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Cherry Blossoms Taiwan 2019

By on February 20, 2019

On our way to Wuling farm, we passed by cherry blossom trees growing freely flowering along mountainside, we made a quick stop to take a few shots, this is not the ideal stop but with the cascading symphony of pink colors, it will surely bring excitement to all cherry blossom lovers.

Cherry blossom usually begins to bloom early spring, this may happen mid-February to mid-April definitely, spring is the best season to catch the beauty of these flowers but when we were in Taiwan, winter is upon us and December month is not the best season to chase it. I’m lucky to catch the early blooms, it’s earlier than expected with other flowers that makes an attractive form during winter.

Winter chills, it was showering and temperature drops below 7 ° C. It’s fairly cold and I’m shivering, I forgot to wear my winter gloves, other parts of my body losing heat very quickly but I have to get through it. Strong howling winds blowing through the foggy mountains of Wuling, it makes me harder to walk… Wuling mountain with an altitude of 3275 meters and the highest point in Taiwanese highway.

Cherry Blossoms Taiwan 2019

It’s the magic of frosty morning to stand up here, wandering around to appreciate the beauty of the cherries and the mountain scenery.

Seasonal Celebrations

To start the year right with lively celebrations, Sun Moon Lake’s cherry blossom festival held every February with series of events that includes the concept of greenery, culture and protecting the environment. All routes surrounding the Sun Moon Lake and Formosan Aboriginal Culture are filled with fun festivities. During this month of February, colors of cherries refreshingly beautiful down to the cherry blossoms can also be viewed dramatically at night.

This is the trail leading to the mountain peak, equally impressive is the spectacular view that rewards all those who climb up to the top.

Cherry Blossoms Taiwan 2019

Looking down from the viewpoint
Photography location: Wuling mountain

Few flowers withering blown by a sudden gust of winter wind, amazing mountain landscape take the leading role and scene was captured instantly.

Cherry Blossoms Taiwan 2019

Cherry Blossoms Taiwan 2019

Cherry Blossoms Taiwan 2019

Cherry Blossoms Taiwan 2019

Cherry Blossoms Taiwan 2019

Cherry Blossoms Taiwan 2019
Photography location: Qingjing Farm

Cherry blossom tree stands alone out of the surrounding of Qingjing farm Green Green Grassland pasture.

Cherry Blossoms Taiwan 2019
Photography location: Wuling mountain

Cherry Blossom photos taken in different parts of Taiwan

Sweet nectar of Cherry blossom attracts various birds. This strikingly handsome kind of bird is a winter visitor and commonly seen here. I’m having a hard time to distinguish it, I’ve seen similar kind of bird when we visited Alishan Township.

Photography location: Alishan mountain

Birds soaring above treetop, got a very little chance to capture a little creature that goes deeper into the shrubs, brief flight with quick turns and burst of leaves altering my viewpoint to snap upward. I’m not even in suitable position photographing under the tree itself, their free route of escape nearby woodlands of Alishan gave me a difficult situation to snap.

The most visible kind of birds during winter, they prefer open habitat with shrubs and trees for nesting and cover.

I have scheduled a half day birding trip along the mountains of Wuling and rushing off to Alishan keeping a list of every species I’ve seen and photographed but got very few. I don’t really master how winter birds operate their own timetables …

Best places to see Cherry Blossoms or Sakura filled places

  1. Alishan National Scenic Area
  2. Wuling Farm
  3. Sun Moon Lake
  4. Formosan Aboriginal Culture- regarded as the best cherry blossom spot

Don’t miss it! Taiwan sights and more. Taipeh 101, Sun Moon Lake, Wuling Mountain, Sunrise Alishan, Qingjing green green grassland, Golden Waterfall, Night life, Night market and Dining. See you next posts…

Note: Lovely note down there will brighten my day!

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Sun Moon Lake Sunrise

By on February 15, 2019


Serenity and tranquility winter here in Taiwan, I was enjoying a hot cup of coffee when the first light of the day appeared. It was a peaceful morning mood, my choice of viewpoint at the right side of the balcony, it’s the best view spot, seems inviting to capture with the blue and yellow reflections of the sun on water. The horizon ringed with hills, quiet winter landscape seems to fill the picture with calmness, the natural beauty of Sun Moon Lake and striking scene of sunrise come together in perfect union.
Sun Moon Lake Sunrise, taken on the misty morning of December 26, 2018 from the balcony of our hotel room. Location: Miracolo View Hotel Yuchi , Nantou Country Taiwan.

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Panoramic View of Sun Moon Lake

By on February 14, 2019

The beautiful view of Sun Moon Lake from the balcony of our hotel room, the lake appears remarkably close when viewed from the top of Miracolo View Hotel. Sun Moon Lake is one of the finest and most frequently visited tourist attraction in Taiwan.

The semi-circular landscape of Sun Moon Lake looks like a brilliant blue crescent in the morning, the ferry boats, nearby green mountains and lakeside trees reflected on a still morning and that makes the most beautiful attractions here in Nantou.

Miracolo View Hotel, this lakefront hotel is 2 km from Shuishe Lakeside Trail and 6 km from Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village. In here, you’ll enjoy the fantastic view of the sunrise over the lake of mist, blue clouds and surrounding mountains. It was already late afternoon when we arrived here, we got a welcome Christmas treat, a handful of sweet goodies and chocolates from the hotel management. What a beautiful tradition ! Thank you so much!

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Bamboo Pavilion of Fengyuan Huludun Park Expo Site

By on February 1, 2019

Heralding the arrival of bamboo modernity, among the best loved architecture I’ve seen during my recent visit toTaichung. The magnificent Bamboo Pavilion of Fengyuan Huludun Park Expo Site considered as an absolute masterpiece illustrating Taiwanese interest in bamboo architecture.

The architectural trends using bamboo as the main material, the strength to weight ratio succeeds that of bricks and steel remarkably sustainable alternative for such projects. Bamboo Pavilion’s creative and structural element, refined and unique interior and exterior effect represents another turning point of a tropical country, the artistic talent accomplished by Taiwanese artists and bamboo architects.


Bamboo Pavilion
Fengyuan Huludun Park Expo Site
Taichung, Taiwan

Viewing directly from the front, the best way to fully appreciate the beautiful landscape is during sunset, warm lights you’ll enjoy the yellow-orange dramatic sky that gives substance offering a delightful welcome to those arriving tourists visiting Expo site.


Bamboo Pavilion
Fengyuan Huludun Park Expo Site
Taichung, Taiwan

Some photos taken during my Fengyuan Huludun visit

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Balai ta Koman Caronan Farm Resort

By on January 24, 2019

A visit to Peñablanca leads you to a discovery of a hidden paradise, it’s a perfect hideaway for a relaxing holiday. This is a beautiful resort you shouldn’t miss when you are in Tuguegarao, the Balai ta Koman Caronan Farm Resort,  it’s here where you can enjoy the exceptional comfort, beauty, affordability and convenience.

My friend Mimi from Tuguegarao invited me to have a brief visit to her aunt’s resort. All three of us; Mimi, Me and Miyam went over to the said place. As you approach the resort, you’ll catch the sight of nearby beautiful Pinacanauan river and upon approaching the entrance, you’ll know immediately why it is called, ‘’ Balai ta Koman Caronan Farm Resort’’ When we were there, we were given a glimpse by Mimi’s aunt into some of their suites, we walked around admiring its vast space, we stopped often to take pictures. It’s just a short tour to show amenities the resort offers, it’s pretty-much everywhere.

Balai ta Koman Caronan Farm Resort located in Barangay Cabbo Peñablanca Cagayan, the resort situated amidst huge hectares of land with a beautifully manicured lawn and a lush tropical garden. Just 20-minutes drive away from Tuguegarao and 35-minutes from Tuguegarao Airport.

It’s your best advantage to book here. It is convenient for long staying travelers. From here, you can easily reach other popular tourist attractions nearby such as; Iguig Calvary Hills, Callao Cave, Sierra Cave to mention a few..

Tourists and vacationers from elsewhere in Cagayan tend to visit this resort, it’s been a favorite venue for many events, private functions, hosting conferences, corporate events, family reunions, birthdays, Bridal shower, baptismal, graduation ball, anniversary celebrations and wedding receptions.

Balai ta Koman Caronan Farm Resort

Many people dream of getting away from a busy life by escaping to a paradise hideaway just like Balai ta Koman, it offers safe spaces for the kids, it’s also a family-friendly resort for summer outings and evening parties too.

 The resort features a clean and modern guest room in a 3-storey building, cabana, pavilion, reception lounge, conference room, function room to accommodate your guests, stunning poolside with the magnificent background view of hills and mountains, tree-shaded parking space, sound entertainment system and a sparkling outdoor swimming pool which are primarily designed for daytime and overnight use.

Balai ta Koman Caronan Farm Resort is naturally beautiful and clean, it’s quiet different from many other resorts.
Family Room

All suites with balconies that offers a wide view of the serene surroundings. Note: Other inspired developments still underway and more to come…

Matrimonial/Double Room
Balai ta Koman Caronan Farm Resort
Outdoor Swimming Pool is wide enough to accommodate big families and group of friends.

Balai ta Koman Caronan Farm Resort Wedding  Reception Venues                                                                   

Dream wedding usually comes true and this is also ideal for you if you have plans in the near future. Attractive lighting accent plays brilliant into the poolside.

Romantic evening glow of a Poolside Wedding Reception


The eye catching wedding venue and poolside wedding ideas is truly sophisticated, charming and casually elegant.
Balai ta Koman Farm Resort, notable for their striking presentation.

Chapel Wedding


Gorgeous Poolside wedding reception

Balai ta Koman Caronan Farm Resort ~ Table Setting, Ideas and Decorations

What an ideal venue!

For the gourmet, luscious concoctions of fruits and other delicate aspic creations.

One of the most important aspect of planning a wedding is deciding on what to eat and drink.

With a unique and sophisticated wedding platters, best of salads and buffet cookery on the table.

Focal glow when food commands attention as the background lights commands interest.

Experience the distinguishing features of a good resort for your next holiday vacation, Balai ta Koman Caronan Farm Resort is a perfect destination and a great host to everything you need, pampering awaits you here…

Thank you so much Grace Audrey Caronan !

For Special Functions and Social events, reservations and Inquiries

Balai ta koman Caronan Farm and Hotel Resort

Address:  Cabbo, Peñablanca Cagayan

Phone: 0927 715 5851


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Paskotitap Lights and Sound Float Parade 2018

By on December 13, 2018

The evening parade last Sunday December 9, 2018 was truly spectacular! It’s already my 8th year of featuring the biggest and most awaited Christmas Electronic Float Parade. Paskotitap Christmas Lights and Sound Parade is an annual holiday event and a combination of float parade and dance competition. This year’s Paskotitap Christmas Lights and Sound Parade features 14 animated movie-themed floats; Lego Ninjago, Aquaman, Teen Titans, Justice League, Ant-Man, Venom to mention a few. ..

As like the previous years, each float has a new theme and new dimensions accompanied by the dance performers from participating schools:

Kapitolyo High School
Rizal High School
Dela Paz High School
Pinagbuhatan High School
Immaculada High School
Sta. Lucia High School
Nagpayong High School
Buting Senior High School
Pasig City Science High School
Sagad High School
Santolan High School
Eusebio High School
San Joaquin Kalawaan High School
Manggahan High School

The parade route starts at Tiendesitas Pasig and moves down to Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue all the way to Pasig City Hall for the dance competition. Paskotitap performers (High school dance troupe) wearing their lavish costume perfectly designed and tailored to incorporate float animated theme. All floats illustrate their own theme together with musical sounds, costumed characters and light flashing effects. Truly fantastic!

Paskotitap Lights and Sound Float Parade Schedule
December 9, 2018
6:00 pm
Tiendesitas Pasig City

This holiday event is a big treat to everyone, thousands of people lined up to watch the parade, it is really a big draw of all ages. All animated floats perfectly designed and built by famous artists and other props by the students.

My particular thanks to all Paskotitap organizers, artists, float designers, participating schools, All sponsors, Rotary Club of Pasig, Lion’s club and to our beloved Mayor Maribel Eusebio.

I would like to congratulate all Paskotitap Dance Competition Winners

1st Runner Up – Nagpayong High School
2nd Runner Up – Kapitolyo High School

Congratulations also to all dancers, choreographers and teachers. The Salayaw Dance Company is the official Dance Group of Nagpayong High School, Congratulations !

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My Birthplace, My Hometown Piat Cagayan

By on December 3, 2018

It’s been a long time since I went back to my hometown, I haven’t visited my birthplace for almost 5 years. My hometown is just a small but peaceful town where my ancestors were born. I never forget the place where I came from, the place where I grew up and it will always remain as my 2nd home. Piat is a 4th class municipality in the province of Cagayan and I can firmly describe my own hometown as the ”land of the religious and hospitable people. Basílica Minore de Nuestra Señora de Piat is one of the 12 Basilicas in the Philippines, a catholic pilgrimage site considered as holy and spiritual land of devotion because of great number of devotees visiting Piat.

Once again, I’m back to my roots, Piat Cagayan. What a warm welcome surrounded by relatives recalling sweet moments of my childhood and the non-stop get together invitations to join my cousins for lunch and dinner. Feeling grateful, Thank you cousins for the sumptuous lunch and wonderful dinner, that was a very delightful bonding. The people of Piat and that includes me, they have this kind of special breed, the desirable two, they are notable for their exceptional generosity and hospitality.

Getting new updates after sometime. Piat Cagayan is now in full bloom, I was pleasantly surprised to see new developments; Welcome landmarks, Piat hill, Black Water lagoon, Road widening and Sidewalks improvement, Aquib Dugayong bridge, Basilica diversion bridge and many more… Fascinated and has turned my attention towards here resulting into a good blog feature, good enough to be published in details.

I am really Blessed here in Piat

Basílica Minore de Nuestra Señora de Piat

A Glance Back to the Hey-day of Piat
In those days early 70’s, since its first settlement, Piat has prided itself on just remaining as a simple town by the hills and mountains. Houses has few stores, few retail signs, no street names, no electricity, no parks and other recreational facilities, poor transportation and rivers and lakes have been used as a source of water temporarily. Years after, pumping water station essentially set up but to make matters worse, the pump has stopped losing suction standing idle for months causing the delay of water supply. It makes life miserable for the great bulk of people. Life was hard, I was only 14 years old that time and in the midst of loneliness, bad thought occurred to me that future in Piat is uncertain however, my wishful thinking in the mood of optimism giving myself a better impression holding on to hope that someone would come up with something that would improve quality of life as we all know, a successful town is providing people what they need and we all have needs in common. After a year revealed a continuing improvement, so big hope is coming over.. One beautiful attraction to adore around, an old housing types during the Spanish era. The only yearly event is the Feast of our Lady of Piat which is now the ‘’Sambali Festival’’ I can still remember the crowded sidewalks with tiangges (bazaars) side by side as they sell everything you would reasonably need , shopping is good once a year is the only consolation. Kiddie-sized carnival, temporary movie tent, live magic shows, clown performances and temporary amusement parks. Another beautiful event is the ‘’Garden day’’ (as far as I can still remember those good old days…) native products and artworks beautifully displayed, native baskets and bountiful harvest. Thousands of people flock to Basilica church for a miracle prayer. At least today, gave more insight into a much better life. Piat now is completely opposite from before, oldies aren’t the lucky ones, the new generation are luckier than us…

If you haven’t been to Piat recently, you’re in for a surprise! Piat now is a blossoming mélange of beauty.Today, Piat seems to have outgrown from a simple town to a stunning one! You can see the changing scene. Piat is now a fast growing town and there is always new to discover. One recreational highlight in Piat is the beautiful Black Water Lagoon, you’ll enjoy a leisurely walk around, boating, biking, fishing and Zip Line biking. You’ll be reinvigorated by the freshness of the atmosphere around. The Zip line is a must try for every visitor to experience the thrill and excitement.The Black Water Lagoon name probably derived from the old ground, it was once an idle land filled with black stagnant water, (muddy and dirty) ground used as rubbish receptacle.

The Black Water Lagoon is a part of People’s Integrated Agri Tourism Center.(Piat Center) An easy to follow, An easily visible landmark frequented by locals for picture taking it’s just 1o mins walk from Basilica Minore Nuestra Senora De Piat.

Part of the fun going to Piat Center is the way to get there. The wideroad is somewhat clean and spacious, you can enjoy driving without encountering a single stop and there’s a large parking area nearby.

Cheers to Piat! (me with my sis Elvie) Jumping with joy

The Black Water Lagoon invites leisurely exploration.

If you are a trill seeker, brave the Bike Zipline. Here’s EJ riding a bike zipline over the Black Water Lagoon.

The Black Water Lagoon is now a favorite park for both residents and visitors and a favorite Sunday venue of the pilgrims who would picnic around and relax in a peaceful setting.

On a beautiful day, benches lined with people relaxing. By the afternoon, elders gather for bonding and good conversation while youngsters romp on the playground.

The beautiful Black Water Lagoon on a clear day, it’s a gathering and strolling park of all ages. Around the lagoon area, some residential area, the Dragon Fruit Farm from the left.

Hike around the lagoon to see the cool and green Dragon Fruit Farm.

The Black Water Lagoon at night.

If the Black Water Lagoon is beautiful daytime, it is more spectacular at night, it is a lively center for night stroll.The view of the whole center looks like a magical town, the artificial outdoor led cherry blossom lights illuminates the whole area, it was a magnificent night glow.

Note: More photos of Black Water Lagoon next posts, don’t miss it!

The Piat hill is an Itawis landmark, an easily visible landmark uphill, it is one of the most photogenic attractions in Piat. To explore the main trail, climb up high the Piat hill.

Other Attractions to Visit

Beside the Basilica is Mary’s Garden, a gated entrance with a life-sized image display of the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. It is a place of prayer and meditation.

Rizal-Piat Cooperation Bridge, Basilica diversion road from Piat to Baung

Aquib-Dugayong Bridge. All 2 bridges to cut travel time for the pilgrims.

The Chico River

Super Jumbo Special Pancit Cabagan. Carmela’s Panciteria serves a Super special Pancit Cabagan for only 50.00, Super Jumbo Special for only 70.00 php and Overload for 100.00 php. It’s Super Jumbo delicious!

Piat is a hill town but the mountainside provide exceptional views of the surroundings.

Piat to me, the town where I was born has given me proud identity as one of its citizens. For thousands who come to Piat, Our Lady of Piat is the big reason to go. You can reach Piat by land, 3o to 4o mins from Tuguegarao which is 32.6 Km and from Tuguegarao airport to Piat is 42 Km. Visit our peaceful town.The feast day of Our Lady of Piat is celebrated on July 2 at the Basilica Minore in Piat. Come and be with Our Lady of Piat. Most people consider Piat to be of paramount importance as well more information about this place. The people of Piat celebrates the Sambali festival from June 23rd to July 2nd, a week long festival that reflects the culture, tradition and history of Piat. This blog is a complete guide planning your next destination or if you plan to travel to Piat in the near future.

For more information
Department of Tourism
Regional Office No.02
29-A Rizal street, Tuguegarao city, Cagayan

I would like to thank our beloved Mayor of Piat Atty. Carmelo Villacete, Councillors, Engineers, volunteers for your consistent efforts, hard work and the beginnings of a Modern Piat. Loudly applauded! Mabbalat kan ikayu ngammin cha Piat. Thank you so much!

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Beautiful Sunrise Over the Clouds

By on November 30, 2018

With every sunset, there is also sunrise, top 5 among the world’s most photographed subjects of photography. Up close and personal, I have managed to capture the sunrise over the clouds from an airplane window while heading to Bali, Indonesia. Early morning flight schedule gave me the opportunity to capture the beautiful sunrise. At such a fast rate of speed, so quickly to rush, only just a moment to enjoy the sunrise.

My first experience to capture the early morning light that signals the beginning of the day. Up high looking down from an airplane window, it seems the trees and mountains looks so very small but I’m enjoying the stunning valley floor most splendid when the fog fills the meadows and drapes the surrounding cliffs and sentinel peaks.

The incoming sunrise

Blanket of clouds at sunrise, it’s a worthy wonders of nature.

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Beautiful Monarch Butterfly Landed On Flower

By on November 27, 2018

I love the ideal condition outdoors. Today is a generous morning! One valued feature and visual element that makes the garden attractive are the presence of both beautiful garden delights; the beauty of flowers and the surprising variety of butterflies. If your garden is equipped with attractive features, they provide a splash of colors. Butterflies of different varieties, they are much evidence this month, a good source of morning delight.

Lantanas has its own intrinsic beauty with cascading colors open to the prettiest pink, yellow and fuschia flowers.

A monarch butterfly landing on a flower and flying away…

A monarch butterfly sips nectar from a cluster of Lantana flowers. They pollinate the same way as the bees.

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