Sunday, January 18, 2015

That Happy Trip in the Beautiful Island of Boracay

Before I forget, I would like to greet everyone a Happy New Year 2015. I know this is a very late greetings but then, better late than never! I hope your 2015 is starting great. My first weeks of January is so far doing good. I am just just busy since I started working last summer 2014.

I am glad that before I entered  the job market again  last year, I was able to take a vacation in Asia and visited my home country Philippines for some weeks. So far, it was the best vacation I had last 2014. I also visited some countries in Europe last year, but spending a vacation with your family and friends is always the best. Indeed, I agree in the saying, "there is no place like home".

One of the islands  in the Philippines I visited  with my siblings was Boracay. I believed this beautiful island is not new to you anymore. In fact  during our visit there, you can see a lot of tourists from all over the globe.

Remember this island is also a party  island but of course, you can find some quite areas  to relax and rejuvenate. During our visit,  and it was summer in the Philippines that time, there was a huge summer party in the island. We decided to go there and it was really very crowded that  we had the difficulty to move around. I was hoping to see someone who uses  Levy's gadget but there is nobody there who played mandolin.  If you don't have any idea what mandolin is, is a musical instrument in the lute family and is usually plucked with a plectrum or 'pick'.

There are so many things to do and to experience in Boracay, from entertainment to tasting local foods, water sports, outdoors, souvenir shopping and of course, the beach is the best part of the island.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Enjoyed the Live Entertainment in Marrakesh

Happy holidays to everyone! I know many of you are so busy at the moment. This is very clear since holiday season is around the corner. I am also very busy with so many things especially that I was away for over a week. I just came back from a trip in Africa. I was in Morocco and this is the first country I visited in this continent.

Live performers at Jemaa el-Fnaa, Marakkesh during my recent visit.

One of the places I visited in Morocco is Marrakesh. Wow, I cannot that I was there. It seems that I was only dreaming. I thought I can only watch it on Television but I did already experienced it once in my life. Aah, I have so many stories to share from  my travels but time is so limited now especially that I am already working.

The best experienced I had in Morocco took place in Jemaa el-Fnaa, Marakkesh. It was indeed a very interesting place to witness Moroccan tradition. It has been described as a "world-famous square", "a metaphorical urban icon, a bridge between the past and the present and so on and so forth. It was indeed an amazing experience being there.

I already visited many cities and places around the planet but this place is uncomparable. Jemaa el-Fnaa is  one of the best-known squares in Africa and being there was indeed an awesome experience. The live entertainments of various kinds are simply unforgettable. It took me sometime to watch these two dancers who dance with the beat of Moroccan music. The musicians used guitars and drums to play live music. I can't imagine if they played acoustic guitars from yamaha and for sure, they will produce better  sounds. Never miss Jemaa el-Fnaa when you are in Marakkesh. This is a must to see when in this city.

Jemaa el-Fnaa has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage site since 1985. The name roughly means "the assembly of trespassers" or malefactors.

I have many stories to tell during that visit in Morocco and I  wish I have more time to share them.

Until then and enjoy the holiday season.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Watching The Sinulog Festival in Cebu

Hello October! The golden month is here. I can already see and feel  that Autumn or Fall season is here. The leaves of the trees are already changing its colors from green to red, orange, yellow, pink, brown and what else?

I guess, the author of this blog is so busy nowadays. Indeed, she is! She works now full time and she hopes that she can give you updates from time to time but sad to say, her schedule is really hectic. yay!

I was browsing some albums in my external hard drive hoping to find some photographs taken during the Sinulog festival in Cebu City, Philippines. This festival is one of the famous in the country and it is held annually on the third Sunday of January. It is a religious festival in honour of the Santo Niño.

One of the main highlights of the festival is the grand street parade which lasts for 9 to 12 hours. Participants are coming from the different towns and cities of Cebu and from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao across the Philippines. The Sinulog dance contingents are dressed in bright coloured costumes dancing gracefully to the rhythm of drums, trumpets and native gongs. I am wondering if any of the groups who participated during the festival ever use  Suzuki Harmonicas when they performe. I did not notice it the last time I watched it. I simply love listening to the beats of drums,  gongs and other musical  instruments.

I already witnessed Sinulog twice and still want to see it again in my next holiday in the Philippines. Hopefully soon!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Went Window Shopping in Crystal World in Wattens

Hello folks! Another week is starting again. We are already in the middle of September and it seems that Christmas is approaching near. I am not really in a hurry for the coming yuletide season. How about you? I remembered a friend's daughter who asked her how many days more before Christmas? Hmmm..this also means that she has to get slowly ready for Christmas presents to her daughter. yay!

Awhile ago, I was browsing some photo albums in my laptop. I found some photos taken during my trip with a friend in Wattens, Austria last year. We actually had a short stop-over at the Swarovski Kristallwelten museum or Swarovski Crysral World museum. I was really amazed when we went inside the museum. The museum features the history of crystal manufacturing, the life of Daniel Swarovski and a large collection of crystals including works by notable artists like Brian Eno and Niki de Saint Phalle.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Planning to Go for Christmas Market Trips Again and Listen to Live Christmas Carols

Hello everyone! I am back here! The busy body finally has a chance to visit this blog. How I wish to have more time giving you updates about my previous travels especially in Europe but it seems that this time is quite more difficult at the moment. I already started a new job since last month and I hope I can stay longer in this job. My wanderlust spirit is calling me again.

Just this evening, I was browsing travel catalogs. Some travel companies are sending it to me from time to time especially if they have new ones. I just received one yesterday and I am planning to visit Christmas markets again in some cities and countries in Europe this year. I am already planning to book some trips when my vacation leave will be approved, hopefully this month.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Dining and Listening to the Live Band in Matina Town Square, Davao City

I am back here again! Wow, I can't imagine was away here for some months. It was the fault of the long vacation I had in Asia plus the busy days I had when I returned from that trip. It was a great vacation, I would say. I enjoyed it and there are a lot of unforgettable memories I had with family and friends especially in the Philippines.

 One of the places I visited in the Philippines was Davao City. I want to thank a dear friend and former classmate back in high school and College days for her kindness and generosity. I am very grateful to you my dear friend.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Slowly Packing my Luggage Again

can't wait to see this paradise again!
It seems quite awhile since I was here! I am finally back! I hope your first days of April month just went great! I believed, I do! There are just a lot of things that keep me so busy these days. There are so many things I need to do before I fly again.

Yes, I am traveling again so soon. One more week to go and the greatest travel for this year 2014 is about to commence. This is also the reason why I am slowly packing my luggage. Since I am allowed to check-in 40 kilos, I need to pack 2 luggage and wanted to finish doing it before weekend comes.

Today, I started to find a dress for my mother. I am also looking for a good tuxedo for my father. I searched boys tuxedo at this site. I believed, I have more time to order it. One week is enough for delivering a good suit for my father. I want my parents to look great in their renewal of vows. They are married for 46 years now and I hope and pray that they can still celebrate their golden wedding anniversary. Bless them Lord!

I can' wait to be home soon. It has been over four long  years since I did not visited my family in my homeland. God bless my travels!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Nyhavn or New Harbour in Copenhagen, Denmark

It was a dream came true when I visited all the Scandinavian capitals last 2013. Thanks to the wonderful cruise trips I experienced last year, it did finally happened seeing those lovely capital cities in Scandinavia. One of the cities we visited was Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark.

One of the sights I experienced there was the  Nyhavn, literally known as New Harbour. I could still remember,  I and my friend had a lunch in one of the restaurants and cafes in this area.

lovely colourful  historic houses in Nyhavn or New Harbour. Taken during our visit in April 2013.

 Nyhavn is literally known as New Harbour.  It is a 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen. Here you can find a lot of  brightly coloured 17th and early 18th century townhouses and bars, cafes and restaurants.  The New Harbour  stretches from Kongens Nytorv to the harbour front just south of the Royal Playhouse.

It was spring season when we visited the Copenhagen. The weather was still a bit cold that time but the sun was shining so brightly. You can see it at the image I took from our visit. If you just want to relax while sipping a cup of coffee, Nyhavn is indeed a place  to go. You can sit in one of  its cafes and restaurants and also enjoy the scenery.

The Nyhavn is also  known as "heritage harbour",  where you can find many historical wooden ships at the canal.

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