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Las Vegas June 2014 Part 1

Posted on Sunday, 19 October 2014

Vegas was the last leg of my annual family summer trip. My parents have been here a couple of times, and they wanted me and my siblings to see it at least once in our lifetimes. This being said, I don’t know if I’ll ever come back to this place again… unless there’s an important event that I have to attend. It’s a great place to unwind if you’re into casinos, pool parties, sexy girls, celebrity chefs, touring hotels, and whatnot. Unfortunately, my heart lies in big cities, and places with museums and historical architecture. 

To be fair, I have to chalk my so-so Vegas experience up to getting super sick and spraining my foot out of nowhere, lol. Murphy’s law. I kept joking to my parents about Vegas knowing of my disapproval. As a form of revenge, it decided to pull a bad prank on me! 

Oh well. At least I struck gold with shows like Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil, Absinthe, and Cirque du Soleil’s O. I don’t mind going to Vegas for the shows. I do mind that I have absolutely nothing to do during the day, haha

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Paris’ Eiffel Tower?

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Rome’s Trevi Fountain?

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Venice’s Campanile di San Marco?

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No, it’s just Vegas, haha.

Daytime!Vegas is not the Vegas we always see in movies.

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How Vegas looks like before all the parties start. Not a surprise to see only a few people walking around. The rest are still probably nursing their hangovers…

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Or sleeping their hearts out because a lot of the shows end rather late…

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Or gambling, lol.

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Hey Crissey, I found a Coke store!

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If you walk along the street, you can find a lot of people wearing costumes and asking for donations. 

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It’s scorching hot during the day so everyone’s somewhat forced to go inside the hotels and malls… which are all inspired by different countries! 

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I love me some Rick Owens.

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"Killer" boots.

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Went to Carlo’s Bakery, home of the Cake Boss! It’s times like these that I’m grateful to have a foodie as a younger brother. I would’ve totally skipped this place if I were just on my own.

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Of course, I had to get my favorite kind of cake - strawberry shortcake! It was glorious.

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Would you have your face immortalized like those busts that we see in museums…?

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Saw Chrome Hearts at Caesar’s Palace. If you follow K-pop boy groups, you’ve probably heard about this brand before.

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I’ve always wanted that LV bag. 

As if I don’t already have a surplus of black bags. u_u

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The H&M store in Caesar’s Palace is something that you definitely can’t miss! It is all sorts of beautiful.

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Sickly me, resting before the Absinthe show. 

We only decided which shows to watch once we arrived in Vegas. We asked around, and read some reviews online. A lot of people raved about Absinthe, a show that I’ve never heard of before.

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The show was a mix of acrobatics, cabaret, and adult humor.

We’re all old enough in the family to not be awkward when watching these things together…

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…and they actually laughed their asses off when I got randomly called on stage to receive lap dances from strangers.

LOL @ the chances of me being chosen!

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The show’s not all about adult humor though! The stunts were all pretty good too.

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Finally, nighttime! Now this is the Vegas that I know.

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The world’s largest chocolate fountain in Bellagio!

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Paris, Las Vegas. Kind of like New York, Cubao. Or not really.

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Speaking of New York…

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All of the lights - cop lights, flash lights, spot lights, strobe lights, street lights.

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Vegas show girls? Or just some random girls cosplaying as show girls?

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Vegas life only starts once the sun goes down.

Still have 2 posts to go, then I’m finally done with all my US 2014 posts! I secretly don’t want it to end though. Obviously. What am I doing posting a trip from June… in October?!

Taal July 2014

Posted on Sunday, 12 October 2014

Long overdue post on my short day trip to the Heritage Town of Taal!

Every year, my college barkada and I schedule at least one out-of-town road trip. This year, we intentionally picked a place that we know we’ll end up geeking about together (versus just going to the beach or pool for a swim)! We all share a love for art, history, architecture, etc. (6 out of 9 in our group graduated from Fine Arts), so we figured we might as well go all out with our geekiness and spend our time doing these kinds of tours.

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Taal is about 2 1/2-3 hours away from Manila. As soon as we got there, we met up with a tour guide who brought us to Taal’s famous historical landmarks.

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My friend Drew was so ready to start the day! He’s still using the same backpack that he wore to school 8 years ago, lol #thefeels

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Villavicencio Wedding Gift House was our first stop! 

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This late Victorian-style house was built in 1870 when a certain Eulalio Villavicencio married Gliceria Marella Villavicencio. Gliceria, or Aling Eriang, is considered one of the 1898 revolution heroes. 

The house also served as a headquarters for the revolutionaries at one point in time. 

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I was never one to watch local telenovelas, but our tour guide mentioned that this place has been featured on television quite a number of times already. It has become so common for the locals to see celebrities shooting here!

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Perfume bottles.

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Bed details. Hand-embroidered.

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Printed and written prayers.

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Just me, hanging out in my neighborhood… not! You know how I live for juxtapositions, right? Suddenly, leopard print in a 19th century house.

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Art nouveau everywhere. Spent a good few minutes spazzing about it with my friends (who were equally as excited as I was!).

A barkada that geeks out together, stays together. (Can’t believe we’ve been friends for 8 years now!)

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Our tour guide served us snacks! Good timing, as we were parched from all that time we spent in the car. They served us empanadas (fave!), suman, and the best part - hot chocolate!

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Before the time of mason jars.

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Tea, anyone?

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On the ground floor, you can find a room with historical memorabilia.

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The Villavicencios supported the publication and distribution of Jose Rizal’s most famous books - Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. 

These were two of the earliest original copies. Wow!

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Hand of the King? #imissgameofthrones

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Our next stop was Galleria Taal, probably the only vintage camera museum in the country.

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It’s not just an ordinary museum though - the whole building used to be owned by Domingo Ilagan and Maria Martinez. Their third child, Candida Ilagan, was married to Antonino Barrion, a Batangas delegate to the 1935 Constitutional Convention.

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CAMERA-CEPTION. I really enjoyed this place, being a photographer myself! 

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Vintage cameras can look this adorable…

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…or this badass! 

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These are only just about 10% of all the vintage cameras in the museum. Galeria Taal is definitely a must-see, even if you’re not into photography. It’s always interesting to see how much technology has evolved since the earliest days. There are some parts of the museum where the cameras are arranged by brand. You can clearly see the difference that time makes!

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While most of us girls preferred the Victorian-style Wedding Gift House, the guys in our group preferred the art-deco goodness at the Don Leon Apacible ancestral house. 

Leon Apacible was Emilio Aguinaldo’s finance officer. Jose Rizal and Mariano Ponce also went to this house!

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Sometimes, your mind can’t help imagining creepy figures in these kinds of photos.

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Old school kalesa.

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This glorious table…

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Anyone play sungka?

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Doña Marcela Agoncillo Museum is one of Taal’s oldest buildings! It’s been around since the 17th century.

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Marcela Agoncillo is known to be the principal seamstresses of the first and official flag of the Philippines. She is also called the Mother of the Philippine flag.

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I wish there were more houses that still looked like this! 

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*nudges Crissey* Coke, oh!

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A collection of old French books. 

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Know your flags! We actually had a black flag with a skull before!

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Our Lady of Caysasay Shrine houses one of the earliest Marian images in the Philippines. In 1603, a man named Juan Maningcad found it when he casted his net in Pansipit River.

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Many miracles have been attributed to Our Lady of Caysasay. During Holy Week, this place gets packed due to the number of loyal devotees from all over the country.

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A few minutes away from the church is the supposed site where Our Lady of Caysasay was found. The locals call it Balon ng Sta. Lucia.

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The water from these twin wells is said to have healing powers. 

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And last but not the least, we went to Basilica de Martin de Tours, considered the largest and oldest church in Asia. IN ASIAAAAA

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O hai gaiz - Neil, Kim, Adi, Tep, Drew, Kiks, Tracy, tour guide, and Rg!

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One of the most beautiful churches I’ve ever seen. 

Thanks to Giovanni Dibella, one of the two artists who painted San Agustin Church’s ceiling, we can enjoy the ceiling’s trompe l’oeil style. 

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Looks like scenes from a movie.

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Just before leaving the town, my friends went to a balisong store. The balisong is also known as fan knife or butterfly knife.

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If you search for butterfly knife on the Internet, you’ll see that it originated from the town of Batangas (where Taal is). Cool beans!

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After spending a few hours in the Heritage Town of Taal, we had to bid farewell. Thank you to my friends for dragging my butt to this place, because I’m absolutely smitten! 

I finally know what kind of local travel posts I can do! Don’t count on me to post about bikinis and martinis on the beach, lol

Florida May 2014 - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Posted on Saturday, 4 October 2014

This is the post that I’ve been wanting to share for the longest time now! I was lucky enough to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando last May, and I took way too many photos to fit in the rest of my Universal Studios entries. Best solution was to create a separate post for it, similar to my old Warner Bros. Studio Tour post.

This is the re-creation of Hogsmeade in the Islands of Adventure theme park. Sadly, Diagon Alley and Muggle London opened in July 2014, and I was 2 months too early. Still better than nothing, right? Anyhow, I went straight here from the entrance of the theme park as soon as it opened, and spent a good few hours just ogling at everything, and taking a gazillion photos to share with everybody! 

Hope you guys enjoy the eye candy that is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Try playing the OST in the background while you’re reading this for maximum ~*feels~* <3

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There are two entrances to Hogsmeade - one with this “Welcome to Hogsmeade” sign, and the other with a “Please respect the spell limits” sign. SQUEALS

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How to avoid the crowd - go super early in the morning! 

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Perpetual winter in Hogsmeade. Perpetual summer in Florida. 

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Easily the best place to fool yourself into thinking that there’s winter in Florida.

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The first thing that you’ll see when you enter Hogsmeade is the Hogwarts Express train!

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Can I take this home? I’d love to have this displayed in my future house! 

Apparently, after the July expansion, people can now actually ride the train to the Muggle London. And the inside of the train looks exactly like in the movies. I WENT TOO EARLY

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When in Hogsmeade…

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Try some Butterbeer! The ones they sell at the theme park are non-alcoholic drinks that come in regular and frozen. You can opt to buy it in a regular plastic cup, or in a collectible mug that you can take home with you!

A lot of people have been asking me what Butterbeer tastes like. I’m not the best person to describe how it tastes (I suck at food commentaries! Everything tastes good, lol) but it’s somewhat like butterscotch cream soda? It’s a little on the heavy side, so it was a good thing that I shared a cup with someone else. Prepare yourself for some sugar coma.

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The next thing that you’ll see after the train is Honeydukes! Here you can find actual Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans, Chocolate Frogs (which most people get for the cards), etc. OMG IT IS EXACTLY HOW I IMAGINED IT. Couldn’t take proper photos inside because there were too many people (there was literally no space left to move), but ahh, I could see why people would spend so much money on all the edible merchandise!

P.S. My geeky self wants to know if they made a secret passageway from Honeydukes to Hogwarts…

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I wouldn’t want to eat this, huu too pretty. These are about $10 - quite pricey, but just look at that wonderful packaging! 

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Honeydukes sherbet lemon! 

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Cinnamon-flavored Pepper Imps!

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Description: hops realistically in the stomach. NOT SURE IF WANT

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Beside Honeydukes is Zonko’s Joke Shop.

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This mandrake moves! D:

Scariest thing since bb Voldemort.

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O stands for…

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Ollivander’s Wand Shop!

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You can go right into the shop to get a wand for yourself, or fall in line for a short 5-minute demo. One lucky guest (usually a kid) is chosen to try out different wands and say some spells out loud. Special effects ensue, and we all kind of die from happiness. 

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The Owlery. DETAILS!!!

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Owl Post. 

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At Dervish and Banges!

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The Monster Book of Monsters inside a cage, because a belt is not enough to contain it! 

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Spectrespecs for all you Luna fans out there.

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Quidditch dreams. 

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Team Gryffindor or Team Slytherin?

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If you were a student and you had this for a notebook - omg 

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This one, however…

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The fashion game is also strong in WWOHP. Here’s a Fawkes necklace.

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The official Time Turner merch! 

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THE ROBES. THE SCARVES. WWOHP, JUST TAKE ALL MY MONEY.

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I don’t know why, but ever since I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to be in Ravenclaw! How about you?

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Everyday can be Harry Potter day with these clothes.

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Touch it and suffer the same fate as Cedric Diggory. D:

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You can’t miss Three Broomsticks! This is the only restaurant in WWOHP Hogsmeade, and it serves the usual English fare. 

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Hog’s Head!

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Trivia: Did you know that the Three Broomsticks in the movies was based on the one designed for WWHOP, and not the other way around?

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Hog’s Head is a pub in the same building as Three Broomsticks. They serve Butterbeer, and real beer.

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How to instantly look annoying: 1) Wear sunglasses indoors (no make-up, lol); 2) Pose with beer when you don’t even like beer

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Dominic Maestro’s Music Shop. 

Around this time, I went to the girls’ bathroom… and heard Moaning Myrtle wailing! Creepy stuff.

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Hogsmeade’s specialty bookshop!

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For all the lulzy stuff Gilderoy Lockhart has done, I must hand it to him - his book cover looks absolutely amazing!

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Quaffle, bludger, snitch…

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Just looking at the window displays will make you want to cry tears of joy! Love how they made WWOHP one big exhibit as well, and not just a place where you can try out some HP-themed rides!

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Guess who.

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Measuring tape cat at the seamstress’ shop.

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Last stop, but definitely not the least…

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The Hogwarts Castle! 

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I’m sorry Transformers and Spider-Man, but Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is THE BEST RIDE OF ALL TIME.

The 70+ mins. wait was worth it, because the line went through inside the castle. Was able to see the Sorting Hat, Mirror of Erised, Hogwarts House Jewels, talking portraits, Dumbledore’s office, the Defence Against Dark Arts classroom, the Herbology classroom, and the Gryffindor common room, among other things. Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt!

(Too bad I couldn’t take photos because I had to store my camera in a locker. The nature of the ride discourages people from bringing bags and bulky things with them. Curious about the ride? You’ll just have to try it out for yourself!)

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One last look of the castle from the other entrance of WWOHP. This experience was the highlight of my whole US trip last May/June. 

I’m so obsessed with Harry Potter that I had to go to the one in Osaka again, just 3 months after this Universal Orlando visit. Surprise, surprise! You’ll see another Harry Potter post in the next couple of weeks. :)

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The only peek I got of Muggle London while it was under construction at next-door Universal Studios Florida.

Bloody hell. I totally need some floo powder right now. Take me back to Universal Orlando!

Florida May 2014 - Universal Studios

Posted on Tuesday, 30 September 2014

I’m 100% convinced that I’m not made for places with impossible crowds (like Disneyworld), because I couldn’t be any happier to spend 2 whole days in Universal Studios. There were still a lot of people, but there were less strollers parked everywhere. Finally, some space! I guess it also helped that my family and I arrived in the theme park just in time for opening. 

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We headed straight to Islands of Adventure for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Best to be early! Found ourselves suddenly brisk-walking from the entrance because literally EVERYBODY had the same idea as us. 

But that’s because the Harry Potter crowd supposedly gets worse in the afternoon. Yikes! And it did!

Spent a good few hours in Hogsmeade before checking out the other attractions. So excited to post my Harry Potter experience already!  

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The adventure begins, alright. It was a race to Harry Potter! 

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Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls at Toon Lagoon. One of those death-defying log rides that’s sure to get you soaked!

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Hello to my parents!

It’s so weird to see Universal Studios so empty! Perks of waking up early, for sure. Everybody else was busy lining up for the Harry Potter rides after lunch, while we had the rest of the theme park all to ourselves (and the other people who had the same strategy as us). 

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Hey Betty!

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"I’m going to need a vacation from this vacation." #storyofmylife

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Another reason to visit Universal Studios - Marvel Super Hero Island!

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The first time I tried the Spider-Man ride was about 5 years ago when I went to Universal Studios Japan. I was never one to ride traditional rollercoasters, but the Spider-Man ride in Osaka got me hooked on 3D/4D simulation rides! My life has drastically changed since!

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Lining up can be quite interesting too, especially if the rides have these small exhibits that you can take photos of. 

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Storm was sooo pretty and in character! Rogue though…

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I’m pretty sure it’s just me, but I think this kid looks like a mini Chris Evans…?

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Photobombed by a duck and a slice of pizza.

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Not a real person, but a life-sized figurine inside one of the stores!

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Marvel Bobbleheads! 

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Spider-Man onesies. Start them young.

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Marvel fluffiness.

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Just in time for the Daily Superhero Parade! Which lasted for only about 5 minutes. Boo.

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Lunch and dessert at Emeril’s! This Banana Cream Pie was everything.

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Poseidon’s Fury, found in The Lost Continent, just before the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. People just breezed through this place like it was nothing, lol. Kind of felt bad for it.

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Favorite part of The Lost Continent - The Mystic Fountain! It’s an interactive fountain that tricks people into doing all sorts of silly stuff.

The worst (or best?) part about it is that it randomly switches the water up like crazy, and everyone within a meter or two has a huge change of getting wet.

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That RPG realness…

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Chanced upon some Legend of Zelda merchandise at the Weapons shop. Just another ordinary day…

*spazzes deep inside*

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Seuss Landing! This part had mostly small kiddie rides so we didn’t really bother trying them. One day, maybe I’ll be forced to try them out anyway? When I have my own kid? D: *grown-up/future issues*

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The Cat in the Hat knows a lot about that!

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One does not just pass by a Panda Express and not try out their yummy walnut shrimp…

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The next day, we went to the regular Universal Studios a.k.a. the one that we’re all used to seeing. First stop was the Transformers ride which was similar to the Spider-Man ride. It just opened last year!

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The Transformers merchandise store = definitely worth checking out! Toy collectors, prepare your wallets.

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Too cool for words!

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For the love of photography. <3

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Obligatory Mel’s Drive-In photo.

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Lunch at Hard Rock Cafe! Man, this place was huge. If rock and roll had a museum, this would be it. 

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"Take my picture here because my outfit matches the scene." Just another day in the life of a blogger, lol. 

So contrived.

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WAAA It’s so cute, I’m gonna die!

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Enjoyed the Despicable Me ride too! It’s not super intense like Harry Potter, Spider-Man, or Transformers, but the story was adorable! My parents have never seen the Despicable Me movies, and the ride was able to win them over in such a short span of time.

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Princess Fiona and Shrek’s serious discussion. Dat shade, Fiona.

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DOOOOOOOOOOOC!

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Simpsons land!

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Spot Manny Pacquiao.

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Classic case of deja vu. I was just in San Francisco a few days before this was taken. 

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Hair color envy. 

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Watched this because we ran out of things to do, lol. Enjoyed all the corny puns they used. Wonder how long it took for them to dig all of that up.

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Old New York!

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Waited in this area for the last parade of the day, which ended up quite odd because I couldn’t recognize some of the characters…? Am I too old? :(

Anyhow, I just took photos of the ones that I knew—

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This angle made the minion look like he was wearing a hat, haha 

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*says gibberish*

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I’ve never finished a whole episode of Spongebob. I could, but I can’t. MY BRAIN!

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I’ve also never watched Dora The Explorer! Maybe I’m really that old! D:

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Whew, long post! I took way too many photos, as usual. I have x number of travel diaries left to post, and I’m not even close to finishing all of them! At least there’s something to look forward to other than my sponsored posts nowadays, haha

Florida May 2014 - Disney’s Hollywood Studios + Epcot

Posted on Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Our family trip to Orlando was all about theme parks. 2 days Disney, 2 days Universal Studios, and it’s still wasn’t enough. Disney World would probably take you a week to complete! Sound crazy? Not really. There is some sort of adrenaline rush that comes with theme parks - the amount of fun that you’re having will make you forget about your tired feet and sleeplessness. 

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios is one of the 4 (Yes, there are 4!) theme parks in Disney World. The whole place is inspired by the heyday of Hollywood during the ’30s and ’40s.

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But really, our main purpose was STAR WARS! 

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Eat me, you will! If I eat the Darth Vader cookie, will my breathing start sounding like his?

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Compared to Magic Kingdom, there were more teenagers and adults in Hollywood Studios. And most of them were there to fawn over the Star Wars rides and characters!

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How do I spell the sound that Chewbacca makes when he’s happy?

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LIGHTSABERS EVERYWHERE!

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Boba Fett! /flails

I don’t know why but as a kid I’ve always had a crush on Boba Fett. 

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Every spring (May-June 2014), the theme park holds a special event called “Star Wars Weekends”. They feature the 501st legion, actual (and not just cosplayers) Star Wars actors’ appearances, Jedi Training Academy classes for little kids, and some ewoks running around the theme park.

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There’s also a Jedi Training Academy that happens every hour throughout the whole year!

It was actual scorching hot during our visit, but the kids didn’t seem bothered by it at all, even with their thick robes. Would love my future kid to experience this one day! My boyfriend would totally spaz because he’s a huge Star Wars geek.

The smaller kids trained on stage, while the bigger kids were situated in front. They had to learn a few moves before their skills were tested.

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The smaller kids got to battle Darth Vader, while the bigger kids got to spar with Darth Maul.

I want! They should make a similar event for adults too, huhu.

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Jedi Duffy! Didn’t know bears were allowed to enroll in the Jedi Training Academy.

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R2D2, what did they do to you? You’re my only hope…

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Enjoyed our lunch while watching the Padawan Mind Challenge. The kids had to answer some questions about the Clone Wars. The questions were actually pretty difficult!

Start them young. These kids totally knew what they were talking about!

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Woot! Stormtrooper cup holder!

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(Moussy dress, 3.1 Phillip Lim bag, Gold Dot wedges, one way headband) Hype this look on Lookbook here.

Dressed according to the theme park, lol. Really wanted to fit in the vintage exteriors!

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Back details. A lot of people were dressed comfortably (t-shirt and shorts) so it was hard to take any good street style photos! 

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Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage! Was disappointed at Gaston and human!Beast, huu /dreams shattered

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Spent a good 5 minutes laughing at this with my mom and my brothers, haha

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I’ve never seen Ratatouille! D: 

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There’s no place like home.

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Temporarily transported back to San Francisco. Wasn’t I just here a few days before this photo was shot…

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Before dinner, we went to EPCOT to catch the fireworks. Epcot, or Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, opened during the ’80s, and is somewhat like a world fair / world showcase.

The giant sphere at the entrance of the park is called Spaceship Earth.

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How Walt Disney envisioned the future. So pretty.

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Guess where we ended up staying…

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Starts with the letter J. Ends with N.

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There was some sort of exhibit inside one of the structures. It was quite old, and actually very funny. I have no idea if they were able to confirm if certain anime characters were really based on ancient Japanese myths.

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There was also a Mitsukoshi at Epcot where you can find all sorts of Japanese goodies. You can’t miss this place if you love all things Japanese. I think they were also selling food and beauty products in there!

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Remind me to get a PS Vita so I can play FFX/X-2 Remaster already.

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Pikachu, I choose you! 

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Floating Torii in Miyajima? Nope, just EPCOT!

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Highlight of the day. It always feels good to conclude a long day at the theme park with fireworks. 

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Wish we had an extra day just for EPCOT. You can go around the world in only a few hours. PRETTY MUCH MY DREAM! When people ask me what superpower I’d love to have, I always answer with teleportation so I can go anywhere in the world in a matter of seconds.

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Spaceship Earth at night. Last Disney post before I start with Universal Studios and Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I’m on a roll!

Florida May 2014 - Disney Magic Kingdom

Posted on Saturday, 13 September 2014

How can anyone fly to Orlando, and not go to the happiest place on earth? After the red eye flight from San Francisco to Florida, we freshened up a little (Sleep? What is sleep? Kids don’t need sleep. And jetlag only happens to adults.), and headed straight to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. 

It still holds the record for the most visited theme park in the world. And boy, was it cramped in there! I got used to the smaller HK and Tokyo Disneyland theme parks where the crowds are usually more manageable, lol. Didn’t stop us from enjoying the rides though!

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Disney World, serving happiness for more than 40 years now. Thank God for bringing Walt Disney to the world!

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As soon as we entered, there was a parade along the Main Street! Lucky, lucky!

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Alternate outfits for Mickey and Minnie. Mickey, your sneaker game…

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Little Princess Jasmine waiting for the parade to finish.

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Had brunch at Tomorrowland. YAAAS to retro-futurism, but I couldn’t take good photos because THERE WERE STROLLERS PARKED EVERYWHERE. All the pathways were about 50% occupied by baby strollers!

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Meet Merida! 

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What’s wrong, Aladdin?

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I VOLUNTEER AS TRIBUTE. Oops, wrong movie.

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Disney couples dancing on stage! So cute.

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While my parents and brothers were having coffee somewhere (We finally got to admit to ourselves that we are full-grown caffeine-dependent adults, not kids, lol), I managed to catch another parade! 

Just in time for my favorite Disney movie - Beauty and the Beast!

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SO MANY THINGS HAPPENING IN DISNEY WORLD, SO LITTLE TIME. One short toilet break, and you might just miss the important events. I’m so lucky I got to catch this particular parade, because the floats were beautiful! Also got to see the characters up close without having to line up for a photo.

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First time to see Anna and Elsa (and Olaf)!

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The Princess and the Frog. Tiana and Prince Naveen’s costumes <3

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And at last I see the liiight~

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Peter Pan and Wendy say hello!

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Tink is not amused! 

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HIGHLIGHT OF THE PARADE. Ariel was everything. The float was perfect, and nothing hurt. 

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Our fate lives within us, you only have to be brave enough to see it.

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The fairies from Sleeping Beauty!

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Maleficent was showing back then, and with all the movie hype, it was only natural for the people to cheer when this badass steampunk dragon started breathing fire!

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Aww, Bashful.

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You don’t say!

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Every little girl’s dream.

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There was a store in Disney World just dedicated to these costumes! To be a young girl again…

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Minnie merch.

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Make your own lightsaber. More Star Wars photos in my next post!

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HAGGARD. But wait, let me take an #ootd…

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It was my mom’s birthday, so we went to a fancy place for dinner - Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Boardwalk. But I couldn’t remember most of it as I was pretty much dead from exhaustion/lack of sleep/jetlag, haha. This is what I get from not exercising! 

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Disney Hollywood Studios, Universal Studios, and a separate Wizarding World of Harry Potter post coming soon!