That Time When We Got Scammed by a Taxi in Hanoi

That Time When We Got Scammed by a Taxi in Hanoi

One of the most common problems of travelers in Asia, which can spoil the fun, is taxi scam.  It is so prevalent that sometimes taking a taxi is not an option anymore not unless necessary.  Vietnam, Thailand, Macau, Philippines, and some other countries have tourists complaining about how their taxis dupe them.  You’ve heard stories about this all the time. Read More    

Our Yosemite Experience (Complete Itinerary and Expenses)

Our Yosemite Experience (Complete Itinerary and Expenses)

Visiting Yosemite wasn’t part of the original plan.  Since we only had less than 2 weeks in the United States, we were thinking of going to Las Vegas after Los Angeles and then to San Francisco.  But then, we fell in love with pictures of Yosemite that we finally decided to go here in lieu of Las Vegas.  We’re glad that we did.  Our Yosemite experience was one of the most memorable experiences we had in our lives. Read More    

Hiking Lantau Peak:  Second Highest Mountain In Hong Kong

Hiking Lantau Peak: Second Highest Mountain In Hong Kong

Hiking Lantau Peak was initially planned as a back to back with our Sunset Peak hike without us knowing the difficulty of the trails.  We underestimated Sunset Peak and we thought it was easy peasy but it turned out to be a very challenging one.  Lantau Peak is the second highest peak in Hong Kong and is one of the most popular hikes.  It is famous for its impressive vistas and incredible sunrise or sunset view.  The hike is the Section 3 of Lantau Trail traversing Pak Kung Au to Ngong Ping.

 

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Sunset Peak Hike

Sunset Peak Hike

After we’ve completed and conquered the Dragon’s Back mountain hike, our first ever Hong Kong hike, we felt the urge of doing more challenging hikes.  The feeling was incredible especially upon reaching the top.  It was physically exhausting but it was definitely rewarding.  Finishing the Dragon’s Back hike was like a warm up for more strenuous hikes and has prepared us for our next adventure.  After that, we knew that we were ready for our next hiking destination, the Sunset Peak Hike.

 

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Biking the Golden Gate Bridge

Biking the Golden Gate Bridge

My wife and I knew that upon alighting from the train at Civic Centre Station and having our first glimpse of San Francisco, it was going to be a fun one.  Passing by these victorian houses on a cool weather was an ultimate American experience.  We knew that seeing the Golden Gate Bridge was the ultimate goal and we decided to not actually just see it.  But, to experience it.  Since we both loved the outdoors, we decided to bike it.  Bike the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, that was the plan. Read More    

Mist Trail Hike in Yosemite

Mist Trail Hike in Yosemite

It was freezing cold when we woke up at 5am in a tiny Tent Cabin we were renting at Half Dome Village.  Summer is almost near but the temperature at night still drops to below 10 centigrade.  We headed to the shared bathroom, 30 steps away from our cabin, to freshen up and proceeded to have our Western breakfast.  We readied ourselves with what we anticipated to be the highlight of our Yosemite tour, hiking the Panorama Trail. Read More    

Dragon’s Back:  Section 8 of Hong Kong Trail

Dragon’s Back: Section 8 of Hong Kong Trail

I was just introduced to Hong Kong trails latter part of last year and I’ve been wanting to do it, eversince.  The last time I hiked a mountain was over ten years ago back in the Philippines.  I guess that would make me a novice or an amateur hiker.  After researching about Hong Kong trails and all, along with my wife and some friends, we decided to do it and unmask the side of Hong Kong not everyone get to see.  We knew that the hike would be exciting and of course, rewarding.

 

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Hanoi Vietnam:  Hoa Lo Prison

Hanoi Vietnam: Hoa Lo Prison

Every country has a history, a remembrance of past struggle, hardships, and triumph.  Stories from our ancestors, written accounts on textbooks, remnants of artifacts and relics displayed on museums, and old photographs are our sources.  Vietnam has an affluent history being under French colonization to Communists uprising and revolt and to heartbreaking Vietnam War.  All of these had shaped Vietnam as we know today.  There are many places and historic sites in all over Vietnam that would remind us of their history.  And one in particular is Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi, Vietnam.Read More    

When in Hong Kong:  Tai O Fishing Village

When in Hong Kong: Tai O Fishing Village

One would think that Hong Kong is a picture of bustling metropolitan with high-rise buildings and impressive skyline or a picturesque Chinese community with temples found in every corner.  That is not really false, but, the city is a multifaceted metropolis with diverse culture and influences that makes it more endearing for tourists and locals, alike.  A little far away from Hong Kong city, on the island of Lantau, is a fishing village that depicts the early life of native Hong Kong and shows a different side of a rather busy cosmopolitan, and that is the Tai O Fishing Village.

 

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Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba Island

We temporarily said goodbye to Royal Palace Cruise as we stepped on a small boat to fetch us to a much bigger boat to bring us to the bungalow on Cat Ba Island.  After the tour at Hang Sung Sot cave, we just freshened up a little and we were off to another adventure.  On that quite bigger boat, two groups from two different cruises came together, a total of 20 tourists, to stay on an island far from the city and who were all thrilled to uncover the beauty of the mysterious Cat Ba Island.

 

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