The last part of my last year’s Asian journey was the China’s biggest city: Shanghai. Actually, this was the place I really wanted to visit; Tokyo and Taipei were just added to my itinerary. Looking up the skyscrapers and feeling the dynamic city vibes, this is what I always dream to experience – as close enough as greater cities like New York and London.
Oriental Pearl TV Tower
November 3, Shanghai: I arrived at Pudong International Airport at around 5 in the morning. I stayed there until the bus to the city was available, which was the cheapest option I know. The fare was 20CNY. I checked in to the hostel which is near the centre. I went to the bank to exchange money and walked around my neighbourhood. I fell in love with the city immediately with the different buildings with creative designs. Continue reading
October 31, Tokyo: I started the day with a visit to the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace. Little did I know that it does not open during Mondays, I decided to get back to it later and explore its neighbourhood instead.
Around Imperial Palace
Around Imperial Palace
Near the gardens are Continue reading
October 30, Tokyo: It was the start of a new day. To begin with, I took a train to the crowded Ueno station and walked towards the park to share the natural side of Tokyo with groups of families, friends, and couples hanging out around on a Sunday morning. It was the right time for me to Continue reading
October 28, Taipei: It was my last night in Taiwan. Tired from playing with cats at Houtong and wandering with the crowds of Jiufen, I went straight to the airport. I spent the night taking a nap at the departure area, while waiting for the check-in time of my Scoot Airlines flight bound for Tokyo.
The plane would depart from the city at Continue reading
It has been a month already since I had my long trip. I can still remember it. Those days were part of my happiest moments of this year. Now I will start my entire story into three parts, each country represents a part. So earlier this year, I planned to travel across East Asia, thru Taiwan, Japan, and China. (Click the link). Thankfully, it was a successful trip. So here the adventure goes…
October 26, Manila: Continue reading
I’ve been to Boracay with my friends once, which was last 2015. Back then, we tried some water activities, including a flying fish ride, helmet diving, and island hopping. I enjoyed that trip and didn’t expect that I would be back to the paradise island this year.
With My Friends, 2015
Sunrise at Bulabog Beach, 2015
Some two or three months ago, I saw a Facebook advertisement of a large passenger ferry company, 2GO Travel, that revealed a 5-Peso (base fare) sale. I was interested with it because aside from the fact that it was a good deal, I never tried boarding on a local ferry here in my own country. So I grabbed it. The total cost was Continue reading
I had a great experience in the islands of Kota Kinabalu. I enjoyed the city as well, with its laid-back atmosphere and natural ambiance despite some big establishments. It was my time then to leave the place and head to my next destination, which just lies near Sabah; I was bound for the oil-rich country of Brunei.
Situated at the northwestern coast of Borneo, this tiny nation is divided into two sections by the Malaysian state of Sarawak. Its capital is Bandar Seri Begawan, which spans an area of 100 square kilometres. Travel between Kota Kinabalu and Brunei is easy, with a lot of options either by land, water, or air. Just like Singapore, the city can be explored in a short period of time and the sights here mainly includes mosques, parks, and shopping areas. On my one (and a half) day trip in Bandar, I saw most of its notable landmarks.
View of Sultan Omar Ali Saiffudien Mosque from Yayasan Complex