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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!

AROUND LUZERN 

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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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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Hotel de Oriente, vinneve foto

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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Playground, vinneve foto

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Outside with Kalesa waiting, vinneve foto

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… ” 

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Destination: Venice/Venezia, Italy

Venice or Venezia, ITALY.

(Like Paris)  I never thought I will visit this place.  I only see them in the movies and gushing what a beautiful place it is!  Only in my wildest dream I can see it, or so I thought… until a change of luck or fate in my life that I’m able to do all this traveling.  Thanks to GOD for all the blessings and/or blessing in disguises.

I’ve got the chance of having a day trip to Venice from Milan with my cousins (thanks to them) and my boy in tow.  I actually choose Turin/ Torino before because I like less crowd and less expenses as it will be less expensive than Venice and Florence I believe, but they told me it’s a must to see Venice and so we all go!  Here comes the whole day of walking and taking hundreds of photos of the sceneries and selfies and lot’s of CROWDS to do some photo bombing when taking your own photos.  I found some opportunities still to put into this blog for you all to enjoy.  But I must admit… Venice is not what I used to see in romantic movies old or new.  It’s a very hot sunny day and full of crowds. The water is filled with people on a boat ride (gondola) and unfortunately, the sea and it’s canals are not that clean anymore. I find their buildings and their architectures amazing though.  Beware of the expenses and try to save for your trip here so you can really enjoy touring and dining!

By Train from Milan  to S.Lucia  … this is the STOP and yes you see the crowds full of them everywhere so just get used to it especially in Summer. 

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Venize @bridgeview, vinneve     

Make sure you don’t get lost in so many alleys!!  And see below photo to where is the public toilet (3rd photo chapel turn left, CR with pay).  Please enlarge the photos and to see the captions.  I like the similarities of their architecture in Milan and Turin… only differs with history.

I have so many photos but I can only put just a few here sorry!  I will leave you with a sweet glazed chocolates in different shapes and forms! Thanks for checking!

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Venice Chocs, vinneve 

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Was it luck or fate? You choose.

In response to the Daily Post: LUCK

In response to the Daily Post: VIVID

In response to the Daily Post: WISH 

Related link to this post if you have time to check: COINCIDENCE OR FATE?

Luck is where opportunity meets preparation. - Seneca

There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed. - Napoleon Bonaparte

January 2015 – My hubby just resigned from his job in Australia about to go back home to New Zealand and in about 2 days before the landline being deactivated… an important surprise call came that changed our lives. An offer. A once in a lifetime opportunity not to be missed, however, changes we need to rearrange our plans.

February 2015 – Back in NZ and celebrating Chinese New Year Lantern Festival in Auckland.  A wish came true (after throwing a piece of paper with wishes on it on top of the tree) or was it just LUCK or fate destined to happen?.  

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Wishing tree, AKL NZ CNY 2015

Showing some VIVID images from Auckland Chinese NY Lantern Festival.  The last one we have attended in New Zealand.  It was fun and a good memory to cherish.

Cheers! 🙂  

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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:  DesireThe Road Taken,  AridAgainst 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! 😉

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

somewhere in Hawkes Bay

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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Daily Prompt: Giant Bird

via Daily Prompt: Giant

This is in response to the Daily Prompt: GIANT.

This “giant bird” helps me to go to a place, whether for business or pleasure it continue to amaze and give a constant feeling of adventure!

 

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over the top of Swiss Mountains, vinneve photo1

 

 

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vinneve photo 2, Swiss Mountains

 

 

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Horizon, vinneve photo

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UAE, AD. vinneve photo

Going back to UAE, Abu Dhabi.

For more posts about Switzerland please see the LINK 1 & LINK 2 and some decisions to be made as per this LINK 3.  More posts to come but please be patient as I always don’t have the Golden time to do so.  It is worth the wait, though!  Cheers!