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Monday, 24 November 2014

Eureka Springs -- Activities

I was pretty much psyched about meeting my friends (as I've mentioned a million times in my previous post) so I researched about what we could do or see there.  My family and I have been to Eureka Springs, but it was more than a decade ago so I could only imagine what it looked like or what has become of it.  I do, however, remember seeing the Passion Play which apparently is still being shown now.  Seeing the statues made me remember our old pictures and I thank God for bringing me back there and making me learn to appreciate it more now that I'm a lot older than when I was there before.

After searching for things we'd be able to do there on Trip Advisor, I realized that there were a bunch of stuff in store for us.  They had shopping areas, food stalls, restaurants and a whole lot of activities.

The first thing that Shannon asked me when she called early that morning when I was headed there to meet them was whether I was down for Ziplining.  And of course, if everyone was going to do it, why shouldn't I?  So there I was in the car actually thinking about how things would turn out and to be honest, I was hesitant after I've said yes.  It was an abrupt decision, but hey it definitely was an adventure!





Ziplining
This was definitely a first for me and something I'd definitely do again when I get the chance sometime in the future.  I had no idea what to expect and what I'd feel.  I was having second thoughts about actually doing it before we put on our gears and stuff.  My siblings had just passed by the ziplining thingy when I received a message from them asking me to calm down because they told me that I looked really worried.  I was, truth be told very nervous and worried at that time.  When our guides drove us to the first point, I just had to be the last one to go.  I had to count to three before I let my feet dangle in the air.  It was definitely an amazing feeling!  I felt that rush of adrenaline in my veins!  Hahaha

I believe we got to do some sightseeing for a while as well while we were high up in the air.  The view was simply breathtaking.  We weren't allowed to take our phones of course, unless our guides were with us so I was only able to capture the moment with my bare eyes.  It's a moment I'll never ever forget.  The trees were so pretty and the sky above was incredible.  It truly is an adventure to remember and I'm so glad I got to do it with my awesome friends! :)  It was worth a hundred bucks by the way for those who would like to know the price and it was once again worth the money!  You definitely won't regret it, I swear! :)







After that tiring activity, we grabbed a bite at a local bistro in town and went back to our cabin where the others took a nap.  I didn't really want to take a nap so I went out with Steph when she said she'd go and look around at the shops in town.  I'm so happy I went with her because we got to capture some really nice moments like the ones below.







Sorry for the photo overload, but I believe these photos are worth sharing and I'm trying to make up for the lack of posts and for being so far behind.  This was just the first day and we were able to do so much!  Stay tuned for my next post which I'm hoping I'll be able to do asap when work is no longer in the way. :)

Have a great week ahead loves! 



Saturday, 8 November 2014

Eureka Springs -- Deer Meadow Cabin

Hiiiii everyone!  Once again, here I am trying to keep up with my posts even though I know that I'm already so far behind.  Oh well... I hope I'll be able to manage my time well in the future.  I won't be able to promise though. :D

Moving on... the weekend that followed Texas was spent with my friends whom I met in Paris.  I never thought we'd be seeing each other again after two years.  It was really nice of them to fly to Arkansas and I am grateful, for my sister drove me all the way to Eureka Springs for me to see them.  I certainly had a blast and I can honestly say that it was one of the most adventurous trips ever and I'll tell you why in a bit or the next blog post so stay tuned!

The weather was a little bit chilly when we got there and my cardigan was not thick enough, but I didn't really care because from the moment I saw my friends, I got so excited that I'd forgotten about the cool air.  I felt so giddy and happy, and at the same time things felt surreal because who would've thought we'd be having a little reunion on the other side of the globe?

First things first, let me tell you about the place we stayed at.  Steph booked this cabin called "Deer Meadow" where I shared a room with Caitlin, while Naomi and Steph shared a room.  Shannon, on the other hand slept in the room next to ours.  There were windows in each room, as well as the living room.  One could wake up, sit by the window with a cup of joe in one hand and instantly be in a good mood.  That would be my impression of the cabin.  It's definitely a place where one can relax and appreciate the beauty of nature. 



  




I just love how the place was designed as everything seemed to be where they're supposed to be.  I don't know if it has something to do with lighting or maybe it's just my point of view, but I've always thought that orange lights seem to warm up a place.  



    
If you want to escape the urban areas and be one with nature, then I'd recommend you to go to something like this.  You'll definitely be one with nature as it's impossible to get a signal/an internet connection up there (for me it was anyway).  Nevertheless, I enjoyed my stay there and would go back if I get the chance because it's just so beautiful and it's not everyday I get to have a breath of fresh air and be surrounded by trees (only because I live in Asia).

Be sure to book ahead and trust me when I say that your stay there will definitely be worth it!  Just think of the fun and experience you'll gain from going to an old town like Eureka Springs!

I hope you like the photos and stay tuned for more travel posts where I'll be posting about what we did in Eureka!


Friday, 24 October 2014

Texas -- Labour Day Weekend!

Being at the Galleria Mall reminded me of Orlando, what with all the trees and stuff.  Aaaah Good times!

Two people I can never live without!  Ate Angelica and Miguel Wiggle! :)








So our adventure in Texas ended sooner than I thought it would which made me sad because that meant Miguel had to go back to uni for classes.  It's one thing to be with just my sister and another thing to be with just my brother, but when the three of us are together, that's when I feel more at ease and I can't help but think that life is just great. :)  I'm really glad we got to bond because it's just been way too long since we were together and yes I know I keep repeating it, but it's true.

Tips
Anyway, if you're in the mood for Korean food, do stop by at Carrollton and you'll have plenty of varieties/choices to choose from.  You can go for shabu-shabu, Korean BBQ or you can just go and order some of their dishes from the menu.  We did all three so it was a really awesome experience!  We always went home bloated, hence, that would explain our bulging bellies and the extra pounds we gained while we were there.

Oh and do stop by at Caffe Bene or Mozart Bakery if you'd like to have your sweet fill.  They've got waffles & toasts, good coffee & smoothies at Caffe Bene!  Trust me it's worth going there and the ambience is a plus!  If you're a cake person or if you'd like to purchase some goodies for your friends and family, then go to Mozart Bakery.  They have a really nice selection of bread, cake rolls (green tea is a must-try!) and macarons!

If you're looking for something that's not food related, I'd recommend for you to stop by at their little stationery shops where you would be able to find all those really cute stuff such as planners, stuffed toys, pens and pencils, etc.  They have posters of Korean artists too if those are the kinds of stuff you're into.

Since Korea is known for their skin care products, count on the shops in Carrollton to have The Face Shop and Tony Moly.  I personally have never heard of those shops before until my sister told me about them, not to mention I thought they were a little too pricey.  I'd be lying if I said I didn't buy anything though.  My sister kept telling me that we were already there so I might as well get stuff I won't be able to get anywhere else in the US.  So yes, even if they're a little pricey as one would expect they should be, I'd recommend you all to drop by those shops because you'll never know what you might find.  They have a lot of masks, hand creams, face creams, facial wash, etc. and they're really cute too!

The Galleria Mall is huge so you would be able to find almost anything you're looking for: from luxurious brands to affordable ones, count on it to have them.

I hope you like my photos and I do apologize for the quality of my photos as these were once again from my phone.  Have a great weekend everyone!


Monday, 20 October 2014

Texas -- Fort Worth Travel Diary Part 2

We went to the Botanical Gardens in Texas too, but did not spend a great amount of time there as we were already exhausted from wandering around the stockyards.  Oh and the thing about being there was that we weren't allowed to take pictures, but I took some with my phone anyway (see below).  Once again, this attraction is free so if ever you're in town, do drop by and be one with nature! :)





There was definitely a lot of things to see, but for some reason we weren't as enthusiastic as we were at the Water Gardens and the stockyards.  Not to mention, we didn't feel like walking anymore because the sun was scorching hot and I had to stop at almost every water fountain we happened to see/pass by.  Don't be discouraged by what I just said though!  Everything we saw was wonderful, but we've had a long day so all we wanted to do was pig out!

And that's exactly what we did.  You can definitely see my sister's excitement in the first picture below.  I mean who wouldn't be?  It was an "all-you-can-eat" kind of dinner, which included meat... and definitely more meaaaaat!!  This whole experience definitely made me want to visit Korea which is next on my bucket list by the way.  A couple of years ago, I probably would've said no or rejected any invitation of going to a Korean restaurant as I wasn't really a huge fan of kimchi or their little side dishes.  However, after having countless good experience in the Korean restaurants I've been to in Macau, how could I say no to Korean food now?  We all felt more than just a little bloated, but what matters was that we were satisfied.



Can you believe we still managed to have dessert at the same cafe we went to the night before?  Now that I think about it, I have no idea how we were able to stuff all that toast in our stomachs because I honestly remember feeling really bloated after dinner.  Oh well, I guess we just proved the saying "there's always room for dessert"!

Hope you all have a great week ahead and stay tuned for more travel posts! :) 


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! :)