Quarantine Life…

It’s been more than a month since we were placed on community quarantine and it’s been extended twice. We are now in what they call “Season 3” of the ECQ or Enhanced Community Quarantine in our country. The government preferred to call it as quarantine instead of lockdown. Each country have different names for it. Singapore have their Circuit Breaker and Malaysia have the MCO or Movement Control Order. But basically it’s all the same. Limiting the movements of people to contain the coronavirus. It’s a drastic measure but a necessary one to avoid a surge in people getting sick that can overwhelm the health system of the country. We all saw what happened to Italy.

I wonder how people cope with their quarantine life. I am lucky because I am still able to work from home. I still have a job and a salary as the company I worked for is considered an essential industry. But I know a lot of people aren’t as lucky. There are so many companies that were impacted and one of them is the travel industry. I read of airlines suffering due to low demand and it took a toll on these companies. Some employees were requested to go on unpaid leave. Some were let go. It’s very sad but that’s just how it is. Traveling is not essential. We can always reschedule or cancel travel plans. After all, the places we want to visit will not go away. It will wait for us even if we decide to do it years after this pandemic is over.

I have travel plans in July and December that are not yet changed, rebooked or cancelled. I am still waiting for a miracle. That this pandemic will be over soon. That we can all start living normal lives. That a cure will be discovered tomorrow. That a vaccine will not take a year or more to develop but instead will be available soon. These are wishful thinking. For now, we have to deal with our “new normal”. Refraining from going to crowded places where we cannot practice physical distancing. Wearing of face mask as part of the OOTD. Hand washing and sanitizing every chance that we get. At the moment, being paranoid and overly cautious is okay. As they say, it is better to be safe and healthy than sorry.

The one thing that this pandemic brought to us though is the chance to let mother earth heal. Because we stopped moving around, we saw reports of reduced pollution in cosmopolitan cities around the world. Clear blue skies, clean rivers and sea. Most of all, families get to spend time together. For some a rare occurrence. We have a lot of time so we communicate more with each other. Out of boredom for some but for others it’s a chance to reconnect with friends and families you don’t get to talk to due to a busy life.

Wherever you are. No matter the condition you are in. Remember that this too shall pass.

xoxo,

the traveling KANGaroo

Travel Woes…

Travel plans changed in a blink of an eye. We were supposed to go to Hanoi this weekend to watch the Vietnam Formula 1 Grand Prix inaugural race. We were excited and booked our tickets late last year. We also planned to visit Ho Chi Minh while in the country. Hitting two cities with this trip. However, all that changed in the last month or so. Due to an unseen enemy called corona virus, a lockdown to contain the spread of the virus was issued in most countries including my own.

It’s no joke to cancel a trip! It’s a good thing that the airline sent a notice that we have an option to put the value of our tickets from the Philippines to Vietnam and back to a travel fund which we can use in the future. It’s one less thing to worry and I appreciate at http://www.cebupacificair.com with this initiative. Hotel booking cancellation was also a breeze because it was done via http://www.booking.com and all were with free cancellation. Now the hardest part was the domestic flight cancellation or rebooking for our Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh flight via Vietnam Airlines. It took a long time for their customer service to reply and attend to my email inquiry. I can understand though as the volume of rebooking, flight cancellations must be gigantic. Add in the language barrier and you have another problem. Anyway, the feedback was that the value of our air ticket cannot be refunded but we can rebook once for a fee of about $25. However, since we cannot think of another travel date due to the unknown F1 schedule the airline tickets are gone and we will lost money. I’ll charge it to the Covid-19 experience!

As for the F1 tickets, it is currently on hold as we still plan to watch it in the future. The organizer was quick to respond to the ticket inquiry and options were also given. Hopefully, we can survive this pandemic and lives will return to normal the soonest possible time. For now, we live in our new “normal”. Social distancing, working from home, home cooked meals, limited movements and spending quality time with our immediate family. This pandemic has made us view the world in another way. Made us realize the importance of the essentials and non-essentials things in life.

Do take care, readers! Life is short. Let’s still enjoy it while on quarantine or isolation.

xoxo,

the traveling KANGaroo

2020…

It’s a New Year. A Leap Year. Year of the Rat.

January is almost over and what an eventful month it was. From the Australian bush fire to the Taal Volcano eruption with matching earthquakes, to conflicts and disaster in the Middle East, we can say that the year entered with a big bang! And now the most scary thing that happened in January is the on going NCoV epidemic in China which spread to other countries including my own.

Traveling nowadays is a challenge. I wonder if this NCoV scare will go on for months. Hopefully it won’t and the virus will die a natural death. I’m concerned because I do have upcoming trips in April, July and December. Air tickets were paid for already. Events tickets were bought and paid for. It would be a major hassle if this epidemic will go on.

I’m a bit sorry for being lazy. I did not update this blog for quite sometime. And I traveled a lot in the last few months of 2019 so I should have been sharing more. Had a few footprints left in Tokyo, Japan in September. Followed by a lot of footprints left in Madrid, Seville, Granada and Barcelona, Spain last October. Went for a day trip in Tangier, Morocco. Enjoyed an overnight stay in Singapore in November to watch a U2 concert. And had a super fun time in Cebu, Philippines after Christmas with family!

I hope to write about my escapades soon. In the meantime, I wish all my readers a happy leap year. Stay safe and be healthy!

xoxo,

the traveling KANGaroo

Happy New Year, Happy 2018…

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!🥂🎉

May all your dreams and aspirations in 2018 come true. My wish is that I could be more active in updating my travel blog. That I could write and share my travels and some other interesting things in cyberspace.

For the past three years, I welcomed the new year in a place I don’t call my home. The first two was in Japan and now I’m in the neighboring country, South Korea. They had an amazing fireworks and LED show in Lotte World Tower that we watched ftom the sidewalk. It was freezing but we braved the cold just to witness how the Koreans welcome the new year.

My tips if you are planning to experience seeing their fireworks display:

1. Bundled up especially if you aren’t used to the cold weather. Temperature drop is common in the middle of the night.

2. Eat your dinner on or before 8 p.m. Most restaurants in the area closed early.

3. Stay inside the mall while waiting to escape the cold. Lotte Mart is open and you can do some shopping if you like.

4. If you’re saving money and taking the train, buy the return ticket before you go out of the train station.

5. After the fireworks, rush to the nearest train station. The crowd is huge with all the Koreans and foreigners catching the late night train. Train will run until 1:35 a.m.

It was an experience to board the Seoul Metro earlier today with the mob of people trying to get in. It was wild but had fun even if we were squeezed silly. If you don’t want that kind of thing, you can probably take the bus or taxi back to your accommodations. If you have young children with you, I advise you take a taxi!

xoxo,

the traveling KANGaroo

Travelogue…

I literally broke a promise to myself about writing at least once a month in my blog. It’s been four long months since my last post. 😰 I’ve been so busy with my ordinary (work) and not so ordinary life (traveling). While I was away hibernating from writing in my blog, I was able to go out and explore. Yes, that means I traveled to near and far away places. My “itchy feet” was tired but very happy exploring new destinations this year. However, my wallet wasn’t very happy! 🤣

In June 2017, I went to my dream destination in Europe. It was literally a “dream come true”! What used to be a favorite daydreaming habit of exploring Rome, Florence and Venice in my mind became a reality! Italy is I guess in everyone’s bucket list. I am not an exception. What can I say? I fell in love with the country! Ten days is not enough to explore all the beautiful Italian places. I will write about my visit there soon. 😊

July 2017 made me do some traveling within the country (Cebu City, Philippines) and region (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam). The first one is for pleasure. Visiting the city where I grew up and hanging out with friends. The second one was for work which is boring if you’re all alone.

August 2017 had me packing for a trip with the family to Taipei, Taiwan. It was a very quick weekend getaway. The country is practically our neighbor but was never in our destination list until they decided to let us travel visa free! 😂 Surprisingly, I liked the place and will definitely go back someday because two days was too short. I can’t get enough of the delicious street food. The price is value for money!

I can’t wait to write about my travel escapades. So dear readers, just hang in there! New content coming up… 😊

xoxo,

the traveling KANGaroo

The Love Month…

Time really flies so fast! We just celebrated Christmas and New Year not so long ago and here we are now in the month of love and romance. ❤️ 

February is probably the most “costly or expensive” month after December. Most especially for the men. 😄 This is the month when flowers have sky rocket high prices!😂 When restaurants are fully booked as well as the hotels and motels! 🤣 

Some say that Valentine’s Day is overrated. I don’t agree. Because we do need to celebrate love. It could be grand or simple but dating and spending time with your loved one on Valentine’s Day and rekindling the feelings you have for each other amid the chaos of one’s busy life is priceless. It’s a good time to remember why you fell in love in the first place. 💖 Kudos to those men who still spend so much money on flowers, chocolates and gifts. Even hardened and jaded women will probably turn soft as marshmallows to receive a flower or bouquet of flowers. Flowers and chocolates after all, never goes out of style!😍 

So, let me greet you dear readers a Happy Valentine’s Day! 💐💖 May your day be extra special with your loved one… If you don’t have one yet, don’t despair. He or she is probably searching for you and haven’t found you yet! 😄 So open your eyes and heart to endless possibilities.

To the single ladies out there, here’s something for you!😜 

Who needs a Valentine when you’re wearing a Valentino? 😄😂😜

Enjoy your celebration of love. ❤️ Til next time…


xoxo,

the traveling KANGaroo