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Traveling to Fronalpstock & Einsiedeln, Switzerland ūüá®ūüá≠

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I am fortunate to be included in this family escapades from a new friend that I’ve met 2 years ago on a Swiss National Day. We kept in touch and now I’m back in Zurich.

Fronalpstock is under the region of Stoos-Muotatal, SCHWYZ.

The journey only took us just more than an hour and though the weather didn’t cooperate it was still a success for us getting where we want to be, had fun and getting to know more about each other.

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Farmhouse down below gondola to Fronalpstock, vinneve foot

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As you can see, the beauty of nature is unmistakable. Fortunately, the weather cleared a bit for a few hours while our children played and after a while had our picnic lunch eaten. One thing I can’t do was to reach the top of the mountain with another cross planted on it while you can enjoy the view. I have a fear of heights! At first I wasn’t aware while busy taking photos then I was suddenly cannot walk anymore seeing how steep it was and you can roll your way down the mountain side! So yes, I retreated and just checked our kids that was in the playground.

After awhile, having our fill of natural wonders, we went back to the cable car or gondola and a funicular to descend from the mountain. It’s a bit expensive 75Sf for my son & I but yes it’s worth it.

Then on the way back home we went to visit the place Einsiedeln under its own region name EINSIEDELN-YBRIG-ZURICHSEE where the famous and beautiful monastery Benedictine Einsiedeln Abbey was built/ established in the 10th century.

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Einsiedeln monastery, vinneve foto

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Wishing water fountains, Einsiedeln, vinneve foto

It was a great day trip for all of us despite of the weather (on and off rain). If you are happened to be here somewhere in Switzerland or Z√ľrich, I do recommend these places that the whole family can enjoy and of course even singles too!

I hope you enjoy my post and more to come while I’m still here. Please click the FOLLOW button so you can have an update from me going around the beautiful Switzerland ūüá®ūüá≠ . Tschuss!!

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Cruising in Lake Z√ľrich & stop at Kilchberg for chocolates!

It’s the time of the year again that we go back to Switzerland ūüá®ūüá≠ for our annual family holiday.

For the past 10 months I hibernate on and off in the blogosphere. Some followers are gone and some remained loyal. Thanks so much for all those who stayed & waited for me to post wherever in the World I/we may be. Life oftentimes is like a cruise ūüöĘ. Cruising from place to place. Whether it’s good or bad I always take the good part.

So now part of my life travels is to go and visit families (husband side) and friends in Switzerland. I will post some in here for sure and will try to give you good information and beautiful photos!

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The word “See” pronounce as Seh means Lake. FYI.

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If you are staying for a month or even less its better to buy a monthly pass ticket in Zurich either in the main HB for more info or any ticketing machine. For adults it’s SF97 (Swiss Francs) and for a child it’s SF30 only and you get a lot more from it from a bus, tram or train transport to cruising from B√ľrkliplatz to Rapperswil (long trip 2hrs) or to B√ľrkliplatz to Zurichhorn a total of 9 stops (short trip 1.5hrs). ¬†What’s more in some places you could also get a discount from a restaurant to a museums. Yes, it’s worth it. Transportation in Switzerland is one of the best in the World.

This was our 2nd time to cruise on Lake Zurich so we decided to stop at Kilchberg to visit Lindt Chocolate shop. Actually to be honest, we thought we could visit the factory itself as they always mentioned “chocolate factory ” and not just a shop. Though yes of course, you will pass by the many buildings and factory where you can smell the chocolates from the outside air! But our¬†first and last experienced of visiting a real chocolate factory was in Cadbury‚Ä≠‚Ĩ chocolate factory in our home country New Zealand.¬†

Inside the shop you can taste some handful of chocolate samples plus eat their yummy gelato then of course you will feel like no more room for dessert later. They have lots of products on sale and yes cheaper than buying in a regular chocolate stores in the City.

Once your finished filling up your tummy with sweet samples and perhaps over buying as gifts for your friends and families back home then you have an option to continue your short or long trip back to the ferry station OR go back to Burkliplatz where you have started. You can take bus 165 just across the road near the factory.

If you want to know more about Rapperswil please check my older post last year on this LINK. This is for long trip. You can also go to this place via train which is much quicker.

There’s a Tourist Information inside the main HB where you can ask more questions and recommendations and buy tickets. The customer service speaks several languages so don’t worry.

I leave you for now and please wait for my next blog and adventure! We are still here in Switzerland and we’re often away exploring so bear with me. ¬†Tschuss!!

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Chilling @ Lake Turlersee, Zurich

This is for Tuesday Photo Prompt: Chill out as per this LINK.

Both human & birds get to enjoy the sun, nature & water.

It’s fun and chilling to spend time with your family in this beautiful lake just outside Zurich City. It’s only perhaps half an hour away from the busy life of the City so why not enjoy! It’s still school holiday here in Switzerland and from where we came from.

Paddle boarding is much in demand nowadays.

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Heritage Houses in Bataan, Philippines

LAS CASAS FILIPINAS DE ACUZAR see this LINK for more info.

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Las Casas waterfront view, vinneve foto

One of the best places I have been in the Philippines.  It tells of what happened in the past in each heritage houses and every walls hides some secrets, passions and sacrifices in the Spanish era (history link). It may look serene, but people in this era experienced a lot of hardships and inhumanity from Spaniards.  This is the history of the Philippines that you may learn to know once you walk and admired each houses in this heritage site.

First, going there from Manila takes 3-4 hours of traveling by bus or by car depends on the traffic. From Manila to Balanga, then Balanga to Bagac.  A town where you can find Las Casas.  Be prepared for some rough roads but your hardships will be worthwhile.

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Las Casas road to entrance, vinneve foto

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Each houses had some stories to tell.¬† Some you will laugh and be intrigue. But all of them are such a sight to behold especially when you get inside and see how they live in the past. You can see the rich culture and some I can still remember in my younger days playing outside where there’s no gadgets to focus or get addicted on to.

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Come night-time you can still admire these houses though it may look like hunted but never fear as there are so many people walking at night and enjoying the breeze outside after dinner. Yes some houses you can rent but it will cost you, be prepared.

You will be amazed that this heritage site has a beachfront with a beautiful sunset too!

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LasCasas sunset, vinneve foto

After our stay in Las Casas, we went back to capital province of Bataan which is Balanga.¬† It is also a nice place to go around on or before going to Mt. Samat.¬† Unfortunately, we didn’t get the chance to go to the mountain to see more touristy spot.

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We had a great time and enjoyed some rich  history of this province named Bataan. If you are coming for a visit in the Philippines make sure you include this to your trip. It is a bit pricey but it is worth it.

Now I leave you with the famous quote of JOSE RIZAL, Philippine National Hero.

“The Youth is the HOPE of our FUTURE… ”¬†

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Destination: Turin/Torino, Italy

Now finally! I bring you again to Italy for the second time thru my blog.  If you want to check my older post last year about Italy please see one of this LINK1 & LINK2 or you can just go to category My DestinYations.  Obviously, I like Italy (particularly Milan as my base) so much that I keep coming back for the 3rd time and soon again to my 4th this coming Summer!

I better do this and finally finish some of my travel backlogs story.¬† Sorry for some people who are expecting this for quite some time now as I have promised I will do it as soon as possible but you probably know as well that we sometimes cannot just produce something if not in the mood, right?¬† though I have the materials (photography etc.) on my log book and laptop… still we need to be in the right mood to make it happen and publish it whenever we like and able to.¬† As I said before, sometimes life gets in the way.

I decided to make a short 2 days tour in Turin or Torino, Italy so I get to know more of a different City.¬† I find this place fascinating too, as I explore every alleys of the place by just walking around the area of where my hotel is … BEST WESTERN LUXOR.

These are the places I visited and you must have a map at least just so you know where you are if you get lost.¬† TIP: I always go to either 1-2 streets and explore it and come back the same way as I don’t want to get lost in so many alleys like the last time I was in Milan haha!¬† OR take a photo of the place where you get started, you never know, you may need it to show to people going back to your hotel, there you go!

  1. Egyptian Museum / Museo Egizio – A museum dedicated solely to Egyptian Art and Culture aside from Cairo Museum. To know more here is the link of the site.
  2. Chiese di San Carlo e Santa Cristina (Twin Churches) facing Piazza San Carlo.
  3. Piazza Carignano Рwhen you exit from Egyptian Museum.  Houses Museo Nationale del Risorgimento/ History Museum.
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Egyptian Museum, vinneve

 

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Torino Twin Churches, vinneve

 

I came from Z√ľrich every time I go to MILAN, Italy so I use the SBB train as per this LINK.¬† It’s 4 hours by train and you will get to see a lot of beautiful sights within Switzerland going to the South of the border of Italy particularly in Milan as this is my base as I have relatives there. I promised myself I will visit some of those places I have seen while on the train.¬† I am sure you will do the same thing.¬† This part of the WORLD is such a beauty that you must explore and be adventurous!

Thanks for reading and checking my site.  FOLLOW ME thru my blog living a LIFE and to my TRAVEL adventures.

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A dream… a premonition.

This is for the Daily Post: PREMONITION

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Everybody dreams.  

I have a dream a long time ago, in fact a decade ago perhaps… even before my son came into our lives.¬† It was a feeling of happiness, wonder and then all of a sudden a feeling of losing something.¬† In my dream… it was a greyish cloudiest day or night. Me and hubby was checking out some beautiful houses and the road was not easy to navigate as it has a steep hill… up and down slope just like in some Auckland roads and streets.¬† Found “the one” and I believed I told hubby to stop looking for others as I have found the one I want us to live.¬† Unfortunately, he didn’t share the idea and told me we better check out other houses though the one that I liked was really “the one” for me.¬†¬†It was a very vivid dream as if it’s real and up to this day I can still remember it and strange but true… I can still feel what I was feeling that time.¬† A feeling of disappointment and wonder.

And yes, it was a PREMONITION, alright of what was to come in the future!

NEW ZEALAND

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Auckland Ferry, vinneve

From our beautiful Auckland City, in the WEST particularly we headed to a BIG adventure of a lifetime in the …

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, Abu Dhabi – as an expats.

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Abu Dhabi Skyline, vinneve

To live temporarily in my birth Country THE PHILIPPINES, Manila – to try to see the other side of the World and talking about my old childhood to my son which was great but unfortunately, it’s not the same as I thought it would be. Lot’s of things changed.

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And now going back again to Abu Dhabi and God knows where we going to stay for good this time!¬† Had talks about living in Switzerland and Australia.¬† Both we have the right to live and be happy.¬† But it seems the premonition lingers up till now.¬† I guess you better stay tuned and follow me what part of the World we’re going to end up!¬† Besides, wherever we will be … there will always be some TRAVELLING and ADVENTURE.

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There is always a reason to travel. 

 

 

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Summer Fun – Beach time!

DESTINATION:  Calatagan, Batangas PHILIPPINES 

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My birthday present to myself… is coming back to my birth Country of course you must experience THE BEACH.

Looks like Maldives but nope, this is from my province but the place is near my cousin where she settled for life after getting married.  I bet you will spend a lot less money here compared to Maldives!

BEACH 1:  STILTS

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One thing I learned from coming back.  I am fortunate.  I must give thanks.

Philippines is not known for doing tourist commercial ads on TV, unlike other Asian neighboring Country.  Actually, most tourists come flocking here just by the word of mouth.  No need to spend millions for tv ads.  I also say, do not judge until you get there and experience it yourself.  The beauty of nature, of people so warm and friendly.

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STILTS front beach, vinneve

The beauty of nature continues to amaze me wherever in the World I may be.¬† I say it is better you get out of your comfort zone so you know where will you be most happy and decide from there.¬† Otherwise… you will only see a little of this World. ENJOY!!!

BEACH 2:  LAGO DE ORO

We choose to spent our sunsets in this beach resort just a few minutes walking distance to my cousin’s house.¬† Beautiful isn’t it?¬† You can find it anywhere here in the Philippines.¬† You can also enjoy wakeboarding, banana boat & diving here!

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Beautiful… and I am proud of my province BATANGAS, PHILIPPINES.

Until next trip!  See U all.  Cheers, PAALAM!!

 

 

 

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Destination: Metro-Manila

Very well said.

Some tourist cannot appreciate Manila that much because of what they perceived as chaotic but it is the same in Bangkok, and yes, I have been there myself many times.  So if you could understand the quote above then you will know what I mean.

Manila is the capital of the Philippines.¬† Having said that… when you arrived at the main airport which is now called NAIA whether terminal 1, 2, 3 or 4 they are actually within the border of City of Paranaque and Pasay City.¬† Manila actually is approximately 7 kilometers away from these airports.¬†

Metro-Manila is what you called the Cities and other municipalities around Manila. Yes, Manila is that big! so perhaps some tourist should not take for granted what it can offer.¬† It is more than just shopping, foods and night life destination.¬† Here are the places we have been to recently and hope you can appreciate it, I wish to visit Manila and it’s heritage place in Intramuros “the walled City”¬†(my last visit was more than a decade ago!) one day and will post it here for sure, so watch this space.

ANTIPOLO City – East of Manila, Catholic pilgrimage site

MAKATI City – North West of Manila, financial and shopping hub

PASAY City – South of Manila

*Mall of Asia and it’s Bayside

 

*Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel

DAANG HARI & EVIA – Southern part of Manila between Cities of Las Pi√Īas, Muntinlupa and Cavite or as LAMUCAR road.¬† It’s length is 15.1 kilometer

By the way, in case you don’t know yet, here in the Philippines, people put Christmas decorations as early as September.¬† That’s why we call it the “BER months”.¬† Weather starting to get a bit cooler especially at night and so the “X’mas spirit” is already in the air so they say when September comes.

Now you know a little bit of Metro Manila not just about Manila.  I recommend the blog site below if you want to know more about Manila and surrounding Cities.  She has been to a lot of places already living somewhere around Manila for sometime now as an American expat along with her family.  Check out her site you will learn more! 

https://www.amommabroad.com/

Thanks for reading and waiting for your comments!  Cheers!!

 

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Holidays!! More fun with your love ones!

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I am here.  Where? in  The Philippines.

Christmas season is very much a big deal to all Filipinos and even half Pinoy wherever in the World they may be.  I am fortunate to often experienced it right here!  Families and yes extended families and more friends.  I like the excitement and events everywhere.  I like it that yes this is the season to be JOLLY.

Decorations everywhere….

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Enchanting places….

Happiness overload especially having fun with your loved ones!

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BUT never forget…¬†

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Zurich and it’s¬†wonderful places out of town!

I just compiled all the places that we’ve been to since July and August this year.¬† Our¬† German trip is now available to read HERE and part of Zurich¬† HERE.¬† Please check it out, it is much better to go to the main site CLICK HERE so it is easier to browse all topics and places.

Sorry, it takes me ages to start blogging again my past travels and yes I have a lot of backlogs!  Sometimes life gets in the way haha!  More on that once I finished my story about Switzerland and the next is Italy then perhaps a little about Turkey so hope you can wait for that, dear readers.

For Family with Kids… here are the places you must go that doesn’t cost you much. Plus you get to enjoy the playground and the sights rain or shine! Mind you both July and August it was often raining, unfortunately, but this doesn’t hinder to wander around.¬† Switzerland is the same with New Zealand.¬† Both beautiful inside and out and more of the outdoors rain or shine!¬† ūüėČ

These places can be for everybody too depends on your mood.

Please click each photo to enlarge it so you will appreciate it.

If you are keen to know more about Switzerland.  Please go to http://www.myswitzerland.com and for the trains go to http://www.sbb.ch/en/home.html 

Zurich Zoo, you can get here by train depends on where you are, just ask the customer service or staff at the train station counter.¬† There’s also a person on standby for people who needs help about going around at the main train station or at each platform.¬† Do not be afraid to ask, they can speak English and yes friendly! ūüôā

Wildnispark Zurich is where you can find Sihlwald forest, “a nature of discovery park of national importance” and also Langenberg Park.¬†They also have a souvenir shop. Wild animals here are free to roam but there’s a barrier so people can also roam free haha! As you can see, bears lived on top of the hill and down below is a restaurant cum coffee shop where you can relax while you can view the bears going down playing down the water, if you are lucky like us this year!¬† The park itself is so huge and you need comfortable shoes to walk even just half of this place. Good thing… it is actually free!¬† You just have to pay for your car parking that cost only Chf10 for the whole day! The best way for kids and yes adult jogging with the dog but on a leash to blow off their steam and release some energy so you all go home happy and yes… tired and sleepy!

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Wildnispark Langnau am Albis, vinneve foto

Uetliberg is a Zurich mountain, elevation of 870m approximately.  We are lucky that it is near where we stayed at in Zurich.  Because of its tower, this is the best way for you to locate where you are or where is home.  The best way to go here is by train as there is a limitation on where your car can go, hence, you still need to park the car and walk up the mountain.  It is worth it, you get to exercise and see the beauty of Zurich on top!

Circus Royal, it’s held every year and near the City Centre. I am not sure if it’s in the same place. You can also ask around the main train station about some events.¬† We are fortunate to be near these animals, even the tiger is just an arm away!¬† Beautiful creatures indeed!

Landes Museum can be found just across the main train station Hauptbahnhof even the location is already picture perfect it is near the lake!

Swiss National Day is every August 1st to come and enjoy with the locals, everybody is welcome and you get to choose which venue to go to as every canton they have their own get together with some food stalls and live music with of course fireworks!¬† As you can see lot’s of children (FYI… refugees were here too!) around and they are waiting for the BIG BANG in the middle of the night.¬† Every district you can see how they tried to compete with how big and beautiful their fireworks, most of it is done on top of each hill or on a higher ground, taking care of nature around by putting a barrier or a safe place where to do the bonfires and fireworks!

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Restaurant Die Waid or simply Waid Restaurant.¬†¬†It’s near Zurich City and aside from this Swiss and Asian inspired restaurant, they have one of the best views of Zurich on top!¬† They are near the forest for walking the dog and for hikers or day-trippers, nature lovers.

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On top of Zurich City

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View of Zurich on top of Waid Restaurant

Guggi Butterfly Garden.¬† It is actually a simple Garden Centre somewhere near Stallikon.¬† There is a coffee shop inside too.¬† Getting inside the mini butterfly garden is free and you will be amazed how tamed they are.¬† Just be careful when walking as often they are on the floor not moving and we have to “wake them up” so they can fly up to their safe nest or just above you.

 

OUT OF TOWN just 30mins to an hour away bus/train or drive from the City of Zurich.

Turlesee Restaurant and the See (Lake).  Located at Hausen am Albis.  Good affordable foods, great sight, and swimming!  You can get here by hopping to bus 235 from the Triemli bus station.  It is just across Triemli Hospital or better known as Triemlispital.  If you are coming from the City Centre or Hauptbahnhof get to platform nos.#14 to go to Triemli station.

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Wurenlos.¬† District of Baden in the canton of Aargau.¬† It is a small quiet town but full of nice sceneries. My husband hometown when he was growing up. It happened that the “Doggie Party” was held here and it was not just for dogs to have fun but for all dog lovers with or without a dog can attend here.¬† Lot’s of foods to choose from and of course an opportunity to all to meet new friends coming from other places around Switzerland or even other Country like me!

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Saurier Museum in Aathal or better known as Dinosaur Museum in English.  In the municipality of Seegraben in the canton of Zurich. You will actually pass this place at the back if you are going to Rapperswil via train.

Rapperswil- Jona.¬†¬†Under the canton of St. Gallen.¬† Located at the upper end of Lake Zurich. Perhaps you didn’t know that the famous views here on top of the Castle, can be viewed on some postcards and not actually in Zurich City itself though it is not that far.

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Knies KinderZoo.¬† This is also located in Rapperswil so it’s really for the whole family and friends to go to.¬†As the name suggests, it is a zoo for small children but even for big kids and adults can enjoy here.¬† FYI, some of the animals here were just retired from Circus and gets to this haven to be happy or even raise their family too as some new naughty baby elephants around.¬† They even have a Seal Show schedules so please check it out first before you wander around.¬† Plus a very nice Thai restaurant (Himmapan Lodge) was inside this place with a view to behold especially at night like a “date night”.

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Swiss Science Center Technorama it is in the municipality of Winterthur in the canton of Zurich.¬† For two years in a row, we’ve been here since my son favorite subject is Science.¬† He gets to do something in the lab and be a scientist for a few minutes. This is a huge center so it can be a whole day being here.¬† Don’t worry they have restaurants and some vendo machines inside plus a park to play once the children want some break.

These are just a few places in and around Zurich where you can spend your holidays or time with your loved ones.  Go explore and do not be shy asking around or if you get lost.  I am sure even in the City itself you will get lost in the abbeys of their many alleys!  So many fine dining restaurants some are expensive so beware but some are also affordable so better ask the locals.  Of course, shopping is endless fun as well in the City, especially chocolates and other sweets like these below.  So now I hope you get to see some part of Switzerland from my point of view.  I leave you now and thank you for liking or commenting!  TSCHUSS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Childlike wonder in Zurich!

Finally got the chance to do blogging, yey!¬† It’s been a long time, I know but I hope it will be worth the wait.¬† The same feeling with us especially my son waiting for another year just to see his beloved grandpa, relatives, and friends.

OK here are the places for you to know or go to in and around Z√ľrich.¬† Places that we went to as per locals do and not as a tourist.¬† It is truly a wonder that this City is surrounded by so much nature and beauty plus a big event that you must come together with a local friend or relatives.

  1. August 1st is the Swiss National Day!¬†– children loved the firecrackers and waited¬†for the FINAL fireworks at midnight. It is like New Year in comparison but of course being in Switzerland it must be systematic and organized. ūüôā¬† Other ages like me can enjoy the live music, foods especially the sausages and people watching!

 

2.¬† Uetliberg –¬†yes, it is near the place where we stayed at every time. A must see for people who want to see the whole Zurich on top!¬† Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk as there’s more to see by walking. Berries are ripe for the picking and it’s free from mother nature.¬† I see some people wearing high heels though, incredible!

3.¬† Guggi Butterfly Garden –¬†It is out of the Zurich City.¬† Actually a normal garden center with a coffee shop inside.¬† It is good for meet-ups with friends, or with kids.¬† I will feature this next time so please watch this space.¬† For the meantime, here are a few shots of it.¬† Enjoy!

 

 

4.¬† Kinderzoo –¬†This is located in Rapperswil in the canton of St. Gallen. Yes out of Z√ľrich already but not too far away.¬† It only took us more than an hour by a regional train. One more thing… most of the¬†animals here are now retired from Circus industry.¬† I will also feature this next time as there is more to see here than just animals. A date night? yes!

5.¬† Rapperswil town –¬†It is two in one when you go to this town as you get the kids to enjoy the zoo on the other side of the town and afterward stroll around the area to glimpse a small castle up the hill, yes by foot! What a sight! see below photos. I cannot help myself clicking my camera.¬† I will feature this next time so you can see more photos. Lots of restaurants nearby so do not worry if you get thirsty or hungry and before I forget every fountain you see you can fill up your bottle with fresh water and it is drinkable unless it stated NOT.

6.¬† Landes Museum –¬†Back in Z√ľrich… went to visit this alone as my son decided to be with his grandpa which is fine with me as this is their time together to bond.¬† It only happens every holiday only, unfortunately.¬† I have paid 10Fr for this and it is worth it.

7.¬† Turlersee –¬†This is out of Z√ľrich but still you never get that far from the City.¬† There is always a smart, always on time bus coming your way to drop you off to this place.¬† Just hop on bus 235 (free wifi) either from the Tremli train station or get any tram that goes to Tremli from Hauptbahnhof.¬† You can enjoy camping, walking the dog, swimming in the lake (see) and of course nice restaurants around the corner.

8.¬† Wurenlos –¬†A place where hubby also grew up when he was a kid.¬† Don’t get me wrong this is not just good for photo ops.¬† They have a small town and occasionally they have some events going on to make this place lively!

And here are some random photos in and around Zurich!

That’s it for now.¬† I hope you saw some photos that you don’t normally see as my aim is to be different.¬† I try to show you some sights from local perspectives.¬† If I live there, if ever, I would like to go to some places tourist doesn’t always go to.¬† I do not like the crowded area but sometimes you have to bear with it if it’s your first time or you have to go to a certain place.

Thanks, dear readers, and followers! I hope to see you again soon.¬† You may check my other post that would be great!¬† It would be nice for you to drop some nice comments too.¬† Have a great day!¬† Enjoy traveling… NOW! Cheers!

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Destination: Germany – Frankfurt & Cologne

To all my followers… sorry it took me a long while to post my European journeys. ¬†I am just so busy with some personal matters that I need to attend to since school is about to start and perhaps there will be a new adventure ahead… so watch out this space!

 

Just more than a month ago we had the pleasure to finally meet again our friends that we’ve met as expats in Abu Dhabi more than 2 years ago. We had similar stories like every expat have. Share the ups & downs of being an expat and how to live outside your comfort zone. And yes… this is one of the perks to make the friendship alive even after the contract ends. You get to visit them in their home Country which is, in this case, is in Germany. I got lucky as we tour somewhere in Frankfurt & Cologne but out of the City.

 

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Schloss Frankfurt, vinneve foto

 

Just more than a month ago we had the pleasure to finally meet again our friends that we’ve met as expats in Abu Dhabi more than 2 years ago. We had similar stories like every expat have. Share the ups & downs of being an expat and how to live outside your comfort zone. And yes… this is one of the perks to make the friendship alive even after the contract ends. You get to visit them in their home Country which is, in this case, is in Germany. I got lucky as we tour somewhere in Frankfurt & Cologne but out of the City.

It helped a lot when somebody you care about is also with you to join and tour around, it makes the journey exciting! And yes we have boarded a train with 2 young boys in tow but one still in his stroller… her boy aged 2. ¬†Have paid 16¬†euro for a group of 5. ¬†Not bad.

We first visited this place that consists of several tourist spots in one area. Schloss / Castle and its beautiful views around it.

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So yes I hope the photo above can help you find some spots to go while near Frankfurt City. There’s also a tourist info center beside the Castle.

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This garden is another tourist spot just near the Schloss and it housed another place in their history. See photos below. We admired the grounds around it and thought it’s meant for people to relax or have meaningful thoughts to say to one another. ¬†ūüėČ ¬†

 

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Greeneries near Frankfurt. vinneve foto

Such greeneries, just 30 minutes away from Frankfurt airport. The kids can play and run around. Not short of fresh berries around you can just pick anywhere for free as it is in the wild.

Now we go to COLOGNE. We didn’t really tour around but spent quality time with our friends. Peace & Quiet. After living for 2 years in a desert I truly missed our home in New Zealand. So a similar scenery is much welcome and appreciated.

Had a nice dinner at the nearest restaurant nearby and met new friends which are great!

 

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I now leave you to imagine and see for yourself a bit of Germany from my photos. I hope I gave you an insight into living out of the City of both Frankfurt & Cologne. Believe me, it’s near the town centre & train station just a few minutes drive away.

Tschuss! 

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EID Holidays on top!

A celebration after Ramadan… it is known as EID (Eid al-Fitr).

 

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JWMM lobby, vinneve

 

We went for a staycation holidays away from home. ¬†This is not the first time though. ¬†JW Marriott Marquis¬†(tallest hotel in the World) is one of our favorite 5-star hotels and it doesn’t disappoint. ¬†Here I will show you why and aside from the lavish foods and many restaurants choices inside it is also very near other attractions and tourist spots. ¬†No wonder when we arrived lots of foreign tourists, not just UAE residents come flocking the reception. ¬†My tip is, it is better you have a membership for this hotel so wherever Marriott hotels you go, you can have a priority service and of course an upgrade if available (mostly they have).

 

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JWMM floor lobby, vinneve foto

 

In and around JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai

 

 

The room 

 

The view outside the room on the balcony

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JWMM room view, vinneve

Executive Lounge – Tip: Better to include this to your room booking if you can’t have an upgrade as you can also save money by coming here to eat for breakfast, snacks and pre-dinner which is good enough for dinner and lots of drinks to choose from. They also have business lounge beside it for people who don’t want to be disturbed by some guests with children. ¬†

 

 

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JWMM Exec.lounge view, vinneve foto

As you can see there are still some spaces to be filled up.  Never ending developments in Dubai.  More coming bigger and better as years go by.

 

The pool and the view

 

 

Had a great family bonding this Eid. Whether you wanted to relax or escape away from the comfort of your home, there is a place like this to consider. ¬†This is my personal review of this hotel and I¬†hope you like it. ¬†Try it for yourself… soon!

To all my followers and new readers… I will have my BIG Europe Holidays soon and will surely post it. ¬†Please watch this space! ¬†Let’s live and have fun ūüôā Thank You!

 

 

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Destination: Heritage Village, Abu Dhabi

In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge:  HERITAGE

We attended a free Science show for kids and their families in Abu Dhabi Theater earlier this year.  I was glad to see that the HERITAGE VILLAGE is just nearby!

I have been here for almost 2 yrs and unfortunately, I haven’t visited this site yet so I didn’t waste the chance to finally visit the place and it didn’t disappoint us.¬†

Here are some photos and in case you are around visiting the Capital of UAE which is Abu Dhabi and not Dubai, mind you ūüôā ¬†I have other posts that you can also browse or read if you are keen and see for yourself how beautiful it is here too!

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Heritage Village1, vinneve foto

I would like to think the liquid pouring in this clay pot is the “black gold” meaning Oil from the desert as Abu Dhabi is an oil-rich City.¬†

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The view of seashore inside HVAD, vinneve foto

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Abu Dhabi City Skyline, vinneve foto

And some resident inside the Heritage Village as below photos.

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Restaurant inside HVAD picnic rugs, vinneve foto

As you can see, you can have a nice time with your friends and family here. ¬†A quiet time to be by yourself too if you like and some local foods to savor while waiting for the sunsets. ¬†It is a beautiful sight to see, better than the photos here. ¬†I have so many photos but I cannot share it all here otherwise I will run out of space. ¬†So come and visit our beloved Abu Dhabi City now! ¬†ūüôā ¬†

Thanks for visiting my blog and enjoy some more post here by checking the links below or browse and like as per categories.  Shukran!  

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Beautiful Basel, Switzerland

Here’s my continuation of our traveling around Switzerland with or without relatives. For my long-time followers, you can say this can be my last trip before going back to Zurich then eventually back to the land of the desert where we stay as expats. ¬†For the new readers, welcome to my blog and I hope you will be interested browsing, reading the rest of my adventures around the Globe and some events too!

Basel is just an hour away to/from Zurich and so we had a day out for a change since our going to Frankfurt was canceled because of the unfortunate incident of my friend’s. So what better way to make it up is to plan and book train tickets to Basel.¬†

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Basel train station, vinneve photo

I just show you around (by foot) through my photos and it is easy to get around just make sure you don’t forget the landmarks going back to the train station. ¬†Tip: Make a photo of some landmark that you will be passing so you will remember the streets, buildings or statues etc. that’s how I do it in unfamiliar places. ¬†ūüėČ

This church reminds me of Paris Louvre pyramid.

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Red & Gold bldg around marketplatz, vinneve

The Beautiful bridge over the river Rhine that connects to 6 Countries in Europe.  This is the same river (Rhinefalls) that we are trying to locate when we got lost in the German border.  See this LINK to read my previous post about it and ending into another town in Switzerland you probably never heard of.

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Famous River Rhine, Basel Switzerland, vinneve foto

Do not underestimate this river as it moves very fast! The current is very strong that can power up the little cruise ship above!  If you think you are a good swimmer and wants to experienced how a strong current feels like, then you can rent a floater beneath the bridge.  Swimmers lining up to dry under the sun after the swim.

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Below photos near the river, went to a Park for our son enjoyment and going back we have seen some religious sect dancing and inviting people to join or to donate and a mini Toy Museum and another Museum (History) that unfortunately, we are too late.

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All Blacks Flag NZ, vinneve

Then by accident, as we looked up we saw the NZ All Blacks flag (rugby sport) in one of the apartments in the City Centre going back to the train station. For sure some Kiwis are living there! KIA ORA mate! ūüôā

It was a very good family day out!!!

I hope you enjoy reading or browsing as some may do haha!  Thanks and come back for more!  Tschuss!!

via: The Weekly Photo Challenge:  WANDERLUST

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Later I pause and say goodbye.

How many times we put things off?

How many times we say “later”?…

Until we remember, some thoughts

Too late, it could be better.

Reminiscing the old times

Time that we cannot bring back

It’s time to say goodbye…

Pausing, I feel so sad. 

The above poem is my original piece in memory of my mother, aunts, and uncles who matter to me. ¬†Sorry that I am so far away and my visiting wasn’t enough.

In response to the Daily Post: LATER AND PAUSE.

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So I leave you another quote to think about…

“Living is like tearing through a museum.

Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw,

thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering…

because you can’t take it all at once.” ¬†by Audrey Hepburn.

In memory of all my loved ones & relatives who passed away.  Leaving me with good memories.  The ones who really matters to me deep inside my heart, I grieved.  Will see you all in Heaven.

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A simple wish, a trip to ZUG.

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Zug Lake, vinneve foto

In response to the Daily Post/ Photo Challenge: WISH.

Where is Zug you say? ¬†It is in between Z√ľrich and Lucerne /Luzern, Switzerland.

On the way to Z√ľrich by train from¬†visiting my cousin in MILAN, I got interested and¬†saw the beautiful town of Zug. ¬†Since it is very near Z√ľrich just an hour away perhaps by train or less so it is easier to come here. ¬†Everybody in the family had an agenda different to mine so a good timing to have met¬†a sort of family (my cousin’s wife aunts) in another suburb of Zurich and they are so nice to tour me around and granted my wish to go and visit Zug after being lost and crossed the border of Germany without realizing it until too late! ¬†We originally wanted to go to RHEINFALL von Schaffhausen. It was a long drive indeed back to Zurich then to Zug, it feels more of an adventure that day! ¬†It didn’t stop to amazed us as even going to Zug from down to up and around the hill we are wondering why the GPS always telling us to go to a long winding road since we saw the lake and the small town down the mountain or are we up the¬†hill?. ¬†FYI. ¬†Zug is a low tax region.

Anyway here are the photos.  Some tourists tend to overlook small towns but I prefer to travel around Switzerland like a local.  Please check/click my earlier post about LUGANO, LOCARNO AND ZURICH as per their link and some more if you have time.

 

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Zug township below, vinneve

 

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just a few minutes away from Zug town, vinneve

Beautiful scenery everywhere you go in Switzerland. ¬†More to come on my next post. Tsch√ľss! ūüôā

 

 

 

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My Desire and the Road Taken… however Against the Odds & it’s Shadow etc.

This is in response/s to the Daily Post/Prompts & Weekly Photo Challenges:  Desire, The Road Taken,  Arid, Against the Odds, Superpower, and Shadow.  

Please allow me this opportunity to express myself and my thoughts thru these challenges and yes it is literally a challenge about LIFE... our life, besides CHANGE is the only constant in life. Please click the highlighted in red above & below to go to another window for my previous post.

Last year I had to choose 3 options where to live for the sake of my happiness and my son’s future. ¬†You may say I am fortunate but yes perhaps having some options are better than none, however, confusing and complicated it may be in the long run.

MY DESIRE, THE ROAD TAKEN, AGAINST THE ODDS and SUPERPOWER

The road we took is different to what my heart desires beautiful as it may seem like the ever famous and colourful beauty of both Switzerland and New Zealand. Poles apart. One my son’s half identity plus the other half and our “home” that we left behind for the meantime, so the family can be whole in UAE. ¬†You see, how can I decide so easily if being happy is not also complete without the other half and against all odds? And so…the latter mentioned, the road taken and the decision is made because… FAMILY THAT STICKS TOGETHER STAY TOGETHER! ūüėČ

IF I have a superpower… I will definitely be flying and live each week or month in each place¬†so I will not feel homesick, feel deprived of my own opportunity or feel guilty about one way or another. ¬†But alas! ¬†I am only human. ¬†In reality, it is impossible as it is not normal and I want some normality in my son’s life as possible.

Switzerland

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Near Zurich, vinneve

New Zealand

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somewhere in Hawkes Bay NZ, vinneve photo

UAE, Abu Dhabi

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Between the bridges, AD UAE, vinneve

You are probably surprised that there are some similarities with these 3 Countries but yes different lifestyles (Switzerland – Sophisticated; NZ – laidback; UAE – luxurious) and definitely different cultures and values… but one thing is again common it’s FAMILY.¬†

For people who have never been to the¬†Middle East… who would have thought that an ARID land can turn out to be a mysterious beauty and more? ¬†I appreciated what is life offered us here and are grateful for the new experiences. ¬†It’s definitely different but nevertheless, it’s an adventure of a lifetime!

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My Family, vinneve

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Dubailand – Center of attractions

This is in response to the Daily Post/ Prompt: CENTER.

Where is Dubailand you said?  It is in Dubai, UAE as per the name suggest but it is 20-30 minutes away from the main City of Dubai and just about an hour or so from Abu Dhabi which is the capital of UAE.  For more info here is the LINK.  The works continue and more theme parks are coming.  It is amazing to know that this was once an ARID land.

DUBAILAND TAKE TWO.  Both attractions are much better than last year as per my view.  It is so worth it to travel and have fun for the whole day with your loved ones.

MIRACLE GARDENS

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There are so many photos to share (click the photos to enlarge it) but it is better that you see it yourself if you are currently in Dubai or nearby Emirates. ¬†I tell you it is worth it. ¬†It’s better to do it now as the weather is still a bit cooler. ¬†Ticket cost in dirhams 40 adult 30 child.

GLOBAL VILLAGE

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Entrance Global Village, vinneve foto

It is funny to see America and Russia side by side from each other.

I have never been to Egypt yet but at least here in Global Village, I can say I have seen the replicas and it looks amazing!

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Indian Village, vinneve foto

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Japan & South Korea, beside each other, vinneve foto

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China Village, vinneve foto

Some Asian Countries that are not there last year is now a participant and they are bigger and brighter.  Inside the villages are stores and introducing their products and every Village has their scheduled (cultural dancing) shows up to 9pm, or so. 

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Now we go to Europe… some I have been and it sure show some great replicas so it’s good for people who don’t have the opportunity yet to go to Europe, though UAE is in great location in the “middle” and near both Europe and Asia (from 3hrs flying time to some parts of Asia & Europe). ¬†Here is the LINK for you to find out the reason some people opt to transit or stay over here both in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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France Village, vinneve foto

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Italy Village, vinneve foto

We passed by the African Village and they are currently doing their cultural show but we didn’t stay to watch as we are in a hurry to get my son another “sword balloon” so he can play with his Dad, to one of the yellow tents that are assigned for face painting, balloons, magic shows and mini circus and other kiddie things. ¬†So yes it is really for everyone!

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Turkey Village, vinneve

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There are more Middle Eastern Countries who participate to show their beauty and even Syria is one of them. ¬†Unfortunately with the current events… how I wish people can really see the beauty of it before the destructions and the war.

I hope I inspired you to come and visit.  It is never too late to plan so come and follow me!

Thanks for your time reading and viewing all the photos.  A like and a comment will be appreciated.  I still have some previous travel backlog from Switzerland to post so I hope you can come back next time or better to FOLLOW ME.  Cheers! 

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Glitters in Black Gold

This is in response to the Daily Post: GLITTER

Fortune is like glass - the brighter the glitter, the more easily broken. - Publilius Syrus

True.¬† Be careful what you wish for, for it may come true… it depends¬†on¬†who you are or who you will become to be when you get what you want in life. ¬†Some become greedy and want more. ¬†Some are just practical and just taking the opportunity as it comes and some just think that their life will never change be it good or “best” here in the land of opportunities. ¬†Come to think of it… this is not permanent.

Life as an expat here in the desert with full of black gold (Oil) can come as a fairy tale to many.  From having lavish brunches, villas that look like a mansion, fast cars & so many benefits that included in salary package that you never had before back home.

Fame and fortune never stays for long. Beware… life is like a roller coaster, a Ferris wheel that goes up and down. ¬†Not all that glitters are gold as what the old saying goes.

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Global village, Dubai. vinneve photo

Perhaps it is best to save some for rainy days.

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Destination: Zurich, another home.

 

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Zurich old town

Now may I continue my blog about our mid-year holiday (sorry backlog) from my husband’s turf this time. ¬†From the south of Switzerland, see this for LUGANO and LOCARNO for the past blog. We head back to our base which is in north central of Switzerland famously known for as Zurich. ¬†Just a few hours near the border to Germany. ¬†Obviously, they speak German here but their dialect is Swiss German which has a softer tone and every City like Bern (Capital of Switzerland) also have their own. I have been to both but will focus about Zurich for now. ¬†Our holiday was not about being a tourist. ¬†We came because we have families and friends there so I will show you around as what the locals usually do and where they usually go.

We came back just in time for Swiss National Day (August 1st) and it became very festive late afternoon to midnight. ¬†The feeling is similar to New Year Eve’s party! so yes there was some food stalls, overflowing of beers, live bands, dancing and fireworks and Swiss lanterns for children to hold on to. ¬†We went to 2 different locations and the one below are the place we have stayed until midnight. ¬†It was a different feeling as I am the only one in the family who is not a Swiss… yet.

 

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bonfires for Swiss Nat’l Day, vinneve photo

Lots of parks around Zurich and this one is just 10-15 minutes away from our place near Uetliberg (famous mountain and park with a panoramic view of the entire city of Zurich and the lake). 

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Wildnispark Langenberg, vinneve photo

¬†Wildnispark Zurich Langenberg is huge and good for people who loves to walk plus there is a mini zoo everywhere and perhaps judging by the looks of the photo below you now understand why “wildnispark“? ¬†The wild deer freely roaming the other side of the mountain and just a short fence that separating them to us while walking. ¬†Even the bears are just a few metres away from us. ¬†We got lucky they came out from the forest (as last time 3yrs+ ago we didn’t see any of them) and now the mama bear have some baby bears to show off! ¬†ūüėČ

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Wild deer on the way to the other side of the park, vinneve photo

Now since I mentioned about Uetliberg, here are some photos from our previous travel. Photos may not do justice to it as I have an old simple digital camera on hand.  Please click this LINK so you will know more about it from their official website.

I have a fear of heights so I didn’t dare to go up on this tower. ¬†My brave son and his grandpa did though although I may say it is hard on the knee for an old man to go up this high using just a stairs… it shows how much his love for his grandson to please him. ¬†Below pics are some of the beautiful sights even on the ground if you don’t want to try going up in the tower.

Do not worry as there are some restaurants from the bottom of the hill as well as up there.  You can either go by train or by car to go to this place.  

It is really better to travel around Switzerland with some locals so you will enjoy some tourist spot but not crowded and something that is not usually on the tourist priority list.  Come and follow me as I still have some more to post about Zurich, Basel and Zug.

For the meantime, why don’t you check and click the link to my other post around Switzerland on this LINK1, LINK2 & LINK3. ¬†Thanks and see you again next time.

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Aesthetic beauty near Taal Volcano

This is in response to the Daily Post Challenge via Daily Prompt: Aesthetic.

“Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.” ¬†by Alfred North Whitehead.

Before going up north as per my earlier post under this LINK, we head down to the South of Luzon.  TAGAYTAY is one of my favorite destination in the Philippines.  The second summer capital of the Country.  The beauty of nature speaks for itself.  

Can you see that?  It is the 2nd active volcano in the Philippines see Wikipedia. So many stories about this volcano that killed thousands of people as early as 1572.  Even my late mother told me a gruesome story of what she knows from the story passed from generation to generations.  A volcano inside the lake within a lake. Interesting.

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Taal Volcano, Tagaytay

We visited Museo Orlina¬†as I always love museums and have been to many Countries that are famous for their museums so finally I saw what this can offer. ¬†It is a simple one but it is enough for the¬†family even with kids to explore the grounds and it’s art inside and out.¬†

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Museo Orlina exterior facing the volcano, vinneve photo

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Museo Orlina garden, vinneve photo

These are just a few to show you. ¬†You better go and see it for yourself to really enjoy the beauty of ¬†Mr. Ramon Orlina¬†art, it is better to see¬†to appreciate it. There’s also some vintage cars in the garage and perhaps not many people know about it as it is hidden underground. ¬†Here you go!

Aesthetic and natural beauty indeed.

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My Daily & Photo Challenges thru our holidays in Baguio, Philippines.

ANTICIPATION of pleasure is a pleasure in itself” by Sylvia Townsend Warner.

This is true.  Just a few days before we go to our holiday back to my birth Country I was dreaming of going here and there. Somehow by day dreaming about it I can almost feel the pleasure of what I hope to expect.  Hoping that it will be better than before. Well, sort of.

I was seeing myself RELAXING¬†and just overlooking this beautiful surrounding, eating warm freshly made strawberry taho,¬†(silken tofu with syrup either with strawberries or the original vanilla caramelized brown sugar plus a sago. Taho¬†is rich in protein that you can find a vendor where there’s a gym nearby and of course around residential areas mostly in the morning) see this LINK for a¬†photo, sweet purple yam (Ube), and other fruits, smelling some fresh air…¬†

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Then suddenly I have to wake up to the realization that, hey! it’s a holiday and so more people abound everywhere and we cannot do anything about it unless we go to a secluded spot where few people can go but alas! we chose to be in a famous place for tourists and families so yes, here it is folks.. people everywhere!!

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crowds @Mines View Park, vinneve photo

Going up north to BAGUIO after X’mas I thought will be a good idea but no, people are still in holiday mood and tourists go¬†to the same place¬†that I want to go too! ¬†It’s been a long time since I have been in these places and while the bus was CROSSING¬†the bridge I found some interesting view. ¬†Happy children playing, swimming, FLOATING in the little hole that’s left of the lake or river I am not sure of as it is now being reclaimed. ¬†Nevertheless, it is always nice to watch outside the window and see the landscape that I already forgot and some interesting people along the way as our bus trek up the winding road to the mountains.

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kids swimming, vinneve photo

While walking to go to Mines View Park, I have noticed this tree that was UNSEEN by many.  An art delicately carved into it seems to express its freedom. I guess not many people are looking up to see it but I did and took the opportunity to capture it though may not be in the best light to show it.

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Art tree, vinneve photo

Lot’s of interesting photos of old houses tucked behind some bushes and even an eerily looking abandoned house that INVITING you to look what’s inside¬†if you dare!

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abandoned house?..vinneve photo

Anyway… at least something that is worth my time and effort to finally come to these places though it’s crowded, it eased¬†away from the uneasiness when the¬†family is around enjoying the AMBIANCE and seeing them happy, cherishing the moment together till the next holiday to come.

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On top of Mines View Park, vinneve photo

Thanks for viewing!

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Discover Challenge: Finding Your Place

via Discover Challenge: Finding Your Place

I always see a quote “FIND YOUR HAPPY PLACE” somewhere, anywhere. ¬†But what if the place you thought was a happy place is not within your reach at the moment though you can choose to be in that happy place but would it be really a happy place without someone to share it with?

THIS WAS MY HAPPY PLACE.  Sometimes it is not that easy to stay if you are alone and your obligations place somewhere else.

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AKL City, vinneve photo

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PIHA, AKLNZ, vinneve

Current Place: A place for an adventure, Luxuries in life, Opportunities & feeling¬†ambivalent at the same time. ¬†A mixture of everything. ¬†Still finding my place…

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Locarno, warmest town in South Switzerland

Finally,  I am writing this late post now from previous travels last July and August as I have been so busy the past few months and so I can only participate in some quick and easy Photo Challenges, see previous post on this LINK and this LINK and so on, if you care to know more then you will make me happy if you all like it.

LOCARNO,¬†is located in South Switzerland under the canton / region of TICINO just like LUGANO (see the LINK 1¬†& LINK 2 previous post to learn more)… ¬†It is obvious that from the name itself it sounds Italian and yes, they speak Italian on that side of the border. ¬†It is very near Italy as I make way traveling to MILAN as per this MLINK1 & MLINK2¬†I hope you would like those posts too!

Since we have a very long family vacation so it is a must that we rent a house to cater big families and that means 3 families in one house! Yep, must be a big house indeed. ¬†But unfortunately, in Locarno, it is harder to book in advance for 3 families and we only get good for 2 families. ¬†Just us and the parents in law, cheers! ūüėČ

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View from our veranda

And now without any further ado… here are some beautiful photos we took while there.

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Veranda view while having breakfast, lunch or dinner. Vinneve photo.

You can see another angle of this church at the edge of the rock on my other post thru this LINK.  Feel free to check on it while you are here.  Click the photos to enlarge it.

If you are in Locarno you better visit ASCONA. ¬†It is a small town under Locarno. ¬†Some of you will probably have¬†seen this place if you are fond of watching movies in cinema and thinking like “I wanna go there!” just like me haha!

Look how nice the place is for tourist though I am not sure if the residents will like it since it may be too crowded for them but good for the¬†economy! ¬†A long time ago, my parents-in-law said that people who visit here MUST wear formal clothing for dining or just strolling beside the bay view or browsing some antique and art shops in every alley. ¬†Good thing they have changed it now to accommodate the modern generation as you well know nowadays, some tourist are just happy to stroll around in short shorts etc. ¬†But never fear…I am always ready for that as I know Switzerland can be unpredictable.

I hope you have enjoyed some photos and thanks for your time reading and/ or browsing! Please be with me for the next post (when I have the time) about Zurich as we finished traveling from the South to go to North of Switzerland and around the City of Zurich. You can see most of our travels from the Category: Travel and Leisure OR browse my other categories for older posts. ¬†Come travel with me slowly but surely ūüôā ¬†Thanks heaps! ¬†Ciao!

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Milan: Duomo, Castle Cairoli & Beyond

Milan is known for being a shopping destination and all fashion enthusiasts know about this! See this LINK to read my earlier post about it… But there is more than just shopping in Milan. There are a lot of yummy foods around but I am not a food blogger so I cannot describe in an eloquent word¬†all the foods that I gulped, sorry. ¬†I am more excited about traveling! ¬†Yipppeee!! ūüôā

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Duomo, Milan Italy, vinneve photo

First of all…let me remind you, it will be crowded especially if you go in the month of July and August like I did. ¬†But if you don’t mind the crowds and are looking for some SALE and good weather then you will come at the right time. ūüôā

Intricate details of Duomo. What is Duomo means? well according to my fave Wikipedia, it derives from the Latin word “Domus” means house or as a cathedral it means “house of God” or domus¬†Dei.¬†

 

Found some interesting places while walking around near the Duomo. ¬†All these streets and roads lead to a Park, Museum,¬†and some restaurants hiding behind some alleys. ¬†I even met a new friend that helped me find my way when I seem lost (perhaps it was written on my face how lost I was haha!). ¬†Well, at least there is somebody new to visit again next time around aside from my cousins. ¬†It pays to walk around I tell you. ūüėČ

Seek and you shall find…¬†

Castle Cairoli (Sforza Castle or Castello Sforzesco) some called it as it is near the Metro (Cairoli station). I have been here many times and everytime people can’t stop clicking their cameras. ¬†If you have a wild imagination you can imagine the life in the 14th Century! see below how it looks like before. ¬†Amazing isn’t it?

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Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=306503 .  See LINK.

There’s a Park and I warn you that it may be a long walk. ¬†Be prepared and have your bottle of water, a towel if you like to work out your tan or simply walk and walk.

There are some more photos but I think it is better for you to see it yourself to really see the beauty of each building and places.  Now I leave you a quote, hope you like it.

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After Milan… I went back to my family waiting on the Southern part of Switzerland to continue our family holidays for the month of July and August 2016. Hope to see you next time reading my post about LOCARNO. ¬†For LUGANO see this LINK to read about it and another LINK here. ¬†Otherwise see below (scroll down)¬†“Related” topics for more post. ¬†I hope you enjoyed reading and thanks for your time!¬†

Cheers!!

 

 

 

 

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Photo Challenge: H2O in the Middle East

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This is in response to the Photo Challenge: H2O

I thought it would be nice to showcase some beautiful places I been to with water background.  I have read it somewhere that if you dream about water it can symbolize obstacles or deep depths of whatever you are going through right now.  But it is matter of you overcoming it and a fight to win!

I would like to show you some beautiful places around the¬†Middle East with a body of water “H2O” around them. ¬†Let me know what you know about these Cities by commenting. ¬†Cheers!

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Al Ain Zoo, Abu Dhabi UAE. vinneve photo

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Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi fronting Yas Viceroy, vinneve photo

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DUBAI, Marina Bay, vinneve photo  

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DOHA, Qatar. vinneve photo

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Would you believe this is the DEAD Sea? It’s in Jordan.¬†vinneve photo¬†

Unfortunately… I didn’t get any sea view photo from my previous travel to other Middle East destination. ¬†Sometimes the weather (humidity or sandstorms) doesn’t permit you to take some nice photos! ¬†So I leave you a nice quote below …

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Shopping destination: Milan, Italy

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Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II, vinneve photo

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Exterior of the “Galleria”

Oh, MILAN !! What are you thinking when uttering this words?  Yes, shopping!

It’s a shopper’s delight, a fun and exciting place to go to especially in the month of July-August as I happened to find out by chance. ¬†I always pay a visit (brief holiday) to my cousins living in Milan while I am in Europe, but it turned out it’s a strike two! ¬†Yahoo! ¬† ūüôā

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The Galleria Vittorio Emanuel II. ¬†A 18th Century structure, and yes! expensive restaurants and famous stores are inside. ¬†It is easy to get to this place because of the METRO (Red/Green/Yellow lines subway) and so cheap compared to Switzerland, but of course, depends on where you are staying. Also, it is near the Duomo. ¬†For me, I have to board a bus first then go to the Red Line. It will cost you as little as 1.50 euro for a day if you use it within 2 hours then you can even return home for just that single ticket including the bus, just don’t forget to scan it on first boarding. ¬†For me as I have to go several times it’s best to buy a 24hrs which cost 4.50 euro for 24hrs. Like Switzerland, Milan Metro is also reliable and fast.

Of course, expect heaps of people around you and so this is not for weak heart or people who get dizzy easily because even in the early morning it tends to be overcrowded. ¬†Also the fact that it is so hot at times! ¬†You must have a bottle of water with you before you embarked yourself into a shopping spree. ¬†It was up to 70% SALE on most items of all branded clothes in all department stores as far as your eyes can see. ¬†So you can get a bargain from 3-8 euro only for basic shirts and blouses for most of Ladies & Men’s clothing etc. ¬†This is a good bargain and the best gifts for X’mas for your loved ones. ¬†Actually, buying clothes in a souvenir shop¬†around are more expensive!

There is one sadness of it all, though… for every 5-10 steps, there are some beggars around asking for help. ¬†Some are young and I wonder are they trapped and cannot go home? ¬†Or is it just another stint and after dark, they are partying? haha! ¬†Sorry can’t help to be cynical sometimes as it can happen you know. ¬†Seriously, I cannot control my heart for feeling sorry for them (Oldies) and the last-minute I see I almost got drained of coins (I got heaps of them! Feel guilty of shopping without giving you know!) which are very important to have when traveling in a foreign Country not having English as their first language. ¬†I happened to be a victim of not having a coin when I arrived the last time and yes, a handsome Italian student came to the rescue! ¬†Otherwise, I will be in trouble bursting my bladder. ¬†There you go for a tip. ¬†ūüôā

Of course… Milan is not only for shopping. ¬†Lots of¬†architectural building and Museums and a Castle to see plus the Parks and yes foods! ¬†Family in Switzerland loves Italian food by the way. ¬†They are very grateful that Italian came to migrate and bring their dishes.

Before I go I’ll leave you another funny picture quote! ¬†

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Next stop, Sightseeing around Milan on my next post.  Then back to Switzerland in Locarno so hope you stick around and wait for those.  

Grazie!

Photo Challenge: Edge. Sasso.

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Madonna del Sasso. ¬†Located in South Switzerland Orselina above Locarno, in the region of TICINO. ¬†A famous place for pilgrimage, where in¬†the year 1480 the Virgin Mary had appeared to the vision of Brother Bartolomeo d’ I vrea¬†and was built 7years after that.

For more story behind this church,  please click this LINK  sitting at the edge of this sacred rock mountain.  Sasso means rock.  

 

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Madonna del Sasso-Orselina, vinneve photo