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    Fire Sword Cafe: Come for the food. Stay for the games.


    Fire Sword

    My first time to try a board game cafe. 🙂 Came here with my friends on a Sunday night because we want to play board games and to check out the new place as well.

    The Place and Ambiance

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    Fire Sword Cafe is not that big but could accommodate enough people to eat while enjoying the board games. 🙂 I like how they designed their tables with borders to avoid the falling of small objects and there is also an extra shelf beneath the table where we can hide the box or extra items of board games in order to have more space for the table.

    A great place to bond with friends and family!

    Services

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    The staffs and even the owner are very accommodating and generous enough to teach us how to play King of Tokyo and Takenoko. Haha. They are very helpful in suggesting new games for us to try! I like all games that we have played: Epic Spell Wars, King of Tokyo and Takenoko.

    As for the food, I only tried the Swissmiss Milk Shake and it was actually delicious. 🙂 There is no doubt that I will come back here with my friends to try the other foods and board games.

    Swissmiss Milk Shake With friends

    Location: Unit 201 Times Square Building, 57 Examiner Corner Times Street, West Triangle, Quezon City

    Click here for their Facebook account.

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    Mt. Pinatubo: Weekend Escapade

    Mt. Pinatubo

    The volcano’s eruption on  June 15th 1991 was truly a nightmare; it caused several earthquakes which resulted in the collapse of summit and the creation of caldera. It was a nightmare that surprisingly left us a beautiful crater lake.

    For this trip, we had a package deal from Majestic Mount Pinatubo which costs Php 1900/person. Foods, snacks and van rental are excluded but they have a public van from Manila going to Tarlac and vice-versa. The 4×4 ride made it quite pricey.4x4 ride

    rocky road Trekking Mt. Pinatubo doesn’t necessarily need to camp out since it was just a 2 hours trek, excluding the 1.5hr 4×4 ride. Expect the trail to be bumpy because it was badly damaged by the eruption and sometimes you have to cross rivers so it’s better to wear a wettable shoes.

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    Reaching the crater lake will make you see the worth of all your effort and sweat. Though swimming in to the lake has been prohibited since 2013, the breathtaking view of the crater lake will leave you in awe. The surrounding is really wonderful and peaceful!

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    We were lucky enough that the weather is nice and cool during our trek. 🙂

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    Mt. Batulao: Traverse Day Hike

     

    Mt. Batulao

    Mt. Batulao is located at Nasugbu, Batangas and is 811 meters above sea level. The accessibility, the 360 degrees breathtaking view of Batangas and the amazing landscape of the mountain makes it one of the perfect getaway from city. It is also one of the top mountains for beginners.

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    Mt. Batulao have two trails, the Old and New trail, which gives you an option on which trail to take first. Our group took New to Old trail which I think is easier than the other way around because if you took Old trail first, you have to climb through boulders.

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    mt. batulao

    We may have encountered challenges such as muddy trails, leg cramps, steep slopes and long walks under the scorching heat of the sun but overall, everything went good because the trail is so easy that you won’t get lost. I suggest to buy a bamboo stick for Php 10 as your trekking pole if the trail is muddy, it will make your trekking easier!

    We immediately ordered Halo-Halo upon reaching the summit. Yes! they sell Halo-Halo at the top of the mountain! Something to enjoy while resting after a long walk. 🙂

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    The usual group photo and photo ops when you reached the summit 😛

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    So here’s the part where we have to rappel down via Old trail. Some locals just ran on it like a ninja while we struggle our way down! Unbelievable!

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    After rappelling down, we had another long walk going back to registration area. That’s all for Mt. Batulao! Personally, this is my easiest day hike and I like it there because they sell Halo-Halo. Haha!

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    Throwback: Birthday Travel at Singapore

    Singapore

    Another #TBT post!

    I started a Throwback Thursday post last week to motivate myself to post more. 🙂 Last week was about Hong Kong trip with my family, so for today, it will be about my Singapore trip.

    As a birthday gift for myself, I decided to book a flight going to Singapore together with my boyfriend months after our trip to Hong Kong. I will share some of what we did during our stay at Singapore. 🙂

    Day 1: Manila to Singapore

    We were supposed to depart at 1:30 PM from NAIA Terminal 3 but got delayed for 45  minutes, though we were compensated with a free round-trip ticket on our next flight by Cebu Pacific airline. <3

    Arrived in Singapore at around 6 PM. We went to Lucky Plaza after leaving our bags in hotel because according in our research, that place is where we can get the best exchange rate. Then had dinner at ION Orchard before going back to hotel.

    Day 2: Universal Studios Singapore and Skyline Luge Sentosa

    Universal Studios Singapore one day pass ticket costs S$74 and each each regular price day pass has a validity period of 30 days from the selected date of visit. Since it was weekend, we assumed that there will a lot of people that day so we bought another ticket called Universal Express a.k.a V.I.P Pass for S$30 and it can be used only one time at each participating attraction.

    It only took us only 2 hours to explore the whole USS because we were able to skip long lines. 🙂 We had a Japanese cuisine for our lunch (I forgot the name of the restaurant. Hehe) then explored the rest of Sentosa afterwards.

    We have tried the Skyline Luge Sentosa for S$25 (combo 3 Luge and 3 Skyrides). There was a sudden rain that day but will still managed to enjoy both rides. After exploring the whole Sentosa, we moved Suntec City to visit the Fountain of Wealth.

    Day 3: Premium City Pass Sky, Land and Sea Adventure

    We bought a package deal from Singapore City Pass that costs S$79.90. Package includes:

    BubbleJet River Hopper (Usual Price: S$25) – Cruise along Marina Bay and Singapore River on a Bubblejet in cool, air-conditioned comfort!

    FunVee Open Top Bus Hopper  (Usual Price: $34.80) – Explore sunny Singapore! On-board the FunVee open-top bus and feel the refreshing tropical breeze!

    Singapore Sling Flight or Signature Cocktail Flight (Usual Price $69) – Daily Flights: 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm, 5.30pm

    Gardens by the Bay (Usual Price: $28) – Visit the 2 cooled conservatories (Flower Dome and Cloud Forest) and marvel at the magnificent floral and botanical wonders.

    After exploring Gardens by the Bay, we went to see Merlion Park.

    Day 4: Pasalubong and flight back to Manila

    Before our flight going back to Manila, we had a quick lunch with a friend and Pasalubong shopping at Chinatown Heritage Centre. You could find cheap bundled souvenirs, bags, mugs, key chains and etc. there. 🙂

    We haven’t explored the Whole Singapore yet so we will definitely go back. Also, as far as I know, there were newly open rides in USS!

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