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This travel blog documents the adventures, stories, and travel tips of Aileen Adalid — a young entrepreneur and solo female traveler from the Philippines!

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LIST: 68 Countries Open for Filipino Tourists (2021 Tips & Requirements for Travel During COVID-19 — UPDATED Regularly)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post of countries open for Filipino tourists was last updated in September 2021 with new information. Travel is back — or at least, for the most part — and with restrictions, of course. I’m sure a lot of you who are comfortable with the risks and ready to adhere to safety protocols are itching to start traveling again;...

How to Apply for a France Schengen Visa for Filipino Tourists (Manila, Philippines)

UPDATE 2021: As of June 9, travel to France has finally resumed. Given that the Philippines is classified as an “orange” or “amber” country, vaccinated persons can apply for a France Schengen Visa regardless of their purpose of stay. However, unvaccinated persons must have compelling reasons to visit and are subject to a 7-day self-isolation upon entry...

Philippines Facts & Trivia: 10 Things Foreigners Should Know

As a local, we all have those moments wherein we want to offload TONS of fun and interesting facts about our country to foreigners who might have misconceptions — or who might simply have no idea at all about certain facets of our history and society. (Philippines Facts) That’s why starting today, I am launching a series for this blog in which...

2021 Complete List of DOH-Accredited Quarantine Hotels in Manila, Cebu, Clark, & Davao (Philippines, BOQ-Approved)

IMPORTANT: This article and complete list of BOQ & DOH accredited quarantine hotels in Manila, Cebu, Clark & Davao has been last updated on August 3. If there is any information in this post that needs to be amended or omitted, please let us know so that we could change it immediately. Are you traveling back to the Philippines anytime...

Fluffiest Place on Earth: Miyagi Zao Fox Village (Japan Travel Guide)

I had a mission when I revisited Japan last November: to visit the fluffiest place on earth… Miyagi Zao Fox Village in Shiroishi! After all, ever since I saw the online articles that featured this spectacular place, I just knew that I had to go — so I did, and you bet I almost ‘died’ of happiness because they were ALL. SO. ADORABLE!!! …And yes,...

Henn na Hotel (変なホテル): Japan’s Unique Robot-Staffed Accommodations

There are a LOT of unique hotels all over the world and if you’re in Japan, it is a MUST to check out the branches of Henn na Hotel (変なホテル) that are spread out all over the country! Why…? Because it is the world’s first robot-staffed chain of hotels that is recognized by the Guinness World Records! Most of the services are provided by...

Where to Watch Bastille Day Fireworks in Paris, France (Top Tips & Best Spot)

The Bastille Day Fireworks Show on the 14th of July is a grand event that must not be missed during the French National Day celebrations (Bastille Day / La Fête Nationale) in Paris, France! After all, when the clock strikes 11 in the evening, splashes of bright colors would erupt from the foot of the picturesque Eiffel Tower and the charming gardens...

How to Take a KPop Dance Class in Seoul (South Korea)

Are you a fan of KPop? …I’m not (or at least not yet *wink, wink*) BUT it doesn’t mean that I’m not interested in it — because I am! I may not be a hardcore fan; however, I am deeply enthralled by the community that loves it. Not to mention that Kpop stars as well as their songs and dances are immensely catchy and vibrant! I mean, for instance, who...

Ayana Resort and Spa: The Height of Luxury in Bali, Indonesia

Mention Bali to anyone and I’m sure it will bring images of a picturesque paradise to their minds! Without a doubt, it’s a tropical destination that offers a perfect getaway for all ages and tastes. But when it comes to the quintessential luxury experience, there is but one place that you should go to make the most of your Bali vacation, the Ayana Resort...

‘Last Samurai’ Tour with Joe Okada in Kyoto, Japan (Cool Kyoto Walking Tour Review)

Not a lot of people know that real samurais NO longer exist in Japan — the whole lifestyle and system have long disappeared ever since the late 1800s because the emperor favored a more modern western-style army. (Joe Okada) Nevertheless, what we can rather find solace in (apart from the existence of museums for appreciating the tradition) is...

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