A New Home Down Under

Sydney New Home

Late 2017, I received a wonderful news that I successfully won a job that I applied for and got interviewed in Singapore. This great opportunity is not in Singapore but this opportunity has allowed me and my family to relocate from Manila to the land down under. And so in May of 2018, we have embarked on a journey to face new challenges in the beautiful city of Sydney.

Australia would be the 4th continent that I been blessed to set foot on and we have specifically chosen Sydney to be where we want to settle into. The charm of its harbour and the Opera House made us decide to choose this city. Well, we have found a good house in a suburb north of Sydney.

We arrived at the latter end of the Aussie autumn period and we have faced our first challenge which is getting adjusted to the cold weather, specially as we move through winter. But luckily I’ve got good friends who helped us through the first few months.

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Atlanta Trip: CNN Studio Tour

Atlanta: CNN Studio Tour
After visiting the World of Coca-Cola, my colleague Sally and myself walked for a few minutes into another top attraction in the city of Atlanta.  This is to check out the headquarters of I think the most famous news network in the world, the Cable News Network or more famous as CNN.

And just like Coca-Cola, Atlanta is also CNN’s home base.  The CNN headquarters is located just across the Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta. It is  just a few meters from the Georgia World Congress Center where I went to for the Atlanta Comic Convention.

The CNN Center in Atlanta, as I learned during the tour, is located in what was once an indoor amusement park.  Its the first of its kind and was called The World of Sid and Marty Kroft.  The CNN Studio tour takes about 55 minutes and runs about every 30 minutes. Standard rate for the tour costs $15 which can be bought at the main atrium.

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Atlanta Trip: World of Coca-Cola

Atlanta Trip: World of Coca-ColaDuring my first weekend in Atlanta, I took a drive down to the downtown area with my colleague Sally. We headed to checkout two of the most famous attractions of Atlanta.  This day we visited the World of Coca-Cola and took a studio tour into the CNN Center.  On this blog I’ll focus our trip into the World of Coca-Cola.

The World of Coca Cola is located next to the Georgia Aquarium and the Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta.  The World of Coca-Cola is an indoor exhibition that features all about everyone’s favorite and probably the most famous soda drink in the world. This attraction is also located just a few blocks from where the headquarters of Coca-Cola is located.

The World of Coca-Cola is a modern building that stands right next to a park and the Georgia Aquarium beside it. One interesting feature of the building is that it has this glass tower which contains the image of the iconic Coke bottle.

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Pahiyas Festival 2008

PauTravels in one of Lucban's houses adorned by farm produce for the Pahiyas Festival 2008

Every 15th of May, the town of Lucban in the province of Quezon, on the Luzon island of the Philippines, celebrates the feast of their patron saint, Saint Isidro Labrador.  San Isidro is the patron saint of farmers.  And during this time of the year, this farming town holds one of the most famous festivals in the country, the Pahiyas Festival.  The Pahiyas features the town’s houses adorned colorfully with the households main produce ranging from rice, fruits, vegetables, and other handicrafts.  One common decoration during this festival is kiping, colored leaf-shaped decorations made from rice.

And after years of planning to attend this festival, this year my wife and I were finally able to go.  Originally, we planned to go using my car but due to some car trouble, we had to opt to take the commute to get there.  From my wife’s place in Calamba, we took a bus bound for Sta. Cruz.  And in Sta. Cruz, we transferred to a minibus en route for Lucban.  The minibus is a hybrid of a jeepney and a bus.  The trip from Sta. Cruz took about an hour and a half drive through the towns of Laguna via some zigzagged and narrow highway.

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