business as usual

Published February 18, 2015 by ladyemelye

life and work became so busy that i wasn’t able to post here for quite a few months. 😦

i am sorry that i have been a delinquent blogger.  i will try to go through my backlog and post soon.

see you around! 🙂

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birthday trip 2014: macau day 2

Published October 21, 2014 by ladyemelye

it’s my birthday! we started off the day by having a sumptuous shrekfast 🙂

welcome to shrekfast

welcome to shrekfast

shrekfast is the breakfast buffet offered by the holiday inn.  what makes it different is that you have a chance to interact and mingle with some of the dreamworks characters.  also there are themed food. 🙂 they have a wide selection of asian and western food so whatever you might want for breakfast, there is a good chance you will find it.

the hall

the hall

gingy!

gingy!

beef noodle soup

beef noodle soup

kung fu panda pork buns

kung fu panda pork buns

while eating, dreamworks characters will appear per movie, do a little dance number, and then they will go down to the audience and you can take your photos with them.  exception to this is the how to train your dragon gang.  since toothless is too big to move around, they stayed at the stage and we lined up to meet them there.

shrek

shrek

puss in boots

puss in boots

astrid, toothless and hiccup

astrid, toothless and hiccup

skipper

skipper

alex

alex

gloria

gloria

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king julian

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po

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tigress

after breakfast, we got ready for our trip for that day.  we boarded the shuttle bus going to sands macau, and from there we took a taxi to macau tower for my birthday skyjump. 😀

macau tower observatory

macau tower observatory

from the aj hackett website:

Designed and invented in New Zealand, Skyjump is a controlled decent experience and you jump from the same platform as Bungy at 233m/764ft.

SkyJump can be described as Base Jumping, while attached to a wire cable – just like a movie stuntman! Your descent takes around 17 seconds before you come to a very smooth landing (on your feet) at the ground floor plaza at the base of the tower.

Skyjump is different from Bungy jumping as you don’t free fall or rebound and you jump in a standing position and stay that way all the way to the ground.

It’s a one way vertical drop – Hang on!

so i signed up, paid the fee, geared up, and waited for my turn at the platform.

ready to jump!

ready to jump!

as i have told many who asked, the only fear you have to conquer is that of getting off that platform.  once you have jumped, it is just an amazing, freeing feeling. probably somewhat like flying. it was one of the best 17 seconds of my life.

wooooohooooo!

wooooohooooo!

i would gladly do that again.

after the jump, we had snacks at a cafe at the ground floor of the tower, then we went to wynn macau to watch the golden dragon and the tree of prosperity.

wynn macau lobby

wynn macau lobby

gold cupola with the chinese zodiac

gold cupola with the chinese zodiac

after this, we rode a shuttle back to the ferry terminal.  and there we got a shuttle which took us to the galaxy hotel.  there we watched the fortune diamond and the wishing crystals.  we also were able to catch the signature peacock performance.

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again, we bought dinner from mcdonald’s (i think we bought at the mcdonald’s branch at every hotel) and went back to our hotel to eat and rest.

it was a super fun day and i enjoyed spending my birthday with my loved ones, and of course crossing something off my bucket list. 🙂

birthday trip 2014: macau day 1

Published October 15, 2014 by ladyemelye

after getting enough rest the night before, we are now ready to explore the place.

one of the most important things to remember if you are touring macau is that shuttle buses are available everywhere.  most of the big and known hotels have their shuttle buses which travels to and from a certain location (i.e. the airport).  just make sure to take note of the hotel nearest your destination so you can take that particular shuttle.  they leave at regular intervals, have wifi, and best of all, free. 🙂

also, there are a lot of filipino workers there, especially in the hotels.  so if you need directions or any kind of help, look for a familiar pinoy face, and you will not have to worry about conversing in english. 😉

first stop is the venetian macao which just across the street from our hotel.

hotel lobby

hotel lobby

we proceeded to the shopping area of the complex.  there we had our brunch in it’s foodcourt.  the place was designed to mimic venice, with its canals and buildings.  even the lighting is simulated so that you will feel that you are in an outdoor shopping place.

st. mark's

st. mark’s

one of our itineraries here included a visit to the transformers expo celebrating the franchise’s 30th year.  hubby is a big transformers fan, so we had to go. 🙂  it had exhibits about the history, evolution of the design of characters and the storyline.  there were also interactive spots wherein one can play and try out some technology.

optimus prime

optimus prime

after the expo, we went back to the shopping center.  of course, we had to ride a gondola!  our gondolier was italian, but he sang songs in english, italian, and filipino!  it was a very entertaining experience.

gondola ride

gondola ride

after this, we went back to the hotel to rest a bit, and so that the little boy can have his afternoon nap.

we went back out at around 5pm, to visit another hotel complex. the city of dreams.

dragon at the lobby

dragon at the lobby

i wanted to watch the house of dancing water, but it wasn’t recommended for children below 6.  i also think that my son would get bored and might want to leave in the middle of the show, so i decided against it for now.

vquarium

vquarium

we saw the vquarium where you can see mermaids doing dances along with other sea creatures.

the dragon's treasure

the dragon’s treasure

we lined up to catch a showing of the dragon’s treasure at The Bubble.  this a 360 degrees multimedia show, telling of the magical properties of the dragon pearl.  you will brought into different places by the four dragons.  the show was great.

the dragon and the pearl

the dragon and the pearl

we walked around a little bit and took some pictures both inside and outside the complex.  then we went back to our hotel.

since i am an IHG member, we got to redeem free drinks from the hotel’s lobby lounge and planned our activities for the next day.

paradise garden

paradise garden

sands cotai strip also has a tie-up with dreamworks, so they have this nice park situated in the ground floor.  it features characters from shrek, kungfu panda, madagascar, how to train your dragon and turbo.

we had dinner at the food court of the shopping mall located at sands cotai, and then we retired back at our room.

birthday trip 2014: macau day 0.5

Published October 4, 2014 by ladyemelye

for my annual birthday trip, we went to macau, the las vegas of asia. 😀

we left manila on sunday evening, and after around 2 hours of flight, we arrived at the macau international airport.  funny thing after we deplaned, we were ushered into a bus which will take us to the terminal.  so we waited until the bus was full, and then the bus started to move.  not 15 seconds have passed, the bus stopped and we were already at the terminal building.  we were all like, we could have just walked instead of waiting. 😉

it was a breeze through the immigration, then we got our bags.  we then boarded the shuttle which would take us to our hotel.

while planning this trip, we took a lot of consideration for the hotel that we will be booking.  most of the hotels are a little expensive, and the cheaper ones are a little small.  it would just be fine if it was just hubby and me, but we had to consider all the facilities of the hotel because of the little boy.

luckily, we were able to avail of a promo at holiday inn macao cotai central.  we got a 3-night accommodation for just around hkd 2600.00.  we booked this thru the IHG website since i am a member.

checking in

checking in

the shuttle dropped us at the front door of the hotel.  upon checking in, we were asked for a hkd 2000.00 deposit.  it is a little steep for the usual hotel deposit.  good thing we had a extra money.

our bedroom for three nights

our bedroom for three nights

the king-sized bed

the king-sized bed

the room was very spacious.  it had a king-sized bed with soft and firm pillows.  a working desk, sitting chair plus all the usual amenities.  we also got free wifi access for upto 4 devices.

toilet and bathtub

toilet and bathtub

shower area and vanity mirror

shower area and vanity mirror

for the toilet and bath, we had a bathtub and a separate shower area.  i like the ginger and lemon scented toiletries and the oatmeal soap.  another plus factor is that their toiletries are all paraben-free so it is safe to use.  housekeeping also ensured that all of the things we used were replaced or replenished everyday.  my son enjoyed soaking in the bathtub. 😀

after we have settled in, hubby went out to get some food and we had nuggets and burgers from mcdonald’s.  after cleaning up, we went in for a good night’s sleep.

the view outside our room

the view outside our room

day 1 starts tomorrow.

Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central

+853 8113 9000

HolidayInnCotai.Reservations@IHG.com

hair removal at skin station

Published October 1, 2014 by ladyemelye

ever since i have hit puberty, i started shaving my underarms.  i do not like plucking or waxing, so i sticked to shaving.  however, the friction caused by this process causes my underarm to darken, plus the fact that it is high maintenance.  i have to shave at least every 3 days.

i looked for several painless hair removal options in group buying sites, but i was hesitant since some of the “clinics” were unknown to me or were far from my location.  i also tried inquiring in several establishments but i found the price a little too steep.

finally, i found skin station.  they offered a painless hair removal promo.  the package included 8 sessions for just php 5000.00, which you could also avail via installment plan in your credit card.  another plus factor was that they used diode instead of IPL.  so last year, as a birthday gift to myself, i availed of the package.

before your first session, you will be briefed on what you should/shouldn’t do before and after your diode session.  each session is separated by a 6 to 8 week interval to make sure that they will be able to target most of the hair.  a session lasts from 10-15 minutes for the underarms.  there is no irritable feeling at all during and after the session.  the wand might get a little hot during the session, but you can always tell your therapist regarding this so that she could add some gel to lessen the heat.

alma soprano machine

alma soprano machine

they use state-of-the-art alma soprano machine for the procedure.  according to the website, this is the gold standard in diode laser technology, so you can be assured that you are getting the best.

the results depend of course on each person.  some are virtually hair free before the 8th session.  as for me, i still have some underarm hair although they are very slow in growth and are already very thin that you can barely notice them.  according to the therapist i might need 2-3 more sessions.  after that, i will just be needing regular maintenance procedures.  so i availed another 8-session package. 🙂

for those looking for a cheap but high quality painless hair removal, i highly recommend that you go to your nearest skin station branch.  they usually have promo/packages for the different services that they offer.  the staff are very friendly and helpful to assist you if you have inquiries.

 

Skin Station

SM Mall of Asia
2F Wellness Center, SM Mall of Asia , Pasay City
832-6410 / 0922-8027202 / 0917-8097709

info@skinstation.ph

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