Month: April 2016

Collectors of Memory Fragments (and Pictures of Acadia)

There are these places we see, take our breath away and stay with us. Time passes and we forget details — but a sound, an image, a flicker of a memory, and one can relive the feeling of being captivated as if it were yesterday. Is it the intangible way we just know there are things that can affect one so greatly, a reminder of wonder and awe and life’s mysteries, time passing and the world’s beauty revealed in small fragments, whenever we set our eyes on a new sight, or share it with someone close to our heart? So we become a collector of fragments, seeking more of these pieces, of these places we take with us when we leave them behind and become a part of who we define ourselves to be. This post was inspired by pictures from our trip to Acadia National Park in Maine, US. As I mentioned in this blog before, one of our goals (my boyfriend and I) is to visit all US National Parks. We were able check …

Alaska Part II: Tongass National Forest Zip Lining, a Must

As promised, I am writing a long-overdue continuation of my Alaska post. Almost a year since then, and it has been a mentally draining day so it really wouldn’t be one of substance, but still. The last time I wrote here, I mentioned the fun superman zip line in Subic, Philippines being different from others I’ve done before, which reminded me of this. Should you have a trip to Alaska planned soon, I’d say don’t miss the chance to experience a zip line adventure in Ketchikan. The experience had us zipping over 8 lines adding up to a total of roughly 6,000 feet of wires, with the final zip line measuring more than 55 feet above the ground. Imagine all these over the Tongass National Forest — surrounded by nature and crisp, cool air — and you’ve got yourself the perfect Alaskan adventure. I took a tour through Princess Cruises, so unfortunately I am unable to recommend a zip lining tour. My experience was good, though, as compared to my prior cruise tour horror stories, so I would not recommend against going through …

Family, a Wedding, Tigers, Zip Lines and Parasails

It has been a while since my last update. Suffice it to say that it has been a busy time, but I am glad to be writing here again. I recently took a trip back home to the Philippines for my cousin’s wedding — it was a special occasion, as she’s very dear to me. In addition, all our cousins who now work and live in different countries as well as different parts of the Philippines went home to be a part of it. The wedding itself was beautiful, a traditional ceremony between two individuals radiating in love, witnessed by family and friends. It doesn’t get any more special than that, really. Since everyone was home and it’s a rarity these days, we took advantage and went on a family trip a day after the festivities. We headed off to Subic (it was only a few hours drive from our home town and wouldn’t take that much of a toll on everyone having come from travel and the occasion the day before). Zoobic Safari There were two standouts …