Sunday, August 23, 2015

Crossing Borders: Vietnam Itinerary (Day 1)

This Southeast Asian budget trip took almost a year to conceive. Thanks to Piso fare promo, I have ample time to save up for the right budget. From Manila - Ho Chi Minh, the flight took almost 2 hours. We arrived in Vietnam close to midnight (Vietnam is an hour behind).

Ho Chi Minh city as seen from plane

For airport pick up, I arranged two taxis prior to our arrival which was taken care of by our hotel. Our accommodation was an easy 30 minute drive from the airport. A few minutes down the road, the sleepy street was slowly turning into a vibrant night life as we arrived in the colorful street of Pham Ngu Lao, Vietnam's backpacker's district.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

How Much Should You Save For An Awe-Inspiring Asian Trip?

our millions of Vietnamese Dongs
How much will a trip to Southeast Asia cost? This is the most commonly question my relatives and friends ask me after knowing of my recent backpacking trip to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.

I won't be able to give you an accurate answer to that. But what I can share here is our personal journey from budgeting to spending. 10 days won't cost you a fortune, that's the good news. Asia is comparatively an affordable region to travel. We set aside a simple plan of knowing head on what to save, when to save and where to save. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Travel Video: Ho Chi Minh - Siem Reap - Bangkok

Check out our travel video taken during our summer backpacking in Southeast Asia.

Travel Dates: March 12 - 21, 2015

The first video clips include our walking tour and cross borders in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam - Siemp Reap, Cambodia and Bangkok, Thailand.

 


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Witnessing Cebu's Sinulog 2014 (Part 1)

Despite the occassional drizzles, I appreciate the cool Cebu Amihan breeze as I began walking along Osmena Blvd with ate Yan that afternoon of January 18. Philippines for the past few days has been experiencing a lot more cooler temperature than normal, and we Filipinos just gladly embrace it, after all it's a weekend to celebrate. It’s the day the Solemn Foot Procession is happening and I can’t wait to experience this much loved parade. 

the crowd during the Solemn Foot Procession as seen from Robinsons Fuente

kids wearing Sto Nino outfits

From the streets, I can see locals with their families, patiently waiting for the arrival of the black image of Sto Nino. People wearing hats, cute kids donning their Sto. Nino costumes and tourists flaunting their ‘I Love Cebu’ shirts, all while chanting Viva Pit Senyor. There are cameras everywhere, helicopters flying above for like every 10 minutes. Surely, this is Philippine's grandest fiesta celebration.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

One Summer in Coron: Our All Girl Getaway Experience (Part 2)

Our first 2 days in Palawan perfectly spells summer. Every photographer would surely drool over Coron’s many islands and underwater life, we sure did. I used and abused my newly bought camera. I wanted to capture everything, it's just a visual feast out there! It’s the kind of place that made me wish I have Google Glass in tow.

Coron Town

Our day 3 and 2nd day of island hopping tour was merely a continuation of a beautiful exploration where we experienced the majesty of nature’s exotic beauty, but it also made us taste the overwhelming power of the sea… 

Like the 1st island hopping tour, we requested to start early since we want to visit Maquinit Hotspring before it gets dark. It’s March and I kind of assumed it would be a smooth less than 2 hour boat ride, I was WRONG!
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