Thursday, March 22, 2018

TULA Philippines Offers Summer Class Programs

Whenever there are opportunities for Kib to enrich his current skills and to further develop his social skills, I would be glad to grab that chance to do so.  It's every parent's responsibility to give the things that will help our child boost his/her knowledge and confidence.

I am glad to come across TULA Philippines.

TULA is short for The Ultimate Learning Accelerator.  It is an award-winning tutorial program founded by international education experts and recognized by Globe Future Makers, the Australian Government, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT Solve).  TULA kids consistently get higher grades at school and build essential 21st century skills for their future.

What makes TULA different from other tutorial/after-school centers is that they also instill values to the kids.  There are thematic activities every quarter to make the kids' learning at TULA more fun, enjoyable, and memorable.

TULA programs are open for kids ages 5-13 and has four centers in Metro Manila (two in Pasig, two in Makati).

This summer, TULA will offer summer programs to children:  Art Attack and Kid Legends.

In Art Attack, TULA kids will unleash their creativity and experiment with different art forms.  Activities include designing their own logo, building their own sculpture, and curating their own art gallery.  They will make new friends, learn more about society, and build essential skills, character, and attitude.

In Kid Legends, kids will explore real-world challenges affecting the earth and their future.  Lessons include learning how to protect endangered animals, build solar ovens, create and launch their very own awareness campaign.  

For both programs kids will make new friends, learn more about society, and build essential skills, character, and attitude.

Art Attack will be offered in Legaspi branch while Kid Legends will be offered in East Rembo, Dr. Sixto, and De Castro branches.

The summer classes will commence on April 9 and will end on May 8, for a total of eight weeks of fun and learning.

For both classes, fee is Php800 per week.  Should you decide to enroll for the whole duration of summer, pay a one-time fee of Php5600, which saves you Php800!  Check out below the fees:

Are you excited this summer?  Spend it with TULA and have a fun and memorable one!

To enroll at Kid Legends, register on this link:  For Art Attack, please sign up here:  Learn more about TULA Philippines at  You may also catch updates on their Facebook page

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Bambini Baby Cologne Launches Iya Villania and Son Primo as Brand Ambassadors

We all want to achieve that baby scent, right?!  It gives us a fresh feeling and that "amoy bagong paligo" scent.  Even if our kids are no longer babies, we still wanted them to smell like babies to still remind them that they are our forever babies.

Bambini Baby Cologne is a household brand in terms of baby care.  Some millenials have used Bambini when they were babies.  Now, Bambini Baby Cologne has underwent a brand refresh with a new look guaranteed to appeal the young ones.

The five new scents of Bambini Baby cologne

For Bambini's rebranding, Cosmetique Asia, the maker of Bambini Baby Cologne, has chosen Iya Villania-Arellano together with her son Primo as its newest brand ambassador.  

Iya Villania-Arellano and Primo together with Cosmetique Asia team

Iya and Primo as they are introduced to the public as the newest brand ambassadors of Bambini Baby Cologne

Iya shares her joys being a mom

Tim Chuongco, Cosmetique Asia's Vice President for Sales and Corporate Development, told the story behind Bambini's rebranding.  "We wanted to focus on the playful bond that kids share with their parents.  With Bambini, we make these precious random moments more enjoyable.  It is evident even in our packaging.  We made sure they are attractive enough for children so in choosing what variant to buy, parents and kids get to have fun and interact.  All these while maintaining high quality standard and other requirements most parents are looking for--hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested.  In the near future, we want to launch a complete range of child specific products with a fun loving vibe," said Chuongco.

Mr. Timothy Chuongco of Cosmetique Asia

Inspired by mom-and-child bonding activities and fun elements of nature, the new and improved Bambini Baby Cologne features five new scents: the floral and sweet "Morning Tickles", the calming "Starry Lullaby", the clean and breezy "Ocean Kisses", the cottony fresh "Cotton Cuddles", and Iya and Primo's favorite, the citrusy and fun "Sunny Playtime".

"We love Sunny Playtime, It's just the scent I prefer on Primo, It has a nice, mild, yummy scent that makes Primo nakakagigil even more!  I also love how playful and inviting the packaging is.  We actually have to hide the bottles from Primo because he likes to point to the mom and baby animals on the sticker front, then open the bottle to put some cologne on.  Baka maligo na sa cologne eh," Iya shares.

Iya on Motherhood

Iya admits that she has forgotten how relatively easy her daily routines were before baby Primo arrived.  "I'm not sure how I balance my career with being a mom and a wife; it just happens!" Iya beams with laughter and smile as she shares her experiences being a mom and a wife.

"When you know what's important and what you need to get done, then you make it happen.  It's important that I list things down so I don't forget.  I really need to put things down in my calendar even it its date night with Drew or a playdate for Primo," she further explains.

For Iya, as with all working moms, the greatest challenge is to be there for her child "every moment he does something new or silly" and wanting to be there to witness it.  What makes the story-telling exciting was when Iya revealed that she will have another baby boy very soon!  "Primo doesn't really understand that yet so we're enjoying him as he is for now.  When he starts to get curious with my growing belly, then we'll start explaining," she shares.

Bambini Baby Cologne Family Bootcamp

For a perfect mom-and-baby playtime, Iya and Primo recently joined toddlers and their parents for the official unveiling of the new Bambini Baby Cologne at Glorietta 3 Activity Center last March 10, 2018.  Dubbed as the Bambini Baby Cologne Family Bootcamp, the wonderful kiddie event transformed the venue into a wonderland of fun games and activities for kids, including a ball pit, a bouncy castle, giant puzzle block, and a larger-than-life coloring book, where guests and their children could bond and enjoy the little surprises the activities bring out.

Check out the event photos:

As Bambini relaunches with a new product for babies and kids, it hopes to be a part of every parent and child's small moments and big adventures!  The new Bambini Baby Cologne comes in three sizes--25ml, 50ml and 125ml--and packaged in an easy-to-go grip curvy bottle.  

Enjoy life's little surprises anytime, anywhere!

Know more about Bambini Baby Cologne on Facebook.  

Are You a Shopwise Homewise Mom?

Grocery shopping can be a fun activity for the whole family.  You get to decide for what you need on a weekly/monthly basis, learn about nutrition and math, you get to learn about the latest products in the market and if you're lucky enough, you can have a free taste.

One of the questions mommies ask to each other is, "Saan ka naggo-grocery?"  Mommies tend to share notes as to which items are cheap and where you can buy hard-to-find items.  Mommies are also on the look for promos so that they would be able to save money.  

I had a wonderful experience doing grocery shopping during the 19th anniversary of Shopwise last year.  True to their promise, prices at Shopwise are really affordable especially if you are going to buy in bulk.  It's very ideal to do grocery shopping at Shopwise if you have a big family and you're going to prepare for a party because the more that you buy, the bigger discount you can get.      

Shopwise and Mommy Mundo have partnered for the best grocery trip.  Entitled "The Shopwise Home Wise Moms", it aims to provide mommies tips on doing grocery shopping effectively and to teach mommies hacks that they can use at home.

Shopwise Home Wise Moms has two legs:  the first one was held last March 3rd at Shopwise Alabang and the second one was last March 10th at Shopwise Cubao.  Both events featured a cooking demo of new recipes, as well as empowering mom talks about life hacks.  The March 3rd event showcased Adobo Sushi and Ube Crepe prepared by Sabrina Go and the March 10th event Chef Golda Liamzon taught participants how to prepare Pizza Lasagna Rolls, Margherita Lasagna Rolls, and Fresh Fruit Tres Leches Cake.  Blogger Rochelle Rivera also shared some of her household hacks to all the attendees.

Kib with Chef Golda Liamzon

Blogger Rochelle Rivera shares her life hacks to the attendees

To spice up the event, there were games and raffle prizes for the attendees!

Participants on The Price is Right game

Jack N Poy game

Last two women standing at the Jack N Poy game

Shopwise Home Wise Moms is a successful event because all mommies (and daddies) who attended the event went home with full of information on how to manage grocery shopping wisely and how to maximize the use of the grocery items that we buy for our home.  Indeed, Shopwise has been a choice by most moms for their grocery shopping for their big deals and wide array of food selection and non-food items.  Shopwise offers freshness and budget-friendly variety.

For your next grocery trip, head on to the nearest Shopwise near you!

For inquiries and latest promos, you may visit Shopwise Facebook page.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

"Mom, Kill Me"

Yes, you read it right.  This is not a click-bait blogpost.  At first, I just wanted to keep this to myself and resolve it between me and my son, but I guess due to the increasing number of suicide cases, I believe I also have to tell others about my experience so that you may also be aware that no matter how closely you monitor your child, they will still entertain these kinds of thoughts and you might get the shock of your life that one day, they made it into a reality.

I always describe on my blog the kind of relationship I have with my son.  We are inseparable, we always do things together, we go places together.  Now that he is nearing adolescence, his behavior changes.  Sometimes he would tell me that he doesn't want to go out with me anymore and he would voice out his opinions on something as if he is in control which sometimes irks me.  He is now exercising his independence more and more.

Honestly, it's bittersweet for me that I'll have a teenager in few years.  I know that I am raising my son well but at the same time, I am a bit scared of the external influences that he might get when he exercises his independence more and more.

Recently, I observed that Kib is very sensitive when we always pinpoint his misbehavior.  He would have self-pity, blaming himself for bringing misfortunes in our lives and would cry incessantly until he falls asleep.

One day, his lola was teaching him how to clean up our dog's poop and pee.  Kib wasn't doing it properly and his lola got mad at him.  Kib felt bad about it that he said that he wasn't doing anything good for the family.  He asked me to kill him so that I would give him back to the Lord.  I didn't take his request seriously because I know that he only said it because he is hurting.  But after few minutes he went upstairs and wrote something on the paper and took his bottle of multivitamins because he want to overdose himself.

THAT made me worried big time.  He already thought of suicide.  He also has a matching letter with it.  While I know that he won't die taking multivitamins, but I just wondered where he got the idea of taking medicines at higher doses can kill him.

When he already pacified himself, I talked to him about it.  I asked him why he thought of suicide.  I also made him realize the consequences of suicide.  I didn't show anger nor anxiety while talking to him.  I kept my cool and talked to him just like a friend.  I reminded him not to do it again.

I kept the letter but I won't post it here to give my son privacy.  It'll serve as a reminder for me that even if we already talked about it there will come a time that he will entertain that idea again.  I have to always cover my son in prayer so that he will have the power to resist those kinds of thoughts and that he will always rely to God whenever he feels sad.

Parents, may the story of my son be a reminder that no matter how close we are to our children, due to the influence of social media, technology, and other external forces, they will still entertain some negative thoughts and actions that will put them in compromising situations and will shake up their beliefs and principles.  We must always cover them in prayer and always surround them with God-fearing people who will also pray for our children. 

Our children can make their own decisions.  What we can do is to guide them so that they will always do the right thing and to always remind them of God's love and whenever they need to decide on something, they should learn how to seek God's wisdom.

We may also open ourselves on seeking professional help for our children too.  BetterHelp may also be your choice to help your children in making a clear path in their lives.  Check out how they can help your children here.  

"Lord, continue to shower me with patience, understanding and wisdom as I raise my son, Amen."

Monday, March 5, 2018

On Letting Go

FACT:  it is hard to let go, especially if the things or people really made an impact into our lives and it has been with us for years.  Memories have been built and somehow you've shared good times together.  

People and things come and go into our lives; there are cases that it is easy to let go because of less importance in our lives, but in most cases (I believe), it is hard to release. When it's time to let go, too much hurt has already been inflicted and the process of release is hard and painful.

But is it worth it staying even if it causes you stress and pain?  When do you let go?  Why are you letting go?  Are we just being emotional about asking for a release?  Are we saying this because of just one mistake or repeated mistakes?  Will it hinder you or help you to move on with your life?  These are the questions that needs to be answered before finally making the big decision of letting go.  And we were able to find the answers, make sure that we are ready for the consequences--whether it is good or bad--on our decision of letting go. 

These past few months I've been dealing with a huge amount of stress.  Thank God I do not get sick because of this although I really think and sulk about it very often that I need to shout it out on social media and talk to friends about it.  It is a sort of a therapy for me, haha.  If you know me personally, you know that I'm a person who is not afraid to show my true feelings to others.  Friends have already been telling me to let go.   I've listened to them and asked for a release, but maybe because I'm lingering on the length of time that we'd been together and holding on to the promise that things will improve; therefore, that request for release has not been given.  Somehow I've given a benefit a doubt and more chances to really show that things will get better after pouring out my frustrations and resentments about the progress.

As the days, weeks, and months pass by, I've never seen great changes.  The case of over-familiarity that I will always understand the circumstances despite of the shortcomings is becoming more and more obvious.  More and more that I experience disrespect because the more that I give time and understanding, the more that my time isn't valued at all.

People change.  Circumstances change.  As the saying goes, "The only permanent in this world is change," be ready for whatever changes that we will encounter, though most of the time the change that we are expecting is not the pleasant one.  This is the time that we must prepare ourselves because the change may either cause hindrance or growth in our lives.  We must be wise enough to discern if the change is worth holding on or releasing it.

I also tried to evaluate myself why things are getting worse: did I do something to hurt other people?  Am I not being fair?  Am I becoming so demanding?  Am I becoming unrealistic?  Am I inconsiderate?  I also got confused trying to find some answers on these questions.

I guess all people will finally reach his/her end point, although some may say that the end point might come a little bit late because too much hurt has been said and done.  Some may say that the end point will just come in the right time and opportunity when the 'keyword' has been said by the other party.

At this point, letting go is now hard to do.

It's okay to be sad about the process.  It's okay to cry about it for a while.  It's okay to be hurt because the time has come to finally let go.  There are instances that we need professional help.  Sometimes, it's difficult to find help near us.  Check out BetterHelp for therapists who can help us ease our emotional burden here.  

While you're hurting, take this time to reflect and think of the next move that you have to do with your life.  Life must go on.  Do not dwell so much of what happened in the past; take this opportunity to grow and to find new ways to improve the situation.

However, on letting go, try to also remember the good things that you had together.  Forget the pain and bank more on the happy memories.  Forgive yourself and have a graceful exit.  Ask the Lord to give you peace and comfort.

The Lord allows us to feel hurt and pain because He wants us to draw near to Him during these times.  Man will always fail us, but the Lord will always comfort us and leads us away from the things that causes pain in our lives.  We must always put our trust in God because when we feel hurt, that is the time that the Lord is also telling us that it is okay to lose something because He is giving us something new in our lives.

Let us fix our eyes to Him.  The Lord has the best plans for us.  We may not understand it at the moment, but time will come that we will realize that He is just preparing the way for us, leading us to something big.  

I know the Lord has great plans for my life.  I know the Lord is teaching me something in this process.  I know the Lord will replace what was lost with something great.  I know that the Lord will always be there no matter what.

Letting go is hard to do, but with the Lord, letting go is just His way of telling us, "My child, I am preparing something big for you, do not worry about the things that you will be losing, but fix your eyes on Me because I will replace it with something greater."

Friday, February 23, 2018

Fertility Crisis in Japan

I had encounters with Japanese people through my online teaching job and they mentioned that they are really having a population issue.  They say that their generation is getting old, meaning, fertility rate is low.  

We all know that people in Japan have always been very hard workers and get very little downtime.  For the longest time, children in Japan went to schools six days a week, which only gave them Sundays off to unwind.  However, even though Japanese kids no longer attend schools on Saturdays, they are required to attend after school clubs which take place after school or on Saturdays.  In other words, the Japanese people from a young age have been working hard and have gotten used to living lives that involved mostly work with very little leisure.

Because Japanese women are working as well, due to the high cost of living in Japan, couples have very little time to spend with one another.  They have no free time and end up having to give up their occasional dates as well as their dreams to start a family.

As a result, Japan has entered a vicious cycle of infertility as well as low spending which meant more losses and a population decline of 1 million people within the last five years.  And if nothing is corrected in this situation, experts are forecasting a severe economic downturn, and any kind of social and family life will be completely nonexistent.

The life of an average Japanese couple consists of them both waking up early, and getting ready for work.  One of the partners finishes work late at night, has dinner, does a little reading, showers, and washes up and then goes to bed.  The other partner leaves work closer to midnight, and goes to the convenience store to pick up dinner, then goes home, washes up, and gets ready for bed to start the same again, while he or she tries not to wake his or her other half who needs some sleep in order to function the next day.

Japan is the one country that is incredibly advanced in regards to technology, however, that advancement is coming at a severe cost.  The economy is shrinking, families are no longer created, and people are living longer while there is a shortage of a pension and social security type fund.  There are also fewer people to care for the elderly since couples in Japan are having fewer children and less young workers.

During the early 1950s after World War II, Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida wanted to make sure that Japan's economy was built up.  He made sure that large corporations offered their employees lifelong job security and were successful in making Japan economically healthy for a long time.  However, there was a cost to that economy growing which was business had required more from their employees; meaning, women were working more and had to delay having kids, and as a result, fertility rates in Japan had declined.

Many Japanese women want to work, and were raised with having a strong work ethic, and don't want to become housewives.  After a long day of work, they don't want to be cooking, and doing housework and as a result, more and more Japanese women have been putting off having families until they are too old to conceive.  If they try to conceive after 40 years old, they end up having fertility issues.

In 1899, Japan started recording how many births per year occurred, and the amount of newborns per were never less than what it clocked in 2017, which was 950,000.  Based on the statistics, it appears that women have been having 1.4 births only, and sociologists have found out that in order for a population to remain steady, there should be at least 2.1 births per woman.

Due to the realization of this demographic time bomb, Japan has had to make some serious changes in order to encourage the creation of families among couples.  Japan is being forced to realize how important innovation is, and they can be creative with robotics technology.  They may be able to replace humans with robots in some cases so couples can have more time together, and start families earlier.  That being said, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, has set a goal of 1.8 births per woman by 2025 and wants to make sure that this goal is being met.

To prepare Japanese people in achieving this goal, Japan is now allowing men to play with dolls so that they can understand fatherhood.  The government is creating speed dating events so that young people can meet.  

In reality, we know that dolls and speed dating won't resolve the crisis.  Japan needs to create a better structure that will support family planning which it failed to do in the past, and this is why there is a fertility crisis.

It's not only Japan that is facing fertility crisis.  North America, United Kingdom, and Australia may also end up facing the same issue in the near future, if these countries won't do something to address the population issue.  

However, fewer young people, teenagers and young adults in their early 20s are not yet sure if they not only want to have kids; moreover, they are also unsure of getting married as well.  For sure, many young people want to go to school and have their own careers, and there are others who want to enjoy having their freedom without being pressured by anyone to have kids.  There are also many young people who are afraid to have kids because they do not like what is happening to the planet due to severe political differences and violence all over the world.  They are also very much concerned about climate change and how will this affect children in the future.

While there are still people who opt to have their own babies and fertility treatments are widely utilized these days, it is still an underlying concern that in 10 to 20 years from now, there will be fewer births in other parts of the world like what Japan is experiencing at present due to the above-mentioned reasons.

We cannot erase the fact that there will always be problems and political issues around us, and it will continue to scare younger generations.  Social media and the news are also to blame in spreading negative reports which makes people think that our world is no longer safe for young children.  If there will be a major decline in the population in the UK, North America, and Australia for these reasons, the government must formulate programs to encourage people to have children in order to support the economy.  The current population crisis in Japan might serve as a wake-up call for other countries in order to prevent such problem in the near future.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Let's Help Handog Lingap Raise Funds!

Whenever I can, I donate and help people and organizations to make their dreams of helping the impoverished come true.  I also do volunteer work whenever my time permits.  I am now also teaching my son to have a heart of helping others and spending time in volunteering.

When an email was sent to me asking to spread the love about the upcoming project of Junior Chamber International (JCI) Manila, I just can't say no because they have a good cause and I do hope that God is also knocking at your hearts to share whatever blessings you have to make this project a reality.

Now on its 10th official year, JCI Manila's Handog Lingap 2018 is putting together another day of fun and learning for indigent and special kids with bigger, better, and more sustainable things in store to help them thrive.

On the latest report of UNICEF, approximately 1 out of 7 or roughly 5.1 million Filipino children are living with disabilities.  With the lack of understanding and resources available to them, these kids suffer from unmet health needs and societal stigma which ends up limiting their development and opportunities.

JCI Manila has been an instrument in helping children with disabilities in making our country a better place, recognizing the role of each child in our nation's future through their flagship and legacy project, Handog Lingap.

This coming March 12th, 2018, over 800 indigent children with special needs and their teachers from public schools in Manila under the Department of Education's Special Education (SPED) Program, will be treated to a day of fun and learning including several activities to help them explore their potential.

With this, Handog Lingap is raising Php800,000 to make this event possible.  They are asking people to sponsor a child for Php1,000 each. This will go directly to the event for the kids, for their meals, gifts, transportation, among others.

In addition, swimming classed to be spearheaded by Bert Lozada Swimming School will also give the children an interactive physical activity which is important to their physical development.  There will also be a Disaster Preparedness Workshop by Frederick Dalena, which will equip caregivers and kids with knowledge on how to save their lives in various stressful situations.  Moreover, a transition programs forum will also be held to start the dialogue on how to best to transition children from SPED schools to employment.

Handog Lingap 2018 Project Chairman Francis Tailon said that for this year, they wanted the activity to be bigger and better. "We are celebrating a decade of bringing joy to these kids this year and we would like to reach more children and make a lifelong impact in their lives.  We want to equip them with important life skills, giving them the chance to improve their quality of life, empowering them with compassion and inclusion, and giving them the support they need to succeed," Tailon added.

This event won't be possible without your help!  

Interested individuals and corporate supporters can check the official crowdfunding page HERE on how they can help.  You can also check out their Facebook and Instagram accounts for information about Handog Lingap.  They also accept donations in kind. 

It takes a village to raise a child, so without your generous heart, these underprivileged children won't have a bright future ahead of them.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Shakey's Louisiana Shrimp Pizza for a Limited Time Only!

I love seafood!  I love pizza!
There are times that when I'm too lazy to prepare meals for me and my son, I would order pizza delivery.  However, now that I'm into balik-alindog, I have to control myself eating pizza, waaah!

Every time we go to Bataan, seafood is always being served because we can buy it fresh and there's a small market (talipapa) just across our ancestral house there.  

So happy to know that Shakey's is now offering Louisiana Shrimp Pizza at a limited time only, embracing two of my most favorite food!

Shakey's Louisiana Shrimp Pizza is inspired by the rich cuisine of Louisiana, USA.  Arguably one of the most flavorful cultures in the world, Louisiana cuisine is a delicious melting pot thanks to French, African, American, and French-Canadian cultures.  Louisiana is the number one provider of shrimp, oysters, crab, crawfish, and even alligator meat in the United States!

Shakey's Louisiana Shrimp Pizza has plump and juicy shrimps on top marinated in Cajun spice blend, with strips of freshly cut basil leaves to make the pizza tastier and appetizing. Louisiana Shrimp Pizza is a thin crust pizza with special herbed garlic sauce.  Light and delectable, this pizza is definitely a catch for your taste buds!  Perfect for Lenten season and people who are watching their diet won't have guilt feeling of eating something that has high calories!

Shakey's Louisiana Shrimp Pizza became available in all Shakey's restaurants since February 14th and will be enjoyed by everyone until April 30th.  This is also available for delivery, just call their hotline 77-7777 or order online at

I can assure you, this really tastes delicious as we had the first dibs!  It's truly a one-of-a-kind pizza that everyone should try and taste.  Enjoy Louisiana Shrimp Pizza with your loved one!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Wow Macau! Our Day Trip Experience in Macau

Kib and I were back in Hong Kong last month, but this time we also went to Macau.  We never had a chance to go to Macau the first time we went to Hong Kong last year because the weather was not good and we were already short of funds, hihi.

They say that Macau is not a good place for children because of the casinos, but on the other hand, it can also be a good place to learn history too.  Macau has rich history that everyone should also know about.  

Macau has been a Portuguese colony from mid-16th century until 1999.  Macau is smaller than Hong Kong (44 square miles) so you can really go around the island in one day.  Because of its Portuguese influence, Portuguese is the second language in Macau (next to Cantonese).  You can also see Catholic churches in the peninsula too.

You can go to Macau directly from the Philippines via airplane or via ferry in Hong Kong or via mainland China in Zhuhai district.  If you will go to Macau via Hong Kong, don't forget to bring your passport with you.  It takes about 1 1/2 hours by ferry.  You can take a ferry to Macau either from Hong Kong side or Kowloon side.  In our case, we rode the ferry on the Kowloon side.  Every hour, a ferry leaves going to Macau.  It is advisable to buy tickets ahead of time especially if you have plans to go to Macau on a weekend because ticket rates on weekends are higher than regular rates.  Sadly, there is no child rate for ferry ride.

Waiting for our boarding to the ferry going to Macau

Turbo Jet.  You can ride a ferry going to Macau either at Hong Kong side or Kowloon side.  Ferries leave hourly, you can check the schedule on Turbo Jet's website

I wasn't able to read in advance on how to go around Macau.  To maximize our time in Macau, we already hired a tour guide to help us go around Macau.  Buses are the most popular mode of transportation in Macau and just like in Hong Kong, there are specific routes for each bus number.

Our tour guide, his name is Omar.  He has a group who usually waits for Filipino tourists at the ferry station and offers their tour services to them

Macau's local currency is pataca.  However, if you're from Hong Kong, there is no need to change your Hong Kong dollars to Macau pataca as it is also widely accepted there.  However, you need to also be ready with your credit card too just in case.

Here are our pictures in Macau:

Senado Square.  It's currently decorated with stuff for Chinese New Year

St. Dominic's Church.  No masses are held there, basically the church is only for viewing by the tourists and praying.  There is also museum inside.  You can go inside for free

Macau is just a small island, so most people live in small apartments like this

Streets in Macau are also narrow.  This road is also being used by vehicles so make sure to stay on the side

St. Paul's ruins, the best known historical landmark in Macau

Some of the unearthed ruins of St. Paul

A crypt was also unearthed underneath St. Paul.  You can see there remains of Japanese and Vietnamese martyrs and some church relics

This lotus-like building is Grand Lisboa.  It illuminates at night

Macau Observation Tower

Hilton Hotel in Cotai area. In Cotai, you can see the grandest hotels and casinos

Street signs in Macau

Studio City in Cotai
Inside Galaxy Hotel.  A giant dog statue will welcome you at the entrance

The diamond show inside Galaxy Hotel

Paintings on the ceiling at The Venetian

A show inside The Venetian

Gondolas inside The Venetian

At the entrance of The Venetian

A replica of the Eiffel Tower at The Parisian.  It's my second time to see a replica of the Eiffel Tower, the first was at Shenzen, China

A tree-like building in Macau

Other hotels and casinos in Macau

You can stay at Macau for a night should you like to try going to the casinos and try your luck.  If you wish to just have a day tour in Macau, better to stay until night (around 8pm) to see the night lights.  The ferry going back to Hong Kong and Kowloon is until 11pm.

Put Macau on your itinerary the next time you visit Hong Kong, it's worth it!