Picked up my keys…drove up to the mountains
If I didn’t, I would have missed these….
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under
trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky is by no means a waste of time.
– J. Lubbuck
How easy and simple it is to live enjoyably when the simple,
interminable blue of the sky,with its long wisps of white
clouds, become a pleasant thing to behold, a thing of
beauty that thrills you every time you care to look skyward.
There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains
of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night,and
spring after the winter.
– Rachel Carson
The Sense of Wonder
The landscape belongs to the person who looks at it.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Delight in the beauty that surrounds you.
Stop every now and then. Just stop and enjoy. Take a deep
breath. Relax and take in the abundance of life.
Discovering this idyllic place, we find ourselves filled with a
yearning to linger here, where time stands still and beauty
I was going through my old photos and found these pretty pictures of Panglao Island. I thought about posting them here just to show how beautiful this place is and to give you ideas about a great vacation destination. These photos were taken during my vacation in Philippines last summer.
Let me give a little background about Panglao Island. It is an island in the Philippines located in Central Visayas, part of Bohol Island, east of Cebu. A couple of the island’s popular tourist pursuits are diving and island hopping. It’s also popular because of its pristine beaches. To get there, you can either fly from Manila directly to Tagbilaran City or from Manila to Cebu then take a 2 hours fast ferry ride from Cebu to Tagbilaran City. From Tagblaran City, it takes about an hour taxi ride to Panglao Island. There are other interesting places to visit to around Bohol as well. If you have plenty of time I recommend visiting Hinagdanan Falls; Loboc River where you will find the smallest primate, Tarsier or take a tour around the river on a floating restaurant; and enjoy the natural beauty of Chocolate Hills.
We stayed at Dumaluan 2 Beach Resort. It was not a very fancy hotel but for about a hundred dollars suite/ night, it was not bad at all. If money is not an issue, there are a lot of lavish hotels around that ranges from $200- $300/night or more.
It’s 50°F, breezy and gloomy. Yes I know it’s only 50° but it really feels like it’s in the low 30’s; however, that didn’t stop me from getting out and making my Saturday delightful. I decided to go to my town’s tourist spot, Old Town Sacramento (dragged my hubby w/ me). It’s quaint and charming, that’s what I love most about this part of town. If you love to experience history, this is a place to visit. It has a lot of unique shops to walk through and some great places for extraordinary dining experience. If you hate shopping, there’s a railroad museum that you can visit to and take a ride of the steam train that runs along the Sacramento River.
I wouldn’t miss Evangeline’s Costume Mansion everytime I visit Old Sac. They not only carry costumes but they have weird and unique stuff that you may not find anywhere else. These mugs are too cool but since I promised myself not to spend too much, I found my will power to be too strong to resist these temptations (for now 🙂 ). I was almost tempted to get those fluffy slippers though. Don’t they look comfy?
My husband took pictures of these humorous fridge magnets. He said those were made for me LOL. By the way, the third one says, “if only men are satisfying as shopping for shoes”. Wouldn’t you agree? 🙂
We proceeded to Fat City Bar and Cafe for lunch. This restaurant serves great food and has an old ambiance that’s very charming. The brick wall, stained glass and high ceilings bring old elegance feel to the place. The best part? I was given a free slice of banana lemon pie (to die for) for my birthday (supposedly) which was 2 weeks ago (that was nice of them).
Of course, I wasn’t going to leave without being sugared up :). This place ( I forgot the name), sells all kinds of goodies. They have a wide variety of brittle. I ordered half a pound of macadamia brittle for $16.00/ lb. More than what I wanted to pay.
Overall, it was a fun experience. It’s a great place to spend time with family and friends.
What I’m wearing:
coat: nordstrom rack
These pictures were taken a few months ago during our trip to Dunsmuir. We visited three different falls in the neighboring area but I am showing only pictures of Mossbrae as it is my favorite of all.
Enjoying the serenity.
Carmel is one of my favorite cities in California. I love the character of the town, it takes me to a different era. The little shops are so unique like nothing I’ve ever seen anywhere else before. The city has some scenic beaches; Pebble Beach is one of them. Most of the houses in Pebble Beach are amazingly jaw-dropping as well. I took some great pictures when I went there with my hubby a few months ago so these are a little old but worth sharing.
Hubby and I have decided to drive up to Grass Valley, CA which is an hour away from Sacramento to witness the Cornish Christmas. I was excited so I have to call one of my friends to cancel my appointment to go out clubbing with them. Besides, I needed to see what the fuzz is all about Cornish Christmas or I have to wait for another year. We’ve decided to spend a night there instead of driving back to Sacramento in a cold winter night. Hubby tried to convince me to stay in a Bed and Breakfast since we have not done it before. I was kind of reluctant but he assured me that this place that he found online has great reviews and that we should atleast try it. It’s called Annie Horan’s Bed and Breakfast.
We were welcomed by the warmest hosts Harvey and Jeannine with their adorable cat Heldie. I already felt at home. The Victorian house was so inviting and it made us feel like we’re in a different era. We stayed in the Cloud Room which was painted with some very relaxing colors.
We headed out to see the Cornish Christmas after having our fantastic dinner at The Owl. Grass Valley’s downtown definitely has a charm of its own. Locals and visitors flooded the downtown enjoying specialty food, shops, arts and crafts and people dressed in old fashioned clothes. It was also filled with children musicians, carriage rides, Santa Claus, shoppers, vendors, bill ringers, cloggers and Cornish choirs. It was an extraordinary experience! The best part of it…..we have to come back to our relaxing room and woke up the following morning with some delicious breakfast awaiting us prepared by Harvey and Jeannine. Hubby and I have decided to make this an annual “thing” and we will definitely go back to Annie Horan’s B&B! A great way to spend the holidays!