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More Reasons Why Baguio

Because come on, where else can you wear an outfit like this in our country on a really sunny day?😁

I’ve lived in Baguio City all my life, it’s the only city I’ve ever lived in and although I’ve stayed in places like Bataan and Manila during my younger years for summers, Christmas seasons, and other holidays alternately, while growing up because my Mom and Dad separated when I was very little, Baguio has always been my home. I wouldn’t trade it for any other beautiful place in the world.


There’s so much to love about Baguio. The people, the places, the culture, the food and the climate among many things, are just a few of the things at the top of my head that I can think of.

Family ANEcestry

My family, from my maternal side, moved to Baguio City from Pangasinan back in the late 1930’s. My great grandfather got a job to be an Engineer of the city and he decided this was where he wanted to settle down and raise his 4 children then. They had more children after that, like they had 8.

My Dad was sent here to Baguio to attend SLU for college. That’s where he met my mom. My dad happened to be a basketball player and my mom was a cheerleader, they got together, had me and my sister and then… That’s a story for another time.

The People

Baguio City is a small city, and unlike Belle, who wanted to get out of her little town full of little people 😁, I love people in Baguio City.❀ It’s so little, literally everyone knows everyone, everyone is connected and knows each other one way or another, especially those who’ve been born and raised here.

I love that you can find yourself in the most obscure place in Baguio City and run into someone you know anyway.😁 Skipping to put on your make up or dress up before going out is literally not an option because when you do, you’ll run into someone you know for sure.😁 And even though you don’t know the person by name, for sure you know each other by face cause you literally see each other all the time, that you start acknowledging each other and then you find out you have a common friend and boom, you know each other for real now.

Although we do have a lot of tourists and students who come here and stay for a little while and perhaps some who decide to live here too, it’s such a small place that you don’t stay an outsider for long. I mean sure, we all have our own circles and I’m not saying everyone belongs to just one social circle, I’m just saying everyone knows everyone, even if they’re not super duper like best friends, the point is, they know each other.😁

The Places and Culture

Baguio City may be a small city but there are a lot of places to see and it literally has such a rich culture, a mixture of different cultures that it’s become it’s own in a unique way, I hope that makes sense.😜

The Food

There’s literally so many good places to eat at in Baguio City, it’s one of the reasons why I got into food blogging back in late 2010, when it wasn’t a fad yet, haha.😁 I have a couple of food posts written on this blog and then I decided food deserved a blog on its own and not just a label, so I started my food blog and now, “O” and I have EatsOA.😊

The Climate

There is nothing like the climate here in Baguio City. I’ve been to Tagaytay once and although the climate is cooler there than in Manila and the surrounding area, it won’t get as close as amazing as the climate here in Baguio City. For me, the weather here is just the best. Where else in the country can you go to where the sun is so high up in the sky, it’s hot but you don’t really break into a sweat because at the same time it’s breezy and cool. I just love it.❀

Many More Reasons Why

I’m sure there are more reasons why Baguio City is such an amazing place to live in. I know I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else in the world, except for here. This will always be my home.

I was born and raised here, so did “O”, so I’m lucky to already have a home here, but if you’re not born and bred here, but would like to live here one day to retire or to maybe have a summer house or whatever, you can own a place here courtesy of Moldex Residences.

Why Moldex Residences?

Aside from the European Alps inspired buildings they have going on, the view that they have is supposed to be to die for! Unfortunately, because they are still under going construction, we weren’t able to see the actual to-die-for view, but this is Baguio City, and with their location, I’m sure their view is beautiful, even more so than one can expect.  Definitely one of the things most people look for when looking for a place to stay in Baguio City, is of course the view.

They aren’t done with the entire Moldex Community here yet but we’ve been told that there are 5 other buildings that need to be built and along with it are 5 proposed parks, flower gardens, a dog park and a community park where you can enjoy picnics and just chill with friends and family or just by yourself with a good book, sounds so divine.😌

On top of that, they will also have a spa/gym combo going on in their community club house. That’s just amaze-balls.😁

So, if you’re thinking about looking into investing on a home in Baguio City, I hope this post ANEtices (see what I did there?πŸ˜‚ #wordplay) you enough to take a look at Moldex Residences and what they have to offer.

Paypal to Paymaya In 5 Minutes!

Yes, you read that right. It only takes 5 minutes to transfer funds from Paypal to Paymaya as of May of 2017!😁

From Paypal to Paymaya, took only a minute!πŸ˜‰

I am in no way affiliated with Paymaya, I don’t earn from spreading the news about them and they don’t pay me to. Sure, once they invited me to a luncheon to introduce me to Paymaya, but that was it. No cash is involved, I endorse them for the simple reason that I am happy with how I’ve been treated as a patron of their services. Patron? Consumer? User? Well, whetever.😁

Also, it has to be said, I am a Globe user, and it doesn’t look like I’m switching to Smart anytime soon, why? Because Smart’s signal isn’t good where we live.

I’ve had a couple of inquiries about Paypal to Paymaya transfers this past week, it’s crazy!😲 I don’t even work for Paymaya!😁 But I guess after my stint on Sam’s Facebook Live for her VA group, I suddenly became the expert.πŸ˜† I’m not, by the way, I’m just very happy with Paymaya and I always endorse products and services that I’m happy with.😊

The reason I love them so much is the fact that it takes a lot faster for my Paypal funds to arrive as opposed to withrawing it to my bank accounts. I own several, I’ve been working as a freelancer online since 2008 and I have Paypal to bank fund transfer horror stories to last me a lifetime! I’ve lost faith in our local banks, once my Google Adsense earnings never even made it to my bank account even though Google Adsense said the transfer was completed, it just vanished into thin air, and tracking it down was just something I didn’t have the luxury of time to do so at the time, so I bid adieu to $150+ worth of Google Adsense earnings.😭
So back to Paypal to Paymaya fund transfers. Last week my sister had trouble getting her money from Paypal to her Gcash account and her Paymaya wasn’t verified yet, after I’ve told her to switch soooo many times since I was introduced to Paymaya in November of 2016! Very stubborn my sister! So she comes to me for help of course! And being the helpful and reliable sister that I am 😁, I asked her to send me the funds to my Paypal so that I can withdraw it to my Paymaya and send it to her via Paymaya as well, within 24 hours I told her, because that’s how long it usually took for Paypal to Paymaya fund transfers to complete. She sent me the money and I withdrew it to my Paymaya after an hour, I was busy with work and had to do it during my lunch break. 
Lo and behold, after literally a minute, I checked my Paymaya account and no freaking way, the funds were already there! After literally a minute!!!😁 So I quickly sent it to her, took me 5 minutes because I had to excitedly chat about it with her on Facebook messenger to express my amazement.πŸ˜‚

If you look at the time stamp, I withdrew money from my Paypal account to my Paymaya at 12:48PM (See first picture), and by 12:54PM I’ve already sent it to my sister’s Paymaya account (See second picture).

It would’ve been sooner but like I said, I was so shocked, I had to chat with her about it.πŸ˜‚

There is a 250Php fee when you withdraw from Paypal to Paymaya, and a 15Php transaction fee when you use any ATM to withdraw, but I’m okay with it because it’s a small price to pay if you want your money quickly.😊 You can also just use Paymaya to pay for purchases anywhere they accept a VISA, because it’s a debit card, so if you don’t want to pay for the 15Php transaction fee the banks have imposed, then just swipe your Paymaya card.😊

As for customer service, Paymaya has both a Facebook page and a twitter account, so you just send them a tweet if you have issues and they’re on it like Donkey Kong.πŸ˜… I’m aware my age is showing with that comment, but it’s the perfect way to describe how active and attentive they are on Social Media.😁

So, tell me, why don’t you have a Paymaya yet?

Feeling High on Valentine’s Day 2017

OA at Mt. Kalugong for Valentine's Day 2017

No, I didn’t take drugs.πŸ˜‚ The only thing that gives me the feeling of being “high” is when “O” makes me feel so loved. I know he loves me, he’s put up with me for close to 17 years now, but I love that he still makes an effort to make my heart skip a beat and after all these years he’s still able to make me feel like a high schooler in love for the first time.😍

Valentine’s Day Gifts usually mean flowers, chocolates and a stuff toy, but that’s never been the case for me and “O”.

I’m allergic to flowers, so I really don’t appreciate bouquets all that much and “O” knows that, he gave me a single rose once or twice before for Valentine’s Day, but he knows better than to give me a bouquet.😁 Chocolates I love!🍫🍫🍫 What lady doesn’t right?😏 But I hate sharing, so he usually gives me a pack, just enough for me to eat before the children sees it.πŸ˜‚

We also don’t usually celebrate Valentine’s Day on the 14th, it’s just too much of a hassle going to places without a reservation days prior and the traffic is also a killer, so yeah, no thanks. So, I was really surprised when he asked me out on the 14th, Valentine’s Day itself.😁

He made me walk though. Jerk.πŸ˜’

OA at Mt. Kalugong for Valentine's Day 2017
I had to walk up cause the scooter couldn’t hold both of us, it was too steep!

Just kidding.😁 I had no choice but to walk up the rest of the way because it was just too steep for Rousey (that’s the name of the scooter, cause it’s a Honda, Honda Rousey, get it?πŸ˜‚) to climb. It wasn’t a really long walk, but it was tiring because it was a steep climb and when you get to the top, it turns out that’s not the top after all. You need to climb a few more heights to be able to see the amazing view of the valley below.

OA at Mt. Kalugong for Valentine's Day 2017
Just one of the many breathtaking views from Mt. Kalugong… Freaking amazing!

“O” literally was able to take my breath away this Valentine’s Day, even without steak involved…😁

We had to climb over rocks to see the view. I know I’m not sporty, but I managed and I felt so damn proud of myself.😁 I wasn’t even wearing the proper shoes for rock climbing or hiking! I was wearing Uggs (because it was so damn cold!) for crying out loud, but I made it!😁

OA at Mt. Kalugong for Valentine's Day 2017

The view (and the climb going to where you can see the viewπŸ˜‚) from Mt. Kalugong β›° was breathtaking!😲 It was a beautiful sight even if it became cloudyπŸŒ₯ and foggy🌁 as the afternoon passed.

OA at Mt. Kalugong on Valentine's Day 2017
I’m sure you’ve heard weather reports about how cold it is in Baguio City right now, during that day, it was at 8℃. People who experience winter are probably laughing at us for feeling so cold, but we do live in a tropical country and 8 freaking degrees is freaking cold to us, so brrrr!β›„
OA at Mt. Kalugong for Valentine's Day 2017
It felt much much colder while we were on top of Mt. Kalugong, but the climb and the trek will make you feel warm for all of 5 seconds before you start feeling cold again, I didn’t even break into a sweat even though we walked a lot and we climbed a lot.😁 It was just so darn cold!β›„
OA at Mt. Kalugong for Valentine's Day 2017
#OOTD not suitable for hiking or rock climbing but very apt for the weather 😁 courtesy of @omenggoodness on Instagram.
It was sunny but it was so freaking cold.β›„
Finally, we got to the cabin that was turned into a coffee shop, and the view of La Trinidad from there was amaze-balls!😊
OA at Mt. Kalugong for Valentine's Day 2017
View from the Kapean at Mt. Kalugong Cultural Village
And because I’ve earned it, I get to sit on the chair.😁
OA at Mt. Kalugong for Valentine's Day 2017
We took in the sights some more and then made our way to the coffee shop, expecting food, but unfortunately, we came too soon as they don’t offer meals yet, they will, we were told, but for now, we have to settle for coffee and pastries. Which is fine by us. I mean who can resist cake and a really good cup of coffee? Not #EatsOA, that’s for sure.πŸ˜‹
OA at Mt. Kalugong for Valentine's Day 2017
So how did we find the cakes and coffee? Will post on #EatsOA soon!😊 will update the link here when the post is up.
And that was how “O” and I celebrated our Valentine’s Day, I loved every minute of it.πŸ’œπŸ’™ But then again, if you’re married to your soulmate, everyday feels like Valentine’s Day, some days are just more violent than others.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
There’s lots to do at Mt. Kalugong Cultural Village, I hear you can rent out some of the cabins or maybe set up the tent. Check out their Facebook page for more information, I’ll also make another post when we do get a chance to try out other things that we can do there.😊

That Viral Jollibee Commercial: #Vow

#Vow #KwentongJollibeeValentineSeries
When you thought it was going to be a happy ending… #Expectation

I’m sure you’ve seen the newest Jollibee commercial. It’s been going around Facebook, so I’m sure if you’ve not seen it, you’ll see it soon enough. It’s called Vow, by the way.

The one where it starts as any other love story starts, man 🀡 waits at the altar while he reminisces about good times as the bride πŸ‘° walks down the aisle looking oh so gorgeous in her gown. Man reminisces about how he first saw her in Jollibee and they happened to order the same thing, 2 piece Chicken Joy with Extra Rice and a drink upgraded to Pineapple juice, seriously though, who the hell drinks pineapple juice?😳 I mean, if you do, good for you!πŸ˜€

Anyway, he tells the tale of how he’s always there for her, while a montage of past events show on screen as a flashback, he’s there when her car breaks down, he’s there all the time, you get the idea. And then just as she approaches the end of the altar, he steps aside to reveal the groom behind him.😱And we’re all like 😭😭😭!

I was like, what the hell Jollibee?! Why? I thought you said “Bida ang Saya!”, this is NOT masaya at all!😭

The harsh truth!😭 #Reality

Although I’d have to give it to whoever did this ad, they were successful at making a viral commercial and I hate commercials, but now, I find myself actually wanting to watch the commercials, people today are so much more creative. This one didn’t really make me cry, but it did make me sad to the point where I felt like I had the sniffles.😒

It’s had mixed reception from the audience though, some people love it, others think it’s shallow and dwells too much on how much of a loser the guy was and others think it was done just to get some #hugot, whatever that really means.πŸ˜•

I think it’s not shallow at all. I think although the dude appears to be a loser because he didn’t get the girl, in the end, he has shown the actual meaning of what it is to LOVE. And that’s what makes me feel for him.

I’m not talking about the kind of love that everyone thinks it is, it’s the kind of love that God says it is,

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient, love is kind.

He’s shown immense patience, throughout his montage of memories, he’s been there for her all the time, and even though he was probably hurting because his feelings weren’t being reciprocated, he was always kind. He even said it himself in the video, “I’ll be patient with you at all times…”

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth.

Although he could have, he didn’t try to take her away from the man she was going to marry, he could have, that’s easy, they have a history of friendship and the girl cares for him for sure, but he spared her feelings from being confused and just loved her without expecting anything in return. He didn’t dishonor her or the other guy and he definitely didn’t have an agenda.

The truth that he can’t be with her probably hurt like hell, but it is what it is and he was happy just loving her.

Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

He says during his flashback montage, “I’ll always be here for you…”, and he was, until the end when he gave her away to the man she loved.

He protected her by sparing her from emotional turmoil, if he confessed his feelings and she didn’t feel the same way, she’d be guilt ridden and would feel horrible and would start questioning her past actions, thinking about if she’d led him on and stuff like that. He trusted and hoped and he persevered. Sure, in the end he didn’t get the girl, but he got more than that. Self-fulfillment. 

So, do I think this commercial was shallow? No. More than anything else, I think it’s perfect for today’s generation because more young people are quick to believe they’re in love when really, they’re lusty. They confuse lust for love and the true meaning of what it means to love is lost.

In this generation of ME, ME, ME and looking out for ME is the top priority, this is just what this generation needs, to learn what it means to gain fulfillment from learning about what love truly is.❀️ And hey, we can all use a reminder of how to love others more, without expecting anything in return and being happy for simply loving others. That’s what the world needs now, more love.πŸ’•

Jollibee also posted the perfect caption to their video: “To all those who found joy in loving unconditionally.” Good job Jollibee!πŸ‘

Damn though, now I want a Chicken Joy!πŸ—πŸ˜‹

Haven’t seen the video? Watch it below, courtesy of the Jollibee Facebook Page.

Bad Mom Moments

With my little jerks πŸ˜…

Never have children.πŸ˜…

Is what I answer when my friends ask me how it’s like to be a Mom.πŸ˜‚ Hold up, before you judge me, hear me out.
Motherhood is not easy. It’s not for everyone, which is why I never recommend it.😁 Before I was a mom, I was never fond of children, I liked babies, cause they’re cute and pink and what’s not to like? Everything about babies are cute, even when they poop or fart it’s cute!πŸ˜‚ Children on the other hand are different. They’re loud, whiny and demanding and they ask a lot of questions that can put you in an awkward position.😁

Motherhood begins the moment you find out you’re pregnant, and things start to change whether you like it or not. It’s like women are wired to change dramatically as soon as they find out that they’re growing a human being inside of them. Okay that sounded freaky, straight out of a sci-fi movie, but that’s what happens. All of a sudden life isn’t just about you and you start making choices not for yourself but for the tiny person you’ve never met yet. Again, at least it was for me.

A few days ago, “O” and I watched the movie “Bad Moms” and after the movie, he asked me about my Bad Mom moments, at the time, I knew there were many, but I couldn’t think of a particular one that stood out at that moment. So, the next day, as we were in the car on our way home with the kids from school, I asked them about any particular moment when they thought I was being a bad mom. I was surprised I had so many moments! LOL.πŸ˜‚ Talk about my bubble being burst! I never thought I was an amazing mom to begin with, but I never thought I’d be that bad!😱😭 They later on told me that I was a great mom and that despite all my “epic” fails, they wouldn’t want any other Mom.😁 I was like, “Awww, but you guys are jerks”. LOL.πŸ˜‚

So anyway, here’s 2 err 3 memories that really stood out and worthy of a Bad Mom moment title. Not my proudest Mom moments, but like I said, Motherhood is HARD.

That time when I slept and I left Lucas on the floor…

One particular day when Lucas was around 6 months old, just when he was starting to crawl, he was extra fussy and kept crying the whole entire time. I couldn’t get him to nap, I just bathed him and fed him so he doesn’t need a diaper change and he wasn’t hungry, I burped him, I did everything I was supposed to but he just wouldn’t nap. The night before I remember I wasn’t able to sleep well because I had to breastfeed him the entire night just so he would be able to go to sleep. Both my children were purely breastfed until they were 3 and a half years old. I don’t have a helper, I’ve never had a helper, “O” was at work and Chakai was in school, I was alone with the baby at home, so you can imagine how exhausted and frustrated I was because I just couldn’t figure out why he was so fussy! I was so overwhelmed, so I decided to just lay his mats on the floor next to our bed, set him down there and I napped. And what do you know, he self soothed and he was fine.😁 I napped for like an hour and a half while he was on his mat. After that, we were both fine.πŸ˜‚ So yes, I’m a Bad Mom for leaving my baby on the floor while I napped.

That time when I forgot to pick up Chakai…

When Lucas was just a baby, around a few months old and Chakai was in first grade, I forgot that her classes were shortened and she was dismissed by lunch. So I napped with Lucas and woke up around 1pm and then I realized I should have picked Chakai up for school at 11am.😱 So I quickly dressed, dragged Lucas and my ass to get a cab and picked her up like 3 hours later than I’m supposed to.😩

That time when I puked on Lucas…

Once when Lucas was 2 years old, my friends and I had a New Year’s party, I haven’t gone drinking since we planned on getting pregnant with Lucas, but because it was a New Year’s party, “O” said I could drink and although I was breastfeeding at the time, I knew that all I had to do was make sure to express my “bad” milk and it would be fine, and it’s just one time. So, hello Vodka!😁 I got wasted, vodka is a traitor like that, you never know you’re drunk until you’re drunk.πŸ˜‚ So anyway, Lucas sleeps with “O” and I, and in the middle of night, I puked all over Lucas’ back.πŸ˜‚ “O” was quick on his feet though, he moved Lucas out of the way, cleaned both of us up, dressed us, changed the bedsheets and made sure I was done puking before settling down himself. Needless to say, I’ve never had another drink until Lucas turned 6.πŸ˜‚ I’m a terrible Mom!😭

So, why more bad mom moments with Lucas? Simple. Chakai was an easy baby and an easier kid, I’m sure I’ve had bad mom moments with her too, just none that are as bad as these perhaps.πŸ˜‚

The best daughter anyone can ever ask for

Keep your judgments to yourself!😷 Because although these things did happen, I’m not proud of them, what I’m proud of is that despite these moments, my children are good kids. They may not be the smartest or most talented kids, but they truly are great kids, they can be jerks sometimes, but they are my jerksπŸ˜‚, and at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if people see me as a Bad Mom, what matters to me is that I raise my children to be respectful, kind and God-fearing.😏

OA Meets Paymaya, A Uses It For Paypal

OA Meets Paymaya

Hello world!😁

One day I’m going to get tired of apologizing for not being able to update this blog more frequently. Or, I’d stop apologizing because I actually manage to update this blog once a week!😁 Let’s see how it goes!😏

So, on to the point of this post. Paymaya. If you haven’t heard of it, don’t worry, you’re not alone, it was new to me too.πŸ˜‰ I’ve heard of SmartMoney, and basically, Paymaya, is kind of like the latter. Except that it has different features.
Paymaya Features VS SmartMoney Features:

  • SmartMoney is a Mastercard; Paymaya is a Visa.
  • You need a PIN to be able to use SmartMoney to pay for purchases; Just swipe your Paymaya card to pay for purchases and you’re good to go.
  • SmartMoney wallet can be accessed through the SIM application of your phone and gives you updates about your transactions through text messages; Paymaya has a dedicated app where you can see all your transactions immediately.
  • For people in Manila, I hear you can also use the Paymaya for LRT and MRT rides, just swipe and you’re good.
Unique features of Paymaya:
  • Easy to link with Paypal, which is amazing news for people like me who work online.
  • You can withdraw funds from your Paypal to Paymaya.
  • Swipe to pay, tap to pay options.
  • You can use Paymaya to pay for your bills online using the app.
  • You can use Paymaya to pay for apps or games you buy in the App Store or Google Play Store.
  • Even if you’re a Globe subscriber, which “O” and I are since forever 😜, you’ll still be able to sign up for a Paymaya account, no need to switch to a Smart number.😁
A for Paymaya

My Experience with Paymaya

After attending the dinner hosted by the good people behind Paymaya at Hill Station a few weeks back, I was really excited about trying it out, which meant topping it up at a 7/11, which I did. Then I used it to pay for in-app purchases in the Google Play Store and used it to buy a ringtone in the App Store and it worked like a charm. No glitches, no misses, no problem.
So I used it to pay for an item I bought on Lazada, and again, no problem, to say that I was pleased was an understatement. I’ve always shopped online using my Paypal account or opted for a cash on delivery payment because I’m paranoid like that.😁 I also used it to pay for my PLDT bill using the app, and I was like, OMG 😱, where has Paymaya been all my life?! No queues and it only took a few taps on my phone.
Now for the ultimate test though, use it to withdraw funds from Paypal. It usually takes about 24 hours for my Paypal funds to get into my Unionbank account, 2 days max, 2 days on my RCBC account, 3 days on my BDO account. Paymaya says it takes 2-4 business days for funds to get into your Paymaya, no problem right, but they also said they’re working on making it faster, like just within hours, that has yet to take effect though. 
Anyway, it took exactly 24hours for my funds from my Paypal to get into my Paymaya account. It was amazing. I withdrew my money 1:34pm on a Tuesday, I got it on 1:34pm on Wednesday, the next day!
I’ve only had one incident where my funds from Paypal took 3 days to get into my Paymaya account, that was during Andres Bonifacio day. I withdrew my funds from Paypal on November 30, it got into my Paymaya account on December 3. It freaked me out a bit so I sent a tweet to their twitter account but they were quick to assure me that it will get into my account, and it did.😁 So, maybe don’t withdraw during the holidays as it takes longer for it to get into your Paymaya.😜 All the other times though, it took only 24 hours.

So if you don’t have one yet, you’re totally missing out!

Lucas and Filipino

Lucas is already in 3rd grade. I know, it seems like it was only yesterday when I gave birth to him, I cannot believe it’s been 8 years! I thought for sure he won’t have any blog worthy antics after he turned 4, boy was I wrong!πŸ˜‚ Turns out he’d have more blog worthy antics for me!πŸ˜‚ 
This was taken in July 2008.
Eww, I look constipated, what the hell was I trying to do? Make a face? Seriously. Geez!

This was taken July 2016.
So apparently, he still likes sticking his tongue out. And I’m still constipated. Hahaha!
This time it was about his inability to grasp Filipino or the Tagalog language.

Yesterday, ‘O’ and I attended the parents’ orientation meeting and we had a chance to chat with his adviser who also happened to be his Filipino teacher. He informed us that he had to give Lucas a remedial in Filipino because it seemed like he didn’t have a good grasp on the subject. To which we couldn’t help but laugh because what an understatement!πŸ˜‚ Lucas can understand some Filipino words, but speak straight Filipino and you’d lose him. 
‘O’ and I have tried our hardest to teach him, but he just shuts down every time we try. He’d stop talking to us until we speak to him in English. He’s very stubborn. We even tried to make it fun by making it into a game whenever we’re in the car on our way somewhere, we’d ask him if he can tell us the Tagalog word for cat, dog, cow, chicken, trees, road, lamp post, policemen, anything we see on the way to where we’re headed. Sometimes he’d be up for it, other times he’d just refuse to participate. He can be very moody, this one.πŸ˜’ 
We try and encourage him to speak in Tagalog whenever we can but he just won’t. He’s like, ‘Why do I need to learn Tagalog, anyway?’ and I’m like, ‘because you’re Filipino and you live in the Philippines!’ And he’d be like, ‘meh’, and I’d be infuriated because OMG, so stubborn!😫 
Gone are the days when what Mommy says is the ‘be all and end all’.😭 
How different he is from Chakai who shocked ‘O’ and I when she came back speaking straight Tagalog, complete with deep words and everything when she came back from a week long vacation in Batangas with my Mother In Law. She was gone for a week. A week! When she left, she only knew English and even had a slight twang. She can still speak English the way she used to, but she also knew Tagalog. I swear during that time, she was better at it than me.😜 
Thinking about my own upbringing, I don’t understand why our primary language at home was English, both my parents were Filipino, they both stayed in the country since they were born, we did have relatives who were states side, but was that the reason? I should ask my mom. I was told I didn’t start speaking in Tagalog until I was 5. 
We also don’t speak broken English, we speak proper English, not Taglish, like the conyos do.😜 We don’t say ‘CR’, to refer to a restroom or toilet because it just sounds wrong. We don’t use fillers like “na”, “eh”, “kaya” or “nga”. I don’t do it all the time, but I find myself doing so when the person I’m speaking to uses these words, which is fine because it’s called adapting. Hahaha!πŸ˜‚ 
Although, I always, always correct my children whenever they use these fillers, because sometimes they do, it’s hard to control how people outside our home converse with them and sometimes they speak Taglish, because that’s how their peers speak. They know better now though and never speak Taglish to us, they speak to us in Tagalog or English but never Taglish. They stopped when I charged them 5pesos for every “na”, “kasi”, or whatever filler they use to end their English sentences, hahaha!πŸ˜‚ And all of a sudden, they just stopped doing it.
Aside from those fillers and simple words in Tagalog, Lucas is like Jon Snow when it comes to Tagalog; He knows nothing.πŸ˜‚
UPDATE: 8/29/2016
I asked my Mom and she said, that during her time, the predominant language in Baguio was English and that speaking the vernacular was forbidden, and that they were fined per word spoken. So I guess that’s why when I was born, English was the language people used. Hmm, interesting.

Hong Kong-Macau Vacation Day 2 – Disneyland!

Going to the happiest place on Earth (in South East Asia)!😁

No Hong Kong vacation is complete without going to the happiest place on Earth (in South East Asia), Disneyland Hong Kong!πŸŽ†πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‘πŸŽ’πŸ˜Š

6am call time and it’s raining cats and dogs!β˜”πŸ±πŸΆ

Day 2 was spent in Disneyland Hong Kong!😊

No amount of bad weather was going to keep us from having fun!πŸ™…

The weather was very uncooperative, but we didn’t care, we were in Hong Kong, and we were on our way to Disneyland!😊 Yay!πŸ™‹πŸ™Œ

We had breakfast at McDonald’s a block away from our hostel, it was 6am in the morning, after that it was off to the MTR station and on our way to Disneyland Hong Kong.πŸŽ‰πŸ˜Š

It was raining!β˜” We almost considered postponing our trip to Disneyland the next day because of how hard the rain was while we were about to walk to the MTR station going to Disneyland. It’s a good thing my brother-in-law “L”, checked the weather report and anticipated the rain, so he bought as all rain coats from Ace weeks before our Hong Kong trip.😁 #boyscoutlaginghandaπŸ˜‚

Remember from my Hong Kong-Macau Vacation Day 1 post, when I said that Day 1 was the only sunny day we had during our vacation? Yeah, it was.😭

Our hostel was in Tsim Sha Tsui which is in the Southern part of Kowloon and Disneyland Hong Kong was in Lantau Island, literally an island away.😳 Launtau Island is also where the airport is.

So from our hostel, we had breakfast at the nearest McDonald’s, literally a walking distance away, what can I say, we were in an unfamiliar territory and it was the only one that looked open at 6am.😜 The nearest MTR station was also a walking distance away, so around 8am, we walked towards the East Tsim Sha Tsui Station.

From the East Tsim Sha Tsui station, we managed to find the right line to ride, thanks to their amazing MTR which was color coded and so very easy to figure out! We figured out that we needed to ride the Tsuen Wan line, so we boarded the cabin and we rode it for 9 stops, until we got to Lai King Station (the 9th stop), where we got off to transfer to another line which was the Tung Chung line that would take us to Sunny Bay. We rode the Tung Chung line for 2 stops, the second stop was in Sunny Bay.

The train that made you excited just by seeing it pulling up to the station!😁

Sunny Bay is where you ride the train that goes straight to Disneyland, you’ll know it’s special because unlike the regular trains of the MTR, Disney’s trains have Mickey Mouse shaped windows, velvety seats and Mickey Mouse shaped grab handles for standing passengers. It was amazing.😊 Riding it was an experience on its own!😁 I especially loved the display pieces inside, like the different Disney characters in a glass case just at the end of a seat.πŸ’Ÿ

Sorry, I can’t upload more photos of the inside of the Disney train as it’s mostly with other family members and I haven’t asked them if it was okay to post their pictures on my blog, so, pictures on here will be of our little OA family and not the entire Emilio Fallarme clan.😁

Finally, after an hour and 15 minutes (more or less), we have arrived at the Disneyland Hong Kong train station!πŸ˜πŸ‘

This photo is so memorable because A. They need us to keep the air πŸ˜‚ and B. We’re in freaking Disneyland Hong Kong!😁

We got in line to the entrance and we were off to make the most out of 10 hours in the happiest place on Earth! Disneyland Hong Kong opens 10am and closes at 8pm.

No amount of rain is going to dampen our happiness!😊
The rain coats offered protection from the rain, but it was uncomfortable, after a few hours of wearing it, we couldn’t bear how hot and sticky it felt πŸ˜“ so we decided to buy umbrellas in Disneyland. BIG MISTAKE!😣 Umbrellas cost HK$189 (PHP1,200+) each!😡 We bought 2 because the 4 of us couldn’t share 1 umbrella. It was definitely the most expensive umbrellas we’ve ever bought in our life!😱

Main Street, USA
Toy Story Land
But, it was kind of worth it during that time because then we were able to get rid of our rain coats and we were relieved from feeling so hot and sticky.
We rode as much of the rides as we could! From the Hyperspace Mountain to the RC Racer to the Small World ride, Lucas and I even rode the Flying Dumbo ride, because why the hell not?😁 It was so totally worth it, even though it was raining pretty much the whole entire morning, the rain only stopped sometime in the early afternoon. While it was raining, we opted for the rides and attractions that were indoors and only got a chance to ride the outdoor rides after the rain stopped.
Hyperspace Mountain

Mad Hatter Tea Cups
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
It’s A Small World

The Sword in the Stone moment featuring “O” and Lucas. πŸ˜‚
I swear Lucas should be a comedian. His facial expressions translate so very well on photos.πŸ˜‚ He wasn’t really having a “moment” in this picture.πŸ˜‚
My Atlas 😁

Everything we did on that day clearly made it to my favorites list, I absolutely loved every minute of our stay in Disneyland Hong Kong, but the highlight of that day for me was meeting Chewbacca from Star Wars!

I know, I know, it’s just some random guy in a suit.😏 I don’t care.πŸ™… He looked so real, not some cheap ass costume we’re used to seeing over here, it was the real deal. I will cherish this moment forever.😁

OH MY FREAKING GLOB! It’s Chewie!!!😱😁 #fangirl #StarWarsFanatic

And of course, I gotta have a picture with the Evil Queen!πŸ‘Έ

The most misunderstood Queen of all time.😁 I meant her, not me.πŸ˜‚

Unfortunately, because it was raining, the mascots were only available in certain areas of the park, and we’d much rather spend time on the rides than hunt them down and take pictures with them. And the line to take a picture with Mickey and Minnie Mouse was crazy long, so no thank you.😁 That’s one more reason why we’d love to go back, and perhaps then we’ll have more pictures with the mascots.😊

Festival of the Lion King Show

Mickey’s Philharmagic: A 3D Show

Mystic Manor

As a family, we loved the Mystic Manor, it was an entertaining and fun ride, it’s so weird that most people didn’t even think to go here, it’s one of the few rides in the park that didn’t have a line, but we’re glad we went there because it was really a good attraction.

There are lots of places to eat inside Disneyland Hong Kong, but we opted to eat at the Starliner Diner. Food is as expected, very expensive in the Disneyland theme park, but it’s good enough to sustain you and get you through an entire day. Food will be featured in EatsOA, I’ll add the link here when that post is up.
So fun though, their rice is shaped like Mickey’s head.😊
Not going to lie though, as much fun as it was being there, it’s also quite tiring.😡 
After lunch, perhaps it was because we sat down for a while, that’s the time we felt the beginning of our end.πŸ˜‚ Well, at least for O and I, we were like, damn, my legs hurt and my feet hurt and my shoulders hurt and it felt like I was carrying a bag filled with rocks, but Chakai and Lucas were like, “where to next?”, and O and I were like, can we sit down for a while and they were like, “you can sit down later!!!”. Thankfully, and this is why you always travel with family😊, our nephews who are older kids, took them off of our hands for a bit and O and I were able to rest for like a minute and a half, that’s how long it felt like.πŸ˜‚
OA: We’re so tired but we love every moment of it.πŸ˜‚
On a side note, I love my lipstick πŸ’„, I didn’t need to retouch the whole entire day! Even after I’ve eaten a greasy burger!πŸ˜‹ But, more on that on a different post.πŸ’‹
And then just like that, I felt re-energized, kind of like getting your second wind, I was fine and I decided to join the kids and my brothers in law (I’m a dude like that sometimes) to go on the more daring rides. O stayed with my eldest brother in law, sisters in law, the younger kids, and my Mother in law and also to find us seats for when the parade and the fireworks display start.
So, the more daring rides, like the Toy Soldier Parachute Drop, OH MY GOODNESS!😱 I hate that ride! It was so scary, I literally didn’t even scream on that ride because my heart literally stopped!😝
I unexpectedly enjoyed the RC Racer ride though, it’s U shaped and it goes back and forth, kind of like the Anchor’s Away ride in Enchanted Kingdom, except higher and at an actual letter U shape. It only lasted like 30-40 seconds, but it was so exhilarating! I’m not a screamer and the only times I’ve actually screamed like a scream from the Scream Queens (love that show, by the way!) is when I caught a burglar trying to get into my grandma’s house a few years ago, and this time.πŸ˜‚
RC Racer
Here check out my snapchat video, Chakai, her cousins and my brothers in law rode it for the second time and Lucas and I were like, once was enough thank you very much.😁 I was actually really worried to let Lucas ride this ride, but he was tall enough and he insisted, the whole time though, I thought he was petrified stiff that he didn’t even scream. His eyes were open, and I kept asking him if he was okay in between screams and he’d nod and squeeze my hand to answer. I was really worried but then after the ride he was like, what was everyone screaming about?πŸ˜‚ Like so much machismo kid.πŸ˜‚

That one was definitely a memorable ride!😁
Before we knew it, it was almost time for Disneyland Hong Kong to close. We knew this is so because the parade has started so we made our way to where O and the others were to watch the parade and the fireworks display.
Mac from Cars

Mike Wazowsky!
Fireworks and a castle projection, amaze freaking balls!
The fireworks display and light show probably lasted for like 45 minutes, or less, I didn’t time it, that’s how long it felt like my ass was on the groundπŸ˜‚, because everyone had to sit on the ground. Surprisingly, the ground wasn’t wet from the rain at all, amazing, must be the hot weather that dried it up right away.
After the fireworks and light show display, you had a few more minutes left until the park closed, so because we spent our money for food and those umbrellas really cost us, we didn’t get to shop for a lot of other souvenirs, but that’s okay, we have loads of pictures as tokens of our trip.😁 And there’s always next time and I’ll make sure I’ll really shop then.😁
So while our family members shopped, we ate and took photos. Haha!😁

So, apparently, Summer in Hong Kong meant it was humid but rainy. Now we know.πŸŒžβ˜”  But like I said, we didn’t let the rain dampen our spirits!😊 It was still an amazing and memorable day and I’m glad I have this blog to document my experiences that way when I’m old and I forget, I’ll remember just how happy Disneyland Hong Kong was for me and for my family.😊 Definitely worth going to!😁
Next time however, we visit in autumn!😁
My next post will be about my takeaways, lessons I’ve learned from our first visit to Disneyland Hong Kong, so watch out for that! I’ll try and make it as helpful as I can and not just rant-filled.πŸ˜‚
Have you been to Disneyland Hong Kong? What’s your favorite ride or attraction?

Hong Kong-Macau Vacation Day 1

First time ever to ride a bus with the family, it took 12 hours from Baguio to Manila!πŸ˜“

So, our first trip abroad, yay! “O” and I haven’t traveled a lot because we were too busy raising our family and doing our best to live a comfortable life, and I’ve read enough articles about traveling with babies and toddlers to know I will not enjoy it as much if I had a baby or a toddler in tow, so the urge to travel didn’t real kick in back then.

Now that Lucas is 8 and Chakai is 14, we can finally travel and see the world as a family, little by little. πŸ™‚

 Our first destination, Hong Kong-Macau.

Team OA’s first trip abroad!😊

I’ve read that Hong Kong is a good first vacation abroad destination for a family, because it’s not very far, the weather isn’t much different from ours, except during their winter, and it’s a good place to start to get a feel of vacationing abroad.

 This is our very first vacation abroad and it was with the entire #EmilioFallarme clan (almost, we’re just missing O’s eldest sister and her family because they couldn’t join us this time), so to say that we were excited is an understatement, which is why I want to document every minute of our vacation so that when I’m old and senile I can just read this post and remember how amazing and awesome it all was.

Also, if it helps someone plan their trip, then that will make me happy too. πŸ™‚

So anyway, we planned to explore Hong Kong and Macau in only 3 nights and 4 days, we knew it will probably won’t be enough time, but it was all the time we had as “O” and his brothers had jobs to keep.

DAY 1.

We came from a grueling 9-hour bus ride from our hometown of Baguio City to Manila and we only had a couple of hours to rest before heading to the airport.

Initially we wanted to take a deluxe bus trip so that the travel time from Baguio to Manila will be cut from 9 hours or more with heavy traffic to only 3-4 hours, but as luck would have it, deluxe was fully booked so we had no choice but to take the regular aircon bus.

So 9. freaking. hours. 

By the time we got to Manila, my ass was so numb I thought for sure they were flattened from sitting down for too long! Geez. #neveragain!

So we got to Manila, finally! O’s younger brother, “L”, picked us up from the bus station and treated us to dinner, a blog post on that will be on #EatsOA soon. Dinner was amaze balls, thank you “L” and wife, “N”. πŸ™‚

Our flight wasn’t until 5am the following morning, we thought we’d have more time to rest when we got to Manila but because we had no choice but to ride the regular ac bus and we arrived in Manila waaaay later than expected, we were pressed for time because we had to be in the airport 2 hours before our flight.

I was able to nap for like 3 hours in L & N’s house after dinner though, but I felt tired because I had no sleep on the bus, for some reason I couldn’t fall asleep during the bus ride, I tried so many times to no avail.

From L & N’s house, I don’t know how far Las PiΓ±as is from the airport, but because it was like 1am, traffic wasn’t so heavy, because L wasn’t comfy leaving his car in the airport’s parking lot, we took 2 Grab Cars to the airport, because all 9 of us won’t fit in just 1 Grab car.

We got there around 2am. Plenty of time for checking in, weighing in luggage and making our way to the gate.

My sister in law, O’s eldest sister “V”, checked us in online so we didn’t need to wait in queue for a long time. We just had our luggage’s weighed, tickets handed to us and off we went to our gate.

That whole process took an hour, only because there’s 19 of us.

We had another hour to kill until our flight so N and I decided we needed coffee, we took it as an opportunity to catch up while we looked for a coffee shop.

My sister in law N and I get along really well not just because our husbands are brothers, we really became friends when we lived together for a short while, when our first borns were little and L have yet to decide whether to reside in Baguio or Manila, a whole other tale worthy of a separate post. πŸ˜›

Anyway, we got coffee and lounged in the waiting area by our gate for an hour and then finally it was time to board the plane.

We arrived in Hong Kong at around 7:30-8:00am.

It was a beautiful sunny day! I was literally so giddy because of my excitement.

Their airport was fantastic, it’s a sight itself, I probably sound stupid but give me a break, this is my first time!

The bathrooms over there are so fancy too! I couldn’t help but take a selfie. Lol!

So we grabbed all the fliers we needed, fliers to Disneyland, Ocean Park and other tourist spots, we got bus routes and schedules and MTR routes.

Their MTR or the Mass Transit Railway is amaze balls and it’s not so hard to figure out because it’s color coded.

But first we needed to get Octopus Cards, they’re like SM Cinema E-Plus cards, you tap with it to pay. You can get the Octopus Card in the airport, top it up with enough credits and you’re good, you can use this not only for the bus and MTR but on convenience stores like 7-11 too and if you run out of load you can top it up in 7-11 stores or in the train stations.

With our Octopus cards topped up and ready to be tapped, we found the nearest exit.

It wasn’t the exit to where the MTR was, unfortunately, lol, but we did manage to find where the buses were.πŸ˜†

We rode the bus that will take us straight to where our hostel was.

After like 13 stops.

The bus ride costs HK$33. It costs differently depending on where you ride it.

The MTR is waaay cheaper because rides cost less than HK$10, again, depending on where you ride it and where you get off.

2:00pm is the check in time and we were way early for checking in as that was only around 9am. So we left our things on the front desk and set off to eat brunch.

We literally just crossed the street and went into the first mall we saw, and literally ate at the first restaurant we saw.

Food details will be blogged about over at #EatsOA.

Food was so freaking expensive!!!😱 And soda cost HK$50!😱 What the hell?!😡

My sister in law thought tea was complimentary so she kept chugging it like it was water, she said that when she went to China, tea was free and was equivalent to service water, and HK is China, so she kept drinking the tea.

As I was reading the menu and taking pictures for our food blog, I saw the very fine print, it said “Tea costs HK$6 per glass”.πŸ˜‚

I told my sister in law and she seriously almost did a spit take, it was hilarious, she drank sooo much tea.πŸ˜‚

In as much as I want to discuss our dining experience, I want to save that for the food blog, I’ll keep you posted.

Finally, it was 2pm and we can finally check in.

I’m told the hostel we checked in at wasn’t fancy, it’s a 2 star accommodation at most, and it’s a hostel, so my expectations weren’t that high to begin with.

It wasn’t horrible, it was an okay place to spend the night at and get some sleep, it was really cheap as compared to other hotels, but it’s not Instagram worthy.

Initially we just wanted to settle our stuff, perhaps freshen up a bit and then see the sights. Instead, we gave in to our urge to ‘siesta’.😁

With the exception of Lucas and our nephew Benedict, everyone napped the entire afternoon.

Our nephews and nieces with the exception of Tiffany, Athena, Audric and Nico stayed in our room for the afternoon, we didn’t mind, “O” and I were out like a light 5 minutes after our heads hit the pillow, we can vaguely hear Lucas and Benedict watching videos on YouTube and out of all of us, they were the strong ones.πŸ˜‚

So that was how we wasted the only sunny day during our 3night-4day vacation.😜

Had we known, we wouldn’t have wasted it napping.

We woke up around 4pm, waited for the others and then we headed out to see some of the sights that were in the vicinity of where we were checked in.

So we took a walk, to just take in the sights and then have some dinner.

The Hong Kong Space Museum
The Hong Kong Museum of Art

An interactive art in front of the Museum of Art. It’s sort of like a giant megaphone with a monitor of a karaoke on the bottom part, so you can sing a song into it and the sound will be magnified. So fun!

The Victoria Harbour in the afternoon. I love how the air tasted and smelled like the sea and I love how the waves slowly rock the boats and yachts and ships along the water. The view was just so darn calming. We hung around here for quite a while just taking in the view.

Victoria Harbour in the Afternoon

I love clock towers, I find them intriguing. Can you imagine the fascinating stories it can tell you if it can talk? I can and I find it all so amazing.

The Clock Tower along the Victoria Harbour

The Victoria Harbour at night. I loved it during the afternoon but I loved it more during the night. It was absolutely breathtaking.

The sun slowly setting. The dark slowly covering the once bright sky. The slow, light, drizzle falling from the sky.

The Hong Kong skyline going alive in the night. Magnificent. It was all so beautiful.

Every night at 8pm, locals and tourists were treated to a light show which you can watch on the Victoria Harbour. It features lights from the building on Hong Kong Island, just across from Victoria Harbour.

Honestly though, it wasn’t anything to rave about, I’ve seen better light shows, plus it was raining and a bit foggy (or was that smog?πŸ˜•) so we didn’t get to appreciate it so much, but even without the light show, the view from the harbour is still breath taking.

The Victoria Harbour at Night

The Avenue of the Stars. I seriously wanted to take photos with the footprints and handprints as well as statues of stars like Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Chow Fun Fat, Zhang Ziyi.

Unfortunately, it was under construction during our visit so we didn’t get to see it.😞

But,one more reason to visit again in the future!😊

Behind us, is where The Avenue of the Stars should be…

After watching the light show, it rained so hard, so while we waited for it to slow down a bit, we took lots of family photos under the shade of the walkway and then when the rain was merely a drizzle we headed off to look for a place to have dinner.

Details of which will be on EatsOA, hopefully soon, I need to get my pictures sorted out first.😜

After dinner, which was around 10pm already, we headed back to our hostel for some much needed rest.

And that concludes Day 1 of our 3Day4Night vacation in Hong Kong/Macau. πŸ™‚

10 Things I Learned From Our HK-Macau Trip In June 2016

Heeeey everybody!

It’s been quite a while! It just seems like it cause like 4 years worth of posts just got deleted from this blog because I transferred to WP and then lost my domain and hosting and then went back to blogspot and well, yeah, I can’t figure out how to put my posts from WP on here. So whatever.

Anyhoo, I’m going to tell you about 10 things I’ve learned during our first vacation out of our country, why? Maybe it can help you, maybe it won’t do shit for you, it’s just thoughts that I wanted to take note of.

I literally read like dozens of travel blogs and none of them mentioned these things so hopefully it helps someone like me, who likes to prepare for weird ass scenarios that are unlikely to happen, but happened anyway cause life’s like that.

So here goes.

1. Locals in HK and Macau are NOT friendly. 

Like seriously. You won’t see them smile at you even if you smile your sweetest smile at them. They don’t care if you say ‘please’ or ‘thank you’ and they don’t give a damn if you are a senior citizen, they don’t honor ‘senior citizen discounts’, that’s strictly an ‘Only in the Philippines’ kind of thing, I think. Or it only applies to citizens of their country, that makes more sense, I don’t know why we even asked in the first place. Oh right, because my Mother in law insisted on asking, cause she said, ‘it won’t hurt to ask’. It did hurt my pride to ask though cause they looked at me like I’m stupid for even asking, so okay, maybe that part, I’m at fault. However, they will still look at you like you’re stupid because you only speak English.

I’m sure there are friendly people in HK and Macau, and I don’t mean to offend anyone. It’s just that on our 4night and 3day vacation over there, only one Chinese person smiled at me and I think it was because I was a girl and he was a dude, and he worked in 7-11. o.O

2. Left is right and Right is wrong.

They drive right-hand cars and drive on the right side of the road. Which also means walking on the left side of the sidewalk. They yell at you if you’re on the right side, which is the wrong side. Lol. They probably think we’re stupid because there were arrows everywhere and still we walked on the right side of the sidewalk. Lol. Can we be blamed though, we are so used to walking on the right side at home!

3. Fashion sneakers are NOT sensible walking shoes.

Heed other people’s advice when they say wear sensible shoes and don’t insist that Converse are sensible shoes and are suitable for walking, sure, it goes with all your outfits for those 4 nights and 3 days, but trust me when I say, they will break your feet. Fashion sneakers such as Converse, hi-cut or low cut, are not, I repeat, NOT suitable for walking! Wear running shoes or training shoes or hiking shoes. I wish I listened to “O” when he told me to wear my running shoes, but I didn’t want to cause it didn’t go with any of my outfits. The price? A blister or two. Ouch. :'(

4. “Malapit lang” means over the 7 seas, up 2 mountains and over the hill. Lol.

Everything there is to see in HK is separated by islands. Like seriously, the airport and Disneyland is in Lantau Island, our hotel was in Kowloon, Ocean Park is in Hong Kong Island and Macau is a ferry away. On a separate island. Prepare to walk for miles and miles, especially in Macau, because you’ll miss out on stuff if you just ride the bus. The MTR is awesome if you figure it out, which is fairly easy to do, because train stations are color coded. If in doubt, consult Google Maps.

5. You get better service in cheaper restaurants than classy restaurants.

Here in the Philippines, the more expensive the restaurant, the better the service. Over there, the classier the restaurant, the ruder the wait staff is. We ate in a classy restaurant in a mall on our first day there. The food was so expensive, the service sucked so bad I wanted to scream. Not only did they not get our orders right, they made us feel like it was our fault they didn’t get our orders right, again, we felt like it’s our fault for not being able to speak Chinese, but seriously, if you’re a country that gets a lot of foreign visitors, doesn’t it make sense to have the people who work in the service industry learn to speak English? The food was expensive, but Chowking seriously had better Chinese food. Like seriously. And they kept refilling our glasses with tea, because apparently that’s like water for them, so we kept drinking it, because we didn’t want to be rude only to find out later on that a glass costs HK$6, so yeah we felt like asses. But then again, in most restaurants, tea is free, better read the fine print on the menu, because after looking at photos I took of the menu, sure enough, it said, ‘*tea is $6 per glass’, it was tiny, but it was there. When in doubt, ask.

On our first night there, we dined in a restaurant by the street, food was affordable, and good, and the wait staff, so accommodating, they didn’t speak English very well but they weren’t rude, they didn’t smile, but they weren’t looking at us like we’re stupid for not being able to speak Chinese.

6. Their McDonald’s crew have never heard of the phrase, “service with a smile”, and they are stingy when it comes to condiments. 

For breakfast on our second day, we decided to locate the nearest McDonald’s, hoping to find friendlier faces. We were so wrong. Oh my gosh the cashier lady was so rude and dismissive. This was the time I appreciated people who work in the service industry back home more. I thought about how our McDonald’s crew back home are always smiling, and I longed to hear, “Welcome to McDonald’s!” or “Enjoy your meal!”. Also, they are so stingy with sugar, creamer and ketchup! Like seriously, here at home, the McDonald’s crew hand you like 4-5 packets of ketchup for every regular fries you buy! Over there, they give you 1 packet if ketchup for an order of large fries. Like whaaaaat???!!! And because we felt stupid for not being able to speak Chinese, we were all afraid to ask for more. Lol. On the third day though, I couldn’t take it anymore, I had to have more ketchup with my hash brown and more sugar for my brewed coffee, so I forced “O” to get me some. So, he took a packet of sugar and ketchup with him to show them what he wanted, hopefully tearing down the language barriers, they gave him 2 packets of sugar and 1 packet of ketchup. Lol. So stingy!

*Bonus: their barbecue sauce for the chicken nuggets are spicy! Not like the ones we’re used to here at home where the barbecue sauce is sweet and a little bit tangy. I like ours better.

7. Globe will only activate your roaming on the day you’re set to go home, or not at all.
I activated my globe’s roaming services 5 days before we left for HK, I got a text message that said I will get a text notification once I land in our country of destination. So I was confident that I’d have 3G when we got to HK, so I topped up with enough credits to be able to use the 3day surfing promo which costs 1700Php I think, I forgot. Anyway, my roaming was never activated. It’s weird cause in my family I’m the only one who even bothered to activate roaming, and in the end I was the one without roaming capabilities, weird how my daughter and “O” had their roaming activated a day before we were set to leave HK, they didn’t even activate roaming on their phones. Darn it. So like a leech I had to use local WiFi. Geez. So annoying. I even sent Globe a tweet while I was over there, and nothing.

8. Carry snacks and water in your bag for long walks and commutes.

If you’re a mom and you have kids, then for sure you have all sorts of snacks in your bag, which comes in pretty handy when you’re traveling, because you never know when the munchies are going to hit you, or your children. Just trust me, keep snacks in your bag. If you have snacks, you have to have a bottle of water too. It will keep you hydrated and ready for a day filled with fun sightseeing.

9. Hong Kong summer weather is NOT the same as summer in the Philippines.

I’m from Baguio, hailed as the Summer Capital of the Philippines. Summer in the Philippines mean hot and humid, in Baguio, it’s sunny but breezy, sometimes it gets really hot but Baguio breeze is always there to balance it out. We rarely have rain during the summer and when it does rain it means a typhoon is probably coming. I am not used to the hot weather, but I love the beach, and before you say it, beach weather is different from hot city weather! Manila weather is tolerable, because although you get sticky, the air isn’t as wet as it was in HK or Macau, I don’t know how to describe it, but the air felt kind of wet. Summer in HK means hot and rainy, it’s usually from late May to mid September. So it was soo hot but it was raining. We spent a day in Disneyland and it was raining the whole entire time. o.O We were really optimistic about the weather because it is ‘Summer’, we didn’t expect it to rain so much. The whole time we were there it was raining, except on our first day, the sun was shining and we wasted it sleeping during the afternoon instead of seeing the sights because we were tired from the trip from Baguio to Manila and then to HK and yes, we regret it. Lol.

10. Get some rest before flying to HK if you’re not from Manila.

We’re from Baguio, it’s roughly 3-4 hours away from Manila by private car or deluxe bus. 8-12 hours away via regular ac bus. We decided to take the bus because “O” didn’t want to be tired from driving and besides his siblings all have cars so we didn’t need it, they’d pick us up from the bus station anyway, so no transportation problems. However, during the time we were supposed to go down to Manila, deluxe was sold out for the day and the next trip was not until 1am and our flight leaves at 5am and we needed to be in the airport 2 hours before the flight time, so we ended up taking the earliest trip via regular ac bus. So we left at 10am and we got to Manila at 7pm. To say that it was a long bus ride is an understatement. It was a nightmare, this is why I never go to Manila via bus! We only had a couple of hours left before we needed to go to the airport, needless to say, #TeamOAFallarme was exhausted.

That’s all I can think of right now. But I’ll definitely write about it again if I think of anything else. Haha! I do hope this helps someone. πŸ˜›