20 December 2013

Safety and Danger in White Water Rafting Adventures

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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.

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Kilkenny Castle

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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
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19 December 2013

13 December 2013

Winter Hiking at Wicklow Mountains National Park

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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.

10 December 2013

06 December 2013

Family Day at Dún Laoghaire Beach

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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

05 December 2013

Christmas is Here

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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. 

04 December 2013

03 December 2013

Reminiscing the Beauty of Bohol Philippines (Part 1)

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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 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. 

The picture above shows how simple life can be in Bohol. The absence of too much vehicles on the road, leaves room for walking. No heavy traffic means easy ways of going to a place.

It didn't take long and we finally reached the most visited spot in Bohol, the Chocolate Hills. 

View of Chocolate Hills from a car

In Carmen, Bohol lies 1,260 hills. Although there are more than 1700 hills all over the area, not every hill is not considered as part of the Chocolate Hills because they didn't reach certain height. Why is it called such? Because during dry season, all the grass of the hills turns to brown making it looks like a chocolate.

Chocolate Hills

Closer look of Chocolate Hills

Panorama view of Chocolate Hills

There's a Chocolate Hills Complex in the area where you can gain access to top of one of the hills. There you can see the real beauty of Chocolate Hills as shown in the panorama view above. Sadly, this hill was destroyed by the earthquake. Hopefully, this will be reconstructed soon.
There are different legends about how these hills were formed. My favorite one was about the giants who are fighting and throwing rocks and sands to each other. It lasted for days and when they got tired of it, they ended up friends. They left the place but they also left the clutter they did, giving rise to the Chocolate Hills.
Wishing Well on top of one of the Chocolate Hills

This is the end of Part 1 of 2 of Reminiscing the Beauty of Bohol Philippines. Thank you for stopping by. Please stay tune for the next part.

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