Friday, July 13, 2018

Hong Kong-Macau Getaway


Day 1

We had our Hong Kong-Macau trip last June 5-8, 2018 and it was our first OOC trip together (me and Jonas).

8:35AM - Flight to Macau was on time via Air Asia and there were no questions in the immigration upon arrival in Macau.

We rode a shuttle bus to Venetian Hotel when we got out of the airport and dropped my luggage there (1 pc of luggage is MOP/HKD 20) at the Concierge. Had a quick photo ops in the Venetian and Parisian Hotel then we rode a shuttle bus going to Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal at the basement of Parisian Hotel. We then transferred to another shuttle bus from the ferry terminal to Grand Lisboa.

10-15 mins walk from Grand Lisboa to Senado Square. Around 2PM, we arrived at Ruins of St. Paul and we had our late lunch first at a nearby hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant where we ordered rice meal (pork spareribs, steamed bok choy and ginseng soup) for MOP70 each. We didn’t miss all the free taste along the way to the Ruins. Photo ops then it started raining so we decided to check out the Macau Museum and luckily there’s no entrance fee that day so we roam inside the place until 4PM.

I was able to buy a ref magnet and paid it using PHP in one of the souvenir shops. After strolling around the museum and vicinity of St. Ruins, we decided to go back to Grand Lisboa to ride a shuttle. Tip: You should get a pass first before you could board the shuttle of GL (which are being given free at the 2nd floor casino area). GL to ferry terminal then Parisian. Photo ops in the Eiffel Tower, tour Parisian and Venetian shops then around 6PM we decided to retrieve the luggage at Venetian and board the shuttle to Taipa Ferry Terminal. We got the 6:45PM sailing time going to China Ferry Terminal c/o Turbo Jet (HKD200 each).

After 1 hour, hello Hong Kong! Immigration was also fast here.

We walked from the ferry terminal to Mirador Mansion and it took about 20 minutes for us to locate it because we're already tired from all the walking we did earlier. Imagine our horror when we're about to check in at Zen Rooms Basic Mirador. The receptionist told us that they can't find our reservation and when she checked with Zen Rooms, CSR said that they received a cancellation from my end. (But it doesn't make any sense because I've paid the whole amount already since November last year thru Expedia). The conversation took almost an hour and we were really tired and hungry that time (I think it's already 9PM-ish). Long story short, CSR insisted we don't have booking but the receptionist seemed to sense our frustration about the situation, so she let us stay first on one of their rooms while we settle the confusion with the booking. And guess what, we're transferred to the dreaded Chungking Mansion. Hahah. Whatta way to welcome us, HK! But I gotta say, Chungking might be heck of a creepy place but there were lot of Pinoys there naman so the place is tolerable pala and the room we stayed at was small yet clean.

Lesson learned: Ensure to confirm your hotel bookings.

When we settled ourselves and our things at the hostel, we went out to look for a place to eat but since it was already late, around 11PM already, we just had take-out burger meal from Mcdonald's.

Lights off.


Day 2
Had breakfast at Cafe de Corale (2nd floor of Chungking Mansion) and was really glad about the food, servings and the service. We were supposed to go to Lee Tung Avenue for photo ops but weather was bad so we just decided to walk going to the Clock Tower and Victoria Harbor. Photo ops then just stroll around the area. While waiting for the rain to stop, we just made sat and people-watched near the Clock tower then when the weather got quite better, we walked back and follow the directions going to MTR. By the way, I made sure to try that Mister Softee Ice Cream at the harbor and I liked it. Bought Octopus cards (HKD150 each) then head to Jordan for lunch. First time to ride the MTR and I can't help but be awed at how systematized their train stations are not to mention the fast trains. 

Lunch at Tsuen Wan - forgot the name of the dishes but the only thing I could recall is the spicy shrimp dumplings and how big the servings were. They were good for 2 already.

Next stop was the Peak. Meetup with the Klook rep was 4PM but we arrived at Central Station K exit as early as 2PM. I saw the Ding Ding Tram and convinced my boyfriend to ride it because it looks really cool. We don't have any particular destination, we just rode the tram and savor the experience (hehehe!) and I'd say this is one of the must-try things in HK. Love all the views from the top of the tram. We just took our time riding it since it's still early for the meet up. We got off on a random stop then walk around to look for some snacks. I felt that we won't get lost that easily so I'm confident to wander anywhere our feet took us. After buying snacks and drinks, we went back to the main road and rode the tram again back to Central.

4PM - Orientation first then walk with the guide to the Peak Tram Terminus. Line was not really long that day, both in the ticket booth and tram ride, probably because of the inclement weather. Cloudy and rainy afternoon at Sky Terrace so after photo ops and admiring the view, we head back inside and just rest for a bit. Rode Bus 15 going to Star Ferry pier and this one is also enjoyable! I love the HK skyline and the Star Ferry itself.

Back to the hostel to freshen up then head to Mong Kok for dinner and pasalubong shoppping. The souvenirs we bought were only T-shirts (16 for HKD200) and ref magnets (11 pcs for HKD120). But I also bought myself a Mickey Mouse headband which originally costs HKD70. The stall was already closing so I immediately haggled for HKD30 and the seller agreed. What an accomplishment! Haha. Learned that tip from here and I must say that it's really true that you just have to keep on haggling, then walk away until they call you back for the price you want.

Boyfie checked out some of the sneaker shops. Tried eggette for HKD20. We had dinner in a Chinese restaurant (which I forgot to take note the name) - we ordered duck and barbeque and they're both delicious.

Lights off.


Day 3

Hong Kong Disneyland Day!
Had breakfast at Cafe de Corale again because we just want something nearby and simply because we fell in love with CDC’s foods and service. MTR from TST to Lai King, Lai King to Sunny Bay then finally Disneyland station. Weather was still not good. Lo and behold, the rain started pouring just as when we enter the park.
The rides/attractions we’re able to try & see were Iron Man Experience, Hyperspace Mountains then photo ops with Moana, Jungle River Cruise and RC Racer (one of my faves). When we’re about to try the Toy Soldier Parachute Drop in Toy Story Land, it was announced that all the rides & parades except those indoor attractions will be closed/cancelled due to Signal Number 3! We’re disappointed about this, but we thought we just have to maximize our visit and enjoy the rest of the day.

We availed the 2-in-1 meal voucher from Klook and decided to have lunch at Royal Banquet Hall – my boyfriend I both ordered curry pork chops from the Japan selection and we’re pretty satisfied with the taste and servings. After that, we just roam around the park for photo ops.

The rest of the afternoon we spend watching performances such as Moana: A Homecoming Celebration, Festival of the Lion King and Flights of Fantasy Parade and trying these rides: It’s A Small World, Mad Hatter Tea Cups, Mickey’s PhilharMagic & Mystic Manor.

Overall, we enjoyed Disneyland despite the rainshowers.

Around 7PM we called it a day and went back to the hostel afterwards. Had dinner at KFC near Nathan Road.

Lights off.


Day 4

Last day in Hong Kong.
As usual, breakfast at Café de Corale. We we’re supposed to go to Nanlian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery but the weather’s still not cooperating so after breakfast, we head to Prince Edward station to scout for some pasalubong. We had difficulty finding those area where Prizemart & Best Mart are located near each other even though we’ve used Goggle Maps. It’s also raining hard so walking around was quite difficult. Finally, after 1 km of walking, we reached Prizemart and bought mostly chocolates – we spent Php3,000 and that includes 4 bags of assorted chocolates, cookies, sweets, biscuits, etc.

It was almost 12NN when we got back to the hostel, just in time for us to finish packing our bags and check-out afterwards. Our next stop was Ngong Ping 360 cable ride which we purchased also via Klook. We rode the MTR from Tsim Sha Tsui station to Lai King and interchange line going to Tung Chung.

We checked out CityGate first and stored our bags in the locker at Basement 3. Unfortunately, the cable ride was cancelled that day due to the hoisted Signal #3. We still have 5 hours before our 7:20PM flight back to Manila so we decided to spend the rest of the afternoon checking out the sneakers & shops at CityGate after we had late lunch at Taste.

After that, we rode S1 bus going to the airport. 

HKIA is unbelievably huge it overwhelmed us. We're about to leave the folded umbrella we bought in HK because we have no checked-in baggage and we both know it's not allowed in hadcarry but surprisingly, the airport officer allowed us to take it. 

Fast yet strict immigration process. Ensure to empty your tumbler and that all liquids are within the 100-ml policy. We forgot to surrender our Octopus cards (there’s still HKD40 in it), well, souvenir na lang.

We arrived at NAIA T3 by past 12MN already because of our delayed flight back c/o Cebu Pacific.

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Overall, despite the mishaps we’ve encountered during our trip, I could still say we enjoyed our whole travel experience in Macau & Hong Kong and there’s a LOT of reasons to come back. 


P.S.
Pictures to follow.




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Friday, March 30, 2018

Breathtaking Bali

I never knew you could fall in love with a certain place. That was before I set foot in the Island of Gods - Bali, Indonesia.

This is my first ever out-of-the-country trip and I must say it's the most memorable experience I've had so far. Bali has so much to offer - from amazing temples, luscious greeneries, IG-worthy tourist spots, entertaining night life and party zones, affordable accommodations, and delectable local dishes, one couldn't get enough of this incredible island.



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GETTING AROUND
Private car
GrabCar/Grab Bike
Motorcycle/Scooter

ACCOMMODATION:

Nau Here Hostel - Kuta area. Whether you stay in Kuta, Legian, Ubud, Seminyak, etc. one thing's for sure - there are lots of budget-friendly hotel/accommodations in Bali to choose from.

FOOD:

We both tried local dishes and yeah, fastfood outlets such as Mcdonald's and KFC.


BUDGET:

Exchange Rate: 1PHP = 264IDR

We spent more or less P7,000 per pax including accommodation, tour guide, foods, souvenirs, tip, knick knacks and other miscellaneous expenses (but excluding airfare and Philippine travel tax).



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Below is our 4D4N itinerary:

Day 0 - TOUCHDOWN INDONESIA!

6:40PM to 10:55PM - Flight via Air Asia
11:40PM to 12AM - Ngurah Rai International to Hostel


Day 1 - BALI COUNTRYSIDE


  • Free Breakfast
  • Wanagiri Hidden Hill - 40,000IDR
  • aHandara Hokkaido Gate - 30,000 IDR
  • Ulun Danu Beratan Temple with Boat Rental - 75,000 IDR 
  • Buffet Lunch - 125,000IDR
  • Taman Ayun Water Palace - 20,000IDR
  • Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest - 30,000IDR
  • Tanah Lot - 70,000IDR
  • Dinner - 20,000IDR


   

   

   

   


      

   




Day 2 - UBUD

  • Free Breakfast
  • Batuan Temple - 10,000IDR
  • Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - 50,000IDR
  • Buffet Lunch @ Grand Puncak Sari (overlooking Mount Batur) - 135,000IDR
  • Tirta Empul Temple - 15,000IDR
  • Uma Pakel Coffee Place & Bali Swing Activity - 200,000IDR
  • Coffee Luwak - 25,000IDR (50,000IDR/cup but we chose to share a cup)
  • Souvenir Shopping
  • Dinner @ KFC Kuta Square - 25,000IDR
  • TOTAL - 460,000IDR (PHP1742.00)

   

   

Some Australian peers we met during our temple run



   





 



   

   



Day 3 - BEACHBUMMING

  • Free Breakfast
  • Pandawa Beach - 15,000IDR
  • Dreamland Beach - 5,000K
  • Lunch @ Warung Bejana - 82,000IDR
  • Dinner @ Dewi Sri Food Center - 41,000IDR
  • TOTAL - 143,000IDR (PHP920.00)


   







Day 4 - BYE BALI!
  • Hostel to Airport via GrabCar - 28,000IDR (PHP106.00)


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Travel Tips:
  • We availed the private tour c/o Galih Bali Tours (550,000IDR/Whole Day Tour) and it's already good for 4 persons. Prior to our arrival in Bali, I coordinated with Made Adayasa thru Facebook Messenger - he's very nice and accommodating with all my questions. No mobile data? No worries, because they offer free Wi-Fi inside the car plus free Tagalog songs playlits. Our driver and newfound friend, Mr. Gede, made sure every trip is hassle-free and exciting. He speaks good English, too.
  • It's better to bring USD then exchange it to IDR or you can withdraw IDR using your ATM upon arrival in Bali.
  • Don't forget to bring universal adaptor. 
  • It's scorching hot when we were there so, sunblock galore!
  • Don't forget to bring tumbler so as to save money from buying bottled water from time to time (just like us) because there's no such thing as free service water. Free coffee, meron pa.
  • Try Babi Guling - one of Bali's most famed local dishes
  • When buying souvenirs, don't hesitate to haggle. If the price is [not] right, you could simply walk away and chances are, the seller/s will give you the price you want.
  • We stayed up late roaming the streets of Kuta and Legian and I can say that it's generally safe to walk around even in wee hours in the morning.

Now I come to understand why Bali is being referred to as paradiseThe island made me speechless countless of times and I will forever treasure every single experience I've had here. When I think of Bali, it only brings back happiness, contentment and peace of mind.

Travelling to Bali is relatively cheap and will give you more than your money's worth, hands down! 4 days isn't enough and there are still lot of places we've missed during our trip thus, more reasons to come back and explore other parts of the
island.


P.S.
Eto 'yung lugar na baBALIk-BALIkan ko talaga.







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Friday, November 17, 2017

Promises Are Made To Be Broken

Yeah, I know. I've said it before that I would update this blog from time to time and as much as possible but I guess I just suck at this thing. Meh. 

Last update? November 4, 2016. 🙈


Fast forward to 2017, yeah, of course, there are many changes in my life. 



  • [Silently] Celebrated one year work anniversary at Marriott
  • Another baby in the family - Chrisela Louise Supnet (Mae's firstborn)
  • My weight - I think I've gained at least 3 kg because my metabolism has been stucked and my tummy won't let go of its baby fats ðŸ˜­
  • Had my first-ever blood-letting experience
  • New ASUS laptop (on installment) and iPhone (recontracting c/o Globe)

As of the moment, I've been busy devouring reading different travel blogs and forum because I'm planning a lot of out-of-town-and-country trips next year (bae will be coming back soon) and we'll kick of his comeback with a Hong Kong-Macau trip by June - my first ever international trip! I really want to do a lot of travelling next year. As. much. as. possible. And as much as my wallet permits. 


Oh, next week, me and some close buddies are off to Caramoan. Time for some Vitamin Sea, baby! 










P.S. I'll try my very best to blog about the escapade. *fingers crossed*





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Friday, November 04, 2016

Post-Its

I've been on a hiatus for quite some time. Heh. Lemme give you some interesting tidbits for the past few days. 

- My family and I went on a mini-vacation last Undas long weekend. Me, sis and girl cousins bonded over this card game called Uno, which, I've got [quite] addicted to. 


- My sister already gave birth to a bouncing baby girl yesterday. She's angel like but I'm not sure what her name is. 

- I'm almost done with my pre-employment requirements, except for those which I have to secure from my previous employer. Talk about headache. Pffft.

- Speaking of work, I'll be starting this coming Monday. Already! I thought I still have a week of being a lazy bone but since most of my requirements are submitted, they decided that I could already start reporting to work. Boy, I still can't wrap my head around it. After more than a month of R&R, I'm going join the workforce again. Come to think of that. Oh well, I'm so thankful for this opportunity! 


- I just throw a fit at J few moments ago because of a misplaced 'Good morning' chat. Non compos mentis.



*sprinkle mixed emotions*





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Monday, October 24, 2016

Signed!

I'm very happy to announce that I've already signed the job offer from Marriott Hotel Manila! ðŸ˜Š


For the following days, I'm gonna be busy with the pre-employment requirements and fortunately, most of the documents I have to submit are already with me. I thought I would be starting as soon as next week already (Haha!) but of course, there are necessary documentations and procedures to be undergone first. Anyway, that's another 3 weeks of R&R. 

Next step, I have to inform my soon-to-be-ex-employer abroad that I'm already backing out from the position.

Thank you, Lord, for such blessing! ðŸ™



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How Could I Be So... Jobless

Disclaimer: This was supposed to be posted last night, October 23. Meh.

Last August 24, I tendered my resignation to my last work because I received an employment offer from abroad. I was already feeling burnt out at the same on my job that's why when the opportunity came, I grab it right away. LOL.

Nah, of course I thought about my final decision prolly a hundred and one times and consulted with my boyfriend and some colleagues for their advices, too. TBH, boyfriend halfheartedly-agreed with this career move because according to him, I could already get that salary from where I'm currently working (which is not true IMO), and mainly because he wants me to be here in the Philippines once he returns from Jordan where he works now. Cheesy! I know.  - Trivia: Both of us are hoteliers. ðŸ™‚ -

Fast forward to September 23, my last day of duty (September 24 is my day off). I thought it's gonna be easy to leave but as they say, there's no easy way to say goodbye. I shed some tears while hugging my colleagues. *sniff sniff*

I thought after few days or weeks after my last day, I would already receive the documents I need including the flight details for me to be able to process on POEA and start my new job in another country. At first, I was feeling ok with it since I prefer to have at least some time off to take a breather. But after a while, I got weary. That's the time I keep on sending emails to follow-up with the HR Manager, my main contact person on the hotel, regarding the status of my deployment but as of 2 weeks ago, the employer said my visa is still being processed.

I became pretty obsessed with my email - I keep on checking them even on the wee hours of the morning hoping against hope the HR already sent the documents I've been dying to get hold of. But, nada! I grew tired of waiting and waiting as the day goes by. So what I did? I sent lots and lots of resumes and job applications to various companies, including call center companies. Yes, you read that right. Hashtag: Desperate. And I did received a lot of interview invites as well of which only few I entertained.

Fortunately, there's this 5-star hotel which invited me for an interview about 2 weeks ago. I decided to give it a try and to be honest, I didn't expect anything from it because I don't want to be disappointed. I thought, if I'm not gonna make it then at least, I still that job waiting for me in Qatar. But if I passed, then wow. I most probably will choose the local package. You might ask, WHY?! Well, because it's part of the largest hotel chain in the world and... ka-ching! ðŸ’°

Very good news: I did well (I suppose) because I was informed right after the interview that I'm for job offer already. Hooray! ðŸŽ‰

But as of this writing, my employment status is still official: Jobless.

P.S. I'm scheduled tomorrow for the job offer and I'm feeling really good. And quite nervous. Update tomorrow, yeah?


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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Orphan Black Rocks!

This blog entry was composed on my phone because the laptop's keyboard kinda suck already, thus typing using online keyboard is quite challenging for lengthy post(s). (Which makes me really consider of buying a new laptop, soon).

Anyway, this entry is specially dedicated as appreciation for my newfound love, hit US TV series, Orphan Black.


Because I'm getting bored lately due to being a jobless whack (oh, separate entry on this one), I've decided to look for something I'd be addicted to. So the other day, I've signed up with Netflix and browsed the different TV series and movies there. Orphan Black piqued my interest and I've heard some raves about the show every now and then so I gave it a try.

And boy, I was definitely hooked from that moment on! I started watching the series the other day and I just finished Season 2 yesterday. Every episode is:

⁃ Action-packed
⁃ Thrilling
⁃ Geeky
⁃ Dramatic
⁃ Hot and Steamy (Whooo!)
⁃ Simply OMG-riffic!


Tatiana Maslany is such a great actress. To be able to portray 5 or more different characters in one series is way too amazing. I cannot fathom. Thus, her bagging an Emmy's award as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series recently is no wonder.

I also love Felix, Paul, Kira, Mrs. S, Delphine, Cal, and basically almost all of the characters in the show, including the clones themselves. Each of them has distinct personalities which make them grow on me. Walang patapon, in short.

I'm about to start Season 3 later. I can't wait to delve more on the twists and turns and conspiracies.

P.S. It's just a shame this series will only last for 5 Seasons. Bummer!


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