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Ah, about holidays, we are officially off for vacation in the first week of July when Xiane finishes her school as well as Mavis’. We’re off to Malaysia the week after we arrive and a week after that, Mavis and I would be going to Bangkok! Yup, we’d be leaving Xiane with my mom and dad for 5 days. It’s actually my wedding Anniversary gift to Mavis since she has always wanted to go to Bangkok. And since the Malaysia Trip came up, I decided that a trip to Bangkok would be a good gift as any. By the way, it’s going to be our 8th wedding anniversary this May 5, Tuesday. We still intend to “celebrate” it on Thursday/Friday by watching “Wolverine” on the cinema and eating out. Happy Anniv! Going back to vacation, I’m due to be back in the middle of August while Xianelle and Mavis would probably be back mid- September (wink, wink).

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It seems that vacation is still 3 months away, July, yet it seems so near. We would have wanted to go home earlier since July is rainy season in the Philippines, but with Xiane’s school schedule, we don’t have any choice at all.

With Xiane being older and less worrisome when travelling, we’ve been making some side trips when we’re on vacation. 2 Years ago, we went to Hong Kong to see Mickey and his friends at Disneyland. We were also able to take my family with us as it was a promise I gave my Mom in 1999 as she always wanted to go to Disneyland. Last year, we were able to go and snorkel with the fishes and visit the longest underground river in Palawan. That was an unforgettable 5 day experience indeed.

For those with us in the trip, it seems easy enough to follow the itinerary. But for someone who plans the whole trip, for 8-9 people, it is a tedious job.

Usually, a plan is set 6 months before the actual trip, deciding on where to go and doing the research, budgeting and planning. It also doesn’t hurt that some low cost airlines gives free seats once in a while. AirAsia had their seat sale last December, I think, but we haven’t really decided where to go yet so I missed that one. We were thinking of going to Bangkok or Malaysia but by February, Mavis and I settled that we might not be able to do an extra trip this year. However, my Mom blurted out that they were planning to go to Hong Kong Disneyland again since she missed the fireworks and got sick when we were there. So I started with the research and initial budgeting. It seems that their funds and our funds wouldn’t quite meet the needed budget plus there were some concerns that it would just be a repeat of our trip before. That didn’t really bother me, Mavis or even Xiane, who wanted to ride the Buzz Lightyear again. With Mavis and I, we love Hong Kong and seems that we feel we’ve connected with the city. We love the transportation, the food, the walking, the shopping, and everything else. But I digress. Having a more set budget, we set our sights to our original plan, Bangkok or Malaysia.

To be continued…

AirAsia Seat Sale! AirAsia Seat Sale!

If you’re from Asia and plan to do some traveling within Asia between October 1, 2009 and January 1, 2010, try to book at AirAsia as they are giving away free seats or at least, very minimal fare. The Catch? You have to book from March 23- 29, 2009.

Booking Period: 23 Mar 2009 – 29 Mar 2009
Travel Period : 1 Oct 2009 – 31 Jan 2010
Travel Notes  : advance booking required

If you’re from the Philippines, from Clark, you can go to Kota Kinabalu for 70 Pesos (6 rials) excluding tax. Or you might want to go to Kuala Lumpur for 700 Pesos (55 rials) excluding Taxes. VEry cheap indeed.

Click here for other interesting flights being offered by AirAsia.


Qatar Airways increases Doha – Manila service from 11 to 14 weekly starting March 29, 2009.

Here are the following additions and changes that we expect:

QR644/645, which currently operates 4 weekly, is slated to be Daily with A330-300 aircraft.

QR646/647, current Daily A330-200 service, will see capacity increase with Boeing 777-300ER.

From Doha
QR646 DOH0055 – 1530MNL  (Daily)
QR644 DOH1450 – 0525+1MNL (Mon. Wed. Fri.)
QR648 DOH1820 – 0855+1MNL (MWF)

From Manila

QR645 MNL0655 – 1125DOH (Tues. Wed. Sat.)
QR649 MNL1025 – 1455DOH (TWS)
QR647 MNL1710 – 2140DOH Daily 

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