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The Big Hot Summer Outlet Sale 2011

Four days to go 🙂 !

Hong Kong, Last Part

On our last day in Hongkong, husband and I start off our day earlier and I already packed our things before we left Golden Court. I don’t want the inconvenience of last minute cramming.

We make use of MTR from Tin Hau to TST. From Nathan Road we wander all the way to Salisbury Road and down the streets husband and I would stop to get photos of structures, lanes, of us at the cutting edge. We ended at the Avenue of Stars, which is located at the southern end of Salisbury Garden.

Avenue of Stars was constructed to pay tribute to outstanding professionals of Hong Kong film and industry, to promote tourism industry and to consolidate Hong Kong’s position as Asia’s World City.

What to see?

Statue of Hong Kong Film Awards. The 4.5-meter tall Hong Kong Film Awards sculpture is located at the entrance of the Avenue of Stars. “She” welcomes you to the Avenue and beckons you into this magical tribute to movies.

Hand Imprint of famous Chinese artists, Jacky Chan and Bruce Lee.

Souvenir Kiosks

Cutely-designed mobile carts, these carts sell light refreshment, drinks and souvenirs too.

Sculptures

 

Subsequently we stopover at Clock Tower, which is a landmark in Hong Kong located at the southern shore of TST, Kowloon. It was like passing by because we were looking for a place to dine for breakfast.

And for the second time, we chose Café de Coral. We have Hokkaido Milk with add on Macaroni Soup for HKD3 only. Such a steal 🙂 !

And we give M&S at Ocean Centre a quick look after. Happily, I score 3 tops from the “Sale” racks for HKD295. We also stepped in to Sa Sa to buy some fragrances for pasalubong, some makeup sponge, Burt’s Bees lip balm, and foot rasp for DIY foot spa at home. Elizabeth Arden 100ml cost HKD98.

We hurriedly left TST after buying all the things we needed to and had lunch at Thai BBQ Kitchen in Electric Road, Tin Hau before we went back to our room. I missed to get photos of the appetizing meal we consume right away. Btw, we paid HKD88 only for an order of chicken and beef dishes.

And we bought cake slices from Mimosa Patisserie, I remember we got Chocolate Truffle and, and okay I forgot the other one 🙂 . The slices were sold for HKD20+, which I find a little pricey compared to our local cakes (which is far more delectable than this!).

It’s Valentine’s Honey! We may not have spent our meal over a fancy restaurant however, this is much pleasurable. Me and you on a foreign land sharing a slice of sweetness 🙂 !

Our flight back to Manila was scheduled at 6:00pm however we need to catch the bus at 2:00pm. We left Tin Hau just in time via Bus E11, which will transports us direct to HKIA. Unlike our Manila buses, these buses have luggage racks, which is very appropriate for travelers. Also, it’s comfortable and relatively inexpensive transport option.

In less than an hour we arrived at HKIA and getting lost in an extremely large, world-class airport is a pretty normal thing 🙂 ! After several rounds and inquiry we finally arrived at PAL check in counter, which is located at Terminal 2. Getting there from Terminal 1 is by an inter-terminal shuttle.

 

After check in and immigration procedures husband and I walk around to find a place to snack. Though choices were plenty, we had muffins and hot drinks only from McCafé to save some space for the airline dinner 🙂 .

Shopping is another bustle to look forward in HKIA. I had the chance to visit Zara but didn’t buy any and bought only two cartons of cigarettes from Free Duty. That’s how we spent our waiting time.

I cannot remember if we boarded on time at 5:20pm, all I have in mind that time is to go home safe in Manila and to see Bea 🙂 .

We would be missing Hong Kong of course, the food, the chilly weather, the inexpensive shopping, the MTR rides, bus and tram rides –the whole HK experience! I even attempt to rebook our flight to Manila however rebooking fee would cost us too much so we give up the idea.

Our flight to Manila is via Boeing 747, luckily we chance window seats though it was almost at the rear part of the aircraft nevertheless, it was still comfortable and even.

I didn’t felt any headache during take offs, so, while we’re on sky-high I enjoy gaming on the LCD screens.

Not long dinner was served, yehey 🙂 !  This will be the most unforgettable Valentine Dinner ever –on air via PR307! We enjoyed the delicious serving of warm rice topped with pork and veggie, a piece of bake goodie from Bizu and cola. Husband even asked for red wine, it was such a tasty and filling dinner.

We arrived Manila Terminal 2 by 8:00pm. I failed to check Watsons in Hong Kong for cheap chocolates, so, we dropped by at Duty Free Shop to take home some for the kids. The airport taxi took us home and finally, we’re back home safe and sound 🙂 !

Not everyone is fortunate to be the victor, and it’s not every day that chance like this would happen. It may come only once or even not at all, hence, I am grateful despite the ordeals of life beyond I am blessed!

Thank you to all the people who made this trip possible and worthwhile –spot.ph for the FREE tickets, Ms. AJ for all the reminders, BDO for the forex, Nanay for looking after Bea, Petron Megaplaza for keeping Winnie for 3 days, Joel N. and wife Meribeth for all the arrangements in HK, Wesley for the Macau tour, Jimmy and Doray for welcoming us at Golden Court, and to all the people who genuinely wishes us “happy trip” before we left Manila. We really had one 🙂 !

And lastly, Lord, thank you for these blessing…

 

slow day at work

I feel so low today, I am too lazy to work, my table is big mess, my emails are pile up and yet still I am not concerned if I might overlook something that is due today, I don’t care if it’s critical or not.

 

I want to go out of the building and take a walk. Where?  That I do not know 😦 . I want to go on a trip, I want to take a trip to Sagada, or even Baguio would do. I want to go away somewhere else.

 

I want to eat something sweetened, but it seems the old time favorite sansrival and brazo de mercedes do not appeal to me today. My palate is very weird and I feel sick 😦 .

I want a trip on the mall but I don’t want to annoy husband with bloated cc bills, not now, he keeps on reminding me to save.

The day is almost done and up until now I haven’t done anything rewarding. All I wanted this very minute is to get a cab and go home right away, most likely stay under the blankets and put myself to sleep.

I wish tomorrow will be a better day than today.

Angel’s Pasta-Combo

Husband and I sampled Angel’s pasta and combo last week, and my verdict –carbonara is bland and mushy while the spaghetti is just so-so and chicken is greasy. Sorry, but I cannot recommend it to anyone.

Carbonara Php139

 

Chicken and Spaghetti with Iced tea Php149

Nevertheless, their pizza one of the best for me 🙂 !

heritage and architecture

We spent Sunday afternoon downtown to savor the freshest dimsums and delight ourselves with pieces of the olden times.

Eat like the Chinese

Explore the city and discover history

I wish everyone a stress-free week 🙂 !

miki-san’s homecoming

I initially plan to spend Friday night at home after a very toxic month end-quarter close however, when G texted me about an old friend’s homecoming my plans change instantly. How can you say no and afford to miss seeing someone historical, hehehe…remember Baguio, Taytay, Manila –thirteen years ago? Alcohol and spirits? Miki-san is home and Tequilam is seeing him again!

To all who doesn’t know (I don’t know either who they are…), Miki-san is uglysmurf turned drunken master –mikscuervo 🙂 . And Baguio boy to most! While these names point to a single person, he would always be my original drinking buddy. Yea, I was a drunken maiden back in the 90’s. Okay, that was soooo loooonggg agoooo and many have forgotten it 🙂 . Good!

Thirteen years ago, Miki-san would frequent Manila all set with bottle of Tequila and vice versa, we would ready a bottle for him soon as he jumped down Victory Liner. That’s how easy life before, that’s how candid we spend our younger years –road trips, sessions.

On the contrary, we are committed to movements, assembly, alliance, the Coop, the Union –Piltea MKP. Anyhow, Piltea-MKP is another thing. Let’s leave it for now.

The meeting was supposed to be in old school Talyer but then G and Miki-san texted me on Friday morning; venue was change to Dampa in Cubao. I just told myself, why on earth Cubao. Aside from its being distant I don’t know anything in Cubao. That gave me second thoughts of coming 😦 .

Buti na lang they got bored in Cubao and before it gets late they decided to head to Makati, where else, Talyer 🙂 ! So, husband and I went ahead and had dinner while waiting for them.

It was the usual set 🙂 , which we also had last Saturday night.

Tuna Belly and Tokwa’t Baboy (no photo)

And Ensaladang Mangga, I super love this appetizer!

Just about to finish our first bottle when they arrived, G and Miki-san plus two of Miki-san’s high school friends back in SLU. Like the old days, when everyone is calling me Mama, Miki-san was still the same bubbly person, except that he’s a little heavy this time, hehehe…

 

The night was another history for all of us; it was so heartening to hear stories of what went before over and over again. I cannot measure how each of us had grown, had settled, had pick up despite the losing chapters of our lives. As we look back, we can still feel right the outburst of our emotions but this time on a different level 🙂 .

We ended the session after midnight and went home with pieces of photos to keep in mind that no matter how long it would take for us to see each other again, our friendship would live through. To G and Miki-san, thank you for the wonderful time 🙂 .  And Miki-san we wish you a safe return abroad…