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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

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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. 
Caleruega
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.
gorg!!
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!!
Taal
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!
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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

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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

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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. 
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
Pluto
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

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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
smile!
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!
video
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. 
video
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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