Christmas Package at the Powerscourt Hotel experience!

MountainViewSuite Powerscourt Hotel

After the sumptuous Christmas Eve meal at the Sika restaurant in Powerscourt Hotel..

After our fantastic Christmas Eve meal at the Sika restaurant (that I haven’t written a review yet, whoops!), we were so excited about our Mountainview Suite and looked forward to our evening of rest. We didn’t book for any babysitting arrangements and decided to stay inside our hotel room to relax after a short tour of the hotel.

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Christmas 2016: Powerscourt Hotel and Estate Day 1

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Our Christmas getaway at the Powerscourt Hotel and strolling at the Estate..

We didn’t travel internationally for this year’s Christmas. Instead, we had a staycation at one of the best hotels in Ireland – Powerscourt Hotel. The hotel is situated within very close proximity to one of Ireland’s leading tourist attractions – Powerscourt Estate.
I have been to the Estate on my first year in Ireland but this is the first time for me to stay in the hotel. So, I was really looking forward to Christmas since the hotel is operated by no less than Marriott! 🙂

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A pre-Christmas stroll around Dublin

Christmas in Dublin

One weekday, before Christmas in Dublin

2016 is about to end. And just like the past years, around this time of the month, I file for my unused annual leave dates before it gets forfeited when the New Year comes. Surprisingly, I still have A LOT of annual leave dates left. I bought a lot of “extra days” for this year because, from experience in 2015, I can’t have too many leave dates since there are A LOT of external factors that will require me to use them (ie nanny not coming to work) apart from me actually taking a break. But then, we didn’t really do much traveling this year. So, that was a reason why I only use the leave days now.

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Galway and the Oyster Festival

Galway Seafood and Oyster Festival

On the second day in Galway, we went to the Galway Seafood and Oyster Festival

We only stayed in Galway for the long weekend so we had to make the most of our last day to roam around. On our first day, we took a leisure stroll around the city center and visited a number of attractions around. And in case you missed it, you can read my entry here.
The next day, we woke up to a really gloomy weather. I even checked my weather app to see if things will get better. But to my disappointment, that day was expected to receive showers and gray clouds. That didn’t stop us from stepping out, though. We just prepared ourselves by wearing the appropriate outdoor gear to protect us from the rain! Continue reading “Galway and the Oyster Festival” »

Unexpected long weekend trip to Galway!

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Birthday treat: A trip to Galway!

This year, I didn’t travel internationally as much as I did the previous years I’ve been living in Dublin. I even wrote about my sort of travel hiatus and the local sites we visited in Ireland in lieu of it. And in case you missed it, you may read the related articles here and here! After I posted the entries, I wasn’t expecting to add anything to the list before the year ends. But since a friend came over to visit for a couple of days just in time for my birthday, we made plans to have a weekend getaway to show her around. And luckily for me, we voted to go to Galway – and that’s definitely added to my “where I’ve been to list” for 2016, yay! 🙂  Continue reading “Unexpected long weekend trip to Galway!” »

Dropping by Dublin’s 2016 Oktoberfest Celebrations!

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Oktoberfest is finally here!

I recently published a post thru ExpatPost about the Oktoberfest celebrations in Dublin. And since having my little boy around, my Oktoberfest celebrations has never been the same. For one, I don’t go there in the evenings anymore. Kids are not allowed to get inside the fence after around 5 or 6 PM. Plus, I don’t think I’d want to since the autumn winds are quite chilly over here, too.

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It might rain any minute now..

Despite that, I still try to drop by the Oktoberfest tents a few times over the 18-day festivities. Continue reading “Dropping by Dublin’s 2016 Oktoberfest Celebrations!” »