Happy New Year, Happy 2018…

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!๐Ÿฅ‚๐ŸŽ‰

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

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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. ๐Ÿ˜ฐ 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! ๐Ÿคฃ

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. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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! ๐Ÿ˜‚ 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… ๐Ÿ˜Š

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. โค๏ธ 

February is probably the most “costly or expensive” month after December. Most especially for the men. ๐Ÿ˜„ This is the month when flowers have sky rocket high prices!๐Ÿ˜‚ When restaurants are fully booked as well as the hotels and motels! ๐Ÿคฃ 

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. ๐Ÿ’– 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!๐Ÿ˜ 

So, let me greet you dear readers a Happy Valentine’s Day! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’– 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! ๐Ÿ˜„ So open your eyes and heart to endless possibilities.

To the single ladies out there, here’s something for you!๐Ÿ˜œ 

Who needs a Valentine when you’re wearing a Valentino? ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜œ

Enjoy your celebration of love. โค๏ธ Til next time…


xoxo,

the traveling KANGaroo


 

The Holiday Season…

It’s been a busy past few weeks. Although I traveled to Macau in early December after the recent Hong Kong trip, sad to say I have no time to write due to the holiday season. In our country, Christmas is a big thing. When the “ber” months kicked in, it’s already Christmas time!๐Ÿ˜„ I’ve been busy preparing for the parties, last minute shopping for godchildren and packing for our next trip in two days time. 

Anyway, I want to greet my dear readers/visitors a very Merry Christmas! ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ๐Ÿพ I hope you enjoy the festivities and the food!

I will definitely post something about the Macau trip soon. For now, let me get some sleep first. ๐Ÿ˜‚ We just finished our Noche Buena meal and my tummy is so full. My waistline is getting bigger & bigger everyday. ๐Ÿ˜ฐ

2016 Travel Photos


Lastly, I hope this season will bring us peace, love and harmony. I also want to thank my readers for dropping by. I hope I was able to help you. 

xoxo,

the traveling KANGaroo

Back in Bangkok…

I’m back in Bangkok! ๐Ÿ˜„

And as usual it’s not for pleasure but for work. I’m back to my daily train rides that surprisingly I really liked.ย 

Train Station

I noticed this time that Bangkok probably have the most brilliant way of moving people around. We all know they have their water taxi or canal taxi boats. They have the car taxi, uber, trains, buses and tuktuk. I never noticed in my previous trips but they also have a Motorcycle Taxi! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

The motorcycle drivers have helmets but the passengers don’t have any. I was told there’s an available helmet but the commuters refused to use one because of sanitation issues. Oh well, imagine using one with other people’s sweat on it. The smell alone will probably scare you and you’ll opt to just pray to God that you will not meet an accident to/fro your destination. ๐Ÿ˜œ

I finally had a Thai Foot Massage just beside the hotel on this trip. The name of the massage parlor is Lek and the staff are good. You’ll know from the number of customers inside having a foot massage.ย 

Lek Foot Massage


ย The price is not that bad at THB 300 for an hour of foot massage. A little pampering after walking will be appreciated by your feet!ย 

Although there are signs that it’s the Great Bangkok Sale, I couldn’t find anything worth splurging. Although I did spend money on my Neobun and Salonpas analgesic plasters. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Went around the Siam area and visited the posh and newly renovated Siam Discovery mall. I am however disappointed why there wasn’t a Philippines from their lobby display when I saw most of the ASEAN countries plus Japan & Korea!ย 

Siam Discovery

And for food, my tummy was happy with MK Restaurant. A shabu-shabu style restaurant that is probably best with a large group of people. ๐Ÿ˜Šย 

MK’s Ordering Machine

Overflowing Cold Tea


Shabu Shabu

Yum!


My tummy probably enjoyed this trip more than any part of my body. After You Cafe had this new product Mango Sticky Rice and it was soooo good! I’m not easily impressed with desserts but this one is really good!ย 


Mango Sticky Rice

Mango Sticky Rice


I had more food trips in the non-touristy area of Bangkok but it’s for another post. This will do for now! ๐Ÿ˜„

Apologies if my photos aren’t that great. It’s taken only from my iPhone 6 ย with a camera that isn’t good anymore since the phone gets dropped sometimes. ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜…ย 
Til next time…ย 

xoxo,ย 

the traveling KANGaroo

Talk about being A Fan…

Let me veer away for a while from travel posts and instead write about something that most of us experienced once, twice or many many times in our lifetime. Have you ever admired a famous person and became a fan? The answer to the question is probably a “yes” for most people. Did you ever consider yourself a die hard fan? How do you actually measure the extent of the admiration of a fan. Some fans can get real creepy with their obsession for the celebrity. I wonder how it is to be a normal and cool fan. Or is there such a person? ๐Ÿ˜„ย 

Last night was a night that I will never forget unless I have Alzheimer’s. After waiting for months, Madonna the Queen of Pop finally landed in Manila for a two day concert entitled Rebel Heart. My favorite rebel heart came to town. My childhood idol. From cassette tapes, CD’s and now iTunes and Spotify her music made me happy. From Like A Virgin to Living for Love songs, her music lives on.

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Madonna in Manila

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But first, let me reminisce what happened prior to this “once in a lifetime” event. Last year it was announced she will finally have a World Tour again and this time Southeast Asia countries will be included and one of them is the Philippines! Imagine my excitement?๐Ÿ˜ I am a fan since elementary days and that’s what? 30 years ago? I couldn’t wait to grab a ticket.ย 

Imagine my dismay upon knowing of the ticket prices. Hopes of being near Madonna was gone with the wind. The most expensive ticket can pay for one college term of my eldest child! But then never mind (I thought to myself), I can afford the upperbox ticket. So when the online preselling day came, I was infront of the computer desperately trying to get me and my friends tickets to the concert. But, the cruelty of the Internet connection or was it the website crashing numerous times helped in adding further to my disappointment. No tickets purchased online and therefore there was no choice but to line up at the ticket office on the official selling date which I really didn’t like to do. Anyway, because I am a fan I woke up early and lined up in the nearest mall to get tickets. It took one hour of waiting and when it was my turn to buy, upper box tickets were sold out. At that time, there was no second day concert announcement yet. I was desperate and asked if there were General Admission tickets left. Finally, was able to secure tickets after my concert buddies confirmed that they are okay even if the seats were at the very end of the arena and Madonna will look like an ant only! They said its the experience and the music that matters. Yes!๐Ÿ˜„

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Madonna’s Rebel Heart Concert Ticket

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After months of waiting and numerous countdowns, the day finally arrived. My concert buddies and I were kidding that we don’t need to get ourselves prettier than we already are because no one can see us up there in the Gen Ad location. ๐Ÿ˜‚ But, the Heavens probably took pity. The mother of surprises a.k.a. SM Tickets called at 2 p.m. to tell us they will transfer us in a different section because there was a problem with our seats. Lighting problems, I think and the production crew need people to vacate. Guess what? We were upgraded to Lower Box! ๐Ÿ˜„ And from the mere 3K seats, we got upgraded to 29K seats with a good vantage view. I can’t scream enough nor jump up and down with glee like crazy!

We were so excited. We got a good parking space near the venue. Had a good dinner before the event. Patiently or was it impatiently waited two and a half hours for Madonna to start the show. ๐Ÿ˜ณ Was already sleepy when the lights suddenly dimmed and the show finally started. The sleepiness went out and we were instantly ready to party with the Queen! She didn’t disappoint. We had a blast! We were shocked with some parts of the show but shakes it off in the name of art and entertainment. ๐Ÿ˜„

I will always be a FAN because it’s FUN!!!

Madonna


From the Unapologetic Bitch


We went home in the wee hours of the morning “happily” tired and with a sore throat from too much screaming. But I had memories of the concert on my phone since I took some videos and photos. It will last me a lifetime already. ๐Ÿ˜Š Thank you, Madonna for coming to Manila. You made a lot of your fans happy!!!

xoxo,

the traveling KANGaroo