Hello everyone! I am back here again. I believed,  I had a very long off from this blog. I hope I can still catch up and can share more articles or even just travel snapshots with  some words describing it.

Let me start  with these snapshots taken during my recent vacation in the Philippines. These were taken in El Nido.  It is a coastal area located in the island of Palawan. According to CNNGo, it is the Best Beach and Island destination in the Philippines  for its “extraordinary natural splendor and ecosystem.”

It was quite a short trip we had in this beautiful part of the Philippines. I wish  we can stay longer but our itinerary only allowed us to stay for  2 nights and 3 days. If I really have to sum it up, it is actually around 48 hours only. At least, my dream of visiting El Nido did finally came into reality. I am a  happy  soul after that short trip  and wish to visit this place again.

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If I am not mistaken, this is called the Cadlao Mountain in El Nido, Palawan. It is some minutes walk from our hotel. We stayed that time in Ipil Lodge which is so far good except for the black out that takes place in certain time of the day. I can’t imagine the heat inside our hotel room especially if the power is out. If I have to literally translate Cadlao or “Kadlaw”, it actually means “Smile”.  This is such a very lovely and breathtaking scenery. One of my favorite spot in El Nido. 

It was the first place we visited that day. I already set the alarm at 6:30 in the morning. The breakfast at the hotel will be at 7:30 AM. That time, I know for sure, I am done in preparing myself before the trip  begin.

Santarcangelo di Romagna is not so far from where we stayed during that 8-day trip in Italy  including San Marino. It is less than 20 kilometers from our hotel in Rimini. At 8:30 AM, the bus will already start moving. I was 5 minutes earlier  in going to the bus because I don’t want to be the last one. If you are  the last and worst will be late, you will surely caught the attention of other passengers.

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The Collegiate Church in the  middle of the image in  Santarcangelo di Romagna. It is one of the most important 18th century buildings in the whole territory of Rimini; built between 1744 and 1758 by Gian Francesco Buonamici, Chamber architect and architect of the cathedral of Ravenna, with its grandiose and refined interior similar to the Roman and Bolognese forms. ==> READ MORE

It was good to be backed to Venice again! The trip in Italy is over now and all I have are the memories and the photographs I took from those trips we did to the different places there. I never had enough of Venice and I keep on coming back in this beautiful city. Indeed, for me it is always one of the most beautiful cities I visited in Europe. I won’t be there again and again if  I don’t love it!


Facts about Rialto Bridge:

Width 22.90 metres (75.1 ft)
Height 7.32 metres (24.0 ft)
Longest span 28.80 metres (94.5 ft)
Construction begin 1588
Construction end 1591

I am sharing now an image I took of the this famous bridge in Venice. This is the Rialto bridge, knonw in Italian as Ponte di Rialto. It is one of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy and the oldest bridge across the canal. It divides the districts of San Marco and San Polo. ==> READ MORE

After the many visits I had in Würzburg, I finally had  a tour inside the Würzburg Residenz (Wuerzburg Residence). It was during my  5th visit   when I had the chance to have a sightseeing inside  this beautiful palace in Wuerzburg. I escorted the relatives of my friends who were visiting Europe last summer 2012.

The Residence in Wuerzburg is considered to ne one of the finest Palaces in Europe. It is famed for its magnificent Baroque staircase created by Balthasar Neumann.  The Palace was was commissioned by two prince-bishops, the brothers Johann Philipp Franz and Friedrich Karl von Schönborn.   It is regarded as one of the finest pieces of Baroque art in the world as such it has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

If you are visiting this city, don’t miss this historic building. I was only saddened because taking pictures are not allowed inside the palace.

I believed some of you already visited   Venice, Italy. Some of you might also had experienced  the gondola ride around the canals of Venice. I did and I experienced it twice. I already visited Venice four times and can’t wait to visit it again for the fifth time next week. Yes, I am traveling again this year and I am hoping for more travels to come.

Taken while riding a gondola in Venice, Italy during my fourth visit in summer 2011.

During my second ride in gondola last summer 2011. We were lucky because a  gondolier, the person who navigate a gondola,  was singing live as they were approaching us. In this gondola, there  was a couple  whom I guessed just got  engaged. That was very romantic and  interesting. Imagine witnessing a gondolier singing? ==> READ MORE

Hello March! Wow, finally March is here! I hope your February turned out great and you had accomplished some things in your life, maybe a dream or simply a wish that you always wanted to come true! More on that I wish you all a lovely month of March.

I finally sent again some postcards last week. This time it is going to Pakistan. We have a group on facebook named Postcrossing and the members are exchanging postcards with each other. As of now, it has over 16,00 members from around the world. I love collecting postcards and I hope to exchange and receive some from other members of this group.

Here are the photos of the postcards. I sent it last February 25, 2014 to  a guy named Bilal from Pakistan.

4 Postcards going to Bilal of Pakistan.  These are postcards from Chiemsee, Hohenfels, Lourdes and different European cities.   ==> READ MORE

I can’t imagine that this week is already the last week of the month. Indeed, February is almost ending. I was thinking awhile ago about my last vacation in Las Vegas. Exactly today, it is a year and a half now since my last vacation in the United States. I visited  some places there and I stayed most of the time in Las Vegas.

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Las Vegas Strip at night with  Paris Hotel and  Ballys. Takend during my second visit in 2012.

I know it will take time again to visit United States again especially that my financiers  which are my siblings,   will take me to Asia this year. yay! One of the things that I am missing in Las Vegas are its free shows and entertainments.  Well,  what can you expect with this so called  “World’s Gaming and Entertainment Capital”? Wherever you go  especially in the Strip, you will surely never get bored. ==> READ MORE

If you love outdoor activities from hiking to walking, trekking, skiing, biking, cycling and more, Andorra is the best place for your to visit.

I have been planning to visit Andorra since 3 years ago. Finally last summer 2013, I did visited this landlocked microstate in Southwestern Europe. Andorra, officially the Principality of Andorra (Catalan: Principat d’Andorra), also called the Principality of the Valleys of Andorra is located in the eastern Pyrenees mountains and bordered by Spain and France.

View of the mountains from Cami del Cardemeller. Taken last July 2013.

It was our 5th day of sightseeing. I set my alarm at 7:15 that morning  to make it sure that I woke-up at the right time. We always had good breakfast buffet in our 4-star hotel named Andorra Hotel. After taking my breakfast, I went back to my hotel room ,did  some personal necessities, brushed my teeth and got ready for our trip that day. ==> READ MORE

Whose not going to miss  this lovely place! This place will always be my home. It is simply saying, “there is no place like home!”.  I hope you agree with that. Wherever I travel in this world, nothing can replace the  country where I grew up.   Everytime I miss home,  all I need to do is to take a look of the pictures I took  from my previous vacations.

The part of  our home that I love most if the terrace. From there, you can see the view to the sea. One of the  most thing I love is watching every afternoon  the setting of the sun. From our terrace, you can see the priceless views around the area especially the water.    ==> READ MORE

There are several reason why The Republic of Costa Rica is an example of a country that has been able to make tourism work well for it.

There are many places in the world where tourism has proved to be, at best, a mixed blessing. Places where the economic benefits tourist dollars brought with them have not been able to offset the damage done to culture and environment by unsustainable development. That, for the most part is not the case with Costa Rica.

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Financial pressures often lead to the destruction of the natural world. Economic necessities can lead to decisions being made that are detrimental to the natural environment such as prioritising extractive industries such as mining or logging over the conservation of habitats and biodiversity. Tourism in general offers one alternative, but over development driven by the quest for tourist cash can itself prove harmful in many respects. ==> READ MORE

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