of firsts and seconds…

It was one of those waking moments when I thought I was still trapped in la-la land because the text message that woke me up read something like, “we are being invited to guest on a TV show. Get your ass online.” So I staggered in the middle of the night and checked our email. Lo and behold, it was true. But then as I scanned the message, the taping dates fell on the dates Ron and I will celebrate his birthday in God-knows-where. I contacted the researcher and our chance of making ourselves the cam whores that we are went kaput faster than the director can say “lights-camera-ACTION!”

So what did we do? NO it was not one of the Turkish holidays we have always been planning (not yet), but we simply resorted to the first plan and traveled the way we’ve always traveled. First stop: Singapore (for the nth time this year). I don’t actually know why I even go there in the second place. The first reason is of course to visit Ron and other friends who decided to give government stability and efficient transportation a chance as opposed to the chaotic lives we lead here in the Philippines, or pick up Ron before going to another place, or eat at I <3 f*cking Taime down at Bugis Village! I love eating there so much I should be a shareholder by now. But I did get the recognition I deserve. Last June 16th of this glorious year, I was customer number 1. Haha!

Anyways, the vacation whizzed by uncontrollably. First, because of the alcohol. Ron and I have created a tradition that is the gift of giving Absolute Vodkas in colorful bottles every time we see each other. Second, crossing international borders seven times in four days can really tip my frame of reference (of course, this is only second to math. Math is terrible).

Second stop: Sumatra, Indonesia. After finding sense and reason tucked in between garbles of sentences spewed by the reservation agent in Bintan, we finally secured our ferry tickets and hotel stay in the island.

Flip Tips: From the city center, hop on the MRT and go down Tanah Merah station. Good luck in finding Nessie’s cousin, Bus 35. When you get super desperate, take the cab for about S$7 to get to Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. Ferry transfer ranges from S$25-S$30 one-way and S$50-S$60 round trip. The boat ride, they say, only lasts 45minutes to an hour. After tearing the hair from our heads, we got to Bintan after 2.5 hours. Depending on the resort you chose, land travel time can last between 30 minutes to 1.5 hours.

We spent the entire stay eating and getting wasted on the shores of Agro Resort. The place is huge! The wide beach area is where visitors can find water and sand sports. I saw an insane number of people on top of a banana boat getting dragged in circles. Also, Ron claimed to have seen a volleyball court, an ATV and a pony.

Enjoying Indonesian cuisine was heightened by the two amazing resort restaurants facing the ocean. First is the Sun Moon Restaurant and Bar where visitors can have the most flattering view of, well, the moon whilst getting drunk (first, by the alcohol and second, by the wailing of vacationers from the not-so-sound-proofed karaoke room). Second is the the Asiana Beach Bistro where I got reunited with the sinful Martabak.

As soon as we licked the last drop of Stella Artois, we were Singapore bound once more. My friend Jill and I disappeared for a day in Malacca and we are down to the last day of our vacation. How was it spent? Cramming.

First, shopping. We were going to have a debut watching of a full-scale musical but alas, all my clothes were, well, normal. With only drawstring pants and sleeveless shirts, Ron would’ve killed me to watch the kick-ass musical looking like a gypsy lost in the glass walls of Marina Bay Sands. The most logical thing to do was to suppress the coffee I had earlier and buy a complete ensemble of persona-altering wardrobe.

And to cap it all off, the Lion King: my next favorite (second to Mulan, which in recent Filipino version became Praybeyt Benjamin) of all Disney productions.  We were lucky to have seen it before the play stopped running (October 31st). News flash: Wicked is not far behind. The musical is to start showing on December 7 so I guess it’s hello Singapore again. 

It would’ve been really nice to guest on a show in one of the country’s biggest networks and go to a place Ron and I have never been to but I guess the second option (which was really the first plan) was not too bad after all.


  • http://www.cloudpeopleadventures.com jamie – cloud people adventures

    did i notice some planking going on in the video.
    cool video by the way.
    i think i would choose a bottle of absolut over a television experience as well.

  • http://www.thetravelchica.com Stephanie – The Travel Chica

    You guys clean up nice! Fun video too.

  • http://possiblypinay.com Eileen/ Possibly Pinay

    It’s your effing fault na naLSS ako with a classic 90s song at 5am– on all saints day pa man din. How appropriately joyous for me to be belting out “candy in the sun” 😛

  • http://soloflighted.com Ed

    haha @eileen: na LSS ko rin toh nang ilang oras (teka isang araw pala). haha. flashbackbackbackbackback! 😀

  • Jon

    Naiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice!!!

  • http://www.chyngreyes.com chyng

    love the video! good thing walang i?tamei jan else i already die of envy. haha!

    meron bang video like that, cebu edition? =)

  • http://www.balintataw.org Jerome

    good job! don’t worry about the T.V. ops, i’m sure meron pa ulit nyan…mas masaya pa rin ang mag travel

    ang galing ng video!

  • http://samsplayground.com Sam

    Really like that photo of the rocks and the water. Real nice capture.

  • http://journeyingjames.com journeyingjames

    nice vid oh!!!
    i like that fliptravel.com on your backpack, pwede bang gayahin?!

  • http://mitchlists.blogspot.com Mitch

    likeit:) galing ng vid!

  • http://www.bestcarry-onluggage.net Jeremiah@bestcarry-onluggage.net

    Great photo’s. I especially like the one of the smooth rocks in the edge of the water.

  • http://www.senyorita.net Micamyx|Senyorita

    AHA! Now I know why may vodka nung RONorama night natin LOL 😀

    It’s nice to celebrate your birthday in Indonesia with your equally crazy bestfriend, noh? Kayo na lang, kinikilig ako. #ayannanamanako

    Love the sudden transformation from normal to bonggang outfit! 😀

  • http://www.crazysexyfuntraveler.com crazy sexy fun traveler

    Cool video :) really like it!

  • http://fliptravels.com/ flip’n travels

    @jamie: yep! We’re planking alright!
    @stephanie: thank you!
    @eileen: that’s how 90’s songs are really like, hehe
    @ed: di mo lang alam kung gaano katagal kong nagging LSS to… 3 days ata
    @dennis: thanks kuya!
    @chyng: I had I love taime, twice! Haha!
    @jerome: thanks dude! Sana I contact kami uli, char!
    @sam and jeremiah: ron’s steady hands and breathing exercises. ?
    @james: pwede dude, kaso regalo lang samin yan.
    @mitch: thanks much!
    @mica: magtigil ka! Kahit sa parallel universe, ron and I can’t be a couple… haha!
    @alexandra: thanks! we heard you are coming over manila. hope to see you!

  • http://www.pinaytraveljunkie.com/ gayE @ pinaytraveljunkie

    “Candy In The Sun” brings back heaps of memories! Isa nako sa mga na-LSS. Pass me a Stella so I can celebrate with you guys!

  • http://flipnomad.com flip

    nice vid ron and monette… ganda nung song :-) nakaka-LSS hehe

  • http://fliptravels.com/ flip’n travels

    @gay: miss ko na ang videoke nights natin teh!
    @flip: thanks dude! may subliminal message yan saying “love us”

  • http://www.thebackpackchronicles.com joan | the backpack chronicles

    super LSS na naman ako neto.. Candy in the sun bring back so many memories! at akmang akma sa video.

    i know for sure na marami pang susunod na TV offers para sa inyo in the future..

  • http://www.medicalling.com Dave

    Nice, ganda ng vid! Like it! Bro Ron anong gamit mo na program to make that vid?

  • Dave

    Pasensya na di ko sure kung pumasok yung unang comment ko so revise na lang para sure. Galing ng Vid. Nice! been reading your blog for a while na, lurking lang hehe.

    Wala bang trip to Korea or somewhere there? planning to go there kaso wala akong maisip na magandang puntahan dun. hmm Jeju Islang lang alam ko hehe. Tinignan ko kung nagkatrip kayo somewhere there and wala pa.

    Onga pala bro Ron, anong program ang gamit mo to make your vids? Galing hehe.

  • http://www.vankaizer.com Henry

    Wow Agro Resort! Sarap naman!

  • http://fliptravels.com/ flip’n travels

    @joan: haha! wish lang namin! and more more more videos to come!
    @dave: thanks for stalking us, we love that. haha! we had plans to go to korea, actually booked flights last year kaso kinulang ng time to apply for a visa. maybe in the near future. we use sony vegas pro and mac editor to edit our vids… :)

  • http://fliptravels.com/ flip’n travels

    @henry: true that! super quiet place and relaxing. :)