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Belgium Day Trip

All about my Belgium Day Trip

Now I know that this is already getting tiring. It has been a year since my Eurotrip but up until this date, I still keep blabbing about it. I’m not like this in real life, however. I don’t just barge in another people’s conversation and just casually bring up about the said Eurotrip. I have real life friends whom I just met after the Eurotrip that found out about it later on who are telling me “Oh my gosh! All this time, I didn’t know?! You’re that Eurotrip girl on the viral video?! How come you didn’t tell us?!”  On the other hand, I keep talking about it on Facebook and on my other social media because let’s be honest – this is what I’ve been known for. I wouldn’t get almost 20,000 followers on the Internet and thousands of readers of my blog if it weren’t for that Eurotrip. So, forgive me. Actually, don’t. I will keep talking about this even after 20 years. IT IS A BIG DEAL TO ME. I earned it, I made my dream come true so I have the right to talk about it. I’m sure you’ll understand if it happened to you. Charot!

Anyway, going back to the main topic of this post. Belgium! Like any of my other European trips, this one was unexpected. When I went to Europe, the only place that I thought I’ll visit is Germany but damn I visited a lot of countries including Belgium.

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Unfortunately, it was just a day trip because this was just a few weeks after the Brussels bombing. Going to Belgium was a risk and a lot of places were closed. It was a shock seeing a lot of police on standby with their big dogs to secure the place. Throughout the whole trip, I was paranoid of what could happen that is why a day trip would be enough to satisfy my curiosity with Belgium but could still make me feel safe.

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This photo wasn’t edited. It was so gloomy and freezing cold! I was with the Catholic priest that I was friends with, my Titas, and their kids. We decided to visit Atomium and the Mini Europe. I was more interested with Mini Europe.

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I never learn. I was sick for a few days when I visited the Tulip Farm because I wore a skirt. Here I am again, wearing a light jacket, a dress, and tights. I was freezing cold that I cannot think straight. It was one of my mistakes when I visited Europe. Note that Spring doesn’t mean an okay weather, IT WILL STILL BE COLD.

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Before deciding to go to Belgium, I’ve already read blogs saying that going inside the Atomium is not worth it. I was just really after the Mini Europe which is near the Atomium.

Mini Europe in Brussels, Belgium

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You have to pay EUR 13.20/PHP 773 as the entrance fee for Mini Europe. This is the normal range for entrance fees in Europe.

I have around 500 photos in Mini Europe alone. It was very fascinating to see all the tourist places in Europe in one place. They may be miniatures but the intricate details and the sound effects make you feel like you are really there.

It’s very educational as each miniature (?) has its information such as population, currency, and the year they’ve been part of the Schengen zone. You see that button over there? If you press it, different things can happen – play a sound, make a train move, make a water flow, etc. Really, really cool!

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A photo of me when I still had no idea I would also get a chance to visit the real Eiffel Tower in Paris! Btw, I was freezing here!

Netherlands, Travel, Visa

Jack Goes to The Netherlands

Netherlands was the second country I’ve ever visited in my life aside from my home country which is the Philippines. The moment I arrived in Germany, I enjoyed some beer and currywurst then went to visit The Netherlands. It was drizzling and super cold but I cannot resist not to go there. First place in The Netherlands that I visited was in Maastricht. Very beautiful and calm.

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Roermond

A day after, I went on a shopping spree in Roermond, The Netherlands. Any designer brand that you could ever think of is there! Aside from that, almost everything’s on sale. You can get a decent Prada wallet for only PHP 5,000 – 10,000! I spent my whole month salary buying my family pasalubong. I love Roermond but it was dang cold!

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Keukenhof (Lisse)

Days after, I went to the Tulip Garden or the Garden of Europe. I’ve been looking forward to go here and finally, one of my dreams come true. The ticket costs 16EUR or almost 900 pesos to see the entire garden. Worth it but I wish, I visited this weeks later as the flowers have not yet come to its full bloom yet.

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Thailand, Travel

Bangkok, Thailand – Itinerary and Expenses

I know, I deserve some kind of an award for writing about my travel THREE FREAKING MONTHS AFTER! I have been busy the past few months so forgive me but I promise, everything still feels fresh in my memory. I fell in love with Bangkok that I still can remember every bit of details!

I’ve been wanting to go to Thailand eversince I could remember. It is the only Asian country that appeals to me and it is because of their culture. While some want to see Singapore, Thailand is my bae because for me SG looks like BGC loljk. Anyway, when I went back home from Europe, my layover was Zurich, Switzerland and then Bangkok. It was supposed to be a long layover but our flight got delayed, leaving us with only an hour in the airport. I was actually looking forward to even try an authentic pad thai to no avail.

I told myself that I will go back to Thailand and because I’m me, I would do everything to do it.

My friend, Mel is a Thailand addict and she has sworn to go to Bangkok every year. I’ve known her since 2006/7 because we were one of the few pioneer bloggers back then. It was just this year when we started talking on FB. She was actually supposed to go with me to Europe but because she works in the US Air Force, securing a leave can get quite tricky. However, I forced her to go with me this time.

We met at a coffee shop to purchase a tour package. I wouldn’t want to say the travel agency because they suck balls. They don’t care about their customer once they have paid and it’s a pain in the ass to contact them. I only want to recommend the best for my readers and even if that travel agency has millions of likes, I don’t suggest getting their service. Aside from that, it was hella expensive for PHP16,100+ per person for flight, accommodation, and half-day city your. You can get it for a cheaper price when you wait for a promo fare but then again, because I’m me, I can’t wait.

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DAY 1

Upon arriving at the airport, I picked up my pocket wifi at the post office. I purchased my pocket wifi from Thai Smile Connect and guuuurrrlll, IT WAS SUPER FAST! I easily get lost so I make it a habit to avail pocket wifi wherever I go.

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We then met with our agency and rode a shuttle to our hotel. We dropped off our bags and didn’t waste anymore time to try Pad Thai! As I’ve said, if you’re here on my blog to expect a fantastic photography, you will be disappointed. Haha! Anyway, the pad thai was fantastic! For only less than a hundred baht, we got that and a papaya salad! <3

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Oh, I also drank around 45 glasses of milk tea during my Thailand trip! IT WAS SO GOOD!!!! I WOULD CRY!

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After eating, we decided to freshen up aka to sleep until almost 6 in the evening. Mel and I met with her Thai friend and we ate again! I had Tom Yum and Green Tea! It’s better than Starbucks’ and it’s only 25 baht!! Mel had a shrimp tom yum which was so spicy it’s not even funny.

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Our hotel was located just a few steps away from the Pratunam Mall. We went there and bought some clothes and fam, I’m warning you – Bangkok is da bomb when it comes to cheap but cute clothes! For only PHP 500, I already bought 5 dresses!!!!

I also found these cute personalized wallets which I decided to sell to my friends in the PH. I bought almost a hundred of these! I told you, I will always find ways to earn more money if I spend some money. HAHAHA!

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After shopping, we decided to meet Carlos Celdran. Yes, THE Carlos Celdran. I don’t care about your views in politics but Carlos is one of the most amazing people I’ve ever known!

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We bought some beers for 60 baht each then Carlos treated us more beers and cocktails! Yay!

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We ended the night by going to another bar called EQ Late Night Club near Nana Plaza. Must visit as they have some cool DJs, overall amazing night club, and most of their staff are Pinoys!

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We got in for free and had a free drink cause GL card. Don’t know what that meant? Google it. LOL.

Day 1 expenses: 

  • Pad thai: THB 80
  • Milk tea: THB 25
  • Tom yum: THB 50
  • Green tea: THB 30
  • Dress: THB 150
  • Sandals: THB 100
  • Beer: THB 60
  • Fare: THB 100

Total: THB 490 / PHP 676 with shopping THB 345 / PHP 475 without shopping

Wow, right?

DAY 2

We had our breakfast at the hotel. It was just okay but it’s filling enough to last us until noon. We went to a tour included in the price we paid to our crappy travel agency. Here’s where we went according to them:

“Visit Wat Indrawihan (Standing Buddha)located in Banglamphoo, Wat Indrawihan or Intharavihara is well known for its enormous standing Buddha figure, called ‘Phra Sri Ariyamettrai’ or “Luang Pho To”. The exact number about it’s height varies from 32 to 41 Meters. Take a boat to cross the Chao Phraya River. Wat Arun(“Temple of the Dawn”) in Bangkok is a Khmer-style Buddhist temple and major landmark on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. A Buddhist temple had existed at the site of Wat Arun since the time of the Ayutthaya Kingdom and also visit some following shops Gem Stone Factory, Leather Factory, and Honeybee Shop in Bangkok, Thailand.”

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Upon arriving back at our hotel, Mel bought her fried rice and bbqs while I bought this blood noodle soup for THB 50.

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and this bbq stick for THB 10 and crab meat stick for THB 10. It was hella good especially the bbq. It’s different than what we have in the Philippines. It’s so tender and flavorful.

I loved the blood noodle soup. Reminds me of dinuguan but unfortunately, I had a stomach flu when I ate it. I felt like I was punched in my stomach; it was the worst! So we decided to buy some hot tea from 7/11. Since Thais can’t understand that much English, I Google translated it and showed it to them. The staff on the counter pointed me on the corner asking me to look there, I went there but I can’t find anything so I asked the staff near the fridge where it was. I didn’t know Mel already asked her so she went berserk speaking in Thai maybe telling us “YOU GUYS ARE SO STUPID! WE TOLD YOU WE HAVE NO GREEN TEA!” LOL, they both yelled at us and started talking with each other hinting us we’re fools. We can’t understand them and they can’t understand us so Mel and I talked about them, too in our own language.

Oh, the joy of having different language! HAHAHA!

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After that, we went to PatPong. Had a beer and watched some strip show but the night seems so boring that we decided to try the famous Thai Massage.

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I was shookt! It was the best massage ever! For THB 250, I had my bones popped like never before! 10/10, would recommend!

Day 2 expenses: 

  • Blood noodle soup: THB 50
  • Bbq and crab meat stick: THB 20
  • Hot green tea: THB 30
  • Fare: THB 100
  • Beer: THB 60
  • Thai massage: THB 250

Total: THB 510 or PHP 703.61

Opinion, Personal, Travel, Visa

How to Make Visa Application and Traveling Cheaper

Traveling has been a very hot topic on social media. Everyone wants to go somewhere and travel. I can’t blame you – it’s addictive! Sometimes, I feel a lot of guilt with the money I’ve been spending on travel. My expense for my Eurotrip could be a downpayment for a car or a house and lot. However, those can wait. I’m not getting any younger and in the blink of an eye, I might already have my own family which will make traveling hard. So yup, travel, travel, and travel until I’m able.

Anyone can travel just as long as they have money. I don’t consider myself a special snowflake because I know that with enough budget, anyone can do it. It’s just that I’m blessed with a good job, an entrepreneurial mind, and guts which allowed me to earn money and to see the world.

I used to feel so uncomfortable disclosing how much I spent on my travel and visa application because I didn’t want to be judged. I know not everyone has the same traveling style so some might think that I spent an excessive amount or some might think that that’s too cheap and something sounds fishy. When people ask me how much I spent on my Eurotrip, I do not answer them with “I spent blah blah blah,” I would say “Prepare 350,000 to be on the safer side.” I didn’t want to share how much I spent because I didn’t want you to base how much you’ll bring based on my experience because unless you’re me, our expenses will be different.

However, please respect because my money is my money. I have worked hard for this and I can choose whatever way I’d want to spend it.

Anyway, to answer your question, here it is!

This year’s travel and visa application expenses

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Please note that all of these are just estimates. Especially with my Eurotrip, I estimated PHP 350,000 because that was the difference on my bank account before and after the trip. I’m just estimating how much I spent for this and that.

I don’t know about you but that’s cheap! I’ve been asked by a lot of people how I can afford to travel. Some even asked if I loaned in a bank or if I have a credit card. Fortunately, I only spend money that I have. I have PHP 0.00 debt in my life and that’s something that I am proud of.

I know a lot of people who spent a million on Europe for a month and PHP 60,000 on Thailand just for a few days!

So, how did I keep my traveling expenses and visa application at a minimum?

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