A simple person with a simple plan in life...
Yesterday is a good place to visit, while Today is a better place to stay, but Tomorrow is the best place to go.
For additional details of myself, visit my personal blog at the following links and hope you could sign up in my guestbook! Feel free to send a short message or any quiry relating to travel and photography, and even education (grants/scholarships).DIGITALENVIRONMENTALISTe-TRAVEL WORLDDIGITAL_EXPLORERI was able to visit Thailand (Pathumtani area, Ayutthaya, Rangsit, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Koh Chang, Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Koh Samet and some areas in the countryside), Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan (Nagoya, Tokyo), New Zealand (Auckland), England (Newcastle, London, Kettering, Luton, Birmingham, York, Blackpool, Leeds, Manchester), Scotland (Edinburgh, Glasgow), Republic of Ireland (Dublin, Dundalk, Drogheda, Donegall, Sligo, Co. Mayo), Belfast and other counties in Northern Ireland, France (Paris), Italy (Rome, Florence), Finland (Helsinki), Sweden (Stockholm), Australia (Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne), USA (Atlanta, Seattle, New York, San Francisco, Washington DC, New Jersey, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Berkeley, Chicago, other parts of California like Menniffe, and of course some of the 7,107 islands in my home country, The Philippines.
Future destinations in 2009/2010 include: New York, Dubai, Switzerland, Bahamas, Florida, Las Vegas, and southern part of the Republic of Ireland. There might be changes on these itineraries between 2008/2009 but watch out for my reviews on these places in the near future.
June 20th 2008
I HAVE MY FINAL CHECK OF THE IMPORTANT THINGS to be carried during my 6-day trip. A day before the flight, I was relaxed and not harassed thinking that I might forget something valuable which jeopardise my trip. Having 16 kg check-in bag and one hand carry for my laptop, I was ready to go and looking forward to meeting the Pope in Vatican and David in Florence! My friend was accommodating enough to drive me to Belfast International airport, almost 45 minutes drive from the university. My Aer Lingus flight was on time (1530 departure time) and after 2.5 hours on air, the plane finally landed at the Da Vinci Airport. It was not a busy Friday night (past 7pm, 2 hours advance from UK time)) and the waiting time in the immigration area was ... read more
March 25th 2008
EASTER MONDAY (2008), NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND. It was a non-working holiday and I joined for another walk organised by Whiteabbey Presbyterian Church where (sometimes) I also attend Sunday mass. Joining the group for the 5th time, I walked with them for the second time in the highest land of Northern Ireland, the Mourne Mountains. This time, we climbed the 3rd highest peak of the mountain, Slieve Binnian. Well, I had the opportunity to stands tall at the summit, Slieve Donard in winter 2006. Seeing again the Mournes reminds me of the books written by C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia. The Mournes inspired Lewis to write this series of novels for children. Unfortunately, I havent read any o f the stories, except that I watched the film - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as ... read more
March 19th 2008
Last weekend, I joined my Irish friends to visit the western part of the Republic of Ireland. We stayed overnight in Ballymote and visited Ballina, Inniscrone, and the place called Knock. I dont have any idea about this small town in County Mayo. Even my Irish friends did not bother to tell me prior to the visit, until we reached the place - the Knock Shrine. As I stepped out from the car, my friends started to explain the significance of the place for the Irish Catholic community, or even for Christians around the world! Why? Because the apparation of our Virgin Mary, St Joseph and St John (the Evangelist) appeared in the gable of the church way back in August 1879. It is a timely visit in preparation for the Holy Week. We did not ... read more
January 1st 2008
A glimpse of Mississauga Toronto Ontario Canada on the last day of 2007 and first day of 2008. I woke up early in the morning just to find out that outside of the house is already covered with snow! It was an amazing experience to touch the smoothness and whiteness of fresh snow - a white mantle in all over the place of Mississauga. While writing this journal in my other travel journal's site, Im still blowing my nose after taking the photos posted below. At first, I can bear the coldness, but later on sneezing followed with running nose. This is my first ever white Xmas but not my first experience with snow. The first encounter with snow was in 2003 when I visited Finland and Sweden. Hope you enjoy the images and maybe someday ... read more
October 22nd 2007
My recent visit to Dublin in the middle of August has a different purpose. I was invited by a friend to be interviewed and will be featured in a Filipino local magazine. The mag is currently circulated in Dublin catering to Filipino community. Without hesitation I decided to agree to visit Dublin and stayed overnight. I took the opportunity to know the family and joined them in a morning walk along a popular waterway. It was a lovely day and I really enjoyed their company, including the family dog - happy to swim for a wood stick! I also had the chance to visit a newly developed subdivision/village which is really an ideal place to live - everything is there, from school to public transport. After my appointment with my lady friend, I decided to join ... read more
July 20th 2007
This is the second part of my fascination with Dublin where the Guinness beer originated. Unfortunately, I havent done the Guinness Store tour yet but my friends told me that this is a "must do" thing which takes almost 1/2 day to have a full glimpse of the entire beer factory. Frankly, Im really excited to have it a go and hopefully be able to collect some beer mats (coaster) from there. I tried to drink Guinness for several times and honestly, the taste is acceptable but I have to drink it slowly because I cannot take the bitterness of it. Dublin City is a busy metropolitan area and it offers alot of interesting places to visit both night and day. Its urban form is quite different to British cities, particularly the facades of the ... read more
July 19th 2007
BEING A FREQUENT TRAVELLER, having reliable sources of information is essential. One of them is being part of this TRAVEL BLOG community. It provides hands-on information from the members. A month ago, I signed up for another free travel site, TRIVAGO. As a member, I can post photographs and travel reviews and get extra incentives through the shares from every operation I contributed to the site. There are several levels for me to undergo to increase my involvement and responsibilities in the site. The site has German, French and Spanish portals to cater non-English travellers. Briefly, as quoted from Trivago's Philosophy: At trivago we strive to gather the best information on travel and destinations that the internet has to offer. Undecided as to where you'd like to spend your next vacation? Our travel guides provide ... read more
July 14th 2007
St Anne's Cathedral is one of the highlights of the Cathedral Quarter found at the city centre of Belfast. It is a religious icon in its own way for so many years and its reputation is more visible after the installation of the 53 meters high Spire, just at the top of the altar of the church. In my previous visits to the city, I always have the desire to find out what is inside this prominent structure, standing tall besides the University of Ulster. Since I always bring my camera to capture its towering structure and exteriors, unluckily I don’t have the chance to get closer to the interior of the church for the fact that my visits were always in the closing time. I have heard good things about this church from my ... read more
July 8th 2007
I am one of the avid fans of any festival celebration in Belfast City. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the Maritime Festival last year (2006) since I was in the US to take my one month summer vacation in some areas of California. But this year, I did my best to attend this annual celebration of wooden ships, including the SS Nomadic which is the last ship that carry the passengers from Titanic during the disaster in 1912. The festival was a 3-day event (30 June- 1 July) showcasing historical wooden tall ships/boats such as the following: 1. Zebu - built in 1938 from Sweden 2. Ruth - built in 1914 from Sweden 3. Kaskelot - built in 1948 from Greenland 4. Artemis - built in 1926 from Netherlands 5. Grand Turk - ... read more
July 6th 2007
Side trip to Marsden Bay Europe » United Kingdom » England » Newcastle » South Shields By digital_explorer July 6th 2007 Reymos This is the second part of my trip to Newcastle (England) three weeks ago, Sunderland in particular and I had a side trip to South Shields beautiful coastline, the Marsden Bay. One of the interesting attractions in the area is the Marsden Grotto, or commonly known as 'Grotto' - a popular pub or public house could be found and not to be missed! ... read more