Sunday, March 14, 2021

Vacation in US (West Coast)

I am one of the travellers with cancelled flights in April 2020 due to the emergence of Covid. My planned vacation to US was postponed since I had to abide by the Philippine government rules on lockdown and community quarantine; international flights were barred last 2nd Q of 2020 due to the pandemic. The worst part was that I experienced solo quarantine in Metro Manila for 4 months and I could not even go home to our province in South Luzon due to the enhanced community quarantine rules. 

House quarantine brought out the domesticated version of me. Being a traveller at heart, cooking and watching travel videos during lockdown kept me sane. Luckily, I have friends in the residential unit and loveones who keeps on checking me virtually. Surely, I really missed travelling during this Covid situation.

When the internal travel guidelines were relaxed in 4th Q of 2020, I saw it as an opportunity to re-book my flight. By mid of December, I flew to San Franciso for a winter vacation. Maybe, it was God's way of saying that the delayed circumstance happened because he wants me to be more joyful and experience for the first time a snowy Christmas.

Here are my memorable vacation trips in the West Coast of America!

San Francisco – the Instagram worthy pic at the Golden Gate Bridge & the Fisherman’s Wharf.










Reno and Lake Taho








Napa Valley






Las Vegas, Nevada












Sta Cruz and Muir Woods













I visited the various regional state parks in California and I really enjoyed it since I am a nature lover. Aside from my outdoor travel, I also wandered  around various casinos, such as El Dorado, Cache Creek, Graton, MGM, Caesar’s Palace and the most famous Bellagio of the Ocean’s movie series starring George Clooney. It just felt surreal that I got to visit these places at this challenging time.


Travelling during Covid requires extra safety precautions as I need to wear mask and use hand sanitizers wherever I go. Yes, I took 1000mg of vitamin C daily, had my travel medical insurance with covid cover and practice social distancing as much as I can.  

I endured the 14 days mandatory quarantine and the 2x swab tests back home in the Philippines but it was all worth it. Definitely, it is a once in a life time experience.






 

Monday, August 10, 2020

Kobe, Japan

My air travel before the Covid pandemic was my tour in Kansai region of Japan last October 2019.  It was a birthday gift to myself. Given that I cannot travel yet abroad during this lock down period and it is already 3rd of quarter  2020, I will just travel through my imagination😄

Reminiscing back on my Kansai tour, I can definitely say that I am charmed by the beauty of Kobe.


Kobe is one of the urbanized cities in Japan with a nice harbour and a panoramic view of city surrounded by mountains. It was chosen as one of the venues for the FIFA WorldCup 2019, thanks to its large built-in stadium for international sports spectators. Hop-on, Hop-off day tour buses travelling the entire loop of Kobe City make it more friendly for international tourists.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Osaka, Japan

Osaka is like a fraternal twin of Tokyo. They are both charming to tourists in a different way. 

Tokyo is modern, sophisticated and urban while Osaka is a metropolitan with cultural traces of the old Japan. Most of the time, foreign tourists pick either of the two for their first time Japan visit. Lucky for some who can afford longer days of vacation  to check out both cities in one flight trip.

What's in Osaka?


Namba, Dotonbori and Shinsaibaishi are famous districts in Osaka for shopping and food. Various merchandise and shops are located on these areas. Ichiran ramen  and authentic Japan takoyaki is a must try for food enthusiasts. 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Siargao

Mindanao is close to my heart considering that both of my parents hail from that region. Thus, my travel bucketlist when it comes to beaches definitely includes Siargao.

Siargao is often featured in tv shows as a beach paradise and a favorite surfing destination. When airlines offered fare promotions for clark to siargao flights, I did not hesitate to book it immediately.


Considering that I have watched the Filipino movie Siargao before I went there, I have some preconceived idea that Siargao has a provincial vibe. Yes, the General Luna place (the touristy place in Siargao) is laidback but it is already progressive similar to Boracay establishments. There are various restaurants and establishments along the General Luna road and there are parties every night, be it an acoustic night or bar party. I was fortunate enough to experience the full moon night party in Siargao 😊

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Surprise Bridal Shower for Katie

Katie is one of my college barkada in UP.  As part of the "Econ Girls" clique, we see to it that every year after graduation, we have catch-up sessions, we celebrate milestones and we travel together. Our friendship is inspired by Carrie's long term friendship with other ladies in the tv series Sex and the City.

Aside from being a friend, Katie is the one who inspired me to travel often and to be a travel blogger. As a hard core lady mountaineer and a beach lover, she always travels every weekend, exploring the beauty of new places: new mountains to hike and new beaches to explore. You may get to know more about Katie on her website: https://iwanderiwonder.com/. Lucky me, I get the chance to join her in some of her wonderful adventures.


Katie is the emergent leader of Econ girls=). She is also the organizer of our group travels, with a well thought itinerary and best laid out plans. The only thing you need to do is to bring yourself and your luggage, that's how efficient she is.  My travels in Boracay, Coron, Cebu, Calaguas, Bantayan Island, Batangas, Mindoro, Catanduanes, Marinduque, Masungi and even in Wensha Spa, I get to explore it having Katie as the lead of the pack.  My first travel abroad in Kota Kinabalu was also through her. I begin to appreciate more of God's wonderful creations by travelling...this is through Katie's influence on me.