Goodbye 2015

Goodbye 2015. This year had been a mixture of ups and downs for me. I had my fair share of happiness, sadness, gratitude, and disappointment. This 2015, I kept on taking my grad studies and even attended a summer school in Europe. I tried taking a challenging government examination and still waiting for the results. I discovered my real love of traveling and visited nine countries and several provinces in the Philippines. I have realized my worth and learned that I should only be with those who accept and appreciate me. I was able to realize who my real friends Read More …

Top 8 Reasons Why I travel

Why do you travel? I get this a lot lately, especially after everyone learns about my back-to-back jet setting locally and internationally these past months. After hearing a friend posed this question for the first time, I laughed and answered sarcastically, “Why won’t you travel?” The answer seems so obvious to me at the time, but it later made me pause and consider an accurate response. After looking back to my trips and examining myself, I have compiled a list of my top eight reasons why I travel and will keep doing it in the future. 1. I travel to escape Read More …

Travel Tip: Fly For Free with Cebu Pacific’s Buy More, Fly More Campaign

If you are a frequent traveler like me, why not use the opportunity to actually get more from what you are paying? There are many established and rising loyalty programs out there for various businesses and airline industry is no exception. In the Philippines, Cebu Pacific is the largest carrier in the country’s air transportation industry and I flew with them countless of times. Its loyalty program, GetGo, was launched this year and like other rewards lifestyle program, it lets clients earn points every time they fly with Cebu Pacific. Being me, I joined the program right away and had Read More …

I’m Back to Blogging! | Website Revamped

Hello, October! Have you missed me? I was out travelling around the country and Europe for the past months and had taken a blogging hiatus, but I am now back! Starting this month, I would be sharing a better and more improved website to all of you. Yes, Impressions of a Princess has gotten more than a face lift – it has been totally revamped! Aside from a new web design, gongjumonica.com will now be more serious in expressing personal interests of yours truly.  I would be writing less sponsored reviews and articles and more of my own thoughts and Read More …

I Miss Blogging

With my social calendar in Europe full up to the brim, I can’t often post on my social media accounts and update my website. Still, I hope that you will continue on reading this blog for references in my past posts and future write-ups, travel guides, and photo diaries. Thank you so much for your support! 🙂  

Travel Guide: Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake

This month, I was able to tick off one more item in my bucket list – trekking the beautiful yet disastrous Mt. Pinatubo. It is an active volcano among the Cabusilan Mountains in Zambales, four hours away from Manila. It was my first out-of-town trip with Oliver and both of us were excited to see the infamous volcano. Before I share my travel diary loaded with photos, here’s a travel guide to Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake. A Beautiful Disaster It was considered as the second largest volcanic eruption in the 20th century, producing mudflows, clouds of volcanic ash which covered Read More …

My First Panagbenga Experience: Camella Goes Panagbenga

In celebration of Panagbenga Festival 2015, Camella Homes brought us to Baguio City to witness the spectacle of the annual colorful flower festival in the Philippines. During this out-of-town weekend trip, my fellow bloggers and I were introduced not only to the rich culture and heritage of people up north, but also to the value Camella Homes is putting in creating houses and communities for every Filipino. Interested how my first Panagbenga experience was? But first, let me take a selfie Camella Goes Panagbenga The country’s largest home builder started its biggest online event for February with the campaign #CamellaGoesPanagbenga. Read More …

Travel Guide | My 15 Helpful Tips Before Traveling

The holidays are fast approaching and some of us are already planning where to spend our next vacation. As the year is drawing to a close, why not have at least one more trip with family or friends? A new travel tour is certainly appealing, but we can’t just pack our bags and book the earliest flight available, can we? As Benjamin Franklin one said, “Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste.” True, we don’t want to waste our hard-earned cash and much awaited break, but how can we make our travel worth it? Easy peasy. To Read More …

5 Reasons to go to Phuket

As anyone who’s even thought about going to South East Asia knows, Phuket is one of the region’s most popular destinations. Why? Read on to find out. But do be warned. You might find yourself booking an air ticket. Image Source WHITE SANDY BEACHES There are more than fifteen large beaches on Phuket, plus a sprinkling of tiny inlets and private coves. If you like your beaches busy, with a constant crowd, buzzing atmosphere and facilities on tap, Patong is the obvious choice. However, if you prefer a less frenetic environment, there’s Kamala, which is pretty quiet all year round. Read More …

The Top Attractions in Davao

Davao, the third biggest city in the Philippines, is becoming more and more of a favourite with tourists. That’s largely because it offers such an appealing blend of urban and natural attractions. In just one weekend, you can make offerings in a Buddhist temple, wander through a garden filled with sculptures and man-made water features, visit crocodiles and eagles, hang out on a blissfully secluded beach and climb a spectacular mountain. Given that the city has become so popular in recent times, it’s a good idea to book ahead, especially if you want to stay in hotels in Davao. Here’s Read More …