• New Zealand,  Places

    Why New Zealand?

    Kia ora! And welcome. :) Ever since we arrived here in New Zealand late last year, I’ve randomly been receiving messages from friends back in the Philippines asking these two questions: One, how did we get here? And two, why New Zealand? The answer to the first question is a long story that I should save for another post, but I personally have been doing a lot of thinking as I compose my responses to the messages I receive as to why we chose to move, and why to NZ in particular. Why New Zealand? 1. The first reason I always I think of is when my husband (then-boyfriend) and…

  • Places,  Rest of the world

    Our JaFun Honeymoon

    When I was thinking of where to spend our honeymoon 6 months before our wedding, it was a toss-up between El Nido and Japan. But because I knew Deej would be excited to take a tour of the concrete jungle that is Tokyo, which is every game developer’s dream of doing, I decided to go for the latter. I patiently waited for a piso seat sale from Cebu Pacific (plugging! haha!) and was successful in booking a round trip ticket for only Php7,000! We’ve never been to Japan before so we also wanted to cross it off our list. We spent a total of 10 days in Japan – 7…

  • Philippines,  Places

    Quick Guide to Planning Your Batanes Trip

    Batanes is such a big deal for us Filipinos mainly because it’s located in the northernmost part of the Philippines which is not easily accessible, and airfare is not necessarily affordable to every Juan (not yet maybe?). The moment I checked-in on Foursquare in Basco Airport, friends started liking and commenting that Batanes is also part of their Travel Bucket List. It is dubbed “the New Zealand or Austria of the Philippines” because as you wander or lay in the green grass overlooking the enchanting rolling hills in Batanes, you can almost hear the line “The hills are alive…” automatically play in your head. It is, without a doubt, a…

  • Philippines,  Places

    It’s More Fun in Boracay

    Whenever I travel, I always mentally tag a location as either a place I’d happily go back to, or a place I’d have to think about several times before deciding to see again. For instance, South Korea is one of the top countries I’d love to visit again, but China… Well, you must give me a really good reason to go back. Say, if the airfare, tour, and accommodation expenses are free. Or if it’s a business trip sponsored 100% by our company. :p One of those places that was on the same list as China was Boracay. I was alone the first time I went there almost 5 years…

  • Places,  Rest of the world

    Up Close and Personal with SuperStar Virgo

    A year ago, I had very little idea about cruising. I’ve always thought cruising is a luxurious pastime hence very expensive and not Joni-appropriate. Thanks to my current employer, I was exposed to all things cruising which piqued the curiosity of the “traveler” in me since Day 1 at work. For our May 24-26 trip though, I had to make use of my employee discount. I guess my bosses deem me too valuable at the office that they still haven’t thought of sending me on a ship familiarization tour. LOL. It would be my 4th time in Singapore and I wanted to try something new. My friend Sarj and I…

  • New Zealand,  Places

    Auckland, NZ

    I’ve been tempted several times to just summarize what’s left of #TheBigNZAdventure in one post so I could finally finish this “series” I started (last year!!!), but every time I look at our pictures, I always change my mind because I keep telling myself that each of the beautiful places we went to deserves a dedicated post! Ang arte lang! It’s been exactly one year since that trip, and this is my Attempt #6 at finishing this. From Wellington, we flew to Auckland via Jetstar… again! (Jetstar is the budget airline in New Zealand and Australia, much like Cebu Pacific in the Philippines.) We’ve been seeing this cattle crossing sign…