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Yep!  Have been on hiatus for more than a year.   Bad blogger.  Anyhoo, lots of happening and catching up to do.

First off, I had a bouncing baby boy last December of 2010.  That really took much of my time in the blogging world.  Not complaining here.  His my little angel or my lil’ Tadpole. But every time I see his sweet smile, all seems to melt away.  Yeh, very cliche for a Mommy.  But it’s true!  His now 20 months old.  How time flies.

Last April, we had our 1st family trip to Xiamen.  It’s his first time to fly on a plane so we’re quite anxious to his reaction.  Whether he’ll be the screaming kid type on the plane annoying or sweet as an angel sleeping the whole flight away.  With our fingers and toes crossed.  He slept the whole way through….whew!  The trip was about a week long and the weather was a bit rainy but not bad enough that we can’t go out and have some fun.  Tadpole charmed a lot of the people he met because he’ll let them carry him without giving a fuss(which toddlers usually does) and he smiled a lot too.  He also loved the escalators in the mall.

Here’s a  photo of my Tadpole…..cleaning tips from him.  He does love to sweep the floor and  when you take it away, he’ll be complaining.

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I haven’t realized it but it has almost been a year since I last updated my blog.  *tsk tsk my bad :( *

Will recap my year where I last left off….

December 2009 -  Went to Japan with the hubby and my side of the family.  It was my first time to go there and I enjoyed every minute of it!!!  Will try to post the pics of our adventure there once I got my wits organized.

January 2010 - Another year has gone, and I grew a year older (Yep!  Another candle on the cake!)

February 2010 -  Valentine’s, had a romantic dinner out with the hubby.

March 2010 - Went to Xiamen, China.  With the hubby and the rest of my family.  Had a lot of fun shopping with my nieces.  Too bad I can’t go with them next year. :(

April 2010 - Nothing special, just felt a bit sick.

May 2010 -  Found out why I was feeling under the weather……I’m pregnant!! ^^

June 2010 - Getting used to the idea that I’m preggy.  Same with the hubby. hehehe

July 2010 - Went to Hong Kong with the hubby.  Got tired a lot from all the walking but it was a nice relaxing vacation.  (wish we can do it again)

August, September, October and November 2010 -  Getting bigger each month.  Craved a lot of red foods like tomatoes, cherries, strawberries, spaghetti, beef (red meat hehehe) and anything red basically well except for blood :P

I’ll be due this December.  Still trying to gather baby stuff before the delivery.  Didn’t know that there’s a lot of things that are needed. Hope at least I got the main important things.

Kind of dreading the upcoming delivery but at the same time I’m excited to see our baby.

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August, September, October had passed and I had been neglecting to update my blog.  My bad!  Been hangin’ around in Facebook a lot!!!  I guess that’s what had been distracting me for sometime now.  Kinda got hooked in some of their games. O_o

November is here and the pre-Christmas sale are just everywhere.  Been trying to hop from Sale to Sale.   The early rush of shoppers are eminent.  Because my hubby and I are one of them.  ^^ And we’re going to another one this Sunday.

Finished reading Percy Jackson series last month.  I love how the Greek Mythology play a big part of the story.  Even my hubby, sister, sister-in-law, nieces and nephew got into it.  And I love discussing it with them right after they read the books. The story is a cross between Harry Potter and Greek Mythology.  So it’s a win-win story line.  I don’t want to say much about the how it goes because I don’t want spoiling anyone if they are still in the middle of reading the series.  But one thing is for sure, I’m definitely gonna watch the movie adaptation of it!!!!

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It has been weeks since I last updated here.  So sorry for slacking.  My bad.  Been very preoccupied with Facebook.  Yep!  I’m one of the many addicted pips out there who is always stuck in that website trying to be updated with what other pips are doing.  To the point that my hubby and I are both tuned on it and even comment on each others pages despite being a few feet away from each other!!! Funny isn’t it??  XD

Catching up on things. For the past month, I had a 5 day business trip to Hong Kong with my bestfriend (which later turned into a pleasure trip he he he).  Hoping to get some good resourcing at the Hong Kong Convention Center.  We did find lots of great stuff. Though, we’re not sure if it’s saleable here since the prices are a bit steep.  Hmmm.. we have to think about that.  The weather was a bit crazy, one day it’s hot the next day it would rain!  Not really a great month to travel.  But on the plus side, it’s the sale month in Hong Kong.  As for the remainder of our trip, let the pics says it for themselves.

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While taking the Airport Express, here’s our first view of Hong Kong.

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You know your in Hong Kong once you see this building.

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My Best Friend found a new friend. ^^

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Had breakfast at a local restaurant, this is minced pork in chili sauce with rice noodles.

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Supreme Seafood Congee

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Pumpkin Congee

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A nice glass of soy milk completes our Yam Cha.

 

We went shopping at the Ladies Market in MongKok.  And this little Japanese restaurant was tucked away around the area.  A great find.  Will definitely go back there if I get the chance!

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Gyoza, one order of this didn’t satisfy our hunger so we ordered 2!!!

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Grilled Pork Chop with salt and pepper seasoning Bento really hit the spot!!!

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This was taken outside Mcdonalds.  It seems they have a new Hello Kitty promo.

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 Cute Hello Kitty in Mcdonald’s.  Too bad we were too full to get this.  *sob*sob*

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A cute display of Carnival fun.  This is the counter of a bubble tea juice bar.

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Beside the juice bar is a little pet shop.  Ain’t he adorable???

The next day we decided to go to Hong Kong Disney!!!! Whheeeeeee…….

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Our entrance tickets

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The MTR train going to Disney is being Disneyfied!

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Hidden Mickey!

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 The entrance to Disneyland Hong Kong

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Surfin’ Mickey and Friends

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Main Entrance

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Art Animation (also a great way to chill inside the air conditioned room! hehehe, the weather is too darn hot!)

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The Evil Queen

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Snow White

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Mickey through the years.

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Belle

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 Beast

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Cars

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The Incredibles

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Wall of Disney sketches

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Only in Hong Kong Disney do they sell real Disney jewelries.

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Mickey and Friends made in gold!

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Yummy sweets for sale!

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Lilo and Stitch takes center stage.

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The Castle

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A couple of lost Muppets!

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Space Mountain

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Buzz Lightyear

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

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Closer look of the castle

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Winnie the Pooh ride

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Mickey the Wizard

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Beach fun with Stitch

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Small World

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Paris………

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Philippines………

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China………

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Under the Sea?!?!?!

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Hawaii………..

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Thailand…….

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Disney food…hmmm…

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High School Musical parade

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Dumbo ride

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…..you got a friend in me……

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….roller coaster ride…

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…..There’s something sweet, and almost kind,  he was mean……

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The Musical!

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Another Stitch photo op

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 Surfin’ with Stitch

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Jungle tour

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I love this!!!

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A firey experience!  Plus it’s hot out too!

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Cute baby elephant.  Trying to cool himself off.

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Lion King the musical

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The Mighty Simba

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The circle of life!

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The Jungle.

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Baby Tarzan up in the tree house.

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 Kala and baby Tarzan

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Jane and Tarzan

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At Tarzan’s Tree House

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Never thought I’d find “fishballs” in Disney!!!

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The train terminal at Disney

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Even the posts have Disney inspired theme going on.

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Another look at Hong Kong, taking a ferry ride to Macau.

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A nice view of Macau’s bridge.

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Had lunch at the same Thai resto that I always go to when I’m in Macau.  Love the authentic Thai food there!!!   This is a fish dish, the fish is burried under all the herbs and spices.

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It also comes with a sour and spicy soup.

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The streets of Fisherman’s Wharf

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 Kuan In Mah

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Inside the MGM hotel

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This race car is displayed inside a store.

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This is found inside Hotel Lisboa

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 At Main Street, Macau

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Loved this lotus flower.

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 Beautiful structures they have there.

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Even Mcdonalds have a different look here.

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This church looks like a cake with white frosting.

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This is really a work of art and patience.  The girl who made this took her 10 days to finish cutting this.  This is one piece of black paper.  The whites you see here is another white paper layered on the back so you can see all the cuts!  Really really brilliant!

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We had our dinner here.  A small Jap restaurant tucked away in one of the many streets in Macau.

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Blueberry soda

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Cold noodles

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Seafood Noodles

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Night look of Macau

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 Though we didn’t ride one of these.  I just like how they looked. ^^

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Right after we got back from Macau, my best friend and I had a nice midnight snack at this resto.

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Rice pizza!!!

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Bruce Lee in the Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong

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Lights!!! Camera!!! Acccctiiiioooonnn!!!

 

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The view near the Avenue of the Stars.

 

 

Today is suppose to be an ordinary day.  Nothing special.  And yet I was wrong.  Because the moment I got to the front door.  A note was stuck there saying “Read Me!” in it says “Do you know what today is???“  Something seems to light up in my mind.  But I wasn’t too sure.  So following the note, I came across another note the says to pick up the flashlight and that I must not turn the lights on.  Wading in the dark I followed the instructions.  I got the third note saying that I was getting closer.  When I finally got in our home.  The lights were all turned off and the only illumination in the room are a couple of long candles.  A table setting for two and music that we had compiled for the wedding.  On top of the table is a love letter explaining it all.  So what this is all about?  It’s the fourth year anniversary of the time we first met.  In case your wondering, we met at a Neil Gaiman book signing.  And yep!  My hubby done it again, he made me off balance.  But in a good way.  Guess what?  I was boohooing again.  To compensate for the lovely dinner.  I washed the dishes.  I think it’s fair enough eh? hehehehe.

Thank you for the wonderful surprise Froggy. Wub yah!

Why does sad things have to happen?  Why does it always shock us and leave us all depressed and broken in some ways.  I guess I’m trying to have an outlet for the recent passing of my brother in law.  I am sad that it had happened so suddenly that all of us are still hurting to the very core.  My Mom is in bed trying to nurse the deep pain it is causing.  On how my sister can handle it all.  On how her kids can go along their life without their father guiding them.  I on the other hand is still skeptical that it did happen at all.  That any moment he will be there back to his usual place.   So far, my sister is really calm though I know she is showing to the others that she can handle this.

The hubby and I went to Xiamen, China for a week.  The weather was beautiful.  Not too hot nor too cold.  But we do get an occasional weird rain and sun all on the same day.   Xiamen is quite a bustling city.  Evey single year there’s always something different.  Like a new shops, eatery, new bridge or a building.  The city is really growing fast.

 We visited Tu Lou (literal translation means a building made of earth), a village with a peculiar rounded housing.  Which had stood the test of time.  It took us about 3 hours ride to get there.  But it was worth it because it’s not the usual thing you see.  The food is all home grown from the village and it was really really good!!!  I think I went for a couple of bowls of rice. >_<

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This soup taste like there are coconuts in it!  The herbs they put in made it taste that way.  Really yummy!

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This bamboo shoot dish is all home grown.

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 This is one of the original buildings.  So the wood is bit weak, it was nerve racking to walk the 3rd floor.  O_o

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Each housing can house a lot of people.  Each room is provided per family.  If the sons get married and no room is available.  They have to move to another housing.  Thus, they make more circular house.

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Okay, this is not a potty.  But a deep well was provided for each apartment.

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Very healthy chicken.  Never seen this well rounded chicken up close.

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Each spike is represented by a clan from the village.  Each has their own design and height. It looks like a paint brush.

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Back in Xiamen, we stopped at a nearby coffee shop named Geo Geo Cafe.  I love how they made this house into a coffee shop.  Makes you feel all homey.  Plus it has a nice view of the lake.

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Very rich cheesecake.

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Fruit tea.  Taste like four season so its really refreshing and sweet.

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Flambe dessert!

Shopping at Zhong San Lu!  This street is filled with shops!  And at night it lits up pretty nicely too!  (Should’ve taken a night shot of it.  Maybe next time ^^)

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If there’s shopping, then there’s lots of street food too!!!!  Just like this one.

So this past weekend, there was a massive sale in some malls.  My husband and I did go.  And naturally, when a girl sees those red signs that says “SALE” we just go stir crazy.  Guys, don’t seem to get it though.   But the hubby did succumb and bought some stuff too.

Dressing up my dolls in Pupe Girl I seem to get into the dressing up buzz.  I usually don’t dress up much for work.  Though I do doll up whenever my husband and I go out.  From the sale, I got some great pieces for a fraction of the original cost.  Not a bad buy.  Got a couple of shoes from VNC.  *Squee* I noticed lately that I’m getting into the shoe bug.  Also trying to organize them by putting a picture of it in front of the boxes so I’ll know what shoes are inside it.

My husband and I had been waiting for this movie to come out.  Froggy owns a copy of the graphic novel and he was all praise with Alan Moore’s ingenious plot.  So since it was pegged to be put on the big screen.  I borrowed the novel.  It was a slow start for me because I was actually at a loss.  I do read graphic novels but sometimes the flow is a bit confusing.  As I read on it all became clearer and when I reached the last page.  It was definetly a good read.  If I am going to pin point each plot line I would be at a loss on how to explain it but if I take it as a whole I would have a better chance of telling you what went on.  Rorschach’s character had left a strong impression on me.  I have his whole persona etched in my mind.   And when the movie came out.  I was having a high expectation for this character and the movie itself.  It was well justified in the movie and much more than I had expected.  The movie is almost 95% accurate to the graphic novel.  A not so easy feat.  But it was well executed.  It was like literally watching the comic book come to life.  For those who had not read the novel.  Some may find themselves bored or even lost in the middle of the movie.  This superhero movie didn’t come from your typical goody-two-shoes mold.  Think of a darker, violent and more human super heroes.   One thing is for sure, I will be waiting for the DVD release of this movie so I can add this one up to our growing collection. 2680938775_e9a85908af.jpg

My sister in law (SioMe) and I flew to Hong Kong last February 20.  It was a short flight from where we’re at.  About 2 hours of fly time.  Once we get to the bustling city.  We went straight to our rented apartel via the MTR at Kingston near the Fashion Walk in Causeway Bay.  We stayed for 5 days and 4 nights.  Since there are only the two of us.  We did manage to go to a lot of places.  Some we already knew and some we had discovered.  It was really an adventure for the both of us.  Whom is used to going to Hong Kong with our respective families and that they are the ones navigating us where to go.  But this time around.  We’re the bosses and we’re also the navigators.  Giving us the chance to explore the city and it’s sights at our own pace and time.

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A nice cup of milk tea.

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SioMe’s order: Tempura set menu

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My order of Pork Apple Curry

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Food Street at Kingston Road

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Pumpkin Noodle Soup at Ajisen

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Gyoza at Shirokiya Hong Kong

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Okonomiyako at Shirokiya Hong Kong

We set a date when to go to Macau.  It’s just an hour ferry ride from the Central station.  Since it’s SioMe’s first time in Macau.  I took her to the Fisherman’s Wharf.  Had lots of photo opts with the beautiful structure depicting different countries.  Then we took a cab ride to the Square, where’ the infamous church front of St. Pauls can still be found.  We also had a scrumptious egg tart which is quite famous in Macau for it’s authentic Portugal recipe.  So far it is the best egg tart I ever had.  We also tried the Yakult Fruit Tea drink.  It was different, but not that bad either.  At least now I know that Yakult and fruit tea can be mixed together.   Churches surround the square, because this used to be ruled by Portugal hence the churches.  They are really pretty.  We also hotel hopped from Wynn, to MGM, to the connecting hotels of The Plaza, Four Seasons Hotel and The Venetian Hotel.  All of them are gorgeous in their own way.  Some more extravagant than the others.  By the time we get home to our apartel, it was already 1am!

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The boat ride to Macau

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Fisherman’s Wharf

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An authentic Thai Food Restaurant

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The view from our table

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Seafood Tom Yam Soup

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Very tasty noodles.

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The Arte Shop in Fisherman’s Wharf

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Suit of Armor

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St. Paul’s Ruins

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Looking down from St. Paul’s Ruins

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The best egg tarts!!!

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Yakult Fruit Tea

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 Trying to find our way.

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A picture made out of cut out fabrics and glued together.

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Made out of fabrics.

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Opera House

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Sitting Room

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Church

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The church looks so dainty and pretty.

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It was really crowded when we went to Macau.

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Hotel Lisboa

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Fountain show by Wynn Hotel

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Flowers at the lobby of Wynn, and they’re real too!

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Swimming pool area of Wynn

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Wynn’s main lobby

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Beautiful Chinese Zodiac ceiling at Wynn

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Inside the main area of MGM

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Glass Chandelier in MGM

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The Four Seasons Hotel

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The Venetian Hotel

 

 

 

From our walks in Hong Kong, we found out that the Ladies Market and electronic shops are located in Mong Kok, the outlet stores are in Tung Chung, and the wholesales clothes are in Lai Chi Kok.  Of course in between our walks there’s a lot of shopping that had been done.  He he he.  Girls will be girls.  Like a moth to a shinning bling bling.  We also noticed that Bonjour Pharmacy is cheaper than SaSa and Watsons.

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Time Square in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

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Inside the airport

Our short trip had really made us aware of what Hong Kong & Macau has to offer.  Not only did we enjoyed ourselves. We made memories to cherish forever.

**Author’s Note:  If your going to Hong Kong, make sure you have the most comfy walking shoes because lots of walking is needed.  Happy Shopping!

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