At the Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens

“A garden isn’t meant to be useful. It’s for joy.Rumer Godden found in Power of Simple Living by Ellyn Sanna” ― Rumer Godden The Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens in Daylesford, Australia is an amazing garden built on top of an extinct volcano. If I had known this, in the light of recent volcanic eruptions in New Zealand and in…

Let Me take you there…

 “The best dreams happen when you’re awake.” – unknown The topic for Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge is transportation. What better country to featured today than the Philippines. The Philippines is a very small country consists of 7,107 island, so it is not surprising that there are so many modes of transportation. Here are just a…

A Window with a View

“Throw open your window and let the scenery of clouds and sky enter your room! – Yosa Buson I travel every few years, like what they say, Work Save Travel Repeat. Now I am in my hiatus stage and this blog is helping me get through with my wanderlust feeling. I still keep on posting about…

Of Paint and Cobwebs

“You don’t choose the day you enter the world and you don’t choose the day you leave. It’s what you do in between that makes all the difference.” – Anita Septimus These are garden decorations, which to an ordinary person will just be taken for granted… left unnoticed cobwebs and all. But here I am making it the…

Special Spot in Sandringham

“Wherever you go, bring your sunshine… ” – unknown It is in days like these, when the weather in Melbourne is extremely warm, that you just want to get lost in the beach. Taking off your shoes, walking in the sand and feeling the cold water on your toes, is simply magical. My family went…

Little Red Door

“There is no key to happiness; the door is always open.” – Mother Teresa Norm’s Thursday Doors is back for 2020 so I just want to greet everyone a Happy New Year. For the Christmas break, my husband and I decided to go to Daylesford. We have been here several times before but every time…

Streetart Portal

“I laugh at the way some people think graffiti is all selfish tagging and vandalism. Thoughtful street art is like good fiction – it speaks out on behalf of everyone, for us all to see.” – Carla H. Krueger Streetart is a modern art form of expression that is usually painted on walls. It is done…

Country Side Daylesford

“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.” – Dr Seuss This is my first post, after taking a bit of a break during Christmas and New Year. Took this photo on our short trip to Daylesford, the spa capital of Victoria. This is for Cee’s FOTD Challenge – Orange Flowers in…

12 photos for 12 months

“The best things in life are the people you love, the places you’ve seen and the memories you’ve made along the way.” – unknown It is nearly the end of 2019 and oh how time flies. I will be having a short break for this busy time of the year but before that I want…

Water, Water in the Wetlands

“There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” – Happy Pill #8 I try to walk everyday, mostly when it’s not raining. This is what I get to see and I love it. The sound of the birds, the ripple of the water, the colour of the sky… so much to be…

A Coastal Walk

“There’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.” – Sarah Kay Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and is one of Australia’s largest cities. It is best known for its harbour front Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge…

Abbotsford Convent

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.” – Jo Walton Just 4 km away from the Melbourne CBD, you will find the Abbotsford Convent. This is a 16 acre historic building with amazing sprawling gardens. It is home to studios, galleries, cafes and…

Doors in Edinburgh

“Collect moments, not things.” – unknown Here are some doors from my 2016 trip to Edinburgh, Scotland. This is for Norm’s Thursday Doors Challenge – featuring the Doors in Edinburgh. I am also squeezing in some sites in Edinburgh near the Royal Mile. A painting of a door on a wall. The Kirk of the…

A View of The Scottish Highlands – Wanderlust @96

“The best dreams happen when you’re awake.” – Cherie Gilderbloom The Highlands of Scotland is a mountainous region, the centre of which is Loch Ness. It is known for its mythical monster called “Nessie”. Unfortunately, I didn’t see her/him. The city of Inverness is known as the “Capital of the Highlands”. To continue with the…

Somewhere in the Highlands

“All I need is just a little trip around Scotland. That’s all.” – Scotland travel quotes Fascinating views while my cousin drove us around. Sorry that some shots were even blurry. But here are some doors of farms, an exhibition centre, residential houses, distilleries and a shop. For Norm’s Thursday Doors Challenge – Somewhere in…

Step Aboard the Britannia – Wanderlust @94

“I name this ship Britannia. I wish success to her and all who sail on her.” – HM The Queen It was a great start to our few days in Scotland, by having a visit to the royal yacht berthed just 15 minutes away from the Edinburgh city centre. But first… coffee and lunch at…

Seine River Cruise in Paris – Wanderlust @90

“Paris is always a good idea.” Walking on foot along the streets of Paris is a wonderful thing to do, but viewing it on water level is a greatly different experience. Discover Paris through a Seine River Cruise and you will be amazed as it winds its way through the heart of the city. You…

An Escape to the Gardens

“Escape the every day world and revel in the colour of nature.” “This is really what KaBloom is all about, the splendour of millions of flowers across five acres of planting in the gorgeous Dandenong Ranges. We have a rainbow of fields filled with marvellous Marigolds, sizzling Salvias, cool Cosmos, colourful Cleomes, pretty Petunias, glorious…

Take Me to the Doors and Benches of Amboise

“This heart of mine was made to travel.” – travel quotes Chateau Royal d’Amboise, in Loire Valley, is a maze of secret passages, medieval rooms and hidden walk ways. This castle has a throne room, royal interiors, towers, sturdy wooden doors, wooden benches and magnificent gardens. In relation to my previous post about Amboise, here…

Amboise: an Unexpected Magnificence – Wanderlust @87

“All you need to know is that it’s possible.” – Wolf, an Appalachian Trail Hiker Amboise is a small town in central France which lies on the banks of the Loire River. It is such a beautiful place of castles, old towns, villages and views of the river that makes this an ideal stopover. Here…

The Streets of Toledo – Wanderlust @83

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru Toledo is an ancient city, sitting majestically on a hill above central Spain. It is the former Spanish capital…

Church Doors in Melbourne CBD

“A Church which “goes forth” is a Church whose doors are open.”– Pope Francis Found these pretty church doors in one of my walks in Melbourne. I had an eye check up in the city and it turned out to be a lovely bonding time with my hubby. Always an excuse haha I am posting…

Architecture of Madrid – Wanderlust @80

“There is no night life in Spain. They stay up late but they get up late. That is not night life. That is delaying the day.” – Ernest Hemingway Madrid is the capital of Spain and is a vibrant city, but is not as cosmopolitan as the neighbouring Barcelona. The architecture of Madrid has preserved…

Blue Bath House Doors

“There are things known and things unknown and in between are The Doors.” – Jim Morrison Brighton, an easy half an hour drive from the Melbourne CBD, is home to 82 distinctly coloured wooden beach houses. This is the Brighton Beach Boxes in Dendy Street, which is a great photo opp for locals and tourists…

Blue Skies of Madrid – Wanderlust @79

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” –…

Pull Up a Seat

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a seed a long time ago.” – Warren Buffett I just pulled up all these photos from my archive and it brought me back to the time that I took the photographs. Memories of grandkids…of past travels…of people I have walked with. This is for…

Benches, Chairs and Seats in Phillip Island

“There’s something very enticing about an empty bench under a tree. And its facing a river, that’s the bench for me.” – Joyce Rachelle Here are some benches and chairs that we found when we went on a few days holiday in Phillip Island. This is for Xingfumama’s Pull Up a Seat Challenge.

Art and Architecture of Carcassonne – Wanderlust @75

” I’ll look back on this and smile because it was life and I decided to live it” – travel quotes Aside from Cite de Carcassone, there are so much more to see in this wonderful place. It has great architecture, galleries, monuments, walkways, and cafes. Here are samples of the different architecture that can…

La Cite, the Fairytale Castle in Carcassonne – Wanderlust @74

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius From afar, this medieval fort of La Cite, looks like something out of a children’s story book. The Cite de Carcassonne is located in the French city of Carcassone. This castle was decided to be preserved in 1849 and it became a part of the…

The Road that Leads Us…

“Any road that leads to a friend is beautiful.” Proverb Friendship is such a beautiful thing to have. And I am so lucky to have found it in my small group of friends who I consider my family. We all moved from the Philippines to Australia and we had been friends for more than two…

These Beautiful Feathered Friends of San Remo

Nature’s prime favourites were the Pelicans;  High-fed, long-lived, and sociable and free. James Montgomery This is a cute Boomerang shot of the pelicans 👍🏼 San Remo is the entrance to the seaside town of Phillip Island. Every day at 12 noon, the local pelicans arrive at the San Remo pier for their lunch time feed….