Summer is just starting, and I am sure there are LOTS of exciting things up your sleeves just to make the most out of this season of adventures! If we're talking about MY plans, I am so thrilled to go back again to my favorite South Korea--but this time with my WHOLE FAMILY!! I'll be their dakilang tour guide, haha! The last time all 5 of us (my parents and 2 sisters) went out of the country was in 2014 to spend the holidays in the States. Those were fun months of snow, Disneyland, good greasy food, and of course family time.. but it had been 3 years since!
Anyway, so aside from SoKo, I hope to also have short trips in our beautiful beaches with my different sets of friends, or a nice staycation in a cute boutique hotel within the metro, and maybe 1 solo travel if time and budget permits!
But with every travel comes packing, which for me is one of the most challenging tasks in going on a vacation (other than acquiring visa hehe). Thule, one of the leading brands in travel lifestyle, introduces their solution to your every travel packing this summer: Thule Subterra Travel Bag Collection. There's a bag for your every type of travel!
Finally, the last from our hostel hopping in Singapore!
At first, I found it very maeffort to transfer to different locations in one trip, with our huge bags and Singapore's super hot climate, but I realized that it's not something to complain about! I eventually told myself that I am lucky to try these different things and be in different places just for 10 days! While I can, diba! Traveling made me more grateful about life. Less complaining, more appreciating - that's my new motto! Hehe!
So 5Footway.Inn - Project Ann Siang is the most impressive accommodation in Singapore when it comes to location. It is right ACROSS Chinatown's popular hawkers, the Sri Mariamman Temple, and Buddha Tooth Relic Temple; so imagine crossing all these places in your itinerary just for day 1!
On our fourth day in Singapore, we transferred to another place located in the quiet side of Little India. We stayed here longer for around five days.
The posh firstname.lastname@example.org Singapore may not look like they've been around since 2004 (still very clean and well-maintained), but you'll just feel it in the good service and facilities of Cathay Organization's first property (they also have a branch in Malacca). Plus, everything looks new and contemporary. And can I just say it's one of the most safe-looking hostels I've been to, with tap-key door system for every common room and floor entry!
It was raining when we got there, road is a bit long and steep going to the hotel (from the subway) so I advice you take an Uber or Grab if you have a big luggage. Their welcoming lobby was sanctuary:
Whenever in Singapore, it's already automatic that I book for a hostel in Chinatown. They have anything and everything that I need--from cultural museums, cheap local foods, accessible mode of transportation, huge market place for shopping, etcetera.
But during my 10-day trip to SG late last month, my friends and I stayed Little India. I actually enjoyed the fresh change, this area is a feast to all five senses! If ever I go back to Singapore, will make sure to stay here again.
So we were booked for two nights in Bunc Hostel along Upper Weld Road. It's nearer Rochor Station, but also walking distance from Little India Station (about 10-minute walk).
To be honest, I only spent less than 15,000 Pesos in my recent Korea travel! I made sure to be budget-conscious since this trip was a bit biglaan, I already have a scheduled trip with my family this May! My goal, as I've always mentioned in my past posts, is just to experience spring season, and too late na if I wait till May. So if I can budget my expenses for this trip, the better!
Realistically speaking though, all-in budget will go over Php 30,000 for 5 Days, 4 Nights in Seoul. Pre-travel expenses can be steep (airfare, accommodations, etc), but bawi nalang sa pocket money as you can actually spend little when you're already in Korea. Just know where to eat or shop, a favorite Korean restaurant I always dine in has Php 66 gimbap (with unli kimchi and other sides!). Shopping in Myeongdong will give you the best deals compared to malls or the airport prices.
In this post, I will try to bullet point all my daily expenses and pre-travel gastos so in a way you can estimate how much more or less you will need on your travel to SoKor. Since I'll be sharing something personal (aka how I spend my money), my wish is that you'll find this post at least useful! 😌
Finally found some time to write again! I missed blogging after weeks of traveling and post-travel workload. I have to say now, on my blog's birth month (blogging since 2005!), that for me writing after my travels is very essential. It gives me a chance to process what happened during the trip, and also keeps bits and pieces of memories that I can easily look back to in the future. 💖
So on that Sunday, my last full day in Korea, my friend Marj announced that it's the first day of Spring! 🌸 The thought of ticking one item from my 2017 travel bucket list (to experience the four seasons) felt really really good and exciting.
We went out together for brunch in a nearby 24-hour resto.
I had a hard time packing clothes for my Singapore trip because of my limiting My Cabin Zero Challenge (10 Days, 1 Backpack), plus, I am not really good with summer fashion! 😁 I love layering! Anyway, so I packed lots of separates and just go about with the day--basing everything on Accu Weather and our random itinerary.
Summer is all about having fun and getting together with the barkada! If the gang is pressed with budget constraints and have no plans to travel just yet, why not book for a hotel staycation?
In this post, I listed some of the most Instagram-worthy hotels and hostels for your next slumber party. Some I've already stayed in, while the others I just saw while browsing my Traveloka App, a known hotel and flight booking platform in Southeast Asia. I first learned about this app through a friend who is into budget traveling. She said that Traveloka offers the best and some exclusive deals on airfares and accommodations, and you will pay the published rates you will see on their app or website as is--no hidden charges! Ever since, it's one of my go-to apps whenever I am planning on my next trip.
I miss the cool breeze of a beautiful Spring day in Seoul! 🌸
In between cherry blossoms spotting and my tours with Trazy, I carried on with my Instax Kdrama bucket list. Read more on this project HERE. Thank you to all those who kept on messaging me about this tour and for all your questions and most especially for the good words! Still overwhelmed, but in a good way. ❤
So without further talks, here's my #kdramatour Part 2!
I always enjoy catching a movie in Alabang Town Center with my family, or in Glorietta or Greenbelt when I'm having my alone-time. It's just so convenient since I can just visit www.sureseats.com to check what's showing, the complete movie schedule, and even to purchase my ticket right away!
The night before my flight, I decided to list down a personal K-Drama Bucket List, places that I can visit or K-Drama-ish things to experience (like drink in a soju tent or try a Korean bath house). From a short list of 3-5 places, I became a bit ambitious and realized how cool it is to be able to go to at least one shooting location for every K-Drama I've watched since I started late last year! My list grew to 10+, so I printed some of the scenes with my new Instax SP2 Printer for easier reference when I go around solo in Seoul!
On that afternoon in Seoul, while walking around the Hangang Park to look for Eland Cruise's port, I kept on repeating to myself that I might have done something good to be there and then at that moment. The weather, sunny and not that cold. The walk, long but with beautiful view. Everything felt nice and right.
I have been to most of Korea's main tourist attractions during my last two trips in the country, but never in this area. In a way, riding a cruise is a way to see Seoul from a different light.
Like in any other week, I was also looking forward to my Sunday itinerary while in Korea. It was the only day my busy friend Marj (who currently resides in Korea, and where I stayed with for the whole trip) had the whole day free.
She decided to join me on a walking tour with Trazy, an interesting travel agency website created by two Korean wanderers who want foreign travelers to get the best deals and most convenient ways to explore different parts of Korea.
In a way, it's a bonding - slash - Korean history 101 - slash - make new friends day!
I may not be one to take lots of solo selfies, but I love group selfies (or, sabi nga nila, "groufies") to document a moment with my friends and loved ones. Usually the picture quality gets grainy because phone cameras have lower front cam resolutions, and also because they don't have a flash option!
If you're also into documenting every memorable scenes in your life, then this "phone case" is made for you. Let me introduce you to LuMee....
I just got home from a short but sweet trip to South Korea to celebrate the first day of Spring (my favorite season). I flew via AirAsia to and from Incheon, and both departure and arrival were swift and on-time! Yesterday, we landed in Manila and was surprised that we were 30 minutes early from estimated time of arrival. No wonder AirAsia is voted the world's best low cost carrier for eight consecutive years by Skytrax! Affordable, and reliable airline!