In the days of lockdown because of this pandemic of Covid-19, I activated my Social Media Platforms that almost years I never touch, one of this is twitter. Suddenly, I received a message from this account which fortunately a band from Las Vegas. They sent me a sample of their masterpiece which is “Far Far Away”
I love their song, reminds me when I’m working overseas and miss all the sweet moments of my family and friends in Philippines. Everytime I’m going back home, there’s an excitement to see them and hug them. And their song is really fit to those people who really wants to spend quality time with their family but separated by miles and oceans away.
If you have a long travel or a road trip you can listen to their songs and it’s worth the drive. I know most of us will going back to our provinces because of this holiday season then try to play this.
“.. going far far away,
im going back home
to the hills and sky of blue
I’m coming to you..”
For more info regarding this band, here’s the link of their website.
You cannot see the whole picture in a piece of a puzzle unless you finish putting it all together.
I never know that this is one of the places that “must-go” in Tagaytay until my best friend and her daughter introduce it to me.
Tagaytay Puzzle Mansion has been recognized by Guinness as the biggest collection of jigsaw puzzle in the world. Ms. Georginal Gil – Lacuna is the puzzle collector. It’s all started when she bought a “Mickey Mouse” 5,000 pieces jigsaw puzzle for her son Gino. From there on they collected and finished around 1,000 plus puzzles and put it in a museum.
Jigsaw puzzle is one of the educational toys for kids or even adults. It will give you a creativity and patience on putting the pieces one by one. Once you finish it will give you happiness that you already see your masterpiece. Yes, it is a time consuming game but you will learn a lot in playing this.
How to go there? From Olivarez, we ride a jeep going to Mendez and ask the Driver that we need to alight to Brgy Asasin the drop off point for the Tagaytay Puzzle Mansion. Then there’s a line of tricycles that going through the Cuadra Street. The street going to the place is quite steep but you can also walk going down. There is an entrance fee of Php100.
The next time you are going to Tagaytay do not forget to see this museum.
And if you are looking for some puzzle challenges they are selling also and you can check their fb page, below is the link.
San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila is one of the oldest church in Philippines and one of the most scenic place for wedding photo venue or photoshoot. It is also known as the Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de Consolación y Correa or the Immaculate Conception Parish,
It has been designated as World Heritage Site by UNESCO and named as National Historical Landmark in the Phillippines. You can see some of the famous burials inside their museums such as Miguel Lopez de Legazpi (He is a Spanish Navigator who leads the Pacific Exploration to find the Spice Island and was the first Spanish Governor-General ing the East Indies) and Juan Luna (He is a Filipino great painter, sculptor and political activist).
It is recommended to include to your itinerary if you are going to travel in Manila as it will shows how the Philippines culture influence by Spanish Culture. It’s like you can see some of the churches in Europe, the ceiling and facade with a baroque sytle and curving. You can see also in its museum the different saints of different places in the Philippines. It has been display the old paintings and caricatures of churches and antiques.
Another weekend getaway of a solo backpacker. When I booked this trip last June 2018, I plan that this was my gift on my birthday. I got a promo fare from Jetstar Asia from Singapore to Hat Yai. Then from there I need to go to Pak Bara Pier and to Koh Lipe Island through their taxi boat.
It was not a peak season when I went there so there’s not much tourist and you could feel the serenity of the place. I booked at Lipe – Bloom Cafe and Hostel around 700 baht per night, it’s location is within the Walking Street so expect that there will be noisy night because some of the bars and restaurants are nearby. I tried their Thai Massage for relieving stress.
When I’ve been there, it’s a rainy season if you can see on my pictures somehow cloudy but still the island hopping went well. The only thing I did not experience is the plankton as it’s raining in the night.
BEST BUY / SOUVENIR TO GET – maxi dress (250 baht)
BEST LOCAL FOOD TO EAT – Pad Thai and Tom Yam is on my list.
BEST WAY OF TRANSPORTATION – grab, mini van (around 250 baht) or taxi boat (around 580 baht per way)
BEST WAY TO SHOP – at the Walking Street there’s a lot of stores that you can buy their delicacy, fridge magnet, massage and Thailand clothes or dress (see to it that it’s made in Thailand because some are made in China), I really like Thailand Fabric that’s why I am more particular when choosing dress to buy.
BEST LOCAL TOUR DESTINATIONS – Island hopping and the Plankton Tour
Last year, I’m about to go to my grandson’s birthday party and the only way I can go will be the Jeepney from Quiapo area going to Balic Balic because I came from Taft Ave, and to lazy to cross the underpass thinking to buy a cake for him, so I am thinking what gift should I bring until then i bump this quite famous old bakeshop at R. Hidalgo Street.
Bakerite Bakery is up in this area and industry for almost 70 years. They started their business in 1946, whoa.
I remember in my childhood years whenever me and my Tatay was celebrating mass at Quiapo Church we normally buy hopia and some breads here for takeout / takeaway. I can assure you that their cakes, bread and pastries tastes so good, not too sweet.
I recommend this for those tourist who will drop-by in Manila, specially Quiapo area to try and buy some for your friends and families.
One summertime, I tried to check the promo fare from Airaisa, I saw Langkawi as one “swak sa budget gala” (within my travel budget). So I activated my “Dora Feet” and packed my things. It’s only one and half hours by plane from Singapore to Langkawi.
I reached their airport, booked a grab going to my backpacker hostel at Bed Attitude Guest House (https://www.facebook.com/BedAttitudeGuesthouseLangkawi/) and checked-in. I met an Italian tourist who is working in Phuket and having a holiday too in Langkawi. She gave me the idea on how to roam within the island. She informed me that our hostel is just nearby the port, where my island hopping tour pick-up point location. She also accompanied me where is the cheapest food or restaurant that we can eat and also the nearest 7-11 to buy some bottled water and biscuits.
Though I see a lot of the same nature like this but I can differentiate Langkawi because they can take care and preserve those Reddish Brown Eagle in the forest while serving their tourist to still see them flying above the boats. Only in Langkawi, I saw a lot of eagles flying as I normally see eagles inside the cage at the zoo. They have also white sands and bluish water that you can swim. What I love most when i’m at the beach is walking barefoot and drinking fresh coconut.
Again, this is one of my over the weekend getaway.
BEST BUY / SOUVENIR TO GET – i bought an eagle fridge magnet and round fish cracker (taste like kropek)
BEST LOCAL FOOD TO EAT – the hostel served some of the dumplings (suman), i just tried fried rice (yang chow rice)
BEST WAY OF TRANSPORTATION – grab or taxi
BEST WAY TO SHOP – at the end of the island tour there is a souvenir shop that you can buy things such as fridge magnet, t-shirts, fans, malaysian snacks and delicacy