Happy Hong Kong Tales

At last!!! I’ve been waiting for this travel since last year. This is my first time to travel with my ‘True Friends’. These are my friends since high school and for the past few years we’re the ones who has been there for one another. And this is our first out-of-the-country travel! Yeeeaaaay for us!

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Camera ready happy faces!

Planning this was so easy! Maximize the apps in your phone like Traveloka and Klook. They still have the lowest prices for hotels and activities. Also, it helped that two of us have already visited Hong Kong. This was my fourth time already. Why did we choose Hong Kong? First, tickets were on sale! We got ours for only Php 4,000+. Second, no visa required. Third, it’s a good country to visit for first time travelers. Lastly, Disneylaaaaaannnnddddd.

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Happiest place on Earth ❤

Like any travel, there are some realizations that hit me during this one. First and the most important one, positive thinking comes a long way. Days before our trip, it was raining hard in the Philippines and I knew that rainy days have also started in Hong Kong. We would always talk about “What the weather would be like when we go there?” I would always answer positively even though weather forecasts would disagree with my statements. “I bet it would already be sunny when we get there!” or “It will not rain, promise!”. Lo and behold, it didn’t. Weather forecasts said it would but it didn’t. Actually, it was so sunny already during our 3rd day there. I have always believe in the power of WORDS. So, the more you speak negatively the more it will happen. So why not speak positively?

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Friends that travel together, stays together. LOL!

Second, everyone is different. Travelling within a group? There’s always gonna be some ‘hassles’. But that’s alright! It’s natural. Why? Because you have different personalities. Different preferences. Different temperaments. Everything, especially if it’s your first time to travel, will be a case of trail and error. What works and what doesn’t? Just remember to keep your CHILL.

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We’re extra AF with our shirts!

Lastly, enjoy. With our fast-paced life, we somehow forget how to enjoy. Especially the small things. I’ve enjoy this travel very much because of my friends. I’ve enjoy the food. I’ve enjoy how we use their public transportation. I’ve enjoy the long and exhausting walks. I’ve enjoy the humid weather. I’ve enjoy all. It’s just a matter of how will you look at these things. Will you choose to just simply enjoy them or to find fault in all? Because you’ll always find one! Enjoy the exciting moments as well as the down times. Enjoy the loud as well as the quiet. Enjoy the ‘going to’ as well as the ‘going home’. Just enjoy.

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YAAAAASSSS!!!

So there, dear readers! Next post will be on what we did and how we did it. Cheers, to more travel. 

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Love Sharing Season

This love sharing season, me and my friends made the most out of it. Me and, my friend, Ciara thought that it would be nice to do some kind of outreach for kids for Christmas. We talked about that around August and when November came, I thought, we will never push it through. However, we all had extra time on our hands! That’s why we were able to do our very first True Friends Group Love Sharing Season.

True Friends Group consists of me, Ciara, Krizza, Lianne, and Arcee. We are high school friends, to start with. There’s a story behind the name of our group but that shouldn’t be your main concern, right? Anyway, the name stuck already. Haha. And since we don’t want to call our little project an outreach program, we decided to call the event “Love Sharing Season.”

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True Friends Group Love Sharing Season

What? Where? When? Who? Why? How? Honestly, I can’t still able to answer the how of it all. I’m still amazed that we were able to pull this off!

What? It’s a little Christmas party for 75 kids. We were able to give those kids a mini party with games and prizes. We also gave them kits with a lot of stuff in it. The kits have pencil set, activity book, notebook, crayons, cup, food keeper, nail cutter, face towel, toothbrush, mirror, comb, toy, and a prayer book. For our merienda and lunch, we bought Jollibee! We also gave some tokens for the teachers and people who helped us during the event.

Where and when? Paysawan, Bagac, Bataan Elementary School. December 16th.

Who? KIDS! Our next target are the elderly. We’ll keep you updated. 😉

Why? We felt that’s it is time to spread some love. We already have enough and then some more in our life. Why not share love to others, right? We also choose someplace here in Bataan because we are all living here now. This is our community and it’s our responsibility to make it a better place.

How? With the help of a LOT OF PEOPLE! If we did this project without the help of others, we wouldn’t be able to give a lot of things and made a lot of kids happier this Christmas season. It would just be a plan. Never a reality. The practical side of this project is that we searched for sponsors. We asked family and friends if they are willing to sponsor a kid for this amount. Amazingly, they are more than willing to help!

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With our major sponsors Amanda’s Marine Products and Road Side Cafe

Some of the things I learned while doing this project:

  1. We need to grow. The five of us grew a little with this small project by changing a little of our perspective or habit. Some of us learned how to think about the bigger picture. Some learned to go the extra mile. Some learned how to be more organized while some learned how to be more chill. Some learned how to have a schedule while some learned how to be more spontaneous.
  2. There are a lot of people who are willing to help. I was, still am, overwhelmed with how much people are willing to become a sponsor. I am still shocked at how much they are willing to spend to make a kid happy this season. Indeed, there are still good souls left in this world.
  3. We can do things if we FOCUS. We always have those little projects in mind. Maybe, some are on our bucket list. And we always find ourselves not doing them because of thousands of excuses. Well……..if you have excuses then they are not really your priority now. Don’t beat yourself up for that. However, if you really want to make those grand ideas into reality then you really need to FOCUS. You need to sit down and plan. You need to organize. You need to dedicate time for it. You need to stick to the schedule. You need to FOCUS.

There you go! I’m super duper uber thankful to everyone who made this project successful. Words are not enough to express how thankful and grateful I am to all of you.

Btw, here’s a short video of what happened that day. Enjoy!

Credits: Rhythm of Love by Plain White T’s