10 great finds at the Travel Sale Fair 2019

10 great finds at the Travel Sale Fair 2019

From great all-in holidays, overly affordable hotel nights, to cute local buys, this year’s travel fair, from October 11 to 13, will pave the way for your travel shopping spree. Be ready to spend!

Dash Holidays packages + SkyJet Airlines seats

Dash Holidays’ irresistible travel deals will allow you to not worry about a single thing when you travel, for what’s on the table are all-in, hassle-free, three-day holidays in Batanes, Camiguin, and Busuanga. The official tour packages arm of SkyJet Airlines can also book you SkyJet tickets to and from the mentioned destinations if seats is what you’re after only. Plus: buy items from Batanes, crafted by local artists Creative Hub, and get a free copy of Dash magazine, as you wait for your transaction to complete.

Korean package

A full tour of Korea, covering its capital Seoul, hotspot Nami Island, plus activities like kimchi making on specific travel dates is sold for as low as P25,888.

Batanes tours

Get blown away by value-for-money tours of the northernmost Philippine province, Batanes, offered by Wakay Tours.

Gigantes Islands tours

Tours to Iloilo’s marvel of an island, are at a steal, for day tours priced at P799 per person, to three-day, two-night tours at P2,799 per person.

Bicol

A unifying booth dedicated to Region 5, also known as the Bicol region, takes center stage, marketing to the traveling public offerings from the six provinces covered by southernmost Philippine region.

Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar

This one of the many resorts and hotels who have set up a booth, offering special rates at their properties.

Cagayan delights

Dragonfruit wine, coffee brews from the region, and locally-made peanut butter are some of the great finds in the Cagayan Valley booth. Cagayan Valley is a region up North.

Elegante’s gold-plated accessories

Earrings, necklaces, rings, and rosaries made from surgical steel and plated in gold is something interesting to shop for. Earrings are for as low as P50 a pair.

Quirky lights and dreamcatchers by Creative Cruff

These items are great gifts. On top of these, sold too are knick knacks like stationaries, notebooks, stickers, and stainless steel utensils and reusable straw sets.

Woven earrings by Koffee

The basics
The Traval Sale Fair 2019 held at the World Trade Center is open daily from 11am to 9pm from October 11 to October 13, 2019.



Buy a piece of Batanes without flying to Batanes

Buy a piece of Batanes without flying to Batanes

Now you can have coveted Batanes artworks and memorabilia crafted by Ivatan artists. That’s some art you’d want, won’t you?

Batanes is home to the late Patricia Abad, an important figure in Philippine contemporary art. Art galleries have found homes in the streets of Batanes. Local spaces like Creative Hub continue to nurture Ivatan talent inspired by their history and local customs.

While we prefer you to fly to Batanes to see Ivatans’ works of art in person and purchase whichever calls on to you, we have something close to the experience and we’d say convenient: proudly Ivatan paintings, shirts, and trinkets you can buy at the Dash Store smack in the heart of Makati City.

Tayid Lighthouse Milky Way painting by Mytz Abelador

Tayid Lighthouse by Mytz Abelador (12″x18″, Acryllic on canvas). This and other paintings are now available at the Dash Store starting at Php5,040.

The Milky Way is a sight to behold regardless of where you see it. It’s a relaxing yet awe-inspiring sight that is impossible to see in the big cities of the Philippines.

Michelle “Mytz” Abelador, one of the resident artists at Creative Hub in Basco, Batanes, probably had that spectacle in mind when she painted this gorgeous combination of blacks, deep blues, greens, and speckles of color that remind me of the Milky Way—which then lead you to the simple beauty of the Tayid Lighthouse.
Php5,040

Rattan Roundie sling bag

A rattan round sling bag from Creative Hub, now available at the Dash Store for only Php1,680.

This sling bag has all the makings of a cute rattan bag: good craftsmanship with a simple profile highlighted by a hand-painted art done by Creative Hub’s artists, and ample space for all your essentials whether on a city tour, out malling, museum hopping. The best part? It’s 100% local.
Php1,680

Tame The Wind crewneck t-shirt

The “Tame the Wind” shirt from Creative Hub’s Wear Your Tribe Line. Available in various designs at the Dash Store for only Php448.

It should come as no surprise that the people of Batanes are, of all things, resilient, living on the edge of the country, open to elements and prime exit point of storms, ergo, it’s only appropriate that the phrase “tame the wind” applies to our Ivatan brethren, as well as other phrases in their “Wear Your Tribe” line.
Php448

Trinkets and tokens from Batanes

Abkas (waves) by Joana Jose. Available at the Dash Store for only Php168.

If your walls are filled with works of art and your closets are filled with shirts from nearly every Philippine destination, then why not get the classic ref magnet or a keychain?

Driftwood keychain with art from Joana Jose. Available at the Dash Store for only Php135.

The ones by Creative Hub sold at the Dash Store are quite special as they’re hand-made by Ivatan artists and one of a kind.
Php168 for the ref magnet; Php135 for the keychain

The basics
Score these and other designs at the Dash Store.
GF Solar Century Tower, 100 Tordesillas cor. H.V. Dela Costa Streets, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Open from Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 5pm.

That pretty little bed and breakfast

That pretty little bed and breakfast

This is a place very far away from Manila that can make you blurt the perfect awww: Bernie’s Bed and Breakfast in Ivana, a sleepy town in Batanes some 15km from Basco Airport.


Bernie’s is a two-storey seven-bedroom hotel inspired by the traditional Ivatan architecture with touches of modern. Its “quaintly” features? The stone-dotted façade with trellis and vertical windows; the stone path leading to the entrance; the homey but bright and airy interiors, and the careful mix of wooden furnishings, kerosene lamp-inspired fixtures, ornamental plants and art pieces. One nice touch at Bernie’s are its books, shelves of them, that are the first to greet guests.

The B&B is logically designed—the social spaces are on the ground floor while the rooms on are on the second floor.

Slip at the small garden at the back for a quiet moment by yourself and take in the sun and Ivana’s peaceful surroundings.

Sleep

 

Author Jonalyn Fortuno enjoying some peace and quiet at the Queen Room

There are queen bedrooms and double bedrooms,
all spacious. I stayed
in a queen room with whitewashed walls and stone tiles, well-furnished along with mod cons. It has a spacious bathroom with fine toiletries. At full house, Bernie’s can be filled with up to 21 people.

Eat

 


Bernie’s only serves breakfast and it’s typically what’s available like fried flying fish, rice and coffee. The innkeeper may cook a meal for guests.

Do

See Batanes’ famous landmarks close by: the House of Dakay, the oldest stone house in Batanes; Honesty Coffee Shop, an unmanned store that operates solely on trust; the Old Spanish Bridge.

The basics
Starts at Php3,500 (USD67) per night
Facebook.com/Bernies-Bed-And-Breakfast

Get there
SkyJet flies daily from Manila to Batanes Book a SkyJet flight now.

Story by Jonalyn Fortuno; photos by Ferdz Decena

Come take a peek at Luke’s travel bag

Come take a peek at Luke’s travel bag

Celebrated surfer Luke Landringan shows us what he lugs in his travels, from a trusty bag to skin care products best to use if you are almost always ultra exposed to sunlight.

Personal surfboard: 5’ x 2” Misfit from Australia

Surfboard is the most important of all, so if you’re serious about surfing it pays to know that you’re on the right board. Luke’s choice is Misfit Shapes, a surf brand that “allows art, design, and individuality to co-exist.”
BUY on Misfitshapes.com

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