Thursday, August 30, 2012

Choices, Choices, Choices

Just one more week until school starts up again, and here I am already planning summer 2013. Although family vacations are very picturesque and relaxing, I'm ready to head out on my own again! I finally convinced my best friend to start saving up and all I can hope is that she is as excited as I am. So the questions is, what kind of trip should we take? For the past months, I have been leaning towards taking a Contiki tour.

I'm really loving how Contiki tours are only for 18-35 year olds. It brings me back to my month away in Tours. It was such a great experience, especially to be surrounded by like-minded people who loved travelling and having fun. The big plus is also the fact that all the planning and hotel searching are already done for us.

Then there's travelling on our own. The pros are pretty obvious, do what we want, whenever we want. If we wanted to spend a little more time in one place, then we can do it freely without having to worry about anything else. We wouldn't have any early morning wake-up calls unless we wanted to. Travelling on our own would also be cheaper than taking a tour. We could opt out of fancy hotels and stay in hostels, find cheaper tickets and not pay for things we don't really want to do.

They are both great ways of travelling but their pros and cons balance each other out. My plan was to take a Contiki tour at first, then have the rest of my life to travel freely. But my main concern is the time constraint and if the scheduling is so tight that it sucks the fun out of the tour.

Amateur backpacking on the way to London!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Instagram - June

I am very lucky to say that for half the month of June, I was out of the country. Canada, I love you and all but I cannot stay here for an entire year... Gotta escape sometimes right? Anyways, in between my summer escapades I was left worrying about the Much Music internship. Unfortunately, I didn't quite make the cut. I got a lot of positive feedback from a bunch of people I didn't know and some that were even in the business! I don't quit that easily, so Much Music better watch out because I'll be working there eventually.

Overall, June was probably my favourite of Summer 2012. Here are some pictures (and sneak peeks of my trips!) to prove it:

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Friday, August 17, 2012

ABC's of Travel Stories: H

First order of business means to continue on with my ABC's of Travel Stories. It has been put aside for way too long!

Hottest place you’ve travelled to...

European summers are quite hot and let me tell you, their sun.. Oh man, their sun gives me the absolute most perfect tan. During my month in Tours last summer, I only had to visit the swimming pool twice to become the darkest shade I have ever seen myself. And to beat that record, I hung out by the pool once on the last cruise my family and I went on. I was a nice golden brown, and it only took 2-3 hours!

The winner of this letter in my travelling alphabet is surprisingly not one of my European vacations. Besides the free tan I get in Europe, there is a different kind of heat that I've experienced... a humid, instant sweat kind of heat. I know it's been a few years but that's my memory of the weather in the Philippines. That and rain, lots of rain.

Front row seats on the Royal Caribbean, sailing the Mediterranean Sea, could not get any better!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Hi, Hello, How are ya?

Celebrating my birthday this past weekend was truly a bittersweet feeling. Because:
  1. It was a non-stop party. Friday was complete with a trip to the Ontario Science Centre, a delicious dinner at the Keg and a surprise party all planned by Jason. Less than 24 hours later, I came home and had yet another celebration at my house on Saturday night. Lastly, the relaxing part of it all was a family gathering in the living room and watching the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Although, the excitement shot back up when the Spice Girls performed and I screamed like my 8-year-old self.
  2. The bitter part? Well, having been on summer vacation since May, my birthday is a sad reminder that there are only a few weeks of summer left. And you all know what that leads up to... School!
That being said.. I regret to admit that I've neglected my blog since June 1st. But with all that absence comes many stories to tell!