Welcome back to me…

Hello, Me! Welcome back from the Land of the Dead!😆 Jesus Christ already resurrected twice since my last post. Meaning two Easter Sundays had passed already. And yet, I was sleeping like a log! 💤 I guess I completely forgot I have a travel blog and that it needs to be updated from time to time. Now, it’s time to wake up and resurrect this page. Ha!ha!

What have I been doing in a year and a half of nothingness? I wish I could say I was meditating, had a quiet solitude in the middle of nowhere or went to the mountains to seek tranquility like the Tibetan monks. Unfortunately, I was in the middle of a concrete jungle earning a living and doing the kind of stuff normal humans do. And on the side, I was very busy preparing and planning for our family trips that’s either domestic or international travels. It was no joke planning and preparing for a family of five to travel to Europe! Especially if you need a visa to enter a country. Yes, we went there last December 2018 to spend Christmas and New Year in a far away continent. ☺️ Juggling work and preparing visa requirements / appointments, accommodations planning, tours / itinerary plus the numerous other activities was stressful. However, it was all worth it because my “joeys” were very happy to set foot in Europe (France and United Kingdom) for the first time. Even the yellow vest protest rally on a Saturday in Avenue des Champs-Élysées couldn’t dampen the mood for the first timers in Paris! I have many things to share but let me write about it some other time. If I can remember to write about it at all. Ha!ha!

Arc de Triomphe view. Noticed the police cars?

Tower Bridge in London

I haven’t even written about my 2017 trip to Italy which was super nice, the family’s epic (super cold) winter holiday in Seoul, South Korea, the quick weekend get away in Taipei, Taiwan and here I am talking about our winter 2018 travels.😂 Talk about fast forward!

Since it’s already 2019 might as well write about our recent family holiday this month in Thailand. Better to talk about it now while it’s still fresh. First of all, let me tell you that even though it was very hot in Bangkok we enjoyed our stay… a lot! Maybe it helped that the hotel we stayed in was nice. We decided to book a three bedroom apartment at Chatrium Hotels & Residences https://www.chatrium.com for our holiday. It was comfortable, the swimming pool is nice and the buffet breakfast was very good with a lot of choices. The hotel price wasn’t so bad either for the accommodations that we had. Sharing some photos of our Thailand trip.

View of Chatrium Hotel & Residences

Poolside view

The trip coincided with the coronation weekend of the new King of Thailand. Thus, we weren’t able to visit the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha because it was closed to the public. The place surrounding the area was bedecked in yellow which is the color of the royal family. Luckily, Wat Pho was open and it was the only one we were able to visit because the extreme heat of the sun can drain one’s battery!🤣 No more energy to explore other places of interest and time was limited as well.

Wat Arun view from the river taxi

View of the Grand Palace from the street

Inside Wat Pho


Reclining Buddha

After visiting Wat Pho, we wanted to go to a mall already to have some mango shake, iced butterfly pea tea or thai milk tea to quench our thirst and just stay inside a cold air conditioned place. We were melting slowly under the heat of the sun. The mind was willing to explore more but the body was weak!😰

But before the mall, we had to look for another interesting place. Due to the popular netflix show about street foods, we dropped by the street side restaurant of Jay Fai who was awarded a Michelin Star. We wanted to experience it but we didn’t know you have to book in advance for a table. The booking is up to 30 days in advance! Yes, that’s how popular she is. Mind you, the place is just a normal street food eating place in Bangkok. No aircon, just electric fans and you can actually see Jay Fai cooking!😁 Must be really good to be fully booked for a month.

A fully booked Jay Fai restaurant

Jay Fai in the kitchen

Since one of the agenda was to eat good food while in Bangkok, we went to another Michelin Star resto named Saneh Jaan. The place is a bit “posh” looking and unlike Jay Fai’s you have to be in at least a decent attire preferably not in slippers and shorts kind of outfit. Note that it is not your normal Michelin star place where the serving is little. You can actually order and share the food. Yehey!! The Thai Milk tea is good so don’t forget to try it as well if you visit the place.



Pad Thai

Fried rice

Thai Curry

Restaurant entrance

Bangkok is a beautiful city. It’s well known as a shopping haven with very good but cheap food and wild night life! Remember The Hangover movie? They even have a walking tour for that. I’ll gladly pay for a tour if the guide is Bradley Cooper. Ha!ha! I hope to go back to Thailand again and explore the other places of interest. Maybe, a Phuket trip in the future.

Anyway, I hope to find more time to write and share about my travel escapades, post photos and update this page to help fellow travellers who have the same wanderlust soul as me!😊 But for now, I gotta go. Note that the photos were all taken from my mobile phone. Thus, bear with the low quality of photos.✌🏼


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London Escapade…

Traveling is always awesome. But, when you get to travel to a place that was always in your dreams – day and night, you just can’t help but think that you’re lucky. I’m thankful that my day dreaming of visiting London paid off. 🙂

My London escapade was a rainy and chilly one. I arrived in the middle of winter. It’s dreary and miserable. For some that is, but not me! You don’t wish upon a star and when your wishes are granted, you complain. 🙂 As they say in England, “Keep Calm and Carry On”. Thus, I decided to enjoy my short stay and explored as much as I can.

*Some of the Places of Interest that I was able to explore in London:
1. Buckingham Palace the Queen is unfortunately on her annual leave. Leaving behind her guards only. It was raining cats and dogs but we did manage to take some photos as well as selfies! Unfortunately for us, there was no changing of the guards event at that time. So afterwards, we browsed for little trinkets in the gift shop “The Queen’s Gallery” located at the side of the palace while waiting for the hop on hop off bus’ arrival. Well, times are hard and upkeep of the palace is expensive so even the Royals are into selling souvenir items! 😛

2. Trafalgar Square – one of the must visit place for tourists and sad to say it was a rainy day. We weren’t even able to go inside The National Gallery due to time constraints. 😦 During winter, night time tend to come early and we have to make the most of our time exploring while there’s still light. A museum visit will have to be done on the next trip as entering one must be at a leisurely pace. Hopefully, next trip we can stay a little longer so we can visit all the museums in London with free admission! 😛

3. Tower Bridge of London – was happy that the hop on hop off bus tours included a free River Thames cruise. It was truly amazing to gaze at something that you only read in the books or dreamed about seeing someday.

Tower Bridge

4. Tower of Londonall I can say is I will be back and next time I have to go inside this historic castle. I want to see the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom! However, we were told that we had to allocate at least half-day to tour this place. Unfortunately for us, we don’t have the luxury of time! 😦 To know more and buy tickets, visit their site at: http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/

5. Westminster Cathedral – the place where we attended Sunday mass near Victoria Station. Not to be confused with Westminster Abbey which is located a few blocks away. This is the mother church of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. As a Catholic, I was very happy to visit this beautiful church. The excitement was at par for when I dream of visiting The Vatican someday. However, it needed funds for the upkeep of the church. It is huge and not heated enough in the dead of winter. To know more and to donate, check out: http://www.westminstercathedral.org.uk/

Westminster Cathedral

6. Westminster Abbey – very popular as Royal Coronations and Weddings are held here. Too bad, there was an on-going service and therefore tourists or people that aren’t a member of the Church of England are not allowed inside. I did not bother to wait until the service ended to go inside and take a peek so a photo outside the massive structure was enough. 🙂

Westminster Abbey

7. Parliament Square – one of London’s popular tourist destination. Statues of notable figures like Winston Churchill and even Nelson Mandela can be found here. Of course a lot of picture taking happened in this area. 🙂 Good thing also that the weather improved when we were there. By the way, Big Ben (Great Bell) in the Elizabeth Tower resides in this place. I was more impressed with the facade of the Parliament buildings than the Buckingham Palace. Ha!ha!ha!

8. The London Eye – just across the bridge from Parliament Square is the famous London Eye. Situated in the south bank of the River Thames. This is also the area where we boarded the ferry for the River Thames Cruise. We did not bother to ride the Eye because the queue was so long! For me, it’s enough that I was able to see this huge structure. Check out their website if you want to book your tickets online: http://www.londoneye.com/

London Eye

9. Leicester Square / Regent StreetWe went to this place in search of Hamley’s which is the oldest toy store in the world. We can’t go home without something for the kids and toys always makes them happy. Ha!ha! While in the vicinity, we dropped by Nando’s for some peri-peri chicken and yummy cheesecake. Really, it’s one of my favorite. Wish they will open a store in the far east.

10. Knightsbridge – when in London, never forget to include this area in the list. This is where the famous Harrods store is located. Rich people be it local or tourist are abundant in this area. You can see exotic cars parked outside or cruising on the streets. Don’t be shy and go inside the Harrods store! Check out all the floors and maybe you’ll be lucky to hear a live Opera singer sing like I did.Ha!ha! You can also buy food, souvenirs and presents here, if you have the budget. 🙂

What about what I’ve missed because I didn’t stay longer? Definitely a lot! So when I go back to London, I’ll make sure I’ll go to the following places: Kensington Palace, Notting Hill, Covent Garden, Camden Market, Borough Market, Abbey Road, Portobello Market, St. Paul’s Cathedral, British Museum etc.

Now, I wonder when will I be able to go back? A trip to London does not come cheap! Oh well, only Heaven knows when but definitely I’ll be back.


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London Calling…

It has always been a dream of mine to travel to London since I was a teenager. Probably because of the many books that I’ve read with England as the setting. Whenever someone asked me where I’ve been and even if it’s only at the back of the house, the answer was always: “I’ve been to London to visit the Queen”. Such childish retort that now I can say came true. 🙂

London did not disappoint. Even in the middle of winter time, it was a magical place to be in. World weary travelers may not agree as it’s a densely populated place after all and the weather is not so great. But it has it’s beauty which is solely it’s own. I even enjoyed walking in the rain. I loved that the transportation is great in this city. Our preferred mode of transportation was the bus and we made good use of the Oyster card given to us by friends. For more information, check out: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/


Because we stayed for such a short time and it was our first time, we tried the Hop On Hop Off London bus to tour the city. We took the Original London Tour bus because it was recommended by the hotel http://www.theoriginaltour.com but found out that the other one which was the Big Bus Tours had a better schedule http://www.bigbustours.com and more buses. The tour offers a free cruise on the River Thames too which is nice. Check out their individual websites to know more and for discounts or deals.

Hop On Hop Off Bus

We were able to experience Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park which was practically a ‘carnival’ with rides, food booths and stalls selling souvenirs. I enjoyed the place even if I was freezing! 🙂 There I saw the ethnicity of the city. So many people from different countries converging in that corner of Hyde Park. Locals, immigrants, visitors enjoying the place together. To check their future schedule and entrance fee go to http://www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, London

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, London

Oh yeah, I was able to ride the tube too! Sad to say, I never found platform 9 3/4 where Harry Potter boarded his train towards Hogwarts. Maybe, on my next visit I’ll find it. 😛

P.S. Pardon the photos, weather wasn’t so great to take a lot of awesome pics!


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