Story of the Week: Travel to Hong Kong & Macau with May


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Here’s another Story from a friend. Prior to her trip, she conditioned her mind and made sure that it will be a great 2017 for her. (Good job May! I love your spirit! )And so, on January 11-14, 2017, she flew to Hong Kong and Macau with her friends.

And it got even better because her friends also had the same plan. Unlike most of my posts here, May and her friends prefer packages. Each of them had a budget of 21,000 Philippine pesos for the whole trip. And it’s great! They enjoyed their tour and their accommodation.



May had so much fun. A package was able to give them enough time to go to places without having to think about where to go next. It was organized and saved them a lot of time.

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Upon arriving at the Hong Kong International Airport,  she was amazed at the creative design. After a few moments of picture-taking, they went straight to their hotel accommodation. ( Oohh, even I would look forward to that! How exciting!) Afterwards, they went to The Peak.


It is such a beautiful place to see the city! It’s overlooking the busy streets and tall buildings of Hong Kong. There’s nothing like it in the Philippines. There’s a also a train/tram that they can use to enjoy the view.  Madam Tussauds was somewhat a part of the tour. May even took a photo with Bruce Lee. 🙂

What’s your favorite part of your trip?

I really love Disneyland. It was great. We went there a little later in the morning. I felt like I am back to being a kid. It made me so happy. It’s funny though. My friends and I road this boat before going to Disneyland. Thinking it was part of the package, we hopped in and enjoyed the ride. Little did we know that it will cost us $60 (HK).


What did you feel upon entering Disneyland?

I felt so overwhelmed. This is it.  I was very excited because it was my very first trip. And compared to my friends, they had been to other countries already.  Not that it matters, but first times are good moments to remember. It was my advance birthday gift for myself. At the same time, I considered it as a reward for the years I spent working and studying.

And this excitement wasn’t just in Disneyland. I can’t even sleep the night before the flight. I was very excited.



Next up: Exploring Hong Kong and Macau Part II

Credits to Ms. May for all the photos. 



Story of the Week: Cai’s Trip to Taiwan

Hello One Step Adventure readers! Thank you for your continuous support. I really appreciate you guys for dropping by and checking out some of the interviews here. 🙂 I started this because I really enjoy stories and I want to share all the pros and cons that each of these travelers have experienced along the way.

Okay, that’s it for now. This post is not about me but it’s about Cai’s wonderful experience in Taiwan. So first of all, I met Cai in Manila. I decided to go on an adventure out on a whim simply because I was inspired by other couchsurfers. It was so much fun and so I thought, “hmmm, why not?” (I’ll talk more about my couchsurfing experiences in another post)

Here it goes:

What are the countries you have been to?

    Hongkong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and China.

Among these beautiful countries, which one do you like best?

For Cai, this is a tough question since each country has its own beauty and the             experiences were different from one another. However, she said that Taiwan is the best. There’s good food, and it is cheap. People are also very kind. And perhaps, Taiwan is the best for her since she also enjoys shopping. Cai said, “There are lots of items that you can buy like cheap electronic gadgets and clothes.” She was also able to experience riding a cable car in Maokong, Taipei. “It is the highest ferris wheel you can try. Window China is also a good choice since it is a re-creation of different tourist spots around the world.”

Not only that, Cai was also able to enjoy an eat-all-you-can area. This was back in June 2010. Imagine how exciting it is now. Cai also liked Taipei 101. They have everything in there: flower garden, mall with a good view and even a museum! She bought a post card to send it back but she forgot to do it since Taiwan is so beautiful. And we understand that. 

What else do you like about Taiwan?

“They have a good transport. It is punctual too. I also liked their movie house. The movie house isn’t like what we have in the Philippines. The whole building is literally a movie place. And if I remember it correctly, I probably watched Prince of Persia on the 3rd floor. I cannot remember how much it costs to watch a movie but I guess it was reasonable.

I also liked the Flower Farm. It has an entrance fee but it’s really nice. They also have night markets. And there’s this Shabu Buffet where you can eat all you can.”

How about the things you dislike in Taiwan?

Taxi. It is not cheap to ride a taxi, but if you are going home during the odd hours or even at night, wala ng train (There are no trains). And when you ride the train, you can choose from these 3: Major Station, All Station and Bullet Train. There are trains that has stop overs. Pero meron din na wala, diretso lang. (But there are some without stop overs, just straight to the destination)

Story of the Week: Toshiki-san’s Trip to Argentina

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Hello! We’re back with a story from our friend, Toshiki! I am thankful that he agreed to share his experience in Argentina. 🙂



Here goes the interview:

1. When did you go to Argentina? 

From May 20 to May 26.
2. Where in Argentina did you go?

I went to Buenos Aires.
3. What accommodations did you choose and what were the factors you considered before booking that hotel and plane?

Sheraton hotel because the place is not cheap and not expensive. I used Emirates Airline because this takes shorter time than other ways.

4. What are the things you brought to your trip? And which was most useful?
Milk jam and some snacks. If you want to buy souvenir, it is very good. ( In this part, I believe Toshiki-san is referring to the milk jam he found in Argentina. It’s famous. At first, he thought it was a weird but when he tasted it, he really liked it.)
5. What’s the best thing about going to a country in South America?
You can go to natural place like Iguazu falls. It’s much bigger than Niagara Falls in Canada and it was amazing.


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6. Did you have a chance to try Argentina’s traditional food?
Empanada  (We also have Empanada here in the Philippines and that is sooooo good! You should try it.  Thanks for reminding me about this Toshiki-san! )
7. What did you like most about this experience?
Tango showcase. It is beautiful.

8. What did you dislike most about this experience?
Sometimes dangerous
9. If you can recommend a restaurant in Argentina, which is it and why?
La Cabana, this restaurant is bit expensive, but you can eat great meet and Empanada.
10. What did you learn from this trip?
When you take 30 hour-long flight, you should use famous airline company because you need to have breakfast, lunch and dinner, and sleep on your seat. If the food quality isn’t good, it gets stressful. I recommend Emirates airline. Everything is good.

11. For those, who also wants to visit Argentina, what advice would you give them in terms of:
a. Transportation – Please be with someone else when you walk. Taxi is better.
b. Food – You should eat meat.
c. Communication with People – It’s difficult to communicate with local people using English. You should download translator app to Spanish.
12. If you had a chance to visit another country in South America, which country would it be and why?
I would like to visit Uruguay because you can go there just 1 – 2 hours using ship.


So that’s a little about Toshiki-san’s trip. 🙂 Thanks for dropping by.


The Missing Jumpshots

Allie was shocked to hear about the costly fare going to Batad. It wasn’t really clear why it would cost too much. She understands that there are only a few rides but it didn’t feel right. After about an hour, they arrived safely at their destination. Now, it is clear why the fare had to cost that much. The zigzags, the narrow road, the scary heights of these breathtaking mountains and the safety of the drivers. It’s worth the drive, yet dangerous to try.

The beauty of the various shades of green left them wanting more. Eventually, its beauty led them to an awesome trekking activity. They arrived at their hostel shortly after 20 minutes.  They continued exploring the muddy paths of Batad. Despite the numerous dead ends, they managed to find alternative routes until they find the next path.  Allie, an inexperienced hiker, had a difficult time. But she did not stop. She continued climbing, walking and doing her best until they reached the top. She was dragging her feet on the way up, but that didn’t stop her from having fun.


Michal continued to be his funny self and enjoyed jumping from one rock to another. He even took an equipment used for farming and strike a pose.  Rast’o, on the other hand, balanced having conversations between the two while helping Allie hop onto the next step on of this beautiful mountain.

Jumpshots – that’s what they love to do. Michal and and Rast’o enjoyed jumping onto the air for a well-taken photo. But that’s long gone. Those jumpshots were meant to be hidden. There were decent photos too, so that’s much better than those jumpshots you are never going to see.


They continued their trekking adventure. The rice field surrounded them with amazement. There’s nothing but fields of green. The mud complements the green perfectly.

“Ahh!” Allie managed to let out a short-lived scream. She slipped. Her left foot got stuck in the mud. They all laughed.

Every once in a while, Allie stops. With a constant push from Rast’o and reminders from Michal, they all made it to the top. These two men ordered a bottle of beer each. These stores have drinks that relieved the travelers from hunger and exhaustion. Allie ordered a cup of tea.

The clouds started to cover the beauty of greens. It’s getting dark. They had to move fast. It took them about an hour to reach the other side of the mountain. But it’s okay. They got home and took a rest.


….to be continued.

Mountain Adventures with Nikhsplorer!

Hi everyone! I’m back with another post!

Today, we’ll hear from Nikhail. Recently,  she is going to many places and I am glad that she agreed to share her traveling adventures with us. So if you haven’t been to the Philippines yet, here’s some itinerary you might want to add in your plan.

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Q: What’s your name?
A: Nikhail Grace Z. Gonzales aka nikhsplorer hehe 😅

Q: Where are you from?
A: I am from Batangas but been working and living in Makati since 2012.

Q: What is your dream?
A: LOTS 😂 i have lots of dreams on different aspects but since this is about travel so my dream is to travel and explore different places in the philippines and even other parts of the world with a purpose. So Travel and explore with a purpose. A purpose that is more of others and less for self. You’ll know more about it in my succeeding trips. Hehe

Q: When have you decided that you want to travel? Is it something that you have always wanted?
A: Since I started working. Since I started earning on my own. Yes, always! 😃

Q: Where did you travel recently?
A: We had a day tour at Minalungao in Nueva Ecija last Feb. 26. And a trilogy hike in Nasugbu (Batulao, Talamitam and Apayang) last Jan. 14. And last dec 2016, had a 3 day trip in Agusan del Norte. Went to tinuy-an falls, enchanted river and island hopping at Britania group of islands.


                                                                   Minalugao, Nueve Ecija                                                                       Photo source: Nikhail Gonzales


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                                               Apayang                                                      Photo source: Nikhail Gonzales

Q: Is that your favorite place so far? If not, please tell me your favorite, and why?
A: So far, my favorite was the trilogy experience because I must say it is really an achievement to have climbed 3 mountains in one day with a side trip pa to caleruega church.

That’s indeed an achievement Nikhail! I think it’s amazing to climb 3 mountains in one day. I can imagine the thrill and satisfaction in every climb. 🙂


Q: Was it difficult to go there? How long did it take you to get there?
A: No it’s not. Since we left manila so early, we only had 1.5 hours of travel to nasugbu.

As you know, it’s always traffic in Manila so leaving early can give you a big headstart! Beat the traffic by leaving early. 🙂

Q: How much did you have to spend so you can experience the adventures at its best?
A: 3 mountains for only Php746.00 😁

Wow! That’s an awesome deal Nikhail! Guys, Php 746.00 is only 14.82 USD. You should include this in your next travel plan. 

Q: How often do you travel?
A: I aim and look forward to have a monthly get away on a budget.

Q: What motivates you to travel despite your busy schedule?
A: Hunger for learning and experience. It is when i travel i get recharged. It is when i travel i learn. It is when i travel i met new people. It is when i travel i get to know about different places. It is when I travel i get to know myself more.

Q: Which do you prefer: Day Tours/ Backpacking (for weeks or months)/ A few overnight stays?
A: So far, we go for DIY day tours.

Q: What are your preparations before going on a trip?
A: Read blogs and itineraries.

How about you guys? Do you do this to? ’cause I do! And it helps a lot. 🙂

Q: If you can travel for the next 3 months, where would you like to go? Why?
A: Batanes. Because of its breathtaking views like New Zealand in PH.

Q: What is your message to our friends who would like to travel but can’t find time out of their day jobs?
A: Make time! That’s the only thing. Or else they won’t be able to travel for the rest of their lives if they always have an excuse.

So there you have it!
Thank you Nikhail for sharing such an exciting experience. Hopefully we helped you get motivated. Life is short. Some things aren’t easy but we have to make time for it just like Nikhail.


If you have adventures like this, feel free to send me a message. Let’s talk! 🙂