Archive for Activities: Weekend Get-Aways

An Afternoon in Hong Kong’s Harbour City (Part 1 of 3)

It has been a while since I got to sit and blog about my adventures and discoveries. I just had a soothing massage at home and for some weird reasons, I am wide awake now! So, I thought of sharing some stories of my most recent out of the country trip – a short trip to Hong Kong. Normally, I go on a 4-night or 3-night trips at the least, but this one is an exemption. My fiance and I are both busy since the start of the year (blessing in disguise, they say :)) and we cannot afford to extend one more night for pleasure. As Hong KongΒ  always feels like home every time I go for a visit, we plan to go back to Hong Kong sometime later this year, on a longer and a more relaxed stay.

This trip was for a family affair. We attended my fiance’s brother, Sunny’s civil wedding. It was a rather intimate event since the couple had planned to have a bigger celebration in Shenzhen (where the bride hails from) sometime next year. We took PAL’s earliest flight to HK and its last flight to Manila since aside from us wanting to have longer hours squeezed in our 3-day trip, I personally wanted to ride in the bigger aircrafts. These flights have the 3-4-3 and 2-4-2 aisle seating capacity. I have been taking Airbus 320/330 in my domestic and international flights in the previous months and definitely, I wanted something new this time, even though it was just a regional flight.

After meeting with my fiance’s two other brothers, visiting their company office which the three of them had set up, and having some Cantonese lunch, we headed for Nathan Road for some shopping. After this nth visit to Nathan Road, I noticed that the whole stretch of shopping stores didn’t appeal much to me anymore. Obviously, I wanted to go somewhere else! πŸ™‚ What I love about Hong Kong is that whenever we visit the place, we always have our personal tour guides – my fiance’s brothers! They took us to the Harbour City after visiting Nathan Road and I was amazed to see another facelift in this country! The interconnected buildings, which can be spotted as one huge shopping mall, the biggest so far in Hong Kong, have undergone another renovation! The buildings in this area, particularly those along Canton Road, house all kinds ofΒ  brands: From the most expensive and popular brands, to the new, trendy, and never-heard of brands.

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Destination Singapore: Enjoying the Great Singapore Sale (Days 3 & 4 of 4)

Our third day was as full as our second day. We still had some entrance coupons which weren’t used and we thought that we should just choose a few since it was The Great Singapore Sale and we wouldn’t want to miss the sale for the world! πŸ™‚

This is a summary of the last full day that we had πŸ™‚

1) DUCKTOURS. This is both a bus and a boat combined, offering tourists a tour of the city and the harbour without having to switch transport. It takes almost the same route as the river cruise but this one is a bit different since the tour starts on land. Just the same, we had a good, closer look on Singapore’s landmarks on the river banks.

So This Is How It Looks Like :)

So This Is How It Looks Like πŸ™‚

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Destination Singapore: Getting To Know More About Its Heritage (Day 2 of 4)

Our Guide To Fun :)

Our Guide To Fun πŸ™‚

I woke up refreshed, looking forward to see how else can Singapore make my day fun and memorable. I met with my SO after his event and we both headed to the country’s largest shopping mall which also has the world’s largest fountain – the Suntec City. We wanted to check out the country’s hop-on, hop-off tour bus services since we thought that it was the best way to explore theΒ  place.Β  I think I saw about 3 different companies offering this kind of tour services, and after checking out the brochures the night before, we chose to book with Hippo and Duck Tours for our sightseeing trip that day. They have a wide range of tour options (the options were seriously confusing!). We decided to purchase the Singapore Pass since we thought that we can utilize the pass for the 2 free days that we had. The pass had it all and I’d say that we made an excellent choice! πŸ™‚

Our Singapore Pass and Our Attraction Coupons

Our Singapore Pass and Attraction Coupons

Our 2-day Singapore Pass included hop-on, hop-off bus transfers to 17 city sightseeing stops, 16 heritage attraction stops, passes to Sentosa, River Hippo Cruise, Moonlight Adventure, Chinatown and Malay Heritage Center, 3 Museums, and the Botanic Garden. To top it all, it included passes to the Singapore Flyer and the Singapore DuckTours! I didn’t have the chance to experience the duck tour when I was in England which made me look forward to that DuckTour in Singapore πŸ™‚

City Sightseeing Bus

Open-Top Singapore City Sightseeing Bus

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Destination Singapore: Indulging at Clarke Quay (Day 1 of 4)

Clarke Quay at Night

Singapore's Clarke Quay at Night

Trips that aren’t planned are sometimes the most fun.

It wasn’t planned because it was Singapore. A few of my closest friends would often hear me say that Singapore is just… Singapore! And nothing else. Well, there’s Sentosa, the flyer, the famous Durian Building and other modern buildings, and electronics. Just those. Period.

And because it wasn’t planned, I didn’t expect anything. I was even wondering what I could do in a very small country which I had already visited a few years back. Was there anything else aside from those which I had seen before? But then, things change, naturally, so there must be.

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Puerto Princesa Get-Away

It wasn’t planned at all but when two high school classmates told us about the Palawan tickets that they just bought during the Cebu Pacific seat sale, Ailyn and I agreed to go without thinking twice for the reason that we will get to travel together again! πŸ™‚

We knew very well that when most of the airlines do their seat sales, we won’t be able to get our money back when we cancel, so, indeed there was no turning back!

It was another adrenalin rush in everything (beating deadlines) before I finally set my foot in the newest airport terminal – Terminal 3! It was my first time to see the interior of this terminal. I would usually pass by the area in getting to South Super Highway from the other airports. And so, even without any sleep, I was excited!

We got to Puerto Princesa early morning and since we took the first flight to the city, we decided to get a few hours rest after checking in and before making ourselves busy with the tours we had in mind.

We started the day touring and found ourselves happily discovering Puerto Princesa more and more each day. Our days in this part of Palawan were all fun. Photos tell a lot of stories and here are some of the photos which form a part of our Palawan get-away story. πŸ™‚

DAY 1

Recreation Hall at the Penal Farm Dating Back During the American Occupation

Recreation Hall at the Penal Farm

Surrounded by the Prisoners' Works at the Penal Farm Souvenir Shop

Surrounded by the Prisoners' Works at the Penal Farm Souvenir Shop

The Largest Croc Alive I've Ever Seen

The Largest Croc Alive I've Ever Seen

Lyn and Me with a Baby Croc :)

Lyn and Me with a Baby Croc πŸ™‚

Mitra's Rest House in Puerto Princesa

Mitra's Rest House in Puerto Princesa

The Baker's Hill

The Baker's Hill

Of course, our story doesn’t end here. Watch out for more photos to be uploaded soon! πŸ™‚

Photo Credits:Β  Derick Evangelista and Ailyn Malaca

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Viaje del Sol Series 1: Road Trip to Luzon’s South (Day 2)

Our Viaje del Sol Day 2 trip brought more fun and excitement than that of Day 1. πŸ™‚

Casa San Pablo, Laguna3 by you.

Ugu’s Potter’s Garden, Tiaong, Quezon2 by you.

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Viaje del Sol Series 1: Road Trip to Luzon’s South (Day 1)

For Paz’s bridal shower, my girlfriends and I decided to skip the conventional shower party (and skip the plane as well) and treat her to a road trip to the south of Luzon. In 2 days, we covered some parts of Laguna, Batangas, and Quezon! πŸ™‚

This road trip was inspired by a witty guide of Laguna, Batangas, and Quezon, called Viaje del Sol, translated in English as the “way of the sun”. The whole concept of Viaje del Sol is to provide travellers, culture and nature-lovers, or adventure-seekers, suggestions of places to visit in these three areas, a road map, or simply a guide to having wonderful times in the south.

Casa San Pablo πŸ™‚1 by you.

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