Mount Luho, Boracay

Mount Luho is the highest peak on Boracay Island.

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Mount Luho the highest point in Boracay has an altitude of 100 meters above sea level. The viewing tower provides views over the eastern side of the island. There is an entrance fee to the tower.

You can get to Mount Luho by either hiring a mountain bike or taking a tricycle.

Entrance is north of Barangay Bulabog, on the eastern side of Boracay Island.

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Island hopping, Boracay

Island hopping is a popular activity for most first time visitors to Boracay, Philippines.

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Visitors can either hire a boat with a skipper or join an island hopping tour. We hired a private boat from the White Beach and explored a few of the small neighbouring beaches.

If you join an island hopping tour there will usually be up to 20 people on the boat. The tour will usually involve lunch and provide snorkelling gear. Most island hopping tours will involve opportunities to swim and go snorkelling.

Possible stops could include Crystal Cove, Crocodile Island, Magic Island, Puka Beach, and Ilig-Iligan Beach.

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Willy’s Rock, Boracay

Willy’s Rock is a volcanic rock formation just off the shore the shore of White Beach near Station One at Boracay, Philippines.

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On the side of the rock facing the beach there are man made steps leading up to a statue of the Virgin Mary. Care should be taken when climbing the steps as they will be wet.

The rock also provides a nice viewing looking back to the beach. Best views and photographs are probably at sunset.

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White Beach, Boracay

White Beach, is located on the island of Boracay, Philippines.

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White Beach is approximately 4 kilometres long and is divided into three parts – Station 1, Station 2, Station 3.

The station names come from when boats use to bring tourists directly to the beach – they were boat stations.

The beach is popular for its white powdery sand (hence the name) and its crystal clear sea water.

There are many water activities to partake in including but not limited to banana boating, glass bottom cruising, helmet diving, island hopping, jet skiing, kite surfing, paddle boarding, parasailing, sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, sunset cruises, and wind surfing.

For those not interested in the water there are many hotels, bars, day spas, and shops located close to the beach.

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Rotorua GLO Festival NYE

The 2018 Rotorua GLO Festival was a family-friendly New Year’s Eve event held at Rotorua’s lakefront Village Green.

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The evening line up included live music on stage from 4.30pm, a screening of the 2007 Disney Pixar computer-animated fantasy film Coco at 6pm, and then live music continuing as the sun set.

As well as the live music there were food trucks and Mahons Amusements hosted a carnival with carnival games, fairground food and rides including a Grand Carousel, Dodgem Cars, Fun Factory, Graviton, Round Up and the Pirate Ship.

A fireworks display on the lakefront concluded the night at 9.30 pm.

The decision this year to not have a midnight fireworks drew criticism from some members of the community. Despite this the Council reports 12,000 people attended the festival in its entirety and 15,000 people watched the 9.30pm fireworks.

Happy New Year!

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Thursday Throwback: 2012 86th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

In 2012 I went to New York City for the 86th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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I stayed at Hotel Pennsylvania on 7th Ave, which is right opposite Penn Station. It was great location wise, but the floor I was staying did feel a little bit like I was in The Shining.

On the Wednesday afternoon I went and saw the balloons being inflated outside the Museum of Natural History. I went in the afternoon as I had read the balloons start to take shape between 1pm and 3pm.

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Sailor Mickey being inflated

On Thanksgiving Day I woke in the early hours of the morning to a marching band practicing. This didn’t worry me as I planned to get up early anyway and it added to the experience.

I staked out my spot early (a little after 6am) beneath Radio City Music Hall. Below are some of my photos.

To my American friends have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Hello Kitty

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Mr. Pilgrim

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Woodland Family Gathering float, Ocean Spray

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Tom Turkey float with Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, Food Network

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Kermit the Frog

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Charlie Brown

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Kung-Fu Panda

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NYPD Mounted Unit

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Jimmy Fallon and the Roots 

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True Spirit of Thanksgiving float, Oneida Indian Nation

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Uncle Sam with Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo

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Mount Rushmore’s American Pride with Don McLean

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Jolly Polly Pirate Ship with Pirate Queen Whoopi Goldberg

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Gift of Freedom float

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Spiderman

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Pikachu

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SpongeBob SquarePants

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Papa Smurf

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The Smurfs

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Saratoga High School Marching Band, California

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New York City Police Department

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Macy’s Great American Marching Band

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Diary of a Whimpy Kid 

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Sailor Mickey, Disney Cruises 

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Sonic the Hedgehog

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Pillsbury Doughboy 

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Elf on a shelf

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Buzz Lightyear

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Stirrin’ Up Sweet Sensations float, Domino Sugar

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The King Charles Unicycle Troupe

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Santa’s sleigh

Agra Fort

Agra Fort is a historical fort in Agra, India.

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Construction begun in 1565 under Emperor Akbar and was completed in 1573. It was the central residence for four generations of Mughal emperors until 1638 when the capital moved from Agra to Delhi.

It covers an area of 94 hectares. The fort’s double red walls are more than 20 metres in height and 2.5 kilometres in circumference.

Agra Fort is approximately 2.5 kilometres (1.5 miles) from the Taj Mahal, so most tourists visit both sites in the same day. It is open from sunrise to sunset.

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