Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Cruisn' the Hangang River

I went back to my happy place (Korea) last March 21, 2012 for the second time..this time, with my whole family. I consider Seoul as my happy place for countless reasons and one of it is the chill and romantic vibe of the city. For our Day 1 itinerary, we went to the usual Gyeongbokgung Palace and Insadong for a taste of Korea's culture. I've been here last year that's why I didn't get excited anymore but what capped my night was the Hangang River Cruise and its famous rainbow fountain.

Photo courtesy of Matt of Discovering Korea.com

The Moonlight Rainbow Fountain is the world's longest bridge fountain according to the Guinness World Record with nearly 10,000 LED nozzles that run along both sides of 1,140m long bridge and shooting around 190 tons of water per minute. By night, the 200 colorful lights would dance like a willow tree in the wind and the show lasts for about 20 minutes. Cool right?

Last year, my friends and I went to Han river in the morning and we failed to see the lights due to the energy conservation efforts of Korea for the Tsunami in Japan. But for my second trip to Korea, I said to myself that I should be able to watch the Rainbow Show with my loved ones....BUT....I didn't!!!! WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT! Not once...but twice!!! waaaa! The reason is because of the freaking winter season! :O Yeah...talk about "balat sa pwet!" whahaha but kidding aside...at least I was able to experience the Han River Cruise at negative degrees :) So instead of sharing with you how lovely the rainbow show is, I will just share some details on how to get there and the fees.

Note: If you plan to go see the Rainbow Fountain, it is highly advisable to inquire about the schedule of the show before going there. We talked to the guy selling coffee about the schedule and he said it usually starts by the month of April and does not have shows during winter season so...BOO us! huhu :((

How to get there? Go to Jamsil Dock by taking the Subway Line 2 (This is the most convenient way to reach the destination). Get off at Sinceheon Station, Exit 7 then walk for about 15-20 minutes. You will not get bored while walking because of the wonderful scenery of their Park--complete with basketball courts, playgrounds, and bicycle lanes.Just keep walking until you see some floating restaurants and some rainbow boats.


Monday, March 19, 2012

16 Travel Tips from 3+1 Travel Bloggers

Yes, you've read that right! 3 awesome travel bloggers...plus 1! plus me! :) In this post, I will share to you what I have learned during a travel talk and I will also give my personal tips for travel newbies out there. So here it goes...

Last March 10, 2012, I attended a talk about Exciting Travels on a Shoestring Budget at AIM, Makati this was organized by Asia Society Philippines. This event is a special one because I met 3 of my favorite travel bloggers—Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet, Ivan Henares of Ivan about Town (I thought he is the son of Vicky Belo! Wahaha), and Nina Fuentes of Just Wandering. I had fun listening to their stories and tips on how to travel on a budget with some of my high school friends who happen to be there as well.


Photo courtesy of Asia Society Philippines' Facebook page. Click the link to view more pics.
The talk was short but meaningful. It inspired us, the participants, to travel often. For me at least, I felt that I need to explore my country too because there are so many things to see here in the Philippines. As the cliché goes, It’s more fun in the Philippines right?

Thursday, March 8, 2012

I am one for the STOP KONY 2012 movement for PEACE


Let the army of peace stop Kony!
Stop at nothing.
Stop Kony 2012.

Visit www.kony2012.com for more information on how to help the invisible children of Uganda.

This is it... It's the one thing we can all agree on.

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Bohol: The 3,000 peso challenge

My Cebu trip last February 25, 2012 was quite a surprise because I was able to visit most tourist spots in a day and only spending below Php 2,000. With this I felt very proud of myself and so I decided to declare that I can finally join the emerging budget traveler bandwagon haha!
For me or more like I assume, budget travelers are not a fan of tour packages because 1) it defeats the purpose of travelling and discovering new places ALL BY YOURSELF (or by your group). Getting lost in translation or clueless on which jeepney or train to ride is all part of the travelling experience 2) time is your enemy and 3) you have no control over your money. The latter is my deciding factor for many reasons and I will provide some practical tips on how to cut cost for unnecessary expenses on your trip for my next blog post. But for now, I can say that there are few exceptions when availing a tour package and that is….if and only if transportation is scarce—so no choice but to choose the best reasonable package you can find.
In Bohol, we were lucky to find a countryside tour package offered by our hotel (El Portal Innhighly recommended!) for only Php 2,000 for 2 (inclusive of gas and driver for one whole day but exclusive of entrance fees and food for the driver is optional). Of course tour prices will go down if you are a big group but Php 1,000 each is reasonable enough for me. Also, don’t worry if your tour does not include entrance fees because I can assure you that total fees will be less than Php 200 anyway.
So here goes, my 3,000 peso challenge…

1) Blood Compact- This is the exact spot where Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and Raja Sikatuna had a “Sanduguan” or blood compact to signify friendship based on respect and equality. No fees required here so just enjoy and appreciate history :).


2) Python Sanctuary- The biggest and “tamest” python in Bohol is open for viewing for only Php 20. Plus, you can get around 5% when you buy souvenirs inside. The place is small and it looks like a resto or some sort outside. When you get in, it’s actually a mini zoo full of gigantic pythons, albino snakes, reptiles, some birds, ostrich and monkeys. Well, honestly I am afraid of snakes but I’ve decided to have my picture taken with them just because I need to make sulit my Php 20 haha!



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