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
I love short escapes from the mundane life. It just relaxes my mind and free myself from stress for a while. It was another eid holiday season this September, so it was meant for me to go out again for a long weekend. On the earlier part of the year, I booked a cheap flight from Manila to Kota Kinabalu, knowing that tentatively, the work-free day would fall on a Monday, September 12, as listed by some of the sources I checked online. Good news, the holiday was announced to be on that date.
Gaya Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park
Kota Kinabalu, the city where I would land, is the capital of East Malaysia’s Sabah in the island of Borneo, the third largest non-continental island in the world after Greenland and New Guinea. This island offers a lot of natural sights and is famous for its diverse wildlife, white sand beaches, excellent diving spots, and huge national parks. Borneo is shared by three countries: Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak), Brunei, and Indonesia (Kalimantan). Kota Kinabalu is the main gateway to East Malaysia that’s why it is the second busiest airport in the country. The main sight I was planning to visit there is the well-known Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, a group of five islands some kilometers away from the city.
I planned to have a four-day vacation there. This would be my itinerary, supposedly: Continue reading