Things to Remember While in Cambodia

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Being a female solo traveler almost all the time (this time, in Cambodia, I have a friend of mine), there are always things I remember in traveling a certain place. Enough research on the do's and don'ts will make your travel a fun and memorable one. So here are 5 simple things I would like to share to you to remember when you decide to visit this amazing country.

1. Always buy and drink water in a sealed bottle. Everyone whose been to Cambodia always said this. "DO not drink tap water in Cambodia" or you will ruin your beautiful trip in here. So to prevent yourself getting into an unknown hospital here, you should buy sealed bottled water anywhere you go. And always remember, Cambodia is a tropical country, so hydrate yourself always. Dehydration will not only ruin your trip but it makes you look ugly in those "seems to be" beautiful photos.

2. Better have a reserved tuk-tuk waiting for you in the arrival area of the airport. Phnom Penh and Siem Reap airports are far from the center so a "just pick-up" taxi might be expensive than you think. To prevent this high-cost expense, better contact your hotel to pickup you in the airport or find a hotel that offers a complimentary pickup in the airport. This will save you a lot of money plus no haggling needed. Just look for your name in one of those many banners waving outside the arrival area, and voila! enjoy the ride to your hotel.

3. Night markets are good here. Better visit these when you're in Cambodia. Cambodian food is not only delicious and good but they are inexpensive. Just be sure to buy in a stall with fresh goods and they will cook in front of you. Bon appetit!
4. Drown yourself from cheap beers. If this is your first time here, You will definitely be shocked of how the beers are serve in large beer mugs for a cheap price of less than a USD. Since the beers in the country where we came from are not that cheap, compared here, we're just amazed of how the beers are sold inexpensive in Cambodia. Beer drinkers, rejoice!

5. Temple hop. Who will go to Cambodia if one of their reasons is not to temple hop on those famous Angkor Wat and those temples seen in Angelina Jolie's Tom Raider movie? I guess, everyone who will step on this country will definitely visit those famous temples. Better have a reserved tuk-tuk who will bring and drive for you in those temples for 15USD (in our case).

That's it! If you're a first timer, better remember these things and if you've been there, mind sharing your simple things to remember while in this impressive country. See you in my next adventures!

Autumn Foliage 2016

Friday, November 25, 2016

How I Spent My Weekend in Kingdom of Cambodia

Friday, November 11, 2016

Hello from this side of earth! It's time again for some travel post! This time, another Southeast Asian country that is a first time in my list.

Did you already had an experience of a sudden travel plan? We all have that saying, "A sudden plan will mostly realize than a thorough planned plan." Yes, I believe in this, that's why I better choose the former than the latter. A week before this trip, a friend of mine from Abu Dhabi who was in Manila that time, contacted me if I want to go with her on a trip in Cambodia and without second thoughts, I said a big YES. Given the dates, fortunately, the 4 days trip falls on my 2 day offs from work and the other 2 days, I decided to take those days as absent (for the sake of travel...hahaha...).

Before flying to Siem Reap, Cambodia, we decided to meet at Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. The giddy me excitedly checking for cheaper flights in my go-to-app for checking flights, SkyScanner. After weighing the best flight, back-n-forth, booked and waited for the next 5 days for that trip. Almost all of our flights are cared of by AirAsia. Others are by TigerAir and JetStar. Because of the short notice, maybe, that's why the flights were a little bit pricey, but still I went for it. You know, opportunity "to travel" doesn't knock twice. My flights were as follows:
Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO) => Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)
via TigerAir at 8,670JPY

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) => Kuala Lumpur International Airport T2 (KUL)
via AirAsia at 15,383JPY
Kuala Lumpur International Airport T2 (KUL) => Siem Reap International Airport (REP)
Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) => Kuala Lumpur International Airport T2 (KUL)
via AirAsia at 5,005JPY
Kuala Lumpur International Airport T2 (KUL) => Shin-Chitose International Airport (CTS)
via AirAsia at 17,126JPY
Shin-Chitose International Airport (CTS) => Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO)
via JetStar at 10,930JPY

5 Amateur Tips On How To Save For Future Travels

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Hello modern adventurous travelers! Are you still planning that most exciting trip of your life? Still doubting? Not yet the time? What makes you wait for the right time? I'll tell you, there's no right time for traveling, every time is always right, unless there's something hinders you to realize the plan. Of course, there's that thing that we always thought of before traveling. We are not those lucky wealthy gals out there who can fly directly and be in a certain place they like in just a snap (snap jud??? though exaggerated...). If our problem is not that we don't have time, it's always the money thingy, right? But if that's the problem, we can always do a way to produce money to travel, right ladies? Yes for me, I guess. I may not be an expert about the tips on how to save for that future travel but let me share you my own tips on how to save and prepare that moolah for your future adventures.

1. Cut on those shopping and coffee treats. Are you a Starbucks coffee addict or a shopaholic? I am not discouraging you to stop drinking coffee in SB but you may consider this item if you have problems of getting money for that planned trip sooner. But if you can't control the urge, you may consider of getting your daily dose of caffeine into a twice a week dose, as well as to shopping. You may shop for the things you will need for the trip but limit to that. No to overspending.

2. Define the "needs" as to "wants". For me, this will always be a rule. I should remember that "wants" will always be last and  "needs" should be the priority. Debts need to be paid first before buying those I want. Well, yes, eyeing for something can't be helped but you should need to weigh it before cashing it out. I have the saying, "If I come back and that thing is still there, it's for me or it will be the other way around."

3. Set apart the things you don't need and sell it. Love shopping for your OOTDs? Do you have clothes you already don't like wearing stacked in your closet and don't know how to get rid of those? How about going through an inspection for each of those and separate it into "stay" and "let go". For those in the "stay", put it back in your closet. For those clothes in the "let go", how about selling those second hand items in a reasonable price. Ways of selling are endless. Its up to you on how to sell it. In this way, you were able to clean your closet and having a reason to do more shopping, get rid of those not needed anymore and the best thing, you were able to save for that coming trip you've always wanted to do.

4. Plan ahead of time. Good planning will come a long way. Budgeting your savings and planning on how you will spend before and during the big trip will able to help you run along the way.

5. Find a part-time job. Let's say you've already done 1-4, but still, you're savings is not yet enough, you can have another job together with your 9am-5pm regular job. That is, if you still have the power to do it. You may have an online part-time job for just how many hours. But I'll tell you, this is the last option you can do. You don't deserve the effects of doing this. Yes, you can save for your future trip but please bear also into mind the condition of your body. Money is useless when your body is down because of over-fatigue.

That's it. I don't have expertise in giving advises or tips but I hope these things will help you through your future trip planning. You might read these tips already anywhere but I just also want to share these as these are the things that works for me.

Just remember, in money saving, anything will work with great control and good planning, just be aware of your limitations and don't ever take for granted the needs of your body. This is our only capital, make it healthy and kicking. If you have great tips to share, how about sharing it in the comments below.

Have a great planning ahead for that future trip of yours!

Free Things To Do In Tokyo

Friday, September 2, 2016

Had the thoughts of Tokyo being expensive? Well, leave it in your thoughts because you can experience Tokyo in cheap or almost for free. There are so many place here that you can visit for free. Just take note of the many temples here and there, even the train stations are a must visit. Whether just want to hang out or have some alone time, you can do it without spending some moolah. Here are some of my lists of the must free things to do while in the metropolis.

1. Pay a visit at Meiji Shrine. Pay respect by visiting this shrine that is dedicated to the first Emperor Meiji of modern Japan and Empress Shokken in 1920. The shrine is open from sunrise to sunset and no closing days. You can have a 10-minute walk to the South entrance from Harajuku station or to the North entrance from Yoyogi station.

2. Hachiko statue as a rendezvous. Meeting a friend? Why not have your meetup in the famous dog statue, Hachiko just outside Shibuya station and that will lead to... #3

3. Get scrambled with the crowd at Shibuya crossing. Join the locals and tourist alike while crossing the famous intersection during the "GO" sign. Have your selfie stick cameras and GoPro for a great experience. You can have the cross-all-you-want to get that perfect shot.

Common Places To Visit in Tokyo, Japan ala Jenponix

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Every tourist visiting Japan must probably include Tokyo, Japan's capital in their itineraries. I guess it should not be forgotten. At all, it's the capital of the Land of the Rising Sun where fashion, culture, and food at its best. Better agree with me, Japanese food is the best! I guess every traveler's dream is to set their feet in Tokyo. Just like me. Yes, I've been here for almost 4 years but I just recently visited it and guess what? I will go back for sure, of course, to visit the places I've missed and to try other things Tokyo can offer. When that time comes, it should be long, I promise. For now, I will just give you my personal 1-day itinerary. One day is not enough to explore Tokyo, but I was able to at least capsulized Tokyo in less than 24 hours.

I departed Nagoya 11:50 in the evening and arrived at Shinjuku 5:30 in the morning the next day. By the way, I traveled almost 6 hours via an overnight Willer Express bus. It had 3 stops in order for the passengers to have the toilet or have some midnight snacks or to prepare for arrival. Don't worry, this overnight bus will let you relax for the night. Well, of course, Japanese service, you know. Well, on to my personal itinerary. These are the list I was able to visit during that span of time.

1. Hachiko Statue/Shibuya Crossing (Shibuya)
This is where the statue of Hachiko, the loyal dog from the movie who patiently waits for his master to come home even the master died from heart attack. This is a popular rendezvous for friends or couple outside the Shibuya station. Another famous place in Shibuya is the Shibuya crossing or known as the "The Scramble". The world's busiest intersection where a great number of people, locals and tourists alike pass through once the green light is on.