Trip to the Philippines – Palawan

In the middle of our trip my dad took us to Palawan for 4 days. It was amazing! Humid, but amazing! 😆
 
It was cloudy and raining most of our time there but we didn’t let that get us down. We stayed at this hotel called Balay Tuko and loved the homey feel of the place. They served us breakfast every morning with a pitcher of calamansi juice and it was delicious!
Main Entrance of Hotel
Main Entrance of Hotel

 

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Walking through gorgeous pathway to front desk
 
On our first day there we decided to do a city tour and it was great to see different parts of Puerto Princesa. We stopped at many historic sites including a park that was part of World War 2 history, a gorgeous home owned by a governor that overlooked the island, a butterfly sanctuary, and a crocodile farm. The last 2 were really scary for me lol. Make fun of me, go ahead! 😅
 
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Our second day we decided to go on the underground river tour. It was absolute pouring rain that day but luckily the Coast Guard said it was still safe to go. I was blown away! But the bats, not so much. They’re just like birds with all their flapping so we don’t like each other lol. Despite the bats, the caves were a sight to see. God’s hand in our Earth was definitely evident in that place, it reminded me of how wonderous nature can be.
 
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Our last full day we decided to go island hopping in Honda Bay. I was looking forward to this part of our trip because of all the things my relatives were telling me about Pandan Island. We almost didn’t get to go because the Coast Guard said it was too choppy to go out that far, but our captain said it wasn’t bad so he risked it and I’m so glad he did! It was so worth it! The beach was beautiful, the water was crystal clear, and the seafood was so fresh and delicious!
 
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Just in our trip to Palawan I took over 350 pictures and videos! I hope these photos entice you to visit this beautiful place. The Philippines has a lot to offer!

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Trip to the Philippines – Manila

We had so much fun in the Philippines! This trip was to mainly spend time with family so we stayed in Manila for most of the time but there is so much to see there we didn’t mind. We made our way to LAX on New Year’s Eve 2016 and rang in the new year inside the Tom Bradley Terminal.
 
Waiting to board our plane to Korea
Waiting to board our plane to Korea

There was a lot of turbulence on the way to Seoul but Charlie and I were KO’d and too tired to really be worried about it. One thing we did always wake up for was FOOD! lol. We were really impressed with the food Asiana Airlines served. Our personal fave: Bibimbap!

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We finally arrived at Incheon Airport and made our way to our connecting flight to Manila. Incheon Airport is really nice! But we didn’t have much time to explore, unfortunately.
 
View from our plane
View from our plane
 
When we arrived we were just excited to not be sitting down anymore! As much as we liked Asiana Airlines the seats made our butts numb lol! My dad and lola (grandma) picked us up from the airport and it was really smooth sailing with immigration and getting our luggages.
 
My dad is from Antipolo so we stayed there with my family. It was a home away from home, that’s for sure! Every morning we would wake up to a delicious breakfast, there’s nothing like home cooking in the Philippines! After breakfast we would head out to see the city and eat some more lol!
 
We spent a week in Manila, went to Palawan for a week, and then finished off our trip with another week in Manila. 
 
We went to different parts of Manila, we were so surprised at how many shopping centers there are! I knew the Philippines had some crazy malls but there are so many more now. Tons of places to shop, tons of good places to eat, tons of things to see. One of the things that was really pretty to see was the falls at Hinulugang Taktak. It was really close to my grandma’s house but have never been. It’s a really nice place to read, have a picnic, etc.
 

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Stay tuned for more pictures from our trip! I can’t believe I took over 500 pictures while we were there! There were so many things to see, not to mention EAT. 
 
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NYC 2016

It’s been about 2 weeks since we got back from our first trip to NYC. It was such a great trip! Just very short. We were there for 3 days (4 technically) and we barely got to do anything. We just tried to fit in as much sights (and food) as possible. 😉


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This was us before we realized our flight got moved to a different gate. No worries though, we didn’t miss it. Our flight was delayed by over an hour. By the time we arrived at JFK it was past 12:30 and we arrived at our hotel around 1 am EST. It was late, we were starving. We didn’t eat anything but rice crackers the entire day. So first stop – Halal Guys!

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Halal Guys at 2 am

The next day we made our way over to the Javits to go see what the last day of set up looks like. Before heading out we stopped by a coffee shop a couple blocks from our hotel called Bibble and Sip in Midtown. It was such a refreshing sight to see a great place like this amongst all the chain cafes in the area.

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Lattes and Espresso at Bibble and Sip

Because it was the weekend the 7 train wasn’t running so we decided to walk to the Javits. On our way we ran into a street fair in Hells Kitchen and had to stop to try the delicious food. We had some pork buns, sangria, and our personal favorite – Jamaican Oxtail stew with rice. *drool* The street fair went for countless blocks. So much to choose from!

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9th Street Fair
Pork Bun and Sangria from Brickyard in Hell's Kitchen
Pork Bun and Sangria from Brickyard in Hell’s Kitchen

When we got to the Javits first thing we did was visit our good friends Robin and Alvin from Scotch & Cream. They needed a small errand run so after we walked up and down the aisles to get a glance at set up we headed out to Lowes. On the way, Charlie and I were discussing our plans for our own NSS booth and all the eye candy/inspiring booths we saw during Saturday’s set up day.

That evening we had some drinks with our friend David and headed out to eat more food! We had some Shake Shack (it was good 😛 but the Cali girl in me loves me my In n Out) and some noodle soup from Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles II in Hell’s Kitchen. The noodles were delicious!

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Hand pulled noodles
Hand pulled noodles

The next day was dedicated to sight seeing. We saw the city the only way we would enjoy it – through food. We went on our classic food crawl and hit a bunch of great places! We started our journey at Bibble and Sip again. Got some coffee and a Milk Bun to share. Not pictured: Green Papaya Salad and Lychee Mimosas from Pig and Khao in the Lower East Side.

Mushroom truffle oil and Margherita Pizza from Table 87 in Brooklyn
Mushroom truffle oil and Margherita Pizza from Table 87 in Brooklyn
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Momofuku Ramen in the East Village 
Strawberry Shortcake at Big Gay Ice Cream
Strawberry Shortcake at Big Gay Ice Cream in the East Village
Fried Pork and Chive Dumplings from Vanessa Dumpling
Fried Pork and Chive Dumplings from Vanessa Dumpling in China Town

And our personal favorite *drum roll please* –

Cold Skin Noodle from Xi'an Famous Foods
Cold Skin Noodle from Xi’an Famous Foods (they have various locations throughout NY)

Guys, I would go back to New York just for these noodles. They were unlike anything I’ve had. So delicious, simple, full of flavor.

We got to catch up with our friend and former Unique LA booth mate, Diana. She took us around Brooklyn and her favorite pizza place, Table 87 (pictured above).

Our last full day in NYC was Monday and we were heading back to NSS to walk the show now that everyone was set up. Everyone’s booths looked wonderful! It was night and day. We got a pic of some of our friends’ spectacular booths. I must say they were killin’ it!

Caroline Creates
Caroline Creates
Julie Ann Art
Julie Ann Art
Paula and Waffle
Paula and Waffle
Scotch and Cream
Scotch and Cream
Shifting Statos Kuo
Shifting Statos Kuo

Thank you to all our friends for making our first trip to New York so great! We can’t wait until next year!

xoxo,

Kissa

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