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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…

Where to eat pie on Pie day in Vancouver?

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It's the only day of the year we eat pie. That might be an exaggeration. We eat pie on Thanksgiving as well.

Pi Day 2019 After work today, Jomar and I decided to go to Granville Island Public Market to eat savoury pie and sweet pie for dinner. Laurelles Fine Foods We decided to have our savoury pie from Laurelles Fine Foods. I chose the Salmon Pie while Jomar picked the Chicken Pot Pie. I like the chicken better.


A La Mode After eating our savoury pie, we had sweet pie for desserts. Just like last year, we picked two pies from A La Mode. I (as predicted) picked Pecan Pie while Jomar wanted to try the Coconut Cream Pie. Surprisingly, I didn't enjoy the Pecan Pie as much as I did last year. It was too sweet. The Coconut Cream Pie is good but nothing like the buko (coconut) pie we have from the Philippines.


Where did you eat pie today?

Day 6 and 7 of PH Vacation. Jomar's Hometown

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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 Thursday - our 6th day in the Philippines and our goal for today is meet friends in the morning and off to Jomar's hometown of Naic, Cavite to spend more time with his family.

Breakfast with College Best Friend If you've been reading my blog (I don't think anyone does), I'm consistent with the people I meet. The last time I went back to Manila, I met exactly the same set of friends. I don't have a lot of friends (like my sister, Therese or my dad) but the ones I have, I treasure dearly.
I had breakfast with my co…

Day 5 of PH Vacation. High School Friends

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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
This post is about our 5th day in Manila.
Morning at Linden Suite I woke up at 6 in the morning and took a quick shower for another busy day.


Jomar and I had breakfast at the buffet (I didn't enjoy it but the service was excellent - super friendly staff) while waiting for Mary, my high school best friend.


Mary arrived at around 8 am and I joined her for breakfast and we were chatting for 2-3 hours about life. I pray that everyone will have a friend like Mary. You don't have to see each other every day but when you do it's like yo…

How much does a wedding in Manila Cathedral cost?

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Jomar and I will have our Philippine Catholic wedding in July.

To enlighten those who want to have their Sacrament of Holy Matrimony in the beautiful and historic Manila Cathedral, I will share with you how much it cost.


Why did we pick Manila Cathedral? I want to say because it's historical and beautiful but in reality, it's because they have relevant information on their website for a couple like us living and legally married abroad. It's the convenience of them responding to phone calls and email in a timely manner.
Bonus is it's historical and beautiful. According to one of my Ninang, ang haba ng walk down the aisle mo. I didn't think of that. I'm not sure if I like it. LOL.


They also have a dashboard where you complete the forms and it lists what you need to submit and when. It's pretty impressive. Process The first thing you do is go to their website and reserve a wedding date. Register and you will receive an email to attend a Wedding Orientation. I …

Day 4 of PH Vacation. Interview and Ocular

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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 our 4th day in Manila and this is my 5th blog post about our vacation. The agenda for today are the following:
Interview with the priest at Manila Cathedral.Ocular and food tasting at Bayleaf IntramurosPotluck dinner with friends in Linden Suites Morning at Intramuros We're awake by 4:00 am again. Jet lag is real and we're off to Intramuros by 6:00 am.
Breakfast at Jollibee Our first goal is to have breakfast at Jollibee. This is our 1800-calorie breakfast. We didn't eat the extra rice from the 2-pc chicken but Jomar gave…

Day 3 of PH Vacation. Errands

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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
This is the 4th blog post of my Philippine vacation last February and it's describing our 3rd day back in Manila. It's Monday, February 18. Because jet lag is real, we were already awake at 5:00 in the morning. The agenda for the day is quite boring.

Go to Tita Mimi (our seamstress and designer) in MuntinlupaGo to Pioneer to get the property title of the condominium.Go to Ortigas to withdraw money from our stocks account. Good morning! Tita Mimi is referred to us by Ms. Myna and she lived all the way in Muntinlupa which will be a chal…

How to get the Sacrament of Confirmation in Manila quickly?

Jomar and I have not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation which is a requirement to receive the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.

At the recommendation of Manila Cathedral, we looked at both Quiapo Church and National Shrine of Saint Michael and the Archangels (NSSMA).

We decided to go to NSSMA for confirmation the day after we arrived from Canada.

What to prepare?Bring the original and a photocopy of your Baptismal CertificateWear a white shirt with a collarBe ready to donate Php 650.00Talk to friends to be your Ninong and Ninang (Godparents) and yes, you need a pair. What to expect? We arrived there at 7:30 am because jetlag is real and we were awake by 4:00 am. There were around 13 people waiting. At 7:45 am, the security guard started giving out forms which we had to complete. Then, at around 8:00 am, he started giving out numbers. Later on, they started giving both the form and number at the same time.
The office opened shortly after 8:00 am. Confirmation candidates enter by num…

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