Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bangkok China Town

A friend was asking me where to buy the best golds?  She is so excited as she is going to get married again after few years of being a widow.  Since I was working that time at the Cambodia and Thailand border, I actually recommend her to go and visit China Town in Bangkok where she could find the best golds in the city.  She and her partner were actually looking for gold wedding bands and they wanted a finely crafted one. 

I remembered to have visited China Town in Bangkok a number of times.  I used to go to Bangkok every now and then to spend my days off from work and this is how I discovered the beauty of China Town. There is this market there where you could find great bargains. No wonder why the said market is always busy especially during the morning time as so many merchants were there to buy some products that they wish to resell.  It was one of those busy days that I explored China town and discovered the best shops selling golds.  I actually thought of doing a business out of golds but hubby advised me not to as it's quite dangerous to carry golds during travels especially that I'm not so familiar in the city.

Bangkok China Town was actually recommended to me by one local whom we met in front of MBK mall when we asked him how we could go to Pratunam Market.  Since then, a visit to China Town will always be a part of my itinerary whenever I visit Bangkok and from there, I discovered that there's a lot more to explore in that busy town.    

A Visit to Baguio Cathedral

When we visited Baguio last summer, a visit to Baguio Cathedral is certainly a part of my itinerary.  I don't know but I always want to include a church in the list of places that I would visit in a place or country that we've been.

I was first intrigued by the Baguio Cathedral as the venue for Aga and Charlene's wedding many years ago. I was thinking that this church must be a very special one, otherwise Aga will not choose this for their wedding.  I remembered that he had the pink church repainted just for the occasion.

Our visit to Baguio Cathedral was pleasant but I was surprised to see that the church seemed to be not well maintained.  It appeared to be old and musty but it is huge and I heard it can accommodate up to 850 persons. The beauty of the building is not our main focal point of concern here anyway but we went there to pray and see the church.  Anyway, here are some photos during our visit there:
in front of the church

inside the church

There seemed to be a wedding at the time of our visit so we were not able to hear a mass.  Outside the church building, you can find some vendors selling religious items and souvenirs.  It was extremely hot the time that we were there that's why we did not stay long in the church.  We left after we've done praying.

Since Baguio Cathedral is just in the heart of the city, I guess it is still a must to pay a visit to the church. After all, it is one of the most visited landmarks in Baguio.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Buying Souvenir Stuff From My Trips

I have this habit of buying home ornaments whenever I go to visit other places whether be it a local destination or abroad.  I love my home a lot and I would always imagine myself decorating my home or making some DIY stuff.

I've managed to buy some decorative items during my trips abroad and these are now seating in my curio cabinet at home.  I would normally buy small figurines or pewters during my trips as these are believed to be more affordable and would not be a great addition to my luggage.  I would love to buy some personalized ornaments actually but time always prevents me.  Normally, it would take a day or two before you could pick up your personalized ornaments from the souvenir shop and this would definitely affect the trip itinerary that I've prepared, so I would normally settle to buying something that's generic. :)

Anyway, buying souvenirs is a must for me during my trips.  It will not only remind me of the places I've visited but it always connects me to places I've been.  This is certainly a pleasure for me!  

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Baguio Botanical Garden

There's nothing really spectacular about the Baguio Botanical Garden.  Other local tourists may not be interested to have a look at the vast greens and colorful flowers inside the garden but considering that you don't have to spend anything for the entrance not to mention that it's just situated alongside the other attractions, I guess there's no reason for you to miss this place.

Well for me who is a certified nature lover, visiting Baguio Botanical Garden is a must!  Just appreciating the beautiful scenery, nice landscape and exotic flowers is more than enough to keep me occupied.  In fact, I've mentioned to my daughter that I would love to stay in Baguio longer or perhaps live there, as there's plenty to see and appreciate for free.  Baguio Botanical Garden is a great place for family picnics. 

I really love those beautiful gardens.  I am really fascinated with everything that relates to nature.  A perfect place for photo shoots!

There are some picnic grounds inside the area and some small canteens selling some snacks and refreshments.  Apart from the stores selling foods, you can also find some souvenir shops selling great bargains for the house like table cloths, center piece, wooden chairs, picture frames, tissue holders and a lot more!

Baguio Botanical garden is located east of Baguio's downtown area.  It is near to Teacher's Camp and main entrance can be found along Leonard Wood Road.  Also known as Igorot Village, this place is certainly a place to relax and enjoy while capturing the ethnic spirit and cultural heritage of our Ifugao brothers.

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