Our SEDA Centrio Hotel Experience via Traveloka

When travelling locally or abroad, it is always wise to book your hotel accommodation earlier to

be able to get the best deals on hotel rooms and get the best room available as well. As a

frequent traveler I have tried a lot of travel apps that I have learned from my friends. There are a

lot of choices but one of the best travel apps I have come to know is the Traveloka App because

they don’t have hidden charges. I have tried another app last year and was upset because when

we arrived at the hotel, we paid for a tax fee that I thought was already included in our booking

thinking that we have saved money but then again, it wasn’t the case.

So this time, I made sure that there will be no additional charge or any hidden charges upon

check-in and I am glad that Traveloka delivered.

Let me share with you our SEDA Centrio experience that we booked via Traveloka.
I am a cheapskate and I admit that, I don’t usually spend on hotel rooms during business trips

because I don’t spend huge amount of time inside the hotel. But when we are with the kids, we

make sure we booked big hotel rooms and hotel with swimming pools so the kids will enjoy it.

We have not tried SEDA Centrio before because it is one of the most expensive business hotels

available in Cagayan de Oro City. I am glad that I have learned about Traveloka and was able

to book through them because they have huge discounts for bookings and no additional

charges.

I booked for a CLUB type of room which has a lot of perks compared to other rooms like

complimentary use of DVD Player (on request) and complimentary late check-out until 2:00pm.

The room is spacious and it has 2 beds (which is perfect because we have 2 kids). SEDA

Centrio is sure a business hotel, they have a big working table with a desk lamp and a swivel

chair.
I can work if I want to but I am here for a staycation with the kids so I stick to the plan.

My kids favor beautiful bathrooms and their wish was granted. SEDA Centrio has a bathroom

that fits their requirement. It has toiletries that we can use, I left ours at home. And the Flat

Screen TV was enormous.

I was able to book this staycation to a beautiful hotel and like me, you can have this room for a

lesser price. Just download the Traveloka App in your App Store for free. Sign-up and you can

find a lot of choices anywhere in the Philippines and international.

First, tap “Hotels” then key in your destination, desired dates, how many days of hotel stay and

how many rooms you would like to get. The prices that Traveloka gives you are final, no hidden

charges or extra fees upon check-in, I can assure you about that.


After that, you have to input your contact details and special requests after choosing your hotel

accommodation.
Another great thing is that there are many different payment methods

available. You can pay through bayad centers, 711 stores, banks or credit cards. Traveloka will

then give you a voucher, and send a copy through your email ad and will text you for details

about your booking.



Upon check-in, just bring with you your Valid ID and your voucher (maybe printed or not, the

hotels honors that). I love Traveloka because they offer a lot of discounts, you can find promo

codes online, and save a lot of money by booking through them. You can input the promo code

before payment and it will automatically deduct a portion of it from the booking you have find.

What are you waiting for? Download the Traveloka App now and have the staycation you

always dreamed of.

5 Tips For Finding and Buying a New Home

Buying a new home can be tricky, especially if you’ve never done it before. Don’t fret, however. We’ve compiled a list of tips, tricks and techniques for both finding and evaluating property before you pack all of your belongings and move in. Here are just five steps for finding your forever home.

1. Determine Your Priorities

Make a list of your 10 biggest desires for your new home. It doesn’t matter if they’re necessities like square footage or luxuries like an outdoor pool and patio; if they’re important to you, write them down. Then slash your list from 10 to three. These three things are what to really look for when comparing and contrasting houses.

2. Branch Out

Make sure that you’re overturning every stone in your hunt for your new home. Don’t just rely on the emails that your realtor sends you; take the initiative yourself and look at auction sites, property listings and even social media postings. You never know where your dream house will be hiding.

3. Be Realistic About Your Budget

Before falling in love with a home that’s thoroughly out of your price range, create a budget that clearly lists things like your annual income, monthly expenses and potential mortgage rate. It will be easier to resist temptation when you have your financial numbers in black and white.

4. Look at the Community

You don’t want to buy a beautiful home that you can never leave because the crime rate is so high. Before moving your family into a new neighborhood, do some basic research about its livability. How many banks, schools and grocery stores are nearby? How many robberies occur each year? Do the neighbors seem friendly?

5. Take a Tour

This should go without saying, of course, but you’d be surprised by the number of people who are willing to make down payments on houses that they’ve never actually seen in person. Before you cut a check, make sure that you’ve physically toured the property and inspected it. Pictures can be staged and edited to look good, but reality doesn’t lie.

These are just a few tips for finding, selecting and appraising a new place of residence. Whether you’re looking for a mountain luxury home in Vermont or a stylish condo in New York, let these suggestions help you make the biggest real estate decision of your life.

Starbucks: Cultivating Change – One Relationship at a time

The last time we went to a Starbucks Coffee Shop, a cork board caught my attention.

Starbucks had different partner NGOs since 2007. Here are the lists of the NGOs and brief descriptions about them that I saw posted inside the Starbucks Coffee Shop:

  • CASA San Miguel – Starbucks partner since 2007
    • CASA San Miguel has been a home to generations of artists, musicians, writers and dancers; nurturing artistic excellence and Filipino heritage for the past 23 years. Through its youth mentorship program in a  tiny fishing village in Zambales, CASA continues to mould and prepare holistic individuals for a wide range of careers both within and outside the spheres of arts and culture.
  • Hope in a Bottle – Starbucks partner since 2012
    • HOPE’s flagship program builds much-needed public school classrooms across the Philippines using the profits from “HOPE in a Bottle”, a purified bottled water. HOPE has built 18 classrooms since 2012.
  • Teach for the Philippines – Starbucks partner since 2014
    • Teach for the Philippines (TFP) is a not for profit organization committed to growing a more developed Philippines through education. TFP focuses on the development of professional educators and future servant-leaders through a two-year Fellowship Program that recruits, trains and places Teacher Fellows in public schools.
  • Philippines Educational Theatre Association – Starbucks partner since 2015
    • The Philippine Educational Theatre Association (PETA) is a non-profit organization committed to using theater that is distinctly Filipino as a tool for social change. Founded in 1967, PETA has written, translated, adapted, published, and performed more than 400 plays and conducted thousands of workshops locally and internationally. Through its pursuit of artistically excellent theater aesthetics and pedagogy, PETA continues to empower people and help shape the cultural landscape of the country.

STARBUCKS have supported all these advocacies through the sales they generated from their products and unrestricted grants that they provided for these different non-profit organizations.

I didn’t know about all these things that Starbucks Coffee are doing for the country but I am glad that I came to know about it. CHEERS to MORE CUPS of Starbucks Coffee that we will be drinking!