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Travelling to Watch Real Madrid

I’ve been counting the days since the time when the news came around that Real Madrid will be playing at the Khalifa International Stadium. What made it more exciting or perhaps a must have to watch is because Los Blancos are playing against Paris Saint-Germain then it will be another Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic face-off. It was indeed their first meeting after Ronaldo held Sweden to a 4-2 aggregate win in the World Cup playoff and all Portugal goals came from CRon himself including a hat-trick right at the home turf of Zlatan.

And here are the images that I got from our road trip to watch Real Madrid vs. PSG in a friendly match at the Khalifa International Stadium with the Spanish outfit coming out victorious with a slim 1-0 score. But neither CRon nor Zlatan could find the back of the net. And I could have also shot some close up images if only I have the telephoto lens with me, so I just have to make use of the available kit lens. I am still happy with it rather than nothing at all.

Khalifa International Stadium with The Torch Hotel on the left.

This is my second trip to watch a football match and it was supposedly with my wife and son, just like when we watch “The Battle of the Champions” in February last year. But our son had just recovered from his fever and on the other side, we are also so fortunate that they did not come because it rained during the match and luckily we are not that soaking wet. It’s for that reason also that I have taken only a few snapshots of the match and during the trip. Thanks to the PSG banners that were on our seats which we use to at least cover us from the rain. I could not imagine if our son was with us.

Making the pitch ready for the match.

And the game has started.

The half time whistle goes off. RM 1-0 PSG

The 2nd half of action ended without a goal.

The other side of the stadium.

Easy Day at the Beach

Some countries are freezing up until now due to the unusual extension of their winter season while in most tropical countries, sunburn and prickly heat are common sight now in these areas. In Tropical countries, the usual relief is a refreshing dip in a cool pool, lakes and the beach.

Beaches in Asian countries are considered to be one of the best. Sugary fine white sand that are mysteriously cool to the feet even at high noon, virgin coral beds teeming with different sea creatures and foliage which makes it a great snorkeling site. One may also enjoy the cool sea breeze while swaying the day away on a hammock handcrafted by the natives using indigenous materials which make it all the more cool because it is not synthetic. A glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice sweetened with natural honey may elevate the feeling of fresh and easy day at the beach.

There are a million and one ways to keep cool and fresh. One basic thing is proper hydration. Water is the perfect tool and readily available whenever heat tries to take its toll on you. Other options are fresh fruit juices like coconut water, watermelon, honeydew and other tropical fruits. It gives you lots of liquids plus the nutrients it carries with it.

Your Summer Vacation Destination

Going on a vacation is one of the activities being looked forward to. Be it in summer or just about any time where you have ample time to squander alone or with some friends and family. For most outdoor people who love nature, a picturesque view of the endless horizon, a walk on the shore, their most common vacation destination is the beach. One may laze around under the cool shade of palms or sway along with the breeze on a hanging couch that is made of woven abaca fiber.

Some backpackers carry along with them their own hammocks that whenever the night falls on them, they just simply find some trunks usually with low lying branches to anchor the hanging couch and Viola! And you can now rest that sleepy head. Just make sure the place where you are going to hang your hammock is not the lair of the wild packs like the lions and hyenas or the habitat of the slithering anacondas or else you are just serving them the feast on a hanging couch.

Travelling light is also an advantage since it allows you to move around with ease. Don’t forget to include these things in your pack like a flashlight, small medical kit, water purifying tablets comes in handy when you are trekking in the mountain and of course a multi-tool utility knife.

Remembering the Bantayan Getaway

The Philippines have three major islands and are blessed with wonderful beaches with powdery white or the black sand in Bicol and Iligan. In Visayas, you can find the island of Boracay. And another island found in the northern part of Cebu is the Bantayan Island. This Island is less populated compared to others which mean less exploitation on its natural resources like the fine grain sand, lush greenery and also the aquatic resources. The island boasts of its white sand that is mysteriously cool to the feet even on a hot summer. Seafood abound in this paradise, one can taste the freshness of these sea delights right on their dining tables.

Getting to this wonderful Island is easy. Most people get there by bus and then hop on a ferry.  Although there’s a small private airport in the island but that is never been the way for the masses because you’re going to miss what you can see in the towns that you pass along the way.

So if your starting point is from Cebu City, take a cab to the North Bus Terminal. Once there, you’ll find barkers that will guide you to the bus bound for Hagnaya. There can be baggage handlers around that can help you too but just prepare for a tip of around 10-20 pesos which already puts a smile on their face. Then from there, you will travel for about 3 ½ hours to the port of Hagnaya where ferries are waiting to take you to the other island for your Bantayan Getaway. Sometimes the seas are rough but there ain’t any moby dick in the area.