One of the places my family visited during our trip to Hokkaido last July was the Asahikawa Snow Crystal Museum. It’s not really a popular tourist destination, and to be honest, it’s not really much of a museum too as there’s limited things to do and see here – basically, you just go here to look at the snow crystals, as well as passing by and looking in awe at the huge chunks of ice that they have on display in a corridor.
Upon entering the Snow Crystal Museum, this is the sight that will greet you. A crystal tree! 😀 Entrance to the museum is 650 yen for adults.
Out of all the regions in Japan, Hokkaido is probably one of the youngest. There isn’t really that much cultural sights to visit as when you’re in the Honshu area (where Tokyo is located), but it’s still worth a visit as for the lack of history, it makes up for beautiful landscape and natural sceneries. During the winter, a lot of people go here because of winter sports like skiing and the like. However, during spring and summer, it’s also visited for several activities such as hiking, summer festivals, and of course, to view the pretty flower gardens there. One of the flower gardens we visited during our trip to Hokkaido was the panoramic flower gardens of Shikisai-no-Oka, which is fifteen hectares of land in Oka-no-machi Biei that provides breathtaking views of rows upon rows of flowers.
Such a pretty sight! During our visit, it was really hot but being able to see this view was worth it. I suggest that you bring an umbrella and a hat when you visit though!
The place sort of reminds me of Sirao Flower Farm in Cebu. Obviously this one is bigger though and there are much more varieties of flowers to be seen here compared to the ones you can see in Sirao.
Plitvice Lakes National Park (Croatian: Nacionalni park Plitvička jezera) was one of the places that we had a chance to visit during our trip to Europe. I find this place to be really beautiful, and if given the chance, I would definitely like to come back here again someday!
Map of the park located at the entrance. You have to buy a ticket in order to get in. I think that rates vary – price of the ticket depends on whether you go during the peak season or not.
As soon as we passed by the entrance, we were greeted by this wonderful sight.
As I was looking through my external HDs the other day, I was able to go through the photos I took during our last family trip to Europe two years ago. Seeing as at that time I didn’t really have a blog, once I posted my photos on Facebook they’ve been sitting idly on my HD, dusty and forgotten. Though I’m two years too late, I decided to post some of them on here! So, this is the first of several Euro-destionation posts! Better late than never, yeah? ⌒°(❛ᴗ❛)°⌒
Anyway, I’m going to start my Europe-related posts with Postojna Cave. Postojna Cave is known as ‘Postojnska jama’ in Slovene. It’s 24,120 m long; the second longest cave system that can be found in the country. It is also one of the top tourist destinations that can be found in Slovenia. According to articles I’ve read about the place, the caves that can be found in Postojna Cave were made by the Pivka River.
As we went back to the parking lot to be whisked off to another destination, we passed by this. I’m going to assume that it’s the Pivka River, haha.
This is a continuation of our second day in Singapore. During the first part of the day, we visited Chinatown and Little India , while we were in Chinatown we found a Tourist Center and bought bunch of tickets to various attractions one can see while in Singapore.
As I have mentioned on my post about Chinatown and Little India, we bought tickets to Universal Studios, S.E.A Aquarium, Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands Skypark, and Night Safari. We would have gotten a tourist pass here too (which is totally worth the price if you’re going to use the MRT/buses frequently during your stay, as you can use it an unlimited number of times), but we already bought MRT cards.
Thinking back, we did buy a lot. But you know. #ChallengeAccepted ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
After we got back to our hotel, we fetched my brother and took a cab to Gardens by the Bay.
When we went, we were able to catch the ‘Tulipmania Rediscovered’ Event, which is still on-going and will continue to do so until May 22.
As soon as we passed the entrance, we were greeted by the sight of tulips!
Having first opened its doors on the year 1993, Shangri-la Mactan continues to be one of the best resorts that you can stay in when you’re in Cebu. From your first step into their lobby, you will immediately be warmly greeted with sunny smiles from their accommodating staff.
Exploring Shangri-la Mactan
Covering 13 hectares, you won’t ever get bored when staying in Shangri-la. There’s all sorts of activities that caters to people of all ages. You can go to the beach, go jogging, swimming in one of their pools, and a whole lot more. That, and if you find a IG-worthy shot, fear not, because you can immediately share it on your feed; the resort’s fast internet connection can be found all throughout the property, even if you’re just lounging around the beach, or walking around the gardens.
One of the places that was part of our itinerary that I had really been looking forward to visiting would be the Deer Park located in Osaka. I don’t know, but for me, there’s a certain allure to being able to see, and hopefully pet, a deer.
We spotted this construction of a boat. I wasn’t really sure what it was for, but it did look quite interesting, enough that it merited quite a few shots.