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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Things To Remember When You Wish To Drive Overseas

I've stayed in Cambodia for 7 years and would occasionally visit Saigon in Vietnam and Bangkok in Thailand since I had the opportunity to work on both the Vietnam and Thailand borders of Cambodia. I loved the idea of getting to know other people and learning about their culture. I guess this is the highlight of my stay in those countries, but there's one thing I did not dare to do when I was there and that is to try driving.  I was already driving in the Philippines for about 7 to 8 years prior to going abroad but my experience in driving is not really that extensive.  Almost one hundred percent of the time I was driving, I was using my own car. Never did I try to drive a friend or a relative's car. Probably, I was not that confident yet with my driving skills or I just don't have the guts to go for extra adventure.  If that is the case, the more I won't have the courage to drive in another country like Cambodia, Thailand or Vietnam.

I remembered to had been asked once by my Australian Boss to drive the company van to bring our staff to the bank as there was no available company driver at that time.  I simply refused the favor due to a number of reasons and perhaps these are the things that you have to remember too before you drive overseas:
First, I don't have an International Driving Permit (IDP).

Second, I don't have any idea about the foreign country's driving laws.

Third, I am not familiar with the route to which I was asked to drive.

Fourth, I was used to driving on the right side in my own country but in Cambodia and Thailand, you have to drive from the left side, so this is something that I have to consider as this would definitely confuse me while on the road.

There are indeed a lot of factors to consider if you wish to travel to another country and drive there.  It would be great to read the driving laws in the country of your destination beforehand and be aware of their own road signs.  After all, the laws can be very different from what you're accustomed to and so with the reinforcement.  Personally, I would recommend reading some driving guide beforehand if you wish to be safe and free from any troubles driving abroad.

It pays to be ready than sorry. We could never be sure whether we really have to drive or not while on vacation or travel so it is best to prepare and research in advance.  Obviously, each place we go can offer us unique challenges, so preparing and reading in advance will put you to a great advantage and lead you to a good start.  

Happy Travelling!


Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post, however, all opinions are my own.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Subic Bay Board Walk

The Board Walk area at Subic Bay has been a common sight for many local tourists and Subic residents alike.  This has been the venue of free concerts and shows at SBMA, not to mention that this is a favorite spot of Olongapo and Subic residents as anybody could have a stroll by the beach, go biking, jogging or simply have a seat on one of the benches while enjoying the view and fresh air. 



Around the park, you could also find a lot of restaurants, hotels and inns at an affordable price.  One of Boardwalk's attraction during night time is the Pier One Bar and Grill where you could have a scrumptious dinner while listening to a love band performing on stage.  They have alternate bands performing nightly and you will surely be pleased with their kind of music.  They are equipped with a nice set of band instruments and sometimes, I am wondering whether their electric guitars were from di box guitar center.  

If you are at Subic and you just want to have a good walk with your friends, you can always visit Subic Bay Board Walk for free and you don't have to worry about where to have your dinner as there are plenty of options around the place.

Subic Bay Board Walk is located at Waterfront Road Subic Bay Freeport Zone.



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