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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My Third Time in Hong Kong: Last Day

On our last day in Hong Kong, we went by with our morning routines as unhurried as possible. We didn't have a specific itinerary for the day. We were no longer planning to visit any tourist spot or go sightseeing. We just wanted to go... drumroll please... SHOPPING!

Now, before you think that I'm a shopaholic or a spoiled mall rat, let me tell you that I'm not. Hong Kong is also known as a great shopping destination, so I was pretty sure I was going to score some good buys from our trip. Our first shopping stop for the day was IKEA in Causeway Bay.

This way to IKEA. 

IKEA was heaven. I bought a pack of hangers, cutlery, rubber coverings for cabinets, paper napkin holder, among others. Had there been more space in my luggage, I would've bought more. Maybe I would just reserve that for my next trip. *wink wink*

Next, we stopped by Forever 21 in Causeway Bay, and I bought a skirt and some bracelets. Then, for our last stop, we went back to Olympian mall where I bought Avene beauty products at Sasa and a pair of shorts at H&M. After that, we went back to the hotel. We had already checked out that morning before going shopping, so I had no choice but to shamelessly fix my suitcase IN THE HOTEL LOBBY. Well, we did pick a spot that's quite concealed, but still, a couple of guests checking in couldn't resist taking a peek at the goods I was putting inside my suitcase. I didn't really mind. All I was thinking at that time was to fix everything as fast as I could so we could already go to the airport and settle down while waiting for our flight. 

Overall, my third time in Hong Kong is awesome, if not better than my previous visits. However, I still feel I haven't explored much of it. I'll definitely go back; I'm just not sure when. But when I do, I'll most likely explore the less tourist-y areas, take pictures again, and capture as much memories as I can. 

Yeah! I had so much fun in Hong Kong! 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

My Third Time in Hong Kong: Off to Macau

On our third day in Hong Kong, my dearest and I went to Macau, which is a one-hour ferry ride from Hong Kong. His sister works at The Venetian, and we would meet her there for lunch. I was excited to see Macau because this was my first time to visit the former Portuguese colony, and seeing it with my dearest by my side made it extra special.

I was worried that I would get sea-sick during the ferry ride, so I took an anti-nausea tablet an hour before boarding. Thankfully, I didn't get dizzy or whatever during the ride, as I just slept through half of it. At around 11:30 a.m., we arrived at the port of Macau, where the different signs are written in Portuguese, English, and Chinese. After having our documents checked by the Macau immigration officials, my dearest and I boarded the bus going The Venetian.

We were to meet my dearest's sister, Ate Roanne, at Portofino, an Italian restaurant.

So excited to eat pasta! Yum yum yum! :D

Because my dearest's sister was still at work, we decided to walk around The Venetian. My dearest had already been there a couple of times before, so I though he already knew the way. I was wrong. Haha! Well, the place is huge and it was really hard to memorize all the exits and hallways and what leads to where. But we still enjoyed walking around, checking out the different shops, and of course, taking pictures.

The Venetian's beautiful ceiling

One of the shops

A feel of Venice in Asia

Of course, I must  have a solo photo standing...

...and sitting, too. 

We went back to Portofino at 12:30 p.m.. Ate Roanne was waiting for us by the entrance of the restaurant. It was so great to see her.

Selfie/groupie while waiting for our food
(Photo courtesy of Ate Roanna)

We ate different types of bread, and then salad, and four different types of pasta. I forgot what exactly did we eat. All I remember is they were DELICIOUS! Yum! I love pasta! That was an awesome lunch. Sorry I didn't get to take a photo of the food. When they were served, we ate them right away. 

The Venetian's pool area. Can you see the construction site over there? 
That's the ongoing construction of The Parisian. Whoa! Seems like I'm going to have a taste of Paris without going to Paris, after all. But it would be lovely if I would be able to go 
to the City of Love someday.

After lunch, my dearest and I saw the Ice World Exhibition (thank you so much, Ate Roanne, for the VIP passes). It was sooooooooooo cold inside! The temperature was -8 degrees Celsius. I was freezing even if we were given thermal jackets. But still, we still enjoyed seeing the different ice sculptures. 

I even slid down the ice! 

I should have sung, "Let it go! Let it go!" Hahaha!

Then, my dearest and I went to San Malo. Sightseeing, here, sightseeing there. Pictures here, pictures there. 

The famous St. Paul Ruins in San Malo

Quaint buildings and cobblestone streets in San Malo

The fountain in San Malo

More shops

And tourists

Walking in the rain

My dearest and I in San Malo

Macau Public Park

My dearest trying the gym equipment at the Macau Public Park

Of course, I should try it, too!

When it was already dark, we went back to The Venetian, ate dinner with Ate Roanne, and walked around the hotel some more. 

I love all our pics together.

Ate Roanne taking a photo of us. 

My dearest and I got back to Hong Kong at already past midnight. The trains were already closed, so we just took a cab from the ferry terminal to our hotel at Tai Kok Tsui Road. When we got back, that's when I felt how tired I was. But it was soooo worth it. I would definitely go back to Macau with my dearest, especially when The Parisian is already built. But for now, I'll daydream and plan for when we're going to travel again together.  

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Friends and Favors

Before I go on sharing with you the rest of my Hong Kong and Macau trip, let me detour a bit and share with you something that has been bothering me lately: friends, or so you think. How do you know if a friend is worth keeping in your life? How do you know if who you call "friend" really care about you? And the most important question of all: how do you know if you'd be better off without that "friend" in your life?

Don't you hate it when someone buzzes you on Facebook or whatever form of social media, asks how you are, but only to ask something from you? And when that person gets a negative answer from you, that person disappears from the conversation? Me--I absolutely hate it. I'm so close to posting an FB status that reads: If you're gonna ask something from me, just say it right away. Don't start with asking how I am--or worse, saying that you miss me--only to segue to your real purpose. And in the occasion that you start the conversation by an obligatory but fake "how are you," at least have the courtesy to end the conversation, instead of simply disappearing into cyberspace.

Forgive me if I'm assailing your ears (err... I mean eyes) with my rant. I just want to let my frustration (and fine, anger) with those people out. I'm so close to unfriending them on social media, but I think that's an immature thing to do. I'll just try to calmly receive their messages and turn them down. Or better yet, I'll probably just ignore them the next time they send me a message. Maybe then, they'll get the point.

I hope I don't get that type of message on Facebook anymore. I hope the next time someone sends me a PM, it's because of a genuine desire to catch up. Or else, I would have to perfect the art of "seen-zoning." I bet nothing could top how awful it is to be ignored.