[6 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Musée du Louvre

Must-see art works in the louvre other than mona lisa
You have to forget her fame. You need to go inside the painting, see her naked expression, read her tender message and feel the outline of her delicate smile.
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The worst time to visit Paris is during the heat of the summer. The months of June to August are when the city transforms from the romantic and cultural metropolis to a hundred and five square kilometers of Disneyland-ish theme park overran by tourists from all across the planet.
Hotels are fully booked, air fares are ridiculously expensive, …

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[6 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Musée du Louvre

Must-see art works in the louvre other than mona lisa
You have to forget her fame. You need to go inside the painting, see her naked expression, read her tender message and feel the outline of her delicate smile.
,
The worst time to visit Paris is during the heat of the summer. The months of June to August are when the city transforms from the romantic and cultural metropolis to a hundred and five square kilometers of Disneyland-ish theme park overran by tourists from all across the planet.
Hotels are fully booked, air fares are ridiculously expensive, …

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[3 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Driving Across Australia’s Epic Sand Dunes

Australia’s known for its alien wild life, severe landscapes and diverse scenery, but it’s hard to top its networks of sand dunes which stretch on for miles at a time. So if you’re interested in a true testosterone-driven off-roading adventure, or maybe just for a fun Priscilla Queen of the Desert themed trip, try hopping in a 4X4 for a sand blasting journey.
Where to Find Them
With both beaches and deserts making up its composition, it’s probably no surprise that there are plenty of places in Australia to find sand dunes. One …

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[29 Mar 2014 | 11 Comments | ]
the quest for a true laotian meal

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In silence, the sun started kissing the town’s aging asphalt and concrete surfaces. The light revealed the layers of pastel painted walls that are falling-off like withered flakes of skin. It is charming, it is enigmatic, and to some degree ineffably sublime.
I could hear myself breathing heavily with my 60 liter backpack that I have been carrying since we arrived in the wee hours of the morning. With my semi suicidal lack of conviction in lieu to the tiring border crossing from the preceding night, we booked the first hostel …

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[16 Mar 2014 | 6 Comments | ]
legally non-blonde

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The beauty of travel is that it has an escapism element in it. An art that one may resort to as a form of catharsis or simply just for the heck of doing it. You may be who you want to be, do whatever you want, make mistakes, screw up, fall. Who cares? No one. No one will judge you, you won’t feel embarrassed and all you have to do is stand up and do it all over again.
A couple of bottles of cheap beer are my essential materials for …

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[8 Mar 2014 | 4 Comments | ]
buddha’s surf resort: where to stay in siargao

Few miles from Sayak Airport on board an ATR-72, I held on to dear life amidst the whips of dark clouds when the captain’s voice broke the aircraft’s monotone hum.
pilot: Ladies and gentlemen, we will be sustaining at 1,000 feet a little longer due to the weather condition.
me: oh dear…
<20 minutes and four landing descend attempts later>
pilot: we will be attempting a reverse north approach and try to touch down from the other end of the runway
me: ATTEMPTING?!!
The resort that we booked helped us arrange a van service that picked …

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[5 Mar 2014 | 6 Comments | ]
first-timers’ guide to myanmar

VISA
When we visited Myanmar exactly a year ago, Filipinos were required to apply for tourist visa prior to travel. Recently, both countries agreed to scrap the requirement and give Filipinos 14 days of stay without the stress-inducing sticker in the passport. So that’s P1,100 and armpit-frothing process less of your worries.

MONEY
The local currency is the Burmese Kyat (Pronounced as Chat). Here’s the tricky part, Kyats are nowhere to be found in the neighboring countries’ money changers, ask for Kyat and chances are, they will give you that WTF? look and …

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[1 Mar 2014 | 8 Comments | ]
FlipPicks: Bavarian Food That You Must Try

For the longest time, if someone will randomly ask me off the streets to name my favorite Bavarian dish, like 90% of you I will proudly say “Bavarian crème filled donut, duh!” That’s without batting an eyelash.
Unlike the modern concrete cities up north, Bavaria is a region in southern Germany and it is the archetypal Germany that we picture in our heads: The lederhosen, curvy girls in dirndls, beer for breakfast and where the language and accent are so strong, a senile tourist will suffer cerebro-vascular stroke when someone greets …

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[25 Feb 2014 | 2 Comments | ]
Touring the Wine Regions in Victoria and New South Wales

 
For oenophiles like us, the wine regions of Australia are hard to beat as a travel destination. Most of us won’t have time to see the best wine regions of this enormous country in a single holiday, but for those with the usual time restrictions, the states of Victoria and New South Wales are perfect for a couple of weeks of vineyard touring. You can do both states or concentrate on one, depending on how much travelling you want to do and your insatiable thirst for some “cultured” booze fest.
WHEN?
The …

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[23 Feb 2014 | 5 Comments | ]
nepal for first-timers

MOUNT EVEREST
Don’t ask me about climbing the Everest Base Camp, I can’t even climb our building’s stairs to start with. But the most popular trail for non-pro enthusiasts should be the Annapurna Circuit. It is relatively easier and realistic trek especially if you have limited time to spend in Nepal.
So if climbing mountains isn’t one of your super powers, then seeing Mount Everest from the plane will be the nearest experience that you can get. Make sure to book a window seat on the right side of the plane if …

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[18 Feb 2014 | 6 Comments | ]
notre-dame de paris: the pop culture, the history, the legacy.

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When Victor Hugo wrote the French gothic novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame in 1829, he was aiming to raise awareness on the importance of saving old buildings during the time when everyone’s pulling a Miley Cyrus wrecking structures left and right.
Little did he know that his grotesque protagonist will be strongly associated with the cathedral’s popularity throughout the 20th century. Quasimodo was portrayed and copied in different countries all over the world. Of course Philippine cinema did not let it pass.
I can vividly remember the 1974 film. The first scene in …

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[14 Feb 2014 | 14 Comments | ]
travel trend forecast according to skyscanner’s bloscars 2014 finalists

 
Philippines is named in honor of King Philip II of Spain, which by the way means “fond of horses“ in Greek. So, will this new year of the horse be a good one for the galloping Filipino travelers? Or this segue is just plain lame?
As travelers, we need to have a talent of precognition: Predicting weather, anticipating seat sale, dodging political hoohah, planning economic balance and even foreseeing the trends, destinations and what would click and not for the next few seasons.
Today is February 14, and it only means one thing—The first …

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[2 Feb 2014 | 14 Comments | ]
a day in mount pilatus switzerland ++

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Switzerland welcomed me with a bang—Yes, the land of chocolate, watches and bank geeks banged my pocket big time with €20 (P1,200) for a plate of bratwurst after our 13 hour drive from Paris.
The square cropped Swiss flag is instagram friendly but its huge plus symbol should be taken as a warning. A bottle of water at €5++, a piece of brezel €10++, a cup of coffee €5++. It is damn expensive++ and the only possible minuses tourists can incur is the body mass index due to starvation diet.
No wonder little Heidi fled …

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[26 Jan 2014 | 20 Comments | ]
dorm room encounters

We don’t usually book dorm rooms, specially if it will be just me and Monette on the road. We’d rather have our own little space with private bathroom where we can take our time singing Love on Top covers in the shower.
But hey, we’ve met interesting people in dorm rooms in the past and we are still friends to this date. That is if you’d consider “liking” instagram photos as form of friendship then we have more than plenty of dorm room success stories.
On the other hand, we got a …

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[19 Jan 2014 | 43 Comments | ]
How to enjoy a Paris vacation for P55,600?

Paris is the pinnacle of haut monde travel, the quintessential european escapade and the one single city with an unmistakable skyline.
Now, imagine walking on the same cobbled pavement that inspired Woody Allen and Lauren Weisberger while sashaying and whipping your p*ta red scarf at 25°C.
Now, picture all these happening  in the tune of 55 thousand pesos or roughly around $1,200.
Amazing, right?
Now, wake up and smell le café.
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Last week ABS CBN published an article in their website with a promising catch phrase ”How to enjoy a Paris vacation for P55,600” and internet couldn’t help but get …

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[16 Jan 2014 | 5 Comments | ]
fliptrip: pinoy vs. the vietnamese tour guide

 
FLIPTRIP is a collection of stories of non-blogging travelers that are just too good not to be told. Every  week  now and then we will be giving them the spotlight while we take our time to break our sobriety. To give you a sampler, here’s a story of my fellow expat in Singapore during his recent trip in Vietnam. 
 

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On my second day in Ho Chi Minh. I joined a tour with an English speaking Vietnamese guide. And my encounters with him are somehow.
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Tour guide: Here is a ricefield. Those who want …

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[11 Jan 2014 | 11 Comments | ]
the day we attempted playing royals: day trip to the palace of versailles

When someone say “You reminds me of Paris, France” I am not really sure if that’s a compliment and whether it is appropriate to reply with “Oh, Merci!”
Because when I saw Paris up close, I saw the face of a city that is not in the glossy pages of travel brochures, ain’t in the dreamy motion picture love stories and nowhere near the Belle Epoque images in our heads.
Yes it is pretty, but girl, it is trashy. So Rick Hilton naming her daughter after the city was somewhat prophetic.

In dire …

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[9 Jan 2014 | 4 Comments | ]
the red-eye flight

You were walking slowly,
with a sweet smile.
You took my hand
and uttered “Hi”
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That look on your face when I first saw you, behind the arrival gate, made my world run in a cinematic slow motion.
That same look on your face, while you were standing still in the departure hall, put my life in a dizzying whirl.
It was brief. Will a week ever be enough to say that it isn’t just another on-the-road fling?
For what we shared in that crazy city will forever confuse and alter my concept of dream and …

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[6 Jan 2014 | One Comment | ]
What would a dream cruise actually involve?

 
Being on a cruise ship might seem a little restrictive to some holiday makers, being constrained by the boundaries of the liner. However, the modern cruise ship is massive, having several decks of fun-filled activities, fancy restaurants, colourful bars, a huge swimming pool and, of course, tons of hook-up opportunities! Nevertheless, if you wanted your cruise to be the stuff of fantasy (stop thinking kinky) what would it involve?
A survey conducted into what people want from their cruise, no questions asked, revealed some rather surprising answers. When asked what famous ship they would like their cruise to be based on, …

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