Your time in Macau wouldn’t be complete without a side trip to Hong Kong or vice versa. In fact, it has been widely popular that an itinerary would consist of visiting the other city. Macau and Hong Kong were formerly governed by Portuguese and British colonies, respectively, until their sovereignty were transferred back to China. The influences left by the colonizers have remained to be a part of their culture and has continued to be an integral part of their tourism.
That moment when you want to get drunk in a foreign country and you can’t, because, you have to wake up early the following day for a well specified itinerary…it’s worth it. The cruise ships were all docked in a calm part of the bay and as soon as the sound died down, with only the minimum sound of wave and occasional engine noises, the bay was peaceful and almost completely dark except for the lights illuminating from the ships.
Woke up at Essence Palace Hotel on Old Quarter in Hanoi two hours before the scheduled shuttle pick up ride to the famous Halong Bay with much anticipation. Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the, if not the most, famous tourist attractions in Vietnam and is in every list of every travellers around the world. Known for its scenic landscape, magnificent isles, and incredible limestone karsts ready for everyone to gawk upon in awe while cruising in an extravagant ship, is a perfect destination for everyone’s well-deserved vacation.
I have been away from my keyboard for a long time that my last entry on this blog was two months ago. My absence can be attributed to so many things; election in the Philippines, lacking of materials to write, work, social life, and probably, laziness. So, to make up for the lost time, I am writing one now. Oh, how I’ve missed this. 🙂
Some people tend to stereotype people who visit museums as boring, nerd, reserved, introverts or sometimes classy. That isn’t entirely true. Museums appeal to people from different walks of life, different generations, and different social classes. People are attracted to visit museums because they are curious, they are hungry to learn about history, ancient cultures, the past, the old ways, and almost anything under the sun. They are all born famished of knowledge and are all eager to fill the void with information that continue to fascinates each and every one of us.
One of the benefits and perks of working in Macau is its accessibility to Hong Kong. Only an hour of ferry ride makes Hong Kong my favorite place to chill and an avenue for releasing stress. Despite the numerous times I’ve been to the city, I haven’t fully explored the place. Sure, I’ve been to some of the most famous tourist spots in the city, thanks to my visiting relatives and friends asking me to be their tour guide, but, I haven’t fully experienced the quintessential Hong Kong.
No one can contest that Hong Kong is one of most advanced cities in the world; home of the most magnificent skyline, modern infrastructures, efficient train system, the biggest and grandest amusement parks, state-of-the-art buildings, and the cutting edge of newest residential communities. But, amidst its continuous progress, Hong Kong was still able to preserved its origins and traditions. Take a look at Ngong Ping Village.
Half past seven, I was awoken by familiar sounds I haven’t heard in a long time; crowing of rooster, cow’s mooing, birds tweeting and my parents early-morning conversation which had brought me a pang of nostalgia and at the same time comfort and happiness. These and the scent of grilled pork accompanied by cool weather had me jumping out of my bed.
There are two kinds of travelers: First, the one who picks the best hotel in the city of his destination and the second kind, the one who is looking just for a place to stay. The former would typically look for a very nice hotel complete with amenities, a cozy environment, the services the hotel provides, and accessibility, because for him, after a very tiring day outside, he deserves to pamper himself. The latter, on the other hand, would just look for the cheapest and any-will-do place. He is a budget traveler because for him, he only needs a place to sleep for his whole day is spent exploring the place.
Tagaytay City which belongs to Cavite, a province in the southern part of Manila, is considered as the other “Summer Capital of the Philippines” due to its cool temperature, high altitude location and numerous tourist spots. It is here where you can get the most picturesque view of one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines, the Taal Volcano. Whether planned or unplanned trip, Tagaytay is a place to go if you are looking for a short break away from the city, or if you want to temporarily release stress, or if you are just on a road trip mission.