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Travelling with my Mom (Hong Kong)

..ang pagbabalik...

Oo im still alive and kicking! hahahaha...eh kasi naman wala talaga akong kaalam alam sa pagsusulat aaminin ko..hahaha but of course ang purpose ko lng naman is to documents kung ano ang nangyayari sa akin dito sa Gitnang Silangan. Pero yaman lang din at nakabalik na ulit ako dito after 2 years pwes lulubusin ko na ang pag update ng blog na to from time to time.

Pero syempre ang una akong pasabog ay of course ang trip namin ni mother nung nag bakasyon ako sa pinas last December 2016. It was indeed an unforgettable experience, matagal ko na talaga pinag planuhan ang trip namin yun ni mader. Syempre pinag laanan din ng budget kaya nung sinabi ko kau mother na may asian mall tour kami, aba talaga naman kina-excite nya ng bongga.

First time namin lumabas ng bansa together ni mother kaya sobra kaming na excite. Nanjan din ang walang katapusan na iyakan ng dalawa kong pamangkin na akala mo naman eh hindi na kami babalik. so drum rolllllllll....here are the paandar ng taon!!

FIRST DESTINATION???? PAK HK!!! (akala mo naman ang layo ng pinuntahan) hahaha....
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It was indeed a great experience to visit the former British colony and the population is mainly Cantonese Chinese and obiously British influence is quite visible. HK is sometimes often called as China's harbour city, the streets are always full pack of tourist from mainland China esp during night time(kasi nga chinese new year). Anyway, without waiting any longer, here are some of my travel reviews achuchu...

HK International Airport: **** out of 5
masyado naman ginalingan ang architectural design ang HKG airport..and these photos will explains..

the arrival area is quite big and can accommodate thousands of passengers. Elevators and walkalators are everywhere.
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Immigration area is quite big at sobrang bilis..well pansin ko lang mejo hindi friendly yung ibang Immigration Officers but all is well naman.
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FOOD:
HK offers a stunning arrays of delicaies, promise magsasawa ka sa Chinese cuisines. I read this info sa isang travel blog that you can find the best and authentic food sa MARKET and also pag mag nakita kayong may mahabang pila.
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but if you are craving for Pinoy foods, I suggest to visit the Worldwide Plaza located on the heart of the financial district.
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Attractions:
We really don't have exact itinerary for this trip, no city tour pre arrange package, so purely back packing lang talaga. So folks, here are the attractions and landmarks we visited. drum roll.....

HK Baywalk/Harbour area
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HK's own version of Avenue of Stars
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Kowloon

This is where international retail brands are located.
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Victoria's Peak
If you are travelling from Tsim Sha Tsui area and you are in a hurry, I suggest to take the MTR in Tsim Sha Tsui station to Central Station, walk along the worldwide plaza overpass (Landmark: may malaking Ferriswheel)31543840634_7cb42fdde0_o.jpgand proceed to the bus terminal fronting Central Ferry Pier 5, take bus number 15 that will take you to the Peak. Para sa mga first timer gaya namin, wag mahiyang mag tanong. Locals are mostly friendly to foreigners and are willing to give directions PROMISEEE!!
and these are some of the snapshots!! ROLLL
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I suggest to visit the peak during dusk time, sobrang breathtaking ang city lights during dusk time.
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pagbaba ng peak i suggest to take the ferry($2) lang from Central HK to Tsim Sha Tsui area.
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and also try to visit the pier area...
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Accommodation: mom and I stayed @ Tabi88 thru Airbnb.com **** our of 5
tip: when travelling HK with your parents esp with your mom, I personally do not recommend to book via airbnb as most Airbnb hosts share their spaces other travelers and diff nationalities. But definitely if you're mom is cool with it then TULOY ANG GALA.. pros: obviously you can save hefty of money, plus you have to get along with other travelers and learn some of their culture over a cup of tea or coffee.

TABI 88 is highly recommended either single or groups. Sam is a great host , approachable and helpful(though may mga pangit na reviews lately sa knya thru airbnb website). Bunk beds are comfy and clean. Wifi connection is ridiculously fast!!! but what I love the most about his place is the location...it is located just beside the Tsim Sha Tsui station fronting Blue Mosque. Here are some of the snapshot of the property courtesy of Airbnb.
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My realizations when you are travelling with your parents: The trip is generally not for you, its for your parents. Focus on the bonding with your loved ones, treasure all the moments. Nag enjoy ako sa trip kasi I saw mom was super excited the moment na umalis kami ng bahay(hayun hindi nakatulog ng maayos prior to the trip lol). When travelling HK with your parents I suggest to consider the pacing of your itineraries. Take a break!! maawa ka naman sa mommy mo..take some times to breath and rest between landmarks to places. Let them choose what to eat! and remember, your parents are adult so expect more matured decisions, so hindi ikaw ang pabida when it comes to directions(esp pag first time nyo both na magkasama sa destination). TRUST ME!!! MOM are the experts when it comes to directions(napipicture nyo na???..hahahaha)...

...pero syempre may disadvantages din if youre travelling with them...here are some of the proofs.
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to be continued......MACAU TRIP

Posted by billsaint 02:18 Archived in Saudi Arabia Tagged travel hong_kong victoria_peak ofw pinoy_travel tabi88 asian_travel Comments (0)

A side trip to Taif - KSA

Late post.....

Ta'if (Arabic: الطائف‎; (aṭ-Ṭā'if)) is a city in Mecca Province of Saudi Arabia at an elevation of 1,879 m (6,165 ft) on the slopes of Sarawat Mountains (Al-Sarawat Mountains). It has a population of 521,273 (2004 census). Each summer the Saudi government and royal family move from the heat of Riyadh to Ta'if, the unofficial summer capital. The city is the centre of an agricultural area known for its grapes, pomegranate, figs, roses and honey. (galing ni wiki lol)

Isa sa mga perks working with the Travel industry ay "airline perks", so I and the rest of my office mates decided to fly to the western and high land part of the kingdom. Its only 2 hours flight from Capital. Kung may Summer Capital ang Pilipinas aba syempre witit din magpapahuli ang mga arabo, pero syempre mas bongga prin ang Baguio City.

first time mag fly ng domestic si bakla sa kingdom and King Khalid Airport Domestic gate is uber bongga....compare sa NAIA....why??? o heto oh...

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At dahil 2am ang flight! pampagising muna...
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So plug muna ang sponsor for this trip. Shukran Khatir SV

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At dahil Pinay ang mga FA at saktong sa likod nakaupo ang mga baklush....pak na pak ang supply ng food..unli pakain..parang Mang Inasal lang ganurn!! taka ko lang bakit ang PAL at 5J sa pinas walang on board pakain???nyareee....here's Inang Ef eating his unli lemeon cheese cake...

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1st Day: visiting Rose Plantation: Hayun literal na puro Rose...flower doon...flower dito...Rose petals are extracted and transformed it into oil, yung iba naman hinahalo sa Tea, and trust me sobrang bongga ang Rose Hip tea!

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We also visited rock formations, and along the way we encountered a multitude of Baboons. And since bawal mag take ng photo hayan puslit si bakla inside the car. They are pretty scary, yung ibang tourist may dalang bread for them. Delikado daw bumaba kasi baka daw aattack sila pag wala kang bread na dala. So since puro flower ang dala ko, i just decided to stay inside the car....

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and here are some photos of the rock formations...Amaaazing diba? DING and BATTOOOOOO!!11702_1020..645572342_n.jpg

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DAY 2: to be continued...

Posted by billsaint 02:08 Tagged ofw taif_ksa travelling_arabland Comments (0)

The Crepe Cafe

(Food 101)

Oh well here I am again, sobrang busy for the past weeks. I did try to alot time writing this entry but sobrang work tlaga. Last night was a blast, I decided to try "The Crepe Cafe" along Tahaliya Rd corner Dabbab dahil prang naglilihi ako sa crepe? lol..... Drum rolllll......

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First stop....

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Hotdog crepe....Oh well, mas masarap prin ang lumpiang sariwa lol...the crepe was soft and nice...pero mukhang regular lng yung hotdog...nothing special..
Price: *** out of 5

next on the list...

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Ham & Cheese....i so love the cheese that was used...
Price: *** out of 5

and tried this...

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and this......
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but ang sobrang fave ko is THISSSSSSSSSSSSSS.......

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Oh well...I would recommend this cafe for brekky people....oh please dont visit this cafe during the night!! WHY??? well the photo below explains....lol CHEERS!

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Posted by billsaint 01:49 Archived in Saudi Arabia Tagged food crepe ofw arab_land Comments (0)

Ramadan Kareem!

breaking the fast

oh my first entry....and I've been planning to start documenting my happenings here in the Arab land way back and yet I do not have the luxury of time of doing it. Today mark my 3rd years here in kingdom and memory card has been loaded tons of photos to be uploaded and shared. Korik! Isa po akong OFW sa bansang may malawak na disyerto, bonggang supply ng langis, camels na kung san nanggaling daw ang MERS, mga babaeng local na akala ko nung una ay mga penguins dahil sa suot (charot lang!) at ang nakakalokang init ng panahon na akala mo nasa loob ka ng giant microwave...tama ka...isa ako sa 3 milyong pinoy na nakikipag sapalaran dito sa Saudi. Isa rin ako sa mga alipin ng isang malaking Travel company na walang ibang ginawa kundi ang magpuna ng mga kapwa alipin sa kanilang trabaho na naayon sa utos ng arabong amo.

Well, first entry ko to at Ramadan ngayon, I really don't understand kung ano na pinagsusulat ko dito(lol). Perhaps, gutom ako ngayon at obviously bawal ang kumain. Fasting period is from 3am - 6:45pm: oh diba nakakaloka talaga, walang inom at lafang sa office, pero pag dating sa balur Pak!!!!! BINGE EATING ang eksena!...perfect sa mga gustong tumaba.

Since I am working with Travel agency, opkors may invatation ang Cathay Pacific for Iftar(breaking the fast) last night in Novotel Hotel..
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as usual, impressed prin ako sa venue kahit ilang beses na pabalik balik...

and voila! BUFFET auntie!!! and here are my top 2 choices....roll...pak!
Ang walang kamatayang Smoked Salmon
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and.....veggie platter with Nile Perch Fillet fish

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Thank you Cathay Pacific (CX)

Review:
Food: Apat na kembot
Service: Apat na kembot

Posted by billsaint 04:04 Archived in Saudi Arabia Tagged food ofw arab_land Comments (0)

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