My Hong Kong Iterinary πŸ“

How are you guys?☺️ It’s  been a while. 

I am finally back and definitely will be posting different crafts again. My  post/posts will be the continuation about my trip in HK last december 2017!! Long overdue right?πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†

Here is a (an almost) detailed iterinary of our Hong Kong trip.I also made a collage /photo collages of our activities. πŸ€—πŸ˜Œ 

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Most of the attractions in TST were only minutes away from our location.I was expecting much about the Symphony of Lights (I didn’t watch/read comments about it before coming to HK) but it was not that interesting.,(my opinion) 🀣 However, the wall show near the clock tower was fantastic. It shows a fable? or a short story showing a dragon ,a forest and a boy. Perhaps it depicts about Hong Kong’s history/origin..( They said it is only shown during Christmas season!! We were lucky!!)Check the photo below 😁


We went home around 9pm because we were already tired from the early trip..

Oh, I forgot to mention about the weather. πŸ˜‚ The temperature was around 13 degrees!! My fingers started to get numb because of the gust of wind. It made the weather much colder ( although I love cool weather) ,my ootd’s were not ready for it. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜œ

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I tell you, one day in Disney isn’t enough! ☹️ Although I have experienced disney parade in Tokyo Disneyland I really wished I had watched it again in HK but we needed to prioritize the rides and shows. πŸ˜‚ 

The entrance card and fast passes
Solo pics with mickey and minnie 🐭

Truly a magical place on Earth!!  I’m so in love with Disney 

TIP:  make sure to get Fast Pass. There is wifi in some areas.Check the Disney map so it’s easy to locate the different attractions and shows. 

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Our 3rd day were all about Hong Kong’s history and two of the famous parks in Kowloon area. I was very amazed with the Heritage and Discovery Centre. This centre traces Hong Kong’s cultural and historical roots through very impressive galleries and photographs,displays of artifacts, interactive medias and videos. 

We walked around Kowloon Park and found the Comic street where several life-size versions of comic characters can be seen,mostly Asian.

The collages below were taken from Nan Lian Garden. Captivating isn’t it? 

NOTE:  No entrance fee for the three mentioned attractions. 

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The Tian Tian Big Buddha in Lantau Island is a must when in Hong  Kong. We  opted to take the Bus 23,although a cable car is available. The cold air greeted me as soon as I got off the bus. To get to the Buddha we climbed about 250?260? steps!!  But once we reached the top, we were overwhelmed with the scenery around us. 


We walked farther from the crowd and found more interesting areas. The Wisdom Path and nearer the Lantau Peak


Beacuse of the low humidity and cold temperature near the peak my friend and I decided to leave and headed to the Ngong Ping Village, where we found a lot of souvenirs ( but we didn’t buy) πŸ˜‚πŸ˜œ

NOTE:  Bring food and water with you. 

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The highlights for our last day are : The Victoria Peak and The Hong Kong Botanical and Zoological Garden. 

I really made sure that our departure was at night so we could still explore places with the ample time. I met my housemate who works in HK and she accompanied us to the Peak. We took a bus and alas!!  Hello Victoria!! 

Overlooking view of Victoria Harboueand Kowloon
What I really wanted to see in this Botanical Garden was the pink Flamingo!! Yes!! My eyes glittered with delight and savoured the moment to admire them. πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ˜There are many other animals and types of plant species. πŸ’πŸ’πŸ¦ƒπŸ•πŸΏπŸŒΉπŸŒΈπŸŒΌπŸŒΊ

Before we left, we had lunch downtown and bought some chocolates 🍫 😜πŸ€ͺ( much cheaper!!)We took the train to Tung Chung and then bus to the airport. 

That was an amazing experience!!  My first DIY trip outside the Philippines was an amazing one!!  πŸ˜‡πŸ€—

How was your Hong Kong trip?  πŸ˜Š
~~ Ciao πŸ’‹

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When in Hong Kong πŸ‡­πŸ‡° …

Travelling to Hong Kong soon? I hope this post will help you. βœŒπŸΌπŸ˜‡

 My recent  trip to Hong Kong taught me a lot not only about the locals,its  history,the food,but I learned how to immersed and enjoyed the place just like any other tourists. It was a DIY trip, so  I’d like to share some tips based from my experience which might help others who wanted to visit Hong Kong ,so as not to ruin your excitement.

1.GET AN OCTUPOS CARD (if possible )

Tourist octupos card.. My HK souvenir

   

   It was very convenient / time efficient for us to get to the MTR using the Octupos Card (we got it from KLOOK).You can also use it to pay since most shops accept that card. It’s reloadable and you can reload it in seven eleven which can be found anywhere in HK. You will  also know your balance once you tap your card in the reader . The remaining balance I had was used to purchased goods in the airport. πŸ€—πŸ˜‡

2. GET A SIM CARD 

Sim card from KLOOK

     Unless you are in a package tour, getting a sim card is I think important especially if you are staying for more than 3 days. I’ve stayed for about 5 days, and used the  internet to find places although  some areas in Hong Kong have public wifi. The internet speed is damn fast !!πŸ€—πŸ˜

3. BRING YOUR OWN SHOPPING BAG 

I had to carry them after buying them all.. Oppss i love chocs so cheap lang so I bought some. Haha

     What surprised me most was when I bought some stuffs ( mostly chips/food) in a shop, they didn’t put it in a (shopping bag) plastic bag!! One time, after paying to the cashier, I waited for her to put the coffee (in can)  in a bag, but she didn’t!!  πŸ˜‚ 😝(parang ang tanga ko or napahiya ako sa isip ko!!  Haha)  that’s when I remembered what my friend  had told me. 

P.S : You can actually buy shopping bag from the shop as well, but I didn’t know that, until my friend who is an OFW in Hong Kong mentioned about it. Better luck next time. πŸ˜‚ 

4. HAGGLE IN THE NIGHT MARKET 

   It’s true, that shop owners would really lower down the price of their goods, especially if you are really good at haggling. We went to two night markets, one in Mongkok and the other one was in Kowloon. There were many products to choose from so prepare you cash!! πŸ€‘

5. ASK THE INFORMATION in the STATION 

      It couldn’t  be avoided that we really needed to ask someone about the right train!at first.We were hesitant to ask to locals because first, one local ignored us, πŸ˜’ and second was,we thought he was a local and turned out that he was also a tourist. πŸ˜‚  Our only refuge was the INFORMATION  which was the right choice!!! 


6. PLAN AHEAD / HAVE PLAN B

     TIP:  HAVE EXTRA πŸ’°! In my previous post, I’ve mentioned about planning the iterinary. Macau was supposed to be part of our itinerary on our third day,  but we did not pursue going there because, first the ferry fare!!  Haha, I estimated it was only about 2k php, but when we reached the ferry station it was sold around 2,700 php !! ( nagtitipid pa kami ) so we’ve decided to skip it and explore other places instead. 

Luckily, Kowloon Park was just near.πŸ˜‡ Nevertheless,the decision was still a great one, we had a great time and learned Hong Kong’s rich  history and had a relaxing time at the park. (NAN LIAN PARK )


6. CHOOSE AN AFFORDABLE BUT COMFY ACCOMMODATION 

   It took me several hotels/ hostel checkings before I’ve finally booked our accommodation.Staying in Tsim Sha Tsui area was a great choice. Our inn is in Mirador Mansion, very close to two stations and  bus stops (13 &14). We didn’t have to pay for a more expensive room because we’d be out the whole day!! 

7. EAT LOCAL / STREET FOOD

One thing which excites me when I am in a new place is trying their food. I saw this place in TST where people queue in order to buy some food. I did the same thing!!


We also ordered these dishes in a local restaurant and the serving was huge!! ( a bit pricey but satisfying ) 🐷


I also had a taste of different pastries and bread they have. πŸ˜‚ 

That would be all for now, I’m gonna be posting more about my trip soon πŸ˜‚  still drafting and gathering exact info as well. 😍
~~ ciao  πŸ˜

My Hong Kong trip 2017

Yay!!! Finally!!   πŸ˜‡βœŒ

Currently in Hong Kong πŸ‡­πŸ‡° πŸ˜‡πŸ€— . Hong Kong has always been in my list.I was supposed to visit here last year, but I had some conflict with the schedule, but anyway,  I am so grateful that I am finally able to tick it off  (one of my bucketlists  ) before 2017 ends!! πŸ˜‡β˜ƒπŸ€— I am staying here in TST  from December 13-17 .πŸ˜€ 

It’s a DIY trip and we explored the streets of TST through google map!! Haha We even got lost! but, getting lost took my feet to good places, I gladly took the challenge .πŸ˜‚πŸ˜

Some necessities!!



Things I’ve prepared: 

– prepared the important  documents needed ( RT tickets, passport, accommodation & of course cash!! )

– research! research!  Research!!. Haha. I’ve just known that Hong Kong  has 3 major islands!! ( islets?  Territory? )So searching information is a MUST.
-planned and saved my iterinary. As much as possible I and my friend want to visit nice places in HK and Macau as well. 

-booked Disney ticket, purchased sim card and octupos card (via KLOOK)

-December is one of the bests months to visit HK not just because of  awesome Christmas lights but the weather is pleasant but I still packed a sweater / cardigan in case it gets really cool. 

-Prepared my camera, extra battery  or powerbank since I will be out the whole day!!  Haha 

-bring some medicines 
** For those who have been to Hong Kong and Macau, I’ll appreciate it If you have more tips or places I should include, feel free to comment below.  I am still a little confuse with how to go to Victoria Peak from TST. Hahaha, quesera sera!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜¬
~~ ciao πŸ’‹

A half day trip in Magpupungko Rock Formation

Travel date:  October 21,2017 (noon time )

I’ve seen some amazing photos of Magpupungko Rock Pools  on IG,and that urged me to include it on my list to see (in Siargao ) Gladly, my fiancΓ© did the searching as well. He is the driver so I showed him the goggle map to where it is located. We left the resort (General Luna) around noon. I gave him directions of course following the map!as we were on the road. πŸ˜‚. Thankful for the good internet in the island 🌴 

It took us about 50 minutes to get to the exact location. Magpupungko Rock Pools is located in Pilar. What I like about Siargao is that the road are well kept. The drive was pretty smooth, except for some roosters πŸ“ crossing the road!!  Haha.


We parked our motorbike right away. We paid 20php for that. The parking fee depends on the type of vehicle you have. (I wasn’t able to take a photo though of  the fees). After parking you need to pay again for environmental fee ( I think I paid a hundred for the two of us),and logged in your name on the list. 

We were very lucky because the tide was low. I was looking around and trying to find where the pool was and then  I saw a crowd of people on the far end left side. My fiancΓ© then followed a group of tourists going towards the area, which I believed was the pool.

Zoomed my camera
My fiancΓ© left me. Haha
Lucky it was low tide
 

You just need to be careful while going there because some rocks are sharp, slippery and some parts are steep. As we got to the main pool. I’ve heard my fiancΓ© said “beautiful “.

A woman just jumped off!! How brave. Haha

My ohhh my

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It is indeed a pool. It’s amazing how God made such a wonderful creation.I envy those people who were having fun swimming!!. Locals and foreigners were mesmerized. 🏊 

The happy face pose haha
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I savoured the moment and then started taking photos as well.  Here are some of the shots I’ve got. πŸ“·

The two photos below caught my attention and couldn’t resist not to take a snap. 

On our way back to the shore,the tide was getting high already. My fiancΓ©’s flip-flops gave up (again,haha,because last year also in El Nido) and he had to walk barefoot!! πŸ˜‚  We ate lunch because we were hungry. There are a  few small restaurants in the area.This place is really good for picnic or gatherings. 

We took our time on our way back feeling satisfied with our short trip,despite the little drama. πŸ˜‚  Indeed going on a trip with your significant other gives ample time to get to know each other well.  πŸ˜πŸ‘«

I felt so relaxed in the island, far from the bustling city. I would really wanna visit this island again one day to visit other tourists spots. ✌

**TIPS **

~~ check the tide first before planning your trip to Magpupungko Rock Pools

~~ I suggest you rent a motorbike if you know how to drive, you will really enjoy the ride.  

So what are you waiting for,  Book your ticket and go to SIARGAO. πŸ€—
~~ Ciao πŸ’‹ 

He said: I will marry you πŸ‘«



I am engaged. πŸ’

12-01-2015  /Pattaya   Thailand 

Unlike other couples, my fiancΓ© didn’t pop up the most awaited question most women want to hear from her beloved man. Yes!!  He didn’t.haha Wanna know the whole story? πŸ˜‚

It was December 1st 2015. We were in Pattaya Thailand for two nights. We stayed in a resort near his friend’s restaurant.
On our last night, we went to his friend’s restaurant. He ordered typical Italian food. I was staring at him while he was looking at the menu.He was wearing a short sleeve shirt, hair well done. He was so damn hot πŸ˜‚πŸ˜. We enjoyed the meal together. He asked me if I wanted ice cream or teramisu. (He has been asking me if I wanted dessert since the day our arrival).I said no. I wasn’t in the mood for ice cream since I have been eating to much!! (I’ve gained 2kls already!! )πŸ˜‚

And suddenly, with a serious look on his face, he told me, ” Baby, I WILL MARRY YOU” !! ( capslock para intense!! ) Is he proposing or what? .For a few seconds, I was only staring at him, not sure If I were blinking or not. I couldn’t say a single word. He held my hand and continued ” I will marry you, I will give you a ring, πŸ’ …but I don’t want you to think we will get married right away, I want to you to remember that you are already my wife, forever “. 

I couldn’t explain that feeling. I was happy, surprised, nervous, I felt like crying and I just smiled. But, where’s the ring???!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ 

We got back to our hotel and then he took something out from his luggage. ( my heart beats unsteadily !!haha) Tadaaannn. Then, he showed me the shining shimmering πŸ˜‚ white gold Diamond ring πŸ’Ž πŸ’!!  


“For you, my wife” he said. 😍😭 
Do you know the funny thing was? The ring was too big for my (ring) finger. πŸ€” Hahaha πŸ˜‚. So I teased him saying that probably the ring wasn’t for me since it wasn’t my size. Haha. πŸ˜› I had it adjusted though to my ring size. 

So, today I’ve been engaged for 2years, definitely in a happy Long Distance Relationship for a total of  4 years .I am very happy and satisfied.I don’t mind long engagement because, I think it gives both of you more time to get to know each other, accept each others flaws and stay committed. 

P. S:  ( By the way, before our trip to Thailand, I actually sent a message to my bf,  I asked him “amore, will you marry me? πŸ”¨πŸ”ͺ  ” .He replied “haha, yes yes I will marry you “.. ) πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

The next chapter will come (for sure) πŸ˜‡ and I am already very excited to share that event to you guys. 

How about you?  How did your man proposed?  I’m  pretty interested in your story too. Feel free to share guys. 

Thanks for reading. Xoxo

~~Ciao πŸ’‹

My laid back days in Siargao πŸ‘Œ

TRAVEL DATES:  OCTOBER 19-23,2017

Lucky I am having a supportive fiancΓ© who is willing to help me tick my bucketlists!!  Haha. I have always dreamed of watching the huge waves in Siargao,( not considering myself surfing ) haha. 😬

Siargao is only an hour away from Cebu. We’ve booked Cebu Pacific (round trip ).The ticket price wasn’t cheap ( for me!!) because it wasn’t a promo ticket.πŸ™„, like we’ve booked the ticket a day before our trip. Clap. Clap. πŸ€”


The view from the plane to the group of islets were incredibly beautiful. (I have shared some of my shots in the Weekly Photo  Challenge ). We arrived on time since the weather was awesome. 

General Luna
Map of Siargao. The places encircled with red are the places we visited. The ones highlighted were my places to see.. πŸ˜‚

We’ve booked Siargao Blue Resort and Spa for our accommodation. 


As soon as we arrived in our resort, we checked in right away, put our things in our room and excitedly went to Cloud nine.!! 

We took a motorbike (habal-habal) to get to cloud nine, luckily,it wasn’t that far though. 

Tadaahhh. πŸ€—πŸ˜πŸ˜Š

Welcome to CLOUD NINE. This is a famous area for surfing. I wanted to witness those huge waves with my own eyes. Viola!!! 


Hurray for the waves!!!! Salute to those who would take a risk and embraced the adventure!! 

After about 10 minutes, my fiancΓ© and I felt hungry. There aren’t many bigger restaurants around CLOUD NINE, just small street restaurants (carenderia ) few restaurants in some hotels. We proceeded near the town and found a good place to eat. 
We had a difficulty finding a place to eat during night time since we went out around past 8pm and wanted to go to RHUM BAR unfortunately it was closed!!  We went to another pub BAILE where people were enjoying karaoke ( both foreign and locals ).We had a glass of alcohol, and went out to find somewhere to eat, 😰 In the end, we went back to the hotel hungry and ate nutella go!! Hahaha

Here is a map of the restaurants/ resorts in the area. 



2nd Day β€” JOYRIDE DAY!!! 

We had a sumptous breakfast!! πŸ˜‚ ( perks of not eating dinner!! )We rented a motorbike from our hotel. It is very convenient to rent one. We went to the town to buy some stuffs in a convenience store. My fiancΓ© saw many tourists went to one direction ( to DAPA as i checked the map) so we followed them. The road was okay ,the very countryside feeling. My fiancΓ© was amazed seeing pigs 🐷🐷 just tied around the mango trees!!,I mean we also raised pigs in my hometown but they were inside the den. Haha!! It was really nice to feel the cool fresh air, however there were only few houses along the way!(I was scared lol )

Check the video.πŸŒ΄πŸŒ³πŸ€

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We arrived in Dapa but we didn’t explore the place and went back to General Luna.

We went to Cloud Nine again to find a place to eat, and we ended up here and ordered curry. 


Most of our time are spent in the hotel, relaxing near the pool area, I sipping fruit  shakes and him his beer,or we drove the motorbike anywhere to see around. 🏍

I was also checking out some tourists spots for us to explore and one of them was Magpopongko Rock Pools.

Mango shake is 😍
My precious

The staff in the resort offered us the island hopping tour.I really wanted to try the tour but I knew my fiancΓ© doesn’t like waking up early because “it is vacation time” hahaha. 

3rd Day – MAGPOPONGKO ROCK POOLS

 So, we are already on our 3rd day, but we haven’t gone to some famous places yet!!!  Grrrr. Haha. I wasn’t in the mood already (char!! ) My fiancΓ© noticed it and told me we will go island hopping but I declined. πŸ™„ It was already 11am and I guess that wouldn’t be enough for us to enjoy and make advantage of the tour fee!! Haha

I was angry ( actually!! Haha).I didn’t talk to him for some minutes, but then again, I thought I should be considerate and thankful that at least my fiancΓ© took me here. I made amends right away.Surprisingly,he already thought of going to Magpopongko Rock pools instead. 

**A separate post for our Magpopongko half day trip ** πŸ˜‹

4th Day- FREE DAY

This day was so relaxing, I finally accepted the fact that island hopping won’t be realized anymore, but it was okay, the important thing is for him to relax.I have many chances to come here again someday!!  

We went to some shops because he wanted to buy souvenir shirts. Gosh!!  They were expensive!!! .I also bought ref magnets. 

I took photos around the resort to kill the time. πŸ“· Actually, I can stay in one place as long as I have my camera with me. 😍



On our last day, we had to leave the resort around 9:30 because our flight was early. Although I haven’t gone to many tourists spots in Siargao, to experience the simplicity of the island with my man was more important. πŸ˜πŸ‘«

Wait for my next post bellas!! 

~~ Ciao πŸ’‹

Things you should know before your Siargao trip

**These tips / information and opinions are based on my experience during my stay**

P. S: Travelled with my fiancΓ© which means, this post won’t give you the cheapest cost to stay in the island πŸ˜…
– The weather was good when we went there (October ) . It was cool and quiet at night.It didn’t rain during my stay!! 

– Siargao can be costly depending on what kind of traveler you are, if you are just there for the “view” it could be very cheap,but for a β€œvacation” could be really costly. (if you know what I mean)

-Bring light clothes and swimwear.  

– People are friendly. They can speak (english of course) tagalog and cebuano,aside from their main dialect

-Use your internet to go around the island and don’t hesitate to ask the locals for direction

-Stay in General Luna. It is about 30-50 minutes from the airport and just near the town and cloud nine.

– I suggest renting your own transportation (motorbike or a car, I even saw bicycles for rent) is a necessity so it will be easier for you to roam around the island.(habal-habal fare is 20php)

-Island hopping and tour packages  are abundant . You can ask your hotel or a habal-habal driver,or check out some shops along the road. 

-In case you run out of Philippine peso, don’t worry, just head to the town and find Mhluiler. You can exchange your currency there. (It is near the church ) I’ve read there is an ATM around General Luna but I forgot exactly where it was. 

-Try MAMA RESTAURANT  (There are some restaurants along the road but I haven’t tried them perhaps because I was with my fiancΓ© and his stomach is quite sensitive.)


 Take mosquito repellent or off lotion if you have sensitive skin. Sunblock if you wanna stay longer under the heat of the sun

– Some foreigners brought their surfboards with them although you can rent one in General Luna. Don’t forget to include a budget for a surfing coach/trainer as well. 

 

**(Sorry I couldn’t give more elaborate tips or information about surfing since I didn’t surf myself) πŸ˜†πŸ˜¬
I will be posting more about Siargao I still have to make sure I didn’t miss a thing. Haha βœŒπŸ˜œπŸ‘Œ

~~ Ciao πŸ’‹