What started up as a simple online diary, turned into a map..of my life..Where I travel, what I do and who I meet. Its all written here online. Then a group of people started following and they started enquiring on the things I do and the places I visited.
Those enquiries kept me going to discover places and make new friends. Nothing can beat the spread of information especially by word of mouth, but in this current era we are in and with the advanced technology everything is shared online. My takeaway from that is, some good things are well hidden like treasures and they need Us, to discover them, polish them and show to the world.
Opportunities given to me to meet new people, go to new places, try out new experiences in food, movies, collections for the first time makes life exciting for me.
As i started to move along with youtube videos as such, it makes my life map more interactive, much more memorable and definitely lead an awesome life. I would encourage and welcome more youths or in fact everyone to start one diary today because you may never know where it might bring you ;)
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As i am writing this post, on a cool bench in a park in Taiwan, yes not in the current hot weather in Singapore (and with the haze and what not, i must be cray cray). I chose to escape and flew to Taiwan.
However this post aint about Taiwan but about my first solo trip in 2014 i made 2 weeks ago to Manila!
I have made a new year resolution to make solo trips in 2014 and i begin with Manila.
IN the words of Manila or maybe Tagalog probably, Mabuhay! Welcome! to the Philippines
Touchdown in the wee hours of the morning when the sun is still shining high in the sky, And i enjoy basking in the glorious healthy sun high up in the sky (Terminal 3, Ninoy Aquino Airport).
Lesson i learnt is that never take the cabs from the airports from wherever in the world unless necessary. Of course if your plan is not to travel on a budget then feel free to do so, but do be careful of cab drivers who will tweak their system and cheat your money. Here let me share on my budget which gotten me a huge amount of savings till i reached my hotel.
Within the terminals, they have a free shuttle going around which you can take to Terminal 3 to hop on the bus to get to the town area (i needed to reach Edsa Station).
The bus to Edsa station costs me 20pesos (equivalent to SGD0.57). At the EDSA station, it is also a link to another station called TAFT.
I took the LRT to Roosevelt station to get to my Hotel, EuroTel which is at North Edsa, Quezon City.
That cost me about 15 pesos. From the station, it is about ten mins or faster depending on your speed walk ahead to the hotel. I walked faster than that because of the fact that the air was so dusty i had no choice.
Upon reaching my hotel and checking in early since my flight was real early, i took a quick shower and nap before setting out. I just gotten a studio suite for one, it was a decent hotel except for the fact that the hotel corridors lighting was way too dark to imagine. However thanks to the noisy ambience, roadside and the guests regular movements in the hotel, i was quite assured and felt safe.
I had the first day to spend with myself, venturing out to the giant shopping mall right opposite my hotel and yes I gave up halfway cos the place was way too big. But i had a mission- to get a travel adaptor because i forgotten that the Manila plug outlets are different from ours.
Virtually, all modes of transport can be a form of public transport, all you got to do is ensure that they have a sign on their vehicle that they can bring you places and the rest will be up to you to venture out and try it yourself. hehhehe ok if you are worried then just flag the local cabs...
The cost of taking a Jeepney (pictured above) or a RX can be about 30pesos (SGD 0.85) for one trip.
I was also fortunate to meet up with a longtime friend, Mitchell. We first met when I came to Manila a few years back and travelled to boracay together with her family & associates. Its been a while and I met a new friend too, Jackie!
They brought me on a trip to find this cafe, hidden among the landed properties. It was a lovely treasure.
Oh behind was just the well-wishes or some would say the wishing board/wall :)
Right, so i got them in the action of non-action...
Tell me, why else would they make their toilet so attractive? I am a toilet lover and this toilet just makes me wanna stay in here....
Generally, Manila had a lot of pretty decent and good stuff to eat, see and play. However the best thing of it all is the fact that everything costs "Oh SO Cheap".
However, only one thing made me worried and that is the safety aspect, i definitely do not feel so secured the moment i left my hotel. It definitely didnt help that I had read articles on robbery/theft/pickpocketing before leaving Singapore.
Most importantly, always be aware. Prevention is better than cure, so be aware of your surroundings, no! I am not telling you to be paranoid.
Life has already been decided by the All-Mighty God but what we have now is to discover it and take our chances. Fear cannot move people, you move yourself.
So take the first step now!
Till we meet again! Add me on Facebook: sitishyuhaila to see the rest of my pictures & Follow me on Instagram @zsiti_ to see the live pictures as I upload daily :)
Im watching you o_o
Ps: here is a little song i would dedicate to you and you <3
Lush hour with zsiti...ahhh nothing different...but brought to you all the way from Batam..Montigo Resorts. Went for a 3D2N stay and boy must I say- that was not enough.
Now, let me take you through a journey around and inside MY Villa :)
As you can see, the view outside is amazing as Montigo Resorts are mainly situated atop the hill by the sea. #AmazingView1
#AmazingView3 Basically, each of us have a Villa this big all to ourselves. With a decent number of people allowed in each Villa, it is huge and can house a few adults.
And let's go in~
Lucky No 69, pardon the face...that's me by the way #UnglamMoment #zsiti
Welcome to my Living Room. With a DVD console, movie channels, cable as well as a Wii set, staying in will never be bored or else...
Just take a step into the balcony and there lies our very own personal infinity pool <3
The blues, the greens and the white clouds in the sky. You will soon see that the theme of this trip would mainly be...White!
Ahhh that is me again with my trend of taking a #Squatfie, my pool by nite Homies~
A wonderful living room fit with a kitchenette...Amazing
Am I boring you with my luscious Level One, well if that's the case, let me show you to level two of my Villa :)
Before I even show you my bedrooms, do not get me started on the toilets. Love them! Fully decked wall covered with mirrors alas and open tops to shine natural bright lights into the bathroom, tell me how can one NOT love it?
A friend once told me, she goes for a holiday and will spend most of her time in the room to rest and relax. If that is the main purpose then this Villa have done more justice than Spiderman or Batman can ever do. One does not simple lay around in this gorgeous bedroom! Bask in the lights and love and everything gorgeous over here!
Then we finally proceed to the final floor of my Villa, the Al Fresco top!
Before I carry on, if you were wondering "How did zsiti get to Montigo?" well the answer is:
1) Book ferry tickets to depart from Tanah Merah ferry terminal towards Nongsa Ferry terminal (at least 1-2 days earlier)
2) Remember to take motion sickness pill, if you cant stand the big waves in the sea
3) Wait for approximately 30-40 mins while the travelling goes on
4) Chill to some songs and wait
5) Special Pass clearance to fetch you right from the ferry so that you will bypass any crowds provided specially by Montigo.
Then leave your trip in the trusting hands of Montigo- guaranteed to make your stay memorable!
Yes, we are crazy people especially in the dark when there is no light we still attempt with our selfies...
We had personal buggies to bring us around Montigo
See that smile? yes its when one can smell food.
Hotel or Villa, nothing is complete without room service -Food!
And self-entertainment night completed with gaming and fun!
Imagine, waking up to these sight...everyday...yeah we can get bored of it too ..HAHAHA
Woke up in the morning early to catch not the sunrise but for a swim and also some pictures :p
Yeah, maybe i woke up too early that i felt sleepy before I swim...-.-'''
My View when I lay at the top #Alfresco
Now maybe I am ready for a swim...meh
Yes, it was freezing if you were wondering. The weather have been kind and gracious recently and it is spread throughout Asia. Thank God!
After a swim, the Queen will be hungry! XP
Went back to the top for a short tan in the sun, so All you need is an SPF :P
Breakfast is served in the Villa, what we have on the menu for the day was spaghetti, nongsa noodle, scrambled egg with emmental cheese and chilli fried egg with toast. Served with refreshing guava juice, coffee and tea <3
Sun Tanning oh wad? its so hot! When on a holiday, behave as a tourist. So its just eat, sleep, swim, tan, eat and repeat. heheheheh!
Glam eh, before we go shopping!
We went shopping and I got GOOD stuff! #toycar
And also this cute Zebra Tshirt...im so loving it!
Look at how i rock that shirt #zsiti
Still rocking it #zsiti
Breakfast is also served at the restaurant area and let me show you the awesome spread they have #Buffett #Montigo
Take in that awesome view as you take in good food and drinks
Well, we are the self-appointed food inspectors ;)
The restaurant area is huge, spacious, airy and well-arranged.
They had an awesome set-up of laksa, Fried Kway Teow, Eggs, Prata!
Made fresh and served piping HOT!
One of the medium pool in front of the restaurant...
Take in this view from my point of view
The food was prepared with love and total deliciousness (is there such a word? well from now there is)
Bread, bread, pastries, Danish...i love them all!
The service was made superb and perfect with the manager around, who remembers all the guests by name and will also remember to call you out for breakfast or lunch or dinner. So that you do not skip your meals and you will have a well-fed stay in Montigo.
Well, you just cant resist taking a selfie when its soooo white eh
And when one is not enough, take Two!
In the evening, the club will play some rocking house music and for you to dance the night away, all they need are more party poppers! and crowds to pump up the house. Every saturday, there will be the Sundown party at the pool and bar!
Ahhhh some entertainment as we take the Ferry back to Singapore!
Our final picture in our Villa before we say Ta-Ta!
This family is totally super excited about their stay in the Villa
Everybody was happy and we all know it :)
The ferry journey was so short approximately 30-40 mins away from Singapore but I still have my macbook to accompany me #Work #ohWell
We are tired but we still need to head home-satisfied <3
MOMMY! IT"S OVER?!
Home Sweet Home!
Ps: I also did a video when i was there, so pls do take a look here and leave a comment when you do..Love U