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Safety and Danger in White Water Rafting Adventures

If you have never been rafting, you have missed out on one of the great joys of life. There is nothing like meeting the white water of a flowing river with just a piece of rubber between you and a fast paced float through rocks. Rapids are nature’s roller coasters, and every adrenaline junkie should try them out. You could do worse than rafting in Colorado for your first experience. Image by Imma via morgueFile free photo

Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle is one of the finest castles I have been. The Irish name of this castle is Caisleán Chill Chainnigh. It was built in 1195 by William Marshall, the 1st Earl of Pembroke. It was also believed that the first castle was made of woods. You can actually see in some parts of the castle the wooden beams embedded on the thick walls of the castle now.  Kilkenny Castle Image taken by lencilicious / Scoop and Snap

A Guide to Madrid

The city of Madrid, in central Spain, is known for its many attractions. There are art and science museums, parks with ponds and restaurants that offer authentic local food. Monument to Miguel de Cervantes and España Building, Madrid  image by Carlos Delgado  licensed under Creative Commons via Wikipedia Commons

Winter Hiking at Wicklow Mountains National Park

Last weekend, me, hubby and couple of our friends went back to the lovely Wicklow Mountains National Park. If you remember, hubby and I hiked here before but we did not went up the hill because we're not wearing proper gears. We made a promise to go back and so we did. This time we finished the Spinc and Glenealo Valley or the White Route . Look at the end of the mountain on the right, that's where we came from. The word Spinc came from the Irish word 'An Spinc' that means 'Pointed Hill" . The trail was indeed pointed.  

Reminiscing the Beauty of Bohol (Part 2)

When we went to Bohol, we booked our accommodation in one of Bohol's great hotels which includes the a day tour. The first part of our tour was Baclayon Church and Museum  followed by Chocolate Hills Tour and everything on it's way. Now, let me share with you the our  Loboc River Cruise.  Loboc River Cruise

Family Day at Dún Laoghaire Beach

This photo was taken in a family fair near the  Dún Laoghaire  Beach , south of Dublin City Centre. It was a busy day but it was fun-filled day with loads of unfamiliar foods and unfamiliar faces.  Dún Laoghaire  Beach “Go forth into the busy world and love it. Interest yourself in its life,  mingle kindly with its joys and sorrows.”  -   Ralph Waldo Emerson

Christmas is Here

My last visit at the mall validates the spirit of Christmas is really here. Decorations are all up. At both ends of the shopping centre, choral groups were singing carols in aid of their chosen charities. Such lovely hymns.  At the center of the mall, the old polar bear band were replaced by penguin band. I don't know what to call them so excuse me for my description. Anyhow, these decorative  musical penguins absolutely add up on the festive aura inside the mall. Kids and adults are so delighted with it. Some are dancing along with the music too.  Christmas is really around the corner. May we all enjoy the true meaning this holiday. May we all celebrate Jesus Christ, not only this season, but all days of our lives. 

Training a Dog

As we always hear, dogs are man's best friends. They keep us safe and happy. But it always boils down on how they were trained. Trained Dogs

Reminiscing the Beauty of Bohol Philippines (Part 1)

This post is long overdue. I visited Bohol with my husband before the earthquake of October 15, 2013. My heart was torn apart after seeing the ruins. But it felt great after hearing few days ago that Philippine government is allocating Php 5 billion for rehabilitation of Bohol province. I hope that it won't be long before we see the beauty of the island again. Looking back to our trip, here are the places and spots we've been. Sandugo Sandugo is a Visayan word that means one blood. It was a blood compact symbolizing the peace and friendship treaty between the Spanish  Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and local man of Bohol Datu Sikatuna.  Man-made Mahogany Forest Man-made Mahogany Forest A two-kilometer stretched of Man-made Mahogany Forest can be seen along the main road of Bilar. It's the town on your way to Chocolate Hills. This forest is part of the 1960 reforestation program of President Diosdado Macapagal.  Bohol  The picture above shows how