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    Learn how to make your own itinerary.

    IMG_1304Hey it’s already July! I can’t believe how fast the month was. I was not able to update this blog due to my travels and workload. It’s too sad I can’t manage to update my blog often, however I’ll try to keep up with you guys. I just wan’t to say that I’m back from work and I really had fun travelling to places. As promise I will help you to become a better traveler. I myself is not a newbie in travelling since I’ve been travelling at the age of 22 years old. So I will try my best to give the best information to places I’ve been to.

    Last week, a friend of mine send me a message on how to go to Jordan. Like not all of you know, I work there for 2.8 years as a nurse. I really had a memorable experience working there. He is asking me if I can make an itinerary on how to visit the place. However that is easy to say but hard to do. Why? I myself can’t even update this blog often so how I can make one for him right? so what I will do now is to try my best to make a complete set of itinerary per country I’m visiting. So check it out for that. You might be interested to learn how easy to make one for yourself and not even asking me to do it for you lol. Traveling is easy making your plans is the hardest part. You really need to pay attention and learn how to use the technology and ofcourse the GOOGLE MAP.

    So just sit there and relax. I’ll see you around very soon.

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    27 Things to do before you settle down

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    I saw this video over my facebook account and shared it through my friends. I think the video itself encourage us to face our dreams before we settle down to someone. It’s true that when you get married there are limits and responsibility to build up with your husband and children. So before you get tied up, make it sure at least you made this 27 things. I’m proud to say that in my 27 years of my life, I made this 27 things.

    Video courtesy of Buzzfeedyellow

    1. Travel with your bffs

    Yes! I’ve been to Egypt, Jordan, Dubai, Abu dhabi, Al khobar with my friends. It’s one great experience to share the laugh and be amazed how extraordinary the other countries are.

    2. Learn to cook

    Omg! I learned how to cooked the time when I started to live my life independently and work abroad. And I’m proud to say that I cooked so well and it’s edible.

    3. Be financial independent

    I never asked money to my parents for financial support after I landed my first job in Jordan. I’m earning and have my own savings account.

    4. Face one of your biggest fear

    Take a risk in life. I’m not really a risk taker but life is full of suprises so when I was offered to work abroad, I grab the chance without knowing what futures hold.

    5. Live alone

    I’m living in a small condo apartment alone. I have my own kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom. It’s hard to adjust at first but hey! it’s not that hard.

    6. Accomplish a goal

    I graduated Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Registered Nurse.

    7. Find your drink of choice.

    I tried Jack Daniel and Bacardi. I also drink beer on occasion.

    8. Made your first move

    I made my first move in reconciliation with my ex. I even court him when we were in a relationship back then. I send him gifts.

    9. Challenge yourself

    I booked another flight to singapore, malaysia, hongkong and macau this vacation. It’s a lot of money and yes I challenge myself to tour around asia this 2015.

    10. Take a roadtrip

    I did a roadtrip with my friends in tagaytay, al khobar and dammam.

    11. Try a nice restaurant by yourself

    I always write a list of restaurants to visit. I make it sure that I will be able to eat in that place even alone.

    12. Live somewhere else

    I’m currently living in Riyadh. I was living before in Amman, Jordan.

    13. Learn to drive manual

    I’m taking a driving lesson manual and not automatic.

    14. Find a new show

    I was hooked in How I met your mother and Game of thrones. I watched all of them.

    15. Get fit

    I go to gym whenever I’m free.

    16. Build something with your hands

    I create a table designs.

    17. Stay up until the sunrise

    I’m always working at night so yeah I’ve been doing this for 1 1/2 years now.

    18. See your favorite artist live

    I watched a1 when I was in highschool (corny me)

    19. Make a list of books to read and then read them all.

    I buy a books and download few ebooks to read on my free time.

    20. Learn to fight

    I almost punch my co-workmates when he pissed me of. I slap a girl when I was in elementary. Over all I learned how to fight when I’m right. I learned karate when I was in high school.

    21. Volunteer

    I was a member of Girl Scouts of the Philippines and we have an outreach program every december.

    22. Try a new hobby

    I bought my first SLR and tried photography. I upgraded my camera to Canon Eos 60D.

    23. Apply for your dream job

    I’m now a nurse.

    24. Keep a journal

    I have my diary before and build a new blog to write down my thoughts.

    25. Have a long conversation with a stranger

    I always talk to strangers whenever I’m alone. We even shared the story of our lives.

    26. Do something crazy and spontaneous

    I think chasing a guy when I was so young and stupid.

    27. Get to know yourself

    I start to love myself.

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    Easter Sunday at Fuddruckers Sahara Mall Riyadh Review

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    Hello guys! It’s Happy Easter Sunday and yes indeed the God has risen. It’s a traditional occasion for Christians to celebrate Holy Week and the last of it is what we called “Easter Sunday or Resurrection day”. Me and my friends from the other local hospital meet up to join for a small feast day at fuddruckers at Sahara Mall in Riyadh, KSA. We ordered a variety of foods from steak to grilled seafood and bottomless ice tea which we all do love isn’t it?

    First on the dinner menu is we want some grilled steak because that what is Fuddruckers is all about. They are known for their burgers and steak so we shouldn’t missed to order that. We ordered Rib eye steak with rice and some veggies on the side dish. Were not on a diet so rice is just fine.

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    Bone-In Rib-eye steak(For all steak lovers out there, a 396 grams steak with a bone in, grilled to your taste and marinated with Fuddruckers spices) Rate: 5/10

    Well the steak is easy to cut into pieces and it’s juicy but I think it’s not well marinated because the flavour doesn’t stick much on it. However it’s best to eat that with butter which they served together to remove the after taste of the beef itself. Unfortunately we don’t like the rice because it’s the traditional basmati arab rice and were not used to it. Veges are well cooked but I’m just the only one who eat it because eyah doesn’t like veges.

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    Aioli Fish & Shrimp (Fish fillet grilled and marinated with special spices, with sauteed shrimps. Served with steamed vegetables and your choice of: baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, sweet corn, Fuddruckers wedges, or French fries, with garlic toast) Rate: 7/10

    Donna ordered for aioli fish and shrimp! definitely best deal for diet people and vegetarians. However the fish is a bit salty but it’s well combined with mustard so it’s just fine. I’m debating to myself if the shrimp is fresh or over frozen because I don’t get the taste of shrimp in there. However I guess I ate much of the fish and the mashed potatoes. Mashed potatoes is winner! I don’t like mashed potatoes but this one is so good! like can I have more?

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    Chicken Quesadillas (Cajun grilled chicken strips with sauteed fried onions, a mixture of green and red peppers, cheese mix, fresh green onion pieces. Served in a delicious tortilla with guacamole, Pico de Gallo, and sour cream sauce) Rate: 6/10

    I ordered for Chicken Quesadillas as part of our opening appetizers. I like how soft to bite the chicken quesadillas topped with avocadoes and sour cream sauce. Guacamole is an avocado-based dip that began with the Aztecs in Mexico. It’s part of the mexican cuisine. Pico de gallo is a fresh, uncooked salad made from chopped tomato, onion, cilantro, fresh serranos, salt, and key lime juice. All these are perfect mexican delicacy. (wikipedia for the description of Pico de gallo and Guacamole).

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    Fresh fried Calamares (Squid with creamy garlic dip) Rate: 8/10

    As we sat on our table, the Filipino guy offered us to tried their new appetizer Calamares. The first time we thought it’s too traditional and nothing is new about it. But we still give it a try. I guess the one you didn’t expect won over the 3 main dishes we ordered. It disappear from the table in a seconds. I couldn’t describe how it went but maybe because were all hungry and this is the first thing they served– it all goes to our hungry stomach right away. There is no really special thing about it like I said. It is the taste of the traditional filipino cuisine which makes it friendly over our mouth and hungry stomach.

    Over all, Fuddruckers is a nice place to hangout with your friends and have a good time. It’s worth it.

    Visit them at:
    Fuddruckers
    Sahara Mall,King AbdulAziz Rd Al Mursalat Riyadh
    telephone: 011-4520670

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    Join the Velocity Run Summer Splashin and Nike Women’s 10K Manila this May 2015

     


    Hey boys and girls! It’s time to gear up those sporty shoes you have in your closet and join this fun running event this May 2015. I recommend this two funrun program because first I’m an Intesive Coronary Care Unit Nurse specialized in handling Cardiovascular diseases. One of them is the Congenital heart disease. The other thing is I’m a huge fun of Nike sports apparel. I’m inviting you to to join the Velocity Run Summer Splashin and Nike Women’s 10K Race Manila. Here’s the full details of the event.
    Photo courtesy of pinoyfitness
    Velocity Run: Summer Splashin’, a pioneer project of University of the Philippines Pharmacy Association, is a color run themed charity event that aims to celebrate happiness, health, and an opportunity to help those who are in need.

    Who is the beneficiary?
    Operation Heart Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide comprehensive cardiovascular care for all patients with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD). The organization’s initiatives are multi-fold and will not only address also offer a comprehensive, long-term, and all-encompassing solution that can hopefully one day answer the call of every pediatric cardiac patient in every part of the Philippines.

    What is Congenital Heart Disease?
    Congenital heart disease means a heart condition or defect that develops in the womb, before a baby is born.
    There are many different types of congenital heart disease, one of which is when a baby’s heart valves is not properly formed or might have holes between the chambers of their heart.

    Race Rates:
    3KM
    Student: 600php
    Non-Student: 650php

    5Km
    Student:700php
    Non-Student: 750php

    10Km
    Student: 850php
    Non-Student:900php

    EVENT ACTIVITIES

    On-site accomodation starts at 5:00am.

    Gun start: 10km – 6:00am | 5km – 6:15am | 3km – 6:30am

    Event proper ends at around 9:00am (for those who still wish to roam around the different booths).

    INCLUSIVE OF A RACE KIT CONTAINING:

    1. (1) RACE SHIRT

    2. (2) COLOR POWDER PACKS

    3. (1) SHADES

    4. RACE BIB (INCLUDES STUBS FOR RAFFLE,

    BAGGAGE CLAIM & SOUVENIR KIT)

    5. RACE MAP

    Payment can be made of to:
    BANK: PHILIPPINE NATIONAL BANK (PNB)

    ACCOUNT NAME: UP PHARMACEUTICAL ASSOCIATION
    ACCOUNT NUMBER: 3855 5870 0011

    Vist this website to register before you made your payment.
    Registration Venue:
    * Online Registration : velocityrunph.wix.com/summersplashin

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    I’m a super fun of this sports apparel. Comfy shoes, tshirts and shorts. This is one kind of event for all nike women fanatic outhere. According to Nike website

    With the new year underway, Nike introduces fresh motivation for women looking for a challenge with the new Nike Women’s Event Series. The series — which includes the Nike Women’s Race Series and N+TC Tour — invites more than 200,000 women around the world to celebrate and experience the power of sport through a series of one-of-a-kind, high-energy running and training events.

    How to register for this event:
    Visit http://gonike.me/WeRunMNL

    How Much:
    1,000 pesos (900 per person)

    Registration Venues:

    Online: https://www.nike.com/events-registration/event?id=8687

    March 15, 2015 to April 12, 2015

    In-Store: Prepaid Cards
    March 15, 2015 to April 12, 2015
    •Nike Park BGC
    •Nike Women’s Trinoma
    •Nike Park Mall of Asia (MOA)
    •Nike Stadium Shangri-la
    •Nike Forum Greenhills
    •Nike Stadium Glorietta 2
    •Nike Stadium Alabang Town Center

    Unfortunately you can’t sign up alone. You need to be with a friend. If you want more information on how to sign up please visit this link
    http://s3.nikecdn.com/events-platform/prod/NET_Admin/faq/2015-12-31_378_FAQ_WeRunMNL.pdf

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    A good hotel for a low budget trip

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    It’s not really that easy to find a good hotel to stay during your travel. Good thing there lot’s of websites now offering a free booking site which you can find the cheapest to luxurious hotel. For honeymooners or those who really can afford an expensive accommodation, finding the right hotel is easy. Why it’s easy? because usually these hotels is the first thing that will appear in the search engine while browsing for hotel. We are also familiar with the most popular hotel such as (Hilton, Sheraton, Intercontinental, Movenpick, Ritz Carlton, etc.). The interior extravagant and food buffet that these hotels offers are the finest in this world. So far I’ve tried Movenpick and Ritz Carlton and I can say that “The price is just right” for what you pay. But of course we do know that “A budget traveler” doesn’t need an extravagant hotel. A budget traveler like me will always try to find the cheapest yet offers the safest place to stay. Here are the things that you need to note while choosing the right accommodation for your BUDGET TRAVEL.

    1. Always browse the hotels from cheapest to expensive.

    Why not from expensive to cheapest? Well that’s why we called this a budget travel because we don’t really want an expensive hotel to stay. We want to make it sure that there is hotel around the place that offers a good accommodation yet it’s nice and tidy.

    2. Watch out for the reviews/score

    Read the reviews from other travellers who already experienced to stayed in that hotel. They will surely tell you their honest opinions because it’s either they have experienced poor services or a very accommodating place. The score is relevant to this because the higher the score the better, Usually 10 is the highest.

    3. Don’t be fool by the stars.

    5 star hotel doesn’t mean to have a good service all the time. Check out again the review and the scores from the other travellers. I’ve experienced a 5 star with a very low quality of service. So it’s not really about the star.

    4. Always try to find a hotel that is near to the MRT/Train Transit.

    Really? of course! we don’t want to travel all the time using the cab because it’s too expensive. Either I suggest that you choose a hotel that is near to the MRT or Buses.

    5. Don’t choose the hotel that is near to the shopping malls.

    Usually they are expensive. Because they think that it’s very convenient to walk from your hotel to mall. In my opinion traveling means going to their popular places not the shopping mall. Surely there is a mall in your country so I don’t see any reason for you to be addicted looking around in their malls.

    6. Choose the hotel with the free (included breakfast).

    Actually included breakfast is a bit expensive than the hotel which doesn’t offer a breakfast. The reason why I want you to choose a hotel with breakfast included because traveling is tiring. I want you to have a full stomach and jump immediately to your destination after eating. You don’t want to waste your time looking for a cafeteria or food court to eat your breakfast. The main reason for this travel is to go ahead to your itinerary.

    7. Dormitory type

    If you’re with a group of friends. Choose a dormitory that is good for 5 to 6 people. Usually they are the cheapest accommodation than hotel. It also offers included breakfast most of the time.

    I want to share with you on how I choose my hotel when I was traveling. In Dubai, I choose the one with the discount. Sometimes you will see a red color that is offering percentage discount. I also consider the one which is near the Metro Station. It also has included buffet breakfast which is makes it more comfortable for me.

    Regal Plaza Hotel 3 Star Hotel 6.5/10 Score based on booking.com
    Opposite Al Fahidi Metro Station, Al Mankhool Road, Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab
    Phone:+971 4 355 6633

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    The Twin Size Bedroom

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    so comfy

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    The hallway

    Next hotel is the Movenpick Hotel in Aqaba, Jordan. Actually this is a group trip with the hotel accommodation plus the itinerary. I love the food buffet and the views, beaches, pool and almost everything in here.

    MOVENPICK Residences, AQABA JORDAN (5 Star Hotel) 7.6/10 Score based on booking.com
    King Hussein Street, PO 678, Aqaba 77110, Jordan
    +962 3 203 4020

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    Outside view of the terrace.

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    the outside hotel view

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    The apartment living room

    The next hotel is the Barcelo Cairo Pyramids Hotel. I was with my friends when we travelled here. So it’s a twin room bed. I like the food buffet here but not the service.

    Barcelo Cairo Pyramids Hotel (4 star hotel) 7.8/10 Score based on booking.com
    229 Pyramids Road, Giza, Cairo, Egypt
    Telephone number: +20 23 582 3300

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    Outside view of the hotel

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    The room is clean

    The Villa Hotel Apartments in Al Khobar is suited for a group of friends. We went here with my workmates and it has 2 separated apartment rooms. 3 bedrooms per apartment room. How cool is that? Unfortunately it has no buffet breakfast offer because it’s an apartment where you can use their cooking utensils.

    Villa Hotel Apartments Al Khobar (No star) 7.2/10 Score based on booking.com
    Al Olaya Behind Al Rashid Mall, Al Olayya, 31952 Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia

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    outside the villa apartment

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    The living room

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    The king size bed

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    The twin size bed

    The Iberotel in Luxor Egypt (4 star hotel) 8.2/10 Score based on booking.com
    Khaled Ibn El Waleed Street, East Bank, 99999 Luxor, Egypt
    Tel: +20 – (0)95 – 2380 925

    This is probably the cheapest hotel with the 4 star. It has amazing views and the food buffet is the best. I travelled with my friends in here and stayed for 2 nights.

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    The outside view of the hotel with Joyce my friend

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    A very romantic night from outside of the hotel

    This is not the complete review of these hotels. This is just a preview of how it looks like and what is the score based on booking.com which is my favorite hotel for booking site. All photos are taken from my dslr, ipad and slr cam. I will give my full reviews for all these hotels the next time.