An Afternoon in Pinto Art Museum Antipolo, Philippines

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Living in Philippines' capital, Manila, lets you go to different places in no time; it might be an international flight, domestic flight, concerts, playoffs  and anything in between. Even a quick out of town trip is easy as 1-2-3, just like our trip in Antipolo with friends. I have 2 days stay in Manila from my Taiwan trip HERE to catch up with them. They took me to Pinto Art Museum located in Antipolo. I've heard and saw this museum in social media and I wasn't expecting I can visit it. T'was a nice and educational place, I think. Art lovers will surely love this place and it will be a feast for their eyes. I am not really an art person but being able to visit one is a pleasurable experience.

How To Get There
We used UBER from Pasig to the location for almost 250PHP, if I remember. Due to traffic, I guess we are traveling for almost 2 hours.

If you will try to commute, there are PUJs and FXs going to Antipolo from Santolan station. Also, there is a PUJ terminal in Greenfield District area and FX terminal in SM Megamall parking area. Once in Antipolo, ride a tricycle going to Grand Heights subdivision. The museum is inside the subdivision so just tell the guard you are going in the museum.

For private vehicles, take Ortigas Extension, passing by Cainta junction, then pass Tikling until you reach the Ynares center then make a right turn which will lead you to Grand Heights.

What to expect?
Well, obviously, this is an art museum so expect lots of arts! From paintings, to parental guidance arts, to artworks made of steel, wire, paper, name it, you can find it there. They are works of art of Filipino people. I may not be a lover of art but here are the artworks that interest me. Also, try to have a snack or lunch in their cafe. Their foods are great and worth the price. You can also take it home if you can't finish it all. How's that? Art-lover or not, by all means, visit this "mala-Santorini" place as they say. You will know when you get there.

Less Than 24-Hour Itinerary in Taipei, Taiwan ala Jenponix

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Taipei, capital of Taiwan is a place where history meets modern metropolis. It has interesting things such as history museums, traditional street markets, and shopping centers. This place has so many visitors from all races and fit for travelers of all ages. I, myself was encouraged to visit this capital. Yes, December of last year, I made a stopover to Taipei before going back home in the Philippines for a vacation. Instead of a direct flight to the Philippines, I booked a NGO-TPE-MNL-DVO ticket. It's a 11-hour stopover so what to do with that long hour wait? As for me, it's time to explore the city! By the way, there's half-day free tours offered by the airport. Visit HERE for more information.

How To Get There
There are 2 airports in Taiwan. The Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) and the Songshan Airport. If you are arriving in Taiwan, you will most likey arrive in TPE. The former has 2 terminals and the latter airport serves as the regional airport. There are direct flights from Nagoya like the Tiger Air, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, and Japan Airlines. For other flights departing in your area, you may check SkyScanner. I flew with Tiger Air, one of low-cost carriers in Asia for 17,370JPY. Since TPE is not located in the city center, for a 125TWD one way, you will hop on a 45minutes to an hour bus to reach the Taipei Main Station and from there, you can ride their MRT to reach to different locations of the city. Their MRT are user-friendly and stations are close to popular places in the city area. Going back to the airport will be the same, buy a 125TWD bus ticket, hop on the bus and arrive in your airport terminal.

Visa Requirements
Philippine passport holders need a visa to enter Taiwan, however, Philippine passport holders can be visa-exempted in entering Taiwan. Those who have been issued a valid entry visa or have a valid resident/permanent card issued from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, USA, UK and any Schengen countries may enter Taiwan without a visa. Additional to this, entry visas/resident cards from these countries less than 10 years from expiration may also qualify for visa-exempt. Before departure, you must possess a confirmed ticket departing Taiwan, your printed travel authorization certificate (you can fill up HERE), the visa used in your certficate and show these to the immigration officer. If granted, you will have a 30-day visa exemption.