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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2014. A New Year!

Happy Holidays everyone! :)


Feeling Empowered for 2014!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Hong Kong: 9 Things I'd Love Traveling Back To

A city that never sleeps on the eastern side of the globe is what I describe Hong Kong. A place where east meets west for having multitude of races interacting and sharing a single society. Having stayed here for 2 weeks almost, uttering the word "satisfied" is an understatement. The comfort and convenience, gastronomic pleasures, and cultures and traditions say it all.

The 9 Things I'd love going back to in Hong Kong comprise of some of the unforgettable experiences I encountered may it be for travel spots, foods and restaurants, people and culture, and of course safety and transportation.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

2014: Another year, counting my travels

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It's been a while. I know.

And I've been encountering this thought in my mind over and over again. Well, basically I'm busy, yes believe it or not I was highly occupied with several things lately. One thing, I need to settle my current responsibilities and functions, and another thing, I need to think of my priorities and plans ahead. Sounds simple? Nah! As much as I would like not to think of my problems today, they're still gonna be there, and as much as I want my future to be as simple as it is, it may not be.

www.travelandcount.com
I Travel. I Count.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Puerto Princesa, Palawan: Honda Bay - Island Hopping Tour

Palawan is an island province teeming with pristine white sand beaches that are to be proud of. One of the selling points to foreigners for them to visit our country is that we have one of the nicest beaches not only in Asia but around the world!

Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Starfish Island, Honda Bay

Palawan surely made this selling point a reality as numerous foreign tourists had already personally experienced what it was like swimming in the clean oceans of our country. Puerto Princesa City, as well as El Nido and Coron, definitely has contributed greatly to further spark-gap this kind of tourism.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Puerto Princesa, Palawan: Travel Around the City - Day Tour

You can't leave Puerto Princesa without navigating the city's various tourist spots. Puerto Princesa is considered as one of the largest city in the Philippines based on land area and you surely need to take a day off for your city tour.
Palawan Bearcat
Palawan Bearcat

Just hire a tourism accredited tricycle which costs PHP 600 good for 5 persons, and the driver will bring you to almost all destinations. We're kinda lucky to have our tricycle "Lannie" and our driver Kuya Bernard because he's so kind and very accommodating to us.

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Puerto Princesa, Palawan: Iwahig Firefly Watching

A relatively new tourist destination in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, the Iwahig Firefly Watching, has been slowly gaining its popularity. It's located along Iwahig River, which is about an hour away from the city proper and the roads going there are nice. The Iwahig Firefly Watching Tour costs PHP 600 per boat and good for three persons.

Iwahig Firefly Watching
Iwahig Firefly Watching

It only started its operation last 2008 because a team of local environmental advocates stayed over the night along the mangrove areas of Iwahig River to study the mangrove biodiversity. They then discovered the rich colonies of fireflies blooming at night time and through the help of the city government, they started developing and improving the place for it to be tourist-worthy spot.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Siem Reap, Cambodia: A Quick Tour Around the City - 2D/1N Itinerary Guide

Siem Reap City in Cambodia is such a lovely place that should be included on one's travel list. The cultural and heritage value of the city is still being preserved and the rural scenery is just as perfect as it should be. Peaceful, pollution-free, no traffic, and very few high-rise concrete buildings!

Ta Phrom, Angkor Cambodia
Ta Phrom

As a tourist, I found it safe walking on the streets both in the morning and in the middle of the night. No wonder why tourists enjoy Siem Reap and some consider the city as their safe haven and comfort place to escape the busy life they experience in their own hometowns.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Puerto Princesa, Palawan: Things to Know about the Underground River

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, or more popularly known as the Underground River, has slowly gained its popularity in the last three years. Because of it's recent recognition as part of the New 7 Wonders of Nature last 2011, tourists arrival is starting to grow gradually.

Puerto Princesa Underground River
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River

Since the Puerto Princesa Underground River was declared as a UNESCO Heritage Site, to protect, maintain, and preserve the integrity of the place, limited number of tourists per day can be accommodated. According to our tour guide, a maximum of 900 to 1,000 visitors are allowed to visit the heritage site.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Ayutthaya, Thailand: Historical and Cultural Tour

During my second day in Bangkok, I went to Ayutthaya City riding through Bangkok’s State Railway Train. The train ticket to Ayutthaya from Bang Sue station cost THB 14. You can read more details about Bangkok Transportation from here: "Where To In Bangkok?".

Bang Sue station
Bang Sue Train Junction

Arriving Ayutthaya Station, head straight directly near the pier and ride the ferry boat going the other side of river. The ferry boat costs THB 4 and around 5 minutes travel. Here were the historical places I visited in Ayutthaya that will surely captivate your interests: 

Ayutthaya Historical City
    • Wat Ratchaburana
    • Wat Mahathat
    • Wat Lokayasutharam 
    • Elehpant Ride
    • Wat Phra Mongkhol Bophit
    • Wat Sri Sanphet

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Thailand: A 3D/2N Short Itinerary Trip

Yes it was just a very short trip to Thailand, but hell I care because I made sure that I maximized each and every second of my stay and have a worthwhile journey around this country. For these 3 Days and 2 Nights, I've appreciated Thailand's unique and colorful culture, tasted their local and famous cuisines, rode almost all types of transportation, and experienced local scenery at its finest.

Temple in Ayutthaya, Thailand
Ayutthaya Historical Park

It was really tough for me planning for this trip because this was my first backpacking experience. Well, I admit I'm not yet a certified backpacker and I still haven't experienced sleeping in hostels and guest houses, but I guess this is a good start for me!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Puerto Princesa, Palawan: Ysabelle Mansion - Hotel Review

Having a good accommodation when traveling somewhere is an important consideration for me. Well not in the level of luxury hotels and high-end resorts, just a comfy place to stay with complete basic amenities, clean toilet, and of course soft beds and pillows, I'm satisfied.

Ysabelle Mansion Exterior
Ysabelle Mansion

Thanks to the help of the travel site Trip Advisor for giving me ample options with matching positive and negative reviews of each and every hotel located in Puerto Princesa. The accommodation that caught my attention was Ysabelle Mansion because of its satisfactory online ratings and reasonable room rates.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Puerto Princesa, Palawan: A Traveler's Guide

TRAVEL DATES: September 7 - 10, 2013

The City of Puerto Princesa in the Island Province of Palawan is now The Philippines' largest city. Yes, Davao City no more. Being where the world-class Subterranean River is found, my expectations of Puerto Princesa were on a high. No doubt.

Puerto Princesa Airport
Puerto Princesa Airport

Prior my trip, my thoughts in mind about Puerto Princesa were: clean bodies of water, lesser air pollution, friendly locals, sumptuous foods, vibrant city aura and bunch of tourist-worthy spots. Well here's my rundown of observations visiting the place, as far as my memory can suffice me.

Monday, September 09, 2013

Puerto Princesa, Palawan: Underground River - Getting There

If you're doing your own itinerary and booking to the Underground River, the process may be tedious and requires a lot of time and effort. Some things to secure for the trip are the visitor entry pass, van rental from City Proper to Sabang Port, boat rental from Sabang Port to the Underground River, Lunch and Snacks, and other related fees.

The Elephant Mountain going to Sabang Port
The "Elephant Mountain" (mountainside view going to Sabang Port)

However, if you choose to book a travel agency who will arrange your underground river tour, you'll just need to pay PHP 1,500 and they will be the one to secure all the necessary permits, arrange the van and boat rentals, and as well as the buffet lunch. The travel agency will also be the one to settle the time of visit to the underground river. Hassle-free trip.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Puerto Princesa, Palawan: The Subterranean River

For me, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River or popularly known as the "Underground River" is definitely one of the best tourist site in the Philippines and a must-see place before you vanish in this world. It's pretty amazing how nature unraveled its own beauty and created such beautiful scene.

St. Paul Limestone Formation
Originally known as "St. Paul Limestone Formation"

According to our tour guide, Kris, when we went to the Underground River, the Islands of Palawan was once submerged in water that's why the island is mostly made up of limestones, and over time and other environmental factors, the island was formed the way it is now.

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Puerto Princesa, Palawan: Sabang Beach Lunch Buffet

After a memorable and worthwhile trip in the Puerto Princesa Underground River, a sumptuous meal should suffice our hungry stomachs. Good thing because included in our underground river tour package is a buffet lunch at a restaurant along Sabang Beach.

Gusto Grill & Resto, Sabang Port
Gusto Grill & Resto, Sabang Port

The restaurant's name was "Gusto Grill & Resto" which is just some few walks from the Sabang Port. It's a two-storey bamboo-made restaurant that offers buffet lunch to visiting tourist. The restaurant is an "open-type" resto to which the fresh air of Sabang Beach greets you.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Puerto Princesa, Palawan: Exploring Sabang Port and Beach

Sabang Port is a 2-hour van travel from the city proper of Puerto Princesa. It's just exciting to know that even though it's located quite far from the heart of the city, it still is a part of the city! Well Puerto Princesa is now the largest city in the Philippines in terms of land area so I guess that explains it.

 Boats lining up Sabang Port
 Boats lining up Sabang Port

Sabang Port is the gateway to the Subterranean River. A lot of pump boats lined up the shores for boat rentals to and from the Subterranean River. It's nice to see how the local government funded this port for it to be a decent transportation hub to the newly proclaimed New 7 Wonders of Nature.

Puerto Princesa, Palawan: Underground River - Booking Options

When visiting the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, you need first a confirmed booking schedule before you can gain a visitor entry permit. Basically, there are two main ways on booking a reservation: one is through DIY or Do-It-Yourself booking, and the other one is by contacting a travel agency to locally arrange the tour for you.

Entrance to the Underground River
Entrance to the Underground River

If you prefer a hassle-free tour arrangement, then the travel agency option is just perfect. However, if you want a more challenging way by doing everything yourself, then the DIY option should work best for you.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Masskara 2013 Festival Schedule

"Masskara: Rediscover and Celebrate Bacolod" - 2013's theme for Bacolod City's world-renowned Masskara Festival! The month of October for BacoleƱos will once again be transformed into a festive, colorful, and magnificent display of sights and sounds.

Masskara 2013 Official Logo
Masskara 2013 Official Logo

This year's Masskara Festival is made more special because the City of Bacolod will also be celebrating it's 75th year as a Chartered City when it was first proclaimed last 1938. For all local and foreign tourists that will swarm the streets of Bacolod, get ready as well to be awed in this year's Bacolod's Diamond Anniversary. Now this will make Bacolod pin it's way to global pinnacle!

Friday, August 09, 2013

Singapore: Where to now in Singapore? - Travel Destinations

Singapore, the Lion City of South East Asia, has proved its worth of being one of the top business destinations in Asia. Honestly, before I had the chance of visiting Singapore, my idea in mind was that this country and its workers only have one goal in mind - work hard for themselves and for their country.

Singapore's buildings
Singapore's Business District

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Singapore: Ibis Hotel Bencoolen St. - Hotel Review

DATES STAYED: APRIL 2012 & 2013

I've stayed at Ibis Hotel twice; my first was in April 2012, and the recent one was this April 2013. I must say I am highly satisfied with this hotel though it is located quite far from the nearest MRT Station which is either Bugis Station (CC2) or Bras Basah Station (EW12).

Ibis Hotel Bencoolen Singapore
Ibis Hotel, Singapore

Hotel Contact Details:

Hotel Address:               170 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189657
Contact Number:            (+65) 6339 3584
Hotel Website:               www.ibis.com
Nearest MRT Station:     Bugis, East West Line

Monday, July 08, 2013

Masskara Festival 2013

The month of October has always been very special for fellow Bacolodnons and BacoleƱos alike. Simply because of the world-renowned and highly-anticipated event, the Masskara Festival.

Masskara Festival Bacolod

Masskara Festival was derived from two words coined by the late artist Ely Santiago; "Mass" which means a multitude of people, and "Cara" which in Spanish Language means face. Combining the two words forming "MassKara" simply means "a multitude of faces". It can also be directly associated with the Filipino word Maskara which means "mask". [source here]

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Truly Asia - Part 2

Here's the second half of my Malaysia travel escapade. They surely have numerous tourist destinations around the city of Kuala Lumpur and a day, I guess, wouldn't be enough to visit them.


Malaysia's China Town
Central Market / China Town


A popular place for tourists to shop souvenirs at a very low price is the KL Central Market and China Town. A lot of people flock the place every day at any time so be sure to prepare yourself walking through the crowded streets. Be cautious as well of your personal belongings while walking through the china town area.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

A Countdown to MY Quarterlife

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Today is exactly 100 Days to go before I reach my Quarterlife. So where am I now?

100 Days to quarterlife of travelandcount

I'm starting to ask myself, "What have I learned from the past?" Or, "Is there really a learning from my past?" Hmmm.. As what other people say, we all will experience our own quarterlife crisis. It's like a time wherein we come to a point that we question our status in life, our achievements, growth and learning, social status, financial capabilities, travel maturity, etc.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Boracay Island, Aklan: My To-Do List of Activities

Being one of the top Philippine tourist destination and having the country's most-famous white-sand beach, there are still more to-do things Boracay Island can offer besides being "just a beach". Boracay Island has been my most-visited beach on my list...

Boracay Island Coastline
Boracay Island Coastline

Why? Beside the fact that it is very accessible from my province, Negros Occidental, there are still something more Boracay have that I haven't experienced yet. As years passed, more and more tourists crowd the island, majority South Koreans, and more new to-do things to be added on my list.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Boracay Island, Aklan: Club Ten Beach Resort - Hotel Review

DATE STAYED: June 14 - 15, 2013

Club Ten Beach Resort, a less popular resort as compared to the other well-advertised resort in Boracay, is situated along the boundary of Station 1 and Station 2. It was established 16 years ago and yet, the facilities were still good as new.

Club Ten Beach Resort Boracay
Club Ten Beach Resort Boracay

The resort doesn't have its own beach front area and you need to walk around 500 meters through a small pasage just near D'Mall Shopping Area. In the morning, the passage going there is quite okay, but in the evening, it's a bit dark and eerie...

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Boracay Island, Aklan: La Carmela de Boracay - Hotel Review

DATES STAYED: June 12 - 14, 2013

La Carmela de Boracay Resort is strategically located at the beach front area along the boundary between Boracay Island's Station 2 and Station 3. It's been made famous because local Philippine artists have been promoting it on TV. Now that's the power of advertising!

La Carmela de Boracay Hotel
La Carmela de Boracay Hotel

La Carmela de Boracay Resort's website is being updated regularly so it's very convenient to check the current room rates, facilities and amenities, and room availability.

Boracay Island, Aklan: Transportation 101

Boracay Island is situated on the northwest side of Panay Island and belongs to the Municipality of Malay in the Province of Aklan. Boracay has been a world-class tourist destinations because of its famous white-sand coastlines and various water activities. A once uninhabited island full of trees and wild animals has now been the top vacation spot in the country.

Boracay Island
Boracay Island

Boracay Island can be reached through different modes of transportation. It depends on what route you want to take and how many travel hours you can tolerate. Anyway, don't fret 'coz arriving at this paradise island will surely calm all your senses!

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Talisay City, Negros Occidental: The Ruins Mansion

The Ruins, a tourist landmark in the heart of Negros Occidental Province, has been continuously making it's mark as one of the must-visit and must-see place in Talisay City. From a big and old mansion ruined by time, it was renovated and improved for it to be tourist-worthy.

the ruins wide view
The Ruins Negros Occidental

The Ruins is located at Hda. Sta. Maria, Talisay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. Though the place is fairly accessible, the roads going there however are not that developed... yet.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Coron Island, Palawan: Life's a Beach!

Sun...  Sand...  Sea...  Swim...  Snorkel...

That is how I choose to summarize my 4 Days / 3 Nights Coron, Palawan escapade November last year. The hang-over is still with me and every time I go to a beach or watch a travel show, I can't help but compare it to my Coron experience. Fair enough, huh?!

Malcapuya Island Coron
Malcapuya Island

Oh well, I believe Coron Island deserves such impression and it shows on the increasing number of tourists visiting the place year after year. The funny thing when we rode the airplane going to Busuanga, Palawan, aboard Cebu Pacific's afternoon flight, 60% to 70% of the passengers are foreign tourists. We felt like we were the tourists in our own country. :)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: A Savory Taste

I can still clearly remember in my mind what my Malaysian client asked me before we ate at a Malaysian sidewalk restaurant, "Do you eat spicy food?". Seriously, I don't know what to answer and it took me some time responding to her question.

Restoran Ah Ping Bak Kut Teh
Restoran Ah Ping Bak Kut Teh

Well I chose to answer with all honesty and told her that, "I like eating spicy foods but unfortunately my body cannot tolerate it". Sadly, I sweat a lot and my head gets itchy. She just smiled back and advised me to take off my coat and eat comfortably. :)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Negros Occidental: Mambukal Mountain Resort - Know How

TRAVEL DATE: May 12, 2013 (latest)

A trip to the Province of Negros Occidental wouldn't be complete without visiting the long-famous Mambukal Mountain Resort. Since I was a kid, Mambukal (Mambucal) has been first on the list for the vacation getaway place for the family.

Mambukal Mountain Resort
Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort belongs to the Municipality of Murcia and is located on the eastern side of Negros Occidental and 45 minutes travel from Bacolod City. It is being managed by the provincial government for it to be regularly maintained. The roads going to the resort are good so the journey is very comfortable and convenient.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Truly Asia - Part 1

TRAVEL DATES: April 26 - 27, 2013

Now I clearly understand why Malaysia's Tourism tagline is "Malaysia, Truly Asia!". Malaysia is like a melting pot of almost all Asian races and cultures. It is a country composed mainly of Malays, Muslims, Chinese, Indians, and Indonesians. It may sound complex but I guess because of time, different cultures had blended well already.

Malaysian Flag
Malaysian Flag in Dataran Mardeka

The capital city of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur or popularly known to travelers as "KL". From Singapore, you can ride a coach bus which is a 5-hour trip, or you can opt to ride a plane via Air Asia and it takes 1-hour. From Thailand, you can ride a sleeper train from Bangkok or book a flight for faster travel time.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Coron Island, Palawan: 4D/3N Travel Budget

Well, how much should one really prepare to have a worthwhile and enjoyable Coron Escapade?

Bulog Island Coron, Palawan
Bulog Island Coron, Palawan

Together with my 5 travel mates, we planned together our next travel adventure in Coron, Palawan. We did not bother booking for a group tour because of the fact that it is more expensive and the schedule is time-bounded and not flexible. On our case, as we started our Coron getaway, that was the time that our travel itinerary was drafted alongside.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Coron Island, Palawan: Getting There and Getting Around - Transportation Options

The Municipality of Busuanga in the Province of Palawan, where Coron Island is located, is situated on the western side of the Philippines and under Region IV-B group. Getting there from Manila, the easiest and most convenient way is by booking yourself an airplane flight.

The Islands of Coron
The Islands of Coron
Coron Island from the Top
Coron Island from the Top

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Coron Island, Palawan: A Nomad's Travel

TRAVEL DATES: November 9 - 12, 2012

Coron Islands, situated in the West side of the Philippines and facing the South China Sea, belongs to the municipality of Busuanga, Palawan. It's a haven of beautiful corals and uniquely-colored fishes, and composed of small limestone-rich islands. It was only my dream place before because of the stories my colleagues shared with me, and now I made it into reality!

Picturesque Malcapuya Island
Picturesque Malcapuya Island

The island Province of Palawan is made up of numerous scenic spots not only in Busuanga but also in El Nido and Puerto Princesa. They also boast their luscious flora and fauna and it's nice to know how the local people protect these against "invaders". Well, I'm gonna take it easy and conquer them one at a time.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Going Abroad Alone for the First Time

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Another year has passed since I first went to Singapore and at the end of this month, I will go there again for a business trip. This time, it will be more exciting since I have no other colleagues with me from my Philippine Office. I will meet my 3 office colleagues from our Hong Kong Office upon arriving Singapore's Airport.

Traveling alone from Philippines

Yes, I'm more than excited for this experience. I need to go through the flight check-in process and Immigration process all by myself. I remembered last year when it was my first time going abroad, I felt nervous during the Immigration process because I don't know what questions to expect from the immigration officer. I prepared all the necessary details of my trip and whatever she might ask and need. Good thing, it went peacefully :)

Friday, March 29, 2013

Siem Reap, Cambodia: Strolling Around Angkor Wat - Heritage Tour

A Cambodian escapade wouldn't be complete without visiting the world-famous Angkor Heritage Park. It is conveniently located in the heart of Siem Reap City, and accessible by Tuktuk from the city central. A day will not be enough to visit each and every temple in Angkor Park!

Cambodia Angkor Tour
Angkor Heritage Park

TRAVEL TIP: When having your Angkor Heritage Park tour, make sure to hire a Tuktuk for the whole duration of the trip because the temples or locally known as "Wats" are located far from each other.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Siem Reap, Cambodia: Khmer Food Frenzy - Food Review

It's been a month that has passed since I did my Thailand-Cambodia backpacking escapade, and yet my hang-over with Cambodia is still within me. I'm just fascinated with their country's culture, tradition, and of course food tastes. I even tried searching for a Cambodian restaurant around Metro Manila to satisfy my taste bud's desires!

Khmer Foods
Khmer Food Choices

Besides knowing a country's culture and daily ways of living, another thing on my backpacker list is to taste as much local foods as possible and appreciate their diversity of flavors. I've tried a lot of foods in Cambodia and it's like a mix of Thai-Filipino-Indian tastes actually.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Siem Reap, Cambodia: Of Hotels And Tuktuks

I agree that an overnight stay in Cambodia is not enough...

Well, I don't have any choice because I only have a tight travel schedule. In order for me to maximize and enjoy my stay, I made sure beforehand that I will feel comfortable with my travel accommodation, but of course not forgetting blending with the Cambodian daily life.

Bangkok Train to Aranyaprathet
Train Ride to Cambodian Border

Going to Siem Reap from Bangkok, Thailand, I would highly recommend traveling by train because you will surely experience the real Thailand rural life and appreciate how simple yet fulfilling their lives are.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Siem Reap, Cambodia: My Bucket List Of "I Love"

TRAVEL DATES: February 16 - 17, 2013

Travel Budget: USD 90

Cambodia, the country I've been looking forward to visit last year, came into reality as I visited it last month. Why do I love Cambodia? A bunch of reasons I have to share with you below that other people should  know as well. :)

Cambodian Border
Cambodian Border

LOVE Cambodia because......

Bangkok, Thailand: Sights And Temples - City Tour

Bangkok is famous around the world for its historical temples and even though it has evolved as one of the most industrialized city in Asia, it’s still good to see that they have also been carefully preserving their old structures to continuously remember their past.

Bangkok Temples and places

Because of my tightly-packed trip schedule to Thailand, here were the must-see places I visited in Bangkok:
  1. Wat Pho
  2. Wat Arun
  3. Grand Palace (from afar only)
  4. Khao San Road 

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Cebu Pacific SEAT SALE Alert!

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MARCH AWAITED seat sale courtesy of Cebu Pacific Air has been such a buzz today! The main and most logical reason was that some of the fares was PHP 1, or popularly known as the PISO FARE. Of course it excludes the fuel surchage, taxes, web admin fees, check-in baggage fees, travel insurance, seat selector, and many other more........

cebupac on naia 3

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Bangkok, Thailand: Transportation Made Easy

I want to be a certified backpacker; well at least I’m trying to be one...

I want to experience exploring in a new place with all my things just packed in my backpack. Thailand is a popular destination for backpackers and I thought this will be a good start for me to be one.

suvarnabhumi airport
Suvarnabhumi Airport

TRAVEL TIP: Ride all the local transportation as much as possible, be closer to the local people, and get acquainted with the place’s culture, up close.

I want to share with you how transportation system is like in Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok. It’s good to see that even though Bangkok has progressed greatly over the years, they still haven’t seized their early mode of transportation, the Bangkok State Railway. Now I agree with the ideas I've known before that train systems are the city’s road to industrialization.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Bangkok, Thailand: A Taste Of Thai - Food Review

Yes, FOOD is important to me! :)

Before going to Thailand, I did beforehand my slightly "extensive" research about their country's finest delicacies and popular local dishes. I've read a lot of sources saying Thailand's dishes are bursts of each and every flavor. Interesting, right?!

Thailand cuisines

Well, I've considered all the online comments I've read and listed down the must-eat foods, and now it's my time to give my verdict!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Project Diksyonaryo Atbp Campaign

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Well, I accidentally deleted my first Thinking Thoughts post v13.01... :(

Let me start my Thoughts v13.02 by sharing what I have learned in life recently. As what most people say, "the more you give - the more you receive".

Well not really in a way that I am expecting something in return, I just realized lately that I am more blessed than others because I have stable jobs, stable income resources, and stable way of living. I can at least eat three times a day, have the capacity to rent an apartment away from home, and buy the things I need and sometimes want. :)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Bangkok, Thailand: Krung Thep City In South East Asia

TRAVEL DATES: February 14 - 15, 2013

Travel Budget: USD 180

My first international backpacking experience happened in Bangkok, Thailand and Siem Reap, Cambodia afterwards. Mixed feelings encapsulated me again because this was my first travel for this year 2013 and yes, my travel adventure started outside the Philippines!

backpacker
Backpack + Laptop + Camera Bag

I departed NAIA Terminal 3 from Manila, Philippines at 6:30 AM (PHL Time) through Cebu Pacific Air carrier and arrived Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport at 8:45 AM (THA Time). It was roughly a three-hour plane ride which I enjoyed a lot...sleeping!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

2013 Travel Outlook

Traveled.Traveling.Will Travel

Another year, another series of EPIC journeys will begin again. Well, what's in-store for my 2013 travel count? Here's a rundown of the places I will go to and wish to go to this year!

Thailand travel
THAILAND

Monday, January 14, 2013

San Carlos City, Negros Occidental: A Quick City Visit

TRAVEL DATE: Couple of times

San Carlos City comprises one of the thirteen (13) cities of the Province of Negros Occidental. It is located 137 Km. north of the province's capital, Bacolod City. It is also a 2-hour boat ride from Toledo Cebu.

San Carlos City Pier Negros Occidental
Port Of San Carlos City

I've visited the city twice so far and its serene and clean environment still remained in my memory. San Carlos City is the last city up north of Negros Occidental province and famous for its white sand beaches such as the Sipaway Island.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Negros Occidental: Campuestohan Highland Resort

TRAVEL DATE: January 2, 2013 

Campuestohan Highland Resort is located in between the mountain ranges of Bacolod City and Talisay City, Negros Occidental. It is a newly created highland resort to offer more sights and places for tourists visiting the province.

Campuestohan Highland Resort entrance
Campuestohan Highland Resort

You can visit the place from either two routes, one from Brgy. Alangilan in Bacolod City, and the other one is through Concepcion, Talisay City. From Bacolod City, it is roughly an hour ride.

 

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