Flagstaff, Phoenix

Caught a little bit of ice in the desert.

  

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Summer in Yosemite (2015)

One stop before my flight back to Manila two weeks ago was a visit to this breathtaking place, Yosemite.

This is my second visit. My first visit was I think in 2011, with my good friends from high school. (I just realized now I never got to post about that trip. Will correct this soon.) Back then, we went in October, during Fall.

This time, I went with some of my officemates from Manila… on a Summer. Someone told me I should try going once each season. Because this beautiful place looks different for every season.

Bridal Veil Falls looked almost the same, but you know that the place has been affected by the drought since the stream going to the falls was dried up.

  

These mountains are a sight to behold.

  
  
  
  
  

Took me a while to find this bridge with a view of one of Yosemite’s falls. It’s called Swinging Bridge.

  
  

We decided to go the other way since we thought we’ll get to the road past the meadow. We were wrong. Glad we were, since we got to see this beauty.

  

Unfortunately, we lost so much time when we ‘got lost’, that the parking was already full when we get to the main area.

It was already past 1:00 PM when we took the shuttle for a tour around the area. While waiting for the shuttle, I couldn’t help but get a snapshot of Half Dome from behind the trees.

  

Our first stop was Mist Trail. I thought this stop will have a view of Half Dome, I was wrong (again!).

  

Saw some guys fly fishing by the water. I don’t think they caught anything.

  
  
  
  

Then we went to Mirror Lake. Sad to see that the lake was a bit dried up. We didn’t get a good reflection of Half Dome. And there were people camping there, swimming and playing volleyball games.

  
    

My first Hawai’i Trip: Around Oahu

Finally made it to Hawai’i last May.

My highschool barkada, Jazel, wed the love of her life, Wilbur in the beautiful island of Oahu where Wilbur grew up.

Lalaine and I made arrangement to fly at the same time via Hawaiian Airlines and stay at Kahala Resorts where the wedding was held.


         
       

The Wedding

It was a simple yet beitiful wedding by the beach.

                      
Island Tour

Among the new friends we met at the wedding were Imelda and Onassis who graciously offered to take us around the island.


                                        

Pearl Harbor, Hanauma Bay, Kai’wi Trail


                                                

   
                               

Huntington Library (Los Angeles, California)

This place was more than a library. I actually did not get to see the library and the museums because it was a Free Day (every 1st Thursday of every month) and tickets can only be reserved online or by phone. They don’t sell tickets on Free Day.

But there was so much to see even if you don’t enter the buildings. There were several themed gardens around the area.

Chinese Garden

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Japanese Garden

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Washington DC (May 29-31, 2013)

From Seattle, Washington, went to Washington, DC to visit some historic sites and learn more about the country I regularly visit.

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Arrived a few minutes before 6:00 AM and captured this beautiful sunrise as we landed at Washington Dulles airport.

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Had breakfast at a cool restaurant called Silver Diner. Each table has this thing that can play records and it can be heard in the entire restaurant. Didn’t attempt, though.

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Just drove around Virginia on my first day doing some errands (mail stuff, buy gift cards, buy comfy shoes for walking).

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And had steak for lunch with my friend, Chai, at Firebirds.

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We picked up a friend from the Philippines, Naree, who flew in from Toronto, Canada. We had dinner at P.F. Chang’s since Naree has not eaten there yet.

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SIGHTSEEING – 1st Day

The White House

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World War II Memorial

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Reflecting Pool

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Blue Diamond

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The Castle

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Holocaust Museum

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Georgetown

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Around DC on Hop On, Hop Off Bus

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Union Station

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The Capitol

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Wharf

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Dinner at Thai Place

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SIGHTSEEING – 2nd Day

Botanic Garden

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American Indian Museum

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The Capitol

Took another picture outside of Botanic Gardens

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Air and Space Museum

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National Art Gallery

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National Archives

Taking pictures was not allowed inside.

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