Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Batangas: Last Jaunt for 2011

Last Dec 3 and 4, my sister (Ate Lily), my sister's friends (Irene, Auberry, Kenneth and Leanne), my boyfriend (Mark), and I went to Batangas for an adventure.
First stop is the Residencia de Riego and Resort located in the town of Alitagtag, Batangas. The facilities and views are good, very relaxing and attractive. However, we just noticed that the service is poor especially in their restaurant. The server is not polite, he will keep you waiting at the counter and if he saw you, he will act like he doesn't see you. That's the only problem in this place. 

Instead of talking the poor service, let's highlight the good side of this resort. Facilities are good and has nice ambience. They have their restaurant and bar.
 Each room has a ref, tv, air conditiong unit, ceiling fans, hot and cold shower, and a good room-ambience for those who want to have a good sleep.
 The outside view in the morning: the breath-taking beauty of the surroundings...

 The recreation areas, where you can play darts, billiards, and sing in their videoke.

This resort is famous on its 12 color-logic lights swimming pools. You will be delighted with the changing colors of the pools.
The following day, we headed to Cuenca, Batangas. From my Auntie's house, we've walked for about 30 minutes going to what they call, "Sablay".
When we reached "Sablay", we did not wait any minute to take the pictures of the beauty of the Mother Nature. From there, you may see the splendid beauty of Mt. Makulot and the Taal Lake.
All in all, the trip was fun. Mark and I met a new circle of friends. This will be the last for the year. And another enjoyable journeys for the coming years. :)
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Hong Kong: Our First Out-of-the-Country Trip

This is a late post, but I believe that it's better late than never. :D

Last August 19-22,  my honey and I, together with his parents traveled to Hong Kong, China for a vacation.

From airport, Mark and I went to Lantau via Airport Express and MTR.

We took a cable car going to Ngong Ping Village. The view from the cable car is breath-taking.

When we reached the Ngong Ping Village, we then strolled around, went to Po Lin Monastery...

then to Giant Buddha...

then we walked 15-20 mins to reach the Wisdom Path....

From Lantau Island, we rode the Hong Kong MTR to reach the Hong Kong Island where we will ride a Peak Tram going to The Peak or also known as Victoria Peak. Peak Tram is a train traveling in an inclined plane or cliff railway. The view  from Peak Tram is weird as you will see the buildings and trees in their slant position (because the railway is inclined).
We then proceed to Madame Tussauds, a wax museum of famous personalities and celebrities.
After exploring Madame Tussauds, we then decided to have our dinner to Burger King, and then went to Sky Terrace 428, the highest viewing platform in Hong Kong.
This also offers a 360-degree panoramic view.
Second day was with a traven agent. This time, we already traveled with Mark's parents. Since we are in a tour package, we went to Avenue of Stars, then to Jewelry Shop (the boring one).
 After the boring jewelry shop, we then proceed to Disneyland and meet with Mickey and Minnie Mouse!
 We ended the day with the Disneyland fireworks. 

 Third day, we traveled with our own again. We rode a double-decker bus going to Hong Kong Ocean Park.
The Ocean Park in Hong Kong is much different from the Philippines. There are lots of different animals, other than fish, like the cutey-cute pandas. There are also different rides.

We've also watched the dolphins and sea lions with their incredible talents.
After Ocean Park, we went to Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong Island to ride a ferry going to Kowloon Peninsula.
Then we watched the "Symphony of Lights" near the Harbour, along the Tsim Sha Tsui  waterfront.
Our day did not end with the lights, we went to different night markets in Hong Kong: Mong Kok, Temple Street, Nathan Road, and Nam Cheong.

We left Hong Kong on the following day. We were too early for our 10am flight and so we shopped for shirts and ballpen before going to our assigned gate number. The Hong Kong airport is too big, that you need to ride a train going to your designated gate.

Out tour was fun and I'll definitely come back here. :)
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