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Destination: Munich. Unexpected.

“The best way to avoid disappointment is to NOT expect anything…”  

As you can see it’s an unfiltered photo. So I think it’s best to tell you our story with no sugar-coated and chocolate fillings.  Please bear with me and read the whole story.

I was hesitant about going there August last year but hubby wanted to visit it as it was both our first time. Also, it’s our  “just us trip” and left our boy with the grandparents. Yes, it was sort of adventure actually. Trip was from Zürich to Munich.  When we stepped out of the train station we found so many immigrants (refugees) some were going about their everyday life and others just hanging out around the train station. I remember the time I was in Milan it’s the same scene and police are everywhere just watching them make a wrong move. A cousin of mine told me to take care.  We wonder Munich is like we never expected. It seems almost everyone are either a tourist or an immigrant. If you know what I mean.

Went on a bus tour around the City and just sit back and relax, choose which ones you fancy to look around and get out of the bus in the designated bus stops.  We became like a child again. Enjoying kids Park & its surrounding. Thinking how we wish our son is with us instead but we remind ourselves this is our holiday.  Well holiday is fun until it gets spoiled.

We did walk around the City near the train station as our hotel is just 2 blocks away. We followed the crowd armed with a map just in case and shopping district and some churches or Cathedral are just beside each other… funny! It seems the City Center has been constructed within the famous tourist area so the businesses flourish as well. It’s a win-win situation.

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After all the walking, tour and shopping, finally we can sit and enjoy the foods and even sharing a big glass of beer but sometimes it can bring an unfortunate event like food poisoning or something that my hubby’s stomach rejected. Perhaps it’s the sauerkraut. Our holiday started to get sour indeed.

First, vomiting every few minutes with no real emergency hospital to rely on (past midnight) as we went to two of them and both no doctor around but a rude staff whose unsympathetic. Only one Filipino nurse or attendant was there who tried to help us by being human giving us a plastic bag only but he’s just new there and not in the position to help and just explained that unfortunately this is how it is there. He cannot give any medicine either as it’s their rules which I understand as he’s not a doctor even though it’s easy to know what hubby needs is just an anti nausea tablet to prevent further dehydration. Nope no medicine. Why no doctor around for emergency?  I’ve no idea!  At least I have experienced in the Philippines the word “EMERGENCY” rings true to its meaning whether public or private hospital there is somebody who is rushing to help you, considering they think it is a 3rd World Country compare to Munich.  Unbelievable isn’t it?

No wonder why 2 of the taxi drivers we spoke to was so bitter and told us that vomiting or not feeling well in Munich doesn’t give us an excuse to go to an “emergency”. Now we realize the plight of immigrants in that place. No wonder there’s chaos and violence because there’s lacking of sympathy. It’s like saying “this is how it is here, if you don’t like it then you’re free to go!”. For us, yes we can do that and be happy to do so. But how about those people who doesn’t have a choice? Who they thought it’s a fresh start for them only to get a slap on the face and being insolent with them regardless of what they have already gone through? I feel sorry for them and this is a part of their life now and reality. No wonder they have become hard and hostile.  Which life is better?  the life they had left behind or the life they are facing now?

And it doesn’t end there. For another stroke of bad luck all the pharmacy’s were close! We have accepted the fate that there’s really no emergency hospital in a true sense of the word… but never expected the pharmacist also nowhere to be found. I searched around by foot but alas it’s all closed. So what to do? Be your own doctor and nurse! Yep I know to prevent dehydration I need to buy either an energy drink or electrolytes and bought some of them as I know too that severe dehydration can be fatal which these Hospital staffs doesn’t think it’s worth their urgent appeal. Yes, we will never forget that alright.

So for travelers like us, it doesn’t matter if you have a good passport, have money to pay or armed with travel insurance. It doesn’t matter to a place who doesn’t care! It’s best to have your own medicine with you and other first aid supplies if possible. Teach yourself to rely on your own wit and yes Google helps too!

On the way back to Zürich we finally found a “refuge.” It was a very hard long travel for hubby who doesn’t feel well and me being so anxious.  It was heaven to be back to a normal environment. To a hospital who welcomes you and to loving family who awaits your return.

Sad but this is the place We will never want to visit again. I’m telling this so not all of you thinks traveling is always fun and good adventure for me or my family. It’s best to be ready at all times.  Now seeing the news on tv is not a surprise anymore.  Sad indeed.

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Warmer Christmas 🎄 & a Chilly New Year!

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from readers digest

Yes that’s what we have around here in the land of the desert 🌵 the land of opportunity and multicultural society!

My first time to stay home in Abu Dhabi my current City for the past 3 years but minus some months as I live in and out of the Country for personal reason. Some of you can only guess but maybe my loyal followers can understand. If you’re curious why don’t you read my recent post it’s a hint. I’m sure some can relate in every situation.

Christmas is the time of family celebration and here in my City it’s full of events! Most hotels have free events like X’mas lighting and if you’re lucky your kid can get free gift and parents can enjoy some nibbles & drinks. I’m sure some will agree going there before eating dinner. Consider it having an appetizers for free with shows etc. The malls have their free fun events for kids to enjoy like joining to make a gingerbread cookie and photo session with the famous man Santa 🎅 Yes, Abu Dhabi is a generous City! Even in the Parks lot’s of free fun things to do, including picnic at night with friends and family. Fireworks to gaze up in the sky and jugglers, magicians and even Alice in Wonderland grace the City.

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You may be wondering how come a Muslim Country allows all these? It’s because UAE is a tolerant blessed Country. Where all religions can be practiced without any issues. In fact Pope Francis is coming next year in February to conduct a public mass! Imagine a Mosque side by side by a Catholic Church! One time I was inside a church having a mass and in time for singing you can also hear a song coming from the nearby Mosque. That is what called HARMONY!! is it pun?!

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Corniche road, AD. vinneve

I wish you all a blessed Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!!   Peace on Earth. 

 

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Day out in Luzern and it’s Castle on the hill

TIME spent with family is worth every second… by anonymous

LIFE is all about having a good time! … by Miley Cyrus

I make it a point to have a good time with my only son always! whether it be around our place or overseas.  Luzern / Lucerne is a good place for a day out and just only an hour away from Zurich where we are having our long holiday with the grandparents.  We have been here many times but those times it seems it passed by, perhaps it because my son was so young to remember it all.  Now that he is ten he will definitely remembers this. 

And what more to remember is to climb so many stairs up the hill that we cannot count anymore, to reach the top of Gutsch Castle which is now a hotel and restaurant.  I wasn’t aware that there is a funicular on the other side street to go up and for some reason people who I talked to about this Castle told me in the past that we need to go up to climbing stairs and I say it’s really a big task for both of us in the middle of the afternoon heat.  So now you know and so, will not have the same mistake as I, unless you really wanted to be fit and must be done in the morning instead… but it’s worth it isn’t it? Most of the sights you cannot see if you take a funicular though.  Look at the photos below and you can see lots of beautiful views only at the top and if you take the hard way of climbing the stairs up!

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People of Luzern loves music and that day we enjoyed having a free concerts and lot’s of sausage sizzles, beers and other foods whatever your budget.  They even have something for kids to play on while the parents can enjoy having their bratwurst or cervela and beer while listening to concerts which I believe are conducted by University students.  Of course one day is not enough so plan your day well to see as many sights and events you can do for your day out. 

We both love musuems but we only can go to one which is my son’s choice and will post next time, please wait for it.  For now please enjoy the photos, LIKE and do comment that would be great!!  Tshuss!

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Taminaschlucht & it’s Village named Bad Ragaz

Went on a day trip with the grandparents! A place that’s dear to them in their younger years.

Altes Bad Pfafers – is now a spa museum but the story begins in 1240 when 2 hunters discovered a thermal spring that the nearby Monastery found the river to have a healing power. Many famous people came here to bath since then at their own risk.

Now they have some better arrangements in the village and visitors can now bath at their comfort thru this LINK . No more being lowered down into a gorge in a basket!

The water coming from these Rocky Mountains comes down to the very fast river that’s so strong it’s necessary to have fences for safety along the pathway. It can be deafening too.

The village of Bad Ragaz has an old charm of its own. It’s boasting not just a majestic Rocky Mountains but also conveniences to visitors like train station and bus station nearby some small boutique stores, cafes and restaurants.

You can choose to hike up to Taminaschluct (Tamina Gorge), by bus or by horse wagon that goes up in the mountain. It’s definitely nice to hike but beware it’s a long rough road and you have to give way to the a bus or horses. You can be rewarded with beautiful scenery along the way and the fast raging river. We chose by bus and it’s like an adventure as the road is very narrow and the rocks looming over you.  Please bring coins only 5SF per person as you need it to enter the gate to the gorge.

This place is under the Canton of St.Gallen.  It’s a special place indeed!  Wait for my St. Gallen post next time.  Tschuss!!

 

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Traveling to Fronalpstock & Einsiedeln, Switzerland 🇨🇭

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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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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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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 Zürich, 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 🇨🇭 . Tschuss!!

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Cruising in Lake Zürich & stop at Kilchberg for chocolates!

It’s the time of the year again that we go back to Switzerland 🇨🇭 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 🚢. 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 Bürkliplatz to Rapperswil (long trip 2hrs) or to Bürkliplatz 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 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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Heritage Houses in Bataan, Philippines

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

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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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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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Balanga, Bataan PH, vinneve foto

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… ”