The 2014 Globe Adventure

The Globe Store in Boracay

This for y’all who crave for a summer adventure this holy week!

Globe Telecom is launching The 2014 Globe Adventure in Boracay Island, an exciting race-like activity open to all on April 17-20, 2014 from 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM, where participants can secure stamps from finishing tasks in each of the stations around the island and even take home Globe freebies upon completion of the activities.

Participants who complete the stamps will automatically get exclusive VIP passes to the Globe Wave Party on April 17 and 19 at the Wave Bar with free drinks and a chance to win handsets from device partners from the raffle festivities.

On top of the wonderful summer adventure, Globe subscribers are also entitled to a free multi-cab ride from Cagban Port to Budget Mart. Non-Globe subscribers can still take advantage of the free boat ride by purchasing a Globe prepaid SIM or activating a new Globe postpaid line.

Apart from a more intensified network complete with Long Term Evolution (LTE) coverage, Globe also presents the Globe Store located at D-Mall in Station 2. Opened last March 2013, the store offers live demo units of the latest and top-of-the-line gadgets and accessories, as well as superior customer service and after-sales support.


Temple-tramping the Angkor, Part 2

And our temple-tramping adventure continues deeper into the heart of Angkor. The Angkor Wat isn’t the only temple in the park. I used to believe that it is the only thing there, and I was overwhelmed by all the temples within Angkor. The Angkor Thom is an older temple complex and home to the most enduring empire in Khmer history. Inside Angkor Thom, we found the Bayon, Baphuon, and Phimeanakas temples. Also included in this is Ta Keo, Ta Prohm, and Banteay Kdei from the temples in towards the East. You may also see some elephant rides for hire starting from here. I think it starts from $20 and up. Wasn’t so sure because we didn’t ride the elephants.

The entrance to Angkor Thom is marked by the Bayon faces

The Bayon temple has the that Khmer architecture with a bajillion faces on ’em. Some say they’re the faces of emperors, some say they’re of the bodhisattvas

The faces are everywhere! They look serene and peaceful and looking at ’em all day just makes me wanna meditate. At this point too, I had the slightest inkling to smoke… it was hard to resist but I waited till lunch because the smoking area is near the makeshift restaurants near Angkor Thom. Climbing also seemed to be a challenge already, because it was nearing lunchtime and the sun was harsh. The steps were really just half steps and one wrong move will have you tumbling down in a very unclassy Jack and Jill manner. You don’t like that. Besides, Ta Keo has a lot of steeper stairs to climb so train while in Bayon!

These temples are actually functional temples, so tramp with care, silence, and respect.

The apsara engravings are still everywhere. These sprites guard the walls with utmost class.

Baphuon temple lies just beside Bayon

Baphuon looks like an Incan ceremonial sacrifice mountain. I get glimpses of the last scenes in Apocalypto where the Incans are sacrificing their POWs to prevent the solar eclipse. But that’s irrelevant, I just wanted you to have an idea how somehow it was creepy… and again steep. I no longer know how much I’ve used the word steep for this series. Haha!

Ta Keo was being renovated when we were there

Now if there was one temple steeper than the others, that would be Ta Keo. At 2pm, the scorching heat on our backs, and more than a dozen half steps and Jack and Jill waiting to happen, this one appeared to be a challenge. But when we got to the top, it all felt so good — having climbed all those steps, having looked all those dizzying heights. We can’t help it but to feel the air and spread our arms.

But the climbing down is much more difficult, actually.

And one the final temple we went to (jeez, by then we were thinking what a day it has been) is filled with Tomb Raider realness. This is where, Lara Croft – in all her pouting and temple tumbling prowess – battled the forces of evil. While it looked like a battle-ridden field, the battle is between man and nature, really. Ta Prohm is one of the heavily ruined (pun intended) temples in the archaeological complex. Trees sprung out from the temples and broke the stone walls. It looks like some kind of medieval war happened here, but with nets instead maybe?

This guy is just too hard to resist not to take a picture of, but I couldn’t muster the courage to do so upfront. So there. 

And another hunk along Banteay Kdei (don’t know how to pronounce)

The Angkor Cafe provides refreshments for those who needs respite… and wifi!

The monks wander freely, and contrary to popular belief, talk to people.

After a whole day of temple tramping, we got a glimpse of the once great Khmer empire and a feel of Cambodia’s most essential religious and political history. I’d like to be back here soon and visit the other temples we missed. And all those cute guys doing a temple run as well! Teehee 😛

This is a series of posts about my trip in Cambodia and Thailand:

Temple-tramping the Angkor, Part 1
Banyan Leaf Hotel in Cambodia
Primer: How to get to REP, Cambodia

Temple-tramping the Angkor, Part 1

So back to reminiscing the Angkor! I swear, this blog sounds like a disoriented, attention-span-deprived crazy person, but I think I have enough sanity, thanks to the cup of coffee besides me *sips coffee*

So Angkor! The historical temple wonderland that is Angkor Wat Archeological Complex (full name yo!) It’s hundreds of acres of land spanning historical political and religious sites in Cambodia, mostly seats of power and civilization in ancient Khmer history. Now, it’s a sacred ground for Buddhist and Hindu monks around Cambodia and the world.

Ideally, you’d go here in the break of dawn to catch the staple sunrise against the Angkor Wat stupas BUT I was massively drunk the night before we went here with a new Moroccan friend in Linga (also, coming from a dragging seven-hour overland trip) so the earliest time we got here was around 7:30am — thanks to our trusty tuktuk driver who we just hailed from outside our hotel. Neat.

White washed walls and steep stupas greeted my drunk sleepy face. I know that some of the temples are steep (Ta Keo, which I will discuss on my next posts) but I didn’t expect that Angkor would require that much climbing. I might not talk a lot about this, but I have an immense fear of heights. I wish I knew this before I went here!

Apsaras were everywhere, guarding the magical walls 

Aside from apsara images from practically every corner, there were a lot of Buddha images as well – some casted in gold, some clothed in full regalia, and some bathing in incense. What I didn’t appreciate though is that some people would offer you incense and would actually teach you how the Buddhists pray… but for a price. It happened once, and I was happy to save my money on the next ones by refusing politely. It got eerie though when some leered at us 🙁

The walls of the Angkor Wat is a big storybook. Aside from being the biggest religious monument in the world — modeled after the five peaks of Mt. Meru where the Hindu gods live, it also tells the story of the Khmers and their ancient empire – from rise to fall.

The high stupas with the sky as a backdrop is just simply beautiful

The real reason why my trip to Cambodia was non-negotiable is that renovation is quickly starting

These aged stupas have some stories to tell

The walk from the moat to the temple itself is short, but there is more to walk around inside. It seemed to me like a maze inside, with steep stairs and… there’s no looking down because jeez those were some high stairs. Also, inside are more Buddha images. They were kind of starting to creep me out, but slowly growing into me.

Monkeys were all over too! The Khmers have kind of learned to coexist with them. These two, however, seemed too comfortable. 

This one seemed very hungry 🙁

Walking around Angkor Wat is just one thing, remember it’s not the only temple in the area – it’s a complex of temples! Also, Angkor Wat is the largest temple in the complex, let alone the world. You can easily use half of your day ’til lunch (especially if you didn’t go before dawn) to roam around. Remember to hydrate yourself ’cause it can be hot as the devil’s asshole in there. Water is available to buy at various points outside the temple.

After this half-day walkathon around Angkor Wat, we went to the neighboring Angkor Thom…

I’d really like to sum up everything in one post, but I think this needs a part 2!

Stay tuned!

This is a series of posts about my trip in Cambodia and Thailand:

Temple-tramping the Angkor, Part 2
Banyan Leaf Hotel in Cambodia
Primer: How to get to REP, Cambodia

Bike to the Cordillera and back!

Cordi launch

The Cordillera mountain is a majestic range of nature in Northern Luzon and is one of the most admired sceneries in all of the Philippines. It is home to the rice terraces – a man-made wonder dating back at least a thousand years ago, serving as evidence as to how engineering advanced in the tribal days. Truly the eighth wonder of the world! (Jeez, I need to go there!)


It is also home to a couple of the interesting tribal cultures here in the Philippines! The Ifugao has made the mountains their residence and home, their workplace. Their everything! It is no wonder why a lot of organizations are seeking (one of them is UNESCO, with Batad village being a UNESCO heritage site) to protect the mountain range, and the culture that comes with it.

257737303_640 Whang Od, the lovely elderly traditional tattoo artist of the Kalinga province is one of the reasons a lot of Filipinos travels the ranges; Watch the video below from by Anthony Saguid

So one thing to figure out for me though — need to learn how to bike! Any volunteers to teach me? Heh.

192 These. Hot. Young. Men. In. Bare. Clothing; from

More of this after the jump! Read more

Where to stay at REP: Banyan Leaf Hotel


This is the view that will greet you upon arriving at Banyan Leaf Hotel, and most prolly the one thing that made me choose this — plus some other things! On a serious note, it really doesn’t look so big (picture in Agoda looks so big) but it does look like somewhere to dip yourself after a hot day at the Angkor. There’s a dedicated time for pool time in the itinerary, I tell you! That and a cocktail, aaaaaaaah.


It’s not that bad, really. I got the room for under PHP2500 ($60) for two nights and it was a lovely stay. Even I can’t believe that this is already a 2-star hotel rate. In Singapore, it’ll cost the same for a hostel. I am truly amazed how affordable Cambodia is so far.

DSC_0020 I really like that the walls are green, very refreshing!

DSC_0018 Not bad at all! I just wish they have hot shower


While the room is nothing to rave about, it’s comfortable enough to shelter us in our stay in Siem Reap. One cannot deal with bad room and service after temple tramping, shopping, drinking, and more temple tramping in this land of wonder. I like that when you arrive – backpacks, heavy stuff, and all that shnazz – they offer you a drink. And immediately, you’re led to your room. Wi-fi is complimentary — and more! Breakfast is complimentary! It’s nothing local, though. Sausages, eggs, beans, pancakes, bread. Usual stuff, but still really important!

It is a small place, that the bar is right across the pool and the concierge, and behind is the dining area. No frills, if you ask me. Pretty much how I live now, so who the hell cares. I like that they offer drinks til the wee hours of the morning. It’s a quiet alternative to Pub Street if you’re in for a quieter night. (Not for me that time, lol)


And if the temple run becomes too much to bear and you just need a good kneading, they offer massage in your room. This one I didn’t get. I’m not the massage type of person, but I did ask if you get to choose between a masseur and a masseuse and they do offer that!


I think the most important thing to consider here is how near it is to Pub Street and the night market. It is a 15 minute walk from everything, even 10 if you’re a brisk walker.

DSC_0021 Banyan is roughly 30 minutes away from the Angkor

Plus you can always take a tuktuk for a couple of dollars. Really essential thing to remember when you’re going home a bit more drunk than you’re used to (hello people who make me drink so much at Pub Street!)


Banyan Leaf Hotel
Taphul Road, Taphul Village
Khom Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap

P.S. I can’t wait to blog about the temples!

Cambodia Primer – How to get there, and what you need to know

Happy 2014 everyone! I’d like to start the year by reviewing one of my most favorite places on Earth – the Kingdom of Wonder, the once-powerful, then-disgraced, now-picking up country of ancients, the beautiful and wondrous temple country of Cambodia.


This series will cover my experiences in Cambodia, including a rather personal review of the temples in the Angkor Archaeological Complex. I went to Cambodia with my friend Ella last year, and it was one of the most magnificent experiences of my life! I’d go back to the Kingdom of Wonder, and the next time around, it will not be just about temples!

The Angkor Wat is the most popular destination in all of Cambodia, but I guess, I just haven’t had the opportunity to fully appreciate what other stuff it has to offer. I hope this series will help you plan your upcoming trip to Cambodia. Oh yes, you will want to go to Cambodia after we finish discussing all the wonderful experiences I had there.

Did I use the word wonder and its variations too much? Oh yes, ’cause it will all be the word for it.

DSC_0001 Steampunk industrial Suvarnabhumi Airport

So let’s start with the most important part — the planning! I suggest you read up a lot of other resources. Wikitravel is a good crowdsourced material to start your travel cravings. I’d be leaving you with resources at the end of my posts, which I hope will get you pumped up to plan your own adventure to Cambodia.

So let’s start. There are a LOT of ways to enter Cambodia. It will all depend on the type of experience you’d like to have. A lot of airlines like Cebu Pacific here in the Philippines fly to Siem Reap (for Angkor) and Phnom Penh (the capital) once a week. And there are a lot of other choices, if you’re not picky. You can take a bus from nearby nations – Vietnam to Phnom Penh, and Thailand to Siem Reap, if you’d like.

One more factor is the time you have. If you’re working  and you only have limited leaves like me and you like options for your trips, then we’d agree with each other. For this trip, we entered Cambodia by flying to Thailand and then taking a bus from the Suvarnabhumi Transport Terminal to the Aranyaprathet/Poipet (also, Aran) border.

IMG_3580 Suvarnabhumi Transport Terminal, just a shuttle away from the airport

Here’s a summary of the pocket and time damage so far:
MNL to BKK flight 4 hours – est. PHP6,000 via Cebu Pacific (US$ 133)

Take the free shuttle from Suvarnabhumi airport to the transport terminal. The transport terminal only has two trips to Aran, 8am and 1pm. So if you arrive later, book a nearby hotel from the information inside the airport.

Average hotel near Suvarnabhumi, with shuttles to and from – THB1000 (US$30)
Suvarnabhumi to Aran bus 1.5 – 2 hours- THB200 (US$6)

If you’re required a visa to enter the border, then that’s additional US$20

Poipet to Siem Reap 4 – 6 hours, depending on traffic – US$12 for a shared cab, US$9 for a bus


It’s pretty textbook to follow everything. What’s not in the textbook are scammers. I love Southeast Asia but it’s teeming with scammers. All throughout this series, you’ll be reading reminders from me, and you better remember them (because we almost got scammed, I tell you!)

  1. At the border, everybody’s desperate. I won’t put the blame on people – usual stuff like inflation and poverty, and Thailand and Cambodia are big countries and their central governments are far away from them. It’s very important to do your research so you know baseline prices for everything.
  2. Around here, the tuk-tuk is a normal means of transportation. Pretty much like the tricycle in the Philippines. Always agree on a price before riding. If possible grab a cab instead. The meter’s pretty fair.
  3. On that note, never agree with a cab on a fixed price. It’s illegal and they’ll really scam you with like 100-200% of the usual metered fare. I’d prefer the cab this side of the world. But if you’re in for the tuk-tuk experience, which is not really extraordinary, then try to haggle a fair price.
  4. A map will help you estimate your fare. I’d really suggest you try to map your journeys ’cause sometimes where you wanna go is actually just a walking distance.
  5. At the border, there is only one transport terminal that will get you to Cambodia fast. Do not agree on anything outside the border. This is where we almost get scammed. A local approached us and offered to lead us to the immigration office. Then suddenly he had a companion, and I was scared because this is what I read in the guides. Just before we entered the immigration office, they offered us to take straight to Siem Reap for THB800 (US$25) which is exorbitant and already an extortion. In this case, just say no. Insist, and they’ll leave you like they’ve never seen you before.
  6. Do not go into a fight. Pretty textbook wherever you go, actually. I read somewhere that they might gang up on you and you don’t want to spend the rest of your trip in jail.
  7. You are protected inside the immigration area, unless you’re bringing something illegal, so when you get to the border, head straight to immigration.
  8. It’s wise to pack light and smart. Because when you get offered to have your stuff carried, it’s difficult to turn that down when you’re carrying so much. And then that load goes to God knows where but not your hotel. I personally don’t like to deal with that.
  9. Lastly, get your visa at the immigration office ONLY. There’s no such thing as expedited, ’cause it’s just really easy to get your visa upon entry. I’ve heard horror stories, and you don’t wanna end up spending the night at the border. That’s just not right.

That’s a lot and reading up on forums and guides won’t hurt. I think this will cause some paranoia but with just the right sense of precaution, you still can enjoy your trip. I just think it’ll be wise to tell you this early so you know what you’re putting yourself into.


Immigration really depends on the amount of tourists in the area. Border crossing is pretty popular among backpackers around SEA and its best to plot around 40 minutes to an hour of waiting. Then there’s the waiting for the transport to Siem Reap. I think we waited for around half an hour for that as well. That day, it was rainy in some parts of Cambodia, and it’s not weird to be in the middle of a storm-ish rain then be at dry land again – that’s global warming in the tropics for you.

I’d really want to fly in instead of taking the road for this one, but schedule-wise, the flights were not on our side. Hey, there’s always a way, if you keep your options (and reservations) open. The border isn’t exactly touristy but it gives an insight on what life there looks like. The road trip isn’t much of a sight as well, plenty of fields and greenery, but if you’re up for some local observation, then this is a plus for you.

Up next: Banyan Leaf Hotel and a primer to the Angkor!

Look forward


I look forward to experiences. As I ride this plane tonight, I’m bringing all the uncertainties this year, or in a larger plane, my life, has brought me and leave it above the air. And as I land in a foreign land, as I anticipate to see a scarred kingdom of wonder and smiles – I will remember that my adversities are the least this world has to care about, that it has bigger problems, and it’s dying like any mortal walking the face of earth – and so should I. I expect to learn that no matter how life tosses and turns me, I’d be me and all these makes me human – even though I’m the least human that I know.

I look forward to memories – to making this the most memorable trip of my life so far. That before I turn quarter, I did this, and I would not regret anything – even if I almost regret half of my adult life so far. Decisions to be made need to wait for me make memories in a land where I know no one, where I am like a kid wandering the streets for the very first time. And this, I give to myself. ‘Cause I think I deserve this in a not selfish way, but in a self-loving way.

I look forward to fall in love. To scrape any callousness my heart has delved into. To breathe inside me love and hopefully to breathe it out and inspire and be inspired. With love, we inspire and to live, is to love. To become more than carnal, but to reach a certain point of demi-spiritual actualization. To tell myself that to love is to give way. To love is to be in peace and be one with the inner that I often neglected. To nurture what I have and to realise that these all I neglected.

I look forward to have fun. ‘Cause frankly after all these feels transpired, there’s nothing left to do.

But to have fun.

When working means marrying your gadget (or iDevice for that matter)

Whew, that was a long title.

So you guys know that I had to give up my iPhone for warranty and how it was a nightmare. I got it a month after anyway, and as I type, I am waiting for it to update my apps. Oh new game gone free!!! *exhibits attention deficit*

I cried hard

Ever since I started blogging, my phone will always be the most important part of my daily life. I started blogging when I was in fourth year college. While I primarily used it to back stab my lousy professors (some of them, my classmates would attest) through Twitter and then-BBM, aside from blogging on the side; when I started work in social media, it proved its worth doubly when I got to work with the freedom of choice as to when and where. I wouldn’t try my hand in freelancing, if it hadn’t been the case. I can still remember that time when I went to the beach in a work day and it was just the best explanation why you need your gadget working for you.


Or maybe when I need to go out of the country, whether for leisure or work, it’s always handy to have your ever-so-reliable smartphone to be working for you. It’s easy to access your files, reach your contacts, find your way through a city, scour what’s hot or not, or simply see who’s around (ehem, Grindr, ehem.) It’d be simple as from posting a selfie, or sending super important documents — everything’s easy. Everything happens in a click nowadays, and having this beloved (and well-taken-care-of, I suppose) gadget lost, damaged, whether by acts of God or your careless self, is just a massive liability.

Enjoy your trips more when you have your gagdets work wonders for you!

Honestly, waiting for one month for warranty is strenuous. Managing my finances is one trick in life I have yet to learn, so I didn’t have enough money to buy ANOTHER expensive smartphone (that does everything for me btw, plus I didn’t buy it lol) It’ll be senseless too, if it can be replaced by warranty anyway. As the doctors say, prevention is better than cure.


Hollywood diva Jennifer Lopez and Victoria’s Secret Angel turned Project Runway host Heidi Klum thought it wise to protect their physical assets. Heidi Klum’s legs are insured for $2.2 million, while J.Lo’s famous derrière is worth a staggering $27 million. Not to mention, A LOT of insurance programs for a lot of other aspects in our lives – like retirement, health, property, automobile, among others. You just have to be sure.

For a lot of people, acquiring an insurance program to protect things that matter most to them can help ease worries away. And with the degree of attachment people are now giving their mobile phones, it makes great sense for mobile phone users to start considering insuring their handsets as well.

Gadget Care V4

And believe me, I have thought of this while my phone is in warranty! I mean, that’s policy already. Now if only I have a chance to override that policy with another. There’s nothing more than insurance to take your worry off. Phones nowadays (especially for those who buys the best for work) are an investment already — take an iDevice which does everything for you and your work for example.


According to statistics, from over 500 serviced claims covered by telco giant Globe Telecom to date, 81% were due to theft; 48% of which happened in public vehicles or while commuting, 35% in public places such as malls, restaurants, and bars, and 17% in private places like at home, office, in a hotel room, and in private cars. And as Christmastime nears, expect these troubling numbers to increase.

So how can mobile phone users mitigate the high-cost of losing or breaking a prized mobile phone? Sign up for a comprehensive mobile phone insurance. Read more

Southeast Asia things

One more month and I’ll be in a plane to my first stab at mainland Southeast Asia. I’ve been postponing it for years (check here, here, and here) for so many excuses, and finally it’s becoming real. To tell you honestly, I can tell I’m really excited. Like, I find it hard to sleep every night I spend on reading guides, and there’s this one time I was on a looping dream about being left by my flight! What the fuck! I know.

I’ve been revising my itinerary (twice for the couple of weeks, after months of researching) and listing down everything I need. I have the compulsion to pack already, too, but still have enough self-restraint. I’ve recomputed my budget over and over again, and kept on listing down work things so that it doesn’t get in the way. I’m overly preparing, I know, but really, I just can’t help it. It’s how I am when I travel.

Sri Mariamman Temple, Chinatown, Singapore

I still can’t help thinking about my first trip outside the country and in SEA, too! I obsessed over Singapore over and over, pre- and post-trip. I just couldn’t have enough SG ever! I think what would be the difference now is that it’s my first time in a developing country, pretty much the same like the Philippines. While I am so used to living in the PH and third world realness ain’t really a problem for me – it’s different when I travel. It is so easy to travel around Singapore – with the efficient transport system, tourist-friendly environment, near-zero-crime rate, and all those first world perks. Not to mention, data access IS so easy. I must stress this enough because bulk of my job relies on this – and I am never truly away for a holiday, truth be told.

Now, I may not have all these amenities – I mean let’s face it – when you read about the mainland, you get scared about scams, partly because they mention it in every section in guides – and some have a dedicated section for this! It may have gotten me scared enough to back out once or twice, but nah, flights are booked already, I’m doing this bitch.

But what I will not live without is reliable data access. This is the part where I say I’m glad to be with Globe – because they’re partnered with major cities around the world. Traveling can be easy for data-heavy professionals like me. Back in Singapore, all I need to worry about is my battery, since I spend most of the time out and roaming around. And they’re starting to strengthen around Southeast Asia, specifically Thailand – where bulk of my trip will be at.

It cannot get easier than this. Read up on Globe’s partners after the jump and find out why you need GLOBE when traveling around the world… Read more

Laneway-Singapore 2013

Laneway Festival may be months and months and months ago but it still is my big thing of 2013. Looking back, I embarked to Singapore with no less than an exact budget with only (exact!) PhP 300 in my wallet when I got back to Manila. And so, yes — two things:

1. SAVE UP GUYS! I’ve never realized that I haven’t been saving up enough when I arrived in the Philippines with barely enough funds to get through until payday.

2. If you’re up for anything goes, fine. But always bring extra money. I was just lucky, there’s unlimited Koko Krunch in the hostel to at least keep me alive if ever I lost my money – which I didn’t, haha!

Gad, I can digress like an ADHD kid. So on to my Laneway review. I believe there’s no better way for me to give you a feel of the music fest but to share a playlist, so download freely!


Click the photo to download the playlist

Also, this is my first music festival abroad, so some little tips for you if ever you go to Laneway next year (or any music festival, like Wanderland in Manila this May, for that matter.)


The sun can be a bitch. And so can the rain. So give yourself heads up on the weather for your own good. Bring a poncho, ’cause you can use this whether the sun is up or it’s pouring down. ALSO, sun block. For that —


I’m saying this because I don’t really use sun block, and I didn’t know you have to apply every hour. I didn’t even bother reading the fine print, haha stupid. Anyway, for tropical countries like Singapore where the whole country can get feverish (40 degrees!!! Jeez.) save yourself from UV, do your skin a favor. I got really bad sunburns just because of this. SO. DON’T. SKIP. THIS.


As much as your skin needs protection, so do your gadgets. I’ve heard horror stories from the first Laneway in Singapore where it was actually called Rainway because it rained so hard and where some friends went home with non-functional phones and cameras. Bring cases that insulate your babies from heat and water, and you’ll thank me for being able to bring back home your camera or phone alive.


It’s in the rules actually, so it’s senseless to put it here. But I’ve seen some other who brought their own flasks. So yeah, try your luck! I really wish I brought at least a flask, ’cause the beer can cost you up to S$10!


‘Cause lines can get so long! And it’s also expensive. What we did though for dinner is we went out to Marina Bay Sands (quite a walk, though) and ate at Rasapura instead.


The festival ended at 1am, and there’s no train or bus anymore at Singapore at that time. So you have three choices — wait in line for two hours for a cab, walk to your place, or just leave early. I actually walked from Marina Bay to Chinatown, where I’m staying, and it wasn’t so bad. I’m so tired by then but walking in the Lion City is really a pleasure. Plus, you can easily use your gadgets while walking since it’s very secure there!


You don’t know who you’ll be meeting at the festival. It’s actually nice to make some new friends there, especially you’re all there with the same interest, and eventually look them up at Facebook or Twitter to connect with them. We saw this too as a good opportunity to promote the Philippines to some of our new friends!


There is free space for everyone to dance and go crazy, for as long as you’re not drunk, ’cause they might detain you. Scary. But after you read this, you may forget all of these, but don’t ever ever forget to enjoy your time and have fun at the festival! It’s what it’s for and you did not just pay S$145 just to sulk under the sun.


I’m really thinking if this could be a yearly thing for me. And yes, if the line up’s as good as this year’s, Imma haul my ass back to Singapore for some more!

Or maybe New Zealand… Hmmmmmmm

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