Hong Kong– A True Beauty

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Photography: Kyle Alexandria Mirano

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Journey To Hong Kong: A Week-Long Vacation Pt. 1

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The view of Hong Kong Island from Kowloon Peninsula

DISCLAIMER: This blog will have 2 parts. First one will be a narrative about what happened before we went to Hong Kong (like how we planned our trip, how we booked our tickets, etc.). As for the last part, I will be talking about the entire experience of our Hong Kong trip such as the places we visited, food we ate, and the stuff that we bought. Have fun reading!

Last January of 2016, my family and I were thinking of having a vacation somewhere else in Asia. I, being the eldest among my cousins, was in charge to look up airfare promos online. I asked for my aunt’s help and we came across Cebu Pacific Airline’s website. Luckily, we saw a not-so-expensive flight going to Hong Kong and so, we booked it immediately. April 3,2016 is the date of our departure which is the day after my Junior High School Graduation.

Early morning of April 3,2016, I received a news that NAIA Terminal 3, the airport we are heading to, had a power interruption and multiple flights are being cancelled. Being apprehensive about the situation, I hastily called NAIA and asked if our flight will be cancelled (P.S. the departure time of our flight was 7:30 am). Fortunately, the manager said that it is not affected. We went to the airport at around 4:30 am and arrived there by 5:15 am. We paid for the terminal fees, checked in our luggages and went to the waiting area. Everything’s going smoothly not until when we heard that our flight be delayed. It was fine for me at first as I thought it will be only for half an hour. In contrary of what I expected, our flight was delayed for almost 3 hours. We got inside the aircraft at around 10:30 am and we arrived Hong Kong International Airport at exactly 11:46 am. We got out of the airport and rode a bus going to Tsim Sha Tsui. The ride took us an hour and it really made me dizzy. We checked in at Imperial Hotel in Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. The rooms were nice and it was very affordable especially for big families like us.

During our first day, we stayed at the hotel and took a nap. Evening came when my mom and I decided to take a walk within the vicinity of the hotel. Before we return back, my mom wanted to buy food from McDonald’s but since I don’t like McDonald’s, I left my mom there and walked alone going to our hotel. I planned the next day’s itinerary since we don’t have a tourist guide with us. After doing so, I went to bed and had a good night sleep.

This is all for the first part of the blog. I will be posting the second part on some other day.

Exploring Bicol (Caramoan, Camarines Sur, Albay, etc.)

Last May of 2016, my family and I visited Bicol because my aunt and her kids came home from America. I was beyond excited that time ‘cos I knew we’ll be indulging ourselves on a lot of trips. Booking a good hotel that can accommodate 16 persons is very hard (yes, my family is big).  We almost didn’t push through our plans due to the difficulty of hotel/resort booking. Fortunately, my aunt was able to find a cheap but nice resort in Caramoan. Caramoan is located in Bicol Region particularly in Camarines Sur. It is made up of multiple islands which composes of white sand bars, tranquil lakes, deep caves and coves, etc. It is not that popular yet unlike Boracay.

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May 25, 2016 — the day when we left the house. After a 10-hour drive, we first went to Peñafrancia Basilica located at the outskirts of Naga City in Camarines Sur. It is a humongous church that is believed to have a miraculous Mama Mary Statue. We stopped by there for an hour and decided to continue on our trip. The road going to Caramoan was really horrible. We had to cross 15 mountains (at least) just to get there. And P.S., most of the road wasn’t cemented plus it’s very steep. But when we arrived there, I realized that the 14-hour drive was worth it. The resort we went to is nice and it has a peaceful ambiance. Evicted members from the TV show, Survivor, are staying there as well. For lunch, we had a buffet and everything was fresh from the ocean. Not until when the resort had a power interruption. The electricity was out for 4 hours and everyone’s complaining. Let’s add the fact that it’s summer so it’s scorching hot. We decided to go on an island hopping that day.

We got back at the resort at around 6:00 pm. Fortunately, the electricity is back. We slept early because we will be going again on an island hopping the next day. On the following day, we went onto 4 more islands. The beach was breath-taking and priceless. I cannot describe into words how beautiful it is and how thankful I am for being there. The pearly white sand, the scrumptious seafood, the cotton candy-like clouds, the crystal clear water are a perfect combination. God’s beautiful creation, indeed!

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3 days of being in Caramoan feels like heaven. The day has come when we had to leave and go onto the next trip which is Albay, Bicol. Ever since I’m a kid, I can only see Mount Mayon in pictures over the internet. Mount Mayon is the most popular and perfect cone shape volcano situated in Legazpi,Albay. I never knew that seeing Mount Mayon and Cagsawa Ruins in person would be jaw-dropping. I took a lot of pictures using my Fujifilm Instax Mini 70. The whole trip was extremely good because my whole family grew closer together and it’s nice to  take off some time from work. Cheers to more family vacays!💕