My Top 5 Favorite Beaches in the Philippines

I must be crazy for attempting to pick just 5 favorite beaches in the Philippines. I’m sure this is just going to be part 1, and there will be more parts to this post in the future. Even though it’s a fact that our country boasts of hundreds of beautiful beaches, I’ve only been to a few, so my selection is not as extensive as I’d like them to be. But still, even with just a few beaches to choose from, this is going to be a tough post to write. Let’s begin. Continue reading

Travel Diary: Trip to South Korea Part 2 – N Seoul Tower

View of the N Seoul Tower from below.

Raise your hand if you’re watching Legend of the Blue Sea or have watched any Koreanovela before. I know I have, many times! They’re the best at creating romantic scenes with beautiful cinematography. This is partly the reason why I wanted to visit South Korea. Who wouldn’t? The places are just so pretty! Now I get double the ‘kilig’ when I watch a Korean series and they were shot in places I’ve already been to. One such place is the Namsan Tower or N Seoul Tower.

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Travel Diary: Trip to South Korea Part 1 – Arrival

If I were to list all my dream destinations, South Korea would be up there in the top 5. I’d always wanted to go there but never really made it a reality because I thought the visa process was much too complicated (It’s totally the opposite though! I blogged about my visa application process here.)

A couple of months ago, on my birthday week, I finally realized my dream and spent 6 days in Korea. 6 days is too short to fully enjoy the place, but that’s all I had so I had to make do.

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2017 Itinerary

Since I have acquired a new job, one that requires me to report at an actual office, my longer travels will significantly become less frequent. No more staying abroad for months. At most, I can spend two weeks away, but that is if I decide to take my vacation leaves all in one go, which is kind of not possible. Now before I regret my decision of leaving my work-from-home job, I give you the list of places I want to visit this year.

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My 2016 in Pictures

There’s just a couple more days before we officially say goodbye to 2016. This year has been crazy! I’ve had a lot of memories, good and bad. My year-end blues came early this year which resulted to hard decisions being made. It was such a depressing time but I am happy that I’m leaving some things behind in 2016. It’s impossible to tell you all of the great stories in one post, so I’m posting pictures instead. (This would’ve been easier had I been a diligent blogger!)

January

Started the year by meeting up with old friends.

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How to Apply for a Korean Tourist Visa in the Philippines

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One thing I don’t like about traveling is the logistics involved. All that planning! Which hotel should I book? Which airline should I use? How much money should I bring? And dun dun dun dun, how do I friggin’ get a visa?! It’s such a daunting task that sometimes, I wish I could just magically transport myself to another country without having to go through all the hassle. But such is a traveler’s life, and if a girl wants to travel, a girl’s gotta get that visa.

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Mindanao Road Trip Part 1: Dipolog City

My friends decided to pay me a visit in my hometown Zamboanga City. We’d been talking about this for a very long time but plans were never realized until one day, we all just sat down and booked a ticket. They scheduled a 12-day trip so I wrote an itinerary for us to explore a couple of cities in Mindanao too.

First stop: Dipolog City.

Our main purpose was to go to Dakak, but since we told ourselves this was going to be a budget trip, we opted to book accommodations in Dipolog and just travel to Dapitan for Dakak. My friends arrived on April 4, and we hopped on a Rural Transit bus to Dipolog early the next day.

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I Miss Gami!

In October of last year, while I was in Melbourne, my friend who lives in Sydney swung by for a really short visit. I asked my sister where’s the best place to get dinner that’s not overly expensive, but has good food and she recommended Gami.

gamiGami is a Korean-style fried chicken and beer restaurant (sort of like Kyochon, but a million times yummier, IMHO). Their fried chicken comes in 4 flavor variations: Original, Sweet Chilli (my personal favorite!), Soy Garlic, and Spicy (second favorite!). You can order half & half flavors, but they tend to just put the sauce in dipping containers instead of directly onto the chicken. TIP: If you want more sauce, I suggest getting just one flavor so you can get your chicken swimming in yummy, saucy, goodness.

The restaurant also offers other food such as Tteok Bok Ki, Kimchi Pancake, Corn Cheese, Potato Heaven, and more! Here are pictures of my personal favorites!

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Tteok Bok Ki! Spicy but soooo good!
Yummy fried chicken! (I think this one was the spicy variation)
Yummy fried chicken! (I think this one was the spicy variation)
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Corn Cheese! A delicious combination of sweet corn kernels and gooey cheese!
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Corn Cheese and Potato Heaven, which is really heaven, by the way.

 

Gami is my most visited restaurant in Melbourne. I’m definitely going back when I visit my sister again. If you want to know what other things are in their menu and where their locations are, head on over to their site at www.gamichicken.com.au. (Menus vary by location).

2016 Itinerary

This post is a list of all the places I want to visit this year. Some of these are not confirmed yet, but a girl can dream, right?

Philippines

  • Dakak, Zamboanga del Norte (confirmed)
  • Cebu (confirmed)
  • Siargao (confirmed)
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Sagada

Overseas

  • Australia (confirmed)
    • Melbourne (confirmed)
    • Sydney (confirmed)
  • South Korea (confirmed)
  • Fiji
  • Morocco

Spending Summer 2015 in Boracay

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Boracay, Aklan

 

I was lucky enough to have been able to go to the beach twice last summer. Having different sets of friends who all love to travel, and being one who can’t say no to quick and cheap trips, I almost always end up saying yes whenever I get invited. This time, it was in Palawan and Boracay. (I’ll blog about my awesome Palawan trip next time)

Last year, I, together with my friends Kat and Reena, went to Boracay (I didn’t blog about it, but I posted our parasailing video). And after a year, Reena and I went back. It wasn’t a vacation really, because we didn’t take leaves from work. It was a 7-day trip of working from the island (can’t complain). We didn’t do any activities, except the Pub Crawl (which I’m gonna blog about separately).

Here are some of the pictures I took during the trip. There aren’t many as I didn’t bring a camera. All pictures were taken using my iPhone.

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Boracay Airport

 

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Food! I loved the gizzard and this Crispy Bulalo at Smoke.

 

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1. A stray cat. 2. Wanted to buy calamansi muffins, but they ran out!

 

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Boracay Sunset

 

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Restaurant interior

 

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Trying out the panorama trick shot on Reena

 

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Selfie and a sunset picture

 

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And another sunset picture

 

xoxo,

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PS
This post is mainly just a photo dump to document my trip. Will update with more meaningful posts soon.