Thailand 2015 : floating market and elephant rides

You read the title correctly – “2015”. If you’re updated on my social media posts you probably know that I was in Thailand last December, but this entry is about our *last last* visit, which means it’s over a year late, yikes. I finally got around to editing the pictures and vlogs so here goes.

We left for Bangkok on Christmas day and as usual we stayed at the Indra Regent Hotel:

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I was looking forward to seeing this Christmas tree again last December but Indra Regent renovated and moved their lobby to the 4th floor

Since it was our first time staying at this hotel with only the three of us, we were wondering what room they would give us. During the past two years we stayed here Mr. Bob gave us huge suites, but we figured since there was one less person this year we would probably just get a regular room. So imagine our surprise when the room he gave us looked pretty much like the suite we used to get the previous years:

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We got a two bedroom suite with two bathrooms and a small living room. This is the master’s bedroom

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And the other room with the small living room space

I figured I would be staying in the second room since my parents would want the master’s bedroom (it had a bigger bathroom), but they decided I should get that because it would be silly for me to have two beds.

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Yaaaay!

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Another reason why my mom preferred the other room was because the four-poster bed in the master’s bedroom is pretty high, which made it a little difficult for them to climb in and out of bed.

That evening we ate dinner which we bought from the airport food court. Afterwards we went out to explore the night market – my favorite part when staying in Thailand

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I didn’t really buy anything because the following day was a Saturday and I knew that prices dropped during the weekend. Mostly I just looked around and tried to find the same items during the weekend market :p

During our stay we also signed up for a tour of the floating market and bought tickets for elephant and crocodile shows. The company picked us up at our hotel and took us to a gas station where our tour guide would be meeting us.

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Our first stop was the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. My mom was very excited because she’s been wanting to see this for years now:

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We had to take a boat to get there of course:

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Once we were on the floating market, there was a long line to get on the boats that would take us to the shops, so our guide suggested we walk around first

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We bought some coconut candy

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And some Thai snacks

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Week 4/52 : Simple and clean

Kung hei fat choi! Happy Chinese New Year everyone! I’m two days late but I only found time to shoot yesterday. Things were pretty busy here during Chinese New Year.

A few weeks ago my camera remote died, so I’ve been “borrowing” my dad’s remote for my self portraits. At first I thought it was just the batteries, so I bought new ones, but the remote still wouldn’t work after that. Fortunately I remembered that I ordered a spare remote from eBay about two years ago. I found it in my drawer the other day and discovered that it still works. Hooray! I’m pretty sad about my old remote dying but it has served me well during the last 7 years, so I suppose it was time for it to retire.

This week’s title is from Utada Hikaru’s song from the Kingdom Hearts soundtrack. It doesn’t really have much to do with the photo but I’m just really excited because Kingdom Hearts 2.8 was released a few days ago. My sister already picked up a copy for me and I can’t wait till I get it from her 😀

Staycation at Cintai Corito’s Garden

These pictures were taken during my mom’s birthday back in 2015. I haven’t had much time to blog so I have entries that are over a year late T__T

For my mom’s birthday we decided to have a staycation at Cintai Corito’s Garden in Batangas. According to their website, “cintai” is the Indonesian word for “love”. The resort was originally a rest house that the owners liked to visit occasionally. The mother (Corito) had a terminal disease and her family often brought her to the garden because it relaxed her. After she died, her family decided to open the place up to the public and share its beauty with the world.

The whole place is Bali-inspired, so if you don’t have the time (or budget) to go to Bali, this is a pretty good alternative. The gardens are beautiful and oftentimes I found myself forgetting that I’m still in the Philippines because it truly felt like I was transported to Bali. Also, I don’t know if the place is just really big or because there was a storm that day, but we barely saw other guests in the resort. But we knew they were there because we would see them in the restaurant during meal time.

Anyway, here are some photos we took during our short stay there:

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The entrance

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The “lobby” where guests check in

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The Elephant Bar where they serve complimentary drinks

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The movie room. Guests can call the staff to schedule a film showing here during their stay.

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I forgot what this place was called, but if I remember correctly, it’s a function hall

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Massage cabanas

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Another huge hall – this one is open air

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Week 3/52 : Masungi

Kinda cheating with this one because it was taken on the same day as my Week 2 portrait. I had such an amazing time during my Masungi adventure that I figured it wouldn’t hurt to include two photos in this project.

This was taken by Brinks at the start of our trail. We went on the back trail so we encountered the Bayawak first, which is usually the last obstacle for most visitors. We got to the park pretty early so we had some free time to explore and take photos.

Week 2/52 : The poetry of earth is never dead

Posting this a little later than I planned. This was taken last Sunday during my Masungi Georeserve adventure (blog entry to follow). I’ve wanted to go here ever since I saw some friends post pictures of the place. It’s beautiful and the obstacles on the trail looked like a lot of fun. So when Brinks invited me to go with her around mid-December and I immediately said yes. It usually takes months to get a reservation so I knew I couldn’t let the opportunity pass me by.

If you know me, you’d know that I’ve been an indoor person my whole life. I used to be able to go several days without leaving the house (provided that I have a decent internet connection, a good book or some video games to play). But last year I decided I needed to start living more, so I’ve started to push myself to do things I would have never done in the past. I’ve been going out more and trying new things – and it’s been great! I can’t wait to see what life has in store for me next 🙂

Thanks so much kup for the invite and for the “buwis buhay” (ko, at ng phone mo :p) shot.

(Quote is from John Keats’ poem – On the Grasshopper and Cricket)

INSTABITS : December 2016

HAPPY 2017 everyone! Here’s my final Instagram dump for 2016. As promised, this entry consists of more people and less food. (But that doesn’t mean I ate less last month – in fact I pigged out quite a bit over the holidays)

Warning : December was packed with activities so this entry is pretty long

As you may know, I’m a HUGE Final Fantasy fan (this blog’s URL should be a giveaway – it’s the name of Selphie’s final weapon in FF8), so I was pretty excited when FF15 came out. I asked Brinks to get me a copy and I spent the first weekend of December holed up in my room exploring Eos with Noctis and the gang. (In fact, most of December’s free time went into this game.)

December marked the end of the first semester, which meant lots of work for us teachers. Dustin and I rewarded ourselves with pizza and milk tea after an entire day of checking.

Since I had some free time, I decided I would bake a few things for upcoming Christmas parties. Dustin came over to help out so of course we ended up baking matcha goodies.

We made white chocolate chip matcha cookies for the first time and surprisingly they turned out alright. I would have preferred them sweeter, but  the people who ate them thought they were fine the way they were.

Dustin, Jason and I went to SM Calamba one evening and had dessert at Krispy Kreme! We tried their holiday donuts. They were good but I still prefer the original glazed.

After two months in Japan, Amie’s back, yaaaaay~

My parents love having my friends over so, just like last year, they threw a Christmas party for them.

My mom and I bought these antler headbands to get us all in a festive mood during the party. Nine of us for the nine reindeer in the song – Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph 😀

(I started using Boomerang last month :p)

Of course we had a gift exchange during the party 😀 Thanks everyone!

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