28 on October 28th

So, I turned 28 on October 28th. I celebrated it with different people on different days. 😊 First was a barbecue party with my former teammates from my last job. Second was with my former co-workers from my first ever job in 2007 who are still my good friends until now. Third was with my…

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Muang Ngoi Neua, Laos

Out of curiosity, I took a boat from Nong Khiaw which cost 25,000 KIP to get to this tiny riverside village in Northern Laos named Muang Ngoi Neua. There are only two boat trips daily which depart at 11AM and 2PM. Since the tourists from Luang Prabang usually catch the 2PM boat I chose the…

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Nong Khiaw, Laos (Day 2)

I had such a good sleep last night. I woke up around 6AM and did a little walk. I then headed to Chennai Restaurant for breakfast. I miss Dosai and last night I already decided that this is what I’m going to have for breakfast. Oh it was so good with Indian masala tea! I…

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Nong Khiaw, Laos (Day 1)

The van dropped us off a kilometer away to where the guesthouses are. I decided to walk instead of taking tuktuk for 5,000 KIP. I had to cross this bridge and while the kids are passing by on their bicycle, they were smiling at me so I said Sabaidee which means hello and they all…

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Luang Prabang, Laos

I immediately liked the laid back impression of this little town. No people to sell me stuff. No people asking me to avail tour packages. I stayed two nights at Khounsavan Guesthouse for $5/night including simple breakfast. The hostel has a whole bunch of backpackers but it has a good vibe. I guess the garden…

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Hanoi, Vietnam

My bus ticket was VND 340,000 for another 18 hours bus ride from Hoi An to Hanoi. I walked about an hour to get to Hanoi Lucky Guesthouse 2 from where the bus dropped us off. I was so tired but my room was not yet ready. One of the guys asked me where I…

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Hoi An, Vietnam

My travel time from Dalat to Hoi An took 18 hours including couple hours stop in Nha Trang. I paid VND 350,000 for bus ticket. I chose Hoa Binh Hotel for $8/night including breakfast. They picked me up from the bus stop and I got a 3-bed room which was nice. Their buffet breakfast was…

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Dalat Smile Hostel

I chose this hostel because of the good reviews I saw and the fact that it’s only $4 per night including breakfast. Shortly after I booked my reservation through hostelworld.com, I got a text from Win Le of Dalat Smile Hostel asking my bus information to Dalat from Saigon. He offered to pick me up…

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Dalat Tour

I wanted to see the flower farm and and coffee farm so I hired Ling, one of the guys in the hostel to take me to places. He charged me $20 for the motorbike tour. He first took me to flower farm which was beautiful. It started to rain when we were in the flower…

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Crazy House

I met a Vietnamese girl named Yuli. She took me to a Crazy House. The entrance fee is VND 40,000. It was pretty cool because when she told the personnel that she just wants to show me the place, she did not have to pay an entrance fee. Well, I got nothing much to say…

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To Dalat. In Dalat.

I woke up at 4AM to take the what they call sleeping bus to Dalat with 4 guys from Germany. I’ve never been to this kind of bus and I find this really cool. Comfy and perfect for me. Of course, this bus is made for asian people so the guys were not as comfortable…

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Pulau Ubin, Singapore

Who would have thought there is such place like this in Singapore? Last August, I wanted to visit this place but I couldn’t get anybody to go with me. The people I know have been here already so I wanted to go with someone who hasn’t seen the place. Finally, I found one. I met…

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Couchsurfing!

I decided to do backpacking with so little money in hand. I only wanted to go back to Vietnam so SG is not in my budget but when I was searching for flights, a one way flight from Manila to Singapore and a one way flight from Singapore to Vietnam is way cheaper than a…

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My need to get away . . .

I have been restless since I got back home from my vacation. For some reason, the comfortable place, the access to all my stuff, the malls around me, the nice restaurants and whatever life I have back here in the city don’t seem to be what I like anymore. But hey, we don’t always get…

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Back to my homeland…

I jumped in the shower right when I got home today. Boy, it was so nice to take a shower without having to take your stuff out of your bag and put it back after. I got plenty of clothes and shoes to choose from and I’m now again able to charge my 2 mobile…

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Củ Chi Tunnels

We decided to do Cu Chi Tunnels on my last day in Vietnam. The hostel was offering a tour for 130,000 VND/person excluding the entrance fee of 90,000 VND/person. We took a bus instead which cost us 26,000 VND/person round trip. That was way cheaper than the tour package. The first bus took us one…

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The remaining days . . .

I was going back to Cambodia to spend my last 3 days of vacation in Siem Reap before I head back to Singapore. I suddenly got a message from my Vietnamese friend telling me that the guys from Gibraltar that we met in Singapore are coming to Vietnam and that we should have dinner together.…

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A Wistful Night

It is too early to sleep so I decided to go to the coffee shop nearby my hostel to relax and to also catch up on my blog. I was watching youtube videos and exchanging messages with my friends as well. I then realized that I’ll have to leave Vietnam soon. I’ll have to go…

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Vietnam 2014 (Day 7 & 8)

My 7th day in Vietnam was a lazy day. The last few days were tiring and I needed to get some rest. The girl from California (Ellen) was not fully recovered yet so we just went out to have lunch. Then, it was raining for the rest of the day. On my 8th day, Ellen…

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Vietnam (Day 5)

I haven’t seen much of Ho Chi Minh yet and I have been running around since I got here. I am so tired so I decided that today, I will just stay in the hostel or chill in the coffee shop nearby. I slept a lot which made me feel refreshed. I didn’t get out…

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Vietnam 2014 (Day 2)

On my second day, a girl from Germany named Julie checked in in the room where I’m at. We talked and laughed within the first 30 minutes. She asked me if I’d like to go out for the night and of course I said yes. She wanted to have a drink so we went to…

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Vietnam 2014 (Day 1)

They said the best bus to Vietnam from Phnom Penh is Giant Ibis so I took it for $18. We left around 8AM and I arrived in Ho Chi Minh around 2PM. It took us 6 hours and the whole trip went smoothly from the time we departed, going through immigration and my arrival in Saigon…

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Phnôm Pênh, Cambodia 2014

I found a round trip ticket through Jetstar from Singapore to Phnom Penh for S$127.00. Without knowing anyone and with the hope of getting a job as English teacher, I decided to fly to Cambodia on July 21, 2014. I chose to stay in Lovely Jubbly Place. I paid US$10.00 for 3 nights for the 12-bed…

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Empire Hostel Singapore

So here’s my review about the first ever hostel I stayed at. A lot of bad reviews I’ve read online. This was one of cheapest hostel I found though and was my last option. The review through hostelworld is limited to characters so I couldn’t write these all. I’m hoping travellers will see this and…

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Singapore 2014

I met a lot of different people from different country by staying in the hostel. I first met the two awesome young guys from India named Tushar and Ankit. They are Engineering students doing internship at Nanyang Technological University. It was their last weekend though when I arrived. They wanted to go out to take…

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