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Photo taken May 7, 2013

Bicol, Philippines { Day 2 } Legazpi, Albay

May 6, 2013

Up early for our morning adventure! People kept stressing how lucky I was that the Mayon Volcano showed herself on the day we decided to get a closer look. They say she shows herself to people she sees as beautiful as her (insert winky face)!

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One of the most well-known Philippine legends is that of Daragang Magayon for which the origin of the Mayon Volcano is derived. 

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Practice driving before we head on out! My brother and I booked an ATV Tour with a company I just saw off the internet. Coordination was easy and they even picked us up from our hotel. Another addition to the list of ATV memories I have with Cyro (lols).

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And we’re ready to set out! Here’s our guide Manong Willy. He was the best director and photographer- he knew where to station himself for the photos and everything! Wee~

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Legit action shot. Don’t I just look too exhilarated?

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Our photo featured in View Magazine’s December 2013 issue.

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Splash from the creek was refreshing. The sun was really hot, even at 9am in the morning!

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Hi!

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One of our many tourist shots with the volcano!

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Goats

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Already quite near the base camp. From there we had a separate guide who took us up to the helipad on the lahar front.

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This guide also had the most creative photo ideas! Awesome. 

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Shan’t miss a levitation shot. This helipad was built on lahar from the 2006 eruption.

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And because it was so hot and we were too tired already, we took a zipline back to the hut!

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It was a pleasure, Magayon!    

I love breakfast

Taken May 6, 2013 | Hotel St. Ellis Legazpi, Albay

Bicol, Philippines { Day 1 } - Goa, Camarines Sur

May 5, 2013

It was my first time to set foot on my mother’s province. It was also my first time to ride a long-haul commuter bus! Pretty scary, but I love how our bus had wifi (lols). We left Cubao at around 9-10PM, and arrived 10 hours later at Naga. From there we rode a UV express all the way to Goa, Camarines Sur. 

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Dios Marhay na aga Bicol! "Good Morning, Bicol!" And yes, I totally googled that. I felt pretty strained and battered from having to sleep on a reclined seat for the entire night + having to wake up from time to time thanks to the wild driving skills of the bus driver (terrifying!!).

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But the new environment was quite energizing. Everything in this photo is so provincial- from the tricycle to the nipa roof down to the politician posters. Our first stop of the day was our Lola’s house.

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My lola’s biik (baby pig).

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And the neighbor’s massive(!!!) mother pig!

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Langka (jackfruit) tree!

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Using a water pump! *cool*

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Unripe mangosteen?

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After our Lola’s house, we headed over to somewhere near the ports to Caramoan where my parents apparently own a parcel of land. We walked around the area examining its potential for commercial use (lol, in two decades time probably).

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Such a hot, sunny day.

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Passed by corn left out to dry for livestock feed.

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The very picturesque Mount Isarog.

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Come late in the afternoon after going around our relatives’ houses we were already bound for Legazpi, Albay as per my request!

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And you might’ve guessed- it’s to see the Mayon Volcano!

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The trip took around 3 hours. We practically spent the entire day going around by van.

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We made it to our hotel in Legazpi at around 9PM. We stayed at the Hotel St. Ellis, which is supposedly the highest rated hotel in Legazpi based on TripAdvisor.

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Capiz lamp.

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Mirror shot for this tired girl (with her tired aunt in the background!) before having dinner at 10PM. 

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THE BED WELCOMES ME!!!!

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Goodnight, pretty wall print.   

Macau/HK 2013 { Day 4} Andy Warhol 15 Minutes Eternal

March 10, 2013

It was almost time to head back to Macau but just before we were to leave, I had to cross out one must-visit off my list!

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One of the things I truly enjoy (as I have emphasized time and time again) are breakfast buffets and Langham Hotel’s was just lovely! Extensive selection and somewhat pretty interesting too. What stood out the most was the different kinds of honey and jam they had! You don’t see that in your typical hotel buffet.

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After breakfast, my brother and I took a short walk to The Hong Kong Museum of Art, which was just around 5 minutes away!

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Morning light creeping into the underground pedestrian.

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And we’re here! I was terribly sad to have not gotten to visit the Andy Warhol exhibit at Singapore before it closed 6 months prior to this, but I was so happy to have found out that Hong Kong was their next stop!

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Pop-art goodness.

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The escalator ride up to the entrance was a treat!

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My style is unquestionably closest to Mid Century, but housed not too far away is my love and fascination for Pop Art! I absolutely love Andy Warhol.

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Hi!

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This wall outside is inspired by his workplace which was painted in silver!

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"In the future everybody will be world-famous for fifteen minutes." (Warhol, 1968)

Did you know that the famous phrase '15 minutes of fame' is accredited to Andy Warhol?

We weren’t allowed to take photos inside the exhibit, sad to say. But it basically had his most famous works on canvas, on paper, in polaroids, and even in crayons! The room with the silver balloons was my favorite!

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Til the next time, Macau!

Hong Kong

Photo taken March 9, 2013

Hong Kong 

Taken March 9, 2013

Macau/HK 2013 { Day 3 } Transit in B/W Pt. 2

March 9, 2013

Touchdown Hong Kong. Took about an hour-long ferry ride via CotaiJet from Macau and arrived at the port where we went through all same procedures similar to those in an airport. It would be advisable that you bring as little luggage as possible because you’d basically have your stuff beside you on the boat and getting on and off is quite difficult because everyone wants to get out all at the same time. They make it sound like getting from Macau to Hong Kong and vice versa is soooo easy, but it’s all the same hassle as taking a flight!

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Finally at our hotel- The Langham. Grand ceiling design at the very cozy lobby.

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Spotting our favorite (non-HK / non-Chinese lols) restaurant for the trip- The Spaghetti House which was just a walk from our hotel!

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We ate here around 4-5 times during our trip. Best. Mushroom. Soup. Ever! 

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My meal looks so unappealing in monochrome, lols

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I always love the HK weather, it’s bright out but it isn’t warm at all. 

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Clock out in the street which reminds me so much of London. That city had clocks everywhere!

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Finding flowers in random places

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The Hong Kong tramway has been around for about a century now and going by double decker tram is a most environment-friendly way of traveling around. They go around on 6 lines with a total of 120 stops.

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Busy city streets

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Beautiful shiny buildings O_O

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Leave it to Louis Vuitton to come up with the most creative window displays. Lovely!

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Back to the hotel for a bit. Hello mirror selfie! Adventurers ready for adventure while half of the family stayed in for the rest of the night.

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Is it ever night time in this place? It’s always so bright out, it makes walking around (and shopping!) in the cool night air such a pleasure.

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More interesting window displays

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Huge LV store near Victoria Harbour

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Midnight snack at McDonald’s 

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Esprit window display

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Shiny hotel doors

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And a very nice prosperity installation to cap off the night!