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.

Nagashima Spaland: A Thrill-Seeker's Place

Friday, July 29, 2016

Another part of Nagashima Resort is the Nagashima Spaland. This is an amusement park for thrill-seekers. It has rides and attractions for adults and even for kids. People who are not fund of amusement parks may also enjoy while ride-sighting and listening to those screams of riders. Before I was able to visit this amusement park, I have a Nagashima Spaland post in Taiken Japan as my first article in the said website.
Because of so many rides and attractions to choose from but had a limited time, we chose the biggest and the most thrill rides in the park. Better get ready queuing for a single ride. It may take more time than the actual ride. Better find a way to enjoy yourselves in the queue. But I may tell you, it will be worth the wait. An entrance fee of 1,600Jpy is needed but if you want to ride almost the rides and have plenty of time to spend, better get the entrance + ride all you can ticket worth 4,500Jpy for adults. What are you waiting for? Let's scream and enjoy!

2015-2016 Winter Illumination in Nabana No Sato

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

After a day spent watching those beautiful blooming floras, have a rest for a while before watching the Nabana No Sato Illumination when the clock strikes 6 in the evening. You better look for a place in the bridge to have a better view of the lake when the illumination starts. Then head on to the tunnel of lights where you will walk inside a tunnel full of lights! From the entrance until the end of the tunnel, so romantic and beautiful.

2016 Nabana No Sato Flower Festival in Kuwana, Japan

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Nabana No Sato is part of Nagashima Resort located in Kuwana city, Mie prefecture in Japan. It is one of the many places in the Tokai region for leisure time. Nabano No Sato is a flower park where a bunch of flora are in full bloom depending on the season. The mother is here for vacation that time and since this is my first time here on an April month, I was excited to visit the place and this time, they are featuring different blooms of tulips. My favorite flower! From colors to sizes, in awe upon seeing those. Reminiscing that time while typing this post now. 

Dahilayan Forest Park in Bukidnon, Philippines

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Dahilayan Forest Park is just a walk away from Dahilayan Adventure Park. If the Adventure Park has a free entrance, Dahilayan Forest Park has an entrance of 100Php for adults. Dahilayan Forest Park has rides and attractions but unlike DAP, it has a lesser thrill though I got an accident here. I just got my now knee scar because of the Buggy/ATV ride in the forest park. You read it right, I got my accident in my what so called lesser thrill place than the adventure park. Tadhana nga naman... LOL... Dahilayan Forest Park is not just for kids but for adults also. I guess it's good for family with children since everyone, of all ages can enjoy with the rides and attractions. They have the Forest Luge, ATV/Buggy Ride, Barrel Train, ZorbIt, Tree Top Adventure, Trampoline, Hanging Bridge, and Mini Golf Area. That's why it is called The Ultimate Family Playground which I agree.

Forest Luge (600Php)
This is the only luge ride in the Philippines. This is a ride from New Zealand where it rolls in twist and turn track where you can enjoy a scenic view while riding.

ATV/Buggy Ride (ATV for 750Php; Buggy for 1000Php)
You can choose between the two and a tour guide will guide you in a 3.2kms rough terrain, steep hills but with scenic views.

Dahilayan Adventure Park in Bukidnon, Philippines

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Hello there! I am not yet finish sharing with you my past adventures. Sorry for that. For now, we will go to where the Asia's 1st and longest dual zipline is located. None other than in Dahilayan Adventure Park in Bukidnon, Philippines. Traveled almost 8 hours from Davao city to try this activity and of course not just that but the other offered activities in the park. It's not my first time to try zipline but the first time to try the longest dual zipline in Asia Pacific. Other than this, there are other attractions to enjoy from like the new Skytower Base Jump, the 320 meter and 150 meter zipline, the surprising dropzone, the flying lizard canopy glider, python roller zipride, and for the faint hearted, there are some rope courses to choose from.

Asia's Longest Dual Zipline (500PHP)
Zipriders will be transported to a base tower 4,500 above sea level then enjoy a rainforest view during your 60-80 kph ride down to a carrier-type flight deck.

320 meter and 150 meter Zipline(250PHP)
If you hesitate to try the longest zipline, you might have your first trial in these ziplines or a finale after your longest zip. Whichever it is, you better try it while you're there naman lang.

Bungee Jumping in Macau Tower

Monday, July 11, 2016

Hello from here! One of the most amazing post in this blog is now live. First is me doing skydiving HERE and now, bungee jumping in Macau Tower. This is where the 233 meters, world's highest bungee is and yes, I just experienced it. Bungee jumping requires a lot of courage I guess because once those bungy cords and guided cables are attach to you, there's no way out now, the only way is to jump! You can try bungee jumping and tick that off of your list just like me. For 3,988MOP/HKD, you will get the full bungee jump package which includes a one-time bungy jump, e-certificate, membership card to all AJ Hackett activities around the world, exclusive t-shirt, photos+videos in USB, and the tower admission ticket. It might be a bit pricey but it can't compare what you will experience. So what are you waiting for? Book that trip to Macau tower and reserve a day ahead for your bungee jump and don't let your fear conquer you. It's a wonderful once in a lifetime experience. Wanna go try it again but at a different place this time. I hope so... Thank you AJ Hackett Macau Tower for this unforgettable experience of a lifetime. See you on my next adventures. Enjoy this post!

Kai Kai and Xin Xin: Just Those Cute Giant Pandas

Friday, July 8, 2016

Since I said in my previous post that I will make a separate post for those 2 cute giant pandas in Macau Giant Panda Pavilion in Seac Pai Van Park, here you go. In this park lives 2 giant pandas which is now one of world's endangered species. There are only 1,600 more or so pandas left around the world. The pandas here are a pair, male and female pandas. Their names are Kai Kai and Xin Xin, respectively. Both of them came from Chengdu, China, which serves as a gift from mainland China for the 10th year of Macau's reunification with China. They are inside a big glass pavilion but separated with a wall. The admission ticket of 10MOP/HKD will proceed to fund grants for education, research, and other projects supporting giant panda conservation work. Despite the will of holding and play with them, I can't. For your eyes only. How I wish I can go to China and will have the opportunity to hold and play with them even for a short time. How cute are those creatures, right?

Birthday Bash in Macau, China

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

DECEMBER! It is not just the first month of the winter and the last month of the year but there's a big celebration during this month (not that big though...exaggerating...). Well, it's just that, it is my birth month! Yes! For my 26th birthday, I decided to book that flight to Macau all by myself and did solo traveling again. My first solo travel was when I was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia way back 2014. You can read my post HERE.
Leaved Chubu International Airport late in the afternoon and arrived in Hongkong in the evening. Transferred to Hongkong Ferry Terminal for my evening trip bound to Macau. Arrived in Macau late in the evening so I rented a taxi to send me to my reserved hotel via Booking.com. I stayed my entire trip in Fu Hua Guang Dong Hotel Macau for 1,653HKD for 3 nights. Contrary to a frugal me, I stayed in a hotel on this trip since you know, it's my BIRTHDAY! It served as an inclusive in my birthday package. After checking in, I arranged my things, had a shower and put my self into bed and rest after a tiring day 1.

Day 2 serves as a free day. Went sightseeing, food tripping alone and sleeping in my cozy hotel bed. Yes! I spent my trip almost sleeping. Maybe the trip served also as a holiday from work. Walked around with a map, offline Google map and my traveler's instinct. Went to places I wasn't able to visit the last time in August 2014. Yes, it's my second time here.You can read my post HERE. This time, I was able to visit the Jardim Lou Lim Leoc, Ruins of St. Paul, Senado Square, St. Augustine's Church and Macau Museum and of course with some food trips and window shopping around the area. I was thankful that these places are close to each other.
First on the list, is the Jardim Lou Liem Louc which is a walk away from the hotel. This is a public park in the city which is popular to Macau residents and even to foreigners who loves to spend their morning doing nothing or even exercising. There are many of them there.

A First-Timer's 2-Day Itinerary in Kansai Area

Friday, July 1, 2016

Kansai area, especially Kyoto will always be one of my favorite places to go to during autumn in Japan. So autumn last year, together with the sister, I brought her to some tourist spots in Nara, Osaka and Kyoto. 2 days is not enough to visit Kansai area so we sum up this trip on some famous places and landmarks a first-timer should go (in this case, my sister). After all, there's a reason to come back, right? Well, Kansai is just an hour ride from Nagoya through shinkansen and merely 3 hours through ordinary train ride.
We traveled by an ordinary train for 3 hours and head on to Nara. There are so many heritage sites in Nara but we chose the Todaiji temple where one of the biggest Buddha statue in Japan is located. This is also the place where herd of deer are. You can feed, touch and get a picture with them. Just be careful when touching those. Some are naughty, some are nice.
Todaiji temple is the landmark of Nara. You can't go home without visiting this famous temple when you're in Nara. This temple houses the 15 meters tall seated bronze Buddha. An entrance fee of 500JPY is necessary for you to be able to enter the temple and be amazed of the beauty of this site together with other tourists.

Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

Friday, June 24, 2016

I can now feel the summer vibe here but let me share you a side trip just last year's summer. Of course, I know it is too late for this but as I always say, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER because there's no late for everything. Only regrets. Well now, back to the post. 
I, together with the sisters and brotha-in-law, we went to Nagoya's public aquarium. It is located in a part of Nagoya Port, one of the largest port in Japan. The other part is for the Garden Pier Green Park, but we didn't able to go there that time. Maybe next time when money and time allows. 
The aquarium is divided into 2 buildings, the North ans South. In the North building, this is where the marine mammals like the dolphins(there's a dolphin show here...),  the white whales or what you called belugas and some killer whales that will amaze you of their environment. In the opposite building, the South, this is where you can find 350 species of sea animal which counts to almost 30,000 animals that traditionally resides in Japan and the cooler areas like the South Pole. This is where you can see different species of fishes. Also, this is where the penguin area is if you want to see those cute creatures.
This place is good not only for children and students but everyone will enjoy here. Family, couples, children at heart, anyone, will learn something or two. A must visit when you're in Nagoya area.

The aquarium is open everyday except Mondays and if Monday is a holiday, they will be closed the following day. It is open during the Golden Week period. from July-September, and during the spring/winter vacation season(Haru/Fuyu Yasumi)*. Also, they will be temporarily close at the end of January for maintenance (subject to change without prior notice).

26 Things I Learned of Being 26

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Hello guys! Do you still remember me? I guess it's been almost a year since my last post in this baby of mine. Sorry for that very loooonnnggg hiatus! But, don't 'cha worry here I am alive again to share to you guys my updates and travels the past year and these upcoming days. I hope I can stand on this promise. I guess I can now, now that I switch from a blogspot.com website to www.jenponix.info. Yes! I just bought a .info domain. I hope I can maintain this blog to give you my share of my photos and travels. I hope you will still be kind to me.

So for my comeback post, here is my 26 insights I learned of being a 26 year old gal. This might be a little late for a birthday post but it's better late than never, right? I turned 26 last 2015 but sorry if I just posted it now. I wrote this on a random day where my brain's northern hemisphere is working. So without further adieu, here's the list.

1. It is necessary to sweat. Without sweating once in a while will make you feel tired and your ageing body tends to feel weak and will basically make you sick. Walk, jog or run a mile. Exercise. Especially during those cold days when all you want to do is lay in your bed all day.
2. Metabolism is not anymore like when you're in your teens. Yes, it is true. during those teenage days, I may eat when and what I like but now that I passed the quarter of my life (if I live a 100 years), my digestion is slower compared to those days. That's why I must learn to exercise the balanced diet.
3. You're not getting any younger. And that's a fact. Do what you wanna do. YOLO-ing with a purpose.
4. Your brain thinks and handles so many things it makes you sick. It makes you crazy sometimes.
5. Having so many plans yet don't know where to start. I guess PRIORITIES, PRIORITIES, PRIORITIES.
6. Travel as much as you could. But hoping to finance it easily. LOL. Looking for sponsors, anyone?
7. Quality over quantity. Less is more. It may be about your clothes, friends, people around you.
8. Spend time with your parents. We don't know when will we return our borrowed time to Him.
9. You will have that one person whom you call your best friend at the same time your boyfriend. The boyfriend/best friend until the end. Met him a long time ago, by the way. My first and hoping to be my last. #kiligtothemax
10. It is better late than never. Not only for this blog but for everything in life. Even change of attitudes and lifestyle will never be too late.
11. Everything should be noted. I am not good in memorizing so I should write everything for future purposes.
12. Always smile or have a reason for you to smile. For everyone who don't, for everyone who can't and most especially for yourself. Negativity is a no no...
13. Consider living independently. We will get there...
14. Don't compare yourself to others. Everyone is doing it for you so better not add up. Everyone is different and original. Also, we cannot please everyone, right?
15. Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize. Your ageing skin will thank you for that.
16. Sort things up. It might be your things in the closet, bag, essentials and even your plans in life.
17. Dress based on your age. This is not anymore the age where you can dress what you want and make it look good on you. (Though there are some that are good at fashion.)
18. Focus on one thing at a time. Because if not, look at #4.
19. Be loyal. Dogs might seem the only loyal living things now, but how about changing that? I guess people can be loyal too. Starting from yourself. Then to your lover. Stay loyal by not flirting with the opposite sex.
20. Take time to spend a day with yourself. Make it a habit. Once or twice a month will be great.
21. Overthinking can kill you. 
22. It's a good decision to stay in classic style. May it be in your outfit ideas, home decors. It will run a long way.
23. Expectation and reality are always different. 

24. It is alright to be lazy sometimes. When all you want to do is lay on bed all day long without doing anything. (insert The Lazy Song here...)
25. Choose wisely. Might be your decisions, wants, or even your choice of president.
26. Self-improvement is important than money rewards. Why do it overtime when you can do it on time. For money? Well, okay that's you and not me. If it's not necessary to do it over time, I will do it on time. Period.

There you go, my insights up to this day! 26 or not, what are your insights by the way? Let me know below.

PS: See you on my next posts about my last year's travels and on the side trips.