Monday, January 9, 2012

My Malacca Day Trip

I left the hotel early to make the most of my day, for I was staying a bit far from the place I intended to go, to Malacca. The travel time and effort was worth it. The city is truly rich with Malaysian culture.

Fortunate for me, the sun was shining brightly at Malacca. I was able to make a swift tour, digesting everything my eyes can behold.

Being alone and far away from the world you've grown comfortable in, gives you the opportunity to step back and see the bigger picture.

Don't just be curious. Be curious with a purpose.

Had a wonderful day at Melacca. I hope I can go back here soon. I could take a rickshaw ride next time, a ride in style, that ride in colors.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Everland, South Korea

Everland . . .

Wow, what a wonderful place to be!

It's like the Disneyland of South Korea. My son had so much fun in Everland.

He was talking about the rides, the parades, the super large park which he can't seem to completely cover.

Everland Resort, is a theme park in Yongin, a city in Gyeonggi-do province, South Korea.

Everland is South Korea's largest theme park. With 8.6 million visitors, it ranked tenth in the world for amusement park attendance in 2007. Along with its main attractions, it also includes a zoo and a water park known as Caribbean Bay. It is operated by Samsung Everland, which is a subsidiary of the Samsung Group.

Source: Wikipedia

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sharing My Singapore Experience

Singapore is actually just a drive away from Malaysia, heheh.

Sentosa, which translates to peace and tranquility in Malay, is a popular island resort in Singapore. Located at the top of Mount Imbiah, the MegaZip Adventure Park is Singapore's first adventure park with one of the longest and steepest zip wires in Asia, a 12m high ropes course, a free-fall parachute simulator and a challenging climbing wall.

I was so happy just to have visited Sentosa, but was really fortunate to have even gone to the Adventure Park. I was ecstatic to have completed the day with a great escapade.

I took the super mega-zip challenge plus the para-jump free fall . . . yoohoo!

I found this video in YouTube for a better sharing of the experience.


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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Floating Islands of Seoul, Korea

The Floating Island is a group of three large artificial islets below Banpo Bridge, on the Han River.

The project cost about 96 billion won. The entire facility is 9,900 square meters in size, including the connecting bridges. The largest islet is Vista, housing a 692-seat convention hall. The other islands are called Viva and Terra.

The place was opened to the public in April of 2011 as a Seoul landmark.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Eid al-Adha, Feast of Sacrifice, Greater Eid

Eid al-Adha ("feast of sacrifice") or "Festival of Sacrifice" or "Greater Eid" is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his son Ishmael (Isma'il) as an act of obedience to God, before God intervened to provide him with a sheep— to sacrifice instead.

Note: Photo taken at Kamay Ni Hesus in Quezon, Philippines.

Eid al-Adha is the latter of two Eid festivals celebrated by Muslims, whose basis comes from Sura 2 (Al-Baqara) Ayah 196 in the Qur'an. Like Eid ul-Fitr, Eid al-Adha begins with a Wajib prayer of two Raka'ah (units) followed by a sermon (khuá¹­bah).

The word "Eid" appears in Sura al-Mai'da ("The Table Spread," Chapter 5) of the Qur'an, meaning 'solemn festival'.

Eid al-Adha is celebrated annually on the 10th day of the 12th and the last Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah of the lunar Islamic calendar.

Eid al-Adha celebrations start after the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia by Muslims worldwide, descend from Mount Arafat. The date is approximately 70 days (2 Months & 10 days) after the end of the month of Ramadan, i.e. Eid-ul-Fitr. Ritual observance of the holiday lasts until sunset of the 13th day of Dhu al-Hijjah.

Source: Wikipedia

Someone told me, "If we were to sum-up our religion and faith in a word, that would be OBEDIENCE".

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happy Holloween

October - November festivity in South Korea.

Happy Holloween!

Great time, with great company, in a great place.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Holidays In Quezon, Philippines

Why not enjoy life.

“Life is a choice. We can choose to be miserable, or we can choose to be happy in the midst of miserable circumstances.



There are number of great time-off spots here in the Philippines. The place I love the most, with the shortest travel time, is Alaminos, Quezon.

Lovely choice, if you are a nature lover and, if you are not so fond of sunburns and drying up your skin under the punishing heat of the sun, This is a superb place for you as. The pools of water are shaded by lots of giant trees and giant ferns (reminds me of the same foliage in the rain forest of Malaysia).

Hidden Valley Springs, Alaminos, Quezon, Philippines

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Hot springs in Quezon, our favorite celebration spot.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Lantern Festival in Singapore

Bright colors greeted us at the streets of Singapore. T'was Lantern time. The Lantern Festival made our visit a feast to our eyes and to our camera lenses.

Loved the colors, loved the atmosphere. We got that "up" feeling. I momentarily forgot that my feet were a bit aching (that's putting it lightly of course) from walking for a couple of days due to my new bright blue-and-silver sandals. So that's a tip, wear footwear ready for walking battle.

Go, go lanterns!

Origin

There are many different beliefs about the origin of the Lantern Festival, however, it is certain that it had something to do with celebrating and cultivating positive relationships between people, families, nature and the higher beings that were believed to be responsible for bringing or returning the light each year.

Early Practices

Young people were chaperoned in the streets in hopes of finding love. Matchmakers acted busily in hopes of pairing couples. The brightest lanterns were symbolic of good luck and hope. As time passed, the festival no longer has such implications.

Source: Wikipedia
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