Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Tian Tan Buddha in Hong Kong

That short vacation in Hong Kong in August of 2009 gave me a chance to visit the enormous Tian Tan Buddha.  Also referred to as the Big Buddha, the 250 metric ton statue is made of bronze and was completed in 1993.  With a height of 34 meters, it’s impossible not to spot the Tian Tan Buddha sitting on a throne on top of a high altar at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island in Hong Kong.

We [Lo, Bebe and I] arrived at the Ngong Ping Village a couple of hours after having lunch via the cable car.  The Big Buddha was the last place we visited while there which was just lovely.  The sun was already starting to set by the time we arrived at the top.  With 240 steps to climb, getting there was kind of a challenge especially to tired and hungry tourists.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Wish List: Florida in 2013

2012 has been awesome so far.  I received my heart’s desire for my birthday plus Bebe told me about the huge chance of flying to Florida in June or July of 2013 for a two- or three-week vacation.  Since my boyfriend and I do not belong to the group of rich couples, we need to really save for the trip.  Funny though.  Getting a two-way ticket to Florida from Sweden is cheaper at almost half the price than getting one to the Philippines.  Sigh.

In this very early stage, the Florida holiday is still under the maybe category as we’re still considering the possibility of hopping in a plane to the Philippines with or without the luck of finding a good deal on airfare tickets.

Anyhoo, if Florida wins after doing the math, we’ll definitely be visiting the Walt Disney World Resort!  Well, we have been to Hong Kong Disneyland but I bet, the world thing is a whole new story so if we’re in Florida, there’s no stopping us from entering the magical world of Disney!

Photo credit: Walt Disney World

Quick question though… Is Star Tours available in Walt Disney Florida or is it only in Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California?  I really want to spend a day in Disneyland with Darth Vader!  Bebe even wants it more!

How about you?  Have you been to the Walt Disney World Resort?  If yes, how many days did you spend there?  How many theme parks did you visit?  If you haven’t been there yet, is Disney World included in your travel wish list?

Friday, October 5, 2012

Autumn, It Is!

Sweden - Summer’s out.  Autumn’s in.  It can’t be stopped as the temperature grows colder and colder day after day.  The leaves are turning from green to yellow to orange to brown then are finally falling onto the ground.  It’s colorful just like spring and summer but in another way.  It’s like there are different hues of everything –— only, sadly frozen without the presence of snow.

As I was walking home from work a week ago, I couldn’t stop myself from taking a photo of this:

The scenery is pretty, I know.  Just like you, I am thankful for each day I get although I am aware that one day, the alluring potpourri like view above will soon be covered with achromatic meters of snow.

How about on your side of the world? How’s the weather? What’s the season? Are the leaves changing colors and are soon to kiss earth, too?

Have a wonderful autumn, everyone!

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