Sunday, 12 October 2014

Texas -- Fort Worth Travel Diary

(The continuation of our trip to Texas...)  The next day we woke up early for church and drove to Fort Worth to see the Water Gardens afterwards.  I had no idea that such things existed, so of course I was awe-struck.  It was nice to just sit down and hear the water flow all the way to the bottom of the steps (see first photo).  After a while, we just kept on taking snapshots of almost everything, or maybe that was just me.

I posted this photo on instagram too.  Follow mrsadventurer68 on instagram if you haven't already.

Our trip to Texas was all about the food and our time together (yup, just us siblings!)  It's been so long since the three of us were together and it was the first time for us to go on a trip alone, so you can bet that we all had a wonderful time.

We had lunch at this steakhouse where we each had a different kind of steak.  I've always known that Texas is known for their steaks and we were fortunate enough to have been able to try some.  The one I ordered was so good that words won't be able to describe how I felt while chewing that juicy piece of meat.  While I got a bite off of my brother and sister's steaks, I still thought mine was the best.  And of course good things don't come cheap, so after we finished our meals and were fully satisfied, we asked for the bill.  We weren't surprised when we saw that it reached up to more than a hundred and thirty dollars, but we were laughing and joking about who would be staying and washing the dishes at the restaurant.  Aaaahhh good times!  

We wandered around the stockyards for a while, looking for souvenirs/postcards for our parents and friends when something caught my eye.

Isn't this interesting?  I wanted to buy a lot of these and give them to some people as a joke, but eventually decided not to.

After walking around some more, we saw a breed of cattle called the Texas Longhorn wherein people could get on them and take a photo for five bucks.  I certainly did not let that opportunity pass because as my sister would put it "I was already there", and I believe that money I spent was definitely worth it.

Sorry for the photo overload (and for the poor quality of some as they were taken by my phone), but I hope you like them and stay tuned for more!  I hope you all had a great weekend! :)

Monday, 22 September 2014

Texas -- Dallas Travel Diary

The end of August and the beginning of this month was all about road trips.  I personally loved being on the road, especially because we were on our way to Dallas.  It was also Labour Day weekend so one could expect that the weekend was much longer than usual.  We fetched our brother from his dorm the day before so we could just go, go, go asap the next day.  We woke up pretty early, but not as early as we intended to, but we were still able to get there sooner than we thought.

The drive was two hours longer than the drive to Bentonville, but I tried to stay awake to keep my sister company since she was after all, the person behind the wheel and I didn't want her to doze off in the middle of the road.  Our brother, on the other hand, well let's just say he woke up when we were nearly there.

Our first stop was IKEA.  It was the biggest IKEA store I've ever been in, in comparison to Hong Kong that is.  I've never really bought anything at IKEA in Hong Kong so I didn't think I'd be spending money in that store.  I was wrong.  I bought mugs which were only 99 cents each and other stuff such as frames, ooh and 3 paintings.  I honestly have no idea how I'm going to bring everything I bought back to Macau, but I guess I'll figure it out soon enough.  The food was delicious by the way: Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes, fries, ribs, salmon fillet and cakes (I posted a photo on instagram, but in case you haven't seen it, I've posted it here again.)  Did I mention they were affordable too?

After lunch, we drove to our hotel, Best Western Plus.  It was our first time to stay at Best Western, but we were impressed when we saw it because our room was just neat.  We had the view of the pool which was just perfection.  If ever you're in town and you want something affordable, I think this hotel would be just right for you, plus it's only a couple of minutes drive to the Galleria Mall.   There are definitely a lot of things to do at the mall, so I can assure you that you won't get bored unless you hate shopping...  My siblings and I took advantage of the fact that there was an ice-skating rink so we skated for a while and shopped for a bit before heading to the little Korean Town in Carrollton.

Meet my elder sister and my younger brother! :)

Shabu Shabu for dinner with Korean side dishes :)  Aaah yes, it was a good dinner!

We devoured this in less than half an hour after it was served.  It was kind of like "halo-halo", a Filipino dessert with crushed ice, beans topped with ice-cream.  It was soooooo good and chocolatey and I'm so glad we got this because it was just too good!  Only at Caffe Bene folks and it wasn't really that expensive.  However, I forgot how much it was so I won't be able to tell you.  Just know that it was worth it so do drop by if you have one near your place or if ever you're in town. :)

I hope you had an awesome weekend and stay tuned for my next post!  

Monday, 15 September 2014

Bentonville, Arkansas - Travel Photo Diary Part 2.

The second day was just as lovely as the first.  The sun was shining and the skies were blue, so we were able to go around for a while before heading back to Little Rock.  Our one and only stop involved visiting the Walmart Museum which was great because I got to learn about the founder.  There is no admission fee so you might want to go visit it if you're around the area. :)

I was very much inspired by how they first started off and how they became successful through their hard work.  Apparently, their main concern is to help the less fortunate so their prices tend to be much lower than other retailers.

The founder/owner Sam Walton, was inspiring because he was simple in the sense that he got his haircuts regularly for 5 bucks.  I was amazed at how someone so successful can be so down-to-earth.

Again, I would really recommend you to check the museum out if ever you're in the area!  They have a little souvenir shop too, where you can get postcards, candy bars and more!  Hope you like my photos and have a great week ahead! 

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Bentonville, Arkansas - Travel Photo Diary Part 1.

Hiiiii everyone!  I haven't been blogging as much as I should have when I have all the time in the world, what with being unemployed and stuff.  However, in my defence, I haven't been able to so due to the fact that I've been on the road most of the time (usually on weekends).  I've also been busy doing chores, reading books or simply lazing around during weekdays just because I know that I wouldn't have the privilege to do so when I return to Macau.

I'd like to share some of the photos I took while we were in Bentonville.  It's been almost a month now since we were there, but it was an amazing experience.  First of all, it was the first time I've ever gone on a road trip because Macau does not or hasn't opened their gates for us to travel elsewhere besides the three peninsulas, or maybe I just haven't heard of people going on road trips there.

I didn't think that being in the car for three hours was boring because I was asleep half the time.  It was pleasant because I didn't have to be the person behind the wheel, but one thing I would advise though before you do go on a road trip is that you ought to make sure that you have gone to the bathroom already and stay away from drinking liquid (especially if you have to go all the time like me).  Sure there are a lot of gas stations, but if you're with someone like my sister who wants to get there (your destination) as quickly as possible, then you might want to consider doing all those things I mentioned earlier.

Our first stop was the museum of art and I would have to say that it was so pretty both inside and out.  Admission is free, so I'll definitely have to say that it was worth the drive.  Also, if you are a big fan of artwork (paintings & sculptures), you might want to check this out! :)

Beside the works of art, there are explanations along with a little bit of history to fill us in on what's going on with what we're looking at, but of course you may have your own interpretation.

There's also a trail for you to follow outside after you're done with the museum, so if you want to take your time and go for a stroll, then I would recommend you to go along them too.

It was a great experience and I would definitely recommend everyone to check the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art if ever you're around that area.  I hope you like my photos and till next post! :)

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

A walk in the park.

It was a typical hot summer's day in Little Rock... And I woke up just in time to have lunch with my sister.  I haven't had Mexican food in Macau so I wouldn't be able to compare which one's better, but it was another great experience for me!  Tacos and chips with guacamole, why, please count me in!

Despite the fact that the sun was scorching hot, I still decided to wear a denim shirt over my not-so-obvious crop top.  Apparently, I didn't do a good job in showing it well (but I'll do better next time).  I paired my top with my floral skirt to spice my outfit in the slightest way possible.

You see, there's a reason as to why I don't wear sleeveless shirts without a cardigan or a denim shirt... my arms are just too flabby, but for some reason, being here has made me not care about that fact too much though, so voila! :)

What's on me: Denim Shirt: Gap| Skirt, Top & Shoes: F21 | Bag: H&M (borrowed from my sister)| Necklace: New Look |

Anyway, after lunch my sister brought me to Barnes&Noble where I got to look around and found some very interesting stuff.  I had no idea that they had hard copies of Sparknotes materials!  It could've been very useful for the papers I wrote back in college.  Oh well...

We took a walk in the park and it was great as I was able to breathe in some fresh air and take outfit photos.  Do let me know what you think of this outfit and till next post loves!

P.S. Credits for these photos go to my sister.