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Year End Escapade: City of Pines – Baguio City

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It’s been on my travel list to visit Baguio City, so before 2014 ends and another year will past, I have to make it happen even for a short 3-day trip to the City of Pines. What it makes it more memorable, its my first time to visit Baguio and yes I have waited this long to visit this place. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ It’s worth the wait. They say Baguio has changed over the years and that is expected, if a place is also growing in terms of tourism and modernization. I think what makes it special is the location. Philippines is known to be a tropical country and Baguio is one of the place where the weather is colder from the rest of the cities in the country, that’s why it is also called Summer Capital of the Philippines.

My friends and I decided to have a quick trip last December, which is also a peak season in Baguio, since its a long holiday vacation, we went there right after Christmas, expecting that there were only few tourist by that time and probably most people are going back to Manila to prepare for New Year’s Eve, I guess we’re wrong, again charge to experience. ^__^ You know you’re almost there, if you start to see foggy roads, you can barely see if there are any cars coming, now I know why its dangerous to travel at night if you do not know the place but I’m getting excited already! ^__^v

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How to get to Baguio: Take Victory Liner Bus going to Baguio, travel time is 6 to 8 hours. Fare depends on the type of bus, budget is around 400php to 700php one-way

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Back to my happy place: Boracay 2014

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Last year I was also here, I would say Boracay is my favorite place that I would always go back to. It’s like being in an island that’s is full of people but still enjoy the island life. What made this different is that I’ll be spending this vacation with my friends back in high school. This is our first time to travel outside of our comfort place since we graduated from high school andΒ  started our own careers. We planned an all girls vacation for us to bond and enjoy, since we’re all tied to our own careers. Chos! But unfortunately some wasn’t able to join us due to some commitments.. Chos! Oh well the vacation has to go on, since we have booked the tickets and booked the accommodation already, we can’t back out now. I really need this vacation to just be away from all the stress from work and just enjoy my short vacation with my girlfriends. I also wanted to push this trip since this is the first time for my friends to visit Boracay. Iwanted them to see and experience for themselves why I love Boracay.

my girlfriends

my girlfriends

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Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves and The Petronas Tower

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Just like in my previous post Malaysia is our unexpected trip, we got a FREE accommodation in a 5-star hotel so, we grabbed the opportunity to visit this place since we planned to visit KL last year during our trip in Singapore but it did not happen.

So finally we’re here and ready to explore the place and see what Malaysia “truly Asia” has to offer. Low cost carriers like Cebu Pacific and Air Asia arrived in KLIA- LCCT (Low Cost Carrier Terminal).Β We arrived in Malaysia at midnight and since its a budgeted trip, we just decided to spend the night at the airport. The agony of waiting in the airport with only steel chairs to get some sleep, priceless (hahaha).

After taking some uncomfortable sleep, we headed to KL Sentral to start our day. We took Aeroline bus to KL Sentral at MYR8 (one-way), the ride going to KL Sentral to took us around 45 minutes, next thing we knew is that we are already in KL Sentral. Since we’ll be starting our adventure early and it’s still early for checking-in to the hotel, its a good thing that there are lockers in KL Sentral where can you leave your luggage while you explore Malaysia, the locker that we rented is MYR10, price rent depends on the size of the bag, price ranges from MYR5 to MYR20 (not bad! for a hassle free walking around KL).

We had our breakfast first, before heading to our first stop the Batu Caves. Good thing that the train is not to crowded, but it took us 45 minutes to wait for the train going to Batu Caves.When you arrive the Batu Cave station you will instantly see the human monkey and you arrived your final destination.

The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia. The limestone forming Batu Caves is said to be around 400 million years old. Some of the cave entrances were used as shelters by the indigenous Temuan people.

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Malaysia: Sample Itinerary and Expenses

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Here is our actual itinerary for Malaysia which is limited to Kuala Lumpur only. Why? Due to limited time and we don’t have interest on the other tourist spots in Malacca and Johor Bahru, but still hoping to visit other parts of Malaysia (someday πŸ˜€ ). So here are the places that we explored in Kuala Lumpur, no pressure and just full experience of what Kuala Lumpur has to offer. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Actual Itinerary

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We made sure that we don’t commit the same mistake that we did on our last trip. Everything went smooth and according to our plan. The whole trip is “as always” tiring but I have gain new memories and experience that I will keep for a lifetime. Til my next trip πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Below is the breakdown of our expense for the 4-day stay in Malaysia we were lucky that our hotel accommodation is sponsored by a friend. We stayed at Grand Hyatt Hotel for 3-days/2 nights with breakfast and access to the hotel facilities (how lucky is that! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ :D). Our Malaysia trip wasn’t on my itinerary of the countries to visit this year, but since we got a FREE accommodation, we took the opportunity to visit Malaysia, we just make sure that we don’t overboard with our budget. Our expense doesn’t include the airfare ticket.

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My Unforgettable Travel Story: Singapore is Epic

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When did I start loving everything about Korea? I guess, when I started watching Boys Over Flower and Gu Jun Pyo played by Lee Min Ho, a lot of my friends are talking about it. I got curious and since then, visiting South Korea is on my bucket list. So when I heard Korean Air Southeast Asia is giving a chance for bloggers to visit Korea, I told myself to why not try my luck and maybe, just maybe I might get a chance to win a trip to Korea for FREE by just sending my unforgettable travel story.Β  πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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Singapore: Universal Studios Part2

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After all that roller coaster ride, we took a break and had lunch. Since today’s schedule is jam packed we have to make the most out of Universal Studios. After our lunch at StarBot, beside is the Transformer Ride, a lot of my friends recommend to try this attraction, and I approve it to be really fun and exciting. (thumbs up! :)) What makes it different to the other rides, is that it comes with a 3D glasses (which makes it cool) so you don’t know if your in a roller coaster ride of its just our ride that makes it really realistic. Love it!

Sci-Fi City

Sci-Fi City


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Singapore: Universal Studios Sentosa

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Our day 2 in Singapore was spent in Sentosa Island. During the day we went to Universal Studios, probably for first time travelers they would really include this place to their itineraries. I’m not a fan of theme parks, but since this is like once in a lifetime experience or should I say, you can brag people that you’ve been there ehe! πŸ™‚ it would be worth to try and experience Universal Studios. We took the Sentosa Express from Harbour Center, to get to Sentosa Island, there are also other mode of transportation to get to Sentosa, but we opted to take the Sentosa Express so as to save us time. Tickets can be bought from ticket booth for 3SG$ or you can use your EZ Link card for 4SG$. If you plan to go inside the Universal Studios, tickets for a day-tour inside the theme park is 74SG$ for adults, good thing Andrew got a spare ticket and sold it to us for 70SG$ plus he gave us a express ticket for FREE! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ :). We save atleast 30SG$ for the express ticket, weeee! πŸ™‚

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Your Universal Studios experience won’t be complete if you haven’t taken a picture with the iconic globe of Universal Studios.

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Singapore: Photowalk Part2

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After the water show by the bay, we continued our photo-walking tour to Helix and Singapore Flyer.

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Marina Bay Sands

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The Helix Bridge

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We barely knew where we are heading, we just follow the flow of people and worry about later, on how we’re gonna get home πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
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[LATE POST] Imma B.Explorer

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Your Boracay trip is not complete if you haven’t tried the different water sport that this paradise has to offer. With my limited stay in Boracay, I have to make the most out of it. It is a wonderful experience to be able to try some of the water sports in Boracay. (It opens my dream to learn how to swim, i so envy those people who can actually swim.) Anyways, i still get to swim using a life jacket.

Helmet Diving – is one way to get a closer look of the fishes under the sea and feed them. The weight of the helmet is no joke even if you’re on the bottom the sea it is still heavy and I can’t get my hands off from the helmet because I’m scared it my fall of my head. ☺☺☺

This activity will last 10 to 15 minutes on the actual. For 600php/head comes a free CD. So have fun under the sea.. (:

Parasailing – is a great way to end the day and a great experience. To be able to see the island from a different view. 10 minutes of parasailing you can see the whole stretch of the island and the sunset as well. (1700php/head)

Have fun and enjoy the sea..

[LATE POST] Must see… Boracay

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Boracay is not “just” a place but there are “alot” of places, activities you can do explore in this island.

If you’re just a beach bum and just enjoy watching people walking here and there, watching the famous sunset of Boracay is for you. I had to walk all the way from Station 1 to 3 to feel the difference of each place. If you prefer a more quiet place you should check Station 1. This is also were the expensive hotels are. Station 2 is like the city among the 3 stations, this is where D’Mall is located, shops and restos are just everywhere. We’ll Station 3 is just too far. ☺☺☺

2nd stop from our island hopping is the Cyrstal Cove. You can check out Crystal Cove and explore their caves. You can actually fit inside this hole.

On the other side of the tunnel is a small area where you can dip and swim. The water is cool and salty πŸ™‚

There are also huts where you can have picnic.

View from Mt. Luho

You can explore Boracay either by land or by sea. You just have to be adventurous to see the beauty of this island. *winks*