Siama

August 7, 2017

Been busy lately but now that I have a bit of time on my hands, here’s a short post about our trip to Sorsogon last May, Summer of 2017.

My friends and I stayed in a nice hotel called Siama. The aesthetic is quite nice, well thought of with a modern and sophisticated touch. However, the service was shit (just to put it plain and simple). Would have been nice if they had trained their staff well, better yet hire a hotel management consultancy. Though their breakfast spread was good so we were thankful and happy for that.

Sorsogon is a few hours away from Legaspi so it’s really quiet and serene. Nothing much to do here so a 1 to 2 nights stay will suffice. We checked out the islands and that was really nice — do rent a boat and bring your own food and bev (better if you can borrow a cooler from someone). We also visited the Fish Sanctuary and did the Fire Fly River Tour.

It was a good break from the city and I enjoyed spending quality time with my friends from Grade School. We have grown and somehow outgrown each other but when we got together, I realized that true friendships never end. These girls will always be special for me 💜

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The Philippines is soooo beautiful and Sorsogon is just one of the lovely places you could see and visit in this great country.

So cheers and ’til my next island vacay! 👋🏼

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Home improvement

June 12, 2017

Had my house renovated and it took us about half a year to complete it. I had fun doing this little project and I would like to share with you the finished product! This 3 bedroom house is now for rent, perfect for a small family. Looking forward to meeting my new tenants 🤗

Nite in

April 29, 2017

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Watched Coldplay in Taiwan, and it was really awesome! ✨

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Great experience… Thank you Coldplay for the music 🎹🎤🎸🥁🎼

Bali Birfday 🎂

April 21, 2017

Always nice to visit Bali! Had a wonderful time celebrating my birthday with my sister and her friend.

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Went to the same old reliable places (Sea Circus, Potato HeadBebek JoniIbu OkaMade’s WarungWarung OchaSingle Fin) & visited new cafes and bars (La FavelaLa Plancha, BikuMotel Mexicola), danced every night and capped it off with a traditional Balinese massage.

Went around Ubud once again for the Rice Terraces and Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary and also checked out the Kecak Dance Ceremony in Uluwatu Temple (a must for tourists, i’d say!).

Fun times… I will see you again Bali! x

More is more?

March 6, 2017

SS2017

 

SS2017 by hellokimber featuring coloured wine glasses

fiesta, forevah

February 7, 2017

#mood

 

Please be awesome!

February 1, 2017

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  • Our last hurrah for 2016.

Whitewater Rafting in CDO was amaaazing! We had tons of fun and finally I got to tick off one item on my to do list – ✔️Whitewater Rafting. We did it with The Red Rafts CDO and we were quite happy we chose this company. Banjo, our guide, was very fluent in english. Him and the other guide were also quite funny, always cracking up jokes and even telling us stories about the river and their adventures & misadventures. The course we got was the Advanced course which includes 21 rapids. I highly recommend this for the adventurous ones because the Basic course only has 14 rapids I think. They even have a photo and video coverage add on, which we got so we didn’t have to bring a camera with us.

After the whitewater rafting, we had dinner in Kagay-Anon Restaurant (which was actually near our hotel – Red Planet). Really bad service but man, the food was good! You just have to be patient and nice to the waiters so they will tend to you.

We only stayed in CDO for 1 day because we wanted to spend more time in Camiguin. So after late breakfast at Circa Eatery 1850 (which was also good btw!), we started our journey towards the beautiful island of Camiguin.

From Agora Terminal, we took a van to Balingoan Port for about P 100 each. That was a 2 hour ride with 4 people squished in 1 row. Then we took a Ferry ride to Benoni Port. In Benoni Port, we hired a multi-cab for P 250 (I haggled) going to our resort (Contact Kuya Roy at +63926 826 4166). Our resort, Nypa Style Resort Camiguin, was so nice. Ilenia and Stefano, the owners of the resort, are Italian and they were very nice and helpful. The resort was very well designed, they have a large garden in the middle and the restaurant was so homey and inviting. Ilenia even cooked for us on our first night. They offer home made pasta and other authentic italian dishes. Really yum! I highly recommend this place when you visit Camiguin. They even have scooters for rent for only P 450 a day.

Unfortunately, the weather in Camiguin was slightly shitty. We were not able to go to White Island and Mantigue Island because the boats were not allowed to travel and then we missed the waterfall because we arrived late, the gate to the waterfalls closes at 5 pm. On the other hand, we were able to snorkel and see the giant clams in Cabila Beach and we also climbed Mt. Hibok-Hibok, an active stratovolcano with 1,332+ masl.

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After climbing Mt. Hibok-Hibok (which took us 7 hours in total, up and down), we had dinner at Guerrera, a fil-am owned asian restaurant. And OMG it was sooo good! Their spicy pad thai is the bomb and the chicken rendang was amazing. We had a really good meal, well except for the vietnamese coffee which was quite disappointing.

Our New Year’s Eve in Camiguin was very simple and quiet but it was refreshing to be in a different place, away from the crowded clubs of Fort or Makati. We didn’t see any fireworks and we were asleep by 12:30 am. Haha!

I would definitely want to come back and visit Camiguin again. The locals are nice, the island is so beautiful and there are so many other places to see and visit in the island. I guess ’til next time then, Camiguin! See you again soon.

 

 

KL-Yangon-Bagan

December 14, 2016

This was my third time to visit Kuala Lumpur. My sister has never been so I didn’t mind stopping by KL before heading out to Myanmar. It was a quick 2 night trip as there was nothing much to show my sister except of course the usual Petronas Towers, a little shopping at Bukit Bintang and dinner at Jalan Alor. We also decided to check out the Batu Caves (which was disappointing to say the least) and had a few drinks at Changkat (my first time to visit!)

We took an Air Asia flight from KL to Yangon. As mentioned in Trip Advisor and other travel sites, we decided to exchange our USD to Myanmar Kyat at the airport. The rates were pretty good and you can choose from 2-3 Money Exchange companies.

A Taxi from the airport going to our hotel in downtown area was 8,000 Kyat. The taxis in Yangon are old, they don’t use air-conditioning (well, sometimes they will turn it on, but most of the time, it’s just windows down), and the driving is insane. We almost witnessed an intersection collision the next day! Yangon well reminded me of the dingy part of Manila with dirty streets and chaotic traffic. Familiar yet foreign.

A trip to the Shwedagon Pagoda is a must.

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So is dinner at 19th Street and then some cocktails at The Blind Tiger.

On our last leg, we chose an overnight bus ride to Bagan. It was by far the coolest bus I have ever ridden. It  was very spacious (better than a budget airline), they had movies, blankets and pillows and free snacks. How I wish we have something like it in the Philippines. For USD 19, JJ Express was really worth it.

We arrived in Bagan at 5 am, just in time for sunrise.

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The sunrise was so beautiful. At 6 am, you will see the Hot Air Balloons rise from the east. This, personally, was my favourite moment in Bagan.

There are a number of things you can do in Bagan. You can rent an E-bike, drive around and visit the numerous temples scattered all over (just ask for a map from your hotel). You can also attend a cooking class, visit the lacquerware shops and get a massage.

The 1 week bonding trip with my sister was really fun and I enjoyed our little adventure (with a few misadventures in between). Too bad we didn’t have enough time to visit Inle Lake.

For those who want to know where we stayed, below are the cheap but cheerful hotels we chose.

KL : Ceria Hotel * Ask for a higher floor, not facing the road… it can get pretty noisy because of the Karaoke Bar beside it.

Yangon: Hotel Bond * They don’t have a lift, but the breakfast was really nice and the bed was really comfy. The bathroom was modern and they give out free bottled water.

Bagan: Bagan Nova * Cute room with balcony, nice simple breakfast, friendly staff, quiet neighbourhood.

It may appear as if I wrote this post in a rush, but for more details about Myanmar, please watch our video Backpacking Burma to see the beauty of KL, Yangon and Bagan Myanmar 🙂

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