31 October 2010
30 October 2010
17 October 2010
- Are you a male or female: I'm A Boy
- Describe yourself: The Seeker
- How do you feel: Love Reign O'er Me
- What do you hate: La-la-la-Lies
- Describe where you currently live: In the City
- If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Leaving Here
- Your favorite form of transportation: 5:15 (train)
- Your best friends are: My Generation
- Your fear: I Can't Explain
- What is the best advice you have to give: Won't Get Fooled Again
- Thought for the Day: You Better You Bet
- How I would like to die: I'm Free
- My soul's present condition: Happy Jack
- A message to someone you love: See Me, Feel Me
- Your Motto: Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
15 October 2010
12 October 2010
10 October 2010
- Woke up before 10am. We made it a no-alarm clock-day (a rare one for us!). We attended church service Saturday evening so we could sleep late Sunday.
- I cooked J's favorite pork and chicken adobo for brunch.
- J cooked chicken sopas for our merienda.
- We watched The Godfather II on DVD. My movie choice for Sunday morning. J's right, it's even better than the First.
- A well-deserved Swedish Massage for two. Heaven!
- Gave in to my pasta and pizza craving (caused by "Eat, Pray, Love" The Movie -- which we saw on Oct 7). Enjoyed mouth-watering Pasta Arrabiata and Napoli Pizza from Trattoria Gourmet, Shangrila Mall. I was too happy!
- Instead of gelato (still going by "Eat, Pray, Love's" menu), we had frozen yogurt at the newly-renovated Rustan's Supermarket.
- We printed photos for my dear Mom-in-law. We're visiting her this week.
- We agreed on starting on our nth investment, for our future.
- We slept early for our morning workout at the gym.
08 October 2010
02 October 2010
- Wear your most comfortable shoes. There’ll be a lot of walking. We designed our own itinerary and commuted our way through Beijing. We averaged almost 50,000 steps each day (J’s watch has a pedometer).
- September is Autumn in Beijing. Weather ranged from 13-16C (Pinoys, it's like Baguio weather). You can survive with only one layer of clothing. But if you're lamigin, like me, best to bring a jacket / coat. It gets ice cold when it starts pouring (good thing I brought gloves and scarves).
- Check the weather forecast on-line. It was accurate from Sept 18-22, 2010. Thank God we brought umbrellas.
- If you're exploring on your own, bring your own map. Unlike in HK, SG and Shanghai, there were no free Beijing maps when we arrived at the Central Airport Terminal 2. Good thing our Frommer's book came with a free map, that’s what we used the entire trip.
- Pay public toilets are everywhere. Warning: they could be very stinky. And ladies, be ready to squat.
- Don’t ride the rickshaws. We heard they charge gold!
- Politely walk away from strangers approaching you for photos, tours, tickets, etc. These could be scams.
- You need at least five days to get around. Our trip was super bitin – only three days of pasyal (the other days were for flying). We didn’t get to see The Summer Palace and The Temple of Heaven; and there was no time for serious mall window shopping for me (hehe). More reasons to go back? *wink*
- The locals are helpful in their own sungit way.
- It helps to know a little Chinese. (J's taking Mandarin classes.)
- For the major attractions, we printed out their names in Chinese and English (you can access these on-line). The print outs made it easier to ask for directions.
This is a personal list from our recent trip (September 18-22, 2010) to Beijing. Best to make your own list if you don’t agree with me.
BEST "FEELING LIKE A LOCAL" EXPERIENCE
While walking through Hutong Inn’s neighborhood, I noticed a man with a bag full of yummy-looking egg tarts. “Where’d he get those?” Then J saw a bakeshop right across the street – a really small stall with a long line of locals. We crossed the street and lined up.