12 hours of frolicking in the rain in London

The weather forecast was not promising, it was going to be a cold and rainy day. But for our love of going out and exploring, I geared up for our day out in Central London. I put on my Under Armour long sleeves, my Uniqlo heat tech turtleneck, my cashmere scarf, and finally, my ultra down light jacket. I was all bundled up, ready for anything.

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My husband on the other hand was wearing a polo shirt, his cashmere scarf, and a down jacket. That’s it. I wanted to punch him in the face.

We started our day by leaving the hotel at 10:30 am to have lunch at the Borough Market. Even with the rain coming down, that place was packed! Lunch started with a slice of Chocolate Orange Cream Cheese Brownie from The Free From Bakehouse. It was egg free, dairy free, gluten free and sulphite free. The brownie WAS NOT FREE. 2.50 pounds per slice. Automatically converting in my head, na whopping 180php. I savoured every bite.

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I brought my home cooked lunch cause I didn’t think there was anything there I could eat. Lo and behold, we walked around and found this —

IMG_6478They were roasting a whole pig! SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! My lunch stayed in my cooler bag. I had a hearty meal of fat. Heart attack never tasted that good!

Marco opted for the venison burger from Furness Poultry and Game. We stood in one side, ate our lunch in “no” peace, as people bumped while they passed by. We were doing the old bump and grind with the crowd. Bump someone, and grind your teeth while chewing.

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At about 1 pm, hus decided that it was beer time.

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Cheers!

As I took Marco’s foto chugging his beer, I saw the sign behind him that read that the Borough Market was has been operating for 1000 years. We read up on it and found out that in the 11th century, London Bridge attracted traders selling grain, fish, vegetables and livestock. Then, in the 13th century traders were relocated to what is now known as Borough High Street and a market has existed there ever since. boroughmarket.org.uk/the-history-of-borough-market

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Before we left food heaven, I decided that I NEEDED 1 more slice of that brownie heaven. So we pressed the replay button, and then pushed and squeezed our way back to the other side of the market.

We also saw the Shard from a nice vantage point. It was cloudy and sad, but I got a pretty good shot. The Shard, also referred to as the Shard of Glass, is London’s highest viewing platform. It has 95 storeys and was constructed in March 2009 but was finished in November 2012.

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While gobbling up my brownie, we once again descended to take the tube, the Jubilee line to Oxford Circus. I’ve been looking for some proper work shoes and thought I would check there.

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We walked a couple of miles, got drenched in rain, and were super tired. We decided to head to the Victoria & Albert Museum for a dose of culture. After all, it’s not a London day without going to a museum!

The Victoria and Albert Museum, is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. www.google.co.uk


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It is located along Cromwell Road, right across the Natural History Museum. It is open everyday from 10 am til 5:45 pm, admission is free.

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Wubys at the Victoria & Albert Museum

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This Monstrance is from Germany, 1705. Made by Johannes Zeckel. 

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I was captivated by this tapestry from 1620. It tells of the mythical story between the love affair of the Roman gods Mars and Venus. The details are amazing!

We headed to the 3rd floor to check out the paintings. There was a lot on display by Constable, whom I’ve never heard of. I googled him and found out that he is actually pretty famous. His works on display were really nice.

John Constable (11 June 1776 – 31 March 1837) was an English Romantic painter. Born in Suffolk, he is known principally for his landscape paintings of Dedham Vale, the area surrounding his home—now known as “Constable Country.” His most famous paintings include Wivenhoe Park of 1816,Dedham Vale of 1802 and The Hay Wain of 1821. His paintings are now among the most popular and valuable in British art. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Constable

IMG_6560We left the museum at 5:30 pm to catch the 6 pm mass at the Brompton Oratory. It was an easy 3 minute walk.

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The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, better known as Brompton Oratory, is home to the Congregation of the Oratory of St Philip Neri in London, a community of priests living under the rule of life established by its founder in the sixteenth century. The Oratory also serves as a parish church in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster.  www.bromptonoratory.co.uk

Photography is not allowed inside the church, so I grabbed some fotos online.

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This church is just beautiful. ❤

After the mass, we walked down Brompton road towards Harrods. I was told that every year, Harrods puts up Christmas window displays that are simply divine. We went to every window, and they were all a treat to see. Some of them even moved and they were just so magical to watch!

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Here are some of Harrods’ window displays
#HarrodsChristmas

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Burberry

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Balenciaga

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Escada

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Bottega Veneta

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Ugg Australia

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Christian Louboutin

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Channel 

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We went inside Harrods look around, husband had to wipe the drool off my face. 😉

IMG_6636Saw this outside Harrods. The driver of the Rolls Royce Phantom was trying to pass, milli-inch at a time because the space was too tight.
It was too painful to watch. 

Marco found a pub that serves gluten free beer in Foley street. And off we were again, this time headed to Goodge Street.

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Where DO YOU want to go? 😀

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The King and Queen Pub

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We sat down, I put my feet up, had some beer and whispered sweet nothings to each other. Literally, we whispered nothing. We were too tired to say anything. 

Half way through my drink, I decided to reach for the bottle and read the ingredients. There was “maize” in the beer. My husband was trying to kill me!!! I am very allergic to the pesticide used in corn.

I took Marco on a guilt ride, knowing that in a few days I would be holding something new and pretty. 🙂

Marco wanted to avoid train transfers and take the Jubilee line straight to the hotel, so we had to walk 14 minutes in the cold. The difference between the male and female brain is very interesting. I would have taken the the tube at the nearest station and just deal with as many transfer as needed. SOMETIMES it is good to let hus have his way. 14 minutes of walking in London, holding hands with my wuby wasn’t soo bad anyway.

IMG_6690I was all bundled up like a mummy. I felt and looked like a huge marshmallow.

We got home at around 10:45  in the evening. Took off my boots and my tens of thousands of clothing layers, jumped under the covers and snuggled with my husband. ❤

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Naked Siomai

I saw a tonnnnn of Henlin stalls when I was in Manila a week ago. Their siomai selection got my mouth watering.

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Today was siomai day! Here is my gluten free, egg free and preservative free version:

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1/3 kilo ground pork

1 medium onion, minced

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 carrot, minced

3 bella mushrooms, minced

3 T sunflower oil

1/2 T pepper

1/2 T salt

Mix everything in a bowl, and using a tablespoon, scoop out siomai balls. Cook in a steamer for 15 minutes. This recipe yields 39 balls.

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Naked siomai balls

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This is how I “siomai” love for you, Marco 😉

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Blueberry Cheesecake

One of the things I had to give up with my “kyla friendly” diet is dairy. Including cheese.  This was a pretty big sacrifice for me cause this girl loves her cheese!

While in London, we got to taste 2 kinds of blueberry cheesecake, they were both made of cashews. I started researching and trying combinations, and after a few fails, I finally got it right. The crust does not crumble, the “cheesecake” holds together, and it tasted good considering that there was no cream cheese in it.

I decided to make a whole pie for husband’s 32nd birthday. I’ve done gluten free and dairy free cakes before so I thought making a dairy free cheesecake would be a good challenge. At this point in our marriage, 7 years in, I don’t even ask hus anymore what cake he wants. He eats what I make. 😉 People always say that a happy wife makes a happy life, I think it’s more appropriate to say “a happy wife, makes a peaceful house” hehehe.

For the crust

1 1/4 c almond flour

1/4 c honey

1/4 c brown sugar

1/4 c cashew butter

1/4 c slivered almonds

I decided to use a mixture of cashew butter and honey to bind my crust together. For some reason, I get an allergic reaction to peanut butter so I went with cashew butter. And since the cheesecake component will be made w cashews anyway, I figured it would go well together. I also added a quarter cup of slivered almonds so you get a crunch every few bites.

I did not have cashew butter, so at 2 am, I decided to make cashew butter. The neighbors did not complain as I started my chopper, I guess it wasn’t that scandalous.

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My homemade cashew butter, halfway done.

I mixed all the crust ingredients and flattened it on my pan. Then I placed it in the frig while I got to work on my “cheesecake.”

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I had conjured up a disaster in m kitchen at the wee hours of the morning.

For the blueberry cheesecake

2 c cashews

1/8 c coconut oil

1/2 c honey

1/16 c almond milk

1/8 c brown sugar

1/2 juice of a lemon

1/2 c blueberries

Soak your cashews in water for 4 hours. Drain the liquid and put in your chopper or food processor. Add coconut oil, almond milk and lemon juice. Grind until you get a pasty texture. Add your honey and brown sugar. Blend again, afterwards pour it into a mixing bowl.

Cut up your blueberries into half and fold it in the cheesecake mixture. Pour it on your crust, and place back in frig.

For the blueberry compote

1/2 c blueberries

1 T honey

For your compote, mix the blueberries and honey in a saucepan on low heat until melted. Let it cool and pour on top of the cheesecake.

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Dairy free, gluten free blueberry cheesecake

I feel that I have to warn you that it tastes like cashews, it is after all made of cashews and not cream cheese. It tastes really good though as a cheesecake substitute. The one I did was a tad too sweet, I’ve adjusted the measurement in this recipe. If you find that it’s still wayy too sweet, just lessen the brown sugar some more. I’m not sure how lessening the honey will affect the binding properties of the crust, and the way the cheesecake will hold, but if you do try, let me know how it goes!


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Husband’s 32nd birthday cake ❤

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Happy Happy Birthday my love ❤

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Dairy free, gluten free blueberry cheesecake
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Being with your family is the best part of every occasion ❤ 

I didn’t even notice that Kali’s party hat squished her face hehehe. 

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Is Kali the next thing on the menu?

It was a normal morning, Kali and I were doing our usual routine of walking around the compound, saying hi to the cleaners and the guards.

The cleaners never say anything but “hi” and wave back with a smile. But this one guy, he decided to talk to us, this is how our conversation went:

Cleaner: Hi!

Me: Hi! Good morning!

Cleaner: Makan? (pointing at Kali)

Me: (confused! Makan means eat.) What?

Cleaner: Makan, makan! (still pointing at Kali)

Me: (OMG does he want to eat Kali? or is he asking if Kali had her breakfast?) No, no no makan. 

Cleaner: Ok. 

Me: Bye!

I’m not soo sure what happened, but I sure will be keeping a more watchful eye over Kali 😀

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My life crisis at 32

I have this forever dilemma of “finding myself” and figuring out what I want to do when I grow up. I’m 32 years old. I’m all grown up, all my body parts have come out, and they have gone south. Everything has changed, and I still don’t know what I was created to do.

I have college classmates who are now doctors specializing in amazing things, lawyers friends working their way up, friends who are executives, people building up companies, and acquaintances who know who they are at an early age.

And here I am, again, 32, with my dilemma.

I have a very suportive husband. He would always tell me, “go find yourself, baby.” I’m thankful, but still, I don’t know how to do that.

“Can you actually look for something that is not lost?”

We’ve had discussions lately of trying for baby number 3. Marco thinks that we should wait until I sort things out. Until I know what I want to do, until I feel whole and complete. The baby should not be the center of my universe. My days and nights should not be consumed by our child. I need to be a whole me to be a good mom.

I’ve been thinking lately, and me thinking is not a very good thing. 😉

WHAT IF..

WHAT IF I was created to be a mom! When God looked at my folder He placed me in the “will be a mom” pile.

WHAT IF that is what I am suppose to do!

That’s all I’ve ever wanted to be anyway. People dream of becoming all these wonderful things, my wonderful things are tucking my kids in bed, preparing breakfasts lunches and dinners, tight hugs and wet kisses, pulling my hair out cause the kids won’t listen, fighting and screaming, and more tight hugs and wet kisses.

And is it really that bad that your child becomes the center of your universe? That you spend days and nights doting over your baby? Isn’t that EXACTLY what all parents do anyway?

Oh. And not that this dilemma has been semi-sorted out, there is there that problem of keeping the baby alive in utero. Hahaha.

Got any tips for me? 😉

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Kali versus Nicole Richie and her blue hair

I was watching Candidly Nicole with Kali (our choco labrador), when my mom calls via facetime. I pause the show. Facetime facetime, yada yada yada. After a few minutes, I hear growling.

I look over at Kali, she was sitting on the couch, staring straight at the tv, aka, Nicole Richie, growling.

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My baby girl was growling! At the tv! Then she started barking. Kali neverrrr barks unless she’s supeerr excited or she feels threatened. Even when we walk and pass other cray cray dogs barking nonstop at her, she will not bark, not a sound.

So anyway, yea, she was trying to “protect” her momma from the tv. Soo cute. And sooo funny. 😉

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Different and the same

I got an email 2 nights ago that a friend was in a coma in the ICU. She had just been diagnosed with SLE. Her lungs had water, her liver was damaged and her kidneys were failing. She was on life support, and was undergoing dialysis.

My mom has a friend with lupus who almost died while giving birth to her child, she was in a coma for a few days.. Her son came out strong and healthy.

I’ve met kids, 12, 14 years old, undergoing dialysis because of their SLE complications. They were smiling through their masks.

Yesterday morning, a lupus friend sent me a message saying that she had just gotten a hip replacement, at 24 years old.

I have my own complications with my lupus. Not all lupus patients have the anti ro and anti la antibodies, I do. They directly attack the baby in utero, and can cause neonatal death or a complete heart block. I have lost 2 daughters, and there is not one day I don’t think of them.

Every lupus patient is different, we all have different complications and we all fight different battles. But our hearts echo for the same desire, that one day everything will be OK.

I believe that prayers are wonderful gifts. Please take a moment to pray for all the sick people in the world, that they may continue to remember that God is holding their hand and He will never leave their side.. Because sometimes that is all we need, a little bit more faith to see us through..

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Wicked was Wicked!!!

The moment I found out that we were staying in London for a couple of weeks, I told husband that I only have 2 requests, to watch the musical, Wicked, and go to the Harry Potter studio.

He said “Yes” to both ❤

Looking at tickets took a while. I went through a lot of blogs to find out where the good seats were. Eventually, we ended up buying tickets a month after – 2 seats at the Stalls. Booking them a month ahead gave us the freedom to choose the seats we wanted at a very good price. I just had to wait, patiently, which is not my strong suit.


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August 28 came, the day I was finally going to be able to watch Wicked! During vacations in New York, I have always been tempted to watch the musical, alone. But hus would always tell me, “we’ll watch it together in London.” We never had concrete plans to vacation in London so I never thought this day would come.

We took the tube and did our transfers, and finally emerged out of the Victoria Station.

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We asked around and found our way out to the theatre.

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At this point, I was already grinning from ear to ear.

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The musical was at 7:30 pm, we got there 30 minutes early.

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Wubys at the Apollo Victoria Theatre to watch Wicked

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Finallyyyy it was time to go in.

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The stage ❤

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To give you a little background on the musical, Wicked is “The untold story of The Wizard of Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good… before Dorothy dropped in. Based on the imaginative Gregory Maguire novel, Wicked takes a fantasy journey through the unseen side of Oz, sharing a tale of unexpected friendship and love.” –http://www.broadway.com/shows/wicked/

“Wicked has broken box office records and has won more than 100 international awards. It is one of the top musicals to watch.” -Londontown.com. It has been acclaimed as “one of the greatest musicals of our time.”

I was mesmerized! They were all amazing on stage, they performed with so much passion. Their costumes were colorful and breathtaking. The stage was incredible. The story was beautiful. The show was unbelievable!!!

The first set introduced Elphaba, the Wicked Witch and Glinda, the “Good” Witch.

It showed a big difference between the two characters.

With Elphaba, it explained where she was from- why she had green skin, and the kind of family she had. It showed how she battled bullying because of her skin color, and how she stayed true to herself despite all the jokes and ridicule.

And with Glinda, it showed that she was a good person but that she was superficial, and she would use her beauty and popularity to get things to go her way.

The two girls eventually become best friends, despite their differences while studying at Shiz University.

The first half of the show ended with the song Defying Gravity, which gave me goose bumps!

There was a 15 minute intermission. Marco and I sat there discussing how WOW everything was!

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Intermission also means wubys foto time 😀

The second set was as breathtaking as the first. It was cool how the stories of the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Lion and the flying monkeys were weaved in.

Wicked ran for 2 hours and a half, I never wanted it to end! ❤ 4 thumbs up from the wubys, Wicked was absolutely Wicked!!!

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*Thought you might be interested to listen to the song, Defying Gravity. Here is one by Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth performed at the 2006 Tony awards.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3g4ekwTd6Ig

Edited by my 15 year old sister, Kylie. Lol. Thanks ❤

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Road Trip West of London

3 became 4 and then there was 5.

5 individuals stuck in a car for a total of more than 5 hours of driving. 4 women, 1 man, 3 different nationalities. I wondered more than once, how will this end?

You want to know how the day went?

“We had a bloody good time!”
We are in England after all.

2 weeks ago my husband came to me and told me that his friend from work, Manjula, was also in London and that he wants us to do a road trip with her. With me having a lot of time in my hands, I was the only one who had time to do the planning. Being the obedient housewife (*ahem), I got on the drawing board and the excel file was born.

5:15 Meet at lobby
5:30 Passby Manjula
5:30 Leave Canary Wharf
Travel time: 3 hours, 158 miles
8:30 Pulteney Bridge Bridge Street, Bath, Avon, BA2 4AT
-is one of the world’s most beautiful bridges
9:00 Roman Baths Stall St, Bath BA1 1LZ
01225 477785
9 am – 9 pm
14 pounds
 Must see: Sacred Spring, Roman Temple, Roman Bath House, Finds from Roman Bath
11:00 Pump Room Restaurant for lunch Open from noon til 2:30 pm
Visit Roman Baths gift shop
12:30 Leave for Wells
Travel time: 45 mins
1:15 Wells
Wells Cathedral: Cathedral Green, Wells, Somerset BA5 2UE
01749 674483
Must see: The Jesse Window
The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens: Market Place, Market Place Hotel, Wells BA5 2PD
01749 988111
Free
St Cuthbert’s parish Church: St Cuthbert Street, Wells, Somerset BA5 2AW
Resturants in Wells
Strangers with coffee: 31 St Cuthbert St, Wells, Somerset BA5 2AW
07728 047233
great espresso
Goodfellows: 5-5B Sadler St, City Centre, Wells BA5 2RR
01749 673866
Fish-centric, Modern Mediterranean dishes made from local produce
BEAH: Union St, Wells, Somerset BA5 2PU
01749 678111
Mediterranean restaurant
2:30 Leave for Old Sarum
Travel time: 1 hour 15 mins, 40 miles
4:00 Old Sarum Castle Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 3SD
10am-5pm
4.50 pounds
See: Iron Age Hillfort, The Royal Castle, Salisbury’s 1st Cathedral
5:00 Leave for Stonehenge
Travel time: 20 minutes, 9.4 miles
 5:30 Stonehenge Amesbury, Wiltshire SP4 7DE
0870 333 1181
9am-8pm
14.50 pounds
*Last entry is 2 hours before advertised closing time
 8:39  Sunset in Stonehenge
9:00 Drive back to Canary Wharf
Travel time: 3 hours
 11:30 Home ❤

Then a week ago, on our way out we saw our friend from Kuala Lumpur, Nicole, in the lobby of the hotel. She was also in the same city! How fab is that?! We invited her to come along. She said she had a friend visiting with her that weekend, we suggested why not bring her along if she’s up for a road trip.

So there it was, August 8, 2015, 5:30 am, we drove 158 miles west of London.

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Our first stop was the Pulteney Bridge at Avon. We arrived there at 8:30 am. It is said to be one of the world’s most beautiful bridges, and it truly was beautiful. I can just imagine how it looks like at night..

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Wubys at the Pulteney Bridge

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From the bridge, it was a quick 5 minute walk to the Roman Baths. “It is one of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe, and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK.” www.romanbaths.co.uk

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Wubys at the Roman Bath

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I have awesome selfie aim 😉 A wedding had just finished when we arrived at the Roman Baths. Behind me is the bride.

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The Baths, Temple, and Spring; 4th century AD

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These were 2 separate fotos and I photoshopped us together. I am getting better at this 😉
This is a theatrical mask sculpture in local Bath stone.

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“The sacrificial altar was the focus for public worship where priests conducted ceremonies and animal sacrifices.” This was found in 1965.

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The Haruspex Stone. Deae Suli/L(ucius) Marcius Memor harusp(ex)/d(ono)d(edit). “For the goddess Sulis, Lucius Marcius Memor, Haruspex gave this gift.” After a sacrifice, the temple haruspex removed organs from the animal’s body. He studied these to predict the future.”

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Head of Sulis Minerva

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“The Sacred Spring Overflow. Here surplus water from the Spring pours into a Roman drain and flows on to the river.”

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Warm Room Tepidarium

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Wubys at the Roman Bath


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Yep, we are cheesy. 😀

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Our crew (left-right) Me, Marco, Nicole, Manjula, Sil

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Hypocaust of Heated Room. These pillars of tiles supported the floor of this room in the bath house. Hot smoky air was drawn from a fire in the stokehole that you can see beneath the glazed floor, and circulated around the pillars. It passed through hollow flue tiles built into the walls. The smoke from the charcoal fire escaped through a series of small vents in the roof.”

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Visitors can try the Spa Water. Husband drank 3 cups. Cray cray.

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We had originally planned to have lunch at the Pump Room, but it was only 11 am and we were all still full from the breakfast we had on the road.

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Outside the walls of the Roman Bath was the beautiful Abbey church of St. Peter and St. Paul.

From Bath, we drove 45 minutes to Wells.

“Wells is a medieval city nestling on the southern side of the Mendip Hills with the mystic Somerset Levels stretching away to the south and west. The history of Wells goes right back to Roman times when we know that there was a settlement, probably because of the springs that bubble up here. Wells gets its name from these springs which can today be found in the gardens of the Bishop’s Palace.” http://www.wellssomerset.com

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Wells, the smallest city in England with 12,000 inhabitants.

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Discovering Wells on foot.

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Everyone bought lunch at the Wells Market Place.

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Then we decided to sit on the grass and picnic right in front of the walls of the Bishop’s Palace.

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Our lunch view, how beautiful is this???
The walls of the Bishop’s Palace and Gardens.

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The swan posed for me for a few seconds, and when it realized that I had no food as payment it squawked at me 😀

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Wubys at Wells, Somerset.

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The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens

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“Oh the places you’ll (we’ll ) go” – Dr. Seuss
The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens

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We then walked in search of the “Strangers with Coffee” shop which supposedly had the best espresso in  Wells.

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And they did have good espresso, as evidenced by my husband’s empty cup that was gone in 60 seconds. 

After that coffee break, it was time to walk back to the Wells Cathedral.

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We thought it would be fun to take some jump shots, but with the camera being on timer and with 5 people trying to make the jump at the same time, it wasn’t much of a success, but we did have lots of fun trying.

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Correction, the 4 women did not make the jump.
There must have been something special in Mr. Malupa’s espresso 😀
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Then Manjula had a smart idea that she’ll just click the camera instead of joining in the jump.

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Wubys at the Wells Cathedral
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The Wells Cathedral

After touring Wells, we headed for Old Sarum at Salisbury, Wiltshire, which was 40 miles away. “The mighty Iron Age hill fort was where the first cathedral once stood and the Romans, Normans and Saxons have all left their mark.” http://www.visitwiltshire.co.uk

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Running towards my wuby.
I had sooo many captions in my mind for this foto, but maybe we just leave it like this. Lol

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“William the Conqueror inherited the Old Sarum from the last Saxon King of England. The great outer defences provided him with a ready made arena for mustering troops and it was here, in 1070, that he paid off his army after a long and bitter campaign in Northern England. It was here too, in August 1086, that he called together all the major land-owners in England so that they could swear allegiance to him.”

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DSC05896 Give me wateeerrrr!!!! “Main source of water in the castle. The original depth of the well know shaft is unknown, but it may have been more than 70 meters, approximately 230 feet.”

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Old Sarum

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In the 12th century, you could only  go past this sign here if you were granted an audience by the King. I guess Mr. Malupa thinks he’s THAT special 😉

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The Royal Residence

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A couple of failed selfies

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Through the looking glass ❤

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“Get a room!” and we did!
Was originally one of the rooms before it was demolished in the 16th century.

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Where the 1st Salisbury Cathedral used to stand.

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“The nave of the cathedral was the only part that ordinary people were allowed to attend. The ceremonies involving only the clergy took place at the far end, closed off behind a screen.”

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I am at peace when I am with you, you are all I need.
Wubys at Old Sarum

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Marco wanted to roll on the grass, I wanted to take a foto.  Marriage is all about compromise, we both got what we wanted 😉

By 5:00 pm it was time to head to the Stonehenge. Entry ends 2 hours before their closing time of 8:00 pm.

“Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in Wiltshire, England, about 2 miles west of Amesbury and 8 miles north of Salisbury. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is the remains of a ring ofstanding stones set within earthworks. It is in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Agemonuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds. Archaeologists believe it was built anywhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. Radiocarbon dating in 2008 suggested that the first stones were raised between 2400 and 2200 BC, whilst another theory suggests that bluestones may have been raised at the site as early as 3000 BC.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stonehenge

It was a good thing that we booked online because there was a long line to buy tickets. We got to redeem our tickets at the “pre-booked/members only” window which was wayyy shorter. After we got our tickets, we had to fall in line to get on the bus that would bring us to the Stonehenge.

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Kabayan!
The driver was Filipino, we took a picture with him, lol! Very  nice guy!

Even at 6 pm the Stonehenge was crowded. From the bus stop, you had to walk a bit to get closer, and there was a rope tied all around it, the nearest you could be was about 10 meters away.

It was breathtaking.

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Stonehenge. One of the 7 wonders of the world ❤

I saw the Stonehenge in a foto a couple of years back. I remember telling myself, “someday.” Isn’t it amazing when your “someday” has become “the day”? It was for me.
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And what made it even more amazing was that I was seeing and experiencing it with my bestfriend ❤

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Wubys at the Stonehenge

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Team Natural Resource at the Stonehenge

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We had to run to the bus cause it was the last one for the day. If we didn’t make it we would have walked that lonnggg way back to the visitor’s center.

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We found a nice picnic spot and the group had some wine, cheese, and food. I, of course, ate the gluten free rice cereal I brought with me 😀

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“Before the sun sets on the third day, you’ve got to get dear ol’ princey to fall in love with you. That is, he’s got to kiss you. Not just any kiss the kiss of true love.” -Ursula

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Dream big. God hears your heart, sees your heart, and knows your heart.
“For I know the plans I have for you..plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11

After our picnic with the chilly breeze and beautiful view as the sun set, we headed to the car for our 3 hour 5 minute drive back to London.

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To make time go faster, Marco had a stroke of genius, play 20 questions. We did 2 rounds, and that was enough to get us all laughing and howling through the freeway.

We arrived back at the hotel at around 11:30 pm. We spent 18 hours with Nicole, Manjula and Sil, and by the time that car was parked and the engine turned off, we had all bonded at a whole new level. Guys, we will always have, 20 questions. ❤

#TeamNaturalResource!

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Greenwich, Where East meets West

Greenwich. Where you will find the Meridian that separates east from west in the same way that the Equator separates north from south (www.thegreenwichmeridian.org). Isn’t that cool?!!!

Last August 1, 2015, hus and I visited Greenwich. We took a bus from our place and ended up at the Island Gardens, the southern tip of Isle of Dogs. From there we took the stairs going down to walk the 1,217 feet long Greenwich foot tunnel.

DSC05140The foot tunnel runs under the River Thames. It was opened in August 1902, and was designed by  Sir Alexander Binnie.

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Wubys walking the Greenwich foot tunnel, under the River Thames

DSC05143After that quick walk, we emerged out of the glazed dome, at the Cutty Sark Gardens. 

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A map of Greenwich
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I.  THE CUTTY SARK

The Cutty Sark has travelled across the world, sailing under both the Red Ensign and the Portuguese flag, visiting every major port in the world through the course of her working life. In admiration of her beauty and in recognition of her fame, she was preserved for the nation by Captain Wilfred Dowman in 1922. Since then, the old clipper has been berthed in Falmouth and Greenhithe, finally arriving at her current resting place in Greenwich in 1954. www.rmg.co.uk

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The Cutty Sark is open Mondays to Sundays, 10 am til 5 pm.
To see entrance fees http://www.rmg.co.uk/visit/tickets-and-prices

DSC05172From the Cutty Sark Gardens, we walked around.

II.  GREENWICH VISITOR CENTER

We headed to the visitor center to get a map and tried on some sailor outfits.

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III.  OLD ROYAL NAVY COLLEGE, GREENWICH

We went to the Old Royal Navy College Greenwich and walked around exploring the area. They are open 7 days a week from 10 am until 5 pm.

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Wubys at the Old Royal Navy College in Greenwich

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Where’s the Wuby?

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IV.  THE PAINTED HALL AT THE OLD ROYAL NAVY COLLEGE, GREENWICH

Wow, this place, absolutely beautiful! You will strain your neck looking up at the ceiling and at the walls. The paintings are amazing, the details are breathtaking!

The magnificent Painted Hall is recognized as the greatest piece of decorative painting in England and has been described as ‘the Sistine Chapel of the UK’. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor, it was originally intended as an dining hall for the naval pensioners who lived here at the Royal Hospital for Seamen. www.ornc.org/paintedhall

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The walls and ceiling were painted by Sir James Thornhill in two major phases between 1708 and 1727, and use symbolism to deliver powerful messages on a range of subjects, including the monarchy, religion, maritime power, navigation and trade. 

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At a staggering 5,683 square feet the Painted Hall ceiling is the largest figurative painting in the country. The theme of Sir James Thornhill’s exuberant lower hall ceiling is the triumph of Peace and Liberty over Tyranny. It pays tribute to King William and Queen Mary, seated in glory in the middle of the central oval, and the importance of naval power to the fortunes of the nation.

V.  NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM

The National Maritime Museum is the world’s largest maritime museum. There is no entrance fee and they are open everyday, 10 am to 5 pm.

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PILIPINAS!

VI.  THE QUEEN’S HOUSE

The Queen’s house was designed in 1616 by Inigo Jones as commissioned by Anne. It was to be her private place of retreat and hospitality. In 1618, work on the House was stopped when Anne became ill, she died in 1619. It was structurally finished in 1635 and the House reflects the Renaissance idea of mathematical, classical proportion and harmony. www.rmg.co.uk/queens-house

It was a pity that the House was closed for refurbishment when Marco and I went. They are celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Queen’s House in 2016 and are preparing for it. It will reopen again in 4 July 2016.

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We took a breather from all that walking and sat near the Queen’s House, did some people watching.

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Wubys at the gardens of the Queen’s House

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VII.  THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY

We didn’t go in the Royal Observatory because we decided that it would be nicer to see the Greenwich Meridian line at night. But our schedule got filled up and we never went back. Maybe we can do it now that we are back in London.

The Greenwich Meridian line is located at the Meridian Courtyard. The entrance fee of 9.50 pounds gets you in the courtyard and the Flamsteed House. The Flamsteed House is the original Observatory building at Greenwich, designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1675 on the instructions of King Charles II. www.rmg.co.uk

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At the Royal Observatory grounds

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We got to see the sun up close ❤

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Wubys walking down from the Royal Observatory

VIII.  THE TOWN OF GREENWICH

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We looked around at the Greenwich Vintage Market

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And did some shopping at the Greenwich Market

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It was really nice to get to spend the day in Greenwich. We had lunch at the steps in front of Cutty Sark, feasting on our take out Paella. We also tried dairy free blueberry cheesecake, and dairy free ice cream. We did a lottt of walking AND a lottt of eating.

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