I’ve already listed down some of the great things I learned from being single. But as much as I want to glorify the freedom, fun, and independence attached with this powerful status, I (*insert a long sigh*) need to admit that there are certain drawbacks for being a singleton.
I might be under the influence of these unreliable chemical messengers called hormones. Even though it might hurt my ‘lone wolf ego’ a bit, here’s an honest look at the downside of being single, based from my very rich experience:
1. You will sometimes feel lonely, alone, and empty.
We might wear a brave face every day, but sometimes, being single can be depressing. Solitude often kicks in when you have a problem, sickness, or when you have this nightmare called reunions and bring-a-date events. Your ultimate version of horror is when you’re in a room full of couples and kids, and there’s only the corner welcoming you. Or when you have to go to an event and the invitation says your name plus a +1— Sometimes you just want to cross out that evil +1 or hire a handsome smart robot to pose as your date.
2. You will sometimes feel the need of… (cringe) intimacy.
Sometimes, whether we like it or not, life has its ways of making you feel in need of this overrated romance. Blame it on perfect dreamy settings like a white-sand beach on a starry night, sunsets on top of mountains, acoustic concerts, bonfires, rainy cold nights… or (sigh) a romantic film. You sometimes miss those intense kisses, comforting cuddles, sweet caresses, a warm hand to hold on to, a firm shoulder to lean on, or just the thought of being touchy-feely with a significant other.
Lighthouse on the edge of a cliff in beautiful Santorini sounds like an ideal romantic setting for lovers.
But for solo travelers like me, this place can still be bewitching-- without making you needy for another hand to hold on to :-P
Located on the southwestern tip of the island, the Akrotiri Lighthouse is one of the oldest lighthouses in Greece.
Guam may be known for its beaches, but this place will forever have a special place in my heart because of… SHOPPING! Maybe I live in a country blessed with better beaches… or maybe I’m just your usual crazy lady who cannot resist shopping ;-)
But seriously, in my opinion, Guam is the best place for shopping NEAR Southeast Asia. It’s just a few hours away from Southeast Asia and you could shop for American and European brands TAX-FREE.
If you’re planning to shop in Guam, here is a list of places to hear your shopaholic heart beating (and pockets crying):
1. NEX (Navy Exchange), US Naval Base
It’s the cheapest place to buy souvenirs like chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, toys, electronics, appliances, laptops, bags, groceries, etc. Getting inside is the hardest part since you need an authorized patron to sponsor you a guest pass.
Granada Cathedral of Incarnation is one of my favorite churches in Europe. It's not as grand as St. Peter's Basilica but its interiors is a standout.
It’s regarded as the masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance style and became the model for Renaissance churches in Spain and Latin America.
Colorful graffiti, quaint cafes, a breathtaking hilltop fortress, pretty blue tiles, artsy bars and markets, narrow streets, stairs leading to more stairs, Renaissance-styled churches and cathedrals, medieval architecture, breathtaking view of the mountains--- Granada will always be my favorite city in Spain.
Lahat naman ng tao ay nahuhumaling sa mga artista. ‘Yung parang sinasambitan ka ng perfect dialogues kaya para bang mapapa-eye-to-eye contact ka sa kanya. Lalo na’t naka-hihimatay ang kanyang titig sa iyo... mala-diyos ang kanyang ngiti... at parang-slowmo ang kanyang bawat galaw sa teleserye o pelikula. Perfect na mukha at katawan, at pati na rin ang kanyang ugali. Kahit may screen sa inyong pagitan, kakatha ka ng ilusyon na para bang kayo ang para sa isa’t isa.
Pero J, hindi ako kagaya ng karamihan na umaasang may pag-asa na mamahalin ako ng isang karakter na iginuhit lang ng mga pelikula. Lalo na’t nagtatrabaho ako sa media industry, alam kong walang pag-asa ang isang ordinaryong mamamayan sa isang taong kagaya mong libo-libo ang pinapakilig araw-araw. Kaya lang, J, dumating ang araw na nakilala kita sa totoong buhay, na walang screen na kinakailangang pumagitan sa ating dalawa.
Vlychada Beach (Vlichada Beach) is the closest thing I could get to reach the moon. Yellow carved cliffs standing tall near the "Moon Beach" makes this Greek paradise a breathtaking alternate universe.
The beautiful formations go on and on. It's as if you're transported to the surface of the moon or to another planet!
Dear blessed married/in a relationship ones,
On behalf of all of us, single beings, I've compiled some of your statements that we do not want to hear from you ever again. Kindly read, understand, and memorize in case you do not want to receive any of our frowns and smirks in the future:
We appreciate your concern. Thanks, but no thanks. You would probably never understand our lives as single beings but I can summarize it with just three words: WE ARE OK. So go on with your lives and stop questioning us.
single and happy Jazz
Santorini will never be Santorini without its majestic sunsets in Oia. You've probably seen the famous postcard image of this island's blue domes sitting pretty on top of its cliffs or the poetic sun setting beside its iconic windmills.
The truth is that Santorini sunsets are stunning. It's so stunning that it's attracting too many tourists ;-( And if you're a fan of quiet and peaceful sunsets, it might be a little disappointing for you.
Getting a photo is very challenging. Imagine throngs of tourists and aliens suddenly photo bombing just as you're ready to unleash your perfect smile :)) (Hello Ateng! Emote ka pa d'yan! :-P )
After solo traveling in Europe for 42 days, a lot of people are asking me how I managed to plan my itinerary on my own. Yes doing DIY can be tiring and time-consuming but you can save a lot and end up seeing more places (than buying expensive tour packages with fixed itineraries).
I've listed down some tips on how to start planning for your travel. Yes, YOU can do it too ;-)
1. First question you need to answer is: Where do you want to go?
It is always hard to pick the destinations with all the beautiful places you've pinned on Pinterest and bookmarked on your favorite travel sites... But you need to narrow down your choices. How do you decide your picks? 1) Check out the weather. 2) If you're going to multiple countries and you have a tight budget, check out the travel routes and pick the ones that are within your budget and with travel connections that are less time-consuming. 3) You also need to check the prices of hotels, food and transportation. Cost of living can be very different per city. 4) Rank your favorites. Always pick places where you've always wanted to go to.
2. Set price alerts on Skyscanner. If you have no airplane tickets yet, be sure to search on Skyscanner. Set price alerts so you'll get notified about price drops in your email. For my trip, I had to take several flights between countries and getting price alerts was very useful.
3. If you don't know how to travel between places you want to go to, Rome2Rio and goeuro.com will figure it out for you. Comparing prices between trains, buses and flights will be easier. Be sure to book directly from bus/train/airline companies and not through these websites because they add a few euros to the total price.
4. Another problem you need to solve is your accommodation. Do you want a hotel, hostel, or a homey feel? In some cities, I have booked rooms or apartments in Airbnb because a) it's cheaper b) most Airbnbs have dryers and washing machines which can be convenient if you're traveling for a long time. c) you get to meet friendly local hosts and they always give the best travel tips ;)
While in some cities, hotels through Booking, Agoda, Hotel are cheaper than getting Airbnb.
Always book rooms/hotels near the train/bus station.
(If your departure time's after hotel checkout time) Always choose accommodation that offers free luggage storage after checkout.
Always read reviews in Tripadvisor and other forums. And if all rooms have bad reviews, choose the lesser evil :-P
5. And if you're really in a tight budget, try Couchsurfing.
6. Check the time of your arrival, not just the price. Sometimes it is easy to get carried away with discounted flight/ferry/train/bus tickets. But you also need to consider a) the time of your arrival and b) the travel time to your destination. If you need to maximize your time in a place, sometimes an expensive 9AM flight is more worth it than a cheap 6PM flight because you get to see more places and do more things. And if you're in a tight budget and you only have limited allowance for cheap public transportation, always check the opening hours of the train/bus/ferry station before booking your flight. (For example, instead of taking the train, I was forced to take an expensive taxi because of my early flight schedule. And I could have saved a lot had I taken the later flight.)
7. Research on city cards. In some cities, getting a city card (bundled unlimited public transportation and entrance to attractions/museums) can be cheaper. Always do the math ;) Fast-track entries to crowded attractions can also be very convenient.
6. Reserve online. If you're traveling during peak season, always reserve online to avoid the hassle of lining up in queues. Some attractions run out of tickets so better reserve online several weeks before your travel. (Ex. The Louvre, Vatican Museum, Sagrada Familia, Alhambra, Park Guell, Uffizi Gallery, Galleria dell'Accademia, Rome Colloseum, etc. )
7. Sign up on free tours. There are so many amazing free tours (tip-based) if you want to explore the city through the eyes of a local.
8. Sign up on useful websites and install apps. My favorites are the following:
Google Maps (for traveling in cities and looking for best-reviewed nearby restaurants)
Rome2Rio (for estimated travel time and best public transportation route)
Triphobo (very helpful in choosing attractions, plotting the best route, and visualizing my itinerary)
Sygic (for choosing attractions and seeing maps)
Google Trips (for choosing food and drink specialties, transportation, attractions and things to do)
Utrip (for thematic itineraries created by locals ex. Midnight in Paris tour, Food Trip in Rome)
Triposo (for attractions, shopping, tours and nightlife)
Duolingo (for learning languages)
9. Make an Excel sheet of your itinerary and estimated cost (entrance fees, tours, food, transportation, accommodation). Thanks to my accountant mom, I have always been organized with the aid of my Excel. With an estimated total cost of your trip, you'd know if your trip's feasible within your budget.
10. Research on European simcards with data. My travel became easier thanks to my 10GB of data. I would have gotten lost 1 billion times without my very reliable Google Maps on my smartphone ;-P
I hope I helped you jump start your planning. It took me a month of researching but in the end, it was worth it ;-)
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