Category Archives: Around the World

January 18: Winnie The Pooh Day!

Celebrating Winnie the Pooh Day :)
Celebrating Winnie the Pooh Day 🙂

Everyday is a day worth celebrating for.  But today is a much more important day as today is Winnie the Pooh Day! 🙂

What’s so special about today? Well, it’s A.A Milne’s birthday!

How should you celebrate #WinnieThePoohDay? If you live near Hartfield, East Sussex, you can visit Pooh Corner, home to the world’s largest selection of “Pooh-phernalia”. You can also call your friends to spend the afternoon playing Poohsticks. 🙂 But before all these activities, “let’s begin by taking a smallish nap or two.” 🙂

Pooh’s Rumbly Tummy: Surf Shack

Surf-Shack

Every Christmas season, Pooh has 3 main goals:

1. Eat

2. Sleep

3. Eat

And being a hardworking bear of little brain, Pooh made to sure to achieve all three.

Last December 25, Pooh was able to try out this fairly new restaurant – Surf Shack San Juan, La Union. What’s the best thing about this place? They have at least 4 types of fusion pizzas you can try out! Here are the 4 that Pooh was able to try out:

Pizza 1: Mommy Lu’s Gourmet Tuyo Pizza

This is Pooh’s favorite pizza. Once this thin crust pizza was served at the table, the waiter poured a glass of hunny over the pizza! The combination of tuyo and hunny might seem a bit off for some people but Pooh thinks this is the perfect combination – salty and sweet at the same time 😛

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Pizza 2: Bacnotan Longganisa Pizza

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Pizza 3: Beef Tapa Pizza

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Pizza 4: Vigan Longganisa Pizza

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Trying out these not-so-common kinds of pizza, it is best partnered with one of their cocktail drinks.

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Surf Shack San Juan, La Union can be found on 239 National Highway, Urbiztondo, 2514 San Juan, La Union. You may visit their official fanpage here.

Locked and Linked

Isn’t it funny how people who’ve never met their whole lives yet somewhere, somehow, they actually do have a connection? Here’s a photo that can remind us of those moments.

At the Namsan Tower, people (or bears :p) can leave behind their lock that contains a love message to your special someone. And just last October 2013, Pooh was able to leave one lock behind (the message is dedicated to hunny, of course!).

Isn’t it amazing that in order to leave your lock, you need to connect your symbol of love to another random person’s lock? It’s an overwhelming sight as it reminds you how each person or bear can love and how another person’s love is needed to support your own love. 🙂

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Love locks at the Namsam Tower in Seoul.

 

 

The Positivity in Solitude

Today’s entry addresses the Photography 101’s theme of “Solitude”.

For Pooh, the meaning of solitude does not necessarily equal to a state of being lonely. It can be one of those days where you just want to isolate yourself from everyone? Rather than looking at solitude as a state of being alone or a feeling of loneliness. Pooh chooses to view solitude as a means of recharging in life – spiritually, emotionally and physically. This is important especially if you live in such a fast pace environment where everything just happens all at once.

Below is a photo taken during Pooh’s trip to Korea. So far, this is Pooh’s favorite vacation, as this trip was taken during a time where Pooh feels lost and tired from work.

All in all, it always about perspective. Rather than viewing the negative in the term solitude, Pooh chooses to turn it into a positive thing.

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The beautiful buildings and landscapes of Ehwa Womans University makes Pooh want to go back to studying all over again

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aqua Shutters

For the third assignment of Pooh’s Photography 101 course, the participants are tasked to interpret the meaning of Water.

Here are some of Pooh’s favorite shots:

The 2 photos below were taken at Villa Escudero in San Pablo Laguna. One thing Pooh loves about this place is its scenic beauty. Below is a part of the resort where you can kayak on Lake Labasin, a lake inside the resort! Pooh was also able to eat lunch at the Waterfalls restaurant of the resort.

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Another photo that Pooh was able to take shows a view from Pooh’s resort in Panglao, Bohol. Here, tourists will be able to see the crystal clear waters of the beach. Small boats will also be common sight as the area is packed with locals ready to take the tourists to an island hopping experience. One activity tourists must try is dolphin watching, which brings us to the next photo.

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For Pooh’s dolphin experience, Pooh had to get up at early dawn to ride a small boat that took us to the area where the dolphins are usually seen. Luckily, we were able to view some dolphins playing around the area after minutes of waiting. Below is the best shot that Pooh was able to take during the ride.

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Truly, these places captures the beauty of water and Pooh was a lucky bear who was able to experience them firsthand.

Pooh’s Street Shots

For Pooh’s Photography 101 Day 2 assignment, participants are asked to take a photo of a street.

Here are some of Pooh’s street shots taken during our trip to Hong Kong and Macau early this year. 🙂

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Blurry shot, but for some reason, Pooh loves this one as it shows the busy streets of HK at night.
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Black and White
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Busy Roads of HK

 

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Old-school streets of Macau