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.
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+.
We’ve been looking where to shop to buy something for our family and friends back in Manila and Bugis was suggested to us since there are variety of stores there at relatively affordable prices. There is a Bugis Junction Mall which is connected to the MRT station. Shops in Bugis Junction Mall are the branded ones however if you really want bargain shopping, just cross the street and visit the Bugis Village. It’s a tiangge set up wherein you can haggle for the prices to be lower. You can buy clothes, Singapore souvenirs (key chains, t-shirts, etc.), food, and many others. They also have adult shops for those who are more adventurous ones. I bought some bracelets 3 for SGD 10 (about PHP330 + ) for my mom, a whole bag of Milk Tea for about SGD 5.99 (about PHP200 pesos), and many more. It’s good to go there anytime of the year but it’s better if it’ s before the last minute holidays to avoid too much people.
How to go to Bugis? Just ride the MRT – Green Line. 🙂
While we’re at the Butterfly Garden, I spotted this sign on a refrigerator 😀 . Does that mean we can drink beer while we’re in the Butterfly Garden? 😉 Perhaps drinking a bottle of Gatorade (spelled as Getorade on the sign) would be a better idea. 😀
For my second weekend city tour in Melbourne, I decided to start my itinerary by going to the Melbourne Zoo. My day didn’t really start out nice because I had to go back to my hotel twice because of the things I’ve forgotten (Oh, forgetful me). I got my tram ticket (I already bought a Sunday Saver ticket for unlimited rides all through out the day and it only costs AUD 3.10). To go to the Melbourne Zoo, I had to ride Tram 55 at the Domain Interchange and the travel time was around 30 minutes.
I arrived in Melbourne Zoo at around 10:30 am. The sun was up and it was scorching hot that day. Good thing that I only wore shorts so that I’ll be comfortable. Entrance to the Melbourne Zoo costs AUD 24.90 for adults (around Php 1070 +). Children 4-15 years old costs AUD 12.10 (around Php 520+).
I had a weekend in Melbourne which became my time to go around the city. I planned my Melbourne itinerary the night before and carefully thought of my route. Going around Melbourne is not that hard because there are tourist information centres around and streets are mostly parallel.
I was lucky to have stayed in a hotel that is very easy to find. As mentioned in my previous blog post, I stayed at the Seasons Botanical Gardens in St. Kilda Road. The hotel was opposite the tram station so it was very easy for me to go to anywhere I want to.
Most of the beach resorts have their own respective life guards. One time when we were in Laiya, Batangas, someone was shouting for help and the life guard immediately responded. So, what should you do when you’re drowning?