South Palms Resort is located in Panglao, Bohol. It is lined with coconut trees and white sand beach. The resort has 90 rooms so it is on a smaller scale which we like. It has one main restaurant, a bar and two swimming pools. It is a bit pricey but I got a very good deal with my credit card at the time of booking, that was really nice. Otherwise, it would have been out of our budget.
Park Inn by Radisson Clark is located at the rear of SM Clark so it’s ideally located. We had a short overnight stay at this hotel. The Clark International Airport also known as Diosdado Macapagal Airport is only 10-15 minutes away by car without traffic. It’s exactly why I chose this hotel. My boyfriend was arriving at Clark airport and we were flying to Manila the next day. I decided to just stay the night in Clark rather than Manila because he had such a long travel time. It would be better just to relax. We decided to just go the next day.
If you have a foreigner friend asking you what to see in the Philippines for a few weeks? What do you tell them? The Philippines is an archipelago located in Southeast Asia. Unlike its popular neighboring countries that are easier to reach, you have to actually plan a trip to go here. It is a destination. It can’t be reached by land from the Asian mainland like most of Southeast Asia. In my opinion, it is special that way because it makes it less touristy or super crowded. It was my boyfriend’s first visit in the country and I wanted to make it memorable. We had a time frame of 3 weeks. It would be impossible to see everything in that short time.
The Antwerp Christmas Market will be up in a month’s time so if you are visiting the city around 9 December 2017 to 7 January 2018, you will be able to enjoy the festivities. The Visit Antwerp website says that it will be a magical winter wonderland and there will be “dusting of diamonds” this year. The festivities of the Antwerp Christmas Market includes the ice rink at Groenplaats, the Christmas Market stalls, the big Ferris Wheel, the slip and slide tube for kids. They would also have some items around the city. Two years ago they had the display where they had snow on the glass so you can take your picture behind it. Last year, they had a small structure with mistletoe hang above so you can kiss under it.
Fish Agogo Antwerp is a restaurant that serves seafood and it’s located on Handschoenmarkt 1 near the Cathedral. The rating on Tripadvisor is really high and for good reasons. It’s easily on the top 10. We wanted to go here for lunch once but it was closed so we ended up having lunch at Bia Mara.
Bia Mara in Antwerp is a fish and chips restaurant located on Maaldestraat near the Cathedral and the municipal hall. You can locate the restaurant on a small alley if you go from the Cathedral to the Municipal hall, you will be sure to pass it. I discovered this place through a friend who invited me to go for lunch here. I’ve been to the restaurant twice. Once with a friend and the second time with my mom when she was here visiting me.
The Leonardo Hotel Antwerp is very close to the Central station. We chose this hotel because we had to leave really early by train. It was also was right on budget at the time we booked it. The price was around 59.10 euros a night excluding the city tax of 2.39 per person per night which most hotels probably charge separately. The hotel is obviously running on the Leonardo Da Vinci theme whom the hotel was named after.
The main gateway to Belgium is Zaventem or Brussels airport. From Antwerp, the distance is about 44 kilometers. There are several options to get from Brussels airport to Antwerp. You can get to Antwerp by train, by car or by bus. The fastest way to get from Brussels airport to Antwerp is by train and it takes 33 minutes. The car takes maybe 40 minutes depending on traffic. The bus is approximately 45-50 minutes. You can also check my Antwerp City Guide for more information on Antwerp.
The city of Antwerp, Belgium has made it on Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities to visit in 2018. It is number 6 on the list. I have been coming to this city for the past 3 years and have moved here recently. Antwerp has that lovely combination of being metropolitan while still having that small town feel. My mom visited recently and I showed her this beautiful city for a few days and I thought I would share it with you or anyone who would like to visit this city. This Antwerp City Guide can hopefully help you plan your next trip. 🙂
Matutina’s is a seafood restaurant located in San Sebastian, Tarlac City. It’s along the highway across the intersection next to the SOGO Hotel so it’s hard to miss. It serves mostly Filipino food with affordable prices. My friend and I met after not seeing each other in a while. I was craving pinakbet and Matutina’s makes some mean Pinakbet so we decided to eat there.