Spent our children’s sembreak away from Manila, specifically in Hong Kong and Cebu. It was sorta a spur of the moment as Mr. JG was able to book cheap airline tickets & hotel accommodations. Since last year we were away to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary and only got to spend three days with the kids at the beach. So this year we made sure to spend quality time with them.
We didn’t have any itinerary except to just go around Hong Kong and eat!
Duck Victoria is one of our go-to restaurants. It used to be called M&C Duck. We love their duck and (our) newly discovered fried brown rice.
Bathroom selfie with these two.
My baby girl said she doesn’t feel tired whenever she has a luggage to drag. Even though our average steps is at 12,000 (make it 14,000 for kids) this day was least tiring for her.
Always having Haagen Dazs whenever its available.
Weather is very similar to Manila when we arrived but our kids wanted to wear their hoodies anyway.
As usual, I did my morning routine of working out early in the morning before breakfast buffet. The only watch I wore during this trip was Huawei GT2 Smart Watch. It’s got a lot of good features– one being a smart watch and fitness tracker in one. Though it has the same features as other fitness tracker (GPS, different workout modes, heart rate, sleep tracker) some of the things I like about it includes:
10+ running courses (perfect for different kinds of runners with different goals)
it also tells you your maximum oxygen consumption during each exercise (a very useful tool for cardio & endurance exercises)
aerobic/anaerobic exercise effect (tells one’s fitness if it improved or recovered)
recovery time (a feature I really like because recovery is something I need to mindful of)
Design wise, it’s very sleek and modern. You can choose from different face watches available. Plus during the entire week I was wearing it, I didn’t even need to charge it. Despite wearing it the whole day everyday and using it during workout, battery life is amazing and have lasted more than a week! Another thing I like about the GT2 watch is that I can easily change the leather strap (this makes me feel a little dressier) with its extra rubber strap for when I’m working out.
The only downside was I find it very hard to connect with my iPhone. It connected easily on my android phone though. Huawei GT2 Smart Watch is now available in stores. #ExploreMore
Some snippets of Hong Kong.
I got a lot of questions over on my Instagram asking how was Hong Kong during our stay. To be honest, it was business as usual. We were there from Monday to Friday and everything was normal save for some vandalism here and there.
Another one of our fave restaurants in Hong Kong, Nha Thrang– a Vietnamese cuisine that serves really good food. Their lobster dish (right) was something we truly enjoyed.
Spent one whole day at Ocean Park. It was Halloween week so the park was dressed with Halloween decors. Some were cute and some I find eerily scary.
My cutie pie son was so game to dress up that he decided he’s going as Stephen Curry zombie (with a saw on his head). And my girl looking very chill in her hoodie as a zombie girl with an axe on her head.
Snapped this photo of my little lady moments before I had a booboo. If you follow me on Instagram you know all about what happened to me. But will share more in this post.
This was me minutes after I fell. Hahahahay. Still smiling even though it was literally painful. Here I was wearing my Huawei GT2 Smartwatch with its rubber straps.
Leisurely took our time to walk around Ocean Park. Seeing the smile on our kids’ face upon seeing different animals (though it wasn’t long ago that we went to a zoo or aquarium) was always a lovely thing to remember.
Bought with me a few bottles of my favorite gluten-free, dairy-free, egg free cookies, Silly Goose Gourmet with me during this trip. Actually, I’ve been bring bottles of this ever since I discovered it months ago.
Most of the photos I took on this trip was taken with my phone. Easiest way to snap and capture moments.
These two have bonded more and more every time we go on vacations. Of course they still fight and get into each other’s nerves but moments when they get along just gets me. Here’s one I quickly snapped before they get annoyed at each other.
Everybody wears boost. Well, they all got new pairs except for me! Hahaha.
No trip is complete without some fast food indulgence. My lil’ monkeys waiting for their Shake Shake Fries.
Another day, another MRT ride going back go to the hotel.
Here’s my scrapped elbow which I got when I was trying to take a photo of Abyss, one of Ocean Park’s thrill rides. I wanted to show it to our kids since it would requires going up a bench to fully see it. For some reason I tripped (there wasn’t anything in front me!) and used my right elbow to avoid hitting my face on the stone bench. Though I hit my right thigh pretty bad (it left a huge bruise) everything else is fine. ☺️
One time we decided to enjoy Japanese food.
I think this has slowly become our signature fam pose. Always taking our MRT photo 5 seconds before the train arrives. Heehee.
Spent one afternoon at Victoria Peak. It’s the first time of our kids to be on the highest hill of Hong Kong.
This view never gets old.
We are getting good at using my phone’s timer. Hahahaha.
Here’s me fighting the strong wind at The Peak just to get a nice shot but failed so I took a photo of my hand instead. Hahahay. Here’s a closer look at Huawei GT2 with the brown leather straps. Love how it compliments my look. Also wearing Cat Arambulo Vibe bracelets.
While the kids were enjoying some down time, doodling. We took the chance to have our couple photo but find it challenging because people keep on passing by as soon as the timer sets off. Thankfully, one of the security personnels volunteered to take our photo.
Clearly these two had so much fun at the Trick Eye area at Victoria Peak.
Reason why I just window shopped during this trip. My kids were soooo bored everytime we try to check out a store.
All the walking led us to have dinner at Mott 32 for our last night in Hong Kong. I honestly just wanna try their most raved dish– Iberico Pork.
And it did not disappoint. The Alaskan Crabmeat Fried Rice with Flying Fish Roe was a hit with our kids. They were asking for seconds!
Their busog-lusog (happy bellies) smile.
Captured another moment of these two.
Spent the last few hours in Hong Kong taking it easy and enjoy some down time and breakfast. After which we went straight to the airport for our flight to Cebu.
My favorite little humans are such good travel buddies!
Touchdown Cebu. The last time we were here (two years ago) the airport wasn’t this pretty. Now it’s even prettier than Manila airports!
There’s really nothing much to do but to eat, sleep, swim and repeat.
Took this time to go offline for a bit and immerse myself in a good book but with wine of course.
Since my wound is so deep, I decided to pass on swimming. These three had a time of their lives, snorkeling.
They also had fun using the water amenities.
Mostly ate pasta and pizza for dinner as requested by our children. My no-dairy, no-gluten food preference was also on vacation. Heehee.
They’ve been interested in chess lately so they’ve also made use of this giant chess one too many times during our stay.
Filling up their love tank and our memory bank with moments like this. It’s really not about the place we spend quality time with but it’s really more of the mundane moments we share as a family. Here’s to hoping for more opportunities like this.