Showing posts with label Getaway. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Getaway. Show all posts

Singapore: My First World Refuge

As an Asian living in a third-world country, Singapore is definitely my first-world refuge. Here, you can experience fast and reliable internet connection, efficient transport system, clean streets, fresher air, and lower crime rates. Mind you, I was able to walk for more than an hour ALONE in the streets of Singapore at 3am just because I couldn't sleep. I decided to walk from our hotel to Mustafa Center just to pass time and tire myself. I came back still with complete limbs and 5 packs of chocolates. Yes, it is that safe. Although I would say I can do the same in Davao, the only difference is, Singapore is a hundred times more progressive.

Yes, life is definitely in Singapore. But it comes literally with a price. Singapore isn't cheap. It lives up to its reputation being a FINE CITY.  Fine law-abiding citizens, fine food, fine transpo, fine malls, fine streets, and yes, hefty fines. So if you think you can get away with a petty crime (even as light as jaywalking) just because you do not see a law enforcer around, think again.

I am glad Jan and I were able to discover and experience the fine things Singapore has to offer. Our goal is to travel more often and see the world and I'm glad we started off at Singapore.

Please stay tuned for our detailed itinerary in the incoming posts. For now, you just might want to watch my vlog. And if you like this video and want to see more of our travels, please subscribe to my channel. :)

Taking My Travel Adventures to the Next Level

2017 looks promising to me.

I am putting my travels to a whole new different level. And since I am not built to be a solo traveler, of course, Jan has to tag along with me too. Haha.

That would also mean, he has to cooperate and grow a layer of callus or two on his face (mas makapal, the better) because he will also be included in my vlogs. Yes, you read that right. I will be vlogging my misadventures from now on. If there's one thing that I regret about our travels, that would be not having the patience and diligence to document all my adventures through videos.

I still haven't mustered the confidence to go around the city talking to the camera on my hand though. I really don't think I will ever make it as a travel vlogger. However, I will be doing this to practice for my ultimate dream. And if you're curious what that dream would be, you'll know it when I get there. And no, hindi ito pagaartista. Haha. You'll also hear me speak English most of the time. You could get annoyed with it or I may sound too "trying-hard" for you, but I will make no apologies for that. Because yes, I really am trying hard. That dream requires a lot of speaking and most probably in English and with an audience too. So yeah, go figure! Whatever naysayers say, I'll just do my own thing here. Haters gonna hate. Potatoes gonna potate. I'm going places and that's all that matters.

I'll be filming my first real vlog on my next adventure with Jan. I'm really excited about it because we will be having our passports stamped so soon. And what's interesting about this is that it's going to be our first international trip together! And it even gets better because if the stars align and all goes well, we might have two international trips this year. Aaaargh! This is the setback when you have your plans laid. The waiting game kills. The days go by so painfully slow when you look forward to something, don't they? I seriously need to be preoccupied. Perhaps I could use the time to learn how to speak cat.

Anyway, we really do not have solid travel plans. But we've already booked a few domestic flights this year. We'll be heading north. And no, it's not going to be in Batanes because that would be our honeymoon destination (Jan didn't know about this until today. Haha). But norte is going to be as awesome as well.

We will also have small travels in between. Most probably around Mindanao. If my knee allows, I'm thinking of Mt. Lumot in Gingoog. If not, Asik-asik falls, Siargao, or Awao Falls will be just as great. Or if we're lucky to avail CebuPac's piso fare, we might find ourselves back in Iloilo and visit the beautiful Isla de Gigantes. Or perhaps, since AirAsia just opened a new route from Davao (DVO) to Puerto Princesa (PPS), we just might find ourselves basking under the Palawan sun. There are too many places to explore. Too many views to see. Who knows where our feet will take us next? Definitely somewhere amazing. :)

We want to conquer all 81 provinces in the Philippines and here are the places where we've been to so far:
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How about you? What are your travel plans and goals this year?

Mt. Capistrano Dayhike

Hanggang saan aabot ang bente pesos mo?

Sa Mt. Capistrano po.

Standing just around 600+ mASL, Mt. Capistrano has become a favorite hiking destination for newbies and seasoned hikers alike.

The unique rock formations at the summit urged me to climb this mountain even though I was advised not to do any hikes until my knee is fully healed. But then, you're talking to Sarah. When has Sarah ever listened? #WagGayahin

We originally planned to hike at 6AM. But since we wanted to catch the sunrise and be able to go to other places in Bukidnon, we decided to start trekking at 4AM (even without headlamps). Thankfully, our phones can also function as flashlights - which we were actually very reluctant to use just so we can still have enough battery to take photos with it when we reach the summit. Haha. Again #WagGayahin.

Laswitan Lagoon

I am beginning to think this blog is turning into a travel blog. Or a pseudo one for that matter. I haven't been writing a lot of my crazy thoughts lately and a handful of getaways are in store just this first quarter of the year. So yeah, go figure.

Anyway, to start the year right, Jan and I decided to go all the way to Cortes, Surigao del Sur to witness and experience something amazing and spectacular.

The stunning and jaw-dropping Laswitan Lagoon.
Laswitan Lagoon, Cortes, Surigao del Sur
Photo taken by my mom on a different date.

Kitanglad - Dulang-dulang Traverse (K2D)

There must be a hundred blogs written about Kitanglad-Dulangdulang traverse already. And I will be using that as a lame excuse not to write another one.

I have to admit, I really don't know how to write a story anymore. While remnants of pain from the knee injury I got there still linger to remind me that it was not an easy climb, I do not know how to put into detail everything that happened during that climb. After all, it has almost been a month. So if you're here to know about our itinerary, how much time we've spent on the trails, yadda yadda... I am sorry but I will fail you at that.

But if you're interested how our K2D climb went, hop in. I can best summarize it into 3 words: Difficult. Exhausting. Rewarding.

Yes, very rewarding.

I'm pretty sure every blog written about it says the same.
Mount Kitanglad
Jan and I at the base of Mount Kitanglad