RetroTravel: Taipei

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My first taste of a Chinese atmosphere is the opportunity to visit to Taipei, Taiwan last 1995. It was a very short trip so I only get a few sights to see in this very high-tech city that has hints of the mainland China. Currently, Taiwan Republic of China has disputes over the mainland China as the mother China wants to incorporate the island territory to itself as one like Hong Kong and Macau. The recognition of the country name is one of the issue especially in Olympics and beauty pageants that has been affected by the political issue. Those who recognizes the one China policy recognizes Taiwan ROC in the name of "Chinese Taipei." But no matter how controversial and sensitive is the political status of Taiwan, it is still one of the great places to explore in East Asia.

Taiwan is an island nation of about 36,000 square kilometers located off the coast of southeastern China, southwest of Okinawa and north of the Philippines. The island is governed by the Republic of China (Zhōnghuá Mínguó) or ROC. Shaped roughly like a sweet potato, the nation is home to more than 23 million people and is one of the most densely populated places in the world. Besides its crowded cities, Taiwan is also known for steep mountains and lush forests. In addition to the island of Taiwan, the Republic of China also governs the Pescadores (Penghu), Quemoy (Kinmen/Jinmen), and Matsu.

Taipei is the capital of Republic of China. It is the seat of the government as well as it is the largest city of Taiwan. It is located in the northern part of the island in a basin between the Yangming Mountains and the Central Mountains.

Taiwan is not usually high on the list of destinations for Western tourists. Perhaps this is because the island's international reputation has been shaped more by its IT prowess and longstanding political disputes with mainland China than its culture or tourism, and so many assume that there is very little, if anything, of interest for the casual visitor. However, despite this general perception, Taiwan actually boasts some very impressive scenic sites, and Taipei is a vibrant center of culture and entertainment. The island is also a center of Chinese pop culture with a huge and vibrant entertainment industry. Taiwanese cuisine is also highly regarded among other Asians.

As we of know, Taiwan (particularly the Tawainese celebrities) has been popular in the Philippines due to its distribution of Asian television series in the entertainment industry that has captured the hearts of many Filipinos. Who would not forget that Taiwan is the land of those Asian series that popularized Tawainese celebrities like Barbie Hsu and The F4 in their series "Meteor Garden." It was a massive hit in the country that the stars even visited the country to grant the fans wish to see them in Philippines soil. I myself watch the series.

Taipei is the city where we stay. In this travel, I am with my mom. During the flight, most of the passengers are Filipino overseas workers bound to the country. Taiwan is popularly known as the center of manufacturing industry in computer hardware products and assembly of its internal parts. Most overseas Filipino workers are bound to work in those factories. We stay in Ms. Bing Go's residence. She is a Filipino resident married to a Taiwanese husband. She is also running a Filipino store in the city with the help of another Filipino friend. And of course Filipino workers and residents frequents here store for the local goods that are not available in the country.

Downtown Taipei.
During my time of visit in Taipei, weather is cold maybe becuase of the winter December season. I used my jacket most of the time. But the cold weather are bearable at night but additional blows of wind makes it feel more colder. By day it is temperate cold.

Taipei is a very progressive city. There are many skyscrapercity around the city. The city is very urbanized with so many establishments around and up to date technology gadgets in the market. The city has an efficient Mass Rapid Transit system or MRT and bus services with signs and announcements also written in English to make it accessible for non-Chinese speaking visitors. Taxi is also common for transportation. Taiwanese are just like Chinese people. But its quite hard to interact with because of the language barrier and most of them are not fluent in speaking in English. But just like other Asians, they are friendly and warm.

One of best experience I won't forget in Taipei is eating a local soup. We went to Tomson Plaza to eat and also to see shopping items. It was my first time to use chopsticks! The soup was in a wide bowl with veggies and meat balls (but it looks fish balls to me) for individual serving. And the restaurant doesn't provide any other utensil except chopsticks and a plastic spoon with a wide dish (which I think used for the water part of the soup). Though there's a plactic spoon it doesn't look like one because it has a short neck and the dish is wide. Plus it is not suitable to eat the noodle part as it so I am really force to use the chopsticks. I gave it a try. I was hard to eat but I learned how to deal with it (in a hard and fun way hehe ^^).

Other attractions around Taipei are...
Taipei 101 - Officially known as the Taipei International Financial Center, this 101-floor, 508-meter high skyscraper is located in the Xinyi District of Taipei. It is the tallest completed building in the world. The tower is rich in symbolism. It was designed to resemble bamboo rising from the earth, a plant recognized in Asian cultures for its fast growth and flexibility, both of which are ideal characteristics for a financial building. The building is also divided into eight distinct sections, with eight being a number associated with prosperity in Chinese culture. The internal architecture of Taipei 101 is similarly awe-inspiring. Pay attention to ornate details on the structural beams, columns, and other elements. Taipei 101 is perhaps most notable for its feats of engineering. It has been the world's tallest building since 2004, as determined by three of the four standards designated by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. It also boasts the world's fastest elevators, which will zip visitors up to the 89th-floor observation deck in a mere 37 seconds (cost: NT$400 for adults, NT$370 for kids under 12). It's worth taking a ride up, as the views are stunning. The best time to visit would be in the late afternoon when you spend a couple of hours and see both day and night views of Taipei. For an additional NT$100, you can also go up to the outdoor observatory on the 91st floor. Don't forget to look toward the middle of the building, where you'll see one of the massive gold dampers that keep the building steady. Attached to the tower is a large, up-scale mall. While the stores are unremarkable in that they offer the same brand-names as stores in other major cities around the world, the open and spacious design of the structure itself definitely makes it worth a visit.

Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall - constructed in the memory of Dr. Sun Yat-sen who is the founding father of the Republic of China. The construction of the Memorial commenced in 1965 in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of Sun Yat-sen's birth. It was opened in May 16, 1972, with the majestic architecture and placid landscape covering an area of some 115,500 sq. meters. The park named Zhongshan Park marks the front yard of the Hall. On the inside, there is a 19-foot bronze statue of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, watched over the day by motionless military honor guards, along with a library of 400 seats storing over 1.4 millions books. The 100 meter long Zhongshan corridor links the main hall to the four large exhibition buildings where contemporary arts and historical articles are frequently on display. The Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall has grown into much of a community center, and is much less touristy than the newer and larger Chiang Kai-shek Memorial. There is an auditorium which has weekly lectures and seminars on aspects of art and life. It is also a popular site for public concerts.

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall - controversially renamed the "National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall" by the DPP, this building is the symbol of both Taipei and the Republic of China. It is here that the nation's flag is raised every morning, and the huge court yard in front of the memorial serves as a place for both national celebrations as well as a platform to voice one's disapproval of the government. The memorial consists of a large bronze statue of Chiang Kai-shek, watched over by two motionless honor guards who are replaced every hour in a rifle twirling ceremony (though this ritual has been suspended due to political wrangling). Downstairs, there is a museum of Chiang's life, complete with his sedans and uniforms. Even if you are not into memorials, the gardens, with their Chinese style ponds, are definitely worth a visit.

Day and night drama of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.
National Theater Hall and National Concert Hall - located in the grounds of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial, it is an are excellent place to see performances of a Taiwanese play or a dance troupe. They also host many international events. The building's neo-classic Chinese architecture is especially stunning when flood-lit at night.

The National Palace Museum - the world's best collection of Chinese historical artifacts and antiquities. The museum is located in Shilin. The nearest MRT station is Shilin, with frequent buses from Shilin heading for the Palace Museum. Look for the displays on the buses. Some are written in English. It's a must-see for first time visitors.

Taipei Botanical Garden – The gardens are nearest MRT station 'Xiaonanmen' on the green line between the MRT Ximen station and MRT C.K.S Memorial Hall station. This beautiful garden has inspired the citizens of Taipei for over one hundred years. The lotus ponds are a hallmark of the park and are especially captivating when the these symbols of peace are in full bloom and swaying in the summer breeze. The gardens are close to the National Museum of History.

Longshan Temple – This temple is where countless generations of Taipei citizens have come to pray and seek guidance at times of trouble. As the temple is dedicated to Guanyin (the Buddhist representation of compassion) it is officially defined as Buddhist, but there is a great amount of folk religion mixed into the fabric of the beliefs at this temple. However, if you want to feel the real heartbeat of Taipei, one that is far removed from the skyscrapers and shopping malls of East Taipei, this is the place to come. It just oozes with character, although don't come expecting to find teachings on meditation. The area around Longshan Temple, Wanhua, is one of the original districts of Taipei. And, while much of the traditional architecture has been lost, the area still maintains a traditional feel. It is here that the blind masseurs congregate to offer their skill. Likewise, this is the area where the Taiwanese come to learn who they should marry or what to name their children by consulting one of the many fortune tellers that set up shop along the roads and alleys around the temple.

Dalongdong is at the Datong District's north end, north of Dadaocheng and is one of the oldest communities in Taipei. Baoan Temple and Confucius Temple are both famous historical sites located in this area. Baoan Temple - Baoan is a Taoist temple and one of the leading religious sites in Taipei. The temple's main deity is the emperor Baosheng, the god of medicine. The mural paintings and sculptures that adorn the the building are considered some of the most impresive in Taiwan, and the temple won acclaims in the 2003 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards. Confucius Temple - Just next to Baoan Temple, the Confucius Temple was built in 1879 when the Qing Court changed Taipei into a prefecture of the Province of Fujian, China. It was established to serve as the largest educational center in northern Taiwan. Every September 28th, a large number of people from Taiwan and abroad come here to watch a solemn Confucius birthday ceremony and eight-row dance.

In addition to these landmarks and temples, Taipei also offers bath in hot springs and hosts numerous festivals throughout the year like the The Lantern Festival and Dragon Boat Festival. There are also a number of theme parks in Taipei like Taipei Zoo and Leofoo Village Theme Park. I wish I have visited those places I have mentioned. I hope in another opportunity to visit Taiwan I will be able to visit those exciting places.

Taipei also boasts of large shopping districts and areas. Xinyi District is the seat of the Taipei mayor's office and the Taipei city council. The Taipei Convention Hall, the Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei 101, Taipei City Hall, and various shopping malls and entertainment venues make Xinyi the most modern cosmopolitan district of Taipei. Xinyi District is also considered the financial district of Taipei. Xinyi District is anchored by a number of department stores and malls. In addition, numerous restaurants are located in the area, especially American chain restaurants.

Shilin Night Market has stores selling good, hand bags, clothing, and more. Most of the merchandise consists of imitations. Miramar Entertainment Park is a standard shopping center with the usual merchandise. It houses the only IMAX theatre in Taiwan as well as the Miramar ferris wheel which offers great views of Taipei city.

Ximending - is the trendy shopping area just west of Downtown. It's popular with local students. If it's pink, plastic, and imported from Japan, you can probably find it on sale in a store here. The Core Pacific Living Mall - reportedly Asia's largest shopping center under one roof, has many stores open 24 hours a day. It also has a large food court, cinema complex, and the nightclub Plush.

Other destinations outside Taipei that are worthy to see are: Kaohsiung - the second largest city in Taiwan and is located in the south of the island. Kaohsiung is known for its harbor, although more for commercial than tourism reasons. Hence it is also known as the Harbor Capital of Taiwan. Its year-round fine weather and the low cost of living makes Kaohsiung a must for visitors to Taiwan. Alishan - misty forests of giant cypresses and amazing sunrises at the center of the island, reached by a scenic narrow-gauge train. Kenting National Park - located at the extreme southern tip of the island, this park is famous for its beaches and lush vegetation. Sun Moon Lake - nestled at 2,500 feet in lofty mountains in Nantou County, this lake is famous for its clear sparkling blue water and picturesque mountain backdrop. Taipingshan - a historic logging area and one of Taiwan's most scenic spots. Located in Yilan County. Taroko Gorge - an impressive gorge located off the east coast. Yangmingshan National Park - spanning a mountain range overlooking. Taipei. Yushan - at 3,996m the highest mountain in not just Taiwan, but all East Asia.

I wish to learn and explore more about these places and landmarks of Taiwan and Taipei as an overnight trip is not enough to see everything it offers. There is more than information technology prowess and center of industrial manufacturings which the country is popularly known for. There is more than its Taipei 101. There is more than about its Asian TV series. It has a charm like what Barbie Hsu and F4 has that made everyone in Asia craze for. It is a country with wonderful culture and sights to experience. Discover those wonders and charms of Taiwan. 

For more information about Taiwan visit Wikitravel: Taiwan and Wikitravel: Taipei.


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RetroTravel: Taipei is part of my RetroTravel series where I recall my past travels and old adventures  in pre-digital era of pictures. My travel date to Taipei, Taiwan happened in December 1-2, 1995.  Photo credits from flickr.com by jaqi & peony, skimvision, elqui, orandajin, oxone and yeowatzup.


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It's officially summer!

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It's officially summer! February maybe the love month but for me it is officially the start of Summer 2009! I can feel the air of summer... The breeze of of warm summer air makes me craze for a summer escape. Temperature rises too! Its getting hot and warm around and that signifies that summer has arrived. I wonder where my feet will bring me to spend a good vacation this summer... because plans for it seems vague for me. But I do not know what might happen next as summer runs until May.

Summer is a great time to escape to another place. That is why many travellers go to beaches this summer because of the warm atmosphere. While others goes to cool/cold places to get away from the hot and humid temperatures of summer. This is also a great to spend quality time with your family, friends or with your special someone. This is also one of the reason why summer is a perfect time to travel. Summer is my favorite time of the year because aside from the fact it is a perfect time to travel... it is also the best time to create happy memories. Most of the happy memories I remember are unforgettable summer memories. It is so tireless to remember it again and again.

I am sweating in heat... no one can stop the arrival of summer. The heat is on! And feeling the air of summer makes me suddenly miss Puerto Galera and Boracay... two places I have been last summer. I remember the beach, snorkel with my friends, the beautiful nature, island hopping, the sunset and the night out clubbing... How I wish to return to those places again this summer! I missed those days of summer escapades.


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RetroTravel: Sydney

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The land down under, Australia is one of most beautiful countries I have visited in the past! It is one of the most livable place on earth for me too. Particularly, Sydney - the economic and cultural heart of Australia which is also one of the most economic progressive city in the world. I remember it as one of the most friendliest place for tourists as its sites and landmarks for visits are all near the city of Sydney. The city of Sydney is one of the most modern and urbanized cities that I have seen.

The iconic architectural wonders of Sydney.
Australia is the only country that has a whole continent itself. World famous for its natural wonders and wide open spaces, its beaches, deserts, "the bush", and "the Outback", Australia is actually one of the world's most highly urbanised countries. It is also well known for the cosmopolitan attractions of its large cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth. (http://wikitravel.org/en/Australia).

Sydney is the capital city of the south-eastern
Australian state of New South Wales, situated on Port Jackson, a waterway including Sydney Harbour, Middle Harbour, North Harbour, and the Lane Cove and Parramatta Rivers. With a population of just over 4.25 million, Sydney—the "Harbour City"—remains the largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia. Sydney holds a reputation worldwide as one of the world's most beautiful and livable cities, brimming with historical associations and globally influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, cuisine and design. The city is also home to many unique architectural styles, including the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, two of the most iconic structures on the planet. Sydney is a dynamic centre for Australian economic activity and one of the most important cities for finance in the Asia-Pacific region. Sydney was also the host of the 2000 Olympic Games, which successfully raised the city's global profile. Though comprised of a large, sometimes sprawling population, Sydney nonetheless retains many large public spaces and lush green park lands—the city is literally surrounded by national parks, which extend even into the suburbs and the shores of the harbour. (http://wikitravel.org/en/Sydney)

Sydney is the city where we stayed. It is my first international travel out of the Philippines. I remember how excited I was to visit Australia back then when I was 9 years-old. On my first travel in 1992, it was only me and my mom. We stayed in her friends house who are long time resident there. Flights of Philippine Airlines then had side stops in Brisbane and Melbourne, so I got a glimpse of those cosmopolitan cities too. On my second visit the following year, I travel with my sister, Argee and with my mom again.

It is also during those visit that falls on the Holy Week season because of the months of March and April. I remember during that time when we visited there malls, there are no much celebration on Holy Week unlike here in the Philippines. But what I noticed is that they are more eager on celebrating the Easter Sunday. Their malls are already posted with Easter greetings during the Holy Week. And almost all stores are selling colorful wrapped chocolate Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies too. It was such a delight for kids like me then.

My impression of Sydney is that it is a very cosmopolitan city that welcomes all people of ethnicities to visit and see its wonders. But most importantly, it invites everyone to live in its friendly communities. The city itself has already the most number of tourist spot and places of of interests to visit. Most notable were Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.

Downtown Sydney

Two of the most iconic place structures in Sydney that I have seen were the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Sydney Opera House has a large area for sigthseeing the movements in the harbour area of Sydney. It is situated on an edge that faces a wide body of water. If you will turn 360 degrees from the place you can see the Harbour Bridge, the skyscrapers of Sydney and the sailings of boats and ferries in the harbor area. But the priceless dramatic view of from the area is the Sydney Opera house itself and the Sydney Harbour Bridge from morning 'til evening. 

The Sydney Opera House is situated in Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour. It is a multi-venue for performing arts like theatre, opera and ballet presentations. It houses various concert halls, theatres and multi-purpose venues. So if you feel like watching operas or theatre performances, it is a great venue to see the performing arts of Australia. The Opera House is so iconic because of its outer designed after "shells" closely tucked together. It was perfectly placed in Sydney Harbour on the edge of the water that it looks like shells resting on the sand of a beach from afar. The Opera House was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 28 June 2007. It is one of the world's most distinctive 20th century buildings, and one of the most famous performing arts centres in the world.

Sydney Harbour Bridge is another iconic structure in Sydney. It is one of the most recognizable bridge in the world. You can greatly admire the view of this bridge from the Opera House. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore. The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbour, and the nearby Sydney Opera House is an iconic image of both Sydney and Australia. The bridge is locally nicknamed "The Coathanger"or "Colin" because of its arch-based design. It is also possible for tourists to have a bridge climb arrangement on the bridge for a fee but camera are not allowed to be with the climbers and has to pass some tests. (See Wikipedia: Sydney Habour Bridge)

One of Sydney's mega structure wonder - The Harbour Bridge.
360 Degree view of Sydney from Sydney Tower.
Around Sydney, we also visited Circular Quay and Sydney Tower (where a 360 degree view of Sydney can be seen). Circular Quay is a locality in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is located on the northern edge of the Sydney central business district on Sydney Cove, between Bennelong Point and The Rocks. It is part of the local government area of the City of Sydney. Circular Quay is made up of walkways, pedestrian malls, parks and restaurants. It hosts a number of ferry quays and a train station. Sydney Tower is Sydney's tallest free-standing structure, and the second tallest in Australia. It is also the third tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere. The tower stands 305 m (1,001 ft) above the Sydney CBD, being located at 100 Market Street, between Pitt and Castlereagh Streets. It is accessible from the Pitt Street Mall, and sits upon Centrepoint (to which the tower is often referred), an office and shopping centre development. The tower is open to the public, and is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in the city, being visible from a number of vantage points throughout town and from adjoining suburbs. The tower has a maximum capacity of 960 people. Travel from the ground to the tower is via three high speed double-deck elevators that reach the observation deck in approximately 40 seconds if on maximum speed, this depends on wind conditions at the time.

Sydney Tower.

Other attractions in Sydney that I wish to visit next time were Taronga Zoo and Sydney Aquarium. Taronga Zoo is a city zoo in Sydney. It is located on the shores of Sydney Harbour in the suburb of Mosman. Divided into eight zoogeographic regions, Taronga Zoo is home to over 2,600 animals on 21 hectares, making it one of the largest of its kind. Sydney Aquarium is a public aquarium located in Sydney on the eastern side of Darling Harbour to the north of Pyrmont Bridge. The aquarium contains a large variety of Australian aquatic life, displaying more than 650 species comprising more than 6,000 individual fish and other sea and water creatures from most of Australia's water habitats. Its key exhibits are a series of underwater, see-through, acrylic glass tunnels where sharks swim above visitors, and recreation of a Great Barrier Reef coral environment. I would like to see the famed Bondi Beach. The closest ocean beach to the centre of Sydney, Bondi has become synonymous with Sydney's beach lifestyle, and is very popular with tourists, residents, and resident tourists. Aside from coastal sightseeing around the beach you can also swim and surf too! Surfing is one of the popular activities. Plus Bondi is also a great place to dine with numerous restos and drinking bars around.

Other cities that are interesting to visit in Australia are: Brisbane - the capital of Queensland and a gateway to numerous city sightseeings, museums and sandy beaches with an atmosphere of urban city. Melbourne - Australia's second largest city but also the shopping destination of the country aside from being the sport and cultural capital. It is also regarded as Australia's most European city in style. Perth - the most remote continental capital city on earth, on the south-western edge of Western Australia and offers some of the best beaches of the country and excellent wine tasting. Other cities to see in Australia are Cairns, Darwin and Adelaide.

There are other great sites outside of Sydney, these are natural wonders of Great Barrier Reef and Uluru (or Ayers Rock). Uluru is a single massive rock formation along with Kata Tjuta (a range of rock domes) are part of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Northern Territory state of Australia. It is a UNESCO world heritage site. While, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral formation in the world, located off the Pacific coast of Queensland, Australia. It is home to a spectacular array of marine life and offers awesome diving opportunities. It is a UNESCO world heritage site too.

But what I am longing to see is the Whitsunday Island. Based from the internet site pictures I saw, its white sand beaches are breathtaking especially in Whitehaven beach. Whitehaven beach's main attraction is the pure white silica sand, along a seven kilometre (four or five mile) stretch. Other unique attractions in the island are its islets and coves. What I like are the picturesque strips of white sands in a main inlet bounded by shallow waters. Day trip is possible as well as camping in the island. The Whitsunday Islands are a group of 74 islands that lie off the coast of Queensland, Australia and form part of the Great Barrier Reef. The islands are one of the most popular Australian tourist destinations. The vast majority of islands are designated national parks and major attractions include access to coral reefs for snorkeling and diving, pristine beaches, especially Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island and clear aquamarine warm waters. They are well connected by two major airports on Hamilton Island and the mainland town of Proserpine. Over half a million visitors come to the Whitsundays each year.

One of the best natural wonders of Australia - Whithaven Beach.
Whitehaven Beach in Whitsunday Island.
What I also like in Australia is that it is home of unique animals like the Kangaroo and Koala. The two animals I believe are indigeneous or originated only in Australia. Kangaroo has been an iconic symbol for Australia while the Koala too in popular cultures, logos, mascots and emblems in the country. Other unique faunas in Australia are Echidnas and Platypus. Both are unique as the only mammals that lays an egg instead of giving birth to a young. Platypus is also endemic to Australia while echidna is a spiny mammal that resembles porcupines.

Kangaroo - one of the icons of Australia.
The cuddly Koala - an animal very associated with Australia.
There are still so many places to discover in Australia. In Sydney alone, four to six day stay is not enough to explore the places of interests of the city. Standard of living is high so there is a number of Filipino immigrants living there. As I have said, it is one of the livable place to live so there are many immigrants of different cultures. Sydney is one of the multicultural melting pot of the country. I wish to visit it again in the future especially the places I never been to in this country of kangaroos.

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RetroTravel: Sydney is part of my RetroTravel series in which I share my old travel stories in the past during the times where digital camera is not yet popular hence the pictures. Sydney is my first international travel and one of my travels that I vividly remembers.  My trip to Sydney happened way back in April 24-27, 1992, my first trip and followed in March 30 - April 4, 1993. Some pictures came from flickr.com and credited to Mcree and Michael Mcdonough.


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Drifted

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Drifted

You took me away
You swept me to go in the ocean
To swim in the sea of love and play
Now, I step in the shore of this ocean again,

I feel the slow caress of water
It momentarily eases the agony of feelings in me
The coldness from my submerge body starts to cover
But the coldness of water jolt along with pain I'm living now,

The pain is burdening my heart,
It is heavier than what I carry on my shoulders
Endlessly, it tore my heart apart
How bad it hurts inside of me?

How much pain can love cost?
It torments my feelings in almost eternal torture
Pain succumb my consciousness in lost,
It is nibbling my heart into pieces of shattered glass

The pain that I'm feeling now is because of you,
You broke me into pieces
I am now a shattered puzzle because of you
Now, I cannot find myself anymore,

I heard a sad love song from beyond
It only makes me sadder much
I'm getting deeper in despond
No one can save me now

The currents of water glides my arms
To float in this sea of sorrow
I become fool because of your charms
Now your love cause my sulled anguish

I looked above the gloomy sky
All I see were melancholic clouds,
When will sun shine in my sky?
When I am all depress because of your love

Flipping my feet to float against the waters, I'm dejected,
My world is now morose
I'm disheartened with this heartache's thread,
I never thought drowning in this pain,

I'm becoming numb for the pain has totally destroyed me
I'm tired of living this pain
And so I submit to eternal lost of foresee
I am forever drifting in this currents of water.
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This my special Valentine entry. Now don't get me wrong that I am becoming bitter because I posted a sad love poem for this special day for lovers. It is not that I don't have happy lovelife but I want to deviate from the usual happy love poems that is mostly read. It is a milestone in my poem writing history as this is not just an ordinary poem but my first sad love poem written. I usually write happy love poems (see my previous posts) but this time I try to explore writing the other subject of love poems. I wrote it last July 26, 2006 and it is about how painful is to be heart broken that can lead you drowning in pain.

Well, I hope you like it and let me hear comments from you. Happy Heart's Day!


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RetroTravels

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In my next travel trip postings, it will be labeled as "RetroTravels" - those are my past travel adventures that I have swingaround dating back in 1992 where my first travel trip experience was in Sydney, Australia. From there, I will share my succeding travel trips that I have gone places with and it will conclude to my latest outbound travel in 2006 in Seoul, Korea. I hope you enjoy reading my last year's travel hopping in Puerto Galera, Boracay and Guam. I also look forward to experience more travel adventure so I can share it here. I also look forward of hearing comments from you.

Have a super day!


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Going Green

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I want to start the year of "Going Places" to promote "Going Green." I have been recently becoming aware about the preservation of our environment. And I believe that I won't enjoy the places I have traveled if it is not cared for its preservation. I want to campaign for "Going Green" because I would like all of us to be aware of our environment, how can we bring changes to it and how we will preserve it in our small ways. The beautiful tourist places we have in the country will benefit the most if we start "going green" today. Maybe you have probably heard of climate change and global warming that becomes an environmental turmoil lately but we are mostly affected by pollution. And so the community we live in.

By going green means doing positive changes to our enviroment and to our community in our own ways. Let's start practicing "going green" by doing these simple 5 things...

1.) Keep your trash! Whenever a place you go, keep your small trashes like candy wrappers or tissue to your pockets until you find a trash can where you can dispose it.

2.) Let's recycle! Newspapers and old papers sheets can be use again, find ways or sell it junk shop.

3.) Walk! If the the place your going to is just near a corner, just walk instead riding vehicles that emits harmful gases. You already work your muscles! You also do contribute to a clean environment.

4.) Save! Close water faucet if not needed, doing so will conserve water. Switch off light if not needed to save energy.

5.) Pay it forward! Be a model by showing this simple practice to kids and/or teach about these green tips to your friends.

The basic 3 Rs are easy to do!
Of course, there are a hundred more simple ways than these I have mentioned. But I think these basic 5 are easily attainable. Those are small and personal ways to go green in preserving our environment. Those maybe small steps but from here you can make a big impact. See, going green is easy. And it is benificial to all of us. It is not too late to save our environment. So let's act now! Just don't think green. Go green!


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