La Union: Booking Bus Tickets Online

With La Union becoming a top weekend destination, booking bus tickets can be quite stressful.

Fortunately, last June, my friend and I were able to book tickets online–through Biyaheroes. It was a lifesaver because we booked easily. I actually found this website the day before our trip, and I’d definitely visit again to book for other destinations. I hope this blog post helps you with your La Union trip!

 

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Home page

 

Create your booking

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Booking

After clicking the “Book Now” in the home page, just fill in your booking details.

There are two bus stops at La Union–San Fernando and Sebay. It’s much better to stop right at Sebay, San Juan because that’s where all the known restaurants and hostels are located.

Interestingly, you can book boat and airplane tickets in Biyaheroes too!

 

Choose your schedule

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Departure: times and rates
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Departure: times and rates

You can choose from different times, rates, and even bus types. For our trip, we chose the 12:00NN Super Deluxe Bus of Partas which costs P527 per ticket.

All La Union buses are generally bound for Laoag or Vigan, so make sure to tell the barker that you want to be dropped off at Sebay, San Juan. Don’t worry, you’ll definitely get off along with other people.

 

Tip: Book your return tickets ASAP!

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Return: times and rates
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Return: times and rates

As you can see, there are only two bus rides for the return trip from La Union to Cubao, and one of them is already full.

For our return trip last June, we made a mistake of not booking early, so we ended up sharing the van with other people which cost more.

It’s best to book your return trips as soon as possible. If you’re booking for a Sunday trip back to Metro Manila, most people are too. You wouldn’t want to end up with “chance seats” in the bus back to the city.

 

Select your seats

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Departure: selected seat
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Return: selected seat

You can easily reserve your seat for the bus ride.

 

Fill out passenger details

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Reserver details
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Passenger details

After selecting your seats, it’s now time for the last step in the website. Fill out your reserver details as Biyaheroes will notify you via email and text. Add in your passenger details; they offer discounts for students, senior citizens, and PWDs.

 

Payment method

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Payment methods in the website
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Email: payment details
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Email: payment details
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Email: payment details

After filling out your reservation and passenger details, you will be directed to the last page which shows the payment method. Biyaheroes accepts BPI ExpressOnline, BDO Internet Banking, payment at 7-Eleven stores, and a lot more. Biyaheroes will then send you an email on when to settle your payment.

In our trip, I chose BPI ExpressOnline and paid without encountering any problems.

 

Confirmation

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Text confirmation
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Email confirmation

After settling your payment, you will receive an email and text confirmation. In your email confirmation, you will see an attached PDF that serves as your voucher. Download it, print it, and present it to your bus ticket office. Don’t forget to present your valid ID if you availed of any discount.

It’s that easy! Biyaheroes is a convenient website that I will definitely visit again for my future trips. I hope you do too!

 

Safe travels!!

 

For a description of the bus ride and other La Union highlights, check out my previous post: La Union: My 6 Highlights ~

 


References:

https://biyaheroes.com/#!/

Picture of “payment methods in the website”: https://www.ourawesomeplanet.com/awesome/2016/12/biyaheroes.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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La Union: My 6 Highlights ~

Last month, my friend and I were blessed to have traveled to La Union or Elyu, as referred to by many. It was a memorable experience overall and we’d definitely go back there soon. Hope you enjoy this little blog post about my Elyu trip!

 

1. Bus ride

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A little sample of our Biyaheroes voucher

My friend and I booked our bus tickets for La Union online. We booked through the Biyaheroes website with the destination Sebay, La Union.

Thanks to Biyaheroes, we experienced online booking with such convenience! I got to choose our seats and departure date & time. There were also different payment methods, and I selected BPI Express Online. It was pretty much hassle-free, and I’d book here again next time.

For more details on Biyaheroes online booking, I’ll be posting about it real soon!

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Super Deluxe Bus (Partas)

My friend and I met up at the Partas Cubao Terminal at around 10:30AM. Then, we presented our voucher in exchange for our bus tickets.

The bus we rode was more than satisfying for me. The leg room was big and the chairs were reclinable. I actually didn’t get a stiff neck, which usually happens to me in airplane rides. It was good that we chose this Super Deluxe Bus for a 5-hour ride.

Before we departed, a vendor passed by with some oranges. Of course, being my fruit-loving self, I bought a pack worth P100.

We left Cubao a little before 12:00NN. My friend and I took most of the time catching up on our lost sleep ((cram packing is so real!)). We also had our Spotify tunes on and had conversations about our past trip to Camiguin.

At around 5:00PM, the bus dropped us off right at San Juan, La Union! We were surrounded by tons of restaurants and a few surf shops, which made us excited for the trip. I’m glad we had a good, first experience in La Union.

 

2. Food

~ Choka ~

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Choka is a restaurant conveniently located by the beach, beside Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel. It offers breakfast favorites such as pancakes, waffles, fruit shakes, and rice meals. Choka is a must-visit spot because of its overall ambiance.

It was around 11AM when the sand was unbearably hot. We then came across Choka for some brunch. We immediately liked the ambiance because there were morning, jazzy tunes. We also felt relaxed coming from our morning swim.

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Omelette – P90, Rice – P20

We ordered the omelette with tomatoes, bacon and cheese. I also had to add in some rice, of course. I also had my orange from the bus sliced (yay!). Choka offers the make-your-own combo breakfast, which we did. Turns out, they offer that combo all day!

 

~ Tagpuan ~

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Adobo with rice and salsa – P95

Tagpuan is a small eatery located along the Urbiztondo Road. Here, they offer affordable meals–from tokwa’t baboy to their famous bagnet.

This is where I had my first meal in La Union. It was a recommended restaurant by bloggers, so I just had to try it. I ordered the adobo with rice and salsa. For me, it wasn’t so special, but it was a filling meal for the night.

 

~ Coast Call Kitchen & Bar ~

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Coast Call Kitchen & Bar is a restaurant that offers a variety of both local and international dishes. It is part of the San Juan Surf Resort can enjoy the beach just a few footsteps away. The resort also offers a surf school, souvenir shop, and spa services.

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Liempo – P270, Tinola – P240, Rice – P30

We came across Coast Call Kitchen & Bar because it was another recommended restaurant by bloggers. My friend and I were pretty excited about our dinner here, and this place did not disappoint.

We ordered Liempo that was mixed with bagoong. The dish was bursting in flavor, it was absolutely delicious. We also ordered Ilocano-style Tinola, which was also infused with bagoong. It wasn’t like the ordinary Tinola I would have at home, as this had a much stronger flavor. The servings were more than enough for the both of us, and these would be some of the best Filipino dishes we’ve ever tasted.

 

~ Makai Bowls ~

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Makai Bowls is a shack located in The Great Northwest Philippines Travel Stop & Viewing Deck that offers healthy smoothie bowls. They use fresh ingredients that they get around the area.

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Smoothie bowl and chicken inasal

My friend ordered one of the smoothie bowls, and it was filling for the both of us. It had bananas, a slice of orange, granola, and acai berries.

Right beside Makai Bowls was a restaurant that offered big servings of chicken inasal. I really love chicken inasal, and I was glad I found it in LU. I ordered one, and it came with a lot of rice, cucumber, and okra.

 

~ El Union Coffee ~

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Horchata – P140
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Dirty Horchata – P150

El Union Coffee is a little coffee shop located in The Great Northwest Philippines Travel Stop & Viewing Deck–familiar to all locals and tourists alike. It’s known for its coffee blends, Grilled Cheese with Bacon Jam, Horchata, Indoor Smores, and laid-back ambiance. El Union has also made its way to BGC and soon, in The Pop Up Katipunan.

On our first day in LU, I really wanted to buy Horchata. It was Vampire Weekend’s song “Horchata” that made me curious to try it. I ordered one, and it was light and refreshing.

Furthermore, on our last morning, I ordered the Dirty Horchata. I thought it would have chocolate. Instead, it had a shot of espresso which energized my morning.

Horchata is a Mexican drink essentially made up of rice milk, almonds, vanilla extract, and topped with cinnamon powder. It’s definitely one refreshing drink for the summer.

 

3. Beach

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San Juan, La Union
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Beach volleyball

San Juan, La Union is truly known as a surfing spot in Northern Luzon, and people just keep coming back due to its proximity to Manila. However, surfing isn’t the only recreational activity; many people also play ultimate frisbee and beach volleyball.

In our whole trip, we were pretty disappointed we couldn’t surf. Although, I did notice some groups playing beach volleyball, and being a UAAP fan, it was fun for me to watch them. Right beside them was a group of friends playing frisbee. I decided to join them, and it was probably the best thing I’ve done in LU. 

Doing some throws in the sand was a lot different than in the usual field. I felt my feet sinking, and it was a fun challenge. The people were really friendly, and I bumped into them later on in the night.

 

 

4. Nightlife

~ Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel ~

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Lively place

Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel is a must-visit in LU. In the day, it gives off a peaceful and artistic vibe. At night, it comes alive as both tourists and locals often come here for the fun night parties.

In this social hostel, there are usually events buzzing around. For our trip, we came across the Pride Festival, which I was not aware of when visiting LU, haha. Turns out, it was the first one to ever happen in LU.

The music here was good, but I personally liked it more in the Shrine. We got to meet some people we hung out with, so it was fun here nonetheless.

 

~ Shrine of Satisfaction ~

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Shrine of Satisfaction @ The Great Northwest Philippines Travel Stop & Viewing Deck
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Afterparty: I spot Emman and Mark here, haha!

Shrine of Satisfaction is a pop-up cocktail bar, and it’s pretty much an extension of El Union Coffee. It’s only open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.

On our 2nd night in LU, We stopped by my favorite spot–The Great Northwest Philippines Travel Stop & Viewing Deck. I was going to buy horchata, but El Union Coffee had closed already. So, we came across the Shrine of Satisfaction at the second floor.

We stayed, and I’m glad we did. The music was great, the drinks were good and the people were really friendly. We met some people here and there. One of them was Emman–who made me try the horchata there, yay! It was horchata mixed with some coffee and alcohol. We met some of his friends who we got to chat with.

This place was memorable for me, so I highly recommend it!

After staying in the Shrine, we all headed to the afterparty. We mostly hung out with our new Bulgarian friend, Ivo. The night was fun because of lively music and people.

 

 

5. Sunset

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Sunset view

When I go to the beach, I always love watching the sunset. It just amazes me every time. In LU, we viewed it from our Airbnb, which gave us a panoramic view of the ocean.

 

 

6. People

What makes traveling fun for me? Definitely the people. I value the people I travel with and who I meet along the way.

Meeting people around LU was great and we still keep in touch with some of them. When we do go back to La Union, it’s good to know that we have friends to go back to.

 

All in all, I enjoyed this trip, and I would definitely go back to try new things around. There is just so much that LU offers that you should discover too! I hope this blog post would help you plan your trip to La Union.

Safe travels!! ^_^


References:

https://sanjuansurfresort.ph/

https://www.instagram.com/theshrineofsatisfaction/

https://danescalilung.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/el-union-cafe/

http://primer.com.ph/food/location/philippines/la-union/makai-bowls-in-la-union/

Someday, Japan.

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Heeyy! Sorry, I haven’t posted anything since Hong Kong: Victoria Harbor View! I’ve been busy with a lot of schoolwork lately. 😦 So I owe you guys a pretty long blog post! :> Here it goes…

Apparently, I have never been to Japan.

In summer of 2015, it seemed like everyone was in Japan–their photos filled up my feed in Instagram and Facebook, HAHA.

But how exactly does Japan stand out to me? 

I know that seeing pictures and reading about a tourist destination does not give you everything–it only gives you a faded taste of how it really is there. Because of researching [too much] about places I want to visit someday, I’ve begun to see how Japan falls under my list of “Someday, _____.” In case you’re wondering, it’s not a wish list because I claim to go to these places someday! :)) :>

These are activities/things that I wish to do in Japan [a.k.a. things that I’ve already done in my head and kind of researched about–in no specific order]:

1. Cat Café – I love cats, and bringing them to cafés is one of the cutest ideas I’ve ever seen in my entire life. I’ve actually been to a cat café in Hong Kong, and it was an adorable experience to see cats everywhere–walking around the counter, sleeping in their cubbyholes, and adorably sitting beside you. It seems like Japan has more in store for those cat café lovers, and I’d rather not research too much about what they have. Let it be a surprise!

[Did you know: The idea of cat cafés started in Taiwan, then it made its way to Japan. Now, Japan is known for its many cat cafés!]

[Did you know: I love both cats and dogs, just saying. :>]

2. Dog Café – HA! See, I wanna visit a dog café too! I’ve never been to one, and I know that that experience will be a great one too!

3. Hachiko Statue – HACHIKO. ;_; The statue can be found next to Shibuya Station in Tokyo. Incase you haven’t watched the movie..go watch it! 🙂

4. Street food adventure – I definitely want to schedule a day of trying out all the street food that Japan has to offer! Takoyaki all the way!!!

5. Shibuya – I heard that Shibuya is full of stores to buy from! I’m not much of a shopper, but I’d like to shop for some clothes–definitely some winter hats and socks!

6. Nature side – Japan can be known for its liveliness at night and the variety of shops–kind of like an Asian New York City. But I’d like to take the time to look for the nature side of the country, like book a train ride to some faraway place. I’m sure there’s a lot of the nature side as well!

7. Ghibli Museum – This museum basically showcases exhibits, rooms, and the different characters from the Studio Ghibli movies–characters like Totoro from My Neighbor Totoro and The Robot Soldier from Laputa Castle in the Sky. It’s located in Mitaka City, and the admission tickets range from ¥100 to ¥1,000.

8. Cherry blossoms – Okay, so most of the photos I saw on Instagram had people standing by cherry blossoms. Honestly, I find cherry blossoms really beautiful even if I’ve never seen them in person. I’m not much of a fan of pink, but if you add some lightness into its color, I’ll love it. Aside from its color, it would completely remind me of Shigatsu Wa Kimi No Uso (Your Lie in April)! I don’t watch a lot of animés, but I really love this one–from the storyline to the amazing classical music. My friend introduced me to it, and I still keep listening to the soundtrack! ❤ I highly recommend it!

So, those are just 8 things I’d like to do in Japan. I’d probably add more when they come into my head, I’m sure! Japan has always seemed like an expensive country for me to visit; that’s why, compared to other countries, it wasn’t a place that I thoroughly researched about before. But I’ve seen how my perspective of it has changed. A lot of airlines now open [fairly] affordable prices to Japan, and I’ve also got to know more about its food over the past few years.

I know that we all, somehow, have our own “Someday, ______” lists in mind. We don’t often go to those places because of different reasons, but it’s a good idea to save up because it will show how much effort you’d put in to reach for your own adventure! 😀

And waiting plays a big part. Remember that things don’t always go your way in your own time. Yes, you can dream, but don’t expect those ‘dreams’ to come right away. I’ve dreamed of going to a lot of places, but I’ve only been to two of them. I’m still waiting, and I’m sure waiting can also be as exciting as going to your destination! 🙂

I’m sorry this is a pretty long post, and I hope you liked it! Just put in your comments below if you have some insights and experiences you’d like to share with me about Japan! ^_^

God bless! Safe travels! 😀

References:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20120402-worldwide-weird-feline-fun-in-japans-cat-cafes

http://www.lawson.co.jp/ghibli/museum/ticket/english.html

http://www.gojapango.com/tokyo/shibuya_hachiko_statue.htm

http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/en/

Hong Kong: Victoria Harbor View

When you wake up, make sure to look forward to something new--something so simple, like a good view.
When you wake up, make sure to look forward to something new–something so simple, like a good view.

This is my first blog post, and I want to share one of my favorite travel destinations. It also happens to be the first place I visited out of the country. I hope you enjoy getting a taste of the wonderful Hong Kong.

This is Victoria Harbor from the perspective of those located in Tsim Sha Tsui. You can take this shot almost anywhere at the edge of Tsim Sha Tsui–maybe at Harbor City or Avenue of Stars. In my case, I took it from an overpass. Yes, an overpass. It doesn’t sound so..exciting, huh? But I just want to tell you that I woke up every morning [for 5 days] just to take a look at the same view. Why?

It’s all about perspective. We all probably look at the same things, the same people, and the same places every single day, yet there’s always something new to discover. Take a look again. Things change. Hong Kong residents look at Victoria Harbor all the time, and they’re probably sick of looking at some buildings by the water. But as a tourist, you’re new to it, so don’t feel ashamed to keep looking at the view. Once we see new places, we are amazed. Later on, you’ll get sick of looking at it, no doubt. It would probably be a waste of time to just use up your whole day staring at it. But I tell you, there will be a time that you go back to it. There will be a time that you look at it–amazed once again. It’s the same view, yes. But remember that view, the things, the places, the people–all these you see everyday. Look at them again and see if anything has changed. See if you have appreciated them enough. Because I tell you, everyday brings a new perspective! ^_^

Today, I want you to take a look at something you’ve been ignoring or just passing by for quite some time. Take the time to appreciate it today! 🙂