Quick Batangas Getaway

Summer is here and we were blessed to spend a couple weeks in the Philippines meeting family and friends. Two weeks was too short but it was better than no time at all. So we maximized our stay and tried to fit in work (we have opened a branch in Manila and we are now accepting bookings for 2020 weddings) and personal stuff with so little time. And if you are like me who has spent more than 15 years in Dubai, you will understand why I missed thunderstorms. Having lulled into sleep by the gushing of rain and distant thunder was something I missed a lot. But it didn't rain everyday and we were blessed to have some sun during our quick Batangas getaway. The sun was kind and shone during our planned trip to Batangas. We stayed in Balai Isabel which was situated on the shores of the Taal Lake. Eat bulalo, ride a horse and walk along a volcano crater - all ticked off our trip bucket list.

How to reach the crater? There are boats available for rent from 1,500php to 3,000php for each boat which can transport up to 6 people. And when you reach the Vulcan Point, there are horses for hire for 500php (includes horse guide). You will also have to pay a minimal fee as environment fee and there are tour guides available too. Bring your own water as they sell drinks there with a high mark up. Not that high though. Consider it as a contribution for the villagers there. It is notable that Vulcan Point is cited as the largest third order island which means it is an island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island. *mind-blown* We got back aches from riding the horse but it is all worth it!

 

 

We also spent a day in Enchante Farm in Alfonso, Cavite. If you are planning a trip for your family or with a group of friends, this is a highly recommended place. If you book a stay here, you will have the place for yourselves. They have an infinity pool, a billiard room, chalets, fruit bearing trees (organic pineapples are the best), a bonfire area perfect for barbecues and late night chats and my favorite, a karaoke room. :) Met with my cousins, aunts, nephews and nieces I haven't seen for a long time. Book with them and mention "MELRISH" and they will give you special offers. Best place for family outing, company trip and it is also a perfect place for your garden wedding!

Two weeks was short but it was enough for me to recharge. I would advise everyone to step back from work every now and then to unwind and clear out your head. It doesn't have to be 2 weeks, it can be shorter. It doesn't have to be some place far but should be some place new. Trust me, when you go back to work, you will be surprised with all the new ideas and new energy that you have!


Family Trip to South Korea | Life of Photographers

Our yearly family travels has taken us to many cities like Italy, Paris, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, London, Japan, New York, Houston and this year to Tbilisi and South Korea. We have made it as a family goal to travel to some place new every year as long as we can - physically and financially. Traveling has opened our eyes to the many cultures and to respect these diversities. It has taught the kids a lot about geography and why each country is different. Kurt, our 2 year old son, would often check our phones for world weather and he knows that Tokyo is "very far" just by looking at the map. I have also encouraged Khloe to make a scrapbook and write short essays about her experiences. Their bodies have also become more resilient to colds and flu. They still do get them but ironically they get infected when we are staying at home. And the best thing about travel is that you realize that the best things in this world is not the material things but the experiences and moments you create.

I would like to encourage everyone I know to travel although it is not for everyone. Traveling involves a lot of planning (which is also one of the best part of it) to make the most out of it. If you decide to travel, travel smart.

"If you decide to travel, travel smart."

Last August, we decided to see South Korea. Filipinos need to apply for visa and but as of this writing, there is no fee to pay. It would take 4 to 5 working days to get your visa stamped. In Dubai, the Korean Consulate is in Jumeirah and you just need to come with all the required documents. You can check here the list of requirements.

We booked our flights through Kiwi.com and hotels through booking.com. Being based in Dubai, we found it cheaper to book a return ticket from Dubai to Manila and then just fly from Manila to Incheon and return instead of flying multi-city. Maybe depending on the season.

We took an afternoon flight from Manila and arrived in the evening at the Incheon Airport. Based on my friend's advise, we took a T-mobile card so we will have mobile data wherever we go. For a sim with unlimited data for 5 days, we only paid less than 100aed. From Incheon Airport to Seoul, it was about an hour away. There are airport limo buses which you can take and they have strategic stops in the city. It is much cheaper than taking a taxi or Uber.

We booked rooms in Hotel PJ in Myeongdong. The airport bus stop was just a street away but because google maps was acting up that time, we took the long route and reached the hotel by 11pm after half an hour walking with our luggage. Not all Koreans speak English as well so no one could point to us to the right direction. Tired and exhausted, we were glad that there were some convenient stores and restaurants that were still open in the area.

Day 1

They warned us that August will be hot and humid at an average of 28-30 degrees. I thought that will be like a breeze compared to Dubai's summer peaking at 51. But walking on the streets on that weather was HOT! We were sweaty and we immediately got ourselves battery operated necklace fans. Everybody had them and having them too made us look like locals.

Our first day was an epic fail. Blame me. I made the itinerary and Gyeongbogkung Palace was our first destination. I forgot to check that it was closed on Tuesdays! Kurt fell while running and got wounds on his knees. Good thing our lunch compensated for our wasted time. Food is one of the best thing about South Korea, you can never go wrong!

Lesson # 1: Check the opening timings of all your itineraries! 

The subway system in Seoul is the best way to go around. I downloaded the Rail Map Lite app to help us get around. iTour Seoul app helped me in planning where to go. And again, unfortunately for us, our second destination for the day was also closed. The Dongdaenum clothing market was closed and we do not know the reason. Nobody could tell us why and when they will open.

Our third destination did not disappoint us though. We walked the streets of Myeong-dong during the evening and we got our cosmetic stash from the place. Myeongdong is the place where you can shop for cosmetics at low prices. It is also lined with delicious street food! Yum!

Here are our photos from our first day

Even With Gyeongbokgung Palace closed on Tuesdays, the kids enjoyed running around in the heat

You can rent Hanboks (Korean traditional dresses) near Gyeongbokgung Palace to dress up

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Day 2

We scheduled our trip to Nami Island on this day. A lot of Filipinos watch Korea novelas and one of the first korea novelas that became popular in the Philippines was the Winter Sonata which Filipinos got crazy about. And part of that series was shot at the beautiful Nami Island. I will not elaborate how to go there. There are blogs like this one which will tell you how to reach there or you can check with your hotel concierge and they will help you out.

Nami Island is beautiful but it can be crowded during the summer with kids having school breaks. You will see a lot of young lovers having a day-out walking around Nami Island holding hands. One thing we have noticed with Koreans is that they like to dress to match their partners. I should have taken a lot of photos but it just slipped my mind. I am not used to taking photos of people without asking permission. UAE thing.

We would have also gone and visited Petite France but time did not permit us. Our body clocks have not adjusted yet so we were waking up past 9am already. Maybe it will give us a reason to visit Seoul again.

Lesson # 2: Plan your day with "jet-lag" in mind. Do not force your bodies as they will adjust eventually. 

Khloe was getting impatient with the train and this kind old lady gave her a monggo popsicle.
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Day 3

This time we made sure Gyeongbogkung Palace is now open! It was worth a second try.

After that, we went to Insa-dong street for some authentic Korean souvenirs. There some scattered rain showers that day but it was a pleasant change of weather. Insadong for me is a must see place in Seoul with small shops selling cute handcrafted items.

After Insa-dong, we went back to check if the shops in Dongdaenum were open. Unfortunately, the clothing shops were still closed. So we just checked the malls and had dinner there.

Day 4 - we fly back to Manila

Three days in Seoul is not enough to see all the great places. I think 5 days will suffice. The people are very kind especially the elderly. We were offered food by elderly strangers and in the subway, it was the elderly who gave their seats to our kids. The food in Seoul is one of the best and we will not forget that one. And Khloe even lost her first tooth on our last day there too. So yeah, it was one memorable trip.

 

 


One Day in Vienna

When we travel, try and soak in the local lifestyle and culture and try to visit as many places we can. It is more difficult to be on the go with 2 kids because we have to make several stops to make sure they are hydrated and fed and they are not tired too much. We want the experience to be pleasant to them as much as possible.

After Switzerland and before heading to Budapest for our destination wedding, we had one day in Vienna. We stayed in a lovely apartment in Leopoldstadt. Our dear friend who stays in Vienna took a half day off to take us around.

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There were so many places to see in Vienna that we were not able to visit. Salzburg, which was 2 hrs away from Vienna, was also on my bucketlist but we didn't have enough time to go there too. We had a pleasant stay definitely and the sausages we had for breakfast is something I will go back there for. And on our next visit, we will surely stay longer.


7 Tips for a 3 Day Trip to Switzerland - MelRish Travels

And we're back in the sandpit! No, we didn't miss the microwave-like weather because the place we have been to was like heaven. 3 days trip to Switzerland was enough to make my year! Most of our friends who have been to Interlaken, Switzerland recommended that it should be next in our travel list because they said it was a photographer's paradise, heaven on earth. They were not kidding! Interlaken...especially Grindelwald, where we stayed, was like those places you only see in travel magazines. Green grass spotted with flowers and wooden houses with chimeys, snow capped mountains in the background and a river flows quietly through the small village...pretty much what you imagine when you think of fairy tales. We recommend you to visit the place at least once in your life. Here are our 7 tips which might help you in planning a trip to Interlaken, Switzerland.

We had my sister and parents with us so we are a bigger group this time and this time we traveled between 3 countries - Switzerland, Austria and Hungary. TIP 1: If you plan to travel between European countries, get a Eurail pass. It is cheaper to order it online. We booked the 5 day Eurail pass and we got an extra day free which is a total of 6 days of unlimited train rides between the 3 countries. Download the app which will help you check the train schedules and check if your Eurail pass is valid for that route. The app also tells you if need to make seat reservations for that trip.

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From Zurich airport, we needed to take the train to Bern then switch trains going to Interlaken. We had the Eurail pass so our it covered our trains from Zurich. We went down Interlaken Ost and took the train to Grindelwald. Our train to Grindelwald wasn't covered by our Eurail pass but we get 25% discount. TIP 2: Do not carry so many luggages when traveling between places. We learned this the hard way. We had a lot of luggages full of winter jackets, shoes, a nebulizer for Kurt, a big can of milk for Kurt and baby food. With all the luggages, it was difficult for us to transfer from one train to another.

It was a rainy day in July when our train reached Grindelwald. Grindelwald is hands down the best place we have been to - compared to the Rome, Paris, London, and Venice. Each place has its own beauty but if you are nature lover and if you are looking for a peaceful place to stay, Grindelwald will capture your heart. If you are planning to visit Switzerland, we would definitely recommend you stay in Derby Hotel in Grindelwald. The room we booked was bigger than an average hotel room in Europe and has a cozy feel. It has a fantastic view of the Eiger mountain and the area is quiet and has that Swiss mountain feel compared to the touristy Interlaken. The staff was friendly as well. Here are a few tips we would give those who are planning to go to Interlaken:

TIP 3: Interlaken is more central but a bit more crowded compared to Grindelwald. There are a lot of shops in Interlaken but most of them closes at 8pm.

TIP 4: If you are not staying in Interlaken and only plan to visit the place, you can have a 20 minute stroll from Interlaken West to Interlaken Ost to shop around. The main street is lined up with shops where you can buy souvenirs, watches, chocolate and Swiss knives.

TIP 5:. From Grindelwald, you can visit Jungfraujoch, top of Europe by booking a train ticket to Kleinn Scheindigg and then hopping on to the train which goes up to Jungfraujoch. The Eurail pass will only give you a discount for this trip.

TIP 6: If you have the Eurail pass, Lake Thun boat trip comes free. Catch the boat near the Interlaken West train station. Enjoy the ride with spectacular views and you can alight on Thun stop where you can catch the train back to Interlaken West.

TIP 7: Bring some pocket money because the Swiss watches are cheaper in Switzerland. The chocolate is also better. I regret not getting all the chocolate I need to last me a lifetime. Also, if my kids weren't too small, we would all go skydiving! I think this is the best place to do it.

Those are my 7 tips and I am looking forward to returning to Grindelwald again...Next time, we will be spending more days so we can do some hiking and with less luggage of course. Hope you enjoyed the photos!


Destination Weddings 2016

We are pleased to announce that we our destination weddings 2016 lined up and we have some open slots in some cities. Here are our destination schedule. We have open slots between 25th June and 4th July in Manila. We only have 2 slots available for weddings or engagement shoots. We also have 1 slot open for an engagement shoot or post-wedding in Interlaken, Switzerland. I really think that it would be spectacular to have the Alps as your backdrop. The rest of our dates are pretty booked for these destinations.

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Most people dream of traveling. We all have that deep wanderlust that we want to satisfy. And most wedding photographers dream of shooting a destination wedding. We are blessed to have shot a few. We just started in wedding photography in 2009 and we received bookings to shoot 2 weddings in Mumbai, India on our first year. One of those images won us our first award in AGWPJA.

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We also shot our friend's wedding in the Philippines that summer in 2009. That same year, we got to travel to Rome, Florence, and Venice. Traveling is so addictive that we decided to go to someplace new every year just for leisure - Singapore in 2010, Malaysia in 2011, Paris in 2012, New York in 2013, Tokyo in 2014 and London in 2015. Some people invest in jewelry, fancy houses and cars and gadgets. For us, we thought that the memories we make and the adventures we take are worth more.

In 2010 and 2011, we shot 1 wedding in the Philippines in each year. In 2012, we shot our first wedding in Qatar. In 2013, we were blessed with the opportunity to go to New York, Washington DC and Houston, Texas. The following year, 2014, we shot this beautiful wedding in Amman, Jordan. We will not be posting a lot of photos from their wedding as we want to respect the couple's wish for privacy. But their wedding in Exit Club was truly beautiful. Jordan was beautiful. You can check our travel photos here on this link. Hopefully we can go back there someday.

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Let me leave you with my favorite quote from Mark Twain with our photo shot in Venice in 2009:

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4 Days in London - Stonehenge, Bath and the Windsor Castle

This is my last post about our short break in London. The day before we left, we went and took a tour to the Stonehenge which was clubbed with a tour inside the Windsor Castle. Our first stop was the Windsor Castle, home to England's kings and queens. Unfortunately, again, we missed the change of guards. Future note, check the schedules of change of guards for Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle as they don't happen everyday in certain times of the year. I heard it is something worth witnessing while you're there.

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Unfortunately, photography wasn't allowed inside the state apartments and precincts. But we enjoyed taking photos outside the castle.

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Our next stop was Bath. I love this village is quite remote and the view going there was refreshing. Rolling hills and trees and stone houses line the road to Bath. I wish I had taken a lot of photos but on my lap was a sleeping baby and we were at the far end of the bus...not a lot of windows there.

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I could spend one full day just strolling around the cobbled streets of the villages in Bath and laze around the greenery near River Avon. The problem with day tours like these is that you don't have a lot of time to explore.

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Our last stop was the Stonehenge. There is nothing spectacular with a group of stones but knowing that they date way back thousands of years ago can amaze you...how and why the men of old thought about it and how they were able to build it without the modern cranes.

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And here are my last 5 tips for traveler parents:

  1. While planning your trip, check with your traveler friends if any of them are planning to go to the same destination. It is always good to have a helping hand. Or check if you know anyone in the city you are going to. It is better to have someone to call if you ever have an emergency,...like that family family you want to take with the London Eye. :)
  2. If you have young readers like my 4 year old, hype them up by making them watch a movie shot in that place or have them read a storybook in that setting. It is fascinating how they retain these information and suddenly blabber in a bus full of tourists how they know that place. They also do not feel bored when you go visit these place because now, they can relate.
  3. Bring bracelet paper bands (the ones they use in theme parks or concerts). Before leaving the hotel , have your child wear one just in case they get lost. "Hi! I'm ____ staying at Hotel _____ with parents _____"
  4. After the trip, make a memory book with your kids. Print some photos, attach tickets and ask your kids to write down their feelings or what they remember best in the place. You will discover a treasure cove of memories in traveling.
  5. Start planning your next vacation...according to your children's age if you plan to bring them along and start saving for it. :)

 


4 Days in London - Tussaud's and Harry Potter

London weather has been good to us - blue skies with cool breeze - the perfect weather to go around on a hop on hop off tour. On our third day, we went and visited Madame Tussaud's Musuem. The queue was long so it was good we purchased the tickets in advance. Arish and I enjoyed the experience more than the kids. I think they got bored because they do not really know who those people were except for Spiderman of course.

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Kurt didn't enjoy this photo session with One Direction
Kurt didn't enjoy this photo session with One Direction

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The bus going back to the main loop just so much time and we got late for a meeting. While there, it was not all play. We met with two couples who are all based in London and will be getting married in Dubai. So after our trip in Madame Tussaud, we went back to our hotel and met with them.

After our meeting, we went and met with some friends and my aunt (again) for a ride on the London Eye. It was quite an experience but not that amazing. The wait on the queue was longer than the whole experience of going around the Eye. The view on top was breath-taking especially during sunset though. If you get the chance and time to ride the Eye, go for it but otherwise, you can skip it. Thank you Cesar and family for this unforgettable experience.

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melrish-1674  Fourth day, I woke up excited because we will be going to Harry Potter Studios. I am not a hard core Potter fan but yeah...I read all the books (some of them twice) and watched all the films several times. A week before our trip, I was disappointed because there were no available tickets for Harry Potter anymore. But then I read on a forum thread that I can try and check Golden Tours website every few hours because there are some customers who cancels theirs and the slot opens up until it is booked again. And yup! God is good and gave us tickets - all 4 of us (well, Kurt goes in for free). I had to pay extra though for chauffeur services as the tickets available were upgraded ones...so I shelled out more than I planned because I wouldn't miss it for the world. Seeing the Great Hall and Hogwarts Express in person, having delicious Butterbeer, and bringing home some goodies was worth it.

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The Hogwart's Great Hall
The Hogwart's Great Hall

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The Gryffindor common room
The Gryffindor common room
Dumbledore's office
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Weasley's house. Sweater being knitted by itself and clothes being ironed by invisible hands

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Butterbeer!!! And Butterbeer ice cream?!!!!
Butterbeer!!! And Butterbeer ice cream?!!!!

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No.4 Privet Drive

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Went to Ollivander's to get my wand
Went to Ollivander's to get my wand

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And the chauffeur ride was also comfortable. Mr. Recep, our chauffeur, was a jolly old man. He's been in London for more than 30 years. Originally from Turkey, he flew to London to look for his luck even though he was scared of flying. He worked odd jobs to feed his family and now he proudly owns his own home, all his kids are now having stable businesses in London and he has an allotment where he grows organic vegetables, fruits and some roses. He humbly took us there on our way back to the hotel and we had a unique berry picking experience. We picked some pears too and tomatoes which went directly to our stomachs.

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Traveling is an awesome experience. But what's more awesome are the new people we meet and the old friends and relatives we reunite with. The views and the photos just come next.

So as promised, here again are 5 more tips to help traveling parents ease their experiences:

6. Bring your babies' medicines for emergencies. The change of weather might make them sick and you don't want to experiment on some other meds.

7. Carry their favorite toy to soothe them during long flights. Our daughter's stuff dog has been to more cities than my sister because he is already a staple for Khloe's bedtime.

8. Traveling al lot? A lightweight buggy is a must. It should fold easily and can be carried by one hand. It can also be maneuvered with one hand. When your baby is smaller, a carrier is also a lot of help especially when you need both hands in taking pictures. :)

9. The key to traveling with kids with ease lies in the packing. If you carry too much, you give yourself a hard time and your kids an awful experience. Pack the necessary only. Make a list. You don't have to have a different set of outfits everyday nor a different pair of shoes for each time you go out. This was a mistake I made. I packed 6 sets of pajamas for each kid and 6 sets of clothes plus extras. These tiny people occupied more luggage space than us. And they didn't wear all of them. So note to self, pack less. Children will not die if they will wear their clothes again unless they are super filthy.

10. Create a journal. In my case, I write this blog. Khloe already enjoys reading old blogs when they are about family or about her. And she loves to see the pictures again.

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So 5 more tips on the last installment of our London trip blog. :)


4 Days in London - MelRish Travel Diaries

Traveling to a new city every year is our family goal. Other people invest on big houses, luxury cars and jewelry. But for us, we try to invest on making memories and going on adventures. We try to teach our kids also to go out of their comfort zones and experience the world. The experience, the friends we make and sights we see are wealth which cannot be stolen from us.

Some people give up their dream to travel when they have kids especially little ones because they think it is difficult and expensive. It IS more difficult and more expensive than traveling alone or with a partner but I am giving a few tips at the end of each of this 3 part London blog on how we travel with our little ones.

August in London is hot but not as hot in Dubai. 26 degrees during the day and 14 degrees at night (average temperature while we're there). We checked in at Dolphin House because we got a good deal from Booking.com and we read they had great reviews from Tripadvisor. The staff were really friendly and accommodating. They gave us a cot and a high chair for Kurt. They also had courtyard garden at the back which is a treat. It is 5 mins walk from Pimlico Station and 10 mins walk from Victoria Station. We booked a studio and it was spacious. It had a kitchenette with kettle, fridge and a microwave but my mistake was I didn't double check if they had a stove. Don't ask me but Arish is very picky in food and would always look for freshly cooked rice. It is an Asian thing.

Here are a few photos of the hotel

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First thing we looked for was the nearest grocery store. There was a Sainsbury 10 mins walk away from the hotel. There was actually a small grocer in the hotel compound but it didn't have baby food for Kurt.

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We took a hop on hop off bus tour from Golden Tours. They had a lot of buses and gave me a discount since we bought Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio tour and Stonehenge tour with them as well. Though when we took the orange route, they didn't have a lot of buses going that route so we had to wait 30 mins for the next bus.  It is a good way to see all the landmarks in one go.

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Covent Garden - singers, jugglers and moving statues

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Here are my 15 tips if you are planning to travel as a family and you don't want to bust your kid's educational fund nor your retirement savings:

1. Save an amount monthly for travel. This can be a fixed amount or if you have extras, set this aside for travel.

2. Plan a year ahead on how much you will be spending on your travel. Check visa, airline and hotel prices. DOn't forget to use incognito windows when doing this as airline and hotel websites have tendencies to increase prices when you check back again. Based on your budget, choose the city you want to visit without spending beyond your budget.

3. When planning your daily expenses for that trip, double it. You will never know when you will need to get that taxi ride or if you want to buy that souvenir that you like.

4. Since we have little kids, eating in restaurants was not a daily plan. Number one, because they will rarely sit still and tantrums might erupt anytime. So choose a hotel where there will be a kitchen or kitchenette so you will have an option of home cooked meals. Also check if there will be a nearby grocery. This will save you money and your kids will have some more time to relax.

5. Hop on hop offs can save you money and energy when you have little kids. Underground was the cheapest and fastest way to go around London but with a buggy/stroller and kids in tow, up and down staircases will be tedious. Besides, they get to go on the buses for free...(well not when they are older).

Five more tips on my next post. And more photos!

 


One Day Trip to Amman, Jordan | Travel Photography

About two weeks ago, we flew to Amman, Jordan for a destination wedding. Surprisingly, the weather in Amman was very good. The wind was cool it was a fair 28 degress C during the afternoons. Too bad, we only had a one day trip to Amman.

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We arrived Friday evening and our wedding event was on Sunday. Ramzy Hajar, our airport pick up offered to tour us around Amman, Dead Sea, Jerash and Mount Nebo for the full day on Saturday for a fee less compared to the local travel agencies. He also spoke quite good English which was good for us.

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He first took us to the citadel where we took majority of our photos. It was very picturesque and you can see downtown Amman from there.

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The next stop was Jerash. Unfortunately, the sun was at its peak and it was quite a walk from the gate inside. A walk not recommended for pregnant women (like me) unless you have the whole afternoon to spare, you carry a picnic basket full of goodies and a gallon of water maybe. So our guide just drove around Jerash outside the fences so we will have an idea what was inside. I will definitely visit Jerash if we had one whole day for it. Here are some photos outside the gates.

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After Jerash, we went to drive to Dead Sea. The weather was not as cool as Amman. There was a bit of haze so it wasn't ideal to take photos as we thought. By this time, we were already dreaming of kebabs and hammous ala Jordan. So instead of going up to Mount Nebo, we decided to feast on the some kebabs instead back in Amman. We anyways bought souvenirs along the way and some figs. Believe it or not, it was the first time we ever ate figs. Ok here are some photos I took with my Iphone.

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Even though we didn't make to all the places listed in our itinerary, we were exhausted when we reached back in our hotel. Heritage House in Rainbow Street was our home during our stay in Jordan. It was very clean and very close to local restaurants and coffee shops. It also had a great view of Amman. We were able to witness the sunrise every morning. It is good for families and budget travelers like us who sometimes opt to cook our own food. Our hotel room had a kitchenette and appliances.

We would definitely go back to Amman and visit the infamous Petra and Jordan river next time and maybe have a swim in the Dead Sea.

Hopefully, we will be able to post some photos from the beautiful wedding we shot there!

Have a great weekend everyone!


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Remember this photo we shot in Mumbai, India? This was shot on our way to Don Bosco Church near IC colony.

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These photos we shot in Manila, Philippines.

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In 2013, we were in Doha, Qatar for the wedding of Karen and Anthony.

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And we photographed this couple while strolling in Central Park, NYC.

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While I type this, we are giddily preparing for our short trip to Amman, Jordan to shoot another destination wedding. I will be missing my little Khloe for almost three days...(to myself: it. is. just. three. days.) Hopefully we can share a few photos of Amman once we are back. If you are staying there and would like to give us tips and best places to wander about, drop us an email or comment below. We will highly appreciate it.

 MelRish Photos and Films are destination wedding photographers and videographers based in Dubai but they travel across the globe. If you have any queries about our destination wedding packages, drop us an email here.