My Other Wandering

I’ve always wondered what’s it like to live in other countries. Right out of college, I was hoping to do that right away not realizing the difficulties. Well, everything seems easier before you get a taste of the real world. Then one day, it all fell apart.

Suddenly my dreams were harder to pursue…forgotten as the time flies. And just when I decided to let it all go…God gave me a huge gift. Go there…and experience that dream!

Of course it was all excitement at first then sadness when I realized that for the first time in Migo&Miga years, we wouldn’t be spending our special day together.

Travelling is our special bond. He introduced it to me. From that first trip in CDO to our latest escapade in Mt. Pulag…every trip I have was with him. Travelling here in a new place without him was scary. But Migo made sure that I get the best time of my life here by calling me everyday…reassuring me that we’re still in this together. I’m not on my own…ever!

Today is our 5th anniversary together…so I want all of you to meet the wonderful guy who brought me into this world of wander…and to let him know how happy and lucky I am to have him.
Posting in my favorite photos of our wanderfull life! 🙂

Philippines’ 3rd highest mountain – Pulag
Anawangin Cove, Zambales
In the slopes of an active volcano – Canlaon, Negros
Longest Zipline in Dahilayan, Bukidnon
Manmade Forest, Bohol
Sulfuric River on our way down from Mt. Talinis
Osmena Peak, Cebu
People in the Sky, Tagaytay
Getting ready to conquer Canlaon!

More pictures to come! 🙂

Happy 5 years to Migo and Miga!

Stone Mountain…At Last!

Located on 3,200 acres of natural beauty, Stone Mountain Park features a wide variety of fun family activities and things to do in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Of course, I don’t wanna miss going there. I just didn’t know when.

My 5th weekend was long in celebration of Memorial Day. Our new friends invited us to series of activities. Outreach on a Saturday, party on a Sunday and hiking for Monday. I was all excited for the outreach because it was part of my planned activities for this travel. Unfortunately, we were late. The activity was done early because more volunteers arrived. I was a little heartbroken. Then Ate Juliet suggested why don’t we visit Ate Rose at work in downtown Atlanta. And just when I thought I’ve had enough pictures of downtown Atlanta, turns out there’s still more…a whole lot more!

Underground Atlanta is a shopping and entertainment district in the Five Points neighborhood of downtown AtlantaGeorgiaUnited States, near the intersection of the east and west MARTArail lines. First opened in 1969, it takes advantage of the viaducts built over the city’s many railroad tracks to accommodate later automobile traffic. Each level has two main halls, still called Upper and Lower Alabama and Pryor Streets.

20130525 Underground 01

20130525 Underground 02

20130525 Underground 03

20130525 Underground 04

It was almost lunch time when we left Underground Atlanta, we went to fetch Ate Rose for lunch. It took us a while to find a place to eat since most are close. We ended up eating at a Spanish Cafeteria just walking distance from Georgia State University.

20130525 Underground 05

After lunch, Te Rose went back to work and the 3 of us went to look for the perfect spot to witness the parade of the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival.

20130525 Carnival 01 20130525 Carnival 02 20130525 Carnival 03

Left the Carnival at 3 PM, getting ready for Stone Mountain. Yay! Stone Mountain…at last!

20130525 Carnival, Stone Mt (200)
At the top of Stone Mountain

I had fun walking up the trail to the top. It was an easy and enjoyable climb nothing like my usual climbs. I wish I could go there everyday instead of jogging on the treadmill.

20130525 Stone Mountain 01 20130525 Stone Mountain 02 20130525 Stone Mountain 03 20130525 Stone Mountain 04 20130525 Stone Mountain 05 20130525 Stone Mountain 06

Learn more about them here: Stone Mountain Park, Underground Atlanta

Touristic Downtown Atlanta

Spending the first 2 weekends in Georgia without going somewhere was not in the plan. The lack of public transportation from our hotel limited my wings. And the weather had been erratic too…raining almost every other day. It was such a cold welcome. I was beginning to think that the god of wanderlust (GOW) doesn’t want me to explore Georgia at all.

Then came our 3rd week. I was already agitated and in a rather combat mood. I want to go somewhere…ASAP. My wanderlustful self keep bugging me. I need to do something. GOW must have heard my silent prayers and put everything together. I woke up to a sunny Saturday – my 3rd weekend…yet just my first touristy escapade.


MARTA which stands for Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority is ATL’s major transportation line like my country’s Manila LRT. I was excited for this trip so I’ve been reading all about it already. It was heartbreaking to know that the last point, Doraville station is still 15 minutes away from where we are staying. The grand MARTA plan was ruined. I don’t want to bugged anyone to drop me to Doraville every weekend just so I could go around the tourist points on each station. 🙁

Holding on to our first ever Breeze Card.

We bought our first MARTA card. Yay! The fare per trip cost 2.5$, we need to have 5$ on our card back and forth. I had to go to Ann’s place at Lindbergh station first before going on our target destination so I just bought the unlimited 1 day pass for 9$.

20130525 Carnival, Stone Mt (20) 20130525 Carnival, Stone Mt (23) 20130525 Carnival, Stone Mt (27)

Centennial Park & CNN

It was almost lunch time when we reach our stop – Peachtree Center so we decided to schedule the aquarium in the afternoon and have our lunch first. But of course, pictures come first before food. 😀

20130511 Centennial Park

To save money, we brought our own lunch. Wanted to eat at Googie Burger but they won’t open till the afternoon so we had our lunch at CNN instead.

20130511 CNN

Georgia Aquarium

If it’s not for the 15$ ticket sold in our company, the trip wouldn’t be possible. It’s rather expensive to spend 75$ for the City Pass. But I’m sure I would still. It’s 75$ worth of lifetime memories after all…who wouldn’t spend that much for that?! Anyhoo, since GOW was nice to me, I was able to save 60$. Yay!

20130511 Aquarium 01
Girls having the time of their life!
20130511 Aquarium 02
Cartoon souvenirs! Paid 10$ for this mockery! Ahaha!
20130511 Aquarium 03
Dolphin pictures! They’re just so adorable…aren’t they?
20130511 Aquarium 04
Asta’s view of the aquarium!
20130511 Aquarium 05
Find the frog! 🙂
20130511 Aquarium 06
It’s rather odd but I found the frogs in the aquarium the most fascinating. 😀

The aquarium was not that big as I expected it to be but the Dolphin tales was breathtaking. I’d come back again for that. 🙂

Kick-offing my first out of the country escape at Georgia Aquarium was good but I hope for something better. My wanderlust just won’t settle for anything less! Wish me luck! I could use some of your suggestions. 🙂