Kap & Me My Kids Others Staycations & Vacations The GOppets

SMX Travel Expo 2016

After nagging him almost every second of every day, Kap finally caved in & agreed to a one-time-big-time summer adventure for the GOppets. Yahoooo! \m/ Ate is, after all, graduating this year. Soon she’ll be so busy with med proper that now is really the perfect time. And it’s been so long since our grand trip that we really bamboozled him into the idea of taking time off for ONE WHOLE MONTH this 2016! It’s rock or bust, he had no choice but to go along, lol. I’m soooo excited I could burst!


But of course, he had conditions. And top of that list is CHEAP TRAVEL, CHEAP EATS, CHEAP ACCOMMODATION. Fml. So here we are at Travel Expo trying to find the best possible deal. The queue was one long block away! @_@ But fair is fair, I gotta give if I’m willing to take, right?



Kap & Ate dropped us off while they went to look for parking. Hello world. ;))



Citibank cardholders had free entrance. Otherwise, it’s 60 php/person to enter. Based on the number of participants, 60 pesos was peanuts.



Indoor situation. I wanted to go home badly after seeing this craziness, but Kap said it was deal or no deal, pera o bayong. I chose to stay & endure it just so we can travel. Gah!



Different agencies had different kinds of pakulo going on. TBH, pampa-sikip lang itong mga paro-parong bukid hehe! One’s pointed wing almost poked my eye. Ouch!



Cheap airfare. Of course every one wanted in on the deal. I couldn’t get an arm in. All 4 of us went our different ways trying to squeeze our way through.



Bumped into friendly neighbors Ana & Manuel Z.



and helpful neighbours too. Soooo grateful to tita Eleanor ‘Eli’ White! President of Swire Travel who assisted us herself, seeing how despondent & lost we looked amongst the huuuuge crowd. <3 SOLD na SOLD si Kap my Kap! ;))

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Hay si donya. May kutson at back rest na, may taga-paypay pa! ;)) How lucky am I! Good job GOppets! <3



Freebies! For every 40k & above single transaction using your VISA citibank credit card, you get a Pacsafe anti-theft pouch. For every 5k, you get a dove gift pack. Lemme tell you, Kap went home VERY happy! ;)


Backpacking through Europe. How many cities do you think we can cover in a month??? Going through online visa applications now, NKKLK! @_@ Is there an easier way please?


Downside with our summer trip though is we have to leave our dear Lelly behind. :'( It won’t be the same with just the lowlas at home, nobody will play with her huhu. I’m really afraid that she might take off while we’re away to look for us. Any suggestions short of adopting another dog for companion? Poor Lelly! </3

PS: Last on Kap’s list of conditions is: NO SHOPPING. Hahahahahahaha. Yeah right, nananaginip ka ba, my Honey. Dream on. Of course there’s shopping! Are you kidding me??? :P

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  • Reply Noel Q

    The fares are really lower pala diyan, ano? Pero parang hindi ko din kakayanin ang crowds!!! hahaha… Kahit mas mahal, bibili na lang ako online for my ticket, hehehe…

    Excited na ako sa Big European Adventure niyo! GoGoGOPPETS!

    Have a safe trip home from Davao. =)

    February 29, 2016 at 8:11 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Hay naku niel. Hindi mo kakayanin. Kung wala akong kalandian dun palagay mo ba tatagal ako hehe. ?

      February 29, 2016 at 9:16 am
  • Reply Erika

    Hay naku nadala na ko umattend dyan. pero kung Europe and US pupuntahan better talaga umattend ng travel fair.

    excited ako sa Europe trip nyo! Pakopya ako Itinerary ha! End this year pa kami (Hoping and Praying matuloy) London din point of entry namin.

    No Shopping? same si Kap at Husband ko. Yan ang condition pero Asa sila! wahaha! ang sarap mag shopping ng bags don ang mura plus tax refund pa!

    February 29, 2016 at 9:40 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Hello. May mga target warehouse na ang mga girls hehe. Good luck kay Kap. Mag-umpisa na syang mag-novena! ;))

      February 29, 2016 at 10:00 am
  • Reply Angela Chua

    Based from my experience, the easiest embassy is France and Netherlands!! not too strict. OMG!!!!! LV, Prada super cheap in France, you and the girls will be very happy!!!

    February 29, 2016 at 1:04 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Huhuhu organizing the visa requirements is like.. daaaang! Ang daming hinihingi hindi kami matapos-tapos. But there’s the silver lining.. shopping haha. Thank you Angela! :-*

      February 29, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Wow! Grabe! One month talaga ang trip ng Goppets? Sabi ko na magpapaampon na talaga ako sa inyo para may bag na ko na maganda, may eat out pa every week, may European trip pa! Kaso baka di ako pumasa sa laki ng mata ko hahahahaha! Excited na ko sa mga lovers in Paris na update mo Ms Jane! hehehehe

    February 29, 2016 at 2:14 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Lika na sama naaa! Sagot mo ang pocket money hahaha! :-*

      February 29, 2016 at 4:10 pm
  • Reply med

    so very excited!!!

    gawing BFF ang travel agent owner para next travel fair you don’t have to fall in line na!!!

    but wait! oh no! one month wala S&S??? hope you’ll have scheduled posts daily para we won’t miss you that mucho.

    February 29, 2016 at 2:41 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      wa na travel fair. Sa agency na nya in bellevue mismo hehe. May pick-up pa. ;)

      February 29, 2016 at 4:11 pm
  • Reply Photo cache

    Europe, yay! Go in the fall Miss Jane, less crowded at cooler temps. I am so excited for the family.

    February 29, 2016 at 2:58 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Leaving in July maria. Is that still hot? oh noes!

      February 29, 2016 at 4:11 pm
  • Reply gezel

    try shengen visa it covers a lot of eu countries except Uk be careful travelling in Europe now they have migrants crisis just be vigilant and read a lot of online news so you know what places to avoid Europe is very very beautiful enjoy the scenery breathe the history especially England.

    February 29, 2016 at 3:37 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Hi gezel. :-* Yes that’s what we got + UK & one more I forgot which. Thank you for looking out for us. Will do, mwah! :-*

      February 29, 2016 at 4:12 pm
  • Reply melvel

    Where are you going? I’m going to Paris in May, if you happen to be there during that time, then let’s meet up!

    February 29, 2016 at 6:27 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Huhu July. That’s the time kids are let out from school. Boo! Have lots fun though & do major damage with the credit card haha. Kap is SUPER NERVOUS with his 3 gals. He may just ask you to represent him & have us sign a no-shopping contract, lol! ;))

      February 29, 2016 at 8:26 pm
      • Reply melvel

        Haha, I’ll give you tips on where to eat, stay and shop! Promise, swak sa budget ni Kap!

        Try to stay in the 8th, 9th or 2nd arr. in Paris, that’s where the action is :)

        March 1, 2016 at 2:35 pm
        • Reply sugargospice

          Yaaay!! Will look forward to your recos mel. Thank you mwah! :-*

          March 1, 2016 at 7:52 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      and hey! Congratulations on the new blog! :-*

      February 29, 2016 at 8:27 pm
  • Reply Noelle

    Excited for you, Jane! :) Where in Europe are you planning to go? Not sure if you’re going as far east as Hungary, but I lived in Budapest and would love to help you! Have fun. :)

    March 1, 2016 at 9:03 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Huhuhu I don’t think it’s in the agenda Noelle. I have to ask the kids though coz they lead, we just follow haha. But seeing you there would be lovely! :-*

      March 1, 2016 at 10:11 am
      • Reply Noelle

        Oh and if the GOppets want to stop by Greece let me know as well! I’d love to help! (Part-Greek and I still have family there :) )

        March 2, 2016 at 8:47 pm
        • Reply sugargospice

          Wow thank you Noelle! :-* That’s so very kind of you to offer. Super appreciate it mwah!

          March 3, 2016 at 10:49 am
  • Reply Lou

    July is sale season in Europe! Mainstream brands are all on sale. Some luxury brands will also be on sale (Tod’s, Prada, Chanel, etc. just not LV or Hermes). Saya!!!

    Better research balkibayan couriers na rin so you don’t have to travel with all your shopping loot! Strict the airlines there when you fly within Europe – EUR 29 nga the airfare, EUR55 naman if you check-in bags at the gate or counter (not pre-paid), kaya plan your luggage allowance very carefully.

    There are trusted shippers in Spain, Paris and London. Just make sure to ask the Filipinos in the online forum for the contact details of the reliable shippers.

    March 1, 2016 at 12:22 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Omg thank you for all these info, Lou! Grabe you got me drooling with all the brands you mentioned. Dapat yata iwan namin si Kap hahaha. Yes, will follow your advice & start googling couriers now. You just made me very very happy with this news haha. Thaaaank you! :-*

      March 1, 2016 at 12:49 pm
      • Reply Lou

        Haha Jane, good luck with Kap. Try mo our barkada’s mantra to our husbands when we justify shopping abroad – the more you shop, the more you save! Kasi naman the prices are cheaper there diba? ;)

        You can ship the boxes (orange boxes?!) in the balikbayan boxes, but best to handcarry (not even check-in) your luxury finds.

        March 2, 2016 at 8:59 am
        • Reply sugargospice

          Malabo yang orange boxes Lou haha. Out of stock palagi. ;)) Wow, another tip! Magamit nga yan kay Kap. Will let you know how it turns out, lol! :-*

          March 2, 2016 at 9:57 am
          • Lou

            Good luck! I will be in Europe in July – Brussels and Barcelona, baka we’ll bump into each other there and shop together!
            Haha. I need to introduce myself first when I next see you in Town!

            March 4, 2016 at 10:52 am
          • sugargospice

            OMG yes please Lou! I do hope we bump into each other so you can give me more tips in person. Mwah! :-*

            March 4, 2016 at 1:35 pm
  • Reply himynameische

    I am SUPER EXCITED for this trip!!!! I can’t wait to see your vacation posts!!!!
    Sana pwedeng sumama!!

    March 3, 2016 at 10:19 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Sama ka na Che ikaw ang mag-tour guide sa amin at sanay ka na haha. :-*

      March 3, 2016 at 10:48 am
      • Reply Himynameisch

        Lol! Sabay sabay tayong mawawala!!! Pero at least buo ang pamilya diba?? Hahaha :) :)

        March 3, 2016 at 3:27 pm

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