Tips for Packing for a Weekend

Are you about to check an adventure off your bucket list with a weekend trip? Maybe you have a girls’ weekend planned or are simply visiting family.  Whatever the occasion, you’ll certainly need to pack a suitcase.  If you’re flying, an overhead compartment sized suitcase is sufficient to accommodate your needs for the weekend. Follow these packing tips from the travel professionals and you’ll be on your way to making wonder memories!

Novice travelers tend to make the mistake of over packing. Make a mental note of the activities scheduled for the weekend and this will give you the needed direction for packing. Comfortable shoes or boots for the plane trip or car trip can also be worn throughout the weekend. Depending on your evening plans, one other pair of shoes should suffice for such a short trip. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and add a fresh outfit from Torrid for your trip. Don’t forget your hostess gift if you’re staying with friends or family.

It’s a good idea to travel with a larger purse and pack your smaller purse.  Your electronics can be stored in the larger purse and all the chargers can be placed in the small purse which will be packed in the suitcase.  Instead of piling your clothing in the suitcase, roll each garment. This will prevent wrinkles and allow for more efficient packing. Place rolled garments on the outer edges of the suitcase interior and work your way in. Cosmetic and toiletry bags can be placed in the center of the rolled clothing. This will add coverage and protection if there are any breakables in your toiletry or cosmetic bags.  Take advantage of the suitcase pockets for lingerie and socks.

Finally, ensure that there is a visible name and address card on the suitcase completed with your up to date contact information if you do decide to check your luggage or gate check it at the last minute. Have a grand time on your journey and enjoy the memories for years to come!

 

One Great Adventure at the Blue Mountains

Here’s another look back at my travels in Australia, the Land Down Under.

One weekend my brother-in-law told us to get ready for another fun-filled adventure. I wasn’t aware that we are going to the BLUE MOUNTAINS and  THREE SISTERS or even if I am aware, I have no idea what to expect. So off we go on a long distance driving up where lush greeneries are plenty. I didn’t know that it will require a lot of walking so I wasn’t able to wear a rubber shoes that time but my attire was comfortable enough.

The Greater Blue Mountains Area is listed on November 29, 2000 as one of the World Heritage Area by UNESCO. There are lots of activities that you can do while at the Blue Mountains like rock climbing, walking down or nature walks at Three Sisters, canyoning, and more.Blue Mountains NSW Australia 1
It was cold and foggy when we got there but that doesn’t stop us from exploring Blue Mountains National Park. We had our photos taken at the view deck where we can see Blue Mountains and Three Sisters Sandstone rock formation.

Blue Mountains NSW AustraliaBlue Mountains NSW Australia 4Walking down the stone steps called “The Giant Stairway” took us around over an hour !!. That was a long trail indeed. My sister was pregnant at that time so me and Micah just walked down to have an adventure.

It was so windy when arrived at the The Three Sisters ‘bridge. I always hold on to the grills because for fear that I might be blown away like the hat of my niece. It’s a once in a lifetime adventure for me and my niece, Micah.

Blue Mountains NSW Australia 5bridge connecting to the Three Sisters sandstone rock formation.
three sistersBlue Mountains NSW Australia 6posing at the Three Sisters- it’s windy and cold ! Look how tight we hold on to the grills.

Blue Mountains NSW Australia2Blue Mountains NSW Australia3Pausing after a long walk that took us over 2 hours back and forth. It’s tiring but worth the adventure!! If you have the opportunity to visit Sydney, don’t fail to go to Blue Mountains!

Our 6D/5N Singapore Itinerary

We’ve always wanted to go to Singapore for a visit but budget and schedule hinder us from flying there.   My sister’s friend who is already living there also keeps on inviting us to their house so finally we’re able to have a vacation there and we all had a grand time.

passportAll the itinerary where made by my sister so when I flew to Singapore with my mom and SIL with her daughter, I have no clue where we are going so I just followed.  Here is our 6D/5N Singapore Itinerary which is really short for a vacation because the 2 days where eaten up by the arrival and departure days, so all in all we only had 4 complete days in Singapore.

We flew via Cebu Pacific that has Terminal at NAIA 3. We safely arrived in Singapore after 3 1/2 hours at Changi Budget Terminal. The flight was a breeze and we passed the Immigration quickly enough.

6D/5N Singapore Itinerary
Day 1- Departure/Arrival
Day 2- Dukw Tour, Singapore Flyer, Vivo City
Day 2- pt. 2  Night Safari
Day 3 – Universal Studios
Day 4 – Sentosa Island , Bhukit Thima Market & Food Center
Day 5 – Jurong Bird Park, Ion Mall and Orchard Road
Day 6 – Departure Changi Budget Terminal

Our Singapore Vacation: Day 6 – Departure Changi Budget Terminal

Goodbye Singapore!! Hope to be there again!

We had a grand time in Singapore and the 6 days that we are there are to short to see all the wonderful places that they have. Actually, we have not been to other tourists spots for we are pressed for time but we hope we can come back in the future as I learned that there are more attractions that opened in the last 2 years.
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We flew back to Manila via Cebu Pacific and it was at  Changi Budget Terminal where we waited for our flight. The terminal is quite small compared to their main terminal and I learned that it is under construction right now. There are free computers that travelers can use so while waiting for our flight, I used one of the available pc for few minutes just to kill the time.
changi2 changi3 Thankfully, we don’t have excess baggage going home for we already put some of our stuff  on our carry on and personal bags.

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After an hour and half….. we’re back in Manila! Traveling is tiring BUT it’s so much fun!manila~~~~
Check out our:
Our 6D/5N Singapore Itinerary
Our Singapore Vacation: Day 1- Departure/Arrival
Our Singapore Vacation: Day 2- Dukw Tour, Singapore Flyer, Vivo City
Our Singapore Vacation: Day 2- pt. 2  Night Safari
Our Singapore Vacation: Day 3 – Universal Studios
Our Singapore Vacation: Day 4 – Sentosa Island
Our Singapore Vacation: Day 5 – Jurong Bird Park
Our Singapore Vacation: Day 6 – Departure Changi Budget Terminal

Our Singapore Vacation: Day 2- pt. 2 Night Safari

From Singapore Flyer then at Vivo City we went to NIGHT SAFARI before 6 pm. The place was jam-packed with tourists and there’s even buses and buses of school excursion and it was not even a weekend.
night safari night safari 2
There are long lines going to the Tram Station and after about 15 mins. of waiting it’s our turn. We boarded a tram and we’re so amazed because there’s no fence surrounding the animals. We’re a bit  worried because the animals might run after us or grab us but fortunately they are behaved. I didn’t have a nice photos of the animals because theya re all blurred because taking pictures with flash on is prohibited. There are some tourists who are taking photos with flash on so wee need to tell them that is not good. night safari 3
night safari 5on board the tram
night safari 4

There’s more to explore at Night Safari but we’re already tired , we just settled taking photos with these giants and watched the Fire show.
night safari 7 night safari 8 night safari 9 night safari 10 night safari 11We’re able to watch the fire show and the performers were all amazing. Putting fire in their mouths without any fear is something the tourists loved to watch.

After few hours, we all went home very tired but happy! I’m not feeling good that time but I was able to enjoy na rin..  Home at around 10pm.
Day 2 of 6 – July 3, 2012 (Tuesday)
Dukw Tour (water and city tour)
Singapore Flyer Vivo City Night Safari

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Check out our:
Our 6D/5N Singapore Itinerary
Our Singapore Vacation: Day 1- Departure/Arrival
Our Singapore Vacation: Day 2- Dukw Tour, Singapore Flyer, Vivo City
Our Singapore Vacation: Day 2- pt. 2  Night Safari
Our Singapore Vacation: Day 3 – Universal Studios
Our Singapore Vacation: Day 4 – Sentosa Island
Our Singapore Vacation: Day 5 – Jurong Bird Park
Our Singapore Vacation: Day 6 – Departure Changi Budget Terminal

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