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If you have been poring over the news in the recent days, you may have heard about the really cold weather in the Northern Hemisphere. There is apparently a phenomenon called Polar Vortex where large, strong winds (even defined as persistent and large scale cyclones) from the North Pole blow downwards. According to the news, there have been some death incidences in Canada and the United States due to the extreme cold (about half of the US have 0 to -22 temperatures – not sure what unit that is in though but if it’s in Fahrenheit then that’s definitely much, much colder).

Even tropical Philippines is not spared by the cold weather nowadays. I heard that Manila, the capital of the country, has experienced around 22 degrees Celsius, by far the coldest in a few years, I guess. Baguio, called the summer capital of the Philippines since it’s really cold up there even during the summer, has experienced around 15 degrees Celsius and even lower than that.

Which leads me to my blog post. I’m not so much a fan of cold weather, I guess, especially when taking a bath but I remember missing it once in a while after experiencing 15 degrees.

In 2010, my college batchmates and I went to Hongkong and Macau for a so-called educational trip. It’s a good thing that they do not require a Visa so there isn’t much of a hassle going there.

Here are a few snapshots from that trip almost 4 years ago:

at the hotel lobby

at the hotel lobby

We went there with the help of a travel agency, by the way, because the school will not allow us if we didn’t book the trip that way. Hmm, they advised us to wear masks. I don’t know.

at Noah's Ark

at Noah’s Ark

Noah’s Ark was one of the attractions we first went to (aside from the universities, of course) but it really wasn’t much. Maybe for the kids, though.

stuck at a train station in HK

stuck at a train station in HK

Every night we’d roam around the streets of HongKong to maximize our stay there. The teacher allowed us, just as long as we are able to get ready by call time the next morning, which is usually at 6AM. We’d start the tour at around 7AM or so. That gives us roughly 2-3 hours (if we’re lucky) of sleep.

Ocean Park, HK

Ocean Park, HK

One of the things I love about the trip is me being able to try out thrill rides I never thought I’d be able to ride on – The Dragon, The Abyss, Mine Train, Raging River and Space Wheel, just to name a few.

seeing a Panda in person

seeing a Panda in person

Plus I got to see a real-life Panda in person and its cousin the red fox.

We went to Macau, too, where I got to experience the 15-degree-Celsius weather:

preparing for the 15-degree-Celsius Macau weather

preparing for the 15-degree-Celsius Macau weather

And then went to that hotel where an extremely famous (at least in the country) Taiwanese TV series was shot:

at the Venetian Macau

at the Venetian Macau

goofy friends at the Venetian Macau

goofy friends at the Venetian Macau

It was mostly enjoying being with friends (and being away from parents and family haha):

with my best friend in Macau

with my best friend in Macau

Then after the entire 5-day trip:

what's left of my money

what’s left of my money

Thank you to my parents who sponsored the trip, by the way. Hopefully the next time I go back to Hongkong and Macau, I’ll be with my daughter and le partner and we’d shell money from our own pockets. And visit more places, of course!

PS. My post seems a little shorter, no? I think so. It’s a resolution I guess, but I hope I get to shorten my introductions even more. Haha.

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