I used to be a very timid girl, full of dreams. Life evolved with : to help my family and become a better person. It was dull. Life before was purely black and white.
My theme’s interpretation is living life in a different and more colorful perspective. Just like the collage of photos below. 😍🤗
Seeing a more colorful side of life😊🤗 .I learned that there are more things to see and explore while we are alive. I am happily enjoying every moment now.
Be bold. Add some colors in your life. After all we only live once. Make it great. 👌
It has been three years since I set foot in one of my dream destinations, The Land of The Rising Sun. Yes, it was July of 2014, when I finally realized that dream.
In this post, I will be sharing some of the FIRSTS and MOST UNFORGETTABLE experiences I had during my 7 day trip. 🤗
1. First long flight experience ✈️
I have been traveling around the islands in the Philippines which of course only takes more or less than an hour. That trip was the longest for me. It takes 4 hours from The Philippines ( Cebu) to Japan (Narita )
2. First Bullet train ride
As an ESL teacher, I often hear from my Japanese students how good the transportation system is. Heard about Shinkansen or them taking the subway.
Finally I found myself smiling reminiscing those unforgettable train rides. 😂 Walking around the station where people were all in a hurry to reach to their destinations.
3. Joined a Festival
During summer season in Japan several cities celebrate Summer festival. It was one of a kind experience, to be able to mingle with other Japanese. The highlight for this was that,me and my co-worker wore YUKATA, a traditional Japanese attire only worn during summer festival.
4. Took the ropeway / cable car
It was another first for me. The ropeway was something new to me. We went up to a hill,where there was a park. One of the area, was set as a viewdeck for people who wanted to see Mt. Fuji. Unfortunately, thick clouds covered Mt. Fuji, so we gave up.😝
5.The Marvelous Mount Fuji
On our way to the zoo,I was so surprised when in front of us the view of a very huge mountain can be seen!! Alas!! Mt. Fuji it is!! Although our location was quite far, however ,I savour that moment when Mt. Fuji showed us its beauty. So captivating, I stared at it with amazement. My heart danced with joy. Eyes glittered. 😍😭
6.ZOO: Feed lions / kangaroos 🦁
Fuji Safari Park — I saw different kinds of animals which I rarely see. It was more exciting because we were in a bus shaped like a cage. 😂 .The bus toured us around the park. A guide was saying something yet everything was in Japanese. We were given meat (chicken) so we could give them to the lions and tigers along the way.
There was a free picture-taking and I was so lucky this cub behaved well while I it was my turn to have a photo taken.This fluffy cute fella looked so tamed sitting comfortably on my lap. 🦁
7. Take a photo with Hachiko
The story of Hachiko has touched my heart so much. Therefore, I really asked my boss to include it in our iterninary.
Another bucketlist came true. 🐕🐶
8. Met my Japanese students
I will always be, forever grateful to my company for the once in a lifetime experience and to these people, my students.
9 . Explored Tokyo Disneyland
Your Japan Trip wouldn’t be complete without a day at Disneyland. It was a tiring yet very satisfying day. I saw my favorite Disney characters up close . Tried some food (a bit expensive though 😂 ) and queued for some children’s rides. 😂
10. Tour/ shop in Tokyo area
Visited some famous spots in Tokyo area like Shibuya, Ginza, etc.
Spotted these while we were walking around.
Of course the skytree.
I truly believe that dreams do come true. So, keep dreaming. Chase your dreams. Never quit.
It has been a promise for me and my bestfriends to visit this sacred place whenever we can, so last Saturday ,we finally set the time.
The Simala Shrine – A sacred place, a picnic place, most parts were completed compared to my last visit .This place always draws visitors because the place is said to be miraculous, the views are already picturesque. The tall, huge castle-like church at the top of a hill overlooking the mountains and sea on the other side is a sight to behold. The place inside might look like a European place ,but the surroundings are very local and almost rural.
It is best to visit early on working days because there’s always a huge crowd on weekends and the queue for being able to kiss Mama Mary (a must for some) goes all the way down the stairs (very long). That is how devoted people are in my country are. People queue not minding the scorching heat just to kiss the Miraculous statue of Mama Mary.
You can also stay as much or less as you want. Last year,I was with my workmates and we brought food with us.There’s a picnic ground outside the shrine for those who bring food and drinks.You can rent the cottages. There are many small local eateries “carinderia” outside the gate.
People write their petitions or prayers, thanksgiving letter and dropped it in the box. We also do that everytime. The colors of the candles has its own meaning. I had the pink candle last year. I got the purple one this time. 🙏👍
HOW TO GO TO SIMALA & TIPS
**From Cebu City**
~~ the most convenient way is to take a van in the V-hire terminal.(in Jonquera extension ) The fare costs 100php one way.
~~travel time is approximately 2.5- 3 hours.
~~take some snacks and water,juice etc
~~ 20php for the trike going back to the van terminal few metres away from Simala church
~~ take an umbrella and a fan with you, it is often hot there
~~Observe dress proper code
~~ prepare 20 php if you want to use the toilet near the gate of the Shrine. It is an air conditioned comfort room!!! 🤗
~~ you can also take a bus bound to Sibonga. And take a trike to Simala. (I don’t know how much it costs)
I was born and raised in a town with vast plains, therefore crossing or using a bridge wasn’t a part of my daily life .
However, it was through traveling where I managed to see and even cross, bridges of different kinds.
I learned to appreciate its uses more, especially for people in my country. Bridges can sometimes be tourists spots as well. As you know, there are more than 7,000 islands in my country.
Let me introduce some of the famous bridges in the Philippines. Perhaps there are still more, but I wanna show those which I have seen personally (or one which I wanna see).🤗
1.The bridge in Cebu
2.The famous San Juanico Bridge
3. In Ilocos (PATAPAT VIADUCT )
Some bamboo bridges are also built to connect short distances in some parts of the islands.
Even piles of wood can be used as a bridge as well. The picture below connects a way going to Kawasan Falls.
No matter how grandiose or simple a bridge is, we must not forget its importance: CONNECTION, truely making a comfortable life for people..🤗
Bridge | The Daily Post
Does the photo looks familiar? Yes! You are right. Probably many of you have seen this wonderful creation and for those who still don’t know about this place, let me introduce THE CHOCOLATE HILLS in BOHOL.The Chocolate Hills are probably Bohol’s most famous tourist attraction. They look like giant mole hills, or some say they are like HERSHEY’S KISSES. 💋🍫
This week’s theme is Delta,so this is a perfect interpretation of transition or change in time. I have chosen to share this place due to the fact that I have visited here three times. Of those three times, I’ve seen how these hills changes from hills totally covered with green lush of grass and trees.
During summer months where the weather in my country is so perfect for sight seeing, the hills turned from green to brown.
I have witnessed this transient natural occurrence in a seafood restaurant in Krabi town.
The photo shows apuffer fish/ blowfish 🐡 in it’s full puff up state. When being triggered, in danger or when they are threatened, they can take in so much air inside their stomachs that they bloat and turn into large, perfect balls. This makes them look harder to eat. Also, some puffer fish have spines and when they puff up, these spines stick out like needles.
I’ve seen how it deflates beautifully , doing continuous turns while their body was slowly going back to its regular size.
In a world full of chaos, remember that some things are transient.For some reasons, they appear or can happen in a blink of an eye and it is during tough situations that we need to be strong. “Survival of the fittest “ as they say.
Transient | The Daily Post