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Richel V.

Hong Kong Travel

Hong Kong 2016: Day 2

Hong Kong Day 2
Day 2: Wong Tai Sin Temple, Ocean Park.

I think it’s not crazy to generalize that people from Manila gets cold easily. I mean, if it drops to lower 20 degrees, we already bring out our sweaters and jackets. It was 15 degrees on our second day in Hong Kong. It was the first time I experience that kind of cold that I considered skipping the shower and just layering up. But fret not, people, as my friends and I manage to drag ourselves to the shower and pray that the hot water doesn’t run out before we stay the day.

Hong Kong Travel

Hong Kong 2016: Day 1

Hong Kong Day 1
Day 1: The Peak, Madame Tussauds, Sky Terrace 428

My Hong Kong trip already feels like so long ago but it’s just turning 3 years right about now. In fact, we were in Hong Kong from February 20 – 23, 2016! It’s still one of my favorite trips. Then again, I loved all my trips so far, but this was my first international trip without family members. I believe that who you’re with in a trip influences how the whole thing would go. And travelling without family meant that my friends and I are responsible for each other during our 4D3N stay in Hong Kong – and that we could do things we usually won’t when parents are involved, like staying out past midnight.

Philippines Travel

Baguio 2019

Baguio 2019 - Richel Goes Places

I’ve been to Baguio a total of three times. First when I was too young to remember most of it. Second when my officemates and I ended up on a tour group with inconsiderate other people that just annoyed us. And third, just last month which is just hands-down my favorite visit out of the three I did so far. I ended up with my extended family this time around, which is becoming a yearly thing and I am not complaining at all.

Lifestyle Personal

Better than 20/20: My Lasik Surgery Experience

Shinagawa Lasik Surgery Experience
Always wearing glasses everywhere before + everything’s blurry.

I would just like to begin this by saying that Lasik is one of the best things I have done for myself in my 20’s. I have been wearing glasses since I was 12 – which is about half of my life! It’s been a pretty big inconvenience in my life, but I got used to it. I even tried contact lens for a year or so, but that was even more of an inconvenience, so I went back to glasses. I’ve been hearing about lasik from the past few years, but with the price it comes with, I was just non-committedly saying I’ll have it done one day. I absently check a few clinics from time to time that do Lasik and when I saw a promo that halved the price, I said, “You know what? This is a sign. Let’s do this.”