TransMilenio in Bogota, Colombia

I took this photo yesterday, Friday at exactly 5:50PM. That was during the rush hour! Look at that lane on the side dedicated for TransMilenio buses for faster travel and ensure that buses are not delayed by mixed traffic congestion.     I’ve been in Bogota, Colombia for exactly a month now. For the last two…

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Downtown Bogota

My Colombian friend was kind enough to show me downtown Bogota on my second weekend in Colombia. We first had a very good and huge meal at Mama Lupe’s. My favorite was the tamal!     Then we just walked around and I got to see these beautiful architecture.                  There’s more to…

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1st weekend in Colombia

Julian is a Colombian guy I met in Kuala Lumpur when I was backpacking in Malaysia. I contacted him prior to coming here. He is nice enough to set up a weekend with his family to go out of town. We took a road trip to Villa De Leyva with his mom, brother, sister in…

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Songkran Festival (Thailand)

Songkran Festival is Thailand’s traditional New Year celebrated for 3 days. It’s like a water festival since people play water along the road. They said the traditional pouring is meant to wash all the bad stuff.  My friend, Nitty decided to take me to Non Din Daeng to play Songkran.  Of course, we wouldn’t leave…

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A day in a Longan Farm

My Thai friend, Nitty invited me to come back to Thailand to help her with the English summer class for kids which we started on the 1st of April.  We did not have any class today so I joined her relatives in their longan farm. The work was just to sit and check the quality…

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7 days in Sri Lanka

After 30 days in India, I went to Sri Lanka to rest. Yes, to rest!  I took SriLankan Airlines for the first time. Great service and great food which I did not expect to be served for this short flight. There were plenty of movies/tv shows/music to select from so I sure got entertained well…

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30 Days in India

I finally set my foot in India on February 16, 2015. It felt more like an achievement to me since I’ve been wanting to visit this country since 2012.  Below are the places I was able to visit during my 30 days visa. CHENNAI – 2 days YELAGIRI HILLS – 2 days PONDICHERRY – 2…

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Taj Mahal 

Who doesn’t know the famous Taj Mahal in India? Who doesn’t want to see the most recognizable structures in the world?  I think one person can’t say he or she has been to India if he/she did not see this one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. It stands as a symbol of…

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Jaipur to Agra

I went to the ticket resevation office in Jaipur where window 1 is dedicated to serve foreigners and senior citizens. I filled out a form and luckily there was available seat to Agra the next day when I intend to leave but it departs at 7:05AM. The guy said the next train is not until…

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Jaipur (Rajasthan, India)

The 12 hours train ride from Jaisalmer to Jaipur on a sleeper train was not bad at all. It departed Jaisalmer at 5PM and arrived Jaipur at 5AM. I slept most of the time. I made a reservation at Vinayak Guesthouse which is about 600 meters from the train station. It should be 40 rupees…

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Mystic Camel Safari Tour

A Camel Safari in the sand dunes is one of the main attraction in Jaisalmer. I decided to do it the day after holi festival. I availed the Mystic Camel Safari Tour for 1500 INR through Mystic Jaisalmer where I am staying.  There was a total of 11 people in the group including myself. Each…

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Holi Festival in Jaisalmer

Holi is a festival of colours or love which happen to be celebrated on my second day in Jaisalmer. I was not going to play outside until a group of expats arrived from Jaipur. They were in the dorm I’m in and they invited me to go out with them which I’m glad I did.…

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A day in Delhi

Since I am not a city person, I was not too excited about Delhi. I landed from Mumbai and took the prepaid airport taxi which was very disorganized. It cost 300 INR to Arakashan road where Zostel is. It was a beautiful ride from the airport until I got to Arakashan area which was too…

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Munnar (Kerala, India)

I took a bus from Cochin to Munnar which took about 3 hours and the fare was about 200 INR. It was a non AC bus for 3 hours!  The bus dropped me off in the bus stop near my guesthouse, Nakshathra Inn. I just had to walk a little bit and there was my…

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To Cochin (Kerala, India)

I bought a bus ticket from Pondicherry to Cochin from a travel agency. It was a sleeper night bus. It left at 10pm and I slept almost all the way since I was very tired from all the traveling. I woke up around 6AM and saw churches every few minutes. Well, I must admit that…

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Ayutthaya, Thailand

I am back in Thailand again. Bryna and I first met in Penang, Malaysia. We are both in Thailand so we decided to share a room together near Khao San Road. We availed Ayutthaya Tour by Olavi Travel Tour Agency for 500 Baht each. It is shared with a whole bunch of people, more or…

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Koreans I Met in Myanmar

The shared taxi to Mount Popa gave me the opportunity to meet 3 Koreans. Our hostels were right next door. As we cycled on the way to see the temples, they passed us by and invited us to join their donation day. I had no idea where we were going but they had a bunch…

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Old Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

We left Yangon about 8PM and arrived Bagan about 5AM. The taxi from bus station to Old Bagan costs 8,000 Ks even though it was less than 10 minutes drive. There was an entrance fee of $20 per person which surprised us. Although, this will entitle you to get to all the temples. On the…

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Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Myanmar is on my top list of countries to visit this 2015. I got a one way flight from Kuala Lumpur to Yangon via AirAsia for $76. I landed in Yangon on January 20, 2015. Finally! It was like a dream came true to me. 🙂 Yangon’s airport is tiny. The immigration was fast. I…

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Putrajaya Malaysia

I did not have any idea about this place until one of the receptionists in Reggae Mansion suggested it to me. On my way out, I saw a guy from Colombia and a girl from UK in the lobby so I asked them if they want to join me and they did. We took a…

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Six Nights at Reggae Mansion KL

I am not a party person but I really enjoyed the Reggae Mansion’s Rooftop Bar. I was literally on the rooftop every night. Reggae music is being played early in the evening then it will be switched to a party music around 10PM. More party and crazy music starts at 12 midnight where people can’t…

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A Day In Penang, Malaysia

I met two Chinese girls in Kimberely House. As we wait for check in at 2PM, we decided to check out the Street Art in George Town. I’m glad to be with them because they speak Malay. 😉 There were all kinds of fun painting on the wall. Then we found this bakery! Man, they…

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Kuala Lumpur to Penang

I finally got to travel by train! LoL! So here’s what the train looks like. We left at 10:05PM. I didn’t sleep well. The bed was perfect size for me. It was comfy but despite the antibacterial I sprayed all over the bed and pillow, I was still itching a little while on that bed…

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Christmas in Singapore!

I just wanted to go back to Thailand to continue my unfinished volunteering and backpacking there last October. It was cheaper to fly from Manila to Singapore so I decided to take it and travel by land to Thailand later. I spent my Christmas with my friend and a whole bunch of her friends from…

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Fredie Garcia Photography

I must admit that I am a frustrated model. My sister recently got a job at a studio as marketing assistant. I met her co-worker/friend Fredie Resurreccion Garcia and we suddenly decided to have a photo shoot. He was our make-up artist as well. He did a great job and so did I. 🙂 Here…

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Easy Access Countries for Filipinos

Not too long ago, I posted about how cool backpacking is– https://iamryshel.com/2014/09/26/i-am-a-backpacker-i-am-a-filipina/. I wanted to know all the countries where a Philippine passport holder like me can access without applying for a visa so I decided to collate and post the information here which I got from wikipedia.com. Let’s start with the members of The…

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