WiFi’s been hard to come by and I’ve been on the go pretty much none stop and getting to know my new trek mates so this post is a few days late. (sorry!) Whilst in LA I went on the VIP Warner Brothers tour. I was super excited about it as being a TV and film nerd it was really interesting for me to see how American studios are run. It was an amazing tour and Berlyn (our tour guide) was so informative and helped cater the tour to what shows we all liked. I would definitely recommend it and I’ll write a more in depth review when I get home.
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Here’s a photo of a fellow passenger on the Celebrity Summit cruise my wife and I took to Bermuda this May.
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Today we are going to explore another world-wide famous icon located here in Sydney, Australia… I’m talking about the Sydney Harbour Bridge, -locally called “The Coat-hanger” due to its arch-based design.
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There are only 2 ferry crossings each day. Do the later one. You set off at 5:15 and have to sit in the seated lower deck for the first 10 minutes. As soon as they give you the go-ahead, race up to the top deck and grab a seat, and settle in for the ride. It is more than just a ferry crossing. It’s an entire evening sea cruise disguised as a commute.
We were on deck from 5:30 to enjoy the last evening rays as we watched Langkawi shrink into the distance. With headphones in, setting the perfect tone, the sun began to set (nothing as beautiful as we’d seen from The Cliff, but every bit as relaxing and all-consuming).
Fantastic shot! :)
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D-Day – Normandy, France
While my blog often focuses on visits to magnificent churches, buildings, and tea destinations, our desire to travel has been inspired by world history. With World War II as one area of interest, my friend Dorene and I visited the Normandy beaches a few weeks after the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Beginning with the powerful experience of seeing the museum, memorial, and graves at the American Cemetery, we then followed the path down to Omaha Beach. This descent brings to mind haunting images of servicemen trudging up the terrain in the midst of battle and the many who did not survive.
The cool and windy day left me unwilling to remove my shoes and socks, but Dorene, who shares her interest in World War II with her father, not only walked barefoot in the sand, but also lingered at the water’s edge, communing with one of the sites where the world changed 70 years ago.
Near Utah Beach is the village of Ste Mère Église. In the early hours of June 6, 1944, paratroopers were dropped here and at other inland areas in part to secure roads and bridges before the assault on the beaches. Along with using a dummy to recreate the famous moment when John Steele’s parachute got caught on one of the spires, the church in Ste Mère Église commemorates D-Day with two stained glass windows. A 16-year-old boy, who was 14 when the paratroopers arrived, designed this one.
The death toll during the next several months was high for Normandy’s civilians (20,000+). Yet 70 years later, the ever-present tributes to D-Day speak to the meaning of liberation.
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This was supposed to be my last blog for 2013 but the internet connection was too slow so I finished uploading photos at exactly 12:16AM here in the Philippines, that means this is technically my first post for 2014.
I couldn’t think of anything more precious than the company and love of a family. Every moment spent with them is surely something I value and I am very thankful for.
Life is full of surprises. My 2013 has been a wonderful year and what better way to wrap it up than embracing new blessings in my life. Just this November 6, 2013, I got officially hired as a Pharmacist for an international beauty, health and lifestyle retailer. It was a career move that I did not plan but I am very much happy for. Although it meant lesser time with my family as I had to go on duty 6 times in a week, I look at the fulfillment I am getting from my new workplace. That is why all the more that I am making up for those times that I missed family dinners etc. My sister also got married last December 6, the grand opening day of the branch I am employed at. I did not make it to her wedding but even with islands apart I made sure they felt my support. So for today I am sharing outfit post as the whole family rediscovers Duka Bay on my one-day off.
Lovely shots! :)
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This retreat with Nūn Center in Cairo was a total surprise. The day I decided it was time that I finally book a ticket out of Cairo, where I have been lingering for nearly over two months, Nada from Nūn called to see if I would like to lead the retreat, thus happily extending my time in Egypt.
The week-long retreat was a marriage of so many beautiful methods, all promoting nourishing the body, mind, and soul. Meditation, breathing exercises, Sanskrit chanting, yogasana (ashtanga and gentle classes for those on juice fast) were woven through an expertly planned and executed nutritional program with a juicing or (delicious!) vegan detox diet and body work. Inner Dance, particularly, moved participants to new depths, allowing people to feel free, release and flow in new ways. Everything just dropped so beautifully into place.
Sounds wonderful! :)
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We visited Puerto Vallarta with the family in June. This was me relaxing on the beach while watching my 9 year-old and DH Jet Skiing.
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This is part of a memoir series on my friendship with Renee who I met in college and focuses mainly on our escapades during our late teens and early twenties.
Renee and I took many trips together. One of them was a roundtrip bus trip from Providence to Atlantic City. We stayed one night in AC in a rather seedy hotel. This was one of those “deals”: bus and hotel package. We played black jack and roulette. Neither of us won anything but we had fun. I also witnessed people borrowing money from the casino to gamble. That was eye opening. We also hung out on the board walk. Then hopped on the bus and went back to school.
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Borobudur. The Ancient Beauty of Java.
I woke up early, set-up my stuff and went straight to the bus stop. My itinerary for that day was Borobudur in the morning and Prambanan in the afternoon. They are in different directions though but as per some blogs, it could be done in one day on DIY. Borobudur shouldn’t be missed when you are in Yogyakarta or even when you are in Java. Well, I think, people came to Yogyakarta mainly because of Borobudur and Prambanan.
Borobudur is a Buddhist temple and is located in Magelang, 50km away from Malioboro. It is one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world. It has a pyramidal base to support the superimposing ten terraces. Each terrace has perfectly molded bell-shaped small stupas harmonious scattered from each other. This amazing structure obviously displays the outstanding Indonesian art from between the early 8th and late 9th centuries.
From Malioboro, I took the line 3A of Trans Jogja and alighted at PKU Muhammadiyah stop to transfer to other line. Please note not to get out of the station to avoid to buy the ticket again. I transferred to line 2B and alighted in Jombor station. By the way, I bought an Indonesian sim and got 3G so I couldn’t be lost. Sometimes, I am so lazy asking for directions. In Jombor, I took a bus to Borobudur. When arriving in Borobudur, a lot of touts will offer for a ride to the compound. The temple is still around 1 km away. I decided to walk.
The moment I was in front of the compound, I remembered some blogs saying it’s difficult to find out the entrance. Yes, it is true. It is a big compound so it will be tiring to get lost, Make sure to follow the signage. I actually entered at the vehicle entrance. In front of souvenir stores, there is a signage pointing to the entrance where to pay the entrance fee. Wait. There’s still another trick. That entrance is for locals (Indonesians) only. For foreigners, there is a separate entrance and of course of more expensive. Locals need to pay only Rp 30,000 while foreigners need to pay Rp 200,000. For foreigners’ entrance, there is a chilling area with free drinks (coffee, tea, water). They put the sarong to my waist. I just got the free mineral water and went directly to the temple. I was that excited.
And here I was. The temple is amazing. I was awed by its beauty. I started to explore the fantastic structure. Climbed. Walked. Posed. Shutter-clicked.
Awesome location! :)
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This is my foot on Wharariki beach, North West South Island, New Zealand. I was there with my beautiful wife on honeymoon for six months camping. It was epic. We have returned to our native England and miss New Zealand very much.
Leigh and Laura
Nice shot, looks beautiful there! :)
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Snapshots: Upside-Down in Pai, Thailand
So you may have figured out that I enjoy being upside down. Handstands, cartwheels, headstands, and hanging of of various trees and other grab-able objects is a great pass time of mine! Looking back through my photos I loved these few from Pai, Thailand.
Great shots! :)
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Last minute traveler? Yup, that’s me. If you want to call it procrastination, I’ll except that, too. My recent trip to Cairo was finalized on the same day I arrived. This is the best way to go, well not always, but the adventure, the rush and excitement is epic! Finally, I arrived…well to the continent, at least. This was definitely not my final destination, but Africa, aaaahhh! I’ll be back very soon to visit more of your beauty! (West or East Africa, next stop)!
Wonderful shot! :)
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