• Czech Republic,  Europe,  Hungary,  Transportation,  Travel

    Booking Budapest-Prague Sleeper Train Using Hungarian Railways Website

    Igal and I took the sleeper train from Budapest, Hungary to Prague, Czech Republic. If you’ve decided to travel the same way between these two cities/countries, below is a guide on booking a private compartment for 2 people using the Hungarian Railways Website. 1. Go to https://www.mavcsoport.hu/en 2. Fill-up the search fields with the following details: FROM: Budapest Keleti TO: Praha hl.n. DATE: <your trip date> 3. Unless you are entitled to a discount, retain FULL FARE in the drop down option then click the Search button 4. In the outward journey Select sleeping car Select own compartment Select 2 in number of passengers Input date of birth and gender…

  • Croatia,  Europe,  Hungary,  Transportation,  Travel

    Modes of transportation from Zagreb to Budapest

    After days exploring beautiful roads and towns around Croatia in a motorbike, Igal and I headed to Budapest, Hungary. The following are the various options that I’ve found during my research on ways to transfer from Zagreb to Budapest.   Train There are two train trips in a day from Zagreb to Budapest. I found the details on these trips from Mark Smith’s seat61 page. The morning train departs Zagreb at 10:03 and arrives in Budapest Keleti at 16:14. Afternoon train departs Zagreb at 15:36 and arrives in Budapest Keleti at 22:14. The afternoon train has a restaurant car while the morning train doesn’t. Tickets cannot be booked online and…

  • Europe,  Travel,  Visa

    Schengen Visa Requirements

    This post provides further details on the documents I prepared for my Schengen visa application at the Czech Embassy Manila in June 2017. I started preparing the requirements even before booking my appointment at VISAPOINT. I started reserving accommodation once I’ve finalized the cities I wanted to visit and the movement between cities/countries. For me, the document that took up much time preparing was the trip itinerary because of the details that went into it. I had to research on each city’s points of interest, entrance fees, transportation costs, average meal cost, etc.   Application Form with Photograph This is a sample completed application form that is posted at a…

  • Czech Republic,  Europe,  Travel,  Visa

    Applying for a Short-Term Schengen Visa at the Czech Republic Embassy in Manila

    Before picking the Czech Republic Embassy for your Schengen Visa application, you have to make sure first that you are applying at the correct embassy. You can submit you visa application at the Czech Republic Embassy only if your trip meets one of these three: Your destination is just one country which is the Czech Republic; You’re visiting multiple countries and the longest stay will be at the Czech Republic; You’re visiting multiple countries with equal length of stay and Czech Republic is your point of entry (ie., the first country you’ll visit)   The earliest you can apply for a Schengen visa is three months before the start of…

  • Asia,  Taiwan,  Travel

    Staying Connected While in Taiwan

    When on a trip, some people are able to stand not being connected when they’re outside their hotel while others can’t. For those who prefer to always be online, one way to stay connected while in Taiwan is by buying a prepaid sim card that comes with data. You can buy a sim card at the airport’s arrival hall or in stores around the city. When I arrived at Taoyuan International Airport, I didn’t have an immediate need for data so I purchased one in the city instead of the airport. I stayed in New Taipei City and opted to buy a Taiwan Mobile sim card days after my arrival.…

  • Philippines,  Travel

    I Scored a Cheap Flight from my Union Bank Credit Card

    It was August 2016 when my friends and I passed by a Union Bank booth offering “free” roundtrip flights for their new credit card applicants during a certain time period who are subsequently approved. The new cardholder is then required to reach a certain spend requirement within a specified period to qualify for the “free” flight. It was kinda hard to pass on a chance for a cheap flight and we still had some time to kill so we decided to apply and fill up the forms. The new cardholder had a choice between domestic, short haul, or long haul Cebu Pacific Air flights. Once the spend requirement is met…

  • Asia,  Philippines,  Travel

    Trekking Batad Rice Terraces to Tappia Falls

    Prepare your muscles. If you’re planning to see the Batad Rice Terraces and Tappia falls, I suggest you start doing bit of exercise now. The trek will most likely be challenging if you have a sedentary lifestyle. One of my friends and I trained for and did a 21K run  before this trip and still had sore legs a day after the trek. The trek might be a challenge but is totally worth all of your time and effort. We started the trek after lunch, with our guide whom we met there in Batad on our way to the inn. Going to the falls took under 1 hour, but going…

  • 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. Please follow and like:

  • 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  …