Monday, June 27, 2011

Special Places To Go

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful day today :)

I am scrapbooking again. I really hope that I will be able to finish organizing these photos :) I cannot believed how much photos we have, not included digitals that needs to be printed.

Well, as I am browsing. I didn't realized that we do have  lots of photos travelling from far away places. If given opportunities, I would love to travel all the time. I think it is important to venture from your own backyard and go places, it helps broaden your perspective in life that there are more out there to discover and learn. Travelling to different places fascinates me.
There are always few places that leave a lasting impression, so much that they last your entire life. Those places that leave you with not just a visual picture but an actual feeling when you conjure up images of days and nights spent there.
While some of our favorite and most relaxing adventures have taken place here in a beautiful Canada, which become our home,  many of our favorite travels have taken place far away. Here are some of few places we've been that leave a lasting impression on me. However, we have plans to cruise and travel places to Europe in the future.

  "Zai zhege difang di meihao huiyi" means "good memories to remember"

Hongkong is a special place to me. We lived here for 5 years. This is where our 2 sons, Josel and Jason was born. We had a fast pace life here but full of fun. I remember spending lots of time walking along Silvermine view in Lantau Island with Josel in the stroller. Everyday boat ride to HongKong site for an hour. Bargaining in night market places of Mongkok, Kowloon, Sangley and Tsuen Wan. Relaxing time in Discovery bay whenever we want to have a little peak of western houses and foods. Visiting small villages. Enjoying Yam tsa and dim sum and authentic chowmein, choisam and chasiw :)Learning their language and cultures. People we've met that become our special friends till this day. Riding bicycles to our bible study in the mountain. But most specially, this is a place where we're able to be a part of the growth of God's  work. Seen many lives changed, souls that's been saved by the power of God. I consider this place as one of my home. My sons have a privilege of studying and live here when they reach 18 if they choose to.

Macau. It's a place of our second honeymoon :) We had so much adventure in this place. We discovered that the origin of our family name "Fortaleza" came from this place. Macau is a Portuguese territory till 1997 when China took over. We went to "Fortaleza du Monte" which means "The Strong Tower". This is a place of refuge during world war II. Macau is known of their historical heritage like the famous Ruins of St. Paul.

We spent time here with our family in Boracay Island, to escape from the busy life of Manila whenever we were in the Philippines. Such a beautiful place to bask on God's beautiful creation. I will not get tired of coming here over and over again. It's a magical place! If you love water and pure white coral sand, this is a place to be!

I will not forget Mt. Rainier in Washington because this is the place where I first touched a real snow lol... ok you can laugh, but that's true haha..I was so thrilled. I had no idea God will brought us to the place where snow is just right outside our door :) This place is beautiful. I want to go back here someday.

California is the first place we travelled in North America. Our loved ones migrated here also.  We love going to this place to visit them. I love Daly city, the weather here is perfect! 15 degrees C all year around. Bay Area is like home, aside from high percentage of filipinos living in this place, you can buy any filipino foods you need, filipino restaurants are all over the place. Eating out at Pier 49 in San Francisco where you can taste the best clam chowder in bread bowl and seafoods ever! Delicious humus, cheese and Italian bread in Napa Valley. Entertainments and amusements in Los Angeles.
This place is special because we've seen God's hand worked in us in a miraculous way! and lead us to the place He wants us to be.

Wow Lake Tahoe! I want to live in this place lol.. A lake 10,000 feet above sea level. We rented a cute cottage beside the lake here for few days. So beautiful and peaceful. It was one of the memorable time of my life.

What can I say about Niagra? Magnifico! Wondrous work of God. We celebrated our 17th here. We surely love the place and the memory it brings.

I always wanted to go to Australia and last year, it came true. We spent Christmas and New Years with our loved ones there too :) Beautiful, beautiful place to visit! Many new things learned and discovered in this place.

Now it's your turn! What is your favourite place to go?


lenpatts said...

Wow!!! I'm going to post something like this. It's true that special places that we go to always leave a lasting impression & feelings...

Wendy said...

Wow you have travelled alot. I can honestly say that my favorite place to go is....home. :) I could be happy to never travel anywhere, but if I had the chance I would love to travel to some places... Europe, Australia, Alaska are some places I'd like to go.