• April 13 2014

    Sobrang hilig ko sa dates (as in petsa pero bet ko rin naman yung dates na una mong naisip). Hilig ko balik-balikan yung diary ko or tweets ko tapos mapapasabi na lang ako na “aaah wow isang taon na pala” o kaya yung tipong “wow ang bilis ng panahon”.

    Bukod sa balik-tanaw, isa ko pang hilig ay yung mag-countdown. Iba yung excitement sa pagkacountdown. Parang pag Pasko o kaya New Year, kahit gusto ko na kumain o buksan regalo sa akin, magtitiis ako kasi ang corny ng pakiramdam pag di sumunod sa countdown.

    Para bang pag naghintay ka ng unti tapos andyan na, mas masaya ang pakiramdam. Totoo naman. Tulad ngayon… Ngayon yung araw na inimagine ko years ago. Tapos nilagay ko na sa planner ko ilang months ago. Ito yung tipo na bawat araw na lumipas, lalong rumarami yung kaba at excitement. Pero… di pala lahat ng countdown will go the way you want it to. Hindi lahat may fireworks or ingay sa dulo. Hindi lahat, mapapatalon ka. Kasi ngayon, yung matagal ko na pinangarap maganap sa araw na to, hindi matutupad. Hindi naman sa kinagulat ko na na hindi mangayayari yun. Mga araw bago yung “THE DAY”, may clues ka na na parang malabo mangyari. Pero hindi ka susuko. Kahit ako, sinubukan ko hanapan ng last-minute solution. Pero ganun talaga, may ibang bagay na “not meant to be”.

    Malungkot… sa simula. Pero sana marealize mo na sa simula lang yan. Yung oras ng paghihintay at paghahanda, malaki na ang naitulong nun sa iyo. Sa paghihintay, makikita mo yung tunay na intention ng puso mo. Sa paghahanda, dun mo makikita kung ano ang strengths and capabilities mo. Trust me. Marami pang araw para bumawi. Sa araw na babawi ka na, yung mga natutunan mo sa last failure, yun pa yung magpapaangat sa iyo. Kasi natuto ka na. Kaya magpakatatag ka. Marami pang bigger things in store for you… :)

    Apr 13, 2014 @ 12:59 pm

  • February 25 2014

    The golden trio or the three must-visit-at-all-cost places in Thailand are Wat Pho, Wat Arun and Grand Palace. I only visited the first and the last one. Because I rode the boat a lot of times during my trip, I got to see the beautiful Wat Arun from afar and I was already satisfied with what I saw.

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    Wat Arun

    I visited Wat Pho twice during my trip. First, alone, and then with my mother the day before our departure.

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    Entrance fee is 100 baht and it comes with free water. Who doesn’t like free stuff? :)

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    Reminder: Avoid wearing revealing clothes. Also, wear shoes that are easy to remove because shoes are not allowed inside the temples.

    Wat Pho is most famous for the reclining Buddha. I knew that it’s big based from pictures but I still got surprised on how BIG it really was.

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    Design on the foot of the Buddha

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    A closer look. So beautiful!!

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    Along the hallway, there’s a long line of pots with coins. There’s a belief that dropping coins will bring good luck.

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    Outside the temple of the reclining Buddha, there are other wonders worth seeing as well.

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    Welcome to Wat Po

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    Meticulously designed structures

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    Touring Wat Pho took 2 hours and it was worth it. Now I know why it shouldn’t be missed in Thailand! I will be posting about Grand Palace soon. Please stay tuned!

    Thailand 2013: Wat Pho or Temple of the Reclining Buddha The golden trio or the three must-visit-at-all-cost places in Thailand are Wat Pho, Wat Arun and Grand Palace.

    Feb 25, 2014 @ 7:42 am

    post tags: Bangkok Culture Grand Palace Reclining Buddha Thailand Tourist spots in Thailand Travel Wanderlust Wat Arun Wat Pho Where to go in Thailand

  • February 24 2014

    During my trip to Thailand, I had a theme for each day… shopping day, history day, come-what-may day, etc. In short, my itinerary was very detailed. I only had less than a month to research on what to do and where to go in Thailand but I see to it that I won’t miss the good stuff. That includes promo on tours/entrance fees. 

    My first day (the morning after the night we arrived) was the museum day. I read online that there’s an all-day pass promo where I can rent a tuk-tuk for a cheap price (around 150 pesos only) and it includes free entrance fees to four museums. This was part of the tourist campaign of Thailand. Imagine my excitement when I learned about this. However, no matter how much you plan for a trip, some things will never go your way… First, I was supposed to spend the first day with Phillip because he thought he will be leaving on the afternoon of that day but it turns out that his departure was the day before. So, from being excited, I became anxious to spend my first day alone. Second, when I went to Khao San Road and looked for the tuk-tuk for tourists, I was informed that the promotion ended a few weeks ago. So, for a few minutes, I was standing on the corner of the street, staring into nothingness and wondering what I will do next. Should I go on with my plans for Day 2 instead? Should I look for the museums on my own?

    After a while, I approached a tuk-tuk driver, showed him the map and the museums I would like to visit. He suggested that I visit Golden Mount first. I had no clue what it was but I said okay. I just said to myself, “Fine. Let’s turn this museum day to a come-what-may day instead”. 

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    Golden Mount, as the name implies, is a mountain. There are structures for worship on the grounds and a temple on top. I didn’t know what to expect and what to do at the area because I wasn’t able to research about it so I just roamed around the area.

    While walking, I saw the stairs leading to the mountaintop. I thought only monks are allowed to go up. Good thing I asked the people in the area and they told me that I can. Yay!

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    “Trekking” Golden Mount starts here

    Compared to other mountains, going up Golden Mount is easier because of the stairs. There are also vines and trees that will keep you away from the heat of the sun.

    Aside from the temple on top, the view is also something to look forward to.

    I’m so happy I “accidentally” visited Golden Mount. Indeed, no matter how much you plan for a trip, some things will never go your way BUT that doesn’t mean that the fun will go away!

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    Thailand 2013: Golden Mount or Wat Saket During my trip to Thailand, I had a theme for each day… shopping day, history day, come-what-may day, etc.

    Feb 24, 2014 @ 8:41 am

    post tags: Adventure Bangkok Golden Mount Khao San Road Museum Temple Thailand Tourist spots in Thailand Travel Tuk-tuk Wat Saket Where to go in Thailand

  • February 14 2014

    Valentine’s Day 2014

    Yesterday, my mom told me to find a place where we will have dinner today. She asked me to invite Phillip but he didn’t confirm although he did text me about other stuff. He went home from work at around 7am already so all along today, I thought maybe…

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    Feb 14, 2014 @ 9:34 am

  • February 12 2014

    Thailand 2013: Bangkok Modern Art

    Thailand 2013: Bangkok Art

    Bangkok is an eye-candy for three reasons; First, the museums and temples are beautiful. Second,  all boutiques/stalls/malls are shop-worthy, Third, there’s art everywhere (I love it)! Truly, this city is a place where ancient and modern worlds meet.

    Be…

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    Feb 12, 2014 @ 1:36 am

    post tags: Art Culture Painting Siam Street Art Thailand Tourist spots in Thailand Travel Wanderlust Where to go in Thailand

  • February 10 2014

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    Super Junior M

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    B.A.P

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    Bang Yong Guk of BAP

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    Block B

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    A-JAX with special guest Seungyeon of KARA

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