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Pattaya in Valentine’s Day

Dear Diary,

Weekends are the best time to get away.  Two days are short and need to be well spent.  It’s amazing that Valentine’s Day in Thailand is a holiday.  Of course, it’s not Valentine’s that they celebrate but Makha Bucha (Magha Puja) – a Budhist festival.  So a long weekend entails a trip  out of the city.

Just 1-3 hours away (depending on traffic) from Bangkok.  We stayed at Cape Dara and got a room with a view of the beach.  I swear this hotel was made for me because they’re color is teal and I just love that color! The beach may not be the best to swim in but the view is just breathtaking.  After resting (because 2 hours in a van needs recuperation time…), we had lunch at the hotel restaurant and had some time to look around the amenities.

In the evening, we went to see a cabaret show of an all-lady-boys cast at the Tiffany;s Show.  The women were fantastic, they lip-synced to popular songs and the dance numbers were breathtaking.

For dinner, we took a taxi to Patayannis Greek Taverna, a small restaurant that serves the best slow cooked lamb (cooked for 7 hours!) that I’ve ever had.  If you find yourself somewhere in Pattaya, make sure you pass by this place!  The host is just amazing as he likes to go around and tell stories to the customers.  We even had a chance to see him play some music for us.

In Pattaya, they have this place called the Walking Street.  This place is seriously DEPRESSING (unless you’re a guy who likes to buy your girls…)  We walked through the street and you could see women (young and old) just standing around, leaning on trees or sitting and waiting for men to make them an offer. 😦

But aside from seeing the sad life that some women have to live, the rest of the trip was very relaxing.  But I did have some trouble with my migraine at the time we were heading home which also prevented me from enjoying the dim sum buffet we were having at that time.  But getting back to Bangkok at around 5PM was enough time to get over my migraine and ready for Monday again.

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Kids at Weddings

Dear Diary,

Weddings are usually all about the Bride.  She’s the main actress and the one that should get the most attention.  But darn, those kids can really steal the scene sometimes.  You have the kids that are natural aisle walkers.  You have the ones that need more coaxing in order to get them to walk.  And then you have the ones that need to be accompanied to get them to walk down the aisle.  Of course special mention to those who run away in the wrong direction or just start to cry…

So here’s a collection of pictures I have of kids in weddings. Enjoy!

Check out other photo posts here:  Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

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That moment during a long commute, while staring out the window, when you catch a glimpse of the clouds giving you a sign that everything will be alright…

 

Check out other entries for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Which Ways – Featuring Steps or Stairs

I don’t often pose for the camera. I prefer being behind the camera than in front of it. But when you’re getting married, well that’s a different story. Months before getting married, we decided to have an Engagement Photoshoot (or also known as Prenup Pictorials here). And here are my two favorite photos taken on some fancy staircase. 🙂

Don’t forget to check the other posts by clicking on the link above. 🙂

Love lots,

AvA_Martini

Caramoan Islands

Dear Diary,

As promised, here is the post about the 6 islands that we went to during our Caramoan Island Hopping.

Lahos Island

This was my favorite island out of the 3 that we went to on our first day. There are two beaches on this island. The one where our boat docked was littered with rocks, corals and shells. This is the part where I am happy about the decision of getting me and hubby a pair of aqua shoes each. The other side is hidden because the middle part of the island rises a bit and hides it from view. Once you make your step over to the other side, you’ll get smoother sand here. Although, it’s not powdery, the rocks are much further out. It started to drizzle and so we decided to eat our lunch during this time. We didn’t want to eat in the boat, so we tried to look for a spot to hide from the rain. Hubby found a place by investigating the other side of a small opening from the nearby rock formations. Of course, he was actually getting there the hard way and we found a safer way after he pointed the place out to us. So we camped out there and ate our packed lunch on the sand. We spent around 2 hours here before we decided to move on.

Matukad Island

The island just across Lahos. From afar, we could already see that there were a lot of tourists on this island. After seeing the powdery white sand and the clear waters, I could see why. We were told that there was a lagoon on top of the rocky cliffs but after looking at the climb I decided against going up or letting anyone from the group go up, because there was no safety harness and unless you were in great shape or a mountain climber, I would not recommend it. Although, I have seen the photos on the internet of what the beach looked like from the top, I’d rather be safe than sorry. I’m sure nobody got injured badly climbing it, probably just some bruises and cuts, but I was responsible for my younger cousins and I did not want anything bad happen to them on my watch…

We went around the beach to look for less populated areas and we did find a spot at the other side of the beach. I had to take off my aqua shoes so I could feel the sand between my toes. 🙂

Minalahos Island

Our last island of the day was located across the famous Gota Island. We decided not to go to Gota Island because they had an entrance fee of P300 ($7.50) to use their beach. This is where Survivor often films their show and which is why it’s pretty famous. This is also where Hunongan Cove Resort is located. Gota Beach is free to use if you’re checked in to that resort. So we docked at Minalahos instead. We ate our snack here and just waded in the water near our boat. A bit further out, the beach is full of seaweeds. And I’m not really keen on swimming with all those dark spots under me, freaking out when something slimy brushes my ankle. So I stayed away from that area. At around 5pm, we decided to go home since we were also kind of tired from the long trip and we didn’t want to get stuck in the islands when it gets dark.

Cotivas Island

For our second day, we first went to Cotivas Island. The trip to get here took almost 2 hours so we were really relieved to finally get off the boat. The sun was out today. No signs of the dark clouds that we encountered yesterday. RDS paid for our cottage (P50=$1.25) where we parked our stuff and where some of us decided to stay under for a while. The rest of us headed to the beach. It was low-tide and getting lower. We were at the left side of the island. We had to walk a bit to get to a part where the water was at our hips. After some time, we decided to head back to the cottage so we could eat our lunch.

After lunch time, we wanted to check out the other side of the island where we could see a sand bar from afar. We had to hike through ankle-deep waters to get there, occasionally stopping to get some pictures with the starfish. There are some sea-urchins on this part of the island, so it’s best to look where you’re going.

When we got to the sand bar, we were the only ones there. The others were either in their cottages avoiding the sun or moved on to other islands. But it felt like we owned the place. It’s probably why I have the most pictures taken here…

After some time, we decided to head to the next beach. When we got to the boat, we noticed that the people from the boat were pushing us out to deeper waters. So our boys decided to help push. We could here the boat dragging on the sand. One of the guys unfortunately stepped on a sea-urchin. And if you think you can just pull those spikes out, well they’re really deep inside and you have to coax them out with something acidic like vinegar, calamansi juice or your pee @_@ (that’s what they told me).

Manlawi Island

Our second island had a wider stretch of sand bar. We could see that there was long hike to get to the shore. So we chose to rent one of the floating cottages for P200 ($5.00) and just stay at the deeper end of the island bar. Deeper meaning below-the-knee that is. We greatly appreciated the shade the cottage offered to us. After basking in the sun at our previous island, we just lazily dipped our feet in the water and occasionally got out of the cottage to sit in the water under the shade. We had our snack here that RDS packed for us. One of my cousins even took a nap. We didn’t want to leave our cottage. If only we could get the boat to just drag us all while in the floating cottage, that would just have been perfect… But we had to move on.

Sabitang Laya Island

Our last island. The waters were now waist deep. The sun was slowly setting. After a while, the beach was all ours. The sand was like powdered milk. I wished we could have stayed longer. I wish I could have seen the sunset. But we didn’t want to ride the boat while it was dark and the waves were getting higher. So we had to say goodbye.

Gota Island

Even though we couldn’t go to the island, I was still able to capture it while our boat was maneuvering to Minalahos Island. 🙂

Pictures During the Boat Ride

Since some islands took a long time to get to, we still had a lot of scenery to keep us occupied. 🙂

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AvA_Martini

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Textures

“This week is our last week of this grouping of shapes and textures.  This week is all about textures:  anything that would be fun or interesting to touch and feel. “

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Because I’m still hung up on my vacation in Caramoan…

KJSO

Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense

It’s still phoneography month, and in today’s challenge I’m hoping you’ll put all of that futuristic camera tech to good use, by thinking about the shape of things to come.

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When my 3-year-old cousin sees a book, he gets excited and asks the adults to read it to him.  After a couple of minutes, he grabs it and pretends to read it to us instead.  Sometimes I feel like there are too many kids these days that are always stuck in front of the TV or playing games in their iPad or game consoles. It gives me hope to still see kids like my cousin, who are interested in books and reading.

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He saw my book on the table and he just grabbed it, saying matter-of-factly, “Magbasa ako.” (I will read).  He looked so cute that I quickly searched for my phone so I could take a picture.  He doesn’t know how to read yet but he recognizes all the letters and sounds. I just really love that he likes books, next to toy cars of course.  Photos taken with iPhone 4s and edited with Pixlr-O-Matic.

KJSO

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