TEXT A POLICE IN DAVAO

Just in case you're getting into trouble and need police assistance, this number might help. I tried calling just to make sure, but it says 'your balance is below 20 pesos, please reload immediately to enjoy continued service', Thank you', hahaha...'taympa, magpaload sa ko', ....  but seriously, have this number in your cellphones guys, it can come handy just in case untoward incidents will happen or you want to report something unusual in discreet manner.


STA. ANA CHURCH ALTAR

I've always wanted to take a photo of the newly renovated Sta. Ana Church, but I just can't get a good timing. I finally had a chance today after attending a christening of a friend's son. 

If you're a Catholic faithful and happen to be in the city, you shouldn't miss a time saying a prayer here, it's fully airconditioned so communing with the Divine is as comfortable as ever.



BARGAIN BREAKS IN THE BALEARICS

If there’s one thing that a holiday in the Balearic Islands needn’t be, it’s expensive. Whether you opt for the bustling resorts of Ibiza, the laid-back life of Menorca or the diversity of Majorca, cheap holidays in this beautiful corner of the world are readily available and easy to come by.

Start by browsing any major tour operator’s website and you’ll be greeted with an abundance of special offers - many of which are designed to sell off holidays leaving within the next few weeks or to help travel companies boost sales to a certain destination. Keep an eye out for online discount codes or, if you prefer to book through a shop or over the phone, don’t forget that you’re talking to a salesperson - so be confident and ask for a reduction or try to negotiate an upgrade, such as a sea view room or a free upgrade to all-inclusive. It’s worth a try and after all, they can only say no.



Like many Spain vacations, the Balearic Islands are hugely popular with holidaymakers but this certainly doesn’t exclude them from the discount zone. Booking close to the departure date will almost guarantee an attractive price reduction, and you’ll often see the price plummet the closer you get to departure. If budget is your top priority, this is a great way of getting excellent value for money - but just watch out in case availability drops to zero before you have a chance to book.

You should always book outside of school holidays to avoid peak prices, or failing that, book well in advance to secure your first choice of hotel and departure airports. Booking early is also a great way of bagging a good deal plus you’ll often get to pay your holiday off in stages over a period of time, which helps make things that little bit easier.

ONE HOT DAY AT 'THE PEAK'

I met a friend at Figaro here, this place is called 'The Peak', it's located atop Gaisano Mall along JP Laurel Ave., it was dang hot when we came out but I took the chance of taking a snap, I dared the scorching sun - though it's cool here on fine nights, I just don't like a lot of people giggling, whining, circling around the color-changing fountain,

Some restaurants are bound to open so watch for it, love the chicken at Charlie's. 



TIPS FOR MAKING GUESTS FEEL WELCOME

You’re the king or queen of your home. You set the rules.  You  organize t he layout. You’re  the  boss.  Now take in a  houseguest  and  your  once  lovely,  peaceful  kingdom  can  turn  into  an  all-out  war  over  territory. You might not have an online hospitality management degree, but that isn’t to say you cannot exercise a few rules to make your guests feel a bit welcomed. From setting out tea and coffee for them to allowing them to conduct their normal business as they would in their own home, these surefire tips can ease the tension of having a guest.

It’s Business as Usual

You’re doing your friend or relative a favor by allowing them into your home. Sure, setting up a place to sleep and food to eat is great, but taking in a houseguest does not mean you should go above and beyond the call of duty to please them. Relax and act as you normally do when guests are not around. Conduct yourself in your regular manner. Doing so will let your guest feel relaxed, comfortable and welcome inside your home.

If you take the effort to let someone stay with you, let them be themselves as well. Don’t be angry when they fail to clean up their own dishes. Try not to give furtive looks when they live like pigs because remember you did let them into your home. Let them carry themselves how they normally do because they are after all a guest and not a permanent resident.

Provide Entertainment

You’re not running a prison; let your house guest have access to entertainment. Set up a television for them. Give them some reading material. Show them that the game system is there for them to enjoy, too. While you’re off at work, let them know that they can do whatever it is they like, such as watch a movie, play games or surf the Web. Granting your guest just a few amenities can make them feel at home.

Supply Toiletries

Toothpaste, toothbrush, towels, and toilet paper should be well in stock before your houseguest arrives. Don’t make them go out and buy extra towels, brushes and shampoo. Share some and let them feel like they are there to enjoy your home as well. An extra set of towels and even a spare toothbrush can spare them the hassle of having to visit a store.

Miscellaneous Accessories

Professors who teach online psychology classes agree, offering a coffee, tea, a hallway light, and even an alarm clock for your houseguest can make them feel welcomed and relaxed when staying with you. A hallway nightlight helps them make it to the restroom without opening random doors or tripping over toys or rugs. Adding in extra accessories such as these can make a great experience for the visitor.

Sources

Simple Mom (2008)

WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME TO VISIT EUROPE?

Who doesn’t want a vacation to Europe? It’s an ultimate dream for me, I’ve always wish to visit Prague, but thing is it doesn’t come in cheap. But thanks to this infographic, it’s actually a matter of knowing where and when to go so you can go around your budget, different places in Europe have different prices of food, drink, transportation depending on time and season too.

So if you’re planning a trip to Europe, I think you’ve nothing to lose if you’ll take a minute or two going through this graphic, I find it very informative, now I know food is cheaper in Spain than in UK, this would just mean one thing, I should indulge on Paella more.. great!

Staycations vs Cheap Holidays Abroad Infographic - Thomas Cook "Provided by ThomasCook"