Travel Photo of the Month 3

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We were driving back to Christchurch from Hanmer Springs when I caught sight of herds of deer in the field. I immediately told my cousin to stop driving so we could check  them out. Seeing these herds of deer out in the field was a special treat for my hubby and me during our recent trip  to New Zealand. We both love nature and animals and while we have seen a deer before, it was always inside the zoo. Out in the fields, the deer appeared healthier and yes, freer 🙂

Travels and Guitars

On our recent trip to New Zealand, we had a long lay-over in Bangkok. I made contact with a good friend there and we agreed to meet and do some sightseeing.

While I lived in Thailand before for 3 years, I thought it was a good idea that my friend and I bring my husband to places he hasn’t seen there before as we had spent more time in Phuket and Chiang Mai in our previous trips there.

Going around the city made me appreciate again the number of goods available at a good price there. I thought this was also true regarding musical instruments and pretty soon I was wondering where is the closest guitar center 🙂 You see, some of our musician friends have been telling us that they thought of buying musical instruments especially guitars from outside the country as many are sold at good prices compared to those back home in the Philippines.

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With our good friend Ethel in Bangkok.

We bid good bye to Thailand when our long lay-over was up and found ourselves very grateful for friends that remain within reach and for what we saw as God’s extra favor for us to enjoy Thailand again a bit this time.

New Places Explored in 2016

I have to admit it was all unexpected but 2016 proved to be a year of new travels for me 🙂 I was given the opportunity to travel 3 new places this year:

  • Bukidnon – my very first trip to the “Baguio City” of Mindanao, Philippines happened last May. I had the chance to experience the beauty of Dahilayan. More about it on a coming post.
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Feeling cool and relaxed in Dahilayan, Bukidnon.
  • Kalibo – I discovered that this laid-back city is actually another cool gateway to the world-famous Boracay beach in the Visayas, Philippines aside from Caticlan. I will be writing more about this October trip to Kalibo soon.
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Back in Boracay via Kalibo this time after more than a decade.
  • New Zealand – My husband and I had the amazing opportunity to explore both the North Island and South Island of this beautiful country very recently. In fact, we just arrived from this trip yesterday 🙂  And yes, you will be hearing more about our lovely time there right here in this blog.
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Feeling cold but happy in Hamilton, New Zealand.

I am grateful to God for surprising me with these trips this year. While I had a desire and plan to travel to new places this year, I did not actually think at first that it would be possible 🙂  And so I am reminded of that saying: “be careful of what you wish for, you might actually get it.” Well, I am glad with what I got so far 🙂

The Love for Singing

I am not really a singer but I can carry a tune. So I am the type who will (try to!) belt a song or two if you ask me to do so during your birthday party especially if we are really close friends. And even though I’m no singer I am quite particular with the kind of microphone that singers use. The sm 57 is one microphone which could top the list of microphones preferred by singers and I think even for those who would like to be one 🙂

Now, if you get to know me a bit better though, you will find out that I have two quite prominent relatives who are singers 🙂  One is an actually award-winning soloist in the Philippine music industry while another who is based abroad has performed the opening acts in the concerts of Philippine music legends Kuh Ledesma and Aegis. I think they, too, are very particular with the microphones they use to sing.

If you want to know who my singing relatives are, you can drop me an email and I will let you know 🙂