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Osaka,Kyoto & Nara Japan

I’ve been wanting to see Japanese temples and experience Japanese culture for the longest time. I’ve seen some in Tokyo but I really wanted to see Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara. Last week, I finally got to see these cities. 

How to go:

Local airlines such as Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air and Air Asia have direct flights from Manila to Osaka (Kansai). I booked through PAL because I needed to use my Mabuhay Miles before it expires next year. My flight was a connecting flight and has a layover in Taipei. It was a two hour travel from Manila to Taipei, a 1 1/2 hour layover, and finally, a 4 hour flight to Osaka.

How to go to Kyoto from Kansai International Airport:

Head to the ticketing area and make sure to buy a ticket paired with an ICOCA for JR Haruka Limited Express. The travel time from the airport to Kyoto is roughly one hour.

ICOCA card is their version of Hongkong’s Octopus Card. You can reload this card and can be use for unlimited train rides, buses and even payments at convenience stores. Check this link for more information. 

Itinerary:

As much as I want to recommend a no itinerary trip coz you know it’s spontaneous and all that, I highly suggest that you research and plan everything out before going to Japan or mostly anymore to save you time and so you’ll be able to explore the country more.

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Pocket Wifi:

If you want to save on your data, if you’ll be staying for at least one week in Japan or if you just wanna be online 24/7, it’s always better to rent a pocket wifi than buying a local sim card. Pocket wifi devices are available in the arrival hall of Kansai Airport. I read that you can rent it on the spot, but just to be sure, always book online. For this trip, we opted to rent Global Advanced Communications’ Premium Wifi for 1290JPY per day. You can choose from the following plans:

ECO Wifi 21MBPS

Standard Wifi 75MBPS

Premium Wifi 75MBPS with Wide Coverage

Super Premium Wifi 187.5 MBPS

What I like about the wifi in Japan is it’s ultra-fast. No fail, guys. You can download and stream videos without buffering. All plans can accommodate 5-10 devices at the same time. Anyway, we paid online and we just picked up the device in the post office located at the 2nd floor of the arrival hall.

When to go:

If you have read my older posts, you’ll know that I always prefer to go out of the country during spring and fall. But it was summer when I visited Osaka and Kyoto. Guys, it was SWEATfest. LOL. It was like I went to Boracay because of the heat.

There are pros and cons of visiting other countries during summer time and one of them is definitely a lighter luggage because no coats, no layering, no boots. I’m not saying that I don’t like it but I won’t suggest it. 

Where to stay:

You can definitely stay at hostels, airbnbs and three-star hotels. For this trip (since my boyfriend and I were celebrating our anniversary), we decided to stay in Citadines ApartHotel in Kyoto for a night and Hilton Osaka for the rest of the trip.

I definitely recommend Citadines ApartHotel because it’s an apartment-hotel complete with kitchen equipment. It’s also affordable at P7200 per night. It is close to Gojo Station and is a 20-minute walk to Gion where you can spot geishas. 

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We stayed in Kyoto for 1 1/2 days then transferred to Osaka for the rest of the trip. We chose to stay at Hilton Osaka. Yup, the price was a little steep but 100% sure that you’ll be a pampered customer. Plus, the location is just across Osaka Station.

What to do:

KYOTO

If you’ll search PINTEREST, you’ll discover that 1 1/2 days isn’t enough to see Kyoto. Yes, it’s true because there are more to see aside from Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and Fushima Shrine. But if you’re time constraint, like us, 1 1/2 days would be sort of enough.

Gion Street

It’s an entertainment street surrounded by restaurants and izakayas cased in traditional Japanese houses. Geishas, entertaining guests, can be spotted roaming the streets of Gion. I researched some do’s and don’ts about geishas and I learned that you can’t take photos with them and photos of them in general. I just secretly snapped a photo of a geisha who passed us by. 

It was a 20-minute walk from Citadines ApartHotel  but we were exhausted from our flight so we opted to hail a cab to get to Gion. We had an authentic Japanese dinner at one of the restaurants here. Tsubi ordered a grill-your-own-chicken set meal while I ordered a duck set meal. We roamed the streets after dinner and went back to our hotel because we were tired, AF (excuse the expression).

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Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

We woke up early the next day to see the very touristy Bamboo Forest. It’s one of the must-sees in Kyoto and I couldn’t agree more. You’ll get a feeling of serenity and peace just by standing in the middle of the beautiful bamboos. 

How to goAlight at Saga Arashiyama JR Sagano Line

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Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine

It’s definitely better to go here early in the morning where the shrines are still clear of tourists. We went here around 11am and I got frustrated because I couldn’t take photos without photo bombers. I know, I know, my fault. Haha. The famous vermilion torii gates welcomed us and it was a majestic thing to see. If you’re into hiking and long walks, you can trek until the end of the shrine to see the sacred Mount Inari. 

How to goIt is a 10-15 minute walk from JR Inari Station.

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Kinkakuji Temple

I’m pretty sure you’ve also heard of this temple. It is also known as the Golden Pavilion. It was very beautiful in real life. According to japan-guide.com, Kinkakuji is a zen temple whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. It is built overlooking a large pond and the way it reflects on the water gives the temple more character. 

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There’s a tea garden at the end of the temple where they serve authentic green tea and a small piece of cake for 500JPY. Since it was summer, we chose to sit inside where there was a cooling fan. Their green tea was over-the-top delicious! It was 100% authentic and it was the best I’ve ever had. I didn’t really like the small cake but since it was paired with the tea, I ate it anyway. 

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How to go: We took a cab but you can also take the subway to Kitaoji Station (Karasuma Line).

OSAKA

After a tiring 1 1/2 days in Kyoto, it’s time to see what Osaka has to offer. We rode a rapid train going to Osaka which was just 30 minutes. We stopped at Osaka Station and made our way to Hilton Osaka. 

Dotonbori

We checked-in and rest for a while and made our way to the famous Dotonbori for dinner. It’s a long street filled with shops and restaurants. If you’re a foodie, you will definitely love this place because you can find different kinds of food everywhere! We strolled throughout the street and found Ichiran Ramen, yup, the famous ramen place. The line was exaggerating long, which was a good sign that that restaurant serves delicious meals. After dinner, we found ourselves walking again and looking for dessert. We bought one of the street desserts which was shaved ice filled with strawberry syrup. (Are you a foodie? Don’t worry, I’ll post all must-eat street food in Osaka on a separate post).

How to go: Alight at Namba Station

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Universal Studio

I never wanted to visit Universal Studio Osaka because I’ve been to Universal Studio Singapore and Los Angeles but since I was in Japan already, I might as well maximize my vacation and see it anyway. We went there 10 minutes before the opening time. According to my research, it’s always better to go there before people arrive and it’s surely a must to buy your USJ entrance ticket and express pass online. There were several plans you can choose from but since my boyfriend and I were not big fans of rides, I just bought the 4 rides express pass tickets via Klook.com. Special things about USJ were the Amazing Spider-Man 3D, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem 4D, Harry Potter World and Hello Kitty Park.

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We took our time in the Minion Park because everything was super cute. We wanted to try the minion ice cream sandwich but chose to eat the shaved ice with Hawaiian syrup served in a cute minion bucket because 1. we were so thirsty 2. I needed ICE because the heat was just excruciating.

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For lunch, we ate at a pizza place inside USJ. It was pretty yummy and filling but guys, it was so expensive. The serving was only good for one. If you want to save up, make sure to bring snacks with you.

How to goAlight at Universal City Station. You’ll know that you’re in the right direction because a lot of kids will be inside the train with you.

Osaka Castle

One of the main highlights of Osaka is the famous Osaka Castle. According to japan-guide.com, it is owned by Toyotomi Hideyoshi and was the largest castle in his era. 

It was a 15-20 minute walk from the station. The heat became unbearable as we walked but good thing, we brought an umbrella to protect us from the sun. The castle was huge and we chose to just roam around the castle itself. 

How to go: Alight at Osakajokoen Station then walk for 15 minutes to reach the castle.

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Umeda Sky Building

After an exciting day with the deer, we were actually supposed to go straight to Kobe for some Kobe beef but we were so tired so we just went straight to the hotel to rest. We went out to eat dinner and decided to check out the Umeda Sky Building. The skyscraper is 173 meters tall and has two towers connected by a floating garden. A super long escalator will bring you to the observatory deck. It’s similar to the Petronas towers in Malaysia but this one’s smaller and shorter. We got in for 1000JPY per head. 

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Travel Tip: I suggest you go at night because it just makes the view more romantic. Though, it’s somehow hard to take a photo because of the strong wind.

How to goAlight at Umeda/Osaka Station, walk for 10-15 minutes and you’ll reach the sky building.

Nara

Nara Deer Park

Did you know that deer are considered to be messengers of the gods in Shinto? Japanese treats them well and these adorable deer can freely roam around this park. If you wanna feed them, there are stalls in the park selling deer crackers for only 150JPY. They were really cute and every deer looked like Bambi but once they see the food, they’ll semi-mob you. I got scared so I ended up feeding one deer only. LOL. Some deer know how to bow! How cute is that?

How to goTake the rapid express and alight at Kintetsu Nara Station and you’ll reach the park in 5 minutes. 

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Todai-ji Temple (Big Buddha)

We walked for 20 minutes to get to Todai-ji Temple. This temple houses the big buddha and the world’s largest wooden building called Daiutsuden. This place is huge and if you really want to know more about this temple, one day isn’t enough. My boyfriend and I didn’t get to explore the whole area but at least we got to see famous bronzed buddha. The entrance fee is 500JPY.

How to goWalk for 20 minutes until you reach the Nandaimon Gate. 

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I’ll be posting about Osaka and Kyoto street food on another post. Have you guys been to Japan? What’s your most memorable experience in Osaka, Kyoto or Nara? Comment down 🙂

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Travel

Summer at Siargao

Siargao Island is a tear-drop shaped island and is a part of Surigao, which is one of the provinces in Mindanao. It is attracting tourists all over the world because of its great waves, good food, beautiful beaches, friendly people and relaxing ambiance. People in Siargao speaks Tagalog, Bisaya and English. According to Wikipedia, it’s composed of municipalities of Burgos, Dapa, Del Carmen, General Luna, San Benito, Pilar, San Isidro, Santa Monica and Socorro.

How to go:

Direct flights from Manila to Siargao are available via Skyjet Airlines while Manila-Cebu-Siargao flights are available via Cebu Pacific. Make sure to check their websites regularly for promos on cheap fares.

When to go:

All year long because it’s forever summer in the Philippines but best months are April and May. If you’re a surfer, better check the weather forecast for typhoons and waves forecast before booking a trip to Siargao. 

How to get around:

You’ll need an airport transfer to and from your hotel. You can rent motorcycles to go around Siargao. For those who doesn’t know how to ride a motorbike, you can rent a habal-habal for P20 per person.

Where to stay:

My friends and I stayed at Siargao Bleu Resort located in General Luna which is one of the well-known towns in Siargao. It is a three-star resort and has typical hotel facilities – swimming pool, standard and deluxe rooms, in-house restaurant and airport transfers. We got the deluxe room which can accommodate up to 3 persons; breakfast is also included. 

Their pool was under maintenance for three days so they offered a complimentary island hopping instead. YES, tipid hits. They also have different activities every night and happy hour starts from 530-930pm. 

Travel tip: Make sure to bring an insect repellant with you because there are a lot of insects and mosquitoes and more insects. LOL.

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Where to go:

Cloud 9

This is one of the best surfing places in Siargao. Beginners or pros come here because of the waves. The boardwalk is also located in Cloud 9. It is where you can just chill and just gawk at the beautiful scenery. 

You can surf here for P500 for one hour inclusive of a surfboard and an instructor. Best times to surf are early in the morning (6-7AM) and afternoon (3-5pm). Don’t worry if you’re a beginner because the instructors are really nice and the baby waves are enough for you to practice standing up on your surfboard.

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Magpupungko Tidal Pool and Rocks

It’s best to go here in the morning when it is low tide so you can see the famous rock formations. You also have to cross a series of rocky shores before you get to the tidal pool. The tidal pool looks shallow from afar but it’s really deep once you swim in it. It has crystal clear water and more rocks on the side where adrenaline-junkies can jump and dive. 

We took a van for P3500 because it’s a 1 1/2 hour drive from General Luna. Parking for the van is not yet included in the van fee. 

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Naked Island, Guyam Island, Daku Island

These three islands are included in the island hopping and costs P1500 inclusive of a small motorized boat. The entrance fee to Daku Island and lunch are exclusive, though. 

We first went to Guyam Island. I can compare it to the islands I see on the TV series called Survivor. It is well-surrounded by palm trees and crystal clear but rocky beach. We stayed here for 15-20 minutes for picture taking and Instagram stories. There’s nothing to do here really but photos, photos and more photos. 

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Next stop was Naked Island. Ooh, this island is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L! It’s called Naked Island because there are no trees in the island; it looks naked. It has white sand – not as refined as Boracay sand, but white sand and pristine, blue water. You may opt to swim here and stay for a bit but there are no shade or cottages if you want to rest.

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Our last stop was Daku Island. This island is surprisingly more beautiful than Boracay. It has clear water, is surrounded by palm trees and has cottages with picnic tables. This is where we had lunch prepared by our boatman-slash-tour guide. We couldn’t take the heat so we swam before having lunch and we swam again after lunch. We also chilled by the cottage, played cards and drink beer while waiting for the sunset. 

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Sohoton Cove

Sohoton Cove is located in Bucas Grande Island.  It is a 2 hour boat ride from Siargao port. You’ll be amazed with the beautiful sceneries that you’ll see along the way. You will have to pay several fees upon arriving at the Sohoton Cove Reception Hall. You will be then transferred to a smaller boat where a boatman will serve as your guide. 

Our first stop was Hagukan Cave. Hagukan is snoring/snore. It’s name was derived from the sound of the waves entering the cave – which sounds like snoring. We swam up towards the end of the dark cave. The cave was surrounded with different types of limestones. 

On to our next stop which was called Bolitas and Crystal Cave. This place is for adrenaline junkies out there. You have to semi-trek a rocky cave and the only way out is to jump into the water. My friends and I passed on this activity but we were able to witness some people jumping! 

Our last stop in Sohoton was swimming with the stingless jellyfish at The Jellyfish Sanctuary. I swam with the harmless sea creatures and yes, it was amazeballs! I got a little bit creeped out because they were so squishy and slimy. I didn’t touch them but my friend did and it was like jell-o!  I got a little paranoid whenever I feel them near me nevertheless, it was a one-of-a-kind experience!

Where to eat:

Mama’s Grill

If you’re looking for grilled food like pork barbecue, grilled fish, grilled pork belly, this is the right place for you! Their food is very delicious and affordable! Eat your heart out because I swear this is the best restaurant for grilled food ever! 

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Kermit

Kermit is one of the pioneer establishments in Siargao. It is owned by an Italian and Filipino couple. They offer authentic Italian dishes and Filipino food. The place gets packed during dinner time so if you wanna come here, better call to make a reservation. Some of their best-sellers are pizza and pasta.

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Bravo 

Ola! Ola! Bravo serves Spanish cuisine and their tapas are to-die-for! They have reservations on weekdays; they follow a first-come-first-serve policy on weekends. I recommend the croquetas and jamon iberico. 

We were too hungry to eat! I forgot to take photos but they really do have great tapas!

Shaka Cafè

For vegans and health conscious people, you’ve come to the right place, guys! They serve fresh fruit smoothies, power fruit bowls, acai bowls and coffee. They’re famous power fruit bowls are enough to energize you before and after surfing.

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Have you guys been to Siargao? Did you surf, eat and drink? Share your thoughts with me 🙂

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Travel

Seoul Searching: Demilitarized Zone, Common Ground, Seoul Tower

Demilitarized Zone 

Prior to our flight, I booked our Demilitarized Zone tour via DMZ Tours. We chose the basic tour which was a DMZ morning half tour for 50,000WON or PHP 2,450 per person. The tour includes an English speaking tour guide, transportation and entrance fees. The itinerary includes hotel pick-up, Imiingak Park, The Bridge of Freedom, The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, DMZ Theater and Freedom Hall, Dora Observatory, Dorasan Station and drop-off at Itaewon or City Hall Area. Your passport is needed on the tour day. 

Erika, our tour guide, picked us up at our hotel at 720AM sharp. We proceeded to the bus while she went to another hotel to pick up other guests. We were off to DMZ by 830AM. A young soldier went up our bus and checked our passports. Erika said that there are two types of soldiers – camp-based soldiers and stay-at-home soldiers. The camp-based soldiers are those who excelled in military school while the stay-at-home soldiers are those who either did not do well in military school or are breadwinners of their families. 

While Erika was buying our entrance tickets, we got a chance to roam around Imjingak Park and The Bridge of Freedom. Imjingak Park was made for refugees of North Korea who were homesick. It’s the closest location they can get to North Korea. The Bridge of Freedom was named after thousands of the Korean war survivors passed through the bridge and returned to South Korea. Hundreds of notes can be seen on the Bridge of Freedom. These notes are made for their relatives and ancestors who were stuck in North Korea. 

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Our next stop was The Third Infiltration Tunnel. Just when the people thought the war between North and South has ended, little did they know that the military in North was digging up tunnels connected to South Korea. These secret tunnels were made so the North can discreetly infiltrate South. The tunnels they made were installed with rock camouflaging bombs. But the South soldiers discovered it and made an action. We weren’t allowed to take photos inside the tunnel. We were 150 meters away from the North Korea. We were also advised to wear a hard hat because the tunnel has a really low ceiling. I bumped my head twice and the echoing sound really startled me. LOL. It was suffocating because of the lack of oxygen. It was really easy going down but it was super struggle to climb up! This is not for the faint-hearted, claustrophobic or those with heart problems. Erika said there were soldiers inside the tunnel before but because there is no oxygen in the tunnel, they just use thermal meter now. 

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We also went to the Dora Observatory. It is where you can glimpse a part of North Korea. The binoculars would make you see urban areas of Gaesong, statue of Kim II-Seong and the flag of North Korea. According to Erika, the flag of North Korea doesn’t wave because it’s so heavy. It approximately weighs 250 pounds and can survive even the toughest thunderstorm. 

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Our tour’s last stop was the Dorasan Station. It was the northernmost station in South Korea which was connected to Pyongyang. It is where you can see the barbed fence of the boundary of North and South Korea. Our guide said that you can actually ride the train before but a tourist roamed around and accidentally crossed over the boundary of North Korea and she was killed. From then on, they stopped the train service. 

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Common Ground

I’m sure you guys are familiar with the popular food parks here in Manila like The Yard. Common Ground is similar to that. It’s filled with container vans which they transformed to shops, cafes and restaurants. It’s a popular place amongst tourists and Korean millennial because the place is perfect for OOTDs and photoshoots.

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We got hungry and tried a Chinese restaurant called Modern Chinese Restaurant. The food was delicious and the price was reasonable. One bowl of noodles is good for 3-4 persons. Don’t forget to try their chili shrimp.

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 Address: 17-1 Jayang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea

How to go: 

From Myeondong, take Line 2 

Get off at Konkuk Station

Take Exit 6

Seoul Tower and Love Locks

It’s an observation and communication tower located in Namsam Mountain. You can either hike up or take the cable car to get to Seoul Tower. We actually got lost going here. We took a detour and thought that it was an easier way but it was actually the start of the hike to the tower. We took a cab instead and got to Namsan Omuri (where the cable car is) in 5 minutes. The roundtrip cable car ride costs 8500WON. It’s the fastest way to get to the tower. 

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The tower was beautifully surrounded by cherry blossoms and spring flowers. The love locks are also in the area. Don’t worry if you get hungry or thirsty because there a lot of restaurants inside. If you’re planning to put love locks, buy before going there because it’s cheaper outside. 

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Address: 105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan 2(i)ga-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

How to go:

 From Myeondong Station

Exit 3

Walk for 10-15 minutes following the signs on the right side of the Pacific Hotel

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Travel

Seoul Searching: Nami Island, Petit France

We got up early for our trip to Nami Island. Prior to our arrival in Seoul, I was thinking of getting a tour for Nami and Petite because I didn’t think the long journey from Myeondong to Gapyeong was doable. Good thing, I didn’t get a tour because it was totally easy. It took us three train changes and an hour and a half to get to Gapyeong. 

Direction to Nami Island via Seoul subway:

From Myeondong Station

Get off at Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Staion

Change to Line 2 heading towards Sindang Station and get off at Wangsimni Station

Change to Jungang Line and take the train towards Cheong-nyangni and get off at Mangu Station

Change to Kyeongchun Line and take the train towards Galmae Station and get off at Gapyeong Station

Once you’re at Gapyeong Staion, buy an unlimited bus ticket for 6000WON or PHP 295. The bus will take you to the ferry wharf to get to Nami Island, Petit France and Garden of Morning Calm. 

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Outside Gapyeong Station

I wanted to see Nami not because of Koreanovelas but because of Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil’s movie called My Exs and Whys. Anyway, when we arrived at the ferry wharf, we ate lunch first at a popular chicken dak-galbi restaurant called Kko Kko Chuncheon Dakgalbi. Chicken dak-galbi is a Korean stir-fry dish which consists of chicken marinated with barbecue, chili pepper, cabbage, onions, potatoes on a hot plate. The server cooked the dak-galbi right in front of us. He told us to wait seven minutes for the chicken to be cooked. Our order came with refillable side dishes which were kimchi and mu-namul or stir-fried shredded radish. The chicken was delicious but I think a little bit of cheese would add more flavor to the dish. The serving was good for sharing and the unlimited side dishes would instantly fill you up. 

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After lunch, we headed to the ticket booth to buy our entrance tickets for Nami Island. The roundtrip ticket is 8000WON or PHP395.00 The ferry schedule runs from 0730-2140. There was a short line before entering the ferry. Don’t worry because the ferry’s big enough to accommodate a lot of people. It took us 10 minutes to get to Nami Island. 

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Ahhh! Nami Island! It was so beautiful and picturesque. No wonder a lot of tourists flock this place. My cousin who was into Korean drama told me that Winter Sonata, a popular Korean telenovela had their scenes here. I had no idea what Winter Sonata was but nevertheless, I truly enjoyed this place.

The island is populated by different types of trees but the most popular trees are the metasequoia. I’ve seen a lot of photos taken with the metasequoia trees as their backdrop. Guilty as charged! I have photos with those trees as my background. LOL. 

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You can either roam the place by foot or you can rent a bicycle, family bike or electric car. We were supposed to rent an electric car but the booth guy didn’t allow us because neither of me nor my sister knew how to ride a single bike. That’s why we ended up with a family bike for 10,000WON which was good for 30 minutes.

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For the sake of a good Instagram photo because I really don’t know how to ride a bicycle.

The cherry blossoms were in full bloom. They were everywhere in Nami Island but there was one area where the blossom trees were aligned. It was near the lake, right after the ostriches. The island was so beautiful in spring what more does it look like in autumn where the leaves turn into burnt orange.

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After several hours of roaming around, we decided to take the ferry back to the wharf and go to our next destination which was Petite France. By bus, it is 25 minutes away from Nami Island.

Petite France is dedicated to the well-known novel entitled Le Petit France written by French author Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The village showcases old French houses and street entertainment such as musical performers and theatre performances. It has an art gallery, souvenir shops and few restaurants. An individual tickets costs 8,000WON or PHP 392.00.

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Travel

Seoul Searching: Gyeokbokgung Palace, Bukchon, Insadong, Namdaemun Market

 Gyeongbokgung Palace

It is one of the main tourist attractions in Seoul. It’s the biggest and most beautiful palace in Seoul. According to Visit Korea, the palace is built in 1935 and was once destroyed by fire during the Japanese Invasion but was restored in the reign go King Gojong. 

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Don’t miss the changing of guards held at 10am, 1pm and 3pm. It’ll be a cool experience to witness it. After Gyeokbokgung Palace, you can also visit the National Korean Museum which is also inside the compound. 

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The guards don’t move at all.

You can also rent their national costume called hanbok at rental places just across the palace. We tried the hanbok after we roamed inside the palace. If I were to do it again, I would rent the hanbok first before going in so you can take photos inside the beautiful Gyeonbokgung while wearing the hanbok. Wearing the hanbok was easy because you just need to put it on top of what you’re wearing. Be prepare to shell out 10,000WON or PHP490 good for two hours. 

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Admission: Free but if you want to go inside the palace, it’ll cost you 3000WON or PHP 148

Address: 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

How to go:

From Myeondong Station

Go to the interchange at Chumuro to get to Line 3

Get off at Gyeongbokgung, Exit 5

Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon means northern village. It’s home to traditional Korean houses and is also a residential area. Make sure to keep it down so you won’t disturb the residents. You’ll definitely feel the Korean Culture just by looking at their old houses. 

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Guys, let’s all agree that it’s a nice background for an OOTD. LOL.

Admission: Free

How to go:

From Myeondong Station

Go to interchange at Chumuro to get to Line 3

Get off at Anguk, Exit 2

Insadong

It’s a long street full of shops, restaurants, alleys with cafès, teahouses and galleries. This is the place for souvenir shopping- from keychains, chopsticks with spoon sets, fridge magnets, figurines and hand-painted fans. If art is your thing, galleries are also abundant on this street. You can look at beautiful artworks for free. 

I wasn’t able to research for a good teahouse but luckily we saw this teahouse as we strolled the street of Insadong. They serve a variety of tea, coffee and desserts. An American guy was also on his way to this teahouse so we just followed him. LOL.

The teahouse had a traditional Korean vibe. It looked like the houses in Bukchon Hanok Village. Although the servers weren’t fluent in English, they were friendly and accommodating. The tea tasted exquisite and authentic.
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My hot tea tasted like peach with herbs. It was sweet, satisfying and yummy!

How to go:

From Myeondong Station

Go to interchange at Chumuro to get to Line 3

Get off at Anguk, Exit 6

Namdaemun Market

For wholesale finds, Namdaemun is the perfect place for you. It’s the largest traditional Korean market in Seoul. The stores open at 12MN to 6AM. 

I googled what to do in Namdaemun and found out that there was a small place there where locals eat authentic Korean dishes. We went there to look for that place and try out their best-selling bibimbap. It came with unlimited kimchi and sigeumchi namul (seasoned spinach).

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Not my best shot but who cares! Bibimbap FTW! It’s 5500WON or PHP 270 for a bowl of bibimbap.

Address: Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

How to go:

From Myeondong Station

Get off at Hoenghyeon Station (line 4, same line as Myeongdong)

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Travel

Seoul Searching Travel Guide

I am not a fan of anything Korean. Well, except for Korean beauty products and K food but I unexpectedly wanted to see what Seoul has to offer. I kept seeing my friends’ posts and that’s what made me decide to see the beautiful places in Seoul. 

How to go:

Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Air Asia fly directly from Manila to Seoul. Make sure to check their websites regularly for promotions.

We flew PAL and arrived at 8pm at Incheon International Airport. We took a cab to get to Seoul because I was with two seniors. Of course if you’re with your friends or boyfriend, you can opt to take the airport shuttle bus or airport express which is definitely faster and cheaper. 

When to go:

Winter season is low season which means everything is cheap- from flights to hotels. You can opt to go in winter especially if the cold weather doesn’t really bother you. Spring and fall are always the perfect weather for me. It’s neither too hot nor too cold. Summer is a no-no because more people are on vacation and the sun is scorching. It makes it a little difficult to travel in summer.

Where to stay:

After one and a half hours, we arrived at Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel in Myeondong. We got two standard twin rooms which came with air-conditioning, two single beds, a small sofa, private toilet and bathroom with bathtub, a stiff pillow and a soft pillow. The rooms were smaller than what I expected. It literally was good for two persons max.

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The hotel didn’t have a bell boy service and we had to bring our luggages to the room. The housekeeping wasn’t able to clean our rooms thoroughly and one staff accidentally threw my half-full moisturiser.

The only good thing about this hotel was the location. It was a three-minute walk from Myeondong Train Station (Exit7/8). It was also very convenient because 7-11, food stalls, coffee shops, restaurants and shops were just around the corner.

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We were exhausted and starving that night and most of the food stalls were closed so we had no choice but to eat at a nearby restaurant just across the hotel. It was an authentic Korean BBQ restaurant but it was also a trap! The food was delicious and the staff were accommodating but it cost us a whooping 209,000WON or PHP 10,000. Holy sh*t right? We learned our lesson that night. We never ate in that restaurant again. 

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Transportation:

The map may seem intimidating but it’s actually not. It’s very easy to understand and navigate. Buy a T-Card for 5000WON or PHP 250 in any ticket vending machine at the station. Reload it and you’re good to go. It’s like Hongkong’s Octopus Card -you may use it on trains, buses and CU convenience stores.  Travel tip: Print out the map instead of saving it on your phone. Encircle your main train station and the stations that you’re going to take. It’ll be way easier. I promise.

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Photo via http://seoulsublet.com

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Travel

How to get a Korean Tourist Visa

Are you a K pop fan? A lover of Korean beauty products? Or do you just love Korea in general? Getting a Korean visa is pretty easy. If you’re a Philippine passport holder just like me, just follow the steps below! Also, you can apply for a visa three months prior to your planned schedule.

I. Comply all the following requirements

Basic Requirements:

  1. Application Form
 – Make sure to fill everything on the form. Write N/A if not applicable.
  2. 1 piece of Passport size colored picture – I got mine taken at Tronix in SM Pasig, just tell them Korean Visa size.
  3. Original Passport (should be valid for more than 6 months)
  4. Photocopy of Passport Bio-page – This is the page where your details are.
  5. Original & Photocopy of valid visa/s and arrival stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years (If applicable only) – I personally have Japan and US Visa so I photocopied those.

For Businessmen:

  1. Photocopy of Business Registration from SEC or DTI
  2. Photocopy of Business Permit or Mayor’s Permit
  3. Original Personal Bank Certificate (must include account type, current balance, account opening date, ADB)
 – I requested mine at Landbank of the Philippines since my business’ passbook is under LBP. Your bank should know the format for the said bank certificate.
  4. Bank Statement (original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months)
  5. Photocopy of ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316
  6. Copy of PRC Card or IBP Card (If applicable only)

For Students:

  1. School Certificate (Original)
  2. Copy of School ID
  3. Copy of Birth Certificate
  4. Parents’ Documents
    – If employed: Employment Certificate Original [must include position, date hired, compensation, office address, HR landline number(cell-phone number is not allowed), HR e-mail address]
    – If Self-employed: Business Registration from SEC or DTI (Copy), Business Permit or Mayor’s Permit(Copy)
    – Original Bank Certificate [must include account type, current balance, account opening date, 6 months average balance (ADB)]
    – Bank Statement (original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months)
    – Copy of Income Tax Return(ITR)
    – Copy of Nso Marriage Certificate

For Employees:

  1. Original Certificate of Employment
    (must include applicant’s position, date hired, compensation, office address, HR landline number(cell-phone number is not allowed), HR e-mail address
  2. Original Personal Bank Certificate
    (must include account type, current balance, account opening date, ADB)
  3. Bank Statement  (original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months)
  4. ITR(Income Tax Return) or Form 2316 Copy
  5. Copy of PRC Card or IBP Card (If applicable only)

For Househusbands/Housewives:

  1. Additional documents
    – If husband is employed : Husband’s Employment Certificate Original [must include position, date hired, compensation, office address, HR landline number(cell-phone number is not allowed), HR e-mail address]
    – If husband is self-employed : Business Registration from SEC or DTI (Copy), Business Permit or Mayor’s Permit(Copy)
  2. Original Personal or Husband’s Bank Certificate [must include account type, current balance, account opening date, 6 months average balance (ADB)]
  3. Personal or Husband’s Bank Statement (original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months)
  4. Husband’s Copy of Income Tax Return(ITR)
  5. Copy of NSO Marriage Certificate

For Retired Senior Citizens:

  1. Original Personal Bank Certificate
    (must include account type, current balance, account opening date, ADB)
  2. Bank Statement
    (original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months)
  3. Copy of Senior citizen’s ID

For Filipinos married to Koreans:

  1. NSO Marriage Certificate
  2. Certificate of Korean Marriage History (valid for 3months)
  3. Photocopy of Bio-page of Korean’s Passport
  4. Invitation Letter from Korean Spouse
  5. Photocopy of Korean’s Philippine Visa
  6. Original Employment Certificate or DTI (or SEC) of Korean Spouse

Important Tips:

  • If personally invited by Korean. Invitation Letter
. Photocopy of invitor’s Passport or Identification Card
(authentication not required)
  • If invited by Company in Korea
. Invitation Letter
. Photocopy of Korean Company Business Permit
(authentication not required)
  • Frequent travellers who have travelled as tourist to OECD member countries within 5 years are exempted from submitting ITR.
  • Processing Time:
    • 3 working days (for those who have been to OECD member countries within 5 years as tourist)
    • 5 working days (for those who have not been to OECD member countries within 5 years)
    • Visa Fee: 59 days (or less) stay in Korea — GRATIS
    • 60 to 90 days stay in Korea — PHP1,800.00
  • Filing your applications is only from 8:30am-11:am while releasing time is from 1:30pm-4:00pm only. For family applications, documents for proof of relationship are a must. (example: marriage contract, birth certificate)

II. Lodge your application

Submit your complete application to the Korean Embassy. Unlike other embassies, you do not need to set an appointment. Walk-ins are totally allowed. Make sure to be on time as the embassy only allows submission of application from Mondays- Fridays from 8:30am to 11:00am only.

III. What to expect inside the Korean Embassy

You will be asked to register upon entry. The guards here are extra friendly so don’t be afraid to ask. Another guard will ask for your application and required documents. If you have a visa from any of the OECD countries or if you’re a frequent traveller, you will be given a number to the VISA 3; otherwise, you’ll be waiting for your turn in VISA 1.

The consul will ask for your documents. Relax and smile. They will check if your documents are complete. If you’re assigned at VISA 3, they will ask for the passport where your OECD visas are. If you submitted a complete set of documents, they will give you a piece of paper with the release date on it.

IV. The Waiting Game and Claiming of the Passport

Waiting is a crucial game but remember patience is a virtue. We were given a single entry Korean visa seven days after we lodged our application. I left the office at 3:00 pm and traffic was pretty bad that day. I was so stressed out that I wouldn’t make it in time to get the passports. I got to the embassy five minutes before 4:30. Luckily, I still managed to get our passports. I handed out the piece of paper the consul gave me. Yes! Visa granted! Hello, Korea!

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Travel

Relax and surrender in Bohol

I’ve been to Bohol three years ago and now, I’ve decided to revisit this wonderful island. Bohol is located in Visayas and is known for Chocolate Hills. It is also home to tarsiers, the smallest primate in the world. It is also known for amazing coral reefs and pristine beaches.

How to go:

Airlines such as Cebu Pacific, Air Asia and Philippine Airlines have direct flights from Manila to Tagbilaran (which is the capital of Bohol).

Ferries such as 2GO, Fast Ferries such as Super Cat and Ocean Jet also offer passenger service from provinces nearby to Tagbilaran port.

When to go:

April-June are the best months to go. These are summer months so the sun is scorching hot- perfect to get a tan. You can opt to go to Bohol in other months just make sure to check the weather forecast for rain showers.

Where to stay:

The most popular areas to stay in are Alona Beach, Dauis Beach and Panglao Beach. My first choice was Hennann Beach Resort but it was located along Alona Beach which was a bit crowded so I chose Bellueve Bohol instead because it’s on the quieter beach side of Bohol.

Bellevue Bohol sits on the less crowded side of Panglao Island. The hotel is relatively new – it just opened three years ago. If you book through their website, you’ll get free transfers to and from Tagbilaran Airport to the resort. The resort offers a big swimming pool which is suitable for both kids and adults. It is surrounded by greens and a big koi pond near their in-house restaurant.

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We got the the deluxe twin for our first night and upgraded it to a deluxe room with ocean view for our second night. All rooms come with a free breakfast buffet and are equipped with private toilet and bath, airconditioning, cable TV and comfortable beds.

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The breakfast buffet at Bellevue was wonderful. They offer a wide array of food. They serve Filipino breakfast like longganisa, egg, dried fish, fried rice but they also offer American, Chinese and Korean cuisines. I love that they have different kinds of breads, native Filipino desserts and fresh fruits. The servers also do rounds offering guests fresh juice and hash browns.

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This resort is definitely worth it. They have an extremely satisfying customer service, very good breakfast buffet (the food  from their in-house restaurant is really delicious), and quality yet reasonably priced rooms and the ambiance of the hotel will definitely make you feel at home.

What to see:

There are several tours offered by Wow Bohol Tours. We decided to get the Countryside Tour which includes the main tourist attractions of Bohol – Tarsier, Chocolate Hills, Man-made Forest, and buffet at Loboc River. We opted for the cheapest country tour which was P1720/pax. Pick-up and drop-off from the hotel, all entrance fees, car and driver were all included in this package.

I really recommend this travel agency because they replied promptly to all my queries. I asked if we can skip several tourist attractions and change it to two other destinations, they happily allowed my request. Our driver, Kuya Melchur, also acted as our tour guide. He was accommodating, polite and punctual.

Our itinerary for the day was Hinagdanan Cave, Dauis Church, Blood Compact Shrine, Baclayon Church, Tarsier Conservatory, Buffet at Loboc River and Chocolate Hills. Our driver picked us up at 830AM in our resort and our adventure began.

Hinagdanan Cave has both salty and fresh water. It is surrounded by beautiful limestones and rock formations. The name was derived from hagdan (stairs). Before they discovered an easier way to enter the cave, they use rope stairs to climb down the cave through a tiny hole. You can swim for an additional fee of P75.

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Baclayon Church was built during the Spanish Era. It was a beautiful church until a strong earthquake destroyed it. We weren’t able to enter the church because construction is still ongoing. Kuya Melchur said that the workers are trying to rebuild and reopen it by the end of 2017.

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Blood Compact Shrine is said to be the First Treaty of Friendship between Raja Sikatuna and Miguel Lopez dela Legaspi.  It is said to be the bond of friendship between the two tribes.

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Tarsier Conservatory  is the home to these smallest primates. Fact: Tarsiers are loners and territorials. They to live alone and are introverts. If they get stressed out, they tend to commit suicide by banging their heads on the trees or worst, they hang themselves using their tails.

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Buffet and Cruise at Loboc River is a tour loved by both foreigners and locals.  It goes down the peaceful river of Loboc until the Busay Falls. The tranquility given by the trees surrounding the river makes it a pretty view to see.  You can feast on local food while cruising the river. Most tours include the entrance and the buffet fee.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can also try paddle boarding.

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Chocolate Hills is the main attraction of Bohol. These are dome-shaped hills which IMHO looks like boobies in different cup sizes. LOL. During wet season the hills look green because of the grass then turn dry up and turn brown.

It’ll be an instant cardio day when you visit this attraction because you have to climb 220+ steps to view the pretty Chocolate Hills. Fact: Chocolate hills got its name from the brand, Hershey’s Chocolate Kiss because they look like chocolate kisses.fullsizerender-203 fullsizerender-176

Man-Made Forest is a two kilometer forest filled with mahogany trees.It is called man-made forest because government employees revived the almost dead forest by planting mahogany trees. These are not artificial – they’re real plants and trees.

The attraction is perfect for photoshoots. Beware of the coming cars, though.

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Have you been to Bohol? What’s your favorite tourist attraction? Share your thoughts and comment below! 🙂

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Travel

Forever Summer in Boracay

When you live in a tropical country like the Philippines, it’s forever summer. With 7107 islands, beaches are abundant but my heart always beats for Boracay. It may seem like a normal beach for most Filipinos who have been to the island, but it holds a special place in my heart. 

Come on, what’s not to love about Boracay? A beautiful sunset, fine white sand and clear blue water— what more can you ask for? I’ve been to Boracay countless times but I always keep coming back especially when the place you’re staying makes you feel at home- that’s why I choose to stay at Discovery Shores located in Station 1. It may be expensive but super worth it. 

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To celebrate my mom’s birthday, my sister and I planned a quick getaway in the island of Boracay. We were supposed to book a two bedroom suite to accommodate the six of us, but it wasn’t available anymore so we opted to book two junior suites instead. Days before we checked in, I asked for a small birthday cake for my mom and they willingly granted my requested. 

One of the many things I love about Discovery Shores is how they accommodate requests and make personal touches to each and every guests. I also love how they treat guests like royalty- cleaning sunglasses, fixing your stuff in the sun lounge, spraying Evian facial mists on your face, giving snacks to each guests. 

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A relaxing in-room foot massage.

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Personalised welcome greeting.

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Yummy snack to fill you up.

Delicious food at their restaurant called Sands.

Delicious food at their restaurant called Sands.

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A relaxing and cozy place.

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If you want to feel relaxed and pampered, better book at Discovery Shores. Words cannot justify what I’ve experienced at this resort. The three nights have been nothing but wonderful!

Discovery Shores is located at Station 1, Balagbag, Boracay Island. 

 

 

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Travel

El Nido Island Hopping Tour

We spent 4 days and 3 nights in the jaw-dropping island of El Nido. I’m going to share to you our itinerary:

Day 1- Arrival and check-in at Lagen Island Resort

Day 2- Tour A and B

Day 3- Tour C

Day 4- Rest and fly back to Manila

I shared my review about Lagen Island Resort and basically our day 1 here. Hooray! Day 2 is for island hopping! We booked a private combo tour via El Nido Paradise. We thought that they were a reliable agency, but nope, we were wrong. We found them online, paid 30% downpayment and they sent us an email of confirmation. A day before the tour, we called them and asked them where’s the pick-up point. A girl answered and said that she was in a hospital in Manila and we should wait for a return call. We waited for her call for two hours. We called again and she said that we have to pay P3000 for the pickup and drop-off to Lagen Island. We were surprised because it wasn’t part of the agreement, haggled and eventually agreed to pay the additional payment to cut the story short. On the day of the tour, we were unsure if the boatman’s coming to get us or not. Luckily, they came. Bottomline and yet another travel tip is make sure that you get a reliable and trusted tour agency like Northern Hope Tours. If you want to save up, you can contact the boatman that we hired directly for our Tour C island hopping. His name is Kuya Argie and you may contact him at 09126971020. 

Tour A and B are one of the most popular tours amongst tourists in El Nido. Tour A consists of the Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, Simizu Island, Secret Lagoon and 7 Commandos Beach while Tour B consists of Entalula Island, Pinagbuyutan Island, Snake Island, Cudugnon Cave and Cathedral Cave. Tour C includes Hidden Beach, Helicopter Island, Secret Beach, Matinloc Shrine and Star Beach. The tour includes lunch (grilled fish, chicken, pork belly, seafood, salad, and tropical fruits), snorkelling gears and life vests. You have the option to get a group or private tour. We chose the private tour because we get to decide which islands we want to see and we get to choose if we want to start the tour early or a little bit late.

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We skipped several islands and head over to the really popular ones. The best islands, IMHO, were the big lagoon and small lagoon. The big lagoon was amazeballs! The boat can actually enter the lagoon or you can kayak your way to explore it. Our boat parked somewhere in the middle of the lagoon and we kayaked ourselves to see what this beautiful lagoon had to offer. We stopped in the middle of the lagoon and checked out the Big Lagoon’s underwater. Kayaking made our arms suffer but it was worth it! The experience was surreal. It definitely made us appreciate nature. The small lagoon was as beautiful as the big lagoon. Boats cannot enter anymore so you have no choice but to kayak. Swimming is not advisable because the fishes in the small lagoon are territorial. The small lagoon is beautifully created. Imagine a small body of water nestled in between rock formations. It was just wonderful.

I wasn’t a big fan of the caves, though. I felt like there’s nothing to see inside but bat poop. LOL. There were small caves that you have to go in for you to see a secret beach slash secret body of water inside. It was thrilling yet tiring but very worth it. Trust me! Every island that you’ll visit will surely catch your attention.

The best time to visit El Nido is from February to May where skies are clear and there are less chances of rain.

I’ve shared my experience! Have you guys been to El Nido? How was it? 🙂

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Travel

Birthday Getaway: El Nido, Palawan

Last week, Tsubi and I went to El Nido Palawan to celebrate my 24th birthday! I’m actually 28 years old but I like to think that I’m stuck at 24! LOL. I read wonderful comments about El Nido. I decided to check it out for myself. True enough, it didn’t disappoint me.

There are two ways to get to El Nido:

  1. Manila-Puerto Prinsesa then hop on a bus which will take 3-5hours to get to El Nido
  2. Manila-El Nido via Airswift which is approximately an hour plane ride

We opted to get the direct flight. There wasn’t a promo when we booked but I’m sure that they have so make sure to check their website regularly. We arrived at El Nido Airport at one in the afternoon. There were snacks and refreshments at the arrival hall. A guide from the Lagen Island Resort welcomed us and showed us our van which will take us to the pier. It took us 15minutes to get to the pier. From the pier, we transferred to a boat which will finally take us to the resort. Oh boy, the boat ride was super long! It was a 45 minute boat ride. Good thing, both of us weren’t seasick or else this will be a big problem. Travel tip: If the sea makes you sick, bring bonamine or any anti-dizzy medicine. 

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Finally after 45 minutes, we arrived at the beautiful Lagen Island Resort. We were greeted by a choir who sang a welcome song. The resort was nestled in between wonderful rock formations and greeneries. The ambiance was relaxing and the view was A+. The resort has a little beach shore but that’s okay because they have a gorgeous swimming pool, anyway. They have free kayaks and paddle boards for the guests. They also have a spa, game room and 24/7 gym. Check-in was easy breezy. The room was ready after we settled the security deposit. 

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I actually wanted to try out one of their water cottages but it’s so expensive, I got the Forest Room for 3 nights instead.  The room was well-equipped. The size was also pretty decent as it can fit 3-4 persons. It has a queen-sized bed, cable television, ceiling fan, aircondition unit, in-room wifi access, water heater, fridge, daybed, private toilet and bath, and terrace with a daybed. The free water isn’t bottled so we had to buy from their boutique. The bed was comfortable but we had a problem with the pillows because they were stiff. Fortunately, they have more comfortable pillows and in like five minutes, the housekeeping delivered them to us. Travel tip: You can buy snacks and bottled water for a cheaper price at the El Nido Town Proper which you’ll pass by before going to the pier. You can ask your tour guide for a stop-over. 

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Let’s talk about breakfast! The resort provided a free breakfast buffet for us. It has a wide selection of food and drinks. I wouldn’t say it was the best breakfast buffet. It was okay, though. I loved that they change the main dishes everyday. Like most buffets, it has a wide bread selection including local jams like guava and mango, butter, nutella and peanut butter. It has a salad bar, main dish and soup station, hot plate (waffles, bacon and eggs) station, cereal station and fruits and dessert section. I got breakfast buffet coma every single day! fullsizerender-25 fullsizerender-23 fullsizerender-11 fullsizerender-17 fullsizerender-22 fullsizerender-13 fullsizerender-6

I was in love with the resort! The staff and service were awesome. They were friendly, accommodating and greeted us with a smile. I also love that they have a happy hour (the drinks menu changes everyday). The wifi’s not really fast but well, hello! It’s an island. However, Globe and Smart have strong signals. The only thing that bothered me was the room wasn’t sound-proof. We can hear the loud kids running outside. Aside from that, I don’t have anything to complain about. The resort is definitely perfect for couples and families who want to relax and getaway from the city life.

You can check out Lagen Island Resort at www.elnidoresorts.com 🙂

 

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Travel

Things to do in Cebu

Since it was our first time in Cebu, my boyfriend and I made sure that we won’t miss out the tourist spots. We chilled at the beach on our first day. We had no choice but to eat at the hotel. It was expensive but good for sharing. We had sweet and salty spareribs for lunch and truffled parmesan fries for snacks which we downed with local beer. The resort also offers water activities such as island hopping, jetski, kayaking and snorkelling. We didn’t avail it because our adventure started the next day.

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We went to the city for our second day. It was far as the travel time from Mövenpick to the city’s approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. We got an Uber instead of a regular cab because they (the regular cabs) tend to increase the fare by not using their meters. So anyway, our first stop was Rico’s Lechon. A trip to Cebu isn’t complete without eating lechon (roasted pig). I have tried Zubuchon before and Rico’s definitely way better. It has a rich and savory flavour. Lechon restaurants in Cebu doesn’t offer sauce like Mang Tomas. Their usual sauce consists of vinegar, soysauce and chili.

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Our next top was Magellan’s Cross and Basalica De Sto. Nino. Both places have free entrance. It was an awesome sight to see. The cathedral was jaw-dropping beautiful. Old locals sold us candles for P10 each. We bought and offered a prayer when we lit the candles. It’s definitely worth seeing.

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We killed time in Ayala Center Cebu. We went see a movie called Lights Out. We were surprised that their cinema has a premiere and deluxe part and vendors also sell popcorn and soda inside the theater. It was a fun experience, though- so old school. It was like a crossbreed of Greenbelt and Glorietta in Makati. We also played in Timezone. LOL.

Come sunset, we went to see the Temple of Leah, which according to our driver, is a temple made for Ellen Adarna ( a local celebrity). Too bad, we went late. Some  rooms were already locked. It was like Pantheon in Rome.  Entrance fee is P50. It is  not finished yet and construction is still at full swing. You can pass this because there’s nothing pretty yet to see.

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We had dinner at a grill place hidden somewhere in Lapu-Lapu City. Our driver took us there because I really wanted to taste pusó, steamed rice wrapped in coconut leaves. We had barbeque, chicken heart and grilled hotdogs. Cheap treat! Our bill including the soda was P300.

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Our second day was fun but tiring! If you’re going to Cebu, don’t miss on the delicacies they offer. Everything’s worth a try especially the lechon. You may also want to try CNT lechon. There were a lot of places we weren’t able to visit like Fort Bonifacio, a fort created by the Spanish when they went to the Philippines ages ago, the Taoist Temple and Mountain view. You may visit these places also. 🙂