Day 1: Traveling to Romblon

MV St. Ignatius - 2GO (Odiongan - Caticlan)

Romblon province is a composed of 3 major islands: Tablas, Romblon and Sibuyan. Sha’s relatives from her mother’s side is in Tablas but we wanted to explore some more. The plan is to go to Sibuyan, Carabao Island, Looc, Tablas and last stop is Boracay all within 6 days. We had to do a lot of inter-island transfers and travel via land by riding passenger jeepneys and tricycles.

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Travelling Around Beijing in 4 Ways

Beijing Olympic Park 2

Travelling in China can be really challenging if you can’t understand Chinese (whether written or verbal) because not everyone can speak English. It was difficult but Karla and I had were able to survive 🙂 Our little adventure was back in September 2012.

Beijing has changed a lot since I was there back in 2000. It became more populated, more traffic jams and lesser people riding bicycles. As you know, bicycles are a common means of transportation for the locals there. According to our tour guide, many Chinese have gone rich and therefore had more money to buy cars. Ever since the Olympics held in Beijing back in 2008, there were efforts done by the Chinese government to make Beijing a bit tourist friendly.

Beijing roads are very wide. The main roads can have 5 – 6 lanes of cars and buses. Beijing main highway roads divided into 8 rings (loops). The entire place was built according to Feng Shui standards so that everything will be in harmony. Our hotel is located at the 6th loop (near Happy Valley Beijing) while downtown area are within 1st to 3rd loop.

We only stayed for 5 days but we experienced travelling in 4 ways. I’ll share you some of our experiences below. By the way, conversion rate when we were there was RMB 1 = PHP 6.50+.

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The Fort Bus Now in the Makati Business District

fort bus

Good news for those who travel frequently from the Central Business District of Makati to The Fort, Taguig. The Fort Bus now has pick up points in different locations in Makati. Please refer to the map for reference. Unfortunately, this will not go straight to The Fort but will drop you off at the usual area where you can ride the Fort buses (near MRT Ayala Station). I hope that one day, they will have a bus that will go directly to the Fort from the Makati CBD so that it will be more convenient for us. It would be nice if the two business districts will have public transportation links because it will be advantageous for the both cities.

Fare is still at Php 11.00.