Category: Travel

Iamsterdam sign at Amsterdam

Amsterdam on a budget: Holland Pass, cheap train rides and foods [Updated: 7/3/17]

Europe is one of the most expensive places to visit. For someone like me, it’s already difficult to afford that plane ticket so how much more the hotel accommodation during my stay? Not to mention, the hassle of applying for a Schengen visa and the fees that come along with it. My trip to The Netherlands was a short notice and I honestly don’t have enough money to enjoy a luxurious trip. So here’s how I was able to save my ass from the expenses while still enjoying my trip..

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Strolling around Amsterdam on a winter

Dear Diary: Castle, trains, solo flight and my first day in The Netherlands

Before I came to The Netherlands, I already had plans how to make my short stay worthwhile. My schedule the day after I arrived was to visit one of the castles in Netherlands since it was the only time I had where I could fit this agenda. In all honestly, I really didn’t have an idea that you could find a lot of castles across the country. I know that it is famous for its windmills and that’s it! So when I knew about its castles, I thought that I really have to visit one of them. With that, I went to the famous Muiderslot Castle in Muiden.

But first thing’s first, how can I go to this castle from my hotel in Zaltbommel?

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Uber ride to Zaltbommel from Amsterdam

Dear Diary- I was 6,587 miles away from home. Cheers to my first international and solo travel

Dear Diary, I was 6,587 miles away from home. I almost couldn’t believe the announcement from my manager. At first, I laughed. I couldn’t believe what I heard because it was quite unusual. Most of us will be sent to the United States but not in Netherlands. It took me a few minutes to finally sink in what he just said. I concealed my excitement and went back to my cube. I thought, “If everything goes well, it’ll be my first international and solo travel”.

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Looking at the beautiful Kan-Irag

First-timer at Mt. Kan-Irag and my budget-friendly weekend escape..

I frequently want to travel or go outdoors to distress and to simply fulfill my wanderlust. Whenever I don’t, I feel frustrated at life. Surprisingly, I was relieved by this burden when I trekked Mt. Kan-Irag. I never thought that I can wanderlust even without spending a lot over the weekend.

Neighbor to the famous Sirao Flower Farm, I didn’t expect that the jump off area for Mt. Kan-Irag will take me to a place which will change my appetite for adventures.

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Why you should not try spelunking at Sumaguing Cave

If you ask me out for an extreme adventure right now, I’ll probably put a brave face on and gladly accept your invite. However, what you don’t know (and probably wouldn’t know) is that few seconds after, I’m already cursing myself at the back of my mind for impulsively accepting the offer.

It is because of this experience that I came up with the reasons why you should not try spelunking at Sumaguing Cave.

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Sagada Nature

Sinagad ang Sagada: our 4D3N Banaue-Sagada-Baguio itinerary

Words can’t explain how hard I fell for Sagada. No offense to Banaue and Baguio but it’s just that I was able to explore more of Sagada than these places. Spending 4 days at this simple town felt like escaping reality. Each day, I was bound for a different adventure. Each day, it never failed to amaze me– its culture, its people, its view.

This 4D3N Banaue-Sagada-Baguio trip is my most anticipated trip for this year.

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Waving the waves goodbye: getting home from Kalanggaman Island Getaway

At that time, we just wanted to get off the yacht and keep our feet on steady ground. With enough convincing, the yacht owner allowed the 6 of us to dock in the nearest island. If my memory served me right, it was already 5 o’clock in the afternoon and the sun is setting. Again, we have to be transferred to a fishing boat to reach the shore.

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