My friends know how fond I am of creating itineraries and researching activities for my trips. Recently, we flew to Hong Kong, and I promised myself that I would do the things I did not do during my first visit. (Back story: My first trip to HK was in 2013, and we availed a packaged tour: HK Disneyland + Shenzhen + jewelry shop and other places I am not interested in).
This time, I wanted to go to The Peak and try the Ngong Ping cable car. Luckily, I found an app where I can book these activities at a discounted price: Klook. I learned about Klook while I was browsing posts in DIY Travel Pilipinas (posted by Mr. Richmond Difuntorum Cruz). I was curious, so I downloaded it and gave it a shot. I was hesitant at first, because I never heard of it before. But then, it turns out to be a really good app and I can’t stop recommending it to people, who just like me, like to customize their itinerary.
Here’s what I booked:
- This is the activity that you booked.
- Number of tickets you bought
- Total amount of the activity.
- Discounted amount because I have a referral code. You can use mine to get a discount for your 1st purchase: ZLI88
- The new amount of the activity
- This is where you can see the voucher. It will also be sent via email
The usual round trip ticket to the Peak is 88HKD (545Php). But you have to fall in line for about 2 hours. The one I purchased through Klook was a Fast Track, meaning we got to skip the 2 hour queue and went straight to the tram. And that is only for 508.50Php. HOW.AWESOME.IS.THAT?
Overall, I really love my experience with Klook. That’s why I am sharing it to you. I can’t wait for my next travel, just so I can book with them again.
Download the app and see it for your self (this is not a sponsored post, haha!) They currently have vouchers for Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Seoul, Taipei, Bangkok, Phuket, Bali and even Boracay.
Don’t forget to use my referral code: ZLI88 for you to get a discounted price on your first purchase! 🙂
Duration: 2 days , 2 nights
11:00PM – Left Manila to Sagada
8:00AM – Side trip to Banaue Rice Terraces and breakfast at Point Valley Inn Restaurant
10:00AM – Arrival in Sagada; Tourist Registration
10:30: Settled in George Guest House
Afternoon: City Tour
•Echo Valley Hanging Coffins
•Sagada Underground River Entrance
•St. Mary’s Church
•Valley Rice Fields
7:00PM – dinner at the Yoghurt House
3:00AM – Wake Up
4:00AM – On the Way to Kiltepan
4:30AM – Waiting for the Kiltepan Sunrise
6:00AM – Toploading back to the house
7:00AM – Breakfast at Sagada Brew
9:00AM – 5 hours Spelunking (Caving from Lumiang cave to Sumaguing Cave)
3:00PM – Head back to house to rest
7:00PM – Dinner at Lemon House
4:00AM – Check out at George Guest House
9:00AM – Breakfast at Good Taste, Baguio City
10:00AM – Left for Manila to celebrate Father’s day with the family.
3:00PM – Arrived in QC
It was a long weekend due to the All Saints Day holiday. My office mates and I took advantage of it and went to Ateneo and UP Town Center to shoot our Big Night video presentation.
Just want to share some shots I took that day.
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(Clockwise from top first column)
- Found Biblio at the 2nd floor of UPTC extension. My heart jumped with joy when I saw shelves full of books! They have a log book where you can write your requested book and they will check if they can find it for you.
- Long Live Bacon. I found this at Lazy Bastard’s store near the cinema of UPTC. Haven’t tried their food but I heard lots of good feedback.
- Those cakes belong to The Chocolate Kiss located at UPTC extension. I love how this new wing of UPTC feels like an extension of UP and Maginhawa. I first tried Chocolate Kiss at Bahay ng Alumni inside UP Campus.
- The facade of Starr’s. They are famous for their milkshakes, haven’t tried it though. But I love how it looks from outside, it is so enticing that you want to come in and give their milkshake a try.
- This photo was taken at one of the walkways in Ateneo.
- We had lunch at Friuli Trattoria! It has been my go-to place for pizza and pasta since I first tried them at their Maginhawa branch. Friuli Trattoria will give you a mouthwatering experience without hurting your wallet.
- After lunch came the dessert. I tried Carmen’s Best Hazelnut (P100, small). I was contemplating whether to buy a vegan ice cream or Carmen’s Best, the latter won, obv. Hazelnut was good, but my favorite still goes to He’s Not Worth It.
- Oh, just me posing with some book quotations in the background. It was a test shot for the shoot.
- Biblio‘s wall! I want something like this in my room!
- Another thought to ponder on Lazy Bastard’s wall. Bacon is not Pork, it’s Bacon.
I am supporting the initiative of Philippine Psychiatric Association to raise awareness, promote mental health and protect the rights of people with mental disorders by signing the petition to make the country’s first Mental Health Act happen.
If you’re one with us, you can sign the petition here.
Do you know how hard it is to have a psychological disorder here in the Philippines?
- HMOs or health cards do not cover consultation to psychiatrists and psychologists.
- One consultation with a psychiatrist is worth P 1,500 – P 2,000.
- Medicines are costly.
- People can’t talk about it openly because not everyone understands.
You know how I know? I’ll let you in on a little secret…
Continue reading “#StopTheStigma”
When we booked our tickets for our Vietnam – Cambodia trip, we already decided that we were doing a cross-country trip. We booked a ticket from Manila to Ho Chih Minh then Siem Reap to Manila. We had no choice but to do our research on how to get from Ho Chih Minh to Siem Reap. You are probably reading this because you, too, are planning to do a cross-country trip from Vietnam to Cambodia.
It is very easy, actually.
Continue reading “In Transit: Vietnam to Cambodia”
One crucial factor of creating my travel itinerary is choosing the accommodation. Last December, my family decided to spend the holidays in Baguio. This is something big for me because we never go out during Christmas. My dad always prefers to spend the holidays at home. So when I learned about our first Christmas vacation out of town, being the lakwatsera that I am, I took care of planning the itinerary and booking the accommodation.
Good thing, I stumbled upon TravelBook.ph when I was looking a good yet affordable hotel in Baguio City. After looking at a lot of options, we finally decided to book Albergo Hotel. We made the payment at SM Payment Center, after which we received the hotel voucher. It was a smooth transaction.
My life has changed since then. Whether it is for a staycation in the city or an out of town, I always use TravelBook.ph for booking my accommodation.
Get to know my go-to travel buddy!
Continue reading “TravelBook.ph: My Go-To Travel Buddy”
I received a lot of questions via email and comments regarding my VietCam trip last year. The Rappler article really helped to spread my article! I think it is now time to write about our trip in detail.
Date: July 24 – July 31 | Group of 3: Me, Krissy and Bea | Budget: P25,000/pax
Continue reading “Travel Diary: Vietnam”
I don’t know what is the big fuss about turning a quarter year old and why people are making it as if it is some kind of mark or checkpoint in life. While it is true that being 25 means that you are halfway in your 20s –you’re not getting any younger and you should be responsible for your actions– 25 is just a number. Life doesn’t tell you that “hey, you are already 25, you should accomplish these things in order for you to be accepted to the next level”. This isn’t some sort of a Super Mario game. Life goes on after 25, whether I have met the expectations of the society or not.
I was once so obsessed about my own mental checklist. I have all these must-have’s and should-have’s by age 25, and guess what I haven’t ticked off even half of it, and I am perfectly fine. I realized we all have our own pace and timeline; what works for other people, might not work for me. So what if I get married at 40 or if I don’t get married at all. What if I never obtained my Masters degree just like what I hoped for myself by age 25. Does that mean I am not successful in life? Of course not.
I think the reason why we have a “quarter-life crisis” is because we put too much pressure in ourselves (aggravated by society’s expectation and social media) that we must accomplish something at a certain age or else, we will not be considered successful. Which is, if you ask me, such an awful way to measure success.
So take your time and don’t be pressured about timelines and age. You will get there in your own pace, in the right time. Here, let me just share the 25 things I have learned and the mantras that help me get by at 25.
Continue reading “Quarter Life is just a Hype.”
And it’s legit, I am flying to Taiwaaaan!
We booked our flight to Taipei last December to fly in July. Since there is a visa for entering Taiwan, there was a risk when we booked our tickets. But I just did my research and prepared the requirements, then prayed that I hopefully pass the application.
I actually am late in processing my visa. My target was early June (You can start processing your visa 3 months prior to your trip). But it’s hard to complete my requirements especially I just transferred to my new work. So, with only 3 weeks before our flight, I went to Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in RCBC Plaza and submitted my requirements. I am so happy because when they checked my documents, they did not ask me anything, so I take it as I submitted all the needed documents. And then after 3 days, I went back to RCBC and ta-da, I got back my passport with this!
Continue reading “Preparing Your Taiwan Tourist Visa – For Filipinos”
You can read the Rappler article here.
I would like to go through some common points mentioned in the comments of my article:
Point # 1: 25,000 is expensive for a 6-day trip to 2 cities.
The article I shared was the itinerary we (my friends and I) created which suits our preferences. We are NOT backpackers but we don’t want to travel luxuriously as well. We want to travel within our budget, which is 25,000.
Our itinerary can serve as a sample itinerary or a guide to those who want to do DIY itinerary. I am not saying that you do all the activities we did or visit all the places we went to. I broke down all my expenses, so it’s easier for the readers to determine what they can adjust to fit their budget.
So, if you are asking, “Is it possible to travel to Vietnam and Cambodia with less than 25,000?” – the answer is YES.
Continue reading “A Response to the Comments on my Rappler Article – Budget Itinerary: 6 days in Vietnam, Cambodia for 25,000.”
After a stressful January, I welcomed February with a more positive perspective. January was really a challenge for me and admittedly I lost couple of pounds (not the kind that you wished for). I looked thin and dry and well, stressed. So as part of getting myself back together after my anxiety episodes, I just had to regain the fats that I’ve lost. However, I must have overdone it.
Over the course of a month, I’ve put back my lost weight plus some unnecessary fats. And here are the culprits…
Continue reading “February Foodie”
It’s funny when I try to remember how easily I can sleep anywhere, be it in a van, in an office chair, in my desk, inside the MRT, anywhere. But early this year I started struggling with sleeping. I thought it was just a simple case of insomnia or maybe I just messed up my body clock due to the holidays. But it wasn’t. There were instances that I go 2 days without sleep. My productivity at work was affected, I lost my appetite and simple activities tire me. It was that worst that I had to seek help from a psychiatrist. I learned then that it was not just insomnia, but I am having hard time sleeping because of anxiety. So I got medication for anti-anxiety and I need to take it for 3 months straight.
Apparently, after my 3-month medication, I still had a hard time sleeping especially on the first week off meds. But I do not want to rely entirely on my meds, I have to help myself too. Here are some of my tactics that help me sleep at night.
Continue reading “9 Things You Can Try When You Can’t Fall Asleep.”
I was going through my drafts and found this. I continued writing it even though it is 4 months late. What do they say, better late than never?
January is actually one of my favorite months. Because it is the beginning of the year, and every beginning comes with hope. Hope that the upcoming year is going to be awesome.
To be honest, I wasn’t as thrilled when New Year came as I was on the previous years. That is because of my health condition (please see previous post).
I’ve been feeling very low for the past few days, but I think today’s going to be different. First, I am blogging again, so I am definitely trying desperately to be back to normal again. Second, I will be enumerating what I am aiming for this upcoming year. (To be honest, the past few days, I can’t even bring myself to think about the next 5 days, and here I am trying to list down my goals for this year)
Continue reading “2016 Plans and What-nots”
Since I was too lazy to blog last year, I have lots of catching up to do. Just so I can get it off my head, I will list here the things I need to blog about.
- Sagada trip (May, 2015)
- El Nido trip (May, 2015)
- Viet-Cam detailed blog post (July, 2015)
- Baler trip (March, 2016)
- Real Surf, Quezon (February, 2016)
- Bacolod to Cebu transfer
- Cebu (January, 2015)
- Where to eat in Cebu
- Tweedle Book Cafe
- February Foodie
- Ultimate Taste Test 2015
- Cafe Shibuya
- Kapitolyo GastroPark
- Box Park Congressional
- BenCab Museum
- National Museum
- PETA workshop (detailed post)
- The day I went Temple Running
- New Job
- Tips when you cannot sleep.
- Some, random realizations
- What’s in my bag
- What’s in my Kikay Kit
- Travel must-haves
- Books I finished reading in 2015.
- Festivals I’ve been to. (Will wait until after Kadayawan to post this)
There! These are all in my mind that’s why I am having a hard time starting. I don’t know which one to write first. This should keep me busy until my next travel.