• Asia,  Philippines,  Travel

    Photo Journal: National Museum of the Philippines

    Visiting the National Museum is now free of charge for both local and foreigners. You can visit from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon. To be clear, the museum is closed on Mondays. The succeeding photos were taken during my Sunday visit with friends. I hope you’ll also find time to see it. To know more about the museum, you can check-out their official website here.

  • Asia,  Philippines,  Travel

    A Weekend in San Juan, La Union

    What will you do when you’re feeling some wanderlust but you only have the weekend to spare? Consider going to La Union! Here are some details about my weekend trip to San Juan with friends.   TRANSPORTATION Very important note when you’re taking public transportation: take a bus which uses TPLEX! We took a Vigan bound Partas bus departing from its Cubao station at four in the morning one Saturday of September 2016. Our travel time took 8 hours! There were a lot of stops since it didn’t go through TPLEX. We actually didn’t check the route and just took the earliest departing bus. The fare from Cubao terminal to…

  • Asia,  Cambodia,  Travel

    Siem Reap: Banteay Srei (Grand Circuit) Tour

    I also availed this tour from Siem Reap Shuttle Tours. Their rate for this was 15 USD per person with the following itinerary and inclusions (text lifted from their website):   Tour Itinerary 08.00 hrs. Pick up from the Hotel in SIEM REAP for Temple Tour. 08.30 hrs. Deparute from the city Visit Pre Rup Temple  Visit Banteay Srie Temple Back to Restuarant for Lunch Visit Mebon Temple Visit Ta Som Temple Visit Preak Khan Temple Back To the Hotel ( around 1600pm )  Service Include: Pick up / Drop Off Hotel Car / Van English Speaking Guide Cold Drinking Water & Cold Towel Service Exclude: Temple Pass & Meal  …

  • Asia,  Health,  Love,  Philippines,  Relationship,  Sex

    I Got Tested for HIV

    Because of Prince Harry.   I can never wrap my mind around the fact that I have never done it yet. It took seeing a famous person do it before it dawned on me that I had been at risk for a long time already and I should get myself tested.   I turned to Google to search for available options in Metro Manila.  One of the results is LoveYourself. As of this writing, they have two clinics in Metro Manila – one in Mandaluyong City and one in Pasay City.   I took the HIV, Syphilis, and Hepatitis-B testing in their Pasay clinic. They offer these tests for free.…

  • Asia,  Cambodia,  Travel

    Siem Reap: Angkor Wat (Small Circuit) Tour

    I availed a joined Angkor Wat Temple tour from Siem Reap Shuttle Tours. The tour costs 13 USD per person and has the following itinerary and inclusions (text lifted from their website):   Tour Itinerary  08.00 hrs. Pick up from the Hotel in SIEM REAP for Temple Tour. 08.30 hrs. Departure from the city Visit Angkor Thom Complex Visit Bayon Temple Visit Ta Prohm Temple Back to restaurant for lunch time Visit Angkor Wat Temple Visit Phnom Bakheng (Sun Set) Back to the hotel (around 1830pm)  Angkor Wat Temple. Only trousers or long knee-length skirt are permitted, Service Include :  Pick up / Drop Off Hotel  Van / Mini Bus  English…

  • Asia,  Cambodia,  Travel

    Vacationing in Cambodia

    APEC holidays were declared back in July 2015 which prompted me and my friends to set a vacation plan. Holidays for the private sector covered November 18 and 19, 2015 (Wednesday and Thursday). My friends and I thought about the possibility of going to Boracay. However, people started backing out one by one until I was the only one left who’s determined to push for an APEC get-away. I wasn’t very keen on going to Boracay alone given that I’ve already been there a couple of times. I started thinking of places I can visit given the following considerations: Somewhere I haven’t been to before Accessibility Affordability   I haven’t…

  • Asia,  Philippines,  Travel

    Banaue, Batad, Sagada before La Niña 2016

    With peak season at work occurring during summer, my office friends and I planned a trip to Banaue, Batad and Sagada by end of May, when it’s highly likely that the teams won’t be busy anymore. We headed to Banaue on the night of 25th May 2016 by taking Ohayami Bus’ 10pm trip. The trip from Manila to Banaue should only take roughly 9 hours, but ours took 22 because of an accident in Nueva Vizcaya. We arrived in Banaue at around 8pm of May 26. Instead of continuing to Batad as planned, we just stayed in Banaue for the night.     Accommodation in Banaue was at People’s Lodge…

  • Asia,  Singapore,  Transportation,  Travel

    Singapore to Kuala Lumpur by Train

    When I was doing my research on transportation options from Singapore to Malaysia, most blogs and forum posts I’ve read suggested taking the bus. I was fortunate to stumble upon the Seat61 website since I was not very keen on travelling via bus for long hours. I learned from Seat61 that I can take the KTM train from Woodlands Singapore to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.   I booked 2nd class sleepers for our trip from SG to KL back in 2013 using KTM’s website. Singapore and Malaysia immigration procedures will be done prior to getting on the platform. Our train was scheduled to depart Woodlands at 23.30 and arrive at KL Sentral…

  • Asia,  Philippines,  Travel

    Cebu Pacific Air Seat Sale (March 2016)

    Cebu Pacific Air is on sale today until March 18 or until seats last. Travel period is June 1 to December 31, 2016. I was able to book roundtrip flight Manila-Caticlan(Boracay) for only 983 PHP without check-in bags. Visit their website and grab those promo seats now! Happy hunting 🙂 Here’s what I booked: Promo list on their website    

  • Asia,  Philippines,  Travel

    The Beauty of Batanes, Philippines (Batan and Sabtang Islands)

      Batanes is located in the northernmost part of the Philippines. My friends and I were able to book a flight going there via PAL Express for a trip back in February 2014. We were considering touring Batan, Sabtang, and Itbayat at the start of planning stage. After reading about how to get to Itbayat, we decided to drop the said island from our itinerary.   We availed North Batan, South Batan, and Sabtang tours from TRavelYoung, a travel agency referred by our original contact person – Ryan Cardona. Instead of just the usual Sabtang day tour, our group also decided to stay overnight in the island.   Accommodation in…