wanted some alone time in order to rest in Guangzhou, and my recent addiction
to Agoda and their promo prices further stimulated this search for a cheap
hotel. I was looking for something within the PhP750 range, but figured that it
would not be so bad if I raise the stakes a bit to around PhP1250. When I saw
the word IBIS, I immediately knew that I was in for a bargain, and the room
photos confirmed that. Just like that boutique hotel in Shenzhen that came
before it, I have no other complaints regarding this hotel aside from its
location. While the Agoda profile claims that it is near a certain station of
the Guangzhou Metro, the truth is it is a bit far and took half an hour by taxi
because of the bad traffic during that time. When I checked out, a taxi ride to
the nearest Guangzhou Metro station cost RMB12 and took just five minutes.
Still, it would have been nice to just walk to and from the stations, but I
love trains. Maybe it is not the same case for you.
caught my attention while browsing its profile on Agoda are the cute designs of
the rooms in promo, with personalized art of different themes. The negative
feedback has mostly been about this boutique hotel’s location, which I now echo
after having to find it myself. Most instructions say that you have to get off
at Laojie station, but I thought Shaibu station would be a lot closer despite
having to transfer one more Shenzhen Metro Line just to reach it. It took me
around an hour to find this place, and that is not so okay when you have a lot
of luggage with you. By the time I reached the premises, I was cursing heavily
under my breath, my shirt was drenched with sweat, and I wanted to punch
somebody. It is a good thing that this place has no more negative aspects aside
believe this one had a good rating at Hostelworld, and so I booked it. My
decision was based on the picture of the double bunk beds that they had. Later
on I will find out that the best aspect of this hostel is its location, right
at the center of the central business district! That chic mall called Mix C is
just on the other side of the street. Book City is just a few steps away. The
price, if based on the location alone, is well worth it just RMB75 a night.
That is not even 500 pesos! Looking out my window now, I also have a good view
of the city’s skyscrapers. The hostel is located on the 28th floor of a high
rise building at the back of a bank, walking distance from the Grand Theater
station of the Shenzhen Metro.
plan was to pick up some Portuguese review books at the Livraria Portuguesa,
register for the DAPLE, and release a sequel to my 2011 Macau Tower Bungy Jump.
Instead, I ended up at the Grand Lisboa and getting out of there with a 200%
return for my HKD620 investment. Not bad for my first time at the slot
machines, eh? Beginner's luck, maybe. Why should I even care. All I know is
that I am all smiles right now as I try hard to avoid hurling projectile vomit
at everyone here on board a Turbojet ferry to Shenzen. Perhaps, taking the
chopper was a better option? Hey, that was just HKD1,900+ that I won. It is not
as if I won the jackpot.
Summer of 1963. A peek into Baby's socialite life means either long
nights full of social dancing or a repetitive game of Simon Says. Just like
every teenager during that time, her life has been planned well ahead for her
as she anticipates her next few years to be spent as part of the Peace Corps.
Never has she thought that a little bit of Mambo and some big band could change
her life. When the long-time dance partner of star dancer Johnny Castle gets
knocked up by a waiter, Baby suggests that they find someone to fill in for her
until an abortion is successfully done, lest the dance group lose a significant
amount of their meager wages. That someone ends up being her. She then spends
the next few days in serious training with him, transitioning from naive girl to competitive
dancer and finding her way to womanhood in the process.
thing immediately came to mind when I entered the dorm room and saw the layout:
those overnight sleeper trains in China, except that we are in a building now
and there is enough space to move around. Even the blue and white combination
of mattress and bed frame is reminiscent of those two overnight train rides.
Each bed is equipped with a small lamp and three sockets for your gadgets. The
room is a 20-bed dorm, which means there is little privacy to enjoy here. There
is a bathroom each on both ends of the room, which were actually clean and not
that cramped. In fact, I found it rather spacious for a dorm bathroom. The room
also has a sink and counter but no cooking equipment whatsoever.
I just took the TOPIK. Again. After a year. To tell you the truth, napag-iwanan
na ng Japanese at Mandarin ang Korean ko. In the beginning I was very
enthusiastic about learning Korean. It is one of those languages that make me
smile whenever I speak it or listen to it. Parang Italian. And then I continued
my Mandarin studies at Confucius Institute on weekends, tapos Japanese sa
Nihongo Center pag weekdays. Needless to say, naubusan na ako ng time for
self-study ng Korean, at kahit isang taon na ang nakalipas, I think wala pa
ring progress. What I did was stay up until the wee hours early today.
Cramming, which is what I love to do and have proven to be an effective method
for me. Nakakaaliw, kasi lahat ng inaral ko before na feeling ko nakalimutan ko
na, bumalik just like that. After snoozing for two hours, go na ako sa Korean
Cultural Center after a quick shower.