Weekly Photo Challenge – weight (less)

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Our first road trip for the year 2016 is to see our favourite sand dune.To catch up with the sunrise,we left  Jeddah at 5:30 in the morning.

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The early morning breeze of the weekend light up the hard week we had at work.

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though this year the sand dune seemed smaller, It’s still an amazing site to enjoy the morning.

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the flowers of the dessert is looking so weight(less) floating in the air against the background of the sand.

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Taif through the eyes of Nanay Aurea


First road trip for 2015 ..the long winding road going to Taif, Saudi Arabia with an elevation of 1,879 m on the slopes of  Al sarawat mountains. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ta’if

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nanay aurea

This is also  Nanay Aurea first road trip outside Jeddah. Our plan was just to have an early sunrise breakfast to our favourite “sand dune” but decided to go further and have lunch At Al Shifa mountain.

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A breezy morning to unwind, as we ascended to the mountain, Nanay aurea was quiet for some time, wondering whether the road has an end. At times, she asked questions like..why there are so many tires on the road? In the Philippines old car tires can be reuse and recycle to a flower pot holder, a swing ,chairs and table etc.She was murmuring “marami nang manginginabang sa atin nito” a lot of people will earn from these old tires. In unity, we all nodded our heads.

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Dongyan of Sand dune

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Once we passed by police check point, she readily took out her passport and got worried that her visa is only in Jeddah 🙂 to our amusement we told her, her deportation back home is imminent 🙂 hehehe of course not!

Her amazement of how the road was constructed  echoed on how  hard it is for her to relate the story to her friends back home. 🙂 me too Nanay Aurea ..I share your sentiments 🙂 I took a lot of pictures and I can’t decide which one to upload. Alas! I choose candid street photos! Alright friends..don’t roll your eyes on me!

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Taif is also famous for agricultural products like pomegranate, grapes and other fruits. There are also baboons on the street in which tourist have fun feeding them..oh wait! the last time I know they only eat banana but now they also eat arabic bread!  huh? oh yes!

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baboons in Al Hada


Rock climbing anyone?

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house in the middle of the mountain

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What about lunch? Chicken grilled on rocks!

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among other menu 🙂

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The road was so foggy when we reached the top of Al Shifa mountain, the hot chicken is now cold chicken on the rocks 🙂

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After Lunch, we headed back home, Nanay Aurea asked what we did? hahaha we only ate Grilled Chicken, so next time..I wonder if Nanay Aurea will ever ask  grilled chicken for lunch,..ever!

Oh! before I forget, what was the comment of Nanay Aurea on grilled chicken?

“amoy arabo ang chicken”..the chicken smells like the arab guy who was selling it 🙂 in fairness..the taste was superb! not the guy..the grilled chicken o la la 🙂


Nanay Aurea rocks! We love you Nanay! Peace!

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handprint in the sand



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Baboons of Al Hada TAif in black and white

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Nope! this is not a zoo, these are baboons at Al Hada, Taif of Saudi Arabia. Though there are many tourist attracted to these sight, a lot of locals complained about its existence because they destroys farms,trees and sometimes attack people when the food are scars, they are like scavengers,feeding themselves from the garbage or rely on the foods given mostly by the tourist around the city.

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I am so scared to go down from the car but the clinging baby baboon got my attention! I took the shots through the window car 🙂

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This one caught my attention really hard, I realised the baby baboon has no life, it doesn’t move! And the mother won’t let go! how sad 🙁

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Shadowed

A mother and baby baboon of Taif,Saudi Arabia

I took this photo today at 1pm at the foggy site of Al Hada,Taif ,Saudi Arabia. I was inside of another car, so scared to get down 🙂

Another blog coming up about our first road trip for the year 2015 ( Taif, Saudi Arabia)




Sand Dune bonding time

October 26, 2012, Eid Al adha, We celebrated our holiday at sand dune . It was a breakfast in style ! We met at 5:30 am, surprisingly everyone came on time, eager to catch the sunrise on top. Our leader maintained a speed of 100 kph almost (joke, he wanted to go fast, as the sun rises fast ahead of us) Anyway, what matters most, we did reach safely and had a  great time!

Continued until Al shifa stone cave and off again on sunset. Hopefully we can continue to go abha or even madain saleh (joke again) we have to cool off and end the night. Cheers!

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