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Monday, July 21, 2014

BANWA PENSION HOUSE Puerto Princesa: a place where you wouldn't feel like leaving

I wouldn't say I am picky with accommodations but I still prefer a soft bed at the end of the day. Also, always think of the possible scenario of being stuck due to bad weather and other unavoidable circumstances and it is better to get stuck in a place where you wouldn't attempt to kill yourself out of boredom.

It would be great if you chose an accommodation close to the sights you want to see. I recently read an article that I found in Lamudi, and it talked about living close to landmarks. (Here is what I read.) I was quite taken by the idea, and back in Puerto Princesa Palawan, I finally found a place where I could stay and not ever think of going somewhere else.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

YUYUAN MARKET + Yu Garden Shanghai At Night

I felt a little violated thinking that we wasted precious time wandering aimlessly in Shanghai in search for Hong Kong Shopping Center which turned out to be different than the one I have in mind. We ended up not finding the cheap clothes that is, and if not for the delicious noodle dish, would have regretted it entirely. 

 Good thing the area of People's park is an easy access to our next destination --YUYUAN MARKET which is a few stations away by bus.  

Saturday, July 19, 2014

COCO FRESH TEA AND JUICE: the Best Milk Tea in Shanghai and beyond

I though this particular China trip last summer was not only about China but the China-Taiwan connection as well. I will explain that more when I get to my postings on Nanjing. But the two territories do share a lot indeed. Not just history but even in the business of food. So I thought China is well known for milk true. That's true. 

But if you are gonna ask which shop has the best milk tea in China, many will point out Coco Fresh Tea and Juice which I didn't know is a famous brand from Taiwan and not originally a mainland thing. Taiwan invasion in Taiwan? Maybe so because I heard the most popular version of Xiaolongbao (小笼包) which is the most popular dish in Shanghai happens to be sold in a Taiwan-based restaurant chain. 
COCO FRESH TEA AND JUICE branch in 1930 Street Shanghai

Friday, July 18, 2014

SHANGHAI METRO DAY PASS: Maximize your tour around Shanghai without ripping off your wallet

Note: A micro post as part of my
Shanghai Series.

Shanghai-Nanjing-Bejing in 9 days for approximately 50,000 pesos. All in! I think that's quite cheap given the fact that we didn't starve õurselves just to save on expenses. If you are gonna ask me how this is possible, simple --- The Subway. 

In all three cities, we got ourselves familiar with the subway and used them extensively. Starting in Shanghai which I would say has an extensive subway system.

Shanghai Metro One-Day Pass

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Aimless Wandering in Shanghai in Search of HONG KONG SHOPPING CENTER

The original plan was, to bring as few clothes as possible and shop for cheap ones in China. We all know China goods, tons of them flooding Southeast Asian markets including the Philippines. Well, I was surprised that the cheap clothes I was expecting to be readily available at every corner is nowhere to be found! Panic mode.  Excited pamandin akong mamili ng cheap shirts and sando.^^

a typical day in Nanjing Road Shnaghai

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Early Morning Walk at THE BUND (Wai Tan) + Shanghai's Skyscrapers in Technicolor at Night

The Bund (Wan Tan) is the most famous attraction and the symbol of Shanghai. Not seeing it is to deny yourself of the Shanghai experience. This is a waterfront area in central Shanghai with the main concentration near Zhongshan Road (East-1 Zhongshan Road). It runs on the west bank of Huangpu River.

Very famous that it is flooded with tourists day in and day out. We were lucky because our accommodation,
CAPTAIN YOUTH HOSTEL , is located only a few blocks away to it. That means we could go here anytime we want by foot. And so we were here early in the morning and again at night.

wife with some Russian Tourists

Sunday, July 6, 2014

CAPTAIN YOUTH HOSTEL Shanghai: A Pretty Decent Place that Lacks Warmth

We arrived in downtown Shanghai at around 2am after that very expensive taxi ride which costs us 261 RMB or roughly 1,800++ pesos. We were taken straight to #37 Fuzhou Road, where CAPTAIN HOSTEL is located. This served as our accommodation for two nights in the city.

Sitting in the prestigious Lujiazui financial area, Shanghai Captain International Youth Hostel (Zhang Yang Branch) enjoys convenient access. It takes only 5 minutes to reach the other side of the Huangpu River which means it is literally a few blocks away from The Bund. It is housed in an art-deco style building constructed in the 1920s. It is famous for back-packers from all over the world ---mix of both locals and foreign travelers. We were the only Filipinos during the length of our stay.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Exchanging US Dollars to CHINESE YUAN (Renminbi) + Using your BPI International ATM in China

Be careful when exchanging US Dollars to CHINESE YUAN (Renminbi) in CHINA. There are many fake notes going around and strangers will easily approach you (especially if you are non-Chinese looking) and offer you local currency in exchange for your dollars.

The yuan (元/圆) is the basic unit of the renminbi (RMB), but is also used to refer to the Chinese currency generally, especially in international contexts.>>>source

1 Chinese Yuan =7.01 Philippine Peso

Exchanging US Dollars to CHINESE YUAN (Renminbi)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


Maglev Train! To ride one would be awesome. And the idea kept me excited throughout the planning stage of our Shanghai trip. Our AirAsiaZest flight out of Manila was convenient but I failed to realize that we would arrive midnight and the last trip for the maglev train servicing Pudong International Airport of Pudong District's new financial center is at 10:30pm. Utter disappointment.

Imagine this. Shanghai Pudong International Airport is 30 kilometers away from downtown area but the Maglev Train could navigate that distance for only 15 minutes. At maximum speed of 300km/hr, that's fast! And again, we missed it. I will never get over it.

And since buses and the metro are no longer available at this time, the only option left for us was to take the cab. Sooooo expensive! Will talk about that at the end of this short post.
First, here are other public transportation options for you (depending on time of arrival) from PUDONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT to Downtown Shanghai.


Monday, June 30, 2014

CHINA VISA REQUIREMENTS for Filipino Tourists First Timers

Given the current political tension between the Philippines and China, many people are worried about getting a Chinese Visa. I was too. But if there is one thing I have proven, the tension has no significant impact on the ease of getting clearance to enter China. Getting a visa is relatively easy...and fast. All you it will take is 4 days and a few requirements.

All that you need to know on how to acquire a Chinese Visa could be found in the embassy website.
Given the long list of requirements though, many of my readers and Facebook friends still ask me what needs to be submitted.

Well, It was my first time ever to go to China and twas also my first to apply for any visa.
Here's all that I submitted and I got approved!

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