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Pollinator-Friendly Garden/Baguio Botanical Park

By on September 23, 2020

For nature lovers and flower enthusiasts, one attraction you should never miss when visiting the city of Pines (Baguio city) is the Botanical Garden, it is a peaceful refuge to reconnect with nature, you’ll see here the most beautiful flowers that comes in range of colors from bright pink, red, orange, and yellow, name it, they all have it! Other flowers with lovely blossoms turning to wonder shades of blue, purple and deep red in the afternoon, it added interesting textures to the garden.

 I never miss to visit this place when in the ‘’City of the Cool Sun’’ I’m putting more time to enjoy strolling around the stunning hidden paths of the outstandingly handsome foliage and perennials grown directly in the ground.

The buzzing of bees and the presence of other pollinators like honeybees and butterflies caught my attention, couldn’t help but snap few photos, taking snapshots is fun and rewarding undertaking while enjoying the cool weather. Let me show you some of the photos taken there but I tell you one thing, flowers be the most frequently photographed subject of nature but to include the honeybees pollinating the flowers makes it more interesting, that should be kept in mind too. Hope you’ll agree after viewing, Let’s get started!

Photos of Beautiful Flowers and the Honeybees

Baguio Botanical Garden is really a pollinator- friendly garden, you’ll see here the process of pollination, on how honeybees pollinate the flowers. Stunning Dahlias produced the larger flowers of all varieties.

Me with the honeybees working together they will pollinate the flowers, I do the shots. This is ‘lil fun Jo!

Focusing very close to the subject to get this result, macro shots!

I’m very careful in doing this, timing must be precise enough not to disturb bees.

Dahlia flowers- the best flowers for the honeybees, it provides pollen and sweet nectar which is the favorite of the honeybees however, you’ll see the Inula and everlasting flowers which are also a honeybee favorite as well.

How do bees pollinate flowers? Check my macro shots.

Honeybees feast on everlasting flowers too.

Honeybees pollinating Inula flowers.

Baguio Botanical Garden is really a restful shelter on hot summer days, a place of relaxation and tranquility.

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Magnificent Sunset Over Manila Bay

By on September 19, 2020

To relieve stress, take few minutes out of your time to experience the romantic moments of sunset. Viewing these magnificent sunset photos is just like bringing you to a peaceful place to find the serenity from the comfort of your bed, you’ll explore the beauty of nature without even leaving home. It’s nice to view before bedtime, I’m 100% sure you’ll get a restful sleep afterwards.

While facing the global crisis, you’ll come to realize that sunset can do wonders, viewing can be quiet soothing and it will remind you how beautiful life is! Now, Let’s get started!

The Beautiful Manila Bay Sunset

I regularly checked all photos from file folders of my desktop, I had a magnificent array to choose from among most compelling images from different travels in and out of the country, my local road trips, beautiful landmarks, beach photos, food, people and other lovely landscapes. I feel like a time traveler, I just want to put my heart into my stories. I’m using 22 sunset photos all in all, it was photographed before the pandemic. Ok fellas! Happy viewing!

Photography Location: Manila Bay (Port of Manila) Roxas Boulevard, Manila Phils.

 The beauty of nature that passes so quickly, when the sun touches the horizon in a matter of minutes, when the light reflected off the water, it adds a strong romantic mood of the image.

Me with the sunset, I’m doing a good habit to find something new to feature here, it represents a great turning point to cheer you up while facing coronavirus pandemic season. There are more surprises waiting for you here, you may also love the beauty of nature from the rocky coastline to reflective sea. I’m here to capture great moments at my favorite photography spot, Manila Bay Roxas Blvd.

The sunset over Manila bay, a very dramatic setting in the evening, the glowing radiance of red, yellow, orange, purple and blue reflections of the sun below the horizon.

The fishermen’s bestfriend, an extremely reliable dog with the background of the dramatic sunset.

Handsome dog with the sunset background is a beautiful piece to add here. It’s rare find to see them here.

The sad cat is another rare animal never before seen here. I’m lucky to have 3 species around while capturing the sunset.

The horse makes a lovely setting, horse-drawn carriage tour is common here, we call it,”Kalesa”

This guy made a living by selling balloons here, he had all the youthful colors that brings beauty to the background.

Around here, you’ll see the ship, yacht and Fishermen’s boat, it adds interesting element to the background.

Outrageously, a stunning view of the bayside sunset. The sun sets just beside the Hotel H2O, a fine dining is good while watching the sunset, it is really a spectacular spot for sunset dining.

Light from the water brings interesting foreground and background details.

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Quarantine Photography/Carpenter Bees

By on September 16, 2020

What a little progress moving through difficult times, we don’t have the normal movement during this pandemic. Most of our movement are restricted and limited, I’m not at my normal activity anymore. All my everyday activities have changed throughout tough times, I can’t go out to shoot interesting subjects, I’m scared, I need to take necessary measures to protect my health, I just have to stay home until coronavirus pandemic is over but when? Life seems uncertain for now. I’m terribly missing my normal routine of pre-pandemic life.

Going through while staying hopeful to cheer me up, I’m doing a good habit to photograph what our garden offers, I think this would be an endless garden photography, it gave me the opportunity to feel the cool breeze, the morning dew and blooming flowers with insects encircling around. These photos of carpenter bees are entertainment to view and will surely cheer you up during coronavirus pandemic season. Carpenter bees are not social insects like the honeybees and bumble bees but they do not bite, they are not aggressive, the female does have but will only sting if handled directly. Go for it! I hope you’ll enjoy viewing my morning visitors.

Note: Macro Photography of Honeybees next post, don’t miss it! More selection of items from butterflies to bees, dragonflies and the blooming flowers.

25 Photos of Beautiful Carpenter Bees

From a different perspective during isolation, the garden would be my favorite photography spot for now, I need to grow and challenge my photography skills. For a blogger like me, this is one effective measure to kill boredom.

These photos serves as my quarantine collection of carpenter bees, it’s a reminder of my long quarantine activities. It’s not easy to snap these flying insects under extreme location exposing my skin under the bright sun in mid-afternoon shooting however, I’m lucky to have them in our own front and backyard garden.

I hope you’ll like it, these carpenter bees photos will surely provides smiles and happiness during difficult times.

Ok Fellas!

Keep Safe and Healthy

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Hoping for a COVID-Free Christmas

By on September 2, 2020

It’s now the 2nd day of ‘’Ber Months’’ it is running from September-December, it reminds us of the coming of holiday season and countdown to Christmas. What to expect? Is it a spirit to get us even more? We’ll come to that later. At least we now experience a bit cooler weather, we hear Christmas songs on the radio, we usually see Christmas trees and delightful decorations in shopping malls and the fun preparation and excitement to decorate starts but what is Christmas in the year of COVID-19? It is hard to imagine that we will celebrate Christmas differently this year 2020.

Given the concern and restrictions about the Coronavirus pandemic, the reduction of air travelers, it is impossible to think restrictions would be lifted by Christmas. What Christmas Year 2020 would look like? I think, there’s no more holiday shopping, no lucky find in the department store, no more New Year Countdown. At the present time, people are scared to go out into crowds and closed spaces. It is also weird to think that Santa will also wear mask and face shield (personal protective equipment) Can you guess what’s inside Santa’s bag? Is it hand sanitizers, alcohol, liquid gel to destroy the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19? Will Santa have to social distance too? it might be a COVID Christmas and I’m super worried Santa’s ‘’Ho Ho Ho’’ would be Hu Hu Hu…

Expectations from people like me, as an optimist, I’m naturally delighted to what people believe in, it’s a COVID-free Christmas but when you look at your life, something different we look through, the greatest happiness this holiday season is for Santa to deliver vaccine in advance. I think that’s pretty special! Things might not be completely good until there is vaccine.

I’m reviewing my memory list, I’m a memory keeper, I have had a list of old notes from past years, the names of my close friends, colleagues and cousins to share simple pleasures with. I never forget wonderful friends no matter if its COVID or not…

It’s too early to think about Christmas, forget first the frosty decors and the festive tree trimmings, no more planning ahead, no more advance booking to travel, no more Christmas holidays abroad for the family. Other friends, they have to spend Christmas apart because of the coronavirus. Anyway, planning is underway to ensure a safe yuletide season to all. Our presidential spokesperson, Harry Roque said’’ it is still possible to enjoy holiday season in the Philippines. We’ll see, lets pray and hope for the best to come.

Goodnight everyone. Take care. Stay safe and healthy.

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Home Cooking During the Coronavirus Pandemic

By on July 31, 2020

The pandemic season has given us more opportunity we never thought we would experience but up to now we are still facing similar crisis following the given protocols and restrictions under each level of quarantine from ECQ—MECQ—GCQ and of all measures, ECQ is the strictest. The COVID 19 stay home orders to keep us safe and minimize the risk of spreading, the great concern to wear mask and comply with social distancing measures to stay homebound but our country cautiously to loosen slowly back to the new normal life adopting to new rules to follow. No one knows when the pandemic will end and we don’t even now how long will it take to recover, we can’t expect people to stay home for forever.

Multitude of questions in mind when uncertainty rules, we have a grim economy, the lack of income because of stay-home orders indeed, this is hard to those struggling to survive from day to day basis, the closures of other restaurants , bars and tourism suffered greatly during this pandemic season but my big thanks to gov’t support programs given unemployed citizens cash handouts and food packages, it’s a must need.

After the lockdown, I’ve almost done everything. I spent most of my time attending to my family needs since everyone works from home and till this time, I want to make sure everyone is safe because I’m scared, worst is yet to come. Recently, I ‘ve deactivated my Facebook for 5 months so I can firmly focus on family needs, I buy things online and be more specific to essential needs, the basic only.

One thing to withstand the strain and pressure during this pandemic, no matter how hard the situation, I was enjoying discovering new cooking trends and special recipes be the kitchen and food is the perfect bonding. Summer months (March-May) was a productive one, good supply of fruits in season with special prices, almost the best fruits and some of my favorites at their peak, I enjoy buying necessities online good for one week. When refrigerator is full, it gives me lots of option on what to cook. For me, quarantine time is really a meaningful journey of cooking, this is the only way I know to maintain love and happiness amidst pandemic isolation. Do you think the long months lockdown is a well-deserved break?

Here are my home-cooked foods prepared for my family, I have photographed every dish made before serving, you’ll see here other menus done in the course of pandemic.

Our simple breakfast in the garden (with the generous presence of our family pet, Frosty)

Quick and easy seafood recipes, it’s Cooking from the garden

My Chicken Congee with Century egg

It’s our favorite breakfast every Sunday. With family members around, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Bulalo is a beef dish, you can clearly see the bone marrow present in all bones. It’s all time family favorite.

Steamed Crabs with Black Bean Sauce

Sizzling Sisig With additional effort, they can be transformed into just like this.I grew up familiar with this kind of recipe and I feel confident making it.

Sizzling Spicy Squid with Vegetables is another sizzling recipe of the day.

Beef Burger with Mushroom Gravy, additional side dishes arranged on a base are steamed broccoli and French fries.

My Japanese Gyoza

My Special Cheezy Morcon is delicious and addictive.

Steamed Shrimps with Fried Slices of Eggplant. Beautifully arranged on a plate, the circular order or rounded form presentation, my family will be able to enjoy the rest of the meal.

Snacks and Desserts

Cooking, cooking and more eating, I consumed high calories, thus I gained bit weight, my failure to count and cut high calorie foods but I’m not expert when it comes to calorie counting unlike my sister Anne who is a registered nutritionist-dietitian, She’s expert to that field.

Every meal became an adventure seems to be created just for my family to enjoy during the pandemic season. The variety of simple courses has the advantage of extremely adaptable and irresistible that you can try, it’s easy and simple anyway. How to prepare? well, see you next post, it’s impossible to upload multiple pictures in one single post.

 Late afternoon, I’m fortunate to view the sunset from our own garden.

It’s a pride of owning our own pomelo tree, pomelos in our own backyard brings excitement.

I used to cut sleeping hours shorter every Friday night so I can blog but to catch up on Saturdays and Sundays, I made sure to turn off electronics, laptop, cellphone, TV to avoid distractions when off to dreamland and it’s about time to go there now, Goodnight everyone and Thanks for reading my blog.

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My Quarantine Activities

By on July 3, 2020

Its been more than 3 months since ECQ but still infection rate is high, to the rest of the world we see similar numbers raging. Coronavirus pandemic, dangerous as it sounds, more and more people being infected, it’s effecting the entire country and the world.

From my previous blog last month, I have mentioned (with back-up photos) on how pandemic has quitted Pasig city and my hometown Piat Cagayan. Before I forget, today is the feast day (July 2) of ”Our Lady of Piat” the patroness of Cagayan Valley, the Sambali celebration deferred this year but devotees will gather for a special mass at Santo Domingo Church on Quezon Avenue, Quezon City. You can just imagine how coronavirus disrupted our lives, no more public events, no gatherings, the need of wearing mask and social distancing, it seems to be a normal part of life already. This year 2020 is a big blow following 2 patterns of events, after the major eruption of Taal volcano in Batangas last January and now faces COVID 19 pandemic, this is a big blow to our economy and its relatively hard to face the crisis.

The government COVID 19 Task Force extended quarantine measures with new rules to adopt, we are still undergoing new restrictions except for essential purposes following appropriate measures. During challenging times, we are experiencing concerns, many have been working from home for almost 11 weeks now, we don’t know how long coronavirus last with another new rules to adopt upon reopening this coming July and still raising hopes there is vaccine. Other countries cautiously reopening from months long shutdown and Phils slowly reopening.

Oftentimes, my sisters would talk about fiestas, missing social events like birthday celebrations, fancy night out parties, graduations, buffet gatherings, get- together with friends and traveling. Mindful of social distancing blues, no more face to face bonding, other people are very eager to go out as I’m also missing social gatherings with my buffet friends too. Months of March-April-May and July, it was a summer homebound for the family and now, rainy season coming up next, we are really facing a new phenomenon, summer 2020 is not like no other this year. Coronavirus has disrupted everything and I’m trying to live by it.

What’s the impact might be? Would be sharing some of my quarantine activities here, got 5 family members here, a sort of, like prisoners staying inside the room for long hours working that I have to feed them, preparing home cooked food and of course clean water for them, not to mention all the alcohol, hand sanitizers all around ready to use.

Mobile Palengke in Pasig to lessen public trips around, it is ”Presyong Palengke” and it’s very convenient.

My daily life is no boredom, being flexible coming up with a schedule that keeps me busy all day long, the entire day devoted to my family, it’s a home to share bringing family closeness together, the good bonding and dedication will hold us firmly.

While at home, it’s really a homey feeling of togetherness, my family is complete and I’m keeping a master list on hand, there are a hundred things to do and this is also the best time to appreciate the beauty in our own backyard, we are the Backyardigans experiencing beautiful adventures in our own backyard. Moving productively, more and more things done in one day and in the coming days and months. The things I’ve missed before, those things I’ve always wanted to do but haven’t done yet, this is the perfect time to get things done, it’s a big opportunity to finish and not to rush. Cheers!

Here’s sharing with you my stay home ECQ activities that keeps me going from day to day, just a few list of stuffs:

Enjoying my daily cooking for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

My Mango Float is an easy recipe and it’s everybody’s favorite.

Everyday Photography

I have captured few morning visitors in the garden, this kind of pleasurable activity keeps me going from day to day.


Gardening includes planting, morning visit in the garden and harvesting fruits. Photo above, just one of few snapshots taken around, a lovely butterfly pollinating a wide variety of flowers.

Morning walk with my favorite pets

Excellent date to take out our dogs and cats for a morning sunshine.

Among others, of course I need to update my blog, daily exercise, cleaning, afternoon nap, playing piano and electric guitar, listening to my favorite songs, reading my latest books and watching TV for the latest coronavirus pandemic updates. All these activities saved me from boredom blues during this pandemic season and dreaming we would be back to normal life soon, to welcome friends without any mask and social distancing.

Take time to take to check my daily photography snapshots going on for the best subject in our own backyard. I’m really hopeful we will overcome this crisis soon and hoping our economy will bounce back before the end of this year. I wish you all well and keep updated.

To all those who are in the frontline,”our COVID Warriors” I’m inspired by your courage, Thank you very very much and May God bless us all. Keep safe and Take Care!

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Battle Against Coronavirus- Piat Cagayan

By on March 18, 2020

Coronavirus cases continue to rise globally, Municipal mayor of Piat, Atty. Carmelo Villacete made similar announcement asking all people of Piat to stay indoors( home quarantine) to minimize transmission of coronavirus. Within responsibility, this is an emergency power to protect health and safety of the people. Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 disease and the best way to avoid being exposed to the virus is to avoid people, most often, virus spreads mainly from person to person and do transmit even in the absence of symptoms.

Causing fear and panic in Piat, in its response to the coronavirus outbreak leaving empty spaces and businesses as our town responds to concerns of the spread of COVID-19.

Scenes Revealing the impact of Coronavirus Outbreak

Info-sharing and this is how our beloved town, Piat Cagayan looks like now. All photos taken from inside the car no longer than 5 minutes.

Normally, devotees line-up to offer prayers, the Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Piat is temporarily closed till April 13, 2020.

Where have all the people gone?

Piat Central Elementary school, my alma mater is temporary closed.
This scene looks like a ghost town.

More pictures coming up very soon…

Thank you fellow Piatenos. Stay safe ! ‘’Apo Baket’’ will bring an end to disease and sufferings. May God bless us all!

Piatenos are worried but generally glad, the town is being cautionary. Thank you again Mayor! Atty. Carmelo Villacete, municipal mayor of Piat Cagayan

Note: I would like to thank Bud Baculi for sharing Piat photos taken 4 hours ago.

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Empty streets in the Philippines Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

By on March 17, 2020

Yesterday, President Duterte ordered the ‘Enhanced Community Quarantine and Social Distancing of the whole of Luzon to prevent the spread of Coronavirus disease 2019 – ( COVID – 2019) Effective March 17 until April 13. The government is struggling to stop the spread of coronavirus as death toll rises and number of cases still climbing, there were checkpoints around and people movement being restricted. This is quiet good as it will slow the spread of virus.

To reduce the growth of coronavirus, cities have establishments closed, school closures, travel restrictions, temporary closure of Metro Manila Malls, work suspended for a month and public transportation are suspended but supermarkets will still remain open and ATM banks will remain operational.

Scenes Revealing the impact of Coronavirus Outbreak

As part of measures against the spread of coronavirus have left streets and public places deserted. Taken this morning along Shaw Boulevard Mandaluyong. Photo shows a normally, busy street major route, now it’s empty.

A quiet morning along Shaw Boulevard. Empty streets in Pasig avid coronavirus outbreak.

Aerial photo of Shaw Boulevard taken from the flyover in front of Capitol Commons, it looks like a ghost town.

Coronavirus poised to disrupt everyday lives of the people, a very straining and stressing disease. As we are preparing for the worst, people are rushing to stock-up food and other supplies during the Enhanced Community Quarantine. Coronavirus is causing panic buying in the Philippines. Supermarket empty shelves is already a common scene since coronavirus pandemic sparked widespread panic. Consumers stockpiling goods such as; hand sanitizer, spray cleaners and shoppers leave supermarket runs out of toilet paper. As we prepare for social distancing, which means having at least 2 weeks worth of food and supplies. It is good not to go out and be prepared all the time.

To be considerate and to prevent panic buying, City Gov’t of Pasig implemented Anti-Panic buying and Anti-Hoarding. This is an ordinance to limit buying amount of goods may purchase everyday. Anyone caught violating the ordinance will have business permit revoked and penalties to all violators. I live in Pasig around Kapitolyo , a home to business districts, schools, commercial hubs, condo communities and a short distance to Estancia Mall Capitol Commons. Thanks God! throughout our area are relatively quiet and coronavirus-free as of now.

Stay aware of the latest information. May God Bless us all and stay safe.

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Mountain Float-Chiang Mai

By on February 25, 2020

Following our comprehensive itinerary Thailand tour starting in Bangkok, On our third day, we flew to Chiang Mai, the Northern part of Thailand. Our aim here is to enjoy the best of Chiang Mai from start to finish. This is the much-needed vacation we’ve been waiting for, no urgent concerns, no rushing obligations, just a well-deserved time leaving work and other worries behind but I don’t think one week vacation here in Thailand is the right amount of time, this is just a short time and plenty of travel sites transferring from location to another, not enough time to explore the whole of Thailand. I know for sure, sooner I keep coming back for more.

Day 1- Journey into the heart of Chiang Mai

Aerial View of Chiang Mai, Thailand from airplane window.

Departed on-time, we arrived in Chiang Mai early morning, not very far from the airport, we went straight for breakfast at Thai restaurant that serves the most popular Thai breakfast generally at reasonable prices, we really don’t want to miss this, it’s the start of the day. We ordered the most delicious and popular breakfast dishes. We had Thai congee, steamed siomai (pork dumplings, fried tofu, and other varieties were a bit less spicy. Our breakfast was so good, it gives ample energy to tour for the day.

After our breakfast, we went to relax in the spa for a duration of 120 mins massage, the AYURVEDIC & Wellness a health land massage, it is the most popular stress relief spa here in Chiang Mai.

What a Wow thing! Not only the soothing treatment, just after the massage, I immediately achieved the best feeling of well-being.

AYURVEDIC & Wellness
Health Land Chiang Mai Massage for Health

It’s about lunchtime when we finished our spa and another 30 minutes drive to reach Huen Muan Jai, a Northern Food Restaurant, one of the best places to eat and it is the most famous Thai select cuisine awarded by Ministry of Commerce in Thailand. As always, Thai food plays a central role renowned for its quality and diversity. This is really a traveler-oriented restaurant, food served was good, I was impressed with the taste and presentation techniques and enjoyed the succulent taste, it’s a bit expensive but worth trying sharing a selection of Northern dishes if you are heading to Chiang Mai, try this restaurant. More on that, a bit later.

After our healthy breakfast, a spa treatment and sumptuous lunch, I now have a better memory and energy level to cope with different activities throughout the day. It seems my energy is now best designed for long tour. I’m now ready to climb the mountains of Hill tribes. Here we go!

This is the best plan for an adventurous visitor like me to venture into the Karen territory, any visitor can seek out an inner territory of the Nomads.

From my journey to the North, it is worthwhile meeting the hill tribes. People here were very friendly and accommodating. So far, the longest time I have ever personally been on, anyway, I enjoyed every moment of it and I would be benefitted to learn about their cultural heritage.

Baan Tong Luang Eco-Agricultural Village

Continuing along the Northern part around Chiang Mai, the surrounding countryside is dotted with day-trip options in all directions. Climbing the hills en route to the mountains of hill tribes. A hill tribe is a term for all of the various ethnic groups in Thailand. The Heritage site, the home of the hill tribes originating in all various parts of China and Southeast Asia, the ethnic groups settled in Thailand who came from Burma, Laos, and Cambodia. They are often described as the 4th world people, they are simply migrants who continue to migrate moving frequently from one village to another.

Hill tribes sell locally produced products (crafted goods), no inflated costs if you buy directly from them. Support the ethnic group, buy their products!

The traditional mode of ethnic expression, the ethnic groups identified by their colorful traditional costume decorated by silver jewels and embellished by elegant bodices.

Meet the Karen tribe, my favorite of all the ethnic groups living there, Karen group scattered throughout the villages deep in the forest up high the mountains bordering Myanmar.

Legendary ”Giraffe woman” with extremely long necks adorned with gold rings. We usually call it a weird adornment but for them is a beauty treatment, this is to testify the richness of craft tradition and wealth of their own tribe.

Mountain Float Resort Chiang Mai

This is the major highlight of this blog that introduces more of Chiang Mai and suggesting when to go and what not to miss. I’m now sharing every aspect with you, dear readers.

Of greatest interest, the day will not end up here, it’s nearly 4 pm and the sun begins to set while a cool wind blows heading to our floating house.

Our excitement grows into every aspect of whats Chiang Mai is going to offer next. We were all excited to experience on-the-water home accommodation as our new hideaway destination is waiting for us.

After the Heritage site, We directly went to Sri Lanna National Park to catch the speed boat and from here, we were taken to the ”Mountain Float. It took 35 minutes to reach our new destination, The Mountain float or Houseboat, or Floating house, our new on-the-water home. Mountain float resort, a 4-star floating hotel in Chiang Mai.

Mountain Float Resort Chiang Mai

Mountain Float resort taken by flying camera, Drone, I love the results from that drone.

As we approached the floating house, the hotel crew was already waiting at the arrival area, ready to assist us. What a warm welcome!

Mountain Float Resort located in the Mae Taeng area of Chiang Mai. This is a floating house well-suited to families who want to experience a bit of privacy and to enjoy not only the food but also the peacefulness of the picturesque waterscape and watersports. For more dominant features coming up next, scroll down please, this is such a long blog.

The crew immediately offered us healthy snacks and local delicacies for the whole family to enjoy.

We have our own patio dining table just beside our room.

What a beautiful patio with a full lake breeze, it’s a unique geography to connect with nature overlooking across Sri Lanna National Park.

Foods served are the ones I’ve been craving for, How can I resist? A basket of Crispy Fried Chicken on a crepe basket with a side dish of Caesar salad, that’s a good part of my diet.

I have never had a more relaxing vacation just like this before, this is a beautiful spot to fuel the day. Plateful of nutritious food consists of fresh slices of ripe guavas, melon and dragon fruit.

Our assorted snacks for the day; that white jelly on a white plate is Khanom Tako or pudding, a Thai sweet Jelly with coco cream on top. On a native basket is Pork cracklings and the on a big platter is Pad Thai made out of fresh ingredients; rice noodles, shrimps, chicken, tofu and scrambled eggs. What an impressive food scene with light aromatic components.

This is something new to experience for the whole family and it’s ready to serve us.

There’s plenty of privacy, perfectly comfortable and spacious with dramatic waterscape. All houseboats have the buoyancy to make the raft float stably and with 24 hours electricity and water have been filtered through a series of standard equipment.

Each houseboat has an area of approximately 100 square meters divided into 4 large bedrooms with one double and twin beds. Each room has its own clean bathroom and toilet.

From the patio, you’ll feel the mellow atmosphere with a piece of soft music, to while away an hour or two during a pleasant conversation.

Enjoying the luxury lifestyle of a floating house for a few nights but adding considerable charms makes me feel like home. I felt the intimate connection with the serenity of the misty surroundings and nearby mountains.

The dramatic waterscape is truly beautiful that blends with the land and water breeze and that makes this place special.

I’m enjoying being alone even for just a moment, atmosphere around gives me exhilarating sense of peacefulness.

Wooden walkways going to the restaurant. Mountain float is just the right balance fairly offered us modern comfort.

You don’t have to worry about anything, everything is included; the boat trips, water sports, buffet breakfast and dinner and they also served the most nutritious snack.

Mountain Float Restaurant dining area. Our buffet breakfast going on here, somehow, very appealing and well-organized food presentation, it’s a modern twist display.

My morning breakfast

At first, it took a while to get used to a floating home, on our first night, it was uneasy and couldn’t sleep because our new bedroom is entirely different to our usual one. The only problem, the temperature is fine daytime but at sundown, the temperature drops abruptly and you will experience a chilly night till 6 in the morning. Absolutely no buzzing nightlife here but there’s a billiard hall for the boys to play with no time limits.

Mountain Float Restaurant

Dining on separate houseboat with a lounge, it’s lovely and romantic venue, it’s a home away from home.

It offers exceptional fishing, Kayaking speed boating, swimming and other water sports just ready to use.

There’s also a kid’s play platform and jumping stumps for them to enjoy.

There’s also a floating boat lift for speed boats, you can even wander from your houseboat to another houseboats nearby, the floating platform is stable.

Another perspective on this water world, getting closer to nature on a kayak.

 The blissful solitude at its most whimsical and surreal.

Visibly stunning sunrise

Wooden walkways with potted plants

My favorite spot to catch up the sunrise, great ambiance, excellent food and a pleasant space to hang out for long conversations.

Thinking of people I care about, the right moment for me to reflect on the things I should be grateful for, a reminder for the many things we have to be thankful for. God is good!

This is really a wonderful place to enjoy the serenity of life and to nourish my soul.

Buddhist Monk collecting alms arrives at Mountain Float Resort early in the morning.

There’s never been a more exciting time than to stay here considering dramatic views and the serenity of the lake.

There’s plenty to enjoy here in Chiang Mai Mountain Float, escape your busy life, pick your travel destination to experience a perfect place to unwind.

To document my experience staying here was such an amazing treat for the whole family, I wished vacation would never end….

Chiang Mai, Thailand, this is the kind of place to fall in love with, I was emotionally sad to leave this place. Definitely, it reminds me of my friends; Dear Pat, Jam and Sorakhom’s family. My special thanks goes to you guys! Words are certainly not enough to express my gratitude to you. Thank you so much Papatsorn! Thank you for the warm welcome and hospitality !

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5 Most Beautiful Temples in Thailand

By on January 29, 2020

Making most of our visit to explore the best tourist attractions in Thailand, with so many beautiful and captivating places to visit, you’ll appreciate a variety of culturally rich tourist beauty spots; historical sites, ancient ruins, Chiang Mai blooms, elephant show, best Thai cuisine to mention a few. It’s really hard to adjust adding more and narrowing our itinerary but we can’t afford to miss the sacred places, the spiritual navel of the world with so much history happened here. To see the religious shrine, sanctuary of truth and monument, it gives me a sense of peace, serenity and  enlightenment.

Representing Thailand’s identity, the house of worship dedicated to human faith. From here, we took short, an easy loop hike to visit all 5 famous temples here in Thailand. At first glance while exploring other facets of the temple surprisingly, it’s difficult to imagine how it was built, it offers spiritual and unbelievable statues. There are over 40, ,717 temples in Thailand out of which 33,902 are currently active. The majestic exterior, every part is unique but it’s impossible to explore everything. Many of Thailand’s temples reflect Indian, Chinese, Burmese and Cambodia influence.

I was inspired to see all the temples richly decorated with creative carvings of gold-covered structure and you can see murals often adorns outdoors with giant statues. A temple is is an enclosed area set aside for religious worship, a dwelling for a deity.

Most of the people in Thailand are Buddhist. Temples have been common to most religious people in their own religion, each story has a symbolic representation of different level of Buddhist faith. All temples are tower-like structures built with many stories to share.

Tips and Reminders to all visitors visiting the temple

Temple is a Buddhist religious place and should be respected, all visitors are required to wear appropriate attire but if you are not ready with your proper attire, you are welcome to borrow outer clothing provided by the temple to be returned after using. ( other temples, charges for laundering/washing is 20 Bath per clothing. Buddha images must be treated with respect so treat Buddha images appropriately and not to use Buddha as a form of tattoo art, it means no respect. It is strictly prohibited to step or climb on Buddha statues. Please take note!

Note: ”Wat means ( Thai language) city of temples or place of worship.

5 Most Beautiful Temples in Thailand

Wa Maha That Temple

Wa Maha That Temple is a royal temple that houses the Buddhas relics. It is located in the central part of Ayutthaya. It was built in the early Ayutthaya kingdom early 20th BE, the temple was the object of full attention receiving occasional additions and restorations. It is stated in Ayutthaya’s Royal Chronicle that the construction of Wa Maha That’s main pagoda (Prang) started by King Borromaracha in 1374 and completed During the reign of King Ramesuan. The pagoda collapsed during Songtham’s reign and renovated in 1633 after King Prasat Thong ascended to the throne.

Ayutthaya fall in 1767, the monastery was set on fire during the Burmese attack. The abandoned pagoda fell in decay during the reign of King Rama v1, only the symmetrical base and staircase remains.

Wat Arun

The missile-shaped temple that rises from the western banks of Mae Nam Chao Phraya river is known as ”The Temple of Dawn” named after the Indian God of dawn, Aruna. Wat Arun is the most famous landmark of Bangkok. I’ve never seen anything like this before, the temple was decorated in seashells and porcelein tiles. The God of Dawn pretty huge, sunrise or sundown with so many things up high.

Wat Lokayasutharam

It is an interesting temple and the 4th longest reclining Buddha in an old city of Ayutthaya. The eye catching feature is the relaxed looking Buddha in an open space. I was inspired to be a part of historical temple stories shared by my friend, it is worthwhile to visit all the beautiful temples of Thailand.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

A sacred temple in Chiang Mai (Northern Thailand) enshrined on Doi Suthep 1000 meters above sea on west side of city Thailand. A naga staircase of 500 steps leads to the temple at the end of long winding road up the mountain

Pattaya Buddha Mountain

It is the biggest carved Buddha image in the world, 109 meters high and 70 meters wide. It was carved on a cliff of Chi Chan mountain in 1996 (using laser beams) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his Majesty’s accession to the throne. His Majesty King Bhumibol named the Buddha image sculpted on the cliff using laser beams as ”Phra Buddha Maja Vajira Uttamophat Satsada” which means ” The Buddha that enlightens and shines with brightness and sublimity” The Buddha image in the sitting form in the style of Pang Man Wichai as Phrawarachabopit.

Pattaya Buddha is a combination of Lanna and Sukhothai arts. Beside the cliff is a beautiful prayer garden, a large garden landscape for the visitors to meditate. The whole area is spacious enough to accommodate maximum number of people visiting the temple mountain.

Note: More stunning images of the 5 temples of Thailand done in single entry post, you can read full details and view the complete picture of Thailand’s temple gallery next post.

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