Test Passed

I am on top of the world. Hihi. I got the result of the certification exam yesterday, and I passed! Gosh, that's the power of vision board + multiple cups of coffee + Chopin. :P
I took the five-day training on April. But didn't get to take the exam until the 8th this month. I took the mock exam thrice but failed, and only got the required 80% correct answers on the 4th try. Failing the same mock exam over and over again was unnerving. When I finally passed the mock exam, failing to get decent scores on the practice exams was not very comforting either. I spent my time reviewing on coffee shops, and listening to Chopin. But I could not focus, I could only manage to review for two hours a day, and spent the rest of my time procrastinating. On the last week before the exam, I tried to answer as much practice exams as I could, and tried to devour as much information as possible. I could not fail.

On the day of the exam, I finished answering in two hours, and reviewed my answers for another hour. The exam was a bit confusing. After two weeks of waiting, I received the email. I successfully passed the exam. Great. This is my third testing certification in 6.5 years. I am happy. 
You scare me. Just like all the stuff that my dreams are made of. The wand chooses the wizard, says Mr Ollivander. Make me a wand with the unicorn hair, and choose me. Choose me, but you smile like a child. I want you, but the wand must choose the wizard. Yes, the wand must choose the wizard.

My 2014 Vision Board Report

It's a month before the year ends, let's check my vision board, shall we? I created this vision board last January, and I must say that I did a pretty good job this year. :P

I was able visit few places this year, and see lots of wonderful things. I went to Malaysia in January, and capture the grandiose of the Petronas Towers. I suggest you visit the SkyBar at the L33 of the Traders Hotel for the amazing view of the towers. Look at this!
I had my birthday trip in Hong Kong, and met the favorite couple in town. Plus Tinker Bell!! I had a pretty good time on my Indochina trip, visited Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Awesome time. Wait for my stories, alright? :P

My old and dependable laptop retired, and I bought an Air. I've been wanting an Air in ages. It's light, I could pack it on my favorite tote. Hihi. Of course, I bought the Air as a reward for my promotion and graduation. Sweet. 

I have not had time to get lessons on surfing, or driving, or swimming. But I cook now, just the easy ones though. I still box with my friends too. Yay! I still don't have a constant travel buddy, but I went on my trips this year with my friends. Not bad, right?

I sponsored another kid on World Vision, the first one graduated last April. They gave me another girl to sponsor, and then I signed up for another one last month. Just the best way I know I could help. You too can help, sign up on this link. Payment instructions to automatically debit it on your BPI account is on this link.

This looks like a pretty awesome year, and I still have a month to go! I still have to pass the Test Manager certification exam, which I am too lazy to review for. Pray for me, okay? But good stuff this year. #happykid
It is a constant struggle. Unlearning a habit, that is. You force yourself on this; only to feel the reluctance building inside of you, waiting to explode. You pretend that it is alright, and this is the next best thing to do. After all, it's been two long years. Even the universe does not believe on chances; and you lose hope. Lying becomes a coping mechanism. 

Road Trip

One Saturday, I went to a road trip with my Triage friends, Regina and Erlie. Erlie and I went to Laguna, and met up with Reg. When I was a kid, my family used to visit Tagaytay for weekend trips. But that was eons ago, and so we set to explore Tagaytay a bit. 
my road trip buddies
We went to the Pink Sisters for our first stop, and said our prayers. Pink Sisters has an area where you could write down your prayer request, and so I went ahead and wrote them down on a piece of paper. Prayers are powerful. 
Pink Sisters
We headed for some bulalo loving, Reg told us to eat at Bulalo Point for our lunch, not in Leslie, the more famous one. So, we ordered the killer lunch, and was serenaded at this place. I died a little. :P
the killer lunch at Bulalo Point
We decided to explore Caleruega in Nasugbu, Batangas, instead of going to Sonya's Garden and the Sky Ranch. I wanted to see the church. When we got there, we instantly saw the admin building. 
The place is gorgeous. We could not stop ourselves from taking photos. Can I have a garden like this one? :P
From the top, the view is amazing too. 
closer to nature
all green
We walked further ahead, and finally found the one eherm the church! I would like to get married on this church. In a distant future, okay? :P Hahahahahahaha!!! Seriously, this thought was running on my mind when we saw the church. I love it, the church, the ambiance, just about everything in this place. 
We explored the place a bit more, and stumbled on this man-made pond. Everything looks wonderful here.
with Regina
the man-made pond
I saw the very thing that sealed the deal. A hanging bridge. So my love affair with the hanging bridges continues, happy kid indeed. :P
the talikod-genic :P
It was a bit of a trek but we reached the tent chapel fine, panting but happy that we did. 
the tent chapel
wondering what she's praying for, hmmm
We said our prayers, and decided to go back to Regina, who was waiting by the bridge.
We rested a bit, and then decided to leave, and went to Bag of Beans in Tagaytay. We heard good reviews of the place, and went to try the pancakes and the coffee. But of course, we could not, and should not, leave Tagaytay without the photos of Taal. Reg brought us at Leslie's and we went on the view deck. Taal is absolutely breathtaking. I promise, I will trek you someday!!
We went to Nuvali, and checked the outlet stores too. But we only went for an hour or so, since it was a bit late and we would still go back in Manila. But we totally enjoyed this road trip, and planned to return and visit the other spots soon, and food trip of course!
She said, I miss you. But that sounded hollow amidst the noise of his nonchalance. It'd be two years of chance encounters; two long years. 

Hong Kong-Macau Travel Expenses

Celebrating my birthday in Hong Kong has been so much fun. Being able to travel is a blessing. Please feel free to browse on my adventures. I totally enjoyed this trip.

The birthday trip started at the Peak, we had the chance to see the stunning view of the city.

The Avenue of Stars is very near our hostel. This is the Hong Kong version of the Hollywood's Walk of Fame. The same spot provides the panoramic view of the city.

We had a day tour in Macau, and did casino hopping. But the most interesting would be the historic centre of Macau, which is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.

My Potterhead side has been amazed on the Venetian Macao. Goosebumps, really. 

One of my favourite spots in Macau is the Fisherman's Wharf, if only for the Roman amphitheatre. 

The Macau tower is on the list; capture the stunning skyline of Macau.

The crystal cabin in Ngong Ping still gives me the chills. 

Celebrated my birthday at Ocean Park, and enjoyed watching dolphins and sea lions starred on their own shows.

Who wouldn't be happy in Disneyland? Shared some moments with the favourite couple in town, Pooh and the gang. The kid couldn't be happier seeing Tinker Bell too. :P

So now, let me share my travel expenses for this Hong Kong-Macau birthday trip. Without food, bus fares and shopping, I spent PhP 14,956.12. Not bad, ayt?
1 HKD = 5.8 PhP

At the Happiest Place in Hong Kong

One of the highlights on my birthday trip in June was the visit to Disneyland. It was my first time to visit the said theme park. We took the train from the MTR Tung Chung line to Sunny Bay station, and then to the Disneyland Resort Station. The Mickey Mouse-inspired shuttle is love. 
When we reached Disneyland, we spent the next few minutes taking photos. More like capturing memories, hahahahaha! :P
Heyy, let's go Disneyland!
We lined up for an hour for a photo opportunity with the favourite couple in town, Mickey and Minnie Mouse. I find these photos funny, third party ang peg. :P
sorry, Minnie, he's mine for now :P
Minnie: Whut?!
We started exploring the theme park, and headed to the Adventure Land to watch Festival of the Lion King. I have not watched the movie yet, maybe I should catch up with Lion King?  Hakuna Matata!
Hakuna Matata!
We went to explore the Tarzan's Treehouse after the show. The treehouse is interesting, we found Tarzan and Jane on one of the rooms, and some cooking utensils and scientific equipments too.
Tarzan's Treehouse
At the Grizzly Gulch, we saw the runaway mine cars, but did not board it. Just a quick photo, and then we left.
at the Grizzly Gulch
We found the Mystic Manor at the Mystic Point. Looks grandiose from the outside.
the Mystic Manor
Felt teensy weeny at the Toy Land. Andy's world. This should be one of my favourite areas, brings us back to our childhood.
at Andy's world
Hey, Rex!
At the Fantasy Land, we went for the It's a Small World ride. This one features dolls dressed as the children of the world.
It's a Small World
We watched Mickey's Philhar Magic, also in the Fantasy Land. We headed towards the Fantasy Garden for photo opportunity with the Disney characters. So much fun! We had photos with Pooh, Pluto and Goofy. They were very playful, and full of energy.
Pooh magic
ang cute namin, hahahahaha
We waited the Fantasy Parade at the Tomorrow Land. It was fun to watch the Disney characters.

Isdachu, Piglet? :P
Disney princesses
the kids must be the happiest
Tinker Bell
We sought to find Tinker Bell after the parade. I like her, I watched Peter Pan growing up, and I love her a lot. 
face to face with Tink
We went our way to watch Golden Mickeys, totally enjoyable. It is a stage musical, in awards ceremony style. 
When the show ended, we stayed and waited for the fireworks. The amazing fireworks capped our day at the happiest place in Hong Kong. :P
happy kid

My Birthday at Ocean Park Hong Kong

I celebrated my 29th birthday at Ocean Park in Hong Kong. I intended to celebrate it in Disneyland, but since it was Sunday, and there might be unimaginable number of people, we opted in Ocean Park. We checked the show schedules first, and went to the Giant Panda Adventure. 
Giant Panda Adventure
Look at that panda!
selfie with the panda hihi
Found this panda greeting the birthday girl, hihi.
the panda and the birthday girl
We proceeded to watch the aerial show, Emperors of the Sky. The show is about conservation of the environment, specifically the forest. 
Emperors of the Sky
When the show ended, we went to The Secret Lives of the Seahorses. We found different types of seahorses, and this Save the Seahorse game for the kids. Hihi.
kids busy on the Save the Seahorse game
We walked around the place, and rode the carousel. Feeling like a kid all over again. Kebs na kung naka-dress ako. :P
carousel #love
We proceeded on the second show for that day, Sea Lion Fun Time Show. We watched this at the Whiskers Theatre. The show is about the day in the life of a sea lion. Galing nito, promise!
We boarded the cable car to get on the Summit side. We visited the penguins. I had a photo op with this one outside too. Hihi. :P
I've grown to love penguins. 
We went to Ocean Theatre to watch the Ocean Wonders show, which is about protecting the oceans. This is one amazing show. This is a must-see show. 
We visited the Ocean Park tower right after the show, and took these photos from the top. The view from the top is almost always wonderful. :P
view from the Ocean Park tower
We moved back at the Waterfront area and paid the Grand Aquarium a visit. We lined up for few minutes, and we were able to see an array of marine life. 

We decided to leave after the Grand Aquarium, and boarded the bus back to our hostel. Not a bad birthday, right? :P Especially because Jelai surprised me with a birthday cake. Definitely not a bad birthday celebration. 
Ocean Park birthday :P
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