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BORACAY ISLAND, PHILIPPINES

This might sound like I’m tooting my own horn but I’m actually not, I’m just trying to get it out there. PHILIPPINES aka my country is one of the top destinations for travellers who fancy white sand beaches and lush islands, and just one of those is BORACAY ISLAND.

Looking back on those scorching days, ignoring the discomfort of having burnt shoulders and swollen ankles, I will never trade the experiences I had with anything in this world. I can’t swim so water activities aren’t my cup of tea but I have always wanted jet skiing. And guess what, I did it! It was so sick and I was loving it. Not only did I get a chance to do that but also PARASAILING, and ohhhh my worddd that was terrifying! The very moment guys started buckling us on those gears, all I can think of was -what if something will go wrong and we are in the middle of the ocean that is who knows how deep and then we will drown and even though we have life guard we still can be killed by the sudden dropping pressure because we are so high up. THEN I AM GONNA DIE. Hahah it was so funny! I can also remember asking the guy over and over again if he’s sure that everything was secured and that the parasuits won’t stop working whilst we’re in the sky. Haha. I was probably obnoxious. After I got a grip, it did sink in how cool it was being up high and be able to see the endless water surface.

I’d say it was the highlight of my 2017 vacation. My friends and I also did island hopping and with it was snorkelling along the way, which was pretty basic with very least probability of dying but still..i could be bitten by sea snake and then die.. Hahah!

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We stayed at ORCHIDS RESORT in station 3 and somehow managed to walk back and forth to station 2 everyday, where you can find a variety of restaurants and night clubs or just bars for chat and chill. This is where I can say I am a pro of, running and walking. The place was ideal for families to stay as well, cheaper and away from all the noise of night life. You can still get yourself into a nice restaurant or bar in station 3 but it’s just station 2 and 1 got the crazier shebangs.

Here are the fees for the activities I have mentioned:

Parasailing – 1,500 PHP (15 mins)

Jet Ski – 1,000 PHP per head (for the 3 of us for 30mins)

Island hopping – 2,500 PHP (for the 3 of us, 4 islands in 4 hours)

PS. Yesterday we had a seminar (medical related) and one of the topics hit me and it was about RISK. It is a fact that we are always at risk and everyday we walk with risk. BUT how about we’ll try to conquer the risks on the other side of the whole view? Even once in a while, give time for adventure, give a fraction of your life for adventure, you’ll never know what the experiences will make you. I guess what I’m saying is, I am up for anything that terrifies me, that I’m not so keen about of doing for real (under rational terms and conditions) and I hope you are, too. I meann… c’mon it’s 2017 almost 2018 what are you doing?? HAHAH I’m just kidding! xx

 

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BANGKOK, THAILAND SNAPS

Thailand offers variety of entertainment as well as beautiful worth-visiting temples and shops. The mouth-watering street foods are hard to resist. From barbeques to fresh fruits in affordable prices, it was awesome! Hands down to the locals who are the most welcoming bunch of sweethearts that never fail to fill you in with what’s there to discover. Although I would have to say my entire stay was terrific until my last day when I need to fly home and I missed my flight. But that’s another story for another time. For now, let’s have a quick flashback of the fun I was blessed to experience with strangers and on later days with friends (actually just one plus one).

I get to see few of their temples that are just so pretty! The sacredness of the place is so comforting and you feel this light-burden free-heart kind of feeling when you’re inside. Everyone is so quiet, I meant the whole place is peaceful because you’re not meant to make noises or whatever but to pray and pay respect. You’re not allowed to get in with your shoes on, it’s either you go in barefoot or with socks. There are also temples that you’re not allowed to take pictures of the inside. I’d like to point out as well the structures, it is mesmerizing judging the character, how talented people are who made them. I don’t know, it’s just amazing. All I wanted to say is, Buddhist Temples are designed to inspire inner and outer peace and definitely couldn’t agree more.

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Let’s move on to FOODS. Foods on sticks (i made that up) are everywhere around the corner of every street (or probably not every single street haha). Little barbeque and fried sea foods have been my go to lunch plus FRESH fruits. If you’re vegetarian or not, you got them covered. I am such a sucker for anything coconut-y (literally everything that says coconut in it, I’m sold), and I mean it when I say the coconut ice cream there is worth all the fight for chances to have a taste of it! And I also had my fave soup ever, TOM YUM!

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SHOPS. I really didn’t have the chance to go to every mall that was on the list of top places to go to, because it happened to be raining at that time I was supposed to go and ended up just staying and chilling in MBK Center for the entire half day. That wasn’t bad though, there was a Garden Party with a live band playing and I was surrounded by food stands and the kiosk of goodies where you can also shop. Later on that evening, I met with my friend and her boyfriend and we then grabbed a drink in Khaosan Road. In this particular street in Bangkok, you can find the long alley of bars, pubs, nightclubs whatever you wanna call it. There was loud music playing, ladies and gents having fun every corner doing them, tourists, vendors and shoppers oh and probably minors, on full force.

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For the itinerary, I booked everything from flights to hotels on my own. I didn’t get packages for tours and whatnot. You can find the hotel I stayed in HERE and I can’t say much about the cost because surely it will change according to the currency exchange rate. For the pocket money, it will depend on how your expenditure is going to be. In my opinion, for 5 days your 1000 dirhams will get you everywhere if we’re talking about food and transport fares only. My tip, if you’re travelling alone or in a group choose a hotel that is accessible to the airport and tourist sites, it doesn’t have to be near but make sure you have an idea how to get in and out of the area because it’s easier that way. I flew with FLYDUBAI and landed in Bangkok, International Airport. From the airport, you don’t have to worry about transportation because they have a train that will get you to the city. My favourite part, AIRPORTS WITH TRAINS.

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For those of you travelling to Bangkok soon, good luck and have fun! xx

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Started Packing // Few Essentials

Yaay! Let the adventures begin! In 3 days I’m going on vacation, visiting 5 countries and I can’t contain my excitement. This is definitely going to be a fun one-whole-month. I have been planning for this for the past couple of weeks, so here we go. For starters, PACKING. I have started sorting out tiny bits and pieces, my main essentials TOILETRIES. Haha I know.. and some skin care and makeup as well.

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They are all collected in two bags for an easier jam. I like these bags because the outside part is plastic which means if something’s decided to spill you’ll not have it everywhere in your suitcase. The thought of it alone is terrifying. We don’t have time to deal with that kind of situation. Another thing I like about the bigger bag is that you can hang it up because it has a hook, again, easy access and you can see the whole shebang once it’s hanged and open.

I’ll sure document my trip and share it.

That’s all for now! x

 

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Fell In Love With Armenia

Hi, everyone! For those who are wondering and planning to visit the amazing Republic of Armenia, this is my version of a travel guide, I hope this somehow will be helpful. There are a lot of things to do and enjoy in that beautiful country. Like skiing and lying on the snow (haha), but seriously, a glimpse of what and how middle age probably or certainly looks like. From the aesthetic of the city, medieval churches and monasteries, up to the massive mountains stretched into the surface your naked eyes will ever reach, with my absolute best judgment – I am saying you’ll not regret it. I thought we simplify things so we can get to the point quick. From Abu Dhabi, UAE to Yerevan, Armenia, this was my 4-day itinerary.

  • Airline Ticket

Book your ticket with your airline of choice. I have chosen airarabia because they have the lowest airfare but departs from Sharjah International Airport. They’re having a deal of a return ticket for 1 week at 650aed and flight schedules are only Tuesdays and Fridays. If you happen to be traveling for less than a week, the fare will have a little difference (mine was 940aed), but I believe it’s still much cheaper than the other airlines. You can try checking out Fly Dubai as well. AirArabia offers a shuttle bus which I wasn’t aware of, you can check with your agent if you’ll book via travel agency and google it if you do it online. I took the bus from Abu Dhabi Bus Station going to City Centre Sharjah at 24:00 being the last trip because the first trip is 04:30 and my flight was 08:10 then it would have been bad if I came late; I then took a taxi to the airport for 32aed.

  • Hotel Booking

Booking can be done online with multiple choices of booking sites; I did mine at Hotel. Com. Either way, I highly recommend Kantar Hotel situated just few minutes walk from the Republic Square. You can choose your preferred room whether you want to stay alone in a room or in a shared room, of course, the prices will varry. My friend and I chose the shared room for 31aed/night since we just need some place to rest, take a shower and to store our luggage. It is a dormitory room with 4 double-decker beds and no worries you’ll have a locker to store your valuables. The hotel is affordable, clean and pleasant, you’ll get the best value for your money. They offer a broad range of delicious breakfast, coffee, and tea that is already included in your stay. The staff is friendly and very welcoming. Please bring your own toiletries (except paper tissues) indoor slippers, and plug in socket adapter.

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Kantar Hotel, Reception Area
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Kantar Hotel, Breakfast Lounge
  • VISA

Visa is upon arrival for 3000 Armenian drams (1 aed=129 drams) for up to 21 days of stay if you wish to stay longer you can extend and an additional fee will be charged accordingly. You need to secure beforehand the amount in Armenian drams because they might not accept any other currency, like dollars or dirhams, etc.

  • Airport pick up/drop off and Tours

You can contact Tours in Armenia if you haven’t had chosen anyone yet. Pick up from airport to your hotel is 2000 drams as well as drop off from your hotel to the airport. You can find the contact number on their page and you can communicate via whatsapp. They’re approachable and will reply to your query quickly. And also, their car has wifi which is quite nice or better. For the tours, I had 2 days from 09:00-18:00 top. Day 1: Geghard ChurchGarni TempleSevan LakeCable CarKecharis Monastery. Day 2: Khor VirapHin AreniNoravank. I would recommend joining the tour on the 2nd day from the day you landed, so you are well-rested and have the entire day.

  • Tour Fees

Day 1 – 5,500 drams

Garni Temple – 1,200 drams (entrance ticket)

Cable Car (Tsaghkadzor) – 2,000 drams

Day 2 – 6,500 drams

Hin Areni Wine Tasting and Tour – 1,000 drams

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  • Places to Eat

Pandok Yerevan

Shaurma Club

Tospia Restaurant

Kalian Khalill Maamoon

Food and present budgets are all up to you depending on how much would you wanna spend. Shops and restaurants accept visa and mastercard.

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Tospia Restaurant

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I would also like to share some experiences and thoughts about a couple of things that honestly surprise me. First thing, please please please don’t be rude to anyone, especially to the locals. I have seen kabayans acted kinda off even in public, like WHY? Why would you do that? Aren’t you supposed to prepare everything before you even step on the plane? You are coming to a foreign country, of course, you’ll gonna need the money in their own currency(!) We are all foreigners, and their country belongs to them, whatever their traditions and rules are – we are expected to obey and follow without questions. This is ridiculous and funny, but it bugs me- for instance in restaurants, please ask nicely for your RICE and SPOON. Second thing, we don’t need to give our comments to everything we see. If they are negative, we resist it and keep it to ourselves unless it is appreciative then we go share it. Notwithstanding our differences, we are well-mannered HUMAN beings (I believe..).

Good luck and have fun!

Don’t forget your cameras, extra batteries, and cozy outfits! xx

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Made it to Armenia

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Made it to the beautiful country of Armenia! Even the flight was delayed for almost 2 hours, we landed safe and just blown away by the stunningly medieval city of Yerevan. Can’t wait for the adventures that await for the following days. I so love the city as much as the people around, the ambiance is so pleasing and accepting that you almost feel at home. The city makes you feel like you’re experiencing some middle age vibe in the 21st century. Credits go to the Armenian citizens that preserve such gems. I highly recommend coming here and see it yourself. I’ll try to post a travel guide soon that hopefully can help out anyone planning to come.

Enjoy the rest of your week!××