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Nov032013

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Manila Super Saver: Manila Sightseeing plus Tagaytay Tour with Taal Volcano

Manila, Philippines

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

This tour was good mainly because of our tour guide Leny. On our way to Tagaytay, she gave a lot of information about history in the Philippines. She shared some information about local, significant individuals important to the Philippino history. We stopped at a fruit stand along the way and our guide purchased some "mini" bananas for us to sample.
When we arrived on the hills over the Taal lake, the air was gloomy. We hurried up and took some pictures of the volcano and the lake. Shortly afterwards, the rain started and the fog and moisture obscured the Taal lake and the volcano of the same name from our view. Fortunately, we had taken a few pictures before the rain started. I wish we were able to actually go to the volcano itself to see the middle crater lake too as we could not see it from our vantage point.
Lunch was excellent with enough food for everybody. There was a variety of local items on the menu but I particularly enjoyed the fish served called white fish locally.
On the return trip, we stopped at a war memorial at the American cemetery. It was sobering to see a lot of marked graves for fallen World War II soldiers. After that we stopped at a shop in Makati with local artisans wares on display and for sale. There were a lot of woodworks, souvenirs, and even some articles of clothing for sale.
Then we stopped at Fort Bonifacio to learn more about the history of Manila Intramuros. We watched a DVD relating the history of the walls and walked around to see the wall itself and the dungeon built by the Spanish. During that trek, our guide gave us a lot of anecdotes and information concerning the history of Manila.
The tour ended with our drop off at our respective hotels and cruise ship.

Oct252013

Tour/Activity

Macau Day Trip from Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This tour was wonderful. We went from Hong Kong to Macau in a little over 1 hour by fast boat (TurboJet). We were greeted in Macau by Mario, a Portuguese expat who has been in Macau for over 33 years and has an encyclopedic knowledge of Macau's history (past and present). He volunteered all sorts of facts and anecdotes about Macau and was funny and humorous.
We viewed some local governments mansions and residences and also viewed a historic church on top of a hill. We then went to visit the highest point in Macau (the tower) with breathtaking views of the city and surrounding areas. We saw some adventurous and courageous souls willing to bungee jump on the highest platform in the world.
We had a delicious lunch buffet that was very satisfying.
We then went to see St-Paul church after a stop at a souvenir shop and a short walk through the European-looking streets of the city. Mario, as usual, shared the whole history behind this church.
We finally stopped at the Jackie Chan's casino for a short visit.
It was then time to board the boat back to Hong Kong.
All in all, this is a must do while on a visit to Hong Kong!

Oct242013

Tour/Activity

Hong Kong Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This tour is good because you choose exactly where you want to go in Hong Kong since there are three different routes to choose from. I wanted to visit Victoria Peak. With this tour, the tramway round-trip up the peak is included. It was a great opportunity to see the whole city from this vantage point and take a lot of pictures.
Highly recommended for the busy traveler with little time to explore everything in depth!

Oct232013

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Hong Kong Harbor Night Cruise and Dinner at Lei Yue Mun Seafood Village

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The Victoria Harbor cruise was fantastic with all those city lights being reflected on the water. Unlimited drinks were available during the cruise.
It was really nice to walk past displays of seafood in the fishing village and the guide was patient enough to explain all of the species on display at different stalls.
The dinner at the fishing village was excellent but alcoholic drinks were available for a price.
The return trip was uneventful.

Nov232012

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Adventure Day Trip to Fun Fun Cave

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was a fun-filled day of activities. We did horseback riding, hiking in the forest, repelled down the entrance of the cave, and explored the cave itself. Equipment was provided free of charge. The experienced staff was multilingual and attentive to every detail. The meals were simply delicious.

Nov222012

Tour/Activity

Dominican Republic Mega Truck Safari

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This is a must-do activity in Punta Cana if you want to see and experience the countryside! You have a ride in a monster truck, some horseback riding, a visit to an elementary school, a visit to an actual Dominican home, and a visit to the beach. The bonus is the delicious meal and drinks provided.

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