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! :)

20 October 2013

General Santos, Philippines 2013

  1. Rainbow outside the plane on our flight to General Santos City. 
  2. Monitor of real-time status. Shows how far you are from General Santos City and in how many minutes you will arrive there. 
  3. GENSAN display in front of East Asia Royale Hotel
  4. Breakfast at the hotel. I really enjoy breakfast buffets!
  5.  Sun covered by clouds. View from the pineapple plantation in Polomolok, South Cotabato.
  6. One of the baby pineapples in the plantation. 
  7. View of Mount Matutum from Polomolok.

06 April 2013

Cooking 101

A few weeks ago, I cooked Beef and Mushroom Penne.  I actually intended to make a post on how to cook one, but forgot to take pictures of the ingredients and the steps while cooking. I got carried away with the chopping, the sauteing, and the mixing.  The only picture I have is the final product already. 

The next step I should start learning is how to plate the food I cook so that they'll look appetizing and true to their taste, scrumptious. :-)