We all have hopes and dreams. Some are easily attainable and some border on the impossible and wishful thinking. Often, as life happens, we give up on these dreams, accepting the fact that, just because we want them, doesn’t mean that we will have them.
On the other hand, there are dreams and wishes that we keep safe and nurture in our hearts. No matter how much time passes, and no matter the odds, we hold out hope that they will come true.
This is what Hallstatt is for me. It was a dream not I thought at that time, was nearly impossible for me to fulfill.
I was only 24 when I first saw videos and pictures of Hallstatt. From that moment on, I knew in my heart that I wanted to come visit it someday. I wanted to see the lakeside wooden houses facing the Austrian Alps.
But I knew that it was a pipe dream. I was a starving journalist then and my salary wasn’t enough to afford a trip to Europe. So I put the dream in the back burner, hoping for some miracle.
It took me 10 years before I could finally fulfill this dream, but Ofinally, I was able to achieve recently and the long wait, only makes the trip all the more sweeter and memorable.
Here’s a short video of what I saw in Hallstatt. More stories on Hallstatt coming soon.
Photos and Videos Taken Using Asus Zenfone 4
The bright lights of Hong Kong piqued my curiosity when I was much, much younger.
The dancing neon lights were so pretty, that I just sat in front of my TV set and /or PC, wondering how cool it must be to see them up close.
It must have been fate at work that brought me to the shores of Hong Kong for my very first international destination. I fell in love with its busy streets, not too mention the sights and sounds of its amusement parks, and other landmarks.
Over the past decade, I have been to Hong Kong for about six times already but there is always something new to see, and it continues to amaze.
This year, it was also my first time seeing the famed Symphony of Lights at the Hong Kong harbour. It was so cool that I just had to capture the moment, never mind the fact that I had to push and shove others just to do it.
One of my childhood fantasies was to visit the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark.
This place, fondly called by locals as “The Happiest Place On Earth” just had that mystique and mystery to me.
It held a promise of a thousand adventures and to my young mind, there was no place better.
Fast forward to 2015 and I finally fulfilled that dream. And as I have come to realize, Tivoli Gardens is all I have imagined it to me and then some.
Take a look at the Himmelskibet or The Star Flyer, one of the tallest swings in the world. I’m scared of heights but I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try it.
It’s so awesome, it rocked my world
No, John Lennon wasn’t able to come visit Prague during his lifetime. But the people of Prague love him nonetheless.
His words inspired a country who was suffering under a socialist regime.
Moments after his death, people started painting graffiti and messages for him on a nondescript wall in the city’s old district. Years passed and the wall has been immortalized and has been a major tourist destination in the city.I purposely visited the wall during my visit to Prague and chanced upon this solitary musician singing one of the Beatles’ major hits “Across the Universe”
Yes he was asking for coins. but the words he was singing, nonetheless, added an element of realness to the place.
While making my way to the Prague Castle, I came across this awesome street musicians performing traditional Bohemian music in the streets of Mala Strana district.
Obviously, I couldn’t understand what they were singing about, but these musicians, who call themselves “The Bohemian Bards”, make awesome music, that one can’t help but stop and listen.
The music took me back to the middle ages when this kind of music was in vogue. Watch and listen until the end of the video for some good Bohemian music.
Sydney.is one of the busiest and wealthiest cities in the world. It is also one of the most visited places on Earth.
And in the city’s frantic Chinatown district, I came across a young Viola musician, who entertains passersby with his mellow, and soothing music.
I don’t know his story, but hearing the melodious notes, you can somehow hear the musician’s soul.
No, I’m not in New York.
Instead, I am in the Land Down Under and I am spending the holiday season in Sydney.
This is the first time I celebrated Christmas away from the family, and outside of the Philippines, so I was a bit lonely.
I was spending Christmas eve at a pub in Sydney Central, and my feeling of homesickness melted away a bit as the clock strikes 12 on Christmas day, and everyone around me started singing the ubiquitous “Fairy Tale of New York”, one of the most popular Christmas songs in the UK and in Australia. It is also one of the most popular Christmas Songs in the 21st century.
Millions of olive and eucalyptus trees line up the Andalusian corridor from Madrid to Cordoba, and all the way to the region’s heart, Seville.
Take a picturesque train ride to the very soul of Andalusia.
Contrary to public belief, Seoul is not a very pricey city. I feel that there is so much to see and do in the city that won’t cost you an arm and leg.
In fact, you can see a lot of interesting stuff without costing you any penny.
Take a hike up the namsan walk to the N Seoul Tower and catch some of the free public demonstrations being held there.
I went to Seoul on a cold autumn day and I happen to catch a free traditional sword demonstration.
It was so cool and I hurt my hands applauding, hahahah.
See it for yourself.