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Thursday, April 26, 2012

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Swimming with Schools of Dolphins and a Dog's Carcass at Alona Beach

Dolphin Watching at Alona Beach 

In a beautiful morning in Panglao, Bohol, my family and I were trudging down a narrow street going to the world-renowned Alona beach.  Being described as such online, my expectations were soaring high.  As we were nearing the beach, my excitement was going down. I saw a short stretch of white sand, different as what I had seen online.  The sand was courser and a tad darker as opposed to the fine, whitish sand in Isla Reta, Davao.  Needless to say, I was disappointed.  There were a number of food stalls that was lined up opposite to the beach.  Nothing really special.  But since we were already there, we tried to make the most out of the vacation.  


Publisher: Shy - Thursday, April 26, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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My First Solo Travel Experience in Iloilo: Food trip Edition: What You See is NOT Always What You Get

First day of travel here in Iloilo, I head on to taste this talked-about local delicacy called KBL, short for Kadios- Baboy- Langka.  I knew I wanted to get this for breakfast, but I just didn't know where to get one.  Receptionists from the hotel advised me to take a jeepney to SM.  Right across the mall is Dapli, which is a local restaurant known to serve tasty local food, which of course includes KBL.

Dapli serving KBL

Finding My Way

I finally arrived in my destination, without getting lost.  So far, so good.  I was deeply pleased with myself for that. The moment I entered the store, I was welcomed with an array of delicious local dishes, some of which were familiar to me, some were not.  My brain at that time was focused on finding KBL.   As soon as spotted  it. I immediately placed my order.

I then got myself a spot and waited for my food to be served.  It really looks good on picture so I was already anticipating to eat it.

KBL on my Iloilo tourist guide flyer

A Let down

Few minutes after waiting, I finally got what I ordered!

The actual KBL I was served with.

The moment I saw it, I didn't know if I would get angry, or laugh.  I do know though that I was a bit disappointed.  Oh well, at least, I tried one already.  It tasted like pork sinigang, minus the usual veggies you could find in it.  What it does have though is the unripe langka (jackfruit) and kadios(I'm not exactly sure what it is, but it sure looks like a mongo seed to me).  

Bon appetite! :)

Have you had this experience before?  I'd love to know about it.  Do share in the comment box below. :)

Publisher: Shy - Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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My First Solo Traveling Experience: Iloilo

My first solo travel experience in Iloilo came as a surprise. It wasn't planned and was done out of the spur of the moment.  Well I actually wished it happened that way.  But it didn't.  I'm not that spontaneous and crazy yet.  I still cringe on the idea of just heading on to uncharted territories without any clue where to go, what to do, and how to get from point A to B.  Even though I dread the idea, I'm definitely looking forward to it.   To put it in metaphor, it's like getting circumcised.

Change of Plan

I actually planned for it but I had only few days to do my itinerary from scratch.  Originally, my friend and I planned to go around Iloilo together and attend our company party. I was more keen on doing the former.  Few days before trip time, she told me that she'll be heading on to her province in Pototan, Iloilo.  By just mentioning that, I knew I wouldn't want to go with her.  I meant no offense with the locals there.  I'm sure that Pototan has natural wonders to boast,  but that wasn't what I was looking for.  When I asked her what I could see there.  She said nothing much, just rice fields, mountains and grasses.  That sealed my decision.  What I wanted to see are historical landmarks, museums, old galleries that showcased Iloilo's history and culture.

    Iloilo Airport

Selfie Mania

So when we arrived at Iloilo, of course we had to have our pictures taken. One thing with my friend, she's equally vain as I am.  So we hesitated on moving from another destination without taking 20-ish pics of ourselves and a couple of pics of the landmarks.

Me in Iloilo Airport

My friend, Ann

Quick Tour

For our first day, she accompanied me in exploring Iloilo City.  Problem was we needed to do it real quick since we only had the afternoon for sightseeing.  At 5pm we had to head on to the party so we needed to move as fast as possible.  I hardly get to enjoy the places so I promised myself I'll visit those landmarks again, this time, I'll be alone.  Wow I made it sound so eerie.  One thing with traveling by yourself, is that you would feel a great sense of freedom and power.  Freedom to decide where to go and how long you'll stay there, and the power to make it all the decision-making possible.  However, it is usually accompanied with sadness.  Sadness because you have no one to share the experience with.  You would still have opportunity to meet and have friends with people along the way.  I haven't experienced that though but that's definitely one thing I would want to try.


I'll be Okay

Before my friend left, I bought myself a flyer about Iloilo, which contains a map, and some tourist destinations and local food.  So I figured, I'll be ok, as long as I have it.  I'll be ok, reassuring myself one more time that I'll survive my first solo travel around Iloilo.

Check my experience here


Publisher: Shy - Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

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Travel Blog: A Dream Come True

I think I'm doing it.

My Life-long Dream

It has been a dream of mine to have a travel blog and travel the world while earning as I go.  It seems too good to be true, but with internet, all opportunities are possible.


For the past couple of hours, I have opened links and read posts of filipino travel bloggers and it struck me that I had a long way to go.  It seems that they have already gone far in terms of their blogging skills and I can't help but feel so amateur.  Well actually, I felt like a crap, if I may be so accurate.  But everything starts where I am now: a crap.  Nonetheless, I'm willing to embark on this journey one post at a time, writing about one destination after another.

I've been stuck for some time now, spending much of my waking hours figuring out what am I going to do for the rest of my lifetime, deciding on an option and convincing myself that it's the way to go. 

Giving In to Me

This time, I'll let myself be and just give in to me.  A fun traveler who is good with maps but not entirely good at direction; a once-considered-a-nerd but now is bad at coming up with the total budget for a trip; I'm usually shy around strangers but usually fun when surrounded with friends;  A girl at heart, but a woman based on age; I am with a lot of contradictions.



Publisher: Shy - Monday, April 23, 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012

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3 Ways to Get Around Davao

There are 3 major means of transportation in Davao:


Taxi in Davao City*

Taxi 

Our taxi drivers are known to be honest, a value which most taxi drivers in major cities don't have.  Drivers returning valuables to forgetful/clumsy clients has been featured on local news.  However, I noticed that they sometimes don't have change for your money.  Either they do it intentionally or unintentionally, I suggest you ready yourself with lots of change so you could give them the exact amount of money.  Some nice drivers though sometimes let you off even when you're 1 or 2 pesos short of fare.  They're kind like that.

The taxi fare starts at P40 and goes up as you go far.  They sometimes ask for P10 more when it's wee hours in the morning, from 1am to 5am.  

One taxi company already improved by putting small TV monitors at the back seat for people to enjoy while riding.  It only shows one show which is Just for Gag, which is really funny.  Though, I try not to watch so much because I easily get road sick.

Jeep  

It's the major means of transportation, which will take you everywhere in the city and some parts outside.  Selecting which one to ride is easy, but it could get a bit confusing for first-timers.  One easy way is to look at the label outside.  It will show you places which it will pass by. It gives you idea of the route.  Jeeps are following a certain route so be mindful of this.  If you're still confused, try asking people.  People here can understand and speak English, but the fluency will change from person to person.  

In the jeepney, you will be sharing seats with other people.  If you notice, we Asians don't usually stare at any stranger's eye.  We do that only when we want to start a conversation.  

Fare costs P7-P8, depending on the city.  In Iloilo it's P7, but in Davao it's P8 but it could go high if your destination is far.  So better ask the driver how much the fare would cost from point A to point B. When you wish to get off the jeepney, you'll just say 'para' (tagalog) or 'lugar lang' (bisaya). Traffic policy is strict here so you could only get off on loading areas.

Bus/Van

These are our only transportation if we wish to go to provinces outside Davao.  Terminals for buses is in Ecoland Subdivision and for vans are in Gmall, SM and Victoria.

Best of Luck!

* - Image not mine

Taken from: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?p=87737346
Publisher: Shy - Thursday, April 19, 2012
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My Top 10 Places to Travel in the Philippines

Here are my top 10 dream destinations in the Philippines.  


These are my top 10 places in the Philippines I would recommend anyone to travel. Most of them I've already been to.  What makes them my top 10 is that each one has something different to offer.  


Top 10: Boracay

If you want to enjoy the beautiful beach, beach activities, great sunset, a lot of parties, fun people, drinks, great music and nice spa resorts then this beach is for you.  The pros are written above but the con is it's too touristy.   There are some beaches (Tambisaan beach, Puka beach) in the island though that have really few people so you might want to go there instead.  So I guess there's nothing much bad to say about Boracay.

Publisher: Shy - Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012

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Metered Taxi in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Taxi in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *

Metered Taxi, Please!

One accessible means of transportation in Malaysia is via taxi.  Like in any major countries, taxi drivers could be a total rip off.  In around 10 times that we've rode a taxi, we only encountered 2 who would stick by the meter.  I've already known this modus operandi of some taxi drivers even before coming to Kuala Lumpur.  And I know through extensive research that you should let the taxi driver know that you want a metered taxi before hopping in.  If they won't agree to it, then you have to let them go and find another one who would.  Armed with that information, I always screamed "meter meter" way before the taxi would slow down to stop.  I didn't realize that I have been doing this until my friend told me, which he found silly.  Well of course it was indeed silly and stupid.  How could the taxi driver hear me when he's still meters away from me? 

Publisher: Shy - Thursday, April 05, 2012
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