It was such a wonderful feeling when we explored Antelope. Antelope is a natural wonder. We booked this trip and were managed by coexist west coast company. From Las Vegas to Antelope, yes it’s really too far to get here, not only it is thousands miles and miles away but it is also exhausting but really worth a visit and it means a lot ! Can you imagine we are from the other side of the globe and wanting to discover Antelope and I used to see Antelope only on TV and I can’t really believe we got it here and we made it safe and sound. I just can not explain the happiness we felt and had earned. Witnessing this natural wonder is such a wonderful experience, awe-inspiring and picturesque ! When we got here the driver sign-up for us and each group that enters will have to wait and needs a guide and must wait your turn to be called. You can carry nothing but your camera your bags should be left in your vehicle. They will take you to the van and bring to the canyon. They will give a brief information about the history, geology, and culture of the Antelope Canyon area. I took a lot of photos during our visit, here are my photos and hoping that you will like them and for those who have never been in Antelope I hope these gives you encouragement to come and see it. Let’s pray that covid-19 will end soon. We were , (alright let’s called it fortunate ) fortunate to come and able to explore Silicon Valley, west California and Arizona because Just after 1 week when we got back home, America shut their door against Europes due to corana virus. For now and for uncertain time Please stay home and be safe everyone. But I want to say something more, well, this is a dream place of every photographers.
We booked this trip with coexist west coast via trip-advisor. You need to reserve in advance and they have several package tours. Coexist west coast company is an expanding small group company They will take care of everything and even snacks and drinks were included inside the van. You can reserved a private trip otherwise with small group. Their drivers are awesome and friendly. Our visit were beyond greatness. We’re tremendously happy and have no regrets for this trip because we are from the other side of the globe and we didn’t want to drive after a long flight so you just have to sit & relax and it saved us days and time. Check-out my photos and I hope that you will like them. I used my iphone here because my nikon camera has a small lence and couldn’t take the whole landscape.
We wanted and planned to go to Yosemite but it was still winter so we canceled our plan because we didn’t want to take risk because we had heard that some roads might be close and vehicles were not permitted so instead we went to Muir woods.
Muir woods is just a few miles north of San Francisco. When we visited Muir woods we reserved a parking space in advance because reservation is required for all vehicles.
When visiting the park remember that is cold inside the park, so dress appropriately. There are several paths to walk and hike. We had a wonderful walk and we really enjoyed the cool breeze. You’ll find what you’re looking for and that’s the tranquility far from all commotion and noise of the cities. While we were walking , we were amazed that the trees are giants and strong and think of it, they live longer than humans. It reminded me of Mainau Island (Metasequoia Avenue) in Germany they also have these kinds of trees. The trees are large and tall. All of us, sometimes, we need to go and visit these kind of parks, and let’s help preserve these forest Not only is it good to go but besides there are many animals live here, the forest is their home and hopefully we humans would take good care of them.
Well I have a story to tell, on what had happened on our trip to the Grand Canyon From Las vegas – Flaggstaff. We took a bus (greyhound bus station) and when we arrived in Flaggstuff about 1:30 pm we were so lost and couldn’t find any uber or taxis around , and tried my best that I could to communicate with all people I see and one man told me to installed Lift apps for an easy transport but as We have a slow 4G and couldn’t upload it, so eventually I asked the bus station if they can help us to get a taxi and thanks God The man upfront given us the right taxi shuttle number (groome transportation) and so we made a call and booked a shuttle for 3:30 pm and they told us to go to the train station and there they would pick us and it took us 20 minutes by feet and oh oh brrrr it was freezing and windy, each of us pulled our luggage and of course when we reached to the station we stopped inside a coffee bar nearby the station and had some drinks and imagine we didn’t had time to lunch yet. We just sat and only waited for few hours for the taxi. We were just calmed and keeping our feelings cool and it was useless to worry as sometimes surprises has always been a part of the journeys … nothing is ever perfect and as usual we choose to calm down and luckily we got the whole day for the trip so nothing to rush. And time has come and there you are our savoir the shuttle, hmmm who else ? … 30 minutes later we reached Williams ~ (Grand canyon railways and hotel.) at last we are able to bath and clean ourselves after the whole long day and we spent one night here.
The next day, had our breakfast and watched the 9:25 am western show before we ride the railways going to the grand canyon national park …
Inside the train and each car has a guide and an entertainer who plays violin and made us happy.
The guide has told many stories to expand our knowledge about the area. How spectacular and breathtaking Grand canyon is.
The train journey took about two hours and it’s a wonderful feeling seeing and witnessing the dessert.
We reached to the train depot and went straight to the bus grand tour. And we got on the bus immediately and met our guide and our tour began we stopped at several view points and lunch meal were included. The day tour last about 3 hours or less. After the tour we were transported in our hotel. We spent one night in Maswik lodge situated inside the national park.
The Grand Canyon is incredibly imaginable…~ by the way, about our tour we reserved two days tours (thetrain.com) including Sunset tour and dessert tour , all by bus tour It’s a lot easier and we save a lot of time because it is a long long way from home just to come here to witness the imaginable views. How I wish to stay longer to at least hike but we didn’t have enough time due to limited vacations. Grand canyon is indeed a special place in a world of imagination.
We Left Grand Canyon at 3:30 pm we took the last trip back to Williams.
Hey people so here’s my photos from Bryce taken last two week, We drove from Las Vegas – Bryce and we’re gladly that we made it, we had been informed that we must bring our jackets, check it out why ?
There you have it ! I just couldn’t ask for more … Bryce is such a wonderful place that our creator proves that he never stop working and he continuously create beautiful amazing places in the universe.
The oldest national park in Utah.
3 nights in Vegas , Just went in vegas just for sleep as we made road trip during the day. First night we went out and curiously look around on what is going in this known city as the sin city. Well, personally I felt a lot of disappointment. But, I took some pictures though haha … basically we just gotten out and only to grabbed burgers and drinks and went back full speed inside our hotel and took shower and the next day were just another day for some road trip in arizona.
I left my heart in San Francisco …
This is how we spent our time and energy around Los Angeles. What about you how do you invest your time ? and who do you invest your time with ?
Here are my Pictures on how we invested our time and energies. Pictures always speak to themselves.
I have been so busy as bee and didn’t have time to blog much as there are so many priorities going on in my life now. But of course I would always prioritize and not forgetting to love myself and my family like taking vacations outside the country in spite of corana virus that spreading around the world.
My husband planned our vacation this time in South California and gladly that he has a sister who lives in Manhattan Beach and I am grateful for that because we are able to visit some of the most beautiful places that God has created in America.
Anyway, we had chosen to fly during the night Paris- Los Angeles ~ 12 hours flight Air France
My sis-in law waited for us and fetched us at the airport she was genuinely happy when she seen us and we as well after 4 years of not seeing her and her family.
When we arrived in her place it was 10 o’clock in the evening and we opened our luggages and offered some gifts to the whole family and we talked till mid and then we all went to bed.
The next morning we took our breakfast and made some walk in their beautiful neighborhoods Manhattan and oh no I do really love where she lives.
In the late noon we strolled along the oceanfront and took some pictures. While walking at the beachfront, you’ll be inspired because there are so many beautiful architecture designed houses and home. Walking is so relaxing , quiet and there aren’t much crowd. That is why Manhattan would be on my Top list around Los Angeles but do not forget that everything are expensive, Restaurant, stores and boutiques…
Here are my captured images … so please let me take you to Manhattan beach.
Time always begin with hello and always end up with goodbye …
Time has come to an end, here we are back in France.
Spent 4 years in south China was an amazing experienced. I am happy to finally reunited with our family , dog and house. I have been so busy tiding and emptying the house , removing all stuff that I don’t really need.
I need a long rest, I am so busy and living my life which means not getting connected to anybody or things. Buying new stuff and changing old gadgets, I am always victimized with all these stuff that in reality I literally don’t need much.
I am so grateful with everything, old and new and more than excited for the things that are coming.
Hello Readers , It’s been a while , I was occupied living in the present and I think I am in a cheerful mood to write about my previous trip and Today I will bring you in Negros Oriental a province in central Visayas and it’s also include Apo Island.
We stayed in Atmosphere resort situated in Dauin 20 min drive from Dumaguete the capital city of Negros oriental. We were fetched at the Dumaguete airport by the hotel’s shuttle and when we arrived in the hotel we were given complimentary drinks (sugarcane I guess) personnel were kind and amenable. They brought us to our bungalow, the bungalow contains terrace with a sofa, pillows and table, enorm comfortable bed , spacious bungalow and comtemporary interior design and includes huge bathroom outside, Be ready to say HI to mosquitoes, especially when the natures comes calling you.. The resort has a beautiful garden, healthy bermuda grass that well kept and resort owns two pools. Family pool and the another pool boast a Bar and it is use when there are diving course which is everyday occupied. They have Spa Sanctuary, Yoga zone , simple and basking beach front. The Hotel has its finest Restaurant which means excellence cuisine, Western , filipino cuisine, as well healthy nutritious menus. Moving on , Excursions were awesome, in spite of half day tour, there are severals Tours which you will be able to select what which and where you want to go and see. It’s all up to your favour . Each night there are gift away sweet treats surprises inside the room. Authentic delicacy tarts. Freebies bags made from coconut leaves and and each of us were given thermos Bottle additionally, which is good for our environment. The hotel is promoting not to use plastic They are environmentally friendly. Regardless of being a luxurious hotel they do not offer slippers & shower cup.
moving ahead – excursions.
First activity and first choice , Oslob~swim with the whale sharks located in the south part of Cebu , yet we were asked to get up at 5 am and it took us 40 minutes drive to Santabar port and 25 min ferryboat and drive another 20 min when we reached Oslob. It’s worth a visit and a remarkable experienced for us. By that time there were plenty of boats lining up and however it is stupendous experience. There are Fishermen feeding those giants whales and it was perfect organization, You are allowed to swim, watch them but it’s probihited to touch them and there is a distance to respect. The feeding terminates at 11 am , plan and go there early morning.
Dumaguete is known for world class marine life , divers or non-divers will surely enjoy the water , land, surface the water and under the water. Dumaguete City, also known as the City of Gentle People and divers destination.
Third day , Discover scuba diving for Children. My kids had their first scuba diving experience which they did at the resort. The resort is known for their high reputation in diving course.
Fourth day , We took our breakfast in Manjuyob Sandbar, How would you imagine that ? A heaven in the ocean … We planned to do Dolphin watching… But we were not able to go and pass the ocean because of an unfavored winds as safety without exceptions comes first. Any options ? of course, we decided then to go in Twin lake , Balinsasayao and Danao. We had our barbecue and buffets at the deck, there is a restaurant where they accommodate visitors , visitors would eat and drinks there. I loved their bananacue (wrapped banana and deep fried cooked with sugarcane ) After lunch , we then continued walking down the hills and we rent a boat. There are some activities boating, kayaking and birds watching. The lake has a spontaneous views and it is truly a peaceful place. Coconut trees are everywhere, there are many different varieties of trees , plants, birds , butterflies , it’s a greeny uninhabited territory and it’s a protected natural park In negros Oriental.
Fifth Day ~ Apo Island ~ snorkeling and swim with the turtles. Snorkeling here is Still good for non-swimmer, I stayed on my lifevest and floated with the help of the guide and he stayed with me. The boat stopped 50 meters away from the shore of the island where the sea turtles can be seen immediately. Honestly I was not comfortable because I can tire easily but Thankfully our guide lured us to follow him when he looked for sea turtles there were plenty small & big I wanted to give them a hug but touching any sea creatures is strictly prohibited We were all exhausted All I could think of is to eat after snorkeling… then thinking of, the boat men had given us complimentary drinks, fruits & mini burgers. Dumaguete do not have a proper fancy beaches with sun beds but it’s heaven for divers , swimmers, snorkelers, and even for hikers if you want to go to mt. Talinis & Kanlaon Volcano. There is a little regret in me here, I was disappointed because we had done the group tour Organized by the hotel which I really regret , because we were not informed about this excursions. I would rather choose a private tour because we were not allowed to go and hike at the view point, which usually you will go in the Island and would have a small promenade around 15-20 minutes going up the Top of the hills , we did not even go at the shore , I felt trapped, it was an excursion trapped. We just snorkeled and that’s it !!!! it’s just half day ( what a pity ) I don’t even know what ???? we were just in the middle of the sea far from the crowd. Make sure to communicate with the hotel information before deciding which tour would you want to pick. Too bad we were not informed about it and as well combination Tour … lack of information in terms of giving the top & a must things to do and they did not explained well about the combination Tour which we literally had lost half day each day of our stayed. It’s pitiful that we learned it when we departed the hotel.
Sixth Day ~ Spent the rest of the morning at the hotel , enjoyed the pool and Restaurant and Dumaguete City tour , Dumaguete main attractions : Belfry tower , the church Iglesia De Santa Catalina De Alejandria dating back 1754 , I did not go inside the church because of my beliefs. Siliman University founded in 1901 & we visited the Siliman anthropology museum as well , then Rizal Boulevard named after the great Philippines national hero, Noah’s cultural heritage they sell and exports quality stonecrafts – prepare your credit card when going there, unexpectedly we purchased Authentic extravagant frames made from variety gems, We did not leave the store with empty hands … Noah’s heritage arts is one of Dumaguete’s prides. Afterwards we went to the city market composed 10 buildings and we went to taste the controversial budbud kabog Tanjay. It was divine , it’s made from millet and wrapped with banana leaves , they served it with melt chocolate or sprinkles with sugar , Then next we took our lunch at Lab-as restaurant, I made sure to order the right menus and I wasn’t disappointed what a Feast ! We missed going in Sans Rival famous bakery because we ran out of time , Philippines common transportation are tricycle, jeepneys & easycab.
- And Of course habitually , Time would always come to an end …. each and every Hello there’s perpetual goodbye ! … overall We will definitely come back !!!!!
Welcome to Siargao the Isla de las Palmas literally means Palm Island.
Skyjet got canceled but Thanks cebu pacific we were able to go in Siargao ! Spent 6 nights and 6 days in Siargao. We settled in Sandy feet Hotel located in Malinao General Luna which the main center of Siargao. Siargao airport has a tiny airport that resembles more a bus station to me and clouds were gray when we debarked into the Island , and the Island is surrounded by uncountable coconut trees everywhere and anywhere. It took us 2 hours and half by plane from Manila. First week of February when we gone in Siargao. Our first and second day the weather was not really that friendly and the rest we really had a wonderful perfect sunny blue Skies and had the best excursions around Surigao ,Sorocco , Siargao.
We arrived at 2 pm and There’s a van waiting for us that we booked from our hotel. It took us 45 minutes from the airport, upon reaching the hotel they given us coconut juice as a welcome drinks . First impression of the hotel is just wow 😮 a paradise in my eyes.
after drinking and resting , we went straight to Cloud 9 and rode a tricycle ( local transport it has a 4 seater ). Cloud 9 or Siargao is known for surfers , but I assured you Siargao is definitely not only for surfers. We watched the surfers but most of them are learners So just went there for the waves , impressive huge waves , sea water is clear like a pool … after taking pictures and all , rode a tricycle and we regaled at the popular Bravo Restaurant. Their employees were friendly and sumptuous food and drinks . Everybody had a great time on our first day.
The next day ~ land tour to magpupungko rock pool and Along the road we stopped and took some pictures at the viewpoint for the uncountable coconut trees. We spent our half day in magpupungko and used our drone and took aerial photos and videos. I bought 2 Tshirt, there are some stalls that sells souvenirs and other stuff like tshirt, swimwear, and many more. There is an admission fee 50 pesos and free entrance for children 10 years old below. 11 o’clock am when low tide and you can walk along the beach and there are some guide and will help you go till you reached the rock pool … waves in magpupungko are also marvelous. The rock pool has a crystal clear water and it’s just amazing just like other places and it’s common in Philippines to see those crystals water That’s why I keep on coming back and exploring more places and Islands and when I am back in Europe I would definitely miss Philippines my homeland.
Maasin Enchanted river ~ fortunately opened to the public last December 2018. We were so lucky that we passed into this enchanting place. It’s a paradise … The Village is so clean that you could drink the water straight in your mouth. Oh I love and I have no words how would I describe the place it’s just wow ! Maasin river has a tiny passage and there are several boats where the guides will row the boat for you, at the end of the river there is a tiny clear water hole and people would take pictures one by one when crowd comes. So make it sure you go there earlier cause the place is really getting popular and how could you not share such a beautiful place. We were so hungry so we took our lunch there after the boat rides. There is a small sari-sari store and they offer meal as well , felt like a local ? no problem ! we enjoyed every little things. I couldn’t remember how much the admission fee because We were so thrilled. We only spent 500 pesos for our lunch including our drinks and coffee. People were so kind and hospitable. We came back at the hotel with our heart not empty but full.
3rd day ~ since the sugba lagoon in del Carmen is closed for rehabilitation. We decided to do the mangrove tour in Del Carmen , the largest mangrove all over the Philippines. The place is well kept and protected by the locals and the river is spotless that there are zero garbage around. I felt so happy to know that people here are environmentally-friendly. Then we went to the Pamomoan beach and Kawhagan beach. Oh yeah The place is all ours …. huh ! just like a celebrity star all alone at the private beach ……
4th day ~ Sohoton tour ~ We reserved a Galatea boat the lifestyle boat in Siargao. Sohoton ~ what can I say , a small El Nido in Bucas Grande ….(that’s my honest opinion). but cleaner, greener and not crowded unlike El Nido. Sohoton is getting popular …. the activities are snorkeling in some permitted area and moving on they will bring you to the small lagoon where you’ll able to touch the jelly fish , dive at the cliff , pass through the caves and boat around. I haven’t seen people kayaking knorr paddle board don’t know why maybe for some protection and hiring local boats would really help the local people for their everyday living.
5th day ~ 3 Island Tour with Galatea boat ~ maybe we were so exaggerated hiring these boat just for 4 pax Oh I just love it cuz it’s so homely, convenient, restful and it has its own toilet …. 3 Islands Tour ~ Maybe you had heard these 3 Island ~ or maybe you’ve been there , the Guyam , Daku and Naked Island. It’s my Favorite tour that we did in Siargao …. My kids and I love the Daku Island the most. We had our lunch in Daku and eaten the boodlefight – were food served on the top of the banana leaf and eat with your hand. The 3 Island have their own beauty and The whole area is surrounded by the pristine water and fine sand …… these 3 Island are just 5 minutes away from each other with Galatea boat. We dine at Kalinaw Restaurant ~ the finest restaurant in Siargao. Food is beyond Excellent.
My Photos aren’t edited at all , I captured those images and they are original by the time I captured them, I don’t have to say a lot but pictures speak to themselves.
6th day ~ time has come and it was the last day , we spent our time and enjoyed the beauty of the hotel and took a lot of pictures … Life in Siargao is so peaceful , hassle-free and it was hard to leave but as usual you gotta pack all your luggages and leave. This amazing voyage means a lot to me , I am so grateful to live and just enjoy whatever life, places, people may offer without expectation.
departure ~ through skyjet going back to Manila it took us 1 hour and half but as usual , traffic as expected we landed smoothly and waited the plane to park. We were starving ……… and all I could think of is to EAT.
Breathtaking sunset in Manila, I had taken these pictures at the roofdeck in Microtel situated at the seaside view boulevard nearby the Mall of asia.
This is the best and famous sunset all over the world. Don’t miss sunset in Manila when going there. Cheers !
Seoul, Korea the 6th tourist destinations in Asia. It has been a fascinating journeys , Seoul has a unique charms that allure . Seoul’s has different perceptions we were amazed by the culture and history, the food, people, as well the weather had been pretty friendly with us. Autome is the best season when visiting Korea. We had seen and completed several top sight and eaten their famous dishes , I would say that I eaten the best kimchi nonetheless the authentic one which I think exact recipe that I well kept and been doing since 2012. We went in Insadong-gil is a home to such many places, eating out, chatting, drinking, meeting out, shops, restaurants given its traditional past . One famous restaurant ⭐️Cha Iyagi ⭐️ literally means ‘tea story’. As usual, we followed the rhythms of Seoul, just being cool, relax and we really enjoyed each every moment of the day without stressing ourselves A real scape from reality.
Short trekking in Canopy
I can’t describe how spontaneous El Nido is, seeing the coast from the air (airswift ) is so speechless. Sunset, beaches, mountains, El Nido has it all …. we just want to enjoy ! We have chosen to stay in Matinloc Resort …. matinloc name which came from the word Mantilo ~ which means beautiful …. Mantiloc island is an ideal destination for those seeking a relaxing holiday in a private and tranquil island, It has a magnificent beachfront view. Matinloc is really tranquil , This place is for those seeking serenity , Tranquil , peaceful place … a small Paradise, upon arrival personnel fetched us in Lio airport. From El Nido to Matinloc resort it took us 20 minutes by the speedboat. When we arrived at the hotel they offered us a welcome drinks and shells necklace. A very warming approach for our checked-in. Stuff were so helpful and kind to us.
El Nido, Palawan is for those seeking a relaxing, tranquil , private Island. But accept the fact that El Nido is a tourist destination and it’s the most visited place in the Philippines and we must accept that we are in the present and El Nido is just too beautiful place that you have to share with a lot more people. Always choose the best season when going there and If you want a quiet vacation you can hired a private boat all by yourself.
~ Cudugnon cave
~ cathedral cave
~ Pinasil Island
~ Pinagbuyatan Island
~ seven commando beach
~ Cadlao lagoon
~ Bukal Island
~ dilumacad Island
~ Hidden beach
~ Matinloc shrine
~ Secret Beach
~ star beach
~ Small lagoon
~ secret lagoon
~ Big lagoon
~ snake Island
~ Entalula Island
El Nido Town :
~ canopy peak
~ Nacpan beach
~ Lio beach
Oh Philippines I can not get tired of you.
Friendly tips: To Avoid crowding in, make sure to hop Early morning and hired private boat.
Hi there, Here are some pictures That I had taken during our 3 days tour in Ancient Angkor Cambodia.
Angkor Heart Bongalows – This place is perfect for families , upon arrival they offered us a welcome drinks and viennoiserie to put something in our empty tummies. The hotel is located just 15 minutes drive from the airport.
Two little boys with their dried leaves hat
The Bayon – the complex of the face-towers. Narrative bas-relief of daily life and khmer history. State temple of Jayavarman VII symbolic centre of the universe and empire. Dated late 12th to late 13th centuries.
After 17 years , I have never thought of going back in Thailand. It’s really a wonderful enjoyment going back in a country where I guess I left my heart way back, Innocent and chaotic life.
My husband and I decided a trip in Bangkok & Chiangmai and this time with our kids.
Photos in Bangkok
Photos in Changmai
We intentionally visited our dear friends in Lampang, We got the chanced and visited the oldiest pottery, at Dhanabadee art ceramic we learned that they are the largest pottery producers and exporter in Thailand. They shown us a short demonstration on how pots were being made, moreover we headed to the elephants conversation center and watched the elephants show. Kids were so cheerful and thrilled. The next day, we headed to Chiangmai and Chiangmai is even better with our dear friends.
Photos around Lampang :
traditional thai dirty kitchen
It was unpropitious for me because during that time I got a cold, in spite of having a cold that really didn’t stopped me for being dynamic as I don’t want to miss anything.
Our Trip plan just went top and well spent , we really had a wonderful time, real pleasure and we had seen so much beautiful faces & places and of course delicious food. Thai food is really beyond excellent ~ one of my favorite food in south east Asia!
Thailand we’ll never forget you.
The 7th days we flew to Angkor, Siem riep Cambodia ! and then, there it goes another adventures begun …
Well not that I guess what happened in Xi’an won’t stay in Xi’an… and this time I would like to share about the food we had eaten … People proposed us to at least try to eat their most known noodles and hot pot. There are plenty of restaurant, + a brief demonstration on how noodles are pulled (hand-pulled noodles). We were stucked in the city We did a lot of walk and ended up in muslim district for lunch. As we were walking along the busy street, street foods are everywhere and annoying motor riders are appearing unexpectedly. Bbq’s, noodles, bread, candies and etc .. staring on those bbq’s have totally given us mouth watering and without hesitation we had chosen and picked 8 sticks of Mutton bbq, one bread and two plate of rice with chicken and the most awaiting lunch been served and then voila we then had a feast. Over above we found the authentic roasted duck just in our hotel.
This is the local noodles in Xi’an
I just want to share some photos that I had taken during our break , and this time we went to visit the The terra cotta warriors and horses located on the east side of the Mausoleum of Emperor Qinshihuang. The first emperor in Chinese history. 1974 when local farmers were drilling a series of wells in search of water they discovered some pottery fragments and ancient weapons. The head of the village then reported the news to the local goverment and with the goverment approval, explorers began their explorations and excavations. 1979 when the Terra cotta museum was opened to the public. There are 3 Pit, pit 1 the biggest an area of 2,000 meter. Pit 2 & 3 was discovered 1976 and Pit 3 the smallest Pits Today the Terra cotta description « 8 wonder of the world >>.
Welcome to Shanghai , we flew From Guangzhou – Shanghai had a 2 hours and half in the air and when we landed to the Airport we took our luggage and went straight to find a taxi and woahhhh I haven’t seen any crowd like that ever before, It remind me when we went in India 11 years ago at first I thought there’s only 500 meter long queue to get a taxi but then while we were moving, there are another 6 aisle queue … but I was more than happy because only 7 minutes of waiting we got a taxi… We stayed in Sofitel hotel just in Nanjing Road the center of everything …
I think Shanghai is different from the rest of China. Shanghai has its fascinating skyscrapers and people does their job well , and everything moving fast, in the restaurant you’ll get your meal like a bat out of hell than you expect. The hotel has a friendly service and we were more than satisfied. In Shanghai crowd might be a battle for some. There are too many tourist, and Chinese vacationist. The metro and pedestrians crossing is a real sardines.
Here are some list places we have visited :
Shanghai oriental pearl tower
Former french concession
Shanghai fuzhou road cultural street
The Bund city sculpture
Nanjing lu road
The sky is blue and posters have color pink background , it matches well which regular people can’t see.
My kids got a 1 week school break, It was Chinese holiday and we headed to Hailing Island, Yangjiang Located in South part of China we drove three hours and more due to heavy traffic.
Along the bumpy highway, we had horrific experienced and I prefer not to share it, I’d rather keep it for myself. ( oh It is hell ).
We stayed 5 days in Hailing Island Crowne Plaza. The Hotel and resort is pretty nice far away from the hassle and busy cities. The hotel is tranquil and new. I think it was constructed 4 years ago. Going there was a real escaped for us.
Upon arrival, Our room ( seaside view ) wasn’t prepared and the reception kindly inquired us to wait and proposed to take our lunch. And so we did, we devoured our lunch at the chinese restaurant , The food is excellent , finely cooked and well presented but quiet expensive.
The hotel has a private beach. It is unusual for me to see tones of life vest , People swim with the life vest which I found really strange and shocked. I have never been in any beach here in China. Wearing life vest is a must when swimming at the beach. The waves are quiet strong and windy, rough sand and gray water. Inside my head, I would rather go in the Philippines next time.
We mostly spent our time at the pool… they do not have towels, so better get them at the gym or bring your own towels which most of the guest do. There is a bar in front of the beach you can have and order your drinks. You will also see some people appreciating water activities like parachute , kites, and many more.
Breakfast and buffet diner happens at the Aqua restaurant and be happy they have a la carte for people like us, who stick to eat less food. I feel pity to the chef he got lot of works.
One night, we tried to eat barbecues at the hot pot restaurant nearby the beach besides the pool area. We liked the food, barbecues and hot pot, meats and sea foods, vegetables, noodles , dessert , fruits , drinks oh it was paradise for all the eaters and with perfect service.
At the lobby, there is a lounge, cozy coffee bar, you can sit or lay on the couch , read or have a drink of coffee or tea as well eat a slice of cake up to your choice. They also have a game Area for small children. During the night there are two musician they start to play music at 8 pm till midnight. We really had so much fun, eating, drinking and listening to their music.
4th day the weather wasn’t friendly, thankfully they have indoors swimming area and I fancied the Spa and longing to have some massage but I am tigthing my belt, the price is out of my budget ( ouch ! ) I want to save for something valuable matter. In some such way I still know how to limit my expenses. I deteste burning cards.
All we did was just eating, swimming, gained some kilos. Seeing my children growing …….! Oh time flies … We really had a wonderful stayed.
5th day, all luggages are packed and locked… around 4 pm we bid goodbye to the place and vacation is over and we were back to life.
I don’t 🤔think of going back in Yangjiang or Hailing Island.
It wasn’t in my plan going home during rainy seasons in the Philippines. But I bugged out home for my health issues. Spent 3 weeks, in and out in the hospital. In my head I already had planned going in Vigan, Ilocos sur.
It was then Wednesday morning, Woke up at 7 am and we were excited. My mom was happy when we told her that we were going to bring her in Vigan. Vigan is located on the western coast island of Luzon. Vigan street has a unique architecture it is one of surviving Philippine historic cities, dating back to the 16th century.
We left around 7 o’clock in the morning. The road is long and quiet pretty far. While on our way, we paused by to have our breakfast at Leeza’s Restaurant they have the best filipino buffet, cheap price, they won’t let you down because the food is delicious, well presented buffet and spacious place. Toilet and washroom are clean.
It was lunch when we reached the town of Vigan. It took us 5 hrs drive from Baguio … we were dehydrated and starving. People offered us to eat ( Sinanglao ) It is a famous dish Vigan delicacy, It is a soup dish and has a bit sour taste and a hint of bitterness nearly similar to (Pinapaitan.)Don’t be confused with the two , sinanglao is cooked with meat beef and pinapaitan is meat goat.
The weather condition was so hot and sunny … which made us feel uncomfortable. Kids outrun in mc donalds and bought sundae ice cream.
After we had taken our lunch, We straightly quitted to the hotel to drop by all our things lugguge and snatched some minutes of nap.
We then commenced our walk, took pictures everywhere, every corner … We had seen so many things , souvenir shops , Kalesa ~ it’s a horse drawn calash ,it was introduced by spanish colonizer during 18th century. You will rarely see now a days and only used in the streets tourist areas of old cities and in some rural areas. There are several ice cream man, you must at least try their sorbetes it is creamy and tasty. Buildings are well preserved. The street is almost empty, I guess 500 meters long and 3 – 4 blocks. There are less visitors during week days. People are well mannered and friendly. After An hours , we headed to Baluarte to see their famous zoo and museum.
Back to Vigan, the night is young and we were free hahaha joke ! Someone told us that there are two light show and we went off and watched the dancing fountain show apparently scheduled every night at 7:30 pm lasting 30 minutes each show.
The next day, the sky is clear and blue what a perfect day for us… Before anything else, my parents bought Bagnet ~ I have no idea what it is ? Bagnet ~ it is actually deep fried pork belly ( lechon kawali in Tagalog ) I am not actually fun of it, seeing bagnet I felt I would have heart attack. Instead, I bought salty longganisa garlic flavored ( longganisa is a popular sausage in the Philippines traditionally made from grounded meat and it has a several flavors. ) Don’t forget to bring cooler box with you, there are ice cube seller nearby if you want to buy some fresh meat. We then visited Bantay watchtower & St Augustine church. Inside the Bantay tower there is a man , he offered us to take some beautiful photos and he is indeed good in photography. I think he is one of the care-taker of the Bell tower He shared the story of the place and we then happily left and gave him some extra tip in return. And of course don’t miss RG Jar factory ~ Pot shop where they briefly shown us on how pots are made. We came to see and bought souvenirs in Marsha’s delicacies shop – a great shop when buying gifts. My brother bought some royal bibingka they said you shouldn’t miss out buying royal bibingka when visiting Vigan. ( bibingka is a type of rice cake. ) Time has come to end our visit , as we were driving back home , we intentionally then stopped in Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion Church and as usual took some pictures… We honestly missed some other places like the old house of the late President Marcos and many more … but sadly we ran out of time… but we happily managed to captured some beautiful views along the sea and before we knew it we were back home safely.
Japan is a perfect and a peaceful country. Japan and its people are so perfect. The food, the fashion , the lifestyle, everything is luxurious and everything is new to me. Going there felt like going in another Universe It is another world for me. Japan is heaven!
Here are the etenirary that we made during our trip in Japan. We bought the JR pass through the internet , and when we arrived Tokyo airport we went to the train station and got our JR Pass and it’s worth to buy and have it , you can go whenever and wherever you want to go anywhere in Japan.
First time ~ Japan airline oh my god I already felt like HOME! The crews were so kind, polite and it is so neat and clean, services wow oh wow perfect !
1-3 days we explored the city of Tokyo. Hey ! at the airport as soon as we landed, The first thing I noticed ~ Toilettes are damn awesome !!!!
4th day we went to see the magnificent view of the famous mount FUJI.
5th day we headed out to KYOTO through Kinsanken train (bullet train). We decided to stay there 8 days. There are a lot of things to do, uncountable places to go and so many amazing things to see. Days are long and it’s just wonderful! There is a lot of tourist as well. Some tourist were wearing kimono’s clothes and I find that they wore it elegantly. There are plenty of choices when it comes to foods. We tried and experience the Fire ramen ! and the kobe-beef hot pot. Of course the sushi’s , You must reserve a table if you want to experience the traditional Japanese restaurant. There are a lot of choices and There is no need to worry even when you are on your diet because Japanese food are so healthy. Everything are well presented, neat and clean. We watched the kimono show somewhere in the street of Gion. We witnessed the events and had our Japanese Tea afternoon with a beautiful Japanese Garden.
Other places that we’ve been ~ Osaka, Kobe, Himeji , Nara , Hiroshima , Miyajima.
In Kobe, I will never forget the Beef-kobe ! it is certainly the best beef that I have ever eaten in my whole entire life ! The beef is amazingly Tender. We had our private chef for the night The chefs cooked the meat in front of us and he ensures that the meat will stay juicy. If I am not mistaken it’s teppanyaki style. It’s pricey but we gave it a try for once in our life !
In Himeji, there is a big white castle. They called it Himeji Castle, the castle has a beautiful garden but different entrance so we had finished our visit inside the castle then we continued walking till we reached the exit and went straight away to the garden and we had seen its beautiful garden, It is well maintained and again another astonishing place.
Hiroshima – going there was quiet emotional for me … I can’t explain but my heart was devastated……
Nara – you’ll see temples and huge buda’s and deers around the park and Nara’s museums as well which has uncountable buda’s.
Osaka – yeah what can I say !!!! Shop till you get drop !
Miyajima Island ~ We took the JR ferry it is free if you have JR pass you can ride the ferry without payments ~ we were so glad because we went there and another beautiful memories our eyes were filled with amazing things….
Alright for now, I can’t think of anything … My brain is ain’t friendly to tell everything but my heart filled with joy and laughter! We absolutely made a wonderful memories.
We spent our last 2 days back in Tokyo and we went to see and visited my beloved Auntie.
Japan offers beyond what normally I see. We truly enjoyed and had a blast !
Thinking of going back home seems so unreal …it’s a world that seems so far away from this perfect patch of land … but we left with our stories.
These photos taken last August 2016. China is so rich in History. There are many things you’ll see and do … when you go or planning a visit to Beijing, these are my top list places in Beijing …
Temple of heaven
Birds nest in the olympic stadium
Park of prince gong
Hutong street – in Nanluogu Xiang (南锣鼓巷) & Dongxijiaominxiang is the longest hutong in Beijing with 6.5 kilometers in lenght.
Siji minfu restaurant ~ Where you’ll find the best roasted duck in the whole world … there are many branches around Beijing.
There are a lot of famous hutong streets where you’ll find ancient street and sellers. You can also watch Chinese acrobatic during the night, there are several famous theatre in Beijing. There are so much more places and many things to mention but yeah I can’t remember everything …. all I remember is that Beijing is an amazing place ……
Don’t you love it when you love your life and life loves you back ? So Don’t forget to love your life and life will loves you back …
From port of Cebu We had taken the ferry to Bohol and it took us 2 hours. We made one day tour. Unfortunately our ferry has been delayed for hours. It happen everyday. So if you are planning a trip to Bohol I propose you must take 3 – 4 days so you will enjoy the Island including their Beautiful beaches. The 3 landmark of Bohol ~ Chocolate hills which has an enchanting views , Tarsiers, and the River cruise with filipino buffet in Loboc river. The loboc river ~ the cleanest river I have ever seen in the Philippines And there are more things and places to see like,The man-made forest~ Thousands of mahogany trees were planted during the 70´s if I am not mistaken. The baclayon church & museum. Blood compact site in Tagbilaran and many others optional tours ~ butterflies sanctuary, python viewing, Loay local industries… It is forbidden to cut trees and people aren’t allowed to hunt animals… as the animals does not belongs to the cage but to humans… Throwing your trash everywhere is also probihited. Bohol is really environmentally friendly. I am very impressed that Bohol is well protected by the goverments and the people themselves. How I wish the whole land of the Philippines may be like Bohol , it is really clean and green , everything is natural… Going there brings me back to my childhood when the water and the forest were still clean were you just roll around on the ground and wash your clothes in the clean river. And in Bohol you will also experience the lifestyle of the Filipinos way back ~ away from the civilization. All over I would highly recommend Bohol to all natures lovers …. I shall return ….
Buffet at the river cruise
Paradise ….. Whatever may people say … Boracay will remain the Best Beach ….