18th Hot Air Balloon Festival

This is my first ever Hot Air Balloon Festival Experience. I drool over my friends’ photos last year as we weren’t able to be there. So this year, I decided to ask my boyfriend’s college buddies. 🙂

Normally, the festival is held on the second or the third week of February. This year, the festival dates are from February 21 up until the 24th.

If you’re planning to go there, it’s best to leave Manila the earliest time possible. I set the call time at 3:30 AM so we can leave the city before 4:00 AM. The festival starts as early as 5:30 AM. Festival also means traffic jam and long queues on toll gates – so it’s best to leave Manila before sunrise. 🙂

Since the place is a bit crowded already, we need to park a bit far from the event place. It’s a 20 minute walk from the parking to the Omni Aviation Complex. There’s also a long line wait when we reached the entrance. Best to wear comfy shoes for this – as we noticed some girls having a hard time walking in heels. 😛

Ticket costs Php 250.00.

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Here are some of my favorite hot air balloons!

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Look how excited everyone is to take photos 🙂

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 Tulips Hot Air Balloon

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 Humpy Dumpy!

Good thing Mel remembered to bring picnic mats for us! Bring umbrellas also just to be prepared for Mr. Sunshine! 🙂

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We also had fun watching the Paragliding Exhibition. Everyone’s on their feet after the exhibition. We we’re so hungry after the festival. We went to Marquee Mall and ate at Apag Marangle and bought pasalubongs at Nathaniels! 🙂

ImageApag Marangle, Marquee Mall Pampanga

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Nathaniel’s Pampanga

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I so love Nathaniel’s siomai – I think it has yam beans inside! 🙂

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Frozen Buko Pandan is their Best Seller 🙂

So there goes my first Hot Air Balloon/Pampanga Getaway! 🙂 Hoping there’ll be more balloons next year! 🙂

Celebrating Valentines Day

While other couples are stuck in a traffic jam, made their reservations, busy looking for somewhere fancy to eat on this special occasion, Mark and I decided to go to work. Valentine’s Day hasn’t always been a big deal for us – well, except the first one where he surprised me with a visit with tulips on his hand 🙂

Luckily, Valentine’s Day landed on a Thursday – my work-from-home day, so after work, I headed straight to Alabang were Mark is currently working. He wasn’t surprised – as after two years of being together, I think he already assumed that I will visit him, by hook or by crook.

I have no idea on what to give him this year though. My first option was to give him a shirt – but I am afraid of getting the wrong one again and it will just end up on his cabinet because he won’t wear it!

I went to Fully Booked before going to school and I accidentally saw this book on their display:

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All About Me by Philipp Keel. It’s a Self Help Book, more of a slum book for matured people I guess. The questions were easy but kinda tough to answer.

Of course, I would like for him to answer the book – so I can read it. It’s a nice gift for the people you love. I would also want him to answer the book and read it let’s say five years from now just to see if he still has the same answers 🙂

Read reviews over the net for this journal and here’s what I found:

I feel it’s a fun and painless way to connect with yourself and to revisit and see how you have changed over time.  – Briggite Rodriguez

This was very fun and kept me busy for a few weeks. I would like to another one in a few years and compare them to one another. – Amanda

I did this in 1999, and I want to get another one and do it again and compare the two. – Tracey Jasperson

We ♥ HK!

Mark and I vowed that we will start our savings this year. So our first and last out of the country getaway for the year would be – surprise, surprise – Hong Kong, still! 🙂

We are so in love with the place that’s why it has been our February habit to have a 3 day vacation there. Though this time, there’ll be no Disneyland, no Ocean Park, no cross country trips. Just the streets of HK, good food, and us.

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Etude House

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Enjoying the Perfect Night

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Symphony of Lights

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It was nice having a band you don’t understand playing on the background 🙂

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Avenue of the Stars

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Somewhere Nice. I forgot the mall’s name 🙂

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Yey! Street Food!

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More Street Foods!

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One Busy Street

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Photo was taken by Mark on our way to the Airport

Not so sure though if we will be back next year. It’s time to try other countries this time! 🙂