SEA Series Part 2: Lovely Laos, Charming Vientiane

This post is part of a series on my 16-day Mainland South East Asian trip with college buddies across Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam.

I have been looking forward to a trip with my college best friends since we graduated in 2005. Imagine how ecstatic I was when two of them were able to join me. It was like college once again, minus the Departmental Exams. :)

Patuxay Gate, Vientiane

Patuxay Gate, Vientiane

Hello Vientiane! It’s Day 2 of this epic trip jumpstarted by my BAH-BOM-BKK flight + a sleeper train ride.  :)

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SEA Series Part 1: SEA Part 1: My Bahrain – Bombay – Bangkok – Vientiane journey

This post is part of a series on my 16-day Mainland South East Asian trip with college buddies across Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam.

I have been looking forward to a trip with my college best friends since we graduated in 2005. Imagine how ecstatic I was when two of them were able to join me. It was like college once again, minus the Departmental Exams. :)

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BAH-BOM-BKK via Jet Airways

Yes, Ako na ang adik. Marso pa lang ay may tickets na ko for this trip. Palagay ko’y may hang over pako sa lagalag namin nung Dec 2012 (Boracay-Singapore-Malaysia-HongKong-Macau) kaya wari’y di ako mapalagay hangga’t wala kong nabu book na next trip / vacation destination. :p

My air tickets had different sectors though this time. Instead of the usual Bahrain- Dubai/Abu Dhabi-Manila (BAH-DXB/AUH-MNL) route, I booked Bahrain-Mumbai (Bombay)-Bangkok (BAH-BOM-BKK) via Jet Airways. Bukod kasi sa promo fare, e maglalagalag muna kami sa very popular na Indochina route + Thailand + Myanmar. :)

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Back to Rebyu – CIPS May 2014

Yep, before I become a planning-crazy Bridezilla, I need to focus first on my upcoming CIPS examinations on May 2014.

I’ve made the necessary wed prep stuff as per the timeline checklist and now ready to devote the remaining 4 months for CIPS study+review.

The results for my D1, D2 & D3 tests taken in Dec 2013 won’t come out until Feb 2014, and I am very, very hopeful I passed all three. I plan to take modules D4 & D5 this time, to complete the International Diploma course. :)

Ready for CIPS modules D4 & D5 :)

Ready for CIPS modules D4 & D5 :)

I know I still have so much backlog posts – Indochina trip, Palawan trip, Ilocos trip, Bicol trip, et al. I will try to squeeze in some posts, along with work, gym and study time, bahala na si Batman. :)

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Shukran 2013!

2013 came by so fast and I can’t help but look back at the year that it was. Its highlights, memorable moments, all of the blessings the Heavenly Father has generously bestowed upon us. I am truly, truly grateful.

Counting all Blessings #Grateful

Counting all Blessings #Grateful

January – First New Year’s celeb in Pinas after 5 years! Yup, followed by Christmas, I got to spend New Year’s with my mom and brothers. Iba talaga ang Pasko at Bagong Taon sa Pilipinas. :)

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Wanderlust: Best of Travel 2013

Bahrain. Mumbai. Bangkok. Vientiane. Yangon. Kanchanaburi. Siam Reap. Saigon. Mui Ne. Baguio City. Vigan. Laoag City. Paoay. Bangui. Pagudpod. Puerto Princesa. El Nido. Quezon City. Malasiqui. Dagupan City. Virac. San Andres. Bato. Baras. Viga. Tabaco. Manaoag. Manila. Dubai and then back to Bahrain again.

Nine countries, Twenty nine cities, Two Pinas vacations, One year.

Yep, the travel bug bit harder this year.

2013 Best of Travel

2013 Best of Travel

As usual, ako’y nagpapasalamat sa promo fares ng Jet Airways, Tiger Airways, Air Asia, PAL Express, Cebu Pacific at cheap accomodations via Agoda, which made all these travels possible (2 home leaves ulet, woot!) without breaking the bank. :)

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Jerry + Jiam: Together as One 12.12.13

Andami ko ng namiss na wedding ng college barkada namin. Kay Prince, kay Rafy, kay Dennis, kay Lawrence, kay Jerome, kay Chico… malapit na kong mablack list, toinks! Kaya nung magbook ako ng ticket for this Dec 2013, maski 50-50 ako makauwi, sinaalang-alang ko yung save the date notice ni Aboy, won’t miss this Mon :)

Jiam + Jerry Together as One 12.12.13

Jerry +Jiam: Together as One 12.12.13

So, paglabas ng NAIA T3, sugod sa bahay, shower at bihis then gora na sa kanilang lovely ceremony @ Santuario de San Jose, East Greenhills, followed by their amazing dinner reception @ Glass Gardens, Pasig.

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Up in the Air: DXB-MNL via Cebu Pacific

Salamat sa Piso Fare Cebu Pac! I admit I had second thoughts that this trip would push through, but it did! Of course it lacked features avail with full service flights like free food and entertainment monitor but I knew this beforehand so I brought light snacks, drinks  and had my laptop to watch a movie before I fell asleep.

The trip was smooth and lucky to have 3 seats to my self, I stretched horizontally and slept well. Maya maya lang, lalapag na pala sa Manila. Great job Cebu Pac! Kitakits sa pagbalik sa January, :)

11.12.13 DXB-MNL via CebuPac

11.12.13 DXB-MNL via CebuPac

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Up in the Air: BAH-DXB via Emirates

Hello ulit Dubai! Long time no see! :)

11.12.13 BAH-DXB via EK

11.12.13 BAH-DXB via EK

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Christmas Vacation 2013

Akala ko’y di matutuloy, pero yun o, woot woot! Hindi man sya gaya ng mga dumaang bakasyon ko na uber detailed ang itinerary, I’m very grateful to be able to spend another Christmas & New Year’s sa Pinas.  :)

The perfect luggage :)

The perfect luggage :)

 I had return tickets beforehand pero had doubts because I thought I have exams sa January 2014. Yun pala e sa May 2014 pa, so pasok ang magChristmas leave sa schedule. I had major PRs sorted na rin kaya ala masyadong pending. And Buboy had plans for a special event home. Everything seemed to fall into place. Mashallah. :)

Buti na lang din at super understanding ang boss by approving my leave on such a short notice. Last minute arrangements, gawa ng endorsement, packed my backpack and gora na! Lezzz do this! Happy Holidays! :)

Bakasyon 2013 2.0

Bakasyon 2013 2.0

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Gastronomic Exploits: Rocky’s Cafe @ Ramee Int’l Juffair

Despedida Dinner with Music by The Fuse Band @ Rocky’s Café (aka Rock Bottom Café) @ Ramee International Hotel, Juffair

10.12.13 @ Rocky's Cafee - Ramee Juffair

10.12.13 @ Rocky’s Cafee – Ramee Juffair

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