Sunday, February 2, 2014
I have not posted anything in the longest of time. I do not know what happened to me, except perhaps I ran into a "do nothing" doldrum. I'm making an effort to get out of this doldrum. I have done quite a few travels last year but I have been too lazy to post them. In fact, I just realized that I am not even done posting the river cruise that I did in 2012! I'll complete that sooner or later. If I know myself as well as I do, probably later.
Last year, my wife and some friends planned another long road trip. This time covering Vegas, some interesting sites in Utah, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, Mt. Rushmore and wherever else we feel like visiting on the go. I came up with the "bright idea" of just joining an organized tour run by an asian company which covered most of these places. The cost was dirt cheap compared to doing it ourselves or signing up with western operated companies like Caravan, Cosmos, etc. They said no way because it was so cheap it is probably not good and worse, not safe. I told them I'll go solo on one of the shorter trips and find out if asian tour companies are what they suspected they are. I booked myself for a short 3 day 2 night test trip to San Francisco, Monterey and Yosemite National Park, even though I have been to these places many times in the past.
The tour was OK. The tour group I was with were made up of mostly youngist tourists from Singapore, Taiwan, China, Hongkong, a few US and Canadian based asians and a trio of young girls from Europe and a guy from England. The cost is up a bit now to $120/ person, double occupancy. A third person in the same room is free. Single traveler pays a supplement. The hotels are very good but they are often located outside of the city. I am not sure if the company is running a charity or a business but I am not complaining.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Merry White Christmas to all of you!
This was taken last week in Vancouver, BC where my wife and I attended the wedding of a niece. The first wedding we attended in freezing temperature! Brrrrr. It was an experience but not really a pleasant one especially for oldies like us used to sunny Southern California weather. Maligayang Pasko sa inyong lahat!
Monday, December 24, 2012
I didn't realize that among the few visitors/friends of my blog, there are some who wonder how I look. Well....wonder no more and be disappointed LOL. My wife and I wish all of you A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!
Both photos were taken during our recent riverboat cruise. My receding white hair is a dead giveaway of my age LOL. I'm the oldest in our group, kasama daw ako ni Bonifacio ng sumigaw and pinunit ang kanyang cedula sa Balintawak LOL.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
I didn't realize it's been more than a month since my last posting! I do not know what's wrong with me....it's probably the burden of advancing age LOL. Anyway, the program for the day is an excursion to The Hague, a visit to Madurodam and lunch at a fancy, beachside restaurant. Easy enough for oldies like us.
Madurodam is a place to see if you have the time to kill.
What the hell, I might as well take a pic!
Sunday, October 28, 2012
The program for the day was to motor to the center of Haarlem, take a leisurely walk to the market square then visit the Frans Hal Museum and return to the boat for a late lunch. The boat will then depart for Rotterdam. A "rough" schedule for old foggies like us LOL.