Saturday, March 31, 2012

Destination: Disneyland!

I believe that kids of my generation grew up watching cartoons from Walt Disney.  As for me, I did not just watch them; I love them!!!  They have the best stories to tell, always with a moral lesson in the end.  My favorite of all time: Beauty and the Beast.

Imagine my excitement when I got the chance to visit Disneyland recently.  Everyone was giddy all morning as we all can't wait to see our favorite characters come to life.  After breakfast, we took the train to Sunny Bay station where the Disneyland Resort Line is located.  In just around 5 minutes, fantasy will come to life!

The train is full of Disney-themed items.  I especially like the Mickey Mouse-shaped windows and handles.

At last, we have arrived.  We took our time in entering the park as we were too excited to take pictures at the entrance.  I also took this opportunity to have my outfit post.  Hahaha!  See my post here.

Upon entering, we were greeted by a long line of people waiting to have their pictures taken with Mickey and Minnie.  We literally waited for an hour to get our pictures taken with them but it was all worth it because these two are the most popular of all the characters.  When it was my turn, I asked the two of them to pose while kissing me on the cheeks.  Mickey did kiss me but Minnie got jealous and hit me on the head!  Hahaha!  We quickly made up and had our picture taken :)

We then entered Tomorrowland and rode the Orbitron.  We also tried Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters which instantly became a favorite.  After lunch at the Starliner Diner, we tried Stitch Encounter which was a very fun show and were very much appreciated by the kids in the audience.

The attraction It's a Small World is such a treat.  You get to ride a small boat which will take you inside and get to see singing and dancing dolls, representing the different parts of the world.  You also get to hear the song being sung in different languages.  It was fun to hear the song in Filipino.

One thing that shouldn't be missed is the Flight of Fantasy parade.  It's like a street party, with different marching bands and colorful floats.  Different Disney mascots danced along the very talented performers.  There was also a part wherein the audience can interact with the actors.  It will really make you feel like a kid again.  Can't stop smiling all through out the performance.

After the parade, we went to watch The Golden Mickeys.  This is a recreation of the Golden Globe Awards in musical form, presenting the best of Disney movies with themes of heroines, friendship, adventure, fantasy, and romance.  I was so consumed by the show, even though what we watched was in Chinese (there was a subtitle available).  I cried when they recreated the scene where Belle and Beast were dancing.  It just gave me the goosebumps.  Sorry, I don't have a lot of pictures from the show as we were sitting at the back of the theater.

The best 4D show that I have watched so far is the Mickey's Philhar Magic.  Here the audience is being taken into a play of sounds and 3D film.  Donald Duck is the main character in the film, his disobedience of Mickey's instructions got him into trouble and was taken into the different scenes of different movies.  I was laughing the whole time and the ending was something to watch out for.

After that, we went into one of the park's newest attractions, Toy Story Land!  I didn't have the courage to ride the RC Racer; we just opted to ride Toy Soldier Parachute Drop.  I was nervous to death to ride anything that is high but I was amazed to see 4 year-olds riding the attraction so why not try it.  To chase out my fear, I was laughing the whole time.  There was one particular picture that proved how hard I was laughing but I'm not going to show that.  Hahaha!

The last one that we rode was the Jungle River Cruise in Adventureland.  Here you will ride a boat through a river where the driver is telling a story and describing what can be seen.  There are recreations of elephants taking a bath, alligators, and gorillas living a comfortable life.  What I did not like about this was that the driver assigned to us was not speaking clearly that I was not able to understand what he was saying.  But he was cute, according to one of my friends :P

All through out the park are lots of souvenir shops.  My friend and I was not able to resist these cute Lotso bears.  They smell so good!

Lots of Disney characters are also roaming around the park.  You can line up to have your picture taken with them.  I had one taken with the very huggable Winnie the Pooh.

One of the most anticipated activity inside the park is the fireworks display.  The fireworks are accompanied by a play of lights in Cinderella's castle and an arrangement of popular movie theme songs.  We stayed at Main Street where they say the show is best viewed.  It was a very magical moment.

Before we left, we passed by Art of Animation, a small museum containing different artifacts from the movies.  Here we saw different paintings inspired by the movies, sketches, and actual molds that the animators use to visualize the characters.  It was like getting to know the history of the movies.

All I can say is, it is not enough just to spend one day in the park.  For you to visit all of its corners and ride everything, you need at least two days.  But for me, I felt so lucky just to be able to spend even just one whole day in it.  Disneyland would make you feel like a kid again; reminisce good memories, make you forget the real world and enter the world of fantasy.  I would definitely go back.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Yummy for the Tummy: Hong Kong Food Trip

Let me share with you our food trip in Hong Kong and Macau through the pictures I have taken.  Enjoy!

McDonald's Ranger Burger: Beef, Sauce, Hashbrown.  Hong Kong has the cheapest Big Mac!
KFC Breakfast Set: Chicken fillet, Egg, Muffin.  I guess they don't serve rice during breakfast :P
Starliner Diner (Disneyland): Chicken Wings.  Ate them with my hands! Yummy!
Aberdeen Fishball and Noodles (Humphrey's Ave, Tsim Sha Tsui): House fried rice, Ground pork, Naicha.  My first milk tea ever since Chowking.  The ground pork was really delicious except it was too oily.
Macau Recipes: Fried rice, Mapo tofu, Lemon Coke.  This drink combination is really popular over there.
From the food court of The Venetian: Curry Udon with pork.  Serving is good enough for two.  I was also surprised that there was a food court inside this hotel.  Well I guess it's because it has a mall too.
Burger King Breakfast Set: Sausage, Egg, Potato, Tomato, Muffin
Food Republic (Plaza Hollywood, New Kowloon): Pork Dumplings with soup.  This costs only HKD20.  Super sulit considering that there were 10 pieces of dumplings.
Dessert: Kachang, Waffle with butter and peanut butter spread in between.
Yoshinoya: Beef Gyudon
Food Republic (Silvercord Mall, Tsim Sha Tsui): Hakaw (shrimp dumpling), Pork with Bean Curd dumpling, Pork Barbecue Buns, Black Currant shake.  We ate here twice! :)
NYF (Victoria Peak): Hotdogs and Fries.  They ran out of bread so they served our hotdogs with fries as well (potato overload!).  They also have fries with different toppings.  You can also make your own dip from the condiments available at the counter.
Looking at all these pictures make me hungry.  Hope you'll find this post useful the next time you visit the city! :)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Gotta Love: Dress Up 21 -- Minnie!

I was feeling super high after our Disneyland Tour.  I was so psyched when we got our pictures taken with Mickey and Minnie, the most popular Disney characters ever.  I gotta admit, I don't like them that much but I was so excited to see them.

Minnie Mouse was so perky!  She was really playing the part of a girly girl.  Can't get over how cute and malandi her poses were that I instantly fell in love when I saw this shirt.

How cute is that right?  And the color is sooooo nice too! :)  I wish I could have paired this with shorts but I can't since I was going to the office when I wore this.

Shirt: Giordano
Jeggings: Giordano

I also love the shoulder detail.  It gives a sort of maturity to the otherwise youthful vibe of the the shirt.  It's perfect for summer too.

Accessorized with a pair of cranklets that I bought at the night market.  It costs cheaper in HK as compared to what is being sold here.

Back to the shirt.  I learned that Giordano had a tie up with Disney to exclusively produce the Simply Me - Disney Collection.  The collection has a variety of designs for men, women, and kids.  The designs are not limited to shirts only; it also has some for socks, tights, and other accessories.  Sadly, I think this is only available in Hong Kong as I have not seen the collection in a branch here in the Philippines.  Hopefully, they can do international shipping for those of you interested to get one :)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Yummy for the Tummy: Razon's of Guagua Halo-Halo

What's the best thing about summer?  Not only do you get to spend time on the beach, you also get to eat awesome food that is enjoyable during this season.

One of the best food to try out is the halo-halo which translates to "mix".  It can be considered a snack (or dessert) which consists of a variety of fruits, mainly banana and jackfruit (usually sweetened), sweet potato, tapioca, beans, jelly, and evaporated milk, topped with shaved ice.  It can also be served with leche flan (creme caramel) and purple yam on top.  

Halo-halo can be found almost anywhere during summer.  But the more popular ones that you should definitely try is Razon's version.  It only has 5 ingredients: sweetened banana, macapuno, milk, leche flan, and ice.  Razon's has got to have the perfectly shaved ice I have ever tried!  It makes digging under the glass and mixing all the ingredients together so much easier.  And the leche flan is so perfectly creamy!  

Forgive me, I wasn't able to resist the urge before taking the photo.  I had to take a bite of the leche flan :)

So if you find yourself craving for something refreshing to beat the heat, or if you are a foreigner looking for Filipino-themed snack, why not try Razon's.  They have branches in most malls around the Metro and also offers other food items such as pancit, dinuguan, puto, and tapsilog.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Gotta Love: Dress Up 20 -- City of Dreams

Welcome to Macau!  This place was part of our amazing Hong Kong trip (promise to blog about it soon).  

I was prepared to dress for the cool weather that day, but alas, the sun was shining brightly all day long.  Good thing I was wearing sleeveless shirt which was already featured in my blog in this post.  Same with my skirt which I already wore with this outfit.  No need to buy new clothes.  Mixing and matching will do the trick.

Blouse: Witchery
There was a bit of wind that day even though the heat of the sun was beating down on us.  This was my wind-in-the-hair moment :P
Skirt: Forever 21
Stockings: SM Department Store

Ballet flats: Janeo
We went inside The Venetian (which was cooler than outside) and I had the opportunity to wear my lovely trench coat which was a gift from bf.  Weeee!

And oh, my outfit matched Heidi Klum's wings!  Hahaha!  I got to be an Angel even for just one minute.  A dream come true in the city of dreams! :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Gotta Love: Dress Up 19 -- Disney

I went to Hong Kong Disneyland recently and it was my first time to go there.  I was so excited!  Like a dream come true!

My happy Disney face :)
Of course, I took this as an opportunity to dress up.  HK is such a fashion heaven!  Layers, boots, stockings, you name it.  Everybody wears it.  Hope I get to go back there someday (just to dress up. HAHAHA!).  Anyway, here is the outfit I wore for a jam-packed day of feeling like a kid again.

Mullet Top: Witchery
Shorts: Forever 21
Tights: Forever 21
Boots: Celine

Just a piece of advise, be sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes when you go here.  Be prepared for a full day of walking and standing in line.  Good thing my shoes did a good job :)


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