Mar 30, 2014

Hong Kong Disneyland: A freezing but fun day at the happiest place on Earth.

It’s been 4 years. Time really does fly huh? Pictures are scattered everywhere, and I am trying very hard to recall what we did that day. But let’s give it a shot! 


There is absolutely no way you can leave Hong Kong without going here! As a child I always dreamed of visiting the world of cartoons – Disneyland. And 20 years later, my Husband fulfilled that dream of mine. Disneyland is a place which brought me back my childhood days and I felt just like another happy, optimistic, innocent child going there and wished that feeling could exist forever. It was a great experience indeed except for the cold weather. We were freeeezing! Haha


Disneyland is located in Lantau Island. The best and fastest way to reach the Theme Park is to take the MTR. It’s about 30 minutes from anywhere in the city. Going to Disneyland is pretty easy; prices aren’t so bad as well. I will be writing a separate post on how to get there and the prices. For now, let me share with you our Hong Kong Disneyland experience first…and of course with pictures…tons of them! *wink*


Here we are, inside the Hong Kong MTR Disneyland Resort Line, your fancy ride to the Magical Place! The interior of the train is very stylish with Mickey decors all over; Mickey Mouse shaped windows, Mickey Mouse shaped handles, statues of Disney characters, and rather plush seating. If you’re not staying inside Disneyland resort and you're on the main Hong Kong Island like us, you should leave early because the trains to get to the park get super busy and it can be a bit of a headache. 


Here I am with the Hubby making faces while waiting for our entrance ticket. You can check with your hotel, guesthouse or hostel as many of them have discount entry tickets for Disneyland. We fail to do that. 1 Day (Normal) costs HKD 450. Try to get into the park at sharp 10:00am, but if you want to see the evening light and fireworks display I would suggest going later in the day. Best time to visit is week days, it’s not very crowded and wait time for major rides/shows is anywhere between 5-30 minutes.


We first went to "Tomorrowland" where there is the Buzz light year ride. We only took pictures though as the lines were too long. We end up having lunch instead. 


After a good lunch, we headed off to It’s a Small World.” We had fun sailing on that little-musical-boat-ride while discovering different cultures through those over 300 brightly costumed audio-animatronics’ dolls in the style of children of the world, singing the attraction's title song in their own language.


We tried to see the Disney Princesses, but I got tired waiting in the long line and just gave up. We went to see Goofy (left picture), and Pooh (right photo) instead and thankful that the line was not that long. Note that you need a lot of patience so you can enjoy your Disneyland trip. Don’t be a lazy-ass like me. 


We also checked the shops there. The shops were full of Disney things (of course!), but we didn't buy anything as they were too expensive. The stall and shop owners were very helpful. Despite knowing little English, they tried their best to keep us, guests and visitors, comfortable. And I felt bad for not buying anything. *hide*


“Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade" was the highlight of our trip. I didn't know anything about it. I have no slightest idea about the parade. At around 3:30pm, I heard a band playing and saw these people running as if they were trying to watch something. And just out of curiosity, we followed the crowd. The parade featured about 100 performers showing the different stories of Disney and Pixar films. The classic Disney characters, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, were the highlight of the parade. 

I would suggest that you plan your visit accordingly so that you do not miss the parade and shows. Don’t be an ignorant and impatient like me so you get to enjoy the whole trip. If you want to relive your childhood days and just go back to the time when you have not a care in the world, then you must visit this place. Hong Kong Disneyland is really a must visit place even if you are not travelling with children, it really is a place where anyone can be a kid again. 

Mar 25, 2014

Mandawa Elementary School 1st Grand Alumni Homecoming

I went to Bohol last December to host our Grade School's first Annual Alumni Homecoming along with Miss Ruby. Mandawa Elementary School took a leap from its existence of more than 50 years since it’s foundation in 1945. That was the first time in its history that an Alumni Homecoming was hosted. It was held last December 7, 2013 at MES Ground. Being “alumni” do not only refer to those who graduated from this School, but, also to former students, who, at least, studied a year or two.


Thanks to all who joined us, especially to those have flown from distant provinces and countries in order to participate in the said gathering. Special thanks to Mayor In-In Boniel, Vice Mayor Rene Borenaga, and our very own Barangay Captain Rosemarie Boniel, for gracing the event and for taking the time out of their busy schedule just to join us. To my co-host, all of our organizers, volunteers and every single individual who joined and helped to make our 1st Grand Alumni Homecoming a success…thank you, thank you, thank you!

Mar 23, 2014

DIY: My Old Shoe Restyle / Makeover Project


Hello guys! I kind of searching and checking stuff to do or I'll go crazy. Anyway, I was cleaning out my closet and found these pair of shoes. Len gave these to me last year or was it 2 years ago? I couldn't really remember. I haven't been able to wear these shoes in long time because of those yellow marks. I decided to do a little something-something to make them look cute so I can wear them again. And, I thought I'd share this little restyle DIY with you, so you can stitch up a cute pair or perk up a pair you have already!


This is a pretty simple project but needs a lot of effort to do so. You only need a new or old canvas shoes, several colors of embroidery threads - you can pretty much get these stuff anywhere - I got mine from SM department store, you also need a needle of course, and pencil to draw your desired design.

Mar 20, 2014

Definitely Japan. Definitely Kojie.san

Fair/white skin can make an appearance look elegant, pretty and seductive. Many countries consider white skin beautiful, and Philippines is one of those countries. I must admit I didn't give my skin that much attention when I was kid. But growing up, and seeing all these “in-your-face” marketing ads for whitening products gave me that burning desire of giving those products a try. “I wish to be as beautiful and white as she is.” That’s what I normally say whenever I see someone with fairer or whiter skin. I just have had that feeling I will look so much better if I have a skin as white as those people in Television. Yes, I know my standard of beauty is a bit weird. I am Asian, I love my beautiful brown skin, but I can’t hide that I also wish to have a fairer skin. I am not ashamed of my own skin color, or my race, I just want to feel good about myself.

My search for the best whitening soap led me to Kojie San Skin Lightening Soap, the first kojic acid soap to be commercially available in the Philippine market. I have heard about Kojie San because of Alodia, the Queen of Cosplay, back in 2010. I have read a lot of good reviews about the product but just ignored it, until a friend of mine told me that the soap was effective.

I did my research, tried one bar, and I got hooked. I have been using this soap for 2 years now. I love the micro peeling effect, which makes it a potent whitening product. It slowly made my skin looks fairer, smoother, and younger looking. It’s a good thing that it does not contain any harmful chemicals as my skin is a bit sensitive, and it contains antioxidants and 100% all natural ingredients. Kojie San soap does amazing things for my skin. It made my skin fairer. That’s why is it important to use only the original kojic acid soap, so you’ll get the result you’d wanted. I have never in my 27 years been so completely satisfied with "ANY" soaps. I have been completely corrupt by this product, and I have managed to convince some of my friends to convert as well. Haha!


You may experience a little bit of itchiness and dryness while using this, but that’s totally normal. Just don’t forget to put lotion or moisturizer, that’ll do the magic. Remember to stay out of the sun, if you can’t avoid it; make sure to wear sun block. Your skin darkens when you are in the sun. Again, this product is effective and affordable. It’s worth a try!

Lunch at The Reef - Camayan Beach Resort in Subic Bay


Yes, travel isn't travel without eating, that’s my personal belief! And if you are wondering about the food when we're in Camayan Beach Resort – it was quite okay. They only have one restaurant in the resort, and that's “The Reef”. It’s offering stunning views of the Subic beach, and serves a wide range of Filipino and international cuisine – price ranges from Php150 – Php300 pesos.



Menu is similar to a normal Filipino restaurant and I think their prices are reasonable. We ordered food and drinks at the same time, and it was at least another 15 minutes before the food arrived. Here's what we ordered for lunch;


The decor and overall feel of the place is good, but don't expect air-conditioning here but the fresh sea breeze makes up for it. Service was very prompt, and the staff are friendly. However, they definitely don't seem to have given much of a thought to cuisine, and definitely don't do anything to set themselves apart from other local Filipino restaurants. But of course, you really don't have any choice since this is the only restaurant inside the resort, unless you bring your own food. I am not so sure if they allow visitors to bring their own food though. You better check first before bringing some.

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Location and Contact Information: 
Camayan Wharf, West Ilanin Forest Area, Subic Bay 2222, Philippines 
Landline: (+6347) 252 8000 
Mobile:+63908 887 0369 or +63917 726 3510 

Mar 18, 2014

Camayan Beach Resort in Subic : A sweet escape from the city.

People in big cities live a hectic life – and sadly, we are one of those people. We are busy at work on weekdays, and trying to get occupied on the weekends without spending too much money - well some choose to spend more to have fun. Anyway, because of the hectic schedules we seldom get a chance to hang out or go somewhere to get away from reality even just for few hours. Then one day, one of those not-so-busy weekend, Rex decided to have a road trip going to Subic. I’m glad I joined them. I had so much fun even just for a short time. 


It took us about 2-3 hours to get to Subic. We went straight to Camayan Beach Resort. For the people who live in Manila, I think Subic is one of the places they choose to go when they want to spend time in the beach. It’s a place where you can lounge in the beach while having a great view of the Zambales mountain range and the sea, and you can swim whenever you want.


Camayan is a lovely resort that has a nice beach sand (but not close to Boracay or Panglao of couse) with an amazing view. I personally think it has everything life can offer for your quick getaway. It has ample parking and is very close to the Zoobic Safari and to Ocean Adventure. You can spend the day and appreciate more the Ocean and its creatures with the shows and activities they have in store for you. But too bad, I wasn’t able to witness it myself. Maybe next time.


The general admission prices are pretty reasonable; Adult (13 years old and above) – P300, Child (12 years old and below) – P250 and Senior Citizen (with valid SC I.D.) – P240. Upon entering the resort, I was surprise with the beautiful garden and surroundings, clear waters and nice sand. It’s something you never thought you’d find in a place close to Manila. Lol



The place is so huge, so no need to worry about private space. There are also cottages available for rent at the front of the beach swim area especially if you’ll be visiting for the day, and restaurants are available as well.

Though our stay was quite short, I still had fun. If you are looking for a quick getaway and/or you have kids that just wanna play at the beach. Camayan Beach resort is a good place for that. No need to spend too much money on flights to Boracay. But of course, Boracay, Bohol and Palawan are so much better.
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Location and Contact Information: 
Camayan Wharf, West Ilanin Forest Area, Subic Bay 2222, Philippines
Landline: (+6347) 252 8000 
Mobile:+63908 887 0369 or +63917 726 3510 
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Mar 16, 2014

My List of Best Romantic Comedy Korean Drama - Most Highly Recommended

P.S. Updated as of August 3, 2016. I am sorry it took me forever to update this list. I have been really busy with work and stuff since I got here in the US. I am currently watching Uncontrollably Fond, W-Two Worlds, Let’s Fight Ghost, and Doctors.  How about you? 

I would say I used to hate Romantic Comedy dramas. And then I met my husband, Lee Min Ho. Oppps, don’t kill me! Haha! My feelings towards the typical romantic comedy are a lot like my feelings toward “Sodas”. I know they were crap, but some unspecified addictive chemical in them kept me drinking. And because I got too addicted to it, I came up with an idea to embark on a quest to find the good quality romantic comedies. I’ve been watching one romantic comedy drama just about every night since 2012. My little project doesn’t come close to my college thesis research, but I did find some amazing Korean Drama gems. Feel free to scroll down below. Note that I have changed the arrangement of this list to “By Year”. 

2016 South Korean Romantic Comedy Dramas: 


Descendants of the Sun
Main Cast:
Song Joong Ki as Captain Yoo Shi Jin of the Alpha Team (aka Big Boss)
Song Hye Kyo as Professor Kang Mo Yun (aka Beauty)
Jin Goo as Chief Master Sergeant Seo Dae Young (aka Wolf)
Kim Ji Won as Lieutenant Yoon Myung Joo (Orthopedic Surgeon)
Kang Shin Il as Lieutenant General Yoon (Myung Joo's father) (aka Yellow Tiger)

My Short Review: Tell me ya’ll watched this drama already? Right? If you haven’t, what exactly are you doing? Haha! Song Joong Ki became one of my most favorite Korean actors since I watched him in Sungkyunkwan Scandal and Innocent Man (Nice Guy). This guy, how can you not love him? He, alone, is enough reason to watch this drama. Lol Anyway, kidding aside, the drama was really good. The plot, the actors, the chemistry between the casts – total package. Plus you get to see tons of good-looking-shirtless actors running around. 

Signal 
Main Cast:
Lee Je Hoon as Park Hae Young (late 20s, profiler)
Kim Hye Soo as Cha Soo Hyun (mid 20s - late 30s, detective)
Jo Jin Woong as Lee Jae Han (mid 20s - mid 30s, detective)

My Short Review: Yes, this drama is not a Romantic comedy and shouldn’t be on this list, but Signal is no doubt one of the best Korean dramas of 2016. I have no idea what else can top this. The story is so smart, filled with great characters. Not so much on the love interest side, no big battle, but the best story you will ever find on a drama, a wonderful story (emotional, realistic, and dramatic) with things that will chill and warm you. Aside from the three main actors, who gave their best to portray their characters, I would also like to express my admiration to Jang Hyun Sung. The dude is freaking good, to the point that I want to kill him because he’s too evil (very convincing). I am giving this drama a perfect 10/10.

Mar 15, 2014

Gunny's Sandwich Shop in Lemoore, California

I have absolutely nothing to blog about today. Thought I’d have my husband rescue me and write a guest post, but the thing is he doesn’t like writing. Ha-ha! Anyway, I remember him sending a bunch of pictures of Gunny’s Sandwich Shop, one of his favorite places. Daniel, just like me, loves to eat, and I know I am stating the obvious! Per Daniel, when you find yourself in the mood for mouthwatering fresh tasting sandwiches, this is the place to come to. 


Let me share with you Daniel’s experience at Gunny’s. Heck, he even did an interview with the owner. My Hubby rocks! 


This place bakes 400 pieces of bread every day. Each day, should they have any left over, they donate those. Isn't that a good thing? On Fridays, they grill 160 lbs of TRI-TIP meat for Gunny's Friday Tri-tip Sandwiches.


They have 3 sizes of sandwiches; small ($5.25), medium ($6.75), and large ($12) which can actually feed 3-4 normal people which perfectly fits with the Shop's motto "Worth the Weight". Every sandwich has a name based on nicknames given to military ranks and officers. That being said, I'll give you a little idea about the owner.


Mr. Max Vernon is a retired U.S. Marine, and spent 20 years in the Marine Corps. Giving you that idea just in case you’d wonder why he got so much “Military Stuff” inside the store. The name of the Shop comes from the nickname for a gunnery sergeant, which was Vernon’s rank when he retired. 


He came up with the Sandwich shop idea few years before he retired. According to his Facebook Page description;
"Homemade Italian loaf, a secret recipe, three types of cheese and all the fixings. It's yummy and simple. I will say I've traveled the world and these sandwiches are the best I've ever ate! I got tired of waiting for them to make their way to the West Coast, so in good Marine fashion I took the situation into my own hands." 
So I guess we now have an idea why he decided to start this business. Also in the interview with my Hubby, he stated, "He wanted to make great American food, for the great American people". By the way, Vernon's favorite sandwich is "Gunny's Pastrami".


To wrap this up - my husband loves their tri-tip sandwiches, but his favorite is "The Officer's Turkey Club". He said he loves the place for the awesome food, and a great owner that knows what great service is all about. He also added that their bread is absolutely delicious, and the prices are really good. 

If you want a homemade, fresh tasting sandwich you should give this place a try. These pictures my Hubby sent speak for it…a thousand words! I am literally drooling over these sandwiches right now. I can’t wait to try this place myself.

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Location and Contact Information: 
Gunny's Sandwich Shop 
514 North Lemoore Avenue, 
Lemoore, California 93245
Phone: 559-924-7700 
Email : gunnysdeli@gmail.com

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