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Let’s Explore Chiang Mai together!

I’m a creature of habit. Once I become comfortable, I never want to change. I have to force myself (or be in the right mood) to try new things. That’s why even though I’ve been to Bangkok several times already, I rarely venture out to try new places or eat something completely different. That’s why I also haven’t explored Chiang Mai.

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Bangkok traffic

But that’s about to change, because I’m going to Chiang Mai this October, and you have the chance to explore it with me! Together with Ivan Henares and EEI Global Holidays, we’re going to temple-hop in Chiang Mai, eat some really good Thai food, and do some early Christmas shopping!
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The Tiger has Arrived!

I have been fortunate enough to have the chance to have companies sponsoring trips and travel gears through this blog. If you’ve been reading Just Wandering long enough, you’d know that one of my first sponsors was Southeast Asian Airlines. Thanks to them, I was able to travel make a yearly trip to Boracay.

This year marked a big change for Seair, as they are now Tiger Airways! As a way to thank everybody who has been with me through the years, as well as to celebrate this new beginning, I’m giving away round trip tickets courtesy of Tiger Airways to a couple of Just Wandering readers!
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Fold it with Muji

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When you travel with a backpack, you become more conscious of what you put in your bag. It’s not just the space that matters – weight plays a big role, because you have to haul that bag on your back! I’ve gotten quite adept in packing light, though I’m still prone to overpacking (and over shopping!).  My rule is, if it’s bulky, best to leave it at home. If you really must have it with you, wear it.

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Muji Foldable Backpack and Flats

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Insanely low business class fares from Philippine Airlines

Philippine Airlines have been promoting the super low prices of their Mabuhay Class seats, both for their domestic and international flights. While the prices were truly tempting, I was rather disappointed that the fares for their Melbourne flights are still rather high. My brother, who received the newsletter with the low fares, noticed that the fares to Brisbane from Manila are quite cheap, and then my sister pointed out that fares from Brisbane to Melbourne go for around AU$100 round trip, so it’s still quite a savings if I’m to take that route.

So I went the PAL website to check if these fares are for real. And they are!

Philippine Airlines economy class ticket
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Have a Resorts World Sentosa getaway with BDO Credit Cards

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I have this love/hate relationship with credit cards. I got my first card in 2006, right around the time I started planning for my first solo trip. Back then, if you want to buy plane tickets from budget airline’s websites, you have to use a credit card. My first purchase was round trip tickets to Singapore via Jetstar Airways, followed by my Tiger Airways tickets to Bangkok. I also used my credit card to pay for my train ticket to Udon Thani in Southern Thailand, when I arranged it with a Bangkok-based travel agent, while still in Manila.

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Credit cards come in handy when you and your friends make an impulsive decision to fly to Bangkok to eat

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Summer with Muji

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People are often in awe when I tell them that I once traveled for 30 days with only a backpack. They are often the same people who bring a trolley for a weekend trip. The thing is, you don’t really need to bring fresh clothes for each day that you’re traveling. Rolf Potts was even able to travel around the world for six weeks without any baggage. If you’re like me, who don’t really mind wearing the same outfit during the same trip, traveling light is a breeze.

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Washing board, check. Now if only I have someone to do the laundry…

The secret to doing this is quite simple: laundry. You don’t need to bring one set of outfit for each day you’re traveling (providing you’re traveling for more than a week), because you can have you clothes laundered. When I traveled for one month in Southeast Asia, I had my clothes washed at least twice. In between, I would wash one or two articles of clothing (the quick drying ones), as well as my underwear, in my room’s ensuite toilet. That’s why Muji’s Portable Washing Board caught my interest.
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