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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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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.

 

 

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.

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!

(http://blog.hellokitty.com/traveltheworld)

November 11, 2008 (Tuesday)

We’re back in Universal Studios, this time my 2 nieces came along with us. They don’t have any classes that day because it was Veteran’s Day. Naturally the place is more crowded when we first went there. Lots of tourists and non-tourist roam the theme park. We first headed off to Krustyland. My nieces haven’t been on it yet so they were really looking forward to take that ride. The wait time was about 45 minutes or so. That’s how crowded it was. We then had lunch right after the ride. Next stop is the Studio Tours which Froggy and I weren’t able to do the last time. The queue was really really long. But still we waited patiently for our turn. When the time came for us to take the tour, I was really looking forward to what new changes or non-changes they had. The usuals are there, the flood machine, the broken down bridge, Bate’s Motel, Jaws, Earthquake, and the different studio lots. Missing of course was the big hulking King Kong, the studio where the big guy used to be got burned down and they are in the middle of rebuilding the studio and other sets that got hit by it. New on the tour are Fast and the Furious, The Mummy, Wisteria Lane, War of the Worlds and some sets used in other films. The tour ran for about 45 minutes. When we’re done the kids wants to take the plunge at Jurrasic Park and The Mummy ride. So we went to those rides again. We parted ways for awhile when they wanted to take the Simpsons ride again. And we waited for them in the Universal City Walk. Time flew by and the next thing we know we’re going home.

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“Step on the star, that will be your seating arrangement for the Studio Tours.”

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“The Tale of Desperaux, will be shown this December. I just finished reading the book the other day. Cute story.”

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“The broken down bridge.”

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“Fast and the Furious cars did a collision scene. It even danced to the tune of Gasolina.”

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“The rain and flood machine.”

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“The prop used in the movie King Kong by Peter Jackson.”

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“Earthquake!”

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“Good Ol’ Jaws still working to fright the tourists.”

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“A house from Wisteria Lane. Too bad we weren’t able to see the other houses because they were filming Desperate Housewives that time.”

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“Bate’s Hotel”

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“Norman Bates in the scene of the crime.”

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“A real 747 plane that was wrecked for the movie War of the Worlds.”

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“Film students in action.”

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“What a bright full moon we had that night!”

(http://blog.hellokitty.com/traveltheworld)

November 7, 2008 (Friday)

The Frog and I were suppose to go home that very day. Since the Frog is really a big Houston Rockets fan plus he found out that they were coming to LA to play against the Clippers. We opted to stay for another week. And got ourselves a couple of tickets via Stubhub. It was both our first time to watch a live NBA game. So naturally we got a bit star struck with the immensity of Staple Center, where the usually basketball game is always in play. We really got a good seat for a good price too!!! I was snapping away most of the time especially at Yao Ming (the Frog’s favorite player) I always see him on sports channel but in person he is really huge!!! He towered above all the other players. Froggy also gave me a crash course in basketball 101. I was really not into the game. But live games I found can be really exciting especially if the scores are really really tight. In the end, even if I didn’t become a converted basketball fan. I am in total respect for the game. By and by. Houston’s won!!! It was 83 - 92!!!

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“The Golden Ticket!”

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“Excited to watch the game live!”

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“A statue of Shaquille O’Neil”

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“The Staple Center basketball court.”

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“Houston Rockets are warming up before the game.”

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“A lively dance number by the Clippers girl.”

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“The National Anthem sang by Georgina.”

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“The Jump Ball.”

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“Standing tall.”

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“2 points for Yao!”

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“The Clipper girls.”

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“Clippers 83 - Rockets 92″

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“Houston commentators.”

November 6, 2008 (Thursday)

We visited my brother-in-law’s niece, Caroline.  She works in WB.  We had a brief lunch with her in one of the lots.  And their food is really good, for a canteen its not bad at all plus it ain’t that expensive.  She also brought us to the WB stores and offered us her employees discount!  Thank you so much!!!!

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“The costume used by Daniel Radcliff on his first Harry Potter movie.”

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“Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny welcomes guests.”

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“The infamous Warner Brother water tank.”

(http://blog.hellokitty.com/traveltheworld)

November 5, 2008 (Wednesday)

My sister got us 2 day passes in Universal Studios Hollywood. (Thank ya sis!!! <3 ) It has been 7 years since I last visited. So I was really excited to check out what new attractions they had added in the theme park. Marge and Homer Simpson greeted the guests with a photo op. Of course the Frog and I didn’t pass that up. They are promoting the newest ride in the park which is the Krustyland ride that was where Back to the Future ride used to be. Gonna miss that time traveling car of Doc Brown. :( There wasn’t much of a queue because it was a week day. TV screens showing a story that the whole Simpsons family are going to try out the newest ride in Krustyland in which Krusty the Clown got the land from Doc Brown. On another note, Side Show Bob escaped prison and wants to extract revenge from the Simpsons. Thus the ride began with Side Show Bob trying to off the Simpsons family. While we the rider went along for the wild ride. We headed next to The Mummy ride. A very short roller coaster ride in the dark. Then to Jurassic Park wherein we got chased by escaped dinosaurs and got splash around in our boat trying to get away from them. Since we got a little wet from that ride, we decided to go to the behind the scenes of Backdraft. The host told us how they try to control the amount of fire from that movie and gave a demonstration. The heat from the fire did dry us off quickly. After that we took a tour on how the special effect are done on the small and big screen. Up next is the Terminator 3D and the Shrek 4D show. By the time we’re done, its time to watch the Live action Waterworld stunt show. Lots of splashing and explosive effects where done that the Frog really enjoyed it a lot! We almost finished the whole of Universal and opted to go to Universal City walk which is right outside of the theme park.

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“Marge and Homer Simpson”

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“Abu trying to sell anything and everything.”

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“Shaggy is driving the Mystery Machine while Scooby hangs on.”

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“Backdraft controlled flames was really hot!”

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“Beetlejuice! Say it 3x!”

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“A costume worn by Brandon Fraiser for the Mummy and an armor for Cate Blanchett for Elizabeth.”

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“Dancing Queen costumes from the hit musical movie Mamma Mia.”

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“Shark Attack!!!”

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“Fivel from American Tale.”

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“An actual sized Terminator.”

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“Interactive Donkey from Shrek.”

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“Waterworld stunt show.”

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“Universal City Walk”

(http://blog.hellokitty.com/traveltheworld)

October 31, 2008 (Friday)

My sister with my nieces brought us to Anaheim where the happiest place on earth can be found. It’s none other than Disneyland. It took a few hours to get there because of the rush hour traffic. Then we settled in the Grand California Hotel with a rustic log cabin feel to it. We also had reservations at the Rainforest Cafe in Downtown Disney. The theme as the name says is rainforest complete with jungle looking interior and animatronics animals with sounds. And an occasional thunder completes the effect.

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“Our room.”

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“The exterior looks like a Mayan temple. “

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“Stuffed animals on display.”

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“The aquarium is the main door for the restaurant.”

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“In Downtown Disney……”

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“Inside the Lego store.”

November 1, 2008 (Saturday)

Disneyland!!! Had an early start, we first head to Toontown and became honorary citizens of Toontown led by the Mayor Mickey Mouse. After that we buzzed from one ride to the other to get most of our time in the theme park. Dinner was at the Storytellers Cafe. To top our evening off. We watched the infamous fireworks display in the Main Street.

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“All decked out for Halloween.”

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“Main Street”

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“The Castle”

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“It’s a Small World After All.”

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“Mayor Mickey honored us to be Toontown Citizens.”

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“To infinity and beyond!”

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“Sally and Jack Skeleton.”

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“The Haunted Mansion is turned into Nightmare Before Christmas.”

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“A ghostly apparition of Jack.”

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“Caramel Apple…yummmmmm.”

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“Bolt”

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“The Main Street Parade”

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“Beauty and the Beast”

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“Lion King”

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“The Princesses on Parade”

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“Pooh Bear!”

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“The writing on the floor of the restaurant”

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“Fireworks show”

November 2, 2008 (Sunday)

Today is Elora’s birthday! Whooohoooo!!!! Next on our agenda is the California Adventure. It’s right across Disneyland. Still having a Halloween theme, some are bedecked with candy corns! Having my nieces as guides, we rushed through ride after ride. The best ride so far for me is the Toy Story Mania, an interactive ride where you can also play carnival games in 3D and compete with your fellow riders. This is the newest addition in the theme park so naturally the queue was quite long. I also like Turtle Talk With Crush, an interactive talk show with the turtle from Finding Nemo. He literally answers your question no matter how stupid it is! We had dinner at Ariel’s Grotto where we can rub shoulders with the Disney Princesses. Plus the food was really really good too!!! Sorry Ariel, I ate one of your friends!

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“They have a Hollywood style backlot in the theme park.”

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“Interactive test from Sorcerers Workshop.”

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“Never expected that talking to a turtle can really be entertaining.”

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“Chaaaaaa (bob your head while saying the word, it’s like yeah in Crush talk)”

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“Monster Inc ride.”

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“Muppet 3D Vision”

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“Heimlich welcomes the guests.”

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“And his here hiding in the grass.”

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“California Scream’ and yeah that’s us in the car.”

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“My score is on the left and Froggy’s is on the right. I still say we needed a rematch!”

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“Paradise Pier”

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“Ariel’s Grotto”

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“An assortment of appetizers.”

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“Filet of Redfish”

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“Spinach and Ricotta Agnolotti”

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“Cioppino” (Sebastian is that you?!)

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“Assorted desserts”

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“The birthday girl, Elora just turned 17!”

November 3, 2008 (Monday)

Time to go back to LA.

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“The stained glass entrance to the hotel.”

 October 29, 2008 (Tuesday)

My brother in law had phoned in days ago to the studio, the tickets are for free only trouble is that if it’s available.  And around noon, we were informed that we will be able to take part in the live show that very day.  Arriving at NBC, there was already a short queue.  We were there at 2:30 pm.  Was able to get in around 4 or so just in time to have a live telecast of the show in other parts of the states.  Jay was really funny while he prompt the audience on the do’s and dont’s.  There was no taped applause nor a laugh track that’s why when they tell a joke we really have to literally laugh out loud or clap so that the mic above us can pick it up. If the joke bombs it really would be awkward for the comedian.  That day, they had Sarah Silverman, Australian TV host Rove McManus and special live music from The Kooks who came all the way from Britain.  Dinner was at Big Boy.  On weekends, the customers bring in their vintage cars and just hang out in the diner.  One of their famous customer is Jay Leno who loves collecting vintage automobiles.

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