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My First Plane Ride: Hong Kong

The first time I was able to ride the plane was year 2004. Our family is going to Hong Kong for a 3-day vacation. It was the first time I saw a plane up close and as a teenager going up in a developing country - it's like a dream country. Below is the summary of what I remember from a trip that happened almost 10 years ago:

Eating hot noodles in one of the small eatery in Hong Kong. They served it in such big bowls!Having breakfast in McDonald's and was seriously shocked that they don't serve fries - they still have hash browns though.Shopping galore at a Giordano shop which was on a 50%-off sale.Mother asking a complete stranger for directions in Filipino - as it turns out the person she's talking to is from Malaysia.Riding the cable car in Ocean ParkRiding the train which goes through the sea - seriously scary. I was imagining a movie when the tunnel would collapseGoing to their market and buying souvenirsStaying in a beautiful hotelCold weatherSeeing school uniform w…

Day 3: Brown Sand of Kota Kinabalu

On our last day in KK, we woke up a bit late and was sweetly taking our time as we prepare to check out. We had another round of delicious Malaysian breakfast then off to Le Meridien. We thought of riding the bus but it was taking too long so we walked going there under the heat of the sun.

When we (+Jomar+Svet+Mitch, and I) arrived there, Mama +Chelle and +Wayne were missing. They arrived around an hour later after having breakfast. We decided to chill in the huge room and later on had lunch in the recommended place nearby Kedai Kopi Seng Hing Sunsuran. They serve good food and I loved their Tuaran Mee (it's a dried noodle dish that originated from the town of Tauran in East Sabah).


Day 2: Excitement to Panic at KK

Good morning 2nd day in the City of Kota Kinabalu!

+Jomar+Wayne, and I had breakfast together. I particularly like the chicken wings they served today. After preparing for our beach trip, we went down at the lobby and met with +Svet+Mitch, and +Lorna+Chelle and +Murphy are waiting at the lobby of the other building.


We started walking going to the Gaya Street Sun day Market where they are selling all sorts of things. Some of us decided to buy this cold Malaysian drink while +Jomar and I were busy hacking portals. Next thing we know, Wayne started shivering and Mitch is hugging him trying to keep him warm. We started giving out the shawl that we have ready for our beach trip. I have a cardigan in my bag and gave it to Wayne as well. Thanks to +Lorna and +Murphy for helping us find the nearest clinic. Later on, an ambulance fetched Wayne to be tested in the Queen Elizabeth hospital (a public hospital).

Day 1: GDG Devfest Kota Kinabalu

Good morning Kota Kinabalu! Magandang umaga Sabah! Selamat Pagi Malaysia!

It was our first day in Malaysia and +Jomar and I enjoyed the breakfast buffet of +King Park Hotel Kota Kinabalu. I particularly remember the Beef Rendang they served because it was the only food I am not familiar with.

GDG Devfest Kota Kinabalu 2013 After making sure that we're ready for the long day, +Jomar+Mitch+Svet and I started walking towards the Wisma Bandaraya. It is the venue of the first GDG Devfest Kota Kinabalu and is two blocks away from our hotel. We saw +Sebastian outside the building trying to figure out the entrance. We also bumped into +Loretta as we figure out on which floor we should go as the building lobby is empty.



Day 0: Flight to Kota Kinabalu

My life goal right now is to travel and see much of the world as I can. Last June, I was in Yogyakarta, Indonesia for the Google Southeast Asia Outreach Summit. Little did I know, that I would be travelling out of country again, this time in the Capital City of Sabah - Kota Kinabalu. +GDG Philippines were asked to help +GDG Kota Kinabalu with their first GDG Devfest KK.


Baguio: Food and Events

We were in Baguio for my birthday last November 8. Aside from celebrating my birthday in my favorite city in the Philippines, +Jomar and I were also speakers for the Google community Baguio events last November 9. He will be speaking at +GDG Baguio's Devfest while I will be sharing about Google+ and Google Search for Education for +GBG Baguio's gDaysXBaguio.

The morning started with a round of breakfast from +Azalea Baguio. The joint morning program happened while we moved from one room to another and we also visited the ongoing launch of +GEG Philippines in +Berkeley School Baguio. We had lunch at Canto in the Ketchup Food Community.


Summary of My Birthday

I celebrated my 24th birthday last November 8. Below are highlights of the week that I had.

Food Trip in Maginhawa: Crazy Katsu and Fancy Crepe

Crazy Katsu In Maginhawa Street, you will find the original branch of Crazy Katsu. As the name of the restaurant suggest, they serve all sorts of Katsudon and other Japanese meal. I love the Katsu Curry. The curry sauce was one of the best that I have tried and at a reasonable price (Php 190.00). +Jomar, on the other hand, ordered the Katsudon (Php 150.00) which was equally good. The chicken was tender and served hot. The only disappointment of the day was the Gyoza (Php 120.00). It tasted like how a refrigerator would smell when you have not clean it. Overall, I would definitely go back to Crazy Katsu because of their delicious Katsu Curry.


Food Trip in Banawe QC: Feng Wei Wee Taiwan Cuisine

There's actually a number of areas in Metro Manila melting with restaurants left and right worthy of a food trip. On top of my head, I could think of Maginhawa Street and Timog in Quezon City, Kapitolyo in Pasig, and Wilson Street in San Juan. For this particular post, I will share my experience in another melting pot of restaurant in Banawe, Quezon City.

Food Trip in Camarines Sur

Last October 2013, I was able to visit the City of Naga and below is my food trip in CamSur.

Casa Moderna Freshly baked bread using a huge brick oven and some pancit for snacks on a lazy afternoon. That's how I enjoyed the soft bread and meaty pancit in Casa Moderna. Currently, they have five branches all in Naga City. Be sure to visit at least one of them.