Monday, December 28, 2015

Travels 2015: A Year In Pictures

2015 was indeed a great year for travel.  I was able to visit new places and I have crossed off several items from my bucket list.  The highlights of the year were my Japan trip (for work), our epic Singapore-Malaysia trip and the Batad-Sagada-Baguio adventure.  So here was my 2015 travels, in pictures.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

SG/MY Tour: Cable Car Ride to Genting Highlands

After our short detour to the Strawberry Farm, we went back to Genting Skyway for the cable car ride up to the highlands. I think you can also drive up, but this is a much better way to travel. This was my first ever cable car ride, and not being a fan of extreme rides, I was very anxious at first.  I can't remember how long the ride took but after a while, we get to enjoy ourselves. We were like kids on our first cable car ride and were taking too much pictures, hahaha. If you ask me, this was one of the highlights of our trip!

Next stop: Genting Highlands

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

SG/MY Tour: Genting Highlands Strawberry Park

When we arrived at Genting Skyway, we opted to go to Strawberry Park for a quick visit. Not that we have never been to a strawberry plantation before, but I was curious as to how they do it there.  The weather in Genting Highlands was cold, reminding me of Baguio.  There was a minimal entrance fee, and then we were inside.  You also have the option to pick the berries but we opted to just go around and take pictures.

Aside from the Strawberry Farm, there was also a Lavender Farm inside.  There were lots of flowers and the smell was amazing (according to my husband).

There was also a bee farm inside, as well as a mushroom farm.  It was a very educational tour indeed!
We opted not to buy anything from the many souvenir shops inside as we still had to go up to Genting Highlands.

Next post: First Cable Car Ride

Thursday, November 26, 2015

SG/MY Tour: Getting to Genting Skyway

The whole day was dedicated to exploring Genting Highands in Malaysia.  To get there, we went to KL Sentral station, went downstairs to the bus station and bought round trip tickets.  The cost was RM 10.30 for one way bus and skyway.  You can also opt to just buy bus ticket and buy the cable car ticket in Genting Skyway. But we bought round trip tickets to be sure that we will have a ride home.  Travel from KL Sentral to Genting Skyway was around an hour.  When we arrived at Genting Skyway, we opted to wait for a free bus that took us to the Strawberry Farm.  After our visit to the farm, we waited for the free bus that took us back to the skyway so we can ride the cable car to Genting Highlands.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

SG/MY Tour: Walking Tour in KL, Part 2

For Part 2 of the KL walking tour, here are the places we visited.  Note that these are the areas that are part of the paid walking tour and we again opted to DIY. You can either walk from these places on to the next riding the free KL bus, or take a train.

Central Market Kuala Lumpur is located at Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock (Foch Avenue) and the pedestrian-only section of Jalan Hang Kasturi (Rodger Street), a few minutes away from Petaling Street. It was founded in 1888 and originally used as a wet market,while the current building was completed in 1937. It has since been classified as a Heritage Site by the Malaysian Heritage Society and it is now a landmark for Malaysian culture and heritage.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

SG/MY Tour: Walking Tour in KL, Part 1

For our 2nd day (technically 3rd) in Kuala Lumpur, our plan was to take the hop-on, hop-off bus and visit the following places: National Palace, National Museum, Lake Garden, Bird Park, National Mosque/Masjid Negara, Merdeka Square, Jalan Raju Laut/Chow Kit, Taman Tasik Titingwasa, KLCC/Petronas Tower, KL Tower and Jalan P. Ramlee.  We didn't get to do it because opted for a DIY walking tour (picture heavy!) on various sites! It was more fun and educational.

Guan Yin Temple
Dedicated to the bodhisatva of compassion, this cement temple was originally built by Hokkien Chinese in the 1890s and served as a place to say prayers for those buried in the graveyard that was once located on the hill. On the first and 15th day of the month in the Chinese calendar a free vegetarian meal is served here.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Weekend Getaway: Enchanted Kingdom

Laguna, a one to two-hour drive from Manila is a place for many exciting adventures.  Last weekend, our company held our annual family day at one of the best amusement parks in the country, Enchanted Kingdom.  And as you can imagine, the kids had a grand time!

There are a lot of attractions to choose from, ranging from kids to teens to family and to extreme attractions, depending on your health and need for Adrenalin rush. And i just realized that I am just old because I would rather sit down under the shade and enjoy people watching, hahaha!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

SG/MY Tour: Petronas Twin Towers

After the visit to Batu Caves, we rode the train back to the city to marvel at the biggest landmark in Kuala Lumpur.  The Petronas Towers, or the Petronas Twin Towers are twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and still remain as the tallest twin towers in the world. But we only marveled from below, as we did not want to pay the RM85 fee from the view deck!

It was a beautiful, sight to behold.  There were so many tourists like us just trying to get a good angle of the towers, and some are just sitting or laying down on the garden in front of the towers. 

Friday, October 16, 2015

SG/MY Tour: Batu Caves, KL Malaysia

After our Putrajaya Tour, we went straight to Batu Caves using the efficient train system. Unfortunately for us, it was the Thaipusam Festival and there was a huge crowd! The Batu Caves is a Hindu Shrine that is dedicated to Lord Murugan.  Its main attraction is the large statue of the Hindu God at the entrance, and a steep 272 climb up its steps.
Okay, so the view was awesome and images were fascinating.  However, since it was a public holiday, there were so many people and the place was crowded and littered with so much trash.

But we still enjoyed the experience and was awed by the cave formation, and the religious practice.

Friday, October 2, 2015

SG/MY Tour: Putrajaya Sightseeing Tour

For our second day in Malaysia, but first day of tour, we went to avail of the Putrajaya sightseeing tour. We took the train to KL Sentral and from there, the KLIA transit to Putrajaya Sentral.  It was less than an hour and we thoroughly enjoyed the train ride with free wifi! Per our research, there was a RM1 tour if you arrive early but unfortunately we paid RM20-30(I can't remember exactly but it was around that) since they don't offer that anymore. We waited for a few more tourists to join and then we were off to the 2-hour bus tour, with an English-speaking guide.

Friday, September 18, 2015


Are you a Cebu Pacific frequent flyer? Then you must get a GETGO rewards card.  The points can be used to purchase tickets, and they are having a GETGO seat sale now. I am a member, and since I went to Japan, Cebu, Singapore, Malaysia and again in Singapore this year alone, I have almost 3,000 points! I checked and here are just screen shots of some of the trips that I could have availed using my points:
1. Manila-Bacolod-Manila for 2 pax for 2,480 points and P1,197.84
2. Manila-HongKong-Manila for 2,640 points and P3,638.70 ONLY!!!!

Yes, I know! It's so cheap! Can you imagine those Hong Kong tickets are almost P1,500 each round trip??? Unfortunately, I cannot travel next year because I have a family trip to Boracay in May and I promised myself, together with my friend Ehms, that we will not airline tickets next year!

But just to give you an idea, your Get Go points can go a long way someday so better join Get Go now!

Travel Quotes Friday: Invest in What's Real

Matabungkay, Batangas

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

SG/MY Tour: Street Food Madness at Jalan Alor, Malaysia

After several hours of travelling by bus, exiting Singapore and entering Malaysia, we had an easy time checking in at our hotel (the receptionist was Filipina) and then we freshened up a little then went out to eat.  Our hotel was located in Bukit Bintang, and it was just a short walk going to Jalan Alor, the famous food street in Malaysia.  We had a great time looking at the variety of food, cakes, local delicacies,  street performers and more food! One MYR is around P11 so our meal was just around P150-200 per person.  We especially loved the steamed vegetables with peanut sauce, as well as grilled satay and various meats.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Mt. Daguldol Itinerary and Expenses

Last Sunday, we went to Laiya in San Juan Batangas to climb Mt, Daguldol. It was a few weeks after Mt. Malipunyo, and we were already itching for another mountain. Mt. Daguldol fits the bill nicely because there is a mountain, there is a falls, and there is a beach. And because we were also craving for Batangas Lomi and bulalo.

So anyway, here are the itinerary and expenses for our Mt. Daguldol trip:

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Sample CDO-Camiguin-Bukidnon Itinerary and Expenses

All good things: CDO, Camiguin, Bukidnon

In 2013, we went to Cagayan de Oro to experience Camiguin, Bukidnon and Iligan on a 4-day trip.  We were able to do all of our planned activities, except for the visit to Maria Cristuna Falls in Iligan due to time constraints. It was a very fun trip, and really one  for the books. So just to give you an idea on our itinerary and expenses, you may refer to below:

Friday, August 7, 2015

Water Tubing (Paanod) in Davao City

Our trip in Davao in last June (2013) was very memorable, because once more, we have proven that great happiness indeed come from bad plans! Hahaha! It was my idea to do water-tubing as we already tried white water rafting in Cagayan De Oro earlier this year. I am usually the itinerary planner, and so we added the water tubing to our adventure.  I contacted Layak thru their Facebook page, and so for P450 per pax, we were good to go.

Travel Quotes Friday: Do Something Crazy

Paanod (Water Tubing), Tolomo River, Davao

Monday, August 3, 2015

Mt. Malipunyo: The 12-hour trek

I have to admit, this Mt. Malipunyo trek has been one of the hardest I have ever done. Not because the mountain was too high or because the trail was to hard.  It was a combination of those things and more.  Our guide said the trek up would take about 3-4 hours and the descent would also take that long.  We didn't believe him, or even if we did, it didn't register that it would be at least 6-8 hours. We started the trek at 9am and we were down by 9pm. 12 hours.
L-R: registration, jump-off and some trails
As I have said, it was a combination of several things: One, there was just too many of us in the group.  We were 16, with hiking experience ranging from none to more than 10 mountains.  Given the range of our capabilities, we were too slow.  Some have to take more breaks than the other.  Another factor is the difficulty of the trail.  The trail is mostly forested.  There are parts when you have to use both your arms to hold on to roots and trees to be able to get up, and there are parts where you have to sit down and slide down, or crawl on all fours!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mt. Malipunyo: Itinerary and Expenses

Last Sunday, I went with our group, Nasugbu Adventure Club and some friends to hike Mt. Malipunyo in the Malarayat Range in Batangas.  My last hike (excluding Batad) was in March, when I organized a fun climb to Mt. Pamitinan in Montalban, Rizal. Our climb took us 12 hours! 

Our itinerary and expenses are as follows:

Saturday, July 18, 2015

SG/MY Tour: Travelling from SG to Malaysia

On the 4th day of the epic SG/MY tour, we left Singapore to travel to Malaysia.  We have been reading that it would be much cheaper to go from SG to JB then to KL, instead of from SG to KL so we went that route.  From our hotel, we walked a few blocks to the bus terminal using our trusty GPS and boarded the bus that will take us to Johor Bahru. Fare was I think SG$ 3-5.  
So what to expect:
  1. The travel from SG took maybe 40 minutes or 2 hours.  I can't actually remember! Hahaha.