Saturday, June 30, 2018

Be Limitless with SvelT’i

In this day and age where technology has inevitably become a part of our daily lives, we are subconsciously living limitlessly with almost everything readily available at the tip of our fingers. It has led to so many discoveries, better establishments, and better luxuries and has dramatically changed our daily lives. From the way we communicate to speedy internet connection, from the academe to various industries, and from healthcare to aesthetics. Even in aesthetics and especially in the field of beauty, technology has been a huge driving force behind their huge improvements.  

For the past two years, SvelT’i has been creating sweeping possibilities that unlock the customers’ health and beauty potentials while satisfying their needs and demands. To keep up with the changing times and as a way to say ‘Thank you’ for the customers’ continued trust, SvelT’i now offers a new set of services that aim to further defy the limits that constrict an individual’s health and attractiveness. Starting April, the clinic has been offering the latest techniques in minimally invasive treatments- from botox, dermal fillers, non-surgical nose lifts (HIKO), platelet-rich plasma (vampire facelift), mesotherapy, sclerotherapy, to thread lift.



BOTOX
Botox is a neuromodulator that blocks the signal from the nerve to muscle, preventing the muscles to contract, hence preventing dynamic wrinkles to appear and worsen. When frown, forehead, bunny lines and crow’s feet are smoothened, an overall vitality is observed in the face.




DERMAL FILLERS
Filler injections are used to smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, shape facial contours and add to volume loss to aging face. It is used to heighten the nose, transform tired looking sunken under eyes to a fresher look, rejuvenate or make the lips plumper, add volume to the cheeks and even augment the chin to make it more proportion to the face.

Filler injection is a lunchtime procedure which gives an instant result.

HIKO
HIKO is a non-surgical noselift procedure that enhances the feature of the nose. It is an extremely popular procedure which gives the nose more definitive structure and lifts the nose tip. This involves inserting threads into the nose bridge and the tip. Combining nose threads and nose fillers will give you long lasting, higher and sharper nose creating the nose you've always wanted with minimal downtime.


 PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP) / VAMPIRE FACELIFT
The platelet-rich plasma or vampire facelift includes drawing blood from the patient, separating the platelets then injecting it back into the skin.  The platelets are high in growth factor that helps stimulate the skin to regenerate and aid in cell turnover, making it look youthful and vibrant. This procedure can be done not just on the face but on other aging parts of the body like the neck and hands. It also aids in addressing hair loss or thinning.

MESOTHERAPY
This procedure employs multiple injections of fat-burning products and plant extracts into the subcutaneous fat. It targets localized and stubborn fats that are hard to eliminate even with exercise. This procedure has been performed all over the globe for over fifty years because of its effectiveness. Other indication for the use of mesotherapy aside from weight loss is cellulite.


Mesotherapy combined with SvelT’i's world-class slimming lasers produces faster and superior results.
  
SCLEROTHERAPY
Spider veins that hinder the flaunting of smooth and toned leg scan are treated with sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is used to treat blood vessels like spider veins and smaller varicose veins. A sclerosing solution is injected into the unwanted veins which causes them to shrink and dissolve over a period of weeks as the body naturally absorbs the treated vein. Sclerotherapy in combination with SvelT’i's Laser Vein treatment makes a recurrence of unsightly veins less likely.



THREAD LIFTING
Thread lifting is a popular, non-invasive procedure that aims to reduce deep lines, facial folds, and sagging in the most natural way. These treatments are used mainly on the face but can also be applied on the neck and other body areas. SvelT’i is offering two types of thread lifting: V lift and Beauty thread.



These procedures can stimulate the production of collagen the protein which gives our skin the youthful glow, causing tightness in the area. All types of threads tighten the surrounding tissues and increase blood supply resulting in a healthier and tighter looking skin making you look five to ten years younger. Now, who would’ve thought that a nonsurgical thread lift can give youthful longevity?

These minimally invasive treatments together with the existing noninvasive procedures of SvelT’i assures the client that he or she can be transformed into a younger and better-looking person with no surgery and minimal downtime. And with this kind of technology, it’s absolutely possible to take a few years off the face with lesser expense and pain, unlike surgery.

Living limitless begins with a choice and everyone has that choice. The choice to live a life without bounds. The choice to be a better and beautiful you! With all these new offerings from SvelT’i, there are no restrictions, no stopping points, and nothing will hold a person back from making herself feel well and look beautiful.

To know more about SvelT’i, you may inquire at (02)332-7546 / 09188-SVELTI (783584) or visit the clinic at 5F South Insula Condominium #61 Timog Avenue, Quezon City from Mondays to Fridays from 9am-6pm and Saturdays from 8am-1pm. You may also visit SvelT’i FB page at www.facebook.com/sveltiph and IG account @SVELTI_PH.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Things You Should Know About Itchyworm's "Di Na Muli" Music Video

Di Na Muli was written in 2016 by long-time friends Jazz Nicolas and Wally Acolola. They entered the song into the 5th Philippine Popular (PhilPop) Music Festival, performed by The Itchyworms, where it won the grand prize. Now, in 2018, the song has been given new life in the official soundtrack of the hit film Sid & Aya (Not A Love Story) (Viva Films, starring Dingdong Dantes and Anne Curtis, directed by Irene Villamor).


Somewhere in between PhilPop and Sid & Aya, the Itchyworms set out to immortalize the song. The result was a visually stunning and emotional music video, directed by Paolo Abella. Help also came along in the form of the video's co-director Juno Oebanda, a longtime friend of the band, and the generous indulgence of none other than the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The link to the CCP is Teddy Hilado (d. 2015), recognized as the father of lighting design in Philippine theater, who is also the uncle of Oebanda


The song's themes of love, loss, and words left unspoken, are embodied in the elegant performances of Rosky Balahadia Hilado (Teddy's widow, formerly of the Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company) and Carissa Adea (Ballet Philippines), and in the video's sweeping visuals, all captured within the hallowed halls of the CCP. The music video seeks to serve as a loving tribute to Teddy, whose influence is still felt and recognized to this day.

The Itchyworms are now proud to share what is probably the first-ever music video shot inside the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and extend heartfelt thanks to those who helped bring the music video to fruition.

Youtube link for Di Na Muli official music video: https://youtu.be/rgHHJkzn5TU

For updates about The Itchyworms, you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Listen to the music of The Itchyworms on Spotify, Deezer and iTunes.
Check out their music videos: Official Youtube channel


If you love this song, here's the Di Na Muli Lyrics:


Di Na Muli
Words and Music by Jazz Nicolas and Wally Acolola
Performed by The Itchyworms

Verse:
Nung araw kay tamis ng ating buhay
Puno ng saya at ng kulay
Di mauulit muli

Ang oras kapag hinayaang lumipas
Madarama mo hanggang bukas
Di mababawi muli

Chorus:
Ang dami daming bagay na hindi naman kailangan
Kung pwede lang bawasan natin ang mga tampuhan
Hindi mo lang alam hindi mo pa nararanasan
Kahapon sana natin di mo na pinahirapan
Patawad muli
Di na muli

Verse:
Ang oras kapag hinayaang lumipas
Madarama mo hanggang bukas
Di mababawi muli

(Instrumental)

Bridge:
At natapos ang himas ng sandal
Di kukubli aking tinig
Nang lumipas na't di man lang nasabi
Salamat hanggang sa muli

Chorus:
Ang dami daming bagay na hindi naman kailangan
Kung pwede lang bawasan natin ang mga tampuhan
Hindi mo lang alam hindi mo pa nararanasan
Kahapon sana natin di mo na pinahirapan
Patawad muli
Di na muli

Binawi buhay mo ng walang sabi
Binubulong ko sa sarili
Mahal kita hanggang sa huli

Mahal ko hanggang sa huli

Thursday, June 21, 2018

HOME RELOCATION: How to transport your things efficiently and safely?

When we moved from Metro Manila to Bacolod in 2015, one of the major concerns that we had was transporting our things. It was during this time that I realized that I have too much stuff. Aside from our clothes, shoes, bags and other personal things, I had my Starbucks tumbler collection as well as my miniatures which I started collecting when I was young. We also had a home complete with furniture and fixtures made of hardwood like narra that we cannot simply discard because these are actually given to us by my parents as "pamana." 



Thus, we had no choice but to transport them all to Bacolod. Based on our experience, here are some tips on how to transport your things efficiently and safely:  

1. Mode of Transportation 

Use the right the mode of transport depending on the items' size, weight and nature. 

Air Cargo is recommended for smaller and not-so-heavy items. It is ideal for important items since it arrives at the destination faster or you can bring it with you as checked-in baggage during your flight. It is a bit expensive thus, it is recommended that you maximize the prepaid baggage allowance. In the Philippines, most domestic flights can allow up to 40 kilos of check-in baggage per passenger.

Sea Cargo, on the other hand, is recommended for bulky and really heavy items like furnitures and fixtures. Though it would be nice to get a full 20-footer container van to put all your stuff, it is also impractical if you cannot really fill the whole container. Thus, you can try to opt for loose cargo and just pay for its actual weight. Just keep in mind, that sea cargo can take a few days to arrive at the destination and may even have delays at the port so, make sure not to include items that you might need immediately in your new home. 



2.  Packaging

It is very important that we package our things properly prior to shipping. Use bubble wraps for breakables and plastics for items that should be kept dry. Make sure not to mix liquids, aerosol sprays with paper or documents since leaks might happen. Furniture, fixtures and appliances must be put into wooden crates. Boxes are also recommended to be cling-wrapped to avoid getting wet. 

3. Insurance

Make sure that you declare the correct value of your belongings and get appropriate insurance. We must accept the fact that despite all the safety precautions, accidents or natural calamities may occur that can pose significant damage or loss to our belongings. Thus, the least that we can do is minimize these risks since our things are exposed during shipping. 

Marine Insurance can protect your items shipped via sea cargo against the possible damage and loss because of bad weather, sinking, fire, typhoon, collision even piracy and jettison. Since most of our stuff is shipped via sea cargo, we got our Marine Insurance from Malayan Insurance. The small payment we made gave me the peace of mind that in case something happens to our things while on the voyage, at least we could afford to get new ones.  


How about you? Are you planning to relocate soon? Feel free to send us a message if you have any questions. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Summer’s not yet over with GetGo’s exciting exclusive offers

Summer may be coming to an end, but don’t worry! GetGo has lined up the best and most exciting deals to help you plan and book that much-awaited getaway with your friends and family.



Members are up for hotter adventures as GetGo’s hotel and travel partners roll out its rewarding promos to let you take your friends and family to the most beautiful places inside and outside of the city. All you need to do is provide your GetGo number during booking and present any proof of membership that indicates your GetGo number plus a valid ID upon check in to instantly enjoy exclusive member rewards such as discounts and points!

Craving for some vitamin sea? Drive your way to the beautiful south and indulge in the stunning view of crystal clear waters when you book a stay in Vivere Azure in Anilao, Batangas. You can also delight in world-class service and accommodation at Vivere Hotel Alabang. Members can redeem up to 70% off on bookings with Vivere Hotels, valid until March 11, 2019.



See the charm of Panglao Island in Bohol and delight in breathtaking sights of its beach at the shores of The Bellevue Resort Bohol. Experience both comfort and luxury at the center of Alabang when you head down to The Bellevue Manila. GetGo members can take advantage of room discounts up to 65% until November 30, 2018 at The Bellevue Hotels.

Want to enjoy the vibrant city life? Live right at the heart of Makati’s central business and entertainment districts and enjoy 60% off on room rates until March 12, 2019 at Best Western Oxford Suites. It is conveniently located within walking distances from malls, museums, and parks so you can make the most out of your staycation. Members can also experience a luxurious staycation at Hotel Celeste as it offers as much as 45% discounts for reservations until March 6, 2019.

Looking for some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Pack your bags and drive to Orchid Garden Suites in Malate, Manila. Tucked along the streets of Vito Cruz, this boutique hotel impresses guests with its classic charm and welcoming ambiance. Likewise, this hotel has a rich history to share and GetGo members can discover it for themselves when they book rooms with up to 45% off until March 11, 2019.

GetGo members can also have a relaxing staycation while earning points to #FlyForFree when booking with the program’s hotel partners. Enjoy affordable and comfortable accommodation at Go Hotels and Summit Hotels and collect 2 points per P100 spend. Every qualifying stay at the world-class rooms of Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria and Holiday Inn Manila Galleria also rewards members with a GetGo point. See the wonders of the different places in the Philippines when you visit Taal Vista Hotel, Pico Sands Hotel, Radisson Blu Cebu, Park Inn by Radisson Clark, or Park Inn by Radisson Davao and earn up to 500 GetGo points.

Likewise, eager wanderlusts and wide-eyed travelers can go on more trips and collect points for their next adventure with GetGo’s travel partners. Thousands of hotel rooms at the best deals await members who will book with Agoda and Kaligo where they can get up to 10,000 points per booking. Explore local destinations with Travelbook.ph and earn a point per P10 spend. Never miss the opportunity to update your social media when you roam with Traveling Connect and enjoy GetGo points. You can also complete your travel itinerary with mountain hikes and unconventional tours with Klook, Trail Adventours, and Experience Philippines and get additional points per P100 spend.

For more chances of collecting points faster, members can use any of their Cebu Pacific GetGo Cards by UnionBank to turn everyday purchases into exciting free Cebu Pacific flights!



So call your loved ones, pack your bags, and get going to your next travel destination. With GetGo’s enticing deals and promos, members can definitely enjoy a rewarding vacation like no other.

For more information on memberships and partnerships, visit www.getgo.com.ph. Stay updated on the latest promos by liking GetGoPH’s official pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Top 5 Things To Do During Rainy Days



Val and I love the rain. It actually means more time to spend together. If it is really not that important, we actually cancel our plans of going out and simply just stay at home. Personally, I consider the rain as a blessing from God especially after I saw how much it meant to the farmers during El NiƱo. 

Thus, we came up with a list of top 5 things to do at home when it's raining. 

1. Movie Marathon or Binge Watching - This may be the most popular thing to do when it's raining. Whether you decide to watch a movie or catch up with your missed TV series, just make sure to have popcorn ready. 

2. Get More Sleep - Don't miss the chance to get your much deserved rest. This bed weather is a perfect timing for you get more sleep. Make sure to have at least 8 hours. :) 



3. Give Yourself a DIY Pampering Session - Whether it's hot oil, deep conditioning, own mani-pedicure session, or simply cutting your nails, take this opportunity to take care of yourself. A DIY pampering session is the one of the greatest ways to express self-love. 

4. Hobby Time - With our fast-paced lifestyle, we may often forget our little passions such as writing, drawing, crafting or singing. Do what you love most, find the time to pursue your passion. 

5. Keep Yourself Warm - It may be raining outside but it's not enough reason to get cold. Make sure to keep yourself warm by enjoying MAS Soup Sarap



It's so easy to prepare. You just have to add hot water and you'll be able to enjoy a creamy and delicious soup in less than one minute. It is available in 3 flavors: Chicken and Corn, Seafood and Mushroom. MAS Soup Sarap is available in all leading supermarkets and 7/11 stores nationwide. 



How about you? Do you have other ideas on what to do during a rainy day? Feel free to share your thoughts below. 

ManilaMed’s Cancer Care Center

Cancer is one the most dreaded diseases and can mean the end of the world for patients including their families. However, this should not be the case because there is still hope against "The Big C." Early detection of cancer can make a difference and increase the chance of successful treatment. 

According to the World Health Organization, recognizing possible warning signs of cancer and taking prompt action can lead to early diagnosis. Thus, it is very important that the first step which is screening and diagnosis must be made by an expert. Access to sufficient facilities is also very crucial. After all, there is no room for errors and every minute counts. 

Thus, learning about ManilaMed’s Cancer Care Center provides the peace of mind that there is a place which delivers compassionate patient care with the best outcome. They help patients #feelbetter during unfortunate and trying times.

ManilaMed is a complete, one-stop facility that provides for the needs of its patients. From diagnostic procedures, specialized surgical procedure surgery, radiation oncology and systemic chemotherapy, the Cancer Care Center has everything needed to treat and manage cancer cases.



The Diagnostic Procedures provide an accurate analysis of tissues that confirms the presence of cancer, distinguishing the exact location, size, stage and tumor type. In this section, evaluation of cancer treatment also includes Mammography, Computed Tomography Scanning (CT-Scan), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Nuclear Medicine Imaging, Histopathology and Immunohistochemistry, and Endoscopy.




For patients who require surgery, the Specialized Surgical Procedure Surgery section is the most essential. This section prioritizes surgeries under Breast-conserving, Sphincter-Preserving and Laparoscopic Colorectal.

The Cancer Care Center also offers Radiation Oncology. Under this are various types of effective, high-tech treatments such as: Computerized Treatment Planning, 2D Conventional Radiotherapy, 3D Conformed Radiotherapy and Intensity-Modulated.

There's also the Systemic Chemotherapy section that provides chemotherapy treatments. Treatments combine Immunotherapy, Intrathecal chemotherapy, Intravenous and oral chemotherapy.


The ManilaMed Cancer Center located at United Nations Avenue, Ermita, Manila. It is open from 8AM to 5PM, Monday to Fridays (except holidays). For more information, please call 523 8131 loc. 2647 or email cancercarecenter@manilamed.com.ph  You may also visit their website




Trying to Conceive? A Woman's Overall Well-Being is the Key.

If you are following our story, you would know that Val and I have been trying to conceive for the past four years. With various treatments, medications and different doctors consulted, we have learned this lesson the hard way -- a woman's overall well-being is a key to a successful pregnancy. 


Women have the tendency to shrug off minor health problems and just see a medical practitioner when things go bad. We should stop doing this and instead we make sure that we are taken cared of. Keep in mind that prevention will always be better than cure. It is very important that our health should be a top priority and that women need superior medical service. 

Thus, we are happy to share that ManilaMed's Center for Women’s Health champions this advocacy where every women’s health issues are not left behind. As one of the institution’s Center of Excellence, it provides top medical offerings from experienced medical professionals to cater women in all their life stages---from child-bearing age, pregnancy, and to adulthood possessing any health-related concerns.

The center has five major units to make patients feel better about being a woman; the OB-GYN Ultrasound and Maternal and Fetal Medicine units are aimed to care for pregnant women and their newborns while the Breast Diagnostic Center and Colposcopy and Cryotherapy Center are for patients to safeguard their health from common illnesses among women.


Staying true to the commitment of holistic care, the center also offers other innovative surgeries and procedures such as Routine Pap Smear, Acupuncture for Infertility, Reproductive Urology, Pediatric Cardiology, Breast Surgery, and even Cosmetic Surgery.






In addition, the center knows the true essence of motherhood with its Fertility Enhancement unit that gives medical attention for women who would like to have higher chances of conception. 

Thus, if you are trying to conceive, visit the Center for Women’s Health every Monday to Saturday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more details, you may contact (02) 523 8131 loc 3100 /3101 or (+63)917 831 4892 or visit the website for more details.


ManilaMed is located at ​850 United Nations Avenue, Ermita, Manila, Philippines. Click here to view map. 

7 Secrets and Tips You Should Know When Visiting Hongkong Disneyland

We just got home from Hong Kong and spent 2 days in Disneyland to celebrate my mom's birthday. There is no doubt that it is the happiest place on earth. I was crying while watching Mickey and the Wondrous Book show (tears of joy!) However, visiting Hongkong Disneyland is also one of the most tiring experiences I had in my whole life. Seriously, my feet are so tired but I could barely walk once we're back at the hotel. 

Anyway, for those who are planning to visit, let me share some tips on how you can make the most out of your Disneyland experience. 

1. Visit the City Hall

Don't forget to drop by the City Hall. It is located in Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A., close to the Main Entrance to the park. They handle customer service concerns as well as provide assistance in dining reservations, currency exchange, and park information. There is also an ATM in case you need one. 


For first time visitors, you can ask them for a First Time Visitor Badge. If it's your birthday, you can also get a special Birthday Badge from Disneyland. 

2. Fastpass Service

Fastpass Service is a ticketing system that virtually “saves” your place in the queue for some of your favorite attractions. This allows you to enjoy the park and then come back to the attraction during the return time printed on your FASTPASS Ticket. This is absolutely free though not all attractions have it. 

Currently, it is available for Hyperspace Mountain, The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh and Iron Man Experience. 



3. Use Coupons for Discounted Meals

Don't forget to get a free copy of the Hong Kong 20th Anniversary Coupon Booklet to enjoy deals around the city.  This is available at the Hong Kong International Airport Visitor Centre and in selected hotels and inns in the city. Use the Disneyland coupon and get 20% off from meals. These are accepted in all dining outlets at the park. 



4. Prepare Your Rain Gear

It was raining during our 2-day visit but that did not stop us from enjoying the park. Though there are rain ponchos for sale (approximately HK$ 55), it would be cheaper and more practical to bring your own rain poncho which is cheaper if bought outside. 

5. Shop at Professor Porter's Trading Posts

Most shops sell identical items but one should not miss the chance to shop at Professor Porter's where you can score great deals and sale items. Can you imagine getting discounts from 50-70% off when you buy 2 or 4 item? 


I was able to get Mickey Mouse shoes for only HK$50 (regular price of HK$ 298) and shirts at 70% off. I got a couple of Star Wars shirts for Val at HK$60 each instead of the regular price of HK$ 198.

6. Skip the line at the Disneyland Railroad

One should not miss taking the Disneyland Railroad to get a complete tour around the park. This is the first attraction you will see when entering the park making it really crowded in the morning. Thus, it is suggested that you take the ride in the afternoon or instead, board from the Fantasyland station rather at the Main St. 




7.  Purchase Discounted Disneyland Tickets

Get your Disneyland tickets at discounted rate from Klook. One day pass is available for only HK$ 540 (Original Price is HK$ 589) Plus, Klook coupons also allow you to proceed directly to the entrance and skip the long queue.

How about you? Do you have something to share about your Hongkong Disneyland experience? Feel free to comment below. 




Road Trip: Manila to Bacolod

Last May 12, 2015, Val and I relocated  to Bacolod to say goodbye to the crazy pollution, endless traffic and fast-paced Metro Manila life. It was a big decision to let go of our jobs as well as the great opportunities that we have. Not to mention that we'll be missing our friends and loved ones. But hey, we are so ready to take our married life to the next level and get ready for a new adventure! 

Our whole new adventure starts with our "epic" journey. It is the longest land trip I have ever taken. Normally, it should take you 18-20 hours however, we had a lot of stops thus, ours was a bit longer. 




We left around 12:30am bound for Batangas via SLEX and Star Tollways. We wanted to leave a bit late to avoid the traffic in EDSA since we're from way up North. We arrived at the Batangas port around 4:00am but we were late for the RORO trip and waited for the next one at 5am. While waiting, we just decided to have some breakfast. 

We left Batangas port around 5:30am bound for Calapan, Mindoro. It was actually the best time to travel since we are in the middle of sea during sunrise, Watching the sun rise was a liberating experience as it marked the beginning of our new adventure. 


Even Crumpy enjoyed the trip since you can feel the wind brushing against your skin.




We arrived at Calapan Port around 8:30am and we are up for another 3-hour drive going to Roxas City port. This is our first time in this place and honestly, do not have any idea where to go. Our game plan was just follow the signs (which was sufficient and very helpful) plus our handy google maps. The road condition is good. Kudos for the nautical highway project! 

We passed several small towns and stopped for drinks and gas along the way. 


We reached Roxas City port around 11:30am but unfortunately, the next RORO bound for Caticlan will leave by 3:30pm. I guess that means we have ample time to rest and eat before the next trip. Since we barely know the place, we opted to have lunch at Andok's (a known company in Metro Manila) and we had a simple rice and bbq meal. Andok's is just very near the port. The sun was scorching hot that we felt uneasy. So, Val and I decided to use the port's shower room for Php 20.00/head. 

Our trip from Roxas to Caticlan was quite long (approximately 5 hours) via Montenegro Shipping Lines. We were already tired and sleepy but had no place to really rest. Val and I decided to stay on the upper most part of the ship.



We are were also very lucky to see the beautiful sunset on the later part of the trip.



We arrived in Caticlan around 8:30pm and we decided to stay overnight there. Unfortunately, all hotels and inn are fully booked because of the APEC Summit and we did not have any reservations. We tried to ask a few locals for suggestions and they recommended that we travel all the way to Kalibo proper to get a room.

It took as approximately 2 hours to get to Kalibo. The roads are too dark and no light posts available. There wasn't any signage on the road (unlike the ones in Mindoro.) On the brighter side, there were checkpoints and PNP outposts every 1 km because of the APEC Summit. So, at least we were able to ask directions every now and then.

You would know that you've reach Kalibo once you pass by the famous Kalibo bridge. Unfortunately, I was so tired and it was dark that we weren't able to take pictures. We were lucky enough to find a pet friendly inn immediately during the night. I made a separate review of the inn, here.

Around 10pm the next day, we decided to continue the drive going to Dumangas port. It is best to travel during the day because the roads are quite confusing with all the turns and no signages. You'll be able pass by Capiz before you reach Iloilo. We actually had lunch in Capiz since there's a Mang Inasal and Deco's in Mambusao proper.

We reached Dumangas port around 3PM and did not expect the problem getting into the RORO. Apparently, one of the ships of Montenegro broke down and Tristar would need a reservation a day before. Our only chance is a no-show of passengers with reservation.

We spent the afternoon chatting with other travelers and I can say we had made friends along the way. We learned that some of them have been there for a week but can't get their trucks on board because it's fully booked. Just like us, they are on the wait list. Being on the wait list, not only means "first come first served" but they are also considering the size of your vehicle. We got lucky and got on board around 8:00pm and then finally, arrived in Bacolod around 11:30pm.

About the fees and expenses, here's what we actually paid.

Toll Fee ( SLEX)  - Php 164.00 + 96.00
Toll Fee ( Star Tollways) - Php 67.00

Batangas Roro Terminal Fee - Php 129.00
Additional Passenger (Terminal) - Php 30.00
RORO Fee via Asian Marine (Batangas - Calapan) - Php 1,440.00

Roxas Roro Terminal Fee - Php 129.00
Toll Fee (Roxas City) - Php 50.00
Coast Guard Fee - Php 20.00
Entrance Fee - Php 30.00
RORO Fee via Montenegro (Roxas - Caticlan) - Php 3,840.00
Additional Passenger (RORO) - Php 408.00

Dumangas Port Roro Terminal Fee - Php 129.00
RORO Fee via Tristar - Php 800.00

Bacolod/BREDCO Terminal Fee - Php 375.50

Well, it was costly and tiring but the experience is all worth it. Indeed, it was "our adventure of a lifetime." 

If you would like to get a copy of the screenshots of the map we used, then send us a message

Planning your next road trip or have any questions, just leave a comment below.  

UPDATE: I lost my hard drive and no longer have access to the screenshots of the maps. However, if you have questions, just send me a message. So sorry! 


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