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.

Shangri-La Hotel, Guangzhou
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.

Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong
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.

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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What’s in my bag

It seems as if my bag is accumulating more stuff to bring as the years pass. In my years of traveling, I have discarded things I used to think was the bee’s knees, and have learned to embrace some of the items I used to scoff at. Such is life.

Here’s another round of new stuff that I like to have with me when I travel, as well as other things that I have been asked to try while traveling.


If you’ve been reading this blog for a long time, you’d know that I’m a huge fan of reusable bags. I’ve been using them way before plastic bags were banned in the Philippines.

Fluorescent orange, oh my!

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Good night, Melbourne

I’m counting down the hours until my departure in Australia. I’ll be flying out of the country at 10am, but I will start traveling at 3 o’clock in the morning. The trip home will take me the whole day, and if all three flights are on time, I will be in Manila as the clock strikes midnight.

My last sunset in Australia

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