17 Most Beautiful Places I Visited in Europe last 2016

2016 has been a great year for me as a travel blogger. I am very thankful and blessed to have met new friends in the blogging industry. Even with my hectic job, I was still able to get a chance to travel and appreciate the beauty of life in different environments. 

For almost a year, we've been saving up and preparing for our Grand European Vacation. This was a chance of a lifetime and something we've been wanting to do for the longest time and 2016 made it possible. 

I left my teaching job for 5 years in a private school and, before I entered public school teaching, I went on a month vacation around Europe. The experience was definitely something we will always treasure and I thank God for this opportunity. 

During our adventure in Europe, we stayed in a very cozy camper van (POPPY) owned by our friends, Justin and Joey Kock. Poppy took us to many beautiful places around Europe.


BEHOLD BATAAN : A Quick Visit to Some Famous Places in Bataan!

After witnessing the grandeur of the PAWIKAN FESTIVAL 2016,  it was time to head back to Manila. But since none of us were really on a rush, we decided to check on some interesting places that are en route to Manila. I must admit in the end, we had such an amazing time! 


PAWIKAN FESTIVAL 2016 - Help Save Our Pawikans!

The PAWIKAN FESTIVAL 2016 is an annual celebration held in the Municipality of Morong, Bataan in cooperation of the Provincial Government of Bataan and Bataan Tourism Council. This festival is not an ordinary type of festival as it's main priority is to help raise awareness in saving the Pawikans (Marine Turtles) which are considered endangered.


Regency Grand Suites - Manila : A Great Hotel with a Breathtaking View of Manila!

When in Manila, everybody knows that Malate is an area of the city that never sleeps. As a center of nightlife and tourism, it is one place you can't ignore visiting and that's what we did! For our staycation, we booked at a very central and very affordable hotel, the Regency Grand Suites.


Morning Side Trip in SAMAL ISLAND, DAVAO

Since our flight was in the afternoon, what better way to spend the morning than on a beautiful island only  few minutes away from the City of Davao. 

Samal Island is the best place to get away from the busy atmosphere of the city. This island has so much to offer tourists: white sand beaches, dive spots, waterfalls, and so much more.

With only few hours to spare, we skipped breakfast, grabbed a taxi and ask the driver to take us to the closest ferry that would take us to Samal, Island. 

The cab driver took us to SAMAL FERRY WHARF where we immediately hopped onto a ferry boat and left for Samal Island. 

FERRY FEE: Php 10.00


THE FARM SAN BENITO - A World Class Luxury Spa Retreat in Lipa City, Batangas

When we think about Philippines, we always think of the white sand beaches and the amazing tropical weather we have in the country, but there is actually more to the Philippines.  We also have one of the best spa resorts in the world and it is only a few hours away from Manila? 

Approximately 3 to 4 hours away from Manila depending on the traffic, THE FARM - San Benito in Lipa City is a place to relax, refresh, or just to get away from the busy lifestyle in the city. 


EXPLORING DAVAO CITY - Famous Tourist Destinations You have to Visit in the City!

Located in the Souther part of Mindanao, home of the very infamous Durian fruit, and home of our current President, Rodrigo Duterte, this bustling city of Davao has so much to show and to impress tourists. 

During our weekend adventure in Davao, we tried to fit in as many places as we could to explore.  During our stay in this vibrant city, we were accommodated right in the heart of Davao, at the MARCO POLO HOTEL. This hotel was so central, it made exploring so much easier. 

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Angelo The Explorer: Travelling is not a hobby anymore, it's my life!

Travelling is one activity I can't live without. Since I was a kid, travelling has been part of my life. My mom is from Antique and my Father is from Bukidnon. I remember when I was still in elementary school, every vacation my brother and I would take the Super Ferry to Ilo-Ilo and ride a bus to San Jose and Sibalom with our cousins in Antique. Two weeks after, we would take a ship straight to Cagayan De Oro where our Aunts and Uncles are already waiting at the port station. 

I remember the time when we even visited the Province of Camiguin and explored Mantigue Island when it was still very raw and pristine. There was even an elementary school on that island. 

This fascination with travel continued after college and I started earning my own money. I am a person who dreams big. I don't know how I am going to do it, but I believe in dreaming big. 

From travelling around the Philippines, I was given a chance to explore different countries such as Botswana, South Africa and other countries in Europe. 

Tribu K'Mindanawan - A Great Show to Welcome Every Tourist in Davao City!

During our visit to the vibrant city of Davao, there is one place that our friend took us to and that was to witness a show that you can only find in Davao. We basically had only a weekend to do as much as we could. On our first day of exploring in the city, we decided to end our day with Tribu K'Mindanawan. 


Exploring BAGA MANILA at All Home Imus, Cavite!

A great weekend food tripping idea is to visit BAGA MANILA. Scattered all over Metro Manila and nearby provinces.  BAGA MANILA which stands for Barbecue and Grillers Association (BAGA) provides quality barbecues, grilled food, and much more.

Marco Polo Davao - Start Creating Good Memories in the Heart of Davao

It was with much excitement, I booked my ticket months ago to the beautiful province of Davao. I had not been this far south but I had heard that there were so many interesting places to see and places to dine in Davao. Since it was my first time in Davao, I had been searching for very good accommodation that would make my stay a memorable one. 

The one that stood out was this very luxurious hotel called  MARCO POLO DAVAO. Situated at the very center of Davao's shopping and business district, I couldn't think of any better place to base my tour of the city of Davao. 

Since I arrived late in the evening on Saturday, a friendly staff from Marco Polo patiently waited for me at the airport  and took us straight to the hotel. 


Exploring Awesome Sites in LONDON using the LONDON PASS

Our dream vacation started with only a few days in London. We wanted to make the most out of it and explore as much as we could in this bustling city of London.

Prior to our European trip, our friend told us about the London Pass and how we could maximize it while we were in London. This card gives you a privilege pass to so many tourist destinations in the city and no need to queue and buy tickets, which can take up so much of your touring time. 

With 2 days to spend in London, here are the places we visited using our London Pass!


This famous palace is the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Be amazed with the King's and Queen's State Aparments that have been preserved in a pristine condition.  It also served for a long time as the official residence of the famous and well-loved Princess Diana. The long history of this place can also be seen with the wide collection of historical articles from all over the world.  While were there there was a really interesting exhibition of outfits worn by Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana and other members of the royal family. The beautiful landscape surrounding the Kensington Palace is a sight to see specially the Sunken Garden. 


Often mistakenly called the London Bridge, Tower Bridge has been over River Thames since 1894. This bridge is also considered as one of the most famous, not just in the UK, but in the world. We were very lucky to visit this bridge with ease as the queue to get the ticket was so long. Thank goodness for London Pass, we avoided the queues and easily and enjoyed the breath taking views of the City of London. In addition, we were able to see the Engine Rooms not far from the bridge. A very interesting tour indeed! 


Considered as one of the most famous fortresses in the world, the Tower of London is also home to the Crown Jewels where you will see the crowns and other artifacts that are basically PRICELESS! With all the places to visit in London, to see the crowns of the King and Queens of England are a must see!


After our Tower Bridge Tour, we walked to see The Shard which is the tallest building in Western Europe and came across this very interesting find. With the London Pass, we were able to learn the dark history about London Bridge. And after that, the scariest experience begins. We entered this chamber and never stopped screaming until we got out! It was really fun but not for the faint-hearted! 


Next to Big Ben, is this UNESCO World Heritage Site which is very famous for it's old paintings, one of a kind stained glass windows, and of course, where Prince William and Kate Middleton got married. You have to see Westminster Abbey! It is better to come early as there so many people wanting to go into one of the grandest church in the UK.


To get around to different sites around the City of London, worry no more as the Golden Tours Buses will take you around using your London Pass card. You can hop on and off anywhere around the city with no problem. Just make sure you know their schedule otherwise you may take the Underground Tube. 


Another way to get around the city of London is by River Thames. Using your London Pass with City Cruises, you can hop on and off along the river Thames. This is also a very interesting trip as you can get to see the other side of the city.

For rates and more information on the London Pass, you can check their website at www.londonpass.com 

2 Important Cards You Must Have when Exploring London

London is a very beautiful city with much to see and when you are touring this place, careful planning is required to save time and get to visit as many sites as possible in a short amount of time.

Aside from having a pocket money and accommodation, there are two things that you must have to ease your travel plans in this beautiful city of LONDON.


If you are travelling around the city, the best way to go around is by using their Underground Train System called the Tube. It is one of the easiest way to get to different destinations around the city. But you have to study the route carefully. Anyhow, buying a ticket can sometimes be confusing. But, if you have the OYSTER CARD, you can just reload and tap it at almost any Underground stations as well as some of the city rail services. That saved so much of our time fwhen transferring from one place to another. It really is a must have!


In most tourist spots, buying a ticket can sometimes be a problem. With London Pass, you don't need to worry as the card serves as your ticket to over 60 major tourist attractions in London. This is actually one of the best travel partners you could have in London. It also has the added benefit of missing some of the queues as some sites prioritise tourists holding the London Pass. To check whether the place accepts London Pass or not, you normally find a sticker at the entrance of London Pass. Or, you could bring your booklet with the list of all the places you can explore.

So in your future travel to London, make sure you have these cards with you!


Flying Experience with QATAR AIRWAYS

After careful planning and visa processing, the time had finally arrived for us to start our Dream European Vacation. We prepared for years just to make it happen, and this year, the airline of choice was Qatar Airways.

Out of so many airlines to choose from, Qatar Airways had the most affordable ticket prices to London. In addition, Qatar Airways flies on an A380 from Doha to London. First and foremost, flying on an A380 for me was a top priority. Aside from having the most comfortable seats, but just the fact that it is the biggest commercial airliner in the world at the moment, that is something else!

Upon arriving at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the plane took off at exactly 7:35 pm at night and the trip took 8 hours from Manila with the expected arrival at 00:45 am at Doha, Qatar

Though it was getting late at night, but there is something special about the experience of flying. And when flying, we always choose the aisle seats so it's easier for us to move around.

I love the interiors of Qatar Airways 777-300ER. The seats were pretty comfortable as well and the blue light also set a nice mood in the plane.

Qatar Airways also has a wider screens for perfect viewing during the flight. The flight information also became more interesting with nice graphics.

Selfie in the toilet, 36,000 feet in the air.

During the flight, the menu was handed to the passengers. I could not wait to check on what food was available on Qatar Airways.

Checked on the screen and still got a long way to go. But there are so many movies and shows to choose from their in flight entertainment , so we're not bothered.

Meals arrived and I must admit, it was flavorful! Most times I find airplane food bland, but Qatar Airways is different! It was delicious and they didn't use plastic cutlery.

And after 8 hours, we safely arrived at Doha, Qatar. This time, we chose a lay over of only 3 hours since we wanted to arrived at Heathrow Airport early the next morning so we could explore more of London.

Qatar Airport doesn't sleep so even if you arrive in early morning, you can still shop and dine around the airport while waiting for your flight.

Few minutes from our boarding time, I finally came face to face with my favorite airplane. The Airbus A380!

It was 2012 since I last boarded an A380, and when I walked inside, and then again the feeling was just amazing as always!

The trip was smooth and there was not much turbulence during the entire trip. It's also nice that there is camera where we can see what's going on outside.

Sleeping on the plane is something I cannot do. I really battle with it.

From Doha to London, we had a snack and a breakfast meal since we arrived at Heathrow early in the morning.

As we were getting closer and closer to London, our dream vacation was now becoming a reality!

After 16 hours in the air with Qatar Airways, I must admit that we were very impressed and we thoroughly enjoyed our flight. Being one of the airlines that offered the most affordable seats to London, we see ourselves flying with Qatar Airways again soon!