The Jakarta trip was one of the unplanned and impulsively booked travels that we’d probably have more in the future. It was an afternoon in mid-February when I, Sherica, Mary, and Claire were talking about One Direction concerts nearing to show dates and how Mary will be finding herself into at least three OTRA shows (Singapore, Manila, Jakarta) of the boys. An hour later, I and Sherica found ourselves with plane tickets to Jakarta and One Direction concert tickets. One squad, one goal. One flies to Jakarta to see 1D, we join.
Anyways, the concert was in Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Central Jakarta where we also found a hippie hostel to stay in for the next two days. There were few (almost to none) tourist friendly spots (at least, we didn’t find a place that was reachable by cab) in Central Jakarta except for flea markets and antique shops but it has definitely the… Jakarta traffic the world is talking about.
We flew with Cebu Pacific Air.
A sort of a freedom wall within the hostel’s lobby.
Jamming with Bob, a reggae artist residing in the hostel. We’re surprised he knew Filipino artists that we aren’t even familiar with.
Indonesian food is arguably the best (maybe next to Indian food) cuisine I’ve ever tasted. Nasi goreng (fried rice) is just a plateful of flavors! Beef rendang has got to be my favorite which is beef chunks slowly cooked in coconut milk with spices. We lunched out at Sari Ratu (local restaurant at Plaza Indonesia) where we literally freaked out and went “WE DID NOT ORDER THIS. WAIT! WAIT!” when we were served a whole bunch of Indonesian feast right away. Little did we know that it works that way and you get charged whatever you touched.
(Featured Image of Changdeokgung Palace from flickr.)
It has been almost two years since I first set foot on a foreign land and I’m so fortunate to have visited and “staycationed” in South Korea for four long months. I was sent there as a part of the exchange student program of my college but of course I did a lot of travelling across SoKor as well. I was able to visit its top four biggest cities– Seoul, Incheon, Busan, and Daegu plus a couple of provinces including Jeju Island. The time I visited was also a blessing in disguise because it was Autumn transitioning to Winter season hence the first snow experience too!
Really, there were a lot of “first times,” that I am able to strike off a number of items from my bucket list in no time. Some just came in right in the moment when I do not expect them that’s why I’m really grateful of everyone who helped me made South Korea 2013 possible. Now, let me help you add some ideas to your South Korea bucket list by sharing you this list of things to do in the Land of Morning Calm.
Namsan Tower (N Seoul Tower), Seoul City, South Korea
- Drink, party, and club hop with Koreans and foreigners at Hongdae.
- Shop and try not to make impulsive purchases at the trendiest and most premiere shopping destination in Korea, Myeongdong.
- Climb by feet or by cable car to the highest point in Seoul, Namsan Tower.
- Latch a lock at Love Padlock affixed at the Namsan Tower.
- Learn a bit of Korea’s history by visiting a Korean traditional village, Bukchon Village.
- Step foot on at least one of the Five Grand Palaces namely Gyeongbokgung, Deoksugung, Changgyeonggung, Gyeonghuigung, and Changdeokgung. (Source)
- Get awed by the majestic buildings at Gangnam District.
Let me try to create a sort of “travel-guide-but-not-really-a-travel-guide” for the brothas and sistahs out there who might be interested to have a sight and experience with Burot Beach. Besides, I’ve got a couple of messages in my inbox asking me about the breakdown of expenses and whatnots of this beach getaway.
Burot Beach is located in. Brgy. Silang, Calatagan, Batangas. For consistency, let me assume that you’ll be coming from Manila that is approximately 3-4 hours away. Having said that, there are three possible ways (that I know) to get to Calatagan (or Burot Beach in this matter).
- via public transportation (or commute)
- via van– The van terminal, adjacent the Kabayan Hotel, is located behind the Metropoint Mall which you can reach via LRT line 1 (EDSA Station) or MRT (Taft Ave. Station). It is the same spot where you take a van heading to Balayan, Batangas. Be sure to make it clear that you’re heading to Calatagan because there are different routes. Drop off will be at Calatagan Market.
- via bus– Grand terminal heading to Calatagan is located beside the Coastal Mall in Paranaque. Ask the condcutor to drop you off the Calatagan market.
- NOTE: Fares for both modes will be P180, one way. Earliest trip for van will be 5:00-6:00 A.M. and 4:00 A.M. for buses. When in Calatagan Market, there are a lot of tricycle drivers offering a 15-20 minute ride to the beach. Negotiate if you can but typical fares ranges P150-P200 for two people.
- via private vehicle
- From Manila, drive all the way to Tagaytay through SLEX or Cavite. You will reach the Nasugbu rotonda and drive until you reach the Nasugbu-Lian intersection. Take the Lian route (if Nasugbu, you’ll reach Balayan) until you arrive at Calatagan Municipality. From there, you can ask the locals (they know the best way tbh) of where to head to Burot.
When in the vicinity, there will be a check point by two guards (in SM uniform) and will give you guidelines of the do’s and dont’s in the beach. They will hand you a large garbage bag as well. Lastly, you’ll be paying P20 each (one time) for the maintenance of the private property.