Friday, July 28, 2017

[MINSK] Budget and Itinerary

Belavia (Tbilisi - Minsk) - 280.00
Airbnb (19 Nights) - 442.50
Visa (Belarus Embassy Jakarta) - 270.00
City Lingva (3-Week Russian Course) - 650.00
Food Allowance (BYN20 x19) - 380.00

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Game of Thrones (HBO): Season 7/Episode 1

7.1 Dragonstone
Disguised as Walder Frey, Arya strikes the definitive blow to his house by poisoning all his remaining descendants at a banquet in the very hall where Catelyn, Robb, and Talisa were murdered. Meera and Bran seek refuge at the nearest wall outpost. Jon Snow and Sansa butt heads on how to handle the affairs of the north, a bone of contention that Petyr persistently attempts to exploit. Cersei sends them a raven ordering them to come to King’s Landing and bend a knee or suffer the consequences. Jaime outlines their bleak survival prospects in the absence of allies. The queen covets Euron’s Iron Fleet but finds it hard to trust him. He promises to gain that trust. Sam’s training is not as exciting as he expected it to be. He sneaks into the restricted area of the library and finds vital information they can use against the enemy. Daenerys along with her dragons and her crew dock at Dragonstone, the first Targaryen stronghold which sits on a mountain of dragonglass lethal to white walkers.

Monday, July 10, 2017

[VISA] Belarus (Single Entry)

Belarus has no consular representation in the Philippines. Their embassy that has jurisdiction over Filipino citizens is the one in Jakarta. The good thing about this embassy is that they have a VERY detailed website regarding visa application. They even have separate pages explaining how to send your documents, how much you are going to pay and how, as well as the requirements necessary for almost every type of visit you can imagine. As such, it’s not really that hard to get that visa!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

[TBILISI] Budget and Itinerary

SATURDAY: 9 July 2017
Georgian Airways (Yerevan - Tbilisi) - 225.00
Airbnb (1 Night) - 23.00
Cappadocia (Cheese Sandwich w/Water) - 15.50
Bus 37 (Airport - Liberty Square) - 0.50
Metrocard (Deposit) - 2.00
Metro (Rustaveli - Marjashinvili) - 0.50
Subway (Spicy Italian w/Cookie & Coke) - 14.30
Taxi (Marjashinvili - Airport) - 15.00

Estimate of GEL1 = PhP22.00
TOTAL PhP6,507.60

[TBILISI] One Day in Tbilisi

Tell anyone that you’re in Tbilisi for just a day and they’ll think you’re nuts, and not without reason! There is so much to see in the city. There is so much to see in Georgia, actually. We’re talking about the country, not the US state. But you can actually connect the two if you are a Philippine passport holder because a multiple entry visa from the latter can act as a substitute for the former. In short, fly in anytime until your visa for ‘MURICA expires. This is also the reason why Georgia got the short end of the stick.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

[YEREVAN] Budget and Itinerary

WEDNESDAY: 5 July 2017
Aeroflot (St. Petersburg - Moscow - Yerevan) - 68,675.00
Airbnb (3 Nights) - 22,650.00
eVisa (21 Days/Single Entry) - 2,990.00

[YEREVAN] Something Happened in Yerevan

Depression hit me hard last night. REALLY hard. It’s no longer a cause of alarm for me because I know that for every itinerary, it just looms, waiting for the opportune time to strike. For this trip, it chose yesterday evening. The good thing about knowing yourself well is you already know what measures for damage control to apply. In this case I knew that I won’t be getting any sleep and consequently I would have to cancel Kotayk tomorrow. Sorry, Garni and Geghard. I guess I’ll just see you both next time.

Friday, July 7, 2017

[ARMAVIR] Budget and Itinerary

FRIDAY: 7 July 2017
Taxi (Yerevan - Zvartnots Cathedral) - 4,000.00
Entrance Fee (Zvartnots Cathedral) - 1,000.00
Store (Mineral Water) - 200.00
Mini Van 203 (Zvartnots - Etchmiadzin) - 150.00
Man Food (Hotdog x2 w/Crisps & Coke) - 650.00
Mini Van 203 (Etchmiadzin - Yerevan) - 250.00

Estimate of AMD1 = PhP0.10
TOTAL PhP625.00

[ARMAVIR] The Oldest Churches in the World

The original plan for Yerevan was simple: Chill for three days. Go out in the morning and the evening for a stroll. Simple! And then I did some research and found out that there are many day trips you can do from Yerevan, and the destinations are not even that far. The Etchmiadzin/Zvartnots combo is an hour west in the province of Armavir. The Garni/Geghard combo is an hour east in the province of Kotayk. Suddenly I had a jam packed itinerary far from the vicinity of the word CHILL.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

[VISA] Armenia (eVisa)

I wasn’t really planning on applying for an eVisa for Armenia. I mean, Philippine passport holders can go there and get a visa on arrival at the airport. But I’ve had my fair share of these visa-on-arrival nightmares before. Remember India and Cuba? The good thing about Armenia is they give you the option to apply for an eVisa instead. They also allow you to choose between a 120-day visa which costs USD30 (~PHP1,500) and a shorter one valid for 21 days which is way cheaper at just USD6 (~PHP300). Second option for me!

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