Thursday, February 23, 2017

Winter in Seoul: An Overview on my First Solo Trip Abroad


I was tracing my steps back to the gate of a royal palace when I suddenly felt a flurry slushy thing that dropped on my cheeks. I brushed it off at once and carried on with my leisurely saunter. Another droplet fell, and then another one. I stopped for a while, searched for a shelter and then realized that white crystals were falling. It was only after a minute when I fully grasped what was happening, it was snowing. A tropical girl was actually experiencing snow, for the first time! It was my third day in Seoul and I was overjoyed for this great surprise.

Monday, February 20, 2017

How to Apply Korean Tourist Visa in the Philippines


Applying for a Korean Tourist Visa in the Philippines is fast and easy if you have all the requirements needed. Months ago, I was confronted by my first ever visa application, and gladly it was a success. Best thing of all was that the application itself was absolutely free!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Hotel Booking Made Easy with Traveloka App


There will always be that moment when all of a sudden you desire for a breather while in the middle of a busy workweek. A yearning for a quick staycation. It was last Wednesday when I felt that exact same feeling right after my exhausting solo winter trip to Seoul. I then grabbed my cellphone, checked out the recent hotel deals on Traveloka app (realized that there’s an ongoing promo) and then booked the hotel I was eyeing for months now; it was fast and easy. In minutes, I turned from a sluggish sloth to an energetic bunny who’s waiting for the workweek to finish.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sri Lanka Food Hunt: Forever Curry


What do you want for dinner?
Hello Mister, I want rice and curry
Oh, we only serve rice and curry during lunch. We have roti and curry at this time.
Oh, that’s better!

We had two weeks to explore around Sri Lanka and as much as possible we wanted a legit dining experience every time. There was just an exception during our last night when we craved for our fast food comfort food of fried chicken only to realize that the rice and gravy were both curry-based. Haha. We were in curry land!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Sri Lanka: Train Ride into the Clouds



The creaking sound of metal wheels running against the tracks was the only background music we had. As we entered into the thick fluffy clouds, the view slowly changed from hilly tea plantations to foggy blurry heaven. I closed my eyes as the mist started to brush against my face, and then suddenly, a cute li’l boy from nowhere sat on my lap and enjoyed the scene with me. Speaking in Sinhalese Language, he spoke to me as if I understood every word he was saying. I couldn’t be much happier for that one-dollar ten-hour coach from Ella to Colombo which is definitely the highlight of our Sri Lankan adventure. It wouldn’t be dubbed as one of the world's most scenic train rides for nothing.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Ella Jungle Resort – Ella, Sri Lanka


It rained for two consecutive days and the unreliable internet connection wasn’t helping at all. Me and my buddy were in the middle of a tropical rainforest with the sound of crickets and gushing water from the stream as our lovely background music. As disconnected as we could’ve been to the outside world, we were left with the beauty Sri Lanka’s seemingly untouched wildlife as seen from the glass walls of our chalet. Ella Jungle Resort was just the perfect place to get stuck to.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sri Lanka: Surfboards and Sando Beer in Arugam Bay


Surfboards are neatly lined outside the shops. Restaurants are packed with diners who are either munching subs or gulping fresh lassis. Boho-chic women walk barefooted under the punishing heat. It may seem like you’re in Boracay but no. Welcome to Arugam Bay, the surf capital in the southeast coast of Sri Lanka.