A START OF SOMETHING NEW: PEPPERONIPIA.COM


I am starting a new blog (and perhaps taking it more seriously this time) and I'm hoping you can join me. I love Blogger, it's easy to use and I love how it has a dashboard where I can follow blogs from different platforms but I decided to move to WordPress because it has more functions for me to use so as to maximize the space. Also, I NOW HAVE MY OWN DOMAIN NAME! <3 I am so happy.

Please go and visit my new blog: http://pepperonipia.com See you there! ;)

PLACES THAT I WANT TO VISIT BEFORE I DIE


We all have places that we want to be able to visit at some point in our lives. I'm pretty sure that if traveling is free, everyone would not be tied down, that we all get to live out our dream adventures right here and now. But it's not, so we have to settle for making travel bucket lists and wish to be able to save up enough to make them happen. Now, I am nowhere near being able to independently support my wanderlust because 1) I'm unemployed (I just graduated two months ago ok), and 2) med school costs a lot. So I'll just have to wait for my moment when I can travel my heart out (which is like still at least 7 years away).

Photo by: Benjamin Combs
New York. I don't know when I started dreaming about going to The Big Apple (perhaps when I read Ann M. Martin's "The Baby-Sitter Club: New York, New York"?) but whenever someone asks me where I want to go, this city is the first thing that pops into my mind. It maybe because I like fast-paced environments or that I just have a natural penchant for all things hipster. I really don't know. But what I know for sure is that one day, I would like to live there. If given a chance to do that after earning my M.D., I would take it in a heartbeat.

Photo by: Sarah Eskandarpour
I know everyone will agree with me that Greece is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. There's just so much to see! There's Athens and the Parthenon, Santorini and its whitewashed houses, and Zakynthos Island which I only heard of this month when I watched Descendants of the Sun (you guys seriously have to watch it, sooooo kilig!!). Those are just my top picks but I would probably devote three months to travel the whole country and see all the islands. It would make my heart cry with joy because I'm such a sucker for unusual landscapes.

Photo by: Hon Kim
Women from South Korea are so beautiful, they are goals. LOL. I never really had that much inkling to visit this country but really, when I watched DOTS and saw how cute Korean guys are, I immediately looked for flights going there. Honestly though, I was drawn to their people, they all look so young! Other than that, I really wanted to see Nami Island, Seoul, and Jeju for myself. My goal is to visit South Korea in the winter, I wanted my first snow experience to be there. I was actually planning to go this year but winter wear is just so expensive and I want to stay for two week or more! I have to prepare for it, so maybe in 2018? :P

Photo by: neko_star
My mom gave me serious Japan envy when she went there March of this year. She told me how beautiful it was and how much, if given a chance, she would bug dad to get them to retire there. She showed me the pictures she took and it really is beautiful. Of course I would opt for the cherry blossom season to go there because hello, who doesn't want to see pretty pink trees?? There's so much of Japan that I want to experience and see: Universal Studios Japan (hello Wizarding World of Harry Potter!!), Shibuya Crossing, Mt. Fuji, the castles, the California rolls (I'm not keen on sushi), pretty much just about everything! I really really hope we (my mom, sister, and cousin) get to push through with this trip next year.

Photo by: Camilla Bungaard
London's sophisticated vibe is what really lured me in. Next to New York, this is a city that I would also like to live in one day. There's the Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the Stonehenge, and of course, Big Ben. Now I pretty much want to travel the rest of Europe so I might as well just include them in this paragraph. If I could really afford to travel the whole of Europe I would! I think it's the best continent among all seven of them. I've already written Greece on my number two followed by London, but I would also like to go to France (of course), Amsterdam, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway (hello Aurora Borealis!), Iceland (OMAM's home country!), Scottland, Italy, Turkey (because hot airballoons in Cappadocia), and Prague. Someone just please give me a Eurotrip that would last for a year! (A year because I really want to immerse myself, not just take pictures. LOL.)

Photo by: David Maciejewski
New Zealand is beautiful. Whenever this country comes up the first word that pops up in my head is lush because of how much greenery there is in the pictures that I've seen. Aside from New York and London, this is another place that I would like to live in. I actually applied to one for their universities and I do hope that I get accepted because I would love for me to be able to move here. I loved their med school curriculum, really wish I'd get in. I don't know much about this country, really (except that it stood for Middle Earth in LOTR) but I'd really love to go and know about it more.

Photo by: bemystrength delobrino
Batanes is a northernmost province in the Philippines. It's really beautiful and so fresh that when I first saw pictures of its rolling hills, I thought it was from another country. It's such a shame that me, a Filipino, haven't set foot yet on this amazing place but I have my reasons. Actually, I only have one, the airfare is crazy expensive! It's understandable though because of its location, it is subject to frequent typhoons, only selected types of aircrafts (from PAL and Skyjet) can land on their airport. I guess it does good for the place too though, so it wouldn't be abused.

Now there you have it! The places that I want to visit before I bid goodbye to this earth (now that's quite gory, lol. I don't have a terminal illness ok). What are yours? :) 

I KEPT MY PROMISE: HONG KONG 2016


After how many years, i was able to set foot on foreign soil again!  Last year I blogged about the 20 things I'm going to do in my 20s and I wrote in it that I want to travel alone for graduation. I didn't travel alone but I did fly out after graduation but with my friends and no one above 20 with us. It was just the four us girls, but we made it through. I actually didn't think it would happen but it did, thanks to seat sales and Sophie's mom's credit card. LOL. But I'm glad I went with my friends, it was something new for me and I know in my heart that it will always be special, and because if it weren't for them, I may have actually skipped going abroad altogether.


Planning for this trip wasn't easy, it was only March of this year that we were able to buy plane tickets and we weren't able to get a flight on our intended date but it was okay because we were able to save up A LOT with our promo tickets. Actually, I wasn't able to save that much at all because I overlooked our travel date and found out that our date of departure is Of Monsters and Men's one night only concert in Manila... AND I ALREADY BOUGHT MY TICKET FOR THAT. You can imagine how panicked I was when that realization dawned on me!!! So I was, once again, on the look out for promo fares so I can have my flight re-booked but there weren't any and I had to pay 6, 000+PHP! SO. CRAZY. So I just inquired if I can fly out with a different airline but still use my return ticket. Fortunately, they allowed it so I was relieved and lucky that another airline had a seat sale and I was able to buy a ticket for a much, much cheaper price although I did miss going to Ocean Park but that's okay for me.


We really didn't have much of an itinerary because we didn't want to join a tour group because they cost so much and we like to roam at our own phase. We looked up the best places to go to in Hong Kong and that's where we went.


The night I got in Hong Kong we decided to check out the Temple Street Night Market and I wanted to go crazy because the clothes and bags were so cheap! I wanted to go nuts and buy the cute things that I saw but I had to remind myself that I can't be broke on my first night. HAHA.


We decided to have dinner at this Chinese restaurant and their food was really good, I wish I remembered the name but I can't! We had Hainanese chicken, mushroom soup, cartilage, and soft pork. But what I loved most was the drink I had, lemon coke. Haha! It was really just a simple drink (lemon slices in a glass where you will pour a can of Coca-Cola over) but it has a refreshing taste.





For our second day we decided to spend it at Hong Kong Disneyland! My inner seven-year old is so happy! Every land was just so on point!



Our favorite ride was Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars at the Grizzly Gulch, we rode it twice (one during the afternoon, and then during the evening for the last time). LOL.


The Mystic Manor was super awesome, total house goals! The "tour" of the house was also super cool! The effects are just so amazing.


We had lunch at The Lucky Nugget Saloon and their serving of fries is super generous that we actually got full.




We headed to Toy Story Land after lunch and it's just soooo cute! We lined up for the Toy Soldier Parachute Drop which wasn't as intense as we expected but that's just okay since we just ate. No one would have wanted to puke their stomach out! Gau wanted us to ride the RC Racer and I initially wanted to do so too (Sophie and Danica refused right there and then haha) so we lined up and then I started having second thoughts but Gau just wouldn't let me go! The ride only lasted for like 2-3 minutes but IT WAS INTENSE. It was the good kind of intense though, didn't have urge to puke. :))








We missed the afternoon parade. :( But that's okay because we had our picture taken with Baymax, saw Storm Troopers, and bought cute souvenirs. We also went inside the Fairy Tale Forest and the miniature castles are the cutest! We roamed around Tomorrowland while we waited for the "Disney Paint the Night" Nighttime Spectacular (which we made sure not to miss!).








The parade was beautiful, we only wish we had a decent spot! But the performers were really on point and music was very catchy. I could feel my 7-year old self crying of happiness.


We had dinner at the Starliner Diner and had our fill of chicken and fries while we waited for the "Disney in The Stars" Fireworks. We lucked out on a decent spot to take pictures of it but we had a good enough space to be able to watch it and it was just as amazing as the parade that I can't imagine how Disneyland do this every single night!



It was a good day reliving our childhood. Plus points because the train to Disneyland is totally on fleek! Super comfy seats and it really just screams Disneyland all over it.

On our fourth day (my 3rd actually) we decided to dedicate it for, what else? Shopping. It's good because we don't have to spend our money on anything else because it's our last full day. We were supposed to go to the Big Buddha at Ngong Ping but it was kinda expensive (we realized just how stingy we're being during our stay, LOL). So we just went to all the best places to go shopping.


First stop was Citygate Outlets and their discounts are crazy! I wasn't really planning to buy shoes (because I recently just bought one here) but I found this difficult-to-find and also really pretty pair of Nike Air Pegasus 83 in Aloha Rattan! I converted the price to PHP and my heart is soaring because of how much less it costs at Citygate than in IG shops!!!


The California Rolls from their supermarket is the bomb! It's so tasty I wish I could take like a box of them back with me.




Then we went to Mong Kok to check out the Ladies' Street and can I just say how much it resembles Divisoria? Haha. The items were just so quirky and it was really fun to haggle, you just have to make pakipot and you can get that item at your desired (but be reasonable!!) price.


We also checked out McDonald's at Langham Place so we can experience the create your own order (am I right? I forgot what it's called!) and it's cute!





Went back to our hotel to dump our stuff and then headed towards the Hong Kong Symphony of Lights which, much to our surprise, it just super close to our hostel! Despite that, we missed the show. </3 But the skyline made up for it because it was beautiful, we wished we bought our noodles with us and ate it there but oh well.




Aboard the airport express! Super comfy seats!


And that's it for our Hong Kong escapade! Can I just say how much I envy Hong Kong's transport system? Their double decker buses have good air-conditioning and you get free Wi-Fi for an hour. Their MTRs are fast and air-conditioning is superb! Commuting in Hong Kong, even as a foreigner, is really just efficient. You can go anywhere just by taking their MTR, they even have an Airport Express line that takes you straight to the airport!


Hong Kong is really traveler-friendly. I'd recommend this for first time travelers because it's really just so easy to find your way around. AND THERE'S FREE WI-FI ALMOST EVERYWHERE! Even in Disneyland! And the wi-fi is extremely fast! I think I'd blog about how to travel to Hong Kong with just 20, 000PHP or less, maybe.

Now, where to next?