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October 2014 – The Heart of Melbourne (Day 5, Part 1)

Yes, we were in Melbourne the whole time, but our fifth day in Australia was the day when we woke up and found out that it was the day to go to the city proper. Yahoo!

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October 2014 – Where Is Werribee? (Day 4)

Is a two-month writing/blogging spell worth the wait for this new travel blog post with one of the corniest titles ever? I hope the pictures more than make up for it. šŸ˜€

To answer the question that the (still extremely corny) title presents, Werribee is a suburb of Melbourne, which we were very fortunate to be able to explore courtesy of our gracious hosts, the Alcantara family. Even as I write about it now, I’m still floored by the depths and widths that Philippine hospitality to their fellow countrymen go to. So – to any member of the Alcantara family – if you’re reading this, please do know that to this moment, any mention or thought of Australia that we have always has your memories in it. šŸ™‚

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The family patriarch first took us to a place I myself would describe as touristy, but not too much that it just goes over your head (if that makes sense at all) – the Werribee State Rose Garden.

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October 2014 – The Wild Side of Melbourne (Day 3)

After recharging back to our normal selves in our first two days at Melbourne, we were beyond ready for a little adventure. Of course, our definition of adventure would be the tamest one possible – in this case, a day of strolling in comfortable, cool weather, on the hunt for our first sighting of Australia’s unique wild animals.
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October 2014 – Touchdown, Melbourne (Days 1-2)

If you told me last year that we would have an opportunity to visit and tour Australia in 2014, I would’ve told you to beat it and stop giving me fantasies to think about. But what can I say, God has been truly good: _DSC0354 Continue reading

The Cafe Quay Resto

Let’s give the travel posts a break, shall we? I do miss doing two things that used to be regular on my blog: reviews (especially places to eat) and nail polish posts… both of which are coming back with a vengeance. Soon. :p

One of the factors that inspired me to gather up the diligence to do reviews again was the number of pretty little cafĆ©s opening up in Lucena, where I live. Lucena used to be a pretty quiet and understated place – to me, the cooped-up-at-home introvert, at least. But over the past year, one could notice that a modern air was creeping into the territory – quaint little corners, painted in classy shades of grey, white & brown accentedĀ by ambient mood lighting were starting to pop up everywhere.

One of those places happen to be the Cafe Quay Resto:
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July 2014 – Xiamen

So yeah, I remembered that IĀ didĀ have a blog. LOL we’ve flown to Australia, I’m flying to China again in a week, and I haven’t finished the pictures from theĀ previousĀ China trip. Great, just great.

I really, sincerely hope that I get to the point in my blogging where all my blog entry introductions start with a mini rant on how behind I am in my blog posts. To take away a bit of your annoyance at my ranting earlier, behold a magnificent view of Xiamen!
_DSC0954Quite impressive, isn’t it? I believe my previous sentence was also a bit misleading as one would actually expect an aerial view. Haha it’s just a tiny view of the city from the top floor of our hotel, which had a revolving restaurant… fancy. Anyway, more peeks on how modern Xiamen has become… Continue reading

July 2014 – Nanyang

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The name “Nanyang” doesn’t conjure up as many iconic associations or images as “Beijing” or “Shanghai” does, and I didn’t know what to expect as we made the journey from Guilin. We were, however, pleasantly surprised… Continue reading