Destination: Turkey

Istanbul Ah Turkey, the land of the Ottoman Empire. It’s late afternoon when I arrived in Ataturk Airport. The first thing I looked for is the ATM so I can start with my adventure. Since I’m staying in Istanbul for a couple of days, it is wise to get myself an InstanbulKart that I can…

Destination: New Zealand (Part III)

Queenstown Known as the party place in NZ where young people party and get drunk. It’s also the coldest place I’ve ever been on Earth. It was night time when we arrived and we had to walk a long way to our cabin to stay for the night. I’m also hungry and my travel mate…

Visa for Philippine Passport Holders: USA

Getting a US Visa is practically easy. All you need is tons of sincerity and honesty during the interview. The interview process is standard and the consular officers are not as scary as what everyone would think they are. This post is applicable to Philippine passport holders applying for B1/B2 type US visa. Requirements: Fill out…

Destination: New Zealand (Part II)

Christchurch to Dunedin I’m getting used to the cold but at some point it just seems unbearable. Good thing my friend’s house has a fireplace and it’s the place where I feel warm and safe from the threat of the cold winter. I have contacted someone who could give us a lift to Dunedin and…

Destination: New Zealand (Part I)

The best thing to do when backpacking on a limited time is to research. I’ve joined a Facebook group called “Backpacking New Zealand” and found myself a travelmate from Germany. It is best to have a travelmate for sharing costs, planning, and great company. I did the South Island planning and my travelmate just tagged…

Destination: Sydney

The original plan to spend my holidays in the East coast of Australia has been changed because the embassy decided to deny my tourist visa due to my profile as a yuppy single dude with no strong ties to the home country. Bottomline is, I obtained a tourist Visa for New Zealand instead and applied for an Australian transit visa which allows…

Visa for Philippine Passport Holders: Australia

Australian Visa Application Philippine passport holders can apply for Visa online via http://www.immi.gov.au website. This article will guide you on how to apply for a Visa subclass 600 tourist stream. Disclaimer: I am not a migration agent nor do I represent any agency that provide visa processing services. This post is based on my experience…

Side Trip: Singapore

When I booked my tickets to Indonesia, I was happy to have a long layover in Singapore on my way back from Surabaya. The first time I went is just a 1-hour episode of running and trying to catch the next airplane miles away from my arrival gate. Anyway, I nearly had to book another…

Destination: Java (Part III)

Day 4 – Surabaya – Bromo The downside of having a short holiday trip is that the pace of each journey is fast. I didn’t have much time absorbing the experience in Borobudur and there’s so much to take. I’ve always been a moving traveler and no lazy day since every minute of the holiday…

Destination: Java (Part II)

 If you haven’t read the first part, see Destination: Java, Indonesia. Day 3 – Borobudur, Magelang, Yogyakarta 0300 – My tour transport guy came to fetch me from the hostel. I woke up ready for the day with chocolate bars and water that I bought in preparation for the adventure. We had to pass by…

Destination: Java, Indonesia

Bromo, Borobudur, Prambanan The Plan Starbucks Planner: Imagination on paper The Papal visit was all over the news when I started to plan the trip to Indonesia. Planning a trip is a serious business. It’s the most exciting stage of the entire process. When I plan trips, I use the combined force of the imagination…

Destination: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The decision to go to Cambodia is easy. My personal expectation about Saigon is too high. It lacks the sense of adventure, exotism, and culture. I packed my bags waved goodbye to my German friend Myriam and spent the night in a cheap hotel near the bus station. Day 1 I woke up early in…