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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
Started the year by meeting up with old friends.