Going Home Soon

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Hi guys! After nearly three months of staying in Hartford, Connecticut, it’s almost time for us to go back to the Philippines. With only a few more days left, hubby and I are already nearly done packing our things. Everything’s almost ready for our flight back to Manila, except for us. Well, mostly me, actually.

I am gonna miss this place. It’s just so different from back home. Surprisingly, downtown Hartford is a lot more laid back than I thought it would be. I love how old buildings here are old and preserved well while some buildings have used original parts of an older building to be part of a new one.

I also love the Bushnell Park that’s just a few blocks away from where we lived. One can do a “tree walk” and see trees that are home to a lot of squirrels and birds that freely roam around the park. A carousel built around 1914 that’s still operational is also located here in this park. Hubby and I spent a lot of afternoons here, just sitting on the grass while he would play songs on his guitar. A park as beautiful as this is something that I definitely wish we had in Manila.

I didn’t really get to see the sights here that much but we’re praying for another opportunity for us to be able to go back here in the U.S. For now, it’s time to go back home to Manila. It’s still home. 🙂


SLTB

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Wandering Around

Lately I’ve been having that certain suffocating feeling and a craving for nature (and ramen). Yesterday, I searched for ways to go to Ippon Yari, but I couldn’t figure out how to get there and thought it’ll take me hours to get there by commute and I was too hungry to wait so I decided it’s best if I went there another time. Anyway, I wanted to go out so I got dressed up, got my pretty strawberry walking shoes, my bag (and the camera I borrowed, but ended up not using even once throughout the day), and a bottle of water.

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I went to the gate where I usually go to ride a jeep. From there, I have two options: to go to the other side of the street (there’s an overpass) then ride a jeep going left, or just stay where I am, where I can ride a jeep going right. Of course I took the overpass. Then I stayed at the 7-eleven… and thought “where would I go?” Without a destination, I stayed a few more minutes in this convenience store, before deciding to go to Mall of Asia instead. Living in the city, the nearest natural scene accessible to me is at the back of Mall of Asia — that stretch of saltwater hitting against rocks below a ledge. I was thinking of a farther place like Tagaytay or Batangas but at 5pm, I’ll have to stay the night which I don’t have funds for. So, MOA it is.

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I like the camera of my phone (a Samsung S4) — it takes nice photos even at night. I’m still really not used to lugging a DSLR around so I just took pictures with my phone.

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I had a quick dinner before going to the bay area so I wouldn’t be tempted to buy any more food there… although I saw the shawarma stand and was thinking if I should get one. I didn’t. 😛

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Funny how malls have mini-amusement parks in them. And these trains… they have one of those in Glorietta and in SM Sucat as well. Sigh… if you can, take your kids to ride the real thing instead of paying to ride these trains that doesn’t go far. Or go on a trip to the provinces so kids can enjoy some beautiful scenery. I think that’ll be much more worth your money. 🙂

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This area is where BF and I usually go to hangout before. I love how it divides nature and the city — at one side is terribly busy with super bright lights, while at the other side is just a vast stretch of endless water meeting the sky at a point that’s almost invisible in the dark. This night was particularly windy so the waves were pretty strong. Along this long stretch of barrier are families, groups of friends, and couples hanging out — each having their own share of food, stories, etc.

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I took a cab going home. While on the road though, the cab driver kept blaming me for choosing a route that’s more familiar to me, but wasn’t moving as fast as he wanted to I guess. Despite me telling him that it’s fine ’cause I’ll be paying anyway, he kept insisting that it was traffic and I shouldn’t have chosen this way and that I should’ve let him take the short cut (which by the way a lot of cars are already taking and by the looks of it was also starting to get too cramped)… Anyway, I ended up going down. Traffic wasn’t moving that time so I just got off the cab and slammed the door shut. I paid, of course, though I feel he didn’t deserve the payment for ranting the WHOLE time. I don’t take sides, but between drivers like these and Uber, grabtaxi, etc.?? I would gladly pay extra for a waaaay better service. Anyway, I just got a jeep, paid Php8 and was able to get home faster — with no ranting from anyone. 🙂

By the way, the picture of that beautiful tree was taken from the area where I went off the cab. I was walking towards the area where jeeps where loading/unloading passengers when I saw this and took a picture of it. I usually get bad shots when it’s dark, but luckily, this picture turned out pretty nice.


SLTB

When was the last time you had a strong urge to go out even without a clear destination in mind, like you really just have to go? Have you encountered cab drivers who seem to have an endless things to rant about? Or even blamed you for the traffic? I’d love to hear from you guys!

Note: all photos were taken with a Samsung S4; all of the pictures in this post are unedited. 🙂