Leap of Faith

I embarked in this journey not really knowing what’s in store for me. They told me it was a “Personality Development and Leadership Training Program” but little did I know that it was so much more.

It started with a friend who invited me and for her it was definitely one of the things that made an impact and changed her life, and I was convinced by what she said. And so here I am, also in my LEAP journey and one of the things that resonated with me was the theme – BREAK THROUGH.

I’m halfway in this program and I can already say that it was sooooo worth it! I have learned so much about myself and other people. I am able to experience and see things in a different perspective. I am able to slowly but surely reach those goals that I have set. I am able to just let go. Let go of the fears. Let go of the hurts. Let go of the past. Let go of the things that hinder us from being the best version of ourselves. I am able to just be so joyful and grateful.  I am able to just be.

I am glad that I took that leap of faith.

Ttyl,

Isis

P.S. Stay tuned for my post after LEAP. ;p

Take Me Back to Ilocos <3

The gang is back! Traveling with my Highschool best friend Lalaine and her cousin Jen who became part of our barkada. 🙂  We had this trip last January 29-31, 2016. We decided to explore the north western part of Luzon since my best friend had a friend who’s from Laoag and made some recommendations for us.

GETTING AROUND:

It’s best to Drive / Rent a car 🙂

Here’s our itinerary:

First day in Laoag :

First stop – Check in at Fort Ilocandia

inside Fort Ilocandia

This is the view outside our room in Fort Ilocandia

Lovely view outside our room in the early morning

Second stop – drive to Paoay Church then lunch at Herencia’s

Jump shot at the Paoay Church
Sideview of the church
Ikaway ang kamay sa Paoay

Ate the famous “Pinakbet Pizza” in Herencia’s in front of Paoay Church

Herencia Filipino Restaurant
Pinakbet Pizza

Third Stop – Malacanang of the North – Presidential Home turned into a Museum in Paoay. This used to be the residence of our former President Ferdinand Marcos.

Entrance of the “Mansion”
First Floor sitting area
Nice view into the balcony

Fourth and last Stop – 4×4 Sand Dune Ride and Sand Boarding – A MUST-TRY Experience if you go to Laoag! Even if I felt like it was one of the scariest adventures in my life, I almost fell out of the 4×4 after some pretty rough hills/sand dunes! It’s like a roller coaster but in intensity level 10, since you’re standing and holding on for dear life! hahaha

Our 4X4 ride for the sand dunes
Having fun in the sand!
Posing with this baby

SECOND DAY:  Jam-packed day!

First Stop – Kapurpurawan –  This is located in Ilocos Norte and it is known for its creamy white rock formations, one of the must-see places if you go to Ilocos. 🙂 Beautiful location for a photoshoot, see below! hahaha

Posing behind the white rock formation
with the waves behind me 🙂
Rode a horse to navigate through the rocks and go to the actual loction

Second Stop – Light House

Lighthouse behind us
Close up!

Third Stop – Bangui Windwills

Hello there, I’m a BIG FAN! hahaha
The trio!

Fourth Stop –  Bantay Abot Cave

On the way to the “Cave”
the famous cave
after the cave you see this! <3

Fifth Stop – Marcos Mausoleum

Life of Marcos
Marcos’s Brass statue

Last Stop –  Patapat Bridge

The bridge that seems like forever? hahahaha
Patapat Bridge 🙂

THIRD AND LAST DAY: Vigan!

First  Stop – Calle Crisologo

Famous Calle Crisologo in Vigan
Posing in the street “bench”
Eating our Local Icecream “Sorbetes”

Second Stop – Syquia Mansion

Elpidio Quirino’s House
inside the former “mansion”

Overall this was a fun and budget friendly trip! I suggest if you are in the Philippines, might as well go for these places in the northern part of Luzon! You can actually drive going here (around 6-8 hours) but you can also board a 1 hr plane ride which is what we did. 🙂

And yes, I can definitely come back, it’s more fun in the Philippines after all! 🙂

#itsmorefuninthephilippines #isiswanders #icetrips #icetrips2016

Ttyl,

Isis

 

MACau Lovin’

Celebrated 2016 New Year in Macau, again I was able to book a not so expensive flight to Macau via Air Asia and Cebu Pacific. Our arrival was exactly during New Year’s Eve.

We stayed at Casa Real Hotel, it is located at 1118, Avenida do. dr. Rodrigo Rodrigues, Macau. It was near the city/ where Senado Sqaure is. I also love that they have a nice heated indoor pool! 🙂

Heated Indoor Pool in Casa Real Hotel

You still need to take the bus and get off at the 4th/5th station I think.  The hotel also offers shuttle rides to the other side of Macau where all the casino hotels are located and also to the airport.

Getting around Macau:

  • FREE Shuttle in your hotel (there’s usually one)
  • Bus (cheaper and you can just walk rather than getting a cab)
  • Ferry to HK

New Year’s Eve 2016 – Unforgettable! – We hopped on the bus managed to get off the right stop for the fireworks, BUT on our way back to our hotel we got lost. It was too late when we noticed that the bus we rode was going to the wrong direction. Mind you, this was already at 1:00am and we went all the way to the end of the other line before we realized we were on the wrong bus. haha Thank God we managed to find our way back! 🙂 Me and my brother sure had an adventure on our first night!

The Fireworks – in front of the Lisboa Hotel
Posing in front of the Lisboa hotel after the Fireworks
Posing at the lobby of our Hotel at CASA REAL HOTEL

Day 1 – CITY TOUR

  • SENADO SQUARE also known as Largo do Senado – This is the famous town square in Macau.
Hello Kitty Cafe in Senado Square
Tile Art
  • ST. DOMINIC’S CHURCH – located in the middle of Senado Square
St. Dominic’s Church (with a lot of people/photobombers!haha)
  • MACAU MUSEUM (MUSEO DE MACAU)
Entrance of Macau Museum with my mom

INSIDE THE MUSEUM:

Panoramic Shot
Inside with the model house
My mom posing behind the Chinese theatre scene
My brother with a girl? haha
Macau Museum Photobooth
Posing in the facade of Macau Museum
  • RUINS OF ST. PAUL – one of the famous landmarks / tourist destination here in Macau. You can’t miss it! 🙂
In front of St.Paul’s Ruins with my mom and my brother peeking at the back
selfie shot with my handy selfie stick 🙂
The Ruins view at Night
  • MACAU TOWER
Inside Macau Tower
Posing Outside the Macau Tower

Day 2 – HK DAY 

We rode a ferry to go to Hong Kong – Tsim Sha Tsui Part of HK

  • Family Lunch at Jamie Oliver at the Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
with my brother and mom at the signage outside
  • Times Square
The Clocktower
  • By the Harbour/Ferry

  • 1881 Heritage Building
Posing in front of the Christmas Castle in 1881 Heritage

Day 3 – TAIPA VILLAGE DAY

We ate at one of their famous restaurant/eatery called “Tai Lei Loi Kei”

Menu

We ordered the following:

Porkchop Toast
Pineapple Bun
Porkchop noodle and squid
Coffee, Chrysanthemum Tea and Horlicks Drink
  • RUA DO CUNHA

  • OUR LADY OF CARMO CHURCH

  • MUSEUM OF TAIPA AND COLOANE HISTORY

Outside the Taipa House Museum
  • MACAO GIANT PANDA PAVILION
On our way to see the Panda (a.k.a “xiong mao” in chinese)
Hello There Panda Shurong!

There are other animals too! like this deer!

  • THE VENETIAN

We had dinner at their 1 Michelin Star Restaurant called “Golden Peacock” where they served Indian food. It was good 🙂

Golden Peacock Restaurant at The Venetian
  • Gondola Ride
with my brother and mom and some tourists as well in the Gondola ride

  • Beautiful Shot Outside the Venetian
Outside the Venetian Hotel

Day 4 – THE OTHER SIDE OF MACAU

  • MACAU FISHERMAN’S WHARF
Entrance at the Fisherman’s Wharf
It’s huge and great for photo ops! 🙂

 

Korean pose with family! <3
Goofing around with mom 🙂
  • MACAU SCIENCE CENTER
The Science Center Building from afar
Inside the building
Lots of great science stuff 🙂

  • KUN IAM STATUE
Selfie with the Kun Ian Statue! Effort! 🙂
  • The Park before the Light House (and their fun exercise machines!)
Like a rotex in the gym you swing with it (cardio)
my brother trying another one

 

Stretch machine? haha
  • GUIA LIGHTHOUSE – we walked a lot! as in a lot to reach the top and this lighthouse!
Guia Lighthouse
Pause and Pose!
my bro with the cannonball machine
  • THE 8 (1 Michelin Star Restaurant at The Grand Lisboa Hotel)  This is probably one of the best chinese restaurants that I have tried! 🙂  4.9 stars out of 5 for me! This is what we ordered:
Complimentary Appetizer! (Abalone and mushroom)
Crispy Fried Frog Legs
Barbeque Pork Asado
Vegetable with Prawn/Seafood
The Black Truffle Chicken Rice! SOOO GOOD!
The black truffle chicken before mixing it into the rice
Complimentary tea and dessert of egg tarts

It was definitely a jam-packed four days in Macau! I think four days is already enough to explore and see all the must go to places in Macau. What makes this trip special is the bonding time with my mom and my brother. <3

Time to wander to another country and experience new cultures and food! hahaha

#isiswanders #icetrips #icetrips2016 #travelingtheworld

Ttyl,

Isis

It’s more fun in CDO!

We were invited by my Best Friend’s friend in Cagayan De Oro City because it was the opening / launch of their restaurant and bar in CDO last August 8, 2015. The name of the resto/bar is “Somewhere Else in CDO”.

Here are some photos from the opening / event:

Ready to Partaay! with my bestfriend Lalaine <3
Ticket for the Event
Photo from the official photographer of the event – there’s me in the crowd “partying” haha

At the same time, we also did what CDO is known for – the white water river rafting.

Photo before we start our adventure!
In Action!
Watch out for the waves!
And we survived!

We also went to Dahilayan Adventure Park where we did the “SuperMan” Zipline – because your position in the zipline is similar to superman /like you’re flying and your arms are raised forward.

Dahilayan Adventure Park is actually located in Bukidnon, so we had to do some land travel for 1 hour and 30 min to get there from Cagayan De Oro City.

We had to wear this whole body suits for the superman zipline. 🙂

Suited Up!

Aside from the Superman Zipline, we also did the “Freefall” which is I think their scariest activity if in my opinion, and the best part is we made it alive! The funny part here is we have to be the one to let go of the latch to start the “FALL” and for a good 3-5minutes we were stuck there because we couldn’t get the strap to break free! My best friend was screaming so loud! haha I’m the silent type, I scream in the middle of it already, where my senses are already in order.

The Free Fall
Still “Posing” for the camera despite my nerves!
Yaay! We made it back safely!
Forest Area of the Park

 

This is the gang!

On our way back to CDO, we saw this really nice cloud formation. Love the beauty of nature.

And so Cagayan De Oro City is definitely one of the must see adventure places in the Philippines.  We didn’t have enough time or we would have gone to the nearby beaches! It’s definitely more fun in the Philippines! #itsmorefuninthephilippines #icetrips #iceclarizwanders

Ttyl,

Isis

Your Traveler and Financial Advisor

Exploring KL with Mom

Hooray for seat sale! And everything that makes traveling abroad easier and more affordable. Indeed times have changed.  We got the round trip airfare for only 3,000 pesos (approximately $60). Back when Airbnb was not yet that popular (specially in the Philippines) we had our own version, which is to stay at my mom’s office mate’s nephew’s place.

FIRST DAY – Genting Highland – This is a high-altitude hill resort in the northeast mountain part of KL, and it has a cooler temperature since it is in an elevated area. You’ll find some hotels, a casino, a shopping mall, and a cable car to view the mountains.

We made it to the Maxim’s Hotel in Genting
Inside the Maxim Hotel with mom
Selfie with  mom in the cable car

We went to the Strawberry Farm in Genting.

At the Genting Strawberry Farm
At the entrance
where they grow the strawberries
me and mom at the garden
Let’s smell the flowers 🙂
Mini Cafe – Look at their nice recycled furniture! 🙂

DAY 2 – MELAKA / MALACCA TOUR – For a more historical / cultural sight-seeing we went to Melaka which is aaround 3 hour travel time outside Kuala Lumpur (via train and bus)

  • Christ’s Church Melaka
Outside the Christ’s Church in Melaka  with my mom
The clockwork Tower in Melaka
Our Pedicab Ride 🙂

  • St. Paul’s Church, Malacca
Inside the church (they are trying to rehabilitate it hence the red steel support)
  • Taming Sari Tower is a revolving gyro tower and you can ride it to have a view on the top
Taming Sari Tower
  • A Famosa was a Portuguese fortress located in Malacca, Malaysia. It is among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in south east Asia

DAY 3 – CITY TOUR

We met up with one of my friend/client who works in Malaysia at that time and helped us go around the city. We met him at the mall to eat lunch first at one of KL’s famous Malaysian restaurant – “Madam Kwan’s”

Ordered the Nasi Bojari (like a Nasi Lemak)
Drink called “Syrup Bandung”
  • Kuala Lumpur Tower
Photos of the different Towers in the world as featured in KL Tower

We can see the Petronas Tower Outside KL Tower
  • Petronas Tower

 

You can see the top of the other side of the Petronas Tower and the KL Tower in the window (we’re inside the Petronas Tower)
Entrance to the Tower
Scanning our ticket’s QR code to get details about the Petronas Tower (high tech)
Outside the Petronas Tower
with Sir Ades (my friend/client) and my mom

DAY 4 – MERDEKA SQUARE

  • Merdeka Square
Merdeka Square
near Merdeka Square
  • KL Museum
KL Museum

Outside the Museum – I Love KL Sign

All in all it was one fun and adventure-filled time with my mom in KL. Our mode of transportation was mainly their train, except during our city tour where we hired a cab driver for the whole day – which is the trusted driver of my friend/client in KL. The currency here is Malaysian Ringgit (MYR). I think four full days is just the right amount to explore the city of Kuala Lumpur.

Ttyl,

Isis

Your Traveler and Financial Advisor

A Glimpse of Osaka

I say a glimpse because we literally just had a “glimpse” of Osaka since our stay there was just two full days.  It was a total of four days but the other two days were allotted for our travel time.

I can’t really complain because this is a FREE trip care of an incentive trip/promo given by my company Philam Life. I am grateful that I get to experience Japan even for just two days and we were checked in at The Hilton Osaka Hotel. So no complains here! haha  And yes, this is my first time in Japan.  This trip happened last October 18-21, 2015. Catching up on my overdue posts here.

Hilton Osaka

Our first full day was a tour in Kyoto where we visited two famous temples, Kiyomizu-dera and Kinkaku-ji.

We had a restroom stop over and there was a nearby Icecream store so we went to check it out. I tried their Green tea  Matcha with Vanilla icecream and it was super yummy! But there are so many more flavors to choose from!

Different Flavors
Matcha Vanilla

Then we’re off to our first temple stop – the Kiyomizu-dera Temple which means “Pure Water Temple” where we also drank from their “waterfall” where it is believed to give you good luck and prosperity. This temple is part of the UNESCO World heritage site of Ancient Kyoto.

with my Manager Marilen
Photo with some locals in their traditional Japanese outfits!
Outside one of the temples
the lush scenery inside
with the nice temple background

I don’t really believe in those “Good Luck Rituals” but nothing to lose if I tried it, so I did. 🙂

That’s me scooping some water to drink

We had a Beef sukiyaki with Chicken Karaage lunch.

The Pot and Beef Strips for the Beef Sukiyaki
Chicken Karaage
Matcha Mochi for dessert
with my co-financial advisors, my manager and Terah Bromley, the wife of our former President and CEO

After lunch, we went to the Golden Temple in Kyoto called “Kinkaku-ji”. This is one of the most popular tourist spots/ Buddhist temple in Kyoto. It was established / opened back in 1955.

The Golden Temple in Kyoto – Kinkaku-ji
Posing behind the Kinkaku-ji

Second Day – we just explored on our own. Went to ride their subway station to go to Shinsaibashi mall.

Osaka Station within walking distance from our hotel

In the Subway Station

We ate lunch at a Japanese Restaurant of course! that served bento meals. I had the Eel Bento. 🙂

The Eel set with my favorite Chawan Mushi on the side!

For our dinner we went for some authentic Japanese Ramen at a restaurant in the mall called “Kamukura”. Kamukura in Osaka/Dotonbori has garnered high reviews from its customers.

The Ramen Place!
kamukura Shinsaibashi
Ramen Restaurant
2 Chome-8-26 Shinsaibashisuji
+81 6-6213-1002

 

The Ramen from Kamukura
Bar-Style type of dining so that people will leave right away after dining

Chanced upon some Authentic Takoyaki (and they don’t put sauce in it)

Local Takoyaki store near Osaka Station
Making some Takoyaki
I love these mini Starbucks takeaways from their convenience store 🙂
My final photo with a local Japanese girl >_<

And that’s a warp! Just like that two days went by so fast! Until my next trip to Osaka! Oh, and I bought a lot of Kitkat and Royce Chocolates! HAHAHA

Different Flavors of Kitkat
Royce Galore!

Ttyl,

Isis

Your Traveler and Financial Advisor

The Mediterranean Cruise Experience

For someone who loves traveling as much as I do, I bet that one of the places in their bucket list (I’m not saying all but most) is the center of the “greenest pasture” or what we call the domain of the first world countries which is none other than EUROPE! Yes it has to be all capital letters since I cannot give enough emphasis to this destination. And for me part of that bucket list was ticked off this year. To be exact it was from May 28 to June 7, 2015. I say “part of” because I haven’t been to all counties in Europe, just three. But one of the three big ones – France, Italy and Spain.
I believe that hard work does pay off. And the harder you worked for it, the more satisfying it is to enjoy the reward. This trip is care of my company, Philam Life. It’s actually an incentive trip to those who have reached their targets and qualified in the prestigious top one percent of life insurers’ organization called the Million Dollar Round Table. And I truly thank God that through Him I was able to accomplish this feat and qualify myself for the trip and to be called an “MDRT”. I also have to thank the support of my family, friends, mentors and my loyal clients.

At first I did not want to get so excited until I was already really really sure that this trip is happening. (This is the “segurista” in me) There can be several reasons why this might not push through and thankfully once I passed the hurdle of getting a “Schengen” visa           (The visa that you have to get for Europe for the Mediterranean cruise – We applied through the Spain embassy since that was our main entry point and exit), I knew that this is really it! I was bound for one of my dream travels.

The first European country stop is Barcelona, Spain. That is our port of entry for the Mediterranean Cruise. We usually travel in groups, together with the people who also qualified. But it was like I was traveling on my own going to our first stop because I was separated from my original group since I had to take a later flight to still attend a wedding of my good friend. I couldn’t miss it since I was part of the entourage! Talk about a very hectic schedule. After the wedding, I quickly changed to casual clothes and headed straight to the airport to catch my flight. Thank God for the light traffic. But when I got inside the airport, there was heavy traffic of people. There was a long queue for the Emirates Airlines. So I lined up at the very end, good thing I was early. After 30 minutes of lining up, someone told me that if you already did your web/online check-in then you can go straight ahead to the counter and skip the long line. Good thing I did the web check-in and was able to save more time despite already wasting 30 minutes. Lesson learned, next time always check the queue for the regular check-in and the web check-in. Chances are the Web Check-In will be much faster.

This is not really my first long solo flight and I have spotted familiar faces from the company taking the same flight. I was seated between two big guys during our flight to Dubai (this is our stop over country/connecting flight to Barcelona). It was approximately 7 hours of plane ride, and then another 6 hours from Dubai to Barcelona. Just my luck, but the good thing was that Emirates served some good food.

The cruise line is called “Royal Carribean” and the ship we were on is one of their biggest (can accommodate up to 7,000 passengers) called the “Allure of the Seas” which had a Mediterranean itinerary. But during our cruise, we were not in maximum / full occupancy, i think we were less than four thousand on board. Our first stop was Palma De Mallorca in Spain. Second stop was in Marseilles, France. Third day we went to Florence, Italy. Fourth was also in Italy but in Rome. Last stop before we head back was my favorite in Naples, Italy. I will post separately for each day of the trip.

Let me tour you in this luxurious cruise ship.

The Allure of the Seas Cruise Ship (By Royal Caribbean)

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The Allure of The Seas Cruise Ship

Top Deck View:

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Lounge / Beach chairs lining up the deck

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The Middle of the Deck / Ship View:

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Like a mobile hotel
The other side of the cruise
The other side of the cruise ship

The Floor/ Deck Guide

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The Grande – where the Fine Dining Dinner is served

The Grande Fine Dining Restaurant
The Grande Fine Dining Restaurant

The food there was another story! Fine Dining eat all you can in Le Grande! I actually gained weight because you can literally try everything there! I would almost order one of everything in the menu! hahaha There is a “seating time” at Le Grande, ours was 6-8:30PM, and if we don’t want the fine dining then there are four other options for us: The Buffet area, The Salad and Sandwiches place and The Grill place and the Pizza and Cafe place near the entrance of the ship.

Some of the Fine Dining dishes that I have ordered:

Spinach Ravioli
Duck

Prawns
Steak!

 

At the Buffet Area with some Philam Lifers 🙂
Breakfast!

The Comedy Live Bar

while watching the comedy show at the Cruise's Comedy Bar
while watching the comedy show at the Cruise’s Comedy Bar
with Sir Larry Cleto a co-financial advisor aboard the cruise
with Sir Larry Cleto a co-financial advisor aboard the cruise]
Outside the Amber Theatre with my co-financial advisor Sally Ko

The Amber Theater (where we watched a play and a show ala “Cirque de Soleil”)

Panoramic view of the Theatre
Panoramic view of the Theatre
The Play we watched entitled "Tell Me on a Sunday"
The Play we watched entitled “Tell Me on a Sunday”

They also have an outside theater that hosts a Cirque Du Soleil inspired show called “Oceanaria” which has water stunts/tricks.  It was such an entertaining show with lots of diving and flips from high points and into the man-made pool they have built in the stage.

The Show Poster
The Stage
Full Stage View

It’s convenient to book the shows/events that you want to attend via their home channel in the TV located in the cabin rooms. So I booked our shows there.

Booking a show via the TV in your room
Booking a show via the TV in your room
One of the mini lounge/bar places on the 5th deck
One of the mini lounge/bar places on the 5th deck

Some artworks that you can see on the deck hallways / staircases:

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Miniature Replica of the ship
Miniature Replica of the ship
Our Room Attendant from Romania
The emergency life raft /boat
A seagull! View from the balcony of my room when we were about to dock 🙂
Nearing the Port of Barcelona

There are also lots of activities that you can do including Zipline and Flow Rider! I tried or the first time the flow rider, it was a challenge but super fun!

Feeling the waves! haha
Flow Rider!
The Allure of the Seas Cruise Ship
The Top Deck View at Night
Playing Tricks with the Panoramic Shot
Our cabin room with the towels shaped like an elephant (changes everyday)
The moon! view from our balcony at night

This was probably one of the best trips that I have experienced! The convenience of a cruise ship is that you have a “mobile hotel”. You don’t have to pack and unpack your bags and ride another transportation to go to another destination.  And they offer you a lot of activities on board the cruise ship, so there is no down time unless you choose to.  There is a strict schedule to be followed and you have to abide by the ship’s call time to get on board after you tour/go down the different ports. If you are late and get left behind then it will really cost you a lot to catch up with the ship and ride back. So better early/safe than sorry.

I will rate the Allure of the Seas / Royal Caribbean 5 stars!  Here is their website if you want to check it out: http://royalcaribbean.cruiselines.com/

Til my next adventure!

Ttyl,

Isis

Your Traveler and Financial Advisor

Birthday Adventure

The last but definitely my favorite adventure happened on my birthday (June 5) So this post is yes, 2 years delayed but the memory and this awesome place will stay with me.

Our fifth / last stop was in Naples, Italy (from the Mediterranean Cruise) Out of all the tours that I can choose from, I chose the Amalfi Coast via motorboat with a visit to Pompeii in the afternoon.

A lot of firsts for my birthday (back in 2015), first time in Europe, first time to go on a cruise, and first time to go alone in a tour abroad. Even if it’s just for a day tour, it was still a new experience from me. I made sure to bring a selfie stick (thank God for selfie sticks, one of the best inventions ever) so that I can get a photo in case I can’t ask someone / I’m not able to make friends with the tour group that I’m going with.  But I’m quite happy that I was able to meet someone almost my age and she was with her mom.  So I made friends with her and became my companion / photographer in the process as well. HAHAHAHA

My new found friend Miranda
Selfie at the coast
Amalfi Coast
Approaching the city of Amalfi

First stop – visited the quaint small town of Amalfi

The Motorboat we rode behind me (I was seated at the top deck)
Photo Ops first with the Vespas! haha
At the Plaza Fountain
Signs!

Visited their church

Second Stop – Lunch at an old castle  (Castello De Arechi) that was transformed into a restaurant (Al Fresco Dining)

Where we ate – Al Fresco Dining
Cannelloni Ricotta

My buwis buhay photo – overlooking view from the top of the castle

Yeah!

 

Third Stop – Pompeii

Inside Pompeii
The Columns
One of the old quarters (the remains of it)

My Birthday Dinner at the Le Grande (Aboard the Cruise Ship)

 

With our very attentive waiters! One from Thailand and from Mauritus
with my dear Agency Manager Marilen Asturias
With My Birthday Cake <3

One of my best birthdays ever! <3

Ttyl,

Isis

Your Traveler and Financial Advisor

Falling for Florence

Florence was our third stop from the Mediterranean Cruise by Royal Caribbean (Allure of the Seas). It was only one day that we were there, as our schedule will allow, but it was definitely a jampacked day.

Our first stop was the Florence Cathedral which is one of the most majestic churches that I’ve seen.  The fascinating thing is that it is made out of marble. It is also known/called as the The Duomo and Santa Croce. It is so vast! Too bad, we didn’t have enough time to go inside anymore.

Florence Cathedral or also called as “Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore”
A lot of photobombers! haha
The church peeking through at the end of the street

Our second stop – LUNCH!  Tasting the authentic italian pasta and their gelato!  We ate at this pizza/pasta place called “Cucina Torcicoda” Torcicoda is a flavor of their gelato and it is one of their specialties.  The food there was also absolutely divine, especially their gelato! You should try it when you’re in Florence. You may visit the restaurant’s site here:

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I tried the Torcicoda flavored gelao and it is really yummy!

The authentic Italian Pappardelle pasta with Ragu sauce is also really good.

 

with my co-financial advisors in Cucina Torcicoda

Third stop – Leaning Tower of Pisa. The highlight of the day is finally seeing the infamous “Leaning Tower of Pisa” and having some hot guy take my photo! HAHA             I don’t have a photo of the hot guy but they certainly looked like pro-bikers that travel a lot.

My prized photo with the leaning Tower of Pisa 🙂

Up next my 2015 Bday Celebration in Amalfi Coast, Italy!

Ttyl,

Isis

Roaming in Rome

Rome was actually my dream honey moon destination before. I didn’t have a specific reason why, I just knew that it was a beautiful and romantic place to be in. Or maybe I was influenced by that movie “When In Rome”. 🙂

The day when I am finally able to set foot in this beautiful place has come, just not my Honey Moon. So I will have to select a new place for that.

This is actually our fourth day on the cruise. We went to St. Peter’s Basilica first, too bad the line to get inside the church was too long and we didn’t get to go anymore. This means I will definitely be back.

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St. Peter’s Basilica Behind Me

After the Basilica we went to see the Trevi Fountain which unfortunately was under construction. There was this cute kid playing an accordion and singing for us while we waited for our bus.

Little Performer
Little Performer

The very famous Colosseum was also under renovation but I still took photos of course!

Jump shot!
Jump shot!

We also passed by the Spanish Steps and bought an authentic Truffle Pasta which we ate on the side street because we didn’t have enough time and our bus is leaving. We certainly don’t want to be left behind! They are always on time unlike here in the Philippines always LATE!

At the Spanish Steps
At the Spanish Steps
Truffle Pasta eaten at the streets of Rome
Truffle Pasta

There’s so much more to explore but since only one day is dedicated for each stopover, there was only enough time to visit some of the highlights of the city.

Ttyl,

Isis

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