A photographer’s paradise

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!

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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

Swansea Beach

It is summer time here at Wales, UK and I’m loving every minute of it! Had a long walk at the Swansea Beach. The longest beach walk ever in my life. Hahaha.. My legs hurt but it was such a great experience. Passed by a lot of seaweeds, weird-looking worms, pretty shells and crablets!

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Trip to Kiyomuzu-dera temple, Kyoto Japan

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. 20140706-203758.jpg

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20140706-203850.jpgAt 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
20140706-203901.jpgThat’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?

20140706-204234.jpg“To jump from the stage of Kiyomizu” is an old Japanese saying which means “to do something daring” or “to take the plunge courageously”.

20140706-204413.jpgThe stage. Famous for its location overhanging a cliff. Down below you could see the Otowa Waterfalls.
20140706-204536.jpgSpectacular Kyoto City view from the Kiyomizu-dera Main Hall/Stage.
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20140706-205517.jpgStairs going down the Otowa Waterfalls!
20140706-205647.jpgAt 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. 20140706-205816.jpgYoung 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.
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20140706-210055.jpgWalking around the area. Very calm and serene.
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20140706-210220.jpgSpotted: Japanese school children
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Hope you enjoyed the Kiyomizu-dera tour!! Tune in for more Japan travel photos!

Land of sushi, ramen and kawaii things!

Hello friends! I will be traveling to the land of sushi, ramen, anime, kawaii things and KITKAT flavours! — JAPAN!!

Wait for my posts soon!
こんにちは!!

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Follow me on Instagram!

Hello friends! If you love to travel or just want to look at travel photos and food, please don’t forget to drop by my instagram accounts and follow @sarahmaytanhuanco and @itravelwithmyheart !!! ❤️💕

Do comment to get noticed. Let’s connect and be IG friends 😄

See you there! 😄

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Such a blessing!!!

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.

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Live life to the fullest

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. ❤️

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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! ❤️

Travel tips 101

I always love to travel especially to far places and planning the itinerary and packing stuffs can be a challenge! Honestly, I enjoyed planning and packing and never really complained because it means one thing: I AM TRAVELLING  AGAIN! So who’s complaining right?

April is Stress- Awareness Month. Travelling is seeing different places, learning and admiring new cultures and meeting new friends. We don’t want to be too stressed before traveling right?

So I came up with some tips that’s been useful for me and I would love to share these to other travelers as well. I understand each traveler/tourist has their own stress-free travel ideas, so not all tips here are for everyone. It might work for some, and not for others. Haha..

Here’s what I’ve been doing before the trip- not in particular order:

  1. Plan your itinerary ahead of time or you could talk to your travel agent about your plans.

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  1. Choose how you want to travel: backpacking, travel with a group, travel alone or travel with a fixed itinerary (Check out: Globus, Trafalgar and Cosmos Tours)

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  1. Plan your budget for: accommodation, food, airfare, tours, souvenirs, and others.

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  1. Pack your things one week before you leave, so in case you forget something, you still have time to buy them in the mall.

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  1. Research and read about the place you’ll be visiting. It is important to have knowledge beforehand and be aware of the culture of the country you’ll be visiting. Read about their culture, etiquette, government laws etc. Example: Slurping your soup loudly in Asian countries means you enjoy the food while in other countries it is frowned upon.
  1. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months past your arrival date.

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  1. Visit your doctor for a check-up and ask for travel medicines you might need to bring. You don’t want to get sick during your trip!
  1. Prepare medicines for emergency:
  • Cough
  • Colds
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Stomach ache
  • Gas pain
  • Constipation
  • Allergy medications
  • Vitamins

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  • Apply for your VISA and pay attention to all the details and requirements. For UK: They have online visa application. For some countries like Japan and Korea just fill up the application forms and submit all the requirements.
  • Arrange your travel insurance.
  • Book tickets for popular shows and sights earlier to avoid the long lines. Or join a tour group like Trafalgar wherein they will be the one handling all the ticket reservations ( like in my case: A ticket to the Eiffel Tower second floor!!! ) so you don’t need to wait in line for more than 2 hours.
  • Know your luggage limit requirement so as to avoid being charged for excess baggage.
  • Check out the taxes and refunds that might be available for visitors.
  • Check the location of your hotels – Is it within the City? Or in the province?  Know what restaurants, shopping boutiques, souvenir shops and train station/bus station are near your hotels.
  • Visit TripAdvisor for reviews of the places, restaurants and hotels. (You can download the app for Android and iOS)

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  • Always bring a map with you or better yet, download maps from the internet and save it in your phone or iPad/tablet.

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  • Prepare your gadgets ahead of time. DO NOT forget to bring all the chargers and batteries.
  • Have a friend travel with you. You’re lucky enough if that friend knows how to navigate and travel to different places without a need for a tour guide! Discovering places with a friend/s is one of the best experiences you’ll ever had!
  • Bring biscuits, some chocolates or candies and water for long trips. (I get hungry every 2 hours! Imagine. HAHA) These help you have enough energy for the whole day. Food can be expensive in other countries too!
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Traveling sometimes leaves us worried about security especially when no one is at home. But do not fret, you can now keep track of your house while you are away. Check out https://www.dropcam.com/home-security for more details!

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Always remember: CHANGE is inevitable. So be prepared. Life goes on. 

*Photos not mine. Credits to the owners.*

So JAPANice!

こんにちは
Kon’nichiwa!!

During Easter Sunday, our family went to TANABE, a Japanese restaurant in Malate, for lunch to have bonding and to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord! I wasn’t able to take photos of the restaurant inside because I was so excited to take photos of the food we ordered! How will you know if a Japanese restaurant is authentic? Check out the customers! Most of their customers are real Japanese!!! Need I say more? 😄

Get ready for scrumptious Japanese dishes in 3..2..1
But wait! Posting my solo photo first! Hahaha

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