I know it’s been months since our South Africa trip but here it is! It was not easy planning with people from different parts of the world; me in Sydney, my cousin in Doha and the rest of the family back in the Philippines. It was a 4-month planning program and everything was unsure until the last 2 weeks before the trip. I’m actually very surprised how we organized everything.
Before I talk about my trip, let me tell you how silly it is to apply for a South African Visa in Australia. You would think Sydney would have a SA consulate to make it convenient for people to apply for a visa but NO, they don’t. Ofcourse, Australians do not need a visa to go so why have one in Sydney? For people like me who unfortunately have to get a visa for every single country I have to visit, I had to go through the hassle of a “personal appearance”. So my partner and I had to drive 3.5 hours to Canberra for an interview with the SA Embassy – 6am road trip to the capital for my 10am appointment– poor thing. When we got there, I walked in and said I had an appointment, they didn’t even ask for my name! They just asked for my documents and took it. That was it!! No personal interview or anything fancy like that. I was so disappointed. I don’t understand why they didn’t just let me mail the documents. Oh well. I just had to let that out my chest! On the brighter side, I got to see Canberra and I was one step closer to my SA trip.
South Africa has always been a dream destination of mine and finally, there was an opportunity for me to go. Cape Town was truly beautiful. Not only was the place amazing, even the people were. Contrary to what you hear about how dangerous this city is, it was actually quite pleasant. The people were so honest, friendly and very accommodating. So here are the 14 things my family and I did in Cape Town
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Here’s my travel video of our short 1 week family reunion in Cape Town, South Africa. Since I moved to Sydney, I’ve had too many failed attempts to visit home. Glad it happened because this was such a better option. Enjoy!
To sum up my mountain climbing journey in 2015, I reached 7 summits and did 6 treks along rivers and beaches. It was a very outdoorsy year for me and I wish to continue this hobby in 2016. To celebrate my 6th month in Australia, my family and I decided to all go to the famous Figure 8 Pool…okay, maybe not THAT famous but someone suggested we do the trek and the photos looked stunning. It would be a wonderful day trip outside Sydney with your whole family. Continue reading “Figuring the Figure 8 Pool”
6 months have passed since my Mt. Apo climb and I haven’t written about it. If you don’t know yet, I moved to Sydney, Australia exactly 5 months ago so you can understand how hectic moving to a new place can be, thus, the delay and the silence in my blog. I’ve a lot of catching up to do.
I started my mountain climbing craze in January 2015. To sum it all up, I’ve gone up 9 summits this year – Mt. Pulag, Mt Kanlaon and Osmena Peak to name a few. I wanted to prove to myself (and my muscles) that I am capable of hiking the highest peak of the country. I thought it would be a great way to say aurevoir to the Philippines before I leave it indefinitely. How better to shout goodbye to the place I’ve lived my entire life than 2,954 meters above sea level? I thought it was a pretty breath-taking gesture – literally.
This was by far the longest climbing trip I have ever done. To prepare my body for this trip, I had to enrol in a wall climbing class, I biked every morning and instead of taking the elevator to my office, I took the stairs up 10 floors (Repeat everyday for 3 weeks). Continue reading “Last Hurrah in Mt. Apo”
It was the last weekend of spring break; everyone had time off work for Labor Day, and the weather was up to 35 degrees all weekend. These were the perfect ingredients for a 4-day long getaway. My family and I decided to hit the road and do a 3-hour drive north of Sydney to Sandbar Caravan Park.
When my sister said “we’re going camping”, the thought that came to my mind was the camping that I’m used to – canned goods, no shower for 4 days, getting water from a water source and filter it and freezing nights. Boy, was I in for a surprise! They definitely know how to “camp” here. They definitely took camping to a different level. The type of camping I’m used to is comparable to a 1 star hotel accommodation where this was 5 star. There was a power source, a shower/toilet area; there was a tap to get water from, and also parking. You basically just have to pay for the area where you’ll set your camp.
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