A Quick Trip to Edindurgh, Scotland

When I visited my boyfriend in London – I knew in my mind it would be a long time since I’ll be coming back again and I just had to make the most of my visit. I told my boyfriend I wanted to go to Edinburgh since it’s part of the UK and we didn’t have to apply for any other visas – and he said yes. We have booked through Easyjet and paid GBP 190 for our roundtrip ticket (already for the two of us) from Gatwick to Edinburgh. We stayed at Novotel Edinburgh Park Hotel and paid only GBP 110 for two nights (It was really cheap!!!) and the train was literally just outside the hotel and it was very easy to go to the city centre – this was the same train we took from the Airport going to the hotel.

When we arrived Edinburgh, it was raining again. And since it was winter when we visited Scotland, the weather was really really cold (a lot colder than London, actually).

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We arrived past 12 noon, so we checked in at the hotel first and had some rest then decided to go to the centre to explore the city a bit (just a really quick trip – as the rain still won’t stop).

 

The next day, we went to Scotch Whiskey Experience (which my boyfriend totally enjoyed) – the tour costs GBP 15 per person. There wasn’t much queue buying the ticket so you don’t really have to purchase the tickets online.

 

We also availed the Edinburgh Bus Tour and paid GBP 22 per person for a 48 hour hop on – hop off. We basically just went around the city and decide which place we would like to visit and explore more.

We hopped off  at the Edinburgh castle but opted not to go inside anymore as there were a lot of people – also, the view from the outside was already good enough for us – we just enjoyed the scenery.

 

After that – we just explored the city and didn’t have any itinerary in mind.

 

The trip was really short but I honestly think three days was enough – it was definitely one for the books. If I’ll have the opportunity to come back, I’ll definitely visit Loch Ness and the highlands!

 

 

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.

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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Singapore (2013)

Aside from Legoland and Universal Studios, part of our itinerary was to go to Singapore Flyer, go on a River City Cruise, go to Orchard Road and Bugis Street to shop!

We tried the Singapore Flyer on our first night, the view was breathtaking! The only thing that made us disappointed was the fact that we could not find the Merlion from the flyer. We always thought the Merlion was big, we were wrong. Ha ha ha!

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We also went to a River City Cruise which was just located at Central Mall in Clark Quay! The experience was awesome! I fell in love with Singapore during this 40 minute cruise, I was begging for more. 🙂 The river cruise opens at 4 pm, i suggest you try it during sunset!

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We also went to Orchard Road!

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We wanted to buy souvenirs and decided to go to Bugis Street! The place was jam packed with people, but can you blame them? The items sold there were really cheap! Here were some of the items I purchased from Bugis!

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On our last night, we planned to go at any Hawker Food Center, we went to Lau Pa Sat.

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These were the other things we did in Singapore, I hope you enjoyed my blog! I will be blogging about my recent trip to Hong Kong, so stay tuned!

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! 🙂

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. 🙂