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Wanderlust

My Saigon Sojourn

To be perfectly candid, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam was never on my list of dream travel destinations (and I do have quite a long list). It was certainly never part of my travel plans, but it seems that fate (or Instagram) knew better and now I’m so glad I was able to spend … Continue reading »

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InterContinental Asiana Saigon

Barely two months after I signed up on Instagram, I already won a prize from a photo contest there. It was sponsored by InterContinental Manila before it closed down at the end of last year. The contest was called “Memories at InterCon Manila” and I joined, only hoping to win the secondary prize of an … Continue reading »

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The Flavors of Singapore

The following are my 5 must-eat local foods when in Singapore: 1) Hainanese Chicken Rice I believe this one needs no further introduction. Hailed as the Lion City’s national dish, chicken rice is something that should not be missed while in Singapore. Although it originated from the Hainan province of China, hence the name, this … Continue reading »

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Hard Rock Hotel Singapore

If you feel like living it up in Singapore’s Sentosa Island, there are so many luxurious hotels that can cater to whatever preference you might have. I wanted to feel like a rock star for a day, so I booked a room at the Hard Rock Hotel Singapore for our fourth and final night in … Continue reading »

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Singapore in Pictures

My daughter Bea and I spent a few days in Singapore during her short break from school this month. It was actually a last-minute decision but I figured it might be nice to revisit the Lion City ten years after our first trip. Back then, Bea was just a little baby and a lot has … Continue reading »

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Kensington Close Hotel

In London, my daughter Bea and I stayed in two different hotels. The first one, where we stayed for four nights, is called Kensington Close Hotel [KCH] located on Wrights Lane in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. I booked our standard double room through the online booking site, agoda.com. I got a pretty … Continue reading »

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Lost in Paris

From London-St. Pancras International Station, we took a Eurostar train to Paris Gare du Nord. Eurostar is a quick and most convenient way of shuttling between London and Paris. Travel time is about 2 hours, but we got to avoid the inconveniences of going through airport procedures and, more importantly, we got off in the … Continue reading »

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The Magical Mystery Tour

If you’re dreaming about going on a trip to London on a small budget, well, just dream on. The UK capital has once again been declared as the “most expensive city to live and work in” according to a September 2014 report. As a tourist, I’ve also had a first-hand experience with the high cost … Continue reading »

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How to Apply for a Schengen Visa via the French Embassy

My daughter Bea and I recently obtained our Schengen Visa – Short Stay (Visit/Tourism) from the Ambassade de France aux Philippines. It is located on the 16th Floor of the Pacific Star Building on the corner of Sen. Gil Puyat and Makati Avenues in Makati. I observed the following steps when I applied for our … Continue reading »

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How to Apply for a UK Visa

If you’re a Philippine passport holder like myself, the journey to the United Kingdom begins with the visa application. There are different types of visas such as Work Visa, Student Visa, Family Visa, but I will only be discussing about the General Visitor Visa, which my daughter Bea and I applied for. The first step … Continue reading »

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