Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
However, I had more fun traveling then than I do now despite all the modern conveniences and facilities available or within easy reach these days.
We had to cook our meals in an improvised "kalan" - three stones to support a "kaldero" and dry twigs to fuel a fire and a designated cook and his assistants who had no clue of what they were doing. To this day, I still think those meals were more satisfying than the fancy meals served on cruise ships and star-studded restaurants on shore.
Only our legs to propel us from place to place, not the air-conditioned, toilet-equiped and comfort-laden touring coaches...
and crude lean-tos to protect us from the elements at night, not a fancy suite with a minibar, high definition tv, wifi and a gold-plated bathroom.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
We went on a cruise to SE Asia and China late October to early November this year. Our itinerary included Thailand (Bangkok), Singapore, Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang), Hongkong (including Macau), Taipeh, Japan (Okinawa and Nagasaki) and China (Shanghai and Beijing). Unfortunately, Philippines was not included in the itinerary. I understood it used to be but for reason(s) not known to me it was excluded since. I hope it will be a port of call again because Philippines has so much to offer to cruisers and land based tourists.
A view from a revolving resto in Macau
Our ship sailing out of Hongkong harbor
A mobile toilet! I have never seen one like it in Europe or North America.
A photo of a tree house in Okinawa taken from inside a blue tinted glass tour bus. BTW that's not a real tree!
A tourist having her pic taken at the Peace Memorial site in Okinawa
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
We figured we could recoup our travel expenses and the cost of the "speeding" penalty by playing the slot machines in Vegas. Wrong! We unreasonably increased our expenses instead LOL. Oh, well, we had fun and that is what this trip was all about.
We wanted to walk all the way to the narrow canyon but the park ranger warned us about eminent danger of flash floodings. That's all we needed to get us out of there and back to the warmth and safety of our minivan.