Monday

Our Tentative Itinerary for Our Holiday to the Philippines

How have you been guys? I  hope everything went great especially that we are now stepping  in the second month of 2014. The month of January was quite a great month for me.  Everything is going great and the greatest of all, I finally booked my flight for a holiday in  the Philippines. It will be a 6-week holiday and I am hoping that I will be seeing more places this time.

I am actually making a tentative itinerary for me and my siblings who will be joining me for the trips in the Philippines. And yes, thanks dear sisters for sponsoring my  trip this time. yay!

Below is the tentative itinerary for our 2014  holiday to the Philippines

April 16, 2014- Flight from Frankfurt, Germany  to Cebu, Philippines
April 17   - arrival in the Philippines
April 18-20-  spend Holy week with family in Cebu

6 Days Trip to Palawan:
April 21, 2014- flight to Puerto Princesa,  Palawan. After arrival, might do some sightseeing in Puerto Princesa or do island hopping depending on the time and weather.
April 22, 2014-  Head to El Nido in the morning which is around 6-7 hours ride from Puerto Princesa with the bus or van.
April 23, 2014- El Nido island hopping
April 24, 2014- back to Puerto Princesa
 The Subterranean River in Puerto Princesa. Thanks to a friend for this image.
April 25, 2014- Puerto Princesa Subterranean River. The most famous landmark of Puerto Princesa, this subterranean river is the longest navigable underground river in the world. It features a limestone karst mountain landscape and many stalactites and stalagmites formations.
April 26, 2014- flight back to Cebu

April 27, 2014-  rest day or sightseeing in Cebu

The beautiful white-sand beach in Boracay, Philippines. Taken by my siblings during their visit.
April 28-May 1,  2014 -  Trip to Boracay
Boracay Island and its beaches have received awards from numerous travel publications and agencies. It is considered as one of the most beautiful beaches not only in the Philippines but all over the world.

May 1- flight back to Cebu in the morning and maybe rest  the whole day.
May 2-4-Cebu- family bonding and maybe with friends  too!
May  5-6- tentative Cagayan de  Oro, will my best to  visit relatives  and blogger friends
May 7- back to Cebu
 May 8-12- family bonding again and maybe meet some friends and bloggers  in Cebu

May 13-18, 2014- trip to Singapore and  a day or two days  trip to Malaysia
May 20-25, 2014- Davao and nearby places in the area
May 26-  May 31- family time, sightseeing in Cebu, island hopping


So far, this is the tentative  itinerary  for our travel to the Philippines.  I will keep this updated once there will be additional plans  or changes to be made.

Having been to over 30 countries worldwide is a great experience. This time, another great travel is coming again.  I am hoping to visit more countries in the future if finances are available.

Thanks God for this opportunity to travel again.  Thanks to my siblings who sponsored this holiday to Asia. I  hope, I can find more sponsors for my travels!  lolz!

Tuesday

Have a Blissful New Year 2014!

 Some countries already celebrated their New  Year 2014....Philippines, Australia, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore and other countries who are ahead of Central Europe Time. 

I am ready to face 2014. Praying and hoping that this year will be full of blessings, love, peace, good health and happiness to all my family and family. I also wish for more travels in 2014..wink!

Cheers to 2014!
Have a Blissful New Year Europe and the World!


Wishing everyone a 2014 filled with bountiful blessings. 
God bless! Happy new year!

Sunday

Scary Typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda Devastated the Philippines Especially in Tacloban

I cannot find words to describe this tragic calamity that just hit  Philippines.   I cannot call  Haiyan or Yolanda  a  "super typhoon"  or "great typhoon"  because of the many damages and wrecks it brought to its victims.   I  call this typhoon a "monster typhoon". How it became  super  or great  when it brought  many damages especially to the lives and properties of hundreds and even thousands of Filipino people in the affected areas  especially in Eastern and Western Visayas including Tacloban City, Iloilo, Samar, Cebu and more.
Tremendous wreckage brought by monster Yolanda or Haiyan in Tacloban. Photo by yahoo images.

Last night,  when I was watching the news over the television, I was so helpless and can't help myself but to cry.  Monster typhoon  like  this is just indescribable. It is terrible and horrible!  It is indeed catastrophic, so tragic  and very destructive!

Today, I was browsing online and saw many pictures again of the calamity brought by the monster  Hiayan or scary yolanda. They are just very heart-breaking.

Thousand of people especially in  Tacloban lost  their lives and houses. Millions of properties were damaged including  schools, cars and  homes, roads are impassable, communication were cut-off, trees were uprooted and more. The city of  Tacloban is almost destroyed due to the destruction brought by monster haiyan or yolanda.

Damages of  Monster typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda in Tacloban. Photo by: yahoo images.
Condolence to fellow Filipinos who lost  their loved ones.  I am sending my sympathy and prayers to all  of you. It is indeed  heart-breaking  seeing the wreck brought by monster haiyan or yolanda.  I know Filipinos can stand up again and again.  Keep praying and hoping and working again to build your town or city.

I also would like to thank  all  the international and charity groups and organizations  and some countries who send help and donations to the Philippines. Thank you so much for your kind hearts and generosity.

I am glad and thankful after hearing that my family are in good hands in Cebu. Thanks God  for your  saving protection.

Let's continue to pray for the Philippines especially for the victims of this calamity. God bless Philippines!

Monday

Hot Summer in Venice, Italy

I truly got more tanned skin during that trip in Venice, Italy.  I am  thinking now how many times did I visited this city? Wait a minute! I exactly remember now. This image below was taken during my fourth visit last summer 2011.

For some reasons, I love to keep on coming back in Venice. Its lovely setting, architecture, its many artworks and some things that bewitched me in coming back there again and again.

Italy.venice.IMG_0562.© RB Photography
St. Mark's Basilica on the middle and the Doge's Palace on the right side.

During my last visit, I was actually invited by my friends and her family to go with them. It was indeed a pleasure for me. We had so much fun that time and those are indeed happy memories.

There are so many thing to do and experience in this city. One of the best ways to explore it is thru its water taxi or by foot. Being known as the world's only pedestrian city, walking can be very tiresome and exhausting especially during hot summer. You better try to do some pacing.

Some of the famous sights to see are the St.  Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco), Rialto Bridge, Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale), Clock tower (Torre dell'Orologio), Bell tower of St. Mark (Campanile di San Marco), Jewish Ghetto of Venice and many more. There are also a dozen of museum to explore there.

I love Venice and if given the chance to visit it again, I will surely do!

Friday

Aspiring to be a Successful Travel Blogger?

 Still don't have any idea on how to become a successful travel blogger? Here are some of the most important things to consider when you want to become one in the field of travel blogging;

First you have  to remember – before becoming a travel blogger or starting a travel blog, you should first become a regular and passionate traveler. In other case,  there is no point writing about stuff you didn't experienced yourself.  Second,  go buy yourself a good camera and keep looking for unusual photo opportunities. Don't forget to write about everything you see and experience  in your journal. Yes  you heard correct, because sometimes we travel to places with no wifi (there are places with  no internet in this world). Our memory is not a computer, so its better to write it down and then upload to the blog.

Tuesday

Visiting Rozafa Castle in Albania

It was a nice weather when we visited Albania. From our hotel in Budva, Montenegro, it took us over 4 hours before reaching Shköder, historically also known as Scutari. It is a city in northwestern Albania in the District of Shkodër, of which it is the capital. It is one of the oldest and most historic places in Albania, as well as an important cultural and economic centre.

The entrance to  Rozafa Castle. Taken last April 2013 during our visit there. © www.traveleuroasia.com

Friday

Fuerteventura’s Top Family Attractions

The island of Fuerteventura is an idyllic setting that is part of the collection of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The island enjoys year round sun shine and warm weather, meaning that it is a popular tourist destination no matter what time of year it is. Whether you are after some winter sun shine or a summer holiday, Fuerteventura is a great place to travel to, especially if you have children. There are plenty of family attractions on offer and here is a list of some of the best ones.

Corralejo Beach

The area of Corralejo is one of the most popular spots for tourists on the entire island. It has the largest collection of top rated hotels as well as plenty of resorts, and is right by the best beach on the island. With the seemingly endless stretch of golden dunes, your kids will love playing around on the banks or splashing about in the sea.The kids will also love sliding and rolling down the dunes, while there is also segments of black beaches where your kids will love to play around in the mud like sand.


Monday

Brisbane is In my Travel Wishlist

During my trip to Spain  last year, I met these very friendly  Australian family. They were sitting  next to  our table as we were gathering for dinner  in a restaurant in Callela.  That time, we were having a lot of fun and was laughing out loud. These Australian couple went  to our table and asked from what country we came from.  Most of us are living in other parts of the globe but  our origin are from the Philippines.

The Australian lady also mentioned that they know some Filipinos working in their place in Australia. She further said that these Filipinos were so kind and friendly and easy to be with. In short, we had some conversation about many things including travels, people and culture.


Thursday

Places to go in Spain to Get Away from the Crowds

While Spain is full of grandiose palaces, world-renowned museums and captivating customs, there is much more to this marvelous country than the emblematic attractions that draw in millions of tourists every year. Full of natural beauty, culture and history, there is plenty to explore along the mountains, vast open spaces and rugged coastlines.

Truth be told, very few places are unspoiled, but there are some that are quieter and offer a more authentic experience. If you’re looking for the real Spain, away from the masses, check out these fascinating destinations.


Friday

Sights and Sounds in Costa Teguise

Costa Teguise is one of the most popular resorts in Lanzarote, and it's not hard to see why. It's just a few short miles from the capital, Arrecife, which not only guarantees a short and relatively affordable hotel transfer, it also places the city well within reach of day trips, shopping excursions, sightseeing, or catching a ferry over to the neighbouring islands.

And of course, the delights don't stop at Arrecife. Around Costa Teguise, there are three main beaches which vary from large, sandy Las Cucharas to pebbly El Jabillo and the smaller, quieter strip of Los Charcos. The first two beaches are also where the watersports' enthusiasts hang out, and it's here that you can take lessons or hire gear for all manners of different watersports, from windsurfing and body surfing to jet skiing. Of course, that's only once you've had your fill of relaxing under that scorching Canarian sun...