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4.28.2014

Singapore with the Tanders :)

My previous out of the country trips were mostly with my friends and one solo trip. And now, my trip to Singapore was very memorable because I had another first - first out of the country with family. Yes traveling with friends is fun but traveling with family particularly my grandparents is very exciting!

I never thought this trip would push through because months before this trip there were circumstances that made us back out from going to Singapore. But the odds were in our favor, even though we encountered some problems, we were still able to go on this trip! :))))

I'd like to share below what happened to us during our 3-day stay in Singapore. Our trip may be short but it was definitely worth it.

DAY 1

On our first day, we were lucky that it was my Tito's day off so he met us at our hotel and he became our tour guide for the day. Our first day was tiring yet fun because we hopped on different trains just to reach our destination. Honestly, I love commuting whenever I'm at a foreign country because I get to know more about the place and discover things I never thought I'd see and experience.

We rode the MRT to go to Sentosa. Commuting is fun!!
Before going to Universal Studios, we had our lunch at Vivo City and my tito was generous enough to treat us for lunch. Whoooooo! *insert happy dance here* hahahaha





After lunch, we headed to Universal Studios. The giddy kid in me suddenly became happy again. :))))

The mandatory photo when in Universal Studios


HOLLYWOOD


NEW YORK


SCI-FI CITY


ANCIENT EGYPT


THE LOST WORLD


FAR FAR AWAY




MADAGASCAR


DAY 2

On our second day, we had a half-day city tour then did a little shopping at Orchard Road. My tito wasn't able to accompany us during the day because he had work so I was in charge of being the human map and human GPS. HAHAHA.

One Fullerton Merlion Park
another mandatory photo when in Singapore
at a Chinese temple in Chinatown

the streets of Chinatown

Snack time at Ya Kun Kaya Toast


Singapore Art Museum

Faber Point



In the evening, my uncle met us again at our hotel then he took us out for dinner. Sobrang spoiled namin sa kanya ahhh! :)))




at Makansutra Gluttons Bay - a gastronomic street in Singapore


On our way home we passed by this installation art and photo exhibit at Esplanade. Art really has a spot in my heart.


DAY 3

Our flight back to Manila was in the late afternoon so we spent our free time exploring Little India since it's just walking distance from our hotel.


We had lunch at this jungle-themed Indian resto. How cool is that??

I was hesitant at first to eat at this Indian resto because I am not that fan of Indian food. Surprisingly, we enjoyed the food at The Jungle Tandoor. We ordered: Malai Broccoli, Bagdadi Chicken, Garlic Prawn (the orange one), mango and strawberry lassi (yoghurt) and for dessert we had Gulab Jamun (it tastes like leche flan) and Badam Kheer (rice pudding)


And that wraps up our 3-day trip to Singapore. I know I still have a lot to discover and see in Singapore that is why I am definitely coming back in this country either with friends or family again or maybe another lone trip. But not anytime soon. I must start to save again! Hehe.

The Tanders were so tired. hahaha


4.25.2014

Summer in Baler

For the third straight year, my high school friends and I went on another summer escapade. This year, we decided to go to Baler and try surfing. Yehessss surfing!!! :)) However, it's just sad that only few of us were able to come because the past few years, it's either we are 10 or more than 10 in the car but this year we were only 5 plus my friend Ervin's girlfriend.

None of us had an idea on how to go to Baler since it was all our first time so we just relied on Google's instructions and the road signs we passed by. Good thing we didn't get lost and made it safely to Baler. Yeeeeyyyyy!!!

On our way to Baler, we had our breakfast stop at this cute food place called Hillocks Coffee and Restaurant which is located along Pantabangan Road in Nueva Ecija. The owner and the staff there weren't supposed to accommodate us because they had reservations at 9am but still they were kind enough to cook breakfast for us. :)



I ordered BLT Sandwich and food for the gods for some sweet tooth satisfaction
After a 5-hour trip and all the zigzag roads, Baler finally!!! So here is a short list of what we did in Baler.

STAYCATION AT OUR HOTEL

We stayed at Costa Pacifica and all of us fell in love with our hotel. We loved our hotel to the point that we spent most of our time there instead of going around the town of Baler and have some light booze at night! Hahahaha. If I were to rate Costa Pacifica, I'd give them 5/5 rating because they really have a good service here.



Our room at Costa Pacifica :)



outside our room at night
EAT!!!

If you know me too well, a trip won't be complete without pigging out. :)))) For our first lunch in Baler, we ate at Rolling Stores - a long array of stores serving home-cooked meals for those who are on a budget. The food here is actually good. My most favorite was the grilled squid which we only paid for 15 pesos per squid. :)


For our late merienda and almost dinner meal, we ate at The Hungry Surfer which is just few steps away from our hotel.



We won't leave Baler without trying the very famous buffet for only 185 at Gerry Shan's Place. We were supposed to eat here during our first day but the place was jam-packed so we came back the next day and luckily we were able to get a table. This food place is so famous that GMA's Ang Pinaka featured it. (My apologies if I wasn't able to take some photos of the food. I was totally spaced out and hungry during that time. hehe)

Photo from Ang Pinaka's facebook page

MUSEUM VISIT AT MUSEO DE BALER

Since Museo de Baler is just few steps away from Rolling Stores, we decided to visit the local museum.





ENJOY THE BEACH AND OF COURSE, SURF!!!

What's the point of going to Baler if we won't try surfing, right?





Here are my summer buddies this year and that ends our short summer escapade at Baler! :)


*I do not own all photos in this post. Some photos are courtesy of my friend, Yam Macalino.