Back in September, my sister in Australia told me over Viber that she’s considering asking our mother to spend New Year’s with them again in Melbourne, and asked me if I am willing to accompany our mother to Australia. Of course, I am!
I’ve heard from friends and read in the comments section of my previous visa application guides that Philippine passport holders can now apply for an Australian tourist visa online. Since I do not like the stress that Manila traffic brings, and I do like doing business online, this was very appealing to me.
I have traveled to Thailand several times since I first started backpacking in 2006, but haven’t made it to Phuket until last June. Here’s what I learned in our five-day stay there.
Direct flights vs. Transiting in Bangkok
Cebu Pacific flies direct to Phuket from Manila, but operates only twice or thrice a week. It’s okay if you are looking to only spend the weekend in the island, but it didn’t work for my schedule. What I did was to book Manila-Bangkok, and Phuket-Manila during one of their seat sales (bought tickets in November, flew June). The Phuket-Manila flight is around midnight, which is great, because it gives you one full day to spend at the beach.
There are a number of domestic airlines that can bring me from Bangkok to Phuket, but I went with Bangkok Airways because their flight arrival is the closest to the arrival of my brother’s flight from Singapore.
Last November, I received a message on Viber from my brother: “Agoda is offering a pool villa in Angsana Laguna Phuket for only $10 more than the apartment, so I went ahead and booked it. Do you want to join us in June?”
If you’ve been reading my blog long enough, you know that I travel for lesser reasons than that. In the next seat sale (which was about a week after our conversation), I booked my flights.
The Angsana Hotel is located in the Laguna Complex, an area in Bang Tao, along with other resorts like the Banyan Tree, Dusit Thani, and the Outrigger Resorts. It is also the venue for the annual Phuket International Marathon.
If you are staying at a resort in Laguna Phuket, and have arranged for an airport shuttle, you can wait at their lounge located right outside the international arrivals gate.
Hello, I’m Nina and I love traveling and cats. Though my social media posts may seem I am super crazy about cats (and I am!), I can’t say that I love them as much as I love traveling — travel is something that is constant in my life, which resulted to me not even having a cat. I figured that since I’m away a lot, it wouldn’t be fair to the kitty that I will be adopting. And that is why I go crazy whenever I come across a cat.
This post is (hopefully) a first of a series of blogs that I will be publishing about
stalking cats I’ve encountered in the different cities and countries I’ve been to through the years.
A visit to Penang is not complete without staying and exploring the historic city of Georgetown. For this leg of our Penang trip, Bayview Hotel Georgetown has kindly offered us two night’s stay, and a special rate for my third night through Agoda.com.
The hotel is located on Lebuh Farquhar, right in between the Eastern & Oriental Hotel and the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion. While it’s in the buffer zone, its location is still pretty optimal — the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage Site is within walking distance, yet it’s far enough that it’s in a quieter neighborhood (though the streets around it are quite busy with speeding cars).
From the Georgetown Bayview Hotel, we were able to walk to the Purrfect Cat Cafe in Jalan Muntri, Dewan Sri Pinang in Light Street, and Kapitan Restoran in Lebuh Chulia in the historic core.
While we didn’t stay at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort’s next door neighbor, we had the opportunity to tour the hotel. On our first night, we also dropped by to have dinner at Sigi’s to try out their Durian Cheeseburger.
The Golden Sands Resort is a four-star property, and is geared more towards families on holiday. Much like many of other Shangri-La properties, the huge freeform pool dominates the outdoor area.