• Solo Travel Series,  Travel

    Solo Travel #4: Paperwork for Filipinos Traveling Abroad (Visa Applications, Immigration)

    Visa Applications   What is a visa? A visa is a document that allows foreign passport-holders to enter a country or group of countries for a certain period of time. There are different types of visa for different purposes of entering a country. A person can enter a country for work, studies, medical treatment, among other things. The process is different for each type of visa. We are only concerned with the tourist visa.     What is the purpose of a visa? To restrict who can or cannot enter the country. To restrict the duration of stay in the country. To restrict the number of times a foreigner can…

  • Solo Travel Series,  Travel

    Solo Travel #3: Plan a Trip from Start to Finish (Making a Detailed Itinerary)

    This post covers everything that goes into planning a trip in detail. A plan will only guide you, because in reality, sometimes things don’t work out or something better comes along – like that time I took the wrong bus (it was the right one but went in the opposite direction lol), so I had to change my plans. This is the longest post of the Solo Travel Series, so I made a little table of contents. 🙂 Why an itinerary is important The best time to go Flight prices Weather/Season Taking time off Spots to visit A general search Touristy vs. “hidden” spots What are your interests? A more…

  • Solo Travel Series,  Travel

    Solo Travel #2: Where to Go? What Can You Afford? (My Personal Recommendations)

    Narrow down your options based on your budget. How much money you need for a trip depends on where you are going. You have to consider: Flight prices Momondo Cebu Pacific Air AirAsia Accommodation Agoda Booking Hostel World Duration of the trip 4-6 days is a good number for first-timers To get a rough estimate of your budget, check the prices from the links above and do the following calculations: Flight = [ticket cost] + Php850.00 terminal fee + Php1,620 travel tax Meals = 3 x [meal cost] x [number of days] Accommodation = [number of nights] x [per night cost] Take note that this doesn’t account for transportation within the…

  • Solo Travel Series,  Travel

    Solo Travel #1: My First Solo Trip & How It Changed My Life

    What is the Solo Travel Series? This is a 6-part series where I will talk about how you can go on your first solo adventure (just like how I went to Japan when I was 21 and experienced autumn for the first time). I will talk about the most important things you need to know in order to start – finding the courage, making the decision to do it, saving up, planning the trip, what to pack and booking everything.   Why am I writing about this? I am writing about this because it is one of the most life-changing experiences I’ve ever had in my life. My first solo…

  • Personal

    I’ll Be Okay

    I was 19 years old. I remember feeling so hopeless and irreparably broken. How could I live the rest of my life with this gaping hole in my chest? Surely, life is not worth living when the pain is always there. It hurt so much, and I felt like it would last forever. Time went by. And I cried and cried every night. And every day, I got up, did everything I had to do, and I did them well. Little by little I noticed that some days I would forget. Some days I was okay. Things got better – something I thought would never happen. Eventually, I was okay.…

  • Travel

    Thailand: My Longest, Most Challenging Trip Yet

    After spending 9 days in Taiwan last March, I decided about a week later, to go to Thailand for 3 weeks. Everyone raves about Thailand, how it’s so cheap and has amazing beaches and a ton of things to do. What made this decision to go on a trip different from the other ones I had in the past is that I was curious about the place mostly because of what other people have said about it, rather than my own interest (although I also was interested).   Should I go on this trip? Financially, it didn’t make sense for me to go on this trip, as I have no…