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My First Plane Ride: Hong Kong

The first time I was able to ride the plane was the year 2004. Our family is going to Hong Kong for a 3-day vacation. It was the first time I saw an airplane 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 ten years ago: Eating hot noodles in one of the small eateries 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. I was shopping galore at a Giordano shop which was on a 50%-off sale. Mother was asking a stranger for directions in Filipino - as it turns out the person she's talking to is from Malaysia. Riding the cable car in Ocean Park Riding the train which goes through the sea - seriously scary. I imagined a movie when the tunnel would collapse Going to their market and buying souvenirs Staying in a beautiful hotel Cold weath

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 came around an hour later after having breakfast. We decided to chill in the room and then 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). Curry, Sweet & Sour Pork, Fried Fish, Tuaran Mee, Laksa, and Tom Yum

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 picked Wayne up to go to 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 because it was the only food I am not familiar with that they offered. 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 the 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. +Jomar  and  +Wayne  discussing Java best-practices while waiting for our food in Kenny Rogers.

Baguio: Food and Events

We were in Baguio for my birthday last November 8. Aside from celebrating my birthday in my favourite 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. Delicious food from Canto!

Summary of My Birthday

I celebrated my 24th birthday last November 8. Below are highlights of the week that I had. To start, last November 4 -  +Jomar  and I had my fave Kare-Kareng Gulay from Giligan's. November 5 - for my love of Mexican food, +Jomar  and I had dinner in Mexicali

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 suggests, 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 to clean it. Overall, I would go back to Crazy Katsu because of their delicious Katsu Curry.

Food Trip in Banawe QC: Feng Wei Wee Taiwan Cuisine

There are some 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 on a huge brick oven and some Pancit for snacks on a lazy afternoon. That's how I enjoyed the soft pastry and meaty Pancit in Casa Moderna. Currently, they have five branches all in Naga City. Be sure to visit at least one of them. Meaty Palabok