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

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Just A Break From Malaysia, A Glimpse Of Seoul

Happiness is having your child experience a whole new world in another country. My youngest child went to study for a while in Korea.

Korean? Most likely an Egyptian dance.

Memorable moments at the Gyeongbok Palace . . .

Having fun with brightly-colored, traditional, Korean clothing . . .

How about being buddies with the palace guard?
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