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A DAY AT THE GREEN MUBAZZARAH

Just a brief background, the Green Mubazzarah is the largest park in the city located in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Developed by Sheikh Zayed, known as the man who turned the deserts green and the founding President of the UAE. Green Mubazzarah is not just a park but also a historic place that the locals hold dear in their hearts. The place is situated at the base of the grand Jebel Hafeet, with its beautiful and lush natural landscapes and desert oasis it has become one of the top destinations for picnic and relaxation during the weekends and holidays.

As expected, yesterday the place was jam-packed with families and group of friends having picnic and quality time. Evidently, my friends and I joined in, we packed our lunch and drove to the place. It took about 25 minutes from the town centre and it will be almost 45 minutes if you’ll take the bus. If you fancy staying overnight, you surely can because Green Mubazzarah has chalets for rent. Check booking.com for the charges.

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It is just so fun having to spend the time under the sun, having a meal and lay down the grass to relax and get away from the busy streets of the city. Catching up with my friends is definitely one of the things I should do more. After a long week, it’s right to have a break and do nothing but giggle and chill.

Well, that is it for now. I hope you all are having a lovely weekend!

Love,

Jinky xx

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WHAT TO DO IN JEJU ISLAND, SOUTH KOREA

I would say one of my best memories of 2017 is when we visited Jeju Island in South Korea. The place is known to be the honeymoon capital of Korea with its natural wonder, stunning beaches, tropical climate and gorgeous theme parks, this is definitely worthy of all the hassle you might experience along the way (meaning, our story haha). For newlyweds or just group of friends who would like to explore, Jeju Island should be on your list of places to visit.

We stayed there for 5 days and 4 nights. Two nights in Seogwipo and the other two nights were in Jeju City. Seogwipo is situated on a rocky volcanic coastline in the southern part of Jeju Province, and the second-largest city of Jeju Island. Jeju City is the largest city of Jeju Island and the capital of Jeju Province, served by Jeju International Airport.

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We landed at Jeju International Airport thus we needed to travel by land heading to Seogwipo. From the airport, there were various means of transportation to the southern part of Jeju but we opted to take the Airport Limousine (route #600) bus. The cost was KRW5,500 per person with the journey time of an hour and a half.

Where to stay? 

We stayed at the R Hotel located in the heart of Seogwipo. The hotel offers free breakfast, has a spacious kitchen and a pool board to enjoy for those who can actually play. The room was clean with comfy beds and huge bathroom. Sidestory, we kind of experienced a bit of difficulty finding the hotel, but one local woman was nice enough to offer us a ride to the hotel. Hotel staff are lovely and welcoming!

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Where to eat? 

Restaurants are everywhere in Seogwipo, literally, you can find them along the streets as you go wandering or exploring the city. Cute coffee shops as well deserve a shoutout. Price changes from KRW7,000-8,000 per head, you’ll have the main dish (the standard, pork or fish), a variety of side dishes and kimchi, soup, and rice. Affordable and the best based on freshness and taste. Oh, and they serve unlimited water for free, no option for sodas unless you’ll ask for it. That made me so happy!

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Go to Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market

Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market is a local food market. They sell fish, fresh fruits and street foods. Perfect to be wandering around with a camera on one hand and a doughnut on the other hand, smiling at strangers and asking them for a picture (haha).

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Go to Cheonjiyeon Waterfalls

Cheonjiyeon Waterfalls is one of the many attractions of Seogwipo. You’ll walk through a long trail of stairs before you reach the waterfalls. Then, through the garden and semi-forest and finally, you’ve reached the waterfall. The place is instagram backdrop friendly with its beautiful flowers and the ambience is so peaceful with its fresh air. You can also find souvenir shops with cute little things to have. The entrance fee is KRW2,000.

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Saeyeongyo Bridge

Saeyeongyo Bridge, one of Seogwipo’s tourist attractions. The scenery, especially at night, is so peaceful with all the lights lit on all over the sea area. Apparently, it is the first single cable-stayed bridge ever created in Korea.

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JEJU CITY

We travelled back to the city on the 3rd day, took the same bus and stayed at Check Inn Hotel. The Hotel is located in the centre of the city about 3 kilometres away from the airport. The hotel is clean and cozy with a bar/lounge that enables the tourists to enjoy their free welcome beer and friendly staff. Amenities are great, again comfy beds and fresh clean linens. The location is amazing and so convenient, close to underground shopping malls and great foods.

Visit Jeju Mokgwana

It is a historic site known as Jeju Government Office destroyed during Japanese rule and has been reconstructed. The ticket price is KRW1,500. Inside you can find the cluster of historical buildings and displays of centuries-old martial arts. It is even possible to dress up like ancient warriors, take epic photos that look exactly with those lads we see on tv saving good guys and ending bad ones (haha). If you’re watching korean dramas, you know what I mean.

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Visit Jeju Loveland

Okay, I must say, this is the weirdest theme park I have ever seen in my entire life. I don’t think there is more graphically illustrated sex stuff out there than those 140 sculptures they have in Jeju Loveland. The admission ticket is KRW9,000 and the whole time I was inside the park and the gallery with the same stuff in it was a total nightmare. I am aware that the concepts behind it are for artistic expression and perhaps some sort of education in a cool and funny way, and I am not hating or anything, it’s just that I couldn’t find pleasantry in it. It made me so uncomfortable (haha). I did manage to snap some pictures though, ones that I thought aren’t that intense and all the way up there.

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Shop at Jungang Underground Shopping Center 

Jungang Underground Shopping Center, located in downtown Jeju. The centre sells clothes, shoes, accessories, glasses, watches, pieces of jewellery, purses, headpieces, flowers and more. If you fancy korean products especially for skin care, this is the place to go. The facilities inside the centre make the shopping experience pleasurable, and if you ever feel hungry worry no more because you can find fast food chains and restaurants inside.

So there’s that. I highly recommend visiting the beautiful Jeju Island. If you’re a Filipino traveller, you don’t need to secure a visa when you land at Jeju International Airport. There’s a possibility you’ll be asked to report to immigration officers for further assessment of your documents (passport and related identification cards like licenses etc) and discussion of your main purpose entering the country. You shouldn’t be alarmed or anything like that, just answer the questions honestly and make sure to have sufficient funds that can cover the duration of your stay because you might be asked to declare the amount of money you have in hand. Lastly, always have your money at least in dollars if not in Korean currency because currency exchange there is a bit difficult to find.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you’re having a great day!

Love,

Jinky xx

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HONGKONG DISNEYLAND

Woooo! It is been a while following the last time I have posted. These past few months have been very busy, with work and me starting a small online business, I lose track. BUT I’ll make sure I will get better than this. Sooo I have a day off now, and it means I can properly sit down and blab about my experience in Disneyland and share some photos with you guys.

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The place was truly the happiest place and the HOTTEST. We spent a solid 8 hours in there and pretty much certain we went home with a damaged integumentary system. Haha. Like seriously I never thought I could sweat like that, I swear sweats are dripping literally from every parts of my body (well maybe not EVERY parts haha) it’s gross I know. But heyyy it wasn’t bad and the experiences are mine now. IT’S WORTH IT and that’s all that matters!

TIPS:

Bring a snack and water. Foods there are crazy expensive and you have to stay hydrated!

Buy your tickets beforehand. You can buy them online or at the hotel you’re staying if they do sell. Ticket price is HK$589 for a one-day adult entry.

Get there early before it opens. The Hongkong Disneyland opens 10 am and closes 10 pm. The people there will let you in before 10 am so you can carry on right away with picture taking (haha) and you do not want to be squeezing and be squeezed in the queue to get through the turnstiles.

Visit on weekdays. Weekends are the busiest.

Stroll and ride all you can. Waste no time and cover every ride there is and stroll around the entire place.

Watch the parade. You can’t miss the parade that starts at around 4 pm. It is so much fun, super entertaining, and a whole new level of cuteness!

Apply loads of sunscreen. If you’re visiting during the summer basically on scorching days, PLEASE wear sunscreen and don’t forget your sunglasses.

Have a nice day or evening and thank you for stopping by! xx

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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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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!××