Thursday, December 28, 2017

Travel Guide: Huangshan

The Chinese consider Huangshan as one of the most beautiful mountains and landscapes in the country. On one of my trips to China, I decided to see for myself, and I wasn't disappointed.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Travel Guide: Guilin and Yangshuo, China

Guilin and Yangshuo are often part of the backpacking trail after crossing into China from Vietnam. I liked both places and would recommend a stop to either one during your trip around the country.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Travel Guide: Yehliu Geopark

One of the day trips you can do from the bustling city of Taipei is Yehliu Geopark. It has distinct rock formations and a unique landscape. I decided to go during my trip to Taiwan, despite the gloomy weather.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Terelj National Park

It was our last night camping during our 7 days trip to and from the Gobi Desert. Terelj National Park was the final stop; I couldn't help but feel sad that our trip was about to come to an end. I made the most out of it and enjoyed each remaining moment.

Monday, December 4, 2017

These Beaches in Mexico Will Make You Pack Your Bags and Go

Mexico is often atop the countries to visit list of many; it comes as no surprise because of its distinct culture, delicious food and its beaches. The country has several sandy shores with turquoise waters, blue skies, friendly locals and many water sports, meaning, you have plenty of options when it comes to having a beach getaway for short or long trips.

Here are some of the beaches to add to your travel bucket list when you visit this beautiful country.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

What to Do in Guangzhou

Guangzhou is an interesting city; it has a big metropolis vibe but despite this, it reminded me of a 'province'. There are a couple of things you can do while exploring this part of China.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Great Wall of China: Mutianyu

When I was planning this trip, I didn't even consider going to Beijing, but when I decided to go to Mongolia I included the Chinese capital. A trip to this part of China is incomplete without visiting one of the sections of the famous Great Wall.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Crossing the Border from China Into Mongolia

I wasn't sure about going to Mongolia until about a month before my return trip to China. I was planning to visit more places in the latter, but decided to just visit a new country. It took some research to find a cheaper way to get into Mongolia, other than taking the Trans-Siberian Train.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Travel Guide: Romblon Budget & Itinerary

Romblon, whether in Tablas or Romblon municipality, has an idyllic charm and laid back ambiance that most people in the city would love to go to every now and then. The province has beautiful beaches, friendly people and still has that off-the-beaten-path appeal for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Travel Guide: Rainbow Mountains

The Rainbow Mountains in Zhangye was atop my list of places to visit during this trip to China. When I got to the nearest town, I was already excited for the sunset trip the following day. Guides online and print said the best time to visit was sunset, and true enough, it didn't disappoint.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Travel Guide: Jiuzhaigou

Jiuzhaigou is one of the most popular national parks in China, many local tourists from different parts of the country travel to Sichuan to see this wonderful work of nature. It takes a while to get to this park, but the effort and time it takes is worth it.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Travel Guide: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

The landscape of Zhangjiajie gained worldwide attention because of the movie 'Avatar', which was shown years ago. When I planned my trip to China, I made sure I visited this beautiful park.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Travel Guide: Zhuo'er Shan

The moment I saw photos of Zhuo'er Shan online, I made sure to include the park in my itinerary during my return trip to China. Like most places in China, I had very little information about it in English, most of the details are in Chinese. Despite the potential setbacks, I still decided to go.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Top Reasons to Visit Villa Escudero

Quezon has a bit of everything, beaches to farm resorts, waterfalls and even surfing spots. If ever you're in this province, one of the places you must visit is Villa Escudero.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Travel Guide: Fukuoka and Nagasaki Itinerary & Budget

I was in Kyushu for a couple of days and only had time (and money haha) to visit Fukuoka and Nagasaki. Both cities are quite interesting because of their rich culture, history and delicious food!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Travel Guide: Nagasaki

I was in Kyushu for a couple of days, I decided to add Nagasaki to my itinerary. The city was one of the sites where the Americans dropped the atom bomb. Decades later, only museums, statues and preserved ruins were left as reminders of that infamous day. Now, the once ravaged metropolis is like any other bustling and vibrant city I've been to.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Travel Guide: Tianmen Mountain

Tianmen Mountain was one of the places I decided to visit during my trip to Zhangjiajie. I had an extra day before heading to the 'Avatar Mountains'. Since we arrived a little late in the morning already, my travel companion and I decided to go to the station with transportation that will take us to the mountain.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Staying Consistently Healthy

There were times when I got sick during a trip; those were difficult times because I was in a place where I didn't know anyone. There were cases, where I had to go out on my own to buy medicine, vitamins and food, even when I was unwell. As the cliche goes, prevention is better than cure.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Travel Guide Biandukou

I didn't know much about this place until the bus I was on (I was going elsewhere) passed by this beautiful park. I asked the person behind me what its name was, and made sure to return to it the following day.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

My Experience at Legend Villas

The Legend Villas is a unique hotel amid the urban sprawl of Mandaluyong; it has a distinctly Filipino design, along with first-rate service. I had the privilege of staying a night to experience all this accommodation has to offer.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Let's Go and Explore Yangmingshan

I was in Taipei for a couple days; the nature lover in me wanted to explore the nearby park of Yangmingshan. I postponed my trip to the park because of inclement weather, I waited for a bit of sunshine or at least a non-rainy day (even if it would be cloudy), before deciding to finally go.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Getting Lost in Jiufen

Jiufen is one of the places you can visit as a day trip from the bustling city of Taipei. It was my last full day in the country, so I decided to go and explore this part of Taiwan.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Itinerary and Expenses for Lombok, Indonesia Trip

It was my second time in Indonesia, and I was looking forward to exploring another part of it. For this trip I decided to visit Lombok, east of Bali. I've heard of the many things to do and places to see on this island, I wrote this post to share my experiences, expenses and itinerary, if ever you plan to visit this part of the country.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

My Experience at Luang Prabang View Hotel

I was in Luang Prabang, Laos for a couple of days and I spent a few nights of that stay at Luang Prabang View Hotel. This luxurious and first-rate accommodation lives up to its name, along with other things I liked.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

10 Benefits of Buying a Home in an Exotic Place

While you decide spending your whole life in one place, doing the same job and the same things every day others choose leaving their hometown, quitting their job and buying a quiet, comfy and relaxing home in an exotic place. Actually the way you live is your choice and if it’s the one you have always dreamed then keep on with your dreams and make them come true by all means. Those who prefer improving their lifestyle almost always choose adventurous and fascinating ideas that can fill their life with more joy as well as will take away any kind of stress caused by the previous lifestyle.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Top Destinations in the Philippines for First Timers

The Philippines has many destinations from Luzon to Mindanao that will keep visitors coming back for more. Beaches with fine, bone, white sand and glistening cerulean waters, an underwater ecosystem with colorful corals in various shapes, cities with a mix of eastern and western culture and a mountainous region that has verdant, rolling hills. You have several options when you decide to visit and explore the country.

This is a condensed list of the places you can visit and things you can do while in the Philippines.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

My Experience Staying at B Hotel Quezon City

I was looking for a nice place to stay near our house, as I was browsing through Traveloka's list, which was easy to use by-the-way, I stumbled upon B Hotel. They had a swimming pool, big rooms and a good buffet breakfast, ingredients for a pleasant overnight staycation.

Friday, June 2, 2017

A Break from the Waves: Tangadan Falls

La Union is famous for its surfing waves; however, it also has other attractions that make it a noteworthy province to visit. One of the places to add to your itinerary is Tangadan Falls.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Climbing Mt. Rinjani

I was on the last few days of my trip around Lombok that lasted for a little over two weeks. I was on again and off again about hiking Mt. Rinjani, because I thought that I wasn't prepared enough to do the hike. My experience trekking mountains up to that point were merely day trips to Batangas and one major hike in China. The longest and highest mountain I've been to at the time was Tiger Leaping Gorge (around 2000+++m high) in China, and the only camping experience I had was at Calaguas. The experience in China didn't have camping, I was able to sleep on a bed, use a toilet, have a decent meal and take a shower. Rinjani would be a lot of firsts, the highest mountain and the first time I'd get to camp minus certain comforts. After hearing stories from other travelers and some sweet talking by the travel agent I met, I decided to finally push through with it.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Keeping an Active Lifestyle

Are you diabetic?

Diabetes is a life-changing disease, but in a negative way. It prevents you from doing what you love to the full extent of your abilities, whether it's hiking or traveling, because of this ailment. You have to worry about body pains, restrictions on things you can do and taking medication. It also increases the possibility of getting other diseases. Exercise, eating right and staying active helps, but you'll need all the help you can get to prevent diabetes.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Food Trip: Must-try Food in Zamboanga City

Zamboanga City, multicultural society in Zamboanga Peninsula, offers a lot to tourist. The colorful tradition that transcends from one generation to another. Its distinct culture which remains visible in their spoken languages, treasured heritages, and growing beliefs. And the delicious gastronomy that gives excitement in each trip.

A journey would not be complete without tasting the local cuisine of the place. Ranging from scrumptious seafood delights to fusion of Hispanic, Asian, and American cuisine, from all-time favorite desserts to traditional Zamboangueño, Tausug, Sama Banguingui and Muslim snacks, Zamboanga City is sharing a big contribution in promoting authentic gastronomic cuisines not just in Mindanao but the Philippines as a whole. With that, here are my picks for the must-try foods in "Asia's Latin City."

Friday, May 5, 2017

Discovering the Beauty of Huanglong

It took around 10 hours to get to Jiuzhaigou, may main destination during my trip to Sichuan, China. I checked the weather forecast, and it said it would rain the day after I arrived. So instead of going to the famous Jiuzhaigou Park, I decided to go to Huanglong instead.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Unwinding at Haranah Eco Park

Rizal is a popular weekend or vacation destination for those who live in Metro Manila or nearby areas. The province has mountains, waterfalls and cultural attractions for those looking get away from the bustle of city life. One such place to add to your itinerary is Haranah Eco Park, this park was carefully cultivated and developed by its owners to combine the best of natural and man-made wonders.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Taipei Trip Itinerary and Expenses

Taipei wasn't really on my travel must-visit list, but cheap airfare and good word-of-mouth reviews from friends made me decide to finally visit this city.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

My Experience at Shangri-La Far Eastern Plaza Hotel

I was in Taipei for a few days and got to stay in one of the best hotel chains in the world, Shangri-La. The best hotels are all about the details and a personal, customized experience, Shangri-La Far Eastern Plaza Hotel offers these among other top-notch facilities.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Taking It Slow in Idyllic Romblon

I was looking for a new province to visit, and thankfully Cebupacific started a new route that went from Manila to Romblon. The adventurous side of me wanted to explore this group of islands and see what was in store for me.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

How Travel Changed My Life

The travel bug just came at me a few years ago; I didn't know what came over me when I booked my first ticket out of the country. It was to a place that was very much like the Philippines, it was nearby Kota Kinabalu. Since then I've been to different places in Asia and the Philippines, hoping to travel to another continent soon.

During my first few trips, it was just impulse and frenetic moving from place to place. Not until I learned to slow down, did I finally ask the question, does travel really change a person?

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Yunnan, China Budget Guide and Itinerary

I've been mulling over going to China since college, I finally got the chance to do so. However, my first trip to the rising dragon wasn't in the usual places such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou or even Xiamen. I decided to visit Yunnan first because of the things I discovered online.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Reaching the Summit: Mt. Pulag Chronicles

Mt. Pulag is one of the mountains I wanted to climb. I pictured the sea of clouds and the first rays of the sun, with its red hands hovering over the peaks. However, expectation and reality are two very different things. The weather plays a huge role when it comes to seeing the famous clouds and sunrise.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

My Stay at Centara Grand, Hua Hin

Hua Hin is known for the its beautiful coast; for those who want a relaxing holiday away from the party islands, this is the place to visit. it's near enough Bangkok for a short stay, but still has everything you need, from convenience stores, restaurants of all types and a bustling market. During my stay in this part of Thailand, our group stayed in Centara Grand.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Booking B Hotel in Quezon City Made Easy with Traveloka

I was looking for a hotel to stay in Quezon City; it was difficult to go through so many choices and the endeavor was taking up too much time. A friend referred me to a travel app that I heard for the first time, the app was Traveloka. I browsed their website first to determine if it was easy to use. Then I also discovered that it was also a mobile app. The promos I saw on their website piqued my interest, which led to me deciding to download the app.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Rejuvenating the Body at Polarity Prehabilitation

For those who work on a laptop a lot, I was beginning to feel chronic pain in the shoulder and neck area. The pain came and went, but I wanted to know the cause and preventive measures to relieve myself of it for good.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

My Experience at SEDA Abreeza Davao City

I managed to book really cheap tickets from Manila to Davao City. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to return to a region that has plenty to offer.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Back in Samal Island

I was supposed to do different things during my return trip to the Davao region; however, bad weather ruined my plans of visiting Cateel for Aliwagwag Falls and Awao Falls in Compostela Valley. When the skies cleared for a while, I found the opportunity to finally do something else during my trip. I decided to return to Samal Island to go to two places I have yet to visit during my first trip a few years ago.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Centuries of History in Dazaifu

I was looking for a place to visit during my visit to Fukuoka; I stumbled upon Dazaifu when I researched about attractions near the city. It has centuries of history that is worth discovering and exploring.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Chill Time in Mati and Dahican

I was able to book really cheap tickets to Davao City, I didn't hesitate to return to the region to explore another province I have yet to discover, Davao Oriental. As soon as I arrived at the airport, I went to the main road and boarded a bus bound for Mati City.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Adventure in Mt. Ulap

After seeing pictures of the beautiful Mt. Ulap, I was sure I was going to climb it this 2017. My friend and I were supposed to join a group I found on Facebook, but after asking the organizer about details for the trip, the tour was already closed. So we decided to organize the trip on our own, and thankfully we managed to push through with our trip to Mt. Ulap.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Journey to Shangri-La

Shangri-La is one of the highest places in Yunnan, if I'm not mistaken, it's around 3000 meters above sea level. I was a bit groggy from the journey from Kunming, but I was raring to explore this part of China. I felt a slight headache during the first day, because of altitude sickness, but I got used to it after a day.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Ganden Sumetseling Monastery

I just got out of the overnight bus from Kunming to Shangri-La. I was still drowsy when I got to the hostel. It wasn't check-in time yet, so I was looking for something to do to pass the time. A French guest was planning to go to Sumetseling Monastery that date. She asked me if I wanted to tag along, since I had nothing and no idea what to do, I decided to join her.