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Travel Time: Adventures in Hong Kong

Lately I’ve been posting some of my music odyssey with different groups and artists but it doesn’t mean my life revolves around music 100%. I have day job too and get to travel once in a while if time permits. Traveling is one of the things I like, but it’s kinda ironic that as much as I like to travel, I’m more of a homebuddy. Weird ei? Anyway got the needed break last vacation and it was a perfect time to travel. Most of the places I’ve been so far were just around the country, but this one would definitely be in my record books as one of the greatest.

A rare time to go abroad and it was an exhilarating experience. It’s also the first time that the Anawangin boys and the Boracay boys would combine for this epic travel.

Traveling outside the country is very expensive and with guys who are on a tight budget, the best option would be the backpackers’ mode. Good thing there are promos nowadays by airline companies here like Cebu Pacific Airlines, things just made it easier for us. We spotted one, and there we go!

For this trip, we went to Hong Kong and the place, I would say, was nice. It has great facilities, airport is huge (way better than NAIA), streets are always busy, even until wee hours especially in the business district, wonder if they still sleep.

It’s a totally different place so I was culture shocked. I don’t like comparisons but there were certain things I noticed which made me realize why Hong Kong is miles ahead than my country. If you’ll be able to visit both places, I think you’ll notice it too.

We were on a time constrained schedule so the plan was to visit as many places as possible on each day.

Here’s our itinerary:

Day One upon arrival, we rest a bit from our place, then went straight to the Avenue of the Stars, HK’s version of Hollywood Walk of Fame, it’s where you can see the Bruce Lee statue by the harbor and other Chinese celebrities’ hands in cement that include Jacky Chan. If only we arrived earlier, then probably we could have been to the art museum as it’s near the vicinity, so we’ve missed one right there.

Day Two, our destination in the morning was one of the parks there, the Kowloon Park, then we opted to go to Ocean Park instead of Disneyland as the latter is bigger and has more people, and if you’re gonna go for the rides, you’ll have to wait longer because of its long lines, so that would eat up a lot of time, and since we had a tight schedule, we weighed off the best option and we could only hit the target if we head off to Ocean Park. So we missed to visit Mickey’s place, maybe next time. Anyway, Ocean Park was a great choice as I haven’t seen a dolphin live. There was also the panda show, but failed to see it because it had the same time with the dolphin show. It’s the best alternative if you’re having a hard time deciding on which place to go.

After the Ocean Park adventure, we head off to Victoria Peak. We took a ride on the Peak Tram.

Day Three, we went to see the big statue of Buddha. If there’s one place we don’t want to miss, it’s this one. Got to pay homage and visit him and have us all blessed. Plans of going to Macau or Mainland China were scrapped off due to budget and time constraints.

Though we haven’t explored all the places, we somehow hit the target, so all in all, this adventure trip was a winner.

Where’s the next stop? Let’s see…

Here are some vids I created during our stay.

HK: City Scape from marvin bea on Vimeo.

HK: City Scape 2 from marvin bea on Vimeo.

HK: Ocean Park from marvin bea on Vimeo.

HK: Chinese Sturgeon Aquarium from marvin bea on Vimeo.

HK: Ocean Theatre Dolphins, Seal and Sea Lion Show from marvin bea on Vimeo.

HK: Ngong Ping 360 Crystal Cabin from marvin bea on Vimeo.

HK: Buddha Bless You from marvin bea on Vimeo.

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Building a Tent

This is for those who want to camp and have a great time hanging out at the beach or anywhere without spending too much. When my friends and I went on a trip at Anawangin couple of years ago, we were on a tight budget so we were thinking how can we go there and spend a little. So we decided to camp to lessen the expenses. Backpacker’s mode! We brought a tent instead of renting a room to stay in. Here’s a run down on building the tent we brought.

 

1. Look for a flat surface on higher ground so when it rains, your things will keep dry.

 

2. Do have a ground cover. Placing it under the tent will protect it from rocks and other rough materials that may damage it. It also helps to keep it dry fast once the weather is wet.

 

3. Since tents usually come with stacks, use them to prevent getting blown away with strong winds.

 

4. Of course don’t park your tent closer to your grill and campfire and if you’re at the beach, don’t park it closer to the shore. You may never know what can happen at sleep time.

 

Building a Tent

 

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Valero Revisited

Revisitng Valero with Kahoyman, who was one of the original co-submitter boys. It’s been 5 years since I last set my feet here. The place has changed a bit with some establishments gone and new ones arise. This is the street where our office was once located in the busy district of Makati.

 

Antel bldg. Before it was all plain but now has a blueish-green color on the sides.

 

The submitter boys’ tambayan. The usual hangout during breaktime. Now it has fences.

 

 

Il Ponticello, the favorite hangout spot. The place where beer is gold. Why? ’cause a beer costs around 300-350 if I’m not mistaken. That’s already a price of one case of beer at a grocery or sari-sari store! Good thing there’s 7-11. So before you go upstairs and party at Ponti, get drunk at 7-11 first. That’s what party pips usually do here. The gym meanwhile besides Ponti was way too hardcore before, but now it looks nice.

 

KFC at Lyceum. Everytime there’s a birthday celebrant among the submitter boys, he would treat the whole team here.

 

 

Just a few walks from our office at Antel bldg. is this building where my friend, who happened to be our former boss hehe, once resided before. Hanging out, playing video games,  getting drunk after work, those were the days.

 

 

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Boracay travel

Taking A Plunge At Boracay Island

Boracay, one of the most popular destinations in the Philippines, is an island located at the Western part of Visayas. This is the perfect place for a great summer get-away. You’ll not get bored that’s a guarantee. Lots of activities happening all day and night. There’s a wide range of restaurants, bars, pubs, and nightclubs to choose from, open til the wee hours. And during the day, you can either go scuba diving or snorkeling or kiteboarding or windsurfing or cliff diving or you can try them all. It’s like Puerto Galera only bigger and better. Bora has 3 stations while Galera only has one.

 

It is so famous that when peak season comes, it gets so crowded and it’s so hard to book. It’s sells so fast, especially those that come in with packages like 3 days 2 nights including airfare, so if you want to go there on summer or on peak season, make sure to book earlier.

 

When we had a tour there, it was not a peak season so it’s not crowded. Station one was more pricey so we booked at station two, just perfect for the group on a budget. And it seemed to be a perfect choice since station two had all the happenings. (Click here for inquiries of different resorts at Boracay).

 

It was actually the time when storm frequently visit the country so there were only few Manilenyos out there and our stay was rather cut short because we didn’t want to experience anymore delays since we already had one upon going there. The people we met were mostly Koreans, but there were also few Europeans, South Africans and Americans having a good time. The folks there were all nice and friendly. One thing I noticed though was that it’s so commercialized that it seemed you haven’t gone out of Manila. But nevertheless, this one is a terrific place you would want to come back again and again. I for one would certainly love to come back if ever there’s time and money, but this time for a longer period of stay with a perfect sunny weather.

 

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Puerto Galera

One of the popular beach spots in the Philippines is Puerto Galera. It is located at Oriental Mindoro and is the only bay to be listed by the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays of the World.

 

This is well-known among tourists for its great snorkeling and diving site. Other activities you can do here are wind surfing, kayaking, jetski, the banana boat ride, motorbikes, golf, sailing, hashing and target shooting. At night, there are bars and restos open for a chillaxing evening.

 

If you’re in Manila and wish to go to Puerto Galera, it will only take you three and a half hours of travel time. You have to travel first by bus (busliners like Jam and Alps have routes going to Batangas) going to the port at Batangas City and then by boat. Here are some of the recommended resorts – Coco Beach Island Resort, Tanawin Bay Resort, Graywall Resort, Puerto Nirvana Beach Resort, El Galleon Beach Resort, Encenada Beach Resort.

 

 

Had gone to Puerto Galera twice, first when we had our company outing and then the second, when me and my friends together with their family went for a summer getaway. The first was ok but the second was almost a disaster. Well there was a fatal accident that happened, not on our boat but on the other one. It sank and according to reports, there were 12 people who got drowned and died, including a three year old kid.

 

Fear had trembled upon us after hearing that terrifying news from the kids living the area since it was the same boat company we had plus we had a kid with us too. Only on different time schedule, ’cause the one we had was a 9:30 a.m. ride while the one that sank was the 11 a.m. ride. Reminscing it, it was a like a buzzer beater for us, we were able to book just in the nick of time. Had we been slow for a few minutes, we could have missed our schedule and would have taken that ride since there’s a two hour interval for each boat to leave the port and travel to Galera. Thank God!