A Taste of Davao

If you’re looking for the best experience for you and your family, Davao is the best fit!

I couldn’t squeeze everything in 4 days, there’s so much to see with so little time.

We tried to have a taste of both lands and waters in 4 days. Here’s a peek of our trip ūüôā

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 Secdea Resort, Samal Island

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Davao Crocodile Park

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Hong Kong: Traveling Like Locals

You easily fall in love with the cities you visit. That’s why your heart is always full – full of new things, new friends, authentic taste and your eyes always glimmer with all the new beautiful sight. That’s what I feel towards Hong Kong – I have an enormous love for this city. And it’s impossible not to…¬†

I booked this trip 4 months prior to our flight. I surprised JR so we could celebrate my birthday to a foreign country and finally cross-out one thing on our couple must do list. I never thought I would love Hong Kong this much in just a few days of our exploration.¬†It’s the best birthday gift I’ve given myself.

Here are the highlights of our trip. Enjoy scrolling down!

Garden Road, Central Station

¬†I made it a point not to miss this trip. I was really exhilarated to get to The Peak. This was the most ‘touristy’ thing on our list and not knowing that just by getting there is already an experience itself. We got¬†off Central Station and walked uphill to Garden Road to take The Tram. This part of Central is not as crowded. It¬†is where most of the historical¬†buildings of the area abound alongside with many other modern¬†architectures.

How to get there?

Take the MTR to Central Station and walk uphill to Garden Road. The lower terminus is located at the bottom of St. John’s building.

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Because taking each other’s photo is so cliche.¬†

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The Peak

Nothing encapsulates Hong Kong best than this view from The Peak. It overlooks the entire Hong Kong Island and Kowloon – It’s breathtaking.

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Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden

Chi Lin Nunnery is a large Buddhist Temple complex that includes exquisite wooden temple halls, tranquil lotus ponds and an entire serene Nan Lian Garden. Its beautifully designed and inspired from the Tang Dynasty’s architecture. It is situated in Diamond Hill of Kowloon with a stunning series of mountain range and high-rise buildings as its backdrop – truly majestic.

How to get there?

Take the MTR to Diamond Hill Station. Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden is just across.

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The Ceramic Ware Museum 

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The City 

For you to be able to really get into the heart of the city, ¬†it requires A LOT of walking and sweating. My advise is enjoy every drop of sweat – it’s worth it.

Explore the city by taking the mini bus.

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 In the busy streets of Mong Kok

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Symphony of Lights across Tsim Sha Tsui11The Junk ‘Duk Ling’ (Our Junk experience will be up on my next blog, stay tuned!)

The Victoria Park 

Mid -Autumn thematic Lantern Display 2015: Blossom Beneath the Moon.

 We were lucky enough to witness and have a glimpse of a local holiday РThe Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival. It is widely celebrated across China that symbolizes fertility and harvest. We feast our eyes with these lantern displays and cap off the night with a sumptuous Moon Cake and Chinese Tea from our host (it goes well together).

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The Food

Our trip wouldn’t be complete without trying out every food we could! Just thinking about how good the dumplings and beef briskets were makes me want to book a flight to back to the city immediately!

Dessert platter from The Full House Desserts.

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Dumplings from The Dining Room, Hysan Place
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Authentic Chinese cuisine from local restaurants in Fuk Lo Tsun Road, Kowloon City. (Majority of restaurants doesn’t have an English name but there are several must-try along that street.)

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Tofu Dessert served cold at Kung Wo in 67 Fuk Lo Tsun Road

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I am definitely coming back for more, there are a few trips I missed that I included on my itinerary but it’s always good to look forward to something new on our next Hong Kong adventure.

I am raptously in love with you, Hong Kong. See you soon! Xi√®xi√®¬†ŤįĘŤįĘ

Island Life: Exploring Bantayan

When I planned this trip, I never imagined that I would be falling in love with the Island. We just simply wanted some R&R as an anniversary celebration but the moment we stepped out of the ferry we were literally awed by Bantayan’s beauty,the crystal clear turquoise water was unimaginable and the fine white sand was just perfect, JUST PERFECT. I am always on the lookout for the perfect beach; serene and uncrowded, the Island did not disappoint. And despite the distraction that Yolanda brought, I still consider it as one of Cebu’s hidden gems, 4 hours away from the city, it almost felt we were home because of the local’s warmth and hospitality. Staying at Kota Resort’s beachfront villa made it even nicer, we had the best view of the beach, can you imagine waking up to an impeccable sight every single day?

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Kota Beach Resort

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Just off shore we took a boat to go around the island, no life vests or any safety precautions. It took sometime for me to let go of my qualms and just go with the flow, enjoy every waves. 

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Bantayan Nature Park

It’s a 8 hectares of leisure getaway that houses a spring-fed cav

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Swim in a cave, off my bucket list!

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We took a motorcycle ride during Palm Sunday to Bantayan Church, it felt surreal, driving towards the sunset on a boundless road, clueless and almost lost, surrounded by nature and fresh air kissing our faces, it was a delight.

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No goodbyes, Cebu! We will definitely come back!