Thursday, January 19, 2012

it's more fun on a cruise ship

{long photo post}

Last January 9-13, my family...rather, CLAN... went on a cruise! A first for most of us, and a repeat for some. It was an Isles of Asia cruise which started in Singapore then headed to Malaysia - Thailand, then back to Sg. My family started out flying to Singapore 2 days prior to the cruise departure so we could settle in and relax first. And maybe do a little sightseeing.

Unfortunately it was a raining for 2 days so we didn't really enjoy a lot of places except for an afternoon walk along Orchard Road and a yummy dinner there.
January 9 came and we were excited to meet up with the rest of the dela Paz clan at the Singapore cruise center so we can board the ship together. Once on board, we hit the pizza bar at once! Day 1 was spent relaxing and just catching up with family.

my cousin Chiqui and my 2 bros heading towards the ship

dad and mom

On the second day, our ship was docked in Malaysia. Some of us went on the tour of Kuala Lumpur but we stayed on board to just lounge and relax.
enzo the brother by the pool

more cousins hot tub-bing

That evening was the Captain's welcome dinner at the Dining Hall. Suggested dinner attire? Formal.

Pao and I making like proper citizens and wearing formal

our uncle who introduces us to cruisin, Tito Boy! nice egyptian tie...

After dinner, we headed down to the theater to catch a broadway-esque performance and then hang out in one of the lounges for some drinks.

dela Paz cousins - tito boy, tito jun, and dad
the boys mini golfing

Next day, buffet breakfast! No explanation needed.

Around lunchtime, we dock in Phuket, Thailand. This one I could not NOT get off ship! Elephants! I was excited to experience this and walk around Patong beach in Phuket. But first up, we checked out some Buddhist temples.

Then on to the elephants!!

Enzo & cousin Dodge
These are Asian elephants, different from African elephants which have a bigger body but small head. Asian elephants have smaller bodies but bigger heads. 

That evening, the ship had sort of a farewell party by the pool deck. Both 70s and new music were played and lots and lots of food (of course) and dancing!

After departing Phuket, the following day was spent at sea. Truly cruising! :) We headed back to Singapore... We enjoyed the ship for the last time...lounging by the pool, eating some more...playing...eating some more. 

That afternoon, we were treated by my cousin Christine to a song. Inseparable by Natalie Cole. WOW. She really sings like an Angel.

because flowers in your hair is too mainstream ;)

It was a really REALLY fun trip especially since I got to spend time with my family and extended family! :) Good times.

I can't wait for our next cruise!! I'm saving up starting now!


  1. Try Alaska Cruise! Highly recommended :)

  2. nice photos niks! I want to go w/ you na talaga on the next cruise. :-) I want to try all that eating and swimming! hahahaha babaw