Thursday, December 1, 2011

Hong Kong October 2011 - Day 2

After a restful night at Hongkong Disney Hollywood Hotel, we woke up early to pack and leave for the city. We boarded the Disneyland Resortline by 11am so we can be at the hotel at check in time.


From the Disneyland Resort line, we took the Sunny Bay train and head to Lai King interchange. From there, we had a few stops and then stepped out Jordan station which was only a few steps away from our hotel.



We left our bags in the hotel and proceeded to walk along Nathan. After having lunch in one of the Chinese restos along Nathan Road, we separated from our friends and headed to Central where we planned on spending the rest of the day.


First, we passed by this building in Central where we learned we could exchange our money for HKD at a cheaper rate. Boy, this place looked like Greenhills! :-) There were Pinoys everywhere!



Bossing is even here! Hahaha.




After that, we took a walk to get to the Peak Tram. This finicular is a very old but efficient transport to get to the top of HK Island.



And so we went and hopped on it and then headed straight to Madam Trussad's Wax Museum. Here are some of our many pictures taken inside the museum.












A view of Hongkong from above:




We went to Mcdonald's for snacks in the mall in The Peak and then went back down to the city to check out some of the malls.




We got tired of going around Central so decided to go back to the hotel, rest a bit and go to Mongkok Night market. We were able to buy some souvenir items in Mongkok. But then we decided to head back to TST to go to mass in the evening at the Mariner's. After that, we walk towards the bay and stayed at the Avenue of Stars and watch the Symphony of Lights show at 9pm.







We headed back to Jordan after than and took a night cap with our friends in the nearby Temple Road where there are lots of local food and drinks to enjoy.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Hong Kong October 2011 - Day 1

October 20, 2011

My husband and I, together with good friends C and B, hopped on a plane from Manila to HK for a 4D3N vacation.

I barely had sleep before the flight because I have to finish many things in the office for I'll be gone for 2 days.

So here we are at the Terminal 3, about to board the plane.


Our friends C&B on true vacation mode:



Our plane opened for boarding just right on time. However, due to some traffic on the runway, we waited for it to take off only a good 10-15 minutes later than expected. So while waiting --- a random picture first:


After about almost 2.5 hours of flight, we landed safe and sound:

The weather was perfect in HK:




All smiles for Mr. and Mrs. P (I do look sleepy here, haha):


Right after we passed thru immigration, we immediately changed from money into HKD, bought Octopus cards, our day pass for Ngong Ping cable car and Disneyland c/o China Travel Service (CTS).

After that, we immediately headed out to the bus terminal to catch a ride that will bring us to Citygate Outlets where the cable car ride to Ngong Ping is just steps away.


Discounted shopping awaits those who pass by this mall:


But first, LUNCH at Food Republiq:

C & B ordered this chili chicken dish...


While I got this (can't remember what it's called but was A-ok!):



We left our baggages are the baggage locker room at the basement of the mall and then went straight ahead looking for the cable car for Ngong Ping:


The cable car to Ngong Ping Village:


It was a fantastic view!!!


When we got to the village - we decided to try to walk closer towards the Giant Buddha.


...ran into some monks along the way.


Had some picture-taking with the bubble machines...


This was the closest our feet could get us to the Giant Buddha.


And the closest my camera could zoom:


After an hour or so, it was time to head back to Tung Chung and Citygate Outlet mall:



From Tung Chung MTR Station, we went to the Sunny Bay station to take the Disneyland Resort Line so we can get to the Happiest Place on Earth ----Disneyland!


Our first picture taken at Disney:


After some photo ops at the entrance, we headed towards the terminal to get a free shuttle bus ride to our hotel. This was taken after we were able to eat some snacks and freshen up a little:


Welcome to Disney!


Disney was in Halloween Theme that time.


We never would want to miss that photo ops with Minnie...(sadly, Mickey was not around during the photo sessions).


And then photo ops with Donald Duck!


Indeed, Disneyland really looks magical:



We went to see the Halloween parade and waited around some more to view the fireworks.

The fireworks show did not disappoint. But our feet did. Hahahaha!


More to follow on the next post!

Wedding Anniversary - 6th



It's our sixth wedding anniversary and we are at "The Peak". :-)

Photo: HK Trip: October 20-23, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Let's Watch This

This movie is due to be shown very soon in Metro Manila. It's official website is found here.


Quoting from Wikipedia:


"Reconciliation matters" is the main take away message that [Roland] JoffĂ© expects from the viewers. Life, he said, is an opportunity to love: "It's a choice, and in making that decision you become free. You do not become free when you hate. The weird thing is when you really love, you feel it like a breath of freedom, you think ‘Oh my God, I’ve chosen this, and it’s beautiful’.” He emphasized that Christianity is about love and the teaching of St. Josemaria "encourages a spiritual relationship with God in 'very simple things', in cooking a meal, being with one’s family, or even having a fight." JoffĂ© states that this is "a film about what it means to be a saint in this day and age."

The title refers to its theme exploring the unknown territories of hatred, guilt, and forgiveness, said the producer Ignacio G. Sancha. "There be dragons" is a shorter version of the phrase "here there be dragons" from the Latin hic sunt dracones, an ancient way of denoting in maps a place where there is danger, or an unknown place, a place to be explored.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

2011 Birthday Celebration

Luigi and Zoe turned 2 and 5, respectively last last week. It was a great birthday week! Mommy and Daddy got to go on leave on those days and it was priceless!





The kids had a joint birthday celebration that Sunday, September 11. Then on September 13, Zoe had a simple "The Fresh Beat Band" birthday party in school. Will post more pictures and stories about that next time.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Back Post: Zoe's Moving Up Day

Sorry for the late post...

Just want to document here Zoe's 1st Moving Up Day at her school.

They were asked to dress up in the 80's theme so we were very excited! I saw this dress from a department store and bought it immediately. It was initially big for Zoe so I had it repaired to fit Zoe perfectly. I also bought for her red Chuck Taylor rubbershoes, a pair of earrings in the shape of long-playing albums plus net gloves to match. The outfit turned out so nice!


When we got to the school, they were asked to wear blue togas and a cap.


Picture-taking!


The program started on time and Zoe enjoyed every minute of it.


She received several awards and we were so proud of her.



After the recognition rites, they all removed their togas and the girls danced to several 80's songs.


Here's the rest of the family giving all their support to the little girl...


...with gifts to match!

Congratulations, Zoe!

 
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