Taipei, Taiwan Day 1 & 2

Dec. 17, 2016

Like Thailand, Cambodia and other Asian countries, Taiwan is the kind of country that you can always fall back to when you want culture, nature and food.

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My family and I arrived 3:00 am in the morning at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

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Yes, it’s indeed a family goal!

We spent the next few minutes queuing up at the immigration counter and as soon as we got out of the airport, a van picked us up and brought us to our hotel.

We actually stayed in Go Sleep Hotel-our home for the next 3 nights. I actually did search about the hotel when I knew where we were staying before the trip and found some undesirable pictures. However, because we were on a tight budget I just prayed that it wouldn’t completely disappoint us when we get there. Surprisingly, the place is good for a budget hotel. It has a great location, there are lots of shops and restaurants right outside and the Metro is just a short walk. We occupied 7 rooms and it was clean and spacious. I also loved the modern-look.

Day 1

Dec. 18, 2016

We had too little sleep that day since we were expected to be all ready and prepared around 8:00 in the morning. Good thing we were able to wake up early despite the 2-hour sleep. It’s okay, a little sacrifice won’t hurt.

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There’s free breakfast in the lobby early in the morning and I must say they serve good food.  You can also avail their free drinks 24/7 whether it’s coffee, tea, juice or soft drinks. Just visit their lobby and go straight to their vending machines.

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Another day, another wall. Lol

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Stargate Dream Vacation Resort

Star Gate is a vacation resort in Cagayan De Oro. Upon arrival, it was my first time to see a resort with creatively designed dream houses. I was like having a world tour for the reason that every house has its different theme. From White House, Mediterranen House to Victorian House and more! Here are some of the pictures that I got.

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The Colonial house

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The Mediterranean house

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The Victorian house

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Plantation Bay, Cebu

Say Goodbye to Books and hello DecemBREAK! After a few months of stressful days, I am happy to announce that it is already our semester break. The amount of caffeine overload and sleepless nights were intense the past Bimonthlies but I’m thankful I was able to endure the stress and pressure. Hello December! My favorite month (well, next to my birth month); needless to say it’s Christmas time. A time where all emotions are elated and joyous festivity are happening all month round. Indeed, the happiest month for me because I have ample of time to rest and enjoy the Christmas season with family and friends.

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Here comes the sun!

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If you and your family and friends are looking for a good place to visit during the vacation. Try visiting Plantation bay resort in the city of Cebu. It’s a place where you can enjoy the beautiful sky reflecting the clear salt waters.

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Siem Reap, Cambodia II

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DAY 2: Bayon Temple, Hot air balloon ride, Silk Farm 

The Bayon is the most impressive temple I have seen in Angkor Thom city and  is really one of the most spectacular ruins of Angkor because of its splendor gigantic smiling faces looking at different directions. I find it quite an art.

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Question: How many multitude of serene and massive stone faces on the many towers do you see? Though the faces are not really visible in this picture, there are over 200 massive stone faces looking in all direction.

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Siem Reap, Cambodia Part I

Day 1 in Angkor Wat

Our first day in Cambodia was our eldest sister’s 28th birthday and Ate Jane who happens to be a friend of my mom who traveled with us. It was a very special day for them so it was made sure that our first tour was something that’s new and very… special.

Our first activity was to watch the sunrise in Angkor Wat. It was quite a demanding day since from the time of our arrival early in the morning , we have to wake up around 4:30 am to catch up the sunrise.

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I tried to take a few photos from different angles around the Temple area and that is not easy either as there are hundreds of people (if not thousands) also trying to do the same! But this was one of the highlights that day; Watching the sunrise in Angkor Wat. Isn’t it spectacular? Now I get it why they said there will be 2 suns showing up during the sunrise! It’s because of the reflection of the puddle. Truly amazing sight and a sunrise I won’t forget for a long time.

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Shanghai, China 2

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‘Twas early in that magical morning in autumn at the streets of Shanghai. There was a slight breeze, much to my delight! The air was fresh and my breath could be seen. Since we didn’t have scheduled tour that early morning, we decided to walk at the streets of Shanghai and hit to the malls since our Hotel was just a few blocks away!

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 Sometimes it’s fun to keep it monochrome!

I’ve been wearing a lot of black and gray recently. I think you can create really classic looks with black, white and gray outfits and have your statement accessories stand out even more, like a fab necklace or a colorful bag but what I have here is my white bag and a brown leather jacket which I bought in one of the stores in my hometown and it was very ‘cheap’. Black and gray doesn’t have to be boring 🙂 Just pick the perfect accessories to make the look more fun!

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Shanghai, China Part 1

We arrived at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai around 12 midnight. Shanghai weather is generally mild and moist, with four distinct seasons – a pleasant warm spring, a hot rainy summer, a cool autumn and an overcast cold winter. All of us were really excited because it’ll not be a winter season (Last time we visited Beijing it was a cold winter season) in China but a comfortable cool autumn!

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Good Morning, Shangai! So, this was my outfit for the cold weather. Make sure to bring a few sweaters, warm socks, and a coat suitable for autumn conditions. You can wear many layers if you are not used to cold seasons like this. I was really shaking on our first morning in Shanghai because the temperature lowered down to 13 Degree Celsius.

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Our first stop was in Old Shanghai Town. The town is known as Yuyuan. Centered between Renmin Road and Zhongshan Road, it is located southeast of the city centre.

In the Old Town is known as the bright pearl of Shanghai is a perfect combination of gardens, temples, old architecture, civil culture, business, souvenirs, and food.

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All you get here is souvenirs, sometimes overpriced food etc. But still, when you do a walking tour around the place, it is an enjoyable place to go. They say you shouldn’t leave the place without trying the dumplings, not on my top ten of foodie likes so I wasn’t able to buy. Haha.

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This is one of the must-do tourist stops. The district is full of authentic Chinese merchandise and the ambiance is what you would expect in old world China

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We walked around the streets for a bit and then walked across the Zigzag Bridge. So you’re probably asking, “Why does the bridge need zigzags?”. The Chinese are very superstitious and they believe evil spirits can’t turn corners. The bridges zigzags are meant to trap them. Nowadays, people walk along the bridge because they know this superstition is not true and I’m one of ’em. lol.

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This bridge is named as Nine curve bridge (aka Zigzag bridge)

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This is not my photo but I just took it to let you see how beautiful this bridge is.

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Trip to Gaas, Balamban!

6 months ago, my friends and I decided to embark on an adventure that was pretty out of plan. We decided to visit a special place called Gaas, Balamban. What I thought was just a typical hangout turned out to be one of the most memorable moments in my life as a young adult. It was surely an adventure worth remembering. It was exceptional, not only for the reason that I was with friends, but it was a day with many firsts- my first visit to Gaas and my first time to be able to travel a long distance ride on a motorbike.

We left the city during the night where the streets were busy, not only the streets but also the sidewalks, people walked from place to place, running for errands and if there’s one thing that I love with busy streets is the sound of music everywhere; From the stores down to the honks of different vehicles in this never-ending traffic of Cebu.

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 We travelled on a convoy of motorbikes and I thought it was rad, well, with our huge jackets and hoods. Haha. As we speed down the road, I felt the wind in my face. I smelled the crisp, evening air. There’s nothing like the rush of energy during that ride and darn, the coolness of the wind was a very good feeling to my skin. Passing through the tree lined section of the road, I felt the 2 degree drop, and though it was dark and pitch black, I still felt the combination of fear, exhilaration, relaxation, and pleasure.
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 Roadtrips bring you to beautiful places, like Canada for instance! Hahahaha

After an hour of travel, I felt a drop of rain on my head and it was about time when the rain came pouring when we arrived at our place. Immediately, we set out the table and placed all the foods so we could start rocking the night out. Haha! After a while, the rain transitioned from drizzle to heavy rain. However, the rain didn’t stop us from having fun. We played, talked, and laughed all night with about anything, drank coffee to keep us warm, and stayed up past midnight ‘til we didn’t notice it was already 5 o’clock in the morning. And then we slept early in the morning to boost our alertness and energy level for our activity right after.

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 After a few hours, I woke up with a renounced excitement to look at what supposed to be a beautiful morning view was a fog that was so dense that nothing could be seen a few yards ahead. Instead of planning to go back to the city, we were stucked inside the house ’cause it was unsafe to go out. We didn’t know that there was a big storm coming to town so we decided to stay for another day until the fog clears out and the rain stops.

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Dolphin Island

If your dream is to swim with one of the ocean’s most graceful creatures, the bottle-nose dolphin, as well as spend time relaxing on beaches or swimming with other marine life then visit the Dolphin Island in Misamis Occidental in Aquamarine Park.

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Dolphin island is actually NOT an island. It is a complex that takes care of rescued dolphins, they are sent back to the open sea once they are fit for release in the wild. The government then created more structures that included a restaurant, a swimming pool, a grandstand,  and an area enclosed by net where dolphins are kept and fed.

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Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

We spent 4 days in Ho Chi Minh, formerly called Saigon. However, frankly speaking, in all of my travels, this is the first time that I have witnessed a heavy traffic due to the packed lines of motorcycles.

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But if you really want to soak up local life and culture, the best way to do is to walk! Most of the museums, tourist sights and markets are walking distance from one another. Though we didn’t really walk because majority of my family preferred the comfort of riding in a bus.

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First stop: War Remnants Museum

We always like to start our first day of vacation with a city tour before anything else! The bus took us to the War Remnants Museum which had exhibits relating to the Vietnam War (called the American War in Vietnam).

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“Attention for duty, sir!” Right outside the museum stood the relics of war. American tanks choppers, planes that was captured after the war ended scattered throughout the ground.

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