19 January 2015

2014 Travels

Here are some photographs I took in some of my travels a year ago.

1.  Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Sultan Abdul Samad Building in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This building is said to be the most photographed building in Malaysia. It is located in front of Merdeka Square and it also houses the Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture of Malaysia. The building bears Moorish influences with a blend of Malaysian culture and British styles.There is a 40-meter clock tower dubbed as "Big Ben of Malaysia", topped with golden dome.

How to get here: 

Take the LRT and alight at Masjid Jamek station. Take a 10-minute walk from the station and follow the strategically-posted signage that will lead you this wonderful architecture.

2. Hoyop-hoyopan Cave
Hoyop-hoyopan Cave in Albay, Philippines

The cave has superb formations of stalagmites and stalactites and it is located in Cotmon, Camalig Albay- about 15 kilometers from the famous Cagsawa Ruins.

Hoyop in Bicolano means "blowing of air of wind". According to our guide, during the Japanese occupation the cave served as a guerrilla camp, hospital, and orphanges. In addition, during the Martial Law Era when curfew was strictly imposed, locals hid inside this cave to hold parties and dance through the night.

How to get here: 

From Legazpi City, ride a jeepney to Guinobatan and get off at Camalig. Head to Camalig public market and ride another jeepney to Cotmon. Inform the jeepney driver to drop you off at the entrance of the cave.

 3. Jiufen
Jiufen, New Taipei City, Taiwan

Jiufen means nine portions. It is said that there were only nine families in Jiufen during the first years of the Qing Dynasty. The village would request nine portions every time shipments arrived, hence, the name of the village.

Jiufen is a gold mining village during the Japanese occupation. According to eng.taiwan.net, the village was once the gold city of Asia and called Little Shanghai or Little Hong Kong. However with the decline of gold mining, Jiufen fades.

How to get here: 

From Taipei, take the train to Ruifang and alight at Ruifang Station, then take the bus to Juifen. 

4. S.E.A. Aquarium
S.E.A Aquarium in Singapore

S.E.A Aquarium is the world's largest oceanarium and contains more than 100,000 marine animals.  It is located in Resorts World Sentosa and tour begins with an experience of traveling back in time to discover Asia's maritime heritage at the Maritime Experiential Museum.

My favorite attraction inside the oceanarium is the Open Ocean tank, which allows visitors to gaze at the marine animals while they swim around and gives the feeling of being on the ocean floor.

How to get here:
Take the North-East line train and alight at Harbourfront station. Take Exit E to VivoCity and proceed to level 3 to board the Sentosa Express, then alight at the next station to arrive at Resorts World Sentosa.

22 December 2014

Review: Usana Sense Gentle Daily Cleanser

A few months ago, my boss at work gave me Sense Gentle Daily  Cleanser and Sense Perfecting Essence from Usana.

The Sense Gentle Daily Cleanser comes in a 120 ML purple plastic bottle, which I find too girly for me. Haha

Each bottle can last for approximately 2 months if used twice a day.

Squeeze a small amount of the cleanser into your fingertips then rub into your dry face in a circular motion. Add water and continue to rub in circular motion. After that, rinse face with water

Note: The mixture does not lather much compared with soap but it cleanses the face just the same.

After cleansing, it will be noticed that one's skin became softer. Maybe because the ingredients are milder as it is not a foaming cleanser, which deeply cleans one's face. The effect is same after using Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser.

Final verdict: I probably would not purchase this product because it's quite pricey for a facial cleanser (retail price of $17.68). In addition, I think it is more suitable for people with normal skin. Because I have an oily or combination skin-type, I should stick to foaming cleansers like Neturogena Deep Clean Cleanser or Clean and Clear Foaming Facial Cleanser.

Here's a picture of  the ingredients for those who are interested:

19 November 2014

Travel Plans... I wish!

Work has been tediously demanding for the past few months and somehow the line between work and life is gradually diminishing. What's alarming is that almost everyone in the office is having the same feeling and people are starting to update their resumes to find another job elsewhere. So it's not just me having a quarter-life crisis. I just hope the leadership team will do something about it to lessen the instances of employees from committing jump ship to other brands or worse, to other companies. 

After two years of working in the corporate world, I'm starting to understand why people are setting up their own business or doing freelance to escape their 8-5 jobs. As much as I envy them for having control of their own time and career, I'm still undecided if that's the kind of life I want. 

Lazy days at Subic, Matnog (May, 2014)

All I know right now is that I am looking forward for my trip next week  and for my Indochina backpacking next year. If only I had an endless bank account, I would just travel and roam around the world. 

I'll start with my own country, travel across the 81 provinces in the Philippines- visit all the famous beaches, pray in all the century-old churches, taste all existing Filipino ulam and of course take photos and document all my adventures here (what I've been trying to do but keep on failing, due to laziness). 

Cruising Mekong River (October, 2014)

After Philippines, backpack across South East Asia for 6 months. So far, I've been to three- Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam. But for this adventure, visit 10 countries (excluding Philippines) for six months without going home. All I would bring with me is my 40L-backpack with 8 days-worth of clothes, camera, laptop, guide books, and other travel essentials. From Indonesia, I'll make my way up to Malaysia and so on and so forth. After 5.5 months, I'll end up cruising along Halong Bay with my fellow backpackers.

Thermal Valley in the summer (July, 2014)

After South East Asia, visit all East Asian countries. So far, I've been to two- Hong Kong and Taiwan. I would want to stay at least a month in each country. Visit all the touristy places, take photos and document them, learn a bit of Mandarin, Nihongo, and Hangul, try their best cuisines and learn to cook them too. I know this is a little difficult to accomplish because East Asian countries require Filipinos to obtain a tourist visa before entering them, except for Hong Kong and Macau. But since this post is all about the places I want to visit, the assumption would be- there are no travel restrictions for me.Hah!

To be continued..

19 July 2014

Taiwan Tourist Visa Application for Philippine Passport Holders

Hello! I just got back from Taiwan and while it is still fresh, I'd like to share my Taiwan experience. I'll start this series of posts with the Taiwan tourist visa application for Philippine passport holders.

ROC-Taiwan is the official website of Taipei Economic and Cultural  Office (TECO) in the Philippines. You may visit the site for the latest news and/or changes in their visa processing.

Here are the actual steps I accomplished to get my visa:
1.  Visit the visa application online forms.
If you are using Mozilla Firefox, a security message might pop stating that the site is not trusted. Ignore the message by clicking "I Understand the Risks" choice and include the website in the exceptions.

28 June 2014

I'm back to blogging

Hello! It's been months since I actually wrote on this blog. For weeks now, I've been thinking of resurrecting this blog a.k.a religiously updating. Part of me thinks that I should just create a new one, another part wants to continue this one. But I can't just let go of this blog. Ha ha, attachment issue, here we go again! I'm hoping and will try to really do some backlog updating of my adventures for the past two years. My target is to be able to write one post per week.

Be back, next week! :)