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Charlette loves to travel and share her personal experience in the places she has been.

Facade of Window of the World

Facade of Window of the World

Window of the World

There is one tourist attraction in Shenzhen, China, located in OCT (Overseas China Town) called The Window of the World.
Here, you could see the world's greatest wonders. Like The Pyramid of Egypt, complete with a real camel which you could take your photo riding on it and people dress like Egyptians. A miniature statue of Liberty, The Little Mermaid of Copenhagen, the replica of Mt. Rushmore, a mini Venice City, with mini gondolas, and much more. All are in one place.

There is an added attraction also at night wherein several foreigners perform in the open-air theater. If that is not enough, you could also have fun skiing imagine that, in an indoor Alpine ski run. If you want to remember your visit, some booths sell miniature replicas of the Wonders of the World. For example, The Eiffel Tower. Not only that, but you could also play games and win prizes at these booths.
Entrance Fee: 120 RMB (check your country's exchange rate)
Or check Google for the updated price.

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Cross-Cultural Communication

Living in China (particularly Shenzhen) with my Hubby (my term for my husband) sets me to another view of it filled with so many rich experiences. We went to this massage parlor once (China is full of it, the price is just right, and aside from the relaxing massage you get, they also offer fruits and tea on the side) to have our foot massage.

They gave us two Chinese girls who barely know how to speak English. As they were preparing, the two girls kept on telling us something which we cannot understand. One of the languages that are so hard to learn is Mandarin, a Chinese dialect. It is as if you are reciting a tongue twister. So what my husband and I did was we spoke English, a little bit of broken Chinese, and some hand gestures. After almost three minutes or so of doing this, finally, we already knew what they are telling us.

That's the disadvantage of not learning another language (be it Chinese, English, etc.). I'm glad that we Filipinos learned to speak English as early as primary school. I was hoping the two Chinese girls also learned the language when they went to school too knowing that it's the universal language.

It is difficult on our part because, after that, the girls kept on giggling as if they have their private joke and the dummies are us. I was lucky that I was with my husband, and we also chat in our language and talk about the two girls because I know we were the ones they were talking about by the expression on their faces.

I have come across this kind of experience in China many times because of communication barriers, and it's hard. Especially when you are buying things, and you need to haggle. Sometimes it is your loss because Chinese merchants are pretty treacherous. No offense meant here because I know Chinese people are good at business.

So I learned my lessons, and if they don't give me the price I want for the thing I want to buy, I usually leave, and they usually go after me and give in to the price that I wanted. Although sometimes I hear them nag or even curse because of how stingy I am, I always ignore them. At least I got what I wanted.

When we need to go to a place where we do not know the pinyin word of something, we have to call a Chinese friend to translate to the driver where we are going. It is so tiring and such a waste of time because it takes some minutes before they understand what you want to tell them.

Some Chinese have this habit also of spitting anywhere. When my husband told me about it before, when we're still living in the Philippines and he goes home during vacation only, I always laugh at his anecdotes.

Like when he told me that one of their customs is to spit anywhere. When he sees someone on the street about to spit, he covers and ducks. Or he might be hit by the missile of saliva. I thought this was just a joke, but when I went there and experienced it, that's when I realized that he was not joking at all. It was not funny as one almost hit me with phlegm.

I know that when you are in a different country, you also experience different cultures. We, as foreigners, should learn to adjust or get used to it. I wrote about my experience in China, not to put the Chinese in a bad light, but because I know we have different cultures. It is something to be viewed as constructive because I want them to correct some of their habits and not offend them.

China is a lovely place, very scenic and it would add if the people would learn to change some of their old ways. An example is spitting anywhere because it is unhygienic. I hope that they will also learn how to speak the universal language (English) to prevent further miscommunication or communication barriers to foreigners like us. I am trying to acquire their dialect at the moment so I can use it to my advantage.

NOTE: Pin·yin or pin·yin (p n y n, -y n) n. A system for transliterating Chinese ideograms into the Roman alphabet, officially adopted by the People's Republic of China in 1979.



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Hong Kong Disneyland New Year 2006

Hong Kong Disneyland New Year 2006

Hong Kong Disneyland

Every little girl or little boy's dream, even adults like me included, is to visit Disneyland. I can still imagine the first time we (with my husband Ryan and my daughter Raine) visited Hong Kong Disneyland during the New Year of 2006.

I was two months pregnant then with my youngest son RL. I did not quite enjoy it because I had morning sickness, but it made our daughter Raine, who was four years old at that time, happy. So I am also glad.

We had our pictures taken with Pooh and Friends and Mickey and Minnie Mouse. We had our HK coins transformed into souvenir pieces of Snow White. We also rode on a mini train while passing at Tarzan's house.

Raine had her picture taken as if she has the world on her hands in Adventureland. Seen Sleeping Beauty's Castle and enjoyed eating orange-flavored popcorn at Buzz Lightyear's place. There's still a lot more, but we have no time. I promised I would watch the theater performance and experience the rides, and this time our little boy RL will be enjoying it all with us. It is such a marvelous time together with my family.

More about our adventures in Hong Kong Disneyland can be found in my article in the link below.

A Magical Day At Hong Kong Disneyland

SM Mall of Asia

SM Mall of Asia

Embassy Bar at The Fort

Embassy Bar at The Fort

Manila Ocean Park

Manila Ocean Park

Manila

The City that never sleeps. Situated on Luzon Island, in the Philippines, Manila is our version of NYC. It's also the country's capital city. It offers a variety of attractions from shopping, dining, and even entertainment.

When you want to hunt for the cheapest and latest trends, there's Tutuban at Divisoria, or a more upscale one is the Greenhills Shopping Center. It also has lots of Malls to stroll and shop to like MOA (SM Mall of Asia) called for because it's the biggest Mall in Asia as of this writing. Entertainment includes nightlife in clubs and bars like the Embassy. For family bonding, you could go to Manila Ocean Park. The Oceanarium is open from 10 am to 9 pm, Mondays through Sundays. For adults, the entrance fee is 400 Php (approximately 10 USD), and for the children, it's 350 Php (more or less 9 USD.)

Manila is pretty crowded, though, but it has a lot to offer.

NOTE: Refer to google for the current prices

Chocolate Hills at Night

Chocolate Hills at Night

The Philippine Tarsier

The Philippine Tarsier

Sagbayan Peak

Sagbayan Peak

Loboc River Cruise

Loboc River Cruise

Hinagdanan Cave

Hinagdanan Cave

Bohol

Bohol is an Island located in the Middle of Visayas, Philippines. It is famous for the so-called Chocolate Hills (which are hills actually and turns brown in the summertime, thus the name), a vast number of devoted Catholics, and the Tarsiers. These little nocturnal mammals have huge eyes, shy, and like monkeys in appearance, but the size is not larger than an adults' hand. They are the main attraction in a place called Loboc River.

There are also floating restaurants in Loboc River which you could rent out and cruise while you eat.

While Sagbayan Peak offers a spectacular view of Bohol, exploring the Hinagdanan Cave and having a swim makes all a fun adventure!

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The Land of Promise

It is accurate how Davao City is the Land of Promise because it promises a lot to all who come here. Situated on the island of Mindanao, Philippines, it is the country's largest city in land area.

The main attraction includes the following:

Mt. Apo. The highest mountain in the Philippines, overlooking Davao City. Every mountaineer is aiming to conquer it.

The Philippine Eagle. One of the rarest, largest, and mighty birds in the world. You can see it at The Philippine Eagle National Park, where it now lives along with other extinct and endangered species.

Durian Fruit. Davao is not Davao if there is no durian. It is known as an exotic fruit. Those who love it say it's like heaven to the taste, even if some cannot stand its smell. It has a spiky shell covering, and the meat is pulpy and sweet.

Crocodile Park. The name tells it all. However, aside from that, the newest attraction here is the Wild Water Adventure. A whitewater rafting on the Davao River.

Jack's Ridge. Looking for a fancy place to dine and enjoy your meal while somebody is serenading you? Then, this one is the answer. The site is on top of Shrine Hills, and it offers a good view of the city even at night.

Eden Nature Park. Nestled in Mt. Talomo, this resort offers a lot to visitors. Here, you can eat the freshest fruits and vegetables picked in their garden. There is a fishing village where you can catch fish and cook it the way you want it. There is also a pool where you and your family could swim. You can rent lodges if you like to stay overnight. The place is super cool, and you feel in one with nature as it is in the middle of a forest. Near here is Loleng's Garden Resort, a spot you can pass before you reach Eden. If you are planning to have a garden wedding, Loleng's is the place to be.

Pearl Farm. Once owned by the family of the husband of former Miss Universe 1973 Margie Moran Floirendo. This beach resort, known for its white sand, is nestled on the secluded cove of Samal Island off-the-coast of Davao. It was a pearl farm before it transformed into a relaxing private retreat.

Davao City is one of the cleanest and livable cities in the whole country. The people are friendly, and crime rates are low.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2008 Charlette

Comments

Charlette (author) from Anywhere on August 11, 2009:

Hi Lisa! Yeah it's quite fun there. A tip though people in China doesn't know how to speak English and only a few can speak and understand so be sure to have a tour guide wiith you. :-)

LisaPark from Philippines on December 26, 2008:

This place is amazing! It's like a one stop place! I want to go there someday!