I Love Canada

As I was able to travel to different Asian countries like Japan (which is my favourite), Hong Kong (my second home), Taiwan (food haven which I’ll share my experience also), South Korea (k-bbq is life), Macau (egg tart please), Singapore (very beautiful), Thailand (shopping shopping shopping), Indonesia (Bali would really be a good place to live in for me!), China (my fave spot is The Bund), well I think that’s about it, and I remember telling myself that “someday I want and I will travel to a country beyond Asia.” And who would’ve taught I was able to fulfil that dream/goal in my life this year 2018, and happily me and my friend was able to see and experience and appreciate the very beautiful Toronto, Canada.

“Toronto is the capital city of the province of Ontario and the largest city in Canada by population, with 2,731,571 residents in 2016. Current to 2016, the Toronto census metropolitan area (CMA), of which the majority is within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), held a population of 5,928,040, making it Canada’s most populous CMA. Toronto is the anchor of an urban agglomeration, known as the Golden Horseshoe in Southern Ontario, located on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. A global city, Toronto is a centre of business, finance, arts, and culture, and is recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world.” (base from wikipedia.com)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto

For our trip to Toronto from Manila, we had a connecting flight to Seoul which is around 3 hours to 3 1/2 hours. Then as we wait for our flight to Toronto, were able to catch some sleep and bought some snacks before we board the plane. And as experience our first long haul flight (13 hours to be exact), we had no idea what to do, and how to survive this inside the plane. Well here’s my experience, I watched a movie (around 4 movies), eat the food served by the flight attendant, and the most important is sleep. And when I saw that the time left before we land was 1 hour, I was already ecstatic and happy because finally we are landing safely and at the same time my dream of travelling beyond Asia came true, Toronto here we come!

strolling around

As we land and inhale for the first time the smell of Canada, it was just surreal for me, well both of us actually. And feel the very cold weather, its like 5 degrees when we arrived, at it was freezing cold but for me I was really happy. From the airport, we were fetched by Boris, the husband of our friend Cj, and good thing jet lag hasn’t sink-in yet I was just amazed of what I’m seeing outside the car, and I’m mesmerised and trying to absorb everything that I’m seeing for the first time. Seeing the beautiful orange, red, yellow, maple leaves was just really something for me, and be in a place for the first time in my life I was teary-eyed. When we finally reached our destination, at the condo unit of Boris and Cj with the very cute and adorable baby Sara, we just hugged Cj so tight because it was 2 or 3 years since the last time we’ve seen each other and its our first time to see baby Sara. And as we unpacked some of our stuffs and put our thermal clothes, we went out for our first meal in downtown Toronto which is Hotdog and Fries, and I must say it was so delicious especially the fries with gravy (Poutine). And as we walk towards the food stand, my eyes are filled with beautiful views, skyscrapers, familiar stores and resto and the new ones, and a lot more, I was just extra happy that time because I never imagined it will happen so soon. I was just so blessed to experience it and for me its just a dream come true and like what I said when you dream dream big and dream as far as what your mind CAN(ada) imagine.

the food truck

During this 10 day trip, very short trip, it was all worth it. The places we’ve been to like Muskoka, Niagara, watched a play, went a stroll in the forest, and see in front of me Niagara Falls was just an amazing experience, and a lot more activities. I will be sharing it with all of you in my next blogs so watch out for it, ok? but for the meantime I’ll keep you hanging first and make you look forward to my Canada experience, its all worth it MARKE My Word.

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East Bali adventures

Let’s go to East Bali this time around, ready? Last time I was able to share about our Singaraja trip, and like what I shared with you every day during our trip to Bali was really full-packed and it was all worth it (just rest when you get back to your home country). So this time I’ll be sharing with you about our East Bali adventures or for some they are familiar with this tour as Lempuyang Trip. Unlike Singaraja trip we are able to visit 5 different tourist spots in one day, for this particular tour we will be visiting 3 different places such as Lempuyang Temple, Tirta Gangga and Virgin Beach.

Why only 3? Well from the tour name itself it’s visiting the East side of Bali, and from our hotel where we are staying at The Bene Hotel in Kuta Beach which is really beautiful and relaxing and will be sharing about the place next time, we need to travel for around 2 hours and 30 minutes to 3 hours by land to reach your first destination which is Lempuyang Temple. And after the long drive from Kuta Beach we have finally arrived at our destination at Lempuyang Temple were our driver/tour guide drop us off at the parking area where you will need to ride a mini jeep/coaster up the temple. Was it an easy ride going up? Hmm a little bit because the road was really steep and you need to hold on to the bars of the coaster but the view is priceless so just sit back, hold tight and enjoy the view. And once we reach the starting point of the temple you need to pay for entrances fees, rent a along to wrap around your waist so it’s as if you are wearing a skirt because you are entering a holy place which for them is very sacred and you need to abide with their rules. From their you will have to hike up the stairs and the road to see the beautiful Lempuyang Temple where you see a lot of tourist enjoying the view and the locals doing their religious practices. And if you notice my featured image and if you want to capture at the same spot, well you have to be patient because you have to line up for about an hour or even more just to wait for your turn to take your best shot for about 5 minutes or less. If you are lucky enough to capture the volcano as your background, lucky you but during our visit the clouds were covering it sadly but again it was all worth it. Then after that, you can still go up the temple because it just goes up and up depending on what you want to see and experience. So after your time in Lempuyang Temple you need to ride back the coaster towards the parking lot, and again sit back, hold tight and enjoy the view.

From there you will be travelling to Tirta Gangga which is not that far from Lempuyang Temple, and here you’ll find peace. The surroundings is just really peaceful, enjoy the view and walk through the stones at their pond and also feed the  Koi fish. There you can just relax for awhile and at the same time you can dine at the restaurants outside the temple and enjoy the local food served there and feast yourself.

And for the last tourist spot for that day, we went to Virgin Beach which is also peaceful and relaxing at the same time. This area isn’t develop yet which is good because you can still enjoy the beauty of nature and walk towards the beautiful Virgin Beach. Since this place isn’t develop yet and no hotels around the area, you can just stay here while the sun is up and swim and also enjoy the view. Just make sure to bring your swimming clothes during this trip because Virgin beach is a good place to swim while in Bali. Woooh that sums up our East Bali adventure and from Virgin Beach you have to travel again for 3 hours heading back to Kuta beach, and just relax while you’re on the road. I hope you make this part of your Bali vacation and the long trip is all worth it, MARKE MY WORD.

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