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11 Absolute Best Places To Travel Alone

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Adding some of these places to my bucket list!

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

Whether it’s because you want to experience more, find it more convenient, or want to know yourself better through your own Eat, Pray, Love journey, we travel alone for many reasons. As for myself, it’s usually because I either want to immerse myself in a place without the comfort of having a friend to fall back on, or I simply want to get away and be alone for a while. This also means that the ideal places for solo travel will have to either:

  • Have really friendly people so you can make friends easily and get to know a place through local knowledge;
  • Be away from crowds but yet safe enough for you to relax without worrying too much.

Here’s my attempt at curating 10 awesome places for solo travel with lots of help from my big brother Google. The list is based largely on where I thought was cool, 

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Solo Travel: Baguio

I wanted to get away for a few days for some ME time before I go back to work on January 6. I checked for flights to Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and to local places like Bohol, Samar and Aklan, but decided to go somewhere near my home province so I could join my dad during the new year celeration.

Glad I picked Baguio because I get to enjoy the cool weather, the mountain views, and the fresh fruits and vegetables.

Forest House Bed and Breakfast

This place was my first pick because of the pretty rooms, its view of the mountains and the great food.

They only have four rooms and I picked the smallest one: Keanu.

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Breakfast is included and I had mine served in my room.

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You can hang out with friends in the common areas an get food and drinks served.

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Azotea Greens

Was originally planning on going to Oh My Gulay for dinner, but I wanted to try something new. Found Azotea Greens in the same building. They are a vegetarian restaurant. They have paintings that are hung around the area that I think are for sale in support of local artists.

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I decided to get Vegetable Medley which is a mix of boiled sayote, cabbage, zucchini, young corn, baguio beans, potato and mushroom.

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I almost finished my plate when something caught my eye.

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Major EWWW!!! I quietly told the waitress, she apologized and offered to serve me a new plate. I told her I was already full and it was okay. A few minutes later, the owner approached me and apologized and asked if he could get me some dessert and drinks. I just ordered their wheatgrass green tea with apple. They did not make me pay for the Vegetable Medley. On my way out, the wife of the owner approached me, apologized and told me that the kitchen staff has been reminded to clean the ingredients more diligently. The veggie worm was totally unexpected because of how she instructed the staff to clean them. They use an ozonizer and they lightly brush the vegetablea after they are ozonized. I understood what she was talking about becuase I also have an ozonizer at home. I told her it was okay and I would still go back to their restaurant. The owners are good, kind people and I’m pretty sure it won’t happen again :)

North Haven Spa

To be continued.

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My Bestfriend’s Birthday Weekend

It’s been four years since he last came home. Even if I saw him last February and last July, it was still different having him back in the country. And I’m glad my bestfriend, Edward, decided to spend his birthday weekend in Manila with me. Yes, I made him fly on his birthday!

I almost did not recognize him when I went to pick him up at the airport – the longer than usual hair, the mustache, the goatee. But I forgot to take a picture!

Took Edward to F1 Hotel where we stayed overnight. Picked it because I wanted a place close to Bonifacio High Street where Edward has never been to before. I booked a deluxe room. When we checked in, was pleasantly surprised that they upgraded our room to a suite!

First thing we did was to find a barbershop for Edward’s haircut. Glad we bumped into one of my officemates, Paolo, who showed us where the nearest one was. (Yeah, don’t have any idea where to find one.

2nd’s

Took Edward to one of the best restaurants in the area, 2nd’s. Got one of their bestsellers, beef steak, and Edward’s choice, lamb shank caldereta.

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Because we were so full from our heavy meal, we walked around the area and went to Market Market to buy me some medicines for my colds. Bad decision because it was raining hard and we had a small umbrella. We got really wet. Worse, on our way back, I decided to buy cakes for to go so we can eat the cakes while watching tv back at the hotel. Well, while walking at the parking lot, the 2 boxes of cake fell, only one survived. Yay, we still got to eat one cake! Lol

Breakfast

Had buffet for breakfast

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And took pictures by the pool

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My sisters picked us up around 10am for a trip to Batangas.

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Acuaverde

We spent the weekend at Acuaverde in Laiya, San Juan, Batangas.

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We were joined later in the afternoon by my friend, Quennie, and her family.

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Morning fun

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Lunch in Tagaytay

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And a rainbow to cap the weekend

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Visit at Dolphy’s Wake

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Went to Dolphy’s wake with Naree. TV5 sponsored the necrological service.

The wake was at Pavilion 6 in Heritage Memorial Park. On our way in, we saw a lot of photographers and reporters interviewing someone by the steps of the pavilion. They were interviewing Aga Muhlach who was with his wife, Charlene, and their two adorable kids.

We stayed outside since the hall was already packed, mostly with artists from the entertainment industry.

We saw Ana Feleo walk past us, but we did not get to greet her. We were met a few minutes later by our friend at TV5. She was greeted shortly by a pretty girl standing in the same area as ours – it was Jasmine Curtis-Smith. Our friend introduced Naree and I to her and Jasmine shook our hands.

We moved closer to the front of the hall to see the events inside (there were also TVs outside). Nino Muhlach was giving his eulogy for Dolphy – it was heartfelt and emotional. He wanted to play a video of his movie with Dolphy but for some reason it won’t play.

Others who gave their eulogies were German Moreno, Claudine Barreto, Willie Revillame, Sharon Cuneta and Manny Pangilinan. Some of the eulogies remembered the kindness and greatness of Dolphy, who despite his success remained humble and grounded til the end. His great love for his wife and 18 children shined through. There were a few, though, who just rambled and talked more about themselves.

Some minutes later, we were greeted by a familiar, sweet face. Eula Caballero, bubbly as ever, gave each of us a hug.Told her we should meet up again soon and she agreed.

Others who we spotted outside the hall were Pilita Corales, Ramon Christopher, Direk Mac Alejandre, Don Allado, Maricar De Mesa, Willie Revillame, G Tongi, Direk Peque Gallaga, Christian Vazquez and other oldies and newbies whose names I don’t remember.

Mykapalaran who was busy livetweeting the events in the hall took a break to greet us outside. I gave him his David Archuleta calendar c/o Jennifer Barry from the US. We agreed to meet up for dinner sometime soon.

We left the wake around midnight.

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