Year end hike to AL Shifa


A lot of good and not so good things happened in year 2017, at the moment, enjoy day by day, count the blessings. See the little things around, appreciate the beauty of nature and embrace the changes. Easy to say yeah? But hey! 2017 is almost over and we’re still here, isn’t that wonderful?


Hence, the weather is cool, we decided to spend the weekend at Taif. It was breezy and cool. We ate our breakfast at our favorite sand dune, which by the way is getting smaller every year.  🙂 like ..its their economic crisis too?



Spending time with this wonderful people at the end of the year is priceless. Children are growing so fast …meaning we are growing old too, I think soon we will be as tiny as this sand dune 🙂


We will miss you my friend but it isn’t good-bye for us, soon we will see each other and reminisce the happy good old days, that is.. if no one got affected by this dreadful condition called Alzheimer.


One day, we will look at our crazy photos with so much giggles and laughter.




It will be like a hole in the sand, gazing with awe that once upon a time we were here and suddenly year 2017 is gone, let’s look forward to year 2018 with more enthusiasm, hope, inspiring and of course more beauty 🙂

HaPpY NeW YeaR!



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Al baha road trip (part 2)

(ancient ruins of 400 years old village) Dee Ayn Village

Al baha is a region in Saudi Arabia nestled between Mecca and Al abha. It is known as the region of 1001 towers,though we have seen several towers, which usually at the top of the mountain, mostly are not protected and inhabited either completely gone or partially ruined.

palm trees and banana trees can be seen around the tower


it is built on the top of a marble
neatly arranged slate of stones

On our way back home, we passed through a town called Al Mikhwah, looking for a restaurant to eat breakfast but everything was closed probably due to Eid holiday. So we continued on until we found a huge bridge with fresh water flowing from the nearby mountain.

Is it a river?  lake? oasis?


We went down under the bridge and had our breakfast with the sound of fresh water and after around twenty minutes a herd of camels apparently the caretaker would like to have some rest too.





We supposed to pass by Al Leith hot spring but the weather was so hot to even attempt to pass by. 🙁

Happy Eid to all!



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Dhi Ain Village – the marble village of al Baha KSA (part 1)



Dhi Ain Village (thi ain ancient village ) it is also known as Aqaba al-Baha. The 400 year old village was not easy to locate, we have to pass through 25 tunnels at 8,200 ft above sea level to get into al- baha. On top of that, due to numerous spellings we can’t google the place correctly. We have to go to Golden Tulip Hotel to asked for the direction. The scenery along the road was spectacular. There were few view deck along the area where you can stop and take pictures.

built 400 years ago on a small marble mountain

Before reaching this place, we have seen ruins of abandoned stones and slate towers along the way. It’s amazing to see how the stones were arranged.


We left our hotel early morning and we can’t just pass through without taking pictures. It was all foggy ,breezy but not so cold at this time.




It’s a long winding road but its worth seeing the place specially we have a week Eid holiday. Though we were not able to see forest garden, we have seen few green bushes, banana ,olive, flowers along the area.

Creativity at its best!


to be continued 🙂



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Weekly photo challenge: Edge


When you can’t go forward, and you can’t go backward and you can’t stay where you are without killing off something deep and vital in yourself, you are on the edge of creation.

Photo credit : Edge Suarez

Edge is a very talented creative  photographer currently based in Los Angeles, USA.

did I mentioned..he is my eldest son?

yes! proud mom here 🙂

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Frame

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Honolulu Hawaii



Seattle Washington USA


Jeddah Saudi Arabia

natural rock formation made a guitar silhouette

Madain Saleh Saudi Arabia


Lucern, Switzerland

narrow passage (siq)

Petra Jordan


Le Bouveret Switzerland

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boston usa

Boston USA

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Dubai UAE


Catanduanes  Philippines

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Thank YOU!

For the past weeks since I came back from Dubai, I got so busy and was not able to update or is it a case of bloggers block? Hmm or an indication that my life is so stable at the moment 🙂

But today is different
 I am inspired!



So blessed

And thankful!

My eldest son Edge the photographer is graduating with honor hurrah! He is a graduate of BS in Multi media At APC, Philippines with specialty in Photography at Santa Monica College USA.

I know you thank me many times for giving you another chance to pursue your dream but I also would like to thank YOU !

Thank you for being so resilient in all the difficulties we’ve been through. I was a young mother when I have you. You were so tiny but you gave me the “big” push and an inspiration to continue to tackle every mishap, difficulties in our life. You were only a  month old when I took my dental board exam. And you just turned a year older when I left you at the care of your grandparents. I took you back when you were six years old and barely four months in Jeddah, a school bus conductor left you all alone, wandering in the streets all by yourself and thanks God, you are so smart to find your way back home with a help from a good samaritan.I was so angry, frustrated, crying, hysterical to every person I met at the Philippines school in Jeddah and even I went to the consul and if I didn’t find you I will go to the King and beg to mobilise the whole Jeddah just to find you!

I love you sweetheart!

I know you are a very private person and like your younger brother Kevin the Chef, drama in life is a big NO! I better make this short before I heard the word ” mom ” 🙂

Thank you for being a loving son, loving big brother and I am so proud of what you have become, a very responsible and gentlemen, I know you will be the best husband and father you would like to be! and of course the best photographer ! I pray for your good health and more power to succeed! God bless.

Best of all, thank you for being my confidante and friend. Through the years of ups and down, you never failed to amazed me of your strength and your resiliency. Together we have learned lessons in life, together we made our flaws perfect for our love, together we have crossed bridges and together with your brother we made our imperfections perfect for each other.

I also would like to give a BIG Thanks  to my parents, who is so generous, loving and caring, thank you for the inspirations and strength. Job well done!

” Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome”

Thank you Lord.





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Weekly Photo Challenge: Harmony

“Happiness is when what you think,what you say, and what you do are in harmony”

– Mahatma Gandhi


Even it means waking up at 4:30 in the morning just to be with your best friends, breaking a week of stress related at work, watching the sun rise at south red sea and looking at the shipwreck wondering what’s the history behind the incident.The laughters, the simple joy of having breakfast together, the touch of the sea breeze and soft waves on my feet, the look at my friends’ daughters faces..their smile and excitement ,all of these are in harmony to what we all feel…homesickness…

Shipwreck near Al Qatan Shoaiba (South of Jeddah Red Sea)








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