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MV Logos Hope: World’s Largest Floating Book Fair

After deliberating which place to go this Sunday, I decided to go to the floating book fair, a ship docked in Manila that provides high quality books for a fraction of the cost.

The MV Logos Hope docked in South Harbor Manila

It will be docked in Manila until March 13, 2012. They are open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10 am to 9 pm except for Sundays where they opens by 1pm- 9pm. It is docked in Manila Pier 15, South Harbor…at the back of Manila Hotel and Manila Ocean Park.

Coming in this floating book store made me reminisce about my childhood past.

When I was still a kid (about 5-8 years old), my mom and I came aboard the MV Doulos which was docked in Legazpi City Port–Mind you, I though it was a cruise ship, and my mom, brother and I will cruise together to see the whole Asia– LOL!– wishful thinking!Β  I remember that going inside that ship was my first time to come aboard a marine vessel— a huge one at that. I remembered walking the planks and looking at the yellow beam of lights inside the vessel–which resembles those found in coffeeshops LOL! Although the yellow lights makes you feel relaxed, the people inside were total chaos! Being a child with tiny little feet, I was confused on why there are a lot of freaking people walking here and there… and I was overwhelmed by the number of books being sold—although, honestly I don’t care a bit about them– I was still a child with no knowledge of the importance of books, I just held my mom’s hand to make sure that I won’t get lost…. My mom bought a book and I saw this huge giant pencil! And I clamored that my mom should buy me that– which she did… And It only costs P25.00. By the way, it was my first time to see those huge giant pencils (13″ in length) and it was first sold in Legazpi through MV Doulos. My mom also bought me a yummy ice cream on board– YUM!

I was actually saddened when I heard the news that the MV Doulos which I have thought highly of, had already retired due to old age… And what made it worse is that it visited Manila a couple of times in 2007-2009 yet I’ve never went to see it (Mind you, I didn’t visit it because I don’t have any news about it!)-– I was saddened because a memory of my childhood was also embedded on its planks— I really wanna catch a glimpse of what it looks like in this adult eyes of mine.. and to walk there using this adult feet that I have now 😦

Anyway, here I am, wandering around the new ship, the successor of the beautiful and mighty MV Doulos– the MV LOGOS HOPE!

Places where the MV Logos shared Happiness πŸ™‚
And Now, It's in the PHILIPPINES!!!

The MV Logos, just like its predecessor, consists of a lot of unpaid volunteers– 400 in number– they came aboard this ship to share and give knowledge to the world! There is 5000 book titles to choose from… which I think is overwhelming! Isn’t it? It was said to be the largest floating book fair in the world!!

You can see that this ship is a melting pot of different nationalities with only one goal– to help the needy by providing cheap priced quality books… so that people, rich or poor, can have access to information and knowledge without spending too much…

If only I have time, and with no pressures from my parents…I can volunteer myself to this wonderful organization with a wonderful cause. I love their cause and I hope they continue providing a smile to different countries and various nationalities of this big round world… More Power for MV Logos Hope!

So, here is my experience to this new MV Logos Hope:

It was a Sunday afternoon, around 1 pm, when I decided to take a peek of this widely talked about Floating book fair. I was one of the first few people who boarded the ship…

But, what I hate about this experience is the long walk from the gates of the pier to the ship itself.. It took me a 20-30 minute walk— since I don’t have a car and the taxi driver dropped me off the gate!– which I think is a very wrong move, anyway, I acquiesced so it’s partly my fault…Β  It was hot and humid that time… I totally sweated like a pig!

Almost there!

Anyway, After a long walk, I arrived in the MV Logos, there is an entrance fee of P20.00 for adults, and children (12 years old below) are free of charge! πŸ™‚

Entrance booth= P20.00 per person
Now, I'm entering the MV Logos Hope
Upon Entering MV Logos Hope

The books are priced in units– not in Pesos. 1 unit is equal to 1 peso {1 unit= 1 peso}

Price Guide in MV Logos Hope

The books are totally cheap!!! I was really amazed!!! Children books which are sold for P300-500 in local bookstores are sold in MV Logos for only P100.00… Isn’t it a steal? Moreover, they sell Fiction Novels, children books, Bibles and other stuff for a really low price.

Children Books in the Fair

Nancy Drew in MV Logos Hope

By the way being the travel junkie that I am, I easily spotted the travel section– It has 3 shelves, so basically there’s a lot of travel books….Although it doesn’t have the usual “lonely planet” “globetrotter” travel guides, what they have will still suffice for my relentless hunger for travel!

My Section πŸ™‚

I came across this two books which I totally love. This is the only thing I bought! I bought these 2 babies for only (P350.00). If I’ll buy this in local bookstores maybe I cannot even afford it! P350.00 is totally low compared to the usual prices of travel guide books which is usually P500 to P1500!

My Lovely Babies πŸ™‚

If you are thinking, why is it that this is only the thing I bought during my visit, it was because I only have a meager P500.00 in my wallet! I totally forgot to withdraw money!!— So, how can I afford to buy other things if I don’t have the money to exchange for them??? hahaha.. so, I’m planning to go back there and hit the racks once again!

By the way, they accept credit cards– Mastercard and Visa!! Good Lord, I hope I knew of it earlier so I had shopped till I dropped!— naahh, I don’t know if I still have money in my credit card — I think it is full of airline and hotel ticket bills for my travel this April and May πŸ™‚

After payment, you will see paintings/life-sized pictures depicting the Prodigal Son…. It completely covers the story from end-to-end…Β  It was such a wonderful experience walking down the hall while a recorded sound plays in the background and tells you the story of The Prodigal Son….

After the winding walk in the Journey of Life, I was greeted by the sweet aroma of coffee in the International Cafe… I didn’t buy anything though since I only have P150 in my wallet:( But, I’m sure that I’ll be coming back!

At the end, I saw a Sticky Notes Board—Β  I thought that I was also in N tower in Seoul– looking at it made me remember the Love wall inside N tower, anyway, this is not a Love wall but a wall to remember us to be safe and be scared of AIDS. This is an AIDS prevention and counseling booth πŸ™‚

The Sticky Notes Wall

After that, I’m now at the exit and needs to go… Bye Bye MV Logos see you again!!

It is a good place to buy books since the price is really really low and the kids would love the idea of getting on-board a ship! Well, being a child-at-heart makes me say that I really loved the experience, since I felt like I’m reliving Rose from Titanic! If only I can get on the decks I will totally imitate the “flying” scene of Jack Dawson πŸ™‚

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2012 PTAA Travel Expo: What I bought and what I Got!

From all the good package deals out there….I didn’t buy anything in the expo except for these:

travel life magazines

My love for travel made me buy a lot of travel magazines. I bought 5 for only P50.00 each ($1.16 USD). They are old issues (From 2011-2012) so they are sold in a cheap price. The original price is P175.00 or $4.06USD

Although I know that the internet is full of information regarding travel and everything else, it didn’t stop me from getting these magazines… Since I love collecting anything about travel–and this is one of them… It is somehow there to feed my relentless hunger for traveling πŸ™‚

And also I bought these magazines since I cannot afford to buy those expensive travel guide books usually sold in the bookstore 😦 They are somehow too expensive for my budget

Moving on… well, I also got a gift certificate and a membership card in Duty Free Philippines. Being a member of Duty Free will let you shop in their mall even though you haven’t been outside the country.. Since, in the Philippines, the policy is that, only those that went abroad and diplomats have the privilege to shop duty free! So, I was really glad that I got this deal, since I can go there and buy stuff for only a fraction of a cost even though I haven’t travel abroad– and this is a good thing since this year, I will have my travels and wanders mostly in the Philippines…

I also had a privilege card from one of the Spas here in the Philippines– the Ace Water Spa, it can give you a 5%-10% discount on food and spa services—By the way, I got this for free!

Next, I got these things for free πŸ™‚

Lots and Lots of Travel Guide books and maps!
My Travel Guidebooks! πŸ™‚

So, I got free travel guides and maps of Hong Kong, Davao, Bangkok, India, Guam, Shanghai, Mindanao, Philippines, Manila and a lot more! I love this since the content is somehow like a travel book—which is totally expensive! So getting this for free is really a Steal!

So, if you are really addicted to travel—like me— then going to this expo is one good choice. It is a chance not only to grab great package deals but also to grab guides, maps, leaflets and such so that you’ll learn some information not found in the internet or to free yourself from buying these things that you can get in the expo for free!

Hope to see you next year! πŸ™‚

2012 Travel Expo: What I liked the most

Aside from the various low-fare or package deals being offered; that are totally jaw dropping… I also liked how other countries joined this expo that gave this “little” event more life and color.

China, Angola, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia are one of the few countries which showcased their own beautiful places. They have their own styles and gimmick to stand out from the rest— this made the experience much more livelier.

Malaysia had a cultural show where they showcased their traditional dances. The dancers were wrapped with vibrant clothing which I think is Malaysia’s traditional dress. The viewers were amazed and cheered for the dancers–And I’m one happy spectator, I didn’t see something like this the last year I went there…. Even if you haven’t been in Malaysia, Seeing this kind of presentationΒ can definitely give you a glimpse on the tradition and the beautiful culture of this thriving country.

After their performance is a picture-taking session

On the other side of the expo, is where the Japan booth is located, each and every employees of this booth were wearing the Japanese traditional clothing “kimono”, the women wearing them looks so glamorous and gentle, I don’t know why but I was staring gladly at those women– they just looked so poised and graceful–which I envy, since I’m always accident prone.. However, in the photo I’ve taken they looked clumsy like me πŸ™‚ hehe..

They look as if they are having fun, I forgot to take a pic when they acted gracefully! haha!

Moreover, they also had a guessing game where the questions revolves around Japan’s trivias, such as What is Japan’s national sport, What is not a holiday in Japan and so on… and the winner will take homes a gift pack from an Airline Company called ANA.

Japan also has this Make-up booth; the make up is from a leading brand in Japan called Majolica Majorca– which brand I really love! If only stealing is legal, I have stolen some mascara or any other kind of make-up there! But since I’m a law student at that, I need to follow the law! πŸ™‚

Loo at the make up! woaah, if only they hand give aways! I will totally line up!
A girl getting her make up in the Japan booth --- they are using Majolica Majorca!

Macau, on the other hand had this St. Paul Ruins as a backdrop, where people like me can take pictures. Moreover, they have these hats which you can use while taking your photos, and some women employees were dressed as— I don’t know– Chinese empress maybe…but the guys were dressed as the gondolier (the ones who rows the classy looking boats in Venice)— Maybe, this is because of the Venetian Hotel in Macau πŸ™‚

Sorry for the crappy pic: The woman suddenly moved! πŸ™‚
Woman in the Macau Booth.. I'm still guessing what she is πŸ™‚

Guam also had this photo-booth section where guests can have their pictures taken. And just like Macau they can have their photos taken with their models– which are hunks by the way! I didn’t take the photos (with their gorgeous models) since there are a lot of people who blocked my way! I only got this:

The Guam backdrop πŸ™‚ beautiful...

Philippines on the other hand has its own booth where people from young and old can ask questions regarding some beautiful scenic spots in the country, and also Local Tourism of Provinces or cities have their own booths where people can also see what this specific province or city can provide– they also provide maps–which I looovvee!

There I noticed the beautiful caves of Cagayan Valley and the scenic spots in Samar, which I totally haven’t heard of. My eyes set on how beautiful the photos are and how scenic the Philippines can be.. Upon seeing the pictures, I immediately promised myself that I’ll be visiting those wonderful places!

It's more fun in the Philippines!! πŸ™‚

Anyway, not all countries participated with much amour and clamor than other countries and cities did, nonetheless, most of the booths were decorated nicely..and most of all, you can ask them anything under the sun!! Any questions regarding visas, places to visit, hotels and other questions like what makes this country different from others and so on… AND Lastly, (This part I really really really really LOVE is that) they can give you lots and lots of maps, travel guide books, hotel lists, and other written information for FREE!

China Booth in travel expo: Look at the details!

So, aside from the jaw-dropping sales, I think the booths of the different countries that have participated is really something to look forward to… Not only that you can get a low priced deal, you can also have a glimpse on some countries’ culture and gave you an idea of how scenic the world can be.

I hope the next travel expo can induce embassies to make their booths livelier like what the countries/cities I mentioned above. This is not only amazingly entertaining but also it makes people learn something incredible— It is like seeing the world in one day πŸ™‚

Overall, I applaud the PTAA for organizing such a wonderful event and thank you for the various embassies that joined this expo which made this one memorable eventΒ not only for travel junkies but also for ordinary people. All I can say is GREAT JOB! You will probably see me next year, and I will write again a review about it πŸ™‚

PTAA 19th Travel Expo: Package Deals being offered in the Fair

If you haven’t been to the travel expo, and you are the kind of the traveler that likes prearranged tour, I suggest that you visit this fair, since there are a lot of package deals being offered there.

I took a picture of the brochures/leaflets I got during my visit, I hope this will make you visit the fair today! Mind you, TODAY (Feb 19, 2011) IS THE LAST DAY!

By the way, what you see here is not even 1/4 of the deals you can get in the travel expo: there’s so much more! — I didn’t bother to get a lot of leaflets since I know they will just end up in the trash bin 😦 Anyway, here are some of the leaflets I got and some pics in the expo itself.

I apologize for the crappy pics. Click the photos to enlarge

IN THE EXPO:

From Singapore Airlines/ Silk Air:

LOOK AT THE BACK OF THE GIRL: (TRAVEL AGENCY):

BANGKOK TRAVEL DEALS:

GUAM PACKAGES:

HONG KONG:

KUALA LUMPUR:

INDONESIA

INDIA

LOCAL TRAVEL DEALS:

CORON, PALAWAN:

PUERTO PRINCESA, PALAWAN

BICOL:

Contact no. 09278710308

BORACAY

DAVAO:

So, what are you waiting for?! Don’t miss the chance to get discounts, visit the travel expo Now!

Today it will close by 7pm, GO EARLY! πŸ™‚

Here is my link to my post regarding tips, schedules, list of exhibitors and such, click here.

2012 Travel Tour Expo: Lots and Lots of Package Deals!

The travel fair is a success in terms of a lot of travel deals being offered here and there, but one thing I cannot fathom is that the local deals that they offer are of the same prices you can see in Discount Voucher Sites such as Ensogo, Metrodeal, Cleverbuy or such–But, I guess the certainty of getting the exact travel dates that you wanted is much more plausible if you go to this expo.

Unfortunately, I arrived in the expo too late (6:30pm) that is why most of the airline companies and other booths are already closed; and most of the airline companies such as Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific had their cut-offs by 7pm (so, unlucky me, I wasn’t able to line up for the sale), so I’ll be going there early tomorrow!!

Airline companies such as Airasia, Tigerairways, Jetstar, Philippine Airlines, Zest Air and Cebu Pacific have their booths in the expo, and they are usually filled with people. I lined up for about 45 minutes just for a booking inquiry in the Philippine Airlines que.

Cebu Pacific, unfortunately, only offers the same sale as what they offer online, so nothing is really worth queuing up. For Philippine Airlines, unlike last year where they offer 70% off to all of its international and local destinations, now, they only offer a sale to select destinations with a very minimal discount. As for Air Asia, they offer 20% discount for some travel destinations with travel dates starting March 1 to August 1, 2012.

There are a lot of package tours and a lot of tour agencies! They are all over the place giving you leaflets and such, though my bag became too heavy due to this leaflets, I still enjoyed a lot and as a matter of fact, I immediately scanned those leaflets to search for great package deals… and they are all great although the price is just the same as the one offered in discount voucher sites 😦

As for the package tours such as Korea and Japan, it became too expensive for me since Doing-It-Yourself will save you a lot more money! Most of the travel agents offer Korea tours for P40,000.00 for 4 days 3 nights, where I only spent P25,000.00 for 5 days 4 nights with shopping! Now, I realized that being the travel agent of my family makes this travel deals–not–so–appealing– for me.. Β I’m actually quite sad of my reaction 😦

However, if you are of the “I-shouldn’t-worry-about-anything-when-I- get-there” kind, I think coming here and grabbing some good package is a good choice πŸ™‚ There’s a lot of booths offering different prices– some of them are actually lower than the others, so choose wisely! πŸ™‚

I’ll upload photos tomorrow when I get much better pictures. I just want to post this to share for now! πŸ™‚

To see my old post regarding links and info regarding this 19th travel expo, click here:

2012 Philippine Travel Expo: I can’t wait for you any longer!

Well, honestly, I cant wait for the travel tour expo this coming February 17-19, 2012. The first time I visited this kind of fair was last year’s travel expo. I went there twice, since I was so amazed of the reduced package rates!!!

What is good in attending this kind of fairs is that it is a one stop shop of everything you need, especially in terms of traveling. There are a lot of tour operators offering lowered package rates (internationally or locally), airlines seat sale (last year, PAL offered 70% on all its international and domestic flights—actually I’m hoping that this year, they will also have the same reduced rate) While US airlines offered 500USD going to LA, and I remembered Singapore Airlines offering only P9000.00 or $209 USD for roundtrip ticket going to Singapore (which is cheap, if we talk about the infamous Singapore airlines). Moreover, there are also Hotels that offer cheap rates that are offered only during the expo.

There are also booths of countries giving out brochures of the tourist sites in their country. That was one of the things that I enjoyed since I collected a lot of books and maps from them! Instead of buying expensive travel books which has a lot more pictures than information on it… and which costs a lot of money… in the expo, I can get it for free!!! Moreover, they design their booths attractively and that they offer some shows and lessons there. I remember going to the Japan booth and they have interactive lessons in how to write your name in Japanese… in Korea’s booth, you can see them wearing their “Hanboks” or traditional dress. And in these booths you can ask questions on how to get visas, or any other information that you might need.

Anyway, as for this expo, I’m really patiently waiting for it! I wanna to go to Japan this December so I wanna get a good deal there….

Some good information regarding the travel fair this 2012

WHAT: TRAVEL EXPO 2012
WHEN: February 17- 19, 2012 (Friday to Sunday Event)
WHERE: SMX Convention Center Halls 1,2,3,4.
ENTRANCE FEE:Β  There is a ticket fee of P50.00. Senior Citizens P20.00
OPENING TIME: 10 am to 9pm (except for Feb 19, the closing time is 7pm) the ticket booth closes 30 minutes before closing time

COME AND VISIT THIS TRAVEL EXPO, AIRPHIL AND CEBU PACIFIC ARE PART OF THEIR EXHIBITORS AND MANY OTHERS!! They will probably offer a lot of discounted fares and packages!!! So, Let’s Go People!!! Let’s Visit and Buy!!!

To see list of exhibitors please click here

TIPS:

  1. Go here during the 1st day since some of the sales are of “first come first serve” basis. good cheap rates tend to sold out immediately
  2. Get your credit card ready! or your cash! So ladies and gentlemen, save up.. You have 1 month to do so!
  3. Block off your dates for this event!
  4. Bring a camera for you in case you want to take pictures of the exhibits (because they decorate their booths in an interesting way…see for yourself! πŸ™‚ )
  5. Bring a bag with you since they will hand you out PLENTY of flyers!
  6. I suggest, before buying any package tours, you should first go to all the booths there and see if there are other companies that offer it in a cheaper price
  7. Don’t be afraid to ask questions there! They will be glad to assist you!
  8. Just Enjoy!

There you go! I will go here on Feb 17., late afternoon at around 5 pm since I have class the whole day! Anyway, hope to see you there! I will immediately put a post here right after I attended this event!

See you there fellow travelers! πŸ™‚