The Table Mountain

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.

The Table Mountain as seen from my hotel room made my every morning in Cape Town truly awesome.
Table Mountain as seen from the Waterfront
The V&A Waterfront is a prime tourist area in Cape Town. The Table Mountain makes the waterfront even more picturesque.
Table Mountain
One blogger wrote, “it is a mortal sin to miss the Table Mountain”.. I didn’t want to commit such sin, so off to the top I go.
On top of Table Mountain
On top of the world, I mean the Table Mountain overlooking the stunning Cape Town and the Atlantic Ocean.
On top of the Table Mountain
On top of the Table Mountain overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean.
The Table Mountain
The Table Mountain as seen from my seat on board the Emirates Airlines. I surely left my heart 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.

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Adventure in Southeast Asia

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.

After several days of thrilling fun and adventure we made it to Singapore.

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.

Welcome to Vietnam, the Motorbike Capital of the World, and so it seem.
One has must cross the streets of Saigon with care. The motorbike drivers are the kings and queens of the road !
Ho Chi Min formerly Saigon is the historical hub of Vietnam. Make sure to visit the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels where the Vietnamese dig an enormous underground tunnel system to win the battle against the America.
Our historical guide (seated) claimed that he was a Vietnamese solider. The stories he told based from personal experience.
A relaxing river cruise along the Saigon River kept us busy while waiting for the bus to Cambodia. Saigon’s skyline glitters at night.

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.

This is the queue to cross the Mekong River, it was several kilometers long and kept us 9 hours behind schedule. The long weekend and the burial ceremony of the King of Cambodia made traffic in the key areas of Cambodia terrible.

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.

Siem Reap in Cambodia is home to the World Famous Angkor Wats

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.

The best way to indulge in Thai cuisine is to dine in at the many food stalls found around the Grand Palace , like this one.
This is a must see in Thailand along with many other Wat and palaces in Bangkok.
If shopping is your deal, Bangkok’s Chatuchak market definitely got it all.
A short stop over to the historical Georgetown in Penang Malaysia became our gateway to Singapore.

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.

The Marina Bay Sands
At the Merlion Park
A wonderful and fun night at Sentosa.

To cap the entire SEA trip, my mom and I enjoyed the rides at Universal Studios in Singapore.

I will soon post a per country escapade of our Southeast Asian adventure.

Beauty in the Eye of a Bee

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