Today, I receive all God’s love for me. Today, I open myself to the unbounded, limitless, overflowing abundance of God’s Universe. Today, I open myself to your Blessings, healing and miracles.Today, I open myself to God’s Word so that I become more like Jesus Everyday. Today, I proclaim that I’m God’s Beloved, I’m God’s Servant, I’m God’s powerful champion, And because I am blessed, I will bless the world, In Jesus Name, Amen.

RUPTURED BRAIN ANEURYSM: Living with a Broken Brain

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Friday, October 8, 2010

SHENZHEN, CHINA




The Window of the World (Chinese世界之窗 (alternatively 小人国)pinyinShìjiè zhī Chuāng) is a theme park located in the western part of the city of Shenzhen in the People's Republic of China


It has about 130 reproductions of some of the most famous tourist attractions in the world squeezed into 48 hectares (480,000 square meters). 


The 108 meter (354 ft) tall Eiffel Tower dominates the skyline and the sight of the Pyramids and the Taj Mahal all in proximity to each other are all part of the appeal of this theme park.


I went there together with my cousins and friends and we had so much fun exploring the whole park from sun up to sun down.


My cousin and I even rode the lift @ the eifel tower! It was shaking at the top so we went down right away, scary! ha ha ha!

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MACAU: THE VENETIAN HOTEL


MACAU: The Venetian Hotel

We visited Macau from Manila, Philippines via Philippine Airlines (PAL) plane which flies directly to Macau daily. It is a small plane much like what AIR ASIA uses.
When you step inside the Venetian Hotel complex, you would feel that you are in Europe.
The famous Gondola ride in Macau The Venetian Hotel
A view from the sidelines


BASIC FACTS ABOUT HONGKONG


Hong Kong - THE BEST DESTINATION FOR FIRST TIME INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS!

Basic Information: 

  • A British Colony Until 1997 Handover to China
  • Currency: Hong Kong Dollar (Approx. 1HKD = 6PHP)
  • Electricity is same as Philippines, 220V but sockets are different
  • Summers are Wet, Hot and Humid (April to October) | Winters are Cold and Dry (December to February)
  • Territory is relatively small but very dense, packed and fast-paced lifestyle
  • Right-hand drive, look at left and right sides when crossing the street
  • Visa is NOT required for Filipino citizens (maximum stay of 14 days)
  • Do not be worried about HK immigrations, nothing to fear when you don't have plans of being a TNT
  • Primary Language: Cantonese | Secondary: English and Mandarin
  • Standard of Living is much higher than the Philippines so expect everything to be more expensive starting with bottled water
  • 1 Hour ferry ride to Macau (Visa NOT Required for Macau, Passport needed)
  • Shenzhen is accessible from HK by Train (KCR). CHINESE VISA REQUIRED.
  • Common sense for safety is required, watch out for pickpockets and "salisi" gangs.
  • Hong Kong is a very tourist friendly city, signs are all bilingual and are everywhere. You can hardly get lost.
  • Hong Kong is much much more than Ocean Park and Disneyland.
  • Hong Kong consists of 3 major parts: Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong Island and New Territories.
  • Hong Kong is synonymous to walking, prepare for long walks so bring comfortable shoes
  • Travelling around HK: The subway (MTR) will take you to most places, if not, the bus will. If there are 4 of you, the taxi sometimes becomes a cheaper and more convenient alternative to the subway.
  • Do not be afraid to explore HK, in the case you get lost, just head to the nearest MTR exit or take a taxi and give your address.
  • A 5 minute walk for Hongkongers means 10 minutes walk for Filipinos (since most of them are briskwalkers).
  • Hong Kong may seem small but it takes time to fully appreciate it.
  • Hong Kong is generally safe even for solo/female travellers but common-sense and vigilance is still required.
  • Left-Side of the Escalator is for people who are in a hurry, do not block their path by staying on this side.
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DO-IT-YOURSELF LABUAN, MALAYSIA


DO-IT-YOURSELF LABUAN, MALAYSIA


If you are in Brunei and planning to have a day trip to Labuan, Malaysia, you can do it yourself!
We took the earliest bus from the bus terminal in Bandar Seri Begawan ( the capital and largest city of the Sultanate of Brunei) to get to the main ferry terminal in Brunei - the Serasa Ferry Terminal in MUARA before 7:30 a.m. Good thing that buses normally left at 8:00 a.m. because they usually wait for another 30 minutes to get more passengers. Yes, as many as possible but they sail even with only one passenger aboard. The terminal is about 25 kms. from Bandar Seri Begawan. 
Getting there: There are purple buses (No. 38) linking the ferry terminal with  Bandar Seri Begawan. Earliest Bus leaves at around 6:40 a.m. The shuttle costs B$2 per person and takes about 40 minutes to an hour to arrive at the ferry terminal from the bus terminal in Bandar Seri Begawan. Or you can just take a tour van / taxi. Bus leaves the terminal even if there are only (4) four passengers like in our case.
Please note that you need to pay a tax  or "cukai kepala" to get out of Brunei. Currently slated @ B$2 per ferry ticket. Inquire at the counter or travel agents if you didn't get the tax coupon when purchasing the tickets.
There are five (5) scheduled Ferries that leaves Brunei to Labuan, Malaysia everyday. With additional service on weekends. Ferries from Brunei to Labuan usually take about an hour to an hour and a half. The ticket price is B$15  for adults plus a B$1.00 terminal fee. Child is B$10.

Note: Always bring your passport with you. I am not connected in anyway to the above travel agents nor I was given any commission whatsoever. I just thought some of you might like to call to double check about the schedules. Please leave a comment if you like me to edit the picture so I could take out the name and contact # of that travel agent. Thank you.
Unlike the KK-Brunei direction, there is no two-ferry "package" nor can you book tickets in advance.

A single journey ticket from Labuan to Brunei will cost you 35 Malaysian Ringit.  There are two ferries on a daily basis. One leaves at 8 AM, the other at 1:30 PM.

The ferry is air-conditioned. It gets a bit cold inside the ferry so better bring a light sweater. There's a TV in front playing a comedy series in Bahasa language. 

At the arrival hall of Labuan are flyers and counters for renting cars or motorbikes which are popular choices for foreigners who would like to explore the city on their own. Rental of a motorbike costs around 30 ringgit per day. Rent for a Proton Gen-2 car would cost you some 70 ringgit, which is not bad for driving around Labuan in style. You will also see lots of paper ads for different guest houses in Labuan.
There's a lot of Filipinos in Labuan especially at the duty-free stores. They work there either as cashier or saleslady/ salesman.
According to a Pinoy who showed us around Labuan, some Filipinos are undocumented workers who arrived in Labuan as tourist. There is rampant forgery of work permits and identifications cards (ICs) in Labuan. The outflow of Muslims from Mindanao to Sabah was welcomed by Malaysia. Human smuggling become lucrative and corruption becomes rampant in recent years.
Please be warned that a lot of Filipinas ended up in prostitution dens in this little island town of Malaysia. Some even allegedly end up in drug trafficking. This is so sad. I hope the Philippine government would do something about this.
Going Back from Labuan Malaysia to Brunei:

The Labuan Ferry Terminal is an international port. So, you would have to go through the immigration counter if you are going to or coming from Brunei.
  
The terminal is small so getting lost is not an issue. The ticket counter is just next to the arrival hall.

Both ferries in our Brunei to Labuan and  Labuan to Brunei journey were not full. 

Lots of vacant seats are available. The toilet was pretty nasty though. It has a flush but the toilet looked so unsanitary. And the smell inside the ferry is not something you’d really like. It smells like crude oil.  The ferry ride lasts for just less than an hour and a half.

Upon arrival at MUARA Terminal in Brunei, you have to line up for the immigration again. And then you would have to have your things go through the Customs’ X-Ray.  I saw some Ferry Terminal police officer and security guards watching a Tagalog teleserye dubbed in Malay. They were watching Jericho Rosales. Lol!

There's a bus waiting for passengers outside MUARA Terminal, Brunei. We immediately boarded the bus that brought us back to the city center of BSB. Muara belongs to a different district. BSB is also in a different area, so expect around 40 minutes to an hour of travel.  Fare is B$2

Enjoy!


KUALA LUMPUR MALAYSIA



AYUTTHAYA THAILAND: Enchanting City


AYUTTHAYA THAILAND: Enchanting City
Ayutthaya (อยุธยา), full name Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya (พระนครศรีอยุธยา), is an ancient capital and modern city in the Central Plains of Thailand, 85 km north of Bangkok. We rode the train from Bangkok for a day tour in Ayutthaya.

Upon arrival, we went to the floating restaurant a few minutes away from 

We cross the river by ferry boat.

We were so impressed with what Ayutthaya could offer. After our tour I must say that it became one of my favorite places on earth.  Ayutthaya Thailand houses the giant smiling leaning Buddha. Shown above in our selfie shot.

People in Ayutthaya, Thailand are so friendly we though they were also Pinoys.






The ruins reminds me of Angkor, Ta Prohm, Phnom Bakheng and Phnom Kulen, where Lara Croft shoot some of her scenes in the movie.









I asked this vendor if she is from ILOCOS 'coz she sells TUPIK ha ha ha!









MY FAVORITE CALENDAR LIKE VIEW FROM AYUTTHAYA THIS PICTURE IS UNEDITED I took this picture using our point and shoot camera.











MODEL NG RUINS









LARA CROFT PERSONIFIED HA HA HA!









WITH MY BROTHER IN AYUTTHAYA, THAILAND


BANGKOK, THAILAND


SAWASDEE BI MAI! My Brother and I celebrated New Year 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. And I LOVE it there~!
Meet Dollar a huge work of art in Thailand. "Dollar 009" an installation that abruptly sits on the chaotic pavement outside and announces the BACC's arrival in a chaotic and crowd area. 


She, for this work is clearly a "she", has been quickly taken into the hearts of the citizens of Bangkok and is already an attraction in her own right with a constant stream of passers-by snapping her on cell phones as they pour along the elevated walkway to the MBK centre and the National Stadium BTS station alongside, and all the time she looks at the teeming masses, aware of them, but ever lost in her own thoughts. 
Dollar, made out of fibreglass and finished in a lustrous white, stands out, a calm figure in a clamouring sea of people and traffic zig-zagging one of the busiest junctions in a busy city. It's an edgy stature though, the artists idea, Dollar-009 isn't comfortable, she's perched too close to the road and looks uncomfortable, and it means it's impossible not to be taken with her and she tugs at your heart strings. You connect with those huge eyes, but you feel awkward, something isn't right.


The artist intended to make dollar look tense (stressed, not relaxed) and not lively to contrast with the environment around her during the day and to resemble loneliness in the night time. 


The name is drawn from the currency of the United States and the influence that country has on the whole world.

Shopping is really really cheap I bought a shirt for 35 baht that is more or less  P 49.00 Please take note that it is made in Thailand, so the quality is good.

My brother had a blast @ Central because he got his Mark & Spencer shirts at 70% off!


KOTA KLIAS SABAH


KOTA KLIAS SABAH

The bigger the nose the more POGI daw ang isang lalaking Proboscis Monkey sa paningin ng mga girls na Proboscis Monkey. Uha!
HEARTTHROB PROBOSCIS MONKEY
The Klias Fireflies River Cruise. An exciting tour to search for the Proboscis Monkeys & see Nature's X'mas Lights tour would cost you between RM 175 to RM 260 per person, depending from where you booked the tour. Our tour operator was KLIAS RIVER TOUR.

Our tour guide fetched us @ around 2 p.m. from our hotel in Kota Kinabalu, we meet 2 Koreans on board the van already, they were brothers. The older one is a restaurant owner, and the younger one is a music professor in Korea. We then proceeded to fetch 2 Europeans @ another hotel nearby. Then we started our journey towards KOTA KLIAS, the jump-off point for the Klias River cruise. which is a good two (2) hours away from downtown Kota Kinabalu.


Upon arrival @ our jump off point, pose agad, wala ng suklay suklay sayang ang  oras, ha ha ha!



REMINDER: Since the Proboscis Monkeys keep their distance, don't forget to bring a pair of binoculars. And since it's a swamp area, insect repellent will prove to be handy. If you own a life vest bring it with you 'coz the life vest there smells bad!
The Klias River is a large area of peat swamp which explains the brown color of the acidic water. The characteristic dark brown color of a peat swamp is a result of dissolved peat tannins in the water.
Upon arrival at the port, we were served traditional MALAY snacks ( some of them looks like sapin sapin, complete with coconut grates on top) tea and coffee while we waited for ever more passengers from other tour companies to arrive.





One major attraction of Sabah is its nature and wildlife. That is why we really looked forward to visiting the Klias River to observe Borneo’s endangered Proboscis Monkey (Nasalis larvatus) in its natural habitat. If you decide to take the river cruise, you’ll be free for the morning. Tours are usually in the afternoon because the Proboscis Monkey comes out to feed very early in the morning or late in the afternoon just before dusk.




At around 5 p.m., we were required to wear life jackets before we boarded the small boats. We left in different motorized boats. Each boat could sit about 15 to 20 people and has a guide, who will spot the monkeys and inform the driver to stop and move near the place where he saw the monkeys.

Our first stop is the location of the crocs. It is a small crocodile, who doesn't moved, even when our boat comes near it. I guess it got used with the boats and passengers that come near. Or maybe the boat operators feed it in that particular area that's why mahilig siya tumambay dyan. Ha ha ha. Guess ko lang, ikaw ano ang guess mo?


The proboscis monkey is a different story. It was challenging trying to locate the monkeys since they are quite elusive and know when there are boats around. At first, you would see only movements in the trees. Then the guide would point and draw your attention on the Proboscis Monkeys silently feeding or moving about. Many times, they’d be in groups so you’d see mature male monkeys, which are the most peculiar because of their long noses and large bellies, with female and younger Proboscis Monkeys in tow.




Unfortunately, you won’t be able to appreciate the features of the Proboscis Monkeys unless you have binoculars or a camera with a really good zooming capacity. You only get to observe them from a distance especially since they are perched up high the trees and the boats can only go as far as the river banks. And taking photographs isn't that easy since the monkeys keep a safe distance from humans, the lighting is a bit dim, and the boats are quite wobbly especially when everyone stands up and tries to take photos.


We went from one area to another just observing the monkeys in their natural habitat. We even saw them changing lanes errr trees, ha ha ha! This is much better than seeing them in zoos. According to my brother, he read somewhere that you should never feed these monkeys fruits or any sugar since their digestive system cannot process sugar. It turns directly into gas and that would kill them since their stomachs will explode.

When it started to get dark, we proceeded back to the port for dinner. We’d stop every now and then as the guide spotted more monkeys on the way back. At the port was a buffet dinner of Malay dishes.





After dinner, we boarded the boats again for a quick river cruise to see a live Christmas tree as the guides would call it. This time, we were out to appreciate the fireflies as they lit up the trees in the night sky. After showing us several trees with thousands of fireflies, we proceeded back to the port to board our vehicles back to our Kota Kinabalu hotel.

NATURE'S CHRISTMAS TREE, THE AMAZING FIREFLIES!


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