East Asia 2016, Part 1: Taiwan

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…

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How I Spent PhP 3000 ($60) for a One-Day Trip to Boracay

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.

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

How to Catch the Lowest Airfare Deals

Traveling becomes more and more affordable nowadays due to variety of promo fares. With the presence of a number of low-cost carriers, finding a cheap airfare to your next destination is never difficult, if and only if, you book it some weeks (or months) ahead of the actual flight, especially if you’re planning to fly at a peak season. As a regular promo fare abangers, the cheapest flight I got was from Manila to Taipei and Manila to Kuala Lumpur at PhP121 each! (This was the time when the PhP550 terminal fee was still payable at the airport). Nowadays, all-in fares advertised by most LCCs will cost you for as low as PhP1299 for a one-way international flight. Take note that these seats are very limited and you should grab it at the earliest time possible. Here are some tips for particular airlines: Continue reading

The Best Things To Do In Hong Kong

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Hong Kong, Asia’s World City, is a Special Administrative Region situated at the southeast coast of China. Started as a small fishing village back in the 1800s, it has grown into a bustling and exciting metropolis with skyscrapers spreading across the city. With its 150 years history of British colonization, the Western influence is evident on its street names, modes of transportation, and the locals’ life itself. Its area of around 1100 square kilometres covers Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, Lantau Island, the New Territories, and the Outlying Islands.

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Kota Kinabalu to Brunei (BSB) by Bus: 8 Passport Stamps in a Single Journey

Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia and Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei are two of the major cities in the island of Borneo. Travel between these two is easy and convenient, since there are a lot of options available. There are flights between Kota Kinabalu and Bandar Seri Begawan served by different airlines; there are ferries you can take from Kota Kinabalu to Labuan and onwards from Labuan to Brunei; and there is also an option for a long land journey, if you have enough time and you’re not in a rush. During my tour in Borneo, I only had a short time of vacation but I took the last option, because of one reason: PASSPORT STAMPS! In case you’re not aware of it, choosing this route will let you earn EIGHT (8) passport stamps, and this is a good way to fill up your passport if you’re fond of collecting them.

Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar Ali Saiffudien

Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar Ali Saiffudien, Bandar Seri Begawan

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Borneo 2016, Part 2: Brunei Darussalam

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.

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View of Sultan Omar Ali Saiffudien Mosque from Yayasan Complex

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