IGWALLSOFYEG

Last September 16, some Edmonton bloggers and photo enthusiasts gathered for an event in search of the #IGWALLSOFYEG. (IGWALLSOFYEG are mural walls that are scattered around the city that are instagram post goals.)

Unfortunately, we were not able to come with the group because, uhm, we’re late. So we decided to just go by ourselves and follow the locations posted on the event site. It was kind of a breezy afternoon and a lot of things are going on all over the city so we were only able to find 4 out of the many.

The first one we saw was the one behind Blvd by 109 street. It was a bit on the dark side art plus parking was hard by it’s location so we didn’t bother taking a picture.

The other one is by 104 or 105 street. It was colorful and like future meets ratatouille theme. I was able to take a photo but since it took me forever to make this post, I deleted it.

The other two were just about 30 steps near each other and near the wall described above and are located by 103 street. (Parking ALERT: There is a parking space by 102 street and an impark by 103). One of them is a simple red-bricked-glossy like wall.

We had a few photos taken but since it was a bit shaded, lighting wasn’t good.

This last wall wasn’t actually included at their list but since we got a little annoyed on how hard it was to find the walls, we took photos instead.

     

Posing and taking photos at the last two location wasn’t that embarrassing as not many cars were passing by as it wasn’t the main street. But people passing by are able to see as.
Soon as the weather gets hotter again, we will be searching for more photos and I’ll posting where and how to find them so as parking spots so stay tuned 🙂

That’s it for now.

Ash.

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Such a wonderful view, Minnewanka!

During the last weekend of August, my family and a few relatives went for a picnic at Minnewanka Lake. It was very beautiful and serene scenery that will leave your jaw in the floor. It was a bright blue color lake that beams in your eyes whenever the ray of the sun touches it. It was perfect!

Parking was a little hard though they have a few spaces tend for cars but since it was almost the last weekend before school starts, it was jam-packed. From the parking spot, it will take you about 15 minutes walk to reach the start of where the picnic tables are located. So if you are in groups and brought tons of things might as well have someone to drop you off first before parking the car.

Washrooms are located near by the entrance near parking lot and another one (maybe a couple) throughout the lakeside. Yes, they are clean and equipped!

Aside from picnic and taking photos, there are also other things to do such a kayaking and boats  that can be rented and of course swimming. Here are some of the photo we took:

This is definitely one of the places I recommend people to visit once they enter Canada. Definitely a must see!

That’s it for now,

Ash.

New York Pt. 2

New York Trip Pt. 1, click here!!!

We visited 911 on our third day. It was a sunny weather yet the atmosphere was really gloomy and saddening especially while looking at the names of the people died in the attack. We went to DUMBO Brooklyn after. I guess this was my favorite of all! Aside from being Dan and Jen Humphrey of Gossip Girl and Captain America’s neighborhood, I like how quiet the neighborhood seemed to be. Very far from the glitz and congested Time Square. The place is also very instagrammable with frescoes hiding in some streets and bricked buildings almost everywhere. I also enjoyed the Empire Fulton Ferry Lawn/Park where the boardwalk was my favorite part of it as you’ll get to take a photo of Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridge in just one shot. After relaxing at the park, we braved the heat and walked at the Brooklyn Bridge. There is a lane for bicycle riders and a lane for walking which is so packed. It was hard to find a spot to take a picture while hoping your phone won’t fall down the highway. On our way back to the hotel, we stopped by at Bryant Park. It was also packed with people resting and having a meal by the nearby restaurant but what made me like this park more? It has free Wi-Fi and has a nice public washroom.

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DUMBO Brooklyn

The next day, we went to SoHo. Most of the stores made me feel very Carrie Bradshaw of Sex in the City as the stores are those expensive brands that Carrie and the girls’ loves. We visited Kate Spade which was the first (I believe) store in New York built in 1996. We also saw Bloomingdales, where Rachel Green of F.R.I.E.N.D.S worked. After eating lunch in SoHo, we went to see The Flatiron Building and went to Grand Central Station, again another place in NY that a lot of movies were taken. I was too tired when we get there but I still felt that “Shocks I only see this in the movies and now I am here!!” feeling. Afterwards, we had a quick stop at Washington Square and New York University on our way to Artichoke Pizza then had a quick photo-op at a street in Greenwich Village. TIP: It was a couple of blocks away from Artichoke Pizza, it is a blue painted bricked wall in a corner street. It is very instagrammable, swear! haha.

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Flatiron Building

On our last full day in New York, we left the hotel early for our Liberty tour. The Battery Park is where the Ferry port is at. The Ferry was a bit enormous, quite pleasant and equip with life vest in every levels plus there is a food stall inside and lots of seats. While at the ferry, we get to see the view of Battery Park, Statue of Liberty, Manhattan buildings and Manhattan New York from afar. Liberty Island is the first pit stop. The island is massive and spotless. There are also places to sit on incase feeling tired. We rode again the ferry which comes every 20 minutes per island and went to Ellis Island which was the gateway for immigrants in the past.

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View of Manhattan from Liberty Island

We left the port, passed by Bowling Green Park, and walked to the Charging Bull and Fearless Girl which was very tough to take a photo because of people standing in-between the two statues.

We went to see the Wall Street and heard the mass at St. Patrick Cathedral that afternoon. Afterwards, we strolled along Fifth Street and stopped by the famous Tiffany and Co. No we did not stop to buy but we stopped so I can reenact Audrey Hepburn’s scene in her movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It was a bit hard to take a picture because there were a lot of people walking plus it was still gloomy that time so the lighting was a bit off.

This trip is really one for the books! So happy to get to experience this with my family ❤

That’s it for now!

Ash

New York Pt. 1

Going to New York has been in my bucket list since I was little, and now, I can proudly say that this dream came true last month.

This is going to be a long blog post so I’ll cut this into two parts.

We rode the train from Union Square in DC (Washington Blog soon) going to Penn Station in NY. While still in the train, my mind was already blown by the fact that I am already in the Big Apple. After we got off, I  noticed how fast pace the city is. I thought this was only because we were in a train station but soon as we exited, there were a lot more people walking. My adrenaline rushed quickly that I just walked as fast and attentive as I can going to our hotel. I even forgot how tired and sore my feet were.

We stayed in Row NYC which is located about 5 minutes’ walk to Times Square and 2 minutes’ walk to a subway station. The hotel has nice modern interior, clean and has polite crew. They also clean rooms every day and changes towels which made me like the hotel more. This hotel is connected to City Kitchen which has a variety of foods to choose from. I definitely recommend trying donuts from Dough and Whitman’s for breakfast as they have big servings for a right price.

After resting, we went to see the famous Times Square. The movies are not kidding! The billboards are really huge! The lights are really entertaining as they bright up the place. The red stairs was packed with people so I did not had the chance to sit nor step on it. We kept coming back there during the whole stay but none of those days that I see this without people.

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Around Times Square we saw the HOPE and LOVE SIGN which are very hard to miss as they are really huge in size.

We started the next day getting lost at Central Park (kidding, only a little bit!). This huge hectares of land is pretty amusing. People won’t get bored strolling here, just tired as I think to get to experience the whole Central Park you need to allot your whole day in it. Our first stop was at The Great Lawn then went to see The Belvedere Castle and had a view of its nearby lake. The Ramble which has small hidden falls and lovely benches which has messages engraved in it. The Bow Bridge, which has that romantic vibe. The Bethesda Fountain where the last scene of The Avengers was shot and The Bethesda Terrace where Chuck and Blair got married in Gossip Girl. The Cherry Hill Fountain which they said is the fountain you see in the TV show FRIENDS. The beautiful Conservatory Water where we had our morning snack which by the way the chocolate brownie in the refreshment booth in here taste really good! We also had the chance to experience Central Park Mall and Literary Walk which is always used in movies and TV shows, you know that wide park where there are benches facing each other and performers and photographers are everywhere… Friends with Benefits and Glee had some scenes taken there.

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We went out the park and saw Solomon Guggenheim Museum which is located just across the street then walked a little more and reached The Metropolitan Museum which is another Gossip Girl location.

That afternoon, we went to see Rockefeller Center’s Top of the Rock. The view from the observation deck is awesomely breathtaking and very instagrammable! You’ll get to see the whole Manhattan… New York rather and you’ll see all the tallest buildings there is in the city. Aside from the view, I loved the blinking lights in the room on the second floor of the deck (totally recommend if you like lights!!!) We check out Empire State Building afterwards but did not bother going up as it has somehow same view as the Top of the Rock plus the lobby was so packed already with people wanting to get in.

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That’s it for now,

Ash.

First trip to Baguio 

Last February of 2015 we went on a trip to Baguio City. We left Manila before sunrise and reached our destination at around noon. Our first stop was at the Lion’s Head which welcomes you as you reach Baguio. This landmark is encircled with an amusing overlooking sight of greens and blues from the trees and sky. While enjoying the scenery, we grabbed the chance to taste Baguio’s Famous Strawberry Taho (Taho: Soft tofu, Strawberry flavoring and tapioca pearls). The strawberry flavor blended well with the tofu and pearls and the taste was not far from Taho’s original flavor. It was such a nice treat as this snack is warm which conforms to the cold weather of Baguio.

After checking the place we’ll be staying at, we went to see the Baguio Cathedral which is another tourist spot in the city due to its nice features.

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We then visited Sitio La Presa which became a tourist spot because of a teleserye. It was a nerve-wracking trip as to be able to get to La Presa, you have to take a steep and uphill road which one wrong move of your car, you may end up falling from the terrain. While in the mountain top, we get to see breathtaking, picture worthy view and take in the cold fresh air of Baguio. Also, we get to see Liza Soberano who stars in the said teleserye.

We started the next day at the Strawberry Farm but weren’t able to pick strawberries, so we ended up buying at the souvenir shop near the farm.

We went to Burnham Park after having lunch. The place was massive with tons of deeds to do for families with kids. There were bike and boat rentals, tiangges and food stalls. We really didn’t do much here as we are mostly adults. We just went to the tiangges and bought some pasalubongs. There are also public restrooms in the area as well where you have to pay before using.

While in Baguio, we also got the chance to experience Session Road while inside the car and stuck in traffic. It was a very crowded area and I think that to enjoy it, you must be strolling and not driving.

Before going home, we went to Our Lady of Manaoag Church in Pangasinan for a quick stop. It was so serene and very sacred as you enter. I believe we came in a very right time as there were not much people in the Church. The place for lighting up candles for prayers was lovely. You may choose if you want your candles floating in water or be at the stands in the crooks of the venue.

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Even though it was a short trip, I definitely had a good time. It was enough to say that I want to come visit the city again and maybe visit Sagada and have some photos taken at Session Road during night time. Mag-aala Angelica Panganiban lang ako from That Thing Called Tadhana movie! Haha.

That’s it for now.

Ash