Thursday, November 25, 2010

Vientiane, Laos Trip 2010


The Tower at Vientiane, Laos



My Laos trip with my youngest baby (she's a world traveler,lol)was fun. I got a chance to meet new people because I've decided to try other travel agency for a change.

I thought we'll be late for the trip because I had a meeting before my trip and was last minute cancelled so I waited in vain, but it was okay.. again charge to experience.

When I arrived at the meeting place, the tour guide asked me to fill out forms for departure and to submit my passport. Afterwards, I thought it was all okay because I was sitting and waiting for 30 minutes doing nothing, so I went on the bus.

Thirsty minutes after, some passengers were showing their numbers and searching for their seats. It was obviously out of control due to miscommunication. Some passengers (me, included) were already waiting on the bus, only to find out that it wasn't a first come, first serve seat. They failed to announce us that we had to pay first so we could get our seat number and before we take our seat, whew!

Luckily, I was assertive enough to complain because I didn't know, nobody told me so how was I supposed to know that? They should've posted something or gave out leaflets about the process so people (like me) weren't confused. Anyway, it was just before the trip but during and after our trip was really good. Not to mention the food and accomodation.


The market inside the tower, I payed 15 baht for adult entrance. Not so wise though, but it was a good experience :)


Overlooking from the tower


Reclining Buddha

Monday, November 22, 2010

Best Places To Hang Out With Children

I've searched online on how to spend our next vacay in the Philippines this coming January (2011). Surprisingly, my kind hearted partner gave an early Christmas present 3 days ago... it's a round trip ticket to Manila! woohooo!!! I'm loving it and surely love it when I get there.

I prepared a list of itinerary to spend this 39 days with my favorite girls: my KIDS!

First of all, I am considering the budget so I would definitely explore Manila areas and closer provinces. That will save TIME, MONEY and EFFORT considering that I will be with my two young ladies (11 years;9 months old).


1.) Antipolo- The Pilgrimage City


* Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Church
- Since, we lived near this place, we should better go and attend the Sunday worship service with my kids. It will be our first time for us to go there together.



Located at the Town Proper of Antipolo, the home of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage (Nuestra Senora De la Paz Y Buen Viaje). Historians say that this miraculous icon has sailed back and forth between Manila and Acapulco eight times and on several occasions was credited with saving her galleon form destruction by pirates and Dutch and British blockades. The galleon's safe arrivals were attributed to the miraculous powers of the statuette. It was on November 26, 1626 that Archbishop of Manila, Michael O' Doherty. The month of May is a fiesta in Antipolo were thousands of devotees especially those intending to travel abroad come to pay homage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Voyage to ask for a safe voyage.

* Swimming - It would definitely incomplete without visiting these resorts with them. They both love to swim :) so I just listed some of the famous resort in Antipolo. We'll think about which one of these is the best in terms of money, services and features.

Villa Cristina Hotel & Resort @ Taktak Road, Antipolo City ;(632) 697-4521

Bosay Resort - http://bosayresort.com/index.html

Overlook Resort Hotel - http://www.overlookresortel.com/index.html

2. Quezon City Circle- I was born and raised in Quezon City and I love this place definitely, specially the bike rides. I remember when I was in highschool, we used to practice our mini program here. Early monring, you will find group of people gathering for yoga session, aerobics, belly dancing, taekwondo, etc. It is also a good place for jogging and walking(must be early morning, of course because of the pollution lol)



* Biking
* Circle of Fun Park and Play Ground

3. SM Mall of Asia - I've never been to this place since it was built (shocked) but we will surely gonna visit this.





We will watch a movie in IMAX and will go to the Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center, afterwards.

REFERENCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SM_Mall_of_…

4. Manila - One day tour of the following: Fort Santiago, Intramuros, and Luneta Park. When in Intramuros, have dinner at Ilustrado, try their Sampaguita Ice cream! Sampaguita is a type of Jasmine, so yes, it's ice cream made of flowers.

5. Baguio City - Oh! this is one of my favorite places in the Philippines. I would like to encourage foreigners to visit this exciting place, really cool! as in literally. If you don't want the sunny hot weather in Manila or in other places, you must go to Baguio and Tagaytay and you'll surely love it! There are many places to visit here.

Activities:
* Attend mass @ Baguio Cathedral
* Horse back riding- CHECK! we will try this with my two girls :)
* Photo fun shoot (absolutely YES!!!)
* Shopping galore
* happy dining

Tourist spots:
* Burnham Park
* Camp John Hay
* Mines View Park
* Botanical Garden
* The Mansion
* Baguio Cathedral

It is not difficult to find the right public transportation in the Philippines, (unlike here in Thailand) because everything is translated in English. Plus the fact that most Filipinos can speak English clearly.

It's just my plan and of course it will all depends on the budget. So from now, I just hoping and praying that I will have enough money to go to these places I've listed hahaha I'm keeping my fingers crossed (wink)




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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sisters: The Reunion

My youngest daughter and I went home last 24th of July to visit my eldest and mom in the Philippines. I've waited for this moment to happen. I was really happy when they finally meet each other.

I took a picture of them and caught their precious moments together. My realization was that I've never thought of my eldest daughter being a responsible sister. The age gap is ten (10) long years. My eldest was born 2000 and the youngest was in 2010.



This is a perfect shot for me :) Loving the way they smile, keeps all my problems away!



We went to the supermarket to buy stuff for my nephew's birthday. They had fun being together and... of course! with ME :)



They are the ones who makes me stronger everyday. I am so happy that I am blessed to have two beautiful girls in my life. Plus, I have a very supportive partner who always there to understand and love me.

My life is 95% complete. The 5 percent thing is that I must be able to have a stable minimal income so as to support my eldest daughter in the Philippines and to save money for my own needs. I hate to expect or assume that my partner will always give me in terms of money. But, it is also good that I have mine. It's not actually being selfish, but I don't actually want to ask for my partner to financially support my eldest kid as I am protecting our relationship. I don't want us to argue about money.

My daughters have different fathers, but I would like them to feel that they are both LOVED equally. My dream, is that ONE DAY soon they will live together with me, sleep together in one room.



I love my daughters so much!!! At last, they've met. But, this won't be the last... :)
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