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Auckland Day Out

“Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. FREEDOM is the consciousness of necessity.” by Karl Marx

It seems we are now in a hurry to make the most of our covid free days since the country open up the border to it’s residents and citizens who were based or/and stranded abroad. We can basically say we are covid-free since June as we do not have a community transmission but we can never know since the last mishaps of some irresponsible people coming back and physically jumping out of the barriers of their hotel isolation recently (they have been caught up and going to be charged with their follies!) which is by the way the taxpayers are paying for them though it’s those people wanting to come home and be safe… ironically they are the one bringing the fear and unsafety back to the country or community by disobeying the law and safety. I wonder if we should close up the border now or continue to accept these people with covid-19 back into the country? So now is the right time to go and about on our own backyard asap while we still can!

The City, the tower, the wharf and street. Some photos for you to see this month of July. Life is good while we can still have the freedom to enjoy it!

Auckland War Museum. We have so many museums in the City and this is just a few minutes drive away from the city centre. It is inside the Domain Park which is also a huge park and full of beautiful nature that you will love to stroll or do some exercise since it is near residential places.

Mt.Rangitoto, active volcano AKL, vinneve
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The food & drinks at the bar & restaurants, coffee shops, foodcourts at the mall, food trucks, farmers market etc. Yes we’ve been deprived of these while on lockdown. All open now to our hearts (& mouth) content.

Alleyway@AKL, vinneve

Auckland Zoo. The nature and their animals are such a wonderful sights to see. Families and friends came back to visit this wholesome activity and it doesn’t matter if it’s raining or drizzling people comes in hundreds and yes back to normal no social distancing and enjoying the life!

Arataki Visitor Centre. Located in West Auckland. Bush walkways. View of the Waitakere ranges. Sub-tropical rainforest. Flora and fauna. FREE entry.

@PinoySwiss abroad

I hope you enjoyed my post today and these are current photos here in NZ. We are now in the mood to travel. Our last week of school holiday. Thanks for your time!

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Foreign vloggers stranded in the Philippines amidst COVID-19

While on lockdown in New Zealand I must admit that I was hooked up into watching vloggers (up to now actually) traveling the world especially traveling to my birth country THE PHILIPPINES.  We supposed to travel there last April but of course, it has been canceled.  It amazed me that these foreign vloggers begin to love the country and what it can offer even in these tough times.  While traveling they learned about cultures, values, and learned to appreciate the Filipino people who helped them and make them feel at home.  Check their vlogs and you will see some beautiful places and their roller-coaster experiences while on lockdown and up to a current situation which is the General Quarantine (GCQ).  You may find some useful information about the country and their real image as shown by the vloggers as per their real experiences. Please click their name as I linked their sites and their travel experiences before the pandemic.

Prepare to be amazed.

  1.  MAKE IT HAPPEN VLOG  an Austrian couple who always keeps coming back to the Philippines and finally decided to call Manila home and now stranded in SIARGAO (while on holiday) as per this link & another vlog as per this LINK. An extra info from Meljean Solon20 things to do in Siargao” as per this LINK.

2.  THE JUICY VLOG  a couple from the UK traveling around the Philippines who got stranded in their own home base in Manila.  “11 Ways the Philippines is better than the UK” on this LINK.

3.  MARTIN SOLHAUGEN  a Norwegian travel vlogger who is now engaged to another travel vlogger named AVELOVINIT and traveling the Philippines when they got stranded in Siargao as well.  You will see his latest vlog about “Top 10 places you must visit in the Philippines.”

4.  EIGHT MILES FROM HOME  a couple from the UK with a child named Story and her nan also stranded in Siargao.  They have traveled around Asia and lived in Portugal and now thinking of living in the Philippines even after the lockdown.

5.  JUMPING PLACES  a couple both from different countries decided to do full-time vlogging and currently stranded in the beautiful island of EL NIDO PALAWAN.  Here is their current quarantine experience “A Day in El Nido Quarantined” check their other travel to another side of the island >> CORON.

There are some more foreign vloggers and tourists stranded all over the Philippines.  You can easily check them out on Youtube. These are just 5 of my favorite foreign vloggers telling their own experiences and love of travel.  Since we all cannot travel to any country aside from our own so it’s best to show you what I know and why I keep coming back to my birth country the Philippines.  Family. Friends. Values. Nature.  I hope once you have checked them out you will agree with me.

Please also check this site out:  Mom & Son expats (NZ after lockdown) 

Enjoy watching!  Cheers!

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Colorful Motiongate (Dubai)

“There is nothing more fun than entertaining kids!”  by Jerry Seinfeld

This is also in response to the Word of the Day: OPPORTUNITY .  This may be our last time to get this opportunity to be in this place as we finally went back home for good.  But who knows what will happen in the future?…

CNY2020@motiongate, vinneve

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Motiongate1, vinneve

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Motiongate2, vinneve

We were there last January this year and had a blast of fun! (related link HERE).  My son enjoyed it so much and asked me when we could be back. Unfortunately, we won’t be for a very long time.  As we cannot predict the future, especially now we have this covid-19 to worry about among other things in life.

Dubai is nice for some fun and will always recommend for people who will do some transit to both UAE Cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.  Try to have a stop over of at least 2-3 days to fully enjoy the country and what each city has to offer.

For now we will only reminisce our times in both cities.  And yes… wait for the new normal to push through once we all can safely travel again.  It depends in each country.  Stay safe everyone!!  Cheers 🙂

 

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More than words

In response to the “Word of the Day Challenge” as per the words below. It summarizes the feelings we’ve felt while back in Switzerland last December to January 2020.

Updated:  I thought I better add some of these Cee’s Fun Foto ChallengeSense of Seeing and Sense of Touching.

“The words printed here are concepts.  You must go through the experiences.” by Saint Augustine

WISH 

Oberigberg1, vinneve

SURPRISE

IlluminariumZurich, vinneve

ADMIRE

Oberiberg2, vinneve

DELIGHT

MaroniDessert, vinneve

EXPLORING Unique places

Wettswil, vinneve

FOG

RickenbackSZ, vinneve

I am having a hard time publishing this and I wonder why, as this is now my 3rd attempt to publish this.  It will show as published but then the next day I cannot find it and so the viewers cannot see it too.  So I stop linking the words above as pingback.  I hope this will work this time so other readers can see this post.  If you are having a similar issue with WP please let me know by the comments below.  Thanks for checking, much appreciated.

Tschuss!!

 

 

 

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Zurich Universpital & around

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. - Sydney J. Harris

Going to the universities in Zurich is the same as going (click this link) to Focus Terra a small geological museum and also a university in itself.  This place is full of them, both… museums (we didn’t get the chance to view the zoological museum as it was close on a  Monday) and universities and yes there’s a hospital too!  

Below is another mode of transport. SEILBAHN (cable tram/funicular) near the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and a spacious square terrace nearby.  It is on the higher ground hence the reason there is a cable tram/funicular aside from the normal tram you can take on the other side of the road.  Either way, it’s always on time as Switzerland is known for precision.

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My photos surrounding these universities cannot do justice to the real beauty of it if you were there.  Cool January adds up to the charm of the place.
would be great if my son can enter into one of these universities someday.  He wants to study meteorology (he is half Swiss and only 11 today) or anything about Science.  I hope we can afford to do so and also if he can pass what is required.

It’s nice to dream while we are facing the world in chaos (link to the previous post).

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Focus Terra, Zurich

 

Allow me to post one of our travel backlogs last January 2020 while in Zurich, Switzerland.  Since my son and I love to go to a museum and we already been to the Swiss National Museum or also known as Landes Museum click the LINK (to read my older post about it)… I decided to see a smaller museum and it’s FREE to enter where some people don’t know that it exists, and yes harder to find if you are not familiar with the location. We got lost looking for a particular street on the map. So I make it easy by showing some photos below on what landmark to look from.

Here below is the Terra Focus, a museum about volcanoes, fossils, rocks, minerals, etc. Going there by public transport you have to take either Tram #9 or Tram #11, near the main train station Hauptbahnhof and tram stop @UniversitatSpital (University Hospital).  FYI.

Crystal @focusterra.zurich, vinneve

FocusTerra signage, vinneve

ETHZurich, vinneve

The brochures above are located inside the museum as it doubles as a University. See this LINK for more information if you happen to be interested in these subjects and wanted to study in Zurich.  ETH Zurich is one of the most prestigious universities in the world.  The location of Focus Terra is within the university belt and there’s a beautiful park nearby.  I will post some photos of the beautiful surrounding on my next blog. Please wait for it.  Tschuss!

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Destination: Dubai Parks and Resort

We were here 2 years ago but only went to LEGOLAND for our son to enjoy and no time to roam around after as it was late and we have to go drive almost 2 hours to go back home to Abu Dhabi.  So this year last January we finally able to get around and see what this big park can offer.

I highly recommended ROVE Parks Hotel as it is inside the Dubai Parks and Resort along with other resorts like LAPITA and 4 themed parks (Motiongate, 2 Legoland, Bollywood & Riverland).  We got a good deal at that time and 1 theme park ticket was included in our hotel accommodation. The room was enough for us, modern and clean.  The restaurant offers a buffet which is always good and it’s spacious inside with wooden style decors.  They also have a laundry room and a BIG plus is having kids playroom includes PlayStations, games, badminton, etc. (my son loves it!). Always check their website for more deals.  I would love to come back here if ever we go back to the UAE.

ROVE PARK HOTEL 

OUTLET VILLAGE MALL  all the branded shoes, bags, and clothing are here with some discounted prices.  It is also inside the Village of Dubai Parks and Resorts.  There are a lot of free shows inside so when you get tired and sit on the bench there are possibilities a new show will start for everyone to enjoy!  One more reason why you have to visit this place!

RIVERLAND beautiful landscapes and buildings surrounding the 4 themed parks with restaurants and souvenir shops.  They really developed this for the enjoyment of people strolling around, getting their selfies and instagramable photos. One day is not enough to see it all.  The place is HUGE  plus some theme parks inside and a connected resort (LAPITA) to this place.  How I wish we still have time to explore! 😦

I will definitely miss Dubai and other emirates (Cities) and of course my adopted city Abu Dhabi.  I am not sure if we will ever come back to the UAE as it depends on what the future will bring us.  Somehow it hurts that for now, we bid our farewell to the beautiful and tolerant country of the UAE.  I will look back on all the throwback memories on Facebook and can only reminiscent of the past while we were living in this Country.  There are times I took it for granted and all the luxuries in life we had but now I am truly grateful that I have experienced it all while we can.

Cheers and I hope you like some of the photos and may give you some ideas if you happen to be in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, not to mention other emirates who are also as beautiful and interesting as these two.  Please check my older post about it as per this LINK1 and LINK2Thanks for taking the time to read, like and comment.

 

 

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Qasr Al Watan, Abu Dhabi

I told myself that we will go to this amazing palace even for my last time as you now know… We are now going back to New Zealand for good. There’s a lot of photos actually but I cannot put it here as I don’t have enough space.  I made sure that we will experience all the beautiful places in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai.  FYI, as some of you get confused with the two Cities… both have their own interesting places but Abu Dhabi is more of a family-oriented place.  No traffic unlike in Dubai and more parks.  It’s a year of tolerance too!

I got a neck ache as I keep on looking up!  Even the ceilings are amazing!  So if ever you want to go in transit via Abu Dhabi make sure that you get the chance to get out.  It is so worth it.  FYI, Emirates Palace is also just a few minutes away from this place.  Though this Palace is located at the back so a van is included to bring you to Qasr Al Watan. It’s that big!  Cheers!

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Melbourne Hotspots

Melbourne is not really my favorite City in Australia but it brings good memories to me.  It is a beautiful city nevertheless.  The last time we came to visit was when my son was a little boy! (7 years ago) now he is a big boy, time flies! Most of these places were just being developed and seeing how it looks like now is just having a feeling of nostalgia.

Here below are the places we went to last July.  We only have 2 days to explore as we only went for a stopover before going back home to Auckland, New Zealand.

The Docklands

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The Docklands, vinneve

Sea Life  

St. Kilda Beach

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St.Kilda Beach, vinneve

Luna Park

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Luna Park, vinneve

National Gallery of Victoria

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Natl Gallery of Victoria, vinneve

Queen Victoria Gardens

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Queen Victoria Gardens, vinneve

Melbourne Museum

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Melbourne Museum, vinneve

World Heritage Site

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World Heritage Site, vinneve

Carlton Gardens

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Carlton Garden, vinneve

I don’t know when we can go back here to visit but surely if we continue to go back and forth to Abu Dhabi and using Australia for our connecting flights then surely we can visit one more time!

Next time please wait for my Auckland post, Parks and places here to go to.  Cheers!

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Melbourne Streets

This is a long-overdue travel backlog since July as for some reason I didn’t get the chance to write about this beautiful city in Australia.  The last time we were here my son is only 4yrs old and very impressionable as what most children are. He is now 11.  So yes, Melbourne is one of my fave cities in Australia.  Each City has its own identity.  So without further ado, I just pile some photos of each street we went and just a walking distance to our hotel which is IBIS Swanston.  It is a good location and just a walking distance to Melbourne Central.

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RMIT, vinneve foto

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Melbourne Central, vinnevefoto