September 14, 2019

Day 4 in Copenhagen Denmark

How I wish, I could extend our vacation in Copenhagen, Denmark because four days are not enough. Sad to say, we could no longer extend our stay because everything was pre-booked already including our train ticket and hotel. And because Day 4 is our last day in Denmark, my companions don’t want to go out anymore.

They prefer to stay in the hotel until our check-out which is 11AM but I don’t want to waste my time waiting at the hotel so I insisted that we should go out. I convinced them that we have enough time to visit Christianborg Palace before our train ride at 12:23NN. Thank God, pinagbigyan na nila ko.

So we had an early breakfast and we stored our luggage at the locker room so just in case, that we could not make it before 11AM for check-out, we won’t pay any extra because our room is already empty.

Again, we just walked from the Urban House by Meininger to Christianborg Palace. We arrived before 9AM so we were freezing cold while waiting outside of the palace door. If you have limited time in Copenhagen, I suggest you go to Christianborg Palace because you can visit several tourist spots in one location. You can visit The Royal Reception Rooms, The Royal Stables, The Royal Kitchen, The Ruins under Christianborg and Christianborg Palace Chapel.

Read: Where to Stay in Copenhagen: Urban House by Meininger   

To save money, don’t forget to buy a Copenhagen Card. We’re thankful that we were able to maximize and saved a lot of money using this card. I’ll share the pros and cons of the Copenhagen Card in a separate post. And because of limited time, we only visited three tourist spots.

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Christianborg Admission Price 

The Ruins: 60.00 DKK
The Royal Reception Rooms: 95.00 DKK
The Royal Stables: 60.00 DKK
The Royal Kitchen: 60.00 DKK
Child: Free
Combined ticket: 160.00 DKK

Christianborg Palace 

Christianborg Palace is not only a palace but a government building too which is located on the tiny island of Slotsholmen in Central Copenhagen, Denmark. It is where you can find the remains of the country’s principal castle of the Middle Ages and the home of three government branches; the Danish Parliament, Danish Prime Minister’s Office and Supreme Court of Denmark. It is the only building in the world that contains the 3 supreme powers of government; executive power, legislative power, and the judicial power.

Christianborg Palace is owned by the Danish government, some parts of the palace are still being used by the Danish Royal Family for their events and functions like the Royal Receptions Rooms, The Tower Room, The Oval Throne Room, The Palace Chapel, and the Royal Stables. Some parts are open to the public.

Christianborg - The Royal Reception Rooms 

At exactly 9AM, they opened the Royal Reception Rooms. There is a free guided tour that you can join, don't forget to check the schedule. But during our visit, no English Tour Guide at 9AM so we just explored the palace on our own. I just showed our Copenhagen Card and the staff advised us to wear shoe covers before exploring the place. We’re the first guests so we had the palace to ourselves, no photobomber.

We’ve been to Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace but Christianborg Palace is my favorite. The place is well-preserved, well-decorated and looks elegant. Every corner of the palace is very stunning. I was glad that we were able to visit Christianborg Palace before going to Stockholm.

We took our time in exploring Throne Room, The Great Hall, The Dining Hall, and the Library. As I mentioned before, some parts of the palace are still being used by the Queen like the majestic hall and other rooms for their state dinners, banquets, and other royal ceremonies. So it is a great feeling that ordinary people like me can enter this palace. Don’t’ forget to check the unique tapestries at the Great Hall which illustrates the History of Denmark and the world for the past 1000 years.

While waiting for 10AM, we bought some souvenirs at The Palace Shop and off we went to the Ruins for our next tour.

The Ruins under Christianborg

Under the new Christianborg Palace is the ruins of two principal castles that were built in the same location. The Absalon’s Castle that was built in the 11th century, you can still see the remaining wall. And that same wall protected the castle from Wend pirates. The second ruin is Copenhagen Castle that was built in 1369 but it was torn down and they built a new one. Another ruin is the foundation of the Blue Tower where King Christian’s favorite daughter, Leonora Christine, political prisoners, soldiers, and other criminals were held captive.

The Christianborg Ruins highlights the more than 800-year-old underground history of the palace as a medieval castle, royal residence, political and cultural center. We did not stay that long in this place because it is dark and the smell is not nice so it is kinda creepy to explore.

Christianborg - The Royal Kitchen

Beneath the Christianborg Palace is the Royal Kitchen which was built and completed in 1928. This kitchen was used for preparing food for royal parties and celebrations in the Great Hall. The Royal Kitchen is equipped and furnished and they have one of the largest collections of copperware in Europe. See, smell and feel what happened during the King Christian’s Silver Jubilee gala dinner last May 15, 1937. See the menu below.

1. Soup Ambassadeur
2. Filet of Sole a la Nantua
3. Tenderloin Bouquetiere
4. Chicken Parisienne
5. Ice Cream Royale
6. Dessert

Our Day 4 in Copenhagen, Denmark was short but it is one of the highlights of our trip and I’m glad that I really pushed this itinerary. After our Royal Kitchen Tour, we immediately went back to our hotel to pick up our luggage, check-out and off to Copenhagen Central Train Station. We had a quick lunch at Food Market before riding the SJ train to Stockholm Sweden.

Read: Food Trip in Copenhagen Denmark
Day 1 in Copenhagen 
Day 2 in Copenhagen  
Day 3 in Copenhagen 

September 06, 2019

Rosenborg Castle; My First Castle Experience

Hans Christian Andersen is a famous Danish author who wrote countless fairy tales. I am not surprised where he got some of his inspirations because Denmark is surrounded by castles or palaces. In Copenhagen alone, there are several castles that you can visit so if you are castles fanatic, it is better to buy Copenhagen Card or Park Museum Ticket so you can save money.

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On our Day 3 in Copenhagen, we were able to visit 2 castles; Rosenborg Castle and Amalienborg Castle. Rosenborg Castle is the first castle that I have ever visited so I was quite excited for my first castle experience and this castle did not disappoint me. While I'm busy getting our tickets, my companions are watching changing of guards.

Read: Day 3 in Copenhagen Denmark 

Rosenborg Castle was built at the beginning of the 1600s as a country summerhouse of King Christian IV, who is a popular king because of his colorful personality, architectural projects, and lost wars. In 1710, Rosenborg castle was no longer used as a royal residence but became a treasure chest of the family. In 1838, it opened its door to the public where people can have a glimpse of the wealth and status of the Danish royal family.

Admission Price 

Adult - 115.00 DKK
Child (0-17) - Free
Copenhagen Card - Free
Park Museums - Free
Student - 75.00 DKK

Things that you should remember 

1. Backpacks are not allowed inside the castle but don’t worry because they have a locker room where you can leave your stuff.
2. There is free wifi. You can use your smartphone as a guide to give you in-depth information about the rooms.
3. You can also use your smartphone to read the QR-codes found on many objects and explore them.
4. You can buy a guidebook at the museum shop.
5. Do not touch the objects and wall decorations in the castle.
6. You are allowed to take photos but not with a tripod or stick.

The admission ticket is not cheap so we took our time in exploring the castle The museum has 5 floors so don’t forget to get a guide map so you won’t miss anything. The main attractions of the castle are Knight’s Hall, coronation thrones, three life-sized silver lions,12 taspetries, collection of Flora Danica, and crown jewels.

Read: Day 1 in Copenhagen
Day 2 in Copenhagen

September 05, 2019

Oh So Healthy Fruit Crisps

Living healthy is indeed a challenge, it is still a struggle for me to have a healthy lifestyle. I can compare it to the season, sometimes I eat healthy foods and sometimes I don’t. When it comes to food, my self-control is really low.

I learned about Oh So Healthy Fruit Crisps while I was browsing a beauty website, I wanted to order but I was hesitant because of the price + shipping fee. Then I learned that it is available at Healthy Options store too kaso hindi naman ko nagagawi ng Healthy Options. Hehehe!

 A few months ago, we went to Landers Superstore and I saw the Oh So Healthy Fruit Crisps and it was on sale. From P89.75 to P79.75 so I bought all the available flavors; Mango Sweet Banana, Purple Yam Banana Coconut and Jackfruit Pineapple Banana.

Oh So Healthy Fruit Crisps are blended mixed fruit with no added sugar, no preservatives, no cholesterol and gluten-free. In addition, it is made without oil or frying so you can enjoy all-natural snacks. I like packaging and colors of the fruit crisps, it also has a zip lock so just in case that you haven’t finished it, you can seal it again.

When I opened the packaging, I was shocked kasi ang konti lang pala ng laman, the photo will give you an idea. As in naloko ko ng packaging. Hehehe! Just like other chips in the market, malaki packaging pero nasa kalahati ang laman. Tapos ang mahal, pero ganun naman yata pag all-natural or organic, ang mahal ng presyo.

Anyway, the fruit crisps are good naman, my personal favorite is the Jackfruit Pineapple Banana variant. My two boys don’t like the fruit crisps so ako lang kumakain. As of this writing, kakaubos ko lang ng last pack. Ganun katagal inabot sa amin ang fruit crisps, one pack per month.

September 04, 2019

Lunch at TGI Fridays Southwoods Mall

TGI Fridays is an American restaurant chain that has been around since 1965 and now they have more than 931 restaurants around the world including the Philippines. I don’t know how long they are here in the Philippines but one thing for sure, matagal na talaga. Yes, matagal ko na ring niyaya si hubby na kumain sa TGI Fridays pero lagi niya sinasabi na hindi naman masarap diyan e.

Last week, my friends and I went to Southwoods Mall for our birthday celebration. Marami kami August celebrants kaso not all are available on that date pero tinuloy na rin namin bago pa matapos ang August. We’re choosing between two restaurants pero sarado pa pala ang isa so we ended up at TGI Fridays.

I hate to admit but it was my first time so it took me a while to browse their menu. While checking their menu, the staff gave us complimentary chips. They offer soup, salad, sandwiches, burger, pasta and main courses. We are just a group of three persons so we ordered their platter meal so we can try different foods.

We got Seafood Platter for P1395 + SC, a platter of fried calamari, white fish fillet, shrimp, marinara sauce and tartar sauce. My favorite here is the fried calamari.

We also ordered Three-Meat Platter for P1,499.99 +SC, a platter of Filipino Pork Liempo, Pork Adobo, Grilled BBQ Chicken, ensalada corn and garlic vinegar. Additional 2 cups of rice too. Our personal favorite here is the Pork Adobo, the meat is so tender, juicy and flavorful.

We enjoyed our food trip here, we are satisfied with the food and service. After getting our bill, I finally understood why my husband doesn’t want to eat at TGI Fridays, hehehe! As I’ve mentioned, we are only a group of 3 persons and our total bill is PHP3000+ and we did not order drinks or desserts. #pangbuffetnayun

Read: List of Buffet Restaurants in the Philippines

September 03, 2019

Birthday Celebration; Happy or Sad

As the years go by, I realized that I’m really getting old because my life problems, challenges and struggles in life are no longer simple. It is hard to accept that my son is no longer a baby and few years from now I have a teenager. I can’t stop my white hair from growing and I can’t deny the fact that even I have a skincare routine, my skin is still aging. But I have no problem in getting older because as the quote says “Do not regret growing older, it is a privilege denied by many”.

I know that life is short, we don’t when is our time but I always pray that I will live long because I want to grow old with my two boys, I have so many things that I want to do and I have so many places that I want to visit on my travel bucket list.

Speaking of the bucket list, I wanted to travel for my birthday celebration because I have a new motto “Travel before you run out of time”. In addition, we have a long weekend. My son and I have 4 days free so I suggested it to my husband. Unfortunately, my husband doesn’t like the idea because he has an upcoming business trip, instead, he wants us to join his trip to Jakarta, Indonesia.

So I told my son about it but my son doesn’t want to be absent for 3 days. I even told my son, wala naman kayo lessons for that week, cheering practice and competition lang. Remember, we did this 3 years ago, we went to Singapore. My son still said, NO. I cannot persuade my two boys and at that time, I don’t know if I would be happy or sad.

Sad because no one wants to travel with me and few days from now, our passports are about to expire. Happy because my son chose school instead of a trip to Indonesia. At least kahit wala lessons, ayaw niya umasent and he wants to be part of their cheering competition. Good thing that they won in their Cheers & Yells Competition. Yey! Back to back champ.

Anyway, sulking on my birthday will do no good for me. Even my plans did not materialize, I still have reasons to be happy. I celebrated my birthday in Yurakuen Japanese Restaurant, we had birthday staycation at Sheraton Manila and my friends and I had a food trip at TGI Fridays. More details on a separate post.