Hey guys! I have already shared with you our experience during our first and second day in New York. Now, I’m going to tell you what we did on our third day. We met with some of my mom’s friends outside our hotel, and they drove us to a restaurant on 5th Avenue called ‘8 1/2 Brassiere’. It is a restaurant that serves buffet, and they treated us for breakfast.
Hey guys!! I have already posted about our first day in New York City, and now I would like to share with you what we did the next day. So my parents and I spent the first night at our hotel, the New York Marriott Marquis. My cousin went back to her place in Brooklyn while my aunt and uncle went home to New Jersey. They let us explore the city on our own for a few days before meeting up again on the day before our flight back to Manila.
Hey guys!! After going through 5 states, (California, Vegas, Arizona, Florida and New Jersey), I am now going to share with you the last part of our trip: New York. I have been to New York once in 2011, but we didn’t stay too long there. We would visit from New Jersey, look at some sites, then head back. I always dreamed that if I come back to New York, I would make the most of it by going to attractions we haven’t seen before, watching a Broadway show, and just simply walking around like a New Yorker. For our recent trip, we stayed at The Big Apple for 4 days, and for now I will talk about what we did for our first day.
Hey guys!! As you recall, we had a looong stay in Orlando, with theme park hopping and all that stuff. After that, which was Thursday, we took a flight to New Jersey to meet with some of my relatives from my dad’s side. We stayed at my aunt and uncle’s house for one night and the next day, they brought us around New York City. At dinner time, we met up with one of my cousins for dinner.
Hey guys!! Now I shall share with you our experience during our second day at Universal Orlando! The previous day, we went to Islands of Adventure, one of Universal Orlando’s theme parks. The next day, we went to the second park: Universal Studios Florida! As you remember, we got stranded by rain during our first day at the park but we were glad that the day after, the skies were clear and it was really sunny!! Luckily for us, most of the rides here are 4D simulations so my parents got to ride with me (since they are not really big fans of actual roller coasters and high drops)
After we visited Disney World and NASA the previous days, we went to Universal Orlando. It has two parks: Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida, and we decided to go to Islands of Adventure first. The first attraction that we tried was the Spiderman 4D ride. It was a simulation of us riding a super fast car as we accompanied Spiderman in his adventures.
After spending the past three days at Disney World, we switched hotels and moved to Universal Cabana Bay in preparation for our visit to Universal Studios. After checking in, we visited the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It was a really long drive from the hotel, but being able to visit a NASA Center was a big deal so we gave it a go.
Since we had to check in first, we arrived at the space center around 2 pm which was a little late already, hence we were only able to see a small portion of the center. We were greeted by the large logo of NASA at the entrance, and we also saw a rocket garden which showcased the different rocket ships that were used by NASA.
We mainly stayed at the Atlantis exhibit. Atlantis was one of the first space shuttles to be launched by NASA into space and we were able to see the actual Atlantis inside. (It’s the topmost photo of the post!). We were also able to ride the “Shuttle Launch Experience” which is a simulation of being sent off into space.
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to catch an actual rocket launch and we didn’t go around that much due to the lack of time and we were still really exhausted from the activities done the past days. Nonetheless, we still had a great time and I’m glad that we were able to see a glimpse of outerspace just for a day.
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During our US trip, we went to 3 out of the 4 Disney World Theme Parks (Click here to read about Magic Kingdom and here for Disney Hollywood Studios), and the last one we went to was EPCOT. EPCOT stands for the ‘Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow’, which means it showcases futuristic landscapes as well as modern and sci-fi attractions. The theme park has two sections: Future World and World Showcase. Future World has the different rides while the World Showcase displays highlights of different countries. (To know more you can watch the video that I made above!!)
The second theme park that we visited in Disney World was Disney Hollywood Studios! The previous day, we went to Magic Kingdom (You can read Parts 1 and 2 of my experience too!), and despite the magical yet exhausting day that we had there, it didn’t stop us from going to another theme park. Disney Hollywood Studios has rides that are similar to the Hollywood Experience, and they also had a lot of new Star Wars attractions that I was hyped about.
Here is the continuation of our visit to Magic Kingdom! Click here to read about the first part. Magic Kingdom is the biggest theme park in Disney World Orlando, so we spent the entire day there and we actually made it until the closing time which was at 12 am! Here you are gonna read about my experience in the different rides, as well as the Disney Electrical Parade and the famous fireworks that happen daily at the park.
Now that the Vegas part of our trip is done, our next destination was Orlando! I was really looking forward to this place since all the great theme parks such as Disneyworld and Universal Studios are here, and ever since I found out about the tragic incidents that happened in Orlando recently, I felt really disappointed about what happened. It really saddens me that innocent lives would be taken just because they chose to be who they are. We should treat everyone with the same love and respect regardless of gender, race and beliefs. As Lin-Manuel Miranda said in his Tony Awards acceptance speech, “Love is love. It cannot be taken away or swept aside.” However, I still wanted to hold on to that part of Orlando that is bright and happy so I decided to continue with this post.
During our stay in Las Vegas (You can read Parts 1 and 2 of my experience in Vegas too!), we decided to devote one day to visit the Grand Canyon West Rim in Arizona. We were able to book a bus tour online through Viator, and luckily, it was actually a great find! The tour bus (Grayline Tours) picked us up at the Bellagio Hotel around 6 am, and the road trip to the Grand Canyon began.
For the continuation of our stay in Las Vegas, I’m going to talk about what we did during our third, fourth, and fifth days.( If you want to read about the first part, you can click here!) For our third day, we actually devoted half day to visit Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon, so we got back on the strip around 5 pm. Since the bus we took dropped the riders off at their respective hotels, I was able to see other parts of the Las Vegas Strip.
After our 3-day stay in Los Angeles (Click to read Parts 1 and 2 of my adventure!), we headed to Vegas. Our relatives brought us to LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) at 11 am so that we could catch our flight at 1 pm. We rode at Delta Airlines, and the plane was really comfortable (a lot of leg room!). We arrived at Vegas around 2 pm, and the airport itself had the Vegas feels. The airport had a casino inside, and there was a huge “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign that greeted you once you get there. You can check out the video I made above to know more about the first part of our Vegas trip.
Here is a continuation of my experience in Los Angeles! If you want to read the first part, click here. You can also check out the video above to see more of what we did and where we went.
After five years, our family is finally going to have a vacation in the US again! The last time we went, it was a really long stay – almost a month, and we we went from the West Coast (LA, San Francisco) to the East (New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC). Although that was very very tiring, I looked forward to the day that I could come back to this place, and the dream came true! Above you can see the video that I made during our visit to LA, the first leg of our trip. The others (Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Orlando, New Jersey and New York) would follow soon. So here’s what happened during our first few days in the US:
For our third day in Boracay, we did the usual thing we did for the past two days: have breakfast at Discovery’s buffet, swim at the beach, etc. But we decided to do a little more than the usual, so we headed out of the resort and did a little shopping. By the way, here’s my video of our Boracay trip so I do appreciate if you guys watch it!!
Day 2 at Boracay and we enjoyed what the beach had to offer! We started our day with a buffet breakfast courtesy once again of Discovery Shores. There was a variety of food to choose from, from continental meals to pastries and fruits to local dishes. Afterwards, we posed for some pictures at the beach then we tried the different water activities that can be done!
First escapade of the summer and where does this year take me? The tropical shores of Boracay Island, Aklan! We had a four-night stay here from April 16 to 19 and it was truly a great adventure. So we left our home en route to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at around 7:30, and due to heavy traffic and the really loooong line outside NAIA, we were able to enter the airport at around 8:15, and our flight was at 9!! Luckily our flight was delayed a bit so we had time to catch up haha. The flight from Manila to Caticlan, Aklan is 55 minutes. The plane left at around 10 am, so we arrived at 11 am in Boracay Airport.
Now that 2015 is coming to an end, I would like to take this time to reminisce and look back on the memorable moments that I have had for the year. Overall, I could proudly say that 2015 has been one of the most fruitful and fortunate years for me.
Click for Day 1 or 2. Click here for photo gallery. For our last day at Baguio, we walked around the mini-forest beside The Manor, and snapped some pics! Then sadly, we already had to check out and head back to the road. For our last tourist attraction for the trip, we visited the BenCab Museum.
Click to check out our Day 1 or Day 3 at Baguio. Click here for photo gallery. On to day 2. I woke up really early and decided to get out to the balcony to enjoy the fresh morning air and as well as to admire the magnificent view of the garden of The Manor. Afterwards, we met up with our relatives again at Baguio Country Club for breakfast.
It was my semestral break during the last week of October, and my family rarely goes out of town during this time because we usually have our vacations during summer. However, we wanted to change things a bit so we headed to Baguio, which is known as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines” and as well as the “City of Pines”. We wanted to breathe in the fresh cold air and enjoy the northern part of the country so we decided to stay there for three days, from October 30 to November 1.
Okay so most probably all of you are wondering why I’m writing about something that happened in March, because you know, two months have passed since then. But then I realized I haven’t shared with you guys my first vacation ever since school ended, and it happened at the tropical shores of Anvaya Cove, an exclusive resort in Bataan.
Our last day in Singapore wasn’t that much because we had to leave for the airport at 11 am so we only had the morning left. We made the most of our time by enjoying our hotel pool. That’s it for my Singapore 2015 Diaries. I am looking forward to the day I can come back to this beautiful country.
To check out my previous days in Singapore, click the links below!
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Day 6 in Singapore and we went to Universal Studios (USS) ! This theme park is a must-see in the country and with many sections in the park such as Hollywood, New York, and Ancient Egypt, USS will definitely make you feel like you’re in the movies .
Day 5 in Singapore and our destination was Adventure Cove which is a Waterpark in Sentosa. We stayed there the entire day and there were many attractions to choose from. We first tried the Adventure River wherein we stayed on floaties and let ourselves flow on the river as we had a glimpse of the other park attractions. There was also a wave pool and a variety of water slides. The one I tried was the Riptide Rocket which was sort of a water roller coaster. Well that’s all I got for Day 5. Till next time!
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4th day? Shopping! We went to Takashimaya which was part of Ngee Ann City in Orchard Road. I was able to buy new shoes!
Our third day in Singapore emphasized our love for nature! Our first agenda was to check out the Flower Dome located at Gardens by the Bay. It displayed many different species and variations of flowers. It even had a special section called “Tulipmania” which featured many fairytale inspired flower combinations.
Day 2 in Singapore! To check out our first day click here. Our first agenda of the day was to check out and swim at the Infinity Pool located at the 57th floor of Marina Bay Sands. Who knew you could swim while mesmerizing the breath-taking view of the city?
This year’s family vacation, we are bound for..Singapore! First impression? Very clean! The view from the airplane window is great and Changi Airport couldn’t have been anymore better.
Hi guys! So apparently August is the most hectic month in school. We had tons of projects and it’s actually our exams this week, but I still decided to update my blog before I continue studying. I know it’s been 3 months already and I haven’t finished my Vacation Diaries (Macau/HK), but better late than never right? So here’s our 2nd day in Hong Kong. And as you can pretty much guess, we went to the happiest place on earth: Disneyland.
Classes are suspended which makes this the perfect opportunity to catch up on my pending blog posts. So remember when I posted about the first three days of my vacation in Macau? If you don’t here are the links! Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Continue reading “From Macau to Hong Kong (5-14-14)”
Hey guys! Sorry for the super duper late update on our Macau trip. It’s been almost 3 weeks since we came back, but I’ve been so busy. I’ll try my best to post all the things we did before school starts. School begins next week, so expect me to post during weekends by then. For now I present to you our third day in Macau!
Day 2 here at Macau and it was so tiring but fun! Our day started off by availing of the “Shrekfast”. (Breakfast with the DreamWorks Gang- Shrek, Fiona, Puss in boots, Characters from Madagascar, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Po, Tigress, Mr. Peabody and Sherman). I was so eager to have my pic with all of them (And lucky for me I did) and I never knew eating breakfast can be so intense and stressful. Imagine going to get food to a buffet, then while you’re getting food the character goes to your table, so you run off to go catch them! The experience was definitely worth it tho! And the food was delicious.
With a flight delayed for 2 hours, a turbulence that can be compared to a rollercoaster, and a thunderstorm headed in Macau, I thought that this vacation was off to a bad start. But boy, I was so wrong! The second I stepped on Macau soil, everything became perfect in an instant. Macau’s beauty cannot be described in words, so I have these pics to show you how magnificent this place is. And we all discovered this on our first day and since our flight was delayed, we only went to one attraction: our hotel, The Venetian Macau!
So in my country, it’s already summer and sadly it’s about to end, but for you guys, most probably summer’s just right around the corner…so whether it’s about to end or start, we all agree that we have to make summer worth it and one way to have a fun summer is to travel, whether it’s to the nearest beach or out of the country, everybody loves to travel. So for this summer, my family and I will have a vacay in Macau for 3 days, followed by another 3 days in Hong Kong…I’ll try my best to keep you guys posted on the adventures to come, but for the mean time, I wrote this short guide about travel essentials.