Thursday, June 20, 2013

Hongkong Day 1: Ngong Ping Cable Car / Village at Lantau Island

Day 1: December 21, 2009 Itinerary
Ngong Ping Cable / Lantau Island
Mongkok Midnight Market

Arrived before lunch at Hongkong Airport and with our luggage still in tow we went straight to Ngong Ping Cable Car ride which is just few kms. away from the airport to save our time. We left our luggage at an electronic locker that we rented at Tung Chung terminal.

Ngong Ping Cable Car has several gondola lift that can accommodate up to 8 pax and will travel around 6 kms. from Tung Chung station up until Ngong Ping at Lantau Island where the Po Lin Monastery and Tian Tan Buddha are both located.

You can choose between  Ngong Ping 360 Standard Cabin or the Crystal Cabin that has a glass bottom floor. We bought the standard cabin ride tickets that took us around 30 mins. from Tung Chung Terminal to Ngong Ping Village at Lantau Island.

Ngong Ping 360

Ngong Ping 360Ngong Ping 360 2Ngong Ping 360 Ngong Ping 360 4Ngong Ping 360 6breathtaking view

Ngong Ping 360 7Ngong Ping 360 8

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="334"]Ngong Ping 360 Tian Tan Buddha Statue[/caption]

Ngong Ping 360 17Ngong Ping 360 13Ngong Ping 360 15 Too bad, we became too lazy to go up to see the Tian Tan Buddha Statue up close but my other sis and her family went up there.

Ngong Ping 360 14My nieces and nephews are enjoying their ice cream even at a very cold winter weather, yay!

Ngong Ping 360 12We had our late lunch at Ngong Ping Garden Restaurant but I didn't enjoyed the food hehe..

Ngong Ping 360 10Ngong Ping 360 16Super cold that day! My mom is having a hard time coping with the coldness eventhough she's already wearing her winter jackets.

You can also check our:
4D3N Hongkong Trip Itinerary
Hongkong Trip: NAIA 3 - Hongkong Airport
Hongkong Day 1: Ngong Ping Cable Car / Village at Lantau Island

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Hongkong Trip: NAIA 3 - Hongkong Airport

Our Hongkong trip was on Dec. 21, 2009 at 8 am via Cebu Pacific, so my mom, bro, nieces and nephews had to wake up so early to be at the airport 3 hours before our flight. Since it's December, peak season for traveling, we're greeted with a long line outside NAIA 3 but we're still early for our flight.

Travel Date: December 21, 2009

Posing inside NAIA 3 at 6:00 am after checking in

Everyone is excited as this is the vacation that we have been waiting for. This is also the 1st airplane ride of my bro and his son so this trip is more exciting for them.

NAIA 3NAIA 3Hongkong Airport Finally arrived at Hongkong International Airport after 1 1/2 hour travel and wow it's so COLD since it's winter at that time. We're amazed at how huge and beautiful Hongkong airport is.

Hongkong Airport 2

[caption id="attachment_679" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Hongkong Airport Hongkong International Airport Automated People Mover - Driver-less Train inside Hongkong Airport[/caption]

Train inside HK airport at the basement that can take you to your specific gates

Hongkong Airport 4Beautiful Christmas during that time

Hongkong Airport 5Our Hongkong vacation is very special because my sisters' family in Sydney and Riyadh also flew to Hongkong where they met us at the airport.

Hongkong Airport 6More photos and stories soon.... Our 1st stop is at Ngong Ping 360 cable car !

Hello Hongkong!

You can also check our:
4D3N Hongkong Trip Itinerary
Hongkong Trip: NAIA 3 - Hongkong Airport

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Our 4D/3N Hongkong Itinerary

(Posting our previous travels)

Finally, our Hongkong trip finally happened after a year of planning. We didn't get any discount fare because it was peak season that time so our ticket was expensive when my sister booked us at Cebu Pacific few months before out trip.

Here is our 4D/3N Hongkong Itinerary, wished it was longer!!!

Travel Dates: December 21 - December 24, 2009

Day 1 (December 21, 2009)
1. Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car at Lantau Island
2. Mongkok Night Market

Day 2 (December 22, 2009)
1. Hongkong Disneyland

Day 3 (December 23, 2009)
1. Avenue of Stars
2. Ocean Park
3. The Peak
4. Family Dinner at Chinese Restaurant

Day 4 (December 24, 2009)
1. Departure :(

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Puzzle Mansion in Tagaytay City: Home of the World's Largest Collection of Jig-saw Puzzles

After going to Sky Ranch, we initially wanted to have a Mother's Day (May 12) lunch but the restaurant that we wanted was still full so we just decided to go to Puzzle Mansion. You'll never miss Puzzle Mansion because of the numerous big arrow signage along the way telling you where it is located and how many more kilometers.

Puzzle Mansion, is now the home of the "world's largest collection of jig-saw puzzles" by Gina Gil- Lacuna and just last Nov. 29, 2012, she was awarded by the Guinness Book of World Records. Her more than 250 framed puzzles that she collected for the last 25 years are displayed at the Puzzle Mansion located in Tagaytay city.

[caption id="attachment_634" align="aligncenter" width="324"]Puzzle Mansion the very stiff road leading to the Puzzle Mansion[/caption]

Our van could not come down there but fortunately they have a jeepney service for their guests but you need to pay P10/each (sana libre na lang!! hehe). We're 11 all in all and while we're travelling down, we jokingly scream as if we're in a roller coaster ride. Our driver even drove it fast so we can

Entrance fee: Php100

Puzzle Mansion 2The Puzzle Mansion's jeepney service that can accommodate around 15 guests.
Fee: Php 10.00 each - I thought this is a free shuttle service

Puzzle Mansion 3The Puzzle mansion used to be their summer rest house but it was converted to gallery for her puzzle collections, Bed and Breakfast where there are numerous rooms where you can stay and enjoy and also a business center.

[caption id="attachment_643" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Puzzle Mansion 10 Las Hilanderas - 10,000 pieces and this is said to be the hardest puzzle[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_642" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Puzzle Mansion Mickey’s Racing Team- The curator said this is the very first puzzle that Mrs. Gina-Gil Lacuna has made[/caption]

Puzzle Mansion 8Puzzle Mansion 7various puzzles on display: 2d/3d/4d puzzles, wood/paper puzzle and more!

[caption id="attachment_637" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Puzzle Mansion Posing at one of the biggest puzzle - Retablo de Santa Columba- (with 18,000 pieces!) on display with her Guinness award certificate[/caption]

Puzzle Mansion 6Puzzle Mansion

[caption id="attachment_645" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Puzzle Mansion Us with the owner, Mrs. Gina Gil-Lacuna (on white skirt), who talked to us and showed us around the souvenir shop[/caption]

We're fortunate that time because Ms. Gina was around that time to talk to us and other guests telling about her collections. She told us that she is assembling another puzzle with 32,000 pieces that she will enter in Guinness once again to break her own record! Amazing and ang tyaga nya!

[caption id="attachment_659" align="aligncenter" width="398"]puzzle mansion 18 This is the current puzzle with 32,000 pcs. that Ms. Gina Gil-Lacuna is trying to finish as of this writing[/caption]

Puzzle Mansion 14You can buy puzzles, shirts and other stuff at their store. You can even order a customized puzzle with your own photo or whatever for P3,000.

[caption id="attachment_646" align="aligncenter" width="266"]Puzzle Mansion of course, I will not be going home without buying a souvenir shirt[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_648" align="aligncenter" width="389"]Puzzle Mansion Also bought 1 box (P350) of their famous creamy buko pie, which is delicious![/caption]

Puzzle Mansion Puzzle Mansion lots of plants displayed, I think some of them are for sale.
Puzzle Mansion 11Puzzle Mansion
Purok 4 Cuadra
St. Barangay Asisan, Tagaytay City, Philippines
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Tel: 02 661- 0019
Tel: 0905- 225 0229

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Family Bonding at Sky Ranch Tagaytay City

My family went to Tagaytay City on May 11-12, 2013 because my sister and brother-in-law will be sponsoring a wedding. Seeing the opportunity to have a short vacation we all decided to come as well. We stayed for a night at one of the units in Monteluce condotel owned by my sister's friend located in Silang Cavite,which is 15 mins. away from Tagaytay.

skyranchWe arrived at SKY RANCH in Tagaytay City around 11 am  on our Day 2 to see and ride at SKY EYE, which is the Tallest Ferris Wheel in the Philippines to date. Even though I have experienced riding the Singapore Flyer and numerous cable cars already, I was still too scared to ride sky eye because I have fear of heights. My hands are really cold and sweating before riding hehe..

There are various activities that you can do at Sky Ranch, kids and adults can enjoy horseback riding, super viking, nessi coaster, sky eye, express train and more.

skyranch2Entrance Fees and Ride Fees at Sky Ranchskyranch3 skyranch4 skyranch5Entrance Fee is P100 but we got it for only P50 because they have a 50% off promo that time, so we got discounts since we are 11.  (NOTE:  Entrance is P50.00 when we went back to Sky Ranch last Dec. 23, 2013, I guess they already marked down the entrance fee.skyranch6 skyranch7 skyranch8 skyranch9 skyranch10 skyranch11 skyranch12 This giant Sky Eye Ferris Wheel is 63-meters in height with 32 air-conditioned gondolas. The gondola that we are in had a scary squeaky sound and that made me and my sister more nervous. It was so funny because, I was at the bottom (not sitting) of the gondola for I was too scared (nalula to death ako! but it was fun! I only went back on my sit when it's only few more feet down the bottom. yay! skyranch13Sky Ranch Tagaytay

view from the top
Skyranch _tagaytayMy nieces and nephews enjoyed the Super Viking ride! My lil' 9-yr old niece wants to ride too but we didn't allow her because it was swinging too high.

SKY RANCH location map provided by SM Land
Sky Ranch location mapThe amusement park is still unfinished, not much to roam around so we only stayed for an hour there.

Parking Fee - P50 / hour
Entrance Fee - P100 Regular, >>>NOTE:  Entrance is P50.00 when we went back to Sky Ranch last Dec. 23, 2013, I guess they already marked down the entrance fee.
Senior Citizens/ PWD (person with disabilities) = 20% off
Ticket prices:
Nessi Coaster - P 50
Red Baron - P 50
Wonder Flight - P 50
Mini-Viking - P 50
Express Train - P 50
Super Viking - P 100
Sky Eye - P 150
Carousel - P50

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