Whenever people ask how Beep and I met, my answer depends on how much time I can spend with the person who’s asking. The quick and boring answer will go something like “We used to work together“, but if you have a lot of time to spare, the story will begin with one word, “Malasimbo“.
Is 7k enough for 5 days in El Nido? (base photo source)
If we told you that you can spend 5 days in paradise on Earth that is El Nido, Palawan for only Php 7,000 all-in, would you believe us? This coming week, Travels with a Hobo’s Gem and Beep (and friends) will take on the 7k El Nido Challenge. Game on!
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When I was in high school and early college, I was so obsessed with K-Pop, Korean TV series and movies (and J-Pop, J-dramas and movies too!) that my mom once told me that I’d probably get married to a Korean. Fast forward to 2014, I’m not dating a Korean but I’m dating a guy who knows Girls Generation song lyrics by heart and dances Crayon Pop’s Bar Bar Bar (can you imagine my embarrassment every time we go to karaokes with our friends?). Beep’s not Korean, he looks more like a Japanese samurai who likes K-Pop, so yeah, close enough to my mom’s prediction.
Don’t you ever wonder how some people can afford to travel constantly despite not being CEOs or millionaires? Traveling is considered as a luxury. A mere day on paradise, getting a relaxing massage by the beach or soaking up the sun to get a tan with a pink lemonade in hand can cost a fortune. That is why most people only go on vacations a few number of times each year (or in their entire lifetime). I was one of those people too, before I started traveling with Beep who is known for being a cheapskate traveler.
Is it really possible to go on a vacation every weekend or every chance you get without breaking the bank? And the answer to that is… a big resounding yes!
How many times has this happened to you: You go to a foreign country and during your stay there, you tell yourself “I wish I knew that (small items that you should have brought or vital factors in planning your trip)”? In the first edition of Travels with a Hobo’s “10 Things I Wish I Knew…”, Gem talks about her recent trip to Miri, Malaysia.
One of the things that stop people from traveling regularly is the expensive price tag of plane tickets, especially for hard to reach destinations. Thank God for budget airlines and their promo fares! [P.S. Don't get heartbroken when you book 'piso fare/free seats' promos and end up paying over a thousand pesos and NOT 0-2 pesos for a round trip ticket, it's just a marketing strategy, like how you think P99 pesos is cheap ].
We’re budget travelers. We don’t really like spending over P500 for a room that we’ll just be sleeping in every night during a trip. Why would we want a spacious room with unnecessary inclusions like a huge flatscreen cable TV and the comfort of an A/C unit when we’ll just be spending majority of our days outside of it? If we have a place to pitch a tent or can find a stranger’s couch (or floor) to sleep in, we will still be able to make the most out of our trip (and have more money for our next travels). After all, a trip isn’t about the accommodation.
A typical date for most couples is to catch the latest flick. But for foodie couple Brian and Blanca, their typical date is to eat, eat, and EAT. They love food so much that they even have a list of restaurants to try, not only in Manila but also out of town. I came to know Brian through work back in 2010. Our team were always excited for Mondays because Brian, who hails from Quezon, would always bring us food that he highly-recommends and because he was on a strict diet and can’t eat them. I remember that a part of the introduction for him was that he had a must-read funny blog called Mahirap Maging Mataba (go read it yourself and I’m sure you’ll backread it until reason #1).
Foodie couple Brian and Blanca. Photo from Brian’s blog.
Brian, a friend/former officemate opened a local business (Chibugan Republik) in Tayabas, Quezon in 2011, and ever since he has been inviting us to visit and eat. Finally, last weekend, we packed our bags and hopped on a bus to Quezon. Since it’s summer, we also took the opportunity to make a side trip to the beach. We were supposed to stay at resort but we decided to make it a backpacking-weekend-trip-in-1500php-or-less. That’s $36 dollars for you non-Filipino readers.