Asia, Cambodia, Thailand

Ultimate Guide to Border Crossing: Bangkok to Siem Reap, Cambodia by Bus

Our journey started at the Bangkok Northern Bus Terminal (Mochit 2 Station) for an early morning bus ride going to Cambodia.

The station is just near the center of Bangkok, you can just hail a taxi and you’ll reach the bus station in minutes. Just tell the taxi driver that you’re going to Mochit 2 Bus Station, or you can print out the words in Thai character for easier communication.

This is a huge and more organized terminal than what we have in the Philippines. Some westerners would find the station inferior, but for a Filipino, it’s way better than the bus stations we have back home.

There are two early morning bus schedule going to Siem Reap (8am and 9am), travel time from Bangkok is about 8 hours.

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Inspiration

The Higher Purpose of Corporate Workers

Every morning, you prepare everything for work.

You also planned to go home early and rest, but you always find yourself arriving at your doorsteps late (at night.) 🙁

This has been your routine for years, and the cycle goes on and on.

You have learned to just go with it, just like what everybody else is doing. Just like what the society keeps on telling you.

But then again, after years of doing the same thing over and over again, you woke up one day and felt something weird, something different.

Out of nowhere, you just feel that there must be something… something better and bigger than what life has in store for you. You couldn’t figure it out, but you just knew there is something.

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Asia, Cambodia

The Child Vendors of Cambodia

I was exploring the temples of Cambodia when I saw this familiar Japanese tourist.

I remember I overheard her telling her fellow traveler while in a different temple that she just recently quit her job and embarked on a three month journey to Southeast Asia to just find purpose… meaning in her life.

Her story was inspiring. It was also a testament of how traveling can be so powerful in enriching your life, that even eavesdropping from a simple conversation of your fellow travelers can truly give you insights and inspiration.

As I entered the inner part of the temple, I saw her being approached by a kid vendor offering her some postcards and ref magnets.

“One for one dollar only.” Said the little girl.

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Beaches, Luzon, Philippines

The Horror of Black Water from Encenada Beach Resort in Puerto Galera

I planned this trip to be extra special.

I know my girlfriend is stressed with work so I really intended our next vacation to be just relaxing and enjoyable. That’s why when she told me she wanted to go to Puerto Galera, I opted not to visit the party crazy and congested part of this tourist spot, which is the “White Beach.”

I decided to bring her to the calm and relaxing side of Puerto Galera, the Muelle Area particularly at the Varadero Bay.

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Beaches, Philippines, Visayas

Laoang, Northen Samar – My Hometown

After one of my posts got traction from Facebook, I felt this sense of gratitude.

This is the confirmation of a sign I asked a few days ago.

I was in doubt at that time, if I really wanted to continue writing. I know this is my life but there are moments when you ask yourself, why by the time you decided to do what you love, something suddenly falls apart?

I asked for a sign if this is really my calling, if this is really the meaning I was looking. Then I doze off to sleep.

The next morning I checked this blog and was shocked to see one of my posts being shared by my country’s Tourism Department to its Official Facebook Page with more than 700,000 followers.

That post earned thousands of likes and shares, bringing tons of traffic to my blog.

It was the answer I was looking for.

Then I’ve made a firm decision, to continue doing this whatever it takes, not only for those who enjoy reading my works, but most importantly for me. I need this. I need to write to feel alive.

I’ve made a promise not to hold back anymore, to be open and sometimes even vulnerable.

So I’ll start with sharing to you my hometown, the place where I came from.

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Food, Philippines

Jollibee, Can I Have More Ketchup Please?

Just like every Filipino – I am also a fan of Jollibee, ever since I was little.

Jollibee has this indescribable charisma that captures the hearts of Filipino kids, a devotion that has stayed with them no matter how many new food experiences they’d tried.

At my age, I can say that I still love Jollibee.

This is where I eat for some occasional breakfast or lunch. The food just brings so much joy to me, as this also brings back my childhood memories.

I am a huge fan of Jolly Spaghetti, Jolly Hotdog and of course, the Chicken Joy. Lately, I found myself eating Jollibee more often because of my niece and nephew. The charisma lives on in every generation.

On the business side, Jollibee is undeniably the biggest food empire in the Philippines, toppling the global brands such as McDonalds.

So it pains me…

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Inspiration, Luzon, Philippines

The 2 Faces of Slum Tourism in Manila

Reading is a way for me to de-stress.

I read books, publications and of course, I am an avid follower of really amazing bloggers. One of my favorites is Sab, a travel blogger from Germany who decided to quit her job to fulfil her dreams of exploring the world.

Her story is quite inspiring, and what I like about her the most (very subjective me) is her love for the Philippines.

One night I checked her blog, and was happy to see she has a new post. And it has a profound title, Smokey Mountain: A Walk Through The Slums Of Manila, Philippines.

I knew this place well.

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Asia, Cambodia

Eating Bugs in Siem Reap, Cambodia

I know your life has become a routine.You go to work every morning, you go home and the cycle goes on and on.

So if you’re given a chance to travel, you must make the most out of it. Even it means going out of your comfort zone by trying exciting activities or eating food that are new to you.

Dalai Lama said, “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.”

Yes. If you feel you don’t have much time, once a year is enough, and it’s going to be worth it if you let go of yourself and take on the adventure.

I took this advice by heart when I traveled to Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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Asia, Thailand

Top 3 Things To Do at Khao San Road, Bangkok

 

I was ready to call it a night.

After a whole day of exploring Bangkok with my longtime friends, marvelling at those temples and haggling for the best buys at the weekend market, We were dead tired and ready to just lay on our beds and sleep.

But our newfound friends in Bangkok told us our experience would not be complete without trying Khao San Road which is just a few blocks away from our hotel.

I said, “hmm Khao San Road…Khao San Road.” I kept repeating it a few times before deciding to give it a try. I even convinced my travel buddies to go with us.

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Inspiration, Philippines, Visayas

Remembering Typhoon Yolanda

I was at the office when I first heard the news, the strongest typhoon to make landfall was about to hit the Philippines. Shocked and worried, I decided not to wait for the news on TV and just did my own research.

I remember how my heart pumped when I read that the storm (International name Haiyan) will directly hit my country’s Visayas region specifically the provinces of Samar and Leyte. Most of my relatives are in Samar, a beautiful island in the eastern part of the Philippines facing the Pacific Ocean.

I was born there, even spent some of my childhood days with the care of my grandparents and Aunties. Thinking that my loved ones might be facing an imminent danger made me restless. We were able to contact my Aunt, though she promised that they would take care, it was not enough to take away our worry.

The day came. Yolanda, the typhoon’s Philippine name, has finally made its landfall. Manila was hundreds of kilometres away from the center of the storm, but the strength was undeniable. We were busy dealing with the bad weather, not knowing that our fellows in the south were experiencing catastrophe. Yolanda, a beautiful common name in my country, has become a name we will never forget.

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Luzon, Philippines

7 Reasons Why You Should Travel to the Philippines

Whenever travelers want to explore and backpack Southeast Asia, they’re most probably referring to Thailand-Cambodia-Vietnam-Laos route. This is the most traveled path in the region.

One of the main reasons is accessibility, from Thailand you can easily visit the neighboring countries by bus, maximizing the “Asian” experience.

And since Philippines is located on the other side of the plate, some travelers omit it in their itinerary. 

Well, those who dared to explore the less traveled path, have expressed enormous joy for the whole experience.

If you want some proof? Check out the blogs of some of world’s most popular travel bloggers like KulasNathan, Sab and Alexandra who have learned to embrace and love the Philippines.

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Asia, Thailand

Thailand – One Important Lesson From This Beautiful Country

I remember my excitement for this trip.

It was my first time to travel outside the Philippines. I have been travelling within my country for quite some time, and to experience other culture is something that I always look forward to.

At 2 in the morning, we landed at Bangkok International Airport, commencing my journey with my close friends in the captivating countries of Thailand and Cambodia. We planned to stay in Thailand for a few days, explore the city then backpack towards Cambodia by bus.

Arriving at Thailand airport already had an effect on me. I was amused at how the structure reflects the Thai culture, unlike our airport way back home which is just basic and plain.

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