How To Travel Better: Roll Your Clothes Time-Tested Travel Hack

August 14, 2018
travel tip: roll.
Welcome to MunchTrip's Favourite Travel Better Series. This is one of my most favorite ways to travel better. People call it a travel hack and it is! I have been doing this in my travels for more than 10 years. I thought sharing the advantages with you would be a good idea.

I find this is to be one of the most useful in making my travel better.  It leaves me more time to enjoy my destinations and it saves me luggage check-in expenses.

I'm not claiming this to be my idea. I came across the idea of rolling my clothes when packing back in the early 2000s. I was a fan of Discovery Channel and although I am not sure if I got the idea there, I know it was from one of those types of shows. The idea was then improved later on with the birth of many "travel hacks" shared on YouTube vloggers and Facebook life hack videos.

Here are the advantages:
  • Rolling clothes leave less wrinkles on my shirts than folding them and placing them in my bag.  
  • Rolling clothes maximises your bag space whether it be a suitcase or a back pack.  
  • It is easier to pull clothes out of the bag without disarranging everything in your bag.
Ever since I could remember, I have been rolling my clothes since the late 90s and I have never looked back since.

Another plus for this method is something I got from my partner.

Rolling of clothes allows me to just pick up any shirt of a certain colour, and because I only see the shirt partially, I cannot judge it by what brand it was or what print it had on it.  

Saves me time changing clothes and makes me enjoy our destinations more.

Oh! Oh! Oh!  It also reminds me of my favourite Filipino foods, LUMPIA...

FRESH LUMPIA?

or the NGOHIONG!

NGOHIONG?



How To Travel Better: Roll Your Clothes Time-Tested Travel Hack How To Travel Better: Roll Your Clothes Time-Tested Travel Hack Reviewed by Shoni Munchtrip on August 14, 2018 Rating: 5

50+ Reasons To CELEBRATE Food Days in August

August 07, 2018
Celebrate for Food Days in August Are Here!

I thought I'd grab hold of list of celebrations related to food and post them into one place.

August Food Day Celebrations  We have so much to celebrate this August. Apart from it being the Higalaay Festival Month of my hometown, Cagayan de Oro City, it also has a long list of varied food celebrations.

Month-long 
Brownies at Brunch
Catfish Month
Panini Month
Sandwich Month
First Saturday of August
Mustard Day

Second Week
Apple Week

August 1 
Raspberry Cream Pie Day
IPA Day
Milkshake Day

August 2 
Ice Cream Sandwich Day
Ice Cream Soda Day

August 3 
Watermelon Day
White Wine Day

August 4 
Chocolate Chip Day

August 5 
Mustard Day
Oyster Day

August 6 
Root Beer Float Day

August 7 
Raspberries 'N Cream Day
IPA Day
Beer Day

August 8
Frozen Custard Day
Zucchini Day

August 9  
Rice Pudding Day

August 10  
S'mores Day
Banana Split Day

August 11 
Raspberry Bombe Day
Raspberry Tart Day
Panini Day

August 12  
Julienne Fries Day

August 13 
Filet Mignon Day
Prosecco Day

August 14 
Creamsicle Day

August 15 
Lemon Meringue Pie Day
Julia Child’s Birthday

August 16 
Bratwurst Day
Rum Day

August 17 
Vanilla Custard Day

August 18  
Ice Cream Pie Day
Pinot Noir Day (lovely with Chocolate)
Fajita Day

August 19 
Soft Ice Cream Day
Hot & Spicy Food Day
Potato Day

August 20
Chocolate Pecan Pie Day
Bacon Lovers Day
Lemonade Day

August 21 
Spumoni Day
Pecan Torte Day

August 22
Pecan Torte Day
Bao Day
Spumoni Day
Eat A Peach Day

August 23 
Sponge Cake Day

August 24 
Peach Pie Day
Waffle Day

August 25 
Banana Split Day
Whiskey Sour Day

August 26 
Cherry Popsicle Day

August 27 
Pots de Creme Day
Banana Lover’s Day (recipe of No-Sugar Added Banana Cake here)

August 28 
Cherry Turnovers Day
Crackers Over The Keyboard Day

August 29 
More Herbs, Less Salt Day
Chop Suey Day
Lemon Juice Day 

August 30  
Toasted Marshmallow Day

August 31 
Trail Mix Day
Eat Outside Day 


———  Disclaimer: Most of these food celebrations may be American in origin but in my opinion food can be celebrated by all civilizations.  Hurrah!

I have compiled this list from a number of sources:
Wikipedia.com
Refinery29.com
TheNibble.com
TheGoodHeartedWoman.com
Foodimentary.com
50+ Reasons To CELEBRATE Food Days in August 50+ Reasons To CELEBRATE Food Days in August Reviewed by Shoni Munchtrip on August 07, 2018 Rating: 5

Mactan International Airport Food In The Boarding Area

August 03, 2018

I just recently traveled from the Cebu Mactan International Airport going on a domestic flight to Cagayan de Oro. I realized something. No matter how we tell ourselves to leave early so we could dine somewhere before going to the airport, we still fail at doing so about 50% of the time.  Airport food would then be our only option.

The problem then arises of not knowing what food stalls are in the Cebu airport since I noticed merchants change often in airports.  Airport food is more essential than we think and is crucial for our travels. We wouldn't like to get sick during a vacation or even after a vacation, when we go back to work. You don't want to blow your budget either in sometimes, so a lot of smart budgeting goes a long way.

Now we ask:
What shall I eat in the Cebu airport? What food is available in the Cebu airport? Does Cebu airport have food stalls I would like to buy food from?

Therefore, in order for me to remember and some of you out there to know, these are the merchants in the Mactan International Airport Domestic flights boarding area for a first in my series of AIRPORT FOOD.

Top N Dog beside Grilled Pita (Cebu Airport food: sandwiches)

Tsim Sha Tsui Dimsum & Tea Bar (Cebu Airport food: HK/Chinese cuisine)

Zubuchon (Cebu Airport food: rice meals with roasted pig cooked in different ways)

Dunkin Donuts (Cebu Airport food: doughnuts and sandwiches)

Potato Corner (Cebu Airport food: fries)

Jollibee (Cebu Airport food: Filipino fast food)

Bo's Coffee (Cebu Airport food: caffeine and cafe food)

Tubo (Cebu Airport food: cane juice)

Cinnabon (Cebu Airport food: pastries)

Fraiche Deli (Cebu Airport food: sandwiches and smoothies)

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Mactan International Airport Food In The Boarding Area Mactan International Airport Food In The Boarding Area Reviewed by Shoni Munchtrip on August 03, 2018 Rating: 5

Locals' Love Their Ngohiong And I Understand Why It Is A Must Eat In Cebu

July 26, 2018
Simply a Cebu local favorite.
Where the people go, is where affordable good food is.




Who doesn't like a good ngohiong? Why does this often get in the list of must-eats in Cebu?

Five spiced juliened jicama (a.k.a. turnip, rutabaga, or swede) rolled in a lumpia wrapper then dipped in spiced cornstarch before deep fried. YES!

Also get Cebu local longganisa, chorizo, stuffed egg, stuffed crab, local "ginabot", gizzard and liver.

Most of the food items were less than 20 PH pesos ($ 0.50) each. ;)

Dip them all in the spicy sauce and pair with pusƓ.

Simple. Filling (the best excuse because it is full of fiber). Affordable.

Ngohiong is šŸ˜
Locals' Love Their Ngohiong And I Understand Why It Is A Must Eat In Cebu Locals' Love Their Ngohiong And I Understand Why It Is A Must Eat In Cebu Reviewed by Shoni Munchtrip on July 26, 2018 Rating: 5

Wandering River Cedar by JSON MunchTrip (Bukidnon Falls side trip after Panimahawa Ridge)

May 31, 2018
JSON shares his experience seeing the Impasugon, Bukidnon Falls, "River Cedar"

There is a very special feeling of experiencing a waterfall in its most natural state.  Here, JSON shares with us pure moments of bliss during their trip to River Cedar, Impasugong. This is also where a Waterfall in Bukidnon can be found.


How were you feeling before going to River Cedar in Impasugong?
I had no idea na padulong mi River Cedar after namo sa Panimahawa Ridge.
How did you feel while being there?
Excited tapos nalingaw ko sa river trekking.
How did you feel after leaving the waterfalls and river in Impasugong?
Excited! and gusto ko mo balik dd2 puhon.


Music: Olli - My Dear (Kaisaku Remix) Location: Cedar Impasugong Bukidnon Director: JSON Editor: JSON How to go there: Travel to Malaybalay and turn from Sayre Highway. Once you pass through the highway you will see the CEDAR sign by the road that will lead you to the site.
Wandering River Cedar by JSON MunchTrip (Bukidnon Falls side trip after Panimahawa Ridge) Wandering River Cedar by JSON MunchTrip (Bukidnon Falls side trip after Panimahawa Ridge) Reviewed by Shoni Munchtrip on May 31, 2018 Rating: 5

VIDEO WILD WAVES - Dahican, Mati, Davao - Best Philippine Beaches on MunchTrip...

May 04, 2018
Wavy Waters of Dahican Beach Mati Davao - Best Philippine Beaches - Pacific Ocean Beach



Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao is Pacific Ocean beach surprise gem among many Philippine beaches we have been to.

Wild waves and blue ocean beach with perfect sea breeze in the Southern part of Mindanao, Philippines.

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Philippine Beaches: Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao Is A Wild Pacific Mati Beach

May 02, 2018
Swim At Your Own Risk on this Wild Pacific Mati Beach, Philippine Beaches - taken in Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao
This Mati Philippine beach, which faces the Pacific Ocean, will challenge swimmers.

Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao is Pacific Ocean beach surprise gem among many Philippine beaches we have been to.

We were not expecting a beach like this existed. It had shallow reefy areas great for experiencing calmer waters.  We featured that on a blog post here

However, on this Munchtrip.com post will be a video of the wild side of Dahican Beach Mati. You will see the deep areas have waves with heights over a meter on the other side of the beach.

Highs and lows.

There is so much on this beach that caters to different types of Thalassophile* (whoa, new and big word for us).

Without further ado, here is one more for the best beaches in the Philippines some of you may have never been to.


HOW TO GET TO DAHICAN BEACH, MATI, DAVAO
I know of only one way to get to Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao.
  • by land:
    • 2+ from Tagum City to Mati
    • 3+ from Davao City to Mati
    • 8+ hours from Cagayan de Oro to Mati via Malaybalay City and Tagum City
    • 10+ hours from Cagayan de Oro to Mati via Valencia and Davao City
Technically, there is Mati Airport (MXI), but as of the time I'm writing this, it only caters to small privately owned planes. Going to Mati by ferry or ship is still not possible, but the closest port is SASA Pier of Davao City. If you discover other ways of getting to Mati, tell do share on the comments section below.

Travel tip: When in Dahican, Mati, Davao

There are motorcabs in neighboring municipalities of Dahican, Mati.  We only saw one or two in the area.

They are not the same as Cagayan de Oro's motorela although closer to Medina's motorsikad.

I did not notice any taxis and jeepneys around Dahican, Mati.  However, we have been told that habal-habal can be hired.  These are motorbikes that take passengers.  we have not gone on one in Dahican though.

Therefore, we would recommend that you bring a car or hire a van when in Dahican, Mati.



Swim at your own risk. Waves can get to 2 meters in height.

Sunbathe.

Skim.

Surf.

SEAFOOD.

Sleep.

Simple. ;)



Best Philippine Beaches

That's it for now.
So what do you think?  Do you want to know more about other Philippine beaches?  Do you want to know about where to stay in Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao?
For your questions, just mention them in the comment section below.

If we had convinced you to visit Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao, don't hesitate to tag me #munchtrip in your posts so we can see them.

Catch you later!  See you on my next munchtrip.
Philippine Beaches: Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao Is A Wild Pacific Mati Beach Philippine Beaches: Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao Is A Wild Pacific Mati Beach Reviewed by Shoni Munchtrip on May 02, 2018 Rating: 5

Best Philippine Beaches - Dahican Beach Mati Davao - MunchTrip.com

April 24, 2018
Best Philippine Beaches - Dahican Beach Mati Davao - MunchTrip.com

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Best Philippine Beaches - Dahican Beach Mati Davao - MunchTrip.com Best Philippine Beaches - Dahican Beach Mati Davao - MunchTrip.com Reviewed by Shoni Munchtrip on April 24, 2018 Rating: 5

Filipino Ways On How To Do A Beach Trip On A Budget Plus Travel Tips

April 17, 2018
Beach trips on a budget the Filipino way with 3 travel tips
For someone who loves to go to the beach on a regular basis (and thank God for being programmed as such in a tropical country), doing beach trips on a budget has become easier.  My family have been doing cheap beach getaways at least three times a year since we were little.  So, these travel tips we will be sharing, are based on our experiences.

We are glad to be sharing them to you, but we can't say these Filipino traditions or Filipino ways of doing beach picnics, and travel tips work for everyone. That is just a little disclaimer. :)

If they do work for you on your budget beach trips and budget vacations on the beach, it would be wonderful if you tag #munchtrip in your social media posts. We would be glad to see you find our tips helpful.

Without further adieu, here are MunchTrip's travel tips on how to do a beach trip on a budget and to go on cheap beach getaways.


TRAVEL TIP #1: BE FLEXIBLE WITH TRANSPORTATION
Riding on Philippine buses can be cheap,
but for bigger groups renting a van might be more economical.
Buses can be cheap for a group of four. But sometimes, if your group is already bigger (six and above), hiring a private van, or even a jeepney could be more economical.
I remember back when we were younger, hiring a jeepney for the barkada* is the Filipino way to go.


TRAVEL TIP #2: DRY OVER SAUCY. SOY SAUCE OVER TOMATO.
We love Filipino food cooked at home. We crave and favor our grandma's adobo, mama's pancit, and papa's kinilaw. So to have a beach trip on a budget, we tend to do potlucks.

"Dry over saucy" basically means pick dry or fried food over ones that have sauce. This, we got from a Quality Assurance for Food expert. Sauces can spoil faster because of the liquid content.

Filipino food is the best.
But for trips, remember
 DRY over SOY SAUCE over TOMATO SAUCE.

"Soy sauce over tomato."  If you must have sauces, avoid tomato-based and dairy-based sauces as well. The acid content might make your tummy react badly. When we travel, our stomach can produce more acid than normal.


TRAVEL TIP #3: BRING UTENSILS. DON'T BUY.
Although it may be easier to throw away disposable cups and utensils, it is cheaper to bring reusable ones that you may have already lying in your cabinet.  You could easily spend 150PHP (3 USD) which you could have spent to buy over a kilo of chicken pieces, and cornstarch to make Baked or Fried Chicken (like the one I made for the photo above).


Besides, mama's Tupperware can take a break from staying in the cupboard for four months since Christmas.


Well, that's it for now.

Do you have more Filipino traditions or Filipino ways of going on beach trips on a budget?

Do you want the recipe of the Fried Chicken I made and took a picture of for this blog post?

Do you have more unique ways of doing picnics and outings with your friends and family?

Share your comments below.

Philippine Beach trip on a budget (at DU Dy Medina with YKhurat! barkada)
*barkada - Filipino term for peers, friends, or troupe.

Free $20 AirBNB

Filipino Ways On How To Do A Beach Trip On A Budget Plus Travel Tips Filipino Ways On How To Do A Beach Trip On A Budget Plus Travel Tips Reviewed by Shoni Munchtrip on April 17, 2018 Rating: 5

Where To Stay in Medina Misamis Oriental Plus A Few Travel Tips

April 09, 2018

Where to stay in Medina while searching for a nice Philippine beach
Options on where to stay in Medina while searching for a nice Philippine beach

Hello again! Since a couple of you asked me about (a) where to stay in Medina Misamis Oriental to visit one of the best Philippine beaches, and (b) what Medina's Alibuag Cold Spring looks like, here is a beautiful photo taken by awesome, Paola Pilapil...
Medina's Alibuag Cold Spring

and here below are some options to answer your questions on "where to stay in Medina Misamis Oriental".

Below are short article reviews of accommodations available in Medina.


Resort de Alberto Hotel mini-review
I stayed at this hotel for three nights earlier this year.  My purpose was to visit Medina, Misamis Oriental.

This place is good if you want to stay close to the Municipal Hall of Medina, but also just one motorsikad away from the Duca White Beach, and Medina's Alibuag Cold Spring.

Rates are slightly above average compared to other options at 2000-3000 Php (40-60 USD).  They serve free plated "silog" breakfast to their hotel guests.

Travel Tips While staying in Resort de Alberto
During my previous visit, their WIFI internet worked fine for two out of three days that I stayed there. So, if you need to be connected all the time to internet, have a back up.


Duka Bay Resort mini-review
I stayed at this resort for two nights earlier this year.

My purpose was to go on vacation with my family.  I loved waking up in front of the beach and being a few minutes from where I can swim.

Rates are above average compared to other options at 2500-5000 Php (50-100 USD).  They, too, serve plated "silog" breakfast to their hotel guests.

Travel Tips While staying in Duka Bay Resort
Go out of the room and get your money's worth.  Swim!
Their free wifi was good near the restaurant.  However, the rooms or villas are far so bring your own if you really need to stay connected.



That's it for now.
Are you excited to know more destination to get to other Philippine beaches?

If you have suggestions and comments, just leave them down below.

Tag #munchtrip in your summer beach escapade posts so we can see them.

Catch you later!  See you on my next munchtrip.

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Where To Stay in Medina Misamis Oriental Plus A Few Travel Tips Where To Stay in Medina Misamis Oriental Plus A Few Travel Tips Reviewed by Shoni Munchtrip on April 09, 2018 Rating: 5

Secrets to Getting to One of the Best Philippine Beaches In Medina Misamis Oriental

April 05, 2018

Best Philippine Beaches - Medina Misamis Oriental
Best Beaches in the Philippines - Medina Misamis Oriental - MunchTrip.com

Medina, Misamis Oriental is no Boracay island, but it has a white beach that cures my Vitamin sea deficiency.  This beach is in Duca, where Philippine beach resorts like Duka Bay Resort, DU Dy, and Capistrano Beach are known mostly only to locals.  Duca beach (a.k.a. Duca White Beach) is one of the best beaches in the Philippines, and yet some of you have probably never been there.


HOW TO GET TO MEDINA, MISAMIS ORIENTAL
I know of three ways to get to Medina, Misamis Oriental:
  • via Cagayan de Oro City Misamis Oriental by bus
  • via Camiguin by barge and bus
  • via Butuan by bus

I am most familiar with the route via Cagayan de Oro City, which is 2-3 hours away by bus.

Choose the "Portulin" Medina bus stop near Duka Bay resort.  This is the quickest way to go to the beach area. Most bus conductors know this bus stop, too.  But, if you happen to accidentally find yourself at the other bus stop, Fiesta Brand in Cabug, do not panic.  Take the next tip below.


Travel tip: When in Medina, Misamis Oriental
Medina Misamis Oriental mode of transportation
When in Medina, travel by "motorsikad".

Recommended way to travel around Medina is by motorsikad, Medina's main means of public transportation.

It not the same as Cagayan de Oro's motorela.  The seating arrangement is also different, but it is just as interesting in structure.

Motorsikad fare per passenger varies from 7 to 10 Php pesos  (0.20-0.25 USD), so get your change ready.

If you happened to ride a "sikad", a bike with sidecar or motorsikad without a motor, the fare varies on your conscience.  Ha ha!  But seriously, it varies from 5 to 10 pesos per passenger.  It is best to ask the engine (a.k.a the driver with human power) before going on the ride.

There are no taxis and jeepneys around Medina.

Motorsikads, and sikads rarely operate after 9PM.  So enjoy the silence and the fresh air.


MEDINA, MISAMIS ORIENTAL MAIN ATTRACTIONS
Beach Philippine Beaches - Medina Misamis Oriental - MunchTrip.com
Beach Philippine Beaches -
Medina Misamis Oriental - MunchTrip.com
Duca white beach is on my list for the best beaches in the Philippines.  The local beach resorts here with at least basic amenities are Duka Bay resort, Capistrano resort, and D.U. Dy resort.




It is no Boracay beach, so do not expect commercial food chains 10 meters from the shore of this beautiful Philippine beach.



Medina's Alibuag Cold Spring, is a wonderfully unique swimming attraction as well.  A cemented rock pool surrounding a natural freshwater cold spring.  The water is clear and very cold.  You might want to see it to believe it.

Then, a special event that is worth mentioning is “Hinuklog.”  It is a Medina re-enactment street play based on "Pasyon Ni Kristo" (translation Passion of Christ).  It happens during the Holy days of the Holy Week.  It is a yearly tradition in Medina, Misamis Oriental that continues to gain popularity among Christian and non-Christian tourists.



Best Philippine Beaches

That's it for now.
So what do you think?  Do you want to know more about other Philippine beaches?  Do you want to know about where to stay in Medina Misamis Oriental?
For your questions, just mention them in the comment section below.

If I had convinced you to visit Medina, don't hesitate to tag me #munchtrip in your posts so I can see them.

Catch you later!  See you on my next munchtrip.
Secrets to Getting to One of the Best Philippine Beaches In Medina Misamis Oriental Secrets to Getting to One of the Best Philippine Beaches In Medina Misamis Oriental Reviewed by Shoni Munchtrip on April 05, 2018 Rating: 5

When In Cagayan de Oro Go To Gaerlan’s New Gem

August 15, 2017
When In Cagayan de Oro Go To Gaerlan’s New Gem When In Cagayan de Oro Go To Gaerlanā€™s New Gem Reviewed by Shoni Munchtrip on August 15, 2017 Rating: 5

I Got A Seafood Craving In Cagayan de Oro

August 08, 2017
I was looking for Halaan Soup (Clam Soup) in Cagayan de Oro food to comfort me during dinner. 

It was a Friday night and I needed to take a break from a long week.  Nothing reminds me more of vacation than seafood and the smell of the sea. 
I Got A Seafood Craving In Cagayan de Oro I Got A Seafood Craving In Cagayan de Oro Reviewed by Shoni Munchtrip on August 08, 2017 Rating: 5
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