It’s been a month actually since I got back from my trip! I had a BLAST!! Let’s walk down the memory lane, shall we?

The trip planning started around early 2016. Since 2016 was already planned for Europe (click here for Spain and click here for Italy), I decided that I should go to my other Motherland, Philippines, to have my 35th birthday, family reunion, grade school reunion, and high school reunion. I know. I’ve also squeezed in a 4-day trip to Singapore with mom to visit my cousin, whose been asking me to visit her in like forever, before I head back to Hawaii.

With all my miles, points, and even cash back in place, I PAID NOTHING FOR PLANE FARES AND HOTELS. If the price is right, right? Speaking of prices, I usually allocate $2000 budget for my international trips. I only spent $1500 in total for this trip. #Winning!

What really happened in the Philippines…

As soon as I landed in NAIA airport, I was greeted with a swarm of reporters! No kidding! I soon found out that the reporters weren’t there for me! They were there because of Miss Universe. Eye roll. That’s right. Miss Universe was held in Manila the same time I was there.

Anyways, I have to tell you something. I am not sure if it was just me, but I felt very safe in Manila. It’s true. It must be President Duterte’s doing. I checked in at the Red Planet Aseana City , which is very close to the airport and to Mall of Asia. I wanted to have a ME time for two days before going to the province and meet up with people.

I roamed the vicinity for two days. I checked out the City of Dreams Casino, which was awesome. It reminded of the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas. I also went to the Mall of Asia, where I got lost so many times. The mall is HUUUUUGGGEE.

After my ME time, which I enjoyed very much, I went to our province and had the best reunions ever with family and friends.

How about Singapore?

Out of all the countries that I have visited, Singapore is undoubtedly the cleanest of them all.

We checked in at the Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road. The hotel was centrally located at the main attractions. Singapore has an efficient, convenient, and CHEAP transport system. You can go to almost anywhere in less than an hour. We were mainly riding the subway and buses.

Of course, we visited the famous Marina Bay Sands (we didn’t go to the top), Gardens by the Bay, Flower Dome (my mom’s favorite), Cloud Forest, National Orchid Garden, and Singapore’s trademark, the Merlion. We also went to Chinatown and the famous Sentosa Island, where you can find gorgeous beaches and Universal Studios.

Aside from the wonderful scenery and the travel itself, what mattered more in this trip are the moments that I shared with family and friends. It is those happy memories with our loved ones that will inspire us and get us through life.

I’ve attached some cool pictures below. Enjoy!

Grade school reunion!

In the province of La Union

The Marina Bay Sands

My favorite dish in Singapore, Mee Siam. 

Mom being a goof ball. 

My inspiration.