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Where are you going for the holidays?

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My brother and his family came home to spend the holidays in the Philippines. I tagged along with them to Boracay (where I’m writing this post from) for some R & R.

I usually spend the holidays at home, since I prefer to stay at home when everyone else is traveling. This year, however, some friends are inviting me to go to one of those New Year’s Eve countdown thingies, followed by media noche in one of the hotels in Makati. Since I’m not too excited about the prospect of going home in the wee hours of January 1st (this is the Philippines, after all, where firecrackers can be set off by anyone who can afford to buy it), we decided to just stay somewhere close.
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Travel gear and goodies from HostelBookers.com

Hostel search and booking site, HostelBookers.com is holding a 24 Days of Christmas Prizes contest. Every day until Christmas eve, they will be posting questions in the Hostel Bookers Facebook page, and you'd have to e-mail them the correct answer to qualify for the daily drawing. Prizes at stake include cameras, iPods, shopping vouchers from Amazon, hostel stays and a…read more
Brunei, Destination

Brunei Travel Tips

Too busy to write extensive post detailing my three days in Brunei, so I’m just writing down the essential stuff about traveling in Brunei.

Sleeping at the airport
Certain flights from Manila to Bandar Seri Begawan arrive at 1:40am, and unless you are staying with friends and relatives, it can be costly if you will be checking in to your accommodation at this time of the night. Sleeping at Brunei’s international airport is not as scary or uncomfortable at it sounds. There are plenty of cushioned seats with no arm rests, so you can stretch out.

Sleeping at Brunei Airport
My bed for the night

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Brunei, Myanmar, Travel Budget

Travel Expenses: Brunei and Myanmar

Brunei surprised me. It wasn’t as expensive as I initially thought it would. Though my taxi from the airport was expensive, my expenses in Bandar Seri Begawan was kept at a minimum. You can live in Brunei for BND$20 a day: $10 for a night’s stay at Pusat Belia, $3 for breakfast, lunch and dinner and $4 for bus rides all around the city. None of the places we visited had any admission fees.

Myanmar can both be expensive and cheap. In restaurants catering to tourists (usually ones that appear in the guidebooks), you can expect to shell out an average of MMK 2,000 per meal. If you’re adventurous and eat in the streets though, you can get noodles as cheap as MMK 500. A liter of purified water usually go for MMK 300 per bottle. Taxi rides within Yangon can go for MMK 1,500, depending on the driver, the distance and your bargaining skills.
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Wandering thoughts

9 things I did when I was 29

1. Lost my bus in Johor
Grew another year older and instantly reverted to an idiot. I was too caught up with watching a video on my laptop that when the bus I was riding from Melaka to Singapore pulled up at Johor Bahru’s Larkin bus station, I hurriedly got off, thinking it was immigration. On the upside though, I learned that even when you’ve lost your bus, there are alternative ways to go to your destination. Just relax and take it one step at a time… you’ll get there eventually with more stories to tell.

Calaguas Island
My workstation in Mahabang Buhangin. Such is the life of a travel blogger.

2. Saw proboscis monkeys in the wild
I was burning out from traveling last February and coupled with some money problems, I was ready to put off going to Kota Kinabalu. Up to the last minute, I was thinking whether I should still go. I’m glad I did because I had an awesome time — a serene boat ride along the river, gorgeous views (there was a cute Eastern European guy in the boat next to ours), great company (Hi Giselle!) and of course, seeing the unusual monkeys in their natural habitat.
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