Friday, 10 July 2020

5 Things You Must Know Before You Visit Manila


Manila, capital and chief city of Philipine. The city is the center of  the country's economic, political, social and cultural activity. It is located on the island of Luzon and spreads along the eastern shire of Manila Bay at the mouth of the Pasig River.


What to Know Before You Visit Manila


1. You won't need a lot of pocket money


Cheapest Flight.


Unlike other tourist destinations in the world, traveling to Manila won’t break of your account bank. 
Plane ticket you can take a part in the 1 Peso from Cebu Airlines Program.  If you're lucky, you may encounter specials price.
Plan your trip well in advance and make Sure you take plane ticket promotion. the cheapest ticket price I got was 50 usd for a return flight from Jakarta-Manila with direct flights


Cheapest Hotel

Get the best deal on Online Travel Agent. For most travel planning, the best overall strategy is to compare prices from multiple sources including the hotel’s own website, as it will sometimes offer deals not shared with third-party sites.

First accommodation I have stayed was a three-starred hotel. I have been staying in this hotel for almost all my trips in Manila. I’ve been a loyal guest to them coming back every 2 to 3 times a years. 



The name is Kabayan Hotel. The Hotel has offered an affordable price per capsule room. Great thing about Kabayan Hotel is, it offered free wi-fi connection.


When you get in the room you will be provided with a pillow, a blanket and a towel. However, you need to have your own set of toiletries, which is fine with me.  They were absolutely clean and fresh! 

Room situation

Capsule Room

The star of Kabayan Hotel is of course the staff have made acquaintances from the receptionist to the security staff to the housekeeping staff. They always wear a smile and that is what I like about Kabayan Hotel. You felt that you are welcomed and they are pleased to see you

Rate : PHP 600 (With Breakfast)

2. Prepare for adventurous modes of transportation


Jeepney

The iconic Filipino Jeepney is one of the country's main modes of public transport and the cheapest transport. First-timers however are bound to find themselves puzzled at one point or another, attempting to get from origin to destination via these anachronistic vehicles.





Light Rail Transit/Metro Rail Transit

For backpackers it was a 'special' ride with the MRT/LRT.
Everyone gets frisked before entering the MRT/LRT due to security reasons. The fare range could be from PHP 10 to around PHP 15/20. It depends on your destination and how many stations you pass. Logically, the more stations you pass the more you will pay.

Bus

Although I always travel to Manila, I have never used a bus to get around the city. I prefer LRT and Jeepney. This is the information I was looking for on the internet some time ago before I went to January 2020.

The city buses plying the major routes are divided into three types: A, B, C. The first two have alternate stops, while the last stops at every loading/unloading area.

Taxi

If you are the type of backpacker or commuter who has a limited budget. I do not recommend a taxi to get around Manila. except when you’re on a rush or it rains all of a sudden and you forgot to bring your umbrella, then chances are, you’ll need to take a taxi.
Taxi fare is a lot higher than the Jeepney, MRT, or bus fare.  Ordinary taxi charge a flag down rate of PHP 40 and PHP 3.50 per 300 meters. Airport taxi charge much more, at PHP 70 flag down and PHP 4 per 300 meters.
Image : www.bloomberg.com



Thursday, 9 July 2020

Why the windowless window seat?


Some 'window' seat are actually windowless, so instead of scenic sky views, passenger will a boring because of grey or white panel.Why the windowless window seat? Essentially, it’s all about air circulation.

Based on information from Virgin Australia website on all Boeing 737 aircraft , air conditioning distribution ducts run through the main body of the aircraft. These ducts run up the side of the fuselage to overhead vents, in the space where a some windowless would normally be. 
The  space where a some windowless will deliver air conditioning throughout the cabin via overhead vents.

It’s not just a feature of the Boeing 737 aircraft either! You’ll find this on most of their fleet, including the Boeing 777s, 747s, 757s and even the 737 MAXs. Most Airbus aircraft types also have a similar windowless window seat, so it’s not exclusive to one aircraft type or corporation; it’s actually a pretty common design feature across commercial aircraft.

With this in mind, if you do find yourself sat in one of the ‘windowless window seats’ on your next flight, keep an eye out for the windowless window seat and you'll know that it's the reason why the aircraft cabin is nicely air conditioned to a comfortable temperature.

Image : Virgin Australia

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Meningitis Vaccine Part 2

When you are an Indonesian citizen and will do an Umrah.  You need to do vaccine meningitis.
Based on my experience the following is a step by step to do Meningitis Vaccine.

Step 1

You can register online at https://kespel.kemkes.go.id/vaksinasi_int/vaksinasi_int_public/add
You can also register offline at the Port Health Office closest to your home. Because my house is near the Soekarno Hatta International Airport, I chose Port Health Office Soekarno Hatta to do the Meningitis Vaccine. I registered online one week before arrival. I did a vaccine on June 18, 2019.

Step 2

I leave from home to the Soekarno Hatta Port Health Office at 6:30 AM and arrive at the port at 07:30 AM.  At that time, the office was still empty. But a very friendly officer invited me to fill the registration form.

Step 3

After completing filling out the registration form and returning it to the officer. The officer told me to check blood pressure by self service.

Step 4

After check blood pressure, the officer gave me the bill that I had to pay at the next table. The table was only a few meters away from the officer table. The total I have to pay is Rp. 305.000.

Step 5

At 8:00 the vaccination room was opened and the officer called my number. My number is "One".
In the room there are 2 officers who are in front of the computer doing interviews.  The interviews include:

  1. When is your first day getting menstruation in this month? I think this question is only for woman and married.
  2. Do you have allergies?
  3. Do you have heart disease?
  4. Do you have HIV?
  5. Do you have allergies medicine
The question not very important because at the form registration you already answer the question. 

After interview, officer told me to enter the room covered in curtains. A doctor prepared with bottles of vaccine medicine. The doctor explained to me how long this vaccine will take effect. My vaccine effect for the 2 years after injection. It's mean until June 18, 2021.

The doctor also told me if after I did the vaccine I had a fever. I can take Paracetamol as a reliever my fever.

Step 6


After injection i go to another table to take my vaccine certificate. The officer gave me the Yellow Book and explained the Meningitis Vaccine Medicine.

After i get the Yellow Book, i am come back to my home.
At 01.00 PM i felt a fever. After I had lunch I take Sanmol and slept. At 05.00 PM I woke up and I  was still fever.
After I  had dinner I take Sanmol again and slept. At 03.00 AM I woke up and my fever getting worse. I eat bread then take Sanmol again. Until morning my body was still feverish and I also felt headache. After breakfast I take Sanmol again.
Until this time, at night my body was still feverish.

Meningitis Vaccine Part 1

As millions of pilgrims from all over the world converge, many of which are from low-income countries with minimal access to healthcare, the risk of infectious disease increases dramatically. The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health (MOH) have therefore stipulated that mandatory vaccinations have to be carried out prior to Hajj and Umrah visas being issued. Vaccination requirements vary depending on the country you are travelling from. For Jamaah from Indonesia, before being allowed to enter Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj or Umrah, you will need to have had certain Meningitis Vaccinations.

Meningococcal meningitis

Meningococcal meningitis is a serious infection that can affect the brain membrane, causing severe brain damage and can be fatal if left untreated. Outbreaks of meningitis have been recorded during Hajj in 1987, 2000 and 2001.

Anyone intending to perform Hajj or Umrah from any part of the world is required to produce a valid certificate of vaccination against quadrivalent (A/C/Y/W135) meningococcal meningitis infection.

There are two types of meningococcal meningitis vaccines – polysaccharide and conjugate.

Polysaccharide vaccine – administered in the last 3 years and no less than 10 days prior to arrival in Saudi Arabia.

Conjugate vaccine – administered in the last 8 years and no less than 10 days prior to arrival in Saudi Arabia.

Both are acceptable for the issuance of the visa although the conjugate vaccine is recommended.

Applies to all adults and children above the age of 2.

Additionally, pilgrims arriving from countries within the African Meningitis Belt (Benin; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Chad; Central African Republic; Cote d’Ivoire; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Gambia; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Mali; Niger; Nigeria; Senegal, Sudan and South Sudan) will also be given antibiotics (Ciprofloxacin) at the port of entry as additional precautionary measure.

Proof of vaccination must be submitted with the visa application no less than 10 days prior to your arrival in Saudi Arabia.

Monday, 18 March 2019

Golden Week JAPAN

I’m sure you’ve heard of the Golden Week in Japan before.
Today I want to explain what exactly it means and why you should avoid it – if you can.  What exactly is Golden Week?

Golden Week refers to a rare accumulation of Japanese national holidays.
While students get a lot of school vacation, the working population in Japan usually doesn’t.
But Golden Week is golden because it’s the longest vacation period of the year for most Japanese employees.   When is Golden Week?

Golden Week is usually from April 29 to May 5 (sometimes May 6).

Sunday, 17 March 2019

9 Thinks to Know Before Visiting India

Embrace the diversity. India is a land of many people, many religions, many cultures. India is both modern and traditional, poor and rich, chaotic and serene. India cannot be defined by one culture. When you travel India, absorb everything around you

Cover up. India is both a modern and a conservative country and so it’s best for women to cover up – tight or revealing clothing for women is usually not worn and may attract unwanted attention. Wear something loose and comfortable like baggy cotton (or another fabric that breathes) pants, tunics and cover your shoulders with a dupatta (large scarf or shawl)

Women – be careful with your body language. A simple smile, eye contact, and friendly conversation can be taken in the wrong context. Women making eye contact and smiling can be seen as flirtatious. Casual, friendly conversations could give people the impression that you are easy to take advantage of you. The best solution is to minimize small talk and act confident. It’s sad to say that some people, no matter where you are in the world, know how to take advantage of tourists, and the key is to exude confidence. Pretend you know exactly what you are doing, even if you feel a little unsure

Avoid asking leading questions. If an Indian doesn’t know the answer to your question they will try not to disappoint you, but will try to help you as much as he can so he will probably just answer “Yes” to your questions. Therefore, questions like “Can I cross from here to reach the train station?” are not recommended as you might not get a useful answer and will just get lost and frustrated. Also, head nodding doesn’t mean “Yes” or “No” it can mean both.

Be aware of scams and touts. If you are lost and someone offers to take you to the ‘official government tourist office”  to book a ticket, tour, hotel or for money exchange it often means that he will take you to a regular travel agent who has nothing to do with government but pays him a commission

Research your destination. Just make sure you have done a bit of research of where you are going in advance and book your accommodation for the first night

The food is amazing. The Indian food you have in India is different and SO much better than the Indian food you get in the Malaysia or Singapore.

Completed your book as soon as possible. Don't wait until the day of to book your train or bus to the next city. If you wait, seats sell out very fast

Check the weather! India is a huge country with a climate that is more diverse and changeable than you might think.  Visiting Agra in February is a really dumb idea. You will only see thick fog covering the Taj Mahal


Saturday, 2 February 2019

How to Make an Itinerary for Your Trip

Making a travel itinerary may sound like a completely trivial, but a customized travel itinerary is awesome. It lays out every piece of information you may need on your trip.

Simply put, an itinerary houses all of the information you may ever need while on your trip in the same place.Here's how to get started:

First, gather all of the info you may need: flights, hotels, tourist atraction, local transportation,  Halal resataurant, etc.

Next, start filling in day-by-day with any info you may need.

Once you're done adding your information, it's time to save your itinerary in a place you can easily access it.You can email it to yourself, but other good places to save it are in your Evernote, your DropBox or even just saved as note on your smartphone.

BUT, remember that sometimes smartphones die and we don't always have access to wifi--especially when traveling.This is where the hard copy comes in.

Print a copy for yourself and store it with your boarding passes, maps or anything else you'd normally access together with flight details and hotel addresses.

Creating an itinerary will give you peace of mind and simplify your travel routine