Van Gogh Alive PH

Upon arriving in NAIA last November 27, 2019, we had a quick lunch around 2pm then we immediately booked a ride via grab to arrive earlier at the Mind Museum where Van Gogh Alive Multi-Sensory Exhibition Experience is located. (4th floor, One Bonifacio High Street, 5th Ave, Bonifacio Global City, Metro Manila)

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“At present I absolutely want to paint a starry sky. It often seems to me that night is still more richly coloured than the day; having hues of the most intense violets, blues and greens. If only you pay attention to it you will see that certain stars are lemon-yellow, others pink or a green, blue and forget-me-not brilliance. And without my expatiating on this theme it is obvious that putting little white dots on the blue-black is not enough to paint a starry sky.” -Vincent van Gogh

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TAIPEI, TAIWAN: 5 DAYS & 4 NIGHTS

Here’s the story of my first travel abroad…

Blessed enough to enter Taiwan because it is still visa free for Philippine passport holders until July 31, 2020. This trip wouldn’t be possible without Danielle my paker who did all the plane & klook bookings, my human GPS, my budget/ financial advisor. *giggles*

We arrived around 1:30 am at Taoyuan International Airport, it’s supposed to be a 2 hrs and 15 mins flight but it only took 1 hr & 30 mins. Danielle claimed the 4G portable wifi she booked via klook then we stayed at the airport and took a nap until 6 am for us to claim our easy card & one way MRT ticket going to Taipei Main Station.      

We booked our stay at Here x There Hostel  located at 6F, No. 40, Xuchang Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei only meters away from Taipei Main Station, so transportation won’t be a problem when going to the famous attractions.

Day 1(November 23, 2019)

Upon arriving at the hostel, we took a bath and left our luggage because check in time starts around 2pm. We seized the day by starting to pick up our 3 days Unlimited Fun Pass we booked via klook. It is valid for 3 consecutive days after first use which includes admission to 16 attractions, unlimited rides to the Taipei MRT and City Bus [excluding buses with 4 digits]. Trust me, it’s so worth it!

Taipei Zoo

Saw some flamingos & a two bubbly pandas. Didn’t dare to go further & roam around the zoo because we only got 3-4 hrs sleep + jetlag. Ticket is already included on the 3 day fun pass we availed via klook app tho.

Maokong Gondola

One way ticket is already included on our 3 day unli fun pass. This is where we somehow got lost & confused on which bus we should hop on going to Taipei 101. It’s like chasing Daoming Si of Meteor Garden just to get in the right bus. It’s quite funny tho.

Taipei 101

After all the chasing moments we had, we finally witnessed its day & night view. Experienced its Guinness world record high speed elevator which only took 37 seconds to reach its indoor observatory deck. Soar up high on the 89th floor of this tallest skyscraper of Taipei. Skip the line & book in advance via klook app.

Day 2 (November 24, 2019)

National Palace Museum

We took the Tamsui-Xinyi Line at Taipei Main station going to Shilin Station, and then we took the bus going to the museum. Entrance ticket on the museum is also included on our fun pass.

Impressed on their intricate art, thousands of precious cultural artifacts caught my attention at that time.

Children’s Amusement Park

My fear of rides somehow triggered my anxiety which is still manageable tho. Tried the Crazy Donut with Danielle and some kids at the amusement park, I can still remember my reaction upon pulling Danielle’s seat belt at that time. Never again. Hahaha

Riding their ferris wheel overlooking the clouds & sunset in that spur of a moment is just so perfect. Didn’t dare to ride the swing ship coz it’s been years since the last time I promised myself to never ever try it again. Hihi

Miramar Ferris Wheel

The largest Ferris wheel I’ve ever been. It’s a 70 meter (230 ft) tall built in a rooftop located on the 5th floor of the mall. We really enjoyed the 19 minute ride watching the stream of lights and neon lights below. It’s a perfect ride with your loved ones.

Shilin Night Market

Day 3 (November 25, 2019)

We woke up early cause we’re afraid we’ll get lost going to Ximen Station. We arrived an hour before the meet up time near exit 4 of Ximen Station, meet up place is Gakuden Bakery. Perfect location to grab a sandwich and a hot chocolate. Convenience stores are anywhere so we decided to buy 2 rain coats just in case.

We met our bus conductor, “Ihui”. She’s so kind & lovely. At exactly 8:30 am we depart to Yehliu Geopark. Set in a picturesque cape on the north coast of Taiwan is a landscape of stunning geological formations. Filled with awe as we witnessed the iconic Queen’s Head despite the  fact that the rock now has been honed by sea water and strong winds. Hope they’ll save the ancient rock from erosion to preserve its elegant shape tho ♥

Ying Yang Sea + 13 Layer Remains

Golden Waterfall

Jiufen

Shifen Old Street

BT21 Line Friends

 

Day 4 (November 26, 2019)

Longshan Temple

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

Day 5 (November 27, 2019)

Sepanx to the highest level, up to the point where Danielle & I slept around 12:30 am seizing every fraction of a second to think that we’ll be leaving around 6 am back to the airport. Thank you so much Taipei, Taiwan for the memories! Like what Greyson said, you’ll really never enjoy your life living inside a box if you’re so afraid of taking chances because we all deserve so much more & there’s a whole world around us, just waiting to be explored. ♥

CEBU CITY TOUR

Here’s the story of my 41 hours stay in Cebu City. ❤️

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August 16, 2019. Landed safely in Cebu around 1:45 pm. Right after eating my late lunch at the airport, I prefer the bus from the airport which will going to drop you @ SM Cebu where you can also save a penny & the traffic’s still the same though whether you’ll ride a taxi or not. Arrived at SM City around 4:00 pm, finally decided to use the Grab app and I’m so thankful to ate Kharla for dropping me at Uncle Tom’s Cabin Hostel. Book your stay here booking.com and avail their cheap rates. I booked a single deluxe room for 2 nights which costs Php 1577. So shocked when they upgraded my room into a deluxe twin room because their single rooms are all fully booked, so yes, it’s an upgrade for free. Isn’t it amazing? Took a nap & rest for 30 mins, maximized my time to visit La Vie Parisiene..

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Roamed around the pyramid, a.k.a the mini BGC of Cebu City. Tried the BBQ resto there. Right after dinner, I went back to the hostel to have a good night sleep & rest for the next day’s tour.

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Had a quick visit at the famous Magellan’s Cross & Sto Ninño Church since they’re the nearest attraction near Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Bought 10 red candles from a candle vendor, lit the other 5 to thank & praise God for this opportunity to explore in just a limited time. Finally got the chance to enter this oldest & historical Christian church in the Philippines, it took 2-5 mins to fall in line at the back just to witness & touch the original image which is permanently encased in a bulletproof glass. Taking pictures in that room is strictly prohibited tho. I don’t know how and why because the moment I touched the glass I got teary eyes & goosebumps. It’s like a fulfilling moment tho 😇

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Fort San Pedro, three words that I can never forget during my elementary, high school and college days quizzes, recitation & examination. Entrance fee costs 30 pesos.

 

Quite fascinated with the Yap Sandiego Ancestral House. Entrance fee costs 20 pesos. I was about to climb upstairs when all of a sudden a young man offered to cover my sandals to preserve the floor, furniture & antiqueness of the house.

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Taoist Temple’s located in Beverly Hills Subdivision, Cebu City. Its overall ancient structure is quite artistic. It’s so peaceful & solemn out there.

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Never miss the chance to visit the famous Taj Mahal of Cebu, from its various decors, grand staircase & architecture, Temple of Leah’s atmosphere is so lovely. Entrance fee costs 75 pesos.

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Experienced the Little Amsterdam of Cebu a.k.a “Sirao Garden”. Finally realized my mistake on wearing heels at that time. So thankful when I met a solo traveler and she volunteered to took my pictures even though she’s about to leave that place.

 

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Experienced the steep & winding road going to Top of Cebu. It’s a mountain top restaurant much better to visit this place at sunset or dinner.  Let’s escape reality for awhile and witness this panoramic view of the city. ❤️

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It took 1 hr to arrive at 10,000 Roses because it’s located outside the city. Got to unwind and chill for awhile while drinking a bottle of beer and eating a piece of blueberry cheese cake. Missed the chance to witness the lights of the led roses but eventually the timing is just perfect because at that time it started to rain already. The tour ended around 5:30 pm at Cordova, good thing Kuya Joseph [the agency’s driver] reminded me about the time, so we arrived @ Uncle Tom’s Cabin around 7pm. It’s a tiring day but I enjoyed the tour so much. It’s quite lonely to be alone sometimes but it’ll guide you to find your inner self & worth in that strange & unfamiliar place. ❤️

Booked my City Tour at CEBU AG TOURS. Visit their facebook page here https://web.facebook.com/agcebutours/

City Tour costs 2500 pesos good for 2-4 persons already; the rate is not per head.  It’s 7 hours maximum. The rate is already back & forth which includes gas, waiting time of the driver, pick up anywhere in Cebu city and parking fees.

Places to visit are the following:

  • Magellan’s Cross
  • Sto. Niño church
  • Pasalubong Center
  • Fort San Pedro
  • Heritage Monument
  • Ancestral House
  • Taoist Temple
  • Temple of Leah
  • Sirao Garden
  • Tops of Cebu

If you wish to visit 10,000 Roses, you’ll just add 300 pesos because it’s located outside the city & the traffic is quite heavy. They also have Oslob & Kawasan Falls tour which is 12 hours maximum but the rate is different so much better to check out their page. So thankful to this agency esp. to ate Jayda Lyn all throughout the booking process & to kuya Joseph for the patience while waiting & being extra careful while driving from one place to another. It’s sooo worth it though. Will definitely recommend this agency because of its budget friendly promo rates, approachable agent, polite driver & comfortable car. You’ll really have the best of everything & you’ll get that comfy feeling while in Cebu. No reservation fee needed & no hidden charges!!! Yes, you won’t be scammed here because you’ll pay at the end of the tour. I will definitely go back here in God’s will….

 

Mt. Ugis

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I’m saving up space for my icloud storage so to make it memorable I’ll attach the photos here & tell you a story about my trek to Mt. Ugis tho it’s a bit late already, but what matters most is the experience we had and for you to give it a try too.

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Mg Ugis is situated at Esperanza Sultan Kudarat. We trekked the muddy slide trail last January 2019 with my best friends Helen, Naima, & Jazelle together with Hannah my college batchmate, Arshiel my lake holon buddy, and the newly found friend Amer (Hannah & Ariana’s friend). On the spot plans really are the best. It was a rainy week that month when we finally decided not to push this trek because it’ll really be hard to climb uphill. But then, the uphill & downhill struggle is worth the slide & worth the hike. Couldn’t deny the magnificent panoramic view of its peak.

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If you’re worried about the expenses… worry no more because it’s really a “budget-friendly-trek”. Depending of course if you’re from a near province or from a far city. Here’s the summary of our expenses…

Tricycle from Tacurong City Sultan Kudarat going to Isulan—>Esperanza Municipal Hall: Php50.00
Habal Habal ride: Php150.00 back and forth
Bus ride going home: (2 rides ) Php50

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For your snacks while climbing, you can just pack and bring a biscuit or chips (please respect & be responsible of your trash while on your way) just don’t eat a heavy meal before climbing so you won’t be out of breath at the middle of the hill, bring a liter of water just in case, you can have your lunch up there or near the stones while taking a dip on the falls located downhill. Before going home, don’t you ever miss the Esperanza’s best seller Halo Halo located in all areas of their public market which is so near on their public terminal.

IKON: THE NEW KIDS REPACKAGE ALBUM

Torn between iKON’s konbat & Album so I ordered first the konbat and here comes the story of my first ever iKON album!!!

I ordered this album here https://www.ktown4u.com. You just have to create an account & order any merch you want. I added the random version into my cart because you can save a penny from 26.21 USD to 20.24

I chose the ‘EMS’ shipping method worth 19.01 USD tho a bit pricey but the waiting game will gonna be worth it. I ordered last March 17,2019 then right after 24 hrs they already shipped it out of Korea then around March 19 my parcel already arrived here in the Philippines. Tracking number and tracking website is provided by ktown4u which is very convenient & thoroughly detailed. Around 9am of April 2,2019 the neareast Philpost here in our province texted me that my parcel is ready for pick up. I picked up my parcel last April 4,2019 because I wasn’t able to pick it up last April 2 due to hectic duty sched & April 3 is a holiday so anyway here’s the album…and I got the black one!!!! My fragile heart is sooo happy and I also got B.I’s photocard!!! ❤️

Never thought that iKON could unleash my hidden ability to play an instrument. Won’t deny those sore & calloused fingertips tho. Thank you IKON & I love you!! ❤️