Sunday, November 19, 2023

[KEDAH] Budget and Itinerary

WEDNESDAY: November 15, 2023
Satun Pakbara Speed Boat (Ko Lipe - Langkawi) - 161.00
Grab (Telaga Terminal - Cenang Mall) - 17.00
KFC (Snack Box) - 14.00
Grab (Cenang Mall - The Villa) - 5.00
The Villa Langawi (2 Nights) - 268.00
7 Eleven (Groceries) - 44.40

Friday, November 17, 2023

[PERLIS] Budget and Itinerary

FRIDAY: November 17, 2023
Langkawi Ferry Lines (Langkawi - Kuala Perlis) - 27.00
KFC (1 pc Chicken w/ Rice & Coke + Cheezy Wedges) - 20.50
Grab (Jeti Kuala Perlis - Kota Kayang Museum) - 7.00
Grab (Kota Kayang Museum - Arau Train Station) - 14.00
KTM (Arau - Alor Setar) - 3.90

[KUALA PERLIS] A Short Day Trip

I could have taken the ferry directly to Kuala Kedah instead of Kuala Perlis, but we still have the goal of visiting all of Malaysia’s states, now don’t we? Perlis is the country’s smallest state and considered by some to be rather inaccessible, wedged there at Malaysia’s border with Thailand. It is served by the country’s train system via Arau. If you are coming from neighboring Kedah state’s island of Langkawi, a ferry to Kuala Perlis is also available. The trip lasts an hour and costs MYR27 (~PHP320).

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

[SATUN] Budget and Itinerary

MONDAY: November 13, 2023
Satun Pakbara Speed Boat (Hat Yai - Satun - Koh Lipe) - 800.00
Satun Pier (Terminal Fee) - 20.00
Environmental Fee (Koh Tarutao/7 Days) - 200.00
Bakery (Donut) - 20.00
Papaya Mama (Fried Rice w/ Coke + Mango Shake) - 180.00
Chic Lipe (2 Nights) - 1,600.00
7 Eleven (Groceries) - 301.00

Sunday, November 12, 2023

[SONGKHLA] Budget and Itinerary

SATURDAY: November 11, 2023
Thai Air Asia (Bangkok - Hat Yai) - 1,325.00
Grab (Airport - Hat Yai) - 175.00
Hotel Icon (2 Nights) - 1,145.00
Store (Groceries) - 80.00

Saturday, November 11, 2023

[HAT YAI] Two Buddhas for Your Pit Stop

Hat Yai has always been on my radar as far as gateways to Southern Thailand are concerned. It wouldn’t be my first time to the south. After all, I’ve already visited Phuket eons ago. However, I was still on the hunt for southern airports to explore other areas, and Hat Yai filled that gap. I thought this would be nothing more than a glorified pitstop en route to neighboring Satun, and so I was surprised when Hat Yai, apparently, has its own tourist attractions in store.

Friday, November 10, 2023

The Marvels


Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) ending the Supreme Intelligence inadvertently leads to Hala’s gradual destruction, leaving the Kree without water, sun, and atmosphere. Their new leader Dar-Benn (Zawe Ashton) searches for and finds one half of a bangle pair which has the power to create cosmic jump points. Despite vowing to find the other pair, which is in the hands of Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), she already creates enough havoc by sequestering Skrull refugee planet Tarnax’s atmosphere, waterworld Aladna’s bodies of water, and with plans of eventually stealing the Earth’s sun, all worlds that have a special connection to Captain Marvel. As the use of the mythical quantum band causes an entanglement among the light-based powers of Carol, Kamala, and Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), the three team-up to stop their new enemy, but not without complications. The three of them must work together as a team while Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) attempts to hold the fort back at SWORD.

Thursday, November 9, 2023

[NEW YORK] Budget and Itinerary (8)

MONDAY: 23 October 2023
Philippine Airlines (Bangkok - Manila - New York - Manila - Bangkok) - 765.00
Uber (JFK Terminal 1 - Queens) - 21.91
Airbnb (1 Night/Queens) - 70.00

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

[MANHATTAN] Broadway Barrage Season 8

Did we miss Broadway Barrage? Well, does the sun shine every morning? Of course we did, especially considering the fact that the gap has been a bit long this year. Season 7 was in March 2022. Season 8 is finally happening but late this time in the fall in October/November 2023. As always, we have an interesting line up, a full slate of eight shows this season! nine, if you consider the bonus Poor Yella Rednecks inclusion. Are we ready? Here are the eight shows we’ve seen this season!

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Poor Yella Rednecks (Broadway)


Unable to fulfill his promise to go fly back to Saigon to rescue his kids no matter what the cost, Quang (Ben Levin) is now living a refugee’s life in Arkansas and having an affair with Tong (Maureen Sebastian). Even though they are not legally married to other people in the United States, their past comes back to haunt them as they are inexplicably followed by his wife, deeming their plans for marriage invalid in the eyes of the law. Their kid whom they fondly call Little Man (Jon Norman Schneider) grows up to be a playwright, chronicling their journey as a migrant family in the deep south. He writes a play involving all characters such as his strong-willed grandmother (Samantha Quan), an honest look at the experience growing up Asian in America as well as the challenges that continue to hound him and his family despite decades of integration.

Monday, November 6, 2023

[DELAWARE] Budget and Itinerary

MONDAY: 6 November 2023
Amtrak (Baltimore - Wilmington - Baltimore) - 20.00
Starbucks (Mocha Frappe) - 7.74

[WILMINGTON] Rodney Square and River Walk

I guess we’ll just have to admit that Delaware was one of those states that I decided to visit just for the sake of visiting it and crossing it off my map of ‘Murica. The Greyhound from Newark made a bathroom stop somewhere near Wilmington and that was my first impression of Delaware: a pit stop with food options ranging from Panda Express to Cinnabon. There was also a lottery machine there, which had me betting on a lottery I’ve never seen before called Lotto America.

Sunday, November 5, 2023

[MARYLAND] Budget and Itinerary

THURSDAY: 2 November 2023
Greyhound (Newark - Baltimore) - 38.98
73 (Greyhound - State Center) - 2.00
Airbnb (5 Nights/Baltimore) - 304.61
St. Paul Mini Mart (Groceries) - 18.56

Friday, November 3, 2023

[VIRGINIA] Budget and Itinerary

FRIDAY: 3 November 2023
Amtrak (Baltimore - DC - Baltimore) - 20.00
McDonalds (Hash Brown x2 + Hot Choco) - 8.66
DC Metro Card (Card + Credits) - 12.00
McDonalds (Chicken Nuggets Meal) - 7.36

Thursday, November 2, 2023

[ARLINGTON] Arlington and Alexandria

I should have visited Virginia as a side trip when I went to Washington DC almost half a decade ago. After all, Arlington and Alexandria are both covered by DC’s metro system. It wasn’t that inaccessible from Baltimore either, though. I chanced upon a $20 roundtrip Amtrak ticket. The Baltimore to DC route lasts 45 minutes. Add another 20 minutes for the Red/Blue trip to Arlington cemetery. That’s two US states for you in less than half an hour! And so, we start with Arlington.

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

[PROVIDENCIALES] Budget and Itinerary

SUNDAY: October 29, 2023
jetBlue (JFK - Providenciales) - 131.20
Provo Connections (Airport - Venetian Road - Airport) - 40.00
Airbnb (3 Nights) - 348.00
Graceway (Groceries) - 38.30

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