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A story on flowers

Published September 13th, 2012

I have alway wanted to do a story on flowers. I have no confident with my abilities to take flowers shoots and whether they are beautiful enough to woo readers. I would love your comments and advices so that I can improve my skills.

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The Horseshoe Pass and Falls, North Wales

Published September 6th, 2012

We went to the Horseshoe Pass on Tuesday. The road travels in a horseshoe shape around the sides of a valley. This road is frequently closed in winter due snow and land slides. The horseshoe Pass is popular place for bikers.

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Devon Coastline

Published August 30th, 2012

Went to the Lulworth. The Dorset and East Devon Coastline is a spyhole into 185 million years of Earth's history. At Lulwoth the rocks dating from the Upper Jurassic (150 million years ago).

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Stargaze night till sunrise

Published August 15th, 2012

Went with my friends to Fazeley Natural Reserve Park to see the shooting stars. I only manage to see 4 brighter and longer shooting stars where my friends managed to see more of the other smaller ones.

During the first 3 hours while we waiting for the clouds to clear and then covered with clouds again. Later around 3.45 a.m. the surroundings were all covered with mist and an hour later the sunrise. It was an amazing night with mother nature providing the show for us to see.

We are amateur photographers and this were our first experience of taking shooting stars. The reserve were too bright with road lights on. But the times were well spent and all of us totally caught by the show by the mother nature.

A spiritual, magical and mysterious night we were have.

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A visit to Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Published August 11th, 2012

Never enjoy myself so much in this V&A Museum. When been told my daughter that she need to go down to London for her open day in one of university. So booked the train tickets and hotel room and then went to London.

When she told me that she wanted to visit V&A and just went along with her. Her friend was keen on the Fashion so we were supposed to meet them there. Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950.

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Carding Mill Valley -Church Stretton, Shropshire

Published August 9th, 2012

On our way to Carding Mill Valley in Church Stretton, Shropshire. We found that the fields in Exfordsgreen turned into golden brown and the farmers were busy baling them into bales.

Without getting any permission, we climbed over the gate into the fields to take some photos. While the farmers were busy on their tractors.

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Pistyll Rhaeadr, Wales

Published August 2nd, 2012

Pistyll Rhaeadr, Wales is the tallest waterfall in England and Wales. The single car road from the town up to the waterfall where there is a cafe and car park. There is no local bus up to the waterfall and have walk from the town to the waterfall about 7 miles. Beautiful waterfall surrounded by the mountains and forest of trees. It give the place a peaceful and serenity feeling and there isn't a lot of tourists or local around this waterfall.

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My Trips to Luojiashan, China -Day 12 on 12/5/12

Published July 28th, 2012

Woke up at 4.00 a.m., packed and ready to go to Luijiashan. This morning daren't go for my morning walk due to we are to take the first ferry to Lujiashan. There are only 2 ferry trips daily to there. One is the 8.15 a.m. and another is 9.30 a.m.

Left the luggages with the receptionists. We bought chinese dough fritters and soy bean drink for our breakfast.

The ferry ticket and entrance fee to the island cost about $60.00 rem, entrance fee to the temple is extra. Been told that we only have one and half hours to visit the four temples here. Similar with the other 2 days, it was too crowded and all the way uphills to the top, which about 200 to 300 m above sea level and downhill to each individual temples and then rush to take the ferry back to Putuoshan.

Luojiashan is an island and is accessible by ferry only. Beautiful scenery unfortunate, we don't have any time to appreciate the scenery due to we must rush back for the return ferry.

In fact, this trip is not so happy due to all ...

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My Trips to Putuoshan, china -Day 11 on 11/5/2012

Published July 23rd, 2012

Same as usual, woke up at 6.00 a.m. and went out to take photo again. Been to the harbour and garden. But unfortunately, I had no idea where the beach as I had gone in a different directions instead of the way to the beach. This Longtou Ecology Garden is a beautiful garden with a still lake which all covered up by green algae.

We took our breakfast which consist of chinese dough, seow long pao and soya bean drink. The tourist guide was already here to start our day.

Going up hill to take a cable car to the top of the hill. The ticket for the cable car was $50.00 rem for to and fro. "Oh!" this is not included the entrance fee to the temples, that is extra.

Foding Hill and Western Heaven Gate and Guanyin Cave are the 3 temples which we are to visit first.

My 2 sisters where this was the 2nd times where we were able to travel together since we are grown up and married and each have their families.

The map of Putuoshan Island where every directions were indicted so that you will able ...

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My Trips to Putuoshan, china -Day 10 on 10/5/2012

Published July 19th, 2012

Woke up at 6.00 a.m. and went to the Laiyue Yacht Dock to take the morning view. Walking along the Wai Ma Road, enjoying a morning sunrise view before going back to the hotel to start our journey to Putuoshan.

Went to the coach station and took the bus to Shenjiamen the fare cost $50.00 rem. It took about 2 hours, and took a taxi which cost $20.00 rem to the harbour. The ferry fare to Putuoshan is $25.00 rem and its took 15 to 20 minutes to reach there.

Once we reached the island, Lian Heng contact one of the tourist guide which cost $300.00 rem per day and for half a day was $150.00 rem as we reached there around 2.00 p.m. Trying to get a hotel room was a nightmare. A 2-stars hotel room cost $580.00 rem on Friday and the price go up for Saturday which is $980.00 rem. We are forced to take 3 rooms for 2 nights if not they are not letting out. Most of the hotel rooms are fully booked as we did not book in advance or contact the tourist guide to do the booking on our behalf.

Putuosha ...

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My Trips to Hong Kong -Day 7, 8 and 9- Ningbo a...

Published July 19th, 2012

I had spent my day 7 with my in laws, on day 8 we went to Ningbo in China.

Leaving Hong Kong today, to go to Ningbo by train due to the flight ticket cost HK$2,200.00 per person is too expensive. We took the MTR tram to Shen Zhen.

Before we check in at the Immigration Counter, we have to fill in the immigration form for entry. Been asked to help another couple to fill the entry form for them also.

Reached Shan Zhen Train Station, unfortunately all tickets were sold out. We have no alternative so we bought the coach tickets from the black market to Ningbo. The exact price for per person is $220.00 rem to $270.00 rem. We had to bargain the price from $400.00 rem to $350.00 rem. one person.

It was shorter journey by coach than by train. By coach it will take us about 13 to 14 hours and by train it will take us about 16 to 18 hours. I had never sit a coach with double decked bed on. Everyone is allotted to a bed and given a plastic bag to put our shoes. I can't stand it due other pass ...

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My Trips to Hong Kong -Day 6- Beijing and Hong ...

Published June 13th, 2012

I had been away to Ireland for 13 days visiting my nephew. Hence, this delay in my travelling dairy to Hong Kong and Beijing. Here is my dairy continue for day 6 in Hong Kong.

I had prearranged in England, to join the Pui Pui Garden Trekking Group to go trekking when I am in Hong Kong. We had arranged to meet our friends, Echo and her family at Tai Lam Chong. We took a bus to Tai Lam Chong. Reached the terminal for meeting point.

I am surprised that one of the group leader by the name of "Pui Pui" is a man which I had wrongly thought was a girl. "I am so sorry Pui Pui for this mistake". There were 6 new additional members joined our team today. The leaders whom lead today trek were Pui Pui and Kin Yau.

We started the trek at Tai Lam Chung going all the way uphill which used to be cemetery. After about 500 to 600 yards, we came across the waterfall. Took a break to take a group photo. The leaders planned to go for something more daring by walking up through the waterfall. I tho ...

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My trip to Hong Kong - Day 5 - Beijing and Hong...

Published May 29th, 2012

Another bad night again, our hotel room was like an oven, we had no idea why the heater was on and unable to switch it off.

Woke up at 6.00 a.m., check out of the hotel and rushed to the sub-station to take the tram to the airport. Unfortunately, the tram to the airport don't accept the normal card which we were holding. The fare to the airport was $25.00 rem per person. Reached the airport in time and had some breakfast.

Walking toward our gate and came across some beautiful orchids. They were so beautiful and look like fake ones. So enjoyed ourselves taking the photos of them and didn't aware that we were late for boarding. Met by the airport cab-driver and fetch us to the gate. Luckily, we just in time before the gate was closed. "Thank god! for this guy and we had to pay a $20.00 rem for the service. I had no small change and he wouldn't accept a $100.00 rem instead took a £5.00 gbp from me. "What a honest guy!!!"

Reached Hong Kong in time and took a bus to my in-laws hou ...

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My trip to the Great Wall, Beijing, China - Da...

Published May 28th, 2012

We started our day at 8.00 a.m. bought some biscuits and drinks. Took a bus number 635 and changed bus number 887. If you had the bus pass the cost of the fare was $4.80 rem if not then has to pay the full fare of $12.00 rem. Once again, the hotel receptionist provided us with details what buses to take and must bring our own foods and drinks as everything there are charge double or more.

Reached Badaling which is known as "Mutiayu Great Wall" in an hour. Bought the entrance ticket with cable car both ways cost $125.00 rem even knowing we will be walking down from the Great Wall but just in case, we have to give up and take the cable car down.

This Mutiayu Great Wall is not the main ones, but this is the second wall which is easy to walk up and down than the other and less populated with tourists. Still there were lot of tourists at this Wall. We only have a limited times to walk the wall as our last bus is at 4.00 p.m. and it about 3 kms away from this Great Wall to the bus stop. ...

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My trip to Beijing, China - Day 3 on 3/5/2012

Published May 26th, 2012

I was suffering from jet lag and woke up at 3.00 a.m reading my book, waiting for the the day to be bright so that I can go out to take photos on the sunrise.

My husband was too knackered to go out with me. With the details given by the Receptionists the night before and I went on my own. Taking the bus number 116 from the bus stop to the Temple of Heaven. Asked for directions from the Driver, but can't understand his Mandarin. Lucky, an old lady told me she is going to the Temple of Heaven to practice her "zhi kong" some sort of exercise by controlling the inner energy of the body.

The bus stop was directly in front of the Temple of Heaven and it only cost me 0.40 rem. Temple of Heaven garden were previously used by the emperors whom came here to admire the moon and enjoyed himself in this beautiful garden. Now I know why the staff always advice me to take bus instead of tram, each bus trip cost only 0.40 rem and the each tram trip cost $2.00 rem regardless long of short distance. ...

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My trip to Beijing, China on 2/5/2012

Published May 25th, 2012

We reached Beijing Airport at 1.45 p.m. Bought our bus ticket to the hotel which cost $17.00 rem but we had to wait for about 2 hours before the bus started to move off. In fact, there was a sub station tram to our hotel but we aren't aware about it.

The bus took an hour and half or more to reach the Dong Cheng Station. Asked the local for directions to our hotel. The locals directed us to go straight on and whenever we reached a junctions and asked for more directions the same answers been given to us. followed straight on. It took us two and half hours to reach our hotel.

Half way through my luggage gave up on me and we had to stopped and purchased a metal trolley so that we can put our luggage on it and dragged it along to the hotel. Checked into the hotel and finally, I don't have to drag my luggage with me everywhere. The hotel in China all required $100.00 rem for deposit for 1 room.

The food here were cheap, our dinner cost us about £3.00 only.

Ready to go to Tian'anmen to ...

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My trip to China and Hong Kong - 1st May

Published May 25th, 2012

Just been back from my trip from China and Hong Kong. After finished all my outstanding works that my children unable to do on my behalf, I am free to write about my trips to China and Hong Kong. I will start with day 1 till day 23 of my total trips to China and Hong kong and wish all my friends and relatives would love this record of our trips and enjoyed this as much as I did.

First day of my trip, was not as successful as I had planned. The SD card which purchased from ebay did not arrived in time for my holidays. Neither the new mobile phone which my husband signed up just for this trip which had been promised arrived the next day delivery didn't turn up also.

Took a train from Trent Valley which cost £13.50 per person to Euston Station. Our train left the Trent Valley Station at 11.00 a.m. and reached Euston 2.05 p.m. Bought a all day ticket for £8.50 per person and took a tram to Leicester, the China Town to have our lunch. Bought some snacks to take to the flight as I am o ...

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