Weekend Birthday Surprise for Erlie

July 30, 2015 Tsina 0 Comments

The week following my trip in Oslob-Dumaguete-Siquijor, I went to La Luz with Regina and Erlie. It was Erlie's 24th birthday! We reserved and paid online in Agoda. It was a hassle-free transaction. We availed of the buffet food package for the entire trip. Not bad for this weekend birthday trip.
Hello there, La Luz!
It was past lunch when we arrived in La Luz, good thing we had a buffet lunch waiting for us. So this was the menu on that day.
the buffet lunch
What's for lunch?
After lunch, we went in our room. The room is small, but it's pretty neat. Thumbs up. We paid for a 2-bed room, and decided to move the bed so three of us could fit.
mirror selfie :P
the beds
We were eager to start our Lola mode, and went to the beach. To read. Yes, read. Haha. But we also took lotsa photos. :P 
turista mode :P
the friends
more? :P
Oh, we snorkeled. After snacks, we tried their Tribord. Auhm, we did not see much, and I got injured, too. Huhu. Erlie liked the Tribord, more than the usual snorkeling gear. I still prefer the good old but dependable snorkeling gears. 
let's snorkel!
So I mentioned that it was Erlie's birthday. Reg brought a cake and I brought a bottle of wine. Typical. :P We hid these in the car, and the wine was in my bag. When we arrived at La Luz, we asked them if they could keep both the cake and the wine, they agreed. After dinner, we told Erlie to stay at the cabana, and wait for us because we wanted to request for additional stuff in the room. She believed us. :P So it was indeed a surprise for her. I took a video of our surprise, take a look and enjoy. :P

The following morning, they went to the beach, and I was alone in the room, sleeping. Hahaha. My extreme Lola mode was on. :P But for a weekend birthday trip for Erlie plus quick relaxation, this was what we needed. 

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My Two Weeks in Sydney

July 11, 2015 Tsina 0 Comments

I went to Sydney for the second time last June. It should only be my teammate who will be sent to Sydney but my account manager said that I should go as well, how can I refuse such a tempting offer? :P It was few days after my birthday. The flight should have been scheduled on June 13. But it was a public holiday in Manila last June 12, so we requested for an early fly out. We arrived in Sydney on June 12. This was only a two-week trip. 

June 12. We went to Martin Place, and met up with our teammates for a Thai lunch. We took the free bus to the Thai Town. This photo is the Martin Place, one of my favorite places in Sydney.
Martin Place, our office :P
We were supposed to visit the Sydney Opera House right after lunch, but we had a bit of detour and went to Darling Harbour.
Sydney Darling Harbour
Finally, we found our way to the Sydney Opera House, my (second, next to the Eiffel Tower but I have not been there yet) favorite place in the world.
Yay, I see you again!
I had dinner with Dinh, my former project manager, and few glasses of wine at Amora Hotel on my first night in Sydney. Haha.
on my first night, really? :P
June 13. I went to a buffet lunch with Ace and his friends. Afterwards, I left and joined my Auntie and her family for a sumptuous dinner at HUX Grill. The owner of the HUX Grill joined the Masterchef contest in 2011.
my favorite of the lot
wine night again with my Auntie
June 14. I went to lunch with my Auntie and her brother's family. We went around CBD. This is one of the things I like in Sydney.
There is no shortcut to success.
Ace and James invited me to a dinner at Hurricane's Grill. They say that this place has the best steaks and ribs around CBD. 
ribs and steaks again
On weekdays, we spent it in the office, of course. We went out for lunch all the time with our teammates. We had dinner with Xun at the Meat and Wine Co on the 18th. I cannot stop myself from eating.
a bit expensive, but good food
June 20. Instead of going to the Blue Mountains, I shopped this day at Birkenhead Point Outlet Center with my Auntie. Huhu, shopping. We had lunch at the marina, and stayed outside for the view, despite the cold. :P
The cold never bothered us anyway. :P
how to make me happy
June 21. I went with Ace and James, and we visited some spots in Sydney. Well first, lunch at the Pancakes on the Rocks.
Pancakes on the Rocks
We found a contortionist on our way to the museum. We stopped to watch a bit.
ouch
We moved to explore the Museum of Contemporary Art. This is actually the first museum I visited in Sydney.
art on art
We were headed to the Royal Botanic Gardens, but decided to pause for photos with the Opera House. 
pre-stolen shot for the win!
We wanted a good spot to capture both the bridge and the Opera House so we decided to walk to the Mrs Macquarie's Chair. It was a bit far from the Opera House, err. But look at this, it was worth it. We waited for the sunset.
awesome view
with James and Ace
Because we were too tired from walking, we decided to rest a bit and ordered our hot chocolates at Guylian Belgian Chocolate Cafe. I had the minty one. 
game on
The last week in Sydney proved to be very toxic. But good thing we still managed to go out for lunch, but at 2pm most of the time. On our last Thursday, we had another team lunch at Yayoi. Dinh joined us.
team lunch
I went to Chatswood to have dinner with my former college professor. She looks the same, her family migrated in Sydney. It was nice catching up with her.

I was busy catching up with friends on our last Friday. Haha. We had lunch with our former BA lead at Ippudo. Ramen, finally.
ramen day
I had a catch up with Sana over a cup of hot chocolate. She visited Manila once. After we finished work, we decided to join the drinks at 50 Martin Place, very awesome office. 
Friday's best!
After this, I met up with Arbie, my friend from my masters. He is also James' future housemate, what a small world. We went to Max Brenner for a hot chocolate and the tasty waffles! After getting my fix, I had my last dinner on this trip with my Auntie at a Chinese restaurant. Afterwards, we went to my serviced apartment and she helped me on my packing.

It was a very quick business trip, and despite not being able to visit some new places, I am very glad that I was able to see and catch up with these people. I still find Sydney one of my favorite places! Let's go back, please! :P

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July 05, 2015 Tsina 0 Comments

I am happy. Not the very happy type, but happy just the same. Ito yung time na steady lang. On my 30th birthday, I had lunch with the family, my mother included. She was not on any of my milestones in the past years, not on my birthdays, not even on my graduations. I needed time to forgive, this was probably it.

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