30 Things I Learned by 30

April 27, 2015 Tsina 0 Comments

Heyyy, it's almost my 30th birthday. I know, I'm getting old!!! :P Not everyday that someone would celebrate the big 3-0, and hopefully I've learned a lot of things already. So, before I come up with the 30 things I want to get on my birthday, let me share with you first the 30 things I learned by 30. Okay, so here we go!

1. We make mistakes. We will probably make the same mistakes. But it does not mean that you should beat yourself up because of that. Learn from it, and move on. There are few instances that I make the same mistakes, and it made me feel bad about myself. But no matter how lousy your decisions are, pick up the lessons and move on. You can't keep on blaming yourself, right?

2. Don't listen to the things you tell yourself at night. Sometimes, we are our own demons. 

3. Work hard on all the things you want. It would make you appreciate it more when you get it.

4. When you fail, try again. 

5. Sometimes, things happen for a reason. Believe that there is a reason for that. When I didn't get in this project during my first year at work, I felt bad. But that same project took me in for another testing engagement, and I got the promotion ahead of the people who got in on the first one. 

6. You can only forgive someone for a number of times. When that person is becoming unhealthy to you, you leave. It took me a lot of courage to walk away. But this was the step I've taken when I felt that it was no longer working. It was a long time ago, and I've already forgiven him for all the times he hurt me. I sincerely want him to be happy. 

7. Time heals, and then you forgive. It took me a long time, but I am finally in speaking terms with my mother again. 

8. Friendship requires effort. I don't have many friends, but I keep the connections to the people that matter to me.

9. When you have the capacity to help, then by all means, help. I don't have a lot, but I am trying to do my part. I am sponsoring three kids in World Vision at the moment. But I am pretty sure that I could do more in the future.

10. Do not compete with anyone. Compete with yourself. I always say this, and I will always stand by this. There is a better way to grow, and this is not by competing with others.

11. The golden rule, do not do unto others what you don't want others to do unto you. 

12. Follow your dreams. I wanted to study in UP when I was young, but this didn't happen. I decided to take my masters degree in UP instead. 

13. It is okay to fail. It is okay if things are not going your way. Sooner or later, it would be anyway. 

14. Count your blessings, and be thankful. I used to rant a lot, but decided to work on this bad habit. When I feel like down and out, I count my blessings. 

15. Celebrate your success. This is important. When you celebrate your success, you give more value to your hard work. 

16. Do not lose sight of your goals, just because you are encountering obstacles on the way. They are there for a reason. You might need re-direction, or you have to exert more effort. Either way, challenges make you a better person. 

17. Travel. Discovering the world is the best learning experience one could have. 

18. Be kind to people. You have no idea what the person is going through.

19. Relationships fail. Let go. I was trying to save the friendship to this person who was very kind to me in the past. I am aware that I am not an easy person to be with, I have flaws, and mood swings. But this person accepted me and my friendship, or so I thought. When I learned that he spoke badly of me, I was totally hurt. I decided to stop on trying and move on. There is no use crying over failed friendships.  

20. Do whatever that makes you happy. 

21. Apologize. You are not perfect, you make mistakes, and you hurt people; but learn to apologize. It takes a strong person to admit his mistakes. 

22. Trust your guts. 

23. Take risks. In taking risks, you meet certain opportunities that are not present in the safe zone. 

24. Believe in yourself. There is nobody else in this world who must believe in you, but yourself. When you believe in yourself, you are one step ahead of your goals. 

25. Be involved. In this age of the social media, it is very easy to lose ourselves. Put down the phone, and interact with people. 

26. Say it. Say it before it's too late. 

27. Pray. This always works. 

28. Keep the faith. There are times when I am bit discouraged on waiting for him. But there is a reason why I would not want to chase him. I want a strong partner who is accepting and supportive. I want him to decide that he wants me. Because I want to share my forever with him. If he is ready, the relationship will probably have a higher chance of working. 

29. Family is everything. 

30. There is more to life than your age, weight, and bank account. Love yourself. 

The big 3-0. I still struggle on these lessons at times. But I am 30, and I am not worried. It is still a long way to go. But I am more ready than ever. More mistakes to make, more lessons to learn. :P

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Oslob Heritage Park

April 26, 2015 Tsina 0 Comments

It took me three attempts to finally set foot in Siquijor. The first time I booked for Siquijor, I had to cancel the trip because the exam on my masters was scheduled at the same time. Last year, I booked with my college friends, but had to cancel due to the typhoon. I've been seeing the beauty of Siquijor a lot in the blogs that I thought I had to go and visit. You have to judge the tone of my writing on whether I am satisfied on the visit or not. But that would come later, alright? :P Aside from Siquijor, we did swimming with the whale shark in Oslob, Cebu and swimming with the pawikan in Apo Island. Yes, swimming, lol. :P

Let's start, shall we? :P We left after work on a Thursday and waited for our late flight at the airport. We were a bit hesitant to go directly to Oslob, so we decided to eat our late dinner at Larsian and find a place to stay for the night. We walked around Larsian and it was already almost midnight when we found Sampaguita Suites. We decided to rest for the night, and find the best lechon the following day. Of course, we could not leave Cebu without feasting on a lechon. We googled for the nearest and best lechon in the area, and found Zubuchon at One Mango Square. Yes, it was worth it!

We took the jeep to the Elizabeth Mall, and then went to the South Bus Terminal. We took the bus going to Oslob and paid P155 for a 3.5-hour travel. When we reached Oslob, we checked in at BCD Place, and decided to explore Oslob. We took the bus again to visit the Heritage Park. We found the Immaculate Conception Church, Cuartel, Baluarte and the Baywalk. It took us only 30 minutes to visit these spots.

The first spot that one will see at the Heritage Park is the Immaculate Conception Church. This church finished the construction after 18 years after they started it! That was really a long time!
Immaculate Conception Church
Adjacent to the church is the Cuartel, the unfinished barracks for the Spanish armies. This looks good in photo. Look at me in the second photo! :P
Cuartel
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There is a park reminiscent of the Baywalk in Puerto Princesa. Of course, Palawan's Baywalk looks a lot better, but this exudes the same vibe. 
baywalk
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There is a Baluarte, or the watch tower in Oslob. This was part of their defense system in the past.
Baluarte
When we left the Heritage Park, we found a number of stalls by the road that served grilled street food. We decided to eat our dinner there, and bought ice cream in the nearby store. Yes, ice cream! :P That made my day!!! :P

We went to Oslob for the butanding adventure, but the Heritage Park is not bad. If you have time to spare, it is always nice to visit historic sites such as this one. 

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April 21, 2015 Tsina 0 Comments

I keep on wanting you. But people need something more solid than the universe. Yes, I should probably free up the space you occupy, so something more solid can take your place. After all, no two objects can occupy the same space at the same time. You are probably waiting for me to give up, you win. 

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Indochina Travel Expenses

April 04, 2015 Tsina 2 Comments

Hey, finally. We've come to the last but most important, the itinerary and the expenses. This Indochina adventure would be the longest trip I had in my life, business trip not included. :P I  originally intended this to be a solo trip, but decided to invite my friends. Eyann and Meann joined me on this adventure. We travelled three countries in more than two weeks. We met people, and observed their culture. 

We did a number of things in Vietnam. We visited the tunnels, went to a history walking tour in Ho Chi Minh, enjoyed the sand dunes in Mui Ne, and toured the Mekong Delta. 





We went to Cambodia, stayed in Phnom Penh and saddened by the stories in The Kiling Fields. 


In Siem Reap, we explored the amazing temples in the Angkor complex. 



When we were in Thailand, we did more temple hopping in Bangkok. I beach bummed in Phuket too.



I also did a bit of review on the accommodations where we stayed in for this trip. Hope this helps!


So, let me share you my travel expenses, alright?

I divided the group expenses between Eyann and myself, except for the group expenses in Ho Chi Minh. Without food and shopping expenses for 15 days, I spent PhP 22,205.82. NOT BAD!!

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Indochina Accommodations

April 01, 2015 Tsina 1 Comments

I flew back in Bangkok, and stayed in the hotel for the last day of my Indochina trip. By this time, I got my last US $100 and few bahts. This should have been enough for a bit more shopping. Unfortunately, the hotel required US $50, and they did not have a change for my US $100. I checked in around midnight. I let my money go, and slept for the night. Usually, I keep few dollars in my wallet every time I go on trip abroad. I found SGD 10, and AUD 10 in my wallet, I exchanged them to baht. That saved my life. Big time. :P

This trip was a bit cheap considering that I spent more than two weeks in three countries. My accommodations were relatively cheap but good. They extended assistance more than what I expected of them. Let me give you a bit of review on the accommodations I stayed in. 

In Vietnam, we stayed in Bich Duyen Hotel. For a triple room with breakfast, we paid US $34.50 per night, and US $21 per night for a double room with breakfast. We got the service more than what we paid for. They speak good English, and assisted us with everything, from booking group tours to bus tickets and even on our laundries. When we went to Mui Ne, we left our luggages in their place.
Bich Duyen Hotel: Photo from their Booking account
The accommodation in Mui Ne is a different story. We stayed in Mui Ne Backpacker Village, and we paid US $8 per bed in a mixed dorm room. I probably did not realize that I booked in mixed dorm room, until I saw a guy in our room. I tried to move us on another room, but they were fully booked during that time. Sigh. The guy spent his time watching movies on his laptop, and left late at night probably to catch the night bus. Oh, don't expect too much in the room. It is bare. There is a pool in the vicinity though. 
Mui Ne Backpacker Village: Photo from their website
When we decided to visit Phnom Penh, I looked for a backpackers' hostel. I found the Mad Monkey Hostel, which is located quite far from the bus terminal. This is also almost bare, no homey feel, and no mirrors. Yes, no freaking mirrors. The good point, they serve good food. 
Mad Monkey Hostel
The Bou Savy Guesthouse is really a cheap accommodation in Siem Reap. We paid US $16 for a double room, breakfast included and free pick up in the bus terminal. Not bad, ayt?  The room is quite big but old. 
Bou Savy Guesthouse
In Bangkok, we stayed in a 3-star hotel, Nasa Vegas Hotel. We stayed in a junior room, and paid US $16 for a night. The location is great, it is opposite the Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link. It made my life easier. 
Nasa Vegas Hotel
I went to Phuket and decided to try staying in a capsule. I booked in the Capsule Hotel in Patong Beach. Let me share my review of the hostel that I wrote in Booking website.
Capsule Hotel: Booking Review
Capsule Hotel
Most of our accommodations in the Indochina trip were booked online; I always used the Booking website because they give me flexibility on my bookings. It is necessary to read reviews online, blogs and forums included. When finding an accommodation for groups, I go for budget over comfort. Although, most of the time, I am able to find affordable but good accommodations.  But when I travel alone, I usually favor safety over budget. So, I don't book on just any hostel, no matter how good the reviews are. I also have biases on hostels with friendly and accommodating staff. In this industry, it is important to provide satisfactory service whether the customer book in a fan room, or in a executive suite. 

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