PhilippinesTuesday, December 28, 2010
The main reason my family and relative flew to the Philippines was for my cousin's wedding. The flight to the Philippines felt so long!! We left SFO, then stopped by Guam to refuel. We were in Guam for about 50 or minutes.. then it was another 2 hours to get to the Philippines. It was a total of 16 hours all together! So tiring. The cool thing on the plane was that there were touch screens in front of us, and we can do a bunch of things on there such as choose movies to watch listen to albums play games etc. They had some really good movies on there too. i only watched one movie which was step up 3 and the rest of the movies I fell asleep to. I was feeling nauseous so I just slept most of the time there. The airplane food wasn't that bad. They served filipino food. lol
I think we got to the Philippines about 4:30 am Philippines time. We took a while looking for a our luggage because we had a lot of "balikbayan boxes."Once we step foot out of the airport, I felt the Philippines weather. It was humid pretty hott. I felt really sticky and I just wanted to shower already.. but that didn't happen. We couldn't check into our hotel yet because it was too early, so we headed to my cousin's condo and hung out there for a bit. Then once it was time to check in, we just changed into some shorts and began exploring. We stayed at the Richmonde Eastwood Hotel. I think it's in quezon city? idk. lol. After we went go get our dresses fitted. Theoretically the place was about 30 minutes away, but with all the traffic in Manila, it felt about an hour. lol.
After we got out dresses fitted we went out to eat at this Ramen bar near our hotel. My cousin's condo was also across the street from our hotel which was very convenient. The Ramen bar was pretty good. First time having Ramen. lol. Then.. we headed back to my cousin's condo and she wanted to take us to greenhills, so we waited in line for a taxi, and fit 6 ppl, including the driver, in a 5 seater car. oh gash.. and the driving there in the philippines is just crazy!! people be making up their own lanes a lot of honking going on. Sometimes it's hard to cross the street bc the drivers don't want to stop for u... and that's when you have to be an aggressive pedestrian. it's just really scary to me.
My brother and cousin and i had no sleep after that 16 hour flight from SFO to P.I. we wanted to get use to the timezone so we forced ourselves to stay awake n be active. But when 7pm started to roll around we were feeling delirious up in greenhills. i couldn't think.. I didn't feel like shopping.. i was just out of it. All we did basically was just get sim cards or our phones.. then we finally headed to our hotel and showered!! and fell asleep.
The next day we walked around the shopping areas around our hotel. I still wasn't in the shopping mood. in fact, I was never in the shopping mood in the Philippines.. That's why i barely got anything for me or anybody. lol. Oh well!
I can't remember everything day by day.. so i'll just go on, on how i remembered things.
Their starbucks pastries were pretty darn good. they also had mango passion fruit ice blend which was pretty good. and belgian waffles with carmel filling on top. mmm.. Their mc donalds sell chicken rice and spaghetti. lol! Most things are cheaper there, other things that are imported can be more expensive. I think all we did there was EAT! hahah! I spent most of my money on food!
ehh should i cut to the chase and post pictures already? i think that's what i'm going to do
Here's the TV screen i was tellin' yall about.
finally found all our luggage.
My cousin Klyde met us at the airport
we all got to meet our new niece Izzy! her real name is Isabelle
The inside of our hotel
some of the starbucks pastries
in the elevator. The elevator is crazy. well the whole hotel is pretty crazy. i just opened last month.. Well let me tell you about the elevator. you need your hotel room key to access the elevator. And you can only access your floor, and not anyone elses. aint that odd? lol.
my nieces and my older cousins
Tricycles. It's amazing how many people can fit into that thing.
When the roads get super busy, there are people selling stuff on the side and middle of the road!! lol
where we got out dresses fitted
The Philippines is definitely in a christmas spirit
The east wood mall was actually located in our hotel. lol
bunch of tall buildings.
The Ramen place we ate at
The view from outside the window of our hotel
i think this is what they call that "squater" area? I guess where poverty occurs.. something like that.
My cousin and I, she was my roommate when I was there. lol. she stayed with my fam.
from starbucks! Belgian waffles
it looks like it's going to rain..
I felt like I was 21 in the P.I. they don't really care about the age limit for drinking, just as long as you have the money to pay for it. legally it's 18, and i'm above that age. lol.
peppered steak. don't worry it was still cookin in the pot
most unpredictable rainy weather!
we were all soaked.. we weren't prepared for hot weather and sudden rain.
after running away from the rain, we saw a crepe place and decided to try it
this was my order! it was good!
lol look what my nieces did to my uncle.
My cousin's party favors for her wedding
I love this HALO HALO! ON POINT!! it doesn't have the beans that i don't like! mmm coconutty mmmmmm!!
Shawarma! I love em
The Mega Mall
bout to get our nails did
My brother too! LOL
this is what I ordered at MCD
The tree all lit up
There Pizza in the P.I have super thin Crusts!
My Family! having breakfast together
Got to put makeup on my mom for the first time ever! she liked it!
My cousin didn't have a large enough hole punch for her lil pamphlets, so my dad came up with the idea of a nail and hammer. hahah! bc she wanted ribbons in them. So my dad was the manual whole puncher. hahah!
The fam bam coming together to help :D
had some filipino spaghetti in the philippines
fireworks outside of my cousin's condo
their fireworks were pretty darn cool
The day of my cousin's wedding. My other cousin and I spent the night with the bride in her hotel room, which were just a few rooms down from our hotel room. lol. We all fit in on bed. it was nice.
lol! my mom heated us up some cup of noodles
hhhaha behind the scenes..
old school jaguar awaits
Their baby! IZZY