Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Australia and New Zealand 2017 DIY Travel Video


Sharing our epic 13-day trip to Australia and New Zealand DIY travel video!

This is my favorite video (so far) because my Fiancé leveled up his video editing techniques :) from the user friendly GoPro Video maker now to Adobe Premier Pro where he learned the software in a day (naks!).

We also used a combination of GoPro Hero Black 3+, Apple iPhone 7 and Samsung Note 5 cellphone to achieve cinematic shots because GoPro videos does not have a zoom feature. 

Anyway, please watch our DIY video here, ENJOY! >> click here <<
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Sunday, November 12, 2017

How to Apply for a New Zealand Tourist Visa Online for Filipinos

I mentioned in my previous blog that my fiancé and I went on an epic 13 day Australia-New Zealand adventure and to date, it is one of the most memorable trip. I got my Australian visa in a week thanks to its super efficient online services but New Zealand is much faster as I got my MULTIPLE TOURIST VISA in just 3 days.

Here are steps on how to apply for a New Zealand Tourist Visa Online for Filipinos:

1) Go to the New Zealand Website  and create a RealMe Account

In the upper right hand corner of the website, click Login and click create a RealMe Account. RealMe is a secure online ID that allows you to login to a wide range of New Zealand Government services using just one username and password. All notifications and grant visa letters will be sent through this portal so always make a habit to check your account for updates.

Once you have your RealMe Account, you can create, update, or save your application until you are ready for submission and payment. 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Steps on How to Apply for an Australian Tourist Visa Online for Filipinos

Last September 2017 my fiancé and I went on an epic 13 day Australian-New Zealand Trip  which was so fun and memorable. It was our first long-haul flight and we learned so much in traveling especially in a first world country which was totally out of our comfort zone.

In this blog post, I will share my experience in getting an Australian (soon to post, New Zealand visa!) Tourist Visa ONLINE and for Filipinos (because you can apply in 3 ways--walk in, via courier, and via online). It's actually super easy because you can do everything literally online but I must admit, filling up the requirements can be very nakakapraning (paranoid) because you want everything to be perfect so.

Here are 4 major steps in applying for Tourist Visa Online (w/ Screenshots):

1) Go to the VFS Global Website (Australia's global partner agency) and create an ImmiAccount. Answer the serious of questions and information you need to fill up to set-up your account. Think setting up a Facebook or the usual Gmail account! :) 
Provide a valid email address to create your ImmiAccount and make sure that you regularly check your email because this is the only way that the embassy will be communicating with you. Once email is confirmed, proceed with your application. 

Click on "New Application" and select the visa you need. In this case, select "Visitor" and under that option, click "Visitor Visa (600)" as the type of visa. Then, proceed answering the questions based on your personal information and intent.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Backpacking Travel Must Have: What to Pack and How to Pack Your Stuff

Last 2016, we've finally ticked-off our South East Asian backpacking trip in our bucket list! This travel plan has been in our list since year 2013 and because of our heavy workload, our trip was pushed back 3 years after. 

Backpacking requires A LOT OF PLANNING because you need to consider budget, itinerary, transportation, flights, time differences (if any), currency, accommodation and even the essential items that can only fit in one back pack. For me, the latter was one of the most challenging because I'm not a light packer haha but I will share to you how I packed for a backpacking trip and give you some travel tips!

1. It is best to start preparing you backpack after finalizing your travel itinerary so that you know what kind of clothes to bring, items to pack, and how many set of clothes you need to prepare. 

It's been a habit of ours to print a 1-paged back to back cheat sheet of all our travel details such as itinerary, flight schedules and airport, foreign exchange rates, address of hotels or Airbnb, subway map, even budget per day or country so you have everything in one document. This one pager will come in handy and will not consume your device's battery :) This is also our reason why we never availed those International Mobile Data because we've prepared everything and you'll never get lost even if your cellphone is dead. 
2. Invest in a durable and lightweight backpack such as Deuter (Not a sponsored post! I just love my Deuter bag! Super worth it!). We bought one Red Deuter Act Trail 28 SL and a Deuter 30 SL in Blue in R.O.X. Fort. These sizes can be hand-carried so you don't have to purchase additional baggage allowance and do not have to wait for your bags in the airport carousel which sometimes take forever!
3. When choosing your attire, keep in mind the weather and make sure that the clothes can be worn many times or is versatile. Since we're traveling to South East Asia, we chose light and cotton fabric because it can be very humid. No jeans because it's bulky and can already take up space and weight in your backpack. 

I packed the following inside my Backpack:

Saturday, April 29, 2017

SEA Backpacking Series: Itinerary for 4 Asian Countries in 10 Nights 11 Days

When we first started to travel outside of the Philippines, we had a very difficult time putting together an itinerary because there was so many information that you can find out there in the internet through different blogs, travel sites, or other websites. But being a budget traveler, we didn't want to spend extra money to pay for travel agencies to arrange tours for us. Hence, we started our own blog to help people like us who were having difficulty putting together the best travel itinerary.

Putting together our South East Asia Backpacking trip itinerary was by far the most difficult task because we had to research on itinerary for 5 different cities and put everything together in 10 days (taking into account travel time, waiting time in airports, etc.) while achieving the things we want to do in each cities in a budget friendly manner haha. There were so many things to take into consideration which is why it took me a very long time to come up with this itinerary! Lucky for you, I will be sharing our SEA Backpacking itinerary which can serve as your guide for either a backpacking trip to these countries or if you just want to visit one of the countries that we’ve went to haha. You may also view our SEA travel video here to get a sneak peak of the entire itinerary! 

OUR SOUTH EAST ASIA ITINERARY (click the enlarge the photo)
 

ITINERARY SUMMARY:
Siem Reap, Cambodia [Day 1-2]
  • We arrived from a late flight on Day 1 so we spent only 1 full day in Cambodia. We went on a whole day Tuktuk tour in Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm Temple, and Bayon.
  • We finished early so we spent time at the night market to have dinner and get a foot massage before heading off to the Bus station going to Vietnam.
  • We met our college friend during the first day where we ate dinner and went around the famous Ben Thanh Market to shop!
  • We went on a half day Cu Chi Tunnel (there is also a whole day option) but unfortunately had to go through heavy rains going back! We literally took a picture in their famous cathedral and post office before going to BBQ dinner with our college friend.
 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia [Day 5-6]
  • We went to Petronas Tower and Suria KLCC mall which is right next to each other. We explored also different malls in the area at night.
  • We headed off to Batu Caves early morning for a morning exercise going up the caves then went back to our hotel to check-out before heading to the airport.

SEA Backpacking Series: Guide to Jakarta Indonesia

We went to Jakarta Indonesia for the last leg of our South East Asia Backpacking Series! Initially when we were doing research, we found that there was not much to do in Jakarta aside from going to shopping malls. But we still decided to include it in our trip since it was just an hour away from Bali and we also had our friend living there who we wanted to meet. Thankfully, we were hosted and toured by our friend for our entire stay in Jakarta!

Transportation:
Public transportation and traffic are bad in Jakarta similar to the Philippines, hence a lot of people bring their own cars. The best way for you to go around the city is by riding a taxi which we did from airport to our hotel which cost around 150,000 Rupiah or 550 Pesos. We figured going around the city might be a bit more expensive because of the taxi cost and the traffic everywhere which is why we were in luck when our friend decided to tour us around the city. Disclaimer: we don't have any instructions on how to get to these places since we did not use any public transportation throughout the trip.

Things to do in Jakarta, Indonesia:
1. Visit their National Monument
If you've been to Rizal Park in Manila, this is exactly what you'll see in Jakarta's National Monument. It is a very iconic building that commemorate the independence of Indonesia. It's a very huge tower where you can go up the building, visit the observatory and learn more about the history of Indonesia. We decided to skip this due to the long lines. So we just took a picture that was directed by our very own driver haha.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

SEA Backpacking Series: Bali Part 2 - Yoga, Coffee, and Monkeys in Ubud

If you love Yoga, Coffee, or even Monkeys, you will definitely fall in love with Ubud! I was overwhelmed with excitement when I arrived in Ubud because of one reason alone - YOGA! Although Ubud is just an hour drive from Seminyak, it's actually transforms into a completely different place as it transforms from the busy touristy place to a more laid back private place. 

Things to do in Ubud, Bali:
1. Try YOGA in a yoga studio!
The first thing we did when we arrived in Ubud is to look for yoga studios nearby and find classes. Fortunately we were able to find yoga barn which is a well known studio in Jl. Hanoman road. I dragged my boyfriend into doing yoga with me and it's everything that we hoped for! Practicing yoga in a very peaceful and nature environment, attending to class with full of passionate and hard core yoga practitioners, and finishing off with a refreshing fruit & vegetable juice.
They offer training or classes for yoga teachers!
Per class is around 130,000 Rupiah and they have a monthly rate which comes out cheaper.
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