For my 2016 travel recap I will be posting the places I visited and blogged for that year.  I only blogged about 3 places in 2016, because half of the year I am already here in Canada and I did not blog anymore. I did some season recap but I posted it on 2017. 

 

My original travel plan for 2016 was to travel to 2 international countries and 3 local places in the Philippines. Since all my travels are booked in advance, the last 2 Philippine travel that I booked got cancelled because of my move here in Canada. I sometimes regret cancelling those travels because I am not sure If I will still be able to visit those places when I go back home. Those are well planned travels with complete itinerary but I must cancel it because I need to be here before winter start to allow myself to adjust with the weather. I also don’t want to postpone my move until after winter because it would be a very long wait.

 

For 2017, I did not set any travel goals. All my travels are spontaneous and planned on the last minute. By 2018, I will again start my travel goals so I can tick off some countries that I want to visit from my bucket list. In the meantime, let me show you my 2016 Travel Recap.

 

1. PHILIPPINES

Boracay Island, Aklan 

 

2. HONG KONG

A. Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong 

 

B. Nan Lian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery 

 

C. Wong Tai Sin Temple 

 

D. Hong Kong Disneyland Part 1 

(Main Street, U.S.A, Adventureland, Grizzly Gultch, Mystic Point)

 

E. Hong Kong Disneyland Part 2 

(Toy Story Land, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland)

 

F. Ocean Park, Hong Kong Part 1 

 

G. Ocean Park, Hong Kong Part 2 

 

H. Hong Kong Park and The Peak 

 

I. Madame Tussauds, Hong Kong 

 

J. Around Hong Kong 

 

3. MACAU, CHINA

A Day in Macau

 

 

 

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Since I have already blogged about the places I visited in Hong Kong, it’s time for me to do my blog finale. The shots below are taken around Hong Kong starting on our arrival up until our departure. Last hurrah before I finally close the chapter of this bitter-sweet journey.

 

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Our very first meal after we land in HK. Saw this Chinese Restaurant close to our hotel so we decided to eat there. All restaurants in HK has an abundant serving and I keep on telling my boyfriend about it the whole time and his answer never change, “of course, because it’s expensive”. Yes, its expensive if we convert it to Philippine money.

 

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After our visit in Victoria Harbour, we dropped by Harbour City Mall. I think my neck was on 360 degree rotation because everywhere I look there are high end brands I see that I don’t see in the Philippines.

 

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Applause..applause to Tiffany and Co. architectural design.

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Inside the 1881 Heritage. This is so grand!

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We found this noodle place n HK selling delicious noodles and there was never a day that we don’t go there to eat noodles. My favorite is the Beef Brisket noodle.

 

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We also went for authentic Chinese food hunt and visited Dimsum Square as recommended by our friend.

 

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Took a detour to Kowloon Park en route to Hello Kitty restaurant.

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And had my photoshoot there.

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Outfit Details:

Top and Shoes: Forever 21
Vest: Rainbow
Jeans: Save the Date
Bag: Evernew
Necklace: Swarovski
Bracelet: Franck Herval

 

After our short photoshoot in Kowlook Park, we went to Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine Restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. This is the only time we splurge on food. I am the type of person who is not picky with food when in another country because I know the ordinary foods we eat there are already priced like the food we eat in restaurants here.

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We didn’t order a lot and we were careful about the foods they put on the table because even the wet tissue has a charge, how much more the appetizers. We’ve learned this lesson when we were in Singapore last year. However, we did not resist their Hello Kitty chamomile tea. Brewed tastes really good!

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My dessert arrived first. I forgot the exact name but it is a berry mix gelatin panna cotta with fresh fruits and milk.

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Hello Kitty paintings hang on the wall.

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Custard bun. Too pretty to eat, yes?

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Hello Kitty shrimp dumplings! This is to die for!

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After our dinner at Hello Kitty restaurant we walked to have our food digested until we reached Night Market and decided to buy souvenirs since we are leaving the following day. We decided to buy keychains and nails cutters as souvenirs but look what else I found! Kawaii mirrors and I can’t help not to buy all designs so I bought one for each design.

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Fast forward the following day, we missed our flight, spent the entire day in the airport to rebook our flight, hotel and get more cash. We chose to stay in Tsim Sha Tsui still because we are already familiar with the place. As soon as we arrived in Tsim Sha Tsui, we dined at Yoshinoya which I’ve noticed a block away from our new hotel. I’ve tried Yoshinoya in SM Seaside and I so love their food. It was then that I found out that it a fast food chain that started in HK and China.

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We killed time by strolling the streets of TSim Sha Tsui.

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Woke up the following day 4 hours before our flight, arrived in the airport 2 hours before our flight and thank god this is my view on board.

 

Thank you for reading my blog! My Hong Kong escapade has finally ended.

 

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Say hi to Madame Tussauds once again! This is the second Madame Tussauds that I visited. The first one was in Singapore and it was last year. If you want to check my blog at Madame Tussauds Singapore please click here.

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I love looking at celebrity wax figures because this is the only way for me to see my favorite celebrities up close and have an idea how they look like and how tall and big they are. Atleast here, I can take photos and selfie’s with them effortlessly.

 

Madame Tussauds Hong Kong has over 100 wax figures. It doubled the number of wax figures in Singapore which I really like. Come with me and I’ll show you around. I only included the celebrities that I know and like and the ones that was not in Madame Tussauds Singapore.

 

Just to give you an idea of wax figure making process, they make a clay model of the head and body which is used to create a mould. Wax cast of the head and hands are made from the mould, and the eyes are inserted. Each eye is hand-painted to achieve a perfect match of the original. Real human hair is then inserted strand by strand. Can you imagine that?

 

In addition, the head and hands are coloured using a blend of oil, water and acrylic colour. From the mould, the body is cast in fibreglass, and the head and hands are fitted to the fiberglass body and dressed in clothes that are often donated by the celebrity. The whole process usually takes up to six months by a team of 20 people to create and cost about HK$1 million each. Yes, that expensive. Good thing I was careful enough not to destroy those wax figures since I was hugging them one by one.

 

Let’s start with HONG KONG GLAMOUR.

 

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Hong Kong’s very own Jackie Chan.

 

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Another Hong Kong Legend, Bruce Lee.

 

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China’s Bond Girl Michelle Yeoh.

 

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Nicole Kidman

 

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Johnny Depp

 

THE CHAMPIONS

 

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Muhammad Ali who recently passed away. May your soul rest in peace.

 

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Maria Sharapova.

 

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Tiger Woods.

 

HISTORICAL AND NATIONAL HEROES

 

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Mahatma Gandhi whose quotes have been over used by me.

 

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Their royal highness, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II of England.

 

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Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn.

 

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Spanish artist Pablo Picasso who is popular for his controversial painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.

 

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Everyone may not know him just by looking at this wax figure but hey! This is William Shakespeare, regarded as the greatest writer in English literature. Notable work includes Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, etc.

 

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The genius Albert Einstein.

 

MUSIC ICONS

 

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The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Priestly.

 

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Lead vocalist of the rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury. The best thing about him is that he wrote and sung Bohemian Rhapsody, but died too soon because of AIDS.

 

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The Beatles! They are the One Direction of the new generation. I have a photo of them at Madame Tussauds in Singapore but it’s an old version of them. Here, they’re young..

 

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Lady Gaga.

 

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My bae Taylor Swift. I look stressed and fat beside you but who cares? As long as I’m beside you, I surely don’t mind.

 

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This is a K-pop star. I forgot his name, I just took his photo because his corner looks too posh.

 

FICTIONAL CHARACTERS

 

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Let me be your Mary Jane Watson today Spider-Man.

 

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Iron Man

 

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Hello Kitty! I’m such a fan! This character is all over HK that it makes me question if HK really stands for Hong Kong or Hello Kitty? Lol.

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The Mermaid and me.

 

Thank you for dropping by! I hope you enjoyed my tour. Until my next travel blog!

 

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