Tuesday, April 5, 2016

HongKong- Macau Holiday Part 2


Here to continue the long derailed HongKong post.

A night and a day spent in Macau is  definitely not enough.  Nevertheless, we had a great adventure exploring this historic territory of China.  Sad as it is,  we had to move on to our next destination.

Hello, HongKong!
Upon sunset,  we were at the Macau ferry terminal queuing up for a ferry ride to HongKong.   'Twas not a long wait til we embarked, disembarked, passed the immigration area then exited through  a shopping mall named Shun Tak Centre.  And oh, by the way, I was disappointed when the immigration officer just issued a grocery receipt type of visa approval and not a stamp mark in my passport.  I doubt if the print is lasting or if that small receipt won't be lost.  Anyway..

We had dinner right at the mall before flagging down a cab to Mongkok.  'Twas a long ride before we reached our hotel late that night  A simple hotel this time, but situated in a very nice location, just right next to the Ladies Market   Our hotel room wasn't as big like the Sheraton but gives its purpose.  Thus, our appreciation for the good accomodation.

Our first day adventure:  HongKong Central Park, its vicinity and the Victoria Peak.






We were supposed to take the tram ride to the most sought after HongKong peak but a long queue prevented us from doing so.  We took a cab instead which was greatly cheaper and faster (as we had skipped the extensive queue) than the tram ride.  So amazed when we reached the top.  The Victoria Peak is the place where you can catch the most spectacular  sight of HongKong especially at night.  I just wished no big crowd hampered our desire for a striking photo op.

Second Hongkong day destination:  Ocean Park

This park hasn't changed much since a decade ago.  The massive aquarium with sting rays, sharks and many other marine creatures is still the main attraction.






Outside the huge aquarium are displays of various animals and  lots of souvenir shops.  What we love most are the fun rides, apart from the cable rides.  Who said fun rides are only for the young?  Could never have enough of them even to this late age! Okay, smirk at my ways, but allow me to enjoy! Btw,  our lunch in Ocean Park cost us so much!  About Php1.5k/head if converted to peso.   We were comparing it to a decent buffet lunch we had in a decent hotel here in the Phils.

Third day exploration:  HongKong Disneyland

This is any child's dream place.   We are no kids but we absolutely enjoyed every minute of our stroll.  Couldn't help but admire all the welcoming live disney characters. The thrilling rides make me young again!   We watched the  Disney characters' fantastic stage play/ performances and it was truly marvelous!  Then the spectacular fireworks on closing time  Nothing but overflowing joy and happiness after the day ended in that fantastic park named HongKong Disneyland!





Fourth and last day of HongKong escapade:  Relaxing walk around MongKok

We always had a nice walk around here every night of our stay, before retiring to our hotel.  This is where we enjoyed best our food trips.  From all kinds of noodles, Chinese specialties,  Japanese, or steaks, all are delectable and not that pricey.  Our tummies were overly spoiled! For the last few hours we had in MongKok,  we whiled away the time in Ladies Market.  Then I made a wrong move ('cause I had no plan of buying) when  I casually asked for the price of a bag I saw hanging in a stall. The next thing I knew, the very  sales lady won't allow me to leave until I gave in.   So from then on, I was scared to ask for prices unless I really want to buy. Lol!








By the afternoon, we were on board the MTR to the airport.  Can't help but envy the smooth ride we had in a comfortable public transpo going to the airport.  Had our late afternoon meal while waiting for our departure.




It was a tiring 5nights 6days vacation but   truly exhilirating!  Certainly 'twas another wonderful and a memorable fambam vacation for all of us!




Saturday, April 2, 2016

Simple Strategies To Get Your Life Going And Growing


If you're interested in taking your life to a new level this year, don't wait until December. Instead, get started right now so you can take your life from mediocre to marvelous. Here are just three life optimization strategies that can help you realize the goal: 

1. Update Your Home.

One great way to improve the quality of your life is by updating your home. Occupying living space that is highly functional and visually engaging can elevate your mood, and you'll love the private property you come home to. With all of this in mind, make sure that you find a top notch renovation expert who can implement the positive changes necessary to enhance your living space. You can locate contractors in your area and find free quotes today by visiting www.renovationexperts.com.

2. Start Travelling.

Another life optimization technique you can employ to take your world to a new level is travelling. Travelling is a wonderful way to expand your consciousness, enjoy time away from your traditional world of work, and bond with your family or comrades in a powerful new way. Moreover, the Internet makes it easier than ever to travel now that there are online agencies that will coordinate your trip. 

3. Get Your Body Moving.

One final life optimization strategy you can deploy to start living fully and freely is to get your body moving. Unfortunately, many people don't get in the recommended daily activity necessary to facilitate optimal mental and physical function. To avoid the pitfalls that result from leading a sedentary life, make sure you get in the habit of exercising regularly. There are a wide range of activities you can engage in, and some of them include:

-jumping rope
-pilates
-basketball
-weight-lifting
-baseball
-running
-cycling 

Note that you'll attain a wide range of life-giving benefits from exercise, including increased metabolism, better digestion, mood regulation, weight management, and boosted immunity. 

Conclusion 

If you're ready to lead the most productive, positive life possible, be sure to embrace behavioral change. To get something different in life, you have to do something different. Luckily, the strategies outlined above provide you with the information you need to start seeing the results you want. By updating your home, travelling, and getting your body moving, you'll likely find that your life becomes as amazing as you dreamed it would!



Sunday, February 21, 2016

Success Strategies That Can Take Your Restaurant To A New Level


Running a restaurant is an exciting enterprise to undertake. And in many cases, what makes the work exciting is seeing absolutely amazing results in the form of increased conversion, optimized connectivity, and a level of performance that leaves competitors in the dust. If you're ready to take your restaurant into a new dimension of success, it's time to start thinking critically about which strategies you need to deploy to make it happen. Here are three of many success strategies you can use to take your restaurant to a new level: 

1. Blog Work. 

While many business owners have taken advantage of digital advertising strategies like social media optimization and online reputation management, some have yet to tap into the power of blogging. Don't make this mistake. Blogging can be one of the most interactive forms of online advertising you ever engage in. For example, you can develop Q & A style blog posts that enable your viewers to ask questions about your brand or even learn more about you as a person. This type of enhanced connectivity can accelerate conversion and optimize the relationship-building process to help build your base of lifelong, loyal clients. (It's also important to know that all of the other online advertising strategies available to you can help generate these results as well. With that idea in mind, remember to adopt a holistic approach to the digital marketing process!) 

2. Menu Updates. 

In addition to using blog work as a means through which to expand your customer base and build your restaurant business, consider the value of updating your menu. Doing so shows your clients that you maintain a cutting edge perspective which involves offering new and/or seasonal dishes. You can purchase drink menu covers, menus, and numerous other menu-related items from online retailers such as Menu Designs. 

3. Brand Ambassadors. 

One final technique that can really take your restaurant business to a new level of success is building brand ambassadors. These individuals help build your company by sharing information regarding your services and products with the people in their social networks. There are hundreds of ways that you can build brand ambassadors, one of which includes a referral reward program in which customers who get a friend to make a purchase receive 20% off their next meal (or something along these lines). 

Conclusion 

If you're ready for your restaurant business to step into a new dimension of success, this quick reference guide is for you. Utilize the success strategies outlined above to take your restaurant to the next level now!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

HongKong-Macau Holiday - Part -1

This is a very late post long saved in my page.  Bear with me as I try to rekindle my interest in blogging.

For many years, going back to HongKong had always been in my mind.  It's been more than a decade since my first HK trip and not few attempts were made for a return trip.  Obviously now, those were not the right time for me.


November 22 of last year was our 35th wedding anniversary.  (Yeah, we have aged and gone this far.  ...I feel blessed and grateful!)  Our usual way of celebrating the occasion is to go on a trip together with the big kiddos.  This time, my Hong Kong dream is finally realized.   Best of all, it was a 6d/ 5n vacay not only to Hong Kong but Macau included.

We left for Macau via Cebu Pacific on Thursday, November 19.  We arrived late in the evening, a delay far beyond our actual schedule due to the APEC event happening during the time.  Our room in Sheraton Hotel is just perfect for us. The room has a fantastic view.  We regret not having booked for a longer stay. We love the place!

The view from our hotel room.

Sheraton Hotel Facade.

Venetian Hotel was the first on our Macau tour itinerary.  'Twas the magnificent edifice that captures my sight from our hotel room window..  It's only few blocks away from where we're billeted so we zestfully walked from Sheraton to Venetian.  The hotel/mall complex of Venetian is truly impressive. I'm amazed with its structural design especially on the area where it looks like we are strolling under a clear blue sky. It's where one can take a relaxing gondola ride  in the Venice Canal replica.

The Venetian complex also houses most of the well known high fashion designers and brands.  Unfortunately we had no time for them! .. Or to state it clearer, we had no budget for them.  That's it!  Lol!  Our real target there was the food court area.  There are lots of food outlets but not much difficulty to find what I want. I love most of what I've seen.   I truly love Chinese food, that's why! My first pick was none other than my fave, the Peking Duck and a few more.  Prices of food I would say was a bit expensive if converted to Philippine peso but that's how it is!  Travel and food tripping always come side by side.  After we've filled up, we took a peek of the Casino and daughter tried the slots machine.  I guess she truly enjoyed playing but unluckily,  she won nothing but a piece of paper with a 1$ value to be claimed.   She had fun, anyway! Haha..


At the Venetian Hotel.

My favorite Peking Duck.

Macau Tower was next on our itinerary.   I am acrophobic but I know I can always try climbing up however high a structure is. I've once survived walking on the edge of a 38th floor high in extreme adventure in Cebu. So I know, it would be easier for me this time. Besides, we were only to take a view from the top and not go on a bungee jumping from the 233 meter high tower.  Well, I think, even if I am brave enough to take a jump, I am definitely not that brave enough to spend an arm and a leg for few seconds of thrilling extreme adventure experience.  If my memory serves me right, the cost is almost 2K Macau $.  Just wish I'm rich! Lol!

A pose at the Tower.

Hubby: Watching the view or the viewers?


A peek down under of the Macau Tower.

Gathering all my courage to step on that clear glass flooring.

Macau Tower as mentioned is 233 meter high tower overlooking 360 degree view of Macau vicinity. The view deck has a glass flooring where you can clearly see the roads and visually tiny automobiles down under. On that spot,  I realized, I haven't yet overcome my phobia.  I just couldn't control my terrified emotion.  Ironically though, I still love the experience.

Next on the day's itinerary is the Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral. Reaching the famous tourist spot wasn't easy for us.  Our guide, (daughter and her husband, as they have already visited the place a number of times before) could not quickly remember the road that leads to the ruins. We trekked the wide and narrow roads of Macau as well as the long hidden alleys in between. Passed by the crowded stores of Chinese delicatessens and stopped by at one that attracts our appetite.  No idea how it is called, but we call it "tusok-tusok".  And the food is really good!  Maybe with the help of "tusok-tusok" goodness, we found our way to the Ruins. Lol!  However, we didn't expect it to be as crowded. Every steps are filled with people.  Fambam didn't want to brushed side by side with the crowd.  I climbed up the many steps up to the overly photographed Macau icon if only to satisfy myself that I finally made it there. Then tried to take a decent photo despite the crowd.  Nonetheless, it was great to witness the famous St. Paul's Ruins of Macau. One impressive historical landmark that ultimately has the actual picture which I only used to imagine.

Fambam amongst the crowd.

Hubby with his yummy "tusok-tusok".

The store where we bought the yummy food. 
Customers patiently wait for their turn.


Every street is crowded.

Every step is filled with people.

My decent shot of the Ruins. Lol!

With that folks, our "One Day Macau Tour" ends.  Next would be the HongKong episode. Thank you for your time.




Monday, June 1, 2015

I am still here, you there?

It's been almost a year since my last post!  So many travels, events, things and people to write about but I was lost.. and still is, I guess!

I am here only because I happened to view a number of unpublished comments I haven't noticed for quite a time.  My sincere apology!

For the trickles of paid blogging offers I always let go, I just hope I could still pick them up when I'm ready.  But I doubt it!   I feel so outcasted from blogosphere!

To those visitors who have stumled upon this neglected blog,  please bear with me for now.   Nevertheless, I still invite you to drop by some time again for some new real good post to read about.

Thank you for your time and hope to see you again! God bless!






Friday, August 1, 2014

La Luz Resort Birthday Getaway

I consider it as my birthday getaway.  But if truth be told, we’re just obliged to visit the place for the Clan’s (DH’s side) forthcoming grand reunion.  La luz has long been in my bucket list but never had the chance to visit.  Glad that we were tasked to inspect the place which pressed DH on to grant me my birthday wish.  That is, spending my birthday in La Luz Beach Resort.  The simple ocular inspection turned out to be our brief vacation.  An accidental birthday getaway!  Our nephew came with us along with his wife and son. They were our guests cum co-inspectors! But unlike us (DH, DS and DD), this young family chose to stay only for a day.


La Luz Beach Resort, for all I’ve heard of, is one of the most beautiful if not the best resort in Laiya, San Juan, Batangas.  It isn’t too far from Metro Manila, (just about 4 hours drive more or less )  and it offers packages that could suit our reunion’s needs.  Thus,  the getaway! ..   Or rather,  the ocular inspection! Armed with the clan’s go signal, we were set to pay the fee to reserve.   But we had to call it off .   You’ll find  the reasons why!

Heaven gifted us with a good weather that Sunday, my birthday!  La Luz was reached swiftly at the expected time.  A guard stationed on a makeshift gate directed us to park on a spacious but bumpy parking lot.  DS, our driver, wasn’t aware that the rough ground have deep sunken parts every here and there...  resulting therefore to the car’s frequent thump and thud.  
  
 the bumpy car park

 the pebbled "reception hall"

Not too far is the reception hall.  It’s a “hall” of pebbled soil flooring and bamboo benches to rest on while sipping the Gulaman welcome drinks.   The welcome drinks are included in our food package that cost P1,350./pax for overnight guests and P900./pax for day tour guests.  After registering on the resort’s log book, we headed down the steep stairs leading to the resort proper.  While stepping down, I thought of my MIL, the clan’s grand matriarch, as she would certainly have to exert extra effort climbing up and down that high steep stairs.  We are 100% sure, she would complain.  

 the stairway down to the resort proper
 

Our reserved Premium room is A-okay. I would say, not bad for P4,500./night for 6pax/max.   It has 2 semi-double beds(one with pull out bed), a big nice bath room complete with toiletries and almost new white towels. Beddings are sparkling white. No TV nor ref though.  They purposely omit those to maintain the natural ambiance according to their website.  For beach lover that is me, it’s all right.   All that matters is the beautiful beach! 

 our reserved Premium room

 the beach and sand/pebbles

 my lunch plate

The beach is nice from afar. As they say, picture perfect! I wanted to try the waters right away, but our growling tummies were more excited for the buffet lunch!  … Excitement that turned to total disappointment upon seeing the food.   Buffet food offered consisted of veggie salad, the ingredients of which I can’t remember, fried tilapia, over cooked sauteed squash and string beans with shrimps and pork adobo for the main course.  For dessert are fresh pineapple and papaya and iced tea for unlimited drinks.   I’m a non-pork eater so I had to content myself with the soggy fried tilapia and the over cooked squash and sitaw with shrimps .  Our nephew wasn’t able to eat lunch as the buffet counter was already hidden when he came back from the beach.   Nephew said he doesn’t have the appetite anyway!   Well, who would have the appetite with those very ordinary home cooked dishes?!  If only they allow guests to bring in food, we wouldn’t have starved that much! After filling up, we ran to the beach forewarned by nephew of big sharp stones.  Indeed, we couldn’t walk on the beach without hurting our feet, especially under water.  The beach sand isn’t sand but pebbles.  Moreover, walking on the sand(pebbles) is laborious since feet sinks in with every single step made.  I wore my slippers as I walked back to the shore but pebbles that get in between my sole and slippers brought forth more pain on my feet.   

 snack

Come Snack time:  Pancit, LumpiangToge (mongo sprout), Banana cue, and Kutsinta (sticky rice cake) and Orange juice.  -   We were all full after the snack, not because we love the food but more of having been starved much at lunch time.  Satiated hunger via the banana cue at Kutsinta.  “Pwede na rin”!
  
blue coral's beach
the blue coral's swimming pool
one of their family rooms 

 We took time to see another resort nearby, the Blue Coral Resort.  It’s a far cry from La Luz.  Maybe slightly pricier but much more beautiful in all aspect of a resort , not to mention the big swimming pool.  Accommodation style is the same with packaged full meal.  We asked for their lunch on that day. Mentioned few are Chicken BBQ, Beef Kare-kare,  Grilled Fish, etc. How couldn’t we be envious? Lol! We would have chosen this resort for our venue but didn’t try getting into their beach. As it is located on the same area, we surmised the sand/pebbles is no different from La Luz.



 rice and penne pasta
 mushroom and young corn / steamed fish fillet
 white chicken /  pork hamonado
 cold buko with gelatine /  fresh pineapple and papaya

Back to La Luz, we’re pleased that dinner is much, much  better than what we had at lunch!  I found it unfair for Day Tour guests that those “ better” dishes are not offered at lunch. Nephew and wife were deprived of a good meal coz it’s not included in their food package. Can't help but feel sorry for them!

Breakfast consists of garlic rice, Tinapa, corned beef, butter and bread, and the only one I enjoyed, the mushroom, sweet pepper, onion omelet  sans the  ham for me.  Simple but filling!

At the end of the day, our La Luz Resort birthday getaway is not all dissatisfaction and regret after all!  We had one good time to bond. It’s a birthday wish well granted and being in a beach with my family is .. over and over I say, total happiness for me!  I’m grateful for it.  Likewise acknowledging DH’s plain and unfussy way of showing  ...he cares! Thanks to him!  

La Luz Resort for our reunion's venue?  An absolute two thumbs down! You think we'd come back?  No way!



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