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One of my dream destinations is to visit Switzerland and see the beautiful Swiss Alps! Well, believe it or not, I am here!!! So blessed to have this wonderful experience of a lifetime. Enjoy some of my Switzerland photos! :)
My ride while touring Engelberg :)
MOST AWESOME RIDE EVER!!!!! (SO happy, hence the all caps. HAHA)
Authentic Swiss Cheese!!! Take your pick!!!
Softest and thinnest sliced meat ever! hahahaa! Devour them all! :P
I’m on top of the WORLD!!!! <3
I’ve been patiently waiting for this day to come. I love traveling and taking photos and so visiting Burano Island in Italy is indeed a dream come true!
We rode a boat which can accommodate around 50 or more people to the island. It was cloudy but that didn’t stop me from exploring the beautiful island. It only rained after I took a lot of photos and was about to board the boat back to St. Mark’s Square -talk about good timing!
Burano Island is famous for its pretty-colored houses, cute windows and doors, decorated restaurants and of course, freshy-catched seafoods!
Before exploring island, we had our late lunch at this beautifully designed restaurant called Trattoria Raspo De Ua. The restaurant is adorned with nets, boats and different local paintings from their walls to the ceilings! You’ll definitely feel the island vibe while having lunch! I was able to try their seafood risotto, fish lasagna, fried calamari and shrimps. Our tour director was “quite” right – we don’t need to have dinner after all! The serving portion was generous enough to keep us full throughout the day. We were allowed second servings too. However, the “always hungry me” gave in and ate dinner at some Chinese restaurant near our hotel. HAHAHA. XD
Well since this is an island, people living here need to have water boats, small boats or whatever you call it to go places, no cars allowed please. XD
Here’s a photo of a house with cropped windows: I did try my best to take a good shot of this. Really. Story behind this? I was in a hurry and I cannot step back further anymore because I’d fall into the water, hahaha so there. :D
Hope you enjoyed the views of Burano Island as much as I did! <3
All photos by: Sarah May Tanhuanco
Kiyomizu-dera temple- one of the most celebrated and popular temples in Kyoto. Kiyoi-mizu” 清水寺 means pure water.
Going to see the Kiyomizu dera requires you to climb up a long path. As you approach the Kiyomizu dera entrance, a lot of souvenir shops -left and right are waiting for you. You need to allot time if you want to visit all the shops there.
At last, was able to reach the entrance. This is the Deva Gate. *huff and puff* getting all tourist-y, I took this shot and saw the NO PICTURE sign afterwards. Ooops! But why? All tourists were taking photos anyway. Haha
That’s me posing at the Kiyomizu-dera Stage just infront of the Main Hall. This was built using a special method, the pillars were assembled without using a single nail! Awesome isn’t?
The stage. Famous for its location overhanging a cliff. Down below you could see the Otowa Waterfalls.
Spectacular Kyoto City view from the Kiyomizu-dera Main Hall/Stage.
Pagoda view. Write your prayers and wishes.
Stairs going down the Otowa Waterfalls!
At the Otowa Waterfalls just beneath the Kiyomizu-dera stage. Here three channels of water from the spring of the mountain fall into the pond. According to local beliefs, each channel represents: 1 Health and Longevity, 2 Success in Love and 3 Wisdom and Knowledge. (Not in particular order)
A person can only choose one channel to drink because the Buddhist monk doesn’t want greedy people. So.. Choose wisely!! The water is also said to have healing properties too. Young and old people lined up to be able to get a drink.
People come to drink water from the falls by collecting it in long-handled tin cups. The tins cups are then placed in a ultraviolet machine for reheating.
Walking around the area. Very calm and serene.
Spotted: Japanese school children
Hope you enjoyed the Kiyomizu-dera tour!! Tune in for more Japan travel photos!
This is it. 17days to go and I will be traveling to the “Land of the Rising Sun!!!!” I still can’t believe it. Such a blessing to be invited to join this Trip!!! I can’t wait to stuff myself with sushi, miso soup, salmon and lots of KITKAT lol. 😍 I’m also excited to take photos with authentic cosplayers and visit Mt. Fuji and Hachiko!!!
Anyway, my friends and I ate at a Japanese restaurant called Donburi Don. They only have rice toppings. We told them to add more dishes to their menu such as noodle soup and sushi.
Here’s what we ordered.
You only have one life, true? So do your best and enjoy life to the fullest! This year I’m taking a lot of risks but I’m sure God will never leave me. I trust in His plan for my life and I know it is the best. ❤️
Matthew 6:33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be given to you.”
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, ” says the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and future.”
Have a great day everyone! ❤️