Breathtaking view from the balcony
I was really burned out, literally and figuratively, with my life so I decided to have a quick weekend getaway. At first, I had Baguio and Calaguas in mind but since traveling to those places would require more time and energy, I decided to go to the next closest destination – Tagaytay City. I looked through a lot of hotels and resorts in Tagaytay using Tripadvisor that will not only offer me comfort and escape but as well as a magnificent view of the Taal lake all day. Most of the hotels that time were already fullybooked probably because it is the summer season. Good thing that when I looked at Taal Vista’s site, there were still available rooms on my planned date of stay. I immediately called the hotel and made a reservation.
Taal Vista is a bit pricey compared to the other hotels in the area. But since I was really desperate to treat myself to a well-deserved weekend break, I did not hesitate to book a room. Minsan ko lang naman irereward ang sarili ko ng magandang hotel, lubus-lubusin ko na. You see, I am not really fond of booking high-end or boutique hotels. But because I really planned to just stay inside the hotel, cuddle on my bed, watch my favorite movie and forget the world for a while, I chose a hotel that will offer me all the comforts I need. (And I needed to prove the testament of most of the commenters on TripAdvisor. Haha!)
Lobby of Hometown Hotel
Hometown hotel is located several blocks away from the famous Preah Sisowath Quay. Its neighborhood is composed of private houses, restaurants, bars and a mini mart.
In front of Hometown Hotel
Just like in Siem Reap, the most popular mode of transportation in Phnom Penh are the tuktuks and motorcycles. It is very easy to roam around Phnom Penh because there are many tuktuks plying in the area. Bicycles are also popular which I think can also be rented by tourists.
If you are going on a tour, there are mini buses for tours going to S21 and the Killing Fields. On our way to the Mekong Express terminal, a small bus also fetched us from the hotel.
Our home in Siem Reap Cambodia
Outside Bou Savy, preparing to leave for Phnom Penh.
Here’s my short review of Bou Savy Guesthouse.
Bou Savy is located in a small alley just along Airport Road. It is near several establishments like a mini mart, gasoline station, laundry house and restaurants. The Night Market is also few minutes away. You can enjoy Siem Reap’s vibe while walking to the Night Market and Pub Street.
I think almost everything you will need at Siem Reap is within walking distance. It is very convenient to walk and enjoy the beautiful structures along Airport Road. What I liked most about the location of Bou Savy is that it is not really along the road so you can get peaceful sleep when the traffic at the road gets terrible during the Khmer New Year or just to be away from the noise of the vehicles on the street.
Golden Wind Hotel – April 17-18, 2014
Having somewhere to go is home.
Here’s my short review of Golden Wind Hotel, our last hotel in our Indochina adventure.
Golden Wind Hotel
Bangkok leg, Indochina 2014
Rambuttri House – April 11-14, 2014
As a person used to DIY trips, I was very anxious about the hotels that Travel Factor booked for us. I know that most of the time we will be staying out and touring but where we will be staying afterwards is equally important to me. People I bring whenever I travel can attest to how meticulous I am when it comes to hotels/hostels/guesthouses. I am always in charge of searching for our accommodations and I always make sure that I get the best for very reasonable rates – Yiu Fai and River City Inn, to name a few.
So yeah, apologies to TF and Tikoy for the emails and phone calls. Haha! Ang kulit ko ba? We just wanted to see the hotels and the location so we can plan our free time well – transportation, shopping, meals :).
The light at the end of the tunnel. Chos! (Always saves us whenever we feel vulnerable because of Songkran. haha)
Here’s my short review of Rambuttri House, one of the four hotels we stayed in during our Indochina adventure.
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
Here’s my 5D4N Singapore (with 1 day Malaysia) Itinerary. I hope this helps!
Singaporean Dollar: SGD384.30 = PHP12,835.62 (August Conversion Rate – SGD1:PHP33.40)
Total Expenses in Peso (excluding pasalubong/souvenirs): =PHP15,560.62
*Please note that we visited 2 Theme Parks (which are expensive) that’s why the budget was a little higher than the usual. 😀
5D4N Singapore Itinerary