mean alotttt! We have decided to start our journey in Bangkok and explore with Backpack Panda by Seth Encina (a fellow Filipino, based in Bangkok, a member of DIY Travel Philippines). Cross over to Siem Reap and explore Angkor Wat (arranged a tour with Mr Sen Shafie, again found him through the group).

We will be taking a bus back to Bangkok, sleep at the airport and catch a flight to Phuket, then go straight to Phi Phi.

Will spend a couple of nights in Phi Phi, a night in Phuket, and fly back to Bangkok 1 day before our flight to Manila.

This gives us one whole day of shopping!

The Discussion

You can follow my post in the group here, it may help you make your own decisions for your trip. Remember you need to be a member of the group to join the discussion.



The Outlined Itinerary

Day 1 Bangkok Temple tours

Day 2 Floating Market

Day 3 New Year!

Day 4 Bus to Siem Reap

Day 5 Siem Reap Tour

Day 6 Angkor Wat

Day 7 Bus to Bangkok

Day 8 Bangkok to Phuket by plane, Ferry to Phi Phi

Day 9 Maya and Pileh Bay

Day 10 Phi Phi to Phuket. Enjoy expensive Phuket hotel 😂

Day 11 Fly back to Bangkok

Day 12 SHOPPING!!!

Day 13 Fly back to Manila

Estimated Budget

Airfare – 4500 php (Cebu Pac Piso Fare for 2 Pax)

Hotels – 10 nights – 18,688 (all booked)

Transportation (Bus, Plane, Ferry) – 15,000 for 2 pax (does not include airport transfers)

Tours

Bangkok – 4500 pesos for 2 pax

Cambodia – 5200 Angkor Wat Pass, tuktuk for 2 days for 2 pax

Phi Phi – 3000 pesos (estimate high)

Food – 15000 (for 2 pax)

Total – 65,888 for 2 pax

Our hotels range from 1000 pesos to 4000 pesos. You can slash that price by booking hostels, taking a bus to Phuket and eating measly!

Hopefully all goes well and will write about our experience when we get back!

Become an archer for 100 pesos!

How to become Katniss Everdeen or Hawkeye for only 100 pesos?

If you feel like becoming an archer hero overnight, we have found this awesome place in Quezon City, and for 100 pesos they will give you free training and 26 arrows to shoot with!

I chanced upon this place, DMZ Archery, after seeing their post in DIY Travel Philippines. There was a post offering unlimited arrows for 1 hour for only 200 pesos! I immediately put in my bucketlist, having done some archery back in Singapore.

A few months forward, I saw their post pass by my newsfeed again, so we finally decided to head out to DMZ Archery and checked out the place.



It’s located near Visayas Ave, but still had to enter a village to get to their place. At first I was lost, coz when we arrived according to waze’s direction, all I saw was this salon 😱

But lo and behold, hidden within its depths was an archery range!

We picked the 26 arrows for 100 pesos over their unlimited arrows for 200 pesos promo, since we weren’t sure if we were going to enjoy it.

There were 2 staff assisting us on how to hold the bow, how to load it and how to fire it!

After our first 5 shots, we find ourselves suddenly scrambling to hit the bullseye! We also found ourselves wondering why didn’t we take that unlimited arrows promo.

But on or about our 20th arrow, we soon start feeling the weight of the bow on our hand. So 26 arrows for our first try was worth it!

I will definitely come back here and shoot unlimited arrows for an hour!

This is definitely something to do on a rainy day!

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Location: DMZ Archery Range, 18 Mystic Rose Drive, Quezon City

Waze location <—- click here

How easy is it to travel locally in the Philippines

A lot of Filipinos seem to be intimidated when it comes to online booking, web check in, baggage selector, seat selector and all that jargon.

As a matter of fact, planning for a trip or booking nowadays is so easy with all the new apps available. DIY Travel is now really at your fingertips, and all you need is time off, a plan and of course a budget 🙂

One of my favorites apps to use when booking a flight is Traveloka. Its easy to use and they offer credit card and over the counter payment! No need to get scammed by those offering so called “cheap tickets”. Book your flights and pay it with cash!

Another thing I like about Traveloka is that they have this feature called “Find lowest price estimates”. This allows me to check ALL the dates and it will find the lowest fare out of ALL the available airlines.

If I don’t need to travel right away, I can also turn on Price Alerts. All I need to do is to open app the Traveloka app, go to “My account”, then tap “Price Alerts”. And Voila! I can add as many price alerts as I can and hopefully score that seat sale when it comes!

As you can see, booking a flight using an app is absolutely convenient, its fast and its safe. You’ll get your ticket delivered right to your app and that’s all you need to show at the airport with your valid ID.



You may also do a web check-in using the airlines mobile site or app. This allows you to, most of the time, skip the line, and go directly to the bag drop off counter and onto your gate. But please don’t forget to allot enough time for security check and check-in!

I booked my flight to Palawan yesterday (Sep 11), and here I am now at the airport waiting for my boarding as I write this blog 🙂

Hope this helps! Comment down below if you have any questions.

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How to DIY Fortune Island, Nasugbu Batangas

Fortune Island is an abandoned island located in Nasugbu, Batangas reachable via a 1 hour boat ride.

It was once a luxury resort, but I am assuming due to the lack of source for freshwater, it was abandoned and was left to waste away.

Today, it is one of the most popular places visited where you can experience a truly island life for a day or two!

Fortune Island boasts a stretch of beach with clear waters, snorkelling (if the waves aren’t too strong), cliff diving, photo ops with the ruins, a little bit of trekking to the light to the lighthouse, an amazing sunset and awesome milky way shots or starry shots if the time is right!

Entrance fee:

300/pax day tour
400/pax overnight
Boat 3500-4000 good for 10 pax

How to get there (3 hours from Manila)

Bus towards nasugbu, alight at jollibee Nasugbu

Waze: https://waze.to/lr/hwdtb0fkpv

Things to bring:

  • Tent
  • Drinking water
  • Food

Note:

  • It is an island with NO FRESH WATER
  • There are no WORKING toilets on the island, you can pay the caretaker minimal fee to fetch water from the sea, to flush your poop or pee.
  • There is no electricity
  • There is mobile data signal 3g
  • Its a one hour boat ride, and waves can get high during rainy season and BER month.
  • You can buy drinking and bathing water from the mainland
  • There are sari sari stores on the island

Contact: Ycel Bermas – (0915) 504 7166 / (0917) 524 4956 / (0937) 849 6834 / (0995) 688 5800

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Unli lobster unli crabs unli shrimps

We have all fallen for that tag line.. and sometimes we find ourselves at the restaurant ending up being disappointed coz the promo is no longer available..

But our craving for seafood could not be satiated and our itchy feet brought us to Crab and Belly in Subic!  


This is where we met our match!  Kuya Lucio presented us with the menu, and without hesitation we all ordered their unli lobster unli crabs and unli shrimp!


And 10minutes later, 3 plates full of seafood goodness filled up our table.  It didn’t take long for us to devour these tasty lobsters, and ordered a second round.


Boy those lobsters glisten and better yet you can order them steamed, buttered or chili!  It only took 10minutes for our second order to arrive.

Kuya lucio also kept bringing us food and made sure that we had everything we needed!

It was such a good experience and for 1599 per head i think it was worth the trip and the money!


Crab and Belly is located in Subic (we drove there from Manila) just to eat there.

You can set your waze to Crab and Belly or if you have the app simply CLICK HERE!