Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cambodia Vacation, Part Three: It's a Sick, Sad World

The view from my hotel, the Angkor Miracle Resort & Spa
[After a rather odd night, I was ready to get to truly exploring Siem Reap. I'm sure my stomach, fully tested from a day wandering the city, would be up to the task...]

I woke up in the morning and took a shower. At the front desk, I asked for a tuk tuk to my next destination, and the owner got me a ride. It was quick and easy, just down the street. From my hostel, I moved to a five-star hotel, the Angkor Miracle Resort & Spa. Pretty nice! And since I got it for 75% off, I didn't even pay too much at all.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Cambodia Vacation, Part Two: Recovery and Exploration of Town

Siem Reap International Airport

Looking good, me!
[Getting to Cambodia was a bit of an adventure. In the last post, I wrote about having my flight information changed and losing a day in Siem Reap. On the positive side, I saved a bunch of money on my rooms for the week. However, I managed to get food poisoning, jeopardizing my entire trip.]

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Cambodia Vacation, Part One: Getting to Siem Reap

I had a great time in Cambodia. It was a unique trip to say the least. I had to do a lot of improvising and modifying to make it work. Still, I learned a lot about myself on the trip. You really can't ask for more than that when you travel.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Philippines Vacation: Day Seven

The sunrise at the Peacock Garden
Finally, our time in the Philippines had come to an end. It had been relaxing, although occasionally frustrating. Still, I enjoyed the getaway.

After collecting our things, Jackie and I went to check out. I paid with my credit card (they had a machine that actually worked, a novel concept!). And then we sat down for breakfast in the indoor restaurant.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Philippines Vacation: Day Six

The ocean view from our room at the Peacock Garden
The time came for us to leave the Isola Bella Beach Resort. It had been pretty frustrating with very spotty service. It really shouldn't be so hard to find someone who is working anywhere. So we were not mad to leave at all. I knew the next place we were staying at was going to be fancy, that was my plan after all, but I had no idea what we would be in store from later that day...

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Philippines Vacation: Day Five

See those hills? Those are the famous Chocolate Hills of Bohol.
After a day of exploring the area near Doljo Beach where we were staying and meeting a strange man, we decided to book a tour of the Chocolate Hills of Bohol. Sadly, a horrible earthquake had caused a great deal of damage. Hundreds of people died and many buildings were demolished, including multiple famous churches. The strongest part of the earthquake happened very close to the Chocolate Hills. For months, we had been monitoring the safety of the island and almost considered changing our plans for the entire country, but we decided to go anyway. In November, following the big typhoon, another earthquake occurred...

Monday, February 3, 2014

Philippines Vacation: Day Four

Look at that nice hidden beach!
Coming off a long, albeit fun, day on New Year's Eve, we sought to have a more relaxing day to begin the year. Unfortunately, the staff at the Isola Beach Resort did not cooperate with that idea. In the morning, we wanted to get breakfast, but there was nobody at the front desk at 8 a.m. We checked again. Jackie went by herself. I went by myself. We checked again.

And again.

And again.

And again.

And again.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Philippines Vacation: Day Three

Sunrise at Alona Beach
It would be our last day at the Bohol Coco Farm, but we had booked an early morning tour to go dolphin watching and see some islands. Early in the morning, we met the group, Jackie, myself, two girls, the nice man who booked it for us, and his daughter, and piled into the van. The tour took off from Alona Beach.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Philippines Vacation: Day Two

A nice hidden beach in Panglao
The next day, we woke up and went to the restaurant at our "hotel" for breakfast. It took some time to get it, but while we waited, we chatted up the staff and some of the other travelers. We were given ube to eat before our food arrived. Ube is a purple root that tastes great by itself. I loved it.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Philippines Vacation: Day One

Sunset at Dumaluan Beach

For the New Year's break, we had a week. Last year we had gone to see family in the United States, but this year we wanted to explore more of Asia. We had heard great things about the Philippines, so we decided to go there. The planning for this trip was pretty easy. After we had our flights in order, I researched a few places to stay and booked those. You don't even need to get a visa beforehand if you are American. Super easy.

We settled on going to Panglao, an island south of Bohol.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Ten Best Things to Happen in My Life This Year

Hanok Village in Seoul

It's the time of year when people begin realizing their resolutions are probably not going to work out (or perhaps they are finding out they can do it!), but I want to focus more on what went right last year. I have made many improvements in my life over the last couple of years. And last year was a big step in becoming a better person. Hopefully, some of the things I write about can help you a little. At the very least, I can turn you on to some cool apps, tv shows, or music. Hello, 2014!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Christmas Fun in 2013

Oh, come on. That tree wouldn't fit in my apartment even if we laid it down.
Christmas can be a hard time for people, especially when you move away from all of your family and most of your friends. I always used to spend the holidays with family, so it is a stark change to now not see them for the second year in a row. Last Christmas, Jackie and I stayed in and opened presents at her apartment, nothing fancy. (I wrote about it a bit near the end of an old blog post)

This year I wanted to do something a little different. I'll get to that later, but first, we had to prepare for Christmas.