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Posts tagged ‘Journey’

Bangkok Diaries: Wat Pho

09.06.14: วัดโพธิ์

Hello,dolls! 🙂 Happy Sunday…and happy St. Patrick’s weekend! 😉 Aaah, where do I begin? This is probably the most mind-boggling weekend ever. I don’t think I can finish my sentences without sighing multiple times. I am over-beating myself with a big decision I have to make soon. Two great opportunities are in front of me and I can only choose one (WHY!!!!!!). Two great opportunities that makes me want to split myself into two so I can do both. As I said to my post on Facebook, faith can really turn dreams to reality. I know that I am being blessed with this situation because of the I have in Him. I remember praying ever night to be someone…to be at a place where I can be great. I also dreamed of success at a young age, so I prayed for it. All these He made possible. I know that whatever I choose, I will be more than okay. Because I have Him.

Today I want to clear my mind, and it’s badly needed because I just felt like a zombie today. Headache and body pain after my 12 hour shift is not a good weekend mix. First thing on my list today — workout! One of the things that I find effective to de-stress myself is working out, and plus points cause I get to stay fit (and burn all the junk I have eaten for the week). So I went to the gym first thing in the morning, I find it more efficient for me also when I exercise in the morning before I do everything I have to do for the day so I won’t have an excuse later on that I am already beat up or whatnot. Another thing that de-stresses me is packing.I love packing! The thought of going to another place excites me. I have mustered up packing a suitcase in less than an hour,and making sure everything is secured during the travel. After trying to figure out what to eat for “brunch”,which ended up to a cup of tea and a bagel, I moved on to packing for our weekend trip and 1 of the 6 suitcases that we are bringing to the Philippines. Shopping of course tops my list when it comes to de-stressing, so I really can’t wait for tomorrow to come because I know I will be faaar away from Baltimore…even for just a while. Lastly, something very close to my heart — blogging. Sharing my adventures here on my blog definitely keeps me sane. Knowing that I have an outlet for all my thoughts is such a great help for

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Only 15 days left until our flight to the Philippines (omg!) and A and I were thinking if we should go somewhere after the wedding. We are postponing our honeymoon until next year (just because we are planning for something amazing and we can’t get more time off from work). So anyway, we like to visit another country when in Asia. We feel like it’s another opportunity for us to get closer. But with all the things that we have to think about before our big day, I am kind of hating the fact that I have not made a step to make it happen…yet.

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Let me share with you the second part of our second day in Bangkok.

 

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A Bangkok trip is not complete without seeing the Reclining Buddha. 

Our tour is short but I made sure that this will be part of it. (more…)

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Hello, Bangkok II

09.05.2014: First Day High

Hello, dolls! 🙂 Happy Friday!! Aaah only 3 more (or maybe 4) Fridays like this and I will be embracing the joys of being a full time bride-to- be!!! For my last post for February, I am going to share with you the second installment of our Bangkok trip.

One of my goals for my second time in Bangkok was to “go hard”. A and I were teasing my sister about all the food that she has to try, being a picky eater, she would always give us this weird gross look whenever we mention a kind of street food and how spicy and funky smelling it could be. Go big or go home, became our official motto lol. Every time we are in doubt of something, even when it’s not extreme such as buying a skirt,we would say “go big or go home” haha

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So anyway, it has been about 4 years since my last trip to Thailand. 4 years is a long time, but I was surprised that mostly everything that I saw during my first trip remained the same.

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We stayed at the same hotel, so it was easier for me to remember most of the things that I did and saw before, especially how to get around.

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The location of our hotel is really convenient for all shopaholics like us. We are right in front of Central Mall, they set up night markets  outside the hotel and the mall, food carts are always there early in the morning until late night. (more…)

Hong Kong Diary: Street Food Diet

10.04.2013: We take eating srsly.

Hello,dolls!!! 🙂 I know it’s been a while since my last entry, but life has been extremely amazing that I had to put off blogging for a while. The upside of me being too busy is that there will be tons of entries for me to work on and post here (in hopes that I will be able to bring back my “rhythm” and blog regularly). I think posting an entry about my adventure with A in Hong Kong is very timely now, cause we just came back from Bangkok. I originally wanted to work on this before our trip (you know to give more light to my reason of why this is timely). But, being home is too amazing (and overwhelming) that blogging was out of the context for my first 10 days back.

Before I move on, here are my previous entries about my Hong Kong vacation with A…

http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/hong-kong-diary-pigeon-mantis-shrimp-and-some-afternoon-sun/

http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/hong-kong-diary-repulse-bay/

http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/hong-kong-diary-island-food-adventures/

http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/hong-kong-and-us/

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For our 4th day in Hong Kong, A and I decided to “take it to the streets”. 

We tried most of the street food that we saw and I think we did pretty good. You be the judge as we move forward 😉

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But of course, we still visited a couple of restaurants to make our day even better… or maybe we just love having a feast even when it’s just the 2 of us. haha

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Hong Kong Diary: Pigeon, Mantis Shrimp, and some Afternoon Sun

 

 

10.03.2013: I’m getting used to this

Hello, dolls!!! 🙂 So I thought of posting an entry before I leave for MNL, cause I know I will be taking tons of pictures back home — OMG I can’t wait to be with my family again I can’t hide my excitement!!!! Here’s the second part of our 3rd day in Hong Kong,another food adventure entry that makes me miss Hong Kong — and more excited about our upcoming trip! I know this is almost a year late, but it still feels like it was only yesterday when A and I discovered a lot of amazing food spots in Hong Kong.

And in case you haven’t read these entries yet, click the links below to have a glimpse of how our first 3 days in HK went. 

http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/hong-kong-diary-island-food-adventures/

http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/hong-kong-diary-repulse-bay/

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After our Stanley/Repulse Bay short trip, we went to Central,Hong Kong to go to one of the restaurants on our list.

It doesn’t have an English name and we only had the address, so no “name dropping” as they say.

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But to have an idea of what this restaurant is like, here’s one of the things that A got…… a roasted pigeon.

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Hong Kong Diary: Repulse Bay

10.03.14: The “no idea” moments

Hello, dolls!!! 🙂 I can’t believe that I am VERY close to seeing my family again!! In less than a week I will be flying back to MNL (OMG!!) I can’t hide my excitement! My family and I planned so much for my homecoming and I must say, there will be a lot of plane rides for A and I for our upcoming 3 week vacation. It’s pretty similar to what happened last year when A came to the Philippines to visit me — a lot of cooking, eating, and traveling. Maybe I waited a little bit too long to post our Hong Kong trip, or maybe not. Its nice to look back and remember all the things that we did during our week long adventure at a place that he’s been wanting to visit since…ever. 

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Hong Kong has always been a shopping trip for me until A and I went. We did so many different things that I wouldn’t normally put in my itinerary.

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One of which is to take an hour and a half shuttle ride going to Repulse Bay and see a different side of Hong Kong..

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Hong Kong Diary: Island Food Adventures

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10.02.2013: Hop on Hop Off

Hello, dolls!! 🙂 Here is the last part of our second day in Hong Kong. This entry is perfect for foodies like A and I. We had a long list of restaurants that we wanted to visit prior to our Hong Kong trip so we made sure that we would try and visit at least 2 each day. A and I have traveled to different places during our first year together, though this was the first time we went to another country, we’ve made sure that our strategy will stay the same — keep our eyes open for beautiful things that we might see while on our way to the restaurant that we want to go to.

In case you haven’t read these yet, click now before you move forward 😉

http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/hong-kong-and-us/

http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/08/04/hong-kong-diary-1881-heritage/

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We couldn’t wait to see what awaits us at the other side!! 🙂

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Big Bus Tours played a huge part during our trip. I don;t think we would be able to go to all the places we’ve been to during the day without BBB. The first time we went on a tour with Big Bus Tours was in Philadelphia with my teacher. I remember reading on their brochure that they operate in different countries as well so I Googled it and voila…. they have BBB in Hong Kong! 🙂 Yay (more…)

Hong Kong and Us

10.01.13: Hello, Hong Kong!!!!!

Hello, dolls! 🙂 It’s been a crazy-busy-AHMAHZING week again (but  believe me when I say, it’s the busiest week since I got here). So this is one is a gazillion months overdue, but you know me ,when something is extra amazing I like to keep it to myself until my desktop complains with the overflow. Anyway, this one very very VERY special because of many reasons.

It was our first time to travel overseas, it’s amazing how we were able to do a LOT of things together during our first year as a couple. We celebrated A’s birthday in Hong Kong, birthday week as they say! It was a dream come true for him, to try authentic Chinese cuisine and be at a place that he’s been dreaming of going to — the look on A’s face when I told him I have our tickets for Hong Kong was priceless. It was the perfect getaway after not seeing each other for 5 months. Aaaaaand now, it’s the best reminder of how amazing it feels to travel and be in a totally different place.

So yeaaap, I’ve decided to blog about this now cause I am tooooo excited about August and September! We will be traveling again!!! This time with my entire family!!! Yay <3

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I don’t know what has gotten to me and  I brought leggings with me to the Philippines! So I just had to…. I had to wear leggings on our way to Hong Kong, it gets cold in the plane so it was the perfect excuse. Haha

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 Hello, Hong Kong!!!!!

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Palawan Diaries: #CebuPacProblems

09.27.13: Cebu Pacific = “we guarantee you that your flight will be DELAYED” 

Hello, sweets! <3 I know we are all still on that CHRISTmas vibe! I am not going to write a separate post for it this time as I want to finish all of our first-day-in-Palawan entries before we kiss 2013 goodbye 🙂 I had an amazing Christmas this year, one of the best I must say! So I’ve decided to do another take on my “recent-for-recent-in-between-my-lazy-backlogs” again. I’ve had an amazing year, and I just do not want each memory to fade away just because I can’t devote enough time on this blog. Anyway, I wish you all had an amazing Christmas just like I did. AND remember Christmas is not about the presents that we get under our tree, it’s about the big guy up there 🙂

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Let me share with you the first part of our Palawan trip.

The girls and I have been wanting to go to the beach since..forever. A trip that doesn’t involve my driver driving us to some place 2 hours away from Manila. We need a SOLID beach trip. So months before A got here, we planned to go to Palawan,cause we feel like Boracay is too mainstream..especially when someone is visiting the Philippines! Pluuuus, my girls are too adventurous and Palawan has so much to offer.

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