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New Year’s Celebration at Pico de Loro Cove – Tips & Truths for Guests Part 1

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Ah 2018, you’re finally here! For anyone who struggled in 2017, the New Year comes with a promise of a fresh start. I myself felt like the previous year had too many challenges, that they somehow overshadowed both small and big blessings that came my way.

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One of Pico de Loro Cove's residential condominium buildings
But anyway, past is past and it’s time to move on from things we can’t change. It’s better to look forward to fresh beginnings, right? And to start my year, my family and I checked-in at Pico de Loro Cove on December 30, 31, and January 1. It was our first time there and for an extended family of 15, we enjoyed the company and peaceful atmosphere of Pico de Loro Cove, located at Hamilo Coast in Nasugbu, Batangas.

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Honeymoon in Paris Day 5: Farewell, 1st Arrondissement

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Our fifth morning in Paris was a bit melancholy, for we have to bid adieu to 1st Arrondissement. We were flying to Dubrovnik in the afternoon and by the time we go back to Paris, we'd be staying at a different hotel and location. As always, Paris morning was as confused as ever, unsure if the cloudy skies would give way to Mr. Sunshine.

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At Site du Palais des Tuileries with Ecole du Louvre and Musée d’Orsay in the background
Instead of going to our usual boulangerie at Rivoli Cafe, we opted for McDonald’s at the corner of Rue de Rivoli and Rue de l’Échelle. Inside McDonald’s is McCafe, which was somehow packed with people in the morning. Queuing at the cashier took a long time because of the amount of people grabbing their breakfast before going to work. Plus the crew had to manage the cash register AND make coffee and hot chocolate herself, which took a tedious process far from the instant serving of hot beverage we're used to (talk about multi-tasking!). Nevertheless, it was worth the wait because by the time my husband got his order, he was given freshly baked croissants straight from the oven.

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Honeymoon in Paris Day 4 (Part 2): Trocadéro and Musée d’Orsay

Sunday, January 07, 2018

After a quick lunch and stroll at 5th arrondissement (Latin Quarter), our next destination was Trocadéro. Even when we’ve been here the day before, my husband and I ventured to this place once again, for the time we had yesterday was too short. The views would also be different this time, as we went out during the day towards Tour Eiffel.

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We hopped on the Big Bus Paris’ tour bus going to 8th and 16th arrondissement in Paris before hopping off at Trocadéro. There were many people enjoying the view of the Eiffel Tower at this time of day, grabbing the opportunity to take fantastic photos while the sun’s still up. It’s only apt that we do the same too, so we set-up our very useful tripod for our couple shots around Paris.

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