South Korea (2014)

Yes, I know this was 3 years ago – but I just thought of posting this because it was such a memorable trip!

We went there in January – which was a bad idea because it was one of the coldest months in Korea. I think the temperature went as low as -15 degrees, and I got really sick on the last day. Nonetheless, I still had fun most especially because I got to spend it with my family.

We stayed in Duriworld, we really enjoyed our stay with them. We had free breakfast every day and during the evenings, we order food from different restaurants which were delivered to the hotel! The hotel staff were very accommodating as well.

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On our first day, we went to Seoul Tower, however, due to the fog, we decided to not just go inside the tower as we just thought we wouldn’t see any view anyway (and to save money as well). We just took pictures and enjoyed each other’s company.

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We also went to Lotte World (we arrived really late so we weren’t really able to experience any of the rides):

On our second day, we went to Hello Kitty Cafe + Cat Living Cafe and Gyeongbokgung Palace.

On the last day, we weren’t really able to go anywhere anymore because we were all really tired and most of us were sick (myself included). Though we all agreed that a quick trip to Bukchon Village wouldn’t hurt much (we were all koreanovelas fans so we couldn’t miss this) – and it was worth it.

I will surely be back – but definitely not during winter. Ha ha.

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Ngong Ping 360 Hong Kong (2013)

I badly miss Hong Kong!! And because of that, I finally decided to upload our first day in Hong Kong last March 2013. Pardon me for the lack of posts as I was just really very busy with school, work and other stuff, I’ll try to update this blog more often, but I really can’t promise.

We purchased our roundtrip ticket from Cebu Pacific Air 4 months in advance, and we only paid around P4,500 for the roundtrip fare.

We left Manila at 5:40 am and arrived Hong Kong International Airport around 7:30 am. I was really very excited with this trip because it was actually my first out of e country trip with my family. From the airport, we rode A21 bus that would bring us to Taisan Guesthouse in Burlington Branch (the guesthouse is located on the 13th stop). The fare was around HKD29 per person, I suggest you purchase octopus tickets in the airport for convenience, since you could use it in MTRs and BUS rides.

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Upon checking in our baggages, we decided to have our breakfast first in Yoshinoya before we go to Ngong Ping 360.

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After the sumptuous meal, we were all so energized and we all decided that it was finally time to go to Ngong Ping Village and ride the Cable Car. We rode the MTR going to the Tung Chung station where the Cable Car was located. Aside from the Cable Car, the River City Outlet was also located in this area.

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The line to the Cable Car that would take us to Ngong Ping Village was very long. I think it took us almost an hour of waiting, however the wait was worth it, the view from the cable car was very breathtaking!!

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After touring around the village we all decided it was time to leave and eat. We were all very tired and we did not even have much sleep the night before. We all wanted to take some rest since we all needed energy for the next three days. We had dinner at Food Republic located in the River City Gate Outlets.

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That’s all for day 1. I’ll try to upload another post from this trip anytime soon. 😉

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Universal Studios Singapore (2013)

Our second day in Singapore was spent in Universal Studios. We woke up at 7 am and left River City Inn at 9:30 am. We used the MRT to go to Harbourfront MRT station where Vivo City Mall was located. There were three ways to go to Universal Studios from Vivo City: by Sentosa Express MTR (which was an MRT located inside the mall), by Cable Car or by Bus. We opted to ride the Sentosa Express MRT which was priced at SGD3.50 per person per day, the price was inclusive of unlimited ride going to the three different stations of Sentosa:

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20130227-222111.jpgUniversal Studios was located in Waterfront Station. Aside from Universal Studios, Resorts World was also located here.

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20130227-223202.jpgThe price of one day admission in Universal Studios was SGD74 per person, there was an additional fee if your want to avail the express. Fortunately, we got our tickets at a lower rate from River City Inn. The famous Universal Studios globe was located just before the entrance, we spent about an hour taking pictures of the Globe… It was love.

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20130227-223843.jpg The Park was actually divided into 7 parts: Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, The Lost World, Far Far Away and Madagascar. the Hollywood was the first part to be seen inside USS. Souvenir Stores and Restaurants were located in this area, this was where we saw Pou of Kung Fu Panda, he was too cute and cuddly, we just had to take a picture with him.
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20130227-230208.jpgBefore we roam around the other 6 parts of USS, we had our lunch first at Hollywood China Bistro located near the entrance, we ordered a set meal which was priced at around SGD20.

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The first thing we wanted to do was to watch the Monster Rock in Hollywood Theatre, located in New York. It was very entertaining, I was actually smiling while watching the whole show. As much as I wanted to take pictures of the monsters singing Pop and Rock songs, cameras were not allowed inside the theatre; as a remembrance, we just took pictures right after the show.

20130228-223618.jpgWhile we were walking along New York, we got surprised by these group of boys singing in front of us. New York was definitely a place to stroll around and take pictures of different sights. It was also where Lights Camera Action by Steven Spielberg was located, you would be entering a small studio designed like a boat house, special effects will be used to make you feel like an actual typhoon was happening; it was awesome!

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Our next stop was the Sci-Fi City where the Transformer 4D ride and the Roller Coasters (human and cylone) were located. I definitely recommend the Transformer 4D!

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From the Sci-Fi City, we went to Ancient Egypt. We rode Revenge of the Mummy roller coaster ride, it was an indoor roller coaster and the lights were turned off, basically you would not be seeing how high the roller coaster was. It was definitely fun. The queue was long but definitely worth waiting for. However, if you could not wait longer, you could always go to the single journey line.

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Then we went to The Lost World where we rode the Jurassic Park Rapids, the line was so long, we had to wait for more than an hour before it was our turn. I think there was nothing that extraordinary about the ride. Since we got really tired, we decided to ditch the other attractions in that part.

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The Far Far Away Land was so amazing, I actually felt like I was in the Shrek film. Attractions in this area include Donkey Live Show and Shrek 4D Movie.

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The last part of USS was Madagascar. Since we were already tired, we just decided to try one ride in this area before we leave the park, which was the Crate Adventure.

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By the time we finished going around the whole park, it was already past 7pm, and before we leave USS, we decided to take last look of the Globe.

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Universal Studios Singapore was definitely the best park I have been to…yet. I hope I’ll get the chance to go to other Universal Studios around the world, someday! 🙂

Legoland Malaysia (2013)

The first place we went to during our vacation was Legoland Malaysia. We really planned to visit Malaysia because we wanted to visit two countries during our vacation. When we found out that Legoland Malaysia just opened and was only located in Johor, we immediately included it in our itinerary.

How to get there:
We went to Jurong East MTR station
From there, we went to Jurong Bus Interchange (which is just outside the MTR)
We rode the bus that would take us to Johor Malaysia (Bus Number CW3/CW4)
After about 10 minutes, we were asked to alight the Bus to go through Singapore’s Immigration.
You do not have to do anything, you just have to present your passport and departure card.
Then after the immigration, we rode the same bus, this would take us to Malaysia’s Immigration.
From the immigration, we rode Bus JPO2 which would bring us to Legoland. The whole trip was around 1-2 hours long.

For more info, visit this link:
Causeway Interchange Link

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Make sure you take note of the bus schedules for JPO2, i think they were only available every two hours. (If ever you did not make it to the scheduled time, don’t worry, there were still alternatives, just ask people working for the bus company about the other options).

Legoland gave discounts to people who purchased their tickets online (take note: it has to be booked at least 7 days in advanced), their online price is at RM112 (adult). However, if you buy your tickets at Legoland, its priced at RM140.

Buy your tickets here: Legoland Tickets

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The Park was so cute, I felt like being a kid all over again.

Before we started the whole tour, we first decided to have our lunch at The Market Restaurant at Lego City.

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The Legoland was divided into 6 parts: Lego City, Land of Adventure, Imagination, Lego Kingdoms, Lego Technic and Miniland.

We first went to Lego City. It was where the Lego City Airport, Lego City Stage and Boating School were located. There were also some games in the area, but I think most of the games were for kids.

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Then we went to the Land of Adventure. Unfortunately, we did not try any rides, we were all too busy taking pictures and being amazed by all the lego figures.

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At the Imagination land, we watched a 4D film (located at Lego Studios) and rode the observation Tower (the Observation Tower would give you the view of the whole Park).

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For people who want to ride a roller coaster (but with no loop), Lego Kingdoms is the best place for you. They had a ride named The Dragon which was located inside the castle. We were tricked! We went inside the castle thinking there was a show inside it, then we found out it was actually the entrance to the Dragon roller coaster, the coward that we were, we hurriedly made our exit. It’s such a shame, I know. Instead of riding the Dragon, we opted to the ride the Dragon’s Apprentice. It was almost the same as the Dragon, except it was smaller and was supposed to be for kids.

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By the time we were at Lego Technic, we were already tired, instead of going around the area, we just decided to sit down and have a rest (we were not even ale to take pictures of the area).

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The last part was the Miniland (which was my favourite), it featured popular destinations for different countries around Asia. The Miniland was actually located in the Middle of the Park.

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The Park was just small, I think we got to tour the whole area for about 4 hours only. Kids and Kids at Heart would definitely enjoy this place, we did!

Before we left the park, we bought souvenir items at the Big Shop located near the Entrance (and BTW, the prices were a bit expensive..)

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I hope you enjoyed my post! I’ll be blogging about Universal Studios next, so stay tuned! 🙂

Ocean Park Hong Kong (2012)

Our third day in Hong Kong was spent in Ocean Park. Our initial plan was to leave the hotel at 9 in the morning. However, since we did not get much sleep the night before, we all woke up past 9. We already arrived the park at 11:30 am, such a bummer, I know.

Since, the place we were staying was just 15 steps away from the MTR – Tsim Sha Tsui, we rode the MTR to get to the Admiralty Station. From the Admiralty Station, you will be able to see the City Bus Ocean Park Express (Route 629). We bought our roundtrip ticket and our Ocean Park ticket at the kiosk located at Admiralty Station. (Be careful, people were selling Ocean Park tickets around the area, when we asked the Ocean Park personnel if those were legit, she said the tickets being sold by random people were fake).

So we took the Route 629 going to Ocean Park.

When we got to Ocean Park, we were so happy and excited. We got a bit overwhelmed because the park was just too big. I think its almost twice as big as Disneyland (but even though it was bigger, it was still cheaper compared to Disneyland!)

The Park had two parts: The Waterfront (located near the entrance) and the Summit. To be able to get to the other part, you could either ride the Ocean Express or a Cable Car (which were both free of charge).

We first took a glimpse of The Waterfront Area. Since we arrived a tad too late, we decided to just allot 30 minutes for this part of the park.

Other attractions in the Waterfront area were Whiskers Harbour, Amazing Asian Animals and Old Hong Kong. But since we were really in a hurry, we were not able to really allot a time to go to those place.

We hurriedly went to the Cable Car, which would bring us to the Summit Part (where mostly all the rides were located)

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When we got to the second part, the first thing we did is to ride the Ocean Park Tower. It would actually give you a the whole view of the Ocean Park’ Summit.

After that, we decided to have lunch first before we tour around the area. I bought footlong hotdog together with twister fries.

After the meal, we went around the area. We rode the Whirly Birds and the Rev Booster. My sister and cousin both rode the Hair Raiser. I was too coward to try it so I just sat down and waited until they were finish. We also went to the Sea Jelly Spectacular and the Chinese Sturgeon Aquarium. In this part, you could also find: The Rainforest Ride, the Thrill Mountain, The Flash (which looked really scary), The Abyss, The Dragon, The Flying Swing, the Ocean Theatre, The Ferris Wheel and a lot more.

At 5 pm, we were all very tired, even if we have not toured the whole place, we all decided to just ditch Ocean Park and go straight to Mong Kok to shop for souvenirs. I somehow felt bad that we had to leave so early. But can you blame us? Our feet were swelling. 😦

The only thing I did not like about the Ocean Park was that some of it’s attractions have additional charges, unlike other theme parks were the entrance fee is already inclusive of every attraction inside. As much as we wanted to watch the shows, we can’t, because we were on a tight budget and we can’t afford to pay an additional charge anymore. I also thought that the park was too big, going around the different attractions was such a hassle.

All in all, the experience in Ocean Park was so much fun. But if you ask me between Ocean Park and Disneyland… Disneyland has my heart. 🙂