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Cam Whore Caught on Video at Jenolan Caves

Taking photos and videos are some of the essential elements of creating memories that will be forever etched in one’s heart.

I love taking snaps of anything trivial and I love to be captured as well. Part of that is the blogger in me. I do believe that each and every photo has got a story to tell and I could then write some rubbish out of them. LOL! :D

But what if it’s the blogger herself who was captured on video? :roll:

I could not contain my amusement when I learned that my Prince was taking a video of us while I was posing for the camera and my MIL was trying to get some snaps of me. :lol:

You may watch the videos for some laughs! :lol:

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Weekend Special #5: The Trip to Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains, New South Wales

I believe that one blogpost is never enough for a detailed narration of our Excitement Over the Easter Long Holiday Break. Like I had previously published, it was one lovely time with my family here in Sydney.

There was never a dull moment despite us hurdling a three-hour drive up the mountainous part of New South Wales. The weather was cooperative; it was one excellent day for a day tour!

Road trip to Jenolan Caves

Road trip to Jenolan Caves

We had to gear ourselves up early. So this holiday break is never meant for sleep-ins. There was no time for groaning and moaning or any sign of complaints; I have long asked for this after all. Hahaha!

To avoid delays and to make sure that we arrive just in time for our 12:30 booking at the Cave Tour, my Prince wanted to hit the road by 8 in the morning and true enough, all of us were all set for the ride when the clock hit 8.

The long trek has just begun!

The long trek had just begun!

We were told that there were some roadworks along the way.

Road works

Road works

Traffic congestion

Traffic congestion

We were lucky that we had not encountered so much delays on the road. We were expecting to be pulled over for a breath test but we got away with it! Thank heavens!

The traffic police doing their jobs.

The traffic police doing their jobs.

It was no easy trek going up the Jenolan Caves. It demanded real caution for the man behind the steering wheel as the road was narrow and winding.

Like we had been forewarned, it was a busy time at the Jenolan Caves. As expected, we’ve had a hard time looking for parking.

Full parking

Full parking

We had more than enough time goofing around upon arrival because we were more than an hour early for our scheduled cave tour.

That's my man!

That’s my wife!

That's my man!

That’s my man!

Raise the roof!!!

Raise the roof!!!

Ms. Australia Winner pose by my MIL ;-)

Ms. Australia winner pose by my MIL ;-)

The famed Asian Vee sign!

The famed Asian Vee sign!

We decided to have our lunch prior the start of the tour. After which, we walked around the cave vicinity and took more mementos.

Jenolan Caves Village Directory

Jenolan Caves Village Directory

My MIL and I

My MIL and I

My Prince and I

My Prince and I

My Prince with MIL

My Prince with MIL

Jenolan Cave Fire Truck

Jenolan Caves Fire Truck

Seeing this cave entry meant we were about to begin the tour

Seeing this cave entry meant we were about to begin the tour

Of course, we can’t help but strike for some more poses before heading off the 1.5 hours cave tour. LOL!

Lover's Delight ;-)

Lover’s Delight ;-)

My MIL and I

My MIL and I

I can’t write at this blog about the cave tour per se as I was meaning to talk more about it at My Wanderlust.

After the tour was done, we were glowing with fun and joy!

After the tour with my Prince and I

After the tour with my Prince and I

With my MIL and yours truly

With my MIL and yours truly

Mother and son

Mother and son

Lovebirds at the cave ;-)

Lovebirds at the cave ;-)

With the Love of My Life

With the Love of My Life

As if the above overloading of photos were never enough, I am sharing this video which clearly expressed how much we’ve had fun on this trip.

Till my next update, folks!

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The Excitement Over the Easter Long Holiday Break

We so looked forward for this. It is the longest weekend break of the year and we felt excited that we can get some beautiful family bonding. We initially hadn’t planned anything until I vividly recalled that my Prince promised me a road trip once we get ownership of a reliable car.

All set for the long ride! Long Easter break officially began on a Good Friday!

All set for the long ride! Long Easter break officially began on a Good Friday!

It did ring a bell so I immediately asked him “nicely” if we could go to the Grand Pacific Drive, a well known two-day road trip around New South Wales. He must have felt harassed about me “nagging” him going somewhere for the long weekend. LOL! I just felt the itch to go places and not be too wrapped up in my own misery. Unfortunately, some friends dissuaded us to do the trip at this time because the roads are too congested; there’s just too many people on the road heading just about everywhere. So Ok, fine! Lainy, you better behave! Ha! Ha! Ha! ;-)

But then again, I can not let this opportunity pass without doing something memorable for us as a family. This is the only time in our hands where we can plan out something special. Until my Prince finally “gave in” and suggested for us to go to Jenolan Caves instead of a two-day road trip.

Jenolan Caves, off we go!

Jenolan Caves, off we go!


I was thrilled to my bones! I have never been to any caves in my life except going to the Bat Colony at Monfort Cave, Samal Island in Davao City. There was no way we could ever go inside the Bat Cave obviously for fear of being eaten alive by the colony of bats. Ha! Ha! Ha!

I did the booking a few days before Good Friday. We were told that it’s pretty busy right up there in the mountains at the caves with lots of tourists coming around for the long weekend. Well, at least we have been forewarned.

The Official Receipt and the cave tour itinerary tickets

The Official Receipt and the cave tour itinerary tickets

More tickets which are valid until 2015

Tickets which are valid until 2015

This was truly one fun and enjoyable day for my family here in Sydney. We’ve had an entirely lovely day! I love that we were able to create this once in a lifetime memory that will surely be forever etched in our hearts.

One more round of selfie after the Imperial Cave tour

One more round of selfie after the Imperial Cave tour

I shall comprehensively publish separately our long trip to Jenolan Caves at my travel blog over at My Wanderlust once I get settled in and had a good rest after the long and winding trip to the mountains :-)

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A Commuter’s Lament

Two days of the working week went by so quick. Before I know it, it’s gonna be the weekend again.

YAY!

As I speak, or better yet, as I was writing this on the train, I come to think of how I am getting accustomed to commuting. Most times I dread it especially today because it was raining cats and dogs almost the entire day. I was dripping wet on the way to the bus stop. Of all the times that I have to forget bringing along my umbrella with me, why does it have to be now???

Anyhow, I survived :)

When it’s raining here, it’s like a rather mild drizzle back home. When it’s a heavy downpour, they call it storm ;)

The mode of public transportation in Sydney is only by train and bus.

Going back to my struggles as a commuter, it’s gross when you’re seated next to someone who didn’t even bother to put on a deodorant-if you know what I mean. I simply stop breathing the entire journey! Good thing I didn’t puke! Sorry! LOL!

Commuters at the train station

Commuters at the train station

What’s even more annoying is when you try to get an eye shut but some commuters were simply too inconsiderate talking so loudly on their mobile phones. They forget that they weren’t in the comfort of their own homes!

No! He's not the culprit. LOL!

No! He’s not the culprit. LOL!

A view from inside the bus

Inside the bus

Anzac Bridge is always a sight to behold!

Anzac Bridge is always a sight to behold!

And what about when I have to walk-run-run fast just to be able to catch the earliest train and bus? How I would have loved to wear a decent high heeled footwear to work but I don’t want to sacrifice comfort over fashionable appearance.

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Just a few of the commuters very early in the morning

One of the metro buses I take after a train ride

One of the metro buses I take after a train ride

So much for my lamentations!

Let’s focus on the good side this time.

Obviously, I am loving it while on the smooth train travel. No congested traffic to beat. I don’t feel bored at all. I utilize the time getting in touch with friends and lovedones.

But hey!

I remembered there was one instance when I went past the suburb where I was supposed to get off. I was so engrossed with the chat that I never really noticed I went past it. Lol! That was one lesson learned!

I also get a chance to compose drafts on my blogs via my iphone which I have to proofread prior to publication when I am infront of the lappy. That saved me a helluva lot of time! Talk about making use of the time and the internet data to the hilt! :)

One thing significant here too is that commuters come from various walks of life. A lot of the people here commute because it’s hard to find a parking space in the City. And if ever they find one, it will cost them a bomb per hour! It’s not even worth it to pay $40 or more for only 3 hours!

Personally, even if I could drive, I’d still opt to commute. I believe the pros of commuting outweighs all the cons.

Predicaments of motorists: Congested traffic

Predicaments of motorists: Congested traffic

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Bienvenida a Zamboanga

The most anticipated arrival at Dapitan City was exhausting. It was the longest road trip I’ve ever had thus far. However, I was very excited with this trip as the places we were scheduled to visit were something new to me. It was a complete contrast to what I’ve felt several months ago before taking the trip.

Camera shy? No Way! LOL!

As I’ve earlier mentioned in my other post H E R E, we had so much time in our hands to relax and prepare for the Bienvenida a Zamboanga. This was a welcome party for the delegates prepared by the host region- Region IX.

My Aunt went with us as we had to first attend church before proceeding to the venue, Dakak Park and Beach Resort.

My Aunt and I

We immediately proceeded to the venue after Church. As we entered the venue, we can feel the festive mood. Each region wore their respective regional colors. For Region XII, it’s red.

We were bound to feel festive with the classy ambiance of the Thai Restaurant at Dakak

The occasion was graced by no less than the COMELEC Chairman Sixto S. Brilliantes, Jr.

COMELEC Chairman Brilliantes

The highlight of the night was the Dance Sport competition wherein the 6 competing regions in Mindanao cheered for their respective representatives.

Dance Sport Competition

The night was even made livelier when a Director from the Central Office showed off her dancing skills on the dance floor.

The Director of the Planning Department. Isn't she great? :-)

After the program preliminaries and highlight, everyone was on center stage. We all danced the night away. It was a night of merriment and we took this chance to pose with the higher ups of the Commission.

With Commissioner Sixto Brilliantes (left) and Director Jose M. Tolentino, Jr (Right)

With Election Officers and Election Assistants of Region XII

As we went outside of the Thai Restaurant, that’s the time that we got the chance to explore Dakak more. You sure knew what followed suit ;-)

In the spirit of goodwill, we had the chance to pose with some personnel of the host region, the green team.

Some souvenir items

Yours truly and no one else, haha!

We haven’t got the chance to see the beautiful Dakak beach at day time because all events held in Dakak were scheduled at night. We just contented ourselves posing for the cam at the white sand by the beach as well as it’s restaurant.

With my co-workers

Just goofing around

We all felt hungry after a night of endless photoshoots, LOL! I now realized it’s so hard to be a model, bwahahaha! We then decided to order a hamburger which was rather pricey. It took so long for our order to arrive and so we decided to take it out.

The pricey hamburger at Dakak

We went back to our hotel at past midnight. Wasn’t it so obvious that we’ve had a really wonderful time? ;-)

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