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A New Home

8 Feb

A few months ago, I sort of announced here that my little blog will be moving to its new home soon. And I’m happy to say that…

the time has finally arrived! 

This would not be possible without these people, who have made this transition a relatively easier experience for me.

  • AC, an awesome WordPress developer and website designer, former officemate and good friend helped me with basically EVERYTHING tech-related. I have no experience in building a website from scratch and anything IT-related really, and she was more than willing to help me set up. She even showed me how things are done from her end, and taught me how to do a few steps on my own, so that I’ll learn. Thank you technology for Skype and its screen sharing function. 🙂 I am still not well-versed in the whole process and I might even bug AC from time to time, which is why I’m very thankful for all her help and support. I recommend you contact her (her name is linked to her homepage) for your website needs.
  • Kat is one of my most artistic friends. She knows how to draw, paint, doodle and is now dabbling into photography. I had asked her to create my header (which I’m ecstatic to see) and she said yes, without any hesitation. I am in no way artistic, so have a really good friend do amazing things with paper, colored pens and paint really helps. She’s also a great writer! 😉
  • The many travel blogs that I’ve been stalking and commenting on since my extreme wanderlust started kicking in. Sole Sisters Lois and Chichi, Chyng Reyes, Gay of Pinaytraveljunkie, Edcel of Soloflighted, Journeying James and Nina Fuentes of Just Wandering, are among those who really inspired me to get up on my feet and start traveling more. An extra boost was even given by the Sole Sisters, when they featured my blog on one of their posts. I hope I get to meet all of you, as well as other travel bloggers in the future. 🙂
  • To my friends for the unending love and support, for letting me link-spam their news feed, dashboards and Twitter timelines with blog posts and travel-related announcements, thank you. You are all awesome people.
  • To the random viewers of this blog, thank you as well. I do hope you still do so on my new home. Hihi. 😀

I’m very excited to continue my journey in my new home. I’m banking on this to really push and encourage me more to not only travel, but to write and take great photos of my trips as well.

So friends, please join me at

http://littlegirlgoesplaces.com/

See you there! 🙂 ❤

More Information: La Union

27 Jan

Accommodation

As mentioned in my La Union post, my friends and I stayed at San Juan Surf Resort, located in San Fernando City. It’s pretty accessible as it is located along MacArthur Highway, which most buses ply on. For those riding public transportation, you can just ask the bus conductor to drop you off here.

From Google Maps

San Juan Surf Resort

I never learned though. 😀

Here are the published rates, taken from their official website:

    Standard Aircon
Good for 2 people: P1600.00
For 2 w/ hot water: P1760.00
Good for 4 people: P2200.00

Bungalow
Good for 2 people: P1760.00
Good for 4 people: P2360.00
For 4 w/ hot water: P2460.00

Deluxe
Good for 2 people: P1760.00
Good for 4 people: P2360.00

Villas
Good for 2 people: P1600.00
Good for 4 people: P2360.00
For 4 w/ hot water: P2740.00
For 4 people w/ 2 rooms: P4240.00
For 6 people w/ hot water: P4240.00

Fan
Good for 2 people: P890.00
For 2 people w/ CR: P1240.00

Ground Floor (for Standard Aircon only)
Good for 2 people: P1760.00
Good for 4 people: P2360.00

Family Room
Good for 12 people: P6000.00

To contact them, click on this link.

Landline:
(072)720-0340 / (072)242-0389
Mobile:
+639178803040
eMail:
sanjuansurfresort@yahoo.com

Transportation

We decided to take a Partas bus bound for La Union. The bus liner has terminals based in Cubao, Pasay and Sampaloc here in Metro Manila.

Buses leave on an hourly basis, so make sure you get to the terminal with enough time to purchase tickets. There are two stop-overs on the way to La Union (and my apologies, I forgot where they are -_-).

More information can be found on their Facebook page (they actually have one!). Click here or you can contact (02) 727-82-78 for more information.

Partas bus (Image credit: http://www.roamingronos.com)

Help for the Victims of Typhoon Sendong

20 Dec

For those who read the about me section of this blog, you may remember that I was born  and spent a good number of years in Cagayan de Oro City. I’ve also mentioned in a previous post that I had a sort of homecoming last November to my hometown (which I have yet to write about, apologies for the delay).

I’m also pretty sure you’ve heard or read about the recent tragedy that struck my beloved hometown, and other neighboring areas in Mindanao. I knew about the heavy rains as early as it was reported, but never in my wildest dreams did I think something that grave would happen to the city. Typhoons don’t pass by the city and in Mindanao in general, so this really came as a surprise to those living there (or who have lived there).

The gravity of the situation didn’t sink in right away for me. Last Monday though, my parents and sister told me that I was lucky as I had scheduled my trip in November. I had originally planned to travel to CDO in December, but there weren’t seat sale flights available when I booked in February. A blessing in disguise, probably?

Then I saw the photos, photos of familiar places, places that I was at or passed by just a month ago. Where there used to be a thriving community, the area is now covered by mud, puddles of water and pieces of debris. Then I read stories of children drowning, parents and family members missing, friends dying. That death came like a thief in the night and everyone was caught off-guard.

I immediately contacted my friends who live in the area. Thankfully they are all alive and safe, although the same can’t be said for their homes and belongings. A family friend had lost everything they had, but they were all thankfully alive and still complete.

So here I am, trying in the best way I could to help the devastated areas in Mindanao. I may not be there physically, and how I wish I could be there to volunteer and help. But we can all do something to help, wherever we may be.You don’t need to be incredibly rich to extend a helping hand to our friends in Mindanao.

There are a number of posts on the internet, and I found this to have the most comprehensive list. Please click on THIS.

Basically the survivors need Blankets, mattress/banig/cardboard boxes, clothes, underwear, soap, tissue paper, rubbing alcohol/hand sanitizer, toothpaste, timba/tabo, bread/biscuits, first aid medication, slippers, milk in tetra packs for kids, ready to eat food (as there is no electricity/fuel to cook raw food).

You can donate in cash or in kind, whichever is your preferred method. The easiest way is through SMS donations, which are sent directly to Red Cross.

Let’s all extend a helping hand. A little help can go a long way to make their situation better, especially since it’s almost Christmas.

Daghang salamat (Many thanks)!