The happiest place on earth

I have so much love in my heart for princesses and prince charmings and all whatnots that we can find in the children’s story books. I grew up secretly believing that mermaids do exist and that someday I’ll have my own three wishes granted by a fairy godmother. Going to Disneyland is like witnessing all those fairytales come to life, getting your picture taken with the world famous Mickey Mouse and dining at the Royal Banquet where Cinderella once danced in her glass slippers. It was totally, amazingly blissful!

Welcome to "The Happiest Place on Earth!"

Our tickets! Cute. ^^

I saw Tarzan, Timon and Pumbaa, Mulan, Beauty and The Beast, and many more! Yiiii! 0_o

"The Golden Mickey's"

MTR to Disneyland

Mickey Mouse cookies

Mickey Mouse ice cream

Mickey Mouse waffle

And there's the real Mickey Mouse with the fake Minnie Mouse, hi hi hi! <3

Disneyland's closing fireworks

Disneyland is not just a place for kids, but for all kids at heart. The fireworks were magical and surreal that it brought us to “a whole new world” indeed.

Definitely the happiest place on earth. No questions asked. ♥

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Hong Kong 07.2011

Ni hao! ♥

Just got back in Manila. Went away for a few days for a much-needed vacation, but I caught a cold and ended up spending around a hundred Hong Kong dollars for Chinese medicine. It was effective though, no more runny nose on our third day at HK- just in time for Disneyland!

My body is still sore from the long travel. Jet lag, they call it?  So I guess I’ll just shorten this blog entry with a bunch of photos.

The spectacular view from Avenue of Stars.

Day 2 at Hong Kong. Floral romper (People are People) | Flats (Happy Feet) | Scarf (Her Bench) | Gray beanie | Rose ring (Forever 21)

 

Stopping by for lunch at Cafe de Coral. They have the yummiest beverages!

Mark's birthday muffin! Have I mentioned that it was his birthday? 0_o

Our Hong Kong experience won't be complete without dimsum! <3

Care for a cup of tea, anyone?

…and some more photos. Because Hong Kong is also home of the biggest pillars of the fashion industry, even famous shopping streets like Ladies Market and Temple Street. I hear retail therapy is as effective as their Chinese medicine. ;)

HK Disneyland will be posted soon! :)

Anawangin and my fashion frustration

This blog entry will be short and sweet. Just a quick recap on the weekend I spent in Anawangin to celebrate my friend Aaron‘s 21st birthday.

Prior to the trip, I was already given the heads-up about our would-be adventure a.k.a “Survivor” challenge.  I was told that we won’t have the chance to use our mobile phones to send SMS, nor the luck to experience modern civilization and access the internet, not even the luxury to utilize a decent bathroom.  In short, I was warned, yes. (And I agreed to all that so, FYI, I have no plans to sue my friends for kidnapping.)

When we got there, the first thing I noticed was the spectacular view from the beach. The second thing was… (WTH, they were right!) there’s no freaking electricity.

It was fun to break away from the real world for a while. We set up tents where we slept overnight, cooked our meals the old-fashioned “ihaw-ihaw” style, and hey, there was bonfire too! It was the perfect camping trip until the birthday boy announced he forgot the marshmallows. Great. And so that’s how I bid my girl scout dreams goodbye.

Because I had to heed a lot of warnings before the trip, I decided not to bring my whole closet with me- only a few of my trusty shirts,  comfy shorts, and of course, my ever-reliable Havaianas. It wasn’t a place for fancy dresses and killer heels. Hence, for a weekend, please excuse me and my fashion frustration.

Photos by Khriselda Guarin and Karen Villamucho

 

The reasons why I love Singapura

Two months have actually passed since I visited Singapore. But since I just recently promised myself that I will go back to old-fashioned blogging (thanks to WordPress for Blackberry), I feel like it is better late than never. Considering the beautiful experiences I have had with this likewise beautiful country, Singapore definitely deserves a page or two in my blog.

These are the reasons why I love Singapore:

“First impressions last.”

My friends and I arrived at the Changi International Airport around 3pm. Their budget terminal is way more inviting than any other airport I have seen in the Philippines. Not to discourage tourism in my own country, but you see, I’m just being truthful here.

Apart from that, I was deeply amazed when I experienced first-hand how a truly convenient transportation system works. The citizens were following the laws, the officials were implementing them effectively, and poverty is not at all evident in the streets. 

“The best way to my heart is through my stomach.”

Do you know the famous saying that the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach? Well, I think it applies to the women as well, because Singaporean cuisine undeniably caught mine. Their much loved Hainanese chicken rice instantly became my favorite!

If you are to travel to Singapore anytime soon, also do visit Albert Food Centre located near Bugis Junction. It’s the cheapest food court we’ve been to during our stay. And trust me, an SGD 3.00 / meal would be a very rare encounter. After a while, you will also fall in love with pecking duck, roasted peanuts, carrot cakes and crushed ice with syrup for dessert (Sorry, I forgot what it’s called). And oh, they have a wide selection of beverages, including sugarcane juice and rose-flavored milk. My personal favorite? Their pineapple juice with real fruit chunks!

“I just wanna be on the beach!”

Alright. I know sunbathing might not be one of the primary reasons to fly all the way to Singapore, but come to think of it, Sentosa Island’s finest man-made beaches (Tanjong, Palawan, and Siloso) are still the perfect places to go for a swim. Palawan beach has this food and beverage zone where my friends and I enjoyed crushed ice and summer desserts (probably the best alternative to our very own halo-halo). We were also able to play frisbee with its wide beachfront so, yeah, do give it a try if you are someone like me who just wants to be on the beach… but no sunburn, please.

“Songs of the Sea” 

Singapura, oh Singapura, a land where flowers bloom for me and you.

Since we were already in Sentosa, we did not dare miss one of the best tourist attractions in Singapore- the very mesmerizing Songs of the Sea!

We booked our tickets first thing in the morning before we even headed to the beach. It was a magnificent performance and I really wish I could see it again. The story was that of something which only kids would enjoy, but the effects of water jets, flame bursts and lasers immediately caught my attention. Indeed, it was a billion-dollar project. I hope someday the Philippines can also make that kind of a breakthrough.

 “I don’t ever wanna leave Universal Studios.”

This is probably my most favorite part during our Singapore trip- a day at the Universal Studios Singapore!

We were very lucky to have booked the perfect date for our summer getaway, because it was just in time for Universal Studio’s soft opening. It is the first ever Universal Studios theme park in Southeast Asia, and second in Asia (next to Japan). We were there during its first or second week, I’m not so sure. But this I’m certain: My friends and I are one of the first few Filipinos who tried out all the attractions (of course, except from the Battlestar Galactica rollercoaster which is not yet open until today). Cheers to that!

I am partly proud of myself because I was so game then. I didn’t want to be the “KJ” in the group so I tried my best to conquer my rollercoaster phobia and just ride whatever’s next in our list. I personally loved Far Far Away’s Shrek 4D and Donkey Live because those did not include a matter of life and death. Sci Fi City, Madagascar, New York, and Hollywood all offered amazing experiences. And as for the other attractions, I was brave enough to try everything in The Lost World and in Ancient Egypt. I almost died from heart attack when we rode The Mummy’s Revenge, but as I write this blog, apparently I did survive.

“But wait, there’s more!”

There are just so many things to see and so much fun to do. Our 5-day stay wasn’t enough to experience everything that Singapura has to offer. But then again, we all tried our best to make the most out of it.

If you are also planning to see the beauty of Singapore, make it on top of your list to visit the world famous Merlion’s Park, make a wish in the Fountain of Wealth, shop ‘til you drop at Bugis street, and take your picture at the Singapore Flyer! :D