Sunday, March 26, 2023

A Piece Of Something To Call Mine - Quick Escape to Phuket

Just weeks after my trip to Bangkok last August, the travel bug hit me again, and I found myself browsing some flights on the Singapore Airlines mobile app. After exhausting most options, I thought about Phuket again because I was supposed to fly there five years ago, but it didn't push through due to a conflicting work schedule. Ugh, I know it sucks. I wanted to see another part of Asia that I hadn't explored before–so when I came across a flight from Manila to Phuket for only $250 roundtrip, I didn't think twice and booked the flight. Besides, I get to fly with Singapore Airlines again, with a few hours of layover at Changi Airport, my favorite airport.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Thailand It That Way... Again.

As my Singapore Airlines flight descended towards Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi (pronounced as Soowanapoom) Airport, I was excited. Excited was an understatement, to be fair. Seated in the aisle part of the premium economy of the Airbus A350-900, I couldn’t see any landmarks from the window. My only guide was the flight information map from my inflight entertainment system. I was entertained, apart from finishing an entire movie of Everything, Everywhere, All At Once. Great movie, by the way. It took our flight forever to taxi towards our assigned gate. Bangkok’s international airport is one of the largest in Southeast Asia. 

Thursday, June 23, 2022

A Talk for Atok

This trip was a spontaneous one. My friends had already booked their flights and tour at Atok, Benguet, a week before this trip. It has been ten years since I visited Baguio. From NAIA 3, we went straight to PITX, the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange. It’s a centralized bus terminal with numerous bus networks from Manila to any point within Luzon. We took the first class bus to Baguio City. It has a reclining chair, an entertainment system, and a lavatory. We left PITX at around 10 PM and arrived at Baguio at around two in the morning.

As we meandered around the street, we got lost while looking for our hostel but eventually found our way after several minutes.

The following morning, we had a hearty breakfast at Good Taste, Baguio’s famous family restaurant. The food was delicious and very affordable! The van terminal to Atok was just right across from the restaurant. Honestly, I don’t know what’s in store for us, but I guess we’re off to an exciting part.

We Grow

The more I learn, the less I know. Through every high and every low, I grow.

That song, Grow, hits hard. It's a shame that the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 got canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. That song could've been an easy top-ten finish.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

The Sky Is Full Of Stars

Photo by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash

The blue sky fades as day turns to night, revealing the night sky. The stars light up the sky like snowflakes on a cloudless and moonless night. It never occurred to me how big our universe is until I had basic knowledge about astronomy. For instance, the fastest speed in the universe is light, traveling up to 300,000 kilometers per second. From our perspective, that's really fast. A trip to the moon would take at least a second. A trip to the sun takes more than eight minutes. But a trip to the nearest star, Alpha Centauri, takes four years, and a journey to the nearest galaxy, the Andromeda galaxy, takes at least two million years. The light we see from the stars was emitted at least tens of thousands or even millions of years ago. Ten thousand years ago, no human civilizations or even settlements were founded in any part of the world. Two million years ago, the first humans emerged in Africa.

Some people tend to doubt and mock us whenever we dream big; it will never happen. But, the stars constantly remind us that they shine and glisten under the night sky, even if it takes their light to reach us for a long time.

Friday, December 31, 2021

2021 - Still A Work in Progress

2021 was indeed a rollercoaster ride. I know it sounded like a year-end cliche, but it's true. I have so many things in my mind right now, but this year was more like a series of life lessons. 

Monday, December 20, 2021

A Short Staycation At K Lebrix Lakehouse

Since last year, it has been a tradition of my close colleagues to organize a getaway somewhere far from the metropolis. You know, it's one of our ways to destress aside from discovering new coffee shops, restaurants, and bars around the area, as self-proclaimed food adventurers we are.

And off we go to the place I've never heard of before. I was excited because it's been a while since I've embarked on an adventure, especially in this crazy post-pandemic era.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Four Years Ago

Okay, hear me out. I know it's hard to update this travel blog regularly for obvious reasons. Heck, I have written more posts on my (personal) blog this year! Today, before I went to work, I found my old external hard drive. It's where I store all of my raw photos and videos from my travels beginning 2014 until late 2019. Since I believe I still have unpublished and unedited photos, I started browsing the 2017 folder. 2017 was so special to me. It was the year when I got transferred to Davao, finally got tenured at work, and got the chance to visit Sydney for the first time, one of my favorite places in the world. Man, I miss my old life. 2017 feels like four decades ago! Those were the days when I'd message my friends and alert them about an ongoing seat sale, read all the travel blogs to formulate my travel itinerary and watch some travel vlogs on YouTube.

These are some of the photos I've salvaged (LOL) from my old hard drive and post-processed on Lightroom. I am 100% that I haven't published these on any of my social media posts.