Jul 29, 2014

Hong Kong (part 6): Hui Lau Shan and Transformers: Age of Extinction World Premiere.


...continued from Hong Kong (part 5): Ramen Iroha and Hello Kitty


As luck would have it, the world premiere of Transformers 4: Age of Extinction is during the same week that we're in Hong Kong.   We heard that Optimus Prime arrived the same day we did so we decided to go look for him.    Before we started on our quest to find him, Gene suggested that we first buy drinks at Hui Lau Shan.




Jul 28, 2014

NBA-Gilas The Last Home Stand Manila Charity Event 2014.


Hello! I'm back from my US trip so hopefully I have time to catch up on my blogging in the next few weeks.  But before I continue with my posts about our recent Hong Kong trip, I want to write about this first.

I'm sure all of you heard about the big controversy surrounding an event sponsored by PLDT and Manny V. Pangilinan (MVP).  If you haven't, well, there was supposed to be a game between NBA players and the Gilas Pilipinas team at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last week.  Patron seats reached P23,000 ($511) each but since there are a lot of basketball fans in the country, tickets still sold despite the steep prices.  Turns out, the NBA did not allow its players to do this event so the 5-on-5 game against the Gilas team was canceled and the players resorted to scrimmage and drills.

Everyone in the audience was booing and shouting "REFUND",  it was crazy!  I felt bad for the NBA players as well as for our Gilas team but I also emphatized with the people who spent their hard-earned money and was there to see an exhibition game.   PLDT and MVP ended up refunding everyone who purchased a ticket, as well as canceling the event the next day.  Reports say MVP spent at least P200M because of this blunder.

As luck would have it, I was given passes by one of the sponsors of the Gilas Pilipinas team (thank you Max's Chicken! #pusotothemax) so NBA fan T didn't have to buy tickets to the game.



Jul 11, 2014

Hong Kong (part 5): Ramen Iroha x Hello Kitty.


...continued from Hong Kong (part 4): NikeLab and Sogo Mall


We were all very hungry after all the walking and walking and... walking.  Dianne suggested that we try this ramen place that has a collaboration with Hello Kitty for its 40th anniversary, Ramen Iroha.





Jul 7, 2014

Hong Kong (part 3): Times Square and New Era Egg Waffles.


…continued from Hong Kong (part 2): The New Sweet Dynasty


After eating, Di took us to Times Square in Causeway Bay.  It's easy to go there via the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) since the station exit is directly at the lower level of the mall.



Jul 4, 2014

Hong Kong (part 2): The New Sweet Dynasty.


…continued from Hong Kong (part 1): Butterfly on Prat.

By the time we got out of our hotel rooms, it was already after lunch.  Gene suggested that we try The Sweet Dynasty for our first meal in Hong Kong.   However, we had a hard time finding it even if Gene is familiar with the area.  We went around and around, getting hungrier and hungrier for every block we walked.




Jul 2, 2014

Hong Kong (part 1): Butterfly on Prat.


...continued from Hong Kong (prelude): Welcome to HK!

Since my friends are the ones who frequent Hong Kong, I let them pick our hotel.  We stayed in a serviced-residence/boutique hotel called Butterfly on Prat which is in Tsim Sha Tsui, an urban area in Southern Kowloon, Hong Kong.

This is the colorful lobby of the hotel which always smells good whatever time of day. 




Jul 1, 2014

Hong Kong (prelude): Welcome to HK!


I still have travel posts in my drafts folder but while my memory is fresh, I want to tell you about our trip to Hong Kong last week :)





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