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at Mong Kok Night Market, HK

On the Streets of Hong Kong

June 30, 2017. MNL-HK via Philippine Airlines | I flew to Hong Kong with my husband and two teenage sons.

We had a lot of fun exploring the streets of Hong Kong for two reasons.

Taking the MTR is very convenient to go around Hong Kong.

It’s very efficient. You only wait two minutes at most once you are at the platform. Then you get to your destination in no less than an hour for shorter trips or about an hour or so for longer trips. Fro example, our travel time from Hong Kong International Airport to Central Station is only about 40 minutes, and the distance is about 39 kilometers. The maximum speed of the Airport Express Line is 135km/hr. One time, my card was not working and I had to tap it several times. All of a sudden, an MTR worker came rushing to my aide. Although the advice was that we get an Octopus card, we didn’t. Instead, we would get a card each time we took the MTR. Getting the Octopus card may be more convenient, but we enjoyed keying in our destination every time. There were no lines to the machines, anyway. LOL.

Taking a cab is easy.

When our feet get too tired from walking to different exits at the MTR, we would hail a cab. The driver, even if he was hard on English, would listen intently to us, and would sped away, taking us to where we were going… no questions asked. One time, we noticed that the taxi meter was going too fast, the driver deducted some amount when we reached our stop. The gesture was very commendable!

Taking the MTR or the cab, either way, it was easy and fast to go from one place to the other. Just be ready with your walking shoes and your conditioned feet for walking. Ha ha!

Here are a few sites on the streets.

Causeway Bay

A street on Causeway Bay.

Causeway Bay is Hong Kong’s energetic retail heart. Luxury malls, department stores and boutiques pack its western end, while bargain hunters roam the Jardine’s Crescent street market. Numerous dining options, from upscale restaurants to street-food stalls, dot the area. Local meeting points include Hong Kong Central Library, with its historic collections, and tranquil Victoria Park, popular for Tai chai sessions. Here are top 10 things to see and do in Causeway Bay. As for us, we went there for one reason: to get Onitsuka shoes.

Hong Kong Central

Hong Kong Central.

Central is Hong Kong’s frenetic business and retail heart, crammed with skyscrapers, swanky malls and luxury hotels. Iconic Victoria Harbor is filled with ferries and traditional boats. The neighborhood is known for nightlife, with raucous pubs and nightclubs in Lan Kwai Fong, and wine bars and trendy restaurants in nearby SoHo. Away from the bustle, are Hong Kong Park and the Zoological and Botanical Gardens. Explore the top 10 attractions at Central.

Still at Hong Kong Central

Still at Hong Kong Central

Central Station, Hong Kong

Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Entrance to Kowloon Park

Entrance to Kowloon Park at Tsim Tsa Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Kowloon Park is a large public park in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. It has an area of 13.3 hectares and is managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. {Wikipedia}

On the streets of Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

On the streets of Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

On the streets of Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

On the streets of Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

Sai Ying Pun is an area in Western District, in the northwestern part of Hong Kong Island, in Hong Kong. It is administratively part of the Central and Western District. Sai Ying Pun is built on the steeply sloping lower slopes of Victoria Peak and also on the western reclamation. The areas of Shek Tong Tsui and Kennedy Town are located to the west, Sheung Wan and Tai Ping Shan are to the east, and the Mid-Levels is higher up the hill to the south. Victoria Harbour is to the north.

Our hotel, the Grand City Hotel, is on Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun. We would walk the road for 5 days, passing by a McDonald’s, restaurants, wet markets, and fruit stands. But little did we know that there are more to explore in this place.

On the streets of Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

On the streets of Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

At Mong Kok, Hong Kong

At Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Mong Kok is a buzzing maze of narrow streets, known for shopping. Stalls with clothes and knick-knacks cram the vast Ladies’ Market, plants and colorful blooms fill the Flower Market, while Fa Yuen Street is full of sneaker and sports stores. Nearby, the Temple Street Night Market is a mix of curios, fortune tellers and food stands. Foodies explore the area’s street food stalls, tea houses and casual eateries. Here are top 10 things to see and do in Mong Kok.

Mong Kok at Night

On the streets of Mong Kok, Hong Kong at night. We were looking for the night markets at this time. We were disappointed at the night markets though. We didn’t find good thing to buy.

Mong Kok at Night

On the streets of Mong Kok, Hong Kong

On the streets of Mong Kok, Hong Kong

On the streets of Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Mong Kok Night Market

Sai Yeung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Nathan Road, Tsim Tsa Tsui, Hong Kong

On Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Tsim Sha Tsui is a shopping and nightlife district in Kowloon. Casual eateries and eclectic local shops are packed along neon-lit Nathan Road, while luxury malls line nearby Canton Road. The Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, on Victoria Harbour, is a popular spot to appreciate Hong Kong’s skyline views, while mainstream concerts and musicals are performed at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Top 10 things to see and do in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Tsim Tsa Tsui MTR Station

Coming out of the MTR at the Tsim Sha Tsui

An ice cream vendor at Harbour View, Hong Kong

An ice cream vendor at Harbour View, Hong Kong

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Tips on How You Can Save Money Every Time You Travel

It’s possible to travel and have fun without having to spend a fortune and max out your best travel credit cards, only to pay it all off in the coming months. Spending a lot of money on holiday does not guarantee you’ll have more fun, anyway. Traveling need not be all about lavish and unnecessary spending. Below are some ideas that you can try to save money while traveling without sacrificing fun and relaxation.

Look for Affordable Accommodations

It’s nice to stay in a beautiful hotel. But if you will be spending all day outside visiting must-see tourist attractions, you will only be using your hotel room for shower and sleep. Instead of fancy hotels, you can opt to stay at more affordable boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts, or backpacker’s hostels. If you’re not fussy, you can also check if your destination has couch-surfing options.

Cook Your Own Meals

Food costs can add up rapidly if you’re not careful. Instead of eating lunch and dinner at restaurants, you can buy groceries and cook your own meals. You can just make your own breakfast or have a light dinner at your hotel room.

Most hotel breakfasts are also expensive, and they don’t taste that spectacular as well. If you don’t want to feel deprived of the local cuisine, you can allot one meal to eat outside. Check online for restaurants near your area. Read reviews and compare prices. This way, you’ll know which dishes are worth trying, and how much you have to spend on your meal.

Avoiding Eating in Touristy Places

Sometimes you just have to give in because they are so conveniently near the tourist attractions. But remember to not eat within six blocks of a huge tourist attraction. Prices at these food establishments are way more expensive because locals like to think that all tourists have big money to spend while on vacation.

What you can do instead is to explore side streets and hole in the wall establishments. You will have to be adventurous, but the food is a lot more exciting, costs a lot cheaper, and tastes a whole lot better.

Use Public Transportation

You can Uber your way around town, but what’s the use of going to a place you’ve never been if you have a driver taking you around town? Explore and discover places by walking, cycling, rowing, or taking buses and trains. Take midnight buses or overnight trains when you’re going home late. They’re cheaper and way more fun than sitting at the backseat of a taxi or rented car.

Make the Most out of Free Tourist attractions

Beaches, mountains, museums, and parks are your best bets when it comes to enjoying and exploring without spending anything. Most museums are free in any country you visit. Some may have special exhibits or events that will require a fee or donation. Parks and beaches are usually open to the public. If you want to hike, you can get a local guide or join a group to save on costs.

Already on your toes and ready to go? If you’re traveling on a budget, be sure to check out these best budget places to visit in the Philippines, pure enjoyment guaranteed without breaking the bank!

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Explore Siquijor Island

Siquijor Island Tourist Map (Explore Siquijor FB Page)

Photo grabbed from Explore Siquijor Facebook Page

Siquijor is small but an  island full of mysteries, so they say.

Because of stories of witchcraft, the uninitiated stepping on the island for the first time will feel a bit scared and cautious. But the island really is very welcoming to all guests. I should know, it’s my hometown! :)

When you arrive on the island, you will be welcomed by fresh air and serene sights of ocean and mountains. Except in Larena, the municipality that doesn’t sleep, the quiet atmosphere of the other municipalities is broken only by sporadic spurts of motorcyles and motorcabs.

It’s an island worth exploring for its beach and mountain resorts, fresh produce and warm people.

When in Siquijor

1. Drink fresh buko juice.
2. Eat boiled or fried bananas.
3. Eat native bread made with “tuba” (coconut wine) and stuffed with “bukayo” (sweetened grated coconut meat).
4. Visit old churches.
5. Visit beaches/sanctuaries.
6. Watch the sunset and sunrise.
7. Attend fiestas where anyone can just go in and out of houses and partake of the feast.
8. Check out boulevards.
9. Go cliff-jumping in Salagdoong Beach.
10. Tour the island in one day.

How to get to Siquijor

1. From Manila, take a flight or boat ride to Dumaguete. From Dumaguete, take a ferry or boat ride to Larena or Siquijor. Shipping lines such as Montenegro Shipping Lines. Check schedule here. Or you may take Delta Fast Ferries. Check schedule here.

2. From Cebu, take a flight via Cebu Pacific to Dumaguete or take a bus (Ceres) ride to Liloan Cebu and take the ferry to Sibulan, Dumaguete. Check schedule here. Then from Dumaguete, refer to #1.

Where to stay in Siquijor

There are plenty of inns and resorts to choose from. Check out Local Philippines.

For the rest about the island, I leave it to you to explore and enjoy your trip!

St. Isidore Labrador Church, Lazi, Siquijor

St. Isidore Labrador Church, Lazi, SiquijorSt. Isidore Labrador Convent, Lazi, Siquijor

St. Isidore Labrador Convent, Lazi, Siquijor

Salagdoong Beach

Salagdoong Beach, Maria, SiquijorBoating at Salagdoong Beach Resort,  Maria, Siquijor

Boating at Salagdoong Beach, Maria, SiquijorAccommodation at Coco Grove Beach and Dive Resort

Accommodation at Coco Grove Beach & Dive Resort, San Juan, SiquijorAn intimate dining area, Coco Grove Beach & Dive Resort, San Juan, Siquijor

Intimate Dining at Coco Grove Beach & Dive Resort, San Juan, Siquijor

Resto along the beach of Coco Grove Beach & Dive Resort, San Juan, Siquijor

Resto along the beach of Coco Grove Beach & Dive Resort, San Juan, Siquijor

Sunset in Dumalaay

Sunset at Dumalaay Boulevard Cangmalalag, Larena, SiquijorSunrise in LarenaSunrise, Larena Bay, Siquijor

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Philippines with its Unique Sights and Mouthwatering Cuisines, a True Paradise to Satisfy your Wanderlust

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Philippines is heaven for any traveler, with its tropical islands that have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, luxury resorts, amiable villages, tantalizing nightlife and the most delicious cuisine. The country should be on the bucket list of any vacationer who loves to explore nature and loves to try different and delectable food.

People who have never been to the Philippines think that it is a country buzzing with tourists and nothing novel to offer to those who love adventure. While it is true that it is becoming a popular tourist destination, which according to the government report, 2,619,625 visitors have already visited the country, it still has much more to offer to excited backpackers and those on a quest for a unique experience.

The striking places and sights that make the Philippines a dreamland for a traveler:

With more than seven thousand islands, most of which are untouched, Philippines is the best place for a true nature lover. One can explore the beautiful Chocolate Hills that are considered one of the most breathtaking National Geological Monuments, or one can take a walk through history and visit nearly 2,000-year-old rice terraces that were sculpted by the earliest inhabitants of the island or enjoy the pristine beaches, some of which have diving or snorkeling activities where you get to explore splendid coral reefs.

Intramuros also called the Walled City lies at the heart of Manila, you can visit some of the oldest museums, churches and ruins here.

If you love exploring then Rizal Park is a perfect spot for you, pack your travel gear and take a stroll around this park. The park is named after a famous poet and national hero Jose Rizal. And if you believe the spooky tales, then many locals believe this park is haunted.

The Philippines with many islands offers a great range of surfing spots, however, if you do not like large crowds, then pack your surfing gear and rush to Catanduanes that is situated in the Bicol Region. It is a very secluded spot. Here you can surf on the grandiose waves and enjoy the majestic sea.

Whenever you plan an adventurous holiday, it is a good idea to take a travel insurance so your trip is full of adventure and is completely safe. If you packed light and forgot the important travelling gears then you can easily buy travel essentials at Kaymu at local affordable prices.

Experience the most tantalizing Filipino cuisine:

Filipino Cuisine

No real adventure is complete without trying the local food, and Filipino cuisine will not disappoint you. If you love seafood, then Philippines is like a food paradise for you. Fish is a staple food item that is cooked in a variety of different ways with soy sauce and vinegar.

There are few food combinations that you can find only in the Philippines, the unconventional dish called Balut, which is basically a boiled egg. If you are wondering what is so unusual about a boiled egg, then you are in for a surprise. In this boiled egg is a duck embryo, and you consume from the shell by sipping the broth first, after which you remove the shell and swallow the rest of it. There are other exotic food you will fin while island hopping.

Unleash the globetrotter in you and experience the exotic culture, sights and cuisine of the enchanting land of Philippines.

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Magallanes Interchange Closed, Reroute!

MAGALLANES-FLYOVER-CLOSED

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The southbound lane of the Magallanes flyover along South Super Highway will be closed to traffic starting at 10 p.m. Friday until August 17, Sunday. The road work is in line with the Department of Public Works and Highways’ Magallanes Interchange Rehabilitation Project.

Thus, this rerouting scheme.

I live in the South, and so I hope the traffic won’t be so bad, as it is bad as it is.

My Destination Wish List

I haven’t traveled on business for about seven months now, and the family for about 10 months. Well several reasons, one of which is that we are investing in a big project this year, which we hope will culminate by year end. After that, we are going to be living on a tight budget. LOL

Needless to say, living on a tight budget doesn’t mean not being to travel still. Who knows, I might still go on a trip—free trip at that—courtesy of Air Asia Zest and Nuffnang.

My destinations wish list for this year and into the next year are:

  1. Tagbilaran, Bohol
  2. Puerto Princesa, Palawan
  3. Shanghai, China

My husband went to Shanghai on business a couple of years ago, and he mentioned an interesting place, Pudong, where the old and the new Shanghai sort of faces off each other. I’d like to see that.

It would be interesting to fly with the new Air Asia Zest, after a successful merger of Air Asia and Zest Air. The airline is now offering Filipinos the right way to fly, which means taking you to your dream destinations at affordable prices.

Air Asia Zest flies from Manila to local Philippine destinations. Not only that Filipinos can now travel in Asia with Air Asia.
If you want to be in the loop of latest deals from Air Asia Zest, Like AirAsiaPhilippines on Facebook and Follow @AirAsiaPH on Twitter and tweet using the hash tag #AirAsiaInManila.

Book now! 😀

Why You Need to Take a Vacation with Your Family

Have you been working countless hours trying to get caught up with projects at work and you are just about burnt out and need some time off? Do you want to regroup with your family and take some time so everyone can rest and relax in fun city? Then you need to find New Orleans hotels so you can find the right room that will meet your family’s needs.  There are many hotels to choose from and you will find one that fits within your price range when you search for rooms online.

What to Look for When Reserving a Room

Has it been a while since you last reserved a hotel room for you and your family? If you haven’t taken a vacation in years, then you should know what you should look for when you are reserving your hotel room. You should look for the various types of amenities that the hotel offers that will help make your stay more comfortable. Does the hotel offer a shuttle service or continental breakfast? You should also keep in mind is that the price of a hotel room will usually be higher if the hotel offers additional amenities to their guests.

Relax and Unwind With Your Family

When you are planning your vacation, you will be able to figure out what you want to do with your family while you are spending time together. Do you want to go to the beach or relax by the poolside? You’ll also be able to go out to eat at fine restaurants that aren’t available where you live. You’ll have a relaxing time once you book all your rooms, flights, and rental car on a travel deal website.

Boosting the Gaming Industry in the Philippines

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The 120-hectare integrated casino and tourism hub that is being contructed in Manila Bay is envisioned to boost the gaming industry in the country. Dubbed as the Entertainment City, it will make the Philippines the next market to watch that will overtake those in Las Vegas and Singapore, as indicated in a research report by Citi.

Already there are about 40 casinos in the Philippines and if you are looking for a party casino, then these are highly exclusive slot machine VIP clubs, sure to meet your needs and then some . The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), a government owned and controlled corporation, operates most of these casinos. In 2011, PAGCOR reported a revenue of P36 billion. It hopes to increase this revenue in the years to come.

While many oppose such projects, casinos and other gaming hubs can boost the economy, being a big revenue resource. Being an entertainment hub, it can attract tourists just like in Las Vegas. It’s what’s happening now at Resorts World Manila. People go there not to gamble but to shop and dine, watch plays and see movies. Gamblers gamble, others enjoy the entertainment. It can provide jobs as well. And jobs mean provision which gives people a decent life.

Some Practical Tips 

  1. Bring a watch – Most, if not all casinos don’t have clocks in the gaming area. I guess so that gamblers won’t know the time, and would just play on.
  2. Know the essential areas – These are the restrooms, the restaurant, the area where you can cash out your chips. Often these areas are located in the innermost parts of the building where going to and fro would make you pass by other gaming areas or gaming machines. If you know the reason for this, then you’d know how to avoid the temptation of playing again, if you feel you’ve had enough.
  3. Be a wise player/casino-goer – In gambling, there is such a thing as adrenaline pumping techniques, where you get those near-wins. So you tend to play on some more and win a little. But you want more, so you play again. Know the signs and know when to quit. There also those freebies who would make you stay longer in the area and keep you there.
  4. Avoid alcohol – Obviously, you wouldn’t want to be drunk while playing.
  5. Play with a budget in mind – Let’s hope you stay sober and sane to stick with your budget.