Tourist at Home: Travel More With Less

The Philippines is at the top of any decent must-visit list, its tourist destinations teeming with culture. I grew up in two of them: my mom is Kapampangan and my dad is Ilonggo. parts of the year were spent admiring the Giant Lanterns, watching Hot Air Balloons, and feasting on Pampanga’s famous cuisine. Others were spent were spent celebrating the Masskara Festival, enjoying the scenery at The Ruins, and reveling in music and organic eats at Negros Weekend Market. So I couldn’t share the sense of wonder felt by friends and family from out of town. To me, it’s just home, familiar, comfortable.

I ended up carrying this attitude to a city well-known for its natural beauty and the warmth of its people: Cagayan De Oro. My current job allows me to travel there several times a year. On my first trip, I figured I’d familiarize first with the workplace and my colleagues before doing the touristy part. Guess what? That was four years ago, and I have yet to travel farther than the mall.

Going Traveloka App

One of my 2017 resolutions is to see the Philippines through a traveler’s eyes. My first two posts will be easy: Angeles and Bacolod, since they need minimal prep. On to planning my third destination, Cagayan De Oro! As a techie with a penchant for efficiency, I know there’s an app for that, and I lucked out with Traveloka. It works just like a travel agency, except you can finish booking for your trip with a few clicks. They’re relatively new in the Philippines, but they’re pretty prominent in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. The Traveloka app already has over 10 million downloads overall! When I saw that they’ve partnered with top hotel chains, I got more excited.

Instagrammable hotel

I’m particular with where I stay while traveling. While some can make do with any place that has a bed and running water, I prefer a room with a sleek, minimal design, lots of natural light, greens, and open air—while also being friendly on the budget. I was delighted to find something that meets all these in CDO: Primavera Residences. Look!

Pinterest minimalist chic blue and white apartment bedroom Primavera Residences Cagayan de Oro Traveloka app

The design was inspired by the bahay-kubo—a stilt house made of organic materials like bamboo, coconut leaves, and grass, the quintessential sustainable house.

Pinterest minimalist chic blue and white apartment bedroom Primavera Residences Cagayan de Oro Traveloka app

Pinterest minimalist chic blue and white apartment bedroom Primavera Residences Cagayan de Oro Traveloka app

As soon as I saw the bedrooms, I was sold.

Pinterest minimalist chic apartment Primavera Residences Cagayan de Oro Traveloka app

Pinterest minimalist chic apartment Primavera Residences Cagayan de Oro Traveloka app

Pinterest minimalist chic apartment Primavera Residences Cagayan de Oro Traveloka app

Look at how spacious and bright this apartment is! It’s pure Instagram bait.

Pinterest minimalist chic white indoor pool Primavera Residences Cagayan de Oro Traveloka app

Pinterest minimalist chic white indoor pool Primavera Residences Cagayan de Oro Traveloka app

I like swimming but not the sun, so this indoor saltwater pool is perfect. Other amenities include a jacuzzi, gym, and multi-purpose hall where they sometimes hold Zumba and yoga classes. On the ground floor are an inner courtyard, shops, and restaurants.

Pinterest minimalist solar panels eco-friendly Primavera Residences Cagayan de Oro Traveloka app

I like that Primavera Residences is eco-friendly and abides by concepts of sustainable architecture and biomimicry (emulating nature and adopting its processes). The first of its kind in CDO, it generates its own energy, minimizes power usage, and maximizes natural light and air ventilation. I was so thrilled to find Primavera Residences on the Traveloka App! Let me walk you through my booking process.

Traveloka App walk-through

You can sign up for a Traveloka account via email, mobile number, Facebook, or Google. It took me all of 3 minutes, after which I searched for Primavera.

Traveloka app walk-through online booking

A little blue notification that appeared on top: “Cheaper if you book through app now.” Yay!

Traveloka app walk-through online booking

Time to continue booking on my phone!

  • Traveloka app walk-through Philippines 1
    Preview of the Traveloka App's download page and some of its highlighted features.

Now all I have to do is show the voucher when I check in. That was not only easy and fast, it was also a lot of fun! The huge discount didn’t hurt, either.

You too can download the Traveloka App from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android). Upon signing in, just verify with a code and you’re in! I bet it won’t be long before Traveloka is considered as much a travel tech essential as a selfie stick.

Speaking of, how would you like a Revlon makeup set to bring on your travels?

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Simply go to my Facebook comments section. Tag your (3) favorite travel buddies, and answer why you’d book with Traveloka on your next adventure.

e.g. “For my next Cebu trip with @Friend1, @Friend2, and @Friend3 I’ll try Traveloka because it looks very easy to use and I love the discounts!”

If you really read my post, you’d have a lot of reasons to choose from 🙂

The most exciting answer wins a Revlon makeup set that will be perfect for your travel kikay kit. Winner will be announced on Friday morning (May 12) via my Instagram, so be sure you’re following me @lovechicph!

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