Sunday, November 08, 2020
Sunday, May 03, 2020
If I’ll describe my 2019, i think it’s Arashi year for me. First time to watch their concert and first time to see them up close (and not even a concert). And I think the major extracurricular activities that I had last year was because of MJPH (an unofficial Arashi fans group in the Philippines). I still feel so blessed to see them in Singapore. It was afterall a perfect timing. My only plan that weekend was to celebrate my birthday with friends then a week before, Sho was telling the world that they will be in Singapore on the date I’m there.
I’m thinking why I was so blessed last year with Arashi.. i was not a major fan like some that i know of. I don’t buy their merch unless bags. I didn’t even buy their album (sorry, practicality kicked in). Then I realized, God blessed me coz even if I was not that supportive of them myself... I was helping other fans in their fangirling feels through MJPH. I may not have spent for their CD, but I spent my own money and contributed time just so that activities will be a success.
To summarize, when you share, God will provide and He will provide more than You have given.
Friday, November 02, 2018
i am currently watching a Korean drama, with one episode left. it's a thriller. title is Sohn (The Guest).
it's about a psychic, a priest and a detective working together to stop the possessed from killing and exorcise the possessed.
i'm not a horror fan, but i can't stop watching this. it really made me follow it every week.
but every time i watch the drama, it makes me think. how am i as a person? how is my heart? is it free of hatred and bitterness? how can i guard my heart that i won't have bitterness in my heart?
i remember this episode, he loves his family. his family is his life. but still in the end, when he was possessed, it revealed that deep in his heart he had some bitterness in his heart regarding his family.
so if ever i would encounter someone/something who would want to possess me, would i be possessed?
also, this drama made me pray more. i am the kind of person who likes to count the seconds. i mean for example, i am waiting of something, i will count the seconds. but now, instead of counting i would recite the Lord's Prayer (Our Father).
so how about you? how's your heart?
Sunday, May 07, 2017
i was sick the whole trip and i think the worst is during day 2. and honestly, this is our most adventurous day. but still there are things i enjoyed even if i was feeling sickly..
|told you, i was sick. it was difficult for me to smile|
for just 5 RMB, you can have your fill of this.
and good thing, they still have one of their bestsellers. the cup in their display photo is nice (shaped like a bulb). and we're surprised that it's really shaped like a bulb! and it's made of glass.
|since it's really late, we're the only ones in this part of the resto|
|with our orders while waiting for my sister|
with these places, we visited, i felt a little better from my sickness. actually, not mentioned here is our main agenda for the day. i'll try to write a separate post where that will be included
Saturday, March 18, 2017
i've said in a previous post that i was not able to finish our itinerary for Shanghai. well, i was able to write something but it was not enough. so our trip was more of an anything goes, but for the first day, i was able to write something and we kinda accomplished it. here's our day 1. i'll try to recount what happened to us, maybe it can help you in some way when you visit Shanghai. and just a note, everything that we visited in Day 1 is worth recommending. visit them also :)
Burger King in Pudong Airport
i have to mention this place. we had a red eye flight. we arrived in Shanghai at 2:30am. there's no public transpo yet, except for cabs. we can't check-in still, so what to do? stay in the airport until 6am. good thing Burger King is open for 24 hours. since it's the only open store that time, it's full. but you can stay at the connected restaurant (The Aviator). you can relax also since some of the seats are couches.
the fastest train in the world. we were traveling for 301kph. but you won't get dizzy. within 15 minutes, we're in Longyang Road already.
it costs 50 RMB for one-way. but if you arrive on the same date, you can have a 20% discount or just pay 40 RMB. just show your airline ticket.
i'm not really sure what you can see in the Observatory in the Shanghai Financial Center, but if it is just the view, I recommend you just go to the restaurants of Park Hyatt Hotel (it's just beside the Observatory).
though it's only the 87th or 91st floor, at least you will have a magnificent view
be comfortable (and they have a luggage counter so you can move and relax comfortably)
and great food! we ordered waffle, french toast and hot choco. i love their hot choco. it tastes like tablea. you should order it.
and the most important of all, you can access the networking sites! Twitter, Instagram, Facebook... so if you super miss your SNS, it's a great place to visit.
honestly, with those three food, experience of dining in Park Hyatt, having our SNS, nice view and comfortable breakfast, it's like we were able to save some money compared if we went to the Observatory.
5th Floor of IFC Mall
carrying our luggages, we kinda walked around the Financial Center. and saw the IFC Mall. since there's an IFC Mall in Seoul that is memorable for me, we decided to check out this mall. we saw the directory and saw that there's a roofdeck on the 5th floor. and good thing we did! there's totally not much people and you can view the streets of the Financial Center.
and a good photoshoot spot.
it's on our way home. and just as we were strolling, we totally felt that we are in another country (not in the Philippines). hehe. and the old buildings are a nice change. i think it would look better during spring or fall
our favorite place. it has everything. and it's clean and stylish and really nice. we're always there everyday. not only because it's our neighbor but it's really a good place to visit. you can find everything there, malls, banks where you can exchange your money, good food, everything.
it's a mall in Xintiandi. sorry, i really don't have a picture of this. but anyway, i included this coz in the mall, you can find lots of good stuff. there's a bookstore/cafe where you can mail your future self or other people in the future. just tell them when you want it to be delivered. but i think you have to buy the postcards from them. and i also saw the books Ode to Joy, and When a Snail Falls in Love (with Wang Kai and Olivia on the cover), but it's in Chinese. hehe.
|credits to @robellejoyce for this photo|
and one thing i like again in this supermarket. they sell Rio. hahaha. i just have to buy it coz Yang Yang is endorsing it and you can see it in almost all mainland dramas. though i didn't see three squirrels there..
how to go there? it's just Exit 1 of Xintiandi Station.
Mystic South Yunnan Ethnic Cuisine
literally our favorite restaurant in Shanghai. we ate there 3 out of the 4 nights we stayed in Shanghai. and the reason we did not eat on the second night is because it is closed. the food is great and the servers are friendly and fast. though on the first day we had difficulties in communicating, later on we got used to each other. hahaha. they recognize us already. and the food is not that expensive.
how did we discover the place? before the trip, i searched on top restaurants in Xintiandi and this is in the list. this is on the top of my list but i thought that i'll have difficulty in finding it since it's not in iPhone map. so we tried looking for the second in my list. then we passed by it. and i told my companions that it's in my list so we tried it.
we asked what are the bestsellers and i have to agree that they really are the bestsellers except for one. anyway, here are our favorite dishes that we ordered and i recommend that you order them also. i can't find the picture of the menu, so i'll just post the picture of the food and just put what i remembered from the dish (and we didn't order all of them on the first day. hehe)
|cold noodles. my favorite. even if it's winter, it's still refreshing|
|tilapia. joyce's favorite. a little spicy though|
|Grandma's Mashed Potato. my sister's favorite. it's 9 RMB|
while i was going around Xintiandi alone, of all the malls there, i don't know but i decided to enter K11. and i think i made the right decision.
what i like about the mall is that parts of it is like an art exhibit. i was not able to explore the other exhibits. but when i visited, there's also an instruction on how to do a crane, but of course i failed. but i tried coz i want to do this and have my wish come true.
sorry, i don't know where my pictures of the mall are 😐
this had been a chill day 1 minus the luggages. we've been to only a few places but still it's a fun experience and the places we visted in day 1 are places we wanted to go back to.
Saturday, March 04, 2017
i don't know anything about Shanghai. i have just started a drama filmed in Shanghai, so i really don't know anything. i tried to do our itinerary but i failed. i only did he first day and a little on the second day. my companions are not also familiar with Shanghai and we don't have any Chinese skills. also Google is not working. so how did we survive?
|sorry it won't rotate..|
|don't mind our bags. hehe. thanks to @robellejoyce for the pic.|
9. Whatsapp and WeChat
these two are the popular chats in China. sometimes Viber would work but not most of the time. Facebook messenger, i would receive notifications but we can't open them. so these apps (ad iMessage/FaceTime) are what we use.
what's good about WeChat is that it has a translator, so it makes communication easier.
10. Look to Your Left and to Your Right Before Crossing the Street
even if you're on the pedestrian lane, you still should look (especially to your left) before you cross. coz the traffic for vehicles in Shanghai is.. turn left/right with care
i hope this list would be of any help to those traveling to Shanghai and i guess to other China cities.