I didn’t know what to expect weeks before my trip to Cape Town in South Africa. I had mixed emotions and like what I normally do before traveling, I lower my expectations.
I did my research about South Africa. I looked at pictures, read its history and browsed some personal experiences of people who have been there in the internet. With only a week to go around Cape Town, I did my usual top 10 list of where to go, what to do and which ones must see. Table Mountain ranked number 1 on my itinerary which I based on the many personal accounts of people from travel sites and blogs. What I read excite me. The Table Mountain grew on me as the day drew nearer to my trip to Cape Town.
The Table Mountain is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, I have been to the 2 others on the list (Underground River in Puerto Princessa in my country the Philippines and Halong Bay in Vietnam). The Table Mountain definitely deserved its spot in this prestigious list though (I believe) there are just so many that should have been included or the list does not just consist of 7 (make it 12 or something!).
This captivating mountain which I found absolutely remarkable and nothing like I’ve seen before became the backdrop of my stay in Cape Town.
Cape Town is probably one of the most beautiful cities in the world and South Africa is on my top 7 list of the world’s most picturesque countries.
I embarked on a 12-day solo adventure in 5 southeast Asian countries exactly a year ago. It has been the most adventurous travel escapade I had until now.
Unlike last year where I can hop-on and off from buses, running trains and sorts with ease; this time, I get to travel with my 62-year old mom, my best friend, closest friends and their families. All ten of us experienced an exhausting but fulfilling 9-day adventure trip in Southeast Asia.
We traveled more than 2,000 kilometers on land from Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam then crossing the entire Cambodia nation with a two-nights stop in Siem Reap. Crossed the border to Bangkok in Thailand for a night and then rented a van to Penang in Malaysia. An overnight bus to Singapore concluded our trip with an awesome escapade in Singapore.
The trip consisted sleeping in buses and vans and getting caught in horrendous 9-hours queue to cross the 10-minute ferry ride across the Mekong river. We experienced first hand together with all the tourists on board our bus to bribe a traffic officer to help hasten our ferry ride to no avail.
Crossing international borders were not as smooth too as it was last year because of the surge of tourists to Thailand and a looming long weekend due to national holidays.
My mom and friend’s dream to cross the southern Thailand peninsula to Malaysia did not happen since outbound trains from Bangkok to anywhere are all fully booked. We experienced to eat exotic (super spicy) street foods and practically dining in street corners and market stalls. We slept in dormitories and hostels much to my mom’s shock and surprise since she had to share a room with a total stranger. We experienced running while pulling and carrying our luggage that gets heavier after every major stop in a city. And we endured the driving ability of a Thai man trying his best not to fall asleep to reach Malaysia in an overnight 12-hours ordeal. And to top it all, language barrier did not do much of course to ease our desire for a wonderful escapade, in fact it made it all the more challenging.
After what seem like forever but truly an adventurous one, we made it to Singapore with a grand accommodation in a friend’s posh condominium and a big celebration in Singapore’s Universal Studios. My mom and friends especially those who traveled for the first time abroad thrilled and surely will never forget our ordeal in an adventure to Southeast Asia.
I will soon post a per country escapade of our Southeast Asian adventure.
Bees fascinate me a lot lately. I like its sense of yearning to get what it desires by hovering from one flower to another. It chases after what it really wants. It goes for the most beautiful flowers for its much-needed sustenance, the nectar.
That’s why instead of a jog this morning, I chased after bees instead for another photo opportunity.
Ah, beauty in the eye of the bee at Wanderful Escapades