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Family’s Exclusive Vacation to Calaguas, Ruined by Travel Agency

It’s summer! Almost everyone is on a vacation somewhere or already planning on going to some place as a family or perhaps with friends.

These days, people can find lots of travel agencies offering group tours and packages. There are even tours available for ‘joiners’ so you don’t have to shell out a lot of money for the trip, even if you are alone because your friends or family members are not available or not willing to go on a vacation.

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One family booked an ‘exclusive’ 2D1N package tour for 12 people to Calaguas in Camarines Norte, Philippines for March 29-30, 2018 but what was supposed to be a fun-filled trip turned into a nightmare because of problems with the travel agency, Travel Galore.

According to Paulyne Erica David, they paid more than Php25,000 for the exclusive trip, even paying an additional fee so they will be provided with an extra tent as the package only included 3 tents; thus, they were entitled to one van to themselves and 4 tents.

But things didn’t go as planned right from the start. They were supposed to be picked up at 10PM at SM North EDSA but the driver arrived at midnight, making them late for 2 hours in starting off. What’s worse was that instead of having exclusive use of the van as they paid extra for the exclusive trip, they had to share it with the driver’s two female companions/family.

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Moreover, the driver’s female companion sat at the front seat and reclined her chair the entire trip so she could sleep, taking away what leg room was left to the passenger sitting at the back. Then, there were several unscheduled stops along the way, further lengthening the delay time to over 3 hours.

Adding the traffic jams due to the massive exodus out of Manila for the Holy Week break, the supposedly 8-hour trip turned into a 19-hour one. By the time they reached the Paracale Port, it was 5PM – and the coast guard refused to let them ride the boat because the last trip to Calaguas is at 4PM.

Photo credit: Paulyne Erica David / Facebook

It was getting dark; they didn’t insist on riding the boat but they didn’t have a place to spend the night because they were supposed to be at the island. The driver finally took them to a nearby beach called Pulang Daga and gave them two tents instead of the four they paid for. What irked them is that the driver’s companions had one tent to themselves while the family of 12 had to share the two tents.

Paulyne claimed that the food they got was spoiled, too.

Photo credit: Paulyne Erica David / Facebook

They were finally able to ride a boat to Calaguas the following morning. They asked the driver if they could leave their things in the van; he agreed. Thus, they left some bags, milk formula, a power bank, and some food containers.

While they did have fun at Calaguas, it was only for 6 hours – not the 2 days and 1 night they paid for. They also feared for their lives in the overloaded trip back to the mainland and were shocked to learn that they will have to use another van for home because their driver chose to remain at the island to be with his family.

Photo credit: Paulyne Erica David / Facebook

Aside from not being able to retrieve their things from the first van, they had to wait some hours again for the second van to take them home. According to Paulyne, they also had a hard time talking to the travel agency as their calls keep getting canceled.

They paid Php25,000+ for the trip but ended up receiving the worst service they could imagine.

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Friends ‘Ride’ Invisible Car to Order Food at Jollibee Drive Thru

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A number of fast food outlets have a drive thru for the convenience of those who just want to order a quick takeout meal. The premise of ordering via the drive thru is that you have a vehicle.

What happens if you don’t have a vehicle but the lines at the counter inside the store are too long and the drive thru window has fewer customers?

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Well, a group of friends had this rather genius idea of ‘riding’ an invisible car so they can order food at the Jollibee drive thru because the queues inside the store were long.

Laughing at their own crazy antics, the group positioned themselves in a manner that people would normally take if they were riding a car. They were standing, of course, but the designated ‘driver’ made sure to drive them carefully towards the important stops at the drive through – and he didn’t forget to ‘release the hand brake’ before moving forward to the counter.

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It was really so hilarious to see these guys ‘riding’ their invisible car that the crew at the counter couldn’t help but laugh. They’re so crazy, right? LOL. But the crew played along, accepting the guys’ orders, still laughing at their silliness.

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After their order was taken, the group continued towards the claim area without breaking their position. The crew at this counter also laughed at the guys, even gamely giving the ‘driver’ a fist bump.

They continued towards the exit in the same position, Giving each other high fives, knowing they got their way and were able to order much faster than the customers inside the store. Clever trick, isn’t it?

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But the guys did not just trick the Jollibee crew, they had also become famous on Facebook. Less than 24 hours after the video was posted, the video has garnered close to 1 million views!

Check it out here:

Teknik pag mahaba ang pila sa Jollibee kelangan mo ng INVISIBLE CAR

Posted by Dave Calma on Monday, 23 April 2018

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Lovers Since Elementary, Couple Graduated Together from Three Different Schools

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A lot of people frown on very young lovers, especially when they are still in their early high school and especially in grade school years! After all, the incidence of teenage pregnancy has risen up significant over the past decades.

But one couple from Davao has proven that love isn’t always destructive to very young people because it can also be used as inspiration to strive harder to reach their dreams together!

Photo credit: Twitter / @janicaeleria_

Meet Vande Alagao and Janica Eleria from Davao City in southern Philippines. They were lovers since their elementary days. What’s amazing about their relationship is that not only were they able to manage staying together all these years but that they had graduated together from three different schools.

A bit confusing, eh? Well, here’s what really happened.

On When in Manila, Janica revealed that they met back in Grade 2 when she transferred to Vande’s school. She gushed at how Vande could still vividly remember to this day what she was wearing that day and what cellphone she was using!

They started exchanging text messages in Grade 5 and became a couple a year later.

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In high school, however, Vande went to a different school. They only saw each other about once or twice a year at the time, until Janica’s mom decided to move her to Vande’s school in their third year of high school.

They graduated together from that school, a different one from their elementary school but they were together.

They recently graduated from senior high school. Thankfully, their respective families were supportive of their relationship, especially because they continue to focus more on their studies.

Photo credit: Twitter / @janicaeleria_

In college, the two are planning to take up different courses but just like their previous years, they will be studying in the same school. They will be celebrating their 7th year this October. Hopefully, 4 years from now, they will still be a couple and graduating from their fourth school together!

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Dad Earns Praise for Being Proud of Son, Despite Barely Passing Grades

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Every parent wants the best for their children – and that often means encouraging (even forcing!) the kids to do better, especially in school. More often than not, parents get angry if their children have failing grades or if the grades are not within expectations.

Sadly, this puts too much pressure on the children to excel even if they couldn’t really do it, no matter how hard they study. In reality, whether we like to admit it or not, not everyone was born academically intelligent.

But one dad recently went viral after posting his son’s barely passing grades. He’s definitely the complete opposite of those proud parents who post their children’s nearly perfect grades but he’s still as proud as them!

Photo credit: E.i. Baldo / Facebook

In a post that has gone viral on Facebook, netizen E.i. Baldo shared a photo of his son’s grades as well as a photo of them posing outside a house with a swimming pool.

This cool dad congratulated his son for passing Grade 1. He said that the boy made his happy, especially when the kid joked that his dad should open the card slowly because the grades could cut his finger, an allusion to the joke that line-of-7 grades are ‘palakols’ (axes). LOL.

Instead of getting angry, however, this dad felt proud that the boy passed the level and would be in Grade 2 next year. He recalled that back when he was a student, he also had similar grades; thus, the boy’s report card is really just like a ‘throwback’ to his own.

According to Baldo, knowing his own capabilities as a student, he didn’t really dream of going to the stage to put medals and ribbons to his kids.

Photo credit: E.i. Baldo / Facebook

He just encouraged his son to try harder next year, maybe getting the grades up to 79% but it was clear that there was no pressure from him because the passing grade is 75%; so, he argued that any excess is really just an ‘allowance’.

For his pride in his son and for not pressuring the kid in achieving something the boy couldn’t do, this dad earned netizens’ praise. Many are wishing that all parents would be like him, understanding and supportive of their kids no matter what happens!

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