Christmas at USA capital

Some pics i took while touring Washinton DC on 21/12/2014

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Prague, surprisingly great city

Photos taken by me during my solo 4 days stay in Prague last July 2014. A surprisingly great European city I’ve been to, rich in culture, picturesque architecture, nice people, home to the best beer, where the biggest castle complex in world is located, hundreds of churches although 80% of the population are atheist. I enjoyed this city as I love European architecture. Don’t ever miss this city when you visit Europe.

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Charles Bridge

view of Prague Castle from Charles Bridge

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Church inside Prague Castle

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government palace inside Prague Castle

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view from Prague Castle

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the great city of Prague, seen from Prague Castle

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Apartment Pushkin, very friendly staff, room was nice and clean, walking distance from all tourist sites of the Old Town, I had a great stay, check them out http://www.apartmentspushkin.com/en/

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Mala Strana

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Old Town Square

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view from my hotel window, I stayed at Apartment Pushkin located at Husova Praha 01, part of the Old Town, walking distance from all tourist spots

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part of Prague Castle

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interior of Church inside Prague Castle

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Thomas, my personal guide in the castle (because I was the only one who availed of the guided tour). He’s also my photographer 😉

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During my last day while waiting for my afternoon flight, i just sit on one of the corner of the bridge to kill time by people watching

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Hakuba, Nagano, Japan

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Autumn snow at Hakuba mountain

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The chalets, not a typical japan japan scene

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We met a 90+ old japanese woman during our hike

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Perfect weather for hiking, its the only day that the sun showed up.

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Early autumn snow

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Me

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The lake (happo pond) a rewarding view after a tiring hike

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This is where we stayed, very homie atmosphere, run by a swiss guy Marcus with his japanese wife Kyoko, I highly recommend it B&B koyuki http://www.koyuki-hakuba.com

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Time to go down town

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Autumn scene in Hakuba

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Seoul, South Korea

Here are some photos I took when I visited Seoul for 3 days (13-15 October 2013)

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Dresden, Germany

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CebuPacificAir vs. Philippine Airlines

CebuPacificAir is known to offer cheap promo fare for domestic and international flights. But don’t be deceived, you have to add up for meals and checked-in baggage so basically their “cheap” airfare is actually just slightly different than PAL’s airfare. PAL offers slightly expensive fare but it already comes with meals and checked baggage for both domestic and international flights. I HIGHLY don’t recommend flying CebuPac to and from Naga City in Bicol as they always cancel their flights in the last minute even for a simple rain or even due to early sunset. Based from my personal experience, they don’t care about the urgency of your travel, they don’t care if you spend php300 for taxi to and from airport and city center each way, you can’t even refund the terminal fee even if your flight is cancelled, they don’t care if you don’t have somewhere to sleep or eat while waiting for your next rescheduled available flight. Naga airport is very small, it can only accommodate ATR type of aircraft and the runway doesn’t have lights thus it only relies on day light. I wonder why Naga City government, with its continuous progress, known internationally for its wake boarding and Caramoan Islands, cannot have a runway with lights, cannot expand and improve its airport despite of increased terminal fees. I usually go to Bicol for maximum of 3 days just to visit my grandma. I always book a roundtrip flights via cebupac and my return flight is always got cancelled due to rain, I always end up going back to Manila by bus. While PAL’s flight continues, CebuPac cancels. As an OFW, I also don’t recommend CebuPac because the fare doesn’t include meals and baggage allowance. You have to pay extra for it. I compared my last travel on 01-10Oct2014 airfares, I got ticket Riyadh-Manila-Riyadh for SAR990 from PAL while CebuPac for SAR2500+. Although PAL’s aircraft A330-300 used in Riyadh-Manila flights with crowded seats (3-3-3 configuration instead of 2-4-2) with no entertainment system, you have to bring your own or you can rent an iPad to watch movies, play games, listen to music for a fee or use the wifi internet for a fee, there’s “premium economy seat” option for a higher fare but the only difference is they will not seat another passenger next to you on the front rows of the plane, PAL is a better choice than CebuPac for its non-stop flight with free baggage and meals, and cheaper airfare piloted by a more experienced pilots. Hopefully PAL would assign a better aircraft type on this route for a core comfortable flight experience.

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Travel to Thailand from Saudi

Filipinos like me don’t need visa to travel to Thailand. All you need is your passport and roundtrip ticket and go. I first visited Thailand way back in 12 Sep 2010 (Eid holiday in Saudi that time). From Riyadh I fly with Kuwait Airways with long transit time (10 hours) in Kuwait. KA provided a hotel stay in the transit hotel within the airport named Safir Hotel so no need for you to go out of the airport. You can watch planes taking off and landing at your hotel window, some planes even parked infront of the hotel. The flight from Kuwait to Thailand is about 8 hours and it’s the same flight going to Manila, the plane will just stop at Suvarnabhumi Airport to deplane passengers bound for Bangkok and will continue its flight to Manila, same goes for their return flight from Manila to Kuwait via Bangkok. KA plane was old, crowded seats, average service, although meals are delicious. I met my friends in Bangkok who flew from Manila and we toured Bangkok and Pattaya together. After my trip I returned back to Riyadh via Kuwait but this time with short transit time.

My second time traveling to Thailand is last 27 Oct 2012 (also Eid holiday in Saudi that time) via Emirates. Emirates is my preferred airline as the service is good, meals are tasty and planes are new and modern, and ofcourse Dubai airport is the best airport for transit. From time to time I check their website for the latest offers, I happened to stumble a cheap flight Riyadh-Dubai-HongKong-Bangkok-Dubai-Riyadh and the DXB-HKG-BKK-DXB route is served by A380 aircraft plus I got to stay in HongKong for 1 whole day (at my own expense) before going to Bangkok so I immediately grab that flight. I reach Suvarnabhumi Airport late night and went straight to my hotel infront of their domestic airport at Don Muang for my next day early morning flight to Phuket. I stayed in Phuket for 3 days with my friend who flew from Singapore to meet me in Phuket. Phi-phi island is the best! I love coming back to Thailand because of its pristine world-class beaches and its delicious Thai cuisine. After Phuket I fly back to Bangkok and stayed for 1 night and catch my next day flight back to Riyadh via Dubai on 1 Nov 2012. My experience flying with Emirates A380 plane is the best.     

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