Nature Perfect Arkansas

Arkansas is a southern U.S state bordering the Mississippi River. It’s known for its abundant parks and wilderness areas with terrain encompassing mountains, caves, rivers, and hot springs. Arkansas has been nicknamed as the Natural State and I didn’t doubt it. I visited the state and all I can say is indeed, it was a Nature Perfect Arkansas.

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Arkansas, the Natural State

Upon entering Arkansas from Memphis, TN route, all  I can see was wide vast fields and changed to valley, forests and some mountains. I was searching the net before I left for Arkansas and I saw this amazing view in the web that really caught my attention so I made sure to add it in my itinerary. The good thing about it was it was just few minutes away from the capital of the state. It was located in North Little Rock and it was called the Old Mill.

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The Old Mill

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Looks like a fairy tale land

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Just a lovely view

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The Garden

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Full bloom flowers

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Iron Grist Mill

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The Garden and the Stonebridge

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Stone Bridge

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Wild Duck

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The Old Mill is located at T.R Pugh Memorial Park. It was dedicated on August 6th, 1933 and is a replica of the abandoned water-powered grist mill that would have been used by the Arkansas pioneers in the 1800s. Although the Old Mill never operated as a mill, the iron grist mill on the first floor of the building is authentic and dates to 1828. It served the Cagle family of the Pope County for three generations. The developer who was Justin Matthews intended for the Old Mill to appear as the ruins of the bygone era supplanted by the modern methods. The Old Mill appeared in the opening credits of the 1939 movie, Gone With The Wind. The Old Mill was indeed like a fairy tale land. It was picture perfect with all the flowers in full bloom. The weather was also perfect when I got there. It was surely the highlight of my trip to Arkansas. But I was not then with my Arkansas trip yet.

The next destination was in the capital of the state, Little Rock. Little Rock was not as big of a city. By the name itself, it was pretty decent but it is a good thing. Little Rock was not as a hustling and bustling location. I got to see the Arkansas State Capitol.

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Arkansas State Capitol

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Arkansas State Capitol with the US and State flags

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The Capitol

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Street of Little Rock

Arkansas State Capitol is the main house of the government of the state. It is neoclassical architectural style with mixed classical revival. It has been added to the U.S National Register of Historic Places and as a scale replica of the US capitol. The capitol has frequently been used as a filming location. The exterior of the capitol is made of limestone which was quarried from Batesville, Arkansas. The front entrance doors are made of bronze. The state capitol is one of the nicest buildings within Little Rock.

After Arkansas State Capitol, I headed to a famous high school since it was mentioned in some of the sites to visit in Arkansas. I added it in my itinerary because I was already in Little Rock. I traveled and visited the Little Rock Central High School.

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Little Rock Central High School

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Front Entrance

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The Four Statues that represent Ambition, Personality, Opportunity, and Preparation

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Trees around the Little Rock Central High School

The Little Rock Central High School was built in 1927. It was known before as Little Rock Senior High School and was designed in the Gothic revival style. It was then hailed as the most expensive, most beautiful, and the largest high school in the nation. It has been listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and named as a U.S. National Historic Landmark. I was there on a Sunday and spring break so, it wasn’t that busy and the whole school was like a deserted place which was perfect for picture taking.

I only toured around the capital of Arkansas and North Little Rock. I didn’t have time to go to the northwestern part of the state coz if I have ample time, I could have visited the hot springs up there. But my travel experience in the state was marvelous. I had fun sightseeing even there were just few locations. It was amazing and it still proved that the state is a Nature Perfect Arkansas.img_6140

IATA Code: CUN – Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancún

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Cancún is one of the top tourist destinations in the world and for it to be accessed by tourists, it has to have a great hub. Cancún International Airport or IATA Code: CUN serves the purpose of that. It is considered an international airport with flights from/ to other parts of Mexico and the world.

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IATA Code: MSP – Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

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MSP or known as Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is an international airport hub located in the state of Minnesota. I got a couple of hours of layover in the said airport and I was able to explore a little part of it.

I was in Terminal 1-Lindbergh. In MSP airport, there are two terminals, Lindbergh and Humphrey. These terminals are in separate roadways but are connected by Inter-terminal transportation via Light Rail Transit (LRT) service. The trains run between these terminals round the clock, 24/7. Travelers should know what airlines go to what terminal. As for Delta airlines heading to Cancún, it was in Terminal 1.

As I was wandering around the departure area, I could really say that the airport is a little spacious. It has 7 concourses and can be accessed either utilising the walkway or the tram. MSP serves a lot of flights both domestic and international.
If you are starving, there are really good restaurants within the airport. Big food/ coffee chains such as Burger King, Starbucks and some local cafés are everywhere. Souvenir stores, duty free and so much more are scattered in every concourses that travelers won’t miss them.
If only I have sufficient time during my layover, I could have tried some Minnesotan’s dishes. Well anyway, I took a photo of a famous dog in movies and cartoon sketches and that is Snoopy. It was eye-catching when I was just looking around the airport.I was just all over the airport just for me to see some of the places within terminal 1. Instead of riding the tram to get to my boarding gate which was in different concourse, I tried to walk it and took these photos.

MSP Travelator

I was heading to my boarding gate for my next flight and it took me about 30 mins to get there due to some stops and photo snatching I’ve been doing.

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Walkway in between concourses

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View outside the boarding gate

All I can say about Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is it is a great airport.  It maybe way up north of the country but the place and vibe is warm and accommodating. Travelers like me won’t starve and will always be comfortable whatever the season it may be. To check the airport thoroughly, you can visit their site by clicking here.

Back to Blogging

It has been quite a cold and lazy winter for me. I haven’t written or done anything at all and never in my life thought that I can be this non-productive. I felt like I hibernated for a couple of months. But anyway, I am back to blogging which is good. I finally dragged my chair, sat down and wrote a blog post for the year.

To start off, I eventually had some road trips while I was being lazy. I just didn’t have the motivation to write about it. I was all over the southeastern and northeastern part of the state of Ohio. I confessed that I am a traveler and you can’t keep a traveler in one area. Here are the road trips I had gone through during the winter season.

  1. Fort Laurens Museum and Park

I was hyped to do some history tracing so, I have decided to start by exploring some museum and park. Fort Laurens Museum and Park is located in Tuscarawas county near the town of Bolivar. It was an American revolutionary war fort. This fort was built by Gen. Lachlan McIntosh  in 1778 on the west bank of the Tuscarawas River as a staging point for an attack against the British garrison at Detroit. But due to the conditions at the fort were harsh during the winter, they have decided to remove most of the American forces to another fort. Fort Laurens was the only fort built in the state of Ohio during the Revolutionary War and the museum has been added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

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Wooden Cottage

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Stone Cottage

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Information scattered around the museum

The whole museum is equipped with information related to the past and history of the fort. Not only that, it is also a park with cottages where you can have picnics, a hiking and bike trail.

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Then I went to another park but this time it was in Massillon. I was in Jackson Community Park. The park has a Blue Star Memorial as a tribute to the Armed Forces who have defended the country.

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Blue Star Memorial

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Gazebo

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The Lake

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On the way to the baseball court

The park is amazing. There are a lot of activities for people of all ages. The park has an excellent run and walk path, an accessible playground for the kids, restrooms and water fountains. It has spacious parking lots, gazebos to rest, sport courts such as baseball and soccer, a beautiful lake and a friendly neighborhood.

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I decided to try and go to a country club. I stopped by at Portage Country Club in Akron. Portage Country Club is rich in tradition and has been established in 1894. The club has a lot of facilities for members. Facilities and services such as golf, tennis, swimming and dining experiences even catering.

4. Silver Springs Parkimg_5833Next to my destination was at Silver Springs Park. Silver Springs Park is located in Stow. The City has been providing outdoor recreational activities to visitors.

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Picnic Shelter

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Park Lodge

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Soccer Field near Parking Lot

The park has a spacious lodge parking, a swimming area, picnic shelters and area, and playground. It also has a wide soccer field near the parking area.

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I was still in Stow when I got side tracked and drove to Hudson Springs Park. It is a large park with a huge lake for fishing, with walking path and pavilions.img_5840

Hudson Springs Park provides a wide range of activities. The huge lake is inhabited with bass and bluegill fishes. The meadows and woods have wildlife that include geese, ducks, deers, owls, hawks, herons and even foxes. It has 3 picnic pavilions, volleyball, a playground, and a hedge maze for kids.

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It is located at North Coast Harbor in downtown Cleveland. Great Lakes Science Center is a museum and an educational facility for people of all ages. The museum features many exhibits and supports STEM (science, technology, engineering, math).

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View infront of the Science Center, the Cleveland skyline

The facility includes signature and traveling exhibits, meeting space, a cafe, and an IMAX Dome theatre. The Science Center is home to the NASA  Glenn Visitor Center, one of the 11 such visitor centers in the United States. The facility provides science tours to students and guests.

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Right beside the Great Lakes Science Center is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. It is located in the shore of Lake Erie. It has been established to recognise and archive the history of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures who have major influence on rock and roll development.

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Different view of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

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Different view of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

It has different levels in the building. Most of the exhibits in every levels feature the roots of rock and roll and its major impact to cities around the world. After my visit in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I headed back home since it was getting late and the drive from downtown Cleveland to my place is about 2 hours and a half.

To top it all off, now that I’m back to blogging. It’s time for me to travel the world again. Due to blogging, it has put my life in constant move. Making it a little less stressful is a way for me to survive my stay here alone and from this view taken at work in Marietta.img_5793

Back in NYC

Somebody said that you have never been to the United States, if you haven’t gone to New York City. That is the reason my mother asked me to let her see and visit the Big Apple. One of her special requests so, I made sure to put it in our itinerary before she even got her in the Land of the Free. I am also comfortable showing and getting around NYC since I’ve been in this city that doesn’t sleep just last February. But this time, my mum will be with me to explore it. Thus, I re-visited, I re-conquered and I’m back in NYC to check those which I haven’t explored during my first visit. Continue reading

Welcome to Stars and Stripes!

Every person has a special someone in his life. It may be his siblings, his partner, his parents, or all of them. That person becomes his strength, weakness, motivation, inspiration, center of his life and even offer his life just to make them happy. That special person in my life so happen to be my mother. She singlehandedly brought, fed, educated, and influenced me and my older brother. Now, that I am almost independent and on my way to settling down here in the United States, it has been my greatest goal to bring her in the Land of the Free. Then, I was given an opportunity for that goal to come into reality.

My mum and I in Ayutthaya, Thailand


The month of May has been very meaningful to me and my family. It is my mother’s birth month, Mother’s day also happens to fall on this month, my home province feast month, and lastly, it is the month in which I get to see my mum take her first step in the United States. It is an incredible feeling yelling to her, Welcome to the Stars and Stripes!


The journey for her to get here was exhausting yet rewarding and I can still remember the months which we have to communicate online for hours to just finish all the requirements for U.S Visa Application but we reaped what we sow. And finally, almost a year has passed after I left my home country, I will meet my mum here.

I drove all the way from Caldwell to Cleveland just to get her and have a decent vacation in the sunny state, California. I even took the time to make a vlog of my travel. Check out my YouTube channel for my travel to California, by clicking here.I left Caldwell at exactly 1017H, left my car in a friend’s house and traveled to CLE-Hopkins International Airport and arrived in the airport at 1330H which is too early for my flight. It just showed that I was so excited to see her.Boarding time was at 1655H and departure time at 1740H via Spirit Airlines. At exact time, the plane took off with a 4-hour flight going to LAX. I took some photos midair and I captured this which is in Missouri’s fly zone at 1930H.
We also fly thru Illinois, Nebraska, and then we got into Colorado with these amazing views of the mountains.

Few hours, air view from the plane changed to what appears to me as a desert. GPS was telling the location that it was in Golden Valley, AZ.

Couple of hours, the plane landed in Tom Bradley International Airport in Los Angeles at exactly 1935H PST in Terminal 3. After I got out of the plane, I rushed directly to the international gate to welcome my mum but to my surprise, she was out already looking for me. It was an emotional scene when I saw her. I hugged her too tight and she was still in awe that she was able to get to the U.S.The whole welcoming my mum trip was amazing! It was my first time to travel to California and it was awesome. Now, my mother is here. I can spend more time with her traveling and exploring the United States.