As for my previous blog, I have written my experience about the 3days/2 nights travel to Cambodia. This blog is about the continuation of my travel from there to Vietnam Ho Chi Minh. During that time we wanted to explore two countries combination. We got the package for USD100.00/person . This includes hotel accommodation fro 2 nights, round trip airport transfer, river dinner cruise , half day city tour, puppet show and the cu chi tunnel tour.
We took a flight from Siem Reap to Ho CHi Minh for about 1 hour and 25 minutes. Once we arrive , we have an early lunch and proceed to half day city tour and puppet show. Ho Chi Minh City tour takes only around 3 hours and 1 hour and a 1/2 for the puppet show. For the city tour we went to Independence Palace, War Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Central Post Office.
After the tour we went to the puppet show. I don’t understand the language but the show is nice and amazing.A lot of people are watching the show.
This is it
water color changes time to time.
After an hour and a half we were send to the hotel for check in. WE are advise to be pick up by 7pm for the river dinner cruise.
I was amazed by the staff of the cruise as they have there uniform and also for the procedure in docking and sailing of the boat. The food was nice. It was Shabu-shabu. The sail was relaxing and the view as well. We are back at the hotel around 10pm and have our rest for the next day of tour.
Before the tour
with the crew
During the sail
After our breakfast on the next, we are pick up for the Cu Chi Tunnel Tour. We travel for more than an hour to reach the site. During my college times I am reporting this in one of our major subject and now I have been there. :). I am excited and fulfilled with this tour as before it was just only in my dream. The history of this tunnel and how amazing it was built. How they survive during the war and the secrets of winning it as well. There is so much to say on this tour. I recommended this tour once you are in Ho Chi Minh.
We spend almost the day in this site before heading back to the city. On our own, we went to Ben Thanh Market to bargain for Kipling and North face products and other stuff for souvenir. Since the country is one of the manufacturer of this brand, we have bargain well with the prices. We have tried also there local coffee and look for dinner around the area. I have met elementary classmate in the airport on the day of our flight. He have coffee and catch up as much as we can.
Visiting this place is amazing and wanted to go back here someday.
I have been to this place 6 years ago but was not able to share this experience with you but just now. My Boss and I attended the travel expo in the Philippines and got a promotion for Cambodia for 3days/2nights at USD56.00/person. It includes hotel accommodation, meals round trip airport transfer ,cultural dinner show and Angkor Wat, Bayon and Angkor Thom.
We arrived late at night and as we landed it smells like rice plains in the airport. And the air was breath fresh. After the usual procedure in the airport like immigration and claiming of baggage, we are fetch by a driver going to the hotel. We tried to get some sleep before we proceed for the tour the next day.
Inside the airprot
Early the next day, we have our breakfast before we proceed with our first tour which was the Angkor Wat, Bayon and Angkor Thom. We spend three fourths of our day in this tour as the place was so massive to visit. It was more like a huge compound of Angkors (means city). Our guide is so nice and explain as some facts and even gets photo of us where the nice one to take. I even climbed up while Ma’am Cecil is waiting for me below.
Around 2 pm we have our lunch that was included in the package we get. Their food is similar to our food as well. Especially to the dessert. The ingredients were similar to ours. Next stop after lunch is the Tonle Sap Lake. Here we ride on the pump boat in the brown lake. Below of some of the house was cage for crocodiles. In this houses I was able to change my US dollar to Cambodian Riel for souvenirs as the money they are using here was US Dollar.
Next stop is the Cambodia Skull or killing fields. This is the area where thousands Cambodians died because of genocide.
Last stop of our tour is shopping for pasalubong before we head to the hotel for the Cultural Evening Dinner Show. I was not able to get some photo’s of the cultural show as I am busy eating. :). The food was great and have a variety of selections as well for Western people.The show consist of the history of Cambodia.
fresh water lilies in the hotel
Another set of water lilies
At the rooftop of the hotel
This trip was made to test the package we got and also to offer to our clients back in the Philippines.It was short but it was fun and relaxing at the same time.
I don’t know what to write as there are so many things to say in this beautiful country. No wonder there are a lot of people who dream of coming here. Whew,I guess I will just start from the day of my arrival until the end.
In spite of all the budgeting I have done, its still expensive to travel here when you want to try everything the country has to offer. I have traveled for 8 days and that means it cost a lot.hahaha. From the ticket, travel tax, terminal fee, accommodations, JR pass, to the food and souvenirs. (*_*). Seven days JR pass is worth it since I am doing the Hiroshima, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and Tokyo travel. I spend 3 nights in Kyoto, 2 nights in Osaka and 2 nights in Tokyo.
The Tore Miyajima Hiroshima
Deer in Nara Park
Upon arrival, I went straight to the JR pass counter for the exchange voucher that I have. JR pass is easy to use and the staff who assisted me was so helpful. Since I have planned my itinerary, I have booked the ticket in advance like the return trip to Tokyo. From The airport I go straight to Kyoto. I landed in Narita Airport which is around 30-40 minutes by express train ride to Tokyo City. Then from there I need to connect using bullet train to Kyoto which is 4 hours ride. It may be too long but when you book in advance you will have a seat number like the airplane ride and the seat is comfortable for travelers. As for the food. There are on board karts who sell affordable food or you can buy at the Kiosk nearby the boarding area of the train. I arrived around 6pm on the first day and the good thing is the hostel I booked is just a 10 minutes walked from the station. Once I have settled in the hostel I went out and look for dinner . This is my first day ended.
trying to capture the train
inside the bullet train
On the second day I went for the earliest trip going to Hiroshima since I am planning to return on the same day. The travel takes 3 hours and as usual the bullet train is on time and comfortable. The JR pass I am holding includes free buses like the hop on hop off that will pass by the area of the tourist spots in Hiroshima. There’s red, lemon and blue bus. I manage to ride these buses and have gone to the different tourist spot. After Hiroshima I went to Miyajima island where the famous Itsukushima Shrine is located. Train from Hiroshima station to Mayijama station takes 30 minutes and additional 15 minutes by ferry to the island. All of these are covered by JR pass. I roam around the island before I went back to Hiroshima station for the 5pm departure back to Kyoto.
Next dayis is purely Kyoto. I am aiming to see all of Kyoto including Fushi Inari in one day so I get up early and try my very best to see all of Kyoto. I went first to the Arashiyama (bamboo). This area is so wide that not only the bamboo is what you can see. The bridge,the Kimono forest and also the love train. I tried the love train but since its operated by a private company and one of the oldest trains in Japan this is not included in JR pass. It cost 190 yen.This is the funny part as I thought this will go back to its original station where the bamboo is located. In the middle of the ride I realize that it will not go back . So I google where I can go down and continue my Kyoto day tour as I am lost. :).. I have found one of the station where I can ride a bus to go back to Kyoto main station. The good thing is that I buy the city bus pass for a day that cost 600 yen and you can ride all you want . The bus that I ride back to the station happens to pass buy Ginkaku-ji(silver pavilion) which I though the golden pavilion due to its similar pronunciation. hahaha. I got lost for the second time. It seems my itinerary is not doing well. Still I went inside the silver pavilion and roam around and along the way I manage to eat in between just to go on with the itinerary. The good part when I study the bus stops and bus numbers is that from my location all the places I wanted to see is along the way. So I am still on my travel and its accessible and faster than my first plan. I manage to visit and saw that day the Kinkaku-ji(golden pavilion) I got it right this time. 🙂 ,Kiyomizu-dera temple, Chion Temple and roam around Gion. I also manage to see a real Geisha before I went back to the hostel.
Fourth day I check out early and leave my things in the hostel. I went to see Fushi Inari since I did not manage to insert it on the third day. After Fushi Inari, my new friend whom I meet in the hostel has this another nice temple that we can visit after Inari. And there is no entrance fee. Going to Nijo temple is so serene that along the way you can see a lot of beautiful spot where you can’t take your camera off. The old bridge where you can only see in tv. hahaha. The temple itself is beautiful. After this we parted ways as I am going to Nara while she will explore some of Kyoto before heading back to Tokyo for her flight the next day. I went to Nara for the Deer park and nearby temple. By late afternoon I went back to Kyoto to pick up my things and go straight to Osaka. I choose the hostel in Dotonbori area and tell you this is a little bit far from all the JR station. Stations near this area is operated by private company. The walk takes 15 minutes to reach the hostel but the good thing about this location is the food. ITSEVERYWHERE. hahaha. Near the shopping area as well. I look for food and went strolling for a bit before went off to bed.
The next day which is the fifth is Universal Studio day. hahaha. During the planning, I am not considering to go here but on the last minute I change my mind and went inside of the Universal Studio. This one is easy to find and the line stop/station for this is covered by JR pass. Opening time is 0900am but I am there by 0930am as I went to visit first the Osaka castle. When I reach Universal Studio the line is so long that I am thinking it will take time for me to get inside. This is what I notice since I am travelling alone/single traveler as they always say, I have this privilege to be in shorter line like the VIP or fast lane ticket.(*_*). I have get through the line easily and in almost all the rides as well even those rides that they say it will take two-three hours to line up.Since its summer time the butter beer in Harry Potter World they are serving is frozen and its so yummy. I have three cups of it the whole day. There are some shows that needs payment and not included in the entrance fee. But overall Universal Studio is Universal Studio. hahaha. I get wet on some of the rides and dried up again. I manage to finish the rides and show early and got a spot for dinner overlooking the castle for the light show. Almost of the language used is in Japanese but I enjoy Universal Studio like a kid. 🙂 Before I went off to bed I manage to buy some stuff that can be bring home as souvenirs.
On the sixth day I headed early back to Tokyo as I am meeting my friend and neighbor from Mindanao. We did not see each other for almost 10 years. We met at Tokyo station and headed to the hostel where I will leave my luggage and after that we go somewhere else. Since its almost noontime and I am staying in Akihibara, we tried the Maids cafe since she did not experience this as well. Tell you this is the only picture we have for the whole day we have been together. :).
After the lunch we went to Shibuya area and from there we walk around and keep talking about stuff. Sometimes its good to stop being a tourist and just talk and share with someone whom you didn’t see for a long time. Enjoying each other’s company. We went to the tv station but unfortunately its closed. hahaha. We walk further and went to Meji Shrine, Yoyogi Park, Harajuko. We parted ways around 7pm as she has work the following day.
On the next day which is my seventh day, I try to roam around Tokyo and last minute buying of souvenirs. I went first to Asakusa for the Senso-ji temple.Then to Tsukiji Market to eat sushi(Omakase), then back to Shibuya then to Harajuku to the Takeshita Market and back to Akihibara.I planned to go to Hakone for the Mt Fuji sightseeing but when I reach the station Odawara station where to connect going to Hakone, it rained again. So I decided to go back to Tokyo and prepare my things for the flight the following day since my JR pass will gonna expire soon. hahaha. After that I went out again and look for authentic Ramen house.
On my last day its raining and my flight is not until 1pm. I did not go out for another round of exploration. By 10am when the rain stops I check out and proceed to the airport using the cheapest and easiest way. I spent the last yen I have in food in the airport. I am planning to go back here again as I have some other places that I wanted to visit. Eight days in Japan is not enough but for now I am happy and contented that I have the glimpse of it.
One of places I am privilege to visit last of August is Greece. As usual I plan ahead and try to come up for the cheapest budget. August is one of the months that is peak season in Greece particularly in Santorini where most of the tourist go. Greece is like the Philippines that is compose of islands, can be reachable but need to spend more time and money as well. When I landed in Athens which is the capital city, I did not stay there first as in my itinerary Athens will be the last to be explored.
I went to Santorini and experience the things most tourist go for. Which is more likely a nice once. I arrive in the Island via Blue Star Ferry around 5 in the morning and proceed directly to the hostel where I will be staying. Travel time takes 7 hours.I change and leave my bag as I am not allowed to check in yet and proceed to the first activity that I have. The hike from Fira to Oia which as per the blogs I read takes around 3 hours. The air in the surrounding is so nice and the scenery during my walk. If you are able and fit to, I will recommend this activity.
After that long walk. I finally arrive in Oia and do some walking and look for breakfast. Since I am not allowed to check in until 2 in the afternoon, I decided to go to the beach in Kamari and kill some time before check in. Buses in Santorini always stops in Fira which is more like the hub of all the buses when you are going elsewhere in the island. Bus fare cost EUR1.80.
Beach beach beach
Beach beach beach
I went back to the hostel to check in. And by the way I am staying in Fira as it is accessible to all areas. I take a bath and decided to sleep but ended going to the bus station to go back in Oia. Hahahaha. I roam around until sunset time. I thought sunset will be going around 6pm but it happened around 8pm. I also eat the famous gyros and take some photos in the area.
The second day for my stay is for the Volcanic Island Hopping Tour. We went to the top of the Volcano, swam at the sulfuric spring( actually I never did as I am not a good swimmer and its 50 meters swim going there). Hahaha. And lastly we visit Thirissa Island which is quite a nice and peaceful Island.
boarding for the tour
stop to the Volcano
Hike to the top
inside the boad
The tour finishes around 4 in the afternoon as I did not go with the group for the sunset watching which I did the day before. I went back to the hostel and freshen up. I have talk to Ashley(girl who I meet through CS). We decided to try the open Cinema in Kamari and boom there we go. The movie is “Mama Mia 2” where I think a nice time to watch since the setting of the movie includes Greece.
The last day is my flight from Santorini to Athens. It take 55 minutes for the flight. Once I arrive in Athens , I proceed to the bus station to go Nafplio which is the old capital of Greece before it was given to Athens. I arrive there late in the afternoon.
Castle in the middle of the sea
The place is nice and near the Tiryns/Mcynaean Ruins. The next day ,I meet Panos which happens to be a curator in the Museum. He show me places of the ruins. This part of Greece is very rich in history as the ruins shows. Before he drops me in the bus station to travel back in Athens.
I arrive late night in Athens and check in the hostel. I sleep early as I will be witnessing the changing of guard in front of the Presidential Mansion the following day.After the activity I meet fellow CS member Kostas who will accompany me to explore Northern part of Athens which is Iraklio where the Olympics and other wonderful scenic were hidden. Its an hour away from Athens.
We arrive late in Athens and pass by an area where there’s a concert going on. :). What I notice is that most of the old people are in there instead of young ones. Its more like the singers are singing country music. :). I thank Kostas for the wonderful day I have and have learned a lot from him as well.
My last day in Greece finally arrive and well spent in Athens. I went out early in order to avoid lines in the tourist spot I want to visit. I went first to Acropolis and find out there’s a queue going already for tickets. The technique is go to the other tourist spot that sells the combo ticket before going back to Acropolis. Como ticket cost EUR30. My first stop where I bought the ticket is in Roman Ruins and Synagogue in Agora. Below are some pictures I have for Athens.
My flight is not until 11 in the evening. So one day going around Athens tourist spot is enough.
I have eat as well local food but I am not quite sure if I do have all the pictures :).
During this travel I have learned that Greeks are particular in Name day than their birthday. That is why you can see a lot of churches within the vicinity. They celebrate more in their name day by going to church together with their fellow celebrants. They don’t have particular time to eat as well. For example , breakfast is between 7-9 in the morning. They will just eat if they are hungry. They are also fond of hanging in the beach. Its their usual routine after work go to the beach or during weekend whole day in the beach. Bring your mats, umbrellas and coolers. They stay there until 7-8 in the evening too. 🙂 I love to go back there someday and explore other islands and areas where I missed to visit.
I have the privilege to go home last April in the Philippines. My friend and I decided to meet up somewhere before Philippines. We came up with Malaysia. For a short period of 4 days we went to Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur.
Choche was in Singapore that time and she travels from there to Kualu Lumpur and proceed to Langkawi. For me from Dubai to Kuala Lumpur then Langkawi. She arrive earlier than me. First day of ours was catching up. Next day is the real start of our adventure. 🙂
We wake up early and meet Guy one of the CS member who happened to be in Langkawi as well. We agreed to rent a motorbike/small car for the trip going to the Sky bridge as planned. Choche and I have no driving license so the option is for Guy to drive as the whole day. 🙂 We bargain the car for MYR 70 for 24 hours and we are on the road to Skybridge. We have a map and phones for GPS unfortunately the GPS is not working but still manage to arrive in the lcoation. We get the bottom glass cable car going up to the skybridge.
The bridge is not that long but it’s nice up there. We stayed for around one to two hours. After ,we look for falls nearby the area that we found in the map. We manage to visit two I think but we get lost along the way and keeps asking around since we GPS is not working. :). Though we get lost we manage to find a quiet beach where we get to have as “our own private beach” :)))). We stay there for around two more hours enjoying each other company before we we head back to the city.
The First Fall
Since Summer no water
Look at it
WE went to Pantai Cenang beach and extend half an hour in the shore.
After this we went back to the accommodation and take a bath and change. We separate ways with Guy when it comes to dinner as he is looking for something that his palate can take and for us we have the budol fight type of dinner. :). Then after dinner we stroll for a bit and proceed to Duty Free our meeting point.
We look for cheaper drinks that we can bring to the shore back and watch fire dancing and people come and go. Just to relax. Not more than 5 minutes that we sit in the sand the rain decides to drop. hahahaha. We run where we can have a little roof for our head while Guy gets the car. Still we are wet but okay. Since the rain is getting heavier we decided to go to our accommodation and have a truth or dare game to get to know more . We have so much fun that night and finish around 2 in the morning and we have our flight by 10 in the morning. Guy is so kind to fetch us in the accommodation and drop us in the airport.
Next part is our Kuala Lumpur trip. Grab is famous and cheaper in Malaysia than actual taxi and train. So almost of our trip here is by grab. We check in at our hotel first to freshen up, re charge our phones and cameras before we grab our lunch. After lunch, we walk to KLCC where Petronas Tower is located. We have a schedule by 3pm to go up.
view from the top
trying the features of the cam
extension from one tower to another
After Twin Tower Visit, the rain decided to pour again. We stayed inside the mall until we decided to get a grab as we may be coming late to our next agenda which is dinner in the sky.
Our driver is very kind and patience looking for the exact location of the point where the dinner in the sky will be held. After sometime we came there while the rain is pouring. The organizer is still waiting for others as well. We keep on praying and hoping that the rain will stop in order for us to enjoy and experience the dinner in the sky as the next option is to eat dinner outside which will defeat the purpose why we avail for this. But thank God the rain stop and we manage to enjoy our meal up in the sky.:)
It was a wonderful experience and we manage to get a personalize passport holder as well. Since We wanted to see Twin Tower in the night we decided to go back and take some photos on it again :).
After that we proceed to China town and have some souvenir. I bought an Ice tea and not expecting it to be like the picture below. After this we head back to the hotel.
The next day is our flight to the Philippines. Choche is heading to Cebu , while me is heading to Davao. I have an hour earlier flight than her. This is the first time that I run for boarding. Air Asia has different weighing scale for baggage than Emirates :). Check baggage for Air Asia was really a hassle for me. There are staff at the Kiosk around to help you check in and get bag tag for baggage to be check in BUT you will be the one to weigh you baggage and put the tags and scan it as well without the help of the staff. May baggage which was sealed in plastic weigh 20 kilos on Emirates but for them it weighs 23 for them. Both of my luggage is more than 30 kilos for them. I check in the first bag which is 23 kilos and remove some items to the 2nd luggage. Once it 8 kilos already we put it bag and scanned the tag and it went to not accepting it as check in baggage is closed already. Only one counter is open to entertain those who experience the closing of baggage check in. The queue was too long and passengers where complaining that they might end up missed there flight. Luck for me I got it solve and they check in my other luggage but I have 20 minutes left before the actual departure time. The boarding is starting while I still outside just finish checking in. The Gate in on the 24th. Imagine how far it is and I have to take another scanning area once more. I am the last passenger to board that plane -sweating, catching for air and hungry. Hahaha. Choche and I did not manage to say goodbye properly. We just texted each other. I end up ordering food in the plane and sleep after for 2 hours before the plane lands to Davao.
The travel was great even there are minor incident happen. I am still happy and thankful that I have the opportunity after all. 🙂
For a change, my flat mate and I decided to spend Christmas in another country outside UAE. We wanted to have a white Christmas at the same time a unique cultural experience. We came up with India. Most of the people doesn’t know that there has snow there :); and second we wanted to see the famous Taj Mahal-one of the 7 wonders of the world.
We have a flight from Dubai to Delhi and connect within the same day to Srinigar. We spend 3 days/ 2 nights in this city and another 3 days/2 nights in Delhi. The place is nice and quiet. You can see a lot of soldiers roaming around as the place is the boarder between Pakistan and India. I think we are the only guest in the hotel. Hahaha. We have 2 guys who attend to our needs and the other one looks like Kobe Paras.. :). What I have notice in this place is that they will keep looking at you whatever you are doing even when you are eating they were still observing you. hahahaha.
After check in , we proceed to different area but most of those were flower garden with no flower as of the moment since its winter. 🙂 Temperature here was negative 02 degrees Celsius. We have a good driver who is always early to pick us and also have a very welcoming aura. He also speak little English but we do like him.
Still Garden :)_
Tree in the garden 🙂
Because of the weather , we always feel hungry and looking for food. I am not a fan of Indian food but during our dinner on the first day, the food was great. At first Tarek was shy to eat with us and use spoon and fork, but when he saw us eating with our hands, he did the same. We all know that Indian food is spicy but most of the food I ate in Kashmir is not that hot and spicy but tolerable and its delicious. We don’t have air-con in the room obviously and had heater instead. There was also brown out or power saving in the city. It has timings. So you better charge your gadgets when the light was still on. We are given also chargeable lamps when the said event happen. 🙂
Our second day was spent in Gulmarg. Which was around 1 and a 1/2 hour away from Srinigar. There we ride the Gondola up until the second phase. Most of the people here went for Ski and Gondola ride. They have also human sleigh. hahaha. We walk in the snow going to the ride. Since Gulmarg is in higher position than Srinigar plus we went up the mountain, Gulmarg temperature drops to -10-12 degrees Celsius. The view here is breathtaking and kuya cannot breath well due to the that we are in higher level.
On our ride home mostly we slept in the car. :))). We arrive around 3 in the afternoon in the hotel. Rest for awhile and went out for a walk. We look for noodles and other items that can be eaten but most of the noodles were in Masala flavor. Even its still early , it gets dark easily and people are inside their houses once dark. We sleep early during pur stay in Srinigar.
On the third day, we take our daily breakfast and check out. But before we headed to the airport, we pass by Dal Lake and had shikara ride.
capture with Fuji X-A10
close up picture
After the ride we headed to the airport an undergo the strict security check up. :).
We arrive around 6 in the evening in Delhi from Srinigar and check in. We rest and talked to each of our family since its almost Christmas. After that we went out to look for food and have a Noche buena dinner in a Thai restaurant. Hahahaha. We spend there almost 3 hours and headed back to the hotel to prepare for tomorrow tour.
On the fifth day, we have a train schedule for Agra where we will be having a one day tour in Agra particularly in Taj Mahal. The train leaves by 0810 in the morning and will leave the same day at 0510 in the evening. This train is the fastest train going to Agra and has one schedule per day. It takes only one hour and forty minutes.We wanted to experience their train system and its a little bit confusing. You have to ask and not to assume since platform was not indicated in the ticket :). While on board we have been serve a breakfast and snacks. Delhi is crowded and dirty. You may not want to look outside while the train is is running as you can see a lot of garbage.
One we arrive in the in Agra, we are meet by a driver of our contact and proceed to pick up the guide who will lead us to Taj Mahal. There is too much people during our visit since its Christmas holiday and they do have Christmas also. Overall Taj Mahal tour is okay except for the guide that I find him greedy for money. One flaw having a guide like him is that he keeps on insisting what he wants and not according to what the guest wants. For me I am just happy for this Agra trip in spite of everything as I have seen Taj Mahal.
We arrive late in Delhi. We just ate dinner and go to sleep for the next day activity.
Our last day is composed of city tour in the morning and drive through the airport for the afternoon flight. We didn’t manage to buy souvenir as the driver doesn’t know what it was:) But he was nice. |He was patient in showing the places and understand if we don’t want to visit a particular place in the itinerary. There is one park that is not included in the itinerary that we visit.
Overall our trip to India is okay. There are a lot of places that needs to visit as it was a huge country. We manage to meet some CS members and chatted with them. Share some beliefs and lifestyle as well. What I have notice they prefer riding a cab than to take public transportation. Another thing I have notice is the even its foggy and cold during that time Delhi was dirty and polluted. Hope they can minimize the garbage because its really nice for cultural experience.
One of my dreams is to travel in this country someday and that someday has come true when my visa was granted last August. I became excited and planned for the trip.
I had made a reservation for my airline ticket and also for the hostels where I will be staying. I scout for cheapest airfare, accommodation, tours and activities to be done that is necessary for this visit of mine. During my budgeting days where I am all set to purchase everything and tada….Blessings came. I receive a free ticket, accommodation and HOHO tour. What a blessing. I spend 6 days/5 nights in London to make my trip worth it.
When I arrive in the accommodation , I just freshen up and go out to visit our main office to meet the people in flesh , I am talking through mails and calls. OUr office is a good place to see the Tower bridge. And I am one of those people who think that Tower bridge is the London bridge. They different.
The next day , early morning I am out to have the Hop on Hop Off Buss(HOHO) Tour. Together with the other tourist I explore London using this service. I suggest this when you want to explore London as its really connects from desstination ot the other. You can stay in one attraction longer than the other. For me I did stay long for the London eye ride and also the Shrek adventure which is located in one area. I made sure that I will be back in the meeting area where the free walking tour will start. During the walking tour I manage to witness the changing of guards aside from the knowledge you will get from the guide. I also ride the Thame River Cruise. London itself has so much to see.
In the evening I meet ate Pam’s Brother Nico and his wife Angie. We have dinner together and also to celebrate Angie’s birthday.
My activity everyday starts early to make my trip worth it. The next day I joined the trip going to Windsor Castle, Bath and the famous Stonehenge. The trip was 2 hours away from London and its more like a province type. Our guide is an old man named Graham and is really nice guy. During this trip I meet new friends from USA and Singapore, they are Filipinos but based on the said countries. This is one of the best things when you travel. Meeting people and making new friends.
The next day is my free day, I visited the places I miss during HOHO which are:
Kings Cross Station-
Market near Piccadilly Circle-
And meet some of my neighbors from the Philippines after a decade.
My fourth day was intended for my friends and myself who loves Harry Potter. I take my time this day as the tour will start in the afternoon and it is also raining that day in the morning. I leave the house after lunch and proceed to the station where I can buy the separate tickets since the studio is far from city proper. Around 1 hour travel by train including the stops . Instructions from the website is correct.The bus was noticeable once you arrive in the area.
The trip to the studio was fantastic. From how the movie was created. If you are a fan then this is in your bucket list once you visit London. Some of the pictures will be seen in my FB account.
My travel back to Dubai will be until the evening. So, I have my whole day for the last time to explore London and I have a schedule to meet Mr Dick, Lorie and Charlie which is having a vacation also. I check out early and leave my things in the apartment office. I just walk around the area.
The picture itself-Ripleys
M & M’s
Not sure. But I like it
Hyde Park -Statues for Soldier
Near the apartment
just a building
I have lunch with Mr Dick, Lorie and Charlie and I go with them for their Christmas shopping 🙂 . This is the time also to catch up with Mr Dick and getting to know Lorie. I have time to play with little Charlie and he is now huge :). By the afternoon I bid goodbye to the family and head out to airport.
The trip to London is a pure Blessing. I really enjoy it. meeting old and new friends and the privilege to explore the place.
It can be sweet salad such as fruit salad or it can be a healthy salad like green salad, this is what SINGAPORE is.Small country but all you are looking for can be found here. Mix of people, with different culture but maintain good relationship with each other. Tourist attractions and a hub to other countries as well.
I have 4 days/3 nights stopover on my way back to Dubai last May. I meet 2 CS members and we explore Singapore together. Aside from these 2, I also got the chance to talk and get acquainted with people in the hostel where I stay. Morning conversations with them over breakfast is one of the best thing I love on this trip.
No wonder their airport was on the top of the best. They have a mini orchid inside and I find it relaxing in the eyes and also massage chairs were found everywhere. Cleanliness -check. Tourist friendly when it comes to signage and terminal locations. Accessibility also check. As a person travelling to this country it is one of the must.
I arrive in Singapore past 6pm and look for the train station going to the hostel where I will be staying. For a budget traveler like me, you can stay at hostels. All basic needs you have will be catered by hostels. Information map in the reception area, breakfast, bed to sleep in, comfort room and showers to freshen up. I roam around Kallang area where I stayed to look for food as you can see that I don’t have dinner yet. Well I am always hungry.:)))))
The next day, after breakfast, I met Alan one of the CS member in the train station and we decided to explore Singapore together. Srivangi the other CS member met us in Esplanade area.
China town -Big Sandal
One more thing I notice about Singapore is that they are helping one another when it comes to tourism. If you go online for prices of the attractions its more higher and same with walking in directly to the attraction. While if you go to travel agencies they are giving less prices which means that the attractions and the travel agencies both benefited in this set up. We ended buying tickets in one of the travel agencies in China town. In the afternoon we went to gardens by the bay for the flower dome and the cloud forest. Here are some of our pictures.
We ride the Singapore flyer in the evening where I got to chance to have discount since I flown through Singapore Airlines and have a membership with them. 🙂
View from the Flyer
We left the area almost 10pm and plan to meet the following day for our next itinerary which is the Sentosa Island and the Universal Studio.
The following day, we met around 9am in one of the station and proceed to Sentosa Island. It’s a little bit hot but since we are excited for the Universal Studio we manage to fall in the line for the opening of the Theme Park. Just like any other Theme Park, Universal Studio is full of memories specially the rides and the live show which is Water world. I get wet on the Jurassic Park ride and went home with my semi-wet clothes. 🙂
We left US around 5pm and try to get on the other 2 station of Sentosa where the Male Merlion is situated. W need to go back to the city for the Avatar lights and song as we did not manage to get up in the Avatar in the evening previous day since we wanted to ride the flyer. We decided to to the Avatar after Sentosa.
After climbing the Avatar where you see some of our pictures in this blog, we decided to watch the Avatar lights and listen to song while lying to our back in the ground. We manage to get a nice spot.
After this we went to Clarke Quay and also Bugis area for last minute strolling before we go on our separate ways. We exchange pictures and agreed to maintain our communication. I arrive hostel late at night but the day is worth it. 🙂
My last day went smooth even it rains before I left Singapore. In the morning I went out and have a quick tour around China town, Orchard and other train station and also for last minute “pasalubong” before I go to the airport.I manage to look for Laksa one of the famous dish in Singapore. I ate this one in one of the stores in China town.
By 1230 noon time I went back to the hostel to get my things and went straight to the airport. My flight is at 3pm in the afternoon.
The entire stay is Singapore is really nice. I happen to meet different people with different nationalities and one of the best experience in travelling is that you get to have the privilege to meet new people and share stories and cultures with each others.
I have my annual vacation for 15 days in the Philippines and I have manage to insert some activities that I love to do in that limited days given.
I will introduce you to my adventures on the following places I’ve been.
I stayed for 4 days and 3 nights in this place.I was fetch by a family friend in the airport and we headed to where I will be staying- one of my friends who I used to called “Ate ” or big sister. I just freshen up and after that we started our adventure. First we went to a place called Lantaw and its neighboring attraction which is the 10000 roses. We just roam around and get some pictures and waited until evening for the led flowers to bloom. :). I ate balot in the street and after that , we look for a place where we can eat “litson baboy-CNT”. After dinner we decided to watch movie. How I miss this things when I was in the Philippines. We went out of the cinema past 11 in the evening and it’s raining hard. :)))). We have little adventure- we ride a jeepney that we thought will proceed directly to my friend’s house , but it turn around and pass by downtown area where the water is half the level of the jeepney where you can almost touch the water. :). We reach home almost 1 in the morning. 🙂
My day two in Cebu is almost meeting church friends and we celebrate one of my dear friends’ birthday. They brought me to the new SM which is called SM Seaside.Its a bigger mall. We ate lunch in Chika-an a Filipino restaurant which I found “the favorite ” eating place of my friends in different circle since they keep on bringing me there until my last days in the Philippines. :))) not only in Cebu. By the way, the food is good.
Day three- I went out with Choche, one of my dearest friend who happens to be my previous Madame:). Just kidding. We have a whole day trip to South of Cebu, particularly Osmeña Peak and did the canyoneering in Kawasan falls. This is one of the best part of my vacation. My photos will say it for you.
On our way home we slept in the car to regain strength and we pass by Carcar city to buy litson baboy, to be brought home for dinner. I stayed in choche’s house together with her niece and sister in law for catching up. After this, I went back to where I stay and pack my things for my early flight the following day. Surigao here I come, is the next place to visit.
I and Choche went to the airport together around 6 in the morning since our trip is around 8 in the morning. We waited for our two companion for boarding.
Around quarter to 10, we landed Butuan airport since this is the closest airport to our destinations. We contacted a van beforehand for the day trip. We drop by a carenderia to eat since its about lunch time, then after that we travel for around 2 hours going to our first stop which is Tinuy-an Falls. We automatically change for swimming attire even though we didn’t swim and its impossible to swim due to the current of the water of the falls. We rented the bamboo raft to take us near the water falls and we are contented with the water splashing above us. After rafting activity we climb more step to see a magnificent view at the top of the falls. After Tinuy-an we proceed to Enchanted River.
view from afar
under the falls
above the falls
It take one hour from our first stop to the second. We didn’t go for swimming just take some photos of the amazing river and headed to our accommodation, which 2 and a half hour away. We reach San Agustin Resort past 7 in the evening and we waited for our friend who lives nearby for a sumptuous dinner. Seafoods- Yummmmmmmmmy! We chatted and catch up while eating.
We wake up the following day to the last activity before we leave Surigao and bound for Davao. We will be having our Island Hopping particularly in Britania group of Islands. It was so amazing the the islets are nearby to each other. See the next slide for the pictures.
islet at the back
picture before take off
We checkout to proceed to our next destination which is Davao. We just commute riding a bus from San Agustin to Davao City for about 7 hours travel. During one of the stops we ate our lunch in a carenderia. We arrive Davao almost 6 in the evening and we ride a taxi going home. On our way we just bought litson manok for dinner. We have sleep early due to the tiring activity we have that day.
On the next day we have a Davao City Tour which we rented a van to tour us around the city. We went to the different places such us Philippine Eagle Farm, Home of the current President, Bone Collection Museum, Japanese Tunnel and Chinese Temple. We drop by also at the souvenir shops in Davinco and eat in Abreeza Mall, one of popular mall in Davao. For Dinner as usual Chika-an. :))). Here are some of the pictures we have.
Although its a short period of vacation but its worth it. Hoping next year will be another fruitful vacation.