Hong Kong Itinerary Nov 15-20, 2017

1st day – Arrival November 15, 2017 Wednesday

3:00 PM Go to NAIA Terminal 3/Pay Travel Tax/Immigration/Early Dinner

6:20 PM Departure from MNL to HKG

9:10PM Arrival HK International Airport

  • Get maps
  • Pass Immigration
  • Exchange money enough for Octopus Card
  • Get Octopus Card worth 150 HKD each
  • Follow the sign for the Bus
  • Get A21 Bus to Station 14 (Middle Road, Nathan Road) of TST 33 HKD. Press the buzzer when you are in Station 13 to indicate you will go down at Station 14
  • Just walk to where the bus is going, pass Imperial Hotelon your right,and ChungKing is next block on your right.
  • Mirador Mansion is just further up along same row of ChungKing,after Holiday Inn Golden Mile

11:00 PM Arrival /Check In Premium Pearl Guesthouse, 16th floor, Flat A5 & B2 Mirador Mansion, elevator right side, Rest

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Half day tour in Lake Sebu, Cotabato

We were set to go to General Santos October 2, 3, 4 and 5 for the purpose of meeting Jaycee’s Kuya and his family. Together with us is his parents so it’s gonna be a mini reunion for them. 🙂

Since its an opportunity to travel, I want to make sure that we at least visit one of Mindanao’s tourist attraction. I want to go to Mindanao’s Boracay which is Gumasa white sand beach, I also want to experience water tubing in Maitum River, and of course to ride the highest zipline in Southeast Asia at Lake Sebu. But since our time is limited, our time only permitted one. Sadly. Huhuhu. So I chose the latter.

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Daraga Albay in 1 Day

WHAT TO DO IN BICOL IN 1 DAY?

(this was supposed to be a 2 day trip but unfortunately our plane left without us [late kasi kami hahah], so we decided to take a bus instead, sayang)

HOW TO GET THERE?

1. Everyday flights from Cebu Pacific and PAL to Legazpi (1 hour lang andun ka na, antay ka lang promo bes, we got ours 665 petot RT na per pax)

2. Buses like DLTB, PhilTranco, Cagsawa lines to Legazpi (mostly nasa Cubao tong mga to, 12 hour bus ride, prices ranging from 800 to 1000 per pax per way)

WHERE TO STAY?

1. Mayon Backpackers Hostel (this one is the famous Hostel in Legazpi, dito sana kami mgpabook but unfortunately, fully booked na sila nung nginquire ako 1 month before our stay) so the alternative is

2. AVIA INN (kung di ka naman maarte bes at kailangan mo lang ng tutulugan, may aircon, private CR, sa DARAGA to based – mas ok kasi mas malapit sa mga tourist spot, 600 ang regular price nito pag ngwalk in ka sa kanila, good for 2 ung room pero the good thing is my TRAVELOKA! Maginstall ka nyan para sa discount, we got our room for 634 petot, GOOD FOR 2 days NA BES! Laking tipid!

WHAT TO DO IN 1 DAY?
• ATV Tour
• Cagsawa Ruins
• Sumlang Lake
• Quitinday Hills
• Hoyop hoyopan cave
• Daraga Church

ATV in Cagsawa is a must! Do this in the morning around 7AM para di pa masyado mainit and para kitang kita mo pa si MAYON! Mas ok kung yung longer trail (BLACK LAVA Trail) ang kukunin mo because this is soooooo fun to do, sobrang mabibitin ka pag short trail lang. We booked ours sa Love ATV Tours, 1150 petot then 400 cc na gamit mo. First timer? No problem, sobrang dali nya lang gamitin. At first medyo nakakakaba but when you get used to it after the practice trail, easy peezy na lang yan sayo! 

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Memory Lane: 5 years ago, where it all started

5 years ago..

February 7, 2011. Export Bank Plaza in Pasong Tamo Makati City. 24th floor Training Room. West Contact Services. When I first met John Christopher Gonzales. He is sitting at the second row, right side of the room. I am sitting at the 4th row on the left side. We hardly talk and I barely notice his existence because we have different set of friends. I also had another love interest that time so we really didn’t had a chance to get to know each other.

Fast forward, that love interest I am talking about, became a failure. I started to overthink a lot of things, I became depressed and it had a big impact on my health. Half of my face? Not functioning. The nerves supporting the half my eyes, nose, lips, tongue – it stopped working. I had this condition when I was in college and it came back because of the problems I already stated above. The medical term is Bell’s Palsy and it is no joke.

After the training, almost all of us became closer and that is where I get the chance the talk with Jaycee. I remember him as the guy who was concern about me and my health condition. I appreciate his concern towards me and I think that is where it started. After a month or so of medication and therapy, I was healed. My facial expression became normal again.

We had the same shift together with others. We eat lunch everyday. We talk about life and sometimes non sense things. I listened to his corny jokes. He didn’t fail in making me smile/laugh every single time. I like his sense of humor. That’s one of my weaknesses. Ugh.

I just realized that after several months, we started spending most of our time together, just the two of us, as friends. After shift, we usually go to the malls [Glorietta | SM Makati | SM Bacoor] to watch movies or to eat. We go to the bookstore, to datablitz to buy games for his PS3 and sometimes, just to kill the time we go window shopping. We also go home together [he in  Bacoor and me, in Cavite City, that time Cavitex is still non existent] and had many funny moments at the bus.

Other’s think that we are “dating”. We didn’t want to put any label to it. All I know that time is we are happy together. We have a lot of things in common. We have the same level of craziness. We think alike.

But of course, it is not all fun isn’t it? We also argue about a lot of things. We are both competitive and have different opinions in certain topics and that spiced up our friendship. I also remembered arguing with him about petty things and the end result will be not talking to each other for several days. We were so immature back then. Funny thing to remember.

After spending time together [all the time], just when the feelings started to bloom, destiny started playing with us. We got separated. He had to leave the company to find another job. I felt sad. I felt alone. There’s nothing I could do but accept reality. I kept a journal that time and I still have it with me now. It was noted in there how much I miss him everyday.

We still see each other for a couple of months after his separation from the company. Until it stopped. Maybe we both became busy. Until the only means of our communication is just Facebook chat. And again, it stopped. Completely.

Fast forward, I had a boyfriend, she had a girlfriend, and we didn’t talk after that.

We are probably not meant for each other.

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CDO – Camiguin – Bukidnon – Iligan Itinerary

Day 1 October 29, 2016 Cagayan de Oro City– Estimated Budget = 650 pesos

7:00 AM               Departure to Cagayan de Oro

9:00 AM               Arrival, Laguindingan Airpot, Cagayan de Oro City

9:30 AM               Head to Travelers Pod (From the aiport, take a taxi and ask driver to drop you at Gateway Tower Building within Limketkai Complex (the orange colored building across M.U.S.T University formerly known as Don Mariano School. You could also ride a jeepney such as B3 Bulua, C2 Patag, R1-R2 Lapasan, RBC Multicab and ask the driver to drop you off infront of Gateway Tower Building)

10:30 AM             Arrival, Travelers Pod, Check in

12:00 Noon         Lunch, anywhere in Limketkai Mall (Suggestion Kagay-Anon Resto or Bigby’s Café)

1:00 PM                Start City Tour (Tsada Kagay-an) If package, contact Bohemian Express Travel and Tours (0917-7032600 or 088-858-1554) for 599 or better, just do a DIY walking trip around CDO.

Places to go:

  • Plaza Divisoria
  • St Augustine Cathedral
  • Gaston Park
  • City Museum
  • La Castilla Museum (Lifestyle Museum)
  • Monster Kitchen Pasalubong Center
  • Cogon Market
  • LimKetKai Center
  • Plaza de Los Heroes
  • Gen MacArthur Marker
  • Museum of 3 cultures
  • Bulua Stoneware Pottery

6:00 PM                Dinner, Night Market

8:00 PM                Lights off

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Day 5 – Britania Island Hopping

When I am planning my itinerary in Davao, Britania is not on my list. I thought going to Surigao with plan of Tinuy-an and Enchanted river will be enough so I did not search for other where-to-go, not until my co-blogger, Sir JP of JPtravelouge informed me about Britania Islands.

After a couple of research about the Islands, I told myself, “I should include this in my itinerary no matter what!”

Romnick, my guide, fetch me at around 5:30 AM and we proceeded with the island hopping activity. We have to start early because I have to catch my flight later at 11PM.

Our first stop is the Naked Island

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Day 4 – Tinuy-an Falls , Enchanted River and other side trips

At 1:30 AM, I left Gohotel and rode a taxi going to Ecoland Terminal. Luckily, there are vans bound to Mangagoy. Vans are faster than Buses. I paid 300 pesos and I am asleep the whole 3-4 hours of the trip. We arrived at Mangagoy around 5:30 AM.

At Mangagoy, my guide Romnick is already waiting for me. He owned a habal habal and he will be my tour guide for my Day 4 and 5 in Surigao. Romnick’s number:09299582345 / 09151745145

Our first stop? The Majestic Tinuy-an Falls.

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The entrance fee is 30 pesos. If you want to rent a life vest, that is another 50 pesos. If you want to go near the falls, you have to rent the balsa for 150 pesos. If you want to go at the upper part of the falls, you can hire a guide and just give them a tip. I just don’t know the prices of the cottages.

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