I was born in Manila, Philippines. Grew up in a town called Paranaque until the age of 9. Moved to Vancouver, Canada and lived here ever since. I met my wife here and together and have a baby boy.
I like the idea of travelling, but never really been to too many places. The country that I stayed and explore the most (besides Phillippines, Canada, US) is Australia. Mainly in Brisbane and Sidney. I only went there because of World Youth Day 2008. The kind of travelling I would like to endeavour is travelling to rural and remote parts of the world. Away from cities that I would describe as world cities (Paris, London, Tokyo, etc). Places people would never think of going or interesting. I am a pretty shy person, but I do want to interact with the locals and learn more about everyday life in the place I would stay.
One day when I do visit those places. I would like to keep a journal of my travels. So I could read them later when I am older. To look back on the many adventures I had.
June 27th 2012
Today we went to Hanuma Bay. This is supposed to be the best place to snorkel or dive because it has the most variety of fish in the bay. The bay is also supposed to be one of the calmest waters in Oahu so the visibility was good. We got there by car and had to pay $1 parking. We got there at 8am because I read online that this parking fills up fast and usually becomes full at 9am when they turn cars away. Then we had to see a 10-minute orientation video on how to preserve the bay. Finally we got down to the bottom of the bay where there was a rental shop for snorkeling. For 2 sets of snorkels, masks and fins, it cost about $35. Golda didn’t know how to swim ... read more
June 26th 2012
Today we went to the historic town of Heleiwa. We got there at noon, and tried food from the food trucks for lunch. The taste was just as good as the one in “Blue Water Shrimp and Seafood”. The shrimp was the same size as the blue water shrimp, but it was spiced differently. It was the perfect combination of butter and roasted garlic. I could really taste the creamy butter (not those fake ones they give you in red lobster) and the garlic was perfectly roasted. We then went to Matsumuto’s grocery store. In there they sell souvenirs, but more importantly their famous “shaved ice”. I was expecting snow cone, but it was not even close because the ice is shaved and the consistency was almost like snow. Because of that, whatever syrup you pour ... read more
June 25th 2012
Our day was pre-determined today. We decided that we would spend all day at the Polynesian Cultural Centre. We also decided to drive with the top down there; though Golda had some objections, I convinced her otherwise. The drive there was as beautiful as the drive down to the Dole Plantation plant, only this time it felt like we were entering Jurassic park because of the steep mountain ranges along the road, and the ocean right beside it. On the way, I think I might have seen a church ruin. There was a beautiful backdrop, and behind the ruin, were steep tropical mountain ranges perfect for landscape photography. I just wish we could have had enough time to revisit that road before we go. When we finally got to the Polynesian Cultural Centre, I noticed that ... read more
June 24th 2012
Today was the day we were supposed to move into a 1 king-sized bedroom. We were told to bring our entire luggage down to the lobby where they would show us to our new room. Well, we went downstairs and found out that the room wasn’t going to be ready until 3pm. One of the clerks then showed us where to store our luggage while we went out. We then headed out to the Dole Plantation. There was surprisingly less traffic on Sunday than the day before, so it made a relaxing drive. Halfway there, the scenery started to change; we were in the inland of Oahu now. It was beautiful, the mountains were awesome, and it was almost like the mountains back in Vancouver, but the mountains were lighter green because of the tropical vegetation. ... read more
June 23rd 2012
Woke up at 7am and I couldn’t really go back to sleep. Golda still wanted to sleep, so I just did things to get ready for the day. When we were both ready, we both took an early morning stroll in Waikiki. We discovered that the beach was only a 15 minutes walk away from our hotel, so we planned to go there later in the day. When we got back from our walk, we decided to see if there were any Outlet malls here in Oahu (Hawaii’s main island). We found one 18 miles from our hotel. On our way there I realized that the traffic in Hawaii was not very relaxing at all. It felt like Seattle’s rush hour traffic all the time. Anyways, when we got there, it looked like Seattle Premium Outlets ... read more
June 22nd 2012
The day before our vacation, we did many things, such as: taking money out, cleaning the house, taking Mason to my parents’ house. I had to go back and forth my parents’ house a countless amount of times. Then later on that night, Golda said that our flight was at 6pm and not 7am as she previously stated; I was relieved since I was very tired that night. When we arrived in Hawaii, I felt pretty warm as expected. But the heat did not compare to the heat of Japan, Taiwan or Philippines in the summer months. When we got to the Budget rental lot, the clerk upgraded our car for us because it was our honeymoon. He gave us a Jeep Wrangler (I always wanted to test drive one of those). This machine is an ... read more