Category Archives: Sights

[Story in photos] Everyone will find their own comfort at VanDusen Botanical Garden

VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver is a magical place for anyone looking for some peace and quiet and want to be one with  nature even for just a few hours. It is included in the top 10 Best Public Gardens in North America. It boasts a 55-acre botanical garden designed elaborately and beautifully allowing visitors to educate themselves of the different plants in the world and enjoy their leisure time in the garden as well.

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On your way out, they have a gift shop for you to buy souvenirs. Now I don’t normally stay in gift shops but VanDusen’s have tons of really cool books about plants that I can’t take my eyes and hands off.

For more information, you may check their website here. Enjoy!

Getting tourist trapped in the otherwise beautiful Koh Phi Phi

When visiting Southern Thailand, there are too many beautiful beaches to choose from that I didn’t know where to start. I wanted to visit them all! There are:

KOH LIPE

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Photo credit: Koh Lipe Thailand

KOH LANTA

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Photo credit: Koh Lanta Pocket Guide

KOH SAMUI

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Photo credit: Thailand 24

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Biking around Sukhothai — the cradle of Thai civilization

Sawadika! Hubby and I decided that to better understand the culture of Thailand, we need to visit one of the oldest cities of the country. We chose the ancient city of Sukhothai — the cradle of Thai civilisation, very first capital of Thai Kingdom and designated as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in 1991. And the name Sukhothai literally means “dawn of happiness.”

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Photo credit: travelthailandhappy.blogspot.com

Sukhothai Historical Park is 427km north of Bangkok. Normally, tourists who want to visit the Park would stay in Phitsanulok — one of the oldest cities of Thailand and the birthplace of King Naresuan who freed his people from the Burmese colony in the 16th century — and do a 2-hour drive from Phitsanulok to Sukhothai. Or some who stay in Bangkok, would take a flight straight to Sukhothai in the morning, and come back to Bangkok at night (Bangkok Airways operates 2 flights per day). However, due to time constraint, we opted to stay in Chiang Mai and take a 4-hour drive to Sukhothai instead.

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Breathtaking karst landscapes along Li River in Guilin

Back in 2010, our overall unpleasant experience in Southern China was overridden by the otherwise stunning landscapes of Guilin(桂林)along the Li River(灕江).

Li River is considered as one of the best sights in the world — it’s included in the list of “World’s Top Ten Watery Wonders” by National Geographic magazine.

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Photo credit: Nexus Holidays

It is not difficult to see why Li River has captured the hearts of many, many artists — poets and painters alike. The karst landscapes along the river boast a picturesque scenery like no other. The Chinese government even printed the scenery at the back of their CNY20 bills!

Li River is definitely one of China’s most popular tourist destinations — former US Presidents Bill Clinton, George Bush, Sr., and Microsoft founder Bill Gates have all visited this place.

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Worth the visit: Alaska’s famous Glacier Bay National Park

We went to Alaska back in 2008.

One of the highlights of our trip was visiting — one of the world’s largest international protected areas and part of a 25-million acre UNESCO World Heritage Site — the famous Glacier Bay National Park.

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Photo credit to me. 🙂 

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Early morning run to Breakfast at Antonio’s in Tagaytay City

Our great national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, was executed by the Spanish army in December 30, 1896 for alleged treason. 2 years later, the first president of the Philippines, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, officially declared Rizal’s death anniversary a national holiday or “a national day of mourning.”

Rizal has written many novels, mostly about nationalism, about the country and has inspired the Philippine government and its people to stand up against the Spanish colony during the 19th century. Which resulted in his execution by the Spaniards.

Lately, though, Filipinos don’t really mourn for the death of Rizal every December 30, instead, they opt to travel out of town or go on short vacations between December 30 and January 1 or 2.

This year is no exception especially with our 2-week long holiday from December 24 to January 4, who wouldn’t pass up vacation opportunities? (This year’s holiday break is particularly long, you can view the list here.) So upon returning from Hong Kong on December 29, Fiancé and I decided to go for an early morning run to Tagaytay the very next day.

Tagaytay is one of the most popular day-trip destinations from Manila. It’s just a mere 2-hour drive or a 3.5-hour commute from the city. One of the reasons people also come here is that the weather is cool all year round even during summer due to its high altitude. Tagaytay is also where people come to see the world’s smallest active volcano — Taal Volcano (shown below).

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Photo credit to Thousand Wonders.

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Viva la Vigan!

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Photo credit: Wikipedia

This year, Vigan City of Ilocos Sur in the Philippines, is hailed as one of the New 7 Wonders in the Cities of the World category. This helped our country gain more recognition worldwide!

President Bernard Weber, President of New7Wonders Foundation, announced on its website last December 7 as it ended its search for seven cities that represent the global diversity of the urban society.

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Photo credit: It’s More Fun in the Philippines

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The Beautiful Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg

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I visited Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg in the spring of 2011. The palace was nothing like I’ve ever seen before in my life!

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Preparing for #throwbackthursdays

2013-05-16 09.10.08 Photo was taken in Kehlsteinhaus (or more commonly known as “Eagle’s Nest”) in Berchtesgaden, Germany. Shot from the mountaintop overlooking what I assume is Lake Konigssee or Salzburg (someone please correct me if I am mistaken).

Quick history: This was built as a present for Adolf Hitler’s 50th birthday in 1939 to serve as a retreat house and entertain visiting dignitaries or diplomats. However, in the remaining 6 years of his life, he has only been here 17 times because of his claustrophobia and fear of heights since he will need to use a small, tight and dark elevator that cuts from the foot of the mountain straight up to the peak. Said elevator is still being used by tourists up to this day.


So I guess my 2015 came a bit early now that I’m writing again even when I said I’d start next year… I. Just. Couldn’t. Resist!

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