7D6N Malaysia Itinerary

This was originally a SEA Games trip. We were supposed to watch all the SEA Games events that we could. But, unfortunately, it’s the tail end of the season and there weren’t a lot of events to watch. So, we transformed it into a multi-city tour of Malaysia!

Day 1 – August 27

7:30 AM flight to Kuala Lumpur via Philippine Airlines

Arrival and checking into Parkview Serviced Apartments

SEA Games Volleyball finals at MATRADE

Day 2 – August 28

Batu Caves

Muzium Nagara

Masjid Nagara

Bukit Bintang

Day 3 – August 29

Central Market

Merdaka Square, Sultan Abdul Sammad Building, Masjid Negara

SEA Games Badminton Finals at Axiata Arena

SEA Games Diving Finals at National Acquatic Center

Day 4 – August 30

Aerobus to KLIA2

Flight to Penang via Air Asia

Kek Lok Si Temple

George Town Heritage Area

Flight to Kuala Lumpur via Air Asia

Day 5 – August 31

Bus to Malacca

Red Square

Check in and rest

Jonker Walk and Night Market

Day 6 – September 1

Bus to Johor Bahru then Legoland

Legoland Malaysia

Shuttle Bus to Bukit Bintang

Day 7 – September 2

4 PM flight to Manila via Philippine Airlines

We didn’t pack in as much. We wanted to taste a little bit of everything but made sure that the trip to each place was worth it.

If you have suggestions, let me know!

 

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6D5N South Korea Itinerary

It’s gonna be a summer in Korea. Most Filipinos do not go to Korea during the summer because we experience it the whole year round.

What brings me to Korea this time of year? Boryeong Mud Festival! But, as we were too late in planning, most hotels / resorts along Daecheon Beach have already been booked. Fortunately, we found a hotel that still has room for 2 nights. So, before moving to Boryeong, I’ll be in Seoul for the first 3 nights.

Day 1, July 20

Arrival in Incheon Airport

Transfer to Chungmuro Station to check in

Day 2, July 21

Ride the Mugunghwa to Suwon

Hwaseong Fortress

FIVB World Grand Prix (KOR vs KAZ, COL vs POL)

Return to Seoul

Day 3, July 22

I still have a free day. I am looking into hiking the Seoul City Wall in the morning.

In the afternoon, I’ll drop by COEX (for EXO’s new album), Insadong (for the cheap but beautiful bags), and shopping for Goblin items.

Day 4, July 23

Transfer to Boryeong

Explore Daecheon Beach

Day 5, July 24

Boryeong Mud Festival

Day 6, July 25

Transfer to Seoul

Shopping at Seoul Station

Transfer to Incheon Airport

Flight to Manila

I was happy when I learned that one leg of the FIVB World Grand Prix will be hosted in Korea. I made it a point to ensure that I will be able to watch one day. Here’s to hoping that I will be able to secure tickets!

I am also keen on hiking the Seoul City Wall for the view of Seoul. But that isn’t final yet because I am considering the weather. Do I really want to hike in the middle of summer?

I’m looking forward to an eventful summer! And I am hoping to have a great experience in the festival.

A Weekend in Taipei Itinerary

I wanted to try something crazy when it comes to travel. When presented with an opportunity, I grabbed it. So, next weekend, I will be in Taipei to eat!

Here’s my itinerary for that short Taipei trip.

Day 0

11:15 PM Flight to Taoyuan Airport

Day 1

1:20 AM Arrival in Taoyuan

Very short sleep

Train to Ruifang then Pingxi Line

Shifen and Shifen Lantern

Jiufen

Back to Taipei

Shilin Night Market, Raohe Night Market

Day 2

Tamsui (Old Street and Fort Santo Domingo)

Ximending and Carrefour

Afternoon Rest

Ningxia Night Market

Transfer to Taoyuan Airport

Day 2+

1:45 AM Flight to Manila

It will be a tiring weekend and I know you’d think we’re crazy for doing this. But, it has been a general curiosity of what it would be like.

 

4D3N Seoul Itinerary

It’s spring time again and it will be third time visiting South Korea during this season. This time, I will have two SoKor newbies and it is my responsibility to take them to the most basic tourist spots in Korea.

April 11

11:55 PM Fly out of Manila via Jeju Air

April 12 (Day 1)

4:50 AM ETA in Incheon International Airport

Transfer to Guesthouse the Hill in Jung-gu via Airport Limousine 6015

Leave bags

Seokchon Lake – probably one of the most scenic places to experience cherry blossoms and petal rain

Lotte Tower

COEX Artium – what visit to Korea would be complete without a visit to the mother ship?

Check in and rest

N Seoul Tower – probably during sunset

Myeongdong

April 13 (Day 2)

Shuttle Bus to Nami

Nami Island

Shuttle Bus to Namdaemun

Hongdae

April 14 (Day 3)

Hanbok Rental

Samcheongdong

Gyeongbokgung

Insadong

Dongdaemun

April 15 (Day 4)

Myeongil

Viva Polo – Chanyeol’s mother’s restaurant which also serves good food

Airport Limousine to Incheon

7:35 PM Flight back to Manila

This is the most comprehensive and “best of Seoul” itinerary that we could come up with. The limited time we have constrained us to just a few of the sites Seoul could offer.

I can’t wait to be back in my hometown and, even for a short while, escape the exhausting heat of Manila.

7D6N Taiwan Itinerary

The 7D6N itinerary for travel dates October 25 – 31, 2016. This was the official itinerary we used for our trip.

Day 1

Arrival in Taoyuan Airport

Transfer to Sun Moon Lake

Check-in

Bike riding around Sun Moon Lake

Day 2

Sun Moon Lake Tourist Bus:

Day 3

Transfer to Taipei

Long Shan Temple

Ximending

Shilin Night Market

Day 4

Taipei Zoo

Maokong

Shilin Night Market

Day 5

Yehliu Geopark

Jiufen Old Street

Day 6

Shongshan

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

Ximending

Day 7

Departure from Taoyuan Airport

Seoul 2016: Day 1 (Part 2)

After a beautiful walk in the park. We became a little bit hungry. So, we went to the far off station of Myeongil.

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From Exit 1, you should just look up and you’ll see Viva Polo.

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What is Viva Polo? Viva Polo is an Italian restaurant. To the KPop circle, it’s the restaurant owned by the mother of EXO member, Park Chanyeol. Also, it was more than just a restaurant.

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It was a shrine. The walls are filled with letters from fans. Photos from different parts of his life are displayed. Action figures are in glass boxes.

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But, we were there to try the food. I ordered a seafood marinara pasta. For the price of KRW 13000, it was worth it. They weren’t stingy with the serving. It was so good that I’d gladly ask for more. We also had the roasted garlic and shrimp pizza but the garlic was so overwhelming that it threw off the taste of the dish.

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After this late lunch, we went to another shrine. You have to get off at Samseong station and walk your way to the COEX Artium aka SM Town.

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SM Town is the shrine for all groups and artists under the brand of SM Entertainment. At the front, you’ll see the paper doll counterpart of our boys, EXO, welcoming you.

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The first floor is just the entrance to the building. It has a big LED screen that shows music videos of their artists. On the second floor is the shop where you can buy albums and different merchandise that stretch from caps, to candies, to shirts, to jewelry, to posters, and headphones.

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The third floor are supposed to be the home of the studios (make-up, music video, recording, dance hall) but they are being used to showcase the making of the EXOluXion 2 concert. They are also displaying the costumes worn by the boys in the said concert.

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Chayeol’s clothes are fitted into a manequin. And, boy, is he a big man.

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On the fourth floor is the SUM Cafe and SUM Market. SUM Cafe is a dessert cafe where you can order items named after your favorite SM Entertainment artist. On the other hand, the SUM Market is like a grocery store with the same concept.

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On the fifth floor is the hologram theater. We didn’t bother watching one. It also houses the selection of floor-to-ceiling posters. If you don’t mind spending KRW 150000 on a poster, then why not buy?

It was then time to meet our friends in Myeongdong. I love how easy transportation in Korea is. If it were Manila, I wouldn’t have made that type of journey.

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While waiting for our friends, we went straight to the SPAO store because I had to buy a jacket. Note that I forgot the jacket I bought specifically for this trip on my workstation. It was still a good buy, though; because, I can also use it in the office.

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We decided to just sit on the steps of Uniqlo and eat some egg bread (ggyeranbang, 꼐란빵) while waiting. It was nice to watch the people going in and out of Myeongdong.

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A few minutes after, our friends told us that they wouldn’t be able to meet us tonight. We decided to go home and order chicken for delivery. It’s sad that I didn’t have a picture of it but it was the best chicken ever! It was big and the two of us had a hard time finishing the whole meal.


Others in this series:

Seoul 2016: Day 0 and Day 1 (Part 1)

Seoul 2016: Day 2

Seoul 2016: Day 3

Seoul 2016: Day 4

 

 

 

Seoul Searching Part II

We’re going back to South Korea this year and we’re on a different mission. We have accumulated a lot of materials when it comes to Korean dramas and music. So, that’s the idea this time around. (Well, hopefully, since the embassy hasn’t released our passports yet)

Here’s the proposed itinerary for the trip.

Day 1

Yeouido Hangang Park – because it’s Cherry Blossom season

Viva Polo – this is Chanyeol’s mother’s restaurant, I heard it has a shrine of Chanyeol in it

SM Town – but of course, it’s the mother ship that’s calling us home

Samsung D’Light – because you want to see what’s new in technology; more info here

Myeongdong – how can we forget the most iconic

Day 2

Gwanghwamun Square – for the hanbok experience

Gyeongbokgung – there’s a pagoda that made its mark on the drama, The Moon That Embraces the Sun

Jogyesa Temple – because it’s one important Buddhist temple

Samcheongdong

Insadong

Raemian Gallery – to see what’s new with housing technology

Changdeokgung – cherry blossom season in the palaces would be just lovely

Dongdaemun

Dongdaemun Design Plaza

Day 3

Ehwa Women’s University

Yonsei University – to look at cute college boys

Hongdae

SPAO – to support our most favorite boys, EXO

 

Day 4

Seoul Olympic Park

Seokcheon Lake – yes, we found a list of places where cherry blossoms are beautiful to look at

Apgujeong Rodeo

K Star Road – what did I tell you?

Sinsa-dong

SMT Cafe – because we just have to do fine dining; more info here

Silkworm Bridge

Banpo Hangang Park – that rainbow fountain bridge looks beautiful

Day 5

The First Shop of the Coffee Prince – of course, the iconic drama that launched Gong Yoo into hallyu fame

And along the way, there are items that I just have to check off my K-drama bucket list. And these are:

  • Eat in a convenience store
  • Drink soju at a food tent
  • Drink a banana yogurt drink

That’s probably it. Any comments and suggestions?

Ilocandia Tour

The recently concluded APEC and its accompanying holidays made room for a quick getaway to the northern provinces of the Philippines. We said hello to both Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur.

I’ve been here once when my friend’s father asked us to come during his campaign period. But that was way back in 2007. Now, it will be a more comprehensive trip of the North.

Here’s our itinerary:

Day 0

10:30 PM – ETD from Marikina City

Day 1

6:00 AM – ETA to Vigan

6:00 AM – Breakfast, Heritage Village, Baluarte, Bantay Bell Tower

11:00 AM – ETD from Vigan

1:00 AM – ETA Ilocos Norte and Lunch

2:00 AM – Paoay Church, Malacanang of the North, Fort Ilocandia, Sand Dunes

6:00 PM – Check in for the night

Day 2

6:30 AM – Breakfast

7:30 AM – Sinking Bell Tower, Cape Bojeador Light House, Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, Bangui Windmills

1:00 PM – Lunch

2:00 PM – Patapat Viaduct, Blue Lagoon

6:00 PM – Dinner

7:00 PM – Check in for the night

Day 3 

7:00 AM – Breakfast

8:00 AM – Check out

9:00 AM – Marcos Mausoleum

10:00 AM – ETD from Ilocos Norte

1:00 PM – ETA in Vigan, Lunch

3:00 PM – ETD from Vigan

12:00 AM – ETA in Marikina

Quick and action-packed – that was the trip. And a productive way to spend the holidays. Posts will be uploaded soon!

5D4N CDO-Camiguin-Iligan Itinerary

In 15 days, my friends and I are going on another adventure. This time, we’re going to the Land of Promise, the island of Mindanao. We’ve been to Davao before so we’re exploring the north this time.

Day 1

4:25 AM – ETD of flight via Cebu Pacific

6:00 AM – Arrival in Laguindingan Airport

Rest

12:00 NN – White Water Rafting Adventure

5:00 PM – Tour of CDO

7:00 PM – Dinner

Day 2

5:00 AM – Bus to Balingoan Port

7:00 AM – Ferry to Camiguin Island

8:00 AM – Camiguin Day Tour

5:00 PM – Rest and Dinner

Day 3

8:00 AM – Enjoy the beach of Camiguin

1:00 PM – Ferry to Balingoan Port

2:00 PM – Bus to CDO

4:00 PM – Tour of CDO

7:00 PM – Dinner

Day 4

7:00 AM – Bus to Iligan City

9:00 AM – Tour of Iligan City’s Falls (Tinago Falls / Maria Cristina Falls)

5:00 PM – Bus to CDO

7:00 PM – Dinner

Day 5

9:00 AM – Bus to Laguindingan Airport

11:25 AM – Flight back to Manila via Cebu Pacific

We’re looking for a lot of rest and relaxation so there isn’t a lot of items packed into the trip. We talked about where we want to go and this is the result of that brainstorming.

Do you have suggestions for us?