Quiapo Trip: Souvenir Island + Ramon Lee’s Panciteria

Quiapo is a bustling district in Manila that is full of adventure. There are many things to do and places to see in Quiapo. This is home to the famous Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene where millions of devotees flock during “translacion” to get a chance to touch or kiss the feet of the Black Nazarene. Right outside the church is Plaza Miranda where vendors and fortune tellers manage to do business.

My friend Malou and I went to Hidalgo Street to check some photography equipment and some home wall decals. We walked along Palanca Street and found this interesting shop, Souvenir Island General Merchandise. I also showed her the “secret” stores in Kilion where to get affordable spices, baking ingredients, and packaging supplies. We met Malou’s hubby and threaded the narrow streets going to Carriedo. We had our late lunch at Ramon Lee’s Panciteria. The restaurant has been there since 1929. This is history, man! With the walls adorned with photos of celebrities and politicians, I knew we found a “gem” in this spot. Hooray for a “fine meal” – chicken, pancit, pinsec frito, fried rice, soup, and banana. Yum!

 

Souvenir Island General Merchandise

Address: 135-137 1001, Carlos Palanca Sr., Quiapo, Metro Manila

Contact Number: (02) 735 4319

 

Ramon Lee’s Panciteria

Address: 1003, 540 Ronquillo St, Santa Cruz, Manila, 1003 Metro Manila

Contact number: (02) 733 0642

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Exploring Hong Kong 2017

I love how modernity and tradition in this vibrant city of Hong Kong intertwine. Exploring this fast-paced urban jungle, I was able to see a modern city rich of ancient culture.

Here are some places we visited during the trip:

Mongkok: This place is known for Ladies’ Market where you do bargain shopping of bags and clothes, Temple Street Night Market for street food and just about anything (toys, clothes,souvenirs), and Sneaker Street where shoes and sports stores are located.

Tip: Bargain! Bargain! Bargain!

Central: It is the business district of Hong Kong. Skyscrapers, luxury malls with high-end brands, fancy restaurants, and night clubs surround this financial hub. You can also find here the oldest Temple in Hong Kong, the Man Mo Temple.

Tip: Go to the rooftop garden of IFC mall and enjoy the view. It’s open to the public. 🙂

Tsim Sha Tsui: It is a shopping and nightlife district in Kowloon. You can watch Hong Kong’s Symphony of Lights in TST Promenade and appreciate Hong Kong’s skyline. It’s interesting to watch street performers and try out one of Hong Kong’s favorite snacks… egg tart.

I’ve only seen a part of Hong Kong and I know there’s more to explore, more places to see, more food to try, and more people to meet. I will definitely visit this dazzling city again.

The Best Family-Friendly Spots in Las Vegas

A friend thought of writing about favorite places to visit and encouraged me and other bloggers to pitch in, this way, we are able to share our experiences and learn about other culture. Below is Kendra’s post about her favorite places to go in Las Vegas. Enjoy!

 

Las Vegas hasn’t always had the best reputation. While it is indeed rich in indulgent splendors, there is also a lot of good, clean family fun awaiting you.

 

Become Tiger Woods

When my husband and his friends attended the Butch Harmon School of Golf, they were thrilled. As the name suggests, Butch Harmon, the swing coach for Tiger Woods, operates this area of the Rio Secco Golf Club. Although the staff working there teaches most of the classes, Mr. Harmon does give lessons in person for three days out of the year. If you purchase a stay at Caesar’s Palace hotel, you’ll have the option to sign onto this activity, along with free transportation. This is a wonderful present for your husband or boyfriend, and it provides you with a reason for a girls’ day out!

 

Interesting and Innovative Museums

If you came to Las Vegas to take in more culture, you won’t be disappointed. This city boasts numerous museums to peruse, some of which have thought outside the box. The Children’s Discovery Museum is my kids’ favorite, but I really liked downtown’s Neon Museum. This outdoor venue is made to look like junkyard for the creative, and it features long ramps, walkways and stairs that meander around glowing examples of Las Vegas’ neon past. The National Atomic Testing Museum, a mere 65 miles from the original testing site, is a great destination for those interested in science and history.

 

Play Mini Golf Like a Rock Star

My kids really enjoy miniature golf; so taking them to new courses is always a blast. Myrtle Beach may have its dinosaurs and pirates, but they certainly don’t have KISS. Monster Mini Golf in Las Vegas is home to a KISS-themed course, and is intended to be a salute to one of the most famous bands in America. Admission will get you 18 holes of glow-in-the-dark, KISS-based mini-golf mayhem. Putt your ball through enormous electric guitars, and even into a 12-foot replica of Gene Simmons’ head!

 

Unleash Your Inner Chowhound

If you’ve ever wanted to see if you’ve got what it takes to eat competitively, then you’ve come to the right place. Grab your appetite and head to the BRAND Steakhouse in the Monte Carlo. For $250, you’ll receive a 120-ounce steak, two sauces and a side. It’s a lot of money, but there’s a catch: If you can eat it all, it’s free! Just a short walk beyond the BRAND Steakhouse, you’ll find another deliciously meaty challenge in the form of an eight-pound cheeseburger. It’s always a riot to watch people try to put away so much food, and you have to admire their determination.

 

Las Vegas is truly a unique place with one of a kind casinos and world-renowned hotels. With so much to see and do, sites like Gogobot make it easy to plan your trip and feel more comfortable before you head out to Las Vegas.

El Portal Inn – Tagbilaran, Bohol

There’s no doubt that El Portal Inn deserves to be the #1 Bed&Breakfast /Inn in Tagbilaran City. Our 3days2nights stay(P1,000/night for double deluxe room) in El Portal Inn was hassle free. We were accommodated by the friendly staff the moment we arrived— about quarter to 11am. That was an early check in -without additional fee.

All the basic things a budget traveler needs are offered here. It made me even happier when I found out that room service is available. We had snacks and booze brought to our room after an afternoon adventure in Antiquera. We also ordered breaded porkchop with  veggies for dinner on our 2nd night, right after our countryside tour. How relaxing!

Here’s the dining area where we had our Filipino breakfast —we chose tapsilog, coffee or juice, and a fruit.

Here’s the lounge area (In the picture Mishale, Kuya Mike, and me). This was taken after our countryside tour, which will be featured in another post.

I wasn’t able to take photos of the rooms but I can say that the room where we stayed in is squeaky clean, has clean, comfortable, and thick mattress, has clean and soft towels and a free soap.  🙂

Check out the services they offer to their valued guests:

  • Restaurant
  • Free Wi-fi Internet Service
  • Laundry Service
  • Bohol Tour Assistance
  • 24hr. Customer Service
  • 24hr Security Guard
  • IDD/NDD/Fax Services
  • 2 Function Rooms for Various
    Occasions
  • Stand-by Power Generator
  • Free Transportation Service from
    the Pier or Airport*
    (Between 6:30am to 8:30pm)        
    By Arrangement Basis Only–

El Portal Inn is the perfect place to stay in Tagbilaran City. Two thumbs up for the food, the clean and comfortable room, and quality service. Clap, clap, clap for the courteous staff who made us feel like we were staying in a hotel.

I give this inn my highest recommendation. This is the only Bed and Breakfast inn I would consider staying at in Tagbilaran. Experience quality service at affordable rates.

Check  out their website. http://elportalinn.net/index.html

El Portal Inn

Address: 56 Belderol St., Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines 6300

Contact Numbers: (038) 411-2124/ Globe- (038) 501-0744

Telefax Number: PLDT- (038) 411-3579

Mobile Number: +639287591352

Email: elportalinn@yahoo.com