Oh Virginia!

Did you know that one of Virginia’s nicknames is “Mother of Presidents”? It’s after the eight United States of America (U.S.A.) presidents who were born there, namely: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson. 😉 Thanks Wikipedia! Click this link for more interesting facts about Virginia.

In my opinion, that’s what makes Virginia one of the most special among the 50 states. It’s absolutely impressive! I was fortunate to spend Christmas with my relatives in Virginia and visit some magnificent tourist spots. You bet! Thanks to air miles for the free airfare. Woot!

Check out our sweet photos below:

Vilmor’s (my other cousin) New House
*** He was in the process of closing his house purchase when I was there for a visit.

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Buffet Time!
*** Raiding Uptown Buffet and Hibachi Grill… I may be tiny but I eat like a monster… >=D

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Christmas 2012
*** I lost interest in celebrating Christmas ever since my Mom passed away when I was 13 years old. After migrating to this side of the world and spending my first Christmas here alone, I started to long for a Filipino Christmas… my holiday in Virginia filled that void and rekindled my excitement for Christmas!

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Ate Pat’s lovely house
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Ate Pat & TheCuriousMe
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Oh Virginia… Stay put, I will surely be back sometime. 🙂 More captivating pictures coming up!

P.S.
Meeting Ate Pat was one of the highlights of my U.S.A. trip, she’s the only cousin on my father’s side that I have never met… or maybe I was just too young to remember. I’m glad that I was able to spend some quality time with her and strengthen our relationship as cousins. It’s both heartwarming and overwhelming. 😀

towers

Alright… I confess… I have this thing for towers and other skyscrapers (in which I still prefer to call as tower… :p).  Being drawn to towers is one way (I think) of conquering my fear of heights.  Is it psychological?

Towers do make me feel tall (since I’m extremely petite :p ) and powerful!  From the top of the sky high tower,  I feel like I’m the Queen of the world looking down at the “microscopic” objects  and “tiny” creatures called human beings. :p  Well, climbing a tower is more attainable than aspiring to fly. Ha!

fly fly away!

Looking back, below are the towers I’ve visited and climbed so far:

Menara Kuala Lumpur (considered to be the 7th tallest tower in the world)

  • Located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Visiting this tower is very interesting because you can also have the option to ride a horse (not inside the tower! ), stopover at the animal “kingdom”, watch cultural shows, and become an “F1 driver”. 😉 Since I’ve been there thrice, I practically did most of the activities except riding a horse :p

my nephew

CN Tower (the 3rd tallest tower in the world)

  • Located in Toronto, Canada
  • I particularly love the “transparent floor”. It scared the hell out of me.  (see related article -> Toronto)

transparent floor

CN Tower

Eiffel Tower  (dubbed as the 30th tallest tower in the world)

  • Located in Paris, France
  • I personally consider this as the most magical tower in the universe! Call me hopeless romantic, but I had goosebumps while watching the sunset from the topmost part of the tower. It’s the most magical feeling I’ve ever felt! And I want to be there again in this lifetime. (see related article -> Eiffel Tower)

with Sonam & Khinna

Petronas Twin Towers  (Menara Berkembar Petronas in Malay)

  • remain as the tallest twin buildings in the world ever built (according to Wikipedia)
  • Located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • There’s no entrance fee but you need to queue at day break to be included in the lucky 100.  If my memory serves me right, they only allow 100 visitors per day. One thing that I find interesting about Petronas Twin Towers is the connecting bridge. It’s like the hands of the two towers are “intertwined” tightly with a promise not to ever let go. 😀 (see Kuala Lumpur related article -> lost momentus)

push!

I’m looking forward to checking more towers and buildings …and I surely have a long way to go. Ha!  Check out my “wish” list in my next post. 😉