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Laboracay 2013

15 May

And it gets better every year!!!

Yep ladies and gents, Boracay Labor Day weekend did not fail us once again.

It was another weekend of fun partying (and pigging out) with friends at the beach! White House/Sur HAPPY HOUR FTW! And who doesn’t love Boracay’s sun, sand, and sea water. ♥

My Laboracay Ladies

My Laboracay Ladies

LABORACAY buddies

LABORACAY buddies

Too bad I wasn’t able to prepare for the trip. Every year I say “I’ll have abs next year promise” but nah it never happens. Check out my birthday belly (Spiral buffet birthday belly for that matter). Lots of bikini clad ladies showed off their toned bodies while I looked like a whale! 😦 Oh well, at least my hubby thinks I’m sexy HAHA! (He doesn’t have a choice) 🙂

Of course while on the island we took advantage of our faves – Real Coffee’s Calamansi Muffins, Fruit shakes and chocolate shakes, Cafe Del Sol cheesecakes, Ole Mexican food, and Dos Mestizos Spanish cuisine.  🙂

A trip highlight for me would be having breakfast with hubby at the veranda of our hotel while appreciating the beautiful view of Boracay Station 1. It was our first time to stay at Nigi Nigi Too, the not so popular Polynesian hotel beside Willy’s (because Sur and White House were fully booked) but we loved it! Excellent service as well. Wouldn’t mind staying here again next time.

See you next year, Boracay! Ciao!

Your Laboracay Lady,

♥ Abby Wasabi

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First of Summer 2013

2 Apr

The weekend before Holy Week, my hubby planned a weekend beach getaway for us to celebrate our second month of being Mr. & Mrs.! Isn’t he sweet? 🙂  We left Saturday noon (because I had to be at a work event in the morning), drove for about three hours, and arrived Laiya at around 4:30PM. It was a hot summer afternoon and we were both so excited to go to the beach.

Hooray for summer!

Hooray for summer!

Upon arriving, the first thing I noticed was the resort’s unattractive entrance.  We had to traverse a few feet of the tiny rough road leading to the resort gate. The popular Acuatico resort is right beside Acuaverde – Acuatico gate on the left and Acuaverde gate on the right. They’re sister companies by the way.  On the offset, I liked the tight security. Manong guard had to stop us at the gate, inspect, and ask for our names to make sure we have a booking. Parking was average, secure and close to the reception. The reception area was a big cottage with high ceiling at the center of the resort and the staff greeted us politely. Since we arrived later than the check-in time, they were already expecting us. Check-in was smooth and easy, the courteous staff escorted us to our room with welcome drinks.

SUN SAND SEA

SUN SAND SEA

So our beach weekend began as soon as we stepped in our room. We got the sea view room at the second floor – more expensive than the garden view (because of the view obviously) but I think the room sizes are all the same. The sea view room size is average, large enough for two people. It had the basics – double bed, TV, desk, aircon, closet. Nothing special. The bathroom was good enough too – clean with a decent shower and toilet. Like I said, nothing special. The rooms are in fact quite overpriced compared to other resorts in Laiya. But for me it was worth it and I’ll tell you why in a bit. I would recommend that you avail of the sea view rooms despite the price difference because the view of the beach and the breeze coming from the sea are really relaxing. When it’s too hot during noon, we hang out by our veranda and we already get what we paid for. 🙂

View from our room

View from our room

Now here are the reasons why we didn’t mind paying a little extra for Acuaverde: 1) Privacy – the resort is very private compared to the other resorts in Laiya. While other beach resorts were crowded; 2) Crowd – I’m sorry to sound obnoxious but the people around us matter. I won’t elaborate on this part but we did like the crowd in Acuaverde. 3) Convenience – the room packages included all meals already and we really liked that.  We don’t have to think about where we’ll eat, where to buy food, or what to bring if food wasn’t provided. Not to mention that all meals were buffet and pretty good too.

Happy second month! :)

Happy second month! 🙂

Don’t expect too much from beaches in Batangas. Of course the sand is not powdery white and fine but I think it’s the “best” beach you can find in a three-hour drive from Manila. So we did what we do best – “chillin like a villain” hahaha!

Sand on my toes

Sand on my toes

We are total beach bums and we enjoyed this first summer trip for 2013! MORE TO COME!

Have a GREAT SUMMER!!! 🙂

Always a beach lover,

Abby Wasabi

Sale Season in Hong Kong

8 Jul

June to August are Hong Kong’s shopping months.  The super sale happens this season and both tourists and locals clamor for designer bags, shoes, clothes, beauty products, and almost anything that pleases their fashion taste.  This is the time when we have to fall in line outside the Chanel and Prada shops and wait for our turn inside.  Queueing is normal during this season as everyone wants to get hold of the very attractive bargains.  🙂

True enough, designer items slash up to 50% off their original prices making them more reasonable to buy (at least for most of them).  I can imagine all the brand conscious people rejoicing and jumping up and down already, including my friend (ninang) Clare who loves designer bags and shoes! 🙂

Summarizing how my trip went in five items:

1. Hooray for Cathay Pacific Business Class! Super awesome flight experience.  Good service, great food, and comfy seats. 🙂

 

2. Our good ‘ol hotel that never fails to please: Caritas Bianchi Hotel along Yau Ma Tei Nathan Road.  Stayed here twice already and I’m still pleased with it.  Very good location (close to the MTR and convenience stores), good service, good breakfast, big rooms and nice bathroom for a three star hotel.  I’m definitely staying here again.  Nevermind the four-star or five-star hotels with popular names.  They even have smaller rooms compared to Caritas Bianchi’s.

3. Shopping was of course the highlight of the trip so we can’t do without it.  We shopped and hopped from one store to the other all day and all night.  Hello, sore feet!

Okay so where do I begin?  We visited Citygate Outlets at Tung Chung.  Unfortunately, we didn’t find any good buys except for a pair of Giordano jeans and the super cheap luggage at the Samsonite outlet store.  The items were cheap but I just couldn’t find anything that matches my taste. 😦 So guess where I got to shop a lot…where else but H&M and Cotton On, my go-to HK brands! 🙂  I also hoarded Clean and Clear oli films and a few face masks at Bonjour!  They’re so cheap in HK yay! I also got to buy some stuff in Uniqlo even if we already have it in Manila.  Zara Philippines is > Zara HK so I didn’t get to buy anything. 😦 Then there’s City Super of course for food items.  Bossini didn’t have much good stocks this season.  COS opened in HK a few days before we got there and the clothes were adobrable but overpriced. 😦 Longchamp had cheap bags and wallets and I got tempted to buy.  Even the Ferragamo flats and Prada heels from the outlet store tempted me so badly.  Waah I had to resist temptation!  Clare on the other hand bought exesnive goodies like the Gucci bag, another Rimowa luggage, Tory Burch flats, the precious Garrett popcorn, Jean Paul Hevin macarons, and that cute Ferragamo hair clip. 🙂

4. Being a girl with a 300-lber appetite, food is an integral part of a trip for me.  I MUST visit my country faves and I MUST try new stuff. 🙂 Having said that, we drove to Causeway Bay for my all time favorite HK resto, DIN TAI FUNG! Yipee! Happy Tummy! 🙂 I ordered Xiao Long Bao, Spicy Shirmp Dumplings, and Scallion Noodles all to myself!  $160 worth of DTF goodness!  Ahh yummeh 🙂 Then we tried the super cute Charlie Brown Cafe at Cameron Road.  This awesome concept shop had great food, good service, and really nice and cute catroony ambiance.  We had fun eating while taking photos and felt like kiddos haha!  Cafe De Coral is another staple for HK trips.  Roast duck, Roast Goose, Baked Spaghetti, Soy Chicken… I think I’ve aleady eaten all of the items in Cafe De Coral’s menu! Hahaha! 🙂

 

5. In order for trips to be fun, a significant factor is your company, whom you spent the trip with.  Since it was a shopping trip, the perfect companion would be your girlfriends! 🙂  Jelibelly and Clarebear are my Friday lunch girls – my good friends from my former office.  We know a lot of things about each other and share so many stories including gossip hahaha and we’re comfortable with each other’s company!  They are such generous friends for arranging this trip as their engagement gift/despidida de soltera gift for me!!! Aren’t they sweet??? 🙂  Thanks, girls!  I hope they enjoyed as much as I did. 🙂

So, when do you think am I going back to Hong Kong? 🙂  I’ll give you a prize if you can guess!

Laters, babe! (Christian Grey)

 

 

 

Peace and Love,

Abby Wasabi

Goodies from the Hongks

14 Jun

These were some of the goodies I bought from my trip to Hongkong last February… And I am just sooo excited to be coming back in 15 days for the super sale! YAAYY! 🙂 Can’t wait!

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As you can see I bought mostly food. I wasn’t able to shop a lot last February except for the usual H&M and Cotton On purchases. It wasn’t a shopping trip anyway and more of a “food-trip-enjoying-winter-with-boyfriend” kind of trip. 🙂

Will share my shopping adventure next month. Bye for now!

Too excited,

Abby Wasabi

Missing HK

22 May

As I was browsing thru my photos I just realized that I haven’t blogged about my last trip to Hongkong!!! How can that be? I love that city so much that I go twice a year. 🙂 I hope I have time to write about that trip last February cos there was just so much to share!

In the meantime, I will save up for the super sale this June-July. Yes, I am going there again. Can’t get enough of Hongkie indeed.

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See you soon, favorite Asian city! 🙂

Loving Hongkie Forever,
Abby Wasabi

Boracay 2012

5 May

SUN, SAND, SEA, FRIENDS… Summer won’t be complete without a trip to Boracay. ☀

We spent five days soaking up the sun in our favorite beach party capital – the famous Boracay Island.  It was last April 29 to May 3!  Uh huh, that’s right, LABOR DAY WEEKEND – the weekend where fun and crazy festivities happen.  We saw lots of friends there as usual.  And it was hella fun indeed! 🙂

The first two days were the “wild ones”.  (Cue in music, ♬ “Hey I heard you were a wild one”♬) Parties here and there, happy hour madness everywhere.  Fine DJs, Booze bath (yes booze bath!), Celebrities showing off.  BEACH PARTY at it’s finest right there.

The last three days were the more relaxing ones.  Less people, less parties, more R&R… More eating too of course haha! Who would miss the famous fruit shakes (Jony’s vs. Jonah’s), the all-time favorite Two Seasons pizza, etc.  Beer and fries while sunbathing and waiting for the sun to set… Fianch and I just simply enjoyed the beautiful scenery, swimming in the warm and clear beach, fattening ourselves with the yummy food, and taking photos of the picturesque sunsets. ♥

I had an awesome time and it was the best summer trip to date!  Can’t wait for next year! 🙂

Sunkissed And Lovin’ It,

♥ Abby Wasabi

First of Summer: The Lakehouse

9 Apr

HOLY WEEK.

Where did you spend your five-day vacation?  Here’s how mine went:

Maundy Thursday, we drove off to Tagaytay.  Guess what, traffic was terrible!  The usual 1 or 1.5 hour drive became 3 hours!  Too much people were doing their Visita Iglesia in the area.  Thank goodness for delicious lunch at Buon Giorno, Cliffhouse.  I’m so happy that I was able to find 2 churches for my wedding and also got to finalize the venue.  Yay!  When we got back, we heard mass and went to confession.  Such an amazing peaceful feeling after a good confession.  Thank you, God for your mercy. 🙂

Good Friday was spent at home and in the church.  We heard mass at 3:00pm to commemorate Jesus’ sacrifice for us with Veneration of the Cross.  It was one of the longest mass celebrations I’ve attended.  My parents always taught us to meditate during Good Fridays and not do anything “fun”.  Just one day for Jesus.  It won’t hurt.

We left for Clark in the morning of Black Saturday for our first summer getaway of the year.  We stayed until Easter Sunday and enjoyed ourselves until we’re now sunburnt and toasted!  The place I’d love to call The Lakehouse (but it’s actually Clearwater Resort and Country Club) is an exclusive place that was about a 3-hour drive from Manila via NLEX.  I immediately admired the sprawling lush greens.  Huge trees and lovely terrain!  The lake was stunning especially during the morning (sunrise) and in the afternoon (sunset).  Plus our log house had a balcony that was facing it directly.  Perfect!

We went biking, boating, fishing, and swimming!  There are so many activities to do so one day is not enough.  The only thing missing is the sea – an actual beach.  If they had one you’d probably find me here every weekend.  Planning to go back here when the weather is cooler but not rainy.  Who wants to come?

HAPPY EASTER everyone!  There’s one more day left of our vacation… let’s make the most out of it! 🙂

 

 

Sunburnt and Toasted,

♥ Abby Wasabi