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On Our Way Back Home (Don’t forget the ice cream)

Aww our last day in Singapore 😦 Sad sad. There was so many things I wanted to do! If only I could’ve gone exploring on my own. In the morning, we went along orchard road again to do some last minute shopping. We wanted to take the bunso out on a walking tour of Orchard road.

Here we are at Takashimaya Shopping Center. This mall is huge! There are like 3 malls within this one mall. It took up almost a whole block Orchard Rd. My brother and I got a bit tired so we goofed around while the parents went shopping.

I bet everyone who has been to Singapore knows this spot. It’s the basement of Takashimaya. Every time I’ve been here there’s been a huge sale right in this spot. Before, it was children’s toys. Now, it’s bags, shoes and belts – both for men and women.Here’s my cute brother again posing with some of Singapore’s most popular athletes.

On our way back, we headed to Cold Stone and had some before-lunch desserts. I got the apple pie ala mode and my brother made his own combination using chocolate.

The day went by way too quickly and we found ourselves waiting for our ride to the airport. Goodbye Concorde Hotel! While waiting, I got creative (read: crazy) with our camera’s close focus feature. I took photos of everything I could. I even snapped some of my arm where I could see the hairs and the tiny tiny creases. I didn’t post them though, you guys might find it too weird. 😛

Still went with the close focus in the airport. The flower shown above was actually found inside the airport. We got there too early so we had to wait for the counter to open. Below is a picture of the kids lining up way ahead of time, just to make certain we were first. Not to worry, they got paid in McDonald’s.

See all those people? Yup! All pinoys heading home.

After getting in, we quickly found a free (!) leg and foot reflexology massage contraption. I could’ve stayed there the whole time.

Alas, all good things must come to an end. We boarded the plane and left for Manila, sweet Manila.

I hope I can go back to Singapore with my friends or my boyfriend next time. I felt like there was so much more to be seen and done. Time to start saving up I guess 🙂

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Flying High: Singapore Day 3

Singapore Day 3! I apologize for not following up my posts sooner. College life has been sucking out all my energy. Time to load up on milk tea!

On a side note, I just found out yesterday that Moonleaf now has a branch in Kapitolyo! I live in Kapitolyo! I checked out the new branch and saw that it was walking distance from my house! Crazy! So many exclamation marks!

But seriously, if I don’t watch myself, I’m probably going to drown in milk tea. We have Cha Dao Tea Place (walking distance), Chatime (trike ride away) and now Moonleaf all within 5 minutes from where I live! It’s good to live in Kapitolyo. Other yummy places include Charlie’s, Thai Dara, Uncle Moe’s, Skew U, and many more. I’ll do a walking food tour of Kapitolyo some day and post my reviews of all the food places. And to think, Zagu used to be the only decent food/drink place in my area when I moved here a handful of years ago.

But I digress. Again, here’s my post for Singapore day 3! So, we decided to take a city tour of Singapore to see the sights and chillax. After the busy and wet day that was yesterday, we were all looking forward to a nice leisurely tour.

Our first stop was a chocolate shop. What’s with city tours and chocolate? Are they all trying to make me fat? 

Then, we went around little India and visited their oldest Mosque. We also went by an electronics store that gave us great discounts! I was this close to an iPad 2 haha!

What’s a city tour without a visit to the Merlion? Here we are at the iconic statue.

Nothing too different from the first time I went to Singapore. The weather was a lot better this time, no crazy rain. The one place we did go to that I haven’t been to before was the Singapore Flyer. Much like the London Eye, it’s a huge ferris wheel that shows you the whole of Singapore. Get ready for a lot of aerial shots and vertigo-inducing pictures.

I got fascinated by all the ships. Look at all of them! There are swarms of ships waiting to dock.

Here we are, the crazy siblings. My kuya may be smiling but he was scared the entire time. He was practically sweating. 

My favorite part of the view was the awesome football stadium near the water. Let’s zoom in.

Imagine playing in that field! I bet it would be awesome. Awesome, and a little scary. I wondered if they had nets to stop the balls from flying into the water. I would have loved to get to step on that grassy field. Awesome floating soccer field is awesome.We finished all these before lunch and took our bus back to the hotel for some food. After eating, my mom, my titas and I all went shopping on the famed Orchard road. Gucci, LV, Coach, Prada, Ferragamo, oh my! My mom and I outlasted the others and stayed while they took a cab back to Concorde. Our last stop was Forever 21, which had 4-5 floors! My goodness. We only got to the third floor before deciding to call it a day.

So, that ends day 3 of Singapore with family! Yay! Though we originally planned for a nice and simple day out, I ended up almost dead on the bed when we got back to the hotel. My uncles wanted to go to Clark Quay to join the Halloween celebrations and asked my brother and I to come along. We decided to stay in and abuse the warm, comfy beds at the hotel.

Singapura Day 1 & 2 – Sun, Rain and Roller Coasters

 

 

My family and I went to Singapore last Nov. 27-30, 2011. It wasn’t the same ole family vacay this time since there were 3 families traveling this time.

Once again we traveled by night so I didn’t take any pictures when we got there. Even before boarding the plane we had a mini-adventure.

My mom forgot to bring her credit card (the one she used to pay for all our tickets) and the check-in counter wouldn’t let us check in. We arrived at the airport at around 6pm but just got to the plane right before take-off (at around 7:30pm). So, a lesson to all travelers out there. Bring your credit card! Or pay in cash 🙂

So, let’s skip to day 2. The fam and I went to Universal studios via a cable car. 

Last year, I went to Singapore and Universal Studios with my mom and her officemates. Unfortunately, the Battlestar Galactica ride was still under construction. I looked in awe at the twisting rails and the intersecting red and blue lines. We left there without me riding the beast that is the Cylon track. One year later (almost to the day), I came back and the ride was open. I wasted no time and rode the Cylon with my kuya before doing anything else.

Let me tell you, this was the best roller coaster ever. In my 22 years of riding on roller coasters (every chance I got), I have to say the Cylon line in the Battlestar Galactica ride trumps them all. By the end, I was so spent and my voice was so hoarse that you’d think a mass murderer chased me down Orchard Road. I was lucky enough to ride it 2x and each time was fantastic! I even got to ride the red line with my younger brother and it was a treat as well.

After riding all the rides, we decided to catch the showing of Waterworld. I had already seen it last year so I was a little jaded. The kids though (5 of them all 12 yrs old and below) would enjoy it. We ended up sitting in the Splash zone and well, we did get splashed. The opening warm-up for the show was to have these three guys randomly spraying/dumping water on to the audience. We were targeted since we had umbrella-shields up. We weren’t soaked, though so it was all good. Then, it began to rain. The main show area was open so it was dangerous for the actors to do stunts on the slippery platforms. What’s more, the pyrotechnics probably wouldn’t go off. The show was delayed an hour. Finally, the rain abated and they could begin. As the show started, one of the stunt guys got caught in his rappelling system and couldn’t get down. Talk about bad luck. The show got cancelled and we left.

We had to leave Universal earlier than I expected because it started to rain again and the kids with us were tired. So, we got picked up and our bus driver dropped up off at a nearby hawkers’ stalls. It was literally beside our hotel so we decided to have an afternoon snack.

I bought wanton soup and was surprised not to find noodles. :)) The food was delicious and so authentic. One of my favorites was the desserts. Pictures above was our favored dessert place. There were all sorts of iced-treats. Ice Kachang was my instant fave. Another one I tried was the Chim Chow w/ Longan (sort of like lychee and gulaman). If it weren’t for the threat of sore throat I’d probably have bought one dessert per meal.

Days one and two were both tiring and fulfilling at the same time. I remembered why I loved Singapore and why I loved to travel.

Here are some of our travel stats in case you were planning to go as well.

Hotel: Concorde Hotel (in the center of Orchard Rd, beside hawker stalls and above a foodcourt that has affordable meals from S$3-S$8)

Transportation to Universal Studios: S$55 one way (for 13 persons, arranged by our hotel)

Price of food at the hawkers stalls: S$5-$10

Fun fan/spray contraption that helps you cool down = S$19 (inside Universal Studios, super worth it. Singapore was hot plus you can use it in the Philippines.)

Singapore exchange rate: S$1 = approx. 34php

 

 

Zài Jiàn Hong Kong!

Here’s some of the things we did before bidding HK goodbye.

Look at that pool! This was the view from our hotel on the 20th floor. It is by far the largest swimming pool I have ever seen! Too bad I didn’t bring my swimsuit.

So, we started our day on a commute to Ngong Ping for some sight-seeing and shopping. Seeing as I am the group-appointed navigator, I studied the map and lead the way through the MTR station.

We arrived in Ngong Ping (in one piece) and quickly fell in line to ride the cable car to the top of one of their mountains. See those little dots along the greenery? Those are the cable cars.

This is the restaurant we ate at at our destination. We had a plate of duck and soy chicken with a bowl of shrimp wanton. We were supposed to visit the statue of Buddha (seen above) but we were running behind schedule.

Here we are going back down. We rode a crystal bottom car this time. Tres cool!

After the ride we stopped at the Citygate outlet store. It was my first time to enter shops of Diane von Furstenburg, Max Azria, Vivienne Tam and Burberry. Crazy! I didn’t get to buy anything for myself, of course, but it was all good. I promised myself that I’d bring my mom back there someday and get her everything she wants, no questions asked.

We hurried back to our hotel and waited for our pick-up to take us to the airport. Then, we said goodbye to HK and hello to Manila! I’ll definitely come back. Hopefully with me friends next time.

HK Day 2 : Haggardo Versoza!

So, here we have day two of my HK getaway (get away from homework and school haha). Our second day was extra extra tiring since we had to squeeze everything in today. So let me show you a montage of everything we did.

(But first, something I forgot to mention. Hello! Train inside the airport! So cool)

Like the MRT only faster and within the airport.

So, the next pictures are basically what we did all day. From 8:30 am to 1:00 am. (Plus an hour and a half of studying on my part.)

Places we visited: Avenue of the Stars, Victoria Peak (midway only though) and Hong Kong Disneyland.

Not photographed: Hong Kong Jewelry store, Chocolate store (forgot the brand eek! But they gave out free samples like nobody’s business), then after Disneyland was the Women’s Market. Where I finally got to eat my favorite food from Cafe de Corral.

Got some Gong Cha too! The caffeine really woke me up. Good thing too since I still had to do some studying after we got back to the hotel. Hong Kong Gong Cha has a lot more flavors and add-ons than the Gong Cha I visited in SM North Edsa. Tried the seaweed jelly, their form of nata I suppose. Yummy in my tummy. Went home soon after at around 12:30am. Got to the hotel at 1 am with a belly full of tea and bags of new clothes. Might post the awesome things I bought hehe.

Well, that’s it for day 2. Longest day under the hottest sun ever! Day 3 post soon!

HK Day 1 (And My Last Day in Manila)

Or should I say Night 1. It was my first time to fly at night and the experience was anything but pleasant. Sure you have the whole day to prepare for your upcoming departure and not have to rush to the airport but once you get to your destination, you’re so tired and useless that all you do is collapse into bed. At least, that’s what happened to me.

In the morning, I had to attend our practical exam for PE and write my exam for NatSci2. Then I met my uncle for lunch at Crazy Katsu in Maginhawa followed by a short trip to Moonleaf with my boyfriend. While waiting for him to arrive, I bought these cool vintage shades.

They were selling it as part of Tanglaw, a fund-raising project for the Ephpheta Foundation for the Blind by the ID179 Class, UP BSID 2012. Some of the eyewear were very worn and some even crooked but with patience, you’d definitely find that diamond in the rough. Look here for more items from them. See how much I used it in HK.

I headed home but stopped by a bank to do some mystery shopping for my mom. I was supposed to pose as a customer and assess their customer service. It was really fun and I was sniggering to myself the whole time. So much bull coming out of my mouth, it was hilarious.

After my short detour I went home to pack. We had about an hour to go before we had to leave so manic packing took place. We ended up taking up a lot of space in our suitcase, though. My mom and I got a little worried we might not have enough room for all the stuff we were going to buy. Time to test out my compact packing skills.

Finally, we arrived at NAIA 3 ready to board the plane. We just had to go through 2 hours of traffic but hey, that’s life. Fortunately, our companions got to check-in right as the counter closed so we all got inside the plane in time for take-off. It’s weird, it was the first time I rode a plane where the food didn’t come with the ticket. A day of firsts for me. 100 pesos for cup noodles. Crazy.

We left Manila roughly 7:30pm and landed maybe around 10:45pm (according to my trusty FB status update). We got to the hotel around 12:30am already and I don’t know why. I mean, we were told the hotel was only 15 mins away from the airport. Ow well. Here’s the view:

You know you’re in HK when there’s a whole island allocated for the shipyards. The room was tiny, teeny-tiny. I wasn’t used to such a small room. The thing I loved about it though was the great closet-slash-table-slash-refrigirator. They do space-saving right in HK.

OFF to HK

Will be MIA this weekend (no CDC, no DW, no TW, no TVD for me D: ) because of a short trip to Hong Kong with my mom and her officemates. I hope to get a lot of new stuff! yay!

Hope everyone in the Philippines misses me (choz).

Leaving in a few minutes. Super kadooper excited! The only wrench in this perfect clock would be the fact that I have exams on Monday and Tuesday. Bummer! Here’s to studying in the hotel haha. Will not let that get me down! (or stop me from shopping)