The Pearl of the Orient

Hong Kong - Designerella

Welcome to Hong Kong, China! Since July 1, 1997 Hong Kong is part of China, before that it was a British colony. I am so excited to be here in China for the first time and to be able to experience one of the world’s most spectacular cities. Hong Kong is very vivid and vibrant with a visual feast of culture.

Hong Kong is a modern metropolis providing amazing panoramic skyline views. One of the best places to overlook the city is from Victoria Peak, or as the local call it simply “the Peak”. Here the view is absolutely breathtaking. Every once in a while you will stumble across something that will remind you that you are in China.

Hong Kong - Designerella

Hong Kong - Designerella

Hong Kong - Designerella

When locals are looking for a place to relax, they head out to Hong Kong’s busiest beach. Here is a capture of the beautiful Repulse Bay. The area has many high-end boutiques and unusual modern architecture.

Hong Kong - Designerella

Hong Kong is over populated and most people live on top of each other. Over seven million people live in this city that is smaller than New York City. Many of the tall buildings are apartment complexes creating a canyon-like feel to the city. Even the roads are stacked atop one another to handle the large volume of people and cars.

Hong Kong - Designerella

Hong Kong - Designerella

There is so much to see in the city of Hong Kong. This is a city I must come back to visit!

Mardi Gras Manila Style

Manila, Philippines - Designerella

Manila is the capital of the Philippines, located on the western shore of Luzon, the country’s largest island, at the mouth of the Pasig River. One of the joys of traveling is seeing how different places celebrate the same holiday. For Mardi Gras in Manila the locals dress in costumes and make-up and perform traditional dances. The Filipinos love to celebrate and they are the most welcoming and happiest people!

Manila, Philippines - Designerella

Manila, Philippines - Designerella

Fort Santiago was a dominate structure in colonial Manila. The the tall stone walls are in contrast to the beautiful stonework around the gate. The fort is meant to show the power of the Spanish military. The entire colonial Spanish section of Manila has a wonderful atmosphere. The carvings on doors of the San Agustin are extremely remarkable.

Manila, Philippines - Designerella

Manila, Philippines - Designerella

Manila, Philippines - Designerella

Manila, Philippines - Designerella

Manila, Philippines - Designerella

Manila, Philippines - Designerella

Manila is an amazing city and the Filipino people are among the most caring, happy and grateful people that you can meet.

Bali, Indonesia!

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali is a magical place and the jewel in the crown of Indonesia’s 17,000 islands. It beautiful island paradise where locals engage in their everyday life while tourists come to visit the sweeping beaches and natural wonders. A majority of locals are Hindu which introduces much color, liveliness and compassion into their society. The Balinese dancers are famous for strong and exaggerated movements. This rich and intriguing cultural has really touched my heart. Bali is a place that is commonly seen in movies, but there is a warmth and compassion here that one cannot experience through the screen.

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Rice is the most common crop here on the island. Wherever their is open wet fields you can be sure they are filled with rice. Locals still use traditional methods to grow and pick the crop.

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Many tourists come to Bali to experience the beaches and the beautiful coastline. In some areas the lush jungle reaches down to the coast.

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

One of the jewels of Bali is the Ujung Water Palace. Built in the early 1900s, it was built to house visiting Kings other dignitaries. It sustained severe damage in a 1963 volcanic eruption and a 1976 earthquake. Currently there is restoration being done to bring the palace to its glory. Today it is open for visitors to come explore this Balinese treasure.

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia- Designerella

Bali, Indonesia is tropical paradise with warm and friendly people. This is one place that will always be in my heart!

A Crocodile’s Life!

Hello again from down under–this time from Darwin, Australia. Traveling requires always being aware of what time it is, from changing clocks for time zones or losing days from crossing the international dateline. But Darwin provides a unique experience. It is one of several places that have time zones that are not on the hour, instead being 1/2 hour different from neighboring time zones.

Australia is known for it unique wildlife and in downtown Darwin there is the Crocosaurus Cove. Complete with an aquarium and reptile exhibit, it houses many of Australia’s native species. In these freshwater tanks you can find Freshwater Sawfish and Whiprays. The whipray is a freshwater cousins to the saltwater stingray.

Darwin, Australia - Designerella

Darwin, Australia - Designerella

The real stars are the crocodiles. Here you can watch, feed, swim or even even swim with these creatures. You can also hold baby crocs. Crocodiles differ from their cousins the alligators who I encountered in the Everglades. Just like gators, crocs have powerful jaws and sharp claws.

Darwin, Australia - Designerella

Darwin, Australia - Designerella

Darwin, Australia - Designerella

Darwin, Australia - Designerella

While I did not swim with the crocs, Crocosaurus Cove provides an excellent, and safe, way to view crocodiles.

Whitsunday Islands, Australia

Brisbane, Australia - Designerella

Brisbane, Australia - Designerella

Off the northeast coast of Australia are the Whitsunday Islands. As group of 74 islands it provides an excellent location for water enthusiasts. It is perhaps most well known as a great jumping off point for the Great Barrier Reef. The islands are a tropical paradise with beautiful beaches, lush landscapes and stunningly blue water. The beaches are too wonderful not to enjoy. Seemly everyone wants to lay out on the beach and catch some rays while being cooled by sea breeze. And it is easy to see why!

Brisbane, Australia - Designerella

Brisbane, Australia - Designerella

Brisbane, Australia - Designerella

Whitsunday Islands are a true tropical paradise that has opportunities for adventure or relaxation for everyone.

Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane, Australia - Designerella

G’day! The third largest city in Australia is Brisbane and it is a wonderful city to explore. It is a pedestrian friendly city even under some light rain showers. It is the capital of the Australian state of Queensland. Situated at the mouth of the river Brisbane on the east coast of Australia, it is a great place to enjoy some fresh sushi!

Brisbane, Australia - Designerella

Brisbane, Australia - Designerella

Brisbane, Australia - Designerella

Mingling with locals as they go about their daily lives gives you a great perspective on modern Australians. As a tourist it is always enjoyable to experience the daily activities of locals.