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A PHOTO DIARY FROM OUR RAS AL KHAIMAH ESCAPADE

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After almost 4 hours of long drive, finally arrived. Went straight to lunch at Bin Majid Resort. Photo Credit – Neiljuan Bie –
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The only pic I took but I’m telling you foods were amazing!

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This may look nothing and unchallenging to you, but trust me my friend this thing got me. I was so bummed because it looks cool and fun but I was consumed by discomfort rather than having ‘fun’. The thought of trying it twice horrified me; nonetheless, others were loving it so I still highly recommend giving it a go.

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Next up we went kayaking. It was my first time and I absolutely loved it!
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Okay I don’t look like I’m struggling with the actual work of paddling here so this photo’s cool for posting.
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The post 2-hour-100-degress-sun-exposure sipping orange vodka. Yayy for one of the perks of being an adult! Photo credit – Neiljuan Bie –
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Brought our own party thanks to this bunch of talented amazing beautiful humans! Sang tons of songs, had calm chitchats that gradually progressed into louder talks and laughter, then the rest was history. Photo Credit – Neiljuan Bie –
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Yet again, slathered oursleves with sunscreens and enjoyed the 10am morning sun for more or less than 2 hours. Okay certainly more. Buttttttt I enjoyed every bit of it plus I’ve got myself some cheeky tan lines now that I think are cool to brag going ‘honey I endured the sun’. Haha. If you know UAE’s temperature, you know. Photo credit – Neiljuan Bie –
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Here’s a photo of me playing it cool and blending in. Photo credit – Vera Rosales –
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One of the snaps before heading home. That concludes my photo diary. I hope you enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed reminiscing about it. Photo credit – Neiljuan Bie –

This trip was planned by my friend/officemate’s close friends to suprise her for her birthday. It was by far my most memorable RAK experience! Well, compared to none. Haha. So, I’m definitely coming back. Thank you Acacia Hotel for the outstanding service, the amazing food, your coolest bartenders, and for the overall experience! And last but by no means least, to my friends and new found friends for tagging me along. Thank you!!!

That is it for today, until next time!

Love,

Jinky xx

 

 

 

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PHOTO DIARY // MACAO 2017

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Wow it is insane how the time’s gone so quickly. This is a major throwback inspired by a blogger I follow. These are indeed, real moments, crazy amount of happiness, and a whole load of memories.

I remember laughing my heart out when my friend do this thing, she’s going to wistle at literally every single stranger in the street that she could possibly see and just smile or laugh at them everytime they turn around. LOL. I mean who does that? Oh well, she does, no one knows us and we’re in a foreign country so she couldn’t care less.

These pictures were taken during our trip to Hongkong last August and had a day exploring Macao. It was fun and nostalgia is actually kicking in rigth now. Anyways, I hope you guys are having a great weekend. I sure do. I have a couple of days off work and kind of contemplating either to sort-out my to do list or to just chill the days away with good movies and lots of sleeping sesh plus naps. We’ll see how it goes.

Thanks for stopping by!

Love,

Jinky xx

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A DAY AT THE GREEN MUBAZZARAH

Just a brief background, the Green Mubazzarah is the largest park in the city located in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Developed by Sheikh Zayed, known as the man who turned the deserts green and the founding President of the UAE. Green Mubazzarah is not just a park but also a historic place that the locals hold dear in their hearts. The place is situated at the base of the grand Jebel Hafeet, with its beautiful and lush natural landscapes and desert oasis it has become one of the top destinations for picnic and relaxation during the weekends and holidays.

As expected, yesterday the place was jam-packed with families and group of friends having picnic and quality time. Evidently, my friends and I joined in, we packed our lunch and drove to the place. It took about 25 minutes from the town centre and it will be almost 45 minutes if you’ll take the bus. If you fancy staying overnight, you surely can because Green Mubazzarah has chalets for rent. Check booking.com for the charges.

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It is just so fun having to spend the time under the sun, having a meal and lay down the grass to relax and get away from the busy streets of the city. Catching up with my friends is definitely one of the things I should do more. After a long week, it’s right to have a break and do nothing but giggle and chill.

Well, that is it for now. I hope you all are having a lovely weekend!

Love,

Jinky xx

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WHAT TO DO IN JEJU ISLAND, SOUTH KOREA

I would say one of my best memories of 2017 is when we visited Jeju Island in South Korea. The place is known to be the honeymoon capital of Korea with its natural wonder, stunning beaches, tropical climate and gorgeous theme parks, this is definitely worthy of all the hassle you might experience along the way (meaning, our story haha). For newlyweds or just group of friends who would like to explore, Jeju Island should be on your list of places to visit.

We stayed there for 5 days and 4 nights. Two nights in Seogwipo and the other two nights were in Jeju City. Seogwipo is situated on a rocky volcanic coastline in the southern part of Jeju Province, and the second-largest city of Jeju Island. Jeju City is the largest city of Jeju Island and the capital of Jeju Province, served by Jeju International Airport.

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We landed at Jeju International Airport thus we needed to travel by land heading to Seogwipo. From the airport, there were various means of transportation to the southern part of Jeju but we opted to take the Airport Limousine (route #600) bus. The cost was KRW5,500 per person with the journey time of an hour and a half.

Where to stay? 

We stayed at the R Hotel located in the heart of Seogwipo. The hotel offers free breakfast, has a spacious kitchen and a pool board to enjoy for those who can actually play. The room was clean with comfy beds and huge bathroom. Sidestory, we kind of experienced a bit of difficulty finding the hotel, but one local woman was nice enough to offer us a ride to the hotel. Hotel staff are lovely and welcoming!

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Where to eat? 

Restaurants are everywhere in Seogwipo, literally, you can find them along the streets as you go wandering or exploring the city. Cute coffee shops as well deserve a shoutout. Price changes from KRW7,000-8,000 per head, you’ll have the main dish (the standard, pork or fish), a variety of side dishes and kimchi, soup, and rice. Affordable and the best based on freshness and taste. Oh, and they serve unlimited water for free, no option for sodas unless you’ll ask for it. That made me so happy!

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Go to Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market

Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market is a local food market. They sell fish, fresh fruits and street foods. Perfect to be wandering around with a camera on one hand and a doughnut on the other hand, smiling at strangers and asking them for a picture (haha).

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Go to Cheonjiyeon Waterfalls

Cheonjiyeon Waterfalls is one of the many attractions of Seogwipo. You’ll walk through a long trail of stairs before you reach the waterfalls. Then, through the garden and semi-forest and finally, you’ve reached the waterfall. The place is instagram backdrop friendly with its beautiful flowers and the ambience is so peaceful with its fresh air. You can also find souvenir shops with cute little things to have. The entrance fee is KRW2,000.

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Saeyeongyo Bridge

Saeyeongyo Bridge, one of Seogwipo’s tourist attractions. The scenery, especially at night, is so peaceful with all the lights lit on all over the sea area. Apparently, it is the first single cable-stayed bridge ever created in Korea.

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JEJU CITY

We travelled back to the city on the 3rd day, took the same bus and stayed at Check Inn Hotel. The Hotel is located in the centre of the city about 3 kilometres away from the airport. The hotel is clean and cozy with a bar/lounge that enables the tourists to enjoy their free welcome beer and friendly staff. Amenities are great, again comfy beds and fresh clean linens. The location is amazing and so convenient, close to underground shopping malls and great foods.

Visit Jeju Mokgwana

It is a historic site known as Jeju Government Office destroyed during Japanese rule and has been reconstructed. The ticket price is KRW1,500. Inside you can find the cluster of historical buildings and displays of centuries-old martial arts. It is even possible to dress up like ancient warriors, take epic photos that look exactly with those lads we see on tv saving good guys and ending bad ones (haha). If you’re watching korean dramas, you know what I mean.

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Visit Jeju Loveland

Okay, I must say, this is the weirdest theme park I have ever seen in my entire life. I don’t think there is more graphically illustrated sex stuff out there than those 140 sculptures they have in Jeju Loveland. The admission ticket is KRW9,000 and the whole time I was inside the park and the gallery with the same stuff in it was a total nightmare. I am aware that the concepts behind it are for artistic expression and perhaps some sort of education in a cool and funny way, and I am not hating or anything, it’s just that I couldn’t find pleasantry in it. It made me so uncomfortable (haha). I did manage to snap some pictures though, ones that I thought aren’t that intense and all the way up there.

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Shop at Jungang Underground Shopping Center 

Jungang Underground Shopping Center, located in downtown Jeju. The centre sells clothes, shoes, accessories, glasses, watches, pieces of jewellery, purses, headpieces, flowers and more. If you fancy korean products especially for skin care, this is the place to go. The facilities inside the centre make the shopping experience pleasurable, and if you ever feel hungry worry no more because you can find fast food chains and restaurants inside.

So there’s that. I highly recommend visiting the beautiful Jeju Island. If you’re a Filipino traveller, you don’t need to secure a visa when you land at Jeju International Airport. There’s a possibility you’ll be asked to report to immigration officers for further assessment of your documents (passport and related identification cards like licenses etc) and discussion of your main purpose entering the country. You shouldn’t be alarmed or anything like that, just answer the questions honestly and make sure to have sufficient funds that can cover the duration of your stay because you might be asked to declare the amount of money you have in hand. Lastly, always have your money at least in dollars if not in Korean currency because currency exchange there is a bit difficult to find.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you’re having a great day!

Love,

Jinky xx

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HONGKONG DISNEYLAND

Woooo! It is been a while following the last time I have posted. These past few months have been very busy, with work and me starting a small online business, I lose track. BUT I’ll make sure I will get better than this. Sooo I have a day off now, and it means I can properly sit down and blab about my experience in Disneyland and share some photos with you guys.

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The place was truly the happiest place and the HOTTEST. We spent a solid 8 hours in there and pretty much certain we went home with a damaged integumentary system. Haha. Like seriously I never thought I could sweat like that, I swear sweats are dripping literally from every parts of my body (well maybe not EVERY parts haha) it’s gross I know. But heyyy it wasn’t bad and the experiences are mine now. IT’S WORTH IT and that’s all that matters!

TIPS:

Bring a snack and water. Foods there are crazy expensive and you have to stay hydrated!

Buy your tickets beforehand. You can buy them online or at the hotel you’re staying if they do sell. Ticket price is HK$589 for a one-day adult entry.

Get there early before it opens. The Hongkong Disneyland opens 10 am and closes 10 pm. The people there will let you in before 10 am so you can carry on right away with picture taking (haha) and you do not want to be squeezing and be squeezed in the queue to get through the turnstiles.

Visit on weekdays. Weekends are the busiest.

Stroll and ride all you can. Waste no time and cover every ride there is and stroll around the entire place.

Watch the parade. You can’t miss the parade that starts at around 4 pm. It is so much fun, super entertaining, and a whole new level of cuteness!

Apply loads of sunscreen. If you’re visiting during the summer basically on scorching days, PLEASE wear sunscreen and don’t forget your sunglasses.

Have a nice day or evening and thank you for stopping by! xx

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BORACAY ISLAND, PHILIPPINES

This might sound like I’m tooting my own horn but I’m actually not, I’m just trying to get it out there. PHILIPPINES aka my country is one of the top destinations for travellers who fancy white sand beaches and lush islands, and just one of those is BORACAY ISLAND.

Looking back on those scorching days, ignoring the discomfort of having burnt shoulders and swollen ankles, I will never trade the experiences I had with anything in this world. I can’t swim so water activities aren’t my cup of tea but I have always wanted jet skiing. And guess what, I did it! It was so sick and I was loving it. Not only did I get a chance to do that but also PARASAILING, and ohhhh my worddd that was terrifying! The very moment guys started buckling us on those gears, all I can think of was -what if something will go wrong and we are in the middle of the ocean that is who knows how deep and then we will drown and even though we have life guard we still can be killed by the sudden dropping pressure because we are so high up. THEN I AM GONNA DIE. Hahah it was so funny! I can also remember asking the guy over and over again if he’s sure that everything was secured and that the parasuits won’t stop working whilst we’re in the sky. Haha. I was probably obnoxious. After I got a grip, it did sink in how cool it was being up high and be able to see the endless water surface.

I’d say it was the highlight of my 2017 vacation. My friends and I also did island hopping and with it was snorkelling along the way, which was pretty basic with very least probability of dying but still..i could be bitten by sea snake and then die.. Hahah!

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We stayed at ORCHIDS RESORT in station 3 and somehow managed to walk back and forth to station 2 everyday, where you can find a variety of restaurants and night clubs or just bars for chat and chill. This is where I can say I am a pro of, running and walking. The place was ideal for families to stay as well, cheaper and away from all the noise of night life. You can still get yourself into a nice restaurant or bar in station 3 but it’s just station 2 and 1 got the crazier shebangs.

Here are the fees for the activities I have mentioned:

Parasailing – 1,500 PHP (15 mins)

Jet Ski – 1,000 PHP per head (for the 3 of us for 30mins)

Island hopping – 2,500 PHP (for the 3 of us, 4 islands in 4 hours)

PS. Yesterday we had a seminar (medical related) and one of the topics hit me and it was about RISK. It is a fact that we are always at risk and everyday we walk with risk. BUT how about we’ll try to conquer the risks on the other side of the whole view? Even once in a while, give time for adventure, give a fraction of your life for adventure, you’ll never know what the experiences will make you. I guess what I’m saying is, I am up for anything that terrifies me, that I’m not so keen about of doing for real (under rational terms and conditions) and I hope you are, too. I meann… c’mon it’s 2017 almost 2018 what are you doing?? HAHAH I’m just kidding! xx

 

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BANGKOK, THAILAND SNAPS

Thailand offers variety of entertainment as well as beautiful worth-visiting temples and shops. The mouth-watering street foods are hard to resist. From barbeques to fresh fruits in affordable prices, it was awesome! Hands down to the locals who are the most welcoming bunch of sweethearts that never fail to fill you in with what’s there to discover. Although I would have to say my entire stay was terrific until my last day when I need to fly home and I missed my flight. But that’s another story for another time. For now, let’s have a quick flashback of the fun I was blessed to experience with strangers and on later days with friends (actually just one plus one).

I get to see few of their temples that are just so pretty! The sacredness of the place is so comforting and you feel this light-burden free-heart kind of feeling when you’re inside. Everyone is so quiet, I meant the whole place is peaceful because you’re not meant to make noises or whatever but to pray and pay respect. You’re not allowed to get in with your shoes on, it’s either you go in barefoot or with socks. There are also temples that you’re not allowed to take pictures of the inside. I’d like to point out as well the structures, it is mesmerizing judging the character, how talented people are who made them. I don’t know, it’s just amazing. All I wanted to say is, Buddhist Temples are designed to inspire inner and outer peace and definitely couldn’t agree more.

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Let’s move on to FOODS. Foods on sticks (i made that up) are everywhere around the corner of every street (or probably not every single street haha). Little barbeque and fried sea foods have been my go to lunch plus FRESH fruits. If you’re vegetarian or not, you got them covered. I am such a sucker for anything coconut-y (literally everything that says coconut in it, I’m sold), and I mean it when I say the coconut ice cream there is worth all the fight for chances to have a taste of it! And I also had my fave soup ever, TOM YUM!

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SHOPS. I really didn’t have the chance to go to every mall that was on the list of top places to go to, because it happened to be raining at that time I was supposed to go and ended up just staying and chilling in MBK Center for the entire half day. That wasn’t bad though, there was a Garden Party with a live band playing and I was surrounded by food stands and the kiosk of goodies where you can also shop. Later on that evening, I met with my friend and her boyfriend and we then grabbed a drink in Khaosan Road. In this particular street in Bangkok, you can find the long alley of bars, pubs, nightclubs whatever you wanna call it. There was loud music playing, ladies and gents having fun every corner doing them, tourists, vendors and shoppers oh and probably minors, on full force.

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For the itinerary, I booked everything from flights to hotels on my own. I didn’t get packages for tours and whatnot. You can find the hotel I stayed in HERE and I can’t say much about the cost because surely it will change according to the currency exchange rate. For the pocket money, it will depend on how your expenditure is going to be. In my opinion, for 5 days your 1000 dirhams will get you everywhere if we’re talking about food and transport fares only. My tip, if you’re travelling alone or in a group choose a hotel that is accessible to the airport and tourist sites, it doesn’t have to be near but make sure you have an idea how to get in and out of the area because it’s easier that way. I flew with FLYDUBAI and landed in Bangkok, International Airport. From the airport, you don’t have to worry about transportation because they have a train that will get you to the city. My favourite part, AIRPORTS WITH TRAINS.

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For those of you travelling to Bangkok soon, good luck and have fun! xx

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Started Packing // Few Essentials

Yaay! Let the adventures begin! In 3 days I’m going on vacation, visiting 5 countries and I can’t contain my excitement. This is definitely going to be a fun one-whole-month. I have been planning for this for the past couple of weeks, so here we go. For starters, PACKING. I have started sorting out tiny bits and pieces, my main essentials TOILETRIES. Haha I know.. and some skin care and makeup as well.

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They are all collected in two bags for an easier jam. I like these bags because the outside part is plastic which means if something’s decided to spill you’ll not have it everywhere in your suitcase. The thought of it alone is terrifying. We don’t have time to deal with that kind of situation. Another thing I like about the bigger bag is that you can hang it up because it has a hook, again, easy access and you can see the whole shebang once it’s hanged and open.

I’ll sure document my trip and share it.

That’s all for now! x