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Spectacular Dantes View

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It was well worth a long drive (a lonely road) to Dantes View. This was our last stop on our first day of journey to Death Valley National Park California. It was already 3:30 pm when we left the main road and it took us about 20 minutes to get there. A 13 mile paved road but the last quarter mile is 15% grade. A steep climb up but so beautiful. Vehicles over 25ft or longer are prohibited on this road. Please watch our short video  Road to Dantes View  to see the road.  There were few cars when we arrived at The Dantes View but those people were out exploring around. It wasn't crowded at all in fact we were the only ones there enjoying the 360 degrees of breathtaking view of Death Valley from 5475 ft high above Sea Level.  We didn't stay long because it was windy and cold.  It would have been nice to explore the area but it was also getting late in a day. There was a Bee Hazard caution sign on the road but we didn't even get the change to see any. Maybe it's because we

Trip to Tinglayan, Kalinga Province

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Trip to Tinglayan, Kalinga Province is long, steep, deep and winding road but the views are amazing! It is only 197 kilometers from Baguio but it was the longest 197 kilometers we've ever driven. Our average speed was 25 kilometers per hour. It took us more than 9 hours with few stops but we couldn't drive faster on those roads. It was hair-raising driving through there especially at night. Some of the roads are damaged due to landslides and  the roads are down to one lane. It was an awesome adventure, a great journey, and a priceless experience. Thanks to our friend Haidee Abay for inviting us to her home and to her family. Also thanks to her dad, Ferdinand Abay, formerly mayor of  Tinglayan, her mom a business woman, her brother Charlie who is running for Vice Mayor and Charlie's family, thanks for a warm welcome, for giving their time, for great hospitality and for taking care of us. It sure made our experience awesome and we are very thankful. We stayed there for 3

No Problem with NAIA

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After our delayed flight to Manila, we still had a good trip. We didn't had any problems going through Manila Airport,  in fact it was the most easiest and fastest I've experienced going through there.  No problem with NAIA custom, no long lines, no waiting! I guess I can thank the Apec Summit, we may be delayed but it made it easier for us to go through NAIA.

Flight cancelled due to Apec Summit in Philippines

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After 13 hours in the air,  we finally arrived at Taipei International airport. Sleepy and tired and our flight to Manila got canceled due to Apec Summit that is going on right now in the Philippines. We spent at least half an hour at EVA Air information counter making sure our baggage are checked in all the way to Manila. We also got issued a boarding pass for 1 am flight and that's about 18 hrs waiting time at the airport. 18 long hours with a toddler! We have a choice to go outside the airport and get a hotel but my mom has no US passport. So for her to go outside, she has to apply for a visa and on top of that, we have to take all our checked in baggage with us. All 8 bags weighing 50lbs each plus our carry on bags, Oh what a hustle! So we decided to just stay in the airport. Anyway, for our inconvenience the airline gave us meal  vouchers that are good for lunch and dinner. I know its not their fault that our flight got cancelled, in fact the EVA air employees had bee
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Finally, we are on board now leaving Fairbanks, first day of our trip to Asia. 

5 years ago, Blue Jay and Squirrel in the yard!

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It has been 5 years since I took this pictures out in the yard in Bellingham, Washington. I miss this place. Different kind of birds and several squirrels came everyday to feed and it was  fun watching them.

Footprints in the Snow

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I wonder what kind of bird do we have in our front yard this morning. It left pretty nice footprints in the snow.