24 Hours in the Lion City

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

For my third visit back to Melaka, I decided to drop by the island country of Singapore.

After the early morning flight with Cebu Pacific, we landed in the new Terminal Four (T4) of Changi Airport. Because we landed at the wee hours of the morning, the T4 is pretty relaxed. I decided to take a quick stroll around to  see the terminal features.

I was sad to see that the PetalClouds weren’t moving. It was the attractions that I was most excited to see. I headed up to the departure areas to see the fully automated check in counters. While the technology is amazing, it seemed rather cold. I feel like there is something comforting with a smile of a human being. 


From T4, I had to take the bus to Terminal 2 so I can take the train to Bugis Station to capsule hotel where I will be staying for the night.

With roughly 24 hours to go around the city, I wasted no time. After securing my things and freshening up in the hotel, I walked towards Merlion Park.

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From Victoria Peak to Tsim Sha Tsui

(The Hong Kong DIY Trip 2 of 2)

We started the first day of November (the second day of our trip) early. After a quick breakfast, we walked to Gilman Street. From there, we alighted the westbound tram which took us to Murray Street.

From there, we walked to The Peak Tram station. The Victoria Peak is said to be a great spot to visit during the afternoon to evening. However, due to the massive number of tourists, we opted for an early morning visit. The weather was also perfect for a morning trek.


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Pandas, Sea Lions and Ghouls

(The Hong Kong DIY Trip 1 of 2)


Whenever we (my sister and I) mention travelling to Hong Kong, peers and colleagues would immediately point out Disneyland as a place to visit. However, when it comes to theme parks, there is one place we rather be and that was the focal point of our trip.

My sister planned to whole 3D2N visit to “Asia’s World City.” It took her months of preparation – from picking the most strategic location for accommodation to possible routes to arrive at the spots we want to visit. Of course, she is also considering my mom since this trip was promise we made to her.

We left Manila early in the morning for an 8AM flight with Philippine Airlines. We already checked-in online. Passing through immigration and other necessary checks took us a few minutes.

It was my first time to fly with Philippine Airlines. I was glad for the more comfortable seats and the in-flight entertainment. The USB ports are also available so, I plugged in my devices to avoid draining them midday.

We arrived in the hostel too early for check-in. So, we dropped off our bags and headed to Tsui Wah Restaurant across the street. Tsui Wah is a cha chaan teng or a tea restaurant which has over 26 branches around Hong Kong some of which are open for 24 hours.

After a short stroll around the area to pass the time, we went back to check in our room. In a few minutes, we were off to our first destination. Continue reading “Pandas, Sea Lions and Ghouls”


The Waters of Surigao

It’s already mid-summer and the heat is already at its peak here in the Philippines. The country, with its more than 7,000 islands, boasts of wonderful beaches. However, this archipelago offers more than spectacular seasides. On our trip to Surigao del Sur, we visited two beautiful spots that can be great to cool off and relax.


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Dumaguete, Siquijor, Cebu

In the last days of May,  we visited three provinces in Visayas – Negros Oriental (Dumaguete City), Siquijor and Cebu. Here are the collection of pictures from the travel. (I am still in the process of adjusting with what is going on in my life so I’m not really in my best disposition.)

First stop was Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental where we had a quick tour of Siliman University.

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I Left My Heart in a Historical City

Unlike my sister, I have not been bitten by the travel bug. I’m the type of person who prefers to stay indoors with my computer, art materials, and sometimes (sadly), books. However, I decided to follow my heart to the Malaysian historic state – Malacca. Learning that the state has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008, I became more eager to plan my journey. I needed the added inspiration for me to create more art~

The trip to Malacca is the first time for me to travel to another country and I did it alone. Weeks, no, months before the flight to Kuala Lumpur,  I researched on the places to visit, food to try and sights to see. From TripAdvisor to blogs, I tried to get as much information as I need for the trip. I binge-watched travel hack and traveler do’s and don’ts.

I booked my March flight on January during a seat sale (YES!). And a more than a month before, had my bus tickets from Kuala Lumpur to Malacca and a reservation to a guesthouse.

Despite my colds and cough (and my family’s concern of being quarantined), I entered Kuala Lumpur safely and no set backs. However, though I initially wanted to find a place to for a quick shut eye before my 7AM bus schedule to the historical city, I ended staying up in a food court after the plane landed at 2AM. Good thing, there is a lounge which offers shower services so I can freshen up before the bus ride.

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