🌺Aloha Friday!! 🌺
Our friends had to leave to catch their flight but the sun lit up the sky so much that we were frantically trying to find our way to the ocean to take some pictures. We ended up taking a last minute turn and ended up in this sweet little boat dock with a bunch of locals. It was such an amazing sunset. Special thanks to my amazing models Romeo and Ceci!!!! #sunset#maui
Another country we visited when we spent the public holidays touring in Southeast Asia was Thailand. The first time we arrived at Bangkok, we were hustled by the taxi driver. One of my friends sprinted to get the train tickets on the other side of the building so I looked after our bags. Little did I know that my other friend was locked at the vehicle since the driver was refusing to take the exact bill and decided to ask for almost double the amount indicated on the meter. We also had to run fast as we can since we didn't have plenty of time. We we're booked on a sleeper train going to Nong Khai so we can cross the border from Thailand to Laos. I also got food poisoned at the diner on the sleeper train so we're going through a lot that night, I guess. They're adventurous tho, so they laughed it all off while I sulked on my misfortune. Going back to Bangkok from Laos tho is a different story. I was kind of fascinated with the temples, they're much more detailed than the ones we saw in Vietnam and Cambodia. I also loved roaming around Khao San Road where we experienced legit Thai massage. I braved on munching some street food at Chatuchak Market considering I just got food poisoned few days ago. We chilled there for four nights and it was the most relaxed we've been the whole trip!!! :) (*from left to right: Nong Khai station; Inside the sleeper train; An array of Buddhas at Wat Pho; A corner of an area where Buddhas lined up; A table of elegant tea sets on Chatuchak Market; The ceiling of one of the temples in Wat Pho, talk about attention to details!)
Posted at: 2018-05-30 03:42:59
We were so looking forward for 27th because we hadn't been to Negros for the longest time, and we've planned on going to Carbin Reef at Sagay to spend the weekend and chill. Sooooooo many mishaps along the way, like I literally thought we were so ready and come the night before, few hours before my flight, the van I rented still hadn't confrmed, we couldn't get ahold of our relatives from Alegria because the signal there was weak, we still didn't know if the reservation we booked still stood because the tourism office can't be reached, and I forgot to plan on the food to bring for when we get to the island. Despite all that tho, we were able to make it to the island and see one of the bluest waters in the Philippines, and actually swim in it :) (*From left to right: Shore view, Carbin Reef; Family Pic, cropped myself out of the pic cause I'm too wide for the frame, lol; road going to Sagay, Talisay)
Posted at: 2018-05-19 07:54:05
We started our Indochina trip with a one-way ticket to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam which was the first city and country we've visited. We've basically tried the local stuff like riding the bus to the Market, trying their cuisine and authentic streetfood, went to the post office to write on and send postcards, and did a historical tour at Cu Chi Tunnels. Vietnamese love their greens so if you're vegan, you'll love it there. They have some of the simplest and lightest yet complementing flavor profile, and they serve their veggies fresh, straight to a circular basket (bilao in Filipino) like a serving of Bún Cha for example. Ho Chi Minh also has one of the two "The World of Heineken" Museums, one being in its origin country, The Amsterdam. There, a host walked us through the history and process of brewing Heineken beers. The experience was fun and I personally enjoyed the VIP treatment. We watched some clips, poured our own beer, partied at the bar, and played some games. Too bad my personalised bottle got hold at the airport at Bangkok :( But being on the viewdeck of Saigon Skydeck, looking at the expanse of city lights, and just drinking beer with unlimited chips on the side are more than enough for having to pay two admissions for the night(one for the observation deck and one for the @heineken tour). And boy did we enjoy :)))
(*from left to right: Inside Ben Thanh Street Food Market; Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon; Buu Dien, Saigon Central Post Office; Me writing on a postcard; Admission tickets taken at the observation floor of Saigon Skydeck; Heineken 4D ride; the host welcoming us to the pouring station; Me and other tourists pouring our very own beer; Drinking the fruit of labor; Me and Nich playing foosball at The World of Heineken)
Posted at: 2018-05-18 01:23:06
The second city that we've visited on our Indochina trip was Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It was a good seven-hour bus ride from Ho Chi Mihn, Vietnam so I took advantage of my playlists on @spotify . This was actually the first time I travelled across countries' borders. Phnom Penh felt a little closer to home because of the establishments, the people, and also the food which had hints of Filipino flavor profile. I mean at least the variants of food I've decided to try. This city gave me the best experience in terms of trying to learn about the country, opening the opportunity to bond with my friends, talking to the locals, and letting us immerse into their culture. We barely scratched the surface of Phnom Penh and its people for staying there for two days yet we were given months' worth of happiness already. Mahal kita Phnom Penh :) (*from left to right: Silver Pagoda; Throne Hall; Royal Stupa, one of the many; A close-up shot of a Praying Buddha at the Royal Palace; Locals playing a folk-game enticing tourists to join in; Kids doing some kind of a team-building activity; Locals playing with tourists from other cities of Cambodia)
Posted at: 2018-05-07 19:45:56
I travelled to four countries in Southeast Asia with my friends to spend the public holidays last month. Along with the journey of course were great experiences. I could talk about the Krama weaving for one.
We just got done roaming around the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and decided to go to UCC so I can have my daily dose of caffeine. Then we walked around some more and got to a park and saw these kids running in circles, laughing, and playing folk games that seemed unfamiliar to us. We were urged by the kids to play with them together with some other foreigners, but the games involved dancing so I opted not to join in :P Then we went to the pagoda where the weaving materials were placed. We basically got invited the minute we went to their registration desk. We were given a mini passport containing all the details of the event and then proceeded to the elders who taught us about the weaving process, hands-on and one on one. What's really cool about this experience was they welcomed both locals and tourists to join and contribute on their attempt to weave a thousand-meter Krama which is their traditional scarf, spearheaded by @gogocambodia . What a great way to introduce their culture, right? Also this place was overflowing with interaction, locals and tourists dancing together, talking to each other, and eating on the side of the park. Hope they make it to the Guinness Book of World Records! By the way, it's a six-month-long event so if they still hadn't made it to a thousand, maybe you can join and have some fun too :) You can visit gogocambodia.asia/en/ to know more about it if you want.