Cloud Forest at Gardens By The Bay

One of my happiest alone time was when I spend some hours inside these indoor conservatories.

Upon entering the Cloud Forest, you will be welcomed by the mist of the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. This showcases plant life from Tropical highlands.

Indoor Waterfalls

Indoor Waterfalls

Cool-Moist Conservatory

Cool-Moist Conservatory

Ascend to the mountaintop in comfort by lift before descending via two walkways in the clouds for an aerial view of the canopy and mountainside below. Learn about unique biodiversity and geology of cloud forests and the environmental threats they face within the nine unique zones in this cool-moist Conservatory. – gardensbythebay.com.sg

So I took the lift and officially started my tour from atop. Life is amazing. That was everything I could say. I love nature and I love this idea.

Where's the lift?

Where’s the lift?

Your ride to the lost world. (:

Your ride to the lost world. (:

Mini-town

Mini-town

The falls from the top

The falls from the top

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This is how high it is from the top

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Rock Formation

There are definitely a lot of things to learn here and a lot of things to appreciate. So if you are in SG, this is worth the visit.

 

 

xoxo,

G

Hongkong!

It’s certainly one of the places worth spending for! If I am as rich (or maybe the right term is as corrupt) as Janel Lim Napoles, I would certainly spend every weekend in Hongkong! I love just about everything! I love experiencing the first world.

Went to Ocean Park on the day after going to Macau. I have not been to Ocean Park so I’m just excited plus I had experienced being on the second deck of a bus! My little joys in life!

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Then the following day was set for Disneyland! I don’t mind going back here because it’s certainly the happiest place on earth! Ocean Park is definitely way larger than Disneyland but I prefer being here. You can really feel the vibe they wanted to bring in you. This time we’re with two of my travel buddy’s friends.

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I always get goosebumps during the fireworks. I swear it’s majestic.

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If you know me, you probably know my undying love for Winnie The Pooh! And it’s a joy to be back with my first love! (: It’s noticeable how Pooh dislikes my travel buddy. Haha.

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We didn’t get to experience much of HK’s food due to time constraints though we tried how McDonald’s and Pepper Lunch tastes there! Haha. I know. Next time I’ll make sure to hunt for the best food in HK.

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Food Republic Pepper Lunch

 

Till we see again Hongkong! Next time it would be for a staycation and binging on good food!

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It’s always hard to leave this place.

 

xoxo,

G

Macau take two!

I knew I’ll be back in this place because I didn’t make it at the right Ruins of St. Paul before! And this time, I finally made it! (: And since I’m with a first timer (my new travel buddy!) , all we did for our Macau stint is to go to the tourists-must-see places.

I booked our HK-Macau trip for February because I love the cold weather on that time and I’ve been wanting to dress in layers – my considerations in life!

Here we are in the bus from the airport going to our hotel in Kowloon. I chose a place near the port for less hassle going to Macau – our first destination.

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At the ferry going to Macau. It’s about 45 mins to an hour from HK to Macau. We got the business class ticket so it came with free snacks and drinks plus a place on the second deck of the ferry.

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And here we are! Macau’s Fisherman’s Wharf.

 

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My favorite spot to take photo when in Macau is by this wall! Tee hee.

 

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And the famous Venetian Hotel. It took a few minutes for my travel buddy to realize that we’re indoors. He though the sky was real! (:

 

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And the highlight of my Macau stint! Finally!

 

Ruins of St Paul

 

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The back. The facade is what all that remains.

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So that’s pretty much it. Macau is best seen at night with all the overflowing lights from the hotels and casinos but my travel buddy has decided to go back home even before the sun disappeared due to tiredness.

But before I end this post, let me show you what we had eaten in Macau. Besides from the street foods we ate at the vicinity of Ruins of St Pail, we had this equally good meal at the Venetian. It costs about 1,500 pesos for those in the photo below so yes, if you’re a Filipino in the same class as I am, it’s a bit pricey. (:

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Most photos I’ll be showing in my travelogues is taken by my Black GoPro Hero 3+.

Given the chance and the budget, will certainly go back and maybe spend a bit some time in the Slot Machine. ;)

 

xoxo,

G

Thanksgiving Getaway in the South

It’s really more fun in the Philippines. I love how accessible nice beaches are. I love being with nature and of course, with good company. As I am dealing with US Taxes now, we follow the US holidays too. Now I get to appreciate Thanksgiving. I’m glad half of my teammates are game for a getaway and Aquatico in Laiya, Batangas was perfect. Exclusive. Serene. Relaxing.

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It’s nice how they have maximized the place. Thought it was huge in the photos.

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Us and our villa. I have so much to say about the structure and how much spaces it has wasted inside but I won’t anymore. Haha. The resort is a gorgeous place but it’s not one of those places you would want to keep coming back. It’s a place that’s it’s enough you’ve been to once.

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We’re this close but none in the team would dare ask us. Or maybe there’s no need to. (:

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The food.. Exceptionally normal. It’s all about the ambiance.

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My awesome workmates. Night swimming. Small talks. And dozing off early.

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Life is beautiful.

This trip was my longest drive thus far. I’m happy too that I’m getting good on driving and that my teammates trusted me. (:

Quite a relaxing break.

xoxo,
G

Boracay and the storm surge

On November of last year, I finally had a chance to see Boracay. It was planned ahead and the trip was a celebration of my sister and mom’s birthday. In a very unfortunate timing, we went there on time as the storm surge Yolanda is about to hit Visayas. Needless to say, the whole experience was more of stressful than relaxing with experiencing first hand the strong wind, transferring hotels with the kids, no electricity though thank goodness for generators, no ATM, cancelled flights, extra expenses for rebooking just to get home and all that jazz. But nothing really to complain about because we’re still very blessed considering how most of the Yolanda victims have experience. We still had a great time and I’m still happy to witness why Boracay is famous. It’s really a paradise.

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The grotto before the storm surge hits Aklan.

The following day after the storm surge, Boracay was back to normal. Business as usual. Except that credit card or any card transactions are not possible due to the electricity breakdown and internet and mobile connection was lost too.

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Thanks to my sister for this trip. She followed all the way from Singapore incurring extra expenses for getting an earlier flight from Manila to Kalibo and renting a van on her own from Kalibo to Caticlan. The universe would really make a way when you desire it (and of course sometimes you should have money for it too). Anyway, we had a relaxing massage by the shore to ease some stress away.

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Just so happy still to be with my whole family, okay except for Pops, for my first Boracay experience.

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My sisters and I really have the guts! Haha. Though only when dipped in the water. ;)

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Hello Boracay! You are so amazing and mesmerizing.

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Fine sand. Ooops! There’s my ring.

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Utilizing photo grid. (: To cap off our nice adventure.

I still had quite a great time and hopefully more travel and bonding with my fambam.

Thank You so much for all the blessings and for keeping us safe.

xoxo,
G