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Leap of Faith

I embarked in this journey not really knowing what’s in store for me. They told me it was a “Personality Development and Leadership Training Program” but little did I know that it was so much more.

It started with a friend who invited me and for her it was definitely one of the things that made an impact and changed her life, and I was convinced by what she said. And so here I am, also in my LEAP journey and one of the things that resonated with me was the theme – BREAK THROUGH.

I’m halfway in this program and I can already say that it was sooooo worth it! I have learned so much about myself and other people. I am able to experience and see things in a different perspective. I am able to slowly but surely reach those goals that I have set. I am able to just let go. Let go of the fears. Let go of the hurts. Let go of the past. Let go of the things that hinder us from being the best version of ourselves. I am able to just be so joyful and grateful.  I am able to just be.

I am glad that I took that leap of faith.

Ttyl,

Isis

P.S. Stay tuned for my post after LEAP. ;p

Take Me Back to Ilocos <3

The gang is back! Traveling with my Highschool best friend Lalaine and her cousin Jen who became part of our barkada. 🙂  We had this trip last January 29-31, 2016. We decided to explore the north western part of Luzon since my best friend had a friend who’s from Laoag and made some recommendations for us.

GETTING AROUND:

It’s best to Drive / Rent a car 🙂

Here’s our itinerary:

First day in Laoag :

First stop – Check in at Fort Ilocandia

inside Fort Ilocandia

This is the view outside our room in Fort Ilocandia

Lovely view outside our room in the early morning

Second stop – drive to Paoay Church then lunch at Herencia’s

Jump shot at the Paoay Church
Sideview of the church
Ikaway ang kamay sa Paoay

Ate the famous “Pinakbet Pizza” in Herencia’s in front of Paoay Church

Herencia Filipino Restaurant
Pinakbet Pizza

Third Stop – Malacanang of the North – Presidential Home turned into a Museum in Paoay. This used to be the residence of our former President Ferdinand Marcos.

Entrance of the “Mansion”
First Floor sitting area
Nice view into the balcony

Fourth and last Stop – 4×4 Sand Dune Ride and Sand Boarding – A MUST-TRY Experience if you go to Laoag! Even if I felt like it was one of the scariest adventures in my life, I almost fell out of the 4×4 after some pretty rough hills/sand dunes! It’s like a roller coaster but in intensity level 10, since you’re standing and holding on for dear life! hahaha

Our 4X4 ride for the sand dunes
Having fun in the sand!
Posing with this baby

SECOND DAY:  Jam-packed day!

First Stop – Kapurpurawan –  This is located in Ilocos Norte and it is known for its creamy white rock formations, one of the must-see places if you go to Ilocos. 🙂 Beautiful location for a photoshoot, see below! hahaha

Posing behind the white rock formation
with the waves behind me 🙂
Rode a horse to navigate through the rocks and go to the actual loction

Second Stop – Light House

Lighthouse behind us
Close up!

Third Stop – Bangui Windwills

Hello there, I’m a BIG FAN! hahaha
The trio!

Fourth Stop –  Bantay Abot Cave

On the way to the “Cave”
the famous cave
after the cave you see this! <3

Fifth Stop – Marcos Mausoleum

Life of Marcos
Marcos’s Brass statue

Last Stop –  Patapat Bridge

The bridge that seems like forever? hahahaha
Patapat Bridge 🙂

THIRD AND LAST DAY: Vigan!

First  Stop – Calle Crisologo

Famous Calle Crisologo in Vigan
Posing in the street “bench”
Eating our Local Icecream “Sorbetes”

Second Stop – Syquia Mansion

Elpidio Quirino’s House
inside the former “mansion”

Overall this was a fun and budget friendly trip! I suggest if you are in the Philippines, might as well go for these places in the northern part of Luzon! You can actually drive going here (around 6-8 hours) but you can also board a 1 hr plane ride which is what we did. 🙂

And yes, I can definitely come back, it’s more fun in the Philippines after all! 🙂

#itsmorefuninthephilippines #isiswanders #icetrips #icetrips2016

Ttyl,

Isis

 

MACau Lovin’

Celebrated 2016 New Year in Macau, again I was able to book a not so expensive flight to Macau via Air Asia and Cebu Pacific. Our arrival was exactly during New Year’s Eve.

We stayed at Casa Real Hotel, it is located at 1118, Avenida do. dr. Rodrigo Rodrigues, Macau. It was near the city/ where Senado Sqaure is. I also love that they have a nice heated indoor pool! 🙂

Heated Indoor Pool in Casa Real Hotel

You still need to take the bus and get off at the 4th/5th station I think.  The hotel also offers shuttle rides to the other side of Macau where all the casino hotels are located and also to the airport.

Getting around Macau:

  • FREE Shuttle in your hotel (there’s usually one)
  • Bus (cheaper and you can just walk rather than getting a cab)
  • Ferry to HK

New Year’s Eve 2016 – Unforgettable! – We hopped on the bus managed to get off the right stop for the fireworks, BUT on our way back to our hotel we got lost. It was too late when we noticed that the bus we rode was going to the wrong direction. Mind you, this was already at 1:00am and we went all the way to the end of the other line before we realized we were on the wrong bus. haha Thank God we managed to find our way back! 🙂 Me and my brother sure had an adventure on our first night!

The Fireworks – in front of the Lisboa Hotel
Posing in front of the Lisboa hotel after the Fireworks
Posing at the lobby of our Hotel at CASA REAL HOTEL

Day 1 – CITY TOUR

  • SENADO SQUARE also known as Largo do Senado – This is the famous town square in Macau.
Hello Kitty Cafe in Senado Square
Tile Art
  • ST. DOMINIC’S CHURCH – located in the middle of Senado Square
St. Dominic’s Church (with a lot of people/photobombers!haha)
  • MACAU MUSEUM (MUSEO DE MACAU)
Entrance of Macau Museum with my mom

INSIDE THE MUSEUM:

Panoramic Shot
Inside with the model house
My mom posing behind the Chinese theatre scene
My brother with a girl? haha
Macau Museum Photobooth
Posing in the facade of Macau Museum
  • RUINS OF ST. PAUL – one of the famous landmarks / tourist destination here in Macau. You can’t miss it! 🙂
In front of St.Paul’s Ruins with my mom and my brother peeking at the back
selfie shot with my handy selfie stick 🙂
The Ruins view at Night
  • MACAU TOWER
Inside Macau Tower
Posing Outside the Macau Tower

Day 2 – HK DAY 

We rode a ferry to go to Hong Kong – Tsim Sha Tsui Part of HK

  • Family Lunch at Jamie Oliver at the Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
with my brother and mom at the signage outside
  • Times Square
The Clocktower
  • By the Harbour/Ferry

  • 1881 Heritage Building
Posing in front of the Christmas Castle in 1881 Heritage

Day 3 – TAIPA VILLAGE DAY

We ate at one of their famous restaurant/eatery called “Tai Lei Loi Kei”

Menu

We ordered the following:

Porkchop Toast
Pineapple Bun
Porkchop noodle and squid
Coffee, Chrysanthemum Tea and Horlicks Drink
  • RUA DO CUNHA

  • OUR LADY OF CARMO CHURCH

  • MUSEUM OF TAIPA AND COLOANE HISTORY

Outside the Taipa House Museum
  • MACAO GIANT PANDA PAVILION
On our way to see the Panda (a.k.a “xiong mao” in chinese)
Hello There Panda Shurong!

There are other animals too! like this deer!

  • THE VENETIAN

We had dinner at their 1 Michelin Star Restaurant called “Golden Peacock” where they served Indian food. It was good 🙂

Golden Peacock Restaurant at The Venetian
  • Gondola Ride
with my brother and mom and some tourists as well in the Gondola ride

  • Beautiful Shot Outside the Venetian
Outside the Venetian Hotel

Day 4 – THE OTHER SIDE OF MACAU

  • MACAU FISHERMAN’S WHARF
Entrance at the Fisherman’s Wharf
It’s huge and great for photo ops! 🙂

 

Korean pose with family! <3
Goofing around with mom 🙂
  • MACAU SCIENCE CENTER
The Science Center Building from afar
Inside the building
Lots of great science stuff 🙂

  • KUN IAM STATUE
Selfie with the Kun Ian Statue! Effort! 🙂
  • The Park before the Light House (and their fun exercise machines!)
Like a rotex in the gym you swing with it (cardio)
my brother trying another one

 

Stretch machine? haha
  • GUIA LIGHTHOUSE – we walked a lot! as in a lot to reach the top and this lighthouse!
Guia Lighthouse
Pause and Pose!
my bro with the cannonball machine
  • THE 8 (1 Michelin Star Restaurant at The Grand Lisboa Hotel)  This is probably one of the best chinese restaurants that I have tried! 🙂  4.9 stars out of 5 for me! This is what we ordered:
Complimentary Appetizer! (Abalone and mushroom)
Crispy Fried Frog Legs
Barbeque Pork Asado
Vegetable with Prawn/Seafood
The Black Truffle Chicken Rice! SOOO GOOD!
The black truffle chicken before mixing it into the rice
Complimentary tea and dessert of egg tarts

It was definitely a jam-packed four days in Macau! I think four days is already enough to explore and see all the must go to places in Macau. What makes this trip special is the bonding time with my mom and my brother. <3

Time to wander to another country and experience new cultures and food! hahaha

#isiswanders #icetrips #icetrips2016 #travelingtheworld

Ttyl,

Isis

It’s more fun in CDO!

We were invited by my Best Friend’s friend in Cagayan De Oro City because it was the opening / launch of their restaurant and bar in CDO last August 8, 2015. The name of the resto/bar is “Somewhere Else in CDO”.

Here are some photos from the opening / event:

Ready to Partaay! with my bestfriend Lalaine <3
Ticket for the Event
Photo from the official photographer of the event – there’s me in the crowd “partying” haha

At the same time, we also did what CDO is known for – the white water river rafting.

Photo before we start our adventure!
In Action!
Watch out for the waves!
And we survived!

We also went to Dahilayan Adventure Park where we did the “SuperMan” Zipline – because your position in the zipline is similar to superman /like you’re flying and your arms are raised forward.

Dahilayan Adventure Park is actually located in Bukidnon, so we had to do some land travel for 1 hour and 30 min to get there from Cagayan De Oro City.

We had to wear this whole body suits for the superman zipline. 🙂

Suited Up!

Aside from the Superman Zipline, we also did the “Freefall” which is I think their scariest activity if in my opinion, and the best part is we made it alive! The funny part here is we have to be the one to let go of the latch to start the “FALL” and for a good 3-5minutes we were stuck there because we couldn’t get the strap to break free! My best friend was screaming so loud! haha I’m the silent type, I scream in the middle of it already, where my senses are already in order.

The Free Fall
Still “Posing” for the camera despite my nerves!
Yaay! We made it back safely!
Forest Area of the Park

 

This is the gang!

On our way back to CDO, we saw this really nice cloud formation. Love the beauty of nature.

And so Cagayan De Oro City is definitely one of the must see adventure places in the Philippines.  We didn’t have enough time or we would have gone to the nearby beaches! It’s definitely more fun in the Philippines! #itsmorefuninthephilippines #icetrips #iceclarizwanders

Ttyl,

Isis

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