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A Sentosa Adventure Part 1

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Sentosa Island is such a massive theme park/island resort that it has its own transportation system. So I’m warning you, touring the whole place by foot is something you might want to avoid (you can rent out a segway if you want, and feel like you’re Tron or something).

So by bus, we had our group dropped somewhere at Siloso Point where the plan was to visit Singapore’s Underwater World. Unfortunately, we were too early and everyone else in the area was still setting up. Even the Ben and Jerry’s joint, whose ice cream I am a big fan of, was still tightly shut.

It was truly unfortunate, but we had to move on. So off we went for another bus ride to Imbiah Lookout which was right at the centre of the island. I guess this is the most tourist friendly place because you’ll find the information centre here, ATMs, currency exchange, and some souvenir shops. Tickets for rides are also sold here. Somewhere around the area are several attractions like the Butterfly Park and the Sentosa Nature Discovery. But I decided to skip those and opted for the rides that’s going to give me the adrenalin rush.
Well we didn’t have much time in our itinerary, so we had to choose: the Tiger Sky Tower or the Luge and SkyRide Adventure. Well the group agreed for the two-in-one and I’ll tell you what happened in the next post.
So we’re off to our next stop!

MDR

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Posted by on June 15, 2014 in Singapore

 

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Australia’s Wine Country: Hunter Valley Chocolates

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After dropping by the Visitor Information Centre (as in my previous post), we’re now headed to Hunter Valley Chocolates. It’s not a trip to the winery yet but we just could not resist the urge to dip our tongues in chocolate. Located inside the Peterson Wine House just along Broke Rd., we dropped by this little stone shack which is home to the region’s finest chocolates. Wines, chocolate, champagne… Don’t they all go well together?

Once inside, we found stacks and racks of different chocolates produced by Hunter Valley. They’ve got dark, white, milk chocolate, with nuts, with fruits, with both… It’s a sweet tooth haven! Now enough about what we saw because the more thrilling story is what we got to taste!

What actually caught our attention was the chocolate fondue swirling at one of the store’s displays. For $2 they’ll dip a marshmallow for you. For $2.50 they’ll dip a fresh strawberry for you. And for the wild child, go for the $3 for a shot of pure chocolate madness.

Without hesitation, we tried them all. And heavens be, the chocolate was darn good. It was warm, silky, not so sweet but very luscious.

This chocolate store is one of the three located within Hunter Valley. The second store is in Hunter Valley Gardens while the main store and factory is located at Lovedale Rd.

This is a must try if you plan to visit the area!

Special Note: You’ll find some VERY naughty candies here!

WEBSITE: http://www.hvchocolate.com.au/

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MDR

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Australia’s Wine Country: Pokolbin

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One of the best experiences I’ve had in Australia was being able to visit their Wine Region in New South Wales. Known as Hunter Valley, this region boasts hectares upon hectares of vineyards, producing some of the best wines exported around the world.

It’s quite a long journey to the valley if you’re coming from the CBD or the Sydney suburbs. It was a three-hour trip for us by car and might take a bit longer if you take it by rail. In my previous posts, we travelled westward from Sydney to the Blue Mountains. This time, we headed north of Sydney.

As soon as we were out of the metropolitan area and through the Pacific Motorway, we already got a feel of the Aussie countryside. The lush greenery, the open road, and cool breeze just make you savour the moment. This is what makes travelling such a fulfilling experience.

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Posted by on January 8, 2014 in Australia

 

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Throwback: Movie Night at Hoyt’s

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Sydney movie houses are quite different from what we have here in Manila. After the crazy and jam-packed recent film festival we’ve had, I remembered watching Iron Man 2 at Hoyt’s. It was a strange experience having almost nobody in the cinema. There were no lines at all.

Important thing to know though is that movies are more EXPENSIVE in Sydney. A ticket costs around $20. And interestingly, some our our movie houses in Manila are actually fancier and more modern-looking.

If I recall correctly, cinemas here operate 24 hours a day on certain occassions. So even if the malls and supermarkets close early (like 6pm), you can still watch a movie!

But don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed watching Iron Man 2! The cinema was all ours!

MDR

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Posted by on January 4, 2014 in Australia

 

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Photolicious! Wai Ying at 168 Divisoria

Sweet and Sour Pork

Sweet and Sour Pork

Wai Ying is a popular Chinese fastfood restaurant chain around Manila. It was first known in Benavidez St., Binondo (Manila’s Chinatown) and later on established branches to serve more customers. The popularity of this dimsum place was introduced to me by my sister and she did not disappoint. They served great food at a really affordable price.

With an additional branch at 168 Divisoria, we were glad we did not have to line up at Benavidez which was always crowded.

MDR

Fish with Tausi

Fish with Tausi

Asado with Rice

Asado with Rice

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Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Manila

 

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Baguio Cathedral (Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral)

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One of the most iconic structures in Baguio is the Cathedral of Our Lady of Atonement or simply the Baguio Cathedral. Started by Belgian missionaries in the early 1920s, this Gothic-inspired structure rises with two prominent rose-colored towers. It was completed in 1936 and served as an evacuation center for Baguio residents during World War II. It was believed that the cathedral had miraculously saved the people sheltered under its roof during the Japanese aerial bombings.

Today, it stands a testamant to the faith of many Filipinos. Personally, I see it as a majestic stronghold that sits atop one of the Pine City’s hills. Inside, the stained glass windows make you feel that this place is a real holy ground, a space that offers respite and peace.

MDR

Website: http://www.gobaguio.com/baguio-cathedral.html

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Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Baguio

 

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Where are the Three Sisters?

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When we went up to Blue Mountains in Sydney, I already knew my chances of seeing the Three Sisters was really slim. According to the travel brochures, this nature park is an alluring place to visit. And supposedly, on a clear day, you can ride a cable car to see a panorama of bluish-green foliage covering the mountains. What’s more thrilling is the Scenic Railway which boasts itself as the world’s steepest railway. On this ride, you’ll plummet (safely) into a deep valley and you’ll be able to see ancient ferns, rock formations, and most importantly the famous Three Sisters.

Well, all of those amazing things in the brochure we were not able to do because of the dense autumn fog. In Sydney, winter weather approaches mid-year. So you’ll mostly have gray skies.

In our case, the Three Sisters were nowhere to be found. And so were the tourists and the tour guides. We just hung out at the souvenir shop and took some photos.

No view. No tour. Not much luck.

But there’s always a next time. It’s a good thing we visited Blue Mountains Chocolate Cafe and of course the township of Leura (which I’ll post about soon.)

Blue Mountains without fog (photo from Google Street View)

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MDR

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Australia

 

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