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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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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 – when 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 Zürich 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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Sunsets in 3 different World of mine

This is for the Weekly Photo Challenge : RISE/SET

You live in the image you have of the world. Every one of us lives in a different world, with different space and different time. Alejandro Jodorowsky 

I don’t know why but I don’t think I ever have a sunrise photo in my lifetime which is a pity! Perhaps it’s because I am a “night owl” than an “early bird”… but this one thing I know, wherever you are in the World, whether it’s sunset or sunrise, you make the life more colourful as long as there is LOVE and PEACE in your heart and yes, keep dreaming (but do something about it) to reach your goals!

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Now presenting the three homes in my life through it’s sunset setting. Enjoy!

The Philippines, Batangas province SUNSET

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friends&sunset, vinneve

United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi SUNSET

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AD, vinneve 

New Zealand, Auckland SUNSET

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AklNZ, vinneve/Jun

Cheers! Thanks for reading or browsing… 😉

 

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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 Piñas, 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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Moa2,vinneve foto

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Enchanting places….

Happiness overload especially having fun with your loved ones!

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Moa ride, vinneve foto

BUT never forget… 

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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 Zürich.  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. 🙂  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 Zürich 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 Zürich… 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 Zürich 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!