Welcomed March by traveling to China for the weekend. It was a work trip for Mr. JG who was there during the last few days of February. He asked if I wanted to follow over the weekend. Since I have nothing planned that week, I happily said yes. This is our third time to travel without our kids and we only do this when they have no school because logistics wise, we’re the ones who drop them off. So grateful & thankful to my in laws because they take care of the kids while we’re away.
Showing off my skin that has improved over the past few months. Usually while up in the air my skin would look dull & drier than it normally is. With consistent visit to Facial Care and a handful of products that I swear by, plus changing my diet, I am slowly seeing a HUGE difference. Will do a separate post about my PCOS journey–skin, diet and more!
After almost three long hours (because I get very anxious during plane rides hahahuhu. Can somebody send me tips on how to stay calm, cool & collected?!) I’ve arrived. Hello Guangzhou! First time in this part of China and I couldn’t wait to eat my way through heeheehee.
I arrived a little after 8 in the evening and immediately met up with this guy who was hungry na because he waited for me. Aawwww. It was a little after 9 when we had dinner. We just walked around our hotel and spotted this little restaurant around the corner.
I love spicy food and so Mr. JG ordered me Chili Shrimp even though he isn’t a fan of spicy food. He was struggling and sweating like crazy but it’s nice to know he didn’t mind just so I get my spicy fix. Hashtag true love.
To appease the hotness that lingered in our mouths, we walked at the nearest Family Mart to get some sweet treat. So glad there’s Haagen-Dazs Crispy Sandwich in my fave caramel flavour which I first discovered in Japan. Ice cream on midnight because why not?
Woke up early to do my holiday tradition of working out before attacking the breakfast buffet. Wearing Cole Haan All Day Trainers which I looooove. First time ever to travel and only have one pair of shoes with me. It’s that comfy–from workout to a whole day of walking.
I don’t really restrict myself whenever I’m on vacation. Though I do eat moderately, I don’t deprive myself from eating whatever it is that I want. As long as I make sure I still have my veggie & fruit servings.
And because there are no kids I need to prepare, I had enough time to fix my hair and do my face. Heehee.
It was rainy that Saturday and so we ended up hopping from one mall to another. Guangzhou very much reminds me of Makati, it has a lot buildings. The city has bike lanes and bike stations where can you can rent–something I wish we have back in Manila.
We had lunch at this restaurant that has the cutest and quirkiest way of presenting their dishes. The piggies are like siopao with creamy filling that you have to dip in a mayo like sauce. It was yummy!
Assorted roasts in a bird cage. We also had sea bass fried rice and sea bass soup. We were so full we had to walk around for our bellies to feel better.
It was gloomy in Guangzhou but still it was pleasant to go around for a walk.
We ended up checking a supermarket at one of the malls and I was so surprised to see how lovely their fresh produce section is. It’s filled with different kinds of veggies and fruits. Look at how cheap their broccoli is!
After hours of walking around from one mall to another, from one walkway to another, we were yet again hungry. But to be fair it was 9 in the evening already. While we were looking around on where to eat (there was a restaurant that serves frog–thank goodness it was on its last call na) so we ended up in this restaurant offering spicy wanton & noodles as their specialty.
As we were walking on our way back to our hotel, I stumbled upon this artisanal popcorn named The Perfect Pop. Their best-seller is raspberry & hazelnut but it was sold out so I ended up get their next best seller, cocoa & pistachio. SO GOOD!
Our agenda that day was to see Guangzhou and we did it despite the rain. Though we mostly ate, it was still a good day out. Took a photo with the Canton Tower as a souvenir. We’re the type of tourists that would sometimes like to appreciate a tourist destination/spot from afar. Hahaha.
We woke up late because our bedroom was ideal for sleeping in. Yes, we’re blaming Ritz Carlton’s blackout shades being the reason we didn’t get to workout hahaha. But all good. Breakfast buffet is still worth it. Ate all the carbs & sweet treats I wanted and never did I regret it! My fave from the buffet was the avocado grilled cheese, banana walnut bread, bacon, muesli!
This trip was one of the most chill ones I’ve had in a while. We didn’t have any itinerary and we decided to go with the flow. Also, I had enough time to get ready so I asked Instagram husband to take my photo in the bathroom because #forthegram hahaha.
We then went to Beijing Road and explored this side of Guangzhou. These portion of the road enclosed in glass are actually preserved ancient roads which dates back from the Tang Dynasty.
There are also a few milk tea shops around Beijing Road so being the curious tourist that I am, I lined up and had my share of it.
There’s also a temple which serves as a museum where people can learn more about Guangzhou. The architecture is just amazing!
Propped my camera atop a stone for a quick couple photo.
Our last stop before heading to the airport was Guangzhou Library. It’s just right across The Ritz Carlton. It’s open to all but if you want to borrow a book and bring it outside the library then you’d have to get a library card for it.
Lovely architecture and the space is so inviting. Each floor has specific areas & sections written in English so it’s easy to navigate your way through. I also love that there’s an area where you line up to get your books sanitised either before returning it or before borrowing it, I’m not so sure.
Again, I wish we have a library as gorgeous as this one back in Manila.
Capped our quick trip by having dinner at Guangzhou Restaurant. It’s a popular one aside from it being the city’s namesake, it also has one of the best dim sum in Guangzhou (according to reviews). I’m the type who would go all out on the last day and enjoy whatever dish I can eat. S
Ordered flower tea, yang chow fried rice, shrimp dimsum, duck and walnut buns. All of which taste goooooood! I couldn’t get over of the walnut buns because I haven’t tasted anything like it!
It was such a short but lovely trip spent walking around & eating! Though I was tired from both plane rides (because anxiety attack) the trip recharged me and now I’m ready to go back to our kids! I think it’s always a good idea for married couples to go on quick trips like this–it kinda lets you remember how you guys were before the chaos of having kids feels like. Heehee.
Where should we go next? Looking forward to another adventure!