Coit Tower, San Francisco

Coit Tower is a 64 metre (210 foot) tower on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco.

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Coit Tower was paid for with a bequest from socialite and philanthropist Lillie Hitchcock Coit who died in 1929. The art deco concrete column tower was completed in 1933.

The interior features 27 murals painted in American Social Realism style by 26 artists.

It is free to enter the ground floor where many of the murals are located, but there are charges to take the elevator to the observation deck, which provides 360 degree views of San Francisco.

The tower is open April – October from 10 am to 6pm, and 10 am to 5 pm November to March. Last ticket is sold 30 minutes before closure.

Coit Tower is located at 1 Telegraph Hill Boulevard in Pioneer Park.

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Fish out of Water

The Fish Out of Water Art Trail is an annual summer event in Rotorua. The decorated fibreglass fish are currently on display at Te Aka Mauri Rotorua Library.

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The art trail, which ran from 20 December 2018 until February 3rd 2019, featured 13 fish decorated by local Rotorua artists.

This is the 14th year that the art trail has been held. This summer there was an extra roving fish ‘Captain Peggy Wetbeard’ that was displayed at various locations.

The 13 fish and Captain Peggy Wetbeard will only be at the library for another couple of weeks before they are painted white ready for the 2019/20 summer trail.

01 Plastic Ocean Siobhan Foster

‘Plastic Ocean’ – Siobhan Foster

03 Forest Fairytale Jemma Pirrie

‘Forest Fairytale’ – Jemma Pirrie

06. Aqualung my friend John Skudder

‘Aqualung my friend’ – John Skudder

07 Nanabozho The Rainbow Trout Lori-Ann Herder

‘Nanabozho – The Rainbow Trout’ – Lori-Ann Herder

09 Plastic Fantastic St Chads Charitable Trust Artists

‘Plastic Fantastic’ – St Chads Charitable Trust Artists

12 Cheshire Cat Fish

‘Cheshire Cat Fish’ – Nicola Wright, Grace McQuoid & Lauren Stephens

Mambukal Resort

Mambukal Resort is a government run mountain resort in the Philippines.

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Mambukal, located at the foot of Mount Kanlaon, is situated in a 24 hectare area.

There are plenty of onsite activities, such as swimming and dipping pools, a climbing wall, zip line, canopy walk, butterfly garden, boating on the lagoon, and a day spa.

Vendors also sell flowers and plants from a roadside market.

One of the most popular features is the Mambukal Falls. A stream runs through rocky cliffs producing seven waterfalls. You will need to hire the services of a guide to take you up the track.

We only went to Mambukal for the day but you can stay there. Accommodation wise there are villas, cottages, lodges, dormitories, and camping sites.

Mambukal Resort is located in Barangay Minoyan, Murcia, Negros Occidental.

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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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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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