Travel Blog | Philippines Spring 2019

Dear Reader,

DANGGG. I’ve been beyond busy, and this post has been sitting in my drafts and getting dusty for a long time. Whoops. Here’s my belated travel blog, sorry guys!

So, I finally traveled outside of the USA, for the first time in 8 years! Of course, aside from Mexico, I’ve only been to the Philippines, which is my mother’s home country (I’m half Filipina and half white). I also lived there when I was a child, and attended my first year of high school there.

I went with my mom, because my dad was already there. My parents still live there in the winter time, but my mom travels back to the US for work. It can’t really give details on that, because it’s their privacy. Anyway, I was there for three weeks, and it was so nice to visit my family and friends 😭

The jungle behind my house.

We went to Palawan first, which is where our house is. I was busy everyday, from visiting my family, to hitting the beach. We didn’t do many tourist-y things, because my parent’s really aren’t about that life (they’re old). I was okay with that though, because I was busy getting caught up with people, and checking out how much the city (Puerto Princesa) had changed since 2011.

One of my dad’s prized pineapple plants lol

So, I shopped a lot. Now that I’m looking at all these pics, I realized what a crap job I did at collecting pictures of my trip. I took a lot of food pics. Like, a lot of food pics; an embarrassing amount. Sooooo, I’ll share what I can and spare you. I promise to do better next time, okey?

The boats we rode when we went island hoping in Honda Bay, Palawan.

Travelling with my parents was kind of boring, they never want to do cool tourist stuff with me, we only went island hoping together. Also, my cousins were working and couldn’t play with me, so it was super lonesome. Except when we went to Bacolod City, my seven year old cousin hung out with me a lot, but mostly because I bought him basketball stuff and pokemon cards.

The docks feat. my mother’s back

Also, as I was saying the only touristy thing we did was island hoping, and omg tourists are so annoying. Like, not just foreigners were there, but other filipinos from other islands, and everyone that day was really getting on my nerves with how cranky they were. Like this one lady, she was upset because her tour company brought her to the docks an hour early, and the rest of the tour didn’t get there until later. She legit went on a rant to our tour guide about how she was a f*cking queen and didn’t deserve to wait like that. Well, maybe if she had actually read the right arrival time she wouldn’t have had to wait. It still makes me mad after all these months.

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So, after we left Palawan, we went to Negros Occidental from where my family originates. I mostly hungout in my room, and did a lot of shopping and a lot of eating. I feel like if I had actually sit down and wrote this right after I got back it would have been more exciting. Not just for you guys, but also for myself?

my mother’s awesome photography skillz and me being a nerd (u right I am wearing a slip so I don’t burn to death in the sun)

I was there for three weeks, you’d think I’d have more interting things to say and show, but honestly it was kind of like I had resumed my daily life since the last time I was there minus school. I also caught up with friends who were home at the same time too, and enjoyed the sun.

Thanks for reading, and look forward to next next blog where I update you on my summer, and share some exciting news. Also, I need to work on some more skincare reviews, so look forwards to that as well.

Love,

Rin

The Travel Tag!

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Dear Reader,

So, I was browsing the interwebs, and I found this cool tag! Of course, I’m not currently traveling, so I was looking for fun things to blog about. I was this tag here, and thought, “oh, that looks like fun!” Thus, without further ado, let’s go!

1. Where in the world are you from?

I grew up in two place– Alaska and the Philippines. I’m a biracial child, and my parents are what Alaskans call snow birds; meaning we leave the state when the snow arrives. Although, not so much these days, because my little sister and I are in University.

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2. Have you been overseas? When/where? 

Aside from America and the Philippines, I’ve only been to the Tokyo and Taipei international airports! I plan on moving to either Taiwan or Japan after graduation though, so I’m really excited for that!

3. Do you prefer summer or winter? Why?

Ehhhh, this is hard. I actually prefer winter, but not the harsh Alaskan ones. I can’t stand anything below zero (degrees Fahrenheit), about twenty above is the coldest I’m willing to live through, so even if I don’t go to either Japan or Taiwan, I’ll go to somewhere where the temperature stays above twenty.

4. Summer or winter fashion? 

Winter for sure, I mean I also love wearing dresses, but I’ve always been more of a sweater weather kind of person!

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5. Where is somewhere you would love to travel to?

Singapore! We were supposed to go when I was a preteen, but my immune system was acting up, and my mom decided not to buy the tickets. So, I’ve always wanted to visit Singapore since then!

6. Name your essential makeup items for the beach.

Sunscreen, lipbalm with SPF, and a cute cover-up! LOL to my conservative Pinoy upbringing because now I feel weird wearing a swimsuit without one… Even though I know it’s fine, I’m not fine. Kudos to the girls who are confident enough without one!

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7. Are you currently saving up for a trip?

Yeah, I’m going to Florida with my childhood best friend this winter break (if we ever get around to buying the tickets lololol)! We went last year, but we spent a lot of time in the car because we went to Atlanta too. Hopefully this time we’ll get to see more of Florida.

8. Do you like/dislike traveling?

I loveeeee traveling! Especially the plane ride! I know it’s weird, but I love airports because it’s the ultimate cross-road; everyone is going somewhere, and it’s people from literally all over the world, it’s so cool seeing all the diversity!

9. Name a place in the world you’d like to shop.

Seoul, South Korea and Tokyo, Japan! I’ve always wanted to go to all the kawaii stores in Shibuya, and buy all the makeup in Seoul, so yeah, those two places!

10. What is your favorite accent in the world to hear?

Not to be a basic American, but I really like British accents! Australian accents are a close number two though!

11. How many countries have you visited?

Uh, four? No. Five, including Mexico when I was five!

12. Why do you travel?

I love seeing new cultures and experiencing new things! I’ve been traveling since I was a child, so I hate staying in one place for too long.

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13. Favorite city or country?

Why are you asking me to chose???? All countries are beautiful and special in their own way, plus I have many more to see, how could I know?

14. Most memorable experience

My last visit to the Philippines was right before I started high school when I was thirteen, and right before we left we stopped in Bacolod to see my grandparents. We took a bus from there to see my moms friend in a nearby town, and my little sister was reading a book on my Nook. She took a step backwards to get out of the way of a group of people, and fell into a open sewer ditch.

I still laugh when I think about it, she was okay but didn’t smell very nice for a long time. Even after she showered several times.

15. Best item purchased

You got me, I can’t think of one specific thing. I like handbags, so I guess any of my purses?

16. Advice for those who want to travel but think they can’t?

I know it’s scary, and unfamiliar, but honestly it’s life changing. You get to see new places, and meet all kinds of interesting people! It’s worth every dime, nickel, and penny. Also, start small if you find it to intimidating. For example, go on a car trip to the state next to yours, or even to a city you’ve never been to!

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17. Preferred method of travel: planes, trains or automobiles?

Planes! Although, train rides are fun too! You get to see more of the country/state that way, and it’s faster than a car (sometimes).

18. Top three travel items.

Smart phone, book for the ride (audiobook if I’m driving!), and a bag to carry it in!

19. Hostel or hotel?

Hotels for sure. A hostel is cheaper, and you can meet some pretty interesting people, but I hate sleeping with strangers. Even if they were friendly, I’m always afraid I’ll snore too loudly and they’ll hate me in the morning…

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20. Are you a repeat visitor or do you explore new places?

A little of both, honestly. I feel like two weeks isn’t enough time to see everything there is to see, but it’s nice to explore new places too!

21. Can you recite your passport # from memory?

No, but kudos to anyone who can!

22. Do you read up your destination for culture history or safety or do you just wing it?

How can you not read about the culture you’re going to visit? A) it’s too risky you’ll offend someone if you don’t, and B) I’m always excited to explore a new place, so I always do tons of research before hand to see what that place has to offer!

23. Where would you recommend a friend to visit?

Go to Palawan, and visit the Underground River! It’s so pretty, I’m pretty sure I’ve been there over five times!

24. You’re leaving tomorrow and money is no option, where are you going?

Uh, back to the Philippines. Mostly because it’s been a while, and I want to visit again!

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25. Favorite landmark you’ve visited.

This is so hard, I don’t knowwwww, they were all a lot of fun!

26. Beach or explore vacation?

I dislike the beach, because sand gets everywhere, and only Westerners like getting tanned. Also, as an Alaskan, I find the sun annoying, so explore vacation!

And that concludes my first tag! I tag anyone who wants to participate, and as always, thanks for reading, and I’ll see you in my next blog, later!

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Love,

Rin