Vlog : Diamond Princess (Singapore – Malaysia – Thailand cruise)

Last February my family and I went on a short cruise. Ezra was in the Philippines for a visit and it’s been a while since we went on vacation together. Fortunately my parents found a cruise that would coincide with her stay.

Here are some clips from our trip. Of course I would make full-length vlogs of each day, but that won’t be up until next year probably T__T

(The music I used is AmaLee’s cover of Historymaker from the Yuri On Ice OST – which Ezra made me watch during this trip :D)

INSTABITS : February 2017

The month of hearts ❤ It was indeed full of love because Ezra and Kurt visited us and finally had their Philippine wedding this month 😀

Ezra arrived first on February 1 and immediately showered me with kisses. She went with me to the office so she wouldn’t succumb to jetlag and end up sleeping the whole day.

She brought all these games for me, yaaaay~ I’ve already finished Until Dawn (which she had to force me to play because I was too scared), Life is Strange and Project Diva X. I’m thinking of starting Akiba’s Trip sometime soon.

Ezra’s first request when she arrived was for me to take her to Seoul Kitchen because she missed their cheese rappoki so much

It’s been over a year since we went on a family vacation with Ezra so my parents booked a short Asian cruise while she was here (watch the vlog HERE). We arrived in Singapore a day earlier (where we would be boarding the ship) so we could explore the Gardens by the Bay 🙂

There were so many colorful plants there!

We had tickets to enter one of the two domes in the park. We had a hard time deciding which one to go to but in the end we chose the cloud forest which was breathtaking.

In Malaysia we saw that McDonalds had lychee ice cream, so of course we had to try it.  Two thumbs up!

Family portrait during formal night of our cruise. The Filipino staff on the ship kept coming up to talk to us because seeing my dad’s barong made them homesick.

Garcia sisters in black and white. (Del Rosario na nga pala si Ez …) The dress that Ezra’s wearing is actually the same one she wore when she got married last year. She was happy to have a chance to finally wear it again.

One of our ports was Penang. We joined a tour which took us to the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas

Our guide also took us to Lim Wah Thai to go souvenir shopping. Here I am chillaxing with the Lim Wah Thai bears

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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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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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INSTABITS : September 2016

October’s almost over so once again this entry is extremely late. This past month has been quite busy, but now I have a bit of free time to finally finish editing this.

This was taken late August when the girls and I checked in at the Crimson Hotel to celebrate Camille’s and my birthdays. You can watch our vlog HERE.

Camille invited Dustin and me to join LBDH’s fun run called #HugotTakbo. It was my first 5k run and I’m happy to report that I survived.

As a birthday gift, my parents signed us up for a short cruise around Japan and Taiwan (watch the vlog here). One of the places we went to was the Shuri Castle in Okinawa.

One of the things that made our trip much more fun was that Brinks was able to join us 😀

We signed up for tours but they were cancelled because there were only a few of us on the cruise who spoke English. The staff suggested that we join their Mandarin tour but we decided it would be better if we just explore the town ourselves. This turned out to be a blessing because we were able to spend as much time as we want shopping on Kokusai Street 🙂

Since this cruise was meant to celebrate my birthday, the Canaletto dining staff presented me with a cake for dinner. Brinks also got one too since she justified her expenses for this trip by convincing herself that it was a late birthday present for herself 😄

Our cruise also took us to Ishigaki where we once again shopped for local delicacies

On the last day of our cruise we joined the balloon drop party at the Piazza

Our cruise ended in Taiwan. Since our flight wasn’t until that evening we made arrangements with a tour company to show us around some famous locations. Here’s Brinky and me at Yehliu Geopark. It was beautiful but extremely hot!

We also dropped by the Chiang Kai Shek memorial hall

Brinks and I ended up wearing the same colors that day. (No, we didn’t plan this)

This, on the other hand, was planned. Sir Taps texted us one evening and asked us to wear blue with white sneakers.

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Vlog : Back on the Golden Princess (Japan/Taiwan Cruise 2016)

In my 32nd self portrait this year I mentioned that I recently went on a short cruise around Japan and Taiwan for my birthday. It was an extremely short vacation but I had a wonderful time, especially since Brinks was able to join us 😀

Unlike my previous cruises, I won’t be making a summary blog entry of my experience since it was just a few days. Also, our cruise was on the Golden Princess and I already wrote an entry about my experience on this ship two years ago. All I’m going to say is the staff is still awesome and everyone made sure we had a incredible time. It was also great to see some familiar faces, especially Nathan – the Filipino head waiter we became friends with on our Diamond Princess cruise last year.

I will be making individual entries about each day of our cruise, but that probably won’t be up until next year since I still have about 15 entries waiting to published on this site. In the meantime, here’s a quick vlog I made of our entire trip.

Once again, thank you Princess Cruises for an amazing experience 🙂