Friday, May 20, 2016

Kwentong Kaladkarin #54: Kissed Kuala Lumpur and I Liked It!

Da Where: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Da When: July 5, 2014
Da Who: me, myself and I!

My first ever border-crossing via land transport was my Singapore to Malaysia day trip. All on my own, short but sweet trip. :)

- Crossed the Singapore-Malaysia border via bus (book through or at Golden Mile Complex in Kallang) with SG$55 round-trip fares. Passports will be stamped at both SG and MY immigration counters. Tip: Take note of your bus number so you know you're getting on the right one after getting your passport stamped. Take your stuff with you when going through the immigration counters.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Kwentong Kaladkarin #53: Baler Break – Of Surfing and Serenity

Da Where: Baler, Aurora, Philippines
Da When: February 23-25, 2013
Da Who: me, Vin, Maggie and Ferdz

One of the good things that greet you as soon you step into Secret Spot is the warm sweet-salty air playing with your hair. This was a welcome change from the freezing AC of the 8-hour bus ride from Cubao to Aurora. The other is the sight and sound of waves crashing just a cartwheel away from where we were standing. And of course, Tita Rose's welcoming grin.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

In Between: Sagada Smitten

I'd be starting 'In Between' updates in the spirit of me being unable to post real-time or as often as I should. It could be due to the following reasons: too busy with work and school, too tired, too fed up with my snail-pace internet connection, too lazy or simply just preferred sleep over facing a blinking cursor. ;D

I took a trip to Sagada in the Mountain Province in November of 2012 and it was my third visit, coinciding with my first solo trip. Blogging about it soon... :)

7 hours bus ride to Baguio
7 hours bus ride to Sagada
Spelunking at Lumiang-Sagada Caves
Rappel and rock climb at Echo Valley
River-trekking to Pongas Falls
Bonfire and beer with the locals
Daybreak stars and wishing on falling ones
Climbing Mt. Ampacao to catch the sunrise
Hiking to Lake Danum
Visiting Ub Ubbo Pottery
Touring the town
7 hours bus ride to Baguio
7 hours bus ride to Manila
Three nights. Four days. Pine trees. Blue skies. Chilly air. Amazing people.
I fall in love with this place over and over again.

Music Credits:
Blown Away - A Fine Frenzy
I Want The Sky - Lucy Schwartz

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Kwentong Kaladkarin #52: Spicy Legazpi – The Trip's Travel Tips

Da Where: Legazpi, Albay, Philippines
Da When: September 27-29, 2012
Da Who: me and first-time travel buddies from work, Red and Meis :)

With so many things to do and so many things to see in the Bicolandia, a weekend trip would probably make you groan and say "I wish I were staying longer!"

Ditto. However, a weekend trip is entirely possible. Take it from me, who didn't even plan where to stay, where to go and what to see. Okay, maybe not the 'what to see' part. I did read up a bit to get me all hyped up. :D

Magayon Mayon from Embarcadero

Friday, February 15, 2013

Kwentong Kaladkarin #51: Spicy Legazpi – Of Fantastic Views and Fiery Frozen Delights

Da Where: Legazpi, Albay, Philippines
Da When: September 27-29, 2012
Da Who: me and first-time travel buddies from work, Red and Meis :)

The previous night's alcohol buzz was non-existent when I woke up that Sunday morning. The famous almost-perfectly-cone volcano that is the pride of this region and also infamous for being finicky in showing all her glory is waiting for us!

I saw her once from afar on a banca on our way back to Naga from Caramoan shrouded by clouds and then once on a clear day while I was on a plane to Davao. This time, hangover or not, pretty much nothing will stop me from coming up close and personal with Mayon.

Breakfast, at last!