YOLO stands for “YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE”. My friends and I usually use this term in our conversations to refer to leisure activities that we cannot miss in our lifetime. So, if you have read my blog post title right, you will expect to see my TOP 5 Destination Picks that I don’t want to miss in my entire lifetime on this post:
FIRST STOP:SOUTH KOREA
Gyeongbokgung Palace and Teddy Bear Museum
photo credits: visitkorea.or.kr
K-Dramas, K-Pop, K-Fashion, K-food—wait, did I mention something “K”? Oh yes, I’m in love with the Korean Culture. The reason why I want to visit Korea is not just because I am interested in their culture. I badly wanted to go there because I want to experience what my favorite K-drama stars went through when shooting their dramas. On that note, I am thinking of these itineraries if I am given a chance to visit “The Land of Morning Calm”:
- I’ll trace the steps of my favorite Korean stars on the sloppy roads of Seoul.
- I’ll drink soju in the stalls just like on the dramas.
- I’ll go skiing and make a huge snowman just like in Winter Sonata.
- I’ll drop by the Teddy Bear Museum.(as featured in Goong)
- I’ll even visit the Gangnam district if I had the opportunity and see if there’s a chaebol prospect for me there. *winks*
So many fun activities cross my mind with just the mere thought of going to South Korea someday. I’ll probably do another post about it next time. :”>
SECOND STOP: MALAYSIA
Petronas Tower & Legoland
photo credits: asianpictures.org ; legoland.com.my/
My fancy for Malaysia started when I’ve seen a Filipino movie entitled “Miss You Like Crazy” (You see, my whole life is influenced by the movies I watched. *winks*) Anyways, I wanted to go to Malaysia simply because I want to witness it myself if Petronas Towers do really look like a couple holding each others’ hands as mentioned on the said movie.
Aside from seeing the Petronas Towers with my own eyes, I am also planning to do the following in MY:
- I’ll go YOLO-ing in Genting
- I’ll return to my childhood in LEGOLAND
- I’ll eat at KL Tower
THIRD STOP: BORACAY
Boracay & Parasailing
photo credits: Agoda.com ; my.opera.com
It was 2004 when I first stepped on the pristine sands of Boracay. It’s already 2013 right now and I’ve heard that many things have changed on that amazing place since my last trip. So, yes, the main reason why I want to return to Bora is this: I simply want to rediscover the island and the islets around it.
Anyways, if ever I’ll be back on the famous white sand beach, here are some of the things I will do:
- I’ll go helmet diving definitely. Oh, how I love the underwaters!
- I’ll conquer my fears and try parasailing.
- I’ll stay in Station One and see what’s in store for me there. (We stayed at Station Two previously)
Our Parasailing Experience! 🙂
Last May 2014, I had tried Parasailing with my parents and although we did not stay at Station One as I was hoping for, I did enjoy the serenity of the sea at Station Three. I’d also really love to go helmet driving. I just had second thoughts of trying it after reading some post about a nurse taken to the emergency room after doing the activity because of the strong water pressure.
FOURTH STOP: TAGBILARAN
Bohol’s Cable Car; Alona’s beach Panglao ; Chocolate Hills
photo credits (Alona Beach) : wikipedia
Ah Tagbilaran, the gateway to Bohol’s Panglao. I first had a glimpse of this city in 2005. We just recently went back here last summer to treat my grandmother (she died two months after our vacation. May her soul rest in peace). Anyways, I should say that I will never get tired of Bohol. Although some of its facilities have rapidly changed in just a span of 8 years, it’s still beautiful as ever. If II’ll go back there, here are the things I will definitely do:
- Swim in Panglao all-day.
- Eat at Bohol Bee Farm. (This is a very nice restaurant in Bohol. Great food. I loved their pesto and Bahalina wine)
- Zip-line back and forth. (It was my first time to try zip-line last summer so I just opted the one way zip-line and returned to the base using an open cable car.)
FINAL STOP: CAGAYAN DE ORO (CDO)
River Rafting & Divine Mercy Shrine
photo credits: lakwatsero.com ; newsinfo.inquirer.net
I remember visiting this place with my mom and dad when we went to Camiguin in 2007 or 2008 since the latter do not have its own airport yet at that time. Two days after, we returned to this place and rode a cab to Lanao to see the Majestic Maria Christina Falls. On that same day, we came back to CDO and took a bus to Davao to see Pearl Farm. To cut the story short, we just utilized the town’s transportation facilities to go to our primary destinations. I didn’t have the chance to see what Cagayan De Oro can offer me back then so if I’ll be given another chance, I want to explore this place and go YOLO-ing there.
Here are my plans in Cagayan:
- I’ll go River Rafting of course even if I am too nervous for it! (Rio Grande in Enchanted Kingdom is too mainstream. *winks*)
- I’ll visit the huge statue of Divine Mercy on the town
- I’ll discover why its is called “The City of Golden Friendship”
YOLO-ing on the top five places I have mentioned used to be close to impossible since airplane rides before were just for the rich and famous. But, lucky us, budget travelers, because airline companies such as Air Asia Zest is there to provide us cheap fares.
AirAsia of Malaysia? Yes! It’s official. Malaysia’s AirAsia and our very own Zest Air have teamed up to give all of us a chance to travel in the Philippines and explore its amazing tourist spots such as those located in Cebu, Davao, Kalibo (Boracay), Puerto Princesa, Tagbilaran, Cagayan De Oro. Aside from that, they are also giving Filipinos the opportunity to travel in Asia with Air Asia Zest as the latter is also offering flights to Asia’s most popular cities such as such as Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Shanghai, Incheon at very affordable prices.
Wee! I’m so excited to go YOLO-ing On my top 5 destinations! For sure, with Air Asia in Manila plus its partnership with Zest Air, I will be able to save money from buying tickets and use my savings instead in my YOLO-ing activities.
You Only Live Once.