How to Get to Laoag, Ilocos Norte?

Laoag, Ilocos Norte is further north from Vigan and can be traveled via public vehicle in approximately 2 hours. If you are planning on visiting Vigan, make sure to visit Laoag and Pagudpud, the Boracay of the North.

How to Get to Vigan, Ilocos Sur?

Ilocos Sur is far north from Metro Manila and it takes up to 8-9 hours drive to get to Vigan, one of the oldest city in the Philippines and the center of business of the province. I know a lot of people that want to go there but they just can't take the long travel. Although there's a flight there daily, it's kind of expensive compare to commuting.

How to Get Out of Taiwan Taoyuan (TPE) International Airport?

Last Updated: September 22, 2017
Like most International Airports, Taoyuan also has a complete array of transportation choices to get to your desired destination. There’s the THSR shuttle bus routes network connecting the airport, Novotel Hotel, and THSR stations; providing comfortable, convenient, low-cost and practical transportation option for travelers. There’s also a taxi and a pre-arranged car services. It just depends if you want convenience more than price or adventure more than the convenience.

Transfer Between Terminals at Taiwan Taoyuan (TPE) International Airport

For those who need to get to Terminal 1 from Terminal 2 of the Taoyuan International Airport for a transfer or just to meet with friends, here's how:

Taoyuan International Airport: Arrival Procedure

 
There are 3 airports in Taiwan but Taoyuan is the busiest among them. Taoyuan or TPE Airport has two terminals for specific airlines. See below for the list of airlines assigned to each terminal. We've traveled via the Philippine Airlines and two my friends traveled via EVA Air, so we arrived at two different terminals.

Stay Connected When in Taiwan: 4G Pocket Wi-Fi or 4G Sim Card?

Last Updated: June 5, 2017
Are you planning on traveling to Taiwan but still want to be updated and connected with your friends on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or just surf the Internet? Using your local network while surfing in another country is very expensive and I'm sure you don't want that.

Taiwan 4G Pocket Wi-Fi Pick-up & Droff-Off Locations

4G Pocket Wi-Fi can be picked-up conveniently at the airports. Check your ticket for the airport before you reserve as there are 3 airports in Taiwan. Below is the exact location for the pick-up and drop-off locations:

Brunei Darussalam Handicraft and Souvenir Shops

Handmade items sold at the Brunei Arts & Handicrafts Centre

For souvenir shops, you  might want to check these stores when you're in Brunei: 

Brunei Darussalam Shopping Centres

Yayasan Complex
One of the many reasons people travel is the pleasure of looking and finding something they like. Some people really go out of their way to buy native or unique local products that they can bring home to family, friends or just for themselves.

Sariaya Church (Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Church)

A few steps from Natalio Enriquez Ancestral House stood the town's church, the Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Church. Same as the other churches in the Philippines, this one suffered a lot, from natural to man-made disasters.

How to Get to Lucban, Quezon Province?

FROM MANILA:
1. Take a taxi, jeepney or bus going to the designated bus terminals for Jac Liner, Jam Liner or Lucena Lines. I always ride Jac Liner bus because they are new, the seats are comfortable and I feel safe with them.  Not to mention there’s a free wi-fi on board. Regular fare from Buendia to   Lucena is Php209.50.

How to Get to Tayabas, Quezon Province?

FROM MANILA:
1.  Take a taxi, jeepney or bus going to the designated bus terminals for Jac Liner, Jam Liner or Lucena Lines. I always ride Jac Liner bus because they are new, the seats are comfortable and I feel safe with them.  Not to mention there’s a free wi-fi on board.

Dining in Brunei Darussalam

There's a lot of options when eating out in Brunei. It ranges from informal and casual eateries to more established restaurants and fine dining cuisine. I only ate at one of the local hawker centres, Asian restaurant and a local cafe, but if you want to try some of them, here's the list:

14 Must See Attractions in Belait District, Brunei Darussalam!

Although this is the largest District in Brunei, the attractions you can see the are only half of what you can see in Muara-Brunei. It is, however, the production base of the nation's main export commodities, oil and gas.
If you ever want to to visit the district, here are the list of what you can see there:

Negara Brunei Darussalam: My First Out of the Country Trip

Brunei Darussalam or formally called Negara Brunei Darussalam is a small but very rich country. It's so rich that the people currently enjoy free medical service, education, housing and pay no tax.  Its sovereignty once stretched across the entire island of Borneo and some parts of the Philippines. Although it is small, you still need more time to see all the hidden jewels this country has to offer.

8 Must See Attractions in Temburong District, Brunei Darussalam!

Temburong District even though part of Brunei was separated from the other districts by Brunei Bay and a sliver of Sarawakian territory. Going to Temburong is like stepping out of another world. To get there, you have to sail the river to reach the capital of the district which is the Bangar, not to be mistaken to the capital of Brunei-Muara, Bandar.

Tasek Lama Recreational Park (Taman Peringan Tasik Lama)

You might think that the capital centre of Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan, is just a place for malls, mosques and market, but you are wrong. Brunei is one the countries that really takes care of their nature, improving it and at the same time, protecting it.

4 Must See Attractions in Tutong District, Brunei Darussalam!

I wasn't able to visit all the interesting places in Brunei but I'll make sure I do when I go back there. Depending on what you're interested in, Brunei offers a variety of attractions. You can choose from historical sites, religious or natural attractions.

Brunei Darussalam Public Holidays and Business Hours

If you are planning on visiting Brunei, make sure to check the holidays and events so you can prepare your itinerary accordingly. Aside from Christmas, New Year & Chinese New Year, here are the events that they celebrate every year.

28 Must See Attractions in Brunei-Muara District, Brunei Darussalam!

Brunei has 4 Districts only, these are: Belait (Largest), Tutong, Temburong and Brunei Muara (Smallest).  I was only able to visit Brunei Muara, but let me tell you, even though it's the smallest, it is the site of the nation's capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, and the center of all commerce. You will need more than 3 days to fully explore this district.

Brunei Darussalam Day 3: 45-Minute Free Viewing of the City | Istana Nurul Iman|Brunei Arts & Handicrafts Training Centre | Malay Technological Museum | The Empire Hotel & Country Club | Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

It's our last day in Brunei, but I'm really looking forward to it because of the much awaited visit to the 6-Star rated hotel and the biggest Mosque in Brunei. These are the highlights of our visit in Brunei.

Brunei Darussalam Day 2: Royal Regalia | Tasek Lama Recreational Park | Kampung Ayer | Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

Even though we had a (mis)adventure on our first day, I'm still excited and looking forward for our second day in Brunei. I love historical sites more than shopping malls and I'm so glad Brunei has a lot to offer.

Brunei Darussalam Day 1: Tamu Kianggeh | National Day Celebration | Tamu Selera | Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

Travel Date: February 23-25, 2014 (Sunday to Tuesday)
Brunei is my first ever out of the country trip and it made me so excited and at the same time anxious.  I got a little bit scared too because even though it's not my first time to fly, it's the first flight that is more than an hour. The flight feels like forever, i was just thankful that our flight was smooth and we arrived in Brunei safe and sound. For the complete itinerary, please visit: Brunei Darussalam 3 Days & 2 Nights Itinerary

Church of Our Lady of Assumption: The Only Catholic Church in Bandar Seri Begawan

When I was preparing our itinerary my friend told me that I have to include us attending the mass in Brunei. Brunei is a Muslim country so I had to search for the nearest Catholic Church and found the Church of our Lady of Assumption. It's about 15 minutes walk from city proper and along the way are the other attractions in Brunei.

Negara Brunei Darussalam National Day: Abode of Peace

When we booked our trip to Brunei we had no idea that our first day is their National Day, until I started making the itinerary. Brunei National Day is always celebrated every 23rd of February. It is the the National Day of Brunei that was first celebrated in 1984. This holiday marks full independence from the United Kingdom in the same year.

The Mall's Food Court: The Biggest Mall in Gadong District

It's our last night in Brunei and we've decided on eating at the night market called Pasa Malong in Gadong near the "The Mall". It's said to be one of the popular night markets in Brunei, however, it's still early when we went there so there's not much food to choose from. Our driver was long gone after we agreed on the time he's gonna pick-us up, so we just walk to the mall since it's near.

How to Get to Tamu Selera?


It only takes about 10 minutes to get to Tamu Selera from Jubilee Hotel, with a few stops to take pictures. However, if you don't want to walk, you can hire a taxi via your hotel to take you there. It's nice to walk in Brunei since almost all of them have a car, it felt like we own the road (LOL). If you plan on walking up there, here's how:

Tamu Selera: Brunei's Malaysian & Indonesian Food Centre

If you want to try local dishes at a very cheap price go to Tamu Selera. It's an old fashioned hawker center set in a shady park with colorful tarps and parasols. It's an open area with ceiling fan that offers Malaysian and Indonesian dishes. If you've been to other Asian countries, you'll know by now that this is the kind place to get the best of the local dishes and local culture. Tamu Selera literally means "Appetite Park", an excellent night-time food stall area.

Brunei Darussalam 3 Days & 2 Nights Itinerary

Brunei has a lot of historical and religious places to see, not to mention luxurious hotels and museums. But since it's a Muslim country there's nothing much to do at night. For me, 3 days and 2 nights is enough to explore the majority of the tourist spots in Brunei. Below is the original itinerary I prepared prior to our trip, and the actual itinerary after.

Fast Ferry Schedules: Cebu to Bohol & Vice Versa

Last Updated: August 31, 2016
Fast ferry is the most convenient and fastest way to get to Bohol from Cebu or the other way around.  It only takes an hour or two, depending on which port you want use. There are two ports in Bohol: Tagbilaran & Tubigon, and in Cebu there are four piers, assigned to specific shipping lines. Sailing via Tubigon port is much cheaper and faster than Tagbilaran. 

List of Hotels/Inns & Lodgings in Quezon Province


Please find below the list of accommodations in Quezon Province. This is just a list and does not guarantee the current room rates, addresses, contact numbers and quality of service of the hotels. It is advisable that you do a full and thorough research about a specific hotel before booking.

Limited Posts Showing on Blogger's Homepage: How to Fix It?

Ever since I used a third party template on blogger, I thought it's the reason why my posts on homepage was limited only to 2 posts. I checked the number of posts I want to show from the Layout and even by editing the HTML of my blog but to no avail.

Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple

Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple or just simply Wong Tai Sin Temple is located just a station away from Nan Lian Garden. The temple is passable through a large memorial arch and covers an area of about 18,000 square meters. The temple is home to three religions: Taoism, Confucianism & Buddhism. It is said to grant all wishes, no wonder it's  that very popular among locals and tourists and the most busiest temple in Hong Kong. It is busier and more popular than Nan Lian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery.

How to Get to Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple?

Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple is conveniently located just a few minutes away from the Wong Tai Sin MTR Station.

How to Get to the Peak Tram Lower Terminus?

If it's your first time visiting Hong Kong, you'll surely need a detailed guide on how to go to the Peak Tram Lower Terminus. But once you get there, you'll find out that it's really not that complicated and actually very easy. We had a guide on the way there but going back we it did by ourselves.

The Peak Tram

Aside from riding the cable car, I was looking forward to ride the Peak Tram before our trip to Hong Kong. Not only because it's one of the oldest means of transportation in Hong Kong but because of the visual illusion one will experience when riding it.

Ngong Ping 360: What to Do & See?

Lantau is the largest of Hong Kong’s islands and is almost double the size of Hong Kong Island itself. It is located 10km west of Hong Kong Island and is about 25km in length. The island has a lot of tourist attractions to offer and one day is not enough to see them all. You can, however, enjoy a visit to one of the the most popular visitor destinations, not only in Lantau but also in Hong Kong, Ngong Ping.

A plateau high in the western Lantau hills in the shadow of the towering Lantau Peak, Hong Kong's second highest mountain. It has become popular since the Tian Tan “Big Buddha” statue was erected in 1993. What I love about this attraction is, despite the extent of development, it still retains the natural and wonderful environment. You can still see a lot of trees going there and within the attraction.

Address: 11 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong
Phone#: (852) 3666 0606
Fax#: (852) 2109 9179
Email: info@np360.com.hk
Website: http://www.np360.com.hk


Ngong Ping itself offers a lot of attractions and things to do while in there. Depending on your time and budget, you can have the full adventure at Nong Ping. Here are the attractions that you might want to check when you visit Ngong Ping:

1. Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car 
The 25 minutes Cable Car Ride starts at Tung Chung Station accross the Tung Chung Bay and steeply ascend to the North Lantau Country Park. Then ascend further to the highest point at Nei Lak Shan, 560 meters above sea level. As the car slowly descend the Nei Lak Shan station, the statue of the Big Buddha start to be visible. And as the car get nearer the Ngong Ping station, the statue gets bigger until it disappear as soon as the car stops at the Ngong Ping Station.
On the way to Ngong Ping, the car we're in is full, but when we got back we're only 4 people in the car. That's the time I was able to finally capture many photos. To know more about the Cable Car and how to get there, please visit: Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car

2. Ngong Ping Village
Adjacent to the Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminal, Ngong Ping Village is an impressive cultural themed village, incorporating three major attractions - Walking with Buddha, Stage 360 and Motion 360.  The village has gift shops, restaurants and café’s. If you want to get the perfect picture of the village, make sure to go there as soon as it opens. Ngong Ping is really popular with it's Giant Buddha and a lot of people go there to visit.
It tends to get overcrowded starting lunch time and you will need a lot of patience when people are bumping on you or appearing when you are going to take photos.

3. Bodhi Wishing Shrine
If you are superstitious and a believer, don't leave Ngong Ping 360 without making a wish at the Bodhi Wishing Shrine. You won't miss it as it's situated just under the Bodhi Tree on the way to the Tian Tan (The Big Buddha) and the Po Lin Monastery.

4. The Piazza
Connecting the Ngong Ping Village and some of the attractions in the area is the Piazza. The piazza, which was almost two years in construction and cost some HK$77.5 million, harmonises with the religious setting of the surrounding environment and includes a new 14.1 metre tall, 19.1 metre wide Pai Lau, 122 metre long Bodhi Path flanked by statues of the "Twelve Divine Generals", Di Tan with four lotus ponds around the perimeter and 1,980 sq metre Chinese landscaped garden. Although, I didn't see the lotus ponds and the garden when we were there. Maybe I'm too focused on the 12 Divine Generals or just not paying attention to my surrounding. 
Along the path at the entrance of the Po Lin Monastery is a giant Cauldron, seated on a pedestal. The cauldron was erected in 1998 and commemorates the end of British sovereignty and return of Hong Kong to the motherland a year earlier. The cauldron is engraved with the pattern of the Bauhinia, the national emblem of Hong Kong.

5. Tian Tan Buddha Statue (The Big Buddha)

The Tian Tan Buddha Statue (“Big Buddha”) have been cast in 202 bronze sections in mainland China and was transported over a period of three years to Lantau, where it was assembled. This hollow statue with  the height of 26 meters is claimed to be “the world’s largest seated outdoor bronze Buddha statue”.  The statue is sitting on circular three-tier podium atop the peak of  Mount Muk Yu. To get there one has to climb some 268 steps to the lower tier of the podium. There is shorter route but it's only open for tour coaches and authorized vehicles. The Buddha was modeled after Sakyamuni, who achieved enlightenment under the Bodhi tree.
If you've been to other monastery with a Buddha, you will find that their hands have different positions. These hand positions have meaning, depending on what country and belief. In this case, the imparting fearlessness of the right hand of the Buddha indicates the compassion to save all sentient beings from their sufferings; the 'fulfilling wishes' mudra of the left hand, resting on the lap, implies the vow to grant blessing and happiness to all.

6. The Po Lin Monastery
Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery is another popular attraction in Ngong Ping 360 in Lantau Island, Hong Kong. A visit at the themed village is not complete without visiting the Monastery. It's a must see attraction next the Tia Tian Buddha, commonly known as the Big Buddha.
The Grand Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas, a Scripture Library and a Dharma Hall is the new addition to this religios site. Pardon me for taking pictures of the Buddha inside the temple, even though it's not allowed. It's just that I can't help myself because it's really beautiful and glimmering. Make sure you visit the Po Lin Monastery and it's surrounding when you travel to Hong Kong.
We don't have much time when we visited so I was able to visit the attractions above. But if you have enough time, make sure to visit these attractions and join other religious or fun activities:

1. Wisdom Path
Wisdom Path features an arrangement of 38 giant wood columns measuring 8-10 meters tall and 1 meter wide. They showcase the calligraphic works of Professor Jao Tsung-I, the master of Chinese studies.  These wood columns are arranged in a "∞" pattern. The words on these wood columns are from a famous Buddhist classic called the Heart Sutra whose full name in Sanskrit is Sāhasrikā-prajñā-pāramitā. Here's is where you want to go for an enlightenment tour.

2. Ngong Ping Nature Centre
If you are interested in knowing more about Ngong Ping, other than being a tourist spot, this is the perfect place to visit. This is where you can get the information about the biodiversity and natural landscape of the the island. How they promote public awareness of environmental and ecological conservation, and the most important of all, how they encourage ethical, responsible and sustainable tourism of the country. This tour is free and available in English. See below for the schedule of the tour.

Monday to Friday: 11:00am*, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10:00am, 11:00am*,  3:00pm, 4:00pm
* English Tours are only available at 11:00am.

3. Walking With Buddha
This 3-dimensional multimedia attraction is all about the life of Siddhartha Gautama, "he who has meaning (of existence)/he who attained his goals", and became Buddha. From being a Prince of Court to finding enlightenment and becoming a Buddha.

4. Stage 360
Get an exciting opportunity to go behind the scenes to watch  the professional performance of stuntmen and do some flying kicks of your own at Stage 360.


5. Motion 360
Motion 360 offers 5D shows - Discover Lantau and Little Ants Adventure. Whatever you choose to watch will surely bring you fund and and excitement.

Helpful Tips:
  • Bring an umbrella or cap to protect you from the sun. Ngong Ping is an open area and gets really hot specially during summer.
  • Ngong Ping is very popular for tourists and locals, so it's really best to visit early. You can take pictures of the attractions with less people. Be patient and wait for your time, because almost all people want to have pictures with all of the attractions.
Click here on how to get to Ngong Ping 360.

    Chi Lin Nunnery

    Adjacent to the Nan Lian Garden is a very large monastic complex called the Chi Lin Nunnery. It is a Buddhist temple home to about 60 nuns. The nunnery was built in 1934 but remodeled and reconstructed in 1990 and was finally opened to the public in 2000.

    Po Lin Monastery

    Po Lin Monastery is another popular attraction in Ngong Ping 360 in Lantau Island, Hong Kong. A visit at the themed village is not complete without visiting the Monastery. It's a must see next its extension, the Tia Tian Buddha or popularly known as the Big Buddha.

    Ngong Ping Piazza

    The path from Ngong Ping Village will lead you to the Ngong Ping Piazza, where the Twelve Divine Generals are lined up. They are believed to be protectors of the Buddha. The Piazza is visible as soon as you passed though the archway of the Ngong Ping Village.

    Ngong Ping Village

    From the descending car to Ngong Ping Station, you will already see the Big Buddha and glimpse of the Ngong Ping Village. When I was preparing our itinerary, I thought this is a real village with the locals. What I have in mind the the village like what they showed in Kung Fun Panda (LOL).

    Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car

    When I was preparing our itinerary for our Hong Kong trip, I was so excited to ride the Ngong Ping Cable Car. I'm afraid of height but when it comes to trying new things and have an adventure, it won't stop me.

    How to Get to Ngong Ping 360?

    Ngong Ping Village is the first attraction we visited when we're in Hong Kong. We went there straight from the airport to save time since our arrival is early. In all of our trips, I'm always the one who prepared the itinerary and I always make sure that we spend our time wisely, besides traveling is not free. If you are planning on going there as soon as you arrive in Hong Kong, here's how:

    Twelve Divine Generals at Ngong Ping 360

    Lined up along the path to the Po Lin Monastery & the Big Buddha in Ngong Ping are the statues of the Twelve Divine Generals or the Twelve Heavenly Generals. They are the protective deities of the Buddha of Healing or the Medicine Buddha, Yakishi Nyurai. They originated in India, but in other countries they are believed to be the attendants of an Armor-clad God or Warrior that protects the righteous.

    Nan Lian Garden

    From all the tourist sports I've been to in Hong Kong, this is the one I love the most. It's very peaceful, serene, quiet and relaxing. It feels like a magical forest at the center of all the tall buildings. Every time my friends ask me about Hong Kong, I'm too excited to tell them about this garden. I can't stop my self showing them the pictures I took while telling them how I would love to go back. I can stay there all day reminiscing or just taking in the classical beauty of the place.
     
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