Wednesday, June 21, 2017

I Miss the Mountains!

Work has been hectic these past few months, and I have not been to the mountains recently.  My last climb was in Mt. Binacayan in April and though I have raring to go I have no one to go with!

I hope to be able to remedy it next month and climb, even do a solo climb if I must! I really, really need to recharge!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

DIY Hong Kong-Macau Tour: Day 3

Day 3 of our Hong Kong-Macau adventure was a visit to Ngong Ping Village and Big Buddha. We also stopped at Disneyland for a quick photo op, but we didn't go inside because of time and budget limitations.  Too bad the cable car going to Ngong Ping Village was under repair so we had to take the bus.  But it was a fun experience nevertheless.

We ended the trip with a visit to the Citygate outlets for some shopping.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

DIY Hong Kong-Macau Tour: Day 2

Day 2 of our Hong Kong-Macau Tour is a visit to Ocean Park.  We bought our tickets in advance so we saved around P500 each, and didn't have to brave the long lines at the counter.  I don't think that I need to tell you what you must see in the park, because it will depend on whether you are travelling with young kids, older kids or friends. In our case, just try to avoid the long queues.
The highlight of the Ocean Park adventure was a ride on the cable car. Just a reminder, food is really expensive inside the park.  We bought sandwiches at the 7-11 just before the gate and it was such a huge savings for us.  I really couldn't pay HKD75 for a few fries and drinks. 

We ended the day at the Harbour Front, watching the lights show while enjoying (aka freezing) to our hearts content.

Friday, February 17, 2017

DIY Hong Kong-Macau: Day 1

Last January 24 was our Day 1 in Hong Kong.  Our flight out of Manila was at 530am, and we arrived in Hong Kong at 740 am.  After some picture taking and passing through immigration, we went outside to buy our Octopus card and went outside to the bus terminal going to our hotel in Chungking Mansion. We took the A21 bus, which took around 40 minutes. We have already prepaid our hotel through Agoda. After we deposited our bags (hurray for early check-in) we went out to see some sights in the Tsim Sha Tsui area. We just walked for 15 minutes from our hotel and our stops included Avenue of Stars, Clock Tower, etc.we rode the ferry(you may also use the Octopus card) We had lunch at MX in Central and walked a few more going to the Peak Tram.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Tipid Travel Tip: How to DIY in Hong Kong for First Time Travellers

Photo not mine
Next week, I will be doing a 4D3N Hong Kong-Macau trip with the Superfriends (and then some).We are a group of 10, and all of us are first-timers in Hong Kong.  Planning for this trip, here are the ways with which we were able to save:

On Airfare:
  • We bought our MNL-HK tickets via Cebu Pacific last April 2016.  We only paid P999 each,including airport tax of P550 so the fare only came out to P449 each (P299 base fare and P150 web admin fee), without baggage.
  • For the Macau-Manila ticket, I bought this July 2016 for MOP678 (around P4200) for 2 pax, while the rest bought Macau-Clark tickets for around P2500 each, without baggage.
  • Roughly, I paid only P3,100 round trip, while the rest paid about P3,500 each.
On Baggage:
  • We bought baggage allowance for 6 out of 10 pax and paid around P5,300.
On Rides/Attractions:
  • For our Ocean Park tickets, we bought it from Asia Travel for P22,500 or P2250 each and saved more than P500 each.
On Hotels:
  • We also booked our hotel through Agoda for P1,700 per night and paid them last August 2016 (via Citibank installment at 0% interest).
As you can see, we first bought our tickets then plan out itinerary around these dates.  We have mapped out the places we want to go, and the expenses per day.  We have a low budget option of P5000 and high of P7000 (excl food and shopping).

I will share our detailed itinerary after our trip, showing our expenses, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Travels 2016: A Year in Pictures

2016 was a great year for travels, both in places and within myself. In January, I bought our first vehicle, which we also lost this year and also visited Mt. Talamitam and Mt Apayang, with side trip to Layong Bilog.  In February, we visited the National Museum for the first time. In March, I went to Singapore again for work, and to Regina Rica for the Holy Week. In April, I enrolled in a gym. In May, the whole family went to Boracay and I joined a 10K run where I placed 3rd on the women's division. I also finished my MBa. In June, I climbed Mt. Daraitan with office mates. In July,  got a promotion at work. In August, I went again to Bohol for our company's off site planning. In October, I joined my first 21K and had a reunion with my high school classmates. We also went to Ilocos for All Souls Day. In November, I climbed Mt. Sipit Ulang and went to Payaran Falls, and in December, went again to Singapore for work. 

I went to places in 2016, but more importantly, I made decisions this year that made me a much stronger person. 

I am excited this year because of my new travels (Hong Kong and Macau this month) and hopefully, more work-related travels.  But also because of my new found freedom and endless possibilities!