Posts Tagged ‘annual vacation’

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Staycation Manggapuri | 2019

October 4, 2019

It’s been a very busy year but we managed to squeeze in some time to get together despite the chaotic schedules.

Annual getaway with my forever dates!

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Whole place to ourselves! Manggapuri is located at Prk. Mangga, Brgy. Igmayaan, Don Salvador Benedicto, a little over an hour’s drive from Bacolod City. Arrived late afternoon, settled in and munched on a lot of junk while waiting for the sunset.

There are 7 cabanas I think, good for four or two people. Very spacious and comfortable. The rooms have floor-length windows with spectacular views of the mountain, the shy Mt. Kanlaon, and of course the flood of sunlight in the morning.

The place also boasts of this more than a thousand LED tulips, perfect for that romantic night stroll.

Sunset sesh..

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Beautiful place indeed, perfect for that long overdue staycation.

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And while waiting for our sumptuous dinner, prepared by their in-house Chef, happy hour by the Jacuzzi.

S’mores by the bonfire and late night gossip with crickets as background music.

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Woke up the next morning to sounds of chirping birds and buzzing bees. So in love with quiet nature, I seriously wanted to extend my leave.

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And these babies! Say hello to Daisy and Donald, these huge, Pyrenean mountain dogs.

Manggapuri Villas

Accommodation:

Day trip: P600/pax inclusive of entrance and lunch, can stay until 5pm

Overnight: P5,800/cabana good for either 2 or 4 people inclusive of fresh and delectable breakfast; P450/pax for a 5 course superb lunch/dinner

Magnificent view, exceptional service, overall great experience: free

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Til the next vacation or staycation!

 

xx

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Oh Hello Sydney | 2018

September 26, 2018

Annual chaos with my forever dates — part 2.

Was supposed to be a week-long vacay in Sydney but this momma had well, responsibilities so I caught a later flight in the week and actually just stayed for 4 days. Too short!

And the hell I had to go through before getting on that SYD flight. It was the same day that typhoon Ompong made it’s landfall in the PI. First time I had really bad anxiety. My 2pm flight to Manila got cancelled and they moved me to a 7pm flight. And to make matters worse, my Syd flight was at 11pm. I felt like throwing up.

Fortunately, I got on the 6pm flight and there was no delay. I was praying nonstop for good weather and the heavens heard me. The rain stopped and the skies cleared. This is it!

Arrived Manila early, paid my travel tax and lined up for bag drop.

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Yep, I had to endure this line just to drop my luggage. I already checked in online. Perks of flying budget airlines.

Good thing immigration was not packed and arrived at the boarding gate just in time.

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Wait for meeeee!!!

It was an 8-hour long flight but I had a good seat and slept the entire time.

Arrived Sydney for Maryrose’s birthday!! Took the airport link to Merrylands to meet the rest of us for her lunch celeb. Got a train map, bought my Opal card and prayed that I don’t get lost (since I did not have wifi and travelling alone).

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Finally complete. Well, almost. Happy birthday Maryrose!

Caught up with some high-school friends in Mascot for dinner afterwards.

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Where we went:

Apart from Kmart, Woolworths, Westfield, Target, Costco and Metro (which we just coincidentally end our everyday with lol), we actually went to a couple of places around Sydney.😂😂

Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge

Mandatory. Strolled along the harbour so to get that Sydney feel. Another case of expectation vs. reality. It was packed, maybe because it was Sunday and maybe because it was the same day of the Sydney Marathon.

Blue Mountains

Three sisters turned to stone.

Wild Life Sydney Zoo

I realized I don’t like Koalas and Tasmanian Devils are so cuuuuute!

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

Penguin ride!

Darling Harbour

Coffee break and this view!

Town Hall and Queen Victoria Building

Felt like I was warped into a different place, something like out of the books I read. Totally mesmerized by the architecture of these more than a century-old buildings.

Bondi Beach

Came a little too overdressed for the beach. It was cold out when we left Guildford.

Time moved too fast for me and suddenly, it was time to go home. Will definitely be back. The always running after the bus and missing the train paid off, will know our way around the next time. 😂

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No dull moments here. Hopefully next time we’d be complete.

 

xx

DMV

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Seoulsearching | 2017

February 20, 2017

Me and my crazies off to Seoulsearch!

But first… Brunch.

coffee

Off we go!

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One hour difference from PH, we arrived round 8PM-ish Korean time.

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1.5 hours from Incheon airport to our hotel. We stayed at Ramada Hotel in Dongdaemun and was greeted with -2C weather.

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Ate at Two Two Chicken near our place and off to a midnight hunt for bingsu. Unfortunately, to no avail.

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Check out their “paper” cups.

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It was a white and cold Valentine’s day ♥

Nami Island

Say hi to our Korean friend John lol.

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Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort

So fun sledding with kids (hahaha)

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Goldfish

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We booked a tour for Nami Island and the ski resort, can’t remember how much it costs but more or less it was almost Php4,000.

Bingsu search over!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Myeongdong

Shopping capital but Korea isn’t cheap. It’s nice that the subway station is very accessible where we’re staying.

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Let’s shop!

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Can’t escape these people

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Namsan Seoul Tower

Got lost going here (haha). Tallest tower in Seoul with a spectacular view. Cable car costs 8,000KRW and entrance to the tower is 12,000KRW.

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Gyeongbokgung Palace

But first, coffee.

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No drink, no upstairs.

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A must see when you go to South Korea, this is, they say, the most beautiful and the largest royal palace situated in the northern part of Seoul. It also houses the  National Palace Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum within the premises. Entrance fee is 8,500KRW.

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How their subway stations look like.

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After roaming around the palace, we went back to Myeongdong to lunch on some crazy ribs

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and street food!

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Went to Lotte Mart to buy some pasalubongs

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and strolled around the History and Culture Park a block away from our hotel.

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Who said we’re tired?

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Our last night with some ice cream and strawberries.

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Our flight the next day was 9PM so lazed around til check-out, had bacon burger, fries and chicken for lunch (away from all the kimchi), bought make-up and headed to the airport.

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Chance passenger for the 4:20a flight to Bacolod and they give me this seat. Awesome!

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No dull moments with my crazies, til the next Feb adventure!

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Photo credits: Aissa, Guada, Inna

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