My last travel was in Hong Kong last February and I feel like I haven’t traveled in ages. Â I know, I know I’m a travelholic and a shopaholic. Â I usually travel at least every two months (locally or internationally) and right now, I’ve been dying to do that.
I got excited knowing that PAL is offering Unlimited travel for a fee of USD 270. Â With this I can already travel to whatever Asian country that I want within 7 weeks (or until December 31, 2011 whicherver comes first) and with whatever I can afford because I still need to pay for surcharges.
And yes, I can go to Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh, Jakarta, Beijing and Shanghai – all I want and as many times as I want. Â It also includes unlimited local travels to Cebu and Davao! Â So, if within the next few weeks you are just dying to hop on to that travel / shopping spree then the Fly Asia Pass is for you. Â Details of PAL’s Fly Asia Pass are all here and their FAQ page for your questions.
And the best part is – mileage accural applies! Â So, with the travels I have in mind, I probably would have another free travel due to the many miles I am about to accumulate! Sweet deal!
When I travel I look for shopping and adventure! Â It’s perfect timing because I haven’t booked my Formula 1 Singapore trip yet. Â And oh my long awaited Bangkok trip to get me some clothes and tailored outfits and a great bargain has been postponed over time.
My plan is to get my shopping and adventure in place so that I can take full advantage of my PAL Fly Asia Pass 🙂
My Shopping Adventure Itinerary
I love shopping for clothes, shoes and bags outside the Philippines because they spice up my fashion style. Â And yes, I also support Filipino designs and collections but it’s always nice to have a mix of both worlds! Â There are a lot of cute outfits, weird but fun accessories and make-up essentials that are not available here in the Philippines. Â You will often find me oogling at Vivi magazine (Japanese magazine) to check out latest trends and fashion ideas 🙂 And yes, I often buy Vivi magazine everytime I’m in Singapore or Hong Kong because they don’t sell it here in the Philippines.
First, it is very important to know my first travel because this will be the start of my 7 weeks unlimited travel.
My 7 weeks: Sep 23 – Nov 10
September 23 because I am planning to watch the Formula 1 in Singapore AGAIN! That will be my 4th time. Â Cheap rates have also been very available to everyone but they go on limited dates. Â With Fly Asia Pass, I can pick whatever date I want, even peak dates, as long as there’s still available seat.
Enough teasing and let me show you my itinerary!
September 23 – 26, 2011
Manila – Singapore – Manila
It’s Singapore Grand Prix Season! Â This time Singapore is buzzing with fun and adventure. Â Also, it is the only time I have to shop for Formula 1 merchandise! Â If you are into motor sports like me and you want to buy authentic Ferrari merchandise (or whatever your team is), like official jackets, caps and T-shirts then Singapore is the place to be!
It’s a great joy to shop in Singapore especially if you want to buy beauty products that are not sold here in Manila. Â Also, luxurious brands are left and right with hundreds of malls in Singapore. Â Get those Guccis and Pradas at a cheaper price and a bonus – shop in Singapore Tax Free!
Kampong Glam & Arab Street, Bugis, Geylang Serai, Marina Bay, Orchard Road, Little India, North Bridge Road, Raffles Place Riverside are must-visits. The Riverside area by River Valley Road houses the newest and oldest shops in Singapore. Raffles Place and Shenton Way are crowded shopping areas for a variety of stuff. Â Also look out for unique arts, antiques, handicrafts and carpets.
Partying is part of my plan! I am planning to contact my friends in Singapore (Singaporean and Filipinos) and hang out in Zouk or Powerplant or whatever is new in Singapore! Â Besides, Formula 1 grounds have different parties going on too 🙂
Also, if I have time – I might take Pole dancing classes at Bobbi’s Pole studio! I’m also off to buy some shirts they pole dancing shorts, sports bras and shirts there 🙂
September 30 – October 2, 2011
Manila – Davao – Manila
My body is craving for a tan and so I’m planning to stay overnight in one of the nice beaches in Davao. Â And of course, I need some beach shopping – batik and malong shopping! Â Did you know that you can use malong as an emergency dressing room when you need one? Â When I discovered this, I knew I had to do some malong shopping! Â And sadly, not even Boracay has variety of malongs for sale.
Pretty neat wardrobe emergency tip right? Â You can find malongs, handicrafts and other native dresses at Aldevinco Shopping Center.
October 7 – 9, 2011
Manila – Bangkok – Manila
Probably the best and most popular shopping location in Asia for a good reason – super affordable shopping with good quality. Â With a variety of clothes, shoes, bags, accessories and jewelry to tailor-fit suits, I think Bankok is the ultimate shopping haven!
My boyfriend had most of his suits made here in Bangkok – tailor fit for a very reasonable shocking price with great quality.
If you’re dropping by Bangkok, don’t forget to pass by Rama I road, Ploenchit road, Ratchadamri road, Siam Square area. Â This area have generally a large number of shopping centers – 1 day or even 2 days isn’t enough for you to go around. Â But still, the shopping experience is definitely fun! Â You will enjoy bargaining and getting clothes and accessories at really low prices.
If you are into gadgets, shop your digital heart out at Pantip Plaza. Â I might need a new DSLR since I broke it 🙁
October 14 – 17, 2011
Manila – Singapore – Kuala Lumpur via coach – Singapore -Manila
*at KLCC where I always stop by to get some Godiva Dark Chocolate ChocolixirÂ
Since there are no direct flights to KL, I will fly to Singapore instead. Â Going to KL is hassle-free if you take an express coach straight from Lavender Street Bus Station in Singapore to KL Transnational Express coaches departing from Lavender bus station in Singapore at 8:30 am, 10am, 12nn, 1:30pm, 3pm, 5pm, 8pm and 11pm. Â It costs only about SGD38.
If you are on a super budget trip, you can travel from Singapore to Larkin Station in Johor Bahru first and then get a ticket to KL which costs around SGD 10 or RM 20.
What to do in KL – visit my awesome Malaysian friends and food trip!
I am here to shop for herbs and spices! Â The first time my Malaysian friends took me to Klang, I fell in love with Bah Kut Teh – a soup made of Pork, vegetables and herbs. Â They sell Bah Kut Teh mixes and some tea and herbs that I can find in Malaysia particularly my favorite Chrisanthemum flower tea.
Also on October, KL will have a Photography Festival in Mid Valley. Â Photography is one of the fun hobbies I undertake and the entrance for this is free at Mid Valley Exhibition Center.
KL also has night markets or “pasar malam.” where you can find hawkers selling local stuff, food items, clothing and many more. Â Around October / November, the shopping carnival also holds an annuwal sale. Â Some of the more popular shopping areas are Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Cheng Lock, Petaling Street, China town and Central Market.
I stayed in the area of Petaling Street once and it was a convenient place to sleep, eat and shop! – Gadgets, clothes, shoes, makeup and accessories – name it all, you can find it here 🙂
And of course, if I have time again – I’d visit one of the Pole Dancing studios, buy a few pole dancing gears they have (I’m kinda making it my collection) and take pole dance lessons there as well!
October 27, 2011
Manila – Cebu – Manila
My very first Business Class trip via PAL was from Manila to Cebu. Â I wished the trip lasted longer! Â I was enjoying the airplane food and the comfy seats too much!
I will travel to Cebu and back for a day because I can with PAL’s Fly Pass! Â It’s me and my boyfriends’ birithday and we just want to celebrate it by eating the famous Cebu lechon at lunch and have dessert at La Merea!
Of course, shop for pasalubong at Tabo-an where they have danggit (dried fish yummy!), dried mangoes, otap and mangorin!
November 4 – 7, 2011
Manila – Hong Kong – Manila
H&M, Uniqlo, Citygate Outlet, Tsim Sha Tsui, Sasa, Bonjour and Ladies Market!
Indeed Hong Kong is the ultimate shopping haven for fashionable people. Â I mean, everyone here in Hong Kongs is always dressed up! Â Boots, colorful neon shirts, the hairstyles!
*that green bag is full of items I just shopped! Â yes, I bring my own shopping bag – stay GREEN everyone! Besides, stores here (even 7/11) will charge you HKD 0.50 for plastic bag!
I booked Hong Kong trip the last because I was waiting for Winter. Â Well, it’s not as cold yet, but cold enough again to enjoy the Hong Kong chill! Â Shopping is a breeze at this time because it’s not rainy, and it’s not hot and humid. Â It’s not too cold either so the weather is just right to shop away!
To me, this is the No. 1 shopping center in Asia! From luxurious items to very cheap bargains – it’s here!
I often go to Hong Kong to shop for costumes and wigs! Yes wigs go from P500 – P800 if you know how to bargain! Â It’s perfect for cosplay and for halloween costumes 🙂
I am also planning to take Pole, Robe, Hoop and Silk classes at Aerial Arts Academy in Hong Kong!
When in Hong Kong, visit the Ladies’ Market or Parallel streets named Li Yuen Street East and Li Yuen where I get my costumes and wigs. Â Mong Kok area also has a lot of beauty and makeup stores 🙂 Â Tsim Sha Tsui for your digital needs, and City Gate outlet for branded products at cheaper prices 🙂
This is just a temporary itinerary. Â But, I must finalize it within 2 weeks after my purchase of the Fly Asia Pass. Â I’m still determined to go on that shopping and adventure spree! Â How about you guys? Â What’s your itinerary? 🙂