The Wonders of Singapore: Gardens by The Bay, Temples, Wild Life, and Universal Studios

Summer time usually means the time to unwind. Seasielle and her family (mother&sister) truly knew how to spend their vacation. They all went to Singapore together with some of their relatives for 8 days (April 21-28,2018), though they didn’t really count the 8th day since it was already the time to bid farewell to SG.

The highlight: Plane ride brought to you by Singapore Airlines for only Php 9,900+ back and forth with meal including travel tax. (Now, this was what super sale means)

21st of April:

Their group, consists of 10 adults plus 2 kids, arrived at Terminal 2 of Changi Airport around 8 in the evening; and they immediately rented a router. For Public Transport: It was an easy one to find a ride especially an airport taxi since it was waiting within the premises. Past 8 in the evening, they arrived at Tai Hoe Hotel (Seasielle and her family paid Php 36,600 for the said accommodation good for 8 days). The location of the said hotel is in-front of a mall, and just a walking distance going to Mustafa (a store where you can buy everything you need at the lowest possible price).

About the Hotel: The room they got was below average when it comes to cleanliness, and space, but an average one for location, and staff friendliness.

22nd of April:

This was the day they went to Gardens by The Bay. They bought their tickets online for Cloud Forest which includes an entrance for Flower Dome as well at 912 in Philippine Peso. For groups who have an elderly or people with special needs, a wheelchair is available at the information center for rent.

Highlights: The Tram Ride which really gave the group a tour of what to see, and what to expect within the premises. For Cloud Forest, it was The Waterfalls inside whilst in Flower Dome, it was the tea cup that really captures Seasielle’s interest.

23rd of April:

The group were divided since the six adults plus two kids went to Singapore Zoo, and Night Safari; whilst Seasielle together with her family (since they were all adults) went to Haw Par Villa, China Town, and Lucky Plaza Mall.

Highlights: Ten Courts of Hell which can be found in Haw Par Villa (free entrance); The sculpted designs of Buddha Tooth Relic Temple (free entrance); and the lowest bargain price of goods in Lucky Plaza Mall.

24th of April:

The day where Reality turned into a Magical World: Universal Studios. The whole group bought their tickets online specifically with Klook and they only got it for 2,666 in Philippine Peso. They spent their whole day there [from opening (10:00 in the morning) until closing (6:30 in the evening)], and went to Lau Pa Sat, which is known for good food, to eat dinner (this one is a must try).

Highlights: The Water World Show; Characters Meet and Greet, and shows as well; and the rides (Puss In Boots Giant Journey, Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure, Canopy Flyer, Transformers, and Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase).

Note: Include Universal Studios Singapore in your itinerary and you won’t regret it. Also, wheelchairs strollers, and scooters can be rented at the entrance of the said amusement park.

25th of April:

Where Art meets Science: Welcome to Art Science Museum Singapore. Benedict Cumberbatch aka Dr. Strange paid a visit to this place since it is one of the most sought about Science Museum in Southeast Asia. Also, the whole group had a chance to watch the not-so-famous Wings of Time at around 7:00 in the evening. (All tickets were bought online).

Highlights: Nature which is the first part of Art Science Museum; Space which showcases the lights that everyone is talking about; and the interactive part where you will see your artwork in the big screen.

26th of April:

The group were divided again since the six adults plus two kids went to Legoland Malaysia; whilst Seasielle together with her family (since they were all adults) went to Haji Lane. Afterwards, they went to Mustafa (which is a shopping center where one can buy souvenirs at the lower possible price).

27th of April:

Flock of Birds: Welcome to Jurong Bird Park where all species of birds gathered together in one area. The whole group bought their tickets online.

Highlights: Tram Ride which is a big Yes; and the famous Hanging Bridge which can be found inside Lory Loft.

28th of April:

Time to bid goodbye to this Peculiar Place.

Singapore Airlines ✌

Singapore Airlines ✌

Gardens By the Bay.

Gardens By the Bay 🌼

Haw Par Villa ❤

Chinatown 🚗

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple 💜

Universal Studios Singapore 🌎

Art Science Museum 😍

The famous Marina Bay Sands.

This peculiar 🐦 @ Jurong Bird Park. 🕊🐧🐥

Time to bid goodbye to Singapore. #SingaporeAirlines

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The Boy At The Top of The Mountain

Seasielle is a fan of stories that is in relation with World War, and any history artifacts. She already read a book written by John Boyne before (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas), and it was truly entertaining.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

When Pierrot becomes an orphan, he must leave his home in Paris for a new life with his Aunt Beatrix, a servant in a wealthy household at the top of the German mountains. But this is no ordinary time, for it is 1935 and the Second World War is fast approaching; and this is no ordinary house, for this is the Berghof, the home of Adolf Hitler.

Quickly, Pierrot is taken under Hitler’s wing, and is thrown into an increasingly dangerous new world: a world of terror, secrets and betrayal, from which he may never be able to escape. (From Goodreads)

THOUGHTS:
It was an easy to read book since words used were not that highfalutin; also, it was a light read (no heavy feelings after you’ve read it).

Pierrot was an ordinary orphanage boy who was adopted by her aunt to live at the top of the mountain. He was exposed to the world unsuitable for children since it was where the dangerous mind prepared tactics which will be used for greater advancement. Later on, his whole being was being changed into something inappropriate for his aged. He even committed crimes that were shocking, and unacceptable.

Overall, Seasielle enjoyed the story since it was the other side of World War: the one that was not tackled during history class. It was nice to read something regarding Hitler’s life, and what he was like outside the premises of the war. Of course, this story is a mythical one yet reality was being bestowed on this one.

RECOMMENDATION:

Seasielle do recommend this book to those interested with history, and to those who need a very light read at the moment.

North: Summer is Coming

 -Overdue Post-

The advertisement of Department of Tourism says: It’s more fun in the Philippines. Indeed, it’s true.

After Seasielle have been sun-kissed by Palawan, Ilocos gave her a time machine to travel back in time.

Last June 9-11 (where it was a long weekend in Philippines), seasielle and her family (Mama and older sister) went to Ilocos. They joined a tour composed of fourteen people, which was really inappropriate since it was an eight-hour drive (a long drive). Arranged by Costa Travel and Tour, and King and Joy, (definitely don’t book through this agencies since it was all about money for them) the tour was almost-perfect except that Seasielle’s mama and sister had to seat on an uncomfortable place throughout the entire journey, and they had to interact with their rude companions.
Day 0:
Left Eton, Quezon City at around 9:15 in the evening to travel to Vigan.

Had three to four stop-overs.

Day 1: Vigan

Lacked of sleep caused discomfort to Seasielle and her family that’s why when they arrived at Calle Crisologo around 4:45 in the morning, they were in a bad mood, but they went down the van to explore the said place during dawn. It was whimsical during the said time since the quantality can be felt clothing the history of Calle Crisologo. Spanish structure of houses is very significant in this one. The people living in those infrastructure never replaced the way it was built.
After Calle Crisologo, they went to eat breakfast at Hidden Garden. Because of exhaustion from lacked of sleep, they did not roam the said place. For the food, it was a not-a-good-one.
Up next: Baluarte.
Seasielle’s mother and sister went down just to capture photos (entrance and souvenir shop only). Mr. Sunshine was not welcoming during that time.

Bantay Bell Tower was the next attraction they’ve visited. They did not dare climbed the stairs because the scorching heat of the sun was really uninviting. They’ve just tried trick shots from the said place.
After that, the whole group travelled going to Marcos Mausoleum, and Malacañang of the North.

All of them (Seasielle and her companions) did not go down to Marcos Mausoleum since they were not interested. For the said attraction, one must pay Php 30 per person for the maintenance of it.
Malacañang of the North was the old house where the Marcos’ family grew up and lived for many years. It was a resemblance of power, elegance, and olden days. Entrance fee: Php 30.
After the visit to the said place, it was now time to pay tribute and respect to Paoay Church, which is more than hundred of years old already. Upon their arrival there, it was under renovation so the interior of it was not a photo friendly one; but outside, it was still magnificent, and Mr. Sunshine was really reliable that time since it was scorching hot: Picture Perfect for an Instagram worthy post.

Next attraction (second to the last for Day 1): Sand Dunes.
Apparently since no one in the group got a proper sleep, they all bid the opportunity to try 4×4 jeeps a farewell. Also, it was expensive for that extreme activity since you will just untidy yourself in the swirling ground of sands.

Finally, last stop: Sinking Bell Tower.
For this one, the whole group went down (not for the photo opportunity of the said place), but for the grocery store, and food establishments near it. They all bought food, and supplies for two more days of adventure.

After they had bought all their needed supplies, the whole group now travelled going to their hotel. They stayed in Vybe Hotel (3days). Upon entering their hotel room (which was a clean, and comfortable one), they wasted no time to clean-up, and went instantly to sleep.

Day 2: Pagudpud
Waking up as early as 6:00am, it was really a wondrous one to have a goodnight sleep for Seasielles’ group. After some “me-time,” they immediately went to the dining hall to eat their breakfast. Honest to goodness, it was quite fine, and the dining area was a clean one. Past 8:00 in the morning, the whole group departed the parking area of Vybe Hotel to travel going to Pagudpud.
First Stop: Cafe Bojeadora Lighthouse.
From the parking area, you can walk going uphill, or you can ride a tricycle which costs Php 20-30.  The view was spectacular once you’ve reached the top (but not the highest point yet). This was a better start for something new in store.

 Next: Kapurpurawan Rock Formation.

This left Seasielle, her mother, and her sister in awed. This was actually their favorite amongst the rest since this was pure “Nature Love.” Nothing in this place was not extraordinary. In fact, one of FPJ’s (a popular actor in the Philippines) movie was filmed in this place. All Seasielle can say: The white scenery is as pure as one’s soul.

Third Stop: Bangui Windmills.
This was an effective source of energy especially within the premises since it was near the beach front, and Mr. Wind-blower is a frequent visitor in the said area. Also, a good photo opportunity for those Instagram fanatics.
Next Attraction: Patapat Viaduct.

This was just a quick stop where you can see the view of South China Sea, and the mountain going to Cagayan. Nothing worth-it in this one.

Second to the last for Day 2: Bantay Abot Cave.
Before you can reach the said destination, you have to go down to too many flight of stairs, then walked through the sea of rocks(which was quite sharp, and a bit smooth), and finally, climbed another flight of rocks. The prized: One-of-kind view in one destination. Meaning, Mr. Sea, Mr. Mountain, and Mr. Half-Cave in one place. A good one for pictures.

Finally, last stop: Blue Lagoon.
Here, nothing is quite out-of-the-box experience, except for the zipline (which Seasielle tried, and left her quite scared since it was already quite in the afternoon, and the wind is against the flow of the said zipline. But according to her, it was definitely one of the best. A must-try activity there). Aside from that, all you can do is just spend your day in the beach.

After such a fulfilling day 2, the whole group went back to their hotel, and spend the rest of the night in their rooms. (Some actually roamed the city, and capture some worth-it photos.)
*Note: for the Cafe Bojeadora Lighthouse, there’s an entrance fee.
In Kapurpurawan, you can ride a horse (if you don’t want to walk under the scorching heat of the sun) going to the said Rock Formation, which costs Php 100 back and forth. Finally, in Blue Lagoon, your group have to chip-in for a cottage rental.

Day 3: Time to Bid-Farewell to Ilocos
After the wake-up call at around 6 in the morning, the whole group went to eat their breakfast in the hotel dining room. Then, they immediately left Vybe Hotel.

Before heading back to Manila, they travelled back to Calle Crisogo to buy souvenirs. Afterwards, they had a stop-over at Vitalis Villa (which required an entrance fee of around Php 200 per person). A big No-No for you will just see replicas of Santorini in Greece. So, the whole group instantly left the said premises, and travelled back going to Manila.

Overall: It is really More Fun in the Philippines. Lots of Spectacular, and Breathtaking sceneries assembles by Nature, and made by Man can be seen in this country.

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❤Seasielle❤

Paradise: Escapade to El Nido and Rock Formations of Underground River

*Overdue Post.*

When was the last time you said “This is life!?”
When was the last time you’ve been to paradise?
How about the time when you just closed your eyes, and when you open it all you can see is the most breathtaking view given by nature?
Maybe some of you just went to paradise yesterday, last weekend, last week, last month, last year, or maybe where you are right now is paradise. You must be thankful because when you’re living in paradise there’s no dull moment for you. Every day is such a wondrous epitome of heaven.

The first Saturday of March was very special to Seasielle. Why? Because she won’t just bond with one of her best friends who just came from Dubai, but she was also going to Palawan with her. All set as they board Air Asia’s flight going to Puerto Princesa. Before the plane took-off, Seasielle was in awed by the scenery she saw: Definitely a one-of-a-kind nature’s gift from God.

Once the plane landed, Seasielle, her mother, and her best friend had a photo taken in front of the sign “Puerto Princesa Airport.” Finally, it was now time to ride a van going to El Nido (a five-hour drive). It was a comfortable one since they were just ten passengers. Seasielle’s group had a stop-over at Elfredo’s Restaurant to eat lunch. After eating, it was time to get back on the road. The sceneries hindered back Seasielle to have some sleep since she couldn’t stopped staring with those views. Truly, Philippines is so blessed with multitudes of Natural Resources.

Around 2:00 in the afternoon, Seasielle’s group finally reached El Nido. They were situated in Hotel Deo which was located just 5-10mins walk from the van terminal. After settling down, they immediately went to try El Nido’s Zipline (a must try one), and watched the sun sets while hanging around in Las Cabanas (the sand is pure heaven). Finally, dinner time. They dined in Art Cafe which is a must-try local restaurant in El Nido.

Day 2: Island Hopping Time
This was arranged by RJM Travel and Tours so Seasielle’s group didn’t have a hard time coordinating with everything. Included in the package arranged was Island Hopping Tour A (Big, and Small Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, Shimizu Island, and 7 Commando Beach). Verdict: Truly, it was Paradise. Around 4:00pm, it was now time for her group to travel back to Puerto Princesa. Traveling at night was a bit scary since zigzag road is your enemy. They arrived at around 10:00 in the evening and was checked-in at Corazon’s Inn.

Day 3: Underground River, and Farewell Palawan
After a heavy breakfast prepared by the staff of Corazon’s Inn, their group was picked-up by a van and headed straight to the port going to Underground River. But before that, they first went to Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour (not so worthy for the price, but it was some kind of a good helped for those people living in that area). After a long queue, the time has come to witness Underground River. Verdict: Wonderfully handcrafted by God’s hand, it was a perfect place for those people who are fans of Rock Formations.

Truly, Escapade to Palawan already left a marked to Seasielle’s heart.

P.S. Earthling Creatures, don’t forget to include Palawan in your itinerary. 🙂

Expenses in Palawan (El Nido&Puerto):
Note: These were the ones not included in the package

Day 1:
210 – lunch
1000 – zip line
150 – tricycle
300 – mango shake
750 – dinner at Art Cafe (since Seasielle’s group equally divided the bill into 4)
400 – souvenir photos in Zipline (for Seasielle and her mother)
Day 2:
12 – ice drop
50 – tricycle going to the main town
400 – environmental fee for Island Hopping Tour A
100 – shoes (you need to rent if ever you’re wearing a rubber shoes, or slippery sandals)
500 – kayaking
100 – tip for the boatman
40 – shower (since Seasielle’s group already checked-out in the hotel, they have to pay for the use of shower. 20 per person)
180 – dinner for two @Elfreda’s
Day 3:
975 – mangrove, environmental fee (Underground River)
975 – souvenir
120 – Dinner at McDonald’s

Total: 6282

Photos finally uploaded 😃

Day 1:

Zipline 🙂

Awesome view. 😍

👣

Sunset 👀

Dinner time

Day 2:

Before Island Hopping Tour A

View while on ⛵

Small Lagoon. 🤗

Shimizu Island

Road to Secret Lagoon…

Seven Commandos other side. 😶

Day 3:

Snowy Christmas: Hobing Ice Cream

This is a post-Christmas celebration with Seasielle’s ever gorgeous awesome friend (her so-called ultimate food buddy), Joan.

After they ate at Genki, they decided to try the Snowy Ice Cream of Hobing ((Managed by a Korean since Snowy Ice Cream originated from them (not sure in this part)).

Well, good thing there was a vacant table when they’ve arrived there. The interior of the place is good.

These pictures are totally awesome (the food and place).

🙂

Time for a cold treat. 😉

❤🤗

Strawberry = Heaven Sent. #wonderfullife #foreverlove 🤗❤

Such a perfect Family Portrait. 😊

Rating:
Place: 4 out of 5
Price: 5 out of 5 (Swear, it is worth it).
Food: 5 out of 5 since the servings of the food are good for 2-3 persons. (Seasielle and her friend even had a take-out)
Service: Self service
Overall: 4.5 stars (satisfied)

If you want to visit Hobing, it is located at the 3rd floor, BGC Stopover, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

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Fancy Japanese Food: Genki Sushi (and the Magic Train)

This is a post-Christmas celebration with Seasielle’s ever gorgeous awesome friend (her so-called ultimate food buddy), Joan.

Well, Seasielle had learn Genki Sushi while watching Poptalk (a Filipino food/travel/gadget/etc TV show) three or two years ago, and made a promise to herself that she will dine there. That promise came true last December 27, 2016 with the company of Joan.

They arrived at the said place around 7:30pm, and took the seat at the end (near the glass window). It was a bit crowded that time for so many reasons (and that’s not the purpose of this article). Anyway, they immediately ordered since Seasielle was really excited (like a child lost in time) so she started to tap the gadget (IPad) and browse for the menu.

The following pictures will let you know what they have ordered, and will give you a preview of the said place. 🤗

😍

Menu board, and the magic faucet with hot water. ☺

Technology at its finest. 🤗

Seared Salmon Skin ☺😊

Genki Salad 🍈🍊🍉🍋

Tamago Maki Roll

Salmon Sashimi 😍

Family Picture 🤗😍

Seasielle’s rating:
Place: 4 out of 5 stars.
Price: 3.5 out of 5 stars since some are very expensive, and not good for sharing.
Food: 4 out of 5 stars (small servings. Just good for an individual, but the taste, pertaining to what they have ordered, are delicious, it melts in your mouth, and have a long lasting taste).
Service: 5 out of 5 (Definitely great staff).
Overall: 4 stars (satisfied)

Highlight: The delivery train. A very unique idea, and a fascinating one since it is very enjoyable to watch your food being delivered through a train.

If you want to visit Genki Sushi, it is located at the 2nd floor, BGC Stopover, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

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Sawadee Ka: Krung Thai in Metro Manila (Second time Around)

Typical Sunday turned into a wonderful one. 🙂

Its been one and a half years since Seasielle bond with her friend, and two years since she last ate at Krung Thai. “Ber” months had finally arrived, and gatherings are common scenarios you can see in the country. After everything, finally they (Seasielle and Da) shared an everlasting memory.

Krung Thai is a Thailand inspired restaurant located within the public market of Marikina City (a City within NCR, Ph).

The place was a hot catch since it was lunch time; thankfully, Seasielle’s family didn’t wait to be sat since there was a vacant table good for four (4) people.

What’s on the Menu?
They ordered the following:
Vietnamese Spring Roll
Pad Thai
Chicken Satay
Beef tenderloin
Soup (spicy one)
Thai Ice Tea

Total amount spent: Php 1500 + tip since there was no service charge.

Overall Satisfaction Rating: 3.5
Food: 3.5
Place: 4
Price: 3.5

Reason/s:
The first time that they tried it, everything was sumptuous, and truly melts into your mouth. Now: everything was good for commercial and/or fast food taste.
Then, the price was a bit expensive for the value of the food.
Customer service was good. They still managed to be courteous even though one can see that they were a bit tired already. (Maybe because of the hot weather).
Finally, the location is a bit hard to find for first timers, but since it was their second time around, Seasielle would give it a pop points now.

Overall: It was a well-spent Sunday, and according to her friend she enjoyed the meal very much.

God bless everyone.

Pad Thai 🍝


Chicken Satay 🍗🍖


Spicy Soup (forgot the name) 🤗


Vietnamese Spring Roll (already ate the other 4pieces)


Beef Tenderloin 🍽


Thai Ice Tea (not sure if this is Milk Tea)🍶