Luzon

Bolinao Tourist Spots DIY Travel Guide

It was one of those moments when you haven’t had enough sleep, and you reported for work. Then after office, you went straight to travel.

Of course, I am not recommending this to anyone. But in case this happens to you, find time to sneak in some nap, and still enjoy your trip. This happened to me when we traveled to Bolinao, Pangasinan, a town in the northern part of Luzon where you can find great beaches, falls and other awesome attractions.

We traveled for about 6 hours until we arrived in Bolinao early in the morning. We had our breakfast first while waiting for our van to tour us around the town.  Read More

Travel Tips

Planning for a Road Trip

Should you plan for the road trip that you’ve always wanted to do? Many people would argue that road trips should be spontaneous. You know what’s the best part of doing a road trip? You are in charge. You decide where, when, how you want to get to your destination and which places you should pass by along the way. You decide what things to take with you. You decide where to stop and rest. Who cares if others think you’re not doing it right? It’s your road trip, not theirs. Do it the way you want to do it.

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Food, Mindanao

Pastil of Zamboanga

Sadly, it was our last day in Zamboanga.

But the DOT Region 9 team was not yet done with letting us experience the culinary heritage of the city. Before heading to our hotel, they brought us to Dennis Coffee Garden, a local coffee shop that serves pastries and delicacies from Sulu.

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Canada

Top things to do in Whistler BC Canada

With an atmosphere that is totally family friendly and a thriving and vibrant culture to go with it, there are no dearth of activities in the ultimate holiday mountain destination of Whistler. From an art connoisseur to an action seeker or just family and friends, the number of things to do in  Whistler, British Columbia, can keep any visitor on the toes all year round.

Apart from being one of the premier skiing resort of the world, Whistler BC is an equally active vacation spot in the summer as well. Also, it has some awesome Whistler vacation homes where you can stay and feel that homey vibe, a perfect alternative for hotels. Whistler is easily accessible from the Vancouver airport by the Pacific Coach service along the Sea to Sky highway.For any active fun-seeking outdoor enthusiast, here is a list of some of the top activities to indulge in on your next  vacation to British Columbia. Read More

Malaysia

Port Dickson: Malaysia’s beach destination near the city

Malaysia is one of the major tourist destinations in Asia, and its most popular attraction is its capital city of Kuala Lumphur or KL. But most of the time, exploring the city can also be stressful with all the traffic, so you sometimes feel the need for a beach experience.

Well, you don’t need to worry, because just one hour of travel time from KL is a beach destination. I’m talking about the coastal town of Port Dickson, a popular spot for locals and travelers alike who want to spend some weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. Read More

Travel Tips

Spot-on Ways to Earn Money While Travelling

Modern times call for practicality. If you choose to travel to relieve stress that’s fine, but if you travel and still be able to earn your keep, that’s even better. Having to make money while traveling is technically two choices, be prepared to sustain your needs by doing online jobs or by your job of choice in the place you are currently situated in.

Looking for work is easy, but looking for job that best suits you is the hard part. Basically, your primary goal here is to earn, and not a lot of people settle in looking for the best job they can be. Practicality is the answer! Take the job that pays. This is a cold truth. A piece of advice would be: Earn. Earn what you need, but do not be unhappy. 

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Beaches, Luzon

Salibungot Beach in Jomalig Island

Upon arriving Jomalig island, I noticed this glistening golden sand from afar.

That’s Salibungot beach, considered as the main beach of the island where more travelers enjoy swimming and beach bumming. But we weren’t able to experience that by the time we arrived. It was already 11am, and we went straight to the resort, which is a motorcycle ride away or habal-habal.

We had our lunch at SPIR, the resort that we stayed in Jomalig. They served fresh seafood there that we really enjoyed for an affordable amount of 100 pesos per person.

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Nature, Travel Stories

Taal Volcano Stories: Clean-up Drive with Starstruck Avengers LOL!

I rub elbows with celebrities.

Just kidding!

I just happened to work as a segment producer and writer for a TV network years ago, a long time ago. And those celebrities that I got the chance to interact with were not really big stars but upcoming stars. Hahaha!

Our show was a Public Affairs program that helps communities with activities and projects through the power and influence of celebrities.

Since our show has a very low budget, we couldn’t afford the big stars. Most who would agree to our very low talent fee were those who wanted exposure like new celebrities, mostly past finalists of the network’s reality show, Starstruck!

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Inspiration, Travel Stories

Don’t listen to them. Just go to the beach

Note: This is originally an Instagram post, and I just want to share it on the blog.  

A year ago, I was in pain and in debt.

I lost my father with liver cancer and I hit rock bottom financially.

It was a time when I saw a social media post of an online friend who happens to be a financial advisor. She recruits and sells insurance, and pledges to be an advocate of “financial intelligence.” She had this generic photo of a girl on a beach with a caption that says something like, “You still managed to go to the beach, and you’re in debt?” with a LOL at the end.

I don’t know if she was just making a point, or mocking a friend. Or pointing about heradvocacy.” The thing is I wanted to be believe her.

But my gut feeling was telling me to do what I want to do.

Armed with my budgeting and backpacking skills, I embarked on occasional trips to the beach. Until now, I am still at awe at how I was able to pull it off, but I did.

jomalig Island beach
Jomalig Island

The beach cleared my mind, calmed my soul. It was not just a big help in coping up with the loss. I was able to ponder on my thoughts, brought back my belief in me.

I continued writing.

My blog opened up some writing gigs and opportunities to earn extra income.

The beach, its inspiration, helped me pay off my debts little by little.

I’m getting better each day. And if ever you’ll experience what I’ve gone through, I have one advice to you – don’t believe them.

You need to detach and relax from time to time. If you feel you need to go to the beach, go.

Just do what you want to do.

Don’t listen to them.

Luzon, Travel Stories

Fiesta in Masasa: When our transient house owner fed us with good food

They were all busy.

They decorated the house with this nice pink and pastel colors. I saw some girl outfit, gowns and make-up on the sofa. We didn’t know who to talk to. We just arrived at RNV House, the transient house that we contacted a few days before our trip to Masasa beach in Tingloy, Batangas.

When one of the household saw us, she immediately talked to us with her warmth and smile.

“Ay kayo po ba ng guest, ay sige po pasok po. Dito po kayo sa room. Pasensya na po ah fiesta po kasi ngayon. Eh magku-queen po kasi ang anak ni ate Neneth yung may-ari ng bahay. Kayo lang po ang tinanggap namin guest ngayon kasi po fiesta.”

She was too apologetic. I told her that’s okay. There was a parade that morning and they were all preparing for their queen’s gown and make-up. It’s nice to see how the entire household prepare, and how they treated us like we were part of them. Chill lang.

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Travel Tips

Must have travel apps for your next adventure

Travel Apps

There was a time when we relied on maps and guidebooks on our travels, but thankfully these days there’s an app for pretty much everything travel-related. To be honest, though, there are so many travel apps out there that it’s hard to know which ones you really need. So, without further ado, here are my recommendations for travel apps you’ll actually use on your next adventure.

First up (and while it might seem like an obvious one, you’d be surprised how many people don’t even have it on their phone) is Google Maps. At one time not so long ago, the app was notorious for sending people to their destination in the most roundabout way. Thankfully, the app is way better now, and thanks to those funny cars we see driving around everywhere, we’re almost guaranteed a good map of any area. If you don’t want to get lost, get Google Maps.

Now, if you’re a frequent traveler like I am, then you’ll understand the struggle with foreign currency. Sometimes it’s hard to remember what country you’re in, never mind the currency exchange rate. Well, I’ve found that the best app for that is XE Currency. You can add a variety of currencies as your defaults, so all you need to do is tap in the figure and it displays the equivalent in all your favorite currencies. This app is gold when out on a shopping trip.

As far as translation apps go, Google Translate is hands down the best. There have been many that have tried to knock it off its perch, and all have failed. Now, you’re not going to want to translate anything too complex, but for letting the waiter know that you have a nut allergy or asking where the bus station is, this app has you covered.

Heading for the beach tomorrow, but you’ve no idea what the weather’s going to be like? You need a weather app. Now, the stock weather apps on smartphones are usually ok, but they can be temperamental. I prefer to use The Weather Channel App. It’s got way more features than I need, but that’s good because you never know when you might use them. One feature I like is the ability to create personalized weather alerts that let me know when rain is on the way.

No matter how long we plan to travel (even if it’s just for the weekend), there’s always someone at home that wants you to be contactable. And the best way to stay in touch these days is on WhatsApp. It’s better than Skype, and with a billion users, the new friends you meet on holiday will probably use it to let you know when to meet them at the restaurant. It’s hands down the best app for staying in touch.

There are times when you’re stuck in an airport lounge or sitting in your hotel room as a monsoon rages outside, and you just need something fun to pass the time. But instead of the endless levels of Angry Birds, why not try a more challenging game such as poker? Playing a few hands of poker keeps your mind active, gets you thinking strategically, and who knows, you might even win some cash to pay for your trip. Can you think of anything better than sitting on a bus to the back end of nowhere and winning a hand of cards that actually pays for your entire trip? Sign me up now! 

 

So, the next time you’re heading to foreign shores (or even just taking a weekend break in the country) make sure you’re prepared. Download the apps above to take some of the stress out of your next adventure. And don’t worry, although I’ve linked to the Google Play Store, Apple fan boys (and girls) will find the same apps in the App Store.  

Singapore

Singapore – The One Stop Solution to Cultural Experiences and Shopping

Most vacationers are looking for your run-of-the-mill experiences like fun attractions, relaxation, and partying. But there are few who look for more. They want to experience the culture of that place. They want to explore places where culture comes alive.

Shopping is an integral part of any culture and this should be experienced too. If you too are a unique traveller like that, the only place you should consider is Singapore. This melting pot of various cultures and shopping haven, never ceases to amaze tourists. So, pack your bags and open your heart to an experience that is life-changing.

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