Category - Travel

My journal of my journey to Asia, Middle East and America. You will find articles of places, tips and how to’s about traveling.

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Dubai Tram – Phase One
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Road Trip to Jebel Hafeet, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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How I Got My South Korea Tourist Visa in Dallas, Texas, USA?
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Passport Renewal at the DFA, Manila
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The Bayleaf Hotel, Intramuros, Philippines
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My First Fondue in Zurich, Switzerland
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How I got my Schengen Visa?
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Flight to Luxor, Egypt
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Lukla Airport, Nepal – Landing Video
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Flight to one of the most dangerous airports in the world, Lukla Airport in Nepal – Part 1

Dubai Tram – Phase One

What fascinates me with Dubai is that they have to be the first, tallest, biggest and most expensive.  First they constructed the tallest building in the world, then they have to build the biggest mall (please correct me if I’m wrong if it’s still the biggest), lots of luxury cars and now the First Tram in the Gulf Region at a cost of $1.2 Billion.

Dubai Tram Phase One, a 10-kilometer (six-mile) light rail system ,was built by French and Belgian Companies and was inaugurated on November 11, 2014.

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Road Trip to Jebel Hafeet, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

It was a nice Friday weather here in Dubai and perfect for a road trip on a weekend.  I’ve been in Dubai for more than a month and I have not seen much except the area around where I’m staying, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach area and the malls (I like the latter part LOL).  Kidding aside, I was really excited with this road trip, it’s something new to see and experience and I’ll be able to tell you about it here.

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How I Got My South Korea Tourist Visa in Dallas, Texas, USA?

I also asked myself how I did that.  I was surprised as well.  As I am not a resident of United States of America, I took a chance to apply for a tourist visa at the South Korea Consulate in Dallas, Texas and fortunately I was provided a single entry which is valid for 90 days.

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Passport Renewal at the DFA, Manila

Three months prior to my personal appearance at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila to renew my passport, I was checking online to see if I can book a schedule.  Unfortunately, all schedules were taken from February to end of April 2013.  So, the only option I had was to contact a Travel Agency in the Philippines and have them schedule my passport renewal.  I don’t know how they did it but I was told my schedule is confirmed.  I think they have a connection inside the DFA, if not how would they if the online booking was fully booked?

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The Bayleaf Hotel, Intramuros, Philippines

I booked a Superior Room online for two days stay and what a surprise it was when I checked in found out that I was upgraded to a Deluxe Room.  Unfortunately, my friend who traveled with me did not get an upgrade.  The Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros is a charming medium size hotel opposite of the country’s premier heritage site, Intramuros.  The room is clean and well laid out contemporary design and decorated in an assortment of themed colors.  Mine was in Mint Green.

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My First Fondue in Zurich, Switzerland

To be updated soon.

How I got my Schengen Visa?

I almost did not pursue my application for a Euro Zone (Schengen Visa) from the French Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan due to several factors. There were so many reasons not to. First, the French guy who scheduled my interview was not helpful enough with the questions I asked him, and he was downright RUDE at times during our phone conversation. La French! Second, he told me that it will take at least two weeks to find out if I will even be eligible to get a visa. Third, I called around September 20 and I was given an interview schedule on the 1st of October. I asked the French guy if he can re-schedule to make it earlier, since I was running up against a tight vacation planning schedule. You know what he said?  “We are not a MARKET to do that”. Darn this French Guy, who does he think he is, Sarkozy? I had heard and so assumed that most of the French are rude, but this was beyond being subtle.

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Flight to Luxor, Egypt

 

When I was a kid, we had weekly Bible Study and often read about the rich history of Egypt.  There were stories that I still remember; like when Moses performed a miracle that turned his stick into a Snake, and when Joseph the 11th son of Jacob was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, but eventually became the most powerful man in Egypt next to the Pharaoh. 

I was not enthusiastic about Egypt at that time; for me it was something that I had to learn as a task, or I was grounded by the Parents.  But I have changed, and the fascination began when I started traveling and working in Iraq. In the Bible and thousands of years ago, Iraq was called Babylon, and considered the cradle of mankind.  As my interest grew, I made a list of places that I want to see, and Egypt was definitely one of them.

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Lukla Airport, Nepal – Landing Video

Before I continue with my 2nd part of the Khumbu Trekking Adventure, let me show you the video I took while landing at one of the most dangerous airports in the world, Lukla.

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Flight to one of the most dangerous airports in the world, Lukla Airport in Nepal – Part 1

 

On our 3rd day in Nepal, we were scheduled to start our journey of an eight days Trek to Khumbu Region. It was about six in the morning when Steve, the owner of Shivapuri Heights Cottage drove us to Tribhuvan International Domestic Airport in Kathmandu to catch our flight to Tensing-Hillary Airport which is also popularly known as Lukla Airport.

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