About two and a half years ago, I wrote down a list of 5 countries I was going to visit for the next five years. I am on schedule so far and have visited two out of the five. I’ve been to Australia and South Korea in the last two years, this year would be Japan and/or US, and within the two years after that, Greece to visit Santorini. While that hasn’t happened yet, I have been lucky to have had the chance to visit a resort in Ilocos Sur that resembles the place and it’s called Vitalis Villas.
I’ll let you in on a secret. More than a decade ago, when I was a huge K-Pop fangirl (raise your hand if you started fangirling K-pop and K-drama oppas in the early 2000’s!), I really wanted to go to Korea to see my favorite Korean boyband, Shinhwa. While that didn’t happen, because I thought getting a visa was so hard, and basically because all my money went to merch, I made sure that now that I am a grownup, and I know that getting a South Korean visa is a breeze, that I would at least go there, if not to see my idols from the past, to at least do a DIY K-Drama tour.
I am not as hardcore a fangirl as I used to be, and I rarely ever watch K-dramas anymore (pffft, I just marathoned Black on Netflix. Teehee), but I thought it would be a great experience to check out some of the famous TV drama locations in Seoul on my second trip to South Korea.
If you are looking to go the beach to surf or swim and the usual Elyu and Baler choices have already been exhausted and you just want to go somewhere else, try San Narciso, Zambales.
San Narciso, Zambales is just about a 3-hour drive away from Manila. Zambales, generally, has a lot of beautiful beaches, one of which is my favorite, Potipot. Some years ago, Anawangin and Nagsasa coves became popular among local adventure seekers as well.
Truth is, you can’t. At least not the kind of long travels where you spend months or a year in a foreign country or out of town. It is physically impossible. Unless your company sends you on a business trip, and that’s not counted. If you’re stuck to a desk and your vacation days are limited, you can say goodbye to ever having long travels.
But having an office job doesn’t mean you can’t dream of getting away from time to time. Because, you definitely can!
I’ve been to Australia thrice, and I’ve always been meaning to write this post as I know a lot of you are wanting to know how to get an Australian Tourist Visa from the Philippines. So here it is.
This post will focus primarily on how to submit an application online as I’ve never experienced going through VFS Global. Also, this post rely heavily on my own experience of applying for a tourist visa. I am not an immigration expert, I’m merely someone who wants to share the process I had gone through when I submitted my own application.
Before traveling, one of the things I do is research on local transportation. It gives me a sense of confidence getting around Seoul, or tackling the streets of a foreign country knowing I know even just a little bit about what modes of transportation are available to me and how much they usually cost. This also allows me to set aside a more realistic budget and plan a more hassle-free trip. I was particularly more thorough during my South Korea trip, because OMG SEOUL! I felt like this was a long overdue trip (like, a decade overdue), and I wanted to be prepared for it as much as I could.
Hate crowds? Don’t go to MyeongDong. It is one of the major shopping districts in Seoul where tourists and locals flock to get some serious shopping done. But. If you love shopping and would want to experience Korean street food and get souvenirs on the cheap (and not-so-cheap), MyeongDong is heaven on earth.
So, I revisited my 2017 itinerary, and out of all the places listed on there, I only went to two. There were so many unplanned trips last year that I had to forego some of what I initially listed. For the sake of tradition, I am listing the places I really wish to visit this year.
Ilocos Norte / Sur
- United States
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
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.