Snapshot: Athens

When I was reading up on Greece prior to our trip, I came across some comments that dismissed Athens as a dirty, chaotic city that’s overrated and only serves as a gateway to the Greek islands.

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I don’t know where they stayed or what happened to them in Athens, but our experience so far has been nothing short of amazing. We’re staying at Plaka, under the shadow of the towering walls of the Acropolis, an area where the streets are small and lined with beautiful houses and quaint cafés. It’s very touristy, but you can turn a corner and discover a hidden gem.

We haven’t ventured far from our neighborhood, except this afternoon when we walked all the way to the funicular station in Kolonaki to head up to Lykovittos hill for a 360 degrees view of Athens. It was far, the climb up hundreds of steps zapped our energy, but we were rewarded with a gorgeous sight, and pride for surviving the hike.

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The other side of Hong Kong

Just as I was starting to get settled to being back in Manila, I received an e-mail from Tigerair: I have a flight coming up in a couple of days. Though I keep close tabs on my flights, it’s still great to receive a reminder, as I know some might forget, specially if tickets were bought way in advance.

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Isn’t that a lovely gesture?

Tigerair Philippines operate its most of its international flights from the Diosdado Macapagal Airport in Clark, Pampanga. I booked the first flight out of Clark, which departs at 7 am. Of course, that meant I had to be at the airport by five in the fricking morning. Luckily, there’s a shuttle from Trinoma that leaves at 3 am, so I was at the airport with plenty of time to spare.
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Finding tranquility in Shangri-La Hotel, Guangzhou

Guangzhou, I find, is just like any booming city — busy, fast-paced, and teeming with people. Though I like the comforts of city living, I do enjoy discovering little pockets of tranquil space where you can relax, recharge, and get ready to delve back into the chaos.

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The lobby of Shangri-La Hotel, Guangzhou

Shangri-La Hotel in Guangzhou is one of those places for me. It’s not in the middle of the bustling city — it’s far enough to feel like you’re away from everything, yet accessible via the subway and the hotel shuttle that takes you to key destinations around the city.
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Living the high life at Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong

Shangri-La Hotels has always been about luxury. Despite knowing that and after two previous stays in Singapore and Sydney, I was bowled over when I found out just how luxurious staying at the Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong can be.

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Yay for paperless check-in!

The experience starts at check-in. I arrived at the hotel just past nine in the morning, way too early to be checking in at any hotel. I was just admiring the reception’s Wacom tablet, which they use for checking in guests, when I was told that I’m to head to the 56th floor, where Horizon Club Guests have an exclusive check-in.
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Travel Expenses: Hobart

The first time I went to Hobart, I wasn’t able to keep track of our expenses. Since we were hosted by my brother-in-law’s friends, we had no accommodation expense, and most of our meals were had at their house.

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Beautiful Hobart

On this trip, however, my sisters and I were on our own, and I was able to see just how much a trip to Hobart would cost. Note that this is not a super budget trip: we stayed in a serviced apartment where we were able to cook most of our meals. Our main activity was a trip to the Museum of Old and New Art and the Salamanca Market. We walked everywhere, since our accommodation was centrally located. Also note that this covers the travel expenses for the three of us, excluding our personal shopping.
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