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Mt. Pamitinan Hike

First post for 2017, I thought of sharing one of the first things I did last 2016. Same day last year, January 2, 2016, my friends and I decided to go on a hike. It was my second climb (first was in Nepal). We tried out Mt. Pamitinan, a popular trail in Montalban, Rizal, since it was relatively near – less than 2 hours from Quezon City. Plus, we were hoping to catch the sea of clouds! The hike is only half-day – if you start by around 7am, you’ll be back by around 12nn. If you have more energy, there’s also a trail going to the neighboring mountain, Mt. Binacayan, making it a full-day trek! Mt. Pamitinan has some bouldering parts, making it a bit challenging especially for beginners. I honestly felt I was rock climbing! Oh, and careful with the sharp rock edges!!! You’ll definitely need hand gloves, footwear with thick soles, durable bags, and for the ladies, it’s recommended to use hiking pants since ordinary leggings can easily tear. There are 2 summits in Mt. Pamitinan. Unfortunately, when we reached the first summit, we didn’t get to see the sea of clothes anymore. LOL! Well, theres really no guarantee of seeing the “sea of clouds” here in Mt. Pamitinan. It depends on the weather and our guide said, we should have started early to reach the summit...

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Korea: Petite France

After going to Nami Island, we hop on the bus again to go to Petite France. (You can see my Nami Island post and the details of this hop on hop off bus here: http://lushangel.com/2016/11/30/korea-nami-island/) Petite France is a French-style theme park that was constructed in July 2008 in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. It serves as both a French cultural village and a youth training facility (Goseong Youth Training Center), and consists of 16 French-style buildings where visitors can lodge and experience French food, clothing, and household culture. The concept of Petite France encapsulates ‘flowers, stars, and the Little Prince.’ The village contains a memorial hall dedicated to Saint-Exupery, the author of the celebrated French novel, Le Petit Prince (1943) and as such it is called the Little Prince theme park. It also has a gallery displaying sculptures and paintings of le coq gaulois (the Gallic rooster), the national symbol of France; Orgel House where a 200-year-old music box plays a sweet melody; a shop that sells herbal and aromatic products; a souvenir shop; and many other locales where you can experience French culture. The village can accommodate up to 200 visitors with 34 guest rooms that hold four to ten people each. Enjoy the marionette experience and hear percussion instruments from around the world, and also enjoy soap bubble experience. -http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/ Here are more photos around Petite France… The colorful palette is...

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Korea: Nami Island

Finally, I’m posting my most recent Korea trip. I know, I owe you guys a lot of travel posts. Browsing through the photos of my travels overwhelm me, to be honest. Well, one step at a time. Hehe! Anyway, this was my Korea trip last June. It was definitely good to be back! A lot has changed since I last went here with my family. If I’m not mistaken, that was 10 years ago! Therefore, I decided to go back to the touristy spots again. First stop was Nami Island. The first time I went here, I joined a group tour so the time was quite limited. It was a good decision to go on our own for this trip since it’s easy to reach Nami Island and of course, a lot cheaper than joining a tour. How to go to Nami Island? From Seoul, just take the train and get off Gapyeong station. This can take about 2 hours from Seoul city center. Then, from Gapyeong station, you can actually take a taxi to Nami Island. But since you’ve already traveled to Gapyeong, I suggest you also go to other places worth visiting within the city. You can take the Gapyeong City Tour Bus, which costs 6,000 won for adults. It’s like a hop on hop off bus with scheduled stops, which is usually every 30 minutes. It can take you...

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Siem Reap, Cambodia: Itinerary + Tour Guide + Accommodation Recommendations

It’s about time I wrap up my Cambodia trip! Sorry! I almost forgot to share our itinerary and all other details if you plan to go to Siem Reap and go for a temple run! Siem Reap, Cambodia: Accommodation There are so many hotels and hostels available in Siem Reap. The hotels are also quite affordable and most of them are really HUGE! We stayed in Prince D’angkor Hotel & Spa. It has very spacious rooms and comfortable beds. The hotel also boasts on their salt water swimming pool, which we all enjoyed everyday after our tour! It was definitely a great way for us to relax after a full day of walking (and sauna… LOL!) It was scorching hot at that time and it was not even summer yet! Siem Reap, Cambodia: Best Time To Go I went with my friends in the month of February, while I went with my family in the month of November. I’d say November is a little bit cooler (but still hot!). Avoid rainy and summer seasons, obviously. The best time to go in Siem Reap, Cambodia is around November to February. Siem Reap, Cambodia: Itinerary Day 1: Arrival Day 2: Morning – Taphrom temple ( the jungle temple) and Angkor Wat temple. Afternoon – Southgate of Angkor Thom city, Bayon, Baphoun, Phimean Akas & Royal Palce, Elephant Terrace and Leper King Terrace. Night –...

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Going Around Thailand

I can still remember the first time I visited Thailand 16 years ago. I, together with my family, went on a tour around Bangkok – visited the Grand Palace, shopped at Chatuchak market, and ate excellent authentic Thai food. Because of that unforgettable vacation, I was quite sure I would be back. And as of date, I have several treasured memories of this wonderful city with the countless times I visited Bangkok with friends and family. I’m never going to get tired of the city! It’s busy. It’s lively. It has very rich culture. It’s a shopping haven. And did I just say that the food is outstanding? Tom Yum soup, Pad Thai, Curry, Green Mango salad, and I could go on and on. Forget the diet when you’re here! But aside from Bangkok, there are still a lot of places to see around Thailand! Just this year, I finally saw Phuket and the much-talked about Phi Phi Island, where the movie The Beach was filmed. I only spent a few days in Phuket, not realizing that a 4-day trip is definitely not enough. There’s just so much to see and I could only wish I could spend more time in the islands I visited. It would have been perfect to relax by the beach, read a book while sipping a fruit shake. I swear, the islands I visited...

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