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Morong, Bataan

July 5-6, 2013 Waterfront Resort Morong, Bataan

I am not a beach person. I enjoy travelling but I am not much into beaches in particular and though I love seeing sea creatures and underwater activities I still have fear of deep waters. I have been to beaches in Palawan, Boracay, Batangas and Corregidor so I can say that I already have high expectations when it comes to that. When I saw the beach in Morong, I was really disappointed. I did not mind the blackish sand but the garbages in the water disappointed me so much. I did not travel for hours just for that. The view was nice but not the beach which was the main reason we were there. I did not dare to swim anymore because I was afraid I might get some diseases from swimming in dirty water. If there were any consolation, they were the videoke, scenic view and quiet surrounding.

Here are some of the photos I took while we were there.

Leaving a trail

Leaving a trail

Picturesque Bataan

Picturesque Bataan

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Singapore: Second Time Around

Singapore with my friends Melvin and Dan

Singapore with my friends Melvin and Dan

“Love is sweeter the second time around”, a quotation that sums up my love affair with Singapore.

I never thought that I would come back to the Lion City only a year after my last visit. It was an unplanned trip that turned out to be one of the most memorable. I got to experience the country and its culture more and most importantly I was able to mingle with tourists and locals.

DAY 1 Part 1: Changi Airport, Tampines, Clarke Quay & Chinatown

Our flight from NAIA T3 left Manila at 5:40AM. After 3 hrs and 25 minutes our plane landed at the Terminal 2 of Singapore Changi International Airport. The airport in itself is something every tourist should experience since it is one of the busiest hubs in Asia – not to mention the numerous perks for passengers like free movies while waiting for your flight. It is has a mini garden in the middle, shops, money changers and restaurants.

Changi International Airport

Changi International Airport

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Crossing Borders

I’ve been meaning to finish this post while my memory is still fresh – considering that it has been three months since this happened. Good thing I found the time and inspiration to do so. So here it goes…

Going through the immigration is probably one of the most nerve-wracking parts of every trip I’ve experienced so far. I actually have no idea how it started. Maybe because of watching too much shows on NatGeo like To Catch A Smuggler and Locked Up Abroad. Those scenes where the airport guards or immigration officers will ask you to open your bags and scan all your things; when they will ask you to strip down to check for smuggled goods or just deport you because of lack of travel documents. I also read real stories from two of my favorite bloggers when they were accused as smugglers and were almost denied of entry to another country. I mean, everything is set and then all of a sudden the trip won’t push through just because of a trouble at the immigration, here or in another country.

My own share of immigration misfortunes:

On some of my trips, I was asked by the immigration officers at NAIA to show my company ID and return ticket. Melvin, on our last trip to Singapore was even asked to show our hotel booking. Different requirements asked by different immigration officers. Depende yata sa mood nila. Haha!

On my first visit to Malaysia (and was also the first time I experienced going through a foreign immigration), all Filipinos were called by the airport officer. She looked at all of us then called the OFWs – maybe to check special documents. I was so scared because they might take all of us to their office for interrogation. We sighed deeply after we were all cleared. After this experience, we went through the Malaysian Immigration swiftly.

Shiela and Melvin - Crossing Singapore and Malaysia

Shiela and Melvin – Crossing Singapore and Malaysia

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