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Hello 2019!

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2018 has been a busy year. I stopped writing here mid of last year because I got promoted at work (yay!) but has been really busy.

One of my goal for this year (and was my goal last year) is to write 1 post each week. Last year is also the first time I didn't have a year-end summary. Oh well. Let's  be positive as we welcome the new year.

New Year's Eve I arrived in Canada last 2015 and I spent NYE for 2016, 2017, and 2018 thinking and dreaming of watching the fireworks in Downtown Vancouver. I didn't go those previous years because of the cold and crowd. I told my brother during my first NYE in Canada that we should book a hotel in Downtown where we could see the fireworks, avoid the crowd, and be warm.

Pan Pacific Hotel That dream came true NYE of 2019. Last September, I booked a hotel room at Pinnacle Hotel. However, in November, I learned that the fireworks display won't be visible from any of their rooms which is unfortunate. I, then, called Pan Pacific Hotel …

Layover in Taiwan

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We have a 4-hour layover in Taiwan.
What did we do in Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport? We walked around Terminal 2 and visited the Hello Kitty boarding gate. Jomar saw new Kit-Kat flavour which he purchased.
We also had dinner in Mos Burger which is a fast-food restaurant chain that originated in Japan. It's pretty good. Now, I feel guilty that I didn't try McDonald's and check out the unique burgers they have in Taiwan.




Review of China Airlines We booked China Airlines because it was the cheapest flight for the days we need to be in Manila. The layover hours were not too long plus I've never been to Taiwan.
Booking was convenient, the check-in process was natural, and the staff were friendly. The food exceeded my expectation. I daresay it's better than All Nihonggo Airlines (which I thought had fantastic food) but not at par with Singapore Airlines.




I can't remember the names of the food we had, but they are all great. What's your favourite thing to d…

Day 9 of PH Vacation. Last Day

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This post is first of my PH vacation series:

Day 0 of PH Vacation. Valentine's Day in Vancouver International AirportDay 1 of PH Vacation. Time with FamilyDay 2 of PH Vacation. Confirmation and Time with FriendsDay 3 of PH Vacation. ErrandsDay 4 of PH Vacation. Interview and OcularDay 5 of PH Vacation. High School FriendsDay 6 and 7 of PH Vacation. Jomar's HometownDay 8 of PH Vacation. Food and Pre-Cana SeminarDay 9 of PH Vacation. Last Day
It's our last day in Manila! Our luggage was packed and ready for our flight that night.
Mass in Manila Cathedral Breakfast in Chowking Before leaving the Philippines and because it's Sunday, we have to go to Mass. We attended the 8:30 am Mass in Manila Cathedral.


An hour before Mass, we had lunch for breakfast at Chowking.


After Mass, we saw a taho vendor. Of course, I had to have taho again while waiting for our Grab Car.


We're back at Robinson's Place - Otis. My dad is waiting for us at Starbucks and we spent a good hour j…

Day 8 of PH Vacation. Food and Pre-Cana Seminar

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This post is first of my PH vacation series:

Day 0 of PH Vacation. Valentine's Day at Vancouver International AirportDay 1 of PH Vacation. Time with FamilyDay 2 of PH Vacation. Confirmation and Time with FriendsDay 3 of PH Vacation. ErrandsDay 4 of PH Vacation. Interview and OcularDay 5 of PH Vacation. High School FriendsDay 6 and 7 of PH Vacation. Jomar's HometownDay 8 of PH Vacation. Food and Pre-Cana SeminarDay 9 of PH Vacation. Last Day
It's Saturday and our last full day in Manila. We have a Pre-Cana Seminar at 1:00 PM.

Binalot Breakfast We had Binalot for breakfast. Yum yum!


The Old Spaghetti House Lunch We had The Old Spaghetti House for lunch.



Manila Cathedral
We arrived at Manila Cathedral at around 12:30 pm and was able to witness a portion of the wedding ceremony which gave us an idea on how our special day would look like. I took photos of the flowers and asked a lot of questions to the security guard as well as the maintenance folks.

Pre-Cana Seminar The Pre-Ca…

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