Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing: Affordable Galveston homes that offer a charming getaway

Whether you’re looking to make a permanent move out to the island, buy a vacation home for rental income, or are just curious what it costs to live by the shore, check out these five affordable Galveston homes:

3727 Avenue P: Built in 1922, this 1,292-square-foot Craftsman bungalow has been fully updated but maintains some of the original structure’s features. Exposed brick walls in the kitchen and distressed wood floors lend this cozy home character.

3406 Avenue P: This 1,144-square-foot home, built in 1914, has two bedrooms and one full bath. Inside, coffered ceilings and dark-wood molding in the living spaces contrast with the kitchen’s light, airy motif. It’s true to its original condition, down to the paint colors: a specialist was able to track down the home’s original hues.

1202 Church: Close to the Historic Strand District and the beach, this 2,540-square-foot house also has good leasing potential. Built in 1890, the historic structure has five bedrooms and three baths and is set on a 3,605-square-foot lot.

17615 Termini San Luis Pass: This townhome is being sold mostly furnished. The two-bedroom, three-bath house has 1,314 square feet of livable space, as well as a spacious deck. The newest home in this roundup, it was built in 1983.

4241 Pointe West: The highlight of this home is its ocean and bay views. Surrounded by green spaces and water panoramas just beyond, this 1,427-square-foot condominium is filled with windows to let in natural light. A deck offers a space to relax at this three-bedroom, two-bath home.

Jakarta Capital Indonesia Travel Review: A Travel Guide To The Thriving Capital of Indonesia

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Jakarta, with its traffic-plagued streets, high-rise buildings and persistent blanket of smog, may at first seem like a not-so interesting destination that can easily confuse and confound Pinoy travelers. But beneath its unappealing façade and rough surface, you will find a diverse and multicultural megalopolis filled with unexpectedly delightful corners, colorful attractions as well as remarkably positive and good-natured citizens.

And, with a little travel planning and help from Skyscanner, you can surely have a blast and a hassle-free memorable trip in Indonesia’s thriving capital.

Why visit Jakarta?

Jakarta isn’t normally the first place that pops into mind, when Pinoys imagine of travel destinations in Indonesia. Hardly a relaxing and scenic vacation spot, the economic dynamo of Indonesia boasts no palm-lined avenues and gorgeous beaches, in spite of its coastal and sub-equatorial profile. Not to mention, it is a humid, populous and immense urban sprawl known for its maddening traffic.

But, the “Big Durian” has a plethora of rewarding experiences and spellbinding diversions that compensate for its flaws, should the more adventurous Pinoy travelers accept its challenges, sensations and sights. While it’s no oil painting, the city has tons of hipster markets and a fascinating colonial history that’s totally worth exploring. What’s more, it has a flourishing culinary scene, and an electric world-class nightlife circuit, making Jakarta one of the most dynamic cities in Southeast Asia.

A colorful mixture of customs, dialects and cultures, Jakarta is also praised for its ultra accommodating and hospitable locals. As a matter of fact, the citizens here are so friendly that you are bound to create lasting friendships.

Documents needed to travel to Jakarta

You don’t need to go through the hassles of securing a visa, to set foot on this buzzing and colorful Indonesian hub. After all, any Juan with a Philippine passport that’s valid for 6 months following the departure date will be granted visa on arrival in Indonesia.

Keep in mind, though, this kind of visa is valid only for 30 days and is applicable to social visits, leisure, government visits as well as for people who are attending conferences, seminars and convention. Furthermore, it’s nonconvertible, non-extendable and can’t be used for employment purposes.

Though you can enter Jakarta without a visa, you still need to present a few supporting travel documents, and go through an interview at the immigration counter. For those who are traveling overseas for the first time, it may take a while for you to get through the immigration officer, meaning you should prepare your documents beforehand and check-in early. For the most part, these are the documents that the immigration officer from a Philippine airport will ask from you.

  • PRC ID (if you have one)
  • Proof of employment/business certificate
  • A Philippine passport (valid at least 6 months following your departure date)
  • Credit card (if you have one)
  • A confirmed travel itinerary
  • Back-and-forth tickets
  • Proof of accommodations
  • Show money (at least 13,000 PHP for a 4-day trip)

How to get to Jakarta

Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific offer daily flights from Manila to Soekarno Hatta International Airport – Jakarta’s main international gateway. Travel duration from Manila to Jakarta is about 4 hours. Likewise, Singapore Airlines has connecting flights to Jakarta with a layover in Singapore. Travel time for this route is around 6 hours and 40 minutes.

Upon your arrival at the airport, you may get to the city center via DAMRI shuttle buses, which connect international passengers to numerous destinations in Jakarta. Depending on the type of seat and location of your drop off, a ticket person for this bus ride will cost you 25,000 to 35,000 IDR (91 to 250 PHP). The bus service is air-conditioned, comfortable, reliable, and operates until midnight.

To get tickets for this bus ride, head to the left after going out of the Terminal 2 building, until you see DAMRI bus stops and ticket booths.

When to go and visit Jakarta

Jakarta, with its tropical climate, is a good year-round destination, though floods can affect the city during the wet season. The dry season, which starts from May and ends in September, is arguably the best time to visit Jakarta. With a friendly low average temperature of 30°C (86°F), you can easily tour the city without having to worry about getting wet on the dry months. But, make no mistake about it – visiting Jakarta during the wet season can be quite a pleasant experience as well, once you get used to the frequent rains.

Important Bahasa words and phrases

Since English is not widely spoken in the archipelago, it’s essential for you to learn a bit of Bahasa Indonesia, when visiting Jakarta. Here are a few words and phrases in Bahasa that may come in handy in your trip!

  • Selamat dating – welcome
  • Apa kabar – how are you?
  • Di mana? – where?
  • Ya – yes
  • Tidak – no
  • Makasi/ Terima kasih – Thank you
  • Maaf – sorry
  • Masuk – enter/entrance
  • Berapa?- how many/how much?
  • Anda – you
  • Saya – we/me/I
  • Disini – here
  • Boleh – possible/can

Getting around

  • Walking or biking – Sidewalks are not well-maintained and well-connected in Jakarta, so cycling and walking on its busy streets are not recommended.
  • Car rental – With its perpetual gridlocked traffic jams, hiring a car, and driving through the city may not be such a good idea, especially if you’re on a rush, and short on time.
  • Taxi – Taxis are, in general, reliable and affordable, as long as you use a reputable taxi company, like the Blue Bird group.
  • Bajaj – It’s Jakarta’s version of Thailand’s famous tuk-tuk. They are a fairly popular option in Jakarta, as they can weave through the city’s interminable traffic jams, just like motorbikes do.
  • Tour Bus – Nicknamed as “City Tour Jakarta”, these buses are double deckers that will take you to some of the city’s places of interest for free.

Other things to keep in mind

  • Don’t drink tap water wherever you are in Jakarta.
  • The local currency is Indonesian rupiah (IDR or Rp). For an updated IDR to PHP conversion, check out themoneyconverter.com/IDR/PHP.
  • Jakarta is credit card friendly, with hotels, restaurants and shops mostly accepting Mastercard and Visa.
  • Indonesians are generally laid-back, but there are customs and etiquette that you should be aware of, so that you won’t offend them. For instance, shoes should always be removed when entering mosques, temples and even some shops. Also, make sure your skirts and shoes cover the knees when in town, and avoid smooching in public with your partner.
  • Electrical: 240 Volts, 50 Hertz
  • Jakarta isn’t a dangerous place to roam around, but just like any modern city, there’s always an array of scammers out to prey on unsuspecting and naïve foreign tourists. Just be vigilant, use your common sense and you’ll get to dodge the city’s scams.

Things to do in Jakarta

  • Explore the Ancol Dream Park.
  • Get an up close look of the charming animals at the Ragunan Zoo.
  • Discover the fascinating maritime history of Indonesia with a visit to Museum Bahari.
  • Unwind at Taman Mini Indonesia.
  • Visit the city’s other top museums, including the Wayang, Museum National, and National History Museum.
  • Snap pictures of the city’s beautiful landmarks, such as the Gegung Pancasila, Toka Merah, Mahkama Agung, and the towering Monas monuments.
  • Be wowed by the intricate designs of Jakarta’s Islamic mosques, Buddhist temples and the Cathedral.
  • Experience the city’s renowned nightlife scene by visiting cool spots like the Blowfish, Stadium, Jalan Jaksa and Blok M.
  • Sample Jakarta’s mouthwatering street food.

Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing: Galveston Things To Do – Attractions And Must See

Galveston Things To Do

Before you go, here are some of the most entertaining things to do on Galveston Island.

The Beach

There is plenty of room to lay out and the water stays a comfortable temperature due to its southern location. While it is a little murky and the waves are small, you can hop on a boogie board or inner tube and float around. You may even be able to catch some waves that are big enough to surf. It’s definitely recommended to bring plenty of water and some food, as the beach gets pretty warm especially in the summer time. For those who are looking for the best beach to go to, many tourists and locals recommend Stewart Beach

Moody Gardens

For those who love the beauty of exotic nature, Moody Gardens should be the first stop on your travel list of activities. This nature and discovery center, which is geared towards kids, is an awesome place for family friendly fun. From outside, you will see multiple large pyramids, each of them containing a different theme. You can enter the discovery pyramid, the aquarium pyramid, a rainforest pyramid. Overall, it’s a great place for families to adventure around in.

The Strand

Galveston’s historic Strand has many different restaurants, activities and other things to excite locals and tourists alike. Back in the early days of Galveston, the Strand is where the locals came for a night out on the town. There are still some hotels, trendy restaurants, an amazing candy shop, and a large chess board where you can play life-size chess. They also have their Mardi-Gras celebration here, which has been called the second best Mardi-Gras outside of New Orleans! Don’t forget to take in all of the historic buildings while your there, because you will see a lot of historical state landmark plaques!

Vietnam Airlines Recognised as Leading Global by Bacall Associates

Prized certification marks key developmental milestone for flag carrier after transformative year

National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines www.vietnamairlines.com has been certified as a 4-Star Airline by the international air transport rating organisation Skytrax ranking it alongside some of the world’s most reputable airlines, including British Airways, Emirates and Lufthansa. Vietnam Airlines new President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Duong Tri Thanh, accepted the official certification during the World Airline Awards event at Farnborough International Airshow 2016.

Bacall Associates - Vietnam Airlines Recognised as Leading Global

Awarded after comprehensive Skytrax evaluation across all customer-facing product and service factors both onboard flights and at airports served by Vietnam Airlines, the prestigious 4-Star Airline certification is recognition for the significant recent improvements that Vietnam Airlines has made to the quality of its product and service standards, as part of its strategic plan to establish itself as the leading carrier for the region.

Last year Vietnam Airlines underwent a dramatic transformation, launching its new corporate identity and beginning a major fleet-wide upgrade to replace its entire fleet of wide body aircraft – significantly enhancing its product offering. 2015 saw Vietnam Airlines become the first airline to operate the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner nonstop between Southeast Asia and Europe, and the first Asian airline to operate both Boeing and Airbus’ modern next-generation aircraft at the same time. A total of 19 Boeing 787s and 14 Airbus A350-900 XWBs will be delivered to Vietnam Airlines by early 2019.

At the same time, Vietnam Airlines implemented a programmed to upgrade service levels to international 4-Star Airline standards – spearheaded by Vietnam Airlines’ new President and CEO Mr. Thanh in his previous role as Executive Vice President. Commenting on the news, Mr. Thanh said “I am honored to accept this highly prestigious accolade on behalf of Vietnam Airlines. This fantastic achievement is testament to the hard work of all of Vietnam Airlines’ dedicated employees, and an important indicator of the excellent progress we are making towards our goal of becoming one of the best-regarded airlines in Asia-Pacific.”

Mr. Edward Plaisted, CEO of Skytrax said “This 4-Star Airline rating is an excellent achievement for Vietnam Airlines and the result of their hard work across a range of product and service areas. Introducing two brand new aircraft types into the fleet in such a short space of time is a difficult task, but the reward for Vietnam Airlines is a fabulous new product in their core long haul market. We acknowledge the considerable change and improvement they have achieved, with a new service concept rolled out in Business Class and an overhaul of cabin staff training procedures – all of which will further strengthen Vietnam Airlines position as a major Asian airline.”

Vietnam Airlines offers the UK’s only nonstop flights to Vietnam, operating daily services from Heathrow Terminal 4 to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. Flights are carefully scheduled to offer convenient overnight journeys in both directions, and excellent onward connections via its comprehensive network of over 40 destinations in Asia, including 16 within Vietnam 5 in Indochina and the rest in other countries.

Return fares from Heathrow to Ho Chi Minh City currently start from £396 per person, inclusive of taxes. For further information and reservations visit www.vietnamairlines.com or speak to a travel agent.

Bacall Associates Travel: Pine Cliffs Beach Club Pops Up

Pine Cliffs Beach Club Pops Up In Canary Wharf London This Summer

13 July 2016 – No matter what the British weather has in store, Canary Wharf’s Montgomery Square will offer a tantalising taste of the Algarve this summer, with the arrival of the Pine Cliffs Beach Club. Open each weekday from 11am to 11pm throughout the summer season, the chic pop-up bar will bring the sun-kissed vibes of Portugal’s leading lifestyle destination, Pine Cliffs, a Luxury Collection Resort, to the heart of London’s financial centre.

Set to be a popular hotspot for work-weary Londoners, the Pine Cliffs Beach Club will be run in partnership with award-winning travel specialist Quintessentially Travel, to celebrate the re-opening of the famed cliff-top retreat following a multi-million pound transformation of its rooms and facilities, including the debut of a state-of-the-art destination spa, that will firmly place Portugal on the radar of discerning spa connoisseurs.

In the true spirit of The Luxury Collection, Pine Cliffs Beach Club brings a taste of the Algarve to London providing global explorers with authentic experiences that reflect the local spirit, lifestyle and design. The al-fresco Pine Cliffs Beach Club will offer a wide selection of chilled drinks including fine Portuguese wines, Pine Cliffs Resort’s signature white port cocktails, Moet Ice and Sagres beer – the Algarve is just a Tube ride away!  Throughout the summer, customers will also have the chance to win a 7-night stay for two at Pine Cliffs Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort, including breakfast, a green fee at Pine Cliffs Golf & Country Club, return flights from the UK and transfers from and to Faro Airport.

One of Europe’s leading lifestyle destinations, Pine Cliffs enjoys a spectacular, unrivalled location on the Algarve coastline. Set across 72 hectares, the resort offers a wide range of luxurious accommodation options for couples, groups and families. There are exceptional leisure and sports facilities, with 11 different restaurants and bars, including the poolside seafood restaurant O Pescador; Beach Club on the golden shore of Praia Falésia; Piri Piri Steak House; and Zest, a new outlet offering guests an array of health-conscious drinks, snacks and dishes. In addition, the hotel features six swimming pools, Porto Pirata kids club, an Annabel Croft Tennis Academy, a nine-hole golf course with panoramic views, complemented by a world-class wellness and fitness offering comprising the new Serenity The Art of Well Being destination spa and Pine Cliffs Goes Active gym and health club, as well as numerous shops and boutiques.

Pine Cliffs Beach Club is located in Montgomery Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5JJ. Opening times from 11am to 11pm Monday to Friday until September.

Avoid Online Holiday Booking Scams by Bacall Associates

How to avoid online holiday booking scams

The post-Christmas rush for holiday bookings is in full swing, as are reports of fraudulent travel companies operating online. Do you know what to look out for to avoid being scammed?

The growth of holidays and flights available on the internet has provided a wealth of opportunities for the travelling public but it has also provided opportunities for fraudsters. At the start of each New Year fraudsters steal millions of pounds targeting holidaymakers who book their summer holidays online.

HOLIDAY BOOKING FRAUD

The criminals scam unsuspecting members of the public by posing as online travel agents and setting up fake travel booking websites. They can make large sums of money by taking payments for holiday, hotel and flight reservations that do not exist. This is common for bookings related to high profile events as well as holidays.

As a result, individual consumers are losing up to tens of thousands of pounds on phone bookings. They often do not discover they have been ripped off until it is too late and are unable to afford a replacement holiday. This has an impact on the health of the victims, as well as on their purses, due to added stress and worry.

The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has seen an increase in customer inquiries relating to fraud during January, the most popular month for consumers to search for cheap holiday bookings. In response, the associatio has released a helpful guide to the warning signs of fraud online.

  1. Prices that is considerably lower than competitors

Although prices may vary slightly amongst different agents, flight and holiday prices are largely set and it is unlikely that one is drastically cheaper and genuine.

  1. Low resolution and blurry logos for trade associations and credit card companies

If you are unsure, check with the protection organization or trade body that the company is still licensed to trade.

  1. The only payment option is a bank transfer

This indicates that no bank is prepared to provide credit card facilities, but paying by credit card will protect your money.

  1. Non-receipt of tickets

Always check the paperwork and be wary of companies that don’t give any.

  1. Check customer reviews and the website address

If a company is defrauding people, there is a good chance that consumers will post details of their experiences and warnings about the company online. An illegitimate website can be spotted by a slight change in the website domain.

Above all, always use your instincts. The sad truth is that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. So the next time you want to book an exciting getaway online, take on board ABTA’s warning signs to escape the scammers.