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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: 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™‚


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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The Forbidden City: Restored

I just watched “Inside the Forbidden City” at The National Geographic Channel and it provided such interesting story of the restoration of The Forbidden City in lieu of the upcoming Beijing Olympics. It also shared a story of the rise of the Forbidden City and the emperors’ lives inside the city.

Having visited the Forbidden City last year (during its restoration period), I took a photo of one of the doors which looked like this:

10 by you.

And now, it’s this. πŸ™‚

Nine rows of nine bolts - can you guess the imperial number?

Congratulations to the restoration team of the Forbidden City! I wish to be back there soon and see the city within a city in its full colors! πŸ™‚

Related Posts: (1) Roaming Around China’s Capital (2) Outstanding Beijing Olympics Ceremony

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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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A Day in Macau

Turning Portuguese in Macau πŸ™‚

Nothing beats the adrenaline rush of trying to revisit a country in a day!

This was what I felt when I recently visited Macau from a trip to Hong Kong. When I try to recall my visit to Macau now that I’m back in Manila, I can’t help but be amazed at the energy that I’ve got during that time. It wasn’t my first visit to Macau though. I had one way back in 2002, or was it 2001? But it was about 7 years ago and looking at the place from its tourism advertisements on TV and in travel magazines, Macau has indeed undergone a majorΒ facelift. Kudos to its government. Clap. Clap. Clap. πŸ™‚

Sadly though, with all the expansion and building of casinos in this small peninsula of China, it is growing to be sort of a modern western country in Asia. However, the culture can still be seen from among its people and the people’s way of life. And if the locals can keep that culture and preserve the old Portuguese and Chinese structures, then it will still be a nice place to visit for culture-inclined people, like me. πŸ™‚

I’m not really fond of gambling in casinos (although I did quite gamble a few times when I was in Las Vegas which made me won about $20plus dollars – not bad for a beginner. Haha.), so I made it a point to leave Venetian and the other well-lit, colourful buildings towards the end of the day.

Which attractions can you definitely visit while on a day trip in Macau?

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