My Travel Diary: Matuod Beach

Its been awhile since our last beach trip–I am so glad my little family found the time to go. The beach never fails to relax us, and somehow it feels like the reset button has been pressed after a weekend of sun, sand and water. I am so happy, my little toddler loves the beach as much as we do. He wanted to spend all day in the water! He is no doubt our little beach baby. And we got to bring Lily, our dog, too! We haven’t been able to spend enough time with our ‘first born pup’ so we were glad we all got to spend quality time at the beach.

We love this beach in Lian, Batangas because it is quiet, safe for kids and has a gorgeous sunset. We have so many happy memories here as we’ve been going back here for years, and we are more than happy that Tristan is now part of these core memories. Matuod beach will always have a special place in our hearts. ❤

                                 

WATCH: #TrendingWithKelly Pilot episode

Here it is! The passion project I have been working so hard on these past few months. #TrendingWithKelly is a lifestyle/travel show I am hosting on ANC and wow, I cant believe it–it is my very own show (it has my name on it)!!! I am so happy and proud, which is why I am sharing it with you guys. #TrendingWithKelly airs every Sunday at 9:30pm, with replays on Saturdays at 11:30am on ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC). Thank you for all the love and support you’ve shown on Instagram. Ill be linking more episodes here soon! ❤

 

My Travel Diary: Prague

I cant believe we got to visit Prague! It has always been a dream of mine to go, which is why I was ecstatic when my parents decided to bring Carlos, Tristan and I with them to Europe this year. We were absolutely thrilled to be there, and we really made the most of our trip by exploring a different part of the city every day. Thankfully, Prague is a walking city, and it is so easy to get around, so we had no problems traveling with our little toddler.

We walked through the Old Town Square (the heart of its historic core), went inside Gothic churches, admired the medieval Astronomical Clock (the oldest working astronomical clock in the world that tells the time, day, week, month and year), walked across the historic Charles Bridge, sat in cafes and tried local food stalls, went to the Prague Zoo, relaxed in parks and drank local wine. It truly is a romantic city–the architecture is just so beautiful, it was so hard not to take photos. It contains one of the world’s most pristine and varied collections of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Art Nouveau, Cubist and many more, so expect to be impressed.

My family booked a flat right near the Old Town Square, and our host was very helpful and accommodating. He gave us tips on where to eat (we requested for delicious, family friendly restaurants and suggested the resto right in front of our flat called Next Door, and an amazing pizza place called Pizza Nuova (both didn’t disappoint).

We walked all around the city, which wasn’t a problem because all the sights are near each other. After exploring the Old Town Square, we crossed the Charles Bridge and walked all around the different districts. It is hard to get lost in Prague, so don’t worry about making a wrong turn somewhere. More often than not, you will find a quaint little cafe or small specialty shop and will be able to retrace your steps from there. There are a lot of tourists for sure, but most are friendly and really, happy to be there.

Just be careful not to change your money in any money changers (especially the ones with the big signages) as most of them will give you a very low rate. Just use your credit card while you’re there–most establishments accept it. Oh, and avoid taxis while you’re there–the drivers are known to overcharge tourists! Just book an Uber and you will be fine.

                                           

My Travel Diary: Bratislava

On our second day in Vienna, my family decided on a whim to go up to Bratislava, Slovakia. It was the best idea, because (1) it was only an hour train ride away, (2) the old town is gorgeous and so worth seeing, and (3) the food was surprisingly good! We made sure to take plenty of photos while we were there, and enjoyed the sights and cool weather. Tristan enjoyed it the most, I think because he took the longest nap, ever (he was out for three hours, and I had to carry him the entire time).

If you have the time to make a side trip, I highly recommend going to Bratislava. It has a unique, old world feel that you wont find anywhere else. And if you can, order yourself a big slab of steak. We did, and it was one of the best meals we had during the trip. ❤

                                               

Ride the movies at Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios Singapore is one of my favorite places to go to when I am in this city. I am a huge fan of amusement parks, and this one definitely tops my list. There are so many things to do here, you can literally spend the entire day and still have more things to do. Located in Asia Pacific’s No. 1 integrated resort – Resorts World Sentosa, Universal Studios Singapore features 24 rides, shows and attractions in seven themed zones, 18 of them original or adapted for Singapore.

I love that Universal Studios Singapore brings together the best of all Universal Studios theme parks (in case you didn’t know, there’s one in Hollywood, California; another in Orlando, Florida; and one in Osaka, Japan) with a pair of the world’s tallest dueling coasters, a castle from the world of Shrek, celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Betty Boop and more. And supporting the rides and attractions are 30 restaurants and food carts, as well as more than 20 retail stores and carts, so you can satisfy every craving while you explore the theme park.

I recently found out that Universal Studios Singapore boasts a collection of many world firsts (how cool is that): like the world’s biggest single collection of DreamWorks Animation attractions; the world’s first Far Far Away Castle from the world of Shrek; the world’s first Madagascar theme park ride; the world’s first Puss In Boots themed roller coaster; the world’s first TRANSFORMERS attraction! I mean, if these aren’t reason enough to visit this amazing place, well, I don’t know what will impress you haha!

Oooh, and apart from all the cool rides and yummy food, can I just say my favorite part is the celebratory atmosphere with the Hollywood Dreams parade, which features amazingly detailed floats, special effects, a custom musical score and fan-favorite characters alongside a colorful cast of over 100 performers. It really is a must-see while you are visiting Universal Studios Singapore.

Just blogging about this place brought back so many fun memories, so okay, please allow me to share the best ones from our last trip. Tristan enjoyed his time here so much, we had a hard time convincing him we were going home. (Don’t worry, my love, we will come back soon!)

Okay, so can I just share THE BEST things about Universal Studios Singapore at the moment? If you’re planning a trip here soon, do not forget about these! You have to go out and try it–your family will surely have a super fun time.

1. Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYCLON. Themed after the hit television show, “Battlestar Galactica”. the world’s tallest pair of dueling roller coasters–one seated and the other, suspended, will propel thrill-seekers on several inversions, a zero-g roll, a Cobra roll, corkscrews, and vertical loops. The ride, the tallest of its kind in the world, takes 90 seconds to complete its 1 kilometer route. I had an amazing time when I tried this! WHAT A RUSH!!! I love roller coasters and this one was just insane!!! Oh and you have to try it now, because the ride features two-seater vehicles that bring riders closer to the experience!

2. MEET THE MINIONS.Here’s your chance to get despicably close to your favorite Minions and take photos with them. They are sooooo cute, and worth the photo op! I want Tristan to have a photo with them when we get back, especially from now till August 20th 2017, there is a Despicable Me Breakout Party happening for the first time ever in Universal Studios Singapore! This is super cool—guests can actually take part in fun games like the Minion Toss, Super Silly Space Killer and Minion Mishap, and yes, you can totally win Despicable Me merchandise! Apart from that, there is Rodney’s Rotten Game Show, which is held at the Hollywood Lagoon Stage (hosted by Rodney Rotten himself), which features performances by the Minions, lots of dancing, trivia contests and even a banana-eating competition! Oh and watch out for the surprise Minion Mob as the Minions break out of jail and head through the Hollywood zone with more than 20 performers. The fun does not end there as fans can get a temporary Despicable Me tattoo at the “tattoo parlor” (children under 12 get 1 free) and yummy pop-up Minion-themed stores that serve cupcakes and ice-cream all day! I am actually excited for this (must book plane tickets noooow)—the Despicable Me Breakout Party is included with regular admission to Universal Studios Singapore. Game stall vouchers are separately ticketed.

3. TRANSFORMERS: The Ride, The Ultimate 3D Battle. Get ready to experience this hyper-realistic 3D thrill ride, and be transported into the incredible world of TRANSFORMERS. Okay, not to give anything away buuuut: the fate of humanity hangs in the balance as villainous DECEPTIONS invade NEST headquarters to steal the ALLSPARK. And you’ve been volunteered to take it to safety and save our planet! This cool ride will allow you to race through the city, zip through subway tunnels, down city streets and across high-rise rooftops, and hang on for dear life. This is your chance to join OPTIMUS PRIme and the AUTOBOTS and become a freedom fighter in the ultimate 3D battle against the forces of evil. Must-ride THIS!!!!

There are many more things to do in Universal Studios Singapore, but these definitely top my list! Universal Studios Singapore is always so much fun–I think this is an excellent way to create happy, core memories with the kiddos! Book your tickets now at www.rwsentosa.com/ph for an amazing family fun adventure.

More amazing news: Get a chance to win up to S$2,500 worth of shopping vouchers (that’s PhP85,000) and Resorts World Sentosa Invites Membership that entitles you exclusive privileges at the resort. These shopping vouchers can be used at retails shops like Coach, Michael Kors, Kate Spade New York, Tumi, Victoria’s Secret, Vertu, and many more shops at the Shopping Galleria in Resorts World Sentosa. The lucky draw is available for selected online purchases made from now until 31 July 2017!!!

Click HERE for more info!!! ❤️

My Travel Diary: Vienna

It was definitely love at first sight. Vienna quickly became one of my favorite cities the moment we arrived at the city center. From the classicist buildings to the modern architectural structures, the city is a feast for the eyes. It is both historical and inspired, we couldn’t help but feel lucky to be there and be immersed in the art, culture, food and music.

This time we travelled with my parents, Robby and Rose, and stayed with our family friends (the Melchors), so this was a different kind of experience from our usual Airbnb trips. We actually had people to take us around and show us the ins and outs of the city, which allowed us to move quicker and see more during the day. I also have a cousin who lives in Vienna with her husband and 3-year old, and she took us around to see family-friendly sights. We certainly covered a lot of ground this time, which was a great start to our Euro trip.

We walked around Schoenbrunn Palace, ate schnitzel, indulged in Sachertorte and drank local wine, and in between we found parks for Tristan to play in. What a treat it was to just walk around and explore the city center (Stephansplatz), admire great structures like St. Stephen’s Cathedral and sit and enjoy the view at local cafes. Vienna is relaxing but never boring, and it is wonderfully family-friendly I actually imagined my little family living there. Oh, and the weather was just perfect (we went in March)! The Fernandez-Misas enjoyed our stay, and we promise to be back soon!

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