Story of the Week: Travel to Hong Kong & Macau with May


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Here’s another Story from a friend. Prior to her trip, she conditioned her mind and made sure that it will be a great 2017 for her. (Good job May! I love your spirit! )And so, on January 11-14, 2017, she flew to Hong Kong and Macau with her friends.

And it got even better because her friends also had the same plan. Unlike most of my posts here, May and her friends prefer packages. Each of them had a budget of 21,000 Philippine pesos for the whole trip. And it’s great! They enjoyed their tour and their accommodation.



May had so much fun. A package was able to give them enough time to go to places without having to think about where to go next. It was organized and saved them a lot of time.

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Upon arriving at the Hong Kong International Airport,  she was amazed at the creative design. After a few moments of picture-taking, they went straight to their hotel accommodation. ( Oohh, even I would look forward to that! How exciting!) Afterwards, they went to The Peak.


It is such a beautiful place to see the city! It’s overlooking the busy streets and tall buildings of Hong Kong. There’s nothing like it in the Philippines. There’s a also a train/tram that they can use to enjoy the view.  Madam Tussauds was somewhat a part of the tour. May even took a photo with Bruce Lee. 🙂

What’s your favorite part of your trip?

I really love Disneyland. It was great. We went there a little later in the morning. I felt like I am back to being a kid. It made me so happy. It’s funny though. My friends and I road this boat before going to Disneyland. Thinking it was part of the package, we hopped in and enjoyed the ride. Little did we know that it will cost us $60 (HK).


What did you feel upon entering Disneyland?

I felt so overwhelmed. This is it.  I was very excited because it was my very first trip. And compared to my friends, they had been to other countries already.  Not that it matters, but first times are good moments to remember. It was my advance birthday gift for myself. At the same time, I considered it as a reward for the years I spent working and studying.

And this excitement wasn’t just in Disneyland. I can’t even sleep the night before the flight. I was very excited.



Next up: Exploring Hong Kong and Macau Part II

Credits to Ms. May for all the photos. 



STORY OF THE WEEK: From Japan to Canada; Years of Friendship #1


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Thanks for your continuous support.

I recently met Toshi-san, Japanese.  He enjoys playing golf and had been to numerous countries in his lifetime. He is really nice and he has many things to share and now, I am very excited to share something about his love for Canada and how he met people along the way.


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First, Canada is cooler than Japan in the summer time. Toshi-san went to Vancouver, Calgay, Banff Springs and Lake Louise, Canada. It has rocky mountains. He played golf. At that time, he made a friend; one couple. It has been 23 years ago and until now, they are still friends. They send letters. In 1999, he asked them if they had plans in year 2000, and since there hasn’t been any plans, he invited the couple to visit Osaka. It was the memorial year. It was such an exciting event for Toshi-san. With humor, he told the couple not to forget their wallets of course. 🙂



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In 10 days, they enjoyed Kyoto, Tokyo and some relaxing hot springs. That was in 2000. Since then, they enjoyed meeting up every 2 years. In 2002, Toshi and the couple went to Canada once again. In 2004, they joined a Caribbean Cruise. In 2006, they met in Prague and played golf. In 2008, they enjoyed their Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver. The trip lasted for a week. It was followed by several catching-ups. From there, they have established a lifetime friendship they will never forget.

Of course it doesn’t end there. Other than the beauty of traveling, Toshi-san have had good experiences with other people. I asked him if there was a food that he had never tried in Japan. And yes,there was.

One time, the couple called their friends. There were 4 couples invited + Toshi’s  friends (1 couple) and him.

“I would like to tell you about the meat from Alberta state. First, there’s this western story wherein cows will fight. As you may know, Jeans at that time comes from cows. I think it was about 100 years ago when gunmen guarded 3000 cows from the East to the North. They traveled with the cows from the American and Canadian border until the end of the state, Alberta. That’s the history. Anyway, I really enjoyed eating the Alberta steak. We had a meat party that night.”

I am pretty amazed by the way Toshi-san tells me a story. I wanted to know more so I asked if he had ever been interested in learning French. Unsurprisingly, he said Yes. In fact, he studied French in Kansai University 63 years ago. And with that, I chuckled in amazement. Of course, he laughed too. He was such a pleasure to talk to. He said that he even witnessed World War II and at that time, he’s 12 years old.

How cool is that?! 🙂


next: STORY OF THE WEEK: From Japan to Canada; Years of Friendship #2