I have seen Travel A to Z posts circulating in the blogosphere in the later part of December, 2011 and really found interest going over some of them as it gave me insights into the comings and goings of bloggers who are way ahead of me in the travel blogging hammock. Lately, much to my appreciation, I got a tag from my esteemed founder of the Pinoy Travel Bloggers Flipnomad and my interest to this Travel A to Z phenomenon had shoot up some more.Though I am a bit of an introvert and my travel blog is only a few days far from its first year anniversary, but it is also an honor to share some of my travel experiences and preferences.
A: Age you made your first international trip
My first international trip was in Singapore in 2007. I was 42 then, a late bloomer in international travel indeed!
B: Best (foreign) beer you’ve had and where
I stopped drinking beer at the age of 24 and have had no opportunity drinking foreign beer when I was still a few steps away from being an alcoholic.
C: Cuisine (Favourite)
I like the Paella Valenciana- the national cuisine of Spain.
D: Destinations. Favourite. Least Favourite. Why?
My favourite destination is Spain not only due to her historical attachment as former colonizer of my country for 333 years but due to its rich attractions and nice cuisine as well. I love my forbears calling her Madre España.
E: Event you experienced that made you say ‘Wow’
After having dinner at the 76th floor of the Bai Yoke Sky Hotel, which is the tallest building in Thailand, I climbed to the Revolving View Point at the 84th Floor and was awe-inspired at the fantastic evening view of the entire city of Bangkok.
F: Favourite mode of transportation
I love the feeling of being on top of the world as I fly on board an airplane.
G: Greatest feeling while travelling
I got thrilled at what shall I see, hear, feel, taste and touch in the path that I have not yet beaten.
H: Hottest place I’ve travelled to
Not yet traveled to any place hotter than the summer in the Philippines.
I: Incredible service you’ve experienced and where
Majority, if not all, of the waiters and waitresses in Singapore restaurants are senior citizens as the younger ones are employed in other lucrative jobs. At the start, I was hesitant to place an order as I remembered the first woman I love in my life- my mother, who is already in the other world. But it turned out that they were as friendly and hospitable as the restaurant staff in other countries that I have been to.
J: Journey that took you the longest
Flying on board Qatar Airways Flight QR 647 for 9 and a half hours from Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines to Doha International Airport, Doha, Qatar, stopping over thereat for 4 hours and flying again via Qatar Airways Flight QR 69 and landed at Barajas International Airport in Madrid, Spain after 8 hours.
K: Keepsake from your travels
It is customary on my part to buy display souvenir items in each and every place of my travel.Candidly, I find comfort in looking at the various souvenir items arranged in a display cabinet at the living room of our house and got the feeling of an athlete staring at his medals.
L: Let down sight. Why and where?
I might be critical of some sights I deem not comfortable to stare at but in my years of travel, I have not yet seen any view that let my sense of seeing down.
M: Moment where you fell in love with travel
The time when I applied as crew member of a passenger motor boat plying the Bucas Grande Island to Surigao City route and to other destinations after my graduation in high school. Not only that it ended my agony for sea sickness as my constant bout with all forms of waves (big, bigger, biggest) had made me attuned to motion sickness factors but it had also opened my horizons to places outside of the island of my birth and inspired me to pursue my studies so I can have the opportunity to travel at my own pace.
N: Nicest hotel you’ve stayed in
Crown Regency Hotel and Towers in Cebu City, Philippines is so far the best hotel that I have had ever stayed.
O: Obsession. What are you obsessed with taking pictures of while traveling?
I always made sure to shoot the landscape first before taking pictures at any thing that catches my interest.
P: Passport stamps. How many and from where?
I have been to 3 countries (Singapore, Spain and Thailand) plus 1 stop over in Qatar and got stamps from those countries’ airport immigration personnel.
Q: Quirkiest attraction you’ve visited and where.
The breath-taking crocodile wrestling and spectacular acrobatic elephant show in Samphan, west of Bangkok, Thailand. My jaw almost dropped at the sight of the crocodile tender feeding his head to the widely opened mouth of the ferocious crocodile. Please check my post on Saltwater Crocodile Wrestling – My Visit To A Thrill Seeker Destination in Bangkok, Thailand.
R: Recommended sight, event, or experience.
Please don’t accuse me of ringing my own bells, but I recommend visiting Bucas Grande- my island home and I assure you that you will not regret it. You can check my post on the 3 compelling reasons to visit Bucas Grande Island, Philippines.
S: Splurge. Something you have no problem forking over for while travelling.
A bulk of my travel budget goes to souvenir items that I am fond of distributing to my family, friends and associates back home.
T: Touristy thing you’ve done
Keeping myself busy taking photo and video clips while shooting the rapids en route to Pagsanjan Falls in Laguna, Philippines and engaging in sensory feasting at the spectacular nature in action were the best touristy events that ever happened in my life as a traveler.
U: Unforgettable travel memory
My most unforgettable travel moments were the times that I was almost left behind by the Madrid-bound plane as I got asleep while in transit at the Doha International Airport. For more details please have a look at my post on Travel To Spain – My First Europe Trip, My Unforgettable Experience.
V: Visas. How many of them and for where.
I have only one visa (Schenggen) during my travel to Spain. Being a Filipino, I can travel using my passport in most countries in Southeast Asia.
W: Wine, best glass while travelling and where.
I started drinking wine at the age of 14 and almost reached the level of an alcoholic in college. But even then, I made a vow to myself to stop alcoholic beverages drinking after my marriage. Truly, I refrained from drinking wine since I got married in 1989 at the of age 24 and my own liquor ban had even expanded to beer and soft drinks.
X: Excellent view and from where
I am a waterfalls fanatic in the real sense of the word. The thundering sound produced and the fantastic view of the waters falling from a high region into the plunge pool really stimulates my senses and rejuvenates my soul. And nothing beats the view of the Tinuy-an Falls situated in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur in the Philippines. May invite you then to view my post on Island Vacations – Conquering Philippines Niagara, The Tinuy-an Falls In Surigao del Sur.
Y: Years spent traveling
I first traveled abroad to Singapore in 2007 but I was not yet into travel blogging then. It was just one year ago that I launched my Island Vacations Travel Blog which got me hooked to the vicious traveling to blog and blogging to travel cycle. Please check my post on Island Vacations Turns One – My Travel Blog Ups and Downs.
Z: Zealous sports fans and where
I watch sports games on TV only during my spare time but am not a fan of any sports team.
Travel A to Z- It Is Cool To Share Yours
Calling Angel Juarez of Lakwatsero, AJ Poliquit of The Transcendental Tourist,
Alea Phils of Solitary Wanderer,Doi Domasian of The Travelling Feet
and DrWends Cagape of Journeys And Travels as well as Dave and Debb of The Planet D Canada’s Adventure Couple and Marcia Mayne of Inside Journeys. . .
Can I tag you to share your own Travel A to Z Please?