8 Reminders to Married Couples

Life
We recently celebrated our 3rd anniversary last April 28. Long way to go right? So who am I to share reminders to couples? Well, I believe we all need to be reminded, learning never stops & in our 3 years we’ve learned or we are continuously learning I should say, a couple of things so why not share them. Disclaimer, this doesn’t mean our marriage is perfect, no marriage is. That’s not a secret. And the reason why we’re able to learn & share something is because of our imperfections & failures. Even the married couples we look up to don’t have it all together but that’s exactly the reason why we listen to them. Because despite of the challenges that comes with marriage, here they are fighting together & helping other couples like us. So I thought, these reminders shouldn’t stop with us! Passing on 8 reminders to married couples.

 

1. Never stop dating

Working on it! It’s hard. We’re on the same page but so are other things & yet we find ways. We acknowledge how challenging it is. In our case, we just had our first date during our anniversary ever since we had a child. Finally. Dates doesn’t have to be expensive but it has to be exclusive. Go out for an hour or two, just you two. And just how we’re reminded, don’t talk about your baby, work & other things, be cheesy & talk about love.

2. Seek Counsel

Marriage is husband & wife so why do we need to have sponsors & guests on our wedding anyway? Those people especially your godparents play a very important role in your marriage. Your Ninongs & Ninangs, those who’ve been married for many years now, know how it is. They’ve been there! Seek counsel from them. Also, make sure that who you open up to are people who you & your spouse can trust. Not just you but both of you. Who without bias tell you the hard truth, give you tough love. Also, when you seek counsel, don’t run to your parents especially when you just had a fight. They’re biased & they’ll have the tendency to look at your spouse a different way. Which leads us to number 3, honour.

3. Honour

Big word. Yes! One example is making your spouse look good despite of. Having challenges in marriage isn’t new. Every married couple knows that. So why state the obvious & post it on social media? Honour. Not everyone has to know your story. Go back to number 2.

4. Wives, Submit. Husbands, love.

Wives, Submit

A work in progress in this area. How about you? I used to think submitting was easy until your boat takes you to uncharted waters. And there will definitely be times when agreeing will be very difficult but you have to do your part anyway. Resistance isn’t strength, submitting is. Submitting to wrong things is besides the point here, that’s another topic that has to be in another blog.

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Ephesians 5:22-24

Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor of the LORD. Proverbs 18:22

Husbands, Love

We always hear it, isn’t it easy to submit to a loving husband? Husbands need to be respected, wives need to be loved. Men & women are wired differently & yet we marry each other. What am I trying to say? Husbands, if you say women are hard to understand, let me break it to you… we have a deep need to be loved, all love languages involved. That’s it.

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. Ephesians 5:25-28

5. Win Together

As what our Ninong & Ninang reminds us, if one wins, both lose. Win together! Again, it’s hard. We know but the sooner you work on being on the same team, the sooner you’ll win.

6. Where you’re not married, there’s conflict

When you get married, everything has to be married. Meaning, everything has to be one or both of you should be in agreement over everything-— time, money, children, goals & etc. Where you are not married or in agreement over something, you are acting ‘single’, which shouldn’t be the case because you are married. For example, your friends bother your spouse. Who will adjust for both of you to be ‘married’ in the situation? Someone or both should adjust & make sacrifices for the marriage to work. It is a process & love is not selfish. Marriage is a journey of dying to self, friends. Choose to be married every single day!

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

 

7. Communicate

I cannot emphasise this enough. Communicate, verbal & non-verbal. So many times we’ve fought because of miscommunication. Although I believe there’s timing for everything. I mean it’s not a very good timing to talk  when both of you are angry & emotions are in the way. However, there always should be a time to communicate. Problems will keep coming back if you don’t. Sometimes, i’m told something & hear differently. Have you ever been there? Recently, I’ve been confirming the words of my spouse to make sure i’m hearing correctly. Also, there are just some things we couldn’t get, well, I couldn’t get right away. I have to communicate & ask, “Is this what you’re trying to say?” How you say things matters too. Say them with love… you are talking to the love of your life! However it is for you, communicate.

8. Marriage’s ultimate goal is to glorify God

May our prayers be, “Lord, May our marriage bless you”. Marriage is a gift from God & it ought to reflect His love. We love because He first loved us. Marriage isn’t just husband & wife, God has to be in the picture of becoming one. In fact, only God can make two become one. We have to understand & have the perspective that our marriages are beyond ourselves & that its purpose is to glorify God that when the going gets tough & everything doesn’t make sense, we run to God who can give us peace that surpasses all understanding & guard our hearts. Or when everything’s well & good, we deny ourselves & give the credit to God.

“Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

Call upon me in the day of trouble, I will deliver you & you shall glorify me. Psalm 50:15

Our marriage is a work in progress & we are truly grateful we get a lot of reminders & encouragement from our pastors, godparents, family & friends. Praise God for people who are cheering us on & running this race with us. We seek counsel & allow important people to speak life to us. We are part of a married life group & a ministry in church called Fusion. Placing details below should you want to know more about it.
3rd year & counting & we praise God, we’re moving forward. Praying for a blissful marriage for you & your spouse. I hope this was helpful. God bless!

 

FUSION is the young married couples ministry of Citichurch. It is a community that supports the union of husband & wife, anchoring on faith knowing that it is only by God’s miracle working power that allows every individual to fuse when entering into marriage, thus the name Fusion. It believes that healthy marriages equal to healthy families, to a healthy church, to a healthy society.

Fusion is lead by Pastors JP & Cielo Villegas. They meet 6pm, on the 3rd Saturday of every month. For updates, visit Citichurch on Facebook &/or Instagram.

And the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate. Mark 10:8-9

What to Wear | Winter in Taiwan

Travel

Before we travel, we do a lot of research, right? One of the things I look into is what to wear. Not just because of fashion (but yes, that’s included Haha) but because I want to be comfortable, especially when I’m going to a place where the weather is different from where I come from. More importantly, I’m a mom, having a baby is a handful & I need all the comfort I can get in the other areas of traveling.

Went to Taiwan last month & it’s currently winter there which runs from December to February with temperatures moving around 10ºC- 25ºC. This is considerably mild based on North American or European standards. December is the driest month with average weather between 13ºC to 18ºC average. January, the coldest month between 13°C to 16°C average t& February, between 10°C to 25°C.

As stated on my previous blog, reminding you again that “WINTER” weather varies. It varies in different countries, cities, date & even the time in a day. So before you go on your trip, make sure to check the weather forecast. Another factor I noticed is where you come from, I come from a tropical country so I’m not used to temperatures dropping to 20 & so on, so what I wear may differ from somebody who’s used to temperatures dropping to 0.

With this, I pass on a few photos & recommendations on what to wear during Winter in Taiwan.

2 layers are enough, sometimes even one when it’s sunny.

Bring a scarf just in case temperature drops & a beanie or knit band would be helpful in case it gets windy.

A hat or an umbrella might come handy should it rain or if the sun gets quite harsh.

I guess that’s really all you need to know! Unless you’re going to the mountains or some areas in Taiwan where it requires more layers. But basically, this is it. Should you have any questions about this, would gladly help out. Leave a comment here &/or see you on my socials!

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Outdoors with your Baby Bag Add-ons

Motherhood

A few months & been learning quite a lot of things about parenting & motherhood. Grateful to people, especially to mommies who have been helping me out & my mom blogs are simply to show appreciation & to give back to the motherhood community. So allow me to tell you some of those learnings here. We’ve gone to a couple of  getaways enough to share a few things that have been a mighty help to us when going outdoors with our pocket full of sunshine!

Besides what’s inside the mommy/ diaper bag- wet wipes, alcohol & extra clothes, to name a few, here are some add-ons that works magic for babies. Happy baby, happy mommy!

Insect Repellent

We love to go out with our babies! Right? Especially after so many months of staying at home to protect our baby from anything that’s or could be harmful to them. Crashing out mosquitoes from the worry list with an insect repellent. We put citronella scented patches/ stickers to our baby’s clothes.

Sun Block

They’re not only for when you’re going to the beach. Anytime there’s sun exposure, make sure to apply some to protect your baby’s skin. 

Hat

You’re outdoors so a hat would really help protect your baby from the harmful effects of the sun. Also, incase it rains, your baby’s covered too! 

Fan

Electric or manual, your choice. We have both just in case. Especially here in the Philippines where weather is tropical, it tends to be hot & humid so imagine what a fan can do! 

Toy & Surface Cleaner Spray

We were quite challenged whenever our baby’s toy falls all of a sudden or when we ask for a high chair in restaurants & they’re quite dirty. Recently bought a spray & brought it with us whenever we go out & wow.  I was having a lot of fun with it. A Momma’s simple joys! 

Again, these are just a few add-ons, nonetheless a great help. Surely as a parent you should be extra careful despite having these little helpers. Buuuuuttttt, remember it’s also good for babies to get SOME for immunity. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to drop a comment or message me. See you on my socials, Facebook & Instagram, @travelwithtaraph.

Ways to Wear Your Vest

Lookbook

Wondering how to sport your good ol’ vest? This one’s for you! Vests are one of my wardrobe staples & I love them because they’re very versatile & they easily step up my style. Whether it’s for a formal event or a simple coffee date, your vest has got you covered! 

Without further ado, here are 5 ways to wear your vest! 

WEAR THEM WITH SHORTS

Here’s a way to wear them for a casual look. 

GET THE LOOK

Vest | Superfinds 
Earrings | Forever 21
Shirt | H&M
Shorts | Uniqlo
Sneakers | Cole Haan
Bag | Longchamp

WEAR THEM WITH A SKIRT

Here’s a way to wear them for work.


GET THE LOOK

Vest | Superfinds 
Longsleeves | H&M
Skirt | H&M
Shoes | Unknown Brand
Bag | Givenchy

WEAR THEM WITH PANTS

Here’s a way to wear them for parties or events. 


GET THE LOOK

Vest | Superfinds 
Earrings | SM Woman
Top | Forever 21
Pants | Forever 21
Shoes | Unknown Brand
Purse | H&M

WEAR THEM WITH A DRESS

Here’s a way to wear them for a chic look.

GET THE LOOK

Vest | Superfinds 
Earrings | Forever 21
Dress | H&M
Boots | H&M

WEAR THEM AS IS

Here’s a way to wear them for for your date.

GET THE LOOK

Vest | Superfinds 
Shoes | Unknown Brand
Bag | Louis Vuitton

There you go! So don’t underestimate what your vest can do for you! Those are just 5 ways, surely there’s more. 

For fashion inspos, follow me on Facebook & Instagram, @travelwithtaraph. See you there! 

7 Ways to Avoid Baby Blues

Motherhood

Baby Blues otherwise known as Postpartum Depression, is there such a thing? Is it even true? Maybe they’re just a feeling? How come mothers get that after having been given a beautiful baby? 

So many things happen to moms, especially to new ones, that it’s almost impossible not to have baby blues. Whatever a mom goes through isn’t just a feeling nor are they made up. The struggle is real & this does happen. Reasons may vary but there are common ones & I believe all moms go through this in different levels.

POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION DEFINED

The dictionary defines it to be a depression suffered by a mother following childbirth, typically arising from the combination of hormonal changes, psychological adjustment to motherhood, and fatigue. According to research some of the symptoms are sadness, crying a lot for no reason, not being able to bond with your baby, less interest in things, memory loss & less focused.

You think you have it? 

Before proceeding with this blog, please know that I am not a professional. I am not able to treat you. I am simply sharing my thoughts & experiences on the matter. It is best to go to a doctor for treatment if you think you need to. 

Here are some of the ways to avoid Baby Blues: 

1 | PREPARE FOR IT

During pregnancy, i’ve already been hearing about baby blues/ postpartum depression. Heard a few stories about it & had an idea what was coming so I tried preparing for it. You could say nobody’s ever ready. Agree! But you’d rather do something proactive right? One thing I did was buying nice sleep wear or clothes for home knowing I’d be at home most of the time. Looking nice even when you’re at home contributes to positive energy. And no it isn’t shallow nor selfish trying to improve yourself physically & all aspects for that matter. 

2 | FIND A DIVERSION 

I completely understand that your hands are full with your baby but you still need a diversion to keep your sanity. Some of the diversions I have are watching movies while breastfeeding, singing my heart out to karaoke at home, doing online business, obviously blogging & etc. Do what works for you!

3 | CHOOSE YOUR BATTLES

Once your baby is out, there are soooooo many things that are beyond your control. So why stress yourself about these things? When it’s messy, let it be! Your baby is just being a baby so don’t sweat the small stuff or what’s obvious.

4 | GO OUT

I’m not saying you go out right away. Your baby is still the priority. You’ll most probably be at home for the first few weeks/ months to protect your baby from getting sick but when the time comes that you’re able to, go out! Get some fresh air! Also, my husband & I are have a pretty strong opinion on bringing babies too early at the mall. It’s really a no-no for us. Why? Too many people carry viruses & that’s just circulating in the air. I’m sure you know very well that your baby’s immune system is still developing. If you take our advice, (I really don’t want to force our perspective on the matter so I’m expressing this as sensitive as possible) earliest time to bring them to the mall would probably be at month 3 onwards when your baby has quite a good number of vaccinations. Also, as much as possible go only on days &/or times when it isn’t too crowded. We all know weekends are packed! 

5 | DRESS UP

… even when you’re at home. It will get messy but make the effort to dress up, still. Making the effort means you care & caring will keep you going! And it does make you feel good when you look good. Tell me I’m not the only one who feels the same way. Mommas! Your baby & family requires your sanity so do that!

6 | CALL A FRIEND

Where maaah girl friends at?! Call them! You’d be surprised to know that the feelings are mutual & that you’re not alone in this journey. You also don’t wait for your gal pals to call you. They’re your friends for a reason & most of the time, they can’t spell it out for you. When you need help, ask for it. When you need to express your feelings, talk to your husband or to your most trusted besties. Buttttttt make sure to express yourself to people you could trust or those who won’t judge you especially that when you do, you’re being vulnerable. 

7 | PRAY

Call a friend? Yes. But there are things that you can’t express to people. Call on Jesus. In fact, call on Him first. Going back to the first way, praying was one of the things I did to prepare myself with what was coming. Running to Him takes off a heavy load of emotions. Never keep them to yourself. And instead of talking to yourself, talk to God.


Those are my two cents on the matter. If you’re someone reading this who knows a mom, be sensitive & if possible, help out. And if you’re a mom reading this, YOU ARE STRONGER THAN YOU THINK. YOU GOT THIS BEAUTIFUL!

 

A Baby Shower to Remember x Tips on Planning a DIY Baby Shower

Motherhood

We just had our Baby Shower & I’d like to share a few tips on planning/ organising one.

But before sharing with you tips on planning a DIY Baby Shower, I would like to express the gratitude my husband & I have for making our Baby Shower one that’s to remember.


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We have been praying for our Baby Shower… since the beginning of our journey, we have seen God’s mighty hand move & our shower was no exception. I remember praying for God’s presence to be evident & that His glory would be made known through the celebration. I mean, those who know our story & my personal story would know why this was our prayer & why I am very passionate about marriage, family, parenting & motherhood. Sounds like a cliché or as what I’ve expressed during the shower, “being OA?”. I’m sorry, not sorry. This is simply the truth, God is gracious, loving, faithful & kind. So, I will boast about who He is & how he’s been moving in our lives. This was & is a big deal because EVERYTHING we were, are & will be experiencing, in this case a celebration of life, are all because of His Divine intervention, work & sovereignty.

 

I still remember the days I prayed for the things I have today.

Our Baby Shower, a day full of His love. We felt it deep. All love languages ticked.

 

First, ALL GLORY TO GOD. We thank the Lord for this great blessing. Having a baby was a dream & a prayer request. We specifically prayed to be pregnant after our 1st anniversary & that’s exactly what happened. A dream come true & an answered prayer!

 

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Prayer Warriors in Action

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11

 

Next, I want to honour my husband & just express how great He has been during this journey. WE were both pregnant, if you know what I mean. Love, you have been nothing short of amazing!

 

Thank you to my dear sister, Gale, for organizing the baby shower, most of all, supporting us all the way, in any way.

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Grateful for everybody who helped out & made the shower, extra extra special.

Primrose- Styling & Giveaways

Check out Rose Letters Cebu on Facebook for your event styling, invitation graphic layout needs & more

Primrose

 Dee- Documentation & Photo Editing

Check out Cinderella Photography on Facebook for your photography needs

 Hannah– Invitation layout & Documentation

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Hannah & Dee

Lenie, for assisting

Carmina, for hosting

Jesse, for taking care of registration

And to EVERYBODY who came, made time, gave gifts & helped us with the baby essentials & even those who weren’t able to come but showed some LOVE in any way, sending gifts, messages & prayers during this season. FAMILY & FRIENDS, we will be forever GRATEFUL. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your lives, you’ll always be part of ours. We are truly humbled by the overwhelming support. WE SPEAK A BLESSING TO YOUR LIVES a gazillion folds, IN HIS NAME, as you’ve blessed us tremendously.

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ALL BY HIS GRACE

Sharing with you some snippets of the Baby Shower

So, here it is!

Tips on Planning a DIY Baby Shower:

Set a Date & Time

First thing’s first! Set a date & time. Try answering the basic questions when planning a Baby Shower or any event for that matter-  WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, HOW. First thing’s first- WHAT & WHEN. What? A Baby Shower, in this case. When? Baby Showers are usually done on the 7th month of the Mom’s pregnancy. Communicate with the Mom- to- be some time in the 6th month when would be the best time, so that you have ample time to prepare.

Finalize Guest List

Answer WHO. Who are the ones who have been part of your journey? To the Mom, do not feel obligated to invite everybody, just because… You would know who were the ones who’ve made an impact in your journey. And this principle I keep in mind- You do not need a title nor an invitation to care for people. There will be people who will care or have shown care despite not having a title in your life or an invitation to gatherings like these. It’s your choice to invite them or simply appreciate them some other way. The right people will always stay. Communicate with Mom- to- be on the guest list before inviting.

Have a Gift Registry

Having a Gift Registry makes it very convenient for the Parents to- be & the guests. This would ensure parents are able to use the items for their baby in a way they plan to use them. And it would be easy for guests to choose their gift because they’ve been already sorted out. The first time I joined a Baby Shower, I was so clueless of what a baby would need. Thankfully, the celebrant had a registry. Totally saved me! As the planner, you may ask for the registry details from the Mom- to- be.

Choose a Theme

Choosing a theme is OPTIONAL. Nowadays, this has become popular for parties. How you come up with the theme depends on you, mainly the gender of the child. Some plan to do a gender reveal on the shower so most of the time, a baby shower like this becomes an all white party. Here are some probable factors for you to be able to come up with a theme:

*Baby’s Name

*Season the Mom is due

*Place Baby was conceived

And so much more! Be creative. Don’t forget to consult with the Mom- to- be. But like I said, this is just optional. A simple & memorable gathering is more than enough.

Make an Invite

Once you’ve established, date, time, event & theme. You may start inviting. Fortunately, inviting people has become very convenient due to social media. You can choose to give out invitations &/ or simply make an event on facebook. Announce when, time & gift registry. You may also include an “attire” based on your theme. How about WHERE? I would suggest answering that once you get a headcount. It’s best to have planned a month before the date to give time for people to adjust their schedules & make a confirmation. Announce the details as well as a deadline when each could possibly confirm so that you can set the venue. While you’re waiting for everybody’s confirmation, you may do some ocular visits & make calls to inquire. However, if you choose to give out hard copies of the invitation, you might need to finalize venue already.

Baby Shower Invite

Layout by Hannah Mariel Jabines

Book the Venue & order Food ahead

So you’ve got the headcount, now’s the time you book the venue or you may pencil book in advance. Make sure venue is suitable for the shower, consider number of guests coming & food is appropriate for the shower.

Make a Program

Have about 2-3 games & consider time for eating, gift giving & messages. The whole duration of the shower should be about 2-3 hours only. If you have a lot of guests, lessen the games & give more time for messages because even if you say “keep it short”, it won’t be. I personally would rather give the guests time to say or share something than games. They deserve the time considering their support, efforts & love. But customize & personalize all you want, it’s your shower!

Make Registration something for keeps

This is another thing that’s optional. However, this would be something you could give as a remembrance of the milestone to the parents- to-be. So if you are able to stretch yourself in making this happen, it would be great!

Make updates at event page from time to time

Make or announce updates from time to time to make it interesting. Other than important details, you may post trivia’s, post maternity photos or make a countdown. Here were a few sample postings in our shower.

Delegate tasks

Make sure you delegate tasks especially on the day. After all, you get by with a little help from your friends! Here are some areas you might need delegation with- registration, documentation, host/ game master, styling, music, food & beverage & etc. Depending on the details/ ayour

Have Fun

Most of all, have fun in doing all of these things (considering that you’re close with the parents- to- be) knowing that you are blessed to be blessing the couple in their milestone.


 

Here’s hoping you have a memorable & meaningful baby shower! Hope this helps. Enjoy your journey!

Sightsee Sydney

Travel

G’day Mate! Whenever my husband & I travel to a place, we make sure we cover what the place we are going to is about- history, culture, food & etc. Although it is quite impossible to cover everything in just a couple of days, we try. We try to have fun & learn at the same time. Last July, we went to ‘Straya’ (that’s how locals say it), Sydney to attend the Hillsong Conference but we extended to a few days to “Sightsee Sydney”. If you plan to visit Sydney, this might help you with your itinerary.

SYDNEY

Sydney, is not the capital city of Australia neither is Melbourne, Canberra is. Going back to Sydney, it is however the state capital of New South Wales & Australia’s first city. With 658 suburbs, 40 local government areas & 15 connecting regions, it is the most populated city in Australia.

Australia has been known to be a British Colony where convicts were sent to in the early days. In 1788, Captain Arthur Phillip led the first fleet of convicts to Sydney. He called the city “Sydney” in the name of the 1st Viscount Sydney, Thomas Townshed. Transfer of convicts then ended in the 19th century & since then, Australia has been transformed from a colonial settlement into a main economic & global center. After World War 2, Sydney became a multicultural city with the mass migration. Developments in Sydney took place making it one of the most livable cities in the world & has been in the top ranking for economic opportunity with advanced market economy- a fortes in finance, manufacturing & tourism. Expect Sydney to be a hub of multinational corporations & banks. Since the hosting of the 2000 Summer Olympics, Sydney has been one of the top destinations to visit.

AUSSIE SLANG

Before getting on with your sightseeing, here are a few Aussie (Australian) words & phrases that might help you communicate around.

  • Barbie- Barbeque
  • Brekky- Breakfast
  • Esky- Insulated container you take on a picnic or to the beach
  • Sanger / Sambo- Sandwich
  • Snag- Sausage
  • Spag bol- Spaghetti Bolognese
  • Takeaway- Take out food
  • Tucker- Food
  • Bikkie- Biscuit
  • Lolly- Candy/ Sweets
  • Servo- Service station, gas station
  • Arvo- afternoon
  • Macca’s- McDonald’s
  • Bloody- Very
  • Exy- Expensive
  • Reckon- For sure
  • Stoked- Very pleased
  • Thongs- Flip flops or sandals
  • Woop woop- in the middle of nowhere/ remote location
  • Buckley’s chance- No chance
  • Chockers- Full/ no more room
  • Deadset – Without a doubt/ 100% sure of it
  • Heaps- Lots/ many/ very
  • Spewin’- Upset or disappointed about something
  • Mozzie- Mosquito
  • Mates rates- A discounted price given to a friend
  • She’ll be right- “it will be okay”
  • Youse- Plural of you. “you guys’’/ ‘’you all’’
  • Chemist- Pharmacy or drugstore
  • Come good- Turn out okay
  • Dunny – Toilet
  • G’day – Hello
  • Iffy – Questionable
  • Let’s go to the pictures – “Let’s go see a movie at the cinema”
  • Loo – Toilet
  • Mate – General term used for someone you are familiar with
  • No worries – No problem, that’s ok
  • Ripper – Good
  • Rooted- Tired
  • Shonky- Dubious/ unreliable
  • Smoko- Tea break
  • Sunbake- Sunbathe
  • Ta- Thank you
  • True Blue- Genuine

SIGHTS TO SEE & MORE

Sydney Opera House

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You’ll know one is in Sydney when a photo of the Sydney Opera House is posted. Named a UNESCO World Site, the Sydney Opera House was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon which opened on October 1973 to be a multi venue performing arts centre. Since its opening, it became one of the symbols of architecture in the 20th century. And it’s undeniably an eye catcher when visiting Sydney. Because of this, it receives about 8 million visits annually.

Tip I You may dine inside the Opera House or enjoy its view outside while having your fish & chips. Very touristy!

Address: Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Schedule:

  • Monday- Saturday 9am- 8:30pm
  • Sunday 10am- 6pm

Fees: Check the Sydney Opera House website (https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/visit-us/tours-and-experiences.html)

The Harbour Bridge

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Just across the Sydney Opera House at Circular Quay is the Harbour Bridge or locally known as the Coathanger. It is the world’s largest steel arch bridge which stands 134 meters above the harbor. It’s interesting how this bridge was built by 1,400 men in 8 years. Today, it carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district and the North Shore. For tourists who are adrenaline junkies, you may do the ‘Bridge Climb’, where you are able to climb the monument & enjoy the breathtaking 360 view at the top of the pylon.

Address: Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney NSW, Australia

Sydney Tower

If the bridge climb at the Harbour Bridge is too much for you, this may be another option to have a breathtaking view of Sydney. However, if being able to see the whole of Sydney in a birdseye view isn’t a priority, you may just check out the tower from a distance. The Sydney Tower or Sydney Tower Eye stands 309 meters or 1,014 feet above the Central Business District (CBD) making it the tallest structure in Sydney.

Address: 100 Market St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Schedule: Open daily 9am-10pm (Schedule may vary, check the website on your scheduled visit)

Fees: Check the Sydney Tower Eye website

(https://www.sydneytowereye.com.au/#)

St. Andrews Cathedral

St. Andrews Cathedral is the oldest cathedral in Australia which opened in 1868. It was designed by Edmund Blacket with a Gothic Revival architecture.

Address: Cnr of George and Bathurst Streets, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Schedule: Open daily

Laneways & Art

wp-1513413293742.jpgThe Laneway art project’s goal was to revitalize Sydney’s laneways to create a livelier city while exploring its past. One of the artworks is the Forgotten Songs. It is made up of 120 suspended bird cages in the laneway located above the Angel Place accompanied by the sound recordings of extinct bird species of central Sydney. Its intention was the celebration of birds living in Sydney “before they were gradually forced out of the city by European settlement”, returning the bird sounds to the city.

“The installation explores how Sydney’s fauna has evolved and adapted to co-exist with increased urbanisation – inviting contemplation of the city’s past, its underlying landscape, and the sustainability issues associated with increased urban development.”Michael Thomas Hill

Queen Victoria Building

The Queen Victoria Building (or QVB), is a Romanesque Revival building in the late nineteenth-century designed by the architect George McRae in 1893 which was designed as a marketplace. With 30 meters wide by 190 metres long, it fills a city block by George, Market, York and Druitt Streets. It is known as an iconic heritage building of Sydney and Australia. Dating from 1898, the Queen Victoria Building has continued to operate as a market facility for over 190 years. Until today, people are able to go there to shop & dine. Outside QVB, you’ll find the “Talking Dog”.

Address: 455 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Schedule:

Lower Ground & Ground

  • Sunday 11am- 5pm
  • Monday- Saturday (except Thursday) 9am- 6pm
  • Thursday 10am- 9pm

Level 1 & 2

  • Sunday 11am- 5pm
  • Monday- Saturday (except Thursday) 10am- 6pm
  • Thursday 10am- 9pm

Macquarie Street

The Macquarie Street which is named after Governor Lachlan Macquarie is known to have the major landmarks & government institutions of New South Wales, Sydney. It extends from Hyde Park to the Sydney Opera House. Landmarks & government institutions located in this stretch include Hyde Park Barracks, St. James Cathedral, Hyde Park, St. Mary’s Cathedral, The Mint, Government House, II Porcellino, Queen Victoria Statue, Customs House, Mcquaries Wall, Busby’s Bore Fountain, Foundation Stoner, Dorbell Memorial Sculpture, Drinking Fountain, Martin Place, John Dunmore Lang Statue, Bridge Stairs, T2 Building, Secret Restoration, Admiralty House & National Trust of Australia. That’s a lot!

Hyde Park Barracks

If you are into History, the Hyde Park Barracks will interest you. It is listed in the New South Wales State Heritage Register and the Commonwealth Heritage List, as well as being celebrated on the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of 11 pre-eminent Australian Convict Sites as amongst “the best surviving examples of large-scale convict transportation and the colonial expansion of European powers through the presence and labour of convicts”. This was designed by architect Francis Greenway between 1818 and 1819 to provide lodging for convicts working for the government till 1848. Then it became an immigration depot for women who were seeking for employment to reunite with family & a female asylum till 1886. Then it became a law court & government office to 1979. Until it became a museum in the 1990s.

Address: Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

Schedule:

Museum

  • Open daily 10am- 5pm
  • Closed Good Friday & Christmas Day

Bakehouse

  • Open daily 10am–4pm
  • Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

Fees:

Adult $12 I Concession $8 I Family $30 I Members Free of charge I Children under 5 years Free of charge

Parliament House

Although its architectural appearance isn’t grand, the Parliament House is said to have an exceptional historical and social value since it has played a vital role of Australia’s history of the colonial government. It is the oldest public building in Sydney. Since 1811, the Parliament House and the Mint Museum are the two surviving wings of the triple wing General Hospital.

Address: 6 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Schedule: Open daily 9am- 5pm

Fees: Check the Parliament House of Australia website for more details (https://www.aph.gov.au/Visit_Parliament/Plan_your_Visit)

Glebe

Glebe is one of Sydney’s suburbs famous for its intellectual feel & atmospheric heritage buildings besides some vintage finds at the Glebe Markets which open every Saturday. The place is surrounded by cafes, bookshops, galleries & ethnic eateries. Some of its landmarks are Johnstons Creek, Coroner’s Court, Lyndhurst, St. Scholastica’s College, Bellevue, Sze Yup Temple & the Rozelle Tram Depot.

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Luna Park

If you’re with kids, just around the city you can visit the Luna Park. It is an amusement park with rides, shows & attractions & it has NO entrance fee!

Address: 1 Olympic Dr, Milsons Point NSW 2061, Australia

Schedule: Its operating hours vary. You may check the Luna Park website on your scheduled visit (http://m.lunaparksydney.com/opening-hours)

The Rocks

 Very rich in history, The Rocks is one of the top tourist spots in Sydney. It is hard to miss specially that it is located by the southern shore of Sydney Harbour, just beside the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Rocks has gone a long way from having a reputation as a slum where convicts arrived & where sailors visited prostitutes to a tourist historic area. Today it is surrounded by shops, restaurants, hotels, bars, museums & galleries.

Must Try I Here you can find the famous Pancakes on the Rocks which is known for their pancakes, of course! Another reason why it’s famous because it’s open 24/7.

Heads Up I Take note that shops, restaurants & malls generally close early in Sydney so this might be on your list especially if you get hungry after a long day of touring the city.

Address: 4 Hickson Rd, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia

Sydney Fish Market

Seafood you say? One of the things you do as a tourist in Sydney is visiting the Sydney Fish Market & indulging yourself, not just to see food, but to eat a lot of seafood! It is the biggest fish market in the Southern Hemisphere & the 3rd biggest in the world, in terms of variety. 13,500 tons are traded nationally & internationally every year. Make sure you visit for your seafood fix.

Address: Bank St & Pyrmont Bridge Road, Sydney NSW 2009, Australia

Schedule:

  • Open daily 7am- 4pm except Christmas day
  • Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurant dinner service is open until 11pm

Taronga Zoo

Just a ferry away from the Circular Quay, visiting the Taronga Zoo with about 4,000 animals is one of the refreshing things to do in Sydney, especially with kids! There are many ways in going to Taronga, but riding a ferry is probably the best way as it allows you to well, ride a ferry along the harbor getting a different view or angle of the Sydney Opera House & Darling Harbour Bridge. You simply ride the ferry at the Circular Quay Wharf 4 then in less than an hour, you get to Taronga!

Address: Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman NSW 2088, Australia

Schedule: Open daily including Christmas day from 9:30am- 5pm (Best to check the closing time on your scheduled visit as it may vary)

Fees:

  • Adults- Gate Price $46 / Online Price $41.40
  • Children (4- 15 Years) Gate Price $26/ Online Price $23.40
  • Infant (Under 4 Years) Free
  • For more details check the Taronga Zoo website (https://taronga.org.au/taronga-zoo#whats-on)

Must See I QBE Free- flight Bird Show or the Seal Show.

Tip I Get a map & check the animals you want to see first before you start wandering around especially if you want to have animal encounters. Make sure you go early to the scheduled time of the shows to get good seats.

Bondi Beach

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Approximately 45 minutes from Central Sydney, you may enjoy the iconic Bondi Beach. Bondi is an Aboriginal word which means water breaking over rocks which is why its known for surfing. But if you’re not into surfing, you may simply enjoy the view during sunrise & sunset, through a stroll/ coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee or picnic, having coffee, fish & chips or like in our case, have churros by the beach.

Getting There / Getting Back:

  • By Bus I Go to Alfred Street in Circular Quay & ride the bus numbered 380/ 333 (destination of the bus should show NORTH BONDI, DOVER HEIGHTS, WAITRONS BAY or BONDI BEACH). You may ride the same bus in going back to the city (destination of the bus should show CIRCULAR QUAY).
  • By Train I You may ride in stations Central, Town Hall, Martin Place, Kings Cross, Edgecliff to Bondi Junction. Then switch into a 380, 381, 382 or 333 bus for a 15-minute ride to the beach. You may ride the same bus to Bondi Junction then from there, switch to a train going back to Central.

Must Try I We didn’t have much time to explore around Bondi but we tried  San Churro which were recommended by our friends who lives in Sydney. Churros with assorted dips, coffee plus the view. Ah!

The Grounds of Alexandria

The Grounds of Alexandria is one of the places tourists love to visit for some food trip cozy experience. It’s a rustic-like courtyard with a café serving freshly roasted seasonal blend and single origin coffees & artisan pastries, a potting shed serving drinks & a garden where pizza, burgers & other charcoal grill offerings are served. There are also shops, food stalls & a play area for kids.

Must Try I Chargrilled Lamb topped with Garlic & Chili Sauce paired with Rose Lemonade.Coffee & Pastries, for sure!

Heads Up I The place gets crowded. A little patience will go a long way to get your seats.

Tip I Should you have time for shopping, there are a lot of outlet shops in Alexandria. Check your maps for all of them!

Address: 7a/2 Huntley St, Alexandria NSW 2015, Australia

Schedule:

Café

  • Monday- Friday 7am- 4pm (kitchen closes at 3pm)
  • Saturday- Sunday 7:30am- 4pm (kitchen closes at 3:30pm)

Potting Shed

  • Monday- Thursday: 11:30am (kitchen closes at 9pm)
  • Friday 11:30am (kitchen closes at 10pm)
  • Saturday 11am (kitchen closes at 10pm)
  • Sunday 11am (kitchen closes at 9:00pm)

The Garden Bar

  • Monday- Friday 8am- 2pm
  • Saturday- Sunday 8am- 3:30pm

Wood Fried Pizzas

  • Monday- Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday- Friday 11.30am- 2pm
  • Saturday- Sunday 8am- 3pm

The BBQ

  • Monday, Thursday, Friday 9am- 3pm
  • Tuesday- Wednesday 11:30am – 3pm
  • Saturday- Sunday 8am – 3:30pm

Blue Mountains

If you’re into some nature tripping, Blue Mountains is a place for you. Although we weren’t able to visit this place during our trip due to time constraints, this should be part of the places to see when in Sydney. It is called Blue Mountains because they look ‘blue’ from Sydney. This is the result of the eucalyptus oil’s mist (products of eucalypts or gum trees that make up the Blue Mountains) refracting light, making the haze look color blue from a distance.  It is famous for the three sisters sandstone rock formation. The place is filled with forests, waterfalls, gardens & a magnificent view that will surely take your breath away! If you don’t have a vehicle going there, you may book a tour or ride a bus going to Katoomba, from there you may ride a bus to get to the Blue Mountains. This will take approximately 3 & a half hours so expect the whole journey to at least 1 whole day should you go back to the city.

Hunter Valley

This is one of the places we missed, that should be on the list, during our last visit to Sydney. This is a place for the wine lovers! It is Australia’s oldest wine region. Here you may explore vineyards with fresh & exceptional wine paired with gourmet food. You may also enjoy its scenery through riding a hot-air balloon or skydiving. Ah! Both on our bucket list! If you don’t have a vehicle going there, you may book a tour or ride a bus or train to Maitland, the main transit point of the Hunter Valley. Which will take approximately 3 & a half hours so expect a whole day trip should you go back to the city. Another option is by plane from Sydney to Cessnock or to Newcastle which is the nearest main town to the Hunter Valley. It is best to have a vehicle or to book a tour for a hassle free experience.

Hillsong Conference

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Well, this should definitely be part of the list since this is the reason why we came to Sydney. It has always been a dream to visit Sydney because of this. Hillsong Conference is not a place, by the way! It is usually held at the Qudos Bank Arena. It is an annual 4- day conference hosted by the Hillsong Church, held every July & is attended by about 20,000 delegates across the world as well as renowned speakers like Rick Warren, Christian bands & worship leaders- Hillsong United, Taya Smith, Brooke Fraser, Lauren Daigle, Kari Jobe & so much more! For more details, check the Hillsong website (https://hillsong.com/conference/sydney/)

A dream come true. God knows how grateful we are & how much our hearts are full.

ATTEND HILLSONG CHURCH SERVICES

wp-1513480200634.jpgIf you want to attend Hillsong Church Services, you may check the schedules in the different campuses at their website (https://hillsong.com/sydney/). Best to have reserved seats as services across the campuses get full especially during the conference season. Visit their website & click “Plan a visit”, go to “Concierge”, fill out the details then you’re good to go! All the details are at their website. Despite the reservation, be early still. Main service is at the Hills campus. They provide a free transportation from the Parramatta Station & Blacktown to the Hills & back, right after the service. Just check details under “Courtesy Bus”.

TIPS & MORE

  • Get an Opal Card for free with a minimum load of $10 & download the Opal App to get around Sydney. This can be used for trains, ferries, buses & light rails.
  • Download the tripview app for transport timetables.
  • Schedule far destinations, which cost more in transportation on Sundays, as maximum spend for that day is only $2.50.
  • Sydney provides a FREE BUS that operates every day around Central Sydney called/ numbered 555. It runs every 10 minutes from the Central station to Circular Quay & back through Elizabeth & George street. Check photo for the direction of the whole loop. Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30am- 3:30pm, Thursday 9:30am- 9pm, Saturday- Sunday 9:30am- 6pm.
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  • The whole loop takes about 30- 40 minutes to cover. Photo from http://www.broketourist.net/shuttle-bus-555/
  • Get a sim card for communication, data usage & getting around Sydney. You may purchase it upon arrival at the airport. Make sure your phone has an open line.
  • Take note that most of the shops, malls, stores & restaurants close early or by 5pm in Sydney.
  • Join a free walking tour to explore the city. (Check http://www.imfree.com.au/sydney for details)
  • Check online deals ahead of time to score discounted tickets.
  • For shopping, visit Pitt Street, QVB, Strand Arcade, DFO Homebush (Chemist for perfumes & Priceline for makeups), Birkenhead, Surplus Shops- K- Mart & Target & for Souvenirs- Paddington Markets.
  • Check link for Sydney Trains Operating Hours (http://www.sydneytrains.info/stations/pdf/Hours-of-Business.pdf)
  • If you are in hurry to get to a place, Uber is very convenient in Sydney.
  • Don’t forget your TimTams! Another sweet treat to try is Coles Ultimate Chocolate Chip & Cinnamon Donuts.
  • VERY AUSIE FOODVegemite – A famous Australia spread to go on toast, perfect with butterLamington- Typical Australian sponge cake covered in chocolate and coconutMeat Pie- A popular Australian snackPavlova (pav)- Popular Australian desert, meringue and cream topped with fruitSausage roll – Favourite Australian snack consisting of seasoned minced meat encased in pastry, perfect with tomato sauce on top
  • Go- to food: Nando’s, Thai Food.
  • YOU CAN COUNT ON COFFEE. (Aussies are big on coffee so expect coffee goodness all the way)COFFEE TERMS (AUSTRALIAN/ US)Short Black- ExpressoLong Black- AmericanoFlat White- Latte No FoamLatte- Latte
  • Mocha- Mocha
  • Cappuccino- Cappuccino
  • If you’re attending the conference, you should try the NACHOS sold at one of the stalls there. Yum!
  • Check the CBD STORAGE WORLD SQUARE for luggage storage. See website for details (http://www.cbdstorage.com.au)
  • List of Museums (without fees) you might want to visit:

White Rabbit Gallery (Open Wed- Sun from 10am-5pm)

The Rocks Discovery Museum (Open daily from 10am-5pm)

Royal Botanic Gardens (Open daily from 7am- sunset)

Sydney Observatory (Open from 10am- 5pm)

Manly Art Gallery (Open Tues- Sun from 10am- 5pm)

Reserve Bank of Australia (Open Mon- Fri from 10am- 4pm)

Museum of Contemporary Art (Open daily from 10-5pm, 9pm on Wed)

Art Gallery of NSW (Open daily from 10am- 5pm, 10pm on Wed)

Government House (Open Friday- Sunday from 10:30am- 3pm)

Anzac Memorial (Open daily from 9am- 5pm)

Asian Art Gallery (Open Tuesday- Fri from 11am-5pm & Sat- Sun from 11am-4pm)

  • List of Museums (with fees) you might want to visit:

Australian Museum (Open daily from 9:30am- 5pm/ $15 Adults, Child FREE)

Powerhouse Museum (Open daily from 10am- 5pm/ $15 Adults, Child FREE)

Museum of Sydney (Open daily from 10am- 5pm/ $12 Adults, Child $8)

Susannah Place Museum (Open Sat- Sun from 10am- 5pm/ Adults $12, Child $8)

Justice Police Museum (Open Sat- Sun from 10am- 5pm/ Adults $12, Child $8)

Sea- Life Aquarium/ Wild- life Sydney (Open daily however schedule may vary, check website for details (https://www.sydneyaquarium.com.au/plan/opening-hours/) Adults $40, Child $28)

This definitely won’t be our first & last. We’ll be back to attend another conference & see more of Straya. See you later, Mate!

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Becoming A Better Traveler

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Getting lost in Venice is probably one of the most exciting things you’ll experience.

Experience is the best teacher.

With this, you can say that the more you travel, you become better at it. I have only been to a few places but enough to share a few tips on becoming a better traveller. A lot might know and consider things basic like “travel light” or sanitizers & tissues are your best friends. If you find the things listed here, basic… congratulations! You’re probably on the road to becoming the best traveller! But who’s the standard, really? Simply sharing what I’ve realized, so far. As the saying goes, learning never stops.

1 I YOU ARE NOT TO COMPARE BUT TO EXPERIENCE

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Interesting the city of Venice is! There are 177 canals & 1 grand canal dividing 118 islands. And oh, that gondoliere you see is part of the 395 gondolieres & did you know from that there is only 1 lady gondoliere in Venice?

You could say that we have different reasons for travelling, some for business & some for pleasure. Let’s just say you are in a particular place, not for business, meaning you’re not just there for a business meeting or to close a deal. YOU ARE THERE TO EXPERIENCE. Experience what the place is for what the place truly is- people, culture, food & so much more!

We will have the tendency to compare, that’s human nature but never should you reach to a point of comparison that you lose sight of the strengths or beauty of the place. Remember that EACH place has a story. May you look at every place with fresh eyes & an open heart. If you put this to heart, you’ll probably not need the other tips. In life, it starts & ends with what’s within & as traveling is part of life, the same principle applies.

2 I CAYGO: CLEAN AS YOU GO

You hear this a million times but a lot of people, A LOT, do not apply this. It’s heartbreaking. For some reason, I always come next to a dirty toilet & the person ahead of me, doesn’t seem to care, at all. The resources are there, toilet papers, soap & some even have seat covers. Even came next to somebody who left her seat cover! If you think about it, the energy I spend in cleaning before & after using the toilet would affect the number of people trying to go in the potty.

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Switzerland. What a grand experience. This place is the cllllllleeeeeaaaannnnnest place i’ve ever been to.

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Beauty all around Switzerland during Spring!

If everyone in the entire universe would just clean up their own mess, particularly in the toilet, because everything affects everything, more work gets done in a day. However, since a lot of people or tourist don’t get or apply this, just pass on your simple act of kindness & hope that they too will pass on what they’ve received.

3 I ASK THE LOCALS

I’m from Cebu & one of the things we’re known for is lechon or roasted pig. Nothing against the credibility of Anthony Bourdain nor this particular lechon brand but when he said that this particular lechon is the best tasting one… I believe I am not the only Cebuano who would disagree. Ask a Cebuano. Ask the locals.

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Aaaaaaaaah. The tapas in Spain are love! However, there are a lot of gastronomic offerings you can explore in Spain. This one right here are called PINTXOS which comes from the world ‘pinchar’ meaning to pierce. For me, they’re simply chorizo & they’re reeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaallllyyyyyyy good!

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Croqueta or Croquettes are another Spanish favourite! On your visit to Barcelona, check out La Boqueria Market to get a taste of the Spanish offerings!

Not just about food but in a lot of things. Be careful though, I’m sure you’d know if the person you’re asking is fooling you or not. Although reviews say this & that, asking a local can save your day by telling you where to eat!

 4 I BACKPACK IS THE SURE WINNER

Most of us want to be fashionable when we travel. (Side note: Just be fashionable, don’t wait to travel to dress well & don’t forget, with modesty) Part of the outfit is the bag. You want to be fashionable or you are but don’t forget comfort. When you travel, it s very safe to assume that you’ll be walking at least 5 Kilometers in a day. Bringing a hand bag will be tiresome at some point plus a hindrance in capturing good moments that flash before your eyes. A sling bag will make one of your shoulders sore from carrying the whole weight of one bag for a long time.

Meanwhile with a backpack, you carry the weight of one bag with both your shoulders. Both of your shoulders are working in your advantage. And because of this, you are able to do more. You can take more photos, hold the hands with your travel buddy & explore more because of the energy you still have. And just a reminder, in case having comfortable shoes isn’t part of your basic list, having comfortable shoes is crystal clear to every traveller.

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Look at this man go! My awesome travel buddy with his Pacsafe backpack capturing snaps of Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

5 I MENTHOL INHALERS FOR GOOD VIBES

You will need menthol inhalers for what it’s really made for- relieves pain, soothes your muscles & etc. But you will need this, do not laugh but it’s true & very helpful, to counter bad odor. I don’t think your perfume will cover. When you go to the tourist spots, especially when it’s summer & say you’re lining up for a ride in Disney land, the different & unique aromas will dominate the atmosphere. Haha.

And if you want to keep the positive energy in travelling, you will definitely value this small yet powerful weapon. And oh! Make sure you’re not a contributing factor to the said “different & unique aromas”.

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Deoesn’t show much in this photo but my happy hormones are jumping for joy because of Angelina’s delectable hot chocolate. The best! Make sure to taste them when in Paris. Talk about good vibes!

6 I BE READY WITH MEDS OR MEDICAL TRAVEL INSURANCE

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Doesn’t hurt to include some fruits in your food trip. This will give you a dose of vitamin C to get you going!

This may be basic but including this here to reiterate how important this is. When we travelled to Hong Kong, day one & chickenpox happened to me & we weren’t prepared at all. You have to consider, there are certain meds you have to take that needs a doctor’s prescription. And what if the place you’re going to have zero medical assistance? Being sick is already bad plus your vacation would be ruined because you’re sick. You don’t want to be in a very very very sad & bad situation would you? Bring the basic meds & other important medicines. Better yet, get insurance. 

7 I ZIPLOCK TO ZIP IT

Using a zip lock or travel kits has most likely become basic nowadays. Some even have colorful & patterned kits.  But I still think there are a lot of people who do not know or take advantage of this fact. Using this would enable you to save a lot of space, enabling you to save yourself from the hassle. On our recent travel, I transferred my stuff from their usual containers like makeup, accessories & toiletries to zip locks & they’re much lighter to handle.

I know one that places her clothes in a zip lock & vacuums the air inside, leaving the clothes really flat. Wow! Talk about becoming a better traveller! Probably the most experienced traveller I know!

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Meanwhile, fitting the entire Colosseum, in fact all the structures BC, is a struggle to fit into one picture. But really, it’s such a wonderful experience to set foot where Gladiators fought, although they had bittersweet living conditions.

So, I end here… for now. Traveling has become a great deal, especially in this generation. More & more people are traveling nowadays & don’t get the most of it just because a very simple thing ruined their trip. But that’s not you! There are things that may be out of your control like the weather but you can definitely do something about it to be able to stroll, right? And because that’s not you, you’ll feel the urge to share what you know because really, when you are travelling…

“… it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

Ibn Battuta on travelling

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The Swiss Alps, as faaaaaaar as your eyes can see… This place definitely left me speechless. Excited to share about this one!

Hong Kong Heat Heads- Up

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HONG KONG, Photo by Raymund Reel Bontol

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Make sure to use comfortable shoes when walking the streets of Hong Kong or when Traveling, for that matter

An average traveler visits Hong Kong for strolling & shopping. Unless it’s a business trip or one with a very important reason, traveling for leisure during the summer season may not be the best time.

It’s my first time to travel in Hong Kong this August & unfortunately, I didn’t have a fantastic experience due to the weather. After what I went through, I felt the need to inform. However, you may not take my word for it, but I hope this article will give you a heads up.

Here’s a peek to the Hong Kong International Airport.

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Art Wall

Seasons in Hong Kong

Spring
March to Mid-May
Warm & Humid
Average Temperature: 18 °C (64 °F) to 25 °C (77 °F)

Summer
Late May to Mid-September
Extremely Hot & Humid
Average Temperature: 28 °C (82 °F) to 32 °C (90 °F)

Autumn
Late September to End of November
Cool & Dry
Average Temperature: 19°C (66°F) to 24°C (75°F)

Winter
December to February
Cool & Dry
Average Temperature: 17 °C (63 °F) to less than 10 °C (50 °F)

Strolling at the tourist spots in Hong Kong like The Peak or theme parks-Disney Land & Ocean Park during summer would mean you being in a very hot place with a lot of people resulting to a lot of things- long queues, excessive sweat, awful smell, worse, heat stroke. After waiting for an hour or two just to experience your first ride, you’d think twice if you’d wanna get on the next one. This could also mess up your budget, buying some refreshments just to make you feel better given the situation.

Disney Land

The Peak

Ocean Park

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Someone was very happy when I was feeling scared

There are a lot of shopping possibilities in Hong Kong too, indoor & outdoor. Although shopping indoor would be your preference due to the heat,  better deals are on the streets! But shopping with this kind of heat wouldn’t be much of a pleasure.

If tickets have been booked or if you insist on traveling during summer, these are some things you’d probably need.

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Be Hong Kong Ready

1. Dri- Fit Cap

Use a cap to protect yourself from the heat of the sun. Any cap will do actually but dri- fit caps can be washed & they dry up easily. You have to wash them because chances are, you’ll get really sweaty & if you don’t wash your cap, you’re likely to get pimples on your forehead after your trip.

2. Mineral Water

This could give you a little bit of refresher with all the heat that’s bothering you. This could be your handy wash too.

3. Wet &/ or Dry Tissue

Both are very useful. If you don’t have a mineral water, having a wet tissue could do the trick to refresh yourself a little bit. Wipe sweat & any unlikely or dirty thing that would come your way, remember, you’re surrounded with a lot of people.

4. Lip Balm

Use a lip balm to avoid lip cracks.

5. Menthol inhaler

Counter that awful smell with a pleasant one!

6. Sanitizer/ Alcohol

Sanitize from time to time to avoid unpleasant body sensations. With the heat plus the people around you, no doubt you’ll sweat like crazy so prioritize to sanitize.

7. Water Bottle

Hydrate well as they say. You really have to & bringing a water bottle might save you a few dollars from refilling from free water stations.

8. Foldable Fan or Small Electric Fan

The foldable fans would really help create air towards your body but the small electric fans are really what’s IN during this season. It’s being sold almost everywhere & you’ll see people carrying them everywhere.

9. Loose Powder

After taking a bath or every after you sanitize your body, applying loose powder esp. at the back of your body or neck would really help ease the unpleasant sensations in your body.

10. Sun Glasses

To put some shade on your eyes especially when strolling or simply waiting on the line.

11. Mints

Refreshing on your mouth & to give a kick of sugar to your body.

12. Umbrella

And if the cap ain’t enough, yes it doesn’t look very charming but using an umbrella may be a life saver at this time. Also, although it’s summer, it might just rain.

TIP: It would be best to book the tickets to wherever you’re going to avoid long queues & have a better experience.

Check out KLOOK.com (https://www.klook.com/) or download the app.

I hope this helped whether you’re about to book your flight or you’re already packing for your trip during summer in Hong Kong.

Here are other photos taken from our trip.

Din Tai Fung

HK23

Streets of Hong Kong

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless,

then turns you into a storyteller.”

Ibn Battuta

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