Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Sagada on my Mind

I've only read about Sagada and its wondrous attractions I finally now have the chance to go there myself. I'm definitely riveted to finally go to Sagada myself courtesy of Project Dora.

Here's the itinerary for my 3 days and 2 nights on December 28-30 in Sagada:



Monday, December 24, 2012

Cafe Juanita

I'm no foodie or expert when it comes to food but I know that when something tastes good I'd want to get more servings. The only comments I can give you about food are limited to "it tastes good", "it is sweet", "I like it" and other variations of these phrases. If you are looking for eloquence when it comes to food and its ingredients you've come to the wrong place. But I can share with you the prices of the food we ate when we ate at Cafe Juanita in Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City.

Whenever I scour the Web for restaurants to eat in I find it hard to find out how much the food costs because the posts or articles about the place discussed the food but rarely the price of the items. Yes, I know that the food was quite delectable but I also like to know how much it cost.

So here's a quick rundown of the food we ate when we went to Cafe Juanita and some comments like "I like this dish", "I think it's delicious", "I think its yummy" and so on and so forth:

Catfish Mango Salad P288


Monday, December 17, 2012

Wandering in BGC

As much as I love my own country, let's face it Manila is not really a good city in terms of urban planning and aesthetics but there is one place that bucks that trend. Burgos Circle in Bonifacio Global City is one place that makes you feel like you are in a first-world country not a third-world one.




Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Thailand Trip Expenses

Thailand is a backpacker's haven because of the affordable accommodations, food, tours, and shopping. Here is a breakdown of the expenses I incurred during and before my trip to Thailand:




Sunday, December 9, 2012

Eating & Shopping in Bangkok

Eating and shopping in Bangkok is not a problem because of the cheap prices and different offerings. Honestly, I'm not a big shopper but I can seriously say that the items were cheap and definitely affordable.





Thursday, December 6, 2012

When the Lights Go Out in Bangkok

The lights dim, and the shadows rise from the streets for a moment the city of Bangkok is shrouded in darkness. Then out of the darkness shards of light glimmer and release their luminescence lighting up the skies and brightening up the streets.


 


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Beware of Scammers

Thailand can be the best place you visit but it can turn into one tourist trap if you are not careful.



As soon as you get to the city there are plenty of tuktuk drivers promising to take you anywhere you want. Beware of these drivers because they are trying to pull a fast one on you. They will charge you an exorbitant amount of money just to bring you to a place that is 5-10 minutes away.


Monday, December 3, 2012

The Bridge Over the River Kwai and a Trip Down Memory Lane

After the chaotic Floating Market, I went to the Bridge Over the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi. The actual bridge was already destroyed but a new, albeit symbolic one, was erected. Our first stop was in the Jeath War Museum. The entrance fee to the museum cost 40 Baht.




Sunday, December 2, 2012

Floating Market Frenzy in Thailand

I've only seen pictures or scenes of the floating markets in Thailand so I decided to visit one before I left for the Philippines. The tour to the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market costs 500 Baht (I packaged it with a visit to the Bridge Over the River Kwai). The trip took more or less an hour. Once there, you can choose between riding the boat around the Floating Market or just walking around. The boat trip costs 100-150 Baht.




Saturday, December 1, 2012

Ancient Ayutthaya & Bangkok Redux

After exploring the temples and the city on my first day, I decided to book a tour for the ancient ruins in Ayutthaya. The tour I got cost me, as far as I can remember, 500-600 Baht for a day tour that comes with guide, van transfers, fees, and food.

Ayutthaya was the former capital of Thailand. Ayutthaya faced many wars and changed hands among the Burmese, Thais, and Khmer empires. The city was founded by King U Thong in 1350. Upon seeing the city, I felt the sense of history permeating through the old ruins and Buddhist statues within the complex.