Galway and the Oyster Festival

Galway Seafood and Oyster Festival

On the second day in Galway, we went to the Galway Seafood and Oyster Festival

We only stayed in Galway for the long weekend so we had to make the most of our last day to roam around. On our first day, we took a leisure stroll around the city center and visited a number of attractions around. And in case you missed it, you can read my entry here.
The next day, we woke up to a really gloomy weather. I even checked my weather app to see if things will get better. But to my disappointment, that day was expected to receive showers and gray clouds. That didn’t stop us from stepping out, though. We just prepared ourselves by wearing the appropriate outdoor gear to protect us from the rain! Continue reading “Galway and the Oyster Festival” »


First Day in Galway: Walking around Galway City Center

Galway City Center

Out and about Galway City Center

As you are probably aware, we recently had an impromptu trip to Galway. Luckily for us, the commute was straightforward. The trip was a little bit long (almost 3-hours) leaving from Heuston Station in Dublin City Center but at least, we didn’t have to change trains in between the trip.
We took the morning train at 10:05 AM for an estimated arrival at around 2 PM.  Since anything-can-happen if traveling with a toddler, we left the apartment really early and had our breakfast at the train station. It is a lot better to spend a few extra minutes lounging around the station rather than stressing to get to the station. Continue reading “First Day in Galway: Walking around Galway City Center” »

Unexpected long weekend trip to Galway!

Galway train

Birthday treat: A trip to Galway!

This year, I didn’t travel internationally as much as I did the previous years I’ve been living in Dublin. I even wrote about my sort of travel hiatus and the local sites we visited in Ireland in lieu of it. And in case you missed it, you may read the related articles here and here! After I posted the entries, I wasn’t expecting to add anything to the list before the year ends. But since a friend came over to visit for a couple of days just in time for my birthday, we made plans to have a weekend getaway to show her around. And luckily for me, we voted to go to Galway – and that’s definitely added to my “where I’ve been to list” for 2016, yay! 🙂  Continue reading “Unexpected long weekend trip to Galway!” »

Review: The Dunboyne Castle, a weekend at County Meath

dunboyne castle

Personal experiences at The Dunboyne Castle

As I am stuck at home with no traveling plans (yet) for the rest of 2016, I thought I’d write about the local trips I had for this year. It’s not as if I just sobbed miserably at home. I didn’t. I just wished I could’ve taken more international flights before the year ends.
The first local trip we had this year was a visit to County Meath at the Dunboyne Castle. Continue reading “Review: The Dunboyne Castle, a weekend at County Meath” »

The bane of my existence: Irish Tourist Visa

Irish Visa

Things you need to know about the Irish Tourist Visa

One of the things I never liked about my current Passport is that it interferes badly with international traveling. To start, most international trips should be planned months ahead. Apart from the finances, traveling logistics often include Visa application. And sadly, it seems that my Passport needs a Visa everywhere. Ok, I am exaggerating. But you do get my point, right?
It may sound easy to apply for a Visa. In most cases, it is. Just troublesome. But in certain cases, the experience is similar to a nail-biting thriller that will leave you hanging in your seat!
Ireland seems like a popular travel destination these days – evident from their evolving food scene. Continue reading “The bane of my existence: Irish Tourist Visa” »

Boracay: Will I see you again?

Powdery white sand beneath my feet

Throwback: Thinking of Boracay yet again..

Living in the third world country while growing up, travel opportunities were rare for me. In fact, the only time I experienced traveling when I was a kid was whenever we’d go visit my paternal grandmother in the province during school break. Or, to tag along when it’s time for my Mom’s annual summer outing. Or, if we are lucky, visit a nearby pool resort for an overnight family break.
Of course, I was still fortunate to have been able to enjoy these whilst growing up – but I knew early on that I wanted more. I wanted to go places riding an aircraft and even contemplated to become a flight attendant so I can fulfill my traveling dreams.

Boracay white sand
Powdery white sand beneath my feet. Photo via Facebook

I was already working as an IT Consultant when I managed to board my first flight. Using my hard-earned money, I joined a couple of college friends to go to a famous tourist spot in the Philippines – Boracay. Continue reading “Boracay: Will I see you again?” »

What the future holds…

The timing of my new travel blog is a bit ironic. To be honest, I have been thinking of making my own travel blog for years now but somehow, I always found a reason not to. Especially a couple of years back when I was traveling quite a lot due to work, it would’ve been the perfect time to do this.

I would probably still not have my own travel blog if not for a travel site called Travelicious. Continue reading “What the future holds…” »