Monthly Archives: January 2014

It’s more fun in the PHILIPPINES

Banaue Rice Terraces

This was written by one of my blog followers, who really loves their country and wanted to put in a good word, so I agreed to publish her note. The Philippines is definitely on my list and it is always great to hear from a local how much they love their country.
puerto princess undergound river To travel to the states has long been one of my dreams in life since I was a kid, Recently I was looking into the visum usa-ESTA form, while dreaming of my plans to go to the states. I realized, why would I still crave for going to another country to have fun, where in fact I’m already into a place that offers all ; my needs , and my desires. Philippines, for me is the best country that every individual should never missed. From our beautiful and awesome sceneries like the beaches mountains, our culture, lifestyle, and of course, we Filipinos itself.
The Philippines is famous or I should say well- known for many outstanding natural and man-made resources. and I’m also very proud to say that in our country, can be found one of the seven wonders in the world, “The Puerto Princesa Underground River” also known as “The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River , a truly fascinating view of unspoiled natural resources .Next we have the Chocolate hills in Bohol. Yummy right? but sadly, it’s not really a chocolate if you think. It’s was called “chocolate hills” because it was really like that when the season is sunny or hot, a chocolate brown to be exact, and if it is wet season or rainy, the hills are all covered with green grass. Clever isn’t it?Chocolate Hills
Next in line we have the Banaue Rice Terraces in Benguet. This ones really awesome! come to think of how did the Filipinos carved those mountains and formed it like terraces? hmm… think think think! to tell you honestly, I’m not one of those who made these, of course, I wasn’t born yet that time…. Actually, my ancestors did. And what’s even more amazing is the fact that they only use their “bare hands” in building it. This was the reason why we Filipinos tend to call it the “eight wonder of the world”, in order to commemorate their contributions.. they made us even more proud to be a Filipino. Another is the Taal Volcano in batangas. it is the smallest volcano in our country, because if you see it on top view, it’s really small but they say that it’s one of the largest volcano in the world according to some reliable source. Sounds confusing isn’t it? Maybe someday, I’m going to visit it to see and witness it myself, if God permits! hehe.
Banaue Rice TerracesThere are lots or more outstanding tourist spots that you can find here in the Philippines , but since I don’t have much time , hmm… Anyway, Now, I’m going to tell you some possible activities here in the Philippines that I can consider, Amazing, electrifying, and death- defying. The Water Rafting in Mindoro, Kayaking, Paragliding, Para-sailing and of course, my hometown’s very famous Edge coaster.. In my town also, we have the festival which is the “SINULOG”… and it is well-known all over the world. Foreigners from other countries simply love to come here, enjoy and experience this wonderful and memorable celebration. I have so much to say but I guess that all for now.
Remember, If you are searching for a special place to for leisure; have some fun, and be entertain, then your into the right place. Indeed, I’ts more Fun in the Philippines!

Sky Full Of Dreams

Yee Peng Festival

This is one of my favorite pics from the Yi Peng Festival That was back in November, Here in Chiang Mai. Sky full of Dreams.

Yee Peng Festival

Useful information about this festival, Times and dates, how to get there etc.,  can be found in my friend’s post here

http://misstourist.com/magical-lantern-festival-yi-peng/

Great Omen For 2014

2014 141414The first day of the Year, what a beautiful day,, the weather here in Chiang Mai is finally starting to warm up, Took the bike up into the Mountains for an afternoon drive with a friend, Then while driving home I happened to look down at my odometer, and had to stop and take a pic. This has to be a great omen for the first day of the year 2014..

 

New Years Chiang Mai

New Years Chiang Mai
After Traveling the world and having celebrated New Years in several locations, I would have to say that my favorite place to spend this time of year is in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Energy and happiness filling the air , the people , the food, the weather, it is hard to beat. An integral Part of the Thai New Year is the rice paper lantern. the lanterns come in various sizes from around 40cm to 80cm in diameter and tend to be around a meter high.  They have a small ring at the base which appears to be made of a sliced up roll of toilet paper that has been soaked in paraffin.

The Paraffin soaked toilet paper ring is ignited and the lighter gas from the heat displaces the colder external gas . and carries your lantern along with all of your new years wishes up into the heavens. The site is absolutely breathtaking and lasts for hours, only to be topped off by fireworks and a breathtaking release at the stroke of midnight.

This year I met up at 9:00 pm with about 40 couch-surfers at the town-square, wheChiang Mai New Yearre we departed on a trek through the festive market loaded with food, worthless nicknacks, and of course rice paper lanterns. Purchased a 10pack of rice paper lanterns for 170 baht ($5.23) , and continued on to the Norowat bridge. For those who did not get lost in the crowd ( about half) we all wrote our wishes in our own respective languages on a lantern and sent it up into the heavens.. and it was a successful launch. ( sometimes the lantern goes up and immediately comes crashing back down, or gets caught in a tree, or power-line, etc… etc.. ( which is considered serious bad luck) . Anyway so after the successful launch, I gathered everyone up and we made our way back to towns square, this time avoiding the market via the backstreets of chiang chiang mai New Years 2014mai with the help of my smartphone map. Had a proper New Years send off with the sky full of Lanterns and well wishes. After which we all took of on a hike to Zoeyes (the main foreigner hang out in town), then danced until the wee hours of the morning with all of my new found friends.

OK.. so here is the goal for New Years 2014/2015 , instead of sitting around the house and watching all the festivities on the TV , how about catching a flight to the Land Of Smiles and send off the New Year in a proper fashion.

Just an interesting Snippet of information, in 1941 Thailand 2014 Chiang Mai New YearBecame  the most recent country to adapt January 1st. as their New Year. Up until 1888, The traditional Thai New Year was set by astrological calculation, ranging between April 13th to the 15th, after 1888, the date was switched to April 1st. until 1940, at which time it was switched to January 1st. of the Gregorian Calender . which is now in use by most countries throughout the world.