To see is to believe
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Trust me, you’re gonna need more help than just toilet paper and soap.
I am really scared of their definition of renovation, and I’m already dreading the Php 6,000 toilet bowls and short faucets.

Airport officials promise good toilets in 2 months
By DJ Yap

MANILA, Philippines—Stung by criticism, officials at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport have promised that all toilets in the old terminal building will be clean and have running water, toilet paper and soap within two to three months.


Manila International Airport Authority general manager Jose Angel Honrado said the agency has imposed that deadline upon itself to renovate all toilets in the NAIA terminal, which recently was listed among the world’s worst airports by a travel Web site.
“What we can promise to our traveling public is that within two to three months all our toilets will be fully equipped with toilet paper and soap,” Honrado said in an interview last week.


He said MIAA has been renovating lavatories in Terminal 1, and has finished work on seven to eight sets of male and female rest rooms out of 17.


On the other hand, the lavatories in Terminal 2 and 3, being in good condition, have no need of renovation, Honrado said.
The Web site, The Guide to Sleeping in Airports, ranked the Manila airports, particularly the NAIA Terminal 1, the fifth worst in the world and No. 1 in Asia for 2010, behind two French airports, including the Paris Charles De Gaulle, and the Los Angeles and Moscow airports.
Some of the complaints raised about the NAIA terminal involved its “filthy toilets,” as well as not enough seats and officials asking for bribes.
Reacting to the NAIA’s ranking, Honrado said he respected the opinion of the reviewers but invited them to visit the terminal again and see the improvements.
He also noted that the website was geared toward budget travelers who slept in airports to save on lodging. Honrado said Terminal 1 could not accommodate airport sleepers, given the space limitations. Source

Four Seasons
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Raining in Hong Kong today. We were planning to take the kids on the ferry, go to the other side to buy toys and Nike shoes and have the air removed from Marky’s basketball. They also want to eat Filipino food (read: KFC).
Last night we went downstairs to take a look at the pool area.


Ben and Markus love


Not too shabby.


The spa

Four Seasons HK

Dropped by Ana‘s room upstairs where she and deniece and denephews were having a Good Friday picnic


Bless this mess.

John Mayer can’t hold a candle to this


Seriously, I love these kids, but I hope they leave a tip for the chambermaid!


I want to stay here
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At noon, we left the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel to move to the Four Seasons in Central.
The drive took about 35 minutes. When we got here the rooms weren’t ready so we took the subway to Times Square to eat.
From there, the boys went to Ocean Park, while I went to the wastelands of City Super and Sogo—too many people.
For some reason I don’t feel like shopping so much.
Yesterday Cedric and I were talking about all the clothes we haven’t worn from past trips to Hong Kong. And so, I won’t force myself to shop on this trip. It is, after all, Good Friday.
In Causeway, I went to the Wun Ying Gallery of Carrie Chau but couldn’t find a new thing to buy as I have most of her merchandise (a lot of them unused).

Wun Ying Gallery
Wun Ying Gallery
Wun Ying gallery

My favorite things are the Carrie Chau Octopus charms you can use on the subway or convenience stores.


I got a text from Jeroen that Ocean Park was done, so I headed back to the hotel where the rooms were ready.
And here I am now.

Four Seasons HK

I can’t tell you how lovely this room is, my camera cannot capture it. I don’t want to leave.
The bathroom alone is a religious experience. Again, my camera isn’t good enough.

Four Seasons HK
Four Seasons HK
Four Seasons HK

I love my closet, which is separate from Jeroen’s closet. So much storage space here.

I love my closet

Here’s the kids’ room


And their treats

Welcome treats for the boys

The internet here is wireless and much cheaper than Hong Kong Disney. They gave me two options—slow or fast internet. I wanted to save money so I chose slow internet. Here’s the speed.

Four Seasons HK Speedtest

I’m having a migraine now either due to heat, hunger, old age, or all of the above, so I’m gonna take a very luxurious nap.
I love this bed.

We are stressing over a ball
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It’s a beautiful day in Hong Kong and we are stressing over a ball.

Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel

As far as I know, NAIA is the only airport that X-rays your luggage before you can even enter the airport.
On Wednesday, the guy who checks the monitor spotted my 7-year-old son’s basketball inside the luggage and said we would have to leave it behind as “air” is not allowed inside the luggage. WTF.
My son started to stress and Jeroen was frantically thinking of how to remove the “air” from the basketball.
I told them not to worry as I knew an airport escort who could keep the ball for us until we returned to Manila.
Upon hearing that (with the traffic building up behind us) the X-ray dude let us go.
So now my dear son and husband are stressing over how to remove the air as we return with the ball to Manila on Easter Sunday.
Is there anyone in Cathay Pacific who could verify if we can take this ball home as it is?
We are trying to call Cathay, but the phone in this hotel is not user-friendly. It is stressing us more trying to get a call through Cathay Pacific.
Please leave a comment if you know whether balls are not allowed to travel on planes.
Thank you in advance and I shall miss this, Hong Kong Disneyland.

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