Sunday, April 1, 2018

Back in the City of Golden Friendship, Cagayan de Oro, My Home

Hola!

I needed to go home for my brother's graduation.
I just can't miss it. :)


Before I left Manila, I met up with my sis in law and my adorable niece.


                                      

So far, it's been almost a week and ugh madre mia it was great yet challenging. 

I arrived Saturday (24/3)
as per usual, I had some baggage issues that was resolved after giving away some of my stuff (thought of it as a charity work instead)

My dad and brother picked me up at the Airport (always <3)
Almost 3 months since I left home and I'm just so happy to see them again

I live close to the beach very close
and I couldnt be more thankful about it now after  manila *yikes

Sunday 
Lunch by the beach with the fam



Attended my friend's graduation thanksgiving



Monday 
Brother's graduation day but before that I was at the ER because I was having the worst hyperacidity
in my life. So much oranges and coffee for breakfast, unfortunately. Anyway, I was having pains since Saturday but I thought it'll just disappear. Monday came and it just got worse so yeah. I hate hospitals. Madre Mia.



I was prescribed meds and tho I was still hurting (awwe haha)... we prepared for my brother's graduation ceremony

CONGRATS, HERMANITO <3







Tuesday
Brother's graduation dinner (everyone in his class was invited and also the faculty)












definitely good to be home :D

This week was also the semana santa  (holy week).
Me and the fam spent 4 days going on cold springs, pools, beaches. Este bakasyon po :)
 having such crazy (in an excellent way) fam made our spontaneous trip amazing! thank God :)


Healthwise: I'm still on meds but on recovery mode. I need to get back on my werk game because girl has so many plans for the upcoming months. I tell you. :P
I'm about to fix my schedule now whilst thinking if I should take painkillers more (jk) :P.
Hopefully, I get fine this week. I can feel it. I'm going there, love. I'm going on a trip soon and I know I need to get back in good shape asap. 

That's all for now :)

Wishing you all amazing upcoming trips for the summer <3

Let's get it on, April :*

xoxo,
Tanya




Saturday, March 3, 2018

Superwoman on a Friday

oh hi there!
I feel like I just have to write now. 

Today is March 3. 
Yesterday was March 2 and it felt like a month of errands for me. 
I was everywhere in the metro. 

To start my day,
I had roughly 2 hours of sleep that day. 
because I was up all night working on some important stuff and I needed it to be approved. 
Those stuff kept me up for days. 

I'm the kind of person who wakes up and already thinks about everything that she'll be doing for the day. It could 

Usual routine, I make breakfast and prepare my snacks and lunch (it's healthier both in the system and for the wallet ;)). Hehe 

Then for the past 2 meetings, I commuted my way to Makati. 
It's cheap and I get to exercise by walking for about half an hour tops. 
but for 2 meetings, I've been grumpy and exhausted. Yas. 

It was Friday and it was our last meeting so I decided to take an Uber (just like the usual). 
I was happy when I arrived. I felt better tbh. 

Then I checked my email and ta-da, at least a good news for the day!

exactly what I needed in an already tiring day




I had lunch with my Manila fammm <3

<3

It was sumptuous and fun! Always a joy to be with them.... :D


 After lunch, I went to our library to get some stuff.
Then here comes the crazy part.
I went to Intramuros via MRT & LRT. 2 trains ma friend. 2 routes. I end up stopping at the wrong stop at LRT so I had to catch another one again. Under scorching heat, I walked.. walked... my way to Intramuros. Phone was dying. 

Then I did some important stuffs there as well.. then walked my way to get another important stuff at my friend's place in Malate.. I ended up sleeping there.. I was so so so so so exhausted yesterday. Can't imagine I was in 3 cities in 1 day. 

Anyway, I got myself 4 waffles with blueberries for breakfast to make up for my 7/11 dinner yesterday night. 

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Here I am now, on my bed 
I just finished watching a spanish movie
& am sipping my pineapple juice on the side. 

Lately, I've been very upset with many things. I tell you, I have so much stuff going on...
Anyway,,,,,,,,,,,,

I have 5 days offfffff!
Estoy estresada pero contento :D
I'm pretty sure these 5 days are gonna come by fast 

Wishing you a lovely weekend :D


p.s. Myanmar post next (hopefully!!!!!)

Buenas Noches!
xoxo,
Tanya 



Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tanya's first sausage in Manila




This is an appreciation post of my first sausage in manila.
and there will be more posts in the next days coming.

Well, what's more better than sausages to have for Valentine's?
Just kidding. Haha. No. 





Bay Brothers Surf 'N Turf located at Seaside Boulevard, Mall of Asia is bomb. 

One night, I decided to try something new... 



Surf 'N Turf is a seafood, steak restaurant and I tell you, they mean it. 





grilled steak skewers (P360)

sausage platter  (P625)

Too bad, I wasn't able to take a photo of my Aligue Rice  which was really good!
I enjoyed the sausage platter so much! I loved it. Those are different sausages and they're really flavorful. The steak skewer was good as well but yknow I love the sausages the most. :)
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I'm not any food genius but if you were to ask me if I'd ever come back then for sure, I will. 

full AF
Thank you Surf 'n Turf

great night indeed. :)



Disclaimer: I wasn't paid to write this. 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

a month after in Manila


a good night in Manila x first few nights

Happy New Year!
It's February but this is my first post since new year came so :)

As much as I tell myself to write more often, I can't seem to make up any content or for the lack of better term, I didn't have time. To be fair, I'm glad because a lot has happened and I couldn't be more thankful of how things have been and  are going on in my life now. 

Quick update- It's been a month since I arrived in Manila. The longest I've been to in one place since the U.S. 
I'm pretty sure every friend's question would be "WHY THE SUDDEN MOVE"?

or maybe not. 

Knowing my friends and family (haha) 
Me moving isn't a shock of their lifetime. 

I was once in a good friend's birthday and well they were surprised I was back in our city (been home for weeks already prior to the event LOL). 
Yeap, life of a nomad. Then a week after. I was out again. 

So what led me here in Manila?
"Traveling"

Not really. Maybe? Somehow.
But nope, I'm here for some mad soul searching, you guys.  Haha kidding!
Well, it really was a spontaneous trip in the beginning. 
It was just a thought last December- wild idea. I was at home for more than  a month and I felt like I had to do something.  So January came, an opportunity knocked. I received an update to one of my dream's gateway so here I am now. Somehow, it wrap up the decision of my move here. :) But that didn't kept me up until just recently. 

So what was I doing for the the beginning of my year? Well shhh but one thing's for sure my year kicked off way better than I had ever imagined it to be. And I'm so thankful of the wonderful  moments I had :)

As I look up my schedule for my upcoming days, I can see that I can write more than often now :) *crosses fingers*. I'm planning to do reviews (been eating out a lot during my 1st month btw hahah and some tips as well as a newbie here in Manille). 


Anyway, that's all for now. 
Besos chicos y chicas! 


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The struggle of solo traveling: aviophobia

San Francisco at night 


As much as I love to travel
and the thought of being alone in a new place never scares me.

I've always had plane anxiety.

And
traveling solo don't make things any better.

I once been to a 10 hr flight and boy, I asked for wine. and wine. It worked/ slept almost the entire flight.

I thought that it may be just me but now
I've learned of people who are actually scared of flying.
There's a lot of people who have anxiety when it comes to flying.

& Turbulence! Let's not even talk about it.
It scares the crap out of me. Even just a mild shake freaks me out. Huhu.
but like what my dad and my research told me:
Turbulence is just caused by the wind. The wind. It's normal. That's how things are up in the sky. Ohkkaaay... and those drops? yeah, that too.. is normal. 0.0

P.S. seats at the front gets the least shake when turbulence happens
but seats behind the wings are the safest. yea figure out where you wanna be placed ;)
(side tip: always get an aisle seat for long haul flights. save yourself from the hassle of always excusing yourself from bathroom breaks) 


2nd, I love checking flight prices anywhere in the world.
Every time there's a good deal, I always add it on my dream to be places.
But before anything else, I always research about the background of the airline (wikipedia). Haha. Yes! Skytrax is my travel guide. I too always check  airline reviews from passengers on tripadvisor. I'm on that level actually. There's a lot of work tbh.

So, how do I manage to keep calm?
Simple. I don't.

The anxiety's always there but I'll share to you what I do

PRAY
I get really religious when I am on the plane.
I always bring rosaries every time I travel. I always have them in my bag and my parents always remind me to bring one everywhere I go. It helps a lot. You see sometimes, praying is the only thing you can do especially if you're up 30000++ ft high. I pray the rosary not once, twice but sometimes throughout the flight. I can't really sleep on short haul flights no matter the time is.

MUSIC
I always bring out the loudest trap music with the most bass during take off.
The take off reminds me of getting on a rollercoaster.
Hahaha I remember I cried (a little ... a lot) when I got in a rollercoaster in Carowinds. Even while me and my friends were in the line, I was close to breaking out already. The kids were looking at me! Haha but really I'm always concerned of its safety, haha or maybe the thought of me getting turnt in xxx feet is not on my list.. although, I've always thought that the only person who could convince me to be on a rollercoaster is an S/O ;). Who knows?
But yeah, that rollercoaster experience made me decide to never do rollercoasters again.. (unless an S/O convinces me to. Hehe)

But back to planes, I have a playlist of trap music that I play at max volume. It kinda gets confusing sometimes when I pray then I have the trap music playing. Lol but yeah, focus mami.

TRAVELING WITH A FRIEND
90% of my travels are just me on my own </3
Having a friend on the same flight lessens my anxiety. Even if someone I just talk to on the boarding gate helps (I met a Spanish girl at the boarding gate once and it helped me ease up. We talked a little and it made me more comfortable).

MEDICINE
I haven't tried this but I always have this on my mind
Some people take Xanax (and other anti anxiety meds)

TIRE YOURSELF OUT before flying
Sometimes when you're just really exhausted, you just won't give a damn about anything when you're flying. All you want to do is sleep. xD
Also there's a reason why there are liquors inside the plane/airport. Haha :)

& KNOW THAT 


Air Travel Is the Safest Mode of Mass Transportation


I'm ending this post with this beautiful quote I always remind myself:




never let your fear hold you back :P

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xoxo,
Tanya

Thursday, November 23, 2017

I'm Tanya and I didn't quit my job to travel.




Hi! I'm Tanya, 22 turning 23 and sometimes 30 real quick from THE PHILIPPINES.
No, I didn't quit my job to travel
but I did quit my 9-5 corporate life
and boy was I everywhere :P .[will do a separate post about this]

I've been writing ever since. from fancy locked diaries to here.
I've always been anonymous when it comes to writing because I'm mysterious (like that).
I started blogging in 6th grade so 2008? LOL
but I deleted all the posts already so yeah....
However, it's time to go out of my comfort zone and speak out.

I'll be writing my thoughts and shenanigans in my blog.
Although, I tend to get really timid about this because I'm not that comfortable with people knowing about my business (let alone friends! haha). I've always kept my life lowkey. I never really disclose information about my plans,whereabouts, etc.  What you see in the picture is what you see. But I tell you, there's always more to the pictures. Laughters, tears, adrenaline, etc. All emotions you could ever think and some that you can't imagine ;).

I have many drafts that are obviously still drafts. I promise to exert more effort to this. (Bisag sa pag sulat, ako japun ang ga effort? Awwwwwwwwwwww hahaha)

This isn't just about my travels but also about my life -in general.
So, this is one big step for me. I believe this is a good start because 2018 is coming and I'm looking forward for it while living the most of my today.

WARNING: If you're a grammar nazi then sorry not sorry because I'm no article goddess and sometimes I just dont know where to end my sentence so yeah it might irk you and ye you may leave now coz the punctuation aint coming any sooner hahaha. and I tend to have my thoughts all over the place. Huhu. T_T



p.s. I'm also doing this because I find writing therapeutic.

Love,

Tanya

Elephant pants almost cost me another flight ticket.

Bangkok Traffic is like Edsa.
No words for it. 

November 9.
Arrived in Bangkok- 8 am. Yes, I had a morning flight.

sidestory: Prior to this, I was supposed be in KL Airport the night of November 8. Yup, I was going to spend my night in the airport. I had a flight back to KL on Nov 8 so I decided to purchase the first flight to BK next day. Anyway, things didn't go the way I planned it to be but still I decided to catch my Bangkok flight. :)


I can still remember I slept on the way to my place (nearby Khao San Road ;)) from the airport. I took the bus A4 to Khao San Road (cheapest option, my friends #BudgetTraveler #backpackerlife). Not only was I really tired (#NoSleepMalaysiaFOLKS) but the traffic was the shookt of my life. Riding the bus was like the extended version of the plane's turbulence. Hahaha

The traffic didn't really bother me because I didn't have any concrete plans yet that time for my day. Nada. My only plan that time was to reach my hostel and then eat. 

Anyway moving forward to my last day in BK, my flight to Burma's at around 9pm. Long day my friend. I know I wouldn't any problems going to the airport. Still at 9. COME ON. #TimeOfMyLife

Boy was I wrong. 
Day before my flight, I booked a day tour for the boat market. (I'm not a tour kind of person. I always love to keep things DIY because .... #BudgetTraveler #BackpackerLife and I can be on my pace but it was a last minute idea and the price wasn't bad- cheaper actually than going by myself. Hahaha) 

Thing is after I paid for it, I found out that the market was 2 hrs from BK.  Wazzzup.  It's not in BK. 
We were asked to meet at 7 am. 7 am tomorrow. since it's a half day tour. 
I still have so many stuff to do for the night. bummer. I was about to spend the night with my face mask and all the essences in the world but guess my dark circles are just gonna get darker in BK. 

After 3 snoozed alarms, waking up everyone in the room because ----alarm.  :P
I went directly to 7/11 to get coffee and breakfast. 
Love, I always start my day with food. FOOD, mami!

I got back in BK quite late because hello BK traffic and it was raining so yeah. - 2pm
I'll talk about my boat experience on a separate post. 
My plan was to go to the airport at around 5pm. I wanted to be early?

First thing I did in BK was eat my late lunch. HANGRY. 
After lunch- my only plan was to hit Khao San road and buy elephant pants. 
To cut the long story short, I spent way too much time buying them elephant pants. I went to see every stall which I have already checked the night before. Same same but different bargain talks. I spent way tooooo much time really. By the time I was almost done with my shopping, I decided to just get the express airport shuttle that the hostel offers. Yup, I missed the last departure for the express airport. 

The staff told me that I should get a cab to the airport (400-500 baht) asap because there's heavy traffic going on. NO. 400 BAHT is too much if you only have 200 baht left in your wallet. Hahahaha  (I can laugh now but not during that time. I was freaking worried). 

I didn't have any peso left but only US dollars which was for my myanmar trip. 
I didn't want to have more baht again. 

I hurriedly went to the bus stop; A4 bus was supposed to be around every 30 minutes. 
I was there around 4:25 pm - Great! I can still catch the 4;30 bus. 
Surprise, 5:15 came and still no bus at sight. I was freaking out. Asking every local where the hell's the bus. One local was really checking his phone to check about the  A4's whereabouts but no avail. Cab drivers came up to me and told me that I should really get a cab now. I think they can see from my face that I was effing running late. LOL. 

I wanted to get a tuktuk to reach the airport. I thought I could bargain 150 baht for it. and still have 50 for water, Hahaha lol. just kidding. 

Anyway, it was around 5:45 that the bus arrived. I was soooo happpy! Finally!! That time I didn't know how bad the traffic was. SURPRISE! It was really bad. It got actually worse. *Drum rolls pls* 
The same bus would go around the same bus stop twice. SO BASICALLY AT AROUND 6:30 PM- I WAS BACK AT THE SAME BUS STOP WHERE I WAS WAITING FOR THE BUS 2 HRS AGO. 

I didn't know about it and I was p[issed of with it. 
That time, I was like "400 baht is nothing than buying a freaking new plane ticket!!!" #TanyaStrikesAgain (This isn't the first time I was running late for my flight- Read my previous post. You'd hate me. or love me . even more)

The old man behind me was Korean (my Korean skills revived) and we had a chat about my flight. Lol. he was telling me to pray to all the gods. I was praying to every temple that we passed by. 
I was really worried yknow. 30 minutes passed and the bus didn't even moved an inch. I checked the price for the next flight - 6 am. 50 bucks. alright, another night in the airport. *sarcasm* LOL
50 bucks is like 20 elephant pants yknow. Hahahahahuhuhuhu 

despite of the crisis I was on, an angel came to help. nah. haaha
while on the traffic, I was exchanging messages with a friend. 
I told him all about my situation and the crazy emotions I was on that time.
It helped a lot talking to him. Time passed by and I was taking my situation in a very light manner. I was yknow accepting things already. Like I was gonna miss my flight and just be chill with it. Some people gets worse in life okay. Some kids are unable to eat :(. And I was just missing my flight. :)))))

(I also told my thai friend who I met in HK, Mameaw about my traffic situation. She laughed first. Hahahha hi mameaw! I'll see you when I come back to bk :D)

 I can't tell my parents that I was about to miss my flight. God knows how worried they'll get. 

We were able to get out of the traffic and I still had my fingers crossed but idk. I didn't mind spending my night at the airport. 

A local came up to me and asked if I was going to the airport and also about my flight details. 
He freaking gave me the assurance that I was gonna catch my flight and that the bus will reach the airport in no time. OMG. DIVINE INTERVENTION. OMG. I was soooo sooo happy to hear it! I told the korean about it and he gave me a thumbs up! I told my friend about it too. I had all my hopes high! I was ready to sprint my way to the airport with my 15 kg backpack. Hahaha

I was running my way to the boarding gate. I was the asian Usain Bolt, folks! Hahahahaha

(p.s. I had to go to immigration twice because I didn't have a departure card with me. The security officer before immig and airline staff knew that I din't have a departure card w/ me but they didnt say anything :( I went back to the check in counter aka airline staff to get my departure card. .  Good thing there was no line back to immig. . :P good thing. )

and 
I MADE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2HRS AFTER, I WAS IN MYANMAR. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. WITH NO PLANS.  NADA. AGAIN. 
HAHAHA :)

TANYA ARADO STRIKES AGAIN.  :D


On my way to Myanmar with my goddamn elephant pants :* <3














Monday, October 16, 2017

I ALMOST MISSED MY FLIGHT FROM LOS ANGELES TO MANILA !!!

Solo travelling is not all glitz and glamour (obviously).

I don't consider myself well traveled enough yet but I sure had a lot of airport moments.

I'm a frequent "excess baggage" flyer. 
(But I tell you it has improved through time)
I have the habit of packing a lot- like really a lot. I used to think about all the things that I might need and of course I always end up using one third of everything. Lol. I have all these scenarios of events that might happen and think of all the clothes that would match it. 

Anyway, I'm learning. From suitcases I'm now transitioning to backpacks. Haha 
For travelling that requires a lot of movement, backpack got your back. 

Anyway back to the topic, I've had a lot of (mis) adventures especially when it comes to my baggage and punctuality. I cant count how many instances I had where I was unpacking my stuffs in the airport. Really. 
One time I was flying from North Carolina to San Francisco and my checked baggage weigh more than 50kilos (YESSSSSSSSS GIRLLLLL!) so the attendant told me to put as much as I can in my carry on trolley (which was freaking full already). I swear, I could feel my bag about to burst that time. Haha I even had to tie my scarves on my trolley. 

There were also moments when I fly domestic and I just pray to Jesus that they won't freaking weigh my carryon because I know it's more than 7kg-all the dang time. 

I remember for my flight to HK, I didnt purchase any checked in baggage because I thought they won't weigh it. I was just so freaking lucky because few hours before my boarding, I tried to ask one of my friend and told me that they'll weigh the carry on. and he was so sure about it especially with that airlines.  So behold, I immediately paid for my checked baggage online which saved me a whole lot of bucks because god knows how much would I've paid if it were in the counter. 


Also, punctuality. I never really had any punctuality problems overseas because I try to be as early as I can but gurl, I had way too many moments going to NAIA Airport. Never underestimate the Manila Traffic. For the past few months, I've been flying to and from manila. I never imagined myself actually staying in Manila tbh. I never really liked Manila until I realized that it could be nice too. :) 


Anyway, Manila traffic is the worst.  
I can still remember I paid P600 just to reach Paranaque (uber)
Like for real it was all because of the traffic.


So yeah, as far as from what I can recall. It was a Wednesday morning and I have my flight back to Manila at around 9 am. Surprise! I was still at the skyway at 8:50 am. No, I am not kidding you. I was actually checking the prices for the next flight. It was hella expensive (I know!!!). I was literally praying that I'd make it! That a miracle would happen! That all these cars will just give way coz I'm on SOS. That time I promised the lord that I'd be always on time ever again. I swear! 
The driver was having sweats also. (Haha; I can laugh now). He was also very much pressured. I know he was trying his best to be fast. Rapidoooooo pls! It was really intense, my friend even said that I was crazy for still being at the skyway. 


fast forward (literally), I rushed to the counter and was told by the attendant to hurry up because they were boarding already. (Good thing I was just bringing a backpack that time --see? I'm improving) I was running so fast through the gates. Like really. On my dress. I think I had some eyes on me but oh well for sure everyone was just thinking the same thing - she's late

So yeah, I was panting at the boarding gate. I made it! I FREAKING MADE IT. I was shaking when I got into my seat. I messaged my friend/s that I made it. Haha. Then one airport guy came up inside the plane and went into our aisle and asked about my details. I was like "what? why?" . *drum rolls pls*  I LEFT MY WALLET IN THEIR COUNTER. GOD LOVES ME! I was so thankful- Christ! Cant believe how blessed I was that time! I had all my money (of course) in my wallet and all my cards and important stuffs. I was so thankful to everyone that time! :)

Also, one time while we were on our way going back to Manila from Bataan.
We experienced some car problems and it was raining midway to manila. To cut it short, I was 5 mins away from boarding time. still didn't miss my flight because it got delayed! Well, that was an exception tho because I may have kinda wanted to miss my flight that time but yeah.



ALRIGHT, I HEAR YOU. 
BACK TO THE TITLE OF THE POST. 


Yes, last 2016 I almost missed my flight back to Manila and if I did, god knows what will my parents do to me. It would've cost us a whoooping dollars if I missed it. Missing my flight was really not an option that time.  

So yeah, it's a good thing that y'all know that homegirl used to travel heavy. (Girl, you dont know how much emotional baggage I bring every time I travel!! Hahaha) but yeah let me show you my flight details back to mnl. 






As you can see, I was leaving on the 5th of July. A day after the 4th of July! Rings a bell? 
So we were out in San Francisco during the 4th of July! We watched the fireworks and oh yeah we were actually pulled over by a police because my cousin beat the red light. I was like in the movies, you guys! Haha. I was snapchatting that time because yknow being pulled over only happened in the movies (for young Tanya). My cousin didn't notice the red light actually and the police gave him a ticket. Anyway, off we went to see the fireworks. I was quite worried that time because I know I'll be leaving the next morning and I still havent packed! (Oh wait! Did I ever mention that I am such a last minute packer? I sweaaaaaaaaaaaaar! As much as I plan to do it weeks before or even days, I always end up packing hours before my flight). 

I was also feeling sick during the last week of my stay in U.S. I had such a tight schedule because days before that I just came back from New York for my cousin's 18th birthday. I  was in New York for a week and we all know, It's the city that never sleeps! Me and my relatives who were NYC based gave me a run down of the city (it was my 2nd time to be there but my 1st visit was just 3 days I think? so yeah) So when I was in back in San Francisco, I was also out almost every afternoon exploring downtown. Have I told you that the coldest summer I had was in San Francisco? It was around 10 degrees celsius there and it was a summer okay, a summer. But I loved it! I loved the cool breeze. 


Anyway July 5 came. I barely had any sleep from the 4th celebration and packing. Yes, I was freaking packing only hours before my flight. I had roughly 2 hours of sleep. We went to the airport- excess of 2 kilos but the man was kind enough to let me go. Hehe ;) And then we had to repack my hand carry because it was too big. LOL, I then had to wear this huge GSW shirt over my clothes to give space. Haha I didn't took any photo of myself that time! Hahaha and oh yeah, my nose was bleeding 30 minutes before boarding. I was honestly scared. Lol, I thought I'd faint or something because I was really not feeling well and was so stressed. My family was worried! Hi Ma :D

Anyway when I was about to board, I was asked to leave one of my hand carry. I had 2 hand carry btw. A mini stroller and a beach bag. I wanted to leave the beach bag because I don't want to be dragging it every time. However, the ground attendant preferred to get my stroller anyway.

So off we left, I actually was confused because it wasn't clear whether where will I get my stroller (which has all of my important gadgets and stuff)

I assumed I'd get it at terminal 4. 

Little did I know that assumption would almost put me in freaking trouble.

When we landed, those who were having a connecting flight were asked to take the shuttle.
But I didn't.
I needed my stroller.


So I was at terminal 4, waiting for my bag at the carousel area.
minutes passed by. I was getting worried because there weren't any bags coming out.
everything was clear. my boarding time is getting nearer.

So I went to the baggage office something and surprise, I'd be getting my bag in MANILA.
IN MANILA. HOLY GUACAMOLE.

Then I hurried up! Alright. I had to basically go to the exit and go back to the check in counter. I found the check in booth kios. Tried to input my details but error. Error! *sweattts*

So I asked help from the staff and was told that I couldn't check in there because
I WAS AT THE WRONG TERMINAL 
 I WAS IN THE DOMESTIC AIRPORT/TERMINAL. 

girlllll, yow sistah was pale af. How am I gonna get to Tom Bradley International?
"Walking would be difficult as it is far from here. You can take a taxi but it's quite difficult to get one here".

Lady, I don't have any time to look for a cab.
but anyway I rush to ask another person and she told me that I could still go there by feet.

And mind you, I had a beach bag with me and a leather bag (so sturdy yet so heavy).


No that's not my baggage. Haha but you see that thing where the bags are placed?


Some airports give it for free but at the domestic airport- it wasn't. Costs about $5.
Of course, I was getting stressed, tired, all the feelings. And I have little less than 30 minutes to get to Tom Bradley Intl Airport (I SWEAAAAAAAAAAAAAR I WAS REALLY NERVOUS ALREADY!) 
I CAN'T MISS MY FLIGHT AND BUYING ANOTHER TICKET IS NOT AN OPTION (Just imagine how much would a ticket cost if I'll purchase it same day -LA-MANILA) My dad would probably ask me to go find a parachute. Lol hahaha). I WAS REALLY GONNA GET MYSELF IN TROUBLE (because it was my fault).


i really didn't want to spend $5 for a cart. YES, I still had the time to be frugal at that situation. LOL. 
I was so luckkkyy though, there was one cart which was pulled out and I see no one using it so home girl took it right away and ran! I had to survive okay! Hahaha I just took the cart for free put all my stuff and ran. I was wearing boots btw! girl, I dont care what you think but I can't afford to miss my flight. 

I arrived at Tom Bradley Intl Airport (catching my breath) and was at the Japan Airlines Kiosk when the japanese ladies were so surprised to see me. They were surprised because I was already checked-in and why one earth was I there... and it was almost time! "Everyone's already there". 
Girrrrrl, I needed to go back again to immigration/customs.  YES, AGAIN. WHEN IF I JUST TOOK THE SHUTTLE, I COULD'VE BEEN IN THE LOUNGE ENJOYING MY BEEF JERKY. 
 It was a hell of line. I was praying really - checking the time all the time. When the IO checked my boarding time, she was like "Oh! I hope you make it!". 
I HOPE SO. 


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ANYWAY, I MADE IT. HAHAHA
THANK GOD!
I MANAGED TO FIT ALL THOSE  HAPPENINGS IN AN HOUR AND A HALF.  

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So lemme tell you, don't pack too much and always make sure that things are clear. Also, don't wear boots. If you're up to some running - just don't. Hahaha but yeah, that experience would have probably been really costly if I just cried and didn't take any action. I slept almost the entire flight to Japan and missed my food (I usually will wait for the food then sleep). I had to call the flight attendant and request for my missed food. Haha I can't imagine how exhausting it was but now I can just smile and laugh about it.:)
P.S. I know some had worse. 
On my next post, I'd probably share to you how Delta Airlines gave me $700. 

That's all for now!
Adios :* 

xoxo
Tanya








Sunday, October 8, 2017

Surviving Sagada

After almost a month... Here's my Sagada Trip!
I enjoyed my recent trip so much I needed some time to contain all those feelings. Haha just kidding, work was eating me up so I had barely any time to write. But today's a Sunday, I woke  up at 1 am and now I'm more than eager to finish this post. 

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SURPRISE! I WENT TO SAGADA. 

background: no plans going to Sagada at all nor had any idea about it except that it was in the popular film, That Thing Called Tadhana 

so here's a quick wiki for y'all

Sagada is a town in the Cordillera Mountains, within the Philippines’ Mountain Province. Echo Valley’s hanging coffins are displayed high on cliffs, while centuries-old coffins are stacked in burial sites like Lumiang Cave. The nearby Sumaguing Cave has unusual limestone formations. To the north, Bomod-ok Falls has a natural swimming pool. Rice terraces are carved into the area's surrounding mountainsides.

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Alright?

So before going to Sagada, I went to buy some souvenirs in Banaue and my survival kit for Sagada. 
SURVIVAL KIT?  No, I didn't buy any weapons or whatsoever you're thinking now. 

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CANNED GOODS. YES, MAMIII. GOTTA PACK UP THOSE CANNED GOODS. 
BES, TAGAM NA KAAYO KOS PAGKAON SA BANAUE. 

Food prices in Banaue gave me a total shooookt of my life and pretty much I know that the prices in Sagada won't get any better. I packed up all those canned goods. Although, I hate to eat canned food...I pretty much didn't have any choice and it was one of the best decisions in my life evahh. 



Anyhoo, we took a van to Sagada. The van terminal is just in the bus stop of Banaue


Met two amazing friends. Donn and Bryan who were solo travellers too. We decided to just go all together.


Where to stay in Sagada? 

There are so many hostels around Sagada but the most strategically located is the


SAGADA GUESTHOUSE


One downside is that there are no outlets inside the room (just in the hallway). 
Beside it too is the Coda Lines Ticketing Outlet. It's actually across the bus station; very much in the center of the town.

Activities to do in Sagada, 

Going solo in Sagada to do activities isn't advisable (imho) because most activities/spots require entrance fee/tour guide/shuttle fee. 

We pretty much had to pay for everything. Lucky enough we got in a group. 
So, alright.. Just across the hostel too is the hall where you can book all the activities that you want to do. P.S. THERE'S AN ATM MACHINE INSIDE. 
First, pay for the environmental fee (P35). I thought I could get away with it but no, they require you to show it in every entrance of an anctivity/place. 



HERE'S A LIST OF SOME OF THE TOURIST ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES IN SAGADA.
GUIDES & TRANSPORT FEES
ECHO VALLEY & HANGING COFFINS P200/$4
SUMAGUING CAVE/SHORT COURSE CAVING P500/$10 (1-4 PEOPLE)
P600/$10.50 (6 VISITORS)
P1000/$20 (6-9 VISITORS); 2 GUIDES
P125/PERSON IF 13 OR MORE
OPTIONAL: TRANSPO P350 - TWO WAY
GRASSY LAND/MARLBORO  P600/$12
SHUTTLE FEE P650/$12.50
LANGSAYAN DANUM TRAVERSE P1000/$20 (1-3VISITORS
ROCK CLIMBING  P800/$16) (1 VISITOR)
P400/$4 EACH FOR 2 OR MORE 
MT. AMPACAO TRAVERSE P1200/ $24 (1-10 PEOPLE) 
BOKONG  P200/$4 1-10 VISITORS
TRANSPO  P250- TWO WAY




If you're on a budget better make plans with other people too.  


Check out what happened in Sagada :)










The much raved Lemon Pie. I love Pie especially Buko, Chicken and Egg. I haven't tried Lemon and well... the Lemon Pie tasted like Lemon ;) Haha it was P30-P40 per slice. 



inside the Lemon Pie House


















Hanging Coffins 

Our tour guide gave us an in depth background about the hanging coffins. 


yours truly




then we spent the night drinking with a whole lot of great conversations

spot the canned good over there? haha 


The next day, we went to Mt. Kiltepan for the Kiltepan Sunrise (no hangover! haha jk)
Where That Thing Called Tadhana's  (Filipino movie)  iconic moment was shot
credits from: thepoortraveller.net

The van picked us up at around 4 am and was about half an hour drive


food stalls 

P30-for a coffee?





Then we headed to Sumaguing Cave






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We survived Sumaguing Cave!


It was my first time to be in a cave and I swear amazing is an understatement. (I should check out more caves yknow haha). It was tough even if it was the shortest course and probably the easiest. I experienced rappeling okay!?! Hahaha t'was the best. I suggest anyone to visit one of the caves in Sagada, there's more to it actually. Try it out :) but always be cautious inside! Always be cautious and careful. It could be really slippery so always be mindful of your steps.


Bontok Falls



After Bontok, we had lunch at Yoghurt House. 


about P250 x it was good but I was feeling sick by the time we had lunch so I wasnt able to finish it

inside yoghurt house







We left Sagada around 2pm. I didn't want to leave.  It was a short stay but it was more than enough. I can say that I have made many good memories in Sagada. Who'd have though such spontaneous unplanned trip would turn out so good and special? :) 


Let me end this post with this :




Until my next adventure
xoxo,
Tanya


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