Jeffer's Odyssey

Exploring Hanoi, Vietnam (and why you should visit)

I used to feel strange hearing and reading about people in other parts of the world welcoming summertime around June every year, considering that is when the rainy season begins in my country. But the climate is messed up right now, so the heat (ignoring the fact that the downpours are becoming more frequent during the daytime) kinda makes me feel like it’s still summer out here. Certainly, it is as hot as the time we were out an about, exploring Hanoi, Vietnam.

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Three People I Love Meeting On My Travels

One of the things I love about going on trips or traveling to new places is meeting new people. On my own, I am not the friendliest of people, in the sense that I would not be that person who, in a room filled with strangers, will take the initiative to strike up a conversation with the person next to me. In all likelihood, I am that person with earphones on, eyes trained on a book or on a show on my phone. That does not mean, however, that I do not like meeting people. I do. I just go about it a different way.  Read more

How Filipinos Can Get a Tourist Visa to South Korea (updated)

This is not, in any way, an “official” write-up on how to get a Tourist Visa for South Korea. It’s just me relaying my experience (since we all know that Filipinos generally don’t have the easiest time when it comes to getting these types of documents).  Basically, I looked into this issue online, reading lots of helpful blogs and browsing through forums and, of course, referring to the official website of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of the Philippines. Read more

Osaka, Japan 2014: Sumiyoshi Taisha

This was probably the day that I did the most amount of walking during my Japan trip. Seriously. We set off at 6:30am, then went home later that night close to midnight. At the end of the day, my feet were literally killing me, and I was unconsciously apologizing to them (and, by extension, to my shoes) for putting them to so much abuse. But a happy explorer is happy, and that’s what counts most, eh?  Read more

Lessons I Learned (The Hard Way) On My Travels

More often than not, it is almost always the lessons learned the hard way that stick with us. While I was reviewing for the Board Exams, one of our reviewers actually said that we should be thankful for every wrong answer we make on our mock exams; because it is those questions that we answered wrong that will be remembered when the real thing comes. I couldn’t say for sure that it was 100% true, but I know for a fact that there is a grain of truth to it. But when applied within the context of my wandering feet and wandering mind, it works. Read more

Don’t Forget To Bring These On Your Travels Or Adventures

A pocketful of anticipation mixed with a dollop of excitement, with a dash of mischief thrown in. Oh, if only I could flit and fly anywhere with just these, then life would be so much better. And lighter. Alas, that really isn’t doable, so we’re forced to improvise.

Just as a sumptuous dish requires the right ingredients, every adventure also requires certain elements to make it a success. In my book, successful adventure = fun and memorable adventure. Everything may not have gone according to plan, but everything turned out right in the end.  Read more

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