Hello everyone! WELCOME to our blog, which we would fondly call "Around the World in 90 days". This is to keep you up-to-date (well...we'll try) about our (mis)adventures ;) Our journey will start with a bang in... Morocco! Oh but let's not forget the wedding in Costa Rica, of course, which kicks off this whole honeymoon-travel escapade.
In order, this is the list of the exotic countries that we're planning to have a taste of: Morocco, Italy, Egypt, South Africa, Nepal, China (Tibet), Malaysia, Cambodia (possibly), Philippines, and Taiwan (also a possibility).
We consider this a trip of a lifetime and we would love to share it with you all. Are you ready to satisfy your wanderlust? Just follow this blog...
Watch out, great big world, here we come!
Start date: Oct 1st, 2008
End date: Jan 2nd, 2009
10/18/2008 - we made some changes...due to visa issues.Our Wedding Photos
11/16/2008 - more pictures from Morocco...Pictures from Morocco
12/05/2008 - pictures from Bangkok...Bangkok
12/05/2008 - pictures from North Thailand Part 1...North Thailand Part 1
12/05/2008 - pictures from North Thailand Part 2...North Thailand Part 2
12/05/2008 - pictures from Phuket...Phuket
12/05/2008 - pictures from Nepal...Nepal
12/15/2008 - bad news.....our laptop died...no more pictures and blog for now. Hopefully tekserve can help. :(
heading to phillippines tomorrow. Just two more weeks before heading home.
01/04/2009 - Finally home...will update our blog when we get a chance....thanks for reading.
01/12/2009 - Finally done with the blog. Thank you for reading.
January 3rd 2009
Day 81 - December 30, 2008 Epcot Day Today we went to Epcot. First we went to Ellen’s Energy Adventure, then Mission:Space, then Spaceship Earth. We saw “Honey I Shrunk the Audience”, then off we went to Mexico, Norway, China, Germany in half an hour! We watched a wonderfully bright choral show called “Candlelight Processional”. Then we watched “Illuminations”, a fireworks display with a message for a peaceful earth. We continued walking towards Germany, Italy, Japan, Morocco, France, UK, and Canada. We didn’t have time to see anymore shows since we started late today, so we planned to come back (either this trip or next time) to see everything! Before we went home, we took the Space Mountain Ride. This is such a cool rollercoaster ride into space in pitch black darkness. Day 82 - December ... read more
December 29th 2008
Day 73 - December 22, 2008 Traffic in Manila HE SAID: (GIM'S PERSPECTIVE) Judy, Momoy and Trushi are our tour guides for today. Judy took us to Bonifacio High Street, a new mall in Taguig. They showed us around Quiapo, the stalls under the Quiapo bridge, the Quiapo church, Chinatown (“Ongpin”), the electronics area (“Raon”) and the narrow, dirty, and crowded streets of Manila. Traffic jams are part everyday life in Manila. We got a Chinese ham, flipflops, and chestnuts. Because of the economy, Christmas is disappointingly lackluster this year, so we went to Policarpio Street in Mandaluyong, famous for its Christmas display. Maria’s cousin, Trushi, told us that even this street is not as colorful this year compared to the previous years. Day 74 - December 23, 2008 Carlos Celdran Tour Today is our Manila ... read more
December 21st 2008
Day 68 - December 17, 2008 Mabuhay, Pilipinas! He Said (Gim’s perspective) We left Malaysia early in the morning and had a long layover in Bangkok. We bought a camera at the airport since our cameras broke, 2 of them. We had a good one, 30% off. Then finally, we boarded our plane to the Philippines. Maria was so excited! We arrived in the Philippines in the evening and went shopping at Duty Free with Maria's family. The Duty Free Philippines is a whole mall by itself outside the airport. One can go home and just come back the next day to shop for "pasalubong", as long as it's within a week of one's arrival date. It is customary in the Filipino culture to bring home goodies, or pasalubong, for the whole family. After shopping, we ... read more
December 16th 2008
Sorry everyone, we haven't updated our blog for the past 2 weeks, our Mac gave out. Here is a brief rundown of what we have been doing in Malaysia: When we think of Malaysia, what immediately comes to mind is FOOD. Day 54 - December 3, 2008 We landed at Kuala Lumpur (locals call the city "K.L.") and stayed there for the night. We reached KL a few days late as we were stuck in Nepal for a couple of days. We were supposed to take Thai Airways but due the upheaval in Bangkok, the airport was closed for a week, so we decided to get a different route through Delhi. Day 55 - December 4, 2008 When we reached KL, Amy (Gim's younger sis) and Edmund (Gim's cousin) picked us up. Gim's other cousin, Joseph, ... read more
December 2nd 2008
Day 50 - November 29, 2008 Closer glimpse of Mt. Everest Woke up early and drove for an hour and a half to the airport. The airport was freezing. It was very modern and yet no heating whatsoever. We left Lhasa at 10:30 AM and reached Kathmandu at 10:30 AM! Tibet follows Beijing time, that’s why. On the plane, we got a closer glimpse of Mt. Everest, which was awesome. Ammar met us again at the airport. We went back to Moonlight Hotel and then went hiking to the Swayambhunath Temple (640 AD). Also called “Monkey Temple” by the locals because of its many resident monkeys, it sits on top of a hill west of Kathmandu. We climbed a long stairway to the top of the hill until we reached the stupa. We didn’t mind neither ... read more
November 28th 2008
Day 43 - November 22, 2008 On our way to our 7-day Tibet tour We woke up bright and early at 4 AM to catch our minibus to go to Tibet. We had breakfast halfway to the border (4400 feet). We finally arrived at Kadori Nepal/China border after 7 hours of travel. We had to walk a long way and uphill to the “Friendship Bridge” as the roads are so small and some vehicles kept pressing on so that traffic had become stagnant. At the border is chaos. Hundreds of Nepalis are lining up to visit relatives in Tibet. The immigration office is new (some months old) but nevertheless very disorganized. The restless crowd of Nepali people crossing the border was uncontrollable. After crossing the border, we were assigned to jeeps. There were 17 people in ... read more
November 21st 2008
Day 38 - November 17, 2008 Namaste Nepal We left Bangkok at 10 AM to Kathmandu. We met our guide, Ammar, at the airport. The airport seemed to have been neglected in the 1970s. We saw some Nepali men cutting grass with chisels. The elevation here is 4100 feet with temperature about 75 deg F. If their airport was old, so were everything else - the cars (70s model), the roads (half-paved), the houses (crumbling), the river (filthy). If traffic here was worse (than any other), the drivers were the worst. Gim said that the drivers’ fingers are always on the horn, ready to honk at minute provocation. Being mainly Hindu and Buddhist country, there are cows lounging in the middle of the road as if they own it. We finally reached our hotel, Moonlight Hotel, ... read more
November 15th 2008
Day 33 - November 11, 2008 Shop and Travel, perfect combo Our flight to Cambodia is in the afternoon, so we spent the morning shopping some more. Guess where we went? Platinum Mall, where else! Gim said our shopping is getting out of control, Maria says it’s just right. We had to buy an extra luggage, too (see? Gim says). Then we went to Cambodia. Cambodia is just a 1 ½-flight from Thailand, and this proximity explains the overlap in their histories, as well as the similarities in their skin color, language, and calligraphy. However, because of the series of turmoil in Cambodia, the whole country is taking time to get back to its past glory. We checked in our hotel, but it was fully booked, so we checked in a different one, called International Angkor ... read more
November 10th 2008
Day 20 - October 29, 2008 Rest and Relaxation Went back to Chiang Mai today. Lunch at a really good vegetarian place recommended by Lonely Planet, Aum. I had a veggie burger, which was just so-so, but the mango banana shake was yummm. Gim loved his papaya shake and noodle curry. They have an adjoining store for used books, where I got a paperback Lipstick Jungle for 180B ($5), to keep my connection with the Western world. We walked around the square and went back to the temple with a massage area, where we had a 2-hour deeply relaxing massage for only 240B ($7) each! Day 21- October 30, 2008 Golden Triangle Woke up early for our trip to Chang Rai. First stop was Chang Rai Hot Springs. Then we went to Chiang Saen ruins called ... read more
October 28th 2008
Day 9 - October 18, 2008 Shukran, Morocco Not a very productive day. Spent the whole day at the airport rearranging our travel plans. Gim decided to skip Italy, Egypt, and South Africa (after a lot of effort and dollars) and go to Thailand and Cambodia instead. We are keeping Tibet, Nepal, Malaysia, and Philippines. This is all due to my floating visa (boohoo!). Day 10 - October 19, 2008 Sawasdee, Bangkok! We have finally arrived in Thailand after a long flight from Casablanca. Our hotel is really elegant. We highly recommend Plaza Athenee Le Meridien Hotel. We got a good deal on our room because Gim is a Starwood member. For you guys out there, do not forget to make use of this opportunity. We felt so sick on our first day we just stayed ... read more