Sunny Days in Bali

Beach, sunny days, natural scenery, relaxation and a place where cultural diversity exist… Welcome to Bali.

We spent 3 Days and 4 Nights in Bali, on the areas of Legian, Seminyak and Kuta.

It was a short stay, but it was nothing but beautiful and satisfying.

ITINERARY:

We left Manila around 7PM and arrived around 11PM at Ngurah Rai International Airport (Bali).

We stayed at JOCS BOTIQUE HOTEL, It was a nice budget hotel, at the center of all activities in Legian. For the price, it was already a good catch.

TIP:
If you don’t have anyone picking you up, you can try Grab. It’s WAY cheaper compared to a taxi.

Taxi drivers might tell you that Grab can’t come to the airport, DON’T LISTEN.
Grab taxis are ALLOWED at the airport. they’re on the right side.

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Do not go to the main entrance gate, (this looks like a big white gate to heaven) it will catch your attention because of its design, and you will automatically think that that is the way out. Head to the right side entrance instead.

We got scammed. don’t be like us. 😅

DAY 1:

We need to find a ride. – is our main concern upon waking up. So we got up, dress up, looked for a place to eat and luckily, one of the waitresses knows someone who can drive us around on a motorbike.

There are ways of getting around Bali:

1. Rent a motorbike – If you know how to drive this thing, there are places where you can rent it, and they say it’s the cheapest way to go. You will only have to pay for rental fee, the gas is on you tho.

2. Rent a motorbike and a driver – If you can’t drive, you’ll have to pay for his time. This is a bit expensive compared to option 1.

3. Rent a car – This is expensive (I guess) but if you’re in group, I guess maybe this is practical.

4. Grab – The cheapest way to go I think. We only tried it once on our way home, and it was cheap and safe, so I guess this is okay. And money wise, I thought maybe we should have opted with this. lol

We opted for option 2. Motorbike. Why? To avoid traffic. Traffic in Bali can be heavy, and if you have a list of places to see, then you wouldn’t want to be stuck at traffic.

Okay. Let’s go.

First stop, Green Bowl Beach.

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Green Bowl Beach is considered to be one of Bali’s secluded beaches. It’s a good place to surf, and a good place to relax. 

You have to climb down 300+ steps to get to the beach. There aren’t many people there which was a good thing, and the colors of the water is beautiful.

 

Near to this area is Nyang Nyang Beach, another hidden gem of Bali.

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This place is amazing. However I don’t suggest people who have some physical problems to come here. It’s a steep 1 hour to 1 hour and a half trek down and another on the way up. There aren’t any solid steps, so you will have to make your way stepping on rocks and holding on to branches. It could be challenging. For those who are physically fit tho, this will be an easy 30 minutes trek.

There are vendors selling food and drinks on certain stops, but not many.

If you want to get away from all the crowd… This is the place to be.
There was less than 20 people on that beach that day. A good place to relax and enjoy the sun.

So far, the most beautiful beach I’ve been to.

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After we got tanned.. (well for me, I got burnt XD) we went to Uluwatu Temple to watch the famous Kecak Fire Dance.

It was great. The build up of the story was a bit slow and some people got bored and left. If you’re planning to watch this. Finish it. It will be interesting as it comes to the second half til the end. It was fun, worth it. You won’t see it anywhere.

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Photo: https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph

The show lasts for about an hour, so after that we went back to our hotel, ate dinner and slept.

DAY 2:

Elephant time!!! 😁 I couldn’t be more excited for this day! ♥
After breakfast, we headed for Ubud.

Our first stop was the Tegalalang Rice Terraces. It wasn’t that much for us Filipinos, I wasn’t that impressed since we have our own Banawe Rice Terraces in PH. They look the same to me XD (sorry)

Just a tip, some locals might stop you and sell you entrance tickets to the terraces. DO NOT ENTERTAIN THEM. THERE ARE NO TICKETS. ENTRANCE IS FREE.

Okay next on our lists, Bali swing.

There is a swing below the terraces, where you could take a photo, tho we didn’t ask how much it was because we’re planning to go this other place where they also have swings.

Unfortunately tho, when we got there… OML. The famous Bali swing, is a no for us. The price is just not reasonable, I forgot how much it costs exactly, but it’s almost the same price as Disney world. And what? you’re just gonna be pushed on a swing??? haha uhm… no thanks.

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I saw the place. You won’t really be swinging on a cliff, they will make it look like that on the photo lels

I got a feeling that the swing at the Tegalalang Rice Terraces is much better.

Anyway! off we go to the elephants!!! 😁😁😁

When we got there and I saw the sign, “Slow down, elephants crossing road” I got really really excited! Haha

So here we are at the Mason Elephant Park and Lodge. I’m guessing you can stay there since there are rooms / homes that appears to be for rent inside the area. It was a niiice place, very forestry feels. Love it here.

Anyway, when I saw the elephants, I just ran like a little kid towards it haha

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We spent 4 hours here, then we ended the day at Seminyak Beach.

We stayed at the famous La Plancha. And will I recommend this place? Absolutely NOT.

Why? Well yes, it might look good on the photos, since the place is colorful, but when you think of it, it’s just umbrellas and chairs. And guess what, you will have to order food worth 600 PHP per person for you to be able to stay.

Did you know what I ordered? A bowl of fried sweet potato and a glass of coffee, that total is PHP600+ already. I mean, seriously?? I could have eaten a whole full meal with that price.

And what do they have to offer? NONE. Just the chairs you’re sitting on. And food which you have to buy while you wait for the sunset. 

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It’s stupid and a waste of money. Just sit on the fcking sand. You’d still be able to watch the same sunset as everyone else on the beach. But why did we stay tho anyway? 😆

DAY 3:

Our last day.

We were planning to go to Pura Lempuyang Temple and go see the “Gates of Heaven” but we didn’t.

It was a 3 hour motorbike going there, then another 3 hours back to where we’re staying… and our butt hurts already from DAY 1 and 2. haha we just can’t.

So we decided to just chill at the hotel, and walk around the area, see what we can eat lol while we wait for our flight.

3 hours before our flight, we’re already at the airport and was just waiting to go home.

BUDGET BREAKDOWN FOR 1 PERSON (group of 2)

AIRTICKET: AirAsia (Return) PHP 6,818

HOTEL: (3D4N) PHP 1435

TRAVEL TAX: PHP 1,600

TAXI(Airport to Hotel) – PHP 920 / 2 = PHP460

MOTORCYCLE: (transpo in Bali) PHP 2,500

ENTRANCE ULUWATU TEMPLE: PHP 110

KECAK FIRE DANCE: PHP 370

SIM CARD: PHP 1,300 / 2 = PHP 650

ELEPHANT LODGE ENTRANCE: PHP 1,000

*A good full meal costs around PHP300
multiply that by 3 meals for 3 dayslet’s say around PHP 3,500 for my entire stay
because I tend to buy small foods and drinks whenever I feel like it haha 😛

GRAB (hotel to airport) – PHP 73

TOTALPHP 18,516

Despite a fact that we got scammed.. twice! (taxi and the sim card) This was still a win! 🍷

The place itself is beautiful. The nature is lush, but there will be people who will take advantage of you being the tourist. So take extra measure, and do your research.
(I overheard a lady selling a dress for $20, a dress which I could have bought in PH for PHP250! 😮 )

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Despite of that tho, It was a nice stay, but sad that it was short. Wished we could have stayed for an entire week.

There are MANY MORE places to see in Bali and I will definitely go back. ❤️

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Adventure Time: North & South Cebu to Bohol

Cebu is considered to be one of the top tourists destinations here in the Philippines… so when I saw that the airline tickets are on sale, I told my friend about it and we booked it in a heartbeat. LOL

Then my friend suggested that we do Cebu – Bohol, since it’s just a ferry away.. but given the time that we have, we are now torn between North of Cebu or South of Cebu. If we still want to go to Bohol, we need to choose one… The problem is, we don’t want to choose. 😂

We only have 4 days in our hands, and we wanted to go to all 3 places!

South Cebu, North Cebu, and Bohol. In 4 Days? Was it possible?

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Manila – Cebu

We left Manila around 6 PM and arrived at Mactan Airport around 8 PM. We went directly to The Stopover Hostel, where we’ll be spending the night. They don’t really have tricycles on main roads, usually taxis, so it would be handy to have a Grab or an Uber app on your phone.

The Stopover Hostel was a good place for, as their name says, a stopover. They have a chill lounge place at the top floor that you could hangout at. This is a nice catch for backpackers.

We looked for a place to eat, and decided on Chika-an Restaurant. Sadly, they don’t have Lechon, so after that.. we looked for a store that sells lechon, and bought 1/4 kilo, because you cannot go to Cebu, and not eat Lechon.

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Are you really going to pass on that? Because I wouldn’t and DIDN’T. 😄

DAY 1: South Cebu, Oslob

Our travel begins. We left early in the morning to catch an early bus ride going to Oslob. Our hostel is an hour drive away from the terminal. We took the Ceres bus going to Bato via Oslob. Travel time usually takes around 3-4 hours. Ceres Bus Schedule

We were able to arrive at our hostel, Germaroze, almost around lunch time. Germaroze is located along the road, so you could just ask the driver to drop you off there.

Germaroze is a very beautiful place, it has a homey feel that I really love. Their photos in Agoda doesn’t really show how beautiful the place is. It’s huge, and the staffs are very kind and accommodating. I highly suggest this place for travelers. They offer different tours as well.

Speaking of tours, we didn’t go for the whale shark diving. After all the things that we’ve heard about it, we didn’t really like the idea of supporting it. It’s actually harmful for the whales, so it’s a NO for us. Read on: Why we do not swim with whale sharks in Oslob

So we decided to just go to Sumilon Island, and just chill. It was a beautiful place. You could scuba dive on your way to this island.

We went home around 4pm? or 3pm? then at night time, we hangout with some tourists that we’ve met at Germaroze. We were on tour with them. :) We ate dinner at this street market (forgot the name). The vendors sells fresh grilled sea foods, chicken and pork. It’s near the area, just one tricycle ride away.

DAY 2: North  Cebu, Bantayan Island

OSLOB –(bus 4 hours)– SOUTH BUS TERMINAL –(taxi 30 minutes)– NORTH BUS TERMINAL –(bus 4 hours)– HAGNAYA PORT –(ferry 1 hour)– SANTA FE PORT, BANTAYAN ISLAND 🎉

So from Oslob, we need to go back to South Bus Terminal in Cebu City, then from there, go to North Bus Terminal, catch a bus going to Hagnaya Port, then a ferry to Bantayan Island. Yeah, all of those.

We left around 6AM and waited along the street, just outside our hostel, for a bus to pass by that is bound for Cebu City. We hopped on the first bus that passed by, it was a non air-conditioned bus. If you have more patience and time than us, then wait for an air-conditioned bus, they have lesser stops and you will arrive faster.

Once at the South Bus Terminal, find a taxi, go to North Bus Terminal. This takes around 30 minutes. Then from there, find a Ceres Bus bound for Hagnaya Port. Travel time is around 4 hours.

At Hagnaya Port, board the Island Shipping or Super Shuttle ferry bound  for Santa Fe Port. We took the Super Shuttle. Travel time to Bantayan Island is 1 hour. Their last trip is 5:30 PM.

At Santa Fe Port, take a tricycle to your resort. If you have pre-arranged shuttle service with your resort, they will be picking you up there.

So that’s about it. We reached Bantayan Island past 4PM LOL no biggy, just 10 freaking hours! 🤣 but it was worth it. The island feels like heaven, it was so peaceful and clean. Love it here. 💙

We stayed at Yooneek Inn. They have 2 hostels. One is at the beach front, the other is just a very short walk from the beach. We were on the later. It was nice. the room was big, the thing is, we’re not sure, but we kept hearing voices from the other room, but there’s nobody there.. We left our things and my friend was changing into her swimwear, and she told me she heard someone crying, I told her I did not. then in the morning before we left, I heard a child playing. but when we got out, the other room seems unoccupied.. well heck, who cares? we’re leaving anyway. XD

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DAY 3: Bantayan Island to Bohol

SANTA FE PORT –(ferry 1 hour)– HAGNAYA PORT –(bus 4 hours)– NORTH BUS TERMINAL –(taxi 15 minutes)– PIER 1 –(ferry 1 hour 15 minutes)– TUBIGON PORT, BOHOL –(van 1 hour) — TAGBILARAN CITY, BOHOL 🎉

We left early and went straight to the ferries going back to Hagnaya Port, then board a bus going back to North Bus Terminal, from the terminal ride a taxi going to Pier 1.

By reading blogs over the internet, I’ve found out that the cheapest way to get to Bohol from Cebu is to take the ferries from Pier 1 to Tubigon Port, Bohol.  Travel time is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. We took the Star Craft Ferry.

Once at Tubigon, look for the vans that are headed to Tagbilaran City. They will drop you off at a terminal, then from there, ride a tricycle going to your hotel.

We stayed at Casa Rey Pension House and good thing we only stayed there for a day. For budget travelers like us, it will do if you’re not picky, and I mean NOT AT ALL picky. but if you are, even a bit, take your money somewhere else. 😬

DAY 4: Bohol

We spent our last day exploring Bohol. Our flight leaves at 8PM so we need to get back to Cebu around 3PM, because we would still travel back to Mactan Airport, and that would take more or less 3-4 hours. 

Anyway, we were only able to go to the Chocolate Hills, Tarsier Sanctuary, Bohol Python and Wildlife Park, and the Man-made Mahogany Forest.

How to get to these places? We’re coming from Tagbilaran, so what we did is we took a van near Island City Mall going to the Chocolate Hills. It takes about 1-2 hours. We asked the driver to drop us off at Chocolate Hills. There’s a billboard on the road, you won’t miss it. 

From the drop off point, we hired a motorcycle to give us a tour of the other spots that we’d like to visit. You could try public transport, but we don’t really have that much time to wander so we opted for the bike tour. It’s convenient and easy. 

After our tour we went back to Cebu City, and did a little side trip to Magellan’s Cross before heading to Mactan Airport.

BUDGET FOR 1 PERSON (group of 2, 4D5N)

AIRFARE:
AirAsia Round trip (MNL-CEBU & CEBU-MNL) = PHP 1425 

HOSTELS: (overnight)
The Stopover Hostel PHP 739/2 = PHP 369.50
Germaroze – PHP 1049/2 = PHP 524.50
Yooneek Inn – PHP595/2 = PHP 297.50
*original price was 1103 for 2, but we had a gift card from Agoda, so we had a discount.
Casa Rey Pension House = PHP672/2 = PHP 336

TRANSPORT:
CEBU to OSLOB
Ceres Bus Air-conditioned – PHP 190

OSLOB to BANTAYAN ISLAND
Oslob to South Bus Terminal, Cebu – Non Air-conditioned Bus = PHP 130
South Bus Terminal to North Bus Terminal = *taxi, depends on rates

North Bus Terminal to Hagnaya Port – Air-conditioned Bus = PHP 150
Hagnaya Port to Sta Fe Port, Bantayan Island – Super Shuttle RORO = PHP 170

BANTAYAN ISLAND TO BOHOL
Santa Fe Port to Hagnaya Port – Super Shuttle RORO = PHP 170

Hagnaya Port to North Bus Terminal – Air-conditioned Bus = PHP 150
North Bus Terminal to Pier 1 = *taxi, depends on rates
Pier 1 to Tubigon Port, Bohol – Star Craft Ferry = PHP 200
Tubigon Port, Bohol to Tagbilaran City – Van = PHP 70

BOHOL TO CEBU
Tagbilaran City to Tubigon Port – Van = PHP 70
Tubigon Port to Pier 1, Cebu City – Star Craft Ferry = PHP 200

TOURS
Oslob Tour – PHP 3500 (we shared with 3 other tourists)/5 = PHP 700
Bohol Motorbike Tour – PHP 1500/2 = PHP 750

TOTAL: PHP 5902.50

*Excluding food and other minor transport fares

So there, I probably spent more or less around PHP 10,000 for this trip, if I were to include the food, pasalubong and minor transport fares such as the ones for taxis.

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EXPLORING Siem Reap – Bangkok

Okay, so last July we did our Siem Reap, Cambodia to Bangkok, Thailand trip.

I’ll try to remember all the details on how we were able to do it.. It’s been a while, I’ve been caught up at work. :) Anyway, Here’s our itinerary;

We did 6 days + 5 nights for this one.

Day 1: Manila – Siem Reap

From Manila we traveled to Siem Reap, Cambodia via Cebu Pacific. Travel time takes around 2 hours. We arrived at Siem Reap late at night, almost 10 PM, and their airport was clean and very silent…. O_O

If you don’t have anyone who will pick you up, there will be tuktuk drivers waiting outside the airport.

This is what tuktuk looks like:

Our tuktuk driver, Suka, was very kind and is a big fan of Manny Pacquiao. Actually, most of the locals we’ve interacted here is a fan of Pacquiao.

They will ask us.. “Where you come from? Manny Pacqiuao?” The locals here are very friendly and helpful :)

Suka has become our personal driver in Siem Reap and also helped us booked for our travel to BKK. He offered us a tour of the Angkor temples for 20 USD, and I think that’s a fair price, considering he will have to be up early in the morning and spend his entire day with us, so we accepted his offer.

Anyway we stayed at this hotel: Popular Boutique Hotel

 

The place was quiet and dark at times… but i’ts good, They have a pool, a restaurant if you’re feeling lazy to go out to eat, Their staff was very helpful, the price is a good catch. also, it’s very close to the temples and Pub Street.

Anyway, after we’ve settled, we went out to Pub Street to eat dinner, then go back to hotel to sleep.

DAY 2: Exploring Siem Reap (Temples & Pubstreet)

Our tuktuk driver suggested that we go early in the morning so we could witness the sunrise (we weren’t able to tho.. but it’s all good)

We left the hotel around 4 AM and went directly to Angkor Ticket Center.

You will have to pay for your ticket pass here, rates depend on it’s validity:

RATES:
1 Day – $37
3 Days – $62
7 Days – $72

Before anything else, Angkor Wat is not the name for the entire place. (I had always called it Angkor Wat lol) Angkor Wat is a single temple, out of all the many temples in Siem Reap. There are other temples like Ta Phrom, Ba Yon, Preah Khan, Banteay Srei, Ta Keo, etc.

Here’s a map:

This place is history. It was built in the early 12th century – imagine that!

These are sacred places and they have imposed a dress code for people who will visit.

Visitors will be required to wear pants or skirts below the knees and a shirt that covers the shoulders. 

Ladies, if you want to go sleeveless, you can still do. Just bring a scarf or shawl or something to cover you up, you can also buy from the locals, there are many that sells on that area.

Anyway we bought the 1 day pass, and we weren’t able to finish them all. We thought we could, but it was impossible.

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If you’re planning to visit every single one of these temples, do not go for 1 day.

I guess 3 days would do, or if you really want to explore the temples then go for 7 days. It’s a very, very, very large place. And a looot of walking is required.

That 1 day pass killed us. By noon time, we’re templed out and we’re dying to go home.

We wanted to explore more, but we were just too tired. (and thirsty PS. BRING WATER)

Comes night time, we went to Pubstreet to check out the food and the place.

 

And look what I found!

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I tried the scorpion and nope, I won’t do it again. Haha

If you want to party at night, this is the place. This place is loud. Like really. Music is busting out at each and every restaurant here.

We went home after a couple of beers. Haha. 

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DAY 3 – Crossing Boarders: Siem Reap to Bangkok, Thailand

Our tuktuk driver brought us to this travel agency which offers a direct bus travel to Bangkok.

It costs us (as far as I remember) $25.

It’s a double decker bus, and the trip was roughly around 10-11 hours. Pretty much your entire day.

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Leave early. Because there are a lot of people at the boarder. And the boarder is open only until 8PM.

Siem Reap → Poipet → Aranyaprathet → Bangkok

Now, taking a direct bus, doesn’t necessarily mean everything will be taken cared of.

You will have to cross.. and I mean walk across the border from Poipet to Aranyaprathet (I don’t even know how to pronounce that)

You will be dropped off near the Cambodia immigration, look for it, get in line and get stamped out of Cambodia.

Then you will have to go to the Thai immigration and get your visa.

This can be scary and confusing as there will be a lot of people (specially around noon time), do not get scammed, or talk to people offering you stuff.

Just focus on these 2 things:

1. Get stamped out of Cambodia
2. Get Thai Visa

After all that, you’re done. Go back to your bus, relax and you’ll be in Bangkok soon.

Read this blog, it’s more detailed: Siem Reap to Bangkok via the Poipet border

We arrived at Bangkok around 6PM and went directly to our hotel.
We stayed at BB Boutique Mansion

 

This is a very very nice hotel, it’s a gem within the city. Place was quiet and clean. The location was very good, near the BTS (train) station.

We went to Terminal 21 for our dinner and went back to our hotel after a few hours and slept.

DAY 4 – Wat Arun + Market + Club

This day is the day that we get scammed. My friend and I were looking for a way on how to get to Wat Arun, Wat Pho and The Grand Palace.

So we were walking along the streets of Bangkok, asking the locals on how to get there, when we finally met this big man, he looks friendly and told us that his guy friend that drives a tuktuk could get us to where the boats are. For 150 baht, we agreed. So we got to the boat station and here comes the surprise. When we got there, they’re offering us 1800 Baht for the boat tour.. that seems a bit too much. My friend and I are confused.. is it too much? Or is it just right? Probably the places are far from each other that’s why? if we back out, where should we go instead? In the end we took it (stupid) because we really just want to get on with our day.

We got the boat all to ourselves (now that’s why it was pricey) and we went there.

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First up, Wat Arun. They have entrance fee of 50 Baht. Again ladies, no sleeveless tops here. You could wear one but bring a shawl. Anyway, the boat driver told us to come back 30 minutes after. But we got back like after an hour, and guess what? He wasn’t there. There was a lady that collects fees from the boats, and we asked her where is our boat, and she said “no, no more” and we ask if she could call them, and she said “no” I mean, WTH?? We paid 1800 Baht, the least they could do is wait for us? We f*cking rented that boat to ourselves.

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And this is what’s more frustrating, we found a boat that would take us to Wat Pho and it only costs 3 effin baht. 3! THREE!!! and they made us pay 1800 BAHT and didn’t fucking wait for us?! Unbelievable.

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Anyway, lesson of the story. Do not go for tours as there are public boats available within the area. RESEARCH!!!

PS. we weren’t looking for private boats when we got there, but we stupid and we already paid for that damn private boat scam. So yeah.

We ended our tour around lunch time and went directly to Pratunam Market. You could find clothes, shoes, bags and any kind of fashion accessories here.

 

This a place where you could buy fashion stuff at a cheap and affordable price. To my fellow Filipinos, if you’re fond of buying at divisoria, prices here are MUCH lower. The clothes that you see online, most of them you could find here. So ano pa? haha

We went back at our hotel around 6pm and went for dinner and some drinks later that night. We were planning to go to a rooftop bar, but we were just so exhausted.

DAY 5 – Bangkok – Pattaya

Another day, another adventure. Today we decided to go to Pattaya. At Jomtien Beach to be exact. You can reach Pattaya from Bangkok either via plane, bus, train, taxi or a van (minibus). We opted for the van. Bangkok to Pattaya is more or less a 2 hour drive. Vans will be located at Ekkamai Bus Terminal and would cost around 130 Baht.

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We were dropped off in the middle of Pattaya. (don’t know really where it was, but I guess that was the drop off point since everyone got out as well) We crossed an overpass bridge and from there we hired a motorcycle to bring us to Jomtien beach, it cost 70 Baht.

The beach seems dirty at that time, it was a bit greenish brown in color… or is that the color? Lol It was fine, we weren’t planning to swim anyway. We just sat by the beach and relaxed. After lunch we decided to go back to Bangkok.

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How to go back to Bangkok? We have no clue to be honest. Lol we were waiting for a motorcycle to pass by but there aren’t any, luckily this lady who we thought was a police woman offered to take us to the bus terminal “Air Conditioned Bus Terminal Pattaya-Bangkok”.

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Later we found out she wasn’t a police woman since she asked us to pay for her services LOL

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This is how her car looks like, plus she was wearing a blue polo shirt haha well whatever, still thankful we got to the terminal :)

Anyway, bus ticket cost around 130 Baht as well.

DAY 6 – Bangkok – Manila

We left Bangkok early in the morning, took a cab that costs us around 450 Baht. Airport was a bit far from our place. Anyway all in all it was a great experience. We’re more relax now compared to our past travels. You can actually do Vietnam – Cambodia – Thailand. We didn’t have much time, so probably sometime soon. :)

BUDGET BREAKDOWN: For 1 person group of 2

Travel Expenses:

AIRFARE (Cebu Pacific): Manila – Siem Reap = PHP 2,099.00

Direct Bus to Bangkok: $25 = PHP 1,285

Boat Tour: THB 900 = PHP 1,394 ***do not take this please, there are cheaper ways to do this***

Van from Bangkok to Pattaya: THB 130 = PHP 201

Bus from Pattaya to Bangkok: THB 130 = PHP 201

AIRFARE (Cebu Pacific): Bangkok to Manila = PHP 2,954

HOTELS:


Siem Reap:
Popular Boutique Hotel 3 Days 2 Nights
For 2: PHP 1,572.28 – my share: PHP 786

Bangkok:
BB Boutique Mansion 4 Days 3 Nights
For 2: PHP 4,007.40 – my share: PHP 2,003.7

Temples:


Siem Reap:
Angkor Wat Entrance: $37 = PHP 1900

Bangkok:
Wat Arun: THB 50 = PHP 77
Wat Pho: THB 100 = PHP 155
Grand Palace: THB 500 = PHP 775 

What we booked ahead was the airfare and hotels, so total of that is: PHP 7,843.00 and I’ve allotted PHP 20,000 for my pocket money this includes my entrance fees to the temples, my food for our entire stay, my travel expenses for the bus, vans, trains, etc, so more or less the total of my expenses (everything included) is PHP 25,000 since I still had extra money from the trip when I got home. :)

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See, you don’t have to spend a lot of money when traveling, plan ahead and learn to adjust your needs based on your budget and everything will workout. 

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How I end up loving exercise

I used to be one of those people who doesn’t like working out. Back then, I wasn’t really health conscious. I haven’t really thought of being healthy and exercising as important.

Healthy foods? Pfft. I don’t need that. Exercising? Waste of time.

I used to weigh around 155lbs or 70 kilos, which isn’t really ideal for my height which is 5’5. My waist line back then was 35 inches.

But then one day I just realized that the state I’m in is not really good anymore. I don’t feel good about my body. I hated that I get tired so easily. I knew that I have need to exercise, but it took me awhile to actually get started. I would always find excuses to not do exercises, oh it’s raining. Oh I’m too tired. I don’t have the proper shoes.. I don’t have attire. It’s too early, I’ll do it tomorrow… twice! blah blah blah.

It was when I actually bought myself running shoes that I started with my fitness journey. It’s funny, I would look at that shoe and be like… that is an expensive shoe, and you’re not gonna run? Lol the thought of wasting my money made me go out and run. I can be frugal at times.

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So I started running, and I hated it! My first goal really is just 1KM. I didn’t do any warm ups, and just run. I run and run and run for that entire day until I finished 1KM. I forgot how long it took me, but I swear! It was the loooongest time you could run a 1KM and it’s unacceptable. Seriously.

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When I finished it (being the newbie that I was and not knowing anything) I was like… fuck yeah! 1KM! I felt super awesome that I was able to do that.. the next day tho.. my legs hurt, I walked like someone who got injured. But I was happy. And so I did it again the next weekend and again and again. I started running after work, started doing some training plans, setting goals for myself each time I go out and run. I was challenging myself, and I love it! It was like a game to me. The longest I’ve run so far was 8K. I swear I could have died, I was crying and laughing when I finished it, and I was so proud of myself, because never had I imagined that I could run that distance.

And then after that tiring day, I wanted to do more.

I realized tho that I needed strength so I could run better, in comes the gym life. I remember my first day at the gym, I was so shy and too conscious. And don’t have a clue on what I’m supposed to do and how I should do it. With the help of my instructor, who thankfully, pushed me to lift heavier. I was able to do what I’m supposed to do.

My body’s  not used to working out. So after my day 1 at the gym, my body is so sore. I couldn’t bend my arms! So when I came back to the gym, I didn’t lift heavier for a long time because I don’t want to feel sore afterwards. — now this is wrong. I have been working out at the gym for 3 months and still be lifting 5lbs! I learned that in order for me to be lean and grow muscles and have “gains” I need to push myself.

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So I challenged myself again, that by next month I should be able to lift 10lbs. And so I started to google, read articles, and adjust my program, I replaced my workouts with those that work for me…so here I am now, lifting at 110lbs (hoping to add more) and doing workouts that I have never imagined doing. 

GYM > RUNNING. This is me now. Haha I still run but not that much anymore. It makes me skinny… I would do HIIT for cardio most of the times. (High Intensity Interval Training). Running.. only when I feel like it. :D  Gym has taken over my life, there I said it. lol 

I love what I have become and the kind of lifestyle that I have right now, I would never go back to the old me. How I wish I could have started earlier though. I know we’re all busy and sometimes it’s just hard to find time to workout, but I’m telling you. You need to make time for it. You have to make sacrifices and find ways to make it possible. Stop waiting, stop making excuses and stop finding reasons why you can’t and start doing. There are a lot of alternatives you can do. You don’t have to go to the gym, but please. Add exercise into your life. It is important, and will benefit you in the long run.

For someone who was once an unhealthy person, I swear, it will be worth it and very rewarding. It’s pretty cool and amazing to find out what you can do and achieve when you try.

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Sisig Tilapia

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INGREDIENTS:

3 medium
size Tilapia
1 big white onion, chopped
3-5 pieces green sili, chopped (I only used 2, I don’t really like spicy food)
2 tablespoon liquid seasoning or soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black ground pepper
2 tablespoon cooking oil
3-4 pieces calamansi
1 stalk onion leaks, chopped thinly

PROCEDURE:

  1. Fry fish in a large frying pan until golden brown and skin is crispy.
  2. let it cool. Flake fried fish and discard bones.
  3. In a bowl, combine Tilapia flakes, salt, black ground pepper, liquid seasoning, onions, onions leaks, sili and mix well.
  4. In a hot pan (or sizzling plate) put cooking oil and stir-fry tilapia mixture for 3-5 minutes.
  5. serve hot with calamansi on the side.

I’ve added plain mayonnaise when I ate it, it gives a bit of a moisture, it tastes good. you could also (I guess) try garlic sauce.  or not… lol

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Vigan Longganisa Pasta

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INGREDIENTS:

1/2 kg
Vigan Longganisa filling (or any longganisa variant of choice, casing removed)
1 tbsp crushed garlic
1 onion chopped
1 small red bell pepper chopped
1 small green bell pepper chopped
2 packs 250 ml all purpose cream

1 (400g) pack spaghetti pasta cooked
1/4 cup water
salt, pepper, sugar to taste
** 1 sachet magic sarap (optional)

PROCEDURE:

  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Set aside.
  2. In a pan, cook longganisa for 3 minutes or until oil is extracted.
  3. Add garlic and onions
  4. Continue stirring until fragrant and longganisa is cooked.
  5. Stir in the red and green bell peppers
  6. Pour in all purpose cream and water.
  7. Season with magic sarap (optional), salt, pepper, sugar to taste
  8. Toss in cooked pasta and mix.

Serve immediately. Enjoy!

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10 subtly stupid things I did during my younger years (not that I’m OLD)

1. Took the exams drunk.
          It was during our senior year in high school, and our exams doesn’t start in the afternoon; So my friends and I met up at our usual place, and bought 500ml of beer for each one of us, and got ourselves drunk early morning that day (we’re not alcoholics, just plain bored; and probably we just wanted to see if we’ll get caught) comes afternoon, we went our way to school and was late. My teacher cornered me outside the room asking for my permit and why I was late. I was handing over my permit and giving her some lame excuse while backing away from her (because she’s walking closer and closer to me. I don’t want her to smell the beer!)

dont-come-any-closer                                   How did the exam go? Can’t remember; I was drunk. drunk

2.  Snuck in a friend at an exclusive school event.
          I have this friend that got kicked out of our school; Our principal hated her. (she was a  “trouble student” – a pain in the ass to most of our teachers lol) Anyway, she wanted to attend this school event, and we wanted her there as well, so we planned to snuck her in. We managed to do that but seconds later our principal appeared and he was scolding us, specially me, in front of the entire school. (I didn’t really cared much about what he was saying, I was more concerned of what our plan B would be)

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3. Went home REALLY drunk.
          So my friends and I were drinking almost the entire day that day (again, we’re not alcoholics) and I was so drunk, so I went home because all I wanted to do was sleep. So once I reached home,  my mom greeted me, she was saying something about me smelling like beer (I object your honor) and I went right up stairs (drunk walking) accidentally hitting all the paintings on the wall on my way. My sister shouted at me (don’t remember what she said)  but I was in a hurry ’cause I feel like vomiting already, so I went straight to the bathroom, vomited, then my bedroom and slept. My family never woke me up for dinner, I guess they figured I was drunk. LOL (I’m not proud tho)

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4. Got into a fight.
          Okay, so my friends and I hang out at this sari sari store, and of course other people would come by, there’s this group of girls that are so annoying but we just ignored them for peace sake. One of our common friends told us that they’re actually irritated with us; and their sort of “leader” hated my friend the most (they confronted each other), and to make this story short, one of their friends gave my friend the bad finger while passing by, and my friend told us about this.
One day, this girl and a friend of her happened to pass by, and then my friend told me “there she is”, I dropped everything I was buying at the store and charged like a bull towards that girl with my arm stretched out reaching for her hair, once I got hold of her hair I yanked it back so hard, that made her head tilt backwards, and so I looked her straight in the eye and asked her what’s her problem, then shouted some hateful words at her face (she kept denying what she did); her friend ran to their other friends looking for help, eventually my friends and other people started gathering around us and broke the fight, I let go of her hair afterwards, she never hit me back, not even to defend herself. (What a wuss) We returned to the store, nothing ever happened to me.

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5. Pretended to be a boy.
          Well, remember my “trouble” friend? turns out she was a lesbian, AND is into this girl; She pretended to be a boy to make her fall for her and to make things more real, she asks us to pretend to be boys through text and friendster; anyway, long story short, things got out of hand, our group of fake good looking guys got so popular with the girls from different schools, that they would fight over us (crazy), send us mobile credits whenever we don’t respond, they would call us but we rarely answer ( i mean, we can’t answer unless we’re with guy friends), Our male friends are the ones who talks to them (our guy friends never asked why, guess they’re good with just being able to talk to girls haha) Some of them would even tell us “Hey I saw you yesterday at (enter location here)” seriously girls? It’s not real! Although, I’m not really proud of what we did, we played with their feelings just for fun which isn’t right. (WE’RE REALLY SORRY) We stopped pretending after awhile and just disappeared from the scene, my friend admitted everything to that girl and they eventually got together FOR REAL.

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6. Ruined a band gig.
          I was in a rock band back at high school, I was the lead guitarist (lol to this, I’m not good with ad libs haha) Anyway, we were auditioning for this event,everything was going smoothly, but I stopped playing the guitar once we reached the end part of the song. I didn’t know the rest of the chords, so I just stopped. I was just standing there looking at the crowd. eventually the drums stopped as well, and it was only the bass who finished everything lol it was so embarassing. Hahaha!

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7. Got caught smoking at home.
          So… it was a weekend, and I have the house all to myself. My parents were out grocery shopping, and I assumed they won’t be back soon, so I got my pack of cigarettes, and went inside this room that we have over the terrace and smoked it there; while I was enjoying my cigar, I heard mom, and she was close! (I was at the second floor, and I closed all the doors and windows of that room – stuuuupiiiid.)

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I did managed to put out the cigar and throw it somewhere in the room before mom opened the door, but the room was still hazy because of the smoke and of course, the smell, there’s no denying that; well I was smoking Gudang at that time, so it didn’t really smelled like the usual cigar.

     MOM: what’s that? are you smoking?!!
     ME: No, that’s paper. I’m burning paper.
     MOM: and what’s that smell???
     ME: I don’t know…. the carpet?

LOOOL. Well, my family didn’t talk to me for 2 days. You could feel their disappointment. But eventually dad talked to me, and everyone started talking and surprisingly they weren’t mad. However, I didn’t stop smoking yet, just figured out that smoking in a locked room is a bad idea, so I smoked outside, where the wind could easily get rid of the smell, and there will be no evidence.

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8. Joined a sorority, then quit.
          Fraternities / Sororities are a big deal during my high school years, people would think you’re “cool” if you’re in one. (but not really, it depends on which one you’re joining, if you’re with a Frat/Sorority that sucks, then you suck as well) anyway, my friends and I planned to join this sorority that’s really big, it’s an international sorority (I’m not gonna say the name) and recruitment is very discreet. So when my friends and I were invited to join, we’re like oh hell yes. So we did all the things they asked us to do, etc, etc. days passed and we got into the “final stage”, they wanted us to dress up, formal attire with matching hair and makeup and go to class. and to be honest, even before this point, I was losing interest already; I don’t really see any sense in it, I told my friends and they felt the same; and when they asked us to wear formal… I’m like…

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9. Curse A LOT.
          Yeah, I curse a lot back in the day. It was like an expression, and sometimes I don’t really mean it. Just feels right saying it.

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          I was able to somehow curse less. It just didn’t sound right to my ears anymore, so I just stop  cursing when it’s not necessary. (It makes cursing more special. LOL) Today, whenever I hear people curse during conversations with their friends, specially young ones, it made me think… am I like that back then? It’s too annoying to listen to, and I seriously want to smack the shit (sorry) out of their mouths.

10. Snuck out to a concert.
          Every year there’s a festival at our place, where local bands would come and perform and you can watch them live  for free. And of course, everyone you know will be there. Friends, Schoolmates, Everyone. So we went there but we never told our parents because the place was too far, and they wont let us go if they knew. Concert was amazing. The Mosh Pit was crazy. All of our friends were there, we had so much fun and we didn’t care if we’re all sweaty and smelled like shit (beer + our sweat + other people’s sweat + smoke) Anyway, my mom called my friend’s mom to check on me. What my parents know is that I’m at my friend’s house and my friend’s parents know is that she’s on my house; and they both found out that this was a big fat lie. So we got calls from both our parents, telling us to get home right at that moment. My friend and I although we were scared, we decided to stay. YOLO right? lol We thought that if we go home now, we’ll be scolded and probably be grounded, so what difference would that make if we go home in the morning? (which is a lot safer btw) so we decided to finish the event and it was all worth it.

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I can’t say that I’m proud of my actions but I’m glad I did all these things during my younger years. I did learn a lesson or two. also, my conclusion is: I’m such a stubborn girl. LOL but I’m proud to say that I’ve outgrown all of my bad habits. (somehow)

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