Moonlight Hike and Camp in Wadi Shah

One of the amazing hike I did in the past few months. We hiked all the way up about 3.85 kilometers with an elevation gain of 886m. The team met up in Umm al Quwain which is an hour and a half from Dubai. From there we start driving to Jebel Jais which is our start point. The hike starts at 21:30  and reached the summit at around midnight. The climb was a bit hard as we only have the moon and our headlamps as our light. Some trails are so narrow and steep and some require a lot of strength and courage to keep going. Though it was dark and we can’t see the scenery clearly. That doesn’t stop me from appreciating the view. The moon was amazing, the silence was deafening. We reached the summit around 23:30. Set up our tent. Yup, I can set up a tent without your assistance. I went masters on that. Just Kidding! I am used to set up a tent since I was 9.

Then came the morning and it also means that we need to prepare to get down. Me and Sarah a very good friend of mine and my tent mate had a very good sleep. Our tent was so cozy inside that we wanted to just stay inside for the breakfast. Actually, it was just so cold that we wanted to be inside our sleeping bag. Going down was not that hard as I expected. It was an easy trail mostly on track but with a few good inclines.



roasting marshmallows


cozy tent





Bilbao our special guest


amazing view


the trail going down



are we there yet?



Embracing Imperfections


In the light, our shadows look the same.

How many times were you called fat and ugly? I heard it many times in my life from my neighbors, classmates, friends and just random people. I don’t have a flawless skin, I have scars on my legs but I have stories on them. Stories of how much I enjoyed my childhood – from climbing trees, cycling around my neighborhood, playing on the ground and swimming in a public beach.
I lived in a community were fair and white skinned people are treated like a royalty. It’s a synonym for being rich and beautiful. They get all the appreciation whereas, people like me with brown skin was like an equivalent to ugly, dirty, and poor. I grew up with a lot of insecurities in life. I grew up comparing myself to others. I wished that I look like this and that. I wished that I had a flawless white skin or a the perfect nose. Believe me, I tried all the whitening lotions and soaps and scar removal creams. Name it. Been there and done that. Yes, it works. My skin went 5 times clearer than before. Then, I stop using all these things. I stopped because I realized that these were just superficial. That skin color or the size of your body is not a measurement of how you are as a person. I am starting to appreciate me, my skin color, the size of my body, my scars and my stretch marks and all that is perfectly imperfect.
I remember not so long ago, a high school classmate of mine commented on one of our common friend’s photo on Facebook, bullying me. Stating that I acted beautifully when the truth is I’m not and to top it off she called me names which were rude. After reading the comment, it made me wonder and I started questioning myself, “ am I that I ugly?”. I looked at myself in the mirror, touching the parts of my body that were not perfect in their eyes and said “If I’ll have this done and that, maybe I’ll be pretty enough for them”. But then, it will not be me. This is the real me and I love everything about me, even the fats in my belly, the scars and the stretch marks on my body. I’m not ashamed of my flaws and I will continue acting pretty and sexy because this is my life. Ladies remember, you are beautiful. Don’t let a single comment question your confidence. Let’s stop online Bullying!

I gained 7 kilos. I’m now 46kg from 39kg.
Yes, I’m fat but I’m not.

My trip to Sri Lanka

I arrived in Sri Lanka early morning and got a taxi from the airport to my hostel which cost me 1300lkr. I stayed at the First Hostel which was 10 minutes away from the airport. I was so dead tired from the flight and slept the whole morning. Then later in the afternoon, I went to have a tour in Colombo City. The city didn’t have much to offer and was too crowded. I suggest that you escape the city and start your tour on the Northern part of the country. Here’s my 14 days itinerary while in Sri Lanka. This might not work for some of you but I’m willing to give you some recommendations. My Itinerary was a mess because I needed to meet a friend in between my trips.

I spent my first 4 days in Colombo, Negombo, and Marawila. The area were not that great, Negombo and Marawila Beach were kinda rough and people were not allowed to swim. Bear in mind that if you see a red flag on the beach, that means tourists and locals are not allowed to swim. Afterwhich, I proceeded to Kandy which was 4 hours away from Colombo. My friend offered me a ride all the way to Kandy and we had some stop overs in between. Kandy is known for the Temple of the Tooth and the Botanical Garden. You can stay for one night in Kandy. I headed straight to Nuwara Eliya by bus and stayed for a night and went  to Ella. I suggest spending 2-3 days in Ella. There’s a lot of things to do in Ella like trekking to Adams Peak, see the Nine Arch bridge or just enjoy the tea plantation scenery. I headed down to Sigiriya to see the Lion’s Rock and stayed for a night, then to Dambulla and to Mirissa. I had so much fun in Mirissa, aside from enjoying the beach I met a lot of cool people and gained a friend.

I stayed in a hostel my entire trip, standard rate is $10 per night and as for the food,  it will cost slr200-slr1500 depending on the area. I always opted to eat at the local eatery. You can travel the country by train or by bus which is really cheap and in case you’ll get lost, don’t be afraid to ask some help from the locals.Enjoy the country as much as I did.









Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Night

I got a discount code for the Mary Poppins show in  the Dubai Opera last week. I rushed myself to book in order to get a good slot. Fortunately, I got the second front row which was close to the stage. I was booked last Saturday evening and left the house early to meet my friends in Dubai Mall but end up running to the venue as we caught up eating and  forgot that it will take time to reach the area. We reached the Dubai Opera on time (thank God we didn’t miss any acts) .

It was an amazing experience for me as I am fond of watching plays even when I was still in the Philippines. If you watched the movie and enjoyed it , I can assure you that you will have a fantastic night after watching it. Here are some photos of me and my friends during the 30-minute break from the play.

P.S You are not allowed to use your mobile phones or any camera during show as it might distract  the artists.


Burj Khalifa back drop


good show, good company

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in between breaks


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Upper Box


Mary Poppins souvenirs


yes, they do serve foods here

The Girl Who Once Dreamt Of Becoming A Flight Attendant

It all started when my second grade teacher asked us to write our ambitions on a piece of paper. Most of my classmates wanted to be a doctor, a teacher or a policeman but I always wanted to be a flight attendant. I wanted to travel the world for free, see different people and culture. Whenever I see an airplane or go to the airport to meet my sister from abroad, I get so excited and always tell myself that soon I will be one of those girls walking straight and proud.

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Until I reached college and took up Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, I still dreamt of becoming a flight attendant. Then, I landed my first job on an export company but I never forgot my ambition. So I tried applying on local airlines but they were too strict with the requirements and I lost confidence. I’m just 5’2 in height and you see, they require at least 5’5 (Poor me). I quit my first job and got an offer in an NCLEX processing center before I decided to work abroad as an admin staff.  I have a fair job here, outside of the Philippines. I work in a transportation company and  almost everyday I get to ride in luxury cars. From Ferraris to Lamborghinis, Mclarens to Mercedes with a driver on my way to work. From an economy car to a stretched limousine ride. I tried it all. My friends envy me because aside from the rides, I get free VIP tickets to concerts. Sure, it’s fun but you’ll feel bored with the same routine everyday.

While living abroad, I have learned that you don’t need to be that tall  nor have a fair skin to be a flight attendant and hey, they accept high school graduates (so, rejoice!). I have tried applying to International airlines and in fact, I got invited for an interview many times but I didn’t have the courage to attend them. I was scared, scared because I am so comfortable with the place where I am working now but too bored that I want to quit. I just realized that I don’t want to be a flight attendant  and don’t want to work as an admin staff. I want to be a traveler and write about my travels.  You may think that that’s what your ambition in life is but you will soon see that life has much more to offer. It will take a lot of detours and patience but I’ll be there soon

Tips for Traveling Solo

Traveling alone can be scary specially if it’s your first time. It maybe outside or within the country. Traveling solo has it’s  pros and cons, such as safety concerns and getting bored. Here are some tips on how you can survive out there and enjoy your trip.



be cautious when hitch hiking


  • In booking a hotel/hostel make sure there’s a 24-hour reception service. Inform the hotel/hostel in advance that you will arrive late or early so you will have time to rest and freshen up inside your room before exploring the place.
  • Leave your travel details with your family or your friend.
  • Don’t bring a lot of cash, just enough.
  • Know your destination. Search online on areas that needs to be visited. It will save you time.
  • On getting to your destination learn how to get there before jumping on a ride. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Your hotel concierge personnel  knows better than anyone else.
  • Make friends with the locals but trust no one. After all you are a stranger on the area. Take extra care especially walking alone on dark roads or on a lonely street.
  • Dining outside alone can be boring. You can always look for a diner if you don’t want to feel lonely. Try checking local restaurants or go for street foods if your adventurous enough.
  • Know what you want to get out of your trip. This will help you plan you daily itinerary.
  • Ask for your hotel’s business card and bring it along with you when out. If in case you get lost, you can hail a cab and show them the card to take you back to your hotel.





Armenia Travel Guide

I just returned from a 5-day trip from Armenia and people were asking about my itinerary since they were in an awe with the photos that I posted on my instagram (pinklinger).Before giving you all the details of the trip, I want to give you some facts about the beautiful country of Armenia which few of us are aware of.

  • Armenia became the first nation in the world to adopt Christianity
  • The first church was built in Armenia
  • During the Ottoman Empire, millions were exterminated. This was called the Armenian Genocide

Travel planning is quite a work but is a must. You can’t just decide to visit a country without an itinerary. Here I am to help you with this which I hope will help you.On a side note the country only exchanges  major currencies like EUROS and  U.S dollars.We had to exchange our dirhams to U.S dollars here in the U.A.E. There is an exchange counter inside the airport who will change your U.S dollars/EUROS to AMD. It’s available before the immigration.

The below are the expenses:

Airfare – We flew via FlyDubai ( FlyDubai only offers one flight to and from Armenia per day. From Dubai to Yerevan, the departure time was 2:30am. From Yerevan to Dubai, it was from 6:50am. It’s a fairly short flight of 3 hours and 20 minutes. The price per person was AED 1,112.
Visa  – Most countries are visa upon arrival.You can check the list of the countries who  are eligible for visa upon arrival at . You can also apply online if you hate long queues.The visa will cost you  AMD3000. Philippine passport holders can obtain visa upon arrival or thru online.

Hotel – The prices in Armenia are really cheap. We opted for a 4 star hotel instead of a budget-hostel. We stayed in Paris Hotel Yerevan ( 4 nights and 5 days with breakfast. The breakfast was really good. The room was also spotless and their furniture were all new. The staff were also commendable as they were very helpful and professional. The total price was AED 1,580.
Tour – We took our tour from Best Travel Tours ( We took all their daily tours (a total of 4 days). I was travelling with a friend that was passionate about photography (which means she will take time in taking some photos) so we opted to take the private tours. Total cost was AED 1,300. The tour includes airport pick up and drop off. I was in contact with the agent, Anika who assured me that it will be worth it and I had the best driver/guide, George who was more like a father than a driver.

The tour covered most of the tourist attractions Armenia has to offer. The tour usually starts at 10-11am which is good since we stay up late and wake up late.

DAY 1: Yerevan city tour (Mother of Armenia, Genocide Museum,Cascade,Republic Square)


Genocide Museum-I had goosebumps inside the museum.I can’t stand the feeling of knowing that a lot people including children had been tortured and murdered


Republic Square


Yerevan Cascade


Mother of Armenia- The current statue replaced a monumental statue of General Secretary Joseph Stalin that was created as a victory memorial for World War II.

DAY 2: Lake Sevan, Sevanavank,Tsaghkadzor,Kecharis


Sevanavank Monastery overlooking the frozen lake Sevan (photo credit: )




Kecharis Monastery Complex

DAY 3: Garni,Geghard Monastery,Vernissage (flee market)


Temple of Garni. The best known structure of pre-Christian Armenia


Geghard Monastery  (photo credit: instagram acct. the.lightstalker)

DAY 4: Khor Virab,Noravank,Areni winery (wine tasting), Tatev


Noravank Monastery which is my favorite, I cried seeing the monastery (photo credit: )


Khor Virab Monastery


Tatev Monastery


Areni Winery-They offer different types of fruit wine. You get to taste each wine for free and if you opt to buy a bottle, it will cost  around aed10.00

DAY 5: Transfer to Airport

Meals – Average meal per person is around AED 30. By average meal, I am referring to rice, grilled pork/chicken and drinks.

I wish we stayed longer. Armenia surprised me in a way that it offered much more that the attractions that I was able to find in google. The people were very kind and don’t discriminate nor take advantage of you just because you are a tourist. I have encountered a couple of people who went beyond their service. You should see Armenia for yourself for you to experience on what the place has to offer.

Obtaining Schengen Visa in UAE

Getting a Schengen visa can be a pain in the ass.A lot of Filipinos can relate to the agony that i felt while waiting for my visa.It took me 4 weeks to receive my visa due to the EID Holidays in the UAE. Here’s how to process your visa and the preparation that you need.

There are 28 countries that are under the European Union. You can check the countries below.

Member states of the EU (year of entry)

You can travel to all these countries with only one valid visa.


I suggest that you apply 3 months before your departure date to avoid the hassles and worries.I processed my own visa a month before my departure. I had to hire an agent to do the processing for me because i ran out of appointment slots ( schedule date that you need to book for you to submit your documents and your biometrics/fingerprints ). Make sure to check the website of the country where you will process your visa.


  • Fully accomplished and signed application form.Here’s the link for the form
  • Valid passport (valid at least 6 months from the date of travel)
  • Passport-sized photos in white background (tell the personnel of your favorite photoshop that it’s for the Schengen Visa)
  • Passport photocopy
  • Emirates ID photocopy
  • NOC ( No Objection Certificate)
  • Salary Certificate
  • Travel Insurance
  • Bank Statement with bank stamp (3 months)
  • Round trip ticket reservation
  • Hotel reservation with contact details i.e telephone number and email address and complete address

Don’t worry too much about your bank statement if you don’t have that much money in your account. When i applied for my visa, the amount that was on my bank account was only 800aed (Php 8,000).The money that i deposited two days before i requested my bank statement did not reflect on the printed statement.However, you need to make sure that the salary stated in your certificate should reflect in your bank statement for 3 months, it should be an active account (with incoming and outgoing transaction).Maybe i was just lucky enough that they did not t look into mybank statement that much.


The visa will cost you 60 euros but I spent almost 200 euros or 1000aed (Php10,000 more or less) because as i mentioned above that i ran out of an appointment slot thinking that i can have the appointment at any time. You can apply for your visa at the Embassy of your point of entry or to the country where you will be staying the longest.Note that there are some embassies that may require an interview. You will only need to bring all the complete requirements and  do the biometrics at the Embassy.


Some visas will only take 7 workings days, some will take up to 15 working days.Don’t count weekends and Holiday’s.If you’re denied, you can file for an appeal within 30 days. There’s no guaranteed that you will get the visa.

Here’s how the visa looks like.


Good luck on chasing your dream

Prague, Czech Republic

Travelling to Prague is like going back to the Medieval time. I can still remember stepping outside the airport with our driver and newly met friends which happened to have the same itinerary as mine since we booked on the same travel company. I was not immediately impressed with the view till we reached our hotel. The location of our hotel was quite far from the old town and there was not much to offer. I took a little rest, put my bags and headed to the train station to catch a train going to old town. In old town, you will find the Astronomical clock ,the photographic Charles bridge and Vlatava river. The place was packed with resto bars and street foods.You can just relax as their were a lot of entertainment around area. Just 30 minutes away by  bus you will see the St. Vitus Cathedral and Prague castle where you can get a birds eye view of Prague.


Old town square


Old Town square and the Astronomical clock


going to Charles bridge


You can find a lot of musical concerts around the area for a cheap price


View from Charles bridge



beer and hot wine are so delicious


the famous chimney cake in Prague is a must try.Thank me later.



Statue of the boy with the golden penis

Paellas and Tapas at Seville’s

Craving for a Spanish cuisine with a reasonable price?Seville ( the right place to book your next food trip. The restaurant is located in The Pyramids near Wafi Mall and Raffles Hotel. The place is an Egyptian inspired. You can see the pyramids,sphinx and a lot more. The details of the place will make you feel  like you are in Egypt.

When i reach to Seville’s, the ambiance is a little bit gloomy but the paintings and interior designs brings bright to the place. I was greeted with a smile by one of the staffs.Staffs are really accommodating and friendly.They always cater to your orders.While i was checking the menu i was shocked coz the food price is not that expensive at all compare to the one of the Spanish restaurant i visited 2 months ago near creek park.I had Paella which good for for 2 servings, chorizo and Rose Sangria. I bet you are now salivating.After the food was served.It is about time to taste everything i ordered and to my surprised the food tasted really good. They even have one of their Paellas on the menu with a rabbit meat. I didnt order that coz i feel like eating my own pet at home.I also learned that they have salsa tutorial every Tuesday for only 50aed with one drink for free. Isnt it a good deal already?I would really love to try it one day.The whole place not just Sivelle’s is a must visit place this winter. Can’t wait to take more professional photo of The Pyramid next time. I highly suggest to pay a visit on this place and let me know about your comments.

IMG_6952Wafi Mall celebrates Ramadan Kareem 


The Pyramid



Souq Restaurant 




I had Rose Sangria for drinks and yes i had my new watch since i broke my old one




 bread dipped on a tomato sauce




 Salsa Class every Tuesday except on Ramadan