Exploring Ho Chi Minh City

Back to HCMC again! This time with four more people to share the experience (and expenses). Hahaha!

Before heading to HCMC, we had a day tour at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia. We took Mekong Express Limousine Bus to HCMC the day after.

WHERE TO STAY?

We booked a room at T & T Hostel via booking.com. We reserved a dorm type room for five people in the Backpackers’ Area in Pham Ngu Lao Street. It was the best decision we made since the area is close by the main road and near tourist sites and intersections and food stalls! read more

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Of the Earth

Traveling was a luxury when I was younger. We didn’t have the extra fund to go on vacations as a family, and my parents would rather spend on our school expenses than on any other, much less travels. Growing up, I only traveled by reading books and going to these beautiful and far away places without really having to go out of our house; and if it counts, I also traveled going to and from the school! 🙂

I cut out magazine pictures of azure seas, vast mountain ranges, picturesque buildings and pasted them on my notebooks. I read local newspapers’ Lifestyle section and kept write ups about the writer’s domestic and international travels. “I will go here someday,” I said in one of the notes, “I will see and experience the world. read more

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Malaysia!

Taking a bus from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is easy and a cheaper alternative to air travel. Air fare was a bit high so we scratch off that option and took the bus instead.

Before booking, I thoroughly read reviews from previous travelers who took the bus to see which is the best operator to transact with. I’ve read quite a number of bad reviews for Qistna, Seasons Express, Five Stars Express, and Billion Stars Express so we were left with Transtar Express and Causeway Link Express. read more

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Singapore Budget Trip (3D2N) – Day 2

If you haven’t read Day 1 of our Singapore adventure, you may read it here. Our 2nd day itinerary was a bit relaxed compared to the first day, but it turned out to be the day of walking. My siblings were not very happy with the amount of walking we had to do, but we all enjoyed the places we went to.

DAY 2:

KAMPONG GLAM HERITAGE TRAIL

There is a trail which I’ve seen in the net when I researched for itinerary, the one called Kampong Glam Heritage Trail. This trail takes tourists through the bustling streets of Kampong Glam’s conserved area including Arab Street, Beach Road, Jalan Sultan and Victoria Street. One can start at the Masjid Sultan Mosque, and walk through the trail (below) to get a feel of what it’s like to be in Kampong Glam ~ from its culture and communities to its trades and crafts. read more

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Singapore Budget Trip (3D2N) – Day 1

Our Singapore trip was mainly due to the Coldplay concert, but we decided since we’re going there anyway, why don’t we stay a little bit longer to roam the streets, see tourist sites, and of course try the local food?!

SINGAPORE, ASIA’S MELTING POT

This island city-state is known to be a global financial center, a modern hub for technology, a melting pot of cultures and races, a tax haven, and the most expensive city in the world based on this article. Being the most expensive city made me think twice about our decision to go there, BUT we really wanted to go so we booked our flights and planned the whole trip! Walang expensive sa marunong mag-budget. 🙂 read more

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