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Catch the Beauty of Ho Chi Minh City🇻🇳

Date of Departure: 18-21 Nov

Total for 2 Pax : PHP 20,690

Package inclusions :

✔Roundtrip Ticket (MNL-SGN-MNL)

– Air Asia Flight

✔Accommodation for 3N4D (breakfast not included)

– Full House Homestay or similar

✔Sightseeings below:

Full Day -Ho Chi Minh City and Cu Chi Tunnels

-730-745 am meet up at 220 Dr Tham St.

– Depart for Tay Ninh

– Visit CaoDai Temple

– Attend Mid Day Ceremony

– Lunch at local restaurant

– Depart for Cu Chi Tunnels

– Explore Cu Chi Tunnels

– 7pm return back to Ho Chi Minh City

Exclusions:

❗Transfers (Airport- Accommodation – Airport)

❗Breakfast or meals not mentioned

❗Other extras not mentioned

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Updated Visa Requirements 2018 for Filipinos

16 Asian Countries Visa free for Philippine Passport Holders

Brunei Darussalam – 14 days

Cambodia – 15 days

Indonesia – 30 days

Laos – 30 days

Malaysia – 14 days

Myanmar – 14 days

Singapore – 30 days

Thailand – 30 days

Viet Nam – 21 days. Single entry eVisa is valid for 30 days

Hong Kong – 14 days

Macau – 30 days

Mongolia – 21 days

Israel – 90 days

Taiwan – 14 days (under a 9 month trial period from November 2017 until July 31, 2018)

Myanmar (Burma) – 14 days visa free, need to apply for eVisa for 28 days stay, visa holders must arrive via Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw or Mandalay airports
Palestinian Territories

12 Asian Countries that allows Visa on Arrival and eVisa for Filipinos

Armenia – 120 Days

Azerbaijan – eVisa required (need to inquire at the embassy Republic of Azerbaijan of what Visa is applicable to Philippine Passport holders)

Georgia

India – 60 days, e-visa holders must arrive through 24 designated airports and / or 3 designated seaports

Iran – 30 days

Kyrgyzstan – 1 month. Visa on arrival is available at Manas International Airport

Maldives – 30 days

Nepal – 90 days

Sri Lanka – 30 days

Timor-Leste – 30 days

Tajikistan – 45 days via Dushanbe International Airport

United Arab Emirates

9 Countries in North, South, and Central America Visa Free for Filipinos

Bolivia – 90 days

Brazil – 90 days

Colombia – 90 days can be extended for another 90 days

Ecuador

Peru – 183 days

Suriname – 90 days

Costa Rica – 30 days, can be extended for total of 90 days

Haiti – 3 months

St. Vincent and the Grenadines – 1 month

5 Countries in North, South, and Central America Visa on Arrival and eVisa for Filipinos

Nicaragua – 90 days

Dominica

Saint Lucia – 6 weeks

Saint Kitts and Nevis – 30 days

Trinidad and Tobago

4 Africa Countries Visa free for Filipinos

Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) – 90 days

Morocco – 90 days

Gambia – 90 days

Rwanda – 90 days

17 Africa Countries Visa on Arrival and eVisa for Filipinos

Cape Verde

Comoros – 45 days

Djibouti

Guinea – Bissau – 90 days

Kenya – 3 months

Madagascar – 30 days (free visa on arrival)

Malawi – 30 days can be extended to 90 days

Mauritania – Visa on arrival available at Nouakchott-Oumtounsy International Airport

Mauritius – 60 days

Mozambique – 30 days

Togo – 7 days

Uganda

Gabon – E-Visa holders must arrive via Libreville International Airport

Lesotho

Sao Tome and Principe

Zambia

Zimbabwe

3 Oceania Countries Visa free for Filipinos

Fiji – 4 months

Micronesia – 30 days

Vanuatu – 30 days

5 Oceania Countries Visa on Arrival for Filipinos

Marshall Islands – 90 days

Palau – 30 days

Papua New Guinea – 60 days

Samoa – 60 days

Tuvalu – 1 month

1 Europe Country Visa free for Philippine Passport Holders

Kosovo – Visa free for 15 days of stay, if you have a valid Schengen Visa

You can use the list as your reference whenever you are looking for the countries that have visa free (no visa requirements), visa on arrival, and eVisa policy for Philippine passport holders.

Visa Free entry countries – these are the list of countries that allow Philippine passport holders to enter their border without the need for Visa and stay there for a period of time.

Visa on arrival countries – These are the countries that will require Filipinos a visa before they will be allowed to enter their borders. The visa can be acquired at the airport, seaport, or point of entry of the said country. There is a fee for this particular type of visa and it will be issued by an immigration officer. There is no need for prior visa application.

Electronic Visa (eVisa) – these type of visa needs to be applied online (usually at the embassy website of respective countries). There is no label or stamp that will be attached to your passport. Your visa is linked to your passport number which can be accessed by airline company prior to departure and immigration officer upon arrival to your destination country.

The visa policy may change without notice so it would be better that you check the respective embassy websites of the country you plan to visit for the updates regarding this matter.

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Experience the snow on the crossroad of Europe and Asia this WINTER season. A country where Visa doesn’t need to be complicated.
Requirements for Philippines Passport Holders

  • Confirmed Return Ticket
  • Hotel Accommodation
  • Passport Valid for at least 6 months
  • E-Visa
    • (OFWs working in the Middle East/ GCC countries are Visa-Free because of their Residency)
    • e-VISA means your visa application is done through the internet. There is no label, sticker, or stamp placed on your passport before travel. Your visa is on the immigration computer and is linked to your passport number.
  • Health Travel Insurance
  • Sufficient Funds to cover your stay

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Bali Experience in Batangas Philippines

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New York City Life in Makati, Philippines

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* extra single size floor mattress for extra guest (max 4 guests only subject to addt’l fee)
– Smart TV with HDMI
– PLDT 5mbps Fibr with landline
– access to Infinity Pools
– access to Gym
– Air-conditioned room
– Basic cooking/dining utensils
* Induction cooker / pots
* Microwave oven
* Refrigerator
* Rice cooker
* electric kettle
* Water container – refillable
* dish-washing soap and sponge included
– Dining table for 2
– 2-door closet
– 2 Bath Towels
– Balcony over looking Makati-Mandaluyong skyline from the 53rd floor

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– Trump Tower
– Centuria Medical Makati
– Makati Avenue food pubs and night life
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– DTI, HDMF, SSS
– 5-10mins away from Glorietta, Rustans, Greenbelt and Landmark
– 5.93 kilometers toNinoy Aquino International Airport (MNL)
– 85.06 kilometers to Clark International Airport (CRK)
– 1.5 kilometers to Buendia 3 MRT Station
– 1.91 kilometers to Ayala MRT Station

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Safe Destination Places in Asia for Solo Female Travelers

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Traveling  alone is a chance to reconnect with ones’ inner selfdiscover hidden skills or abilities that only surface in the midst of the unfamiliar, and to push personal limits further. A solo travel escapade in Asia could be a woman’s first stop continent. Its colorful mix of culture and history enriches a woman’s quest for that indescribable liberty. From its colorful culture and breathtaking temples to its luscious cuisines, Asia surely has a cornucopia of treats to offer to female solo travelers.

1. Cambodia

Lara Croft, the spunky heroine in the box office hit Tomb Raider, has helped uplift the spirits of women adventurers as well as accentuate the already famous beauty of Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Aside from channeling their inner Lara Croft, female solo travelers have listed Cambodia in their bucket lists to witness its abundance in history and culture.

This relatively small country definitely has a lot to offer. Dipping in the waters of Sihanoukville beach, exploring the Angkor Thom Great Wall on a traditional Angkor Gondola boat, attending Khmer food cooking classes, and learning Cambodian meditation are just a very few of what female solo travelers can do in the country that was once called the Khmer Empire.

2. Thailand

No backpacker drops Thailand in their Asian explorations, as this nation banks so much on their tourism. Like other neighboring Southeast Asian countries, Thailand is also adorned with incredibly beautiful white sand beaches, valiant mountains, tropical climate, and flavorful cuisine.

We could go on and on in enumerating the places to see and things to do in Thailand, but our top picks for female solo travelers include: exploring the golden palaces and floating markets of Bangkok, shop till you drop in the Night Bazaar of Chiang Mai, hit the beaches in Phuket, and immersing in a cultural experience in Chiang Rai.

3. Vietnam

If you want to learn the cultural inspiration of the ever famous musical Miss Saigon, then test your history in Vietnam. Known for its beaches, rivers, and impeccable Buddhist pagodas, Vietnam pulls your heartstring with their magnificent natural treasures and rich heritage.

If you want to revisit Vietnam’s history through its famous sites, you would instantly notice the unique variety of pre and post colonial architectural designs. Don’t miss to lay your eyes on the beauty of the ancient Po Nagar Cham Towers. You can also see hints of France through the Hanoi Opera House and Café de la Poste. Complete your list by visiting the Hanoi Bay and test your bargaining skills in their affordable markets.

4. Malaysia

When traveling in Malaysia, you can choose between the three distinctive tourism palettes: island discovery, city escapades, nature loving, cultural experiences—anything just to fit everybody’s interests and personalities.

But for female solo travelers who want to try them all, here are my recommendations. For your island and beach discoveries, you may want to soak up the sun in the islands of Sipadan, Pulau Redang, or Tioman. Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Tower is your top choice for your city escapades. Breathe in nature’s gift in Gunung Mulu National Park, Batu Caves, or Cameron Highlands. Grab the chance to experience Malaysia’s culture through the Sarawak Cultural Village and many more!

5. Japan

If you are willing to splurge for an Asian trip, then book a ticket to Japan right away! Great things in Japan may come with a price tag, but it sure is more than what it’s worth. The land of the rising sun also just happens to be the land of the best cherry blossoms, anime, unimaginably high technology, and countless historical temples.

To explore the modernity of Japan, Tokyo is your best bet where you can unleash the kid in you in Disneyland, or look over the expanse of the city in Tokyo Skytree, or shop at Ginza. Osaka and Kyoto are a must-see too as both possess the urbanity of Tokyo infused with Japan’s old soul. Try Kyoto’s shrine of Fushimi Inari-taisha and the historic site of Arashiyama. To cap your wanderings, visit the Osaka castle.

6. Laos

12 Best Asian Destinations For Female Solo Travelers

As a woman traveling solo, sometimes you just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the corporate food chain or the stress from work. If you are searching for zen with cultural integration, then Laos is the place to be.

You may want to observe the country’s most popular monastery which was built in the 1500s—Wat Xieng Tong. You can also get a fair share of adventure in the eco-friendly Bokeo Nature Reserve Wilderness. Trekking and hiking which is a way of community immersion can also be enjoyed in either Phongsali or Luang Prabang.

7. Myanmar

Clad in the beauty of its yesteryears, Myanmar—also known as Burma—is the best place to experience a non-commercialized culture. Although it seems pretty isolated since it can only be accessed through planes, female solo travelers can use this as an advantage to gain a more personal adventure.

No one should miss the photogenic and breathtaking ancient cities of Bagan and Mrauk-U. And sside from sightseeing, you can also swim in the premier beach of Ngapali, explore the maze of Bogyoke Aung San market, or trek and meet locals in the hill town of Kalaw.

8. China

It is impossible for anyone to miss one of the world’s biggest and most populous countries in their bucket list—the outerspace can’t even help but notice its mark on the globe. The expanse of the dragon kingdom of China is so big it is so hard to choose where to start.

But as any travel guide books would recommend, it is essential to visit its famous sites like The Forbidden City, Great Wall, and the Temple of Heaven. Complete your China escapade by cruising the Yangtze river, marvel at the Yuanyang Rice Terraces, or traverse Mt. Huangshan.

9. South Korea

The land of “Gangnam Style” and KPop has more to offer than their hugely followed entertainment industry. Behind the glitz and glam of the billion-time viewed music videos, lies a deeply rooted culture and inculcated history.

Historical sites like Gyeongbokgung and Jongmyo are good starters, but you might also want to explore the city hubs of Seoul and Busan. Spend your afternoon for a good bargain at the timeless market of Gwangjang. Travel the gastronomic journey of Korea through its Night Food Tour. Lastly, cap the trip with a whole new level adventure in Jeju island.

10. Indonesia

A sprawl of beautiful islands across the Southeast Asian region, Indonesia’s countless volcanic islands translate to its unique and countless tourism treasures, making it an irresistible destination for female solo travelers.

Relish the breathtaking view of Arjuna-Welirang volcanoes, observe the solemnity of Java’s mysterious temple Candi Sukuh, or gasp in awe at the boat houses of Tana Toraja. But, if you want to get a natural tan at their world class beaches, then stop by Bali.

11. Singapore

Singapore is a melting pot of several Asian cultures—Chinese, Malay, Indians, even Philippines. So if you want to just choose one among all Asian countries, Singapore is your great go-to.

Female solo travelers can be assured of almost a hundred percent safety in this country because the crime rate is just incredibly low. You can easily navigate from its shopping hub in Orchard, to the majestic man-made creation of Marina Bay Sands; to the cultural districts of Little Arab, Little India, and Chinatown.

12. Philippines

Another magnificent archipelago in Southeast Asia, Philippines can win any tourists hearts because of its incredibly hospitable and optimistic people.

Of course, there are plenty of awesome things female solo travelers can do in the Philippines. Surf in Siargao, dive in the Tubbataha Reef, marvel at the sight of the Chocolate Hills in Bohol, or walk through time along the historic streets of Vigan. A travel guide could not even cover the massive amount of adventures you can have.

With its incredibly diverse culture, surreal scenery and wealth in attractions, female solo traveler can surely experience more than what they expect in Asia.

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Maras Dondurma -Turkish Ice Cream from the Street Vendor of Doha

Here’s the traditional Maras ice cream that’s being sold from the street vendor carts. There’s a place in Doha “Souq Waqif” where you’ll find plenty of them. The salesmen wear regional dress costumes and play it well with their long wooden spoons before you finally have the mouth-watering dessert touch your taste buds. Unlike any of it’s kind , it has authentic ingredients and dense texture from a recipe back hundreds of years. Great fun for many, kids will definitely enjoy the short thrill of snatching the cones.

Underrated Travel Destinations Worth to Visit Once in a Lifetime

Valparaiso, Chile
Valparaíso, Chile

While big cities like Paris or Rome are probably at the top of your travel bucket list, there are plenty of off-the-radar destinations that deserve your attention.

From overlooked second cities — Bergen, Norway, and Valparaíso, Chile, to name a few — to beautiful islands such as Anguilla and Pangkor Island, Malaysia, INSIDER has you covered with unexpected spots that you’ll want to visit.

Keep reading to learn about 40 of the most underrated travel destinations around the world.

Bergen, Norway

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Bryggen, Bergen’s historic harbor district.
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While often overshadowed by Oslo, the Norwegian capital, Bergen — the country’s second-largest city — has plenty to offer.

From the vibrant buildings that dot Bryggen, a historic harbor district and UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the spectacular views from Fløyen Mountain, which is accessible by funicular, charm and natural beauty abound. An ideal destination for watersport fans, visitors can also go kayaking and rafting through Norway’s famous fjords.

Sarandë, Albania

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Sarandë is equally known for its archaeological sites and beaches.
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Sarandë (also spelled Saranda), a resort in the Albanian Riviera, is equally known for its archaeological ruins and its beaches.

While you’ll find the remains of a 5th-century synagogue in the town itself, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates to prehistoric times is located about 12 miles outside Sarandë. The site, Butrint, has in the course of its storied history functioned as a Greek colony, a Roman city, and a bishopric.

If you’d rather catch some rays than sightsee, some of the most popular beaches in the area include Mirror Beach, Santa Quaranta Beach, and Pulebardha Beach. “A friend’s photos of Pulebardha Beach was the impetus for my visit to Albania and it was well worth the visit,” writes a TripAdvisor user.

Anguilla

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The British territory of Anguilla has some of the best beaches in the Caribbean.
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US News and World Report ranked Anguilla— a British overseas territory — as the Caribbean island with the best beaches. With an embargo on cruise ships, casinos, and even high-rise hotels, Anguilla is far from a tourist trap.

According to users on TripAdvisor, Shoal Bay is one of the best beaches on the island — and possibly in the world. “The white powder sand and turquoise water is so peaceful and beautiful. Although all the beaches on Anguilla are beautiful, in my opinion Shoal Bay East is the best,” one user raves.

Valparaíso, Chile

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You can see a house owned by poet Pablo Neruda in this colorful city.
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In a word, Valparaíso is colorful. Chile’s second-largest city is known for its street artand eye-catching graffiti, and the rainbow of houses that dot its steep roads — among them a home owned by Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. If the incline becomes tiring, you can hop aboard one of Valparaíso’s funiculars, which offer a new perspective on the maze-like geography.

Neruda expressed his love for the city in the poem “Oda a Valparaíso,” in which he observes how Valparaíso looks as if “life has always surprised [it].”

Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama, Japan

Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama, Japan
The villages are characterized by their Gassho-style farmhouses.
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Characterized by their thatched-roof, Gassho-style farmhouses — a traditional form of Japanese architecture that evolved to withstand the elements— the Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama are charmingly nestled in a river valley in central Japan.

The three villages, Ogimachi, Ainokura, and Suganuma, have been designated World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

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Lake Bohinj is located in the Julian Alps.
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While Lake Bled may have the name recognition, another body of water in the Julian Alps should also be on your radar. More remote and just as breathtaking, Lake Bohinjis a nature lover’s paradise. Visitors can explore the gorgeous environs by hiking, biking, and kayaking.

“In Bohinj, we’re a day or two behind the rest of the world,” Grega Silc, a tour guide with Hike & Bike Slovenia, told BBC Travel.

Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa

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Tsitsikamma’s suspension bridge.
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At Tsitsikamma, part of Garden Route National Park, you can get active by swimming, hiking, biking, and even abseiling (rappelling). While you’re there, be sure to look out for the dolphins and otters the park is famous for.

Hill Country, Texas, United States

Hill Country, Texas, United States
Texas Hill Country is one of the fastest-growing wine regions in the US.
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One of eight recognized wine-growing regions in Texas, the Lone Star State’s Hill Country spans an incredible nine million acres and encompasses 25 counties. In addition to being one of the fastest-growing wine regions in the US, Lonely Planet included the destination in its 2017 list of the best places to visit in America.

“[The state] is making great wine, mostly from grape varieties you would find in places like Spain, southern France, and Italy,” according to James Tidwell, Master Sommelier at the Four Seasons Resort in Dallas, Texas.

Garni Gorge, Armenia

Garni Gorge, Armenia
The Garni Gorge.
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Armenia’s Garni Gorge, situated near a village of the same name, is accessible via car or on foot. The gorge is distinguished by vertical cliffs that feature well-preserved basalt columns. It’s also home to a temple that dates to the first century — possibly the world’s eastern-most Greek temple.

Faroe Islands, Denmark

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Some of the Faroe Islands’ iconic colorful homes.
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Situated in the North Atlantic, halfway between Scotland and Iceland, the Faroe Islands comprise 18 volcanic islands that span 70 miles in total.

While this Danish archipelago is known for its tiny, colorful houses, it’s also rich in dynamic scenery, from basalt cliffs to waterfalls.

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
There’s more to Calgary than the Canadian Rockies.
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Calgary, a city with a cosmopolitan feel and a rural heritage, is located in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. While some only visit to experience the famous mountains, there’s much more to do — whether you’re taking in an exhibit at the Glenbow Museum, which specializes in art and artifacts from Western Canada, or checking out the local foodie scene at the Calgary Farmers’ Market.

The former cattle-ranching capital is perhaps best known for its an annual rodeo, a 10-day event called the Calgary Stampede.

Puglia, Italy

Puglia, Italy
Polignano a Mare, a town in Italy’s Puglia region.
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Italy’s Puglia region, which forms the heel of the boot-shaped country, is often overlooked in favor of higher-profile destinations like Tuscany. Yet Puglia has a vibe all its own, from its local wine and cuisine — think homemade orecchiette pasta— to its exquisite beaches.

You’ll find some of the most beautiful beaches in Polignano a Mare, Torre Canne, and Gallipoli.

Oedo Botania, South Korea

Oedo Botania, South Korea
Oedo Botania began as an outcrop of rocks.
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If your idea of an island paradise resembles a garden, Oedo Botania is the place for you.

After seeking shelter on the island when it was just an outcrop of rocks, a man named Lee Chang-ho decided to develop it into a botanical garden with his wife. Located off the southern coast of South Korea, Oedo Botania is accessible only by ferry from the adjacent island of Geoje.

“Oedo is a wonderfully scenic island. The gardens are spectacular and there are an amazing amount of opportunities to take photos,” writes a TripAdvisor user.

Assateague Island, Virginia and Maryland, United States

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Assateague is home to hundreds of horses.
 

Assateague, a barrier island shared by Virginia and Maryland, is known for the wild horses (more than 300 in total) that roam its beaches. According to folklore, the horses arrived on the island when a ship was wrecked off the coast of Virginia in the 18th century.

While you can simply enjoy the beauty of Assateague and its equine inhabitants, outdoorsy types will want to take advantage of the island’s many campsites and bike paths.

La Roque-Gageac, France

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La Roque-Gageac is a picturesque cliff-side village along the Dordogne River.
 

Located on the north bank of the Dordogne River, La Roque-Gageac is a picturesque cliff-side village known for its yellow houses, which were built from stone in the traditional Périgord style. The village also features a 12th-century fort and an exotic garden.

According to TripAdvisor users, a hot air balloon tour that leaves from La Roque-Gageac is a great way to see the broader Dordogne region.

Liechtenstein

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Liechtenstein is a principality located between Switzerland and Austria.
 

Liechtenstein, one of the smallest (and wealthiest) countries in Europe, is a principality nestled between Switzerland and Austria. In the capital, Vaduz, you can see the city’s eponymous castle— the official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein — as well as the Cathedral of St. Florin, a neo-Gothic church constructed in the 19th century.

With access to the Alps via the foothills of the Rhätikon Mountains, Liechtenstein also offers numerous hiking trails and ski slopes.

León, Nicaragua.

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León.
 

Filled with stunning beaches and uncrowded waves, as well as lower prices than many of its more well-known neighbors, Nicaragua is becoming a destination to be reckoned with.

León was founded in 1524 by a Spanish conquistador, making it one of the oldest colonial cities in the Americas. It was also Nicaragua’s capital until 1857, and is filled with churches, museums, and beautiful architecture. It’s a popular jumping-off point for visiting the many nearby volcanoes.

Nairn Beach, Scotland, United Kingdom

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Nairn Beach is known for its sand dunes.

Located in the Scottish Highlands, Nairn Beach is one of the best beaches in the UK, according to a readers’ poll from The Telegraph.

A popular summer destination, this beach — which is known for its sand dunes and resident school of dolphins— offers sweeping views of the Moray Firth.

Extremadura, Spain

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The Roman theater in Mérida, Extremadura. 

For an off-the-beaten-path destination in Spain, check out Extremadura. This historical region in the southwestern part of the country borders Portugal and is home to the ruins of a Roman theater.

Another noteworthy site is Monfragüe, a national park known for its geological features and wildlife, including 208 species of vertebrates.

Salta, Argentina

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Salta moves to the rhythm of its famous folk music.
 

Located in northwestern Argentina in the Lerma Valley, Salta is a lively city that moves to the rhythm of its famous folk music, which marries elements of Spanish musical traditions with lyrics about Argentine rural life.

The Salta province is also one of Argentina’s leading wine-growing regions, featuring some of the most extreme vineyards on the planet. Situated at lower latitudes and higher altitudes than most of the world’s vineyards, the climate is well-suited to viticulture.

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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The Hobart waterfront.
 

Hobart, the capital of Tasmania (an island state of Australia), offers everything from athriving art and music scene to a wildlife preserve.

Get a culture fix at the lauded (and subversive) Museum of Old and New Art, which was opened by local mathematician and gambler David Walsh and cost $200 million to build. “Curators from New York and Paris have marveled at how the museum flouts convention: There are no explanatory placards fixed to the walls, and visitors are encouraged to wander through the subterranean spaces at will,” the New York Times reported.

At Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, a 30-minute drive from the city, animal lovers can see marsupials ranging from koalas to kangaroos — not to mention the island’s famous Tasmanian devils.

If you’re into beer, you’ll also find Cascade, Australia’s oldest brewery, in Hobart.

Pangkor Island, Malaysia

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Pangkor Island boasts beaches, a rainforest, and a historic fort.
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While the beaches are the main draw on Pangkor Island, which is located off the coast of Malaysia in the Perak region, you can also explore a historic Dutch fort, a Taoist temple, and a rainforest.

Island of Gozo, Malta

Malta’s sister island is small in size but rich in history.
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Gozo, Malta’s sister island, is small in size but rich in history. The nine-mile-long Mediterranean island contains 46 churches and a megalithic temple complex called Ġgantija, whose name is derived from the Maltese word for “giant.”

According to tradition, Gozo is said to be Ogyia, the island from Greek mythology where the nymph Calypso held Odysseus captive.

The island was also used as a filming location for “Game of Thrones.”

Mani Peninsula, Greece

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The Mani Peninsula is often overlooked but features dramatic scenery.
 

The Mani Peninsula, one of three peninsulas that extend from Greece’s Peloponneseregion, was named one of “Europe’s hidden coasts” by The Guardian in 2017.

Often overlooked, the Mani features dramatic scenery like steep mountain foothills and abandoned stone towers.

Bukovina, Romania and Ukraine

Bukovina, Romania and Ukraine

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Bukovina is a land of mountains and green hills.
 

In Bukovina, a historic region that borders Romania and Ukraine, the Carpathian Mountains and a vast expanse of green hills make for a breathtaking landscape.

If these natural features weren’t picturesque enough, Bukovina’s painted monasteries and churches— decorated with ornate frescoes from the 15th and 16th centuries — are stunning examples of Byzantine art. A handful of the churches were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 1993.

Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei is an exciting culinary and cultural destination.
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If you’re planning a trip to Asia, you might consider large cities like Beijing or Tokyo. But you should add Taipei to your list too.

From the bustling food markets that form the hub of the city’s nightlife to museums such as the National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine and the National Palace Museum, Taiwan’s capital is an exciting culinary and cultural destination in its own right.

Durban, South Africa

Durban, South Africa

Vetchies Beach in Durban.
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The beachside paradise of Durban is only about an hour from Johannesburg, but far less crowded.

The off-the-beaten-path spot is a draw for surfers thanks to massive waves, and appeals to thrill-seekers thanks to being home to the world’s largest swing.

La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz’s aerial cable car system offers great views of the Andean scenery.
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Sitting at an elevation of between 10,650 and 13,250 feet above sea level, La Paz is the world’s highest administrative capital. To view the gorgeous Andean scenery from above, take a ride on Mi Teleférico, the city’s aerial cable car system.

Named a “best value” city by Lonely Planet, La Paz is enjoyable no matter your budget. Travelers can sample fresh food at La Paz’s markets and go on hiking and biking excursions for under $30 a day. Even if you spring for a trendy hotel or dine at upscale restaurants, you’ll still be spending less than you would in pricier locales.

Ladakh, India

Ladakh, India

Tibetan Buddhist monasteries are built into the Indian Himalayas.
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In Ladakh, Tibetan Buddhist monasteries are built right into the Indian Himalayas. While the high altitude and rough terrain might intimidate some travelers, the unbridled beauty of the arid mountain landscape is spectacular.

On Quora, a user describes Ladakh as “an experience of a lifetime” rather than a tourist destination. First opened to tourists in 1974, the region now attracts more than 300,000 annual visitors.

Dakar, Senegal

Dakar, Senegal

Fishing boats in Dakar.
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Whether you want to surf or experience the local music scene, Dakar — Senegal’s capital — could be the place for you.

“Senegal is another emerging west African destination, thanks to its great beaches for surfing, music venues, culture, and food,” a travel expert told Business Insider.

Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Guayaquil.
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While often dismissed as a necessary layover en route to the Galapagos islands (another must-visit), a refreshed riverfront, as well as new hotels and restaurants popping up all over town are enticing visitors to spend more than just one night in Guayaquil.

Taranaki, New Zealand

Taranaki, New Zealand

Taranaki, a region between Auckland and Wellington, beckons hikers and foodies.
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Situated between Auckland and Wellington on New Zealand’s west coast, Taranaki beckons hikers and foodies alike. The region’s eponymous volcano, surrounded by Egmont National Park, is a must-see.

For local dining, head to New Plymouth, where you’ll find a mix of eateries in the West End precinct. The neighborhood is also home to stylish galleries and shops.

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The People I Met Yesterday

I woke up at 10 am and hear nothing but the loud poof of the plane as the ventilation switches from an outside system. Wherever the story takes me sure I’d have a great water for coffee and tasty garlic butter for my toast, well basically that’s how I start my day.

I went downstairs and saw Amy slowly stirring her cup of hot chocolate while browsing the trending stuffs on buzzfeed which has been the routine mostly. Well, life can get crazy at times and if you’re always rushing around in the morning, it’s difficult being able to have a quiet moment at all, I guess that’s how my mindset works. Exactly 2 hours when the driver came repeatedly stimulating his horn to quickly hop in. “How are you’’? He said. Same script everyday but I can’t complain nor get tired of it cause he takes care of my daily transfer to the office without a missed.

An African guy was standing in the lobby called my name and said “hi”. His name is Akins from Ghana, our company guard living next across the building. I can’t imagine how hard to be on their shoes working for 12 hours or more to keep the security around and yet they’re earning less than what they deserved, sometimes those are the things that’s not easy to understand. In the washroom was where I met Rach and Je where we did all the vanity stuffs, some pep talks or even primping before we got stuck in our swivel chairs.

Anyone have their own obsession and so I went straight to the pantry to satisfy mine. The tea girl just made my day with the brewed coffee and strong aroma scent wrapped in the room stealing every seconds left till the senses get hooked and filled my empty cup. As I passed the reception area to have my attendance with Clay there I saw crowd of Clients sitting on the couch waiting for their turn to be called, it was a quite a busy afternoon and everyone were trying to book their flights and packages for the coming EID Holidays or Eid al-Adha also called “Festival of Sacrifice”.

Finally! I got my sit back. Working with twenty people in Operations Department with different cultural diversities comes with a dare but not with them. They fall into three categories: The Helper – The Complainer – The Risk-taker, regardless of the type of impact they leave, a valuable lesson will always be learned at the end of the day, that’s not too bad isn’t it? Nancy is one of my closest friend like an elder sister who’s sitting beside me, there was never a day that we didn’t talked about her secret affair. She’s one of the truest person I know and adore her for having so much devotion to her family. It’s just that sometimes it’s not all about the salary but the environment but the environment around is what truly matters. There you go Mr. Bimb walking closer to follow up his booking status, the screamer boss who seems to get his way of raising his voice to an unconscionable level, the higher the volume, the higher the commitment. And cheers to Lan who just came for his 5pm shift and plays “The Buddy Boss” like the savior of us all from complaints or booked out cases. Thanks to Cader for showing up and made my sales spiked to the highest. He’s our annoying cool Sales Rep who slowly eats my head for being too pushy and aggressive with all his quotation request yet.

Nine hours later Syed came and dropped me back to Villa. Separating the truth from the fiction, being a Travel Consultant has it’s own perks and disadvantages too yet one thing I truly loves about the job is the happiness it brings to the travelers after booking their flights and holiday packages, the kind of flashback memories that will make them smile every time, a great reminder how beautiful the world is and definitely worth to see.

LIST OF VISA-FREE COUNTRIES FOR PH PASSPORT HOLDERS (AND VISA ON ARRIVALS)

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BRUNEI DARUSSALAM – 14 DAYS, FREE

  • CAMBODIA – 21 DAYS, FREE

  • INDONESIA – 30 DAYS, FREE

  • LAOS – 30 DAYS

  • MALAYSIA – 30 DAYS

  • MYANMAR – 14 DAYS

  • SINGAPORE – 30 DAYS

  • THAILAND – 30 DAYS

  • VIETNAM – 21 DAYS

  • ARMENIA – VOA AT YEREVAN AIRPORT MAXIMUM OF 120 DAYS OR BETTER YET, GET AN E-VISA

  • HONG KONG – 14 DAYS

  • IRAN – 30 DAYS BUT 14 DAYS AT KISH AND QESHM AIRPORT

  • ISRAEL – 30 DAYS

  • KYRGYZSTAN – 30 DAYS VOA

  • MACAU – 30 DAYS

  • MALDIVES – 30 DAYS VOA

  • MONGOLIA – 21 DAYS

  • NEPAL – 90 DAYS VOA

  • SRI LANKA – 30 DAYS ETA ON ARRIVAL

  • TAIWAN – 30 DAYS

  • CAPE VERDE ISLANDS – VOA

  • COMOROS – 45 DAYS VOA

  • DJIBOUTI – VOA

  • GAMBIA – 90 DAYS

  • GUINEA-BISSAU – 90 DAYS VOA

  • KENYA – 90 DAYS VOA $50 FOR 30 DAYS

  • MADAGASCAR – 90 DAYS VOA $27 FOR 30 DAYS

  • MAURITIUS

  • MOROCCO – 90 DAYS FREE

  • MOZAMBIQUE – 30 DAYS VOA AT BEIRA, NAMPULA, MAPUTO, PEMBA, TETE AND VILANKULO AIRPORTS $50 FOR 30 DAYS SINGLE ENTRY

  • RWANDA – 90 DAYS $50 FOR 30 DAYS

  • SENEGAL – 30 DAYS VOA

  • SEYCHELLES – 30 DAYS VOA

  • TANZANIA – 30 DAYS VOA $50 FOR 30 DAYS

  • TOGO – 7 DAYS VOA

  • UGANDA – VOA$50 FOR 30 DAYS

  • ZAMBIA – E-VISA – PREAPPROVED $50

  • COOK ISLANDS – 31 DAYS

  • FIJI – 120 DAYS

  • MARSHALL ISLANDS – 90 DAYS VOA

  • MICRONESIA – 30 DAYS

  • NAURU

  • NIUE – 30 DAYS

  • PALAU – 30 DAYS VOA

  • PAPUA NEW GUINEA – 60 DAYS VOA AT PORT MORESBY AND RABAUL AIRPORTS RETURN/ONWARD TICKET

  • SAMOA – 60 DAYS VISITOR’S PERMIT ON ARRIVAL RETURN/ONWARD TICKET

  • TUVALU – 30 DAYS VOA RETURN/ONWARD TICKET

  • VANUATU – 30 DAYS

  • BOLIVIA – 90 DAYS

  • BRAZIL – 90 DAYS

  • COLOMBIA – 90 DAYS

  • ECUADOR – 90 DAYS

  • PERU – 183 DAYS

  • SURINAME -90 DAYS

Adina🦋

Healthy marriages requires several essential to make it work aside from the deep emotional connection between the two couple, it requires respect, honor and kindness as well. The story that was portrayed by the characters of “Prelude” didn’t explained much about how it affected the marriage though Adina’s husband showed infidelity practice at one point when he was sick. Adina calmed her nerves and continued to treat him the best way she can even after the rumors kept spreading that her husband went away to be with one of his women, still there was no confrontation happened from her side instead she always give him the benefit of the doubt, nursed him, support him and get fond of him. She never had a single thought of ending the relationship because she cares more of her husband’s happiness than hers, or maybe in real sense she’s in denial of what truly lies in between what she feels and think. There could be tons of reasons to give up from the start, how her siblings in law indirectly made her feel the regrets for their brother marrying her yet life went on and she lived with it without hatred in her heart, how she was cheated on, unfortunately not all women are like her. Too often, an unfaithful spouse whose affair has been discovered will continue to see and/or contact their affair partner. Sometimes this is done in secret. They may assure their spouse that they’ve ended the affair; however, their lack of transparency and untrustworthy behavior indicates otherwise. Bethrayal was never been good part of anything mostly if it’s done by someone closest to us or let say in this case was the husband but maybe the character of Adina also shows what true love is all about, despite the fact that she’s aware by the infidelity of her husband she chose to stay away from the negative effect that might cause the whole family to suffer instead she played a great role to be the best wife that any husband could wish for. At the end of the day she maybe not be the luckiest woman but she was happy that she made her husband the happiest man who lived.

An Art Through the Lens – Liit


An art of expression through different lenses of the camera finding the right angle to get the best shot. Anyone could do photography and anything could be a great object for photograph, it’s a matter of how close you pay attention to the detail of what to capture. Creativity of the eye plays the integral part of photography on what should be done with the lighting, composition and focus to make that vision becomes materiality. With the current generation, it’s a trend to have a mandatory selfie everywhere to update our social accounts to cater our personal interest cause the truth is it feels good and entertaining seeing ourselves in a particular moment and sharing to other people how we do chasing more likes and be in the game of popularity that gives us a temporary fulfilment of the day.

Admiring professional photographers to achieve the same quality when taking pictures might take some practice snapping photo after photo till it looks perfect and convincing enough to portray our emotions behind the lens. Selfies could be tough as nails too aside from finding your best angle (which doesn’t work always) you’ll be the photographer at the same time. I never had a hard time since I have taken my share of selfies anyway. I love filters, it adds life in the image but not to the extent of brushing away the raw beauty that almost looks like a wax sculpture. Great lighting and right background are two of the key factors for taking good pictures (or any photo for that matter). It would benefit to stay away from the direct sun light as brassy lighting cause unflattering shadows and highlighted eye bags which you wouldn’t like too.

Going against the flow and discover things for yourself means you can do photography in any way you are pleased to as the saying goes that “Photography is a story we fail to put in words”

The Home of Ayurveda in Kerala India

Our minds, body and soul should be in rhythm to fill the inner peace and happiness that often set aside because we’re preoccupied with our daily activities . In the Southern West corner of Indian Peninsula there’s a state called Kerala, where this 5 star property in Marari Beach is located and named “Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort”. The calm beauty in a beach setting surrounded by lush green of trees and grass, flowers attracting butterflies to kiss them under the sun and villas that are spacious to roam around having the essence of privacy will surely gives you an enormous feeling of relaxation and healing at the same time. An oasis tucked in a small village which takes few hours from Cochin Airport promises a buzzing moment during the stay with its uniquely stylish structures that would definitely worth of every drop of your dime by the quality of service from qualified professional medical therapist and a wellness diet program (which teaches that diet is the foundation of health and is centred on 3 bio energy forces called doshas: Vata,Pitta and Kapha) arranged beautifully with the touch of Indian colors and flavors. The program truly meets or even beyond the expectation that complements the revitalizing and refreshing surroundings finding serenity out of stillness with exquisite sweetness refounded through solitude that enhances results.

Following Programmes are available :detox, weight loss, rejuvenation, stress management and anti-aging.

Please check the link for more details : https://www.carnoustieresorts.com

Two Piece in a Pod – The Wonderland of Honeymooners

Choosing your favorite place is like picking the best tang of ice cream they’re all so good yet gonna end up with the usual taste we’ve always tried. Surely, we do have different definition of Paradise and these places would give you a high pitch of bright eyed and bushy tailed just after you tied your knots.

1. MALDIVES. “THE SUNNY SIDE OF LIFE” .There’s no better feeling than packing your chic summer outfit get on the plane and arrive in archipelagic island of Maldives where sands are fine and powdery white just like the wide smiles of the locals, where the weather is perfect to bask in the sun and let the deep rays immerse on your skin wrapping you like a warm blanket.

2. SEYCHELLES. “WELCOME TO ANOTHER WORLD”. With it’s outstanding calm atmosphere, talcum powder beaches swaddled by topaz waters, vigorous hills and an awe-inspiring laidback settings will definitely turn your head around on this stunning island of Seychelles with the tropical oceanic climate. Flying here could be a bit challenging for your pocket yet won’t make you regret a single penny to be spent.

3. BALI INDONESIA.”WONDERFUL INDONESIA”. Being the most popular island “Bali” in the Indonesian archipelago that’s well known for it’s ancient culture and hospitality with plenty of temples and palaces that sets natural backdrops of top attractions. There are plenty of astounding beaches and affordable upscale resorts in different Bali’s famed areas like Kuta, Seminyak and Jimbaran where the lodges are just in front of the beach with the tranquil seascapes and sunrises in the eastern side of Nusa Dua, Sanur, and the remote coast of Candidasa. Not only the pristine water but the central highlands of Ubud with it’s flowing rice fields could be your best bets too.

4. THAILAND.”AMAZING THAILAND”. The accommodating and fun loving nature to welcome you from the glittering temples to tropical bluish clear water of beautiful islands through to the comforting Thai smile that makes you feel homey.

5. SANTORINI GREECE. “ALL TIME CLASSIC” . Located in Aegean sea that takes less than an hour flight from Athens to the island. It has always been a dream escape for romantic getaways because of the breath taking snow drift of white cycladic stylish houses lining the cliff tops and places. A good toast while watching the sun sets with the reflection of orange and red in the cliffs could be the best part of your day.

6. TUSCANY ITALY.”MADE IN ITALY”. Wouldn’t you fall inlove waking up in the morning seeing this lovely scenic picturesque like a cast in the movie “Letters to Juliet”. Be indulged with it’s outstanding taste of cuisines and wines which being said that “a good wine isn’t properly judged of till the second glass” . Buongiorno!

7. KYOTO,JAPAN “ENDLESS DISCOVERY”. Located in the Central part of Honshu Japan, this tranquil heavenly spectacular panoramic view surrounded by mountains and cities will undoubtedly sweep you off your feet that you would wish to keep going back cause of the romantic settings added by the cherry blossom trees with it’s perfect climate. The exquisite taste of cuisines that would melt your taste buds is something you don’t want to missed either.

8. FINLAND “I WISH I WAS IN FINLAND”. It’s not only about Santa Claus home but in Northern Lapland when the sky is clear, there’s a blazing dancing lights you can watch from the comfy bed of your igloo or cottage. Witnessing the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) is once in a lifetime experience that could be even more special watching with your partner.

9. SWITZERLAND “GET NATURAL”. The mere thought of flying to Switzerland would make you roll your eyes because of the diverse scenic landscapes that only get to see through pictures of advertisements. Aside from the unspoilt charm of the Alps there’s a vast stretch of wildlife and sanctuaries that promises a bundle of excitement and fun with a guarantee picture of perfect hassle free kind of honeymoon.

10. IRELAND.”JUMP INTO IRELAND” The stone fences, green hills, country roads, tiny farm, lakes and the cheeky isles, the people and the character of place itself gives a complete backdrop for all kinds of adventures whether it’ll be in Castles, long walks on beaches, visiting Cathedrals, horseback riding and what about the Irish sunsets? Surely gives you an oozing romantically “Fairy Tale” kind of moment.

11.KENYA.”MAGICAL KENYA”. Choosing a rugged place for honeymoon makes more desirable and intimate since it’s not the common place where people usually go. An adventured filled holiday surrounded by packed of magnificent animals in an authentic classic Safari set up is the best part with the rustic country style cottages, large windows having a view of mountains and grass plains,private veranda for a good toast of champagne,curling up with each other in a peaceful and solitude set up are worth the while.

Disclaimer : These are based on mostly requested honeymoon spots by our Clients and not to offend other places not mentioned in the list.

“Reason” A Short Poem from My Niece

A season is like a reason
When you’re about to pick the right reason
You will put your mind in prison

Always think clearly of it
For you not to regret of it
It will never put your mind out of it

You must try to give yourself a treat
Just even for a single bit
Relax your mind, and work for it
Then it will lead you to the best you haven’t met

Sidd in Singapore 🇸🇬

What it takes to have a 24 hours stop in a city where you’ve never been to?

There are no direct flights from Denpasar Airport to reach Lucknow India and the only option is to transit via Singapore. While waiting for boarding an airline ground staff announced the delay of estimated departure due to late turn around of the same aircraft to be used. It was honestly the worst thing ever he heard that day thinking the short time to spend in the city known for Tagline “Passion Made Possible” .After kicking one’s heels, he finally arrived at Changi Airport (2 hrs and 40 min flight duration) with mixed tickled pink and cold feet at the same time. The Immigration officer asked how many days he intends to stay as Visa allows a maximum period of 30 days with a validity of 2 years, 24 hours maybe sounds good to welcomed him with a smile. In the arrival area there’s a Helpdesk Center to provide details you might need like a map or tourist book and in his case watching some vlogs about this place gave him an idea where to go and that’s to explore “Little India”. He installed “Grab” app instead of taking a cab from the taxi stand surely cost more than bus or trains yet cheaper compare to Taxi’s roaming around. If staying longer then MRT could definitely the best choice of transport considering the fastest and efficient way to get you to most parts of Singapore. He booked Sandpiper Hotel (3 star property), location wise is convenient to markets or shopping centers, local Indian restaurants, Mrt stations, and walkable distance to Little India. Rooms are relatively small yet fair enough for 1 night lodge mostly if travelling alone and if not carrying too much luggage to fit in the space. Wifi is also available, front desk were nice and helpful, still recommendable if not so picky. Dinner was served in Bismillah Biryani Restaurant nearby the hotel. Around 7 pm when the driver came to bring him to Night Safari (he paid 15 SGD for the driver + 47 SGD for the entrance ticket). The timing was perfect as soon as he entered the zoo a live show was ongoing treating everyone with an amazing experience and great fun. The park lightings significantly catch the eye of the visitors to enjoy nocturnal behavior of different animals in the forest which is normally open till 12:30 midnight.

Morning of the next day he decided to have his breakfast in “little India Restaurant” just few steps away from the hotel and get prepared for the half day tour to take him to Marina Bay to see Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. Grab app made his life much easier in a click of his finger driver was there, that’s pretty comfortable, isn’t it? Entrance cost SGD 28 (for both Cloud Forest and Flower Dome). A magnificent and worthy to visit with its well-maintained nature of greeneries and impeccable architecture of the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. This refreshing mist of waterfall in Cloud Forest that welcomes the tourist gives an instant impression to take you through levels of opportunity to see various tropical kind of plants. And yes, not all comes for free cause if wish to do skywalk or have access to glass domes there would have to pay an additional cost. You don’t need to be a huge flower sucker to deeply get impressed and appreciates the Flower Dome, just get your feet there lay your eyes enjoy the heavenly scent and let it judge on its own. It could’ve been better if not departing in 3 hours unfortunately the driver was already waiting outside to drop him to the Airport.

“It’s not always about how long you stayed in one place, but how it indulged your spirit and the feeling of being at home is more enough to fall in love with the city”


Dried Roses in My Closet


Once had a stunning youthful glow that stands out from the rest, the jazzy velvety colors of the petals and the alluring scent that lingers and get stuck in the senses has gone. Now every side dried out, leaves almost falls off from the stalk and not as lovely as freshly picked. The form didn’t changed except that it doesn’t look alive anymore and fragile not to hold it tight, but why I still keep them after all when there are tons of reasons to trash them away. Roses are one of the sweetest creation that never needs to compete for crowns to justify they exist, they just naturally bloom one day into the prettiest version of their own that brings a bliss in a single blink of an eye. It has the power to convey the sincerest kind of affection that oftenly can’t be expressed by words. I’ve got these hanged in my closet for quite a while, still I found them attractive and always makes me smile whenever I see them (sounds cheesy huh ,but yes it was my first time receiving a bouquet of flowers upon arriving at the airport). Looks could have been faded through months or years yet it all turned to more uniquely styled version of elegance that blossomed over the time of maturity. That kind of beauty that fresh ones doesn’t have, the experience along the way to a well lived life⚘

You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.Song of Solomon 4:7

Friday Contemplation from “Room 905”

Sitting next to the glass window of 9th floor right on spot view of well-built architectures and busy bright lights on the street cars moving everywhere trying to catch the day before it ends. I wonder why their weekend falls on Thursdays and Fridays what’s special on these days? Why not the usual Saturdays and Sundays? Is it because Friday is their Salaat-Ul-Jumma? Really, I have no idea but living here for quite some time get me used to this pattern. Days are passing by so fast in a snap of the finger without realizing a second has gone. It was like yesterday I came and the whole thing looks dreary and daunting like a fish out of the water cause by the unusual set up of the district being compared to my native country, and yes today is my 3 years of loving every blind side of this place and the sensory memories which will never leave me. Could be true when in Rome do as the Romans do if you know what I mean. Behind the luminosity lies the dusty desert coating the entire city of Doha concealed by darkness and snazzy skyscrapers that magnetize the eyes of the gazer. Random thoughts occupying my head waiting for the electric kettle hit 100°C to make my Joe while the distressing news about Pakistan bombing keeps playing on different tv channels and can’t help but to ponder why people are so heartless nowadays, can somebody tell “Genie” to come out of the bottle and put these killers in?!!Facing the blank screen moving my cursor left and right puzzled of words hitting backspace and retype and backspace when a sudden mocking blip from the boiling water just broke the silence ready to stir up my cup. Naively starring outside and see no stars probably the effect of the artificial lights in night skies which makes it hard to detect by own eyes just as how rare the rain shows up on this land. This isn’t my first time coming here however it’s different from all other days I took to this place. Maybe because the landscape is so magnificent? I don’t think so. Could it be that it’s such a beautiful night? Nah, that can’t be. Maybe it had to do with the fact that my mind can freely travel the farthest my sight could the way my hands navigate right words on keyboards to fill in the blank page, like how fairytales excites and astonish the imagination of the kids. Guess I just found my feet today when nobody can get my butt in gear when it comes to things I couldn’t do the whole week long. One great way to instill that feeling of happiness is simply sit in silence, for just a few minutes, and just be. Observe the breath without inferring how slow or how fast it is going or what thoughts are coming and going and allow ourselves to actually feel our own presence. The presence of true self. The essence of who we are and this is what exactly I love about Fridays when the birds are out of the cage and can freely soar highly in the sky.

STILTS “the Maldives” of Batangas

Beautifully creates a tinkling melodious sound out of silence sway by the wind that gives an enormous captivating effect to uplift the spirit and soul. Beyond the horizon where eyes and lines meet lies a vibe to be felt and engraved. Hidden in the Western Coast Peninsula of Calatagan is a resort called “ Stilts Beach” the dubbed Maldives inspired landscape in the province of Batangas (3 hours drive from the South of Manila). The stunning white sand paradise and iconic floating cottages above pristine water with fully furnished wooden lanai has perfect setting to crack the hustle and bustle city life and simply enjoy watching the sun falls down the skyline.

Taking a wheel to this small town doesn’t come cheap but surely gives you a whole whale of time. They have different room types depending on pocket preference if wish to stay overnight and day tour is an option as well . I could say I’m pretty lucky enough to be a local cause I’ve got plenty of reasons not to spend a dime for 1 night of forty winks since my house is utterly close by.

We buckled our seatbelts and drove to resort with my bestfriend last April 2018.

Passing the green lane of ravishing trees we reached the main entrance, two security guards asked if we have a reservation and told them we’re just gonna have dinner. They handed the pass and directed the way to infinity parking lot which wasn’t jammed that day. As getting nearer to the reception area we’re hearing the clapper kept playing in the cool breeze from the sea, the catchy tag lines posted in every corner surely won’t make you back out your feet. In the lobby is where the restaurant located more woody tables outside the pavilion to be occupied with a dense view of cottages and beach, chimes hung on the trees being swayed by the wind and cozy lanterns glow adding a unique sentiment of the moment. As luck would have it the waiter came to our table and offered a complimentary welcome drink (it’s from a friend who’s working there yet I don’t say either to have a big cheese on plate to get the attention) I guess that’s just one of the perks being in hometown where someone knows someone. We ordered “bulalo’’ the famous dish in Batangas, scrummy “lumpiang hubad” ,their chocolate pastry with drops of Bacardi rum which was quite strong to be honest. Shortly after having our sumptuous dinner we decided to take a walk in the stretch of the beach under the bright stars and get mesmerized how charming the night was like a tourist trapped in a beautiful island somewhere and doesn’t want to go back yet. Sitting in a gazebo on the beach adorned with candle lights and white flowers, the tiny woooosshhh sound of the wave , who wouldn’t wish to get a diamond ring right on the spot? None of us anyway! but cup of Joe did saved us😊 “Kuya” who’s in charge in the venue was cool enough to pitch in and capture good shots in between. I mean 3-4 hours break into this place wrapped up our night and call it a day. Might be a bit pricey for some, but the snap happiness and smiles it brings gives a fair shake yet even greater memorable experience.

” Happy hearts always win and smiles that can’t be taken back is something worth than a million. At the end of the day we look for our kind of serenity and always, always it finds us back home”

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