Celebrating Valentines Day in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour

At exactly today – Valentines Day of 2014, Hon and I got to experience one of the most special Valentine celebrations in the existence of our almost 15-year relationship. We were in a cruise, watching the Symphony of Lights and having sumptuous dinner in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour.

Today, I only got to write this experience and share with you. And as I always say, you can only capture the moments in photos and experiences are things that you can keep as memories – beautiful and beyond comparable.

Errrrk! Enough for the sweet introduction just because it’s Valentines Day!

It was a cold afternoon of Valentines Day and we are already late for our schedule in Bauhinia Cruise. As we all know, Hong Kong is very particular about time and us, still practicing the famous Filipino time have almost cost us Php our 4,000.00 ($90). But fate is kind to us and we were able sneak in on the next sailing but with additional payment. We have to thank Bauhinia for that consideration, though.

We never had a dinner cruise before and cruising in the harbor of our favorite city in Asia is definitely a romantic way to celebrate Valentines Day. So sad that I have to slash the sweet introduction with these next pointers. We’re not bitter but this experience is more of a reality than a sweet scene in a romantic movie. Nevertheless, we were happy!

1. The cruise is just two (2) hours and I believe that it’s not enough to enjoy the view and dinner at the same time.
2. For some reason, I felt that the boat is running a bit faster. It made us feel a little dizzy, causing us not to enjoy the food.
3. Considering it’s Valentines, we are expecting some mellow and romantic music background. But it looks like a feast. Band is singing Macarena and such!
4. The cold weather did not permit us to stay at the viewing deck for a longer time.
5. Food is delicious, you can’t just simply concentrate watching the Symphony of Lights and enjoy what you’re eating simultaneously.

After that night, we realized that watching the Symphony of Lights is still best to do from the promenade of the Avenue of the Stars. It could have been more romantic and easy for us! Sometimes having less is more. Nevertheless, it’s one experience that we’ll never forget. And just like what other people say, it’s good to try once.

In all fairness to Bauhinia, their food is overflowing and delectable. Bauhinia Cruise Charges: Adult HKD 440 and Child HKD 280 (+ 10% Service Charge). Below are some of the photos we’ve taken. Some shots are blurry, sorry about that.

Table #1, Bauhinia Cruise

Table #1, Bauhinia Cruise
Hong Kong, Valentines Day
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Seafood and more, Bauhinia Cruise

Seafood and more, Bauhinia Cruise
Hong Kong, Valentines Day
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Main Dish and Turkey, Bauhinia Cruise

Main Dish and Turkey, Bauhinia Cruise
Hong Kong, Valentines 2014
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Chocolate Fountain, Bauhinia Cruise

Chocolate Fountain, Bauhinia Cruise
Hong Kong, Valentines 2014
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Cake Selection, Bauhinia Cruise

Cake Selection, Bauhinia Cruise
Hong Kong, Valentines Day
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French Toast, Bauhinia Cruise

French Toast, Bauhinia Cruise
Hong Kong, Valentines 2014
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What's on our plate?, Bauhinia Cruise

What’s on our plate?, Bauhinia Cruise
Hong Kong, Valentines 2014
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Inside Bauhinia and the Live Band, Bauhinia Cruise

Inside Bauhinia and the Live Band, Bauhinia Cruise
Hong Kong, Valentines 2014
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Bauhina Cruise Viewing Deck

Bauhina Cruise Viewing Deck
Hong Kong, Valentines Day 2014
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Details of Bauhinia Cruise:
Date Travel: February 14, 2014
Traveled as a couple

Note: The aim of this article is to solely share our personal experience with Bauhinia Cruise — nothing less/more.

Airline Fuel Surcharges Removed

Posted by: liza on January 08th, 2015 in news

This is good news (I hope so!) for frequent travelers like us! Just last night I heard the news that CAB (Civil Aeronautics Board) passed a resolution that orders the removal of the airline fuel surcharges which was signed on Wednesday. It’s expected to take effect on Monday. I know everyone is hoping that airlines will comply to this resolution and that us, travelers will benefit greatly from it.

Here’s an excerpt of the news from Inquirer.net

MANILA, Philippines–Expect airline ticket prices to ease as early as next week as the government scraps the fuel surcharge on domestic and international flights operating in the Philippines because of the sharp decline in global crude oil prices.

Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) executive director Carmelo Arcilla said Wednesday that the resolution to remove the fuel surcharge was signed Wednesday. He said that airlines would be served with the order starting Thursday and will be effective “immediately.”

The effect on the ticket price is expected to vary. The fuel surcharge runs from a few hundred pesos for domestic flights to several hundreds of US dollars for long-haul international flights.

By Monday

“It should be safe to say that carriers should have removed the surcharge by next Monday,” Arcilla said, taking into account the time the order is given to carriers and the upcoming weekend. The order will not affect tickets that have been purchased before airlines have been formally notified.

In line with this, the CAB published Resolution No. 79 (BM 10-12-22-2014), which also noted that oil prices have declined 25 percent from June to November. Crude oil this week fell below $50 per barrel, extending the drop to about 50 percent, with some forecasts pointing to prolonged weakness in the commodity’s value as global demand slows.

The fuel surcharge is typically granted by the government to help airlines recover part of volatile fuel costs, usually an airline’s single-biggest operating expense. But this should no longer apply when oil prices are falling, Arcilla said.

“With the substantial and continuous decrease of fuel prices in the world market, the board has deemed it appropriate to compel airiness to discontinue their imposition of fuel surcharge,” part of the CAB resolution read.

Read more: http://business.inquirer.net/184633/cab-scraps-airline-fuel-surcharges#ixzz3OI35aJjf

Vigan named one of New 7 Wonders Cities

Posted by: liza on December 08th, 2014 in news

I just can’t help but feel proud about learning from the news that we got another spot in New Wonders list and this time — for Vigan which is hailed as one of the New Wonder Cities.

Here’s a snippet of the news courtesy of Rappler.com

MANILA, Philippines – Ilocos Sur capital Vigan has been selected as one of the New 7 Wonders cities. New 7 Wonders made the announcement via YouTube December 8, 3 am Manila time. (READ: Weekend in Vigan: 12 things to do)

These are the winning cities:

 

• Beirut, Lebanon
• Doha, Qatar
• Durban, South Africa
• Havana, Cuba
• Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
• La Paz, Bolivia
• Vigan, Philippines

Aside from the 7 winnners, decided via voting, the following cities rounded out the top 14: Barcelona, Chicago, London, Mexico City, Perth, Quito, and Reykjavik.

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