Sunday, December 31, 2017

My 2017 in 10 Photos

Who would've thought that I'd survive 2017? I still can't believe that the year 2017 is about to end in the less than 24 hours. I can truly say that 2017 is my most traveled year. It's not just about traveling to different places, but the year was wholly about my personal journey.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Airport and Airline Hacks in the Philippines

With more than 7,000 islands, traveling around the Philippines can be difficult. But, all thanks to local airlines offering cheap fares, it has been every Juan's most convenient way to go around and explore every corner of the country.

Little did they know, most travelers here are missing a lot, especially on how the business model of the aviation industry works. Let me share some tips and hacks on air travel in the Philippines.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Photo Diary: The Blue Autumn

What I really love about the autumn is its foliage. It's a visual feast where the tides and hues of crimson and tangerine dominate the environment. When we went there last month, the sky was blue and cloudless, creating a beautiful contrast of colors. I have seen a lot of photos of Autumn but nothing beats the experience of seeing it right before your very own eyes!

For this post, I'm gonna share some of my favorite "Blue Autumn" photos in Seoul, South Korea.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Fall Collection Vol 1: Nami Island & Petite France

During my recent trip to Seoul, South Korea, I decided to bring two cameras - Canon EOS M10 (mirrorless), and my 5-yr old Canon EOS 1100D with a 50mm f1.8 prime lens. I know it's quite hassling to bring two, but I just can't afford to miss out Seoul's beautiful autumn foliage, plus our outfits were all on point!

Today, I'm going to share some of our photos in Nami Island & Petite France.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Autumn OOTD in Seoul

Autumn is officially my favorite season. It is not too cold and not too hot thus, I can wear layers of clothes, something that I can't do in the Philippines because it's forever hot and humid here. My autumn OOTDs aren't just for the sake of fashion, it's more of comfort as it kept me warm and comfy throughout my trip.

Here are some of the outfits I wore during my autumn adventure in Seoul, South Korea.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Autumn in Seoul, South Korea

Autumn. It's the time of the year when the shades of crimson and orange dominate the landscape. There are reasons why it is easy to fall in love with Autumn - the climate is not too cold, I get the chance to wear layers of clothes and coats, something that I can't do in the Philippines where it is forever hot and humid, and the changing landscape is just scenic.

Last week, I got the chance to revisit Seoul again, this time in the middle of the Autumn season.

Monday, November 20, 2017

What it is Like to Experience Winter in South Korea

Making my way downtown...

Growing up in a tropical country where it is perpetually hot and humid all year round, snow is an alien term to me. When I was ten, I always see it in movies and some photos of my friends who went to the US. They have one thing in common -  they all enjoyed it. Their smiles were infectious and genuine. It's a smile that I can't have even if I bask in the heat of the sun and try to enjoy the beach while lying on the sand. It's not fun when you're pretending sand as snow.

Earlier this year, I traveled more than a thousand miles to the north, a journey that I wouldn't forget.

Friday, November 3, 2017

A Day in Manly Beach and Sydney Central Business District

The sun finally showed up its might and glory on my third day in Sydney. I really thought that it would still rain, and that would really suck if it really did.

I woke up at half past nine in the morning, which was kind of late. But since we weren't actually in a hurry, we left the flat at half past 10. The crisp, cold Spring morning was a perfect day to explore more of Sydney's suburb communities.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Blue Mountains in One Day: Hiking at New South Wales, Australia

blue mountains sydney australia

Okay, here's the thing: I was never a fan of hiking. Back in college, we used to hike for our Ecology subjects, and it was stressful. I'd rather swim in an open ocean than climbing hills and mountains. After college, I climbed two mountains in the Philippines - Mount Pinatubo, and Osmeña Peak, but heck, these aren't one of the country's highest peaks. These two are just, you know, an easy-peasy climb.

Months before this trip, I originally planned to visit Canberra, the capital of Australia. I have read a lot of blogs about doing a day tour there, but government buildings and flower parks weren't really my thing. While searching for Plan B, I came across with Blue Mountains National Park. Since I was itching for a new adventure, I thought of giving it a try. Perhaps, it's about time to try new things while I'm still young.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

First Day in Sydney, Australia

It was the longest flight I had experienced yet. Our flight to Sydney took off half past midnight (local time). Since it was a red-eye flight, almost everyone was sleeping soundly. I was lucky enough that no one was seated beside me; I had the entire row to myself! I carefully tucked my jacket to keep me warm and leaned on the cabin window. Then, I completely surrendered to a deep slumber.

I woke up to the sound of the trolley being pushed by the cabin crew. Groggy and feeling dry, I drank water with so much gusto and took a peek outside. The dawn was breaking - it was a symphony of pink, orange, and blue. We were still halfway to our destination. Then, it was starting to drive me nuts, frankly speaking. Five episodes of This Is Us didn't help. I became more anxious, well probably because of sleep deprivation.

Five minutes before eleven in the morning, the plane banked to the right. The deep blue waters of Botany Bay extends to infinity for quite some time until an unfamiliar landmass started to unfold. And there it was, Sydney. What used to be a settlement for prisoners in the early 18th century became one of the most livable cities in the world, and soon became my favorite city in the world.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

To The Land of Oz: An Overview of Sydney, Australia

I was only ten when I first heard about Sydney, Australia. During that time, the city hosted Millenium Olympics, but I never paid attention to it. It wasn't until three years later when I encountered this city again, this time in the movie, Finding Nemo. I thought to myself why not visit this country. From then on, it became an obsession. I have begun reading fun facts about Australia - its unique flora and fauna, culture, food, and its accent.

Fast forward to 2017, I managed to find a cheap flight to the Land Down Under, and next thing I knew, I was already there!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Seasonal Guide to Exploring Europe

As winter approaches, there are a couple of things to be grateful for – putting away the razor and getting away with unkempt hair growth when it otherwise might be uncool, snuggling under a blanket becomes fun again, Schnapps could become your go-to tipple and if winter sports are your jam, you can dig out the gear and plan your winter vacation.

Loads of winter vacation ideas can be found at but if you’re thinking of hitting the slopes and a luxury chalet is all you’re good for, here are Europe’s finest chalets to explore and lust over:

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

How I Create and Edit my Travel Videos

Like any other travel blogger do, I create and share content of my blog through writing and photography. Recently, more and more travel bloggers are now into video blogging (or vlogging) to supplement their blog content. I never thought about it because I'm a bit conscious of the way I look on screen. I mean, I'm more of a 'behind the scenes' guy, and I always look awkward on screen. With some words of encouragement, I finally gave it a try last January on my Winter trip to South Korea. The shoot was actually fun and liberating, but the editing part is a totally different story.

I'm not yet an expert in video blogging or videography, but I feel like sharing some of the things I do whenever I edit my travel videos and travel video blogs.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

How To Create and Maintain a Travel Blog

I started blogging since I was 16. Back then, blogging is just about sharing a personal story online. You also have the liberty to show your true identity or hide under a pseudonym. Like a diary, it allows you to express your thoughts. It's fulfilling, liberating, and most of all, it's a breath of fresh air. Over the years, blogging has evolved into something that no one can imagine. A number of brands have started to collaborate with bloggers. Blogs have developed to several niches - personal, entertainment, beauty, technology, lifestyle, food, and travel.

Now, a lot of people have asked how I made and maintained this travel blog.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hit Me Taipei One More Time: Exploring Taipei in 48 Hours

I can still remember the moment when I first arrived here - the sleek airport terminal, the way the cold and crisp February wind caressed my face, and the vast network of highways.

Taipei. Large, flat, bold, full of life, and often forgotten. Taipei is a city that rarely comes up in any relevant top ten travel list. The city is usually seen as a not-so-Chinese island hiding behind the shadow of its step brother, Hong Kong. Armed with only one camera and sheer determination, we set foot to Asia’s underrated city to disprove these rumors circulating around this capital city.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

How to plan the ultimate visit to Florida

The number and range of exciting attractions in the US state of Florida are... well, to put it simply, massive. However, given the time it might take you to travel to it in the first place, you might like the idea of arranging an "ultimate" visit; in other words, a stay that takes in as many different major attractions as possible. Planning this can be much easier said than done, but it's still possible.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Samal's Hidden Gem

The Davao Region is surrounded by fertile lands, verdant mountains, and cerulean waters. As the region propels to rapid urbanization, more and more people have started to discover the wonders of Davao. A few days ago, the DBS Travel Squad explored one of the few renowned tourist hotspots in Davao.

Tucked away in the turquoise waters of Davao Gulf is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. What started as an air-lifter of 12,000 oysters cultivated for their pearls became one of the best world-class resorts in the country.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Planning Your El Nido Vacation

El Nido, a municipality in the northeastern sector of Palawan is a tourist haven that continues to amuse both local and international tourists alike. It is famous for its fine resorts, prized soup, beautiful beaches, awe-inspiring lagoons, hospitable locals, and so much more. If you want to find out for yourself why it has become one of the most talked about Philippine tourist destinations nowadays, then it is best if you go there for some rest and relaxation. Before heading over and signing up for El Nido tour packages, it is important if you do your homework beforehand and comes up with a detailed itinerary, it must include the details that are elaborated in this write-up.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Photo Diary: The Capital

I went to Manila for my two-week training for the theoretical part of my radar course training (aka work). It's actually good to be back at the training center. Even though the corridors and the classrooms were already renovated, it was still a walk down memory lane. The memories of the old, decrypted hallways of the training center will never ebb in my subconscious thoughts. How could I forget this place? This is where I built my dreams and aspirations in life. Every corner of the building knew how hard I fought to become one of the guiding voices of the sky.

Drama aside, here are some of the snapshots I took during my two-week stay in Manila.

PS: I also made a 90 sec film. It's my first attempt to try cinematography. I know I still have a lot to improve, but I did enjoy filming this clip. Hope you enjoyed it!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Photo Diary: City Lights x Neon Lights

I usually post-process my photos on Adobe Photoshop. Before I bought my new laptop (it's a Macbook Retina Pro 2015 model, and I regret nothing) two months ago, post-processing was a daunting task. Aside from the fact that I edit photos individually, my previous laptop worked very slow that sometimes, it can no longer open Microsoft Word. I can't blame it, the laptop's already seven years old, and the hardware's already outdated. It can no longer catch up with today's technology.

Ever since I installed Adobe Lightroom on my new laptop, post-processing became a breeze. I got hooked on the travel presets. There are so many presets available online, some costs around ten to twenty bucks, but the choices are endless. These Lightroom preset had helped me in curating my Instagram feed.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A Sweet Escape to Boracay

Summer's about to end, but I just want to share some photos I took during my quick vacation in Boracay. Months ago, mom booked a roundtrip flight from Davao to Caticlan because she wanted to celebrate her 50th birthday outside Davao. Yup, you read it right - a direct flight from Davao to Caticlan! Spell convenience.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Welcome to Davao, Uniqlo!

The long wait is over. My favorite apparel store is here in Davao! Uniqlo Philippines finally opens its first store here in Mindanao! In line with their 5th anniversary here in the Philippines, Uniqlo opens more branches in Mindanao - 2 in Davao (SM Lanang Premier and SM City Davao), and 1 in Cagayan de Oro City (SM CDO Downtown Premier). Uniqlo is one of my travel essentials. When I went to Korea last winter, Uniqlo saved my life from the harsh Korean winter.

Anyway, come and visit Uniqlo at SM Lanang Premier this Friday (May 26) and get the chance to win awesome prizes! The first 50 customers will not just receive gifts from Uniqlo, but they'll also shop with Ms. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015.

Here are some photos during the VIP sneak-peek launch of Uniqlo which was held yesterday at SM Lanang Premier.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Train of Thought: A Beginner's Guide to Southeast and Far East Asia's MRT System

Like Sheldon Cooper of The Big Bang Theory, I love trains, well, except for Thomas the Train because I find him creepy. Whenever I travel, I always take the time to ride one. There's something about train rides. I don't know, maybe because we don't have a train system yet in Davao, making it an unfamiliar travel experience to me.

Today, I'm going to share my experiences and a few tips on how to navigate around starting from the simplest MRTs to the most complex system I have experienced.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

How to Book Budget Davao Hotels Faster with the Help of Traveloka App

Davao is an emerging tourist destination. There is a significant growth of both local and foreign tourists visiting Davao. Whether it is for business and leisure, Davao has it all.

With an ongoing slogan of Life Is Here, the city is blessed with fertile soils, verdant mountains, and surrounding cerulean seas. In this day and age when traveling becomes accessible to almost everyone, it is important to take note that travelers are keen with their preferred hotel's price in the city.

Today, booking is a breeze because there are so many applications that can be downloaded on your smartphone. But, did you know that there is one particular app that can compare prices of your hotels on your preferred dates? The Traveloka App is truly a lifesaver.

Why choose Traveloka as your ultimate travel booking app?

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

PHOTO DIARY: Bangkok's Floating Market

Your Bangkok adventure is not complete without visiting their famous floating markets. Centuries ago, the banks of Chao Phraya River became a settlement area. The lives of the villagers depend on the river banks of Chao Phraya. The tributaries and canals were the primary transportation networks during that time. To answer their basic necessities, markets started to proliferate along the river banks. It canals became a center of trade.

As road and rail networks developed in the late 18th century, the villagers started relocating their markets on the ground, forcing some to close indefinitely.

Today, these floating markets still exist and became one of the famous tourist attractions in Thailand. When we visited Damnoen Saduak floating market in Bangkok, there were a lot of tourists, both local and international. I was really amazed by the experience because it felt like I was transported back to time, sans the selfie sticks, cameras, and smartphones.

Friday, May 5, 2017

When in Davao: The Weekend Market

Food markets are starting to become a trend in Davao, and I think it's a great thing. As new restaurants starting to sprout like mushrooms in almost every corner of the city, I guess the locals are now ready to invest to new fusion cuisines and gastronomic adventures. As a self-proclaimed food junkie, this is a perfect place not just to discover new dishes that are locally made in Davao, but also a great venue to be with people who share the same passion - food.

Last week, Manic Nightnings Productions organized The Weekend Food Market: Chef's Specialty Edition. For four days, Davaoeños enjoy a variety of food at SM Lanang Premier's parking lot B. This month of May, they will be organizing another edition of The Weekend Market with a theme "Smoke in the City". I am so excited to be there again!

In the meantime, allow me to share some photos I took during the previous edition of The Weekend Market. I hope this post didn't make you hungry.

Consider this a warning. *wink*

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Scam City: Saigon, Vietnam

One thing I learned about traveling is that you can't control everything. I am going to share a story about my bad experience in Saigon. Don't get me wrong, I love Saigon, but it's just the fact that not all things you see and read on my travel blog are pleasant.

It all started with a crazy weather disturbance in Manila. My flight to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) from Manila was scheduled to depart at 10:30 PM (PH time). The storm had just intensified after passing the capital, forcing airlines to cancel most of their flights in the domestic sector. Luckily, our flight pushed through, albeit the five-hour delay. We finally left Manila past three in the morning and arrived in Saigon a little past five in the morning, local time. Little did we know that our ordeal has just begun.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

PHOTO DIARY: My Top Ten Favorite Travel Photos

A few days, I was invited to be one of the speakers of M3 - Millenial Mixer Meetup, a hangout for millennials with passion and purpose. I had a quick talk about the challenges of a millennial traveler. I promise that I'd make a blog post about it, but for the meantime, I would like to share my top ten favorite travel photos which I presented after my talk.

This list might change as I continue to explore more places in the near future. As Hans Christian Andersen puts it: To travel is to live.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Pastanni: Making Italian Pinoy

Italy remains as one of my dream destinations. Who doesn't want to visit this lovely country? Almost every corner of Italy is worth visiting. A good friend of mine told me that the Italian experience is not enough even if you've already visited the grand canals of Venice, Vatican City, Roman Colosseum, Leaning Tower of Pisa, and other historical places. In order to have a legit Italian experience, one should never miss their food. Well, I believe my friend was telling the truth base from what I've seen from the movie Eat, Pray, Love.

Good thing is, you don't need to fly to Italy to experience their food.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

So it's official: Taiwan is Visa-Free for Filipinos!

Starting June 1, 2017, Filipinos can now visit Taiwan visa-free! According to the Taiwan Embassy's website, the visa-free access for Filipinos is only a trial period valid for one year. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the embassy will extend the trial period just like what they did to Brunei and Thailand passport holders. I am hoping that my fellow Pinoy travelers won't abuse this new immigration law of Taiwan.

Now, here are some of my favorite photos during my first and second visit in Taiwan.

Taiwan it that way!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Q&A: What I've Been Up To Lately

Hey, y'all! Since it's my day off, I'm going to answer a few queries about traveling. Actually, I was planning to make a video blog about it, but I realized it's more complicated and time-consuming to edit and render videos than just to write a blog post. Haha!

Here we go!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

7 Things I Learned About South Korea

Ah, Korea. The land of the morning calm. It's been four months since my Winter Sonata adventure and truth be told, I still can't get over with it. In fact, I miss the super cold weather there. Behind their towering skyscrapers and historical landmarks, South Korea has this character that is very hard to resist.

Here are the seven things I learned about South Korea.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Taipei Diaries: Elephant Mountain Trail

If there's anything that I don't like about traveling, it's definitely hiking. Don't get me wrong, I have scaled two mountains ever since I started exploring places - from traversing the lahar landscapes of Mount Pinatubo, to Osmeña Peak, the highest point of Cebu Province. Eventually, I turned down a lot of invites from my friends. Most of them have already conquered several peaks in the country like Pulag, Apo (the country's highest peak), and other mountains of the southern Luzon region.

During my recent trip to Taipei, I did not expect that we'd be hiking another hill. This time, however, was totally different. In a bad way.

The Best Adventure Holidays for All the Family

When you are choosing your next family holiday, you may be tempted to go for the traditional holiday parks or a beach resort. While those types of holiday are perfectly fine, wouldn’t it be better if you could all have an adventure? Not only would it be a great holiday for you all, but it would capture the imagination of your children, something they would remember forever. Here are some of the best adventure holidays that you and your family can all enjoy.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

A Quick Trip to the Mountains

The last time I went to Buda was years ago. Buda, which is a clipped word of Bukidnon-Davao, is one of the most sought after places in Davao, especially during summer season. At 4,000 ft above sea level, Buda enjoys a year-long cool climate, similar to Baguio City, albeit cleaner air and less congested.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Top 5 scary attractions in London

If you’re planning on a visit to London and want to get your heart racing with some scary tours and attractions, we’ve compiled a list of the most frightening and gruesome of them all.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Travel Thoughts: Hotel Preferences

A lot have been curious about my style in traveling. Since I have a lot of time to kill (meh, to be honest, I am procrastinating), I am going to share some thoughts about my hotel preferences.

Hotel accommodation is one of the most fundamental items in traveling. In this day and age, there are numerous phone apps that allow travelers to book rooms according to their preferences. These are the four items I consider before booking a place to stay whenever I travel.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Eat Street: Viet Café

Hello, Pho!

When I traveled to Vietnam three years ago, I fell in love with their food. There's something about their food - its aroma, texture, and taste. Although, most people won't believe me because (i) Vietnamese are fond of eating green and leafy vegetables and spices; which brings us to (ii) I literally hate those green and leafy veggies. But, thanks to traveling, I gradually opened my mind to try non-Filipino cuisines. I have read somewhere that in order to fully experience a foreign culture, try their food. I can still vividly remember the first time I tasted Pho noodles. It was bliss. Since then, I have been craving for an authentic Vietnamese food. There are a few Vietnamese restaurants in Davao however, the price isn't worth it.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Sun Moon Lake Day Adventure

Hidden in the deep verdant jungles and towering limestone hills of Central Taiwan is a paradise literally shaped like a celestial body. Sun Moon Lake, with its varied landscapes, and rich cultural diversity has always been a favorite holiday destination for both local and international tourists.

Friday, March 24, 2017

7 Things To Consider When You Go on Holiday for a Long Time

If you have never tried long term travel, the idea of doing so could conjure up much idyllic imagery. You could easily imagine yourself relaxing in a hammock strung between palm trees on a beautiful Hawaiian beach as you casually read a great book. You could then picture several weeks of this life before you simply hop onto a plane and spend a further few weeks exploring amazing historical structures in China. And, then, you'd be off to the United States.

However, you might also think that this kind of trip away seems like a ridiculously unrealistic idea. After all, would you be able to scrape together anywhere near enough money to afford it all? And would your employer even give you enough time off for it? Actually, these issues and many more can be overcome more easily than you might expect. Here are seven issues to take strong account of before, during and after you make the various bookings necessary for a holiday that will last a while.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

PHOTO DIARY: Taiwan It That Way

Taiwan is not that difficult to love. Despite being a fairly small country, Taiwan boasts a LOT of activities and sceneries. On our first day, we traveled north and visited some tourist attractions such as National Palace Museum and Yangmingshan National Park. While roaming, we chanced upon a few cherry blossom trees and instantly became the highlight of our first day. Later in the afternoon, we went exploring Yehliu Geopark and Jiufen which were all familiar to me. A wave of nostalgia hit me as I walked the familiar path of Yehliu and Jiufen.

As they always say, love is lovelier the second time around.

Camera: Canon EOS M10 (kit lens 15-45mm)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

7 great health benefits of a juice detox

Juice detoxing involves taking a break from solid foods for a certain period to see fast and effective results. Cleansing with juice can often be the best, and tastiest, way to treat your body to the detoxifying that it needs. Here is a list of 7 great health benefits that will turn your mind to a serious juice detox, whether you want to try it at home or visit a specialised retreat. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

PHOTO DIARY: If I Was You, Taiwan Be Me Too

I fell in love with Taiwan last year and made myself a promise to explore more of this underrated country in my next visit. Fast forward to October last year, we scored a low fare to Taipei. I never thought I'd enjoy Taiwan again, most especially if I am with eleven millennials who are a million times crazier than me.

Taiwan, you never fail to amaze me.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Top 4 Experiences to try in Spain

Looking for new experiences? We’ve cherry picked a few of the best opportunities Spain has to offer, from scenic mountains to rich, diverse culture.

Picos de Europa

Translating to the "Peaks of Europe" – and often known as the Picos – this mountain range, situated 20km from the Northern coast of Spain, provides a stunning backdrop to a range of activities, from the serene to the adventurous. Bridging the Cantabrian, Asturias and Castile and León regions, these impressive peaks are part of the Cantabrian range. The origin of the name comes from the belief that they were the initial view of Europe for approaching American ships.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Nami Island: Winter Sonata Adventure

On our fourth day in Korea, we rode a train to Gapyeong Station, the jump-off point to Nami Island. But on our way, I fell asleep on the train, and my travel buddy was too preoccupied on her phone. In a nutshell: we arrived an hour late, and we were all hungry. Getting lost in the middle of the frigid winter can be very challenging!

Good thing was, there were only a few tourists when we board the boat to Nami Island.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Infograph: Why Should People Stay in B&B's

Over the years, more and more types of accommodations have sprung out to cater the needs of travelers. Some choose hostels because it's cheap, others book at 5-star hotels because they want to experience luxury (or better yet, they have a lot of moolahs and they are willing to spend huge amounts for their vacation).

Today, B&B's or bed and breakfast is slowly overtaking the conventional type of accommodation. A bed and breakfast is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and breakfast. Bed and breakfasts are often private family homes and typically have between four and eleven rooms, with six being the average. Generally speaking, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms, or in a suite with a private bathroom. There are some homes, however, that have private bedrooms with shared bathrooms, just like a typical home. As the name implies, breakfast is usually served in bed, or guests may opt to have their breakfasts served at the kitchen or at the dining room.

Guests will have this 'homey' feel whenever they stay at a B&B. More so, it is an amazing experience that you wouldn't get from staying at a hotel or any other typical accommodation.

Here's a very nice infograph stating why should people stay in B&B's.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Searching for Seoul's Soul

And the soul-searching in Seoul continues...

Months before my winter escapade, a few people told me that there's nothing extraordinary about Seoul. It's just your typical first-world capital city filled with towering skyscrapers, western brands, and beauty clinics. No more, no less. So, I just kept my expectations low for this trip. Little did I know, this city offers more than what we always see on TV and on the internet.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Seoul Searching in South Korea

On our last night in Busan, I slept soundly even if my roommate claimed that our room was haunted. Ghosts and other paranormal entities were the least of my concern because I have a bigger and more sinister problem to face in the days to come - winter.

The following morning, we took a cab from our hotel to Nopo station since we still have lots of Korean Wons to burn (LOL), and from there, we rode a bus to Seoul. On our way to the station, we had a pleasant surprise. The snow was gently falling, and it was our first time to experience it! I can still vividly remember how I felt at that particular moment. The first five minutes was surreal and magical. Moments later, we hurriedly went inside the bus terminal and sought refuge from the biting cold.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

My First Winter Experience: Busan, South Korea

Winter is fun to look at, but I was really hesitant to experience it because (i) I might not survive the bitter cold; (ii) I need to wear at least four layers of clothes; and (iii) I need a bigger luggage allowance. In short, it wasn't part of my travel plans for this year.

When the ground staff of Ngurah Rai International Airport told us that they're going to bump us off from our flight to Manila, we got furious. Upon seeing our disappointed faces, she reassured us that we'll be upgraded on a flight later that day, avail a free one night stay at their airport hotel, and the best part: a free roundtrip ticket to any regional destinations valid for six months!

I initially planned to fly to Kuala Lumpur and book another flight to Kathmandu but the cheapest was around PHP15k. Plan B was to book a trip to Singapore, then book another flight to Bhutan, but it's even more expensive. I considered other options like Vietnam and Kota Kinabalu and explore its neighboring countries and provinces, but I was itching to try something new. Eventually, Korea came across on my mind. Fast forward, I booked a flight to the Land of the Morning Calm.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Level Up 2017 with Piattos

There are a lot of reasons to be grateful this 2017. I was lucky that 2016 brought me to a lot of places and I had the chance to savor various cuisines in Asia, experience new cultures, and see the world in a different perspective.

I’m all set to make 2017 even more fruitful, memorable and enjoyable. Here are my own tips for making this happen:

Thursday, February 2, 2017

My South Korean Adventure: An Overview

South Korea wasn't part of my travel plans this year. I wasn't ready to explore this part of the country, especially in the middle of their frigid winter. But, the tables have turned when we got bumped off from our flight to Manila from Denpasar last year. I had no choice but to avail their free roundtrip tickets to any regional destination before January 31st.

Since I have been craving for a new adventure, I chose Korea despite their harsh weather. Well, it turned out to be an amazing experience.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Taking Travel Blogging to the Next Level

As a travel blogger who is always on the go and has a regular day job, it really is challenging to keep my blog updated. Usually, after my trip, I feel exhausted and drained. My creativity is at its lowest, and sometimes it is very hard for me to compose draft blog posts. I can no longer think of a proper sentence or even phrases to write! There are times that I get uninspired and lazy that I completely forget to update my blog, which is unfortunate because I love blogging—for me, it’s my #PiattosTime! 

Lately, I am challenging myself to bring my #PiattosTime blogging to the next level. I have already devised some ways to combat indolence and to add some creativity juice. Here are some:

Friday, January 13, 2017

How to Apply for Korea Tourist Visa in the Philippines

Ah, South Korea. The land of kimchi, samgyeupsal, soju, celebrity hajimas and ahjushis, and KPop. Ever since their soap operas and music became a part of our pop culture, Korea has become a popular tourist destination for Filipinos. But the thing is, we are required to have a valid visa before entering Kpoplandia.

Here are the steps and a few reminders on how to obtain a Korean visa successfully:

Thursday, January 5, 2017

PHOTO DIARY: Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Yogyakarta (pronounced as Jogjakarta, or Jogja for short) is one of the most important cities in Central Java. Most of its corners are laced with so much history dated back in the early 13th century. Its heritage and culture are so vibrant that it is one of the most visited Indonesian cities by both local and foreign tourists. There are so many places to visit in Jogja - Jalan Malioboro where you can find the cheapest batik goods, the water castle, and other several geoheritage sites. As you explore the outskirts of the city, you'll discover more of the Java Island's history. Ancient temples like Borobudur, the world's largest Buddhist temple, and a UNESCO Heritage Site, and Prambanan Temple, the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia, offer a glimpse of the country's colorful past.

These are some of the photos I took during my trip in Yogyakarta last August 2015. We only stayed there overnight. I should be back there and explore more of Jogja.

Camera: Canon EOS 1100D / 50mm f/1.8

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Top Destinations for Traveling with Friends

As a student who is close to finishing their degree in criminal justice, there is no doubt that you’ve been working hard and studying like crazy. You are close to setting out in the world and looking for jobs in criminal justice so why not have that one last “hurrah” with friends. We’ve put together a list of the top destinations for traveling with friends, which are sure to provide you with great times and plenty of memories to cherish.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Brand New Adventures

Happy New Year! I hope everyone's doing great. I'm so happy that finally, after working nonstop since the 20th, I've finally come home and celebrate new year's eve with my family. Last year, I have listed some of my plans for the year 2016. Despite being notorious, 2016 came out to be a great one for me. I have explored more countries like Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand, experienced new cultures, and met new friends along the way.

The year 2017 holds a great promise for everyone. I don't know what's in store for me this year, but I'm pretty sure it's going to be awesome!