Breathtaking Santorini

Europe, Greece

On her very first visit to Santorini, my friend said she was speechless over the sheer beauty of the island.

Splendid, Absolutely gorgeous, and stunningly beautiful. She was using all the superlatives she could find, to describe the Santorini, and even then, she said, her words weren’t enough.

As a casual listener, I always thought that her words were a bit exaggerated. After all, I have been to some amazing place myself, and I thought to myself that I would no longer be surprised by the beauty of Santorini.

Oh, man.  I was so wrong. Santorini is so much more magical and spectacular in real life than any photo or video you can see.

I had the chance to visit Santorini for the very first time recently and I nearly lost my marbles, because it was indeed one of the prettiest things I’ve seen. Even though I’ve been to some of the most beautiful cities in Europe, I was still caught off guard by the charm of this jewel of the Mediterranean.

Here’s a sneak peek of what I saw in Santorini. Blog to follow in the coming days.

Note: I used an Asus Zenfone 4 phone to shoot these Santorini scenes. That explains the 4K quality of this teaser video. The phone is highly recommended for traveling since you can take hi-res photos and 4k videos.



Exploring Athens With The Help of My RCBC Savings Debit MasterCard

Europe, Greece, review, Travel Accessories, Uncategorized

With cheaper tickets,  different ways of transportation and accommodation, global travel is becoming more and more possible for everyone. All you need is enough wanderlust and courage, to pack your bags and take the first flight out of your city.  Before you know it, you are finally traveling the world, and fulfilling your lifelong travel bucket list.

Traveling across the globe requires enough preparation and research on cheap flights, best connections and cost-efficient hotels or hostels. Lastly, you will also need sufficient budget to crisscross the world. You need dependable financial instruments that can help take you to your dream travel destinations.

Credit cards are a given. But did you know that using EMV-powered debit cards are now the most convenient way to travel.


My RCBC Savings Debit Mastercard

I recently traveled to Europe, and as part of my preparation, I applied for an RCBC Savings Debit MasterCard to take with me abroad.

The RCBC Savings Debit Mstercard is a powerful card that that comes with you savings or checking account. But more than just an ATM, it is also a card that enables you to make point of sale payments and online purchases similar to a credit card, thanks to its EMV-chip technology feature.

I realized that aside my usual credit card, I can easily use my debit card to make purchases without having to withdraw money from ATMs across Europe.

So, you have to ask. How powerful is your RCBC Savings Debit Mastercard? As I found out, it is actually very powerful and convenient.

A Handy Partner in Athens 

Greece was the first stop of my European adventure and I flew from Manila to Athens via Istanbul, Turkey. But instead of going straight to Santorini, like most other travelers and tourist do, I decided to have a 10-hour exploration of this historic city.

After all, Athens is host to some of the most important archaeological sites in the world.

As soon as I arrived in Athens, Greece, I was able to use my debit card to purchase the 20 Euro round trip train tickets that took me to Syntagma Square, the heart of the city. It was quite convenient since I didn’t need to find the nearest ATM to withdraw money.


Taking The Train Ride from Athens Airport to City Center.

From Syntagma Square, you can just walk towards the colorful neighborhood of Plaka district, which serves as an ideal jump-off point if you’re visiting the most famous attraction in the city, the Acropolis.

As part of the efforts to preserve this ancient world wonder, you have to pay a 20 euro entrance fee to the Acropolis. There is almost always a long queue towards the ticket booth and obviously, there’s no ATM at this older part of Athens. My RCBC Saving Mastercard Debit Card saved the day for me again. I simply flashed my card, and swiped at the POS machine, and voila, ticket purchased.


The Parthenon in Athens





After an extensive exploration of the Acropolis, it was time for me the enjoy my first taste of Greek awesomeness, and I decided to just chill out at this patisserie at the foot of the hill.

It serves Greek yogurt and sweets, much to my delight. I wasted no time trying out their melt-in-your-mouth chocolate cake and I went to dessert heaven.

It was definitely a perfect way to end my 10-hour visit to Athens.

The RCBC Savings Debit Mastercard was indeed convenient in purchasing transportation tickets, paying museum entrances, and for dining at cafes and restaurants. My whirldwind Athens adventure was made all the more easier by my debit card.

But hold on, there’s more. I was able to use my card in other European cities as well. Stay tuned for further posts.


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