High@9: Anniversary Weekend at BE Resorts, Mactan


The 2 weekend of hiatus and house arrest has finally ended this weekend as we celebrated our 9th anniversary by the beach at BE Resorts, Punta Engaño, Mactan.

It was our 2nd time to celebrate at a resort in Mactan. The 1st time was back in 2011 when we celebrated our 3rd anniversary as Migo&Miga at Alta Cebu in Cordova. Like the 1st, it was also the boyfie-now-husband’s pick and surprise anniversary gift. Just awesome!

Day 1

We arrived late in the afternoon. After settling, we went picture-taking and took a bath at the infinity pool. The room has 2 queen beds. I love that the windows are glass and the blinds could be fully-opened to let the natural light in. Our view from the window was Movenpick hotel and the harbor beside it.

Overnight

We brought 2 board games for the night but while having dinner at Salt, the resort restaurant, I was having a bad headache. The husband had to run to the car to get paracetamol. After dinner, I am in no condition to play. With a reluctant heart, the husband lets me sleep.

Day 2

Since I retired early the night before, I was already awake by 6 AM but the husband begged to extend sleeping hours. We ate at 8:30 AM at the function room for the buffet breakfast. By 10:30 AM, I swam alone as the husband had some personal ache to attend to.

Breakfast Buffet!
Swimming time!
At the infinity pool!

Home Sweet Home

At 12:00 PM, we checked out and stayed until 1 PM to take more pictures before leaving the resort.

So how’s BE Resorts?

The beach front is awesome. I’m a little surprise the sea is awesome too. I love the general feel of the hotel. It’s very emaculate and clean with it’s white exterior. The custom made chairs on the beach front is very picturesque too. However, the just 4 feet infinity pool made me re-think of coming back again. Swimming is just not the same if it’s not deep. Also, the loud noise coming from the events at Chateau by the sea was disturbing.

Thank you husband!

Over all, it was another weekend well spent. Much gratitude to the husband’s thoughtfulness. It is unbelievable that we would turn 9 on Wednesday, June 21 cause it’s as if our love and fire for each other hasn’t aged one bit.

Anniversaries over the years

1 2009:Dessert Factory
2 2010:Gerry’s Grill
3 2011:Alta Cebu
4 2012:Aranos
5 2013:Online (Miga is in the US)
6 2014:Siquijor
7 2015:Ronda
8 2016:Tres Marias
9 2017:BE Resorts

Interested to have a relaxing beach weekend at BE Resorts? Check their prices here.

That’s all folks! Hoping you had an awesome weekend like we did. And don’t be a lurker again please, let us know what you think on the comment below. Till the next trip!

God bless!

Long Weekend Ahead. So Where Are You Off To?


If not for the hiatus, we would have been busy preparing for a trip or a trek today. Though I’m in no regrets, I just can’t help but feel the spirit of wander as many of my friends will be enjoying the holiday else where. I’m praying for their safety. May the Lord’s protection be always upon them as they will enjoy the majesty of Biliran’s Tres Marias and the adventure that is Siargao.

Safe treks and trips friends! 🙂 Enjoy and indulge in the beauty of nature while being amazed at how awesome the creator of such majesty.

And because I’ll be spending the long weekend wander free, here’s a look back of how I have spent the month of June in 2016. But before that, here’s an outlook of our June 2017.

June 21 is the husband and I’s anniversary. So most of the time, we would stay put on the 2nd week of June as I prefer our wander on the weekends before and after our anniversary. This year, I didn’t have anything planned as I am on a self-imposed hiatus with a bit of laziness but just last Monday, we were blessed with a trek on the last weekend of June. Hurray!!! And last Tuesday, while I was looking for something at the husband’s bag, I found his surprise for our anniversary. LOL It really caught me off guard. His thoughtfulness never fails to amaze me. And though I found the surprise earlier just like the journal that he bought for me last Christmas, the impact is still the same. Just grateful to God for Migo. 🙂

Advance happy 9th anniversary to us Baby Love Migo My Love So Sweet!

We will spend the weekend before our anniversary in an overnight chill at BE Resort, Mactan. Then the next weekend will be spent conquering Mt. Mandalagan together. Yay! Thank you Lord!!!

And this is how June 2016 weekends were spent…

1st Week: Cleanup Climb in Babag, Cebu

2nd Week: Freedom Climb in Lanaya, Cebu

3rd Week: Major Climb in Tres Marias, Biliran

4th Week: CBGS Summer in Sogod, Cebu

A Year of Adventure w/ NCR Trekker’s Club


The first with NCR Trekkers was a blast and every trek thereafter. Today I aged 1 with the club. It has been quite an amazing journey. I was able to scale most of Cebu’s trekking destinations and learned a whole lot about mountains and people. Because today is my 1st anniversary, I will answer 10 questions for our newsletter “Anniversary Special”. LOL I am quite excited to be in it. 

1. Tell me something about yourself!

Kring in a Nut Shell (copied from The Wanderfull Life‘s About Page)
So sometimes I really find it hard to introduce myself since I almost want people to know ‘everything’ about me at once. Haha! But most of my friends will not believe me if I say I’m having a hard time talking since I’m always bubbly. They call me an extrovert but I start to believe I am more of an ambivert. I love people. Kindness, bravery and team work makes me cry. If you wanna know more of my inner wiring, I have a thought blog here.

I work as a software engineer and help manage our little rental business on the sides with my husband, Mark. We call each other Migo & Miga. We got married in 2015 at a whimsy little celebration of which we DIY-ed everything. He’s the wind beneath my wings. Without him, I wouldn’t have known how amazing it is to travel. Like many Filipinos, my salary for the first years at work were for the family. I rarely had anything left for myself. Known to be thrifty yet he goes gaga over me to the point of paying all my early trips. We started trekking and board gaming as a couple in 2011 after 3 years of being in a roller coaster relationship. I can be very jealous and volatile when it comes to love life. But Migo made me better and made me the best version of myself.:) Need more cheesiness, here’s a blog about Migo&Miga.

I’m also a frustrated writer or novelist, you can read some of that here. Aside from that I’m actually trying to learn how to write in a sort-of-reporter writing at a blog I created at work on my first year of being an Ambassador in our company.

So in a nut shell? Hmmm! I am a lot of things in one and easily get excited in almost everything. At my worst, I am self-righteous. At my best, I seek to empower people to explore and live the life they want regardless of the societal norms. Everything is just possible.

“Live. Believe. EMPOWER.” is my guiding principle.

2. How do you find trekking?

Everything in trekking is AWESOME. It’s tiresome but addictive.

3. When do you learn that you love trekking?

The husband and I started trekking together in 2011 at Osmeña Peak but we got really hooked in 2012. That’s when we started aiming for major climbs (Talinis, Canlaon).

4. How long would you want to be on trek?

For as long as I can or shall I say, we can. I’m brave and all but without the husband, I’m less braver. Haha!

5. If you are given a chance to trek anywhere of your choice? Where and when?

The Himalayas or just below it!!! Everest would be nice but I don’t wanna die trying. Haha! So I’m just aiming for a trek in Nepal’s villages. 🙂 We are targeting 2-5 years from now but it all depends on our plan to produce little Migo or Miga soon. Nyahaha! Or maybe when we are older and richer? Hahaha! But anything goes really.

6. How’s trekking with NCR Trekkers in one year?

AWESOME!!! I’ve trekked to almost all destinations in Cebu. My network of outdoor friends tripled or quadrupled. But the best takeout I have was having the confidence to organize a trek. I have always been an organizer but there was something about trekking that makes me afraid to commit. This time was different. Maybe it’s the thought that I am not alone in the journey. =)

7. What’s the best thing you love about trekking w/ NCR Trekkers?

Everybody is having fun. Trekking with them is always a FUN TREK. We laughed. They do “hugot” lines. They are absolutely game in playing almost anything but right now they are hooked with “Werewolves”. They are also supportive in responsible mountaineering.

8. How does it feel to be part of the fast growing outdoor community?

Pressured. Haha! Outdoors has somewhat become mainstream now. By introducing a lot of people to the wonders of outdoors, we may be tipping the balance. As much as we try to propagate responsible mountaineering, we can’t always track everyone to be doing the same. Sadly, people are natural dummies and only cares about themselves. I am pressured to let everyone we have converted to love the outdoors to care for the environment too. Trek not only for the pictures but for mother nature as well.

9. If you could change one thing about this trekking phenomenon, what could that be?

A standard operating procedures for all mountains in Cebu should be implemented. I kind of hate at first about organizing a trek in Mt. Kapayas since the Municipality of Catmon is very strict about it. But right now, seeing what happened to other mountains in Cebu, perhaps other government should all follow Catmon’s lead.

10. What is your message to all the aspiring individuals who wanted to be adrenaline junkies?

Go for it and quench your thirst. Do not listen to that inner voice in your head telling you, you can’t. Because YOU can. You and I are NOT very different at all. I’ve been with the mountains for about 5 years now but each trek is still the same. I still feel out of breath on ascent and grateful for descent. If there’s one thing that has changed over time with each peaks was the thought that whatever hardships I experienced in reaching the summit, everything will be forgotten when it all becomes a memory. =)

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Here’s a picture of me in my 3 favorite mountains in Cebu. =)

When in Hong Kong: Ocean Park Is A Must


While we were roaming the vast area of Ocean Park, Migo made an interesting comparison of it to Disneyland. It stuck in my head and planned to create an entire post of that idea. But I found an interesting comparison from one of the likers on my Disneyland post. He made quite a comparison. Read here.

Fortunately for us, we never get to choose between the two. From the start, Disneyland and Ocean Park were our non-negotiable. Our life together has been such an adventure and what better way to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary than to have it the way we survived our years together – travel, trek and anything FUN.

We visited Ocean Park on the 2nd day. Unlike other items on the itinerary that has been re-scheduled and dropped entirely, it was constant. As planned we arrived early but wasn’t able to went home before the closing time. We enjoyed a lot that we totally ditched going home before the crowd does.

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Armed with a hack for beating the crowds, despite it being a Friday, Ocean Park was still full-packed. We even didn’t get the chance to take our timed photos on the entrance. We did at closing though. Yay! Following the hack, we proceeded to The Summit right away via the Ocean Express Waterfront Station.

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Picture at some nice places on the way to Ocean Express then inside the train!

Ocean Park has 2 main areas: The Waterfront and The Summit with 8 adventure places to explore. 3 in The Waterfront: Aqua City, Amazing Asian Animals and Whiskers Harbour. 5 in The Summit: Thrill Mountain, Polar Adventure, Adventure Land, Rainforest and Marine World. The area was so big that if we ever visit again with the mini-us, we would probably get a 2-day pass. We totally missed visiting Amazing Asian Animals and Whiskers Harbour at The Waterfront. We only get a glimpse of Aqua City too.

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So how did we spend our day at Ocean Park? Ridessssssss, A LOT of walk in between and shows. We were especially proud to have tried most rides too. We had 3 roller coaster rides and Miga only miss one ride in Thrill Mountain – the Whirly Bird while Migo opt out riding The Flash and the Whirly Bird too.

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Enjoying the view right after getting off The Ocean Express. Migo posed before getting on an escalator to out first rides of the day in Thrill Mountain.
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Just as the name suggested, the rides in Thrill Mountain were quite thrilling. Rev Booster seems to be friendlier but as it turns out, looks is always deceiving. A must-try indeed. Also don’t miss The Flash.It looks really scary but it is not that scary at all.
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Aside from enjoying the rides, we had our lunch at the Thrill Mountain and explored Polar Adventure. While enjoying our lunch, Miga noticed her phone missing. We traced it back to Bumper Blaster. Turns out, it was left at one of the cars while Migo took a picture of Miga. Good thing it was Hong Kong, her phone was returned after some verification.
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Our next stop after lunch was Rainforest. Enjoyed the Expedition Trail and got somewhat wet in The Rapids.
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Marine World is our next stop and this was us taking a selfie while enjoying the view at Ocean Park Tower.
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Dolphin Show at Ocean Theater!
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Marine World was the biggest. We left it for a while and road on a long escalator down to Adventure Land where we ride our 2nd roller coaster: Mine Train which Migo find more scary than Thrill Mountain’s Hair Raiser. Since Raging River looks like Enchanted’s Log Jam, Miga decided to pass.
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We left Adventure Land after Mine Train and walk the long way passing the Marine Mammal Breading and Research Centre. We passed by more rides and decided to miss another one of Marine World’s ride “The Abyss” which is somewhat similar to Enchanted Kingdoms “Ekstreme Tower”. When we passed another roller coaster ride, there was no line at all so we decided to hop in.
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Sight seeing and photo shoot after The Dragon!
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And then it was time to head back down via the Cable Car. The line was long but Miga was too tired to walk to the Ocean Express station. Glad we endured though or else we would have missed the view.
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Goofing after the Cable Car ride back at The Waterfront.
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We had some time left before closing at 6:30 PM to take pictures outside The Grand Aquarium.
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After Ocean Park, we were famished. Decided to ate at Jolly Thinker’s Board Game Cafe. Miga was happy because she was craving for rice. Migo was overjoyed. 🙂

And why would Ocean Park be a must again? Because, Disneyland’s facade might be superior to Ocean Park in the details but the rides are definitely more fun. You will probably have more beautiful pictures and have immersed in a whole new world in Disneyland but you will certainly get your adrenaline pumping in Ocean Park. But for us, going to both is definitely a must. We have definitely enjoyed both. I just wished Ocean Park extends until 9 PM like Disneyland though, it would have given us the time maybe to explore The Waterfront. 😀

Ocean Park Itinerary

10:00 Be early.
Go to The Summit via Aqua City’s Ocean Express
Thrill Mountain
-> Rev Booster, The Flash, Bumper Blaster, Hair Raiset
Polar Adventure
-> South Pole Spectacular, North Pole Encounter
Rainforest
-> Expedition Trail, The Rapids
Marine World
-> Ocean Park Tower, Ocean Theather (show at 3 PM)
Adventure Land
-> Escalator, Mine Train
Marine World
-> The Dragon, Garden of Joy, Chinese Sturgeon Aquarium, Sea Jelly Spectacular
6:00 PM Leave The Summit via Marine World’s Cable Car

For hack and tips? It’s definitely just the same with how we survived in Disneyland. You need a very good explorer to save you a lot of trouble in navigating. 🙂

M&M 1st Int’l Travel HK Macau (1st Wedding Anniversary):
Summary
Hong Kong Disneyland Hacks & Tips
Why Hong Kong Ocean Park Is A Must
Trekking In Hong Kong in 1 Day: Maclehose Trail
Grandiose Macau: Hotel Hopping & More
Touristy Macau: A Cold Welcome
10 Things Why You Should Travel As A Couple

5 Days in Hong Kong & Macau: What To See & Do


Unlike our Indochina trip this August, our recent escape in Hong Kong & Macau on March 17-22 was decided on January when Cebu Pac had another seat sale. And even if it comes first before Indochina, I was more fired up to plan the latter. In my mind planning a 5-day trip to Hong Kong & Macau should be a breeze. I was also confident since the husband has a friend in Macau.

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We had tons of fun and some notable bloopers and fails. But overall it was a great trip. This was our first international trip as husband & wife, and it certainly goes beyond expectations. We’ve learned more about each other and appreciated our strengths and weaknesses more. If you are planning your own trip to HK & Macau on your own, don’t fret. Hong Kong is very friendly to tourists. Signs are everywhere. 

Before embarking on your own adventure, please note on the following list. These are our fails (or just mine since I am the researcher).

  1. Check on the weather of your travel dates. There are a lot of online sites where you can go check the weather of your destination. We neglect this one and suffered somehow. It was 18-degree cold when we reached Hong Kong and we only had our windbreaker on.
  2. Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking A LOT! It’s good to be beautiful in your photos with a cool boots but make sure it won’t kill your feet. It’s good to bring some extra shoes as well for back-up. I did brought a trekking sandal but didn’t have any appropriate socks to pair it on. In Hong Kong, you will have to walk a lot in between MTR stations and bus stops.                                                    
  3. Grab a map, plot your adventure and manage your time. When you are visiting theme parks like in Disneyland and Ocean Park, everything is nice but if you want to maximize your experience, you have to know how to navigate wisely. We actually don’t have a problem with this one since the husband was such a good explorer. 
  4. Know your exit strategy. In your research, make sure to include how to go home especially if it involves walking to reach your destination. On our visit to Maclehose Trail, I assumed we can just trek back but we started at 12 PM already. We reached Long Ke beach by 3:30 PM. We stayed for half an hour and back to the paved road at 4:30 PM where the locals hired taxi back to Pak Tam Chung, the bus stop to Sai Kung town. It’s a 2-hour walk. Unfortunately, I was too hesitant to ask about the fare. And seeing there are a lot of passengers, I assumed the worst so we trek back instead. Minutes after walking, the husband raised concern about the last schedule of the bus to town of which I neglect to include in research as well. When we realized the repercussions of trekking instead of just taking a taxi, the husband make it our goal to constantly check our time against the section stops. We had an average of 6 minutes/section. We arrived at Pak Tam Chung some minutes before 7 PM, just in time to catch bus 94 heading to Sai Kung.
  5. Plot your spending daily. We included money estimates in our itinerary but we forgot to check the actual. We had some unplanned spending for the jackets as well. Before going back to Macau, we were shocked because we only have little money left. Good thing we didn’t spend that much in Macau since our host was very generous. Thanks God! Tip on the next travel: Divide and store your money per day in different container. Make sure there is ample extras per day and don’t ever get money planned for other days.  

      

Now that you have the reminders, let’s go to what you can see & do. The husband and I enjoy theme parks a lot so visiting Disneyland and Ocean Parks were must-dos in Hong Kong. Since his best friend is in Macau, going there is a must too.

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But we set our itinerary to be flexible. It’s good that it is because we have freedom to adjust accordingly. Tips: If you plan to visit Hong Kong & Macau, it might be best to do a multi-route flight to Cebu. Do everything that you can in Hong Kong and when you’re done, go to Macau and take a flight back home from there. You can save time and money. And since we are not able to do a city tour or shopping in Hong Kong, we might be back in the future.

More tips…

  1. Buy theme park tickets online and be there as soon as the park opens. Because the ticket is very costly, you have to maximize every bit of your visit. The husband and I arrived in both parks as soon as it opens and were the last ones to leave as well. The ticket we bought at Klook was already good to go. We didn’t have to endure the long ticket queues.
  2. Use MTRs. It’s a bit costly from the buses but you will be amazed at how organized and tourist friendly it is. There are maps and info stations where you can plot your next destination. We mainly use MTRs going to places except for the ones that don’t have like the trip to Maclehose Trail. In total, we spent around 180HKD in MTRs. We got an Octopus card at the airport for 150HKD and reloaded it with 50HKD.
  3. Use AirBNB to book your accommodation. You might find a good deal on other sites but what I like about AirBNB is that it could track all my travel details in one place. Besides, it’s also where we host our M&M. And I feel secure to transact with AirBNB because I’ve been doing it for a while now.
  4. Make your itinerary flexible. You will be surprised at how good it is to just go with the flow.
  5. Get A Baggage Allowance. Though we were able to manage without any check-in baggage, it was quite a hassle when we had to get things out of the husband’s backpack to comply with the 7-kg requirement. But going with out a check-in baggage is very convenient. We didn’t have to wait for our baggage.
  6. Sleep at the Airport. But make sure to research first if the airport you are going to stay the night can accommodate you. On our first draft of itinerary, there was an accommodation for our last night in HK but later on, after researching that it’s safe to stay at Hong Kong airport, I suggested it to the husband who was very supportive of the idea.
  7. Get the trip schedule of buses, MTRs or any transport. On this trip, we mainly use buses and MTRs. But since we always go home before 12 AM and don’t have activities that requires night travel, we forgot to check the trip schedules. We were stuck in HK on our last night for about 3 hours, waiting at the wrong stop and looking for the right bus station of the bus that travels to airport at night. We arrived from Macau at around 12:30ish and hurried to the Airport express MTR station. We assumed that since it’s an express, it might be running 24 hours. We arrived just in time for the last ride to leave. We then proceeded to the nearest bus stop but didn’t check the bus schedules right away. We waited for about 30 minutes until I got impatient. When we checked, it turned out, we were waiting for nothing. We then proceeded to our target bus stop, sketched by the husband’s friend. Still no luck there.
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Sign says we have to go to Vicwood. Unfortunately, it took us a while to find the right bus stop. It was hard since not all people speak English. We asked a 7/11 attendant, pointed us to the east and another one pointing to west. I got more impatient and decided to just take the taxi instead. But we saw an N11 bus before we got to a taxi. We weren’t able to ride that bus but we knew the direction it was going. Good thing we didn’t take the taxi though because the bus to airport took around 1 hour. Just imagine the cost if we took the taxi. 😛 All throughout my rampage, the husband remained calm and collected. Gosh! I just love how he is. =)

Money Matters If you want to visit Hong Kong & Macau, be prepared to shell out around Php25K/pax. See below the breakdown. Only the accommodation is shared. All other entries are for each person.

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This trip involves a lot of walking and up to now, my feet is still aching. But it’s all worth it. =) I wouldn’t want to spend our 1st wedding anniversary other way. 🙂

Cheers to traveling with the husband!!!

Helpful sites that has helped us a lot in our preparations:
http://www.thepoortraveler.net/2011/07/flight-naia-terminal-3-singapore-trip/
http://thehautemess.com/16-tips-for-traveling-abroad-for-the-first-time/
http://www.freedomwall.net/travel/buy-discounted-hong-kong-attraction-tickets-passes/
https://www.hongkongdisneyland.com/tickets/
http://www.disneytouristblog.com/best-hong-kong-disneyland-attractions-ride-guide/
http://www.disneytouristblog.com/hong-kong-disneyland-trip-planning-guide/
http://www.mtr.com.hk/en/customer/tickets/octopus_fares.html
http://www.travel-hongkong-attractions.com/how-to-get-to-disneyland-from-hong-kong-airport.html
https://www.hongkongdisneyland.com/guest-services/bus/
https://www.klook.com/activity/23-ocean-park-hong-kong-hong-kong/
https://www.klook.com/activity/523-peak-tram-3-in-1-combo-ticket-hong-kong/
https://www.turbojet.com.hk/en/routing-sailing-schedule/kowloon-macau/sailing-schedule-fares.aspx
http://www.np360.com.hk/en/buy-book/pricing-and-packages/
https://www.klook.com/activity/45-ngong-ping-360-hong-kong/
http://hikehongkong.blogspot.com/2011/11/maclehose-section-1-2.html
https://hkfiles.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/beach-hike-long-ke-wan-to-tai-long-wansai-wan-beach/
http://accidentaltaitai.com/2015/06/01/ocean-park/

M&M 1st Int’l Travel HK Macau (1st Wedding Anniversary):
Summary
Hong Kong Disneyland Hacks & Tips
Why Hong Kong Ocean Park Is A Must
Trekking In Hong Kong in 1 Day: Maclehose Trail
Grandiose Macau: Hotel Hopping & More
Touristy Macau: A Cold Welcome
10 Things Why You Should Travel As A Couple

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