Tara, Biyahe Tayo!
Come, Let’s Travel!
An expat’s excitement to go home —the restless nights, the plans you make, the food you want to eat. (And that is possibly true to anyone who has been away from his ‘true home’ for some time.)
I had less than thirty days to spend my leave, away from the hustle and bustle of the refinery.
This set is to introduce you to my beloved country, the Philippines, an archipelago in Southeast Asia. Mabuhay! Hehe. Not exactly the overview of the places I visited during the vacation, but I hope these somehow make you consider Philippines for your next travel.
Grass by the hillside | Ligao, Albay
Bolinao Falls | Bolinao, Pangasinan
Butterfly on the boulder | Sto. Domingo, Albay
Fourth Falls of Pitong Sagurong | Sto. Domingo, Albay
Kapuntukan Hill | Legaspi, Albay
Welcome me my homeland. More posts to come.
Spacer. The flight took an hour and a half from Medina to Dubai. Then came the longest waiting time I had to endure for a connecting flight. Seven hours could have been easier if it was during the day but the waiting started 9 pm until 4 in the morning. (I was alone so I couldn’t just sleep. You know, my belongings or I could sleep all the way, hehe.)
But the flight itself wasn’t too tiring, relatively smooth, and I almost didn’t mind the 8 hour journey. Got to sleep for a few hours and got spilled with coke (by that guy on the picture), an hour or two before landing.
March 21, I was home again.
Just would like to say hi, thank-you, and welcome. Am not as active (and interactive) here as before but I try to catch up. Special mention to Gray-Card who might have reblogged a post or two from me while I was away, and cheers to the ever supportive ones.
Welcome to the new ones. I’ve been meaning (for how many months now!) to check on other blogs posting original contents, but time really isn’t on my side these days. (Possibly, some even left while I was gone, or when they think I am a snob, haha, or don’t follow/check back?). Anyway.
In actual, I am back here in the kingdom. But soon, I’ll start sharing photos and whatnots from the Philippines.
The geography of the region isn’t the only thing that interests me.
I opted not to take a single photo when I thought we’ve had entered the city of Medina.
Being the second holiest city (after Mecca) of Islam, non-Muslims are not allowed to enter the very heart of Medina and only have access to certain areas and roads. Medina is also the location of Al-Masjid al-Nabawī, or the Prophet’s Mosque, which was a sight to behold during the night.
Was petrified for about two hours while traversing (to get to Medina) this mountain range which borders with the Red Sea from the north towards the south of the western region of the Kingdom. Hijaz/Hejaz Mountains form the upper half of the Sarawat Mountain Range.
"What are you taking pictures of? Rocks?", asked Louis as he had been hearing the shutter firing almost non-stop from his back. I laughed a little as they indeed were just rocks, technically. (But colorful and interesting rocks, I thought to myself).
The last month thru mobile.
A much needed break. Twenty-fourteen continued to be busy and the long-awaited vacation finally came. Fourteen months after, I finally had the time to go back to my homeland and refresh.
The journey to the exit was made dramatic (subjective) by a road travel to Madinah from Yanbu with all the topography new to me —my eyes are accustomed to luscious green mountains.
It takes about two hours in average to get to Madinah from Yanbu.
Rocky, jagged hills and mountains for travelers.
Just one of the many mosques of the sacred city of Madinah. Madinah, or Medina, means ‘city’.
It took two hours of air travel from the Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz Airport (MED) in Madinah to get to Dubai International Airport (DXB).
After fifteen more hours or so, the coasts of the archipelagic paradise started to outline.
An invitation for arriving passengers. Taal Volcano, which contains the Vulcan Point, “an Island within a Lake on an Island within a Lake on an Island”.
These are from my Instagram (http://instagram.com/elrizjohn) where most of the activities I had and the I places visited have been first posted. Still, I hope to write/log more about this recent vacation in the coming days, to show the bigger picture.
It was finally time again to chill and relax, meet old friends, eat foods not present in the Kingdom, explore some new places, fall in love with the same scenic landmarks…
It’s been a while.
This has become our the new favorite area to unwind at during our off. Recent posts were from last week, and yesterday, we went there again. Got some images which I will be posting I-am-not-sure-when, but it will be some time again till I get to explore more of the small beaches here. Until I see you again. (: