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Journey to the Sahara Desert

This is my second trip to the beautiful country of Morocco. We didn’t have much time on our first visit there so the idea of going to the Sahara was moot. For this trip though, it’s our priority so we made sure we had enough time for it.

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My friend, Jess, booked a tour with Viaje en Marruecos for €220 pp. We’d be with them for 4 days and 3 nights. They’d pick us up from the airport and even bring us to the riad that we’ve booked at in Marrakech. So apart from having a jeep just for the 3 of us, the package included every breakfast and dinner during that time as well as the accommodation. Pretty great bargain me thinks!

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Arriving early in Menara airport, I told my friend to make sure that I get picked up. I have no intention of getting lost nor of being hassled looking for our riad. He (our guide/ driver) was there after a minute of waiting. He then proceeded to ask me where we’re staying. “Hotel Kenzo” I answered. “Where? Do you know the address?” Silence on my part with a simultaneous shrug of shoulders. “I dunno” I eventually blurted out. “My friend sorted everything… we should be able to check it in google” I added as an excuse.😅 He was incredulous that I’d go to a place with no idea as to where I’ll be staying. He eventually got me to my destination. hehe He said that he’d pick us up at 8 in the morning the next day.  I went to our room to catch up on much needed sleep while I waited for my other travel companions who’d be flying from Barcelona and Madrid.

Day 1

The next day, after a hurried breakfast – we just can’t bring ourselves to get out of bed any earlier. We are on vacation after all! – we met up with him at the car park. A quick stop to a cash point that we passed by and we were off!

It was sunny yet cold. I found the landscape totally captivating as it’s different from what I grew up in (more coast as well as mountains covered with trees – life in the tropics) and where I currently live (cloudy London). But once we got to the High Atlas Mountains, its zigzagging road was enough to remind me that as ironic as it sounds since I travel often, I get car sick easily, also I was seated behind the driver (yes, I’ll use that as an excuse and a valid one at that, I think!). To make sure that nothing comes out – and to hopefully get through this in a more dignified way… I slept! Having said that, every time we’d pull up so we can check out the views (and take pictures of course!) I’ll be up for sure!

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We went to see Ait Ben Haddou, an old moorish citadel. Now popular in Hollywood as on site location for many movies (Gladiator, Game of Thrones, etc). According to our guide, even from hundreds of years ago, traders from Mozambique (or it may have been another exotic sounding country) would travel for weeks til they get there. Trade. And then head back home. I was imagining caravans of camel traversing truly long distances, camping at night, moving at a pace that we’d consider slow now.

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We passed by the Valley of the Roses too! But since it was winter, it was endless shrub after shrub -all leafless. I’m certain it’s beautiful in spring! Wish I can go back and see that for myself. Eventually, we arrived in another beautiful valley – looks like I’ll be using this word often to describe the landscapes we’ve passed by in this trip. There was this red mountain, devoid of greeneries that looks liked it’s been carved to look like humongous fingers. Coz of that, they call it the monkey fingers mountain. I’ll have to google that bit if it’s true!

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Less than 5minutes drive away – still amazed by what I was seeing – our jeep pulled over a roadside hotel. Looks like we’d be staying the night here – woot! I made up my mind then to wake up early so that I can go out and take pics the next day. The sun had set on the last bend and was too dark now to explore the area.

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We were led to the receiving area were various biscuits,  nuts, and mint tea greeted us. I can’t get enough of Moroccan tea – I seriously love it! I was trying my best not to finish the ones in our teapot – alas, to no avail!😂

They then carried our bags to our room with us following behind. As is the case with us now, we drew lots to see who’d get to sleep on the big bed. Never had luck with any draw that I already put my bag in one of the single beds before even choosing one. As is the usual, it wasn’t me. 😐😭

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Dinner was kinda hit and miss. The entertainment was alright though – the local guys were playing instruments and singing songs that I have no idea what it was about but  interesting nonetheless

Day 2
Attempting to be up early again, we were still the late ones for breakfast. Looks like many of those who have arrived last night alongside us had gone up and left – or at least have already eaten. Even with my conviction to wake up early the night before…. nah.  It just felt so warm and snug that I just can’t bring myself to get out of bed any earlier! Anyway, I’m not so keen on sweet breakfast which is what French breakfast kinda reminds me of (bread, jams, butter, honey, coffee) only now, with Moroccan twist (pancake, eggs, fresh orange juice, sponge cakes for dessert).

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Later in the day, we’d be at the Sahara desert so Jess and I decided to dress “appropriately”- flowy trousers as well as light coloured tops. I wore sandals too. First destination was a panoramic view of the valley we were in. It was a short drive there but the view, I found, stunning! We were pretty high up and you can see the road snaking along the edge of the mountains – and to think we were down there just a few minutes back! I noticed two things simultaneously, first was the view and second was the fact that it was soooo effing cold – and to think I only had sandals on! As soon as our driver thought we’ve spent enough time there, the other people we’ve caught up with have already gone again, I ran to the jeep… rummaged through my bag which was at the back… and put on my (warm) socks and changed to my sneakers. Thought I’d have frostbite!😱

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Next destination was this gorgeous gorge. We were instructed to get off the jeep, walk towards the end of the gorge and that he’d meet up with us there. They’ve made it so that we can appreciate the view/ experience. I felt so minuscule walking between towering mountains! And because of this, we were walking in a very windy path! I was torn between walking quickly to reach the warmth at the end of the pass and taking my time to take pics and to gawk at the view! I was pretty sure I did lots of gawking! Haha

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It was then quite a drive after that. Punctuated by lunch in a local cafeteria/ eatery. Jess was insisting that we eat at places were only locals would go to. Food served was fast, cheap, and huge in size. Toilet was like the ones I’ve encountered in China – ones on the ground and you’d have to squat (if you’re a woman). To dry hands after hand washing is with a literal paper! After a satisfying meal (I love their bread!), it was time for us to get back on to the road.

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We stopped for a while in a shop where we bought some scarf to use as head wrap. While there, the girl behind the cashier asked for our names and quickly fashioned henna tattoo design around it. As touristy as it looks, she then kept putting clothes on us – matched haphazardly at that – and voila! We’re dressed locally of sorts. Hehe a few souvenir pictures in them and then we took them off and went on our way – that last stretch of drive before the Sahara!

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Our driver/guide then proceeded to ask whether we’d like to go swim in the lake. A question I found a bit odd since we’re headed to the desert but I saw in front of me a vast expanse of lake. I said I’d have loved to but didn’t think to bring a swimsuit with me.  Then he chuckled. The lake I had in view was gone! They then pointed out at the one on the right – the one I saw was at the left. I blurted, “is that what they call a mirage? Are we seeing one now? Awesome!!!” Though what instantly came to mind were scenes in movies where people would race towards an imagined oasis to quench their dying thirst away only to find that isn’t the case. I would be filled with despair if that ever happens to me *knocks on wood* it was then explained to us that this naturally occurring phenomenon is caused when light is refracted through air at different temperatures.

DCIM101GOPROGOPR5669.After we made a turn away from the paved road, the jeep pulled over. We were then told to go on top of the jeep for the last bit of travel before we get on the camels. It was so fun!!!! I mean, we were screaming kinda non stop (I was taking pics and my friends would suddenly put their weight on me scaring the wits out of me coz I’m on the edge!) but it was interlaced with laughter and excitement too!

Desert camp experience to follow here.

Heading back seemed anticlimactic now that we’ve seen what we came to see 😐 the drive back was long yet beautiful! Our guide asked if we were happy, an emphatic yes from everyone! Then he turned to me specifically and told me that he’d make me happier… he drove off road, pulled over, then asked us to follow him. He poured some water over a big rock and I saw them more clearly – fossils!!!!😱😆

Before heading out of the town and starting off the long drive back, our guide made true his promise to Jess the day before. He got us a “traditional” pizza so we can have a picnic. A couple of hours down the road, a lone tree here and there breaks the monotony of the barren desert landscape. He parked the car beneath one and got our food and some drinks out.

Upon settling it on the bonnet of the jeep, he sliced it with a dull knife and gave us a big slice each. We then sat around in a loose circle atop a few piles of rocks and ate heartily. It’s a Moroccan Berber flatbread stuffed with onions, olives, and herbs and meat. I found it gorgeous and ate 3 slices! I was really hungry!😍 while we were munching away, a few cars passed us by with their passengers waving at us. Another vehicle even pulled over right next to us. The other driver seemed to know our guide and they chatted a bit. We offered him food and he happily took one and wrapped it away ready to eat later on. His passengers however politely declined saying they’ve already eaten at one of the restaurants back from the town we came from. After some time, we got back on to our jeep and we were off! Passing by a landscape that’s starting to become familiar but never tiring to look at and kept leaving me in awe! <3

 

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Bucketlist 101

We all have a travel bucketlist – a list of places we’d love to go to and visit at one point in our lifetime.

I realized that the more I go out there to see more of the world, the longer my list becomes instead!

This travelbug, once you get it… it’s hard to get it out of your system!

Where to next??? :D

Where to next??? :D

I’ve tried making a list of dream destinations. It’s actually hard as I didn’t want to be biased on any one continent.

One almost always has a map in their room if they're crazy about travels - almost! ;)

One almost always has a map in their room if they’re crazy about travels – almost! ;)

 

Do I write the name of the city or of a specific building or monument in there? Rome vs. Trevi Fountain, Colosseo, Pantheon, etc.

Do I specify any activity or just the name of the place? Ride a gondola in Venice vs. (just) Venice

Anyways, I sort of made it! Yay! Haha Have a look and tell how many you’ve places you’ve visited in this list! Just click on any of the pictures in this post. ;)

Going crazy over tomatoes in Spain!

Going crazy over tomatoes in Spain!

 

Sunset over Portugal :)

Sunset over Portugal :)

 

Where is your next destination?
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Where Have You Been in 2013?

It’s that time of the year where people are making lists (again) of the year that was and which will be followed closely with what they want for the coming year. Kinda mandatory for bloggers I guess. haha Before the year started, I listed 12 places I wanted to visit and in the end, I had been to 10 of those. Not bad if I may say so. Add the fact that I ended up travelling  instead to some countries I didn’t consider. :D And since part of the fun in travelling includes planning for them and reminiscing about the trips themselves… I’m happily sharing my 2013 in travels! ;)

Morocco

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It’s my first time to set foot in Africa and was I excited! Morocco was a different kind of beauty from what I’m used to (South East Asia’s lush green forests and crystal blue waters). It’s a rugged, harsh and stark kind of beauty. Differest, yes, but still beautiful!

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From Marrakech’s UNESCO-World-heritage-site-old-medina, to the snow-topped covered mountains of High Atlas to the sandy coastline of Essaouira, Morroco seems to have it all. Too bad the Sahara dessert is a 5hours drive away from Marrakech according to our guide that’s why we weren’t able to go. A good excuse to come back for sure!

Philippines

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To say I’m excited to go on a trip back home since relocating to London is an understatement! My bags were packed and ready to go a month before my trip! haha
Sea. Sand. Sun. Sky. Family. Friends. Amazing food. = Home = ♥

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Travelled all over the islands coz I’ve got friends with me who were in the country for the first time. Went to my usual faves: Boracay, Cebu, Bohol and Palawan. Did tons of stuff like swam with whalesharks, island hopped, trekked, went on a firefly tour and much more! It is definitely more fun in the Philippines!

Hong Kong

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It’s my nth time in this small but very dynamic city! I LOVE the foods here! There’s this really affordable Michelin rated dimsum place in Kowloon (and they now have a branch in HK island) that you gotta try! The place is called Tim Ho Wan. ♥

 Macau

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From old temples to humongous casinos.. this is Asia’s own version of Vegas and what a city of contradiction and mix of Portuguese and Chinese heritage it is!

 Singapore

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Singapore is South East Asia’s melting pot of culture. They have Chinatown, Little India, and Arab Street. This mix also manifests itself in their food and it’s really good! They say the country is a foodie’s paradise and I couldn’t help but agree! Aside from that, they’ve got some pretty cool buildings like the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Gardens by the Bay (pictured above).

So many friends to see and visit in such a relatively small country! See you guys in March!♥

So many friends to see and visit in such a relatively small country! See you guys again in March!♥

Malaysia

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First time to visit Malaysia. Had so much fun that I’ll visit again in a few months! :D

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Must do: picture in front of the iconic Petronas Towers (with high school mates, JC and James)

Slovakia

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After my 5weeks trip in Asia, I was knackered! I had to have a vacation to get over my vacation. haha First stop was Slovakia’s Bratislava. Admittedly, the only thing I’ve heard from others is that 1. You’ll see all that there’s to see in a day and that 2. It’s a cheap (financially speaking) city.

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Well, we saw a lot but we did kinda finished quickly and yes, lodgings were indeed much cheaper there! Food was cheaper too. My cousin and I would get tempted whenever they’d write “traditional dishes” on the menu (goulash, etc) hehe

Hungary

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Friends have been saying that Hungary’s Budapest is one of their favourite cities. Well, if awesome parties, numerous thermal baths, colourful history and beautiful architecture won’t do it for you, I dunno what would (maybe uhmm… good looking guys with amazing abs there? It was summer when I visited and they’d somehow walk around with their shirts off or with open buttons -_- haha)

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I ♥ Budapest!

Switzerland

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Chocolates. Watches. (Very expensive) train rides. Gorgeous scenery. It could only mean I’m in Switzerland!

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I kept telling friends that I found Italy’s Amalfi Coast to be the most beautiful scenery I’ve seen so far in Europe. I can’t say it with such conviction after seeing Lauterbrunnen (aka as Valley of the 72 waterfalls). The Swiss Alps is just something else!

Portugal

Quick stop in Portugal's Lisboa and Sintra with my travel buddy, Jess, enroute to Spain. Food here was the cheapest I've had so far in Europe and is very good! We did quite a lot of walking and the city had many hills so do wear comfy shoes. ;)

Quick stop in Portugal’s Lisboa and Sintra with my travel buddy, Jess, enroute to Spain. Food here was the cheapest I’ve had so far in Europe and is very good! We did quite a lot of walking and the city had many hills so do wear comfy shoes. ;)

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Daytrip to Sintra, a UNESCO world heritage site, then a jaunt to Cabo da Roca – westernmost point of mainland Europe. :)

Spain

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La Tomatina in Buñol, Spain is the world’s largest food fight celebrated every last Wednesday of August. Around 40 metric tons of tomatoes are thrown against each other! I got hit in the eye by an unsquished tomato (against the rules!). It hurts! T_T Wallowed in pain for a minute or ten – til I got everything out of my eye, then back to the food fight! haha

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With my very own Spanish guide, Jessica!♥

Italy

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View of the Pantheon from the inside looking out into the piazza.

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Posing in front of Fontana di Trevi with my workmates. It’s difficult when you have people who are so easy to invite and convince to go along with my silly ideas (ie: an overnight trip to Rome!) because it’s really gonna happen! :D

France

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Le Mont St Michel.♥

My fave group of people after CS Manila, CS Paris. Such a fun loving group!

My fave group of people after CS Manila, CS Paris. Such a fun loving group!

Greece

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A bucket list destination for me and many of my friends. Had such a wonderful time in Santorini. It’s best to come around late September-early October: not as many tourists and prices would have gone down by then. Pictured above: Oia sunset

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Amidst the ruins in Athens

Iceland

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Iceland is a country full of natural beauty. Winter meant aurora borealis while summer would be time for the midnight sun. Would love to go back and see more in the summer! Must do in Iceland: visit and swim in the Blue Lagoon. You won’t regret it!

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A short trip in this beautiful country with girl friends to celebrate my birthday. :D

2 013, you have been more than kind to me. To those who I’ve travelled with, to friends who took the time to meet me while I was on the road, to new friends and to those who’ve made a positive impact, and to those who were just always there for me no matter what… thank you so much guys for making the year that had just passed by a colourful and memorable one indeed!♥

See you all in 2014! Where do you plan to travel this year? People do say dream big since sky’s the limit! :D

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Must See Travel Movies

I am currently on a travel hiatus. The last trip I’ve been to was almost *gasp* 2 months ago! Don’t get me wrong. I know that it wasn’t that far ago but for someone who’s as passionate and as crazy about travels as I am, I hope you’ll understand what it feels like to be on the road almost every other weekend and then to find yourself at home on consecutive weeks…  hehe (enough ranting!) It is a self-imposed hiatus though as I am saving up for my first trip back home (Manila, here I come!) after almost a year and a half of living on the (almost on the) other side of the world – London! It would be a 5 week holiday in Asia and I’ll be visiting 4 countries at that – I can’t wait!

To proactively make this self-imposed hiatus more bearable for me, I just busy myself with planning for my upcoming trips and if there’s actually an urge to go someplace – as friends keep posting status updates of where they’ve just been or because of friends uploading pictures of their recent trips overseas, then I go online to watch movies that’d make me feel like I’m actually out there: English language movies set in various locations around the world or foreign language films with English subtitles which is weird in a sense as I do this to satiate my wanderlust but then the movies that I have on my list might make you want to go out there and see those places yourselves!

Here are some of my favourites and hope you enjoy watching them too – please, please leave suggestions at the end of this post! I’d appreciate them a lot! Plus I’m running out of “travel movies” to watch! haha

Amelie

Amelie

This is one of my cousin’s favourite film. I’m happy that I’ve seen it only AFTER I have been to France. At least I didn’t go around the city going, this place was shot in the movie etc etc. Instead, while watching the movie, I found myself happily excited to see the places that I’ve seen and been to included in the movie and I got to say – I’ve been there! haha

PS  I Love You

PS I Love You

It had been quite a while but I do remember crying my eyes out while watching this flick while at the same time wanting to book myself a plane ticket to Ireland. Holly, deeply inlove and married found her self widowed after her husband died of a brain tumour. Devastated, she travelled to Ireland. The weird thing about it though is that she kept getting letters from her deceased husband. AT least, it’s helping her move on. :)

Eat, Pray, Love

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Italy. India. Indonesia. Midlife crisis indeed, after getting a divorce and you just feel so empty, what do you do then? Go and find pleasure in Rome. Then head to India to reconnect with your spirit. And afterwards, fly to Bali to regain your balance. Unfortunately, not everyone can do that come to think of it, everything is possible if you really want to make things happen.

The Bucket List

The Bucket List

We all have a bucket list, what’s yours? Now then, imagine yourself having enough money that doing them isn’t a question of possibility anymore. That’d be amazing, right? Only catch is that you might not have enough time as is the case for the lead characters in this movie.

The Holiday

The Holiday

It kinda reminded me of Couchsurfing only in this movie, you don’t host or stay with a total stranger… instead, you exchange houses -one is living in LA while the other is in England.

Under The Tuscan Sun

Under the Tuscan SunIt seems like some people only hit the road after something tragic happens to them then it’s like they’re catapulted into the world of the unknown and since there’s nothing more to risk, they then decide to take the plunge and travel! Anyways, this movie follows Frances, a divorcee, who while on a gay tour of Italy bought a rundown villa on impulse! It was amazing to see her travel all the way down to Positano which in my opinion is one of Italy’s most beautiful places!

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

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I’ve only been to China once but it;’s such a huge and beautiful country that there are countless more places there that I want to go to! This action movie was set in the late 1700s and aside from the amazing martial arts and very good story, it also shows the beauty of this country.

Mamma Mia

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Greece and ABBA. For me, a very good combination! :D  Based on the West End musical of the same title, the movie  is about Donna’s daughter, Sophie, who is about to get married but wants a father to give her away. The thing is, there are 3 possible dads and her mom’s not so sure who her father really is! hehe

Outsourced

Outsourced

I haven’t been to India. Some travellers like to say that there’s India and then there’s the rest of the world. It’s a HUGE country – a subcontinent at that – with tons of people with a long history and very lively culture. It can get pretty overwhelming which is what happened to the lead in this movie. His entire department is outsourced to India as it’s cheaper to do business from there and he’s sent there to train the guy taking over from him. Alone in a place halfway around the world, he fumbled his way around until he learned to accept and embrace the culture he’s in.

The Way

The Way

I saw a friend change his facebook status to something like this: I want to go to Spain after seeing the movie The Way. So curious me Googled what the movie was all about and watched it that same night! Yes, it made me want to go to Spain too to do a pilgrimage at the Camino de Santiago! The Way is about the story of a father who flew to Spain to collect the body of his son who died during a storm while walking the pilgrim route in Galicia, Spain.

The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Greece. America. Mexico…The travelling pants indeed made some serious travelling that summer as it was sent by four friends to one another so that they’ll stay connected. :)

The Beach

The Beach

Probably the quintessential travel movie that makes people want to go out there! A young Western guy heads off to backpack in Thailand. The allure of finding a small piece of paradise in this world that you can have all to yourself, who wouldn’t want that? But then it goes to show that nothing in this world is really perfect, even in a beach paradise. Leonardo di Caprio. Pristine beaches. Warm weather. Palm trees. *sigh* :)

Into The Wild

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Is a movie based on the real life story of Christopher McCandless. After graduating from university, he decided to cut ties with society and to just be out there – his ultimate goal of the “Great Alaskan Dream” and to rough it out “into the wild.” He even changed his name to Alexander Supertramp, a fitting one I must say to a journey he decided to embark on. It was pretty extreme for me but it came recommended by most of the guys that I’ve asked about which movies made them want to go out there. :)

Benvenuti Al Sud

Benvenuti Al Sud
In the movie, a postal manager from the north – of Italy – was punished for faking his application for a better office by sending him down south instead. The movie showed how those from the north – stylish, cultured people – were stereotyping people from the south and why that shouldn’t be the case. I was travelling in Napoli with a Polish friend and we were being hosted by a Greek guy along with another American when we watched this movie upon our host’s suggestion on our first night there. He thought it’s a good introductory movie since we were in the south. Sitting around a personal computer with bowls of popcorn on our laps, we couldn’t stop laughing and I couldn’t help but be amazed at the beauty of the places featured and I was just happy to be in the area! Unfortunately, Castellabate, the place where the movie was shot was out of our way. Would definitely want to come back and see it next time!

3 Idiots

Three idiotsI have a friend who is crazy about movies (Hi Micher!!!). I asked him one day what he’d recommend for me, 3 Idiots was in his top 3 choices. It’s a Bollywood movie so do expect them to break out into a song and dance number every now and then but despite that hehehe I ended up really liking it! The movie centers around 3 guys with different backgrounds as they pursue an engineering degree. It gives an insight as to how the people in India are very competitive and how important education is for them. The movie brought tears to my eyes – but then I cry easily, okay, enough with the excuses – but the scenery here is just amazingly beautiful! India is definitely in my list of places to visit!

A Map For Saturday

A Map for Saturday

When I was still in Manila, my travel blogger friends were raving about this movie! I don’t know why I didn’t just watched it online but was instead waiting for one of them to give me a copy. D’oh! That is the only reason I could give as to how I only got to watch it this week. I know that this is a list of movies but I guess this one still counts as it’s about being out on the road. An American TV producer quit his job to backpack around the world for a year. And while he’s at it, made a video to document his trip and this was what he came up with. I have to say I do agree to many of his sentiments especially when he said that it’s not about the place anymore but the people you met along the way that makes it memorable – or something to that effect. Probably not relevant but I got to say  that I haven’t really stayed in a hostel before -I have tried, but I had my own room so it kinda doesn’t count- it was the locals (and yes, other travellers too) that I’ve met which made places come alive for me!

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Travel Wish List for 2013!

I’m bitten by the travel bug again! I feel so restless, there’s this need to wander!  To sort of placate myself, I’m writing a list of places I want to go to for this year. If you’d like to join me in any of the trip listed below, just send me a message or leave a comment. I’d welcome the company! :D

Morocco Marrakech

Medina alleyway. Photo by Sarah Reid

Medina alleyway. Photo by Sarah Reid

Flying here tomorrow! Woot! Booked a short trip here last year just to escape even for a few days London’s winter. And amazingly, it snowed the day before our flight! Looking forward to eating Moroccan foods, riding a camel and visiting the Sahara desert amongst others.  :D

PHILIPPINES Manila, Cavite, Boracay, Cebu, Bohol and Palawan

El Nido's lovely islands

El Nido’s lovely islands

After more than a year, I’m coming back home for a vacation and I’m soooo excited about it that I think I’ll be able to keep myself travel free until after this trip. I am saving money for this one! haha

Hong Kong & Macau

HK's skyline early in the morning

HK’s skyline early in the morning

Sunny Macau!

Sunny Macau!

I’d like to take the whole family for a trip out of the country. My dad and brother haven’t been out of the country before. So does that mean I got my wanderlust from my mom? hahaha She’d totally deny it!

Singapore

A must when in Singapore: eat out with friends!!!

A must when in Singapore: eat out with friends!!!

Enroute back to London, why not drop by this small but cool city and meet up with the many friends I have from the Philippines now living here and get together again with the locals I met here on my first solo trip out of the country! The fact that they have an amazing food culture is a plus too! :)

Malaysia

Petronas from Google

KL’s Petronas Tower

I am yet to visit this neighbouring country of Singapore so I’d like to see the Petronas towers and  visit the UNESCO Heritage Site town that is Malacca and do other sidetrips as well. :)

Germany Berlin and Munich

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

I’ve been to so many European countries last year and yet, I haven’t been here. Hmm… Maybe because I was too often in Italy? hehe From partying to trying out ice skating to visiting their Christmas markets and seeing.. ah.. uhmm.. Disney’s castle! lol Well, they say that’s the castle that Walt Disney got the inspiration from! ;)

Greece  Athens and Santorini

Santorini's white washed villas. Photo by Mr. R. Decena

Santorini’s white washed villas. Photo by Mr. R. Decena

I love history. Ergo, Athens. Do I need to give a reason as to why I even want to go to Santorini??? ;)

Slovakia Bratislava

Bratislava at night

Bratislava at night

Just because I wanna go somewhere new! I’ll know more about the place as days pass by.

Hungary Budapest

Chain Bridge

Chain Bridge

They say it’s one of, if not THE nicest city in Eastern Europe.

Poland Krakow

Krakow

Krakow

To visit my friend Ania! Woot! And it’s cooler here than Warsaw as I was told. *cough* haha

Iceland

To see an aurora borealis would be a dream come true!♥

To see an aurora borealis would be a dream come true!♥

Aurora borealis!!!!♥♥♥

The list is very much open to suggestions and can be subject to change! :D

blogcarnival

This is my entry to Pinoy Travel Blogger’s Blog Carnival for  January 2013  hosted by Roj Braga of The Adventures of AdventuRoj! with the theme “New Beginnings.”

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Songs and Travels. My Travel Playlist!

Every now and then, some friends would be asking what kind of music I listen to when I’m on the road. I love almost all kind of music but mostly…

I love songs that just plain exude positive vibes
Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield is a definite favourite of mine!
or those that could wake you up when you’re feeling sleepy,
Jay Sean’s 2012 is sure to get me up and about!
or calm you down when you’re anxious.
The beach comes to mind whenever I hear All Saint’s Pure Shores

Songs sang in a different language especially if it’s the place I plan to go to
Garry Schyman’s Praan

or songs that remind me of places I’ve been to
Paris comes to mind whenever I hear La Vie En Rose by Louis Armstrong!
plus songs that reminds me of home! Manila! *sigh*
Manila by Amber

I also always listen to songs that somehow makes me feel part of a bigger world. ;)
U2’s Beautiful Day

And I enjoy watching videos that makes me want to go out there and experience what this world has to offer!

Happy new year and more travels everyone!!!♥

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In Limbo

I love to travel! I enjoy writing! I love sharing my experiences with friends in the hope that they’ll get to experience the same things. Hence this travel blog came about.

It was on the last week of September that I was told I’ll be able to work in London, the one place where I really wanted to go, and a week after, I got my visa! Left and right, I was suddenly meeting up with friends for farewell dinners, farewell parties, farewell trips. I had to organize many stuff and attend to some chores that there really was no time to “write.”

It was a cold, gray Wednesday morning that I arrived in London’s Heathrow airport along with 22 other Filipinos. I remember how everyone was just amazed to see our breaths turn foggy! Adjusting, adjusting, adjusting… that was the main agenda. Be it the weather, language, food, and at work, we all had to adjust. But adjust, I did (though it’s always a continuous process)!

And soon, after all the paperworks I need to pass has been over and done with, I’ll be able to do what I’m most passionate about and that’s to travel! Unlike before wherein it was all in Southeast Asia, now, it’s Europe!  So aside from writing posts about my beloved Philippines, I will start writing about Europe (from visa application to planning to the actual trips). Can’t wait!

With the iconic Big Ben and Westminster's House of Parliament! :D

PS: I think I wrote this just to explain as to why my site has been idle for quite a while.. and I wanted to write something! Anything! hehe ;)