Thai Express Unexpected Journey

It’s good to be back in Bangkok after four years. Oh! How time flies quickly.

I know this is not the most extravagant place but there is something I like about visiting Bangkok. It is because of their authentic and delicious food. I bet you will never get hungry while you are here unless you don’t have money. Just walking along the Silom road, the place where we stayed, you can always spot a street vendor selling varieties of street food and small restaurants.

I liked one particular café and restaurant near our hotel it is called Siam Café house. It is located in 90 Silom Rd. Silom Soi 20 Suriya Wong, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500. It is a small café restaurant run by the family owner. They served the best Thai tom yum soup and chicken curry I have ever tasted. The prices are affordable and worth it. During the night many small sidewalk restaurants open up to serve the hungry travelers along the Siam house cafe. I particularly liked the fried and grilled sea bass and snapper served with their homemade dipping sauce. Mango sticky rice and sweet coconut juice are best snacks on a hot sweaty day. Oh how I wish to take them all with me but my luggage is full.

In the morning we visited the open market. It is also along siam Siam house café where tons of fruit were available for you to choose from.

The best way to experience the city is through their local transportation. I tried the Thai Thai express train from the airport to our hotel. You can easily buy the ticket in one of the machines or from a teller. I would say they’ve got a new train and it’s a convenient way to travel but changing from train to metro requires a lot of walking. It’s alright, I managed to find my way.

 

Hopping in one of their old busses makes me feel nostalgic. And I can certainly say that the Thai ladies were helpful. Even though they can’t speak English, but they always find a way to help us. Thanks to them we never get lost in the big city.

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I would recommend also to try the boat going to the temples. It’s one of the best ways to explore them. At the ferry and boat station, they will always try to sell you a tour package but I would suggest you buy a one day pass ticket and just hop on the boat. They cost less than joining the tours.

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And it feels like home, maybe because there are some similarities to my home country. I wonder – is it because of the street vendors? Oh well, I just love Bangkok.

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Land of Oz

After a long twelve-hour flight I finally arrived in the Land of Oz. All I had heard about Australia concerned the jumping kangaroos and fluffy koala bears. I bet you there’s more to do and see here. Australia is a country and continent surrounded by the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Its major cities are Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and the capital is Canberra. I stayed in Fremantle which is part of Perth, the capital of Western Australia. Everywhere I look I can always see the blue skies, green trees, the pristine Swan River, and beautiful sandy beaches. Don’t forget to pack sunblock for your skin. Because you can’t help yourself but swim on the beach any time of the day.

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Whenever I see the houses along the road I feel free. They don’t have high concrete fences like you see in other countries, instead they have beautiful gardens. Just imagine you are not a prisoner of your own house. How is cool is that. I can say good job mate!

I tried the public transport and what I can say is that they served me well. The buses and the metro are efficient and comfortable. You buy a card and top up or just buy a ticket from the bus driver and off you go. I can say most of the passengers were honest.

I know it is summer but the weather is similar to UAE winter. I’m glad I packed some sweaters to keep me warm.

What I like the most in Fremantle is the friendly Aussie. They always smile and greet everyone. The motorists are well disciplined so I am not scared crossing the road. I’ve seen tons of birds and hear them singing every day. I think I don’t need to visit the zoo just to see them.

Oh, by the way, don’t miss the Swan River. It’s one of the most beautiful rivers I have ever seen. You can walk, run and cycle around the foreshores using the bicycle/walking path. The magnificent view of Swan River is spectacular, where you can see boats and dinghies resting for the day. They love dogs. I’ve seen dogs walking and running with their owners. Sometimes I can spot them in the car, riding on the stand-up paddleboard and walking along the sandy beach.

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If you want to relax, come and watch the wind kite surfer along the sandbar at Point Walter. And while you’re there you can see some seagulls, black swans and different types of birds and a jellyfish (but don’t worry they don’t sting). And you are welcome to swim, kayak or go on a stand-up paddleboard in the river. I was lucky to spot two dolphins in the river while we were resting at Point Walter.

Picturesque Georgia

One year ago today we traveled to Georgia. It is one of the popular tourist destinations if you are living and working in the UAE. It takes three and a half hours by plane from Dubai. It is located in the Caucasus region, neighboring Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The weather is unpredictable – sometimes it is windy, cold, gloomy and rainy. So don’t forget to bring your jacket if you are traveling to Georgia this month.

I enjoyed my short holiday in Tbilisi, Georgia. Tbilisi is the capital of Georgia. It is an old town where you can find old and new churches and monasteries. You should not miss the ancient Narikala fortress. The fortress consists of two walled sections on a steep hill between the Sulphur baths and the botanical gardens of Tbilisi. The view from the top was spectacular. You can either walk each way up and down or catch the cable car to reach the fortress.

At the top of Narikala Fortress

At the top of Narikala Fortress in Tbilisi Georgia

We didn’t join the tour offered by the holiday factory, but instead, we hired a driver to do the tour and paid the same amount you would have had to pay to the holiday factory. The best part was we traveled at our own pace and we were only four people (the driver, tour guide and me and my friend). We visited old churches and monasteries on the countryside. I especially like Mtskheta, it is a city in Mtskheta-Mtianeti province of Georgia and one of the oldest cities.

Canal Cruise Tour

Canal Cruise Tour – The best and cheapest way to explore Amsterdam.

Study Online While Working

Dreaming of finishing a bachelor degree but you are currently working – either in the Philippines or outside the country? Now it is possible to finish your degree through AMA Online University – http://amauonline.com/ . It is easy to create an account and upload your credentials, like your Birth Certificate, Transcript Of Record (TOR), previous Diplomas and Form 137 etc. After successful registration, you can log-in to your portal and choose the program that you prefer. More information about all the requirements for freshmen students, ALS graduate, transferee from other University/Colleges, transferees from AMAES member schools and foreign students are provided on their website.

For payments, you can use either bank transfer or PayPal. They have a BDO peso and dollar account and a Metro bank account. It is convenient if you have online banking. You just need to send the copy of the receipt of payment together with your full name, course, and list of subjects to activate it in your portal.

After successful admission and enrollment, you can start to study anywhere and anytime. The mentors are always eager to help the students. All you have to do is post your query or concern and they get will get back to you as soon as possible.

Yes, I admit at first I found it a little bit hard adjusting because it’s been a long time since I finished my 2 years course. But I will guarantee you it will help you to fulfil your dream of finishing a degree while working. You just need to be patient and continue learning.

By the way they are offering short courses and postgraduate degrees also. For more information check on their official website. http://amauonline.com/

Where are the Filipino cuisines?

Wherever I go, Asian cuisines will always be my favorite dish. But one thing I never found on my travels is the Filipino cuisines. I just wonder why? Is it because they prefer to eat or try the cuisines in other countries? We know that Filipinos are known as food lovers, but shouldn’t they share their own cuisine with the weary traveler? We like to eat well too.

– Art Knows –

While strolling in Paris city center, we bumped into this dedicated and talented artist. I admired his perseverance. Although unable to use his hands, this encumbrance doesn’t stop him from creating a wonderful piece of art. I think our capacity is only limited by how we think of ourselves. ❤

Undeniably artist