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Monday, May 21, 2018

Road Trip: Bacolod to Cebu

I was so surprised to discover that traveling from Bacolod to Cebu by land is very easy. We were used to flying so, it was only last Mother's Day weekend that I decided to give it a try. 

Our route was Bacolod to San Carlos Port (by land), San Carlos to Toledo (via RORO or water taxi) and Toledo to Cebu (by land.) 

If you plan to bring your own car, the fastest route going to San Carlos Port is through the via Don Salvador Benedicto highway. Travel time is approximately 2.5 hours though you might be interested in spending a few hours in the area to enjoy it. You may read about our short Don Salvador Benedicto adventure, here

If you plan to take the Ceres bus going to Cebu, then you have two options: 

A. Take a direct trip (BCD - Cebu) 

This means that you don't have to transfer buses and purchase your RORO ticket separately. However, travel time is longer since they take the slower RORO. Estimated travel time by direct trip is 7-8 hours. 

Here is the schedule: (subject to change without notice) 

1:30 AM
4:00 AM
6:45 AM
9:30 AM
12:00 NN
2:30 PM 
9:30 PM

Fare: Php 505.00 and if you have questions, here is the contact number of the Ceres South Bus Terminal - (034) 4329427 / 09177711212

B. Take separate trips 

1. Take the bus from Bacolod to San Carlos via Don Salvador Benedicto
Travel time is 2.5 hours
Fare: Php 144.00

They have buses leaving every few minutes.We took this option since we did not make it to the 12NN BCD-CEB direct trip. When choosing this option, inform the driver or conductor that you will be going to the pier. Once you reach San Carlos, they will be dropping you at the tricycle terminal. 

Take a tricycle going to the Port and ask the driver to drop you at the Fastcat or RORO ticketing office. Fare is only Php 20.00

2. Ride a water taxi or Fast Cat from San Carlos Port to Toledo Port

There are also several options traveling from San Carlos to Toledo. I highly suggest you take the Fast Cat. (This is not a sponsored post.) It is not your usual "fastcraft" that can only accommodate passengers but cars and motorcycles can take the Fast Cat too. It is new, clean and fast. Travel time is only 1 hour. 

Rates start at Php 150 for Economy, Php 200 for Premium Economy (Airconditioned) and Php 250 for the Business Class. I took the Business Class since it's cooler, not so crowded and it comes with a free light snack. 

Senior Citizens and children are entitled to discounts and those below 3 years old are free of charge. If you are bringing your car, an SUV/ AUV will cost you Php 1,535.00 while a sedan's rate is Php 1,139.00. 

For a complete schedule of trips, you may visit Fast Cat's website.

Also, don't forget to pay the terminal fee is Php 20.00 per passenger. 

Additional Tip: If you plan to just leave your car in San Carlos Port, the overnight parking fee is only Php 34.00. 

UPDATED on 10/28/17: Due to change in San Carlos Port's Management, overnight parking is no longer allowed. 

3. Ride a passenger van from Toledo - Cebu City

Once you reach Toledo port, take a tricycle going to the bus or v-hire terminal for Php 10.00. Since most of the buses are non-aircon, I highly suggest that you take a passenger van. Fare is only Php 100.00 per person and travel time is 1.5 hours - 2 hours only. 

Additional Tip: Mcdonalds is just walking distance from Toledo port in case you're hungry. 

If you plan your trip carefully and minimize wait time, you can reach Cebu in 6 hours. It actually has a very minimal difference if you travel by plane. Since BCD-Silay Airport takes 1 hour, the pre-departure wait time is 2 hours, flying time is 1 hour and Mactan Airport to Cebu City takes 1.5-2 hours due to traffic. 

Do you have any other questions? Feel free to comment below or send us a message at Facebook.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Where to buy discounted Hongkong Disneyland Tickets?

It's been a few months since we went to Hongkong Disneyland and despite our research before the trip, there are still a lot of things that we discovered once we got there thus, making us excited to go back soon. 

This includes the best place where we can get discounted Hongkong Disneyland tickets. If you remember, we got our 2-Day Hongkong Disneyland Tickets from Klook which I mentioned from my previous post

As of March 2018, Klook's offer for the 2-Day Hongkong Disneyland is still one of the best deals you can ever find. You can purchase the 2-day pass for only HKD 676 under the Traveler Shop and Play Package (this includes $30 shopping voucher) at Klook. Then, you can purchase using this link or use the code: B6K8X to instantly get HKD 25 off. Bringing the ticket rate down to HKD 651 

Let me share this to give you a better picture of the price comparison. This is now updated as of March 2018. 


Park Regular Rate -  HKD 799
Park and Shop Offer -  HKD 689 ( with free HK$30 merchandise discount voucher.)
Airport Ticket Rate - HKD 720
Klook Regular Ticket Rate with Discount Code - HKD 721 - 25 = HKD 699


Park Regular Rate - HKD 619
Park Play and Shop Offer - HKD 619 (with free HK$50 merchandise voucher or free waffle)
Airport Ticket Rate - HKD 540

As you can see you have different options on where to get discounted tickets to Hongkong Disneyland. then it would be cheapest through Klook. Just make sure to make use of the available promotional codes. If you need more Klook coupon codes, feel free to email me at  

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Correct Way to Get Wildlife Out of Your Home

Since humans interact with homes every day, they can quickly find the exits when necessary. Wildlife, on the other hand, can be confused by the sounds and smells indoors to the point where some don’t recognize an open door when you give it to them. There are also situations where wildlife removal is difficult because the creatures simply want to stay in this warm place with plenty of food. Here are some things to avoid and some to do when you have an unwanted guest.

Do Open Doors and Windows

Even though some wildlife will not recognize the exits you're offering, it is often better to have them than not. Certain rodents, once they feel trapped, may lash out at anything that moves. Once you've called an exterminator in Houston, TX, ask for other recommendations until arrival.

Don't Trust Old Folk Remedies

It can seem tempting to use plants, candles or other remedies to "urge" wildlife to leave your home, but most of these are better at preventing them from getting inside in the first place. You are better off trusting a professional to advise you that "old wives."

Do Check Local Laws

In some states, a permit is required to remove wildlife from a home or the surrounding areas. There are also laws against releasing wildlife on government property. Snakes, in particular, sometimes have laws against even releasing them in your neighborhood as they are legally classified as a nuisance. Another note is bees usually require relocation instead of destruction.

Don't Go In Blind

Just because you have a cat does not mean you are ready to tackle a raccoon and toss it outside. Wildlife extraction should never be attempted by a novice. Even if you have experience with wild critters, it is a good idea to do some research before attempting anything risky.

Do Move Your Pets to a Safe Space

Wildlife that gets indoors might try to attack a domestic cat, dog, bird or other pet. It's a good idea to move your pet somewhere safe with a door you can close. Large pets or ones that feel a need to be involved in everything might balk at this imprisonment, but it prevents possible injury.

Handling wildlife removal is something best left to professionals. These tips can help protect you, your family and pets while you wait for someone more qualified for the job. A qualified exterminator can also tell you about any laws regarding your particular pest.