30 November 2008

gonzalez girls getaway.
destination: shanghai!


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would you believe me if i tell you that my mom is 60 years old?

every single person who has seen my mom cannot believe she is 60. my sister and i can't either! grabe, kung sinasabi nila na ang itsura ng mommy mo ang magiging itsura mo paglaki, aba! ang swerte namin ni aissa! hehehehe. last october 18, my mom turned 60. grabe, 60!

with 60 being such a major new chapter in her life, she decided to celebrate by taking a birthday trip with me and my sister. somewhere none of us has ever been. and the winning city was.. shanghai, in the people's republic of china.

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it was a fun trip!! there was a lot to do so i was actually torn between being my usual paparazzi self and being an eager tourist..

the shopping! ayayay, there is so much shopping. walking around xintiandi, nanjing road, huaihai road, and super brands mall were highlights of my trip, but from market to mall to high end, they have it all here.

the food! to be honest, i am not much of a chinese food fan, but i tried some of the best tasting duck and dumplings this trip!

the culture. i love the culture part of traveling. shanghai is a fairly new and modern city compared to other cities in prc, so there wasn't much of the ancient and traditional temples, structures, neighborhoods that i was looking forward to. they do have a couple of worthwhile museums to visit, and i appreciated the mix of old and new architecture throughout the city. and oh, the cultural show is so worth it!

the people. we encountered some very aggressive and rude chinese, but we also encountered some very thoughtful and hospitable chinese! its sort of like an asian new york sometimes, sort of like hong kong, where people are rushing and its every man for himself. but there are also those young and vibrant ones, some artists even, who just hang out, are steady, laugh a lot. and you know how in some places you feel odd being such a tourist stopping everywhere looking lost? in shanghai, there are so many tourists, that you won't feel like such an oddball with map in hand.

getting around. this is another city where it is easy to get lost in translation! not a lot of shanghainese speak english, and you more or less get by with charades-like gestures and an animated way of speaking. the city is pretty tourist friendly though, with lots of signs and a good public transport system. having a lonely planet or groovy map on hand will definitely help.

since one of the major features of traveling is food, here are some of our food finds.. my mom found her on-the-street pastries, my sister found packed local delicacies, and i found my favorite pocky!

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kung gaano ako kahilig magpakuha ng "tumbling shot"..

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ganun din kahilig ang mommy ko sa "picture with the flowers"..

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super hilig din namin ni aissa sa "jumping shots"..

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kaya naman hindi din nagpatalo ang mommy ko!

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a happy, happy, happy BIG 6-0 to our mom whom we love so much!!

103 comments:

fence sitter said...

Wow!

Coll pics!Nice tumbling shots.

Cool things to do in Shanghai..

Happy birthday to your mom.

Congratulations to you for having good genes. =)

justjaz said...

I can't believe that she's 60 too!
Ive been seeing her pictures in your posts but I didn't think she's around that age. Well. You're lucky then if you'll be like her when you grow old(er)! hehe
Happy birthday to her.
Surprising "tumbling shots" by the way! Haha! :))

chorvaloo said...

wow, 60 and still she seems so agile. :-) God bless you and your family bianca!

Kim said...

aww..
girl bonding..
hehe..
belated happy birthday to your mom!
well she also couldn't believe that you're mom is already 60.
she looks way too young...
hehe..
anyway, my mom has the same birth date as your mom. she also asked for a day trip in one of the cities here in holland.
so yeah..
i hope u can visit the netherlands, too. :)

God Bless to you and your family!

annie marie said...

yayyy Happy Birthday pala sa mom mo bianca weee ang sarap naman wow china we havent even been there yet lucky girl. Your pics were wonderful.

paperdoll said...

cool. . mas matanda pa mom mo sa lola co? astig!

.acciemaj. said...

i agree! your mom doesn't look like her age..like way younger than her actual age! wow!

china mode! hope you tried kukfa tea, the 'alupihang dagat' dish, clams, oyster and other great dimsum foods :)

MKY said...

How lovely! :D

Anonymous said...

hay...finally a blog from you...nice entry..you're mom can pass as your older barkada...anyway, hope you can share how you do your collage...super thanks and more power...hope you can write more often for your blogger fans!! God bless to you and your family! ; )

sssshashi said...

belated happy birthday to your mom! she sure doesn't look 60. gb!;)

merce h:) said...

Hi Bianca!ang ganda ng talent mo....
at ang bata pa nga ng mom mo,para lang kayong magkakapatid.
ano kaya ang sekreto ng mom mo nuh?

Bridge said...

Happy Birthday to your Mom and Belated Happy Thanksgiving too... She looks a lot younger than her age. What's her secret?

katedadz said...

whoaaaw! loooove ko ang new entry mo na 'to!! aliw yung tumbling shots!!!!!

belated happy birthday to your mom!!! :)

Jeremy said...

Very Asian, eh? Imagine, ang ganda pa rin ng mom mo regardless of her age. At saka mukha ngang ang saya ng trip niyo.

Good luck!

jC said...

wow..! ansaya nyo nman =P and i too could not believe that your mom really is 60.. she looks much younger than her age.. cguro mga 59.. wahaha ; ))) joke!! pero hnde nga. she doesn't look her age.

kaRen_myxmatch said...

i love your tumbling shots!! sample naman minsan, kuhanan kita ng pic hehe.. cute yung jumping shot ni tita ofel =)game na game!

.acciemaj. said...

and oh,to get lost in china is so terrifying... and fun at the same time coz you have to make up all the gestures that you can for them to get what you're trying to say.whether you have good or bad english,doesn't really matter. i got lost several times when i was in guangzhou so i had to always call my dad to help me find my way back. :)

Anonymous said...

she doesnt look like 60, she look young for her age.. happy birthday po s inyong MOTHER.

-june-

essa said...

super belated happy bday to your mom na looking young parin!

bonding moments with the girls we love is a fun-fun for sure.. ( :

cat-ing-ka said...

Your mom is BEAUTIFUL! I want to look like her when I'm 60. :)

giEsquared said...

love the "tumbling shot".

cx

freyti said...

wow grabeh!tumatumbling ka pa huh?!?hehe...thank you for sharing your shanghai trip lolah bianca!hehe
TITA OFEL-grabeh...yun lang..grabeh...hehe

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Mrs. Gonzalez! Thank you for giving birth to Bianca!

aissa said...

hi bianca,

its my first time to comment here and i must say that i really love your blogs. your mom looks like she's only 40 y/o hehe..tama ka..happy birthday to her and godbless always,
pinaka da best na blog mo ay ito:

dear broken heart =) posted on april

godbless always and ill be waiting on your next post =)

your sister's ka-tukayo.. aissa

the bubblegum girl said...

wow naman... ;-) you guys sure did seem to have fun in shanghai! :D belated happy birthday to your mom! ;-)

bianca said...

wow. sana ganyan din ako 'pag 60 na 'ko, haha. aaand oh pocky! galeng ng tumbling. haha


fun ng trip aah. :)

balikbayan_box said...

Oh my mom's bday is also Oct 18 and our 60th bday for her was also a trip. And she choose New York.

Indeed, your mom looks fabulous at 60. Belated happy birthday to her!

irish said...

hi bianca! wow, ur shanghai trip i guess was one of the memorable trips you had. 1st, it's ur first time at the place and it's ur mom's 60th bday.. i cant really believe that she's 60 like you do. honestly, no stir, she looks like mid 40s... so cool to have a mom like urs. one more thing, i just knew, galing mo palang magtaumbling. u r great. hehe.
im just watching tv patrol now, and it said, y speak won the best current affairs program, im sure you won, but not of the exact award. medyo mabilis kasi. still, congratulations! walang kupas ang y speak. more power! God bless you and the rest of your family.

hustakyo said...

cute nung tumbling shot!lol!...
pero di kita maimagine actually doing that Ms.Bianca!hehehe

Lost wanderer said...

Such a sweet entry!

tinapots said...

cute ng pics! di mukhang 60 ang mommy mo. :)

Ben-Ariel said...

Next stop, Nepal? =D

MelaCane said...

wow. 60 huh? wow.

Theren Alexander said...

HapEE BIg day Mommy!!! Wee! Saya ng Shanghai! =)

Anonymous said...

aliw ung tumbling shots! hehe love you bianx!

Kat said...

wow! girl bonding. happy birthday to your mom! =)

the bubblegum girl said...

nicee pics ;-) ur mom talaga... hindi mukhang SIXTY. hope you grow up the same ;-) beautiful ;-)

Anonymous said...

60! wow. just like my mom. hehe. syempre, ibida din ang nanay. kaya, we're both blessed to have moms like them.

did you go to gymnast class? kasi you're cartwheel is perfect e. galing. may hidden talent ka pala. :D

nakakainggit. ang saya ng bonding niyo. dream ko din yan e. mai-tour sa ibang bansa ang mga magulang ko. kung marami lang talaga akong pera.

BUT, our God is a God of BIG dreams so i know, in His time, pagbibigyan din niya ako.

nice pics bianca. :)

belated happy bday to your mom. :)

~she

Biboy said...

I love you Bianca! =)

hi bianca! said...

I love the tumbling shots! Belated happy birthday to your mom! Have you commented on chris tiu's blog? la lang..hehe

kristina noelle said...

wow. nice photos. i also love jump shots!!! Super.. haha

i hope someday i'll also be able to travel.

Thanks for being an inspiration bianca!!! :)

Anonymous said...

what da?? 60?? ang mommy mo 60 na?? parang 59 lang xia eh.. hehe.. by the way.. yun na yun!.. climax na xia!., sinabi ko lang.. Gob bless bi.. keep on shining!

Anonymous said...

Belated Happy 60th Birthday s mommy mo ate Biancs! Grabe 60 prng 30+ lng! Ahahaha..

Anonymous said...

Wow! Nice! May bgo n nmmang post! Haitz.. I'm sure it's been a happy trip 4 ol of you..!:)

Regards and Belated Happy B-day to ur mom!

Anonymous said...

Yup! Swerte nyo kung kmukha nyo mommy nyo pag tanda nyo.. :D

Anonymous said...

happy birthday to your MOM!

mhei... said...

huwowh!? nice tumblings!hehehe para lang silang magkakapatid.. nice! GonzaleZ girls!=)

emiliethestrange said...

cool pics you got here. glad to know that you enjoyed in your trip. :D

Sharina said...

Wow your mom is so gorgeous! 60!?
Id want to look like that when I reach 60 as well. Wow. Just wow!

The pics are so kainggit! I want to go there also!

marge said...

hi bianca.

i hope minsan makasabay kita sa airport. btw, very very beautiful shots.
:)
ingat sa travels. where will be your next destination?

:)

msminchin said...

wow! your mom is beautiful! she can pass as your older sister.

happy birthday mrs gonzalez! thank you for giving birth to someone whom people can look up to.

God bless you more and more!

P.S

I wish I'd look as young as you when I'm 60. :)

AMIEEL :) said...

happy birthday to your mom :)
woot. i too can't really believe that she's 6o, she's more of 4o's. :)

Anonymous said...

mk101 of Cebu: omg this is one of the cutest post you've ever blogged about! waaaah!! I love to hear more of your trips....but..yeah....contento na ako sa shinare mo. thank you bianca! saktong sakto talaga pagview ko! AYOS!!

yvan said...

Belated happy birthday to your mom. :)

karenina said...

sounds fun! the mom and daughters trip, i mean. you look really happy in the photos. the tumbling shots are cool, btw. and oh, happy birthday to your mom!

superjhoi said...

wow bianca.. can't believe your mom is already 60. do you know the reason why your mom looks young? it's because of you, aissa and jc.. you made your mom happy every single day..un ang sikreto dun... belated happy birthday to your mom..:) more years to come and good health... god bless you and your family.

superjhoi said...

and oh by the way.. aus ang tumbling shots mo.. perfect:)

rzfdtwr said...

Happy birthday to Tita! - Raz ;)

cute_as_ever said...

really nice pics..
it made me want to visit shanghai. :)

Anonymous said...

i love the tumbling shots.

adik7ea said...

wow1!another post from ms B -- a lengthy one!mabuhay!hehehe..

wow2!your mom could pass for somewhere 30s on her pic with the pastries!really!my mom doesnt look old for her age too.hope it would be the same for us' that is coupled for sure with healthy and peaceful living ...btw, happe beeday to ur mom !!!beelated!;)

Wow3!i'm surprised with the tumblings ha!galeng!!dream ko yan!!!

love the pics as well...

God bless you Ms. B and your family!;)

carl said...

hi bianca, nice blog,
keep cool ,im
carl

Samuraii said...

Hi superB! nice tumbling moves... and by the way happy 60th to your mom and wish her to stay healthy...

Andy G. said...

hello bianca.
wazzup?
can you teach some stuffs?
how can i keep my photos safe? so no one could steal it also..
i am a big fan of yours!
God bless!

Anonymous said...

What a nice way to celebrate your mom's 60th birthday. You're travelling a lot lately and that is freakin grool!

Pictures were great! Props to your cartwheel shots! Cool,cool,cool!

P.S.
Dapat youre part of the Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion nung college ka pa or pep squad ng DLS-Z when you were in hs. hahaha! You have talent in gymnastics pala! :)

Jamie said...

60? Wow, your mom looks so young! :)
Nice tumbling shots Bianca! Sana ako rin marunong magtumbling. Haha :))

Gani said...

hi! you take good photos. hope to see more pics of your trip.

david santos said...

Brilliant!!!!

amidaLea said...

hahaha! cool "tumbling shots"!
happy birthday to your mom. :D
she's pretty.

schizoshrink said...

she looks 40 somthing lang..

Trixielle said...

omg your mom does look young!

joelemmanuel said...

Wow, great shots :) Ang saya ah, family bonding! Hehe. Keep it up! Regards to your mom. - Joel

benchiegrace said...

hi you're also a blogger...nice visiting your page here

catherine said...

oh wow!! another dream of yours fulfilled!

i saw you in a shoot at philcoa w/ kids... the first time i saw you in person... pretty would be an understatement for you... :>

e L i said...

wow your mom looks like 30-somethingish hehehe

been to shanghai last may 2006.. such a nice city lalo na sa riverside hehe and sa tv towers.. but it made me feel na - "napagiiwanan n tlga ang pinas"

oh well.. belated happy bday to ur mom :D

arcee said...

honestly, i could not believe ur mom's 60 now..grabe..she looks so young pa for her age..really.

emiliethestrange said...

hi.glad our company had chosen you to be our host for the year's year end party.we know that marc nelson will gonna be the male host but when you and tuesday came out, we were all very glad :D. 1st time to see you in person.

marge said...

dear bianca,

why don't you host a travel show?
we'll be glad to see you on tv while you travel around the world.

:)

newbiewife said...

hi there! i'm an avid reader of your blog. now that i have put up mine, i hope you could visit it too. :)

http://nowawife.blogspot.com

see ya!

Boris said...

since you're not responding to any of my previous comments in your blog, i'll just drop by and ask a favor from you.

can you comment on my recent post which is about "why filipino movies suck?!"

http://oh-wheezers.blogspot.com/2008/12/list-why-do-filipino-movies-suck.html

thanks

:)

joelemmanuel said...

Hi Bianca! Sorry, I don't know where to actually post this message.

Anyway, I've watched you sa PROBE last night (Dec 17). Sobrang nakakatouch yung mga ginawa at nagawa niyong pagtulong. Ang galing ng mga ideas mo on helping Buddy. Ano nga pala full name ni Buddy? Para ma-include ko sa prayers ko, especially on our daily Rosary. Thanks :) By the way, ang galing din ng pagtulong niyo sa mga kids, etc. Hehe.

Good luck! God bless!

Cheers!
Joel

fon said...

happy 60th birthday to your Mom, Bianca!:)
nga pala...
I really really love watching you on tv! you're really pretty, and good at hosting. I hope to see you in person one day to have na rin a photo opp..hehe:) God bless and more birthdays to come for your Mom!!!
The pics din were all pretty! thanks for sharing.=)

Lorenz said...

Ate bianca...
Will you be my prom date?
HAHAHA! :>

Anonymous said...

Hey bianca! Your mom and my mom have the same birthday pala! And they both look young pa rin! Laging "older" sister daw siya pag magkasama kami. Haha! - janis

Anonymous said...

your mom doesn't look like 60.
belated happy birthday to her.
and advance merry xmas.
btw, cool jumping shots.

have a happy holiday.

:D

antipatika said...

hi! ganda naman ng mom mo. pero maganda talaga sha sa personal. actually, kasabay namin kayo sa plane going to shanghai. starstruck nga ako sayo. :) nice trip in shanghai. I love the cartwheel pics. eh di nagulat din ang mga chekwa pag tumbling mo? :)

VJ said...

Hi Bianca. I have seen PROBE since last week til last night and I am so happy TEAM BIANCA won. You always inspire me by being beautiful inside and out. Sana isama mo din ako sa mga charity work mo sa susunod. Feel free to visit my blog if gusto mo ako isama for outreach work. http://vjruado.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Belated Merry Christmas and Advance Happy New Year for all of us! Hehehehe.. May God Bless us always!

Anonymous said...

Naks Ate Biancs! Congratulations! Na2lo kyo s Probe! Grabe sbi ko n nga b.. kyo mna2lo! Ahahaha.. Well Sobrang sya pag may n2lungan kang iba.. dba Ate Biancs! Ahahaha.. keep INSPIRING..!!!

Anonymous said...

Bwahahaha.. Gling nyong lhat s Probe ate Biancs! Pero kyo mas mgling! Ahahahaha.. Anyway.. Congrats s inyo lhat!

MaRi-BiSkWiT said...

happy happy beerthday to your MOM!!!

marge said...

hi ate bianca.

lagi po ako nanunuod ng I am NINOY sa tv5 every tuesday 11:30 ng gabi.
mabuhay ka, kayong mga bayani :))

happy new year!

kat said...

how cute, those "tumbling shots."
would love to have some pero di ako marunong mag-tumbing. :)

Interesting Filipino Posts said...

Nice!

yish said...

wow! your mom doesn't look 60 yrs old. she's pretty.

Polahola said...

OMG 60? She looks like 40 to me.:)

Anonymous said...

bianca you're so pretty! :)

katkuting said...

hi!i love your page.and ive been reading your blogs even before i had one.:)

haha im a fan i must admit.i have loved you since your Pbb days and i love the way you speak..haha nacucute-an ako.me parang kakaiba sa tone.

anyways, i want to ask how did you make your blog title.tsaka where do you edit your pix.novice pa kaxe ko.hehe

MoNiQuE said...

Hahahah, grabe! I aLways do JUMPING SHOTS but haven't tried the TUMBLING SHOTS!!!
Whew, ma-try nga! Kaya ko kaya? Hahahah...

G said...

Ur mom is lovely, Bianca.

Gail said...

wow. she doesn't look 60 :)
my mom's turning 50 but she doesn't look one either ;p
and my mom's actually your 3rd cousin. so you're my tita. haha
your lola fely is the cousin of my great lola, lola pinay :)
so i guess it's in our blood. panganiban rocks. haha

love the tumbling shots btw :) and i love jumping shots too ;D

she said...

hi ate bia! i'm your long lost sister... from Palawan I'm Sheryll Lainnee Alcos Nabayan... (Kidding) hehehe.... by the way your mom visited us last last year w/ tita ging ging and tita celly. We tour them to some beaches w/ my family and we went to under Ground River and you know what? They can't believe that there is such a great wonder like that... (oh' my God) that is their legend punch line... hehehe.... anyway please regards to tita ofel and family... from my mom helen and family... hope to see you this vacation... or otherwise your family can also visit here... your always welcome' it is our pleasure to tour you guys' God bless po... Tc always... C yah'

Ben said...

dint know you were a blogger, a popular one at that! was Ruey ever your teacher?

i enjoyed this post, what a fun trip! your mom is indeed beautiful.

last thing, did you take all those pictures? :)