Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Bangkok Traffic Story



The news about the death of the highly revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand swept across the world. As a sign of respect, the entire nation of Thailand was in a state of mourning. The famous night clubs and entertainment strips were closed, and almost all the locals wore black. As the country plunged into what it seemed to be the darkest moment of their modern history, it got me thinking if I should still push this trip with my friends.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

4 Essential Actions To Take Before You Go Traveling



Traveling, planning routes, times, and places to go can be exhausting and prove hard work. However, doing all of this is part of the process, and you’re gearing yourself up for the fun part, and arguably, some of the best fun you’ll have in your lifetime. When it comes to packing your bags in preparation for your expedition, you’re going to want to find out how the experts and the experienced travelers go about it. You don’t want to miss an important item out of your list, but you also shouldn’t be packing everything but the kitchen sink into your bag and ending up weighing yourself down with heavy and cumbersome luggage. Before you go traveling, whether it’s near or far, there are four essential actions to take:


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Why Long-term Travel Isn't For Me



Five minutes after we departed Changi International Airport, the seatbelt sign has finally been switched off by the captain. The cabin crew stood up and started to serve hot meals. To kill time, I watched Dear Other Self on my in-flight entertainment system. The Filo movie was about a working girl on her mid-20s who tried to venture travel blogging and long-term travel. I couldn't help but think what is it like to be in her shoes.

What if one day I would just quit my job, pack my bags, and just travel around the world?

Or maybe not.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Expectation vs. Reality: Your Photo vs. Your Friend's Photo


Almost everyone is into photography. With so many gadgets to choose from, capturing and sharing precious moments has never been that hard. Learning the art of photography is not that easy, and it takes time to master it. But, operating a camera is a different thing. Before you can capture a perfect photo, you need to understand the basic concept and fundamentals of photography - how a camera works.

When I traveled to South Korea late last year, I brought my two cameras - my mirrorless DSLR and one DSLR equipped with a 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, perfect for OOTD and portrait shoots. I lent my DSLR to my friends and allowed them to play with it. Here are some of the photos taken by us. They say that practice makes perfect. Lol!

5 Reasons To Take Out Travel Insurance



If you are going to go traveling, no matter how far you go and for how long you are gone, travel insurance has to be one of the first things you organize. It’s a hugely important part of traveling so many reasons; here are the main ones for you to consider.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Dear, Sydney



I just found out a perfect app on my fold to collect and share my stories and photographs online. Unfold is a beautiful app, and it's very easy to use. Sharing to you my first Unfold story. Let the photos speak for itself. Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Your Journey To Israel And Everything In Between



Israel as a country holds significant cultural and historic importance for many individuals all over the world, and it successfully blends old customs with new ones. The Middle East boasts some of the warmest temperatures and climate in the world, so be prepared for soaring heats and to pack your bags appropriately. If you’re visiting in July, then expect an average high of 79ºF (26ºC). It’s highly likely that your visit will be met with a warm invitation, and don’t be surprised if you’re asked to attend social functions, parties, and family gatherings by the people you met there. It’s said that Israelis can be just as warm as their weather.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Travel Essentials: FitFlop Sneakers



Everyone knows I love to travel. I always thirst for adventure. I love exploring uncharted territories, try exotic cuisines, and meet new friends along the road. Sometimes, too much isn't good in traveling. We always get tired of walking around from day to night. Having said that, choosing a footwear fit for traveling can be tricky.

Today, I won't have to worry because I have finally found the perfect footwear for my travels.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

A Travel Guide Around Sydney, Australia



Sydney rose to fame when it hosted the 2000 Summer Olympics, at least in my case. It went back to mainstream pop culture after the movie, Finding Nemo, mentioned the fictional address of Nemo in Sydney (who couldn't forget Dory's struggle to memorize Nemo's fictional address).

Today, Sydney is an emerging travel destination for Filipinos. With more options available, visiting the famed Land Down Under is finally within our reach. The city is not just about kangaroos and the famous Opera House! One can enjoy the stunning views of Byron Bay, bask in the heat of the sun at Bondi Beach, or even experience the Australian outback adventure - the choices are actually endless! Planning to visit Sydney soon? Here's my comprehensive travel guide, with a few sidenotes in between.

Buckle up, mates! 'Coz you and I are going to the most idyllic city of the Land Down Under!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Taronga Zoo: A Journey To Australia's Unique Fauna



During my first visit to Sydney last year, I never had the chance to visit their zoos due to limited time. It was so silly of me to spend only four days there. So, when I had the chance to revisit Sydney earlier this year, I took the chance.

I've been to several zoos like in Singapore, Indonesia, and in Taiwan before and honestly, I wasn't really expecting that much. The only thing I looked forward to this trip was to see koalas and kangaroos in person. I just kept my expectations low.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Tips on Experiencing Your Vacation Destination Like a Local



Traveling abroad is a chance to relax, experience a new culture, and also to gain a little perspective on life. Most people choose to book into a hotel where they can have their every need met, and spend their time visiting the local museums or traveling to important historical and cultural landmarks. Though this can be a wonderful way to experience a new city, if you are looking to break away from the typical tourist experience, and immerse yourself in the local culture, then you might want to avoid going to the obvious places. Here are some top tips for exploring your latest vacation destination in a way which will allow you to see the city from the local’s perspective. 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Photo Diary: Sunny Singapore



Pardon if this post is almost four months late.

Last February, I was in Singapore with my PPSG (Philippine Planespotters Group) friends to attend the Singapore Airshow 2018. It only happens every two years and I missed the previous one in 2016. In 2017, my PPSG friends already planned to go through this trip. This is actually my first international airshow. To add the fun, I was with my friends who share the same passion for aviation.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

How to Keep Fit on Your Long-Stay Holiday



A long-stay holiday is something that so many people look forward to. Rather than having just a week or two away from where you try to rush all your relaxing, sightseeing, and exploding into a small timeframe, a long-stay holiday really allows you to settle in and get to know the culture and the destination. With that said, it can be an awfully long time away from your regular routine when it comes to personal fitness.

You may not have workout facilities available to you while you’re away, and there’s a good chance you’ll be eating more food, and richer food at that, while on holiday. So, what can you do to keep fit on your long-stay holiday ensuring that you come back in the best of health? Here are some tips you can use.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Melbourne This Way



Visiting Melbourne was a spontaneous decision as it wasn't part of my original itinerary. It could've been better if I booked a Manila-Melbourne-Sydney-Manila flight.

Still, no regrets.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Extreme Ghost Tour Experience at Q Station, Sydney



Despite having a comfy flight from Manila to Sydney, I still felt tired. After passing through immigration, I immediately went to the arrival hall, loaded my Opal card, and rode a train to my mate's flat to Burwood. It was raining when I arrived in Sydney. At only 18 degrees, the warm shower and the bed were the only two things that I look forward to.

It was still raining when I woke up. The overcast weather made the day bleak and gloomy. Then, I just remembered the things I watched online a few days ago, and one of them was the ghost tours in Sydney. I asked my mate about it, and the next thing I knew, he already booked us an extreme ghost tour on a weekend, after my trip to Melbourne.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Great Ocean Road Adventure


I have always considered solo traveling. I have done it once six years ago but failed miserably. To think it was just only a local trip up north. At 22, I wasn't ready to face the reality and the ugly truth about life. I was very much dependent on my support systems. I know it sucks, but maturity doesn't really come with age.

I fell in love with Australia after I traveled there late last year. For four days, I explored Sydney and the nearby towns of New South Wales. I know four days was too short, considering that Manila is 8 hours away from Sydney by air. Traveling there was already a huge deal for me, and I made a promise to spend more time in the land down under. Suddenly, Melbourne crossed my mind.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

First They Killed Kampuchea



I was crossing my fingers while waiting for the confirmation of our bus tickets to Siem Reap, Cambodia. We were informed that tickets were nearly sold out because it was a holiday in Cambodia the following day. I was preparing emotionally and financially that I might buy a one-way airline ticket from Saigon to Siem Reap. Moments later, the front desk officer of our hotel came out with a good news. "You are all lucky. We still have seats for you to Siem Reap. Tomorrow is a national holiday in Cambodia. Many people are coming home!", he told us cheerfully.

Monday, March 19, 2018

How To Decide Where To Go On Vacation



Bearing in mind that there are so many vacation options that one can choose from, making a decision can be a bit of a struggle. If you love traveling and you find yourself on the roads quite a few times a year, you might have a few destinations in mind. On the other hand, if you’re a novice explorer and you’re just starting out, you might find it difficult to pick a great vacation destination. Either way, the opportunities are endless.

Sometimes you don’t have to travel to the other side of the world to be able to create memorable times with your group of friends. Although the number of vacation options is exceeding the number of vacations that a person can take in their lifetime, one has to prioritize their trips. Keep in mind how close they are to your home, the amount of time it would take you to explore that place and lastly, your budget. Below there is some advice to guide travelers in the right direction when they are making this decision.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Discover Buda, Davao City


I was in Manila for a two-week training when some of my friends invited me for a quick weekend getaway at Buda. Since I'm flying home on the same date, I instantly gave them a go signal.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

PHOTO DIARY: Kuala Lumpur in 24 Hours



Last month, I went to Singapore with an overnight side trip at Kuala Lumpur. KL wasn't really part of my plan but since Singapore Airlines is utilizing their brand new Airbus A350-900 in their SIN-KUL leg, my aviation geek friends didn't think twice and booked that flight just to have a glimpse of the new aircraft.

Anyway, KL is an easy city. Public transportation is efficient, the place is pretty much neat, and the food is delicious. These are some of the photos I took during my overnight stay in this Malaysian capital.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

5 Things You Should Know About Singapore Airshow 2018



Singapore Airshow 2018 is just around the corner, and I can no longer contain my excitement. Happening this February 6-11, 2018, the Singapore Airshow 2018 showcases both commercial and military fixed and rotary aircraft. Four years ago, I attended this event, and I was pretty much blown away by it.

For those who are watching this airshow for the first time, here are the five things that you should know about this event.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

PHOTO DIARY: Indochina in Technicolor



Indochina is a geographical term referring to the large peninsula of Asia now known as Southeast Asia. Back in the olden times, ancient kingdoms emerged in some parts, creating alliances with neighboring kingdoms. This region has undergone several wars, peace treaties, and invasions from the West. As a result, it is an amalgam of various cultures, beliefs, and languages which make this region diverse. Today, it is home to more than 7% of the world's total population, with big cities scattered around.

I haven't fully explored Indochina. I still have to visit Myanmar and Laos, which I believe is one of the most underrated and most picturesque countries in the world. This In Technicolor photoset includes some of my favorite photos from my trips in this region from 2014 to 2016.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

PHOTO DIARY: Bali in Technicolor



I spent my 26th birthday in Bali, and it's one of the best birthdays I have ever had. This revered Island of Gods has so much to offer, and I wouldn't mind visiting this place again in the near future.

This year, I am going to create a new photo series: In Technicolor. It was only late last year when I went back to Lightroom to post process my photos. My laptop can now handle the heavy workload and multitasking (Photoshop + Lightroom + Final Cut Pro).

These are some of my favorite shots I took during my first trip to Bali, Indonesia. I only used Canon EOS 1100D with a 50mm f/1.8 prime lens. I downloaded a few presets online, and played with it on Lightroom. Hope you guys like it, and expect more In Technicolor posts on my blog.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

My Five Favorite Travel Moments of 2017



I know it's kinda late, but I would like to share my five most unforgettable travel moments of 2017. I can truly say that 2017 is my travel year. I have revisited some of my favorite countries and cities twice or thrice, and I finally got the chance to experience the four seasons. Isn't that great? Well, I won't make this introduction long.

Here are my five favorite travel moments of the year 2017.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Oh, Mexico!



Mexico is renowned for its breathtakingly beautiful beaches, buzzing nightlife and glorious hot sunshine, it’s often a honeymooner’s choice or seen as an adult-focused place but that’s certainly not always the case. Yes, there are many upmarket hotels and spas perfect for adults but there are also many family-friendly hotel complexes with all-inclusive options as well as many child-safe beaches and a wealth of activities to keep the whole family entertained. Cheap family holidays to Mexico are more accessible than you may think. More so, it is easy to find local accommodations rentals in Mexico. Take a look at some of the great deals online from tour operators like Thomas Cook.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

How To Apply for an Australian Tourist Visa in the Philippines



Australia is an emerging travel destination for Filipinos. With more options available, visiting the famed Land Down Under is finally within our reach. One can enjoy the stunning views of Byron Bay, bask under the heat of the sun at Bondi Beach, or even experience the Australian outback adventure - the choices are actually endless! But before entering Oz, one has to secure a valid tourist visa.

Here are the four easy steps on how to apply and successfully obtain an Australian tourist visa.

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