Macau Trip




Since Macau is just one ferry away, we decided to include this trip to our Hong Kong itinerary (For info on how to go via ferry, please refer to this link).

Macau has been a Portuguese colony before and now it is a Special Administrative Region of China. Currently, Macau is considered as the gambling capital in Asia because of its many casinos.

(Note: For the Macau budget, please refer to this link which includes the budget in Hong Kong.)

Accommodation – HK$ 797.40 for 1 night with free breakfast

We booked our hotel via TripAdvisor and we selected Best Western Hotel Sun Sun as there were lots of good reviews and the room photos looked cozy. There is also a bus stop nearby 7-11 and you can just walk there if you want to go to the other side of Macau. There, you’ll see the Macau Tower, The Venetian, Galaxy hotel, Hard Rock, and many others.

Ruins of St. Paul

The first thing that we did upon arrival was to go to the Ruins of St. Paul. Your trip must include a visit to this place as this is a popular tourist spot. The museum is just located on the right side of the Ruins. Before leaving don’t forget to try the egg tart that’s sold near the area. Near the place is also the Senado Square. We weren’t able to take much photos of that place as there was a demonstration happening at that time. But on the upside, there are lots of stalls that you can check if you want to buy souvenirs and other clothing apparel.

The Venetian Macao

Here, you’ll see different shops, shows, people in costume, casino, and many others. The food court is located at the upper floor while at the ground floor you can try the gondola.

 

Various photos taken in Macau

Different views of Macau Tower

Tips

  1. When you first reach Macau, some people will approach you and will offer you shuttle services. I would recommend that you take the underpass instead and go to the other side as you’ll find there free shuttle bus that goes to different hotels.
  2. Always bring your map that has Portuguese and Chinese words so that it is easy to show to the locals in case you need to ask for directions.
  3. You can travel in between hotels by taking the free shuttle bus.




South Korea Trip




Before our wedding way back in 2015, my wife and I were already planning as to where would be the best place to go for honeymoon. But since my wife and I are both fans of Korean drama, we’ve decided that South Korea was the best option.

Normally, going to another country requires a lot of pocket money to pay for the entrance fees, accommodation, food, etc. In order to have enough for our travel, what we did was to create a “Travel Fund” . Every payday, we have to save a small portion of our salary (S$100 each) so that it won’t “hurt” our pockets that much!

VISA

First things first – Since I am from a country that requires VISA when travelling to South Korea, let me go through that first. Here are the steps in applying (Please take note that it might be a different case if you are applying in the Philippines). In our case, we are both working in Singapore.

  1. Fill-up the visa application form with 1 coloured passport-sized photo with white background.
  2. Provide original and photocopy of passport and work pass.
  3. Get your bank’s E-statement (recent 3 months) verified and stamped by your bank. If you can’t be present, you can authorize someone on your behalf to do it. This is what I did.
  4. Request a letter from your employer stating your name, passport number, job title, salary, date of hire, date of travel, and purpose of trip. This should be submitted to the embassy within 1 month of issuance.
  5. Go to the Korean Embassy and submit the requirements. My wife also submitted on my behalf since I am working.
  6. We didn’t pay any VISA fee as Philippine citizens are exempted from paying.
  7. Wait for the collection date.

Note: Don’t buy yet your airline ticket unless you have your VISA with you!

For more info and updates, please refer to this link.

PLACES VISITED

N-Seoul Tower / Locks of Love

Korean Tourism Org (trying a Hanbok)

Cheonggyecheon Stream

Gwanghamun Square

DMZ

Myeongdong

Nami Island

Petite France

Everland

Gangnam District

Bukchon-Hanok Village and some coffee shops

FOOD

BUDGET

Here is the summary of our expenses:

Summary of Expenses:
Accommodation Php 15,480.00
Airfare Php 31,610.00
Attractions Php 9,245.00
Meals Php 9,838.40
Pasalubong / Gifts / Souvenirs Php 10,649.38
Transportation Php 6,069.45
TOTAL Php 82,892.23
  • For accommodation, we stayed at Seoul Backpackers as recommended by a friend.
  • If you’d notice, airfare was the bulk of the expense. You can minimize this by looking for promo tickets. In our case, we already booked out tickets at a much later date as we are still trying to arrange for our work leave. My friend who managed to visit South Korea 2 weeks before us had bought their ticket that’s half the price of what we paid.
  • Getting sample itinerary from friends will help you decide where to go and plan your trip effectively.
  • Another tip is to travel to South Korea from Philippines instead of Singapore. It’s much cheaper!

See link below for an itemized cost!

2015 South Korea Budget

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