Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Jollibee in Hongkong

Yes, There is also Jollibee in HK.  
So when I crave for some Filipino foods, 
I go to Jollibee.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Tribute to the Goddess

by Gary Orona

In Shenzhen, China, a restaurant pays tribute to a goddess of cinema, Marilyn Monroe.  The restaurant is called Monroe Xilly, meaning Monroe here.  The interior design is neo-classical and it has a relax mode atmosphere.  
I thought they would serve here some American foods but to my disappointment, it was Chinese food they offer here.  So it was a Chinese restaurant in American setting inspired by Hollywood's very own Marilyn Monroe.  But one wall shows the view of Venice and its palazzos by the river.  So I don't know what to make of it.  Only in China.   

The Neo-Classical interiors of the restaurant.

Tables with nostalgic photos of Marilyn Monroe

with my Chinese friends, David Xu and Bruce Hsi

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Courageous Dynasty

by Gary Orona

In Shenzhen, a theme park called Splendid  China holds a theater that showcases a Chinese action-filled show that will be seen right in front of you, LIVE.  The musical score, the costumes, the horseback riding and exhibition and the re-enactment of a Chinese war are exciting and a feast to the eyes.  A very good experience to watch. What more, after the show, you may even rent the horse for picture taking, too.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Hongkong Tramway

by Gary Orona

Since it's proposal in 1881, the tram has been one of the earliest forms of public transportation in Hongkong. It is owned and operated by Veolia Transport. The tramway runs on Hong Kong Island between Shau Kei Wan and Kennedy Town, with a branch circulating Happy Valley.  It has not only been a form of transportation for over 100 years, but also a major tourist attraction and one of the most environmentally friendly mass transit systems. Add to that, it is also the only and exclusively double-decker operated tram system in the world.  (All photos courtesy of Ariel Ocampo)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Nostalgic Intramuros (Manila, Philippines)

by Gary Orona

Intramuros, or Manila's old walled city is a like a treasure box that holds centuries old buildings along with its memories and history that made what Philippines is now.  The buildings inside the old walls are kept to their original styles and have been preserved to stand the tests of time.  Each one has its own story to tell.  Just looking at them would bring you back to old Philippine's Spanish era.  The grandeur and opulence of what it was like to live like illustrados. 

The Manila Metropolitan Cathedral

The San Agustin Church

The Casa Manila Museum

The Palacio Grande


Beaterio de Congrecacion de Religiosa de Virgen Maria

Monday, August 6, 2012

Sleepless in Hongkong

I guess it doesn't matter if I couldn't sleep
as long as I am in Hongkong
with views like these ..

I wouldn't mind saying "I'm sleepless in Hongkong"