"HELLO, HOLA, NI HAO, BONJOUR!" Phalaenopsis03's Profile
While I'm not as active and involved on here as I used to be circa 2003-2005, I haven't forgotten about many of you, my VT friends, and VT website! When I need good travel ideas, I do a search on VT. When I need travel-related answers, I'll ask in the forum. When I have a travel tip I'd like to share, I'll post it on here. And when I'm just bored, I'll quietly wander through the site. Good ol' VT! Like a friend who you may not always get to talk to or see, but you know is always there. =)
1.) For those curious about my ID, phalaenopsis (pronounced fal-en-opp-sis) is a genus of approximately 60 species of orchid from Asia and Australia. I think orchids are just lovely, and that's why I chose it as my profile name.
2.) All photos have been taken by me as specified by my initials and/or captions unless I'm actually posing in them.
3.) If certain photos look bad, it's due to the upload process, which diminishes picture quality. In other words, I try not to take crappy photos. ;p
4.) Please note that I DO NOT respond to members with blank profiles. Nor do I accept random friendship requests without some communication first. I'm sorry, but I find all that creepy. Thank you for understanding.
5.) Please DO NOT RATE my pages unless there's a tip that I posted that you feel has been helpful in your travel research.
2012 TRAVEL PLAN
Prague, Czech Republic (Nov.)
Amsterdam and Hoorn, Netherlands (July and Nov.) to visit my aunt. Yay!
Brussels and Gent (July) and Antwerp, Belgium (Nov.) with a VT meet with my long-time VT friend, kylian74. :)
Salies-de-Bearn, France (July) for my dear friend, poupeeAztec's wedding!
Lourdes, France (July)
Madrid, Spain (July) for Rock in Rio Madrid to see Red Hot Chili Peppers in concert!
Barcelona, Spain (July)
Las Vegas (March) - w/H
Monterrey Bay, CA (Jan.) road trip to celebrate mom's and auntie's birthdays.%s
...is the ultimate experience for me. I thoroughly enjoy it and everything about it - from packing up the suitcase or backpack, to checking in at the airport counter, to boarding the plane, and even airplane food puts a smile on my face. I can hardly sleep the night before a departure, and once I'm on my way I get that giddy feeling inside like I'm a kid again. It's just so exhilarating to be able to experience the peoples, cultures, traditions, sights, sounds, and the tastes of the unfamiliar (well, unfamiliar to me at least). I especially appreciate the histories of the places I visit. Traveling is truly the ultimate professor!
My site does not contain a lengthy list of foreign travels, though I hope it someday will. Not for the mere purpose of padding my list, but for the pure enjoyment of experiencing the world. So thank goodness for VT because here I can share with like-minded individuals my adventures "virtual" style. But on a more personal level, I have the opportunity to reminisce about all the fun and exciting memories I've acquired throughout the years. Good times, good times indeed!
My travel philosophy is pretty simple: Do what's most enjoyable for you, whether it be touristy or off the beaten. While some may scoff at the thought of visiting the touristy spots and others may be apprehensive in venturing to off the beaten paths, I say do whatever makes you feel comfortable and will allow you to have that "once in a lifetime experience". Personally, I like a good dose of each. Yeah, I'll admit it, I'll visit the well trodden paths. I mean, would you ever consider a trip to New York City and not even step foot onto Times Square, just even once? How 'bout a visit to Egypt without seeing the pyramids? Or maybe to Paris and bypassing the Eiffel Tower? That's crazy, I say! Though some folks may consider these places touristy or even tourist traps, I feel that they have nonetheless given character to and helped shape their respective locales, thus, warranting a visit.
But please, don't get me wrong. As much as I can appreciate the beaten, I equally and maybe more-so value the lesser known and/or hidden sights and little hole-in-the-walls. If you were to come to my beloved LOS ANGELES, I’d be remiss not to suggest visiting We-Ho, Downtown LA, Pasadena, Long Beach, the San Gabriel Valley, and any of our many ethnic enclaves that make up L.A. (you just have to rent a car to experience everything). You see, these places too, in addition to the typical haunts like Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Venice, etc. have created their own culture, character, and charm to produce a multifaceted / multicolored vibrant L.A. and California. Wow, what a plug for my hometown! But anyway, you get my point about balancing touristy and non-touristy, which ultimately is just perfectly fine. :)
awayhome & BorderHopper ("VT sighting" in L.A., CA)
Bunnytravels1 (San Juan Capistrano, CA)
campy012 (various CA spots and Bangkok, Thailand)
Carmela71 & Beach_dog (when they visited Manhattan Beach, CA)
cnango (San Juan Capistrano, CA)
dinhyen (my "VT first" when I visited Cambridge, MA)
emilesc (Southern California meets)
giampiero6 (Southern California meets)
girladventure (Southern California meets)
goner (Manhattan Beach, CA)
islandgirlmt (Manhattan Beach, CA)
lmkluque (San Diego, CA)
just4funds (San Diego, CA)
kekky (San Pedro, CA)
kylian74 (the first time was when she visited Santa Monica, CA with her family circa 2004. the second time was when I visited Belgium, July 2012. thanks for being a sweet friend, IG!)
lauriejeanne & Spartan (Southern California meets)
littlegirl0130 (Bangkok, Thailand)
LoriPori & Waalewiener (when they visited Manhattan Beach, CA
and just starting out on this site, and now they're VT celebrities.)
LostBoyPN (San Pedro, CA)
malianrob (Manhattan Beach, CA)
nike333 (when she visited Santa Monica, CA)
oldMonk_92129 (Southern California meets)
Peemapat (Bangkok, Thailand)
Redang (Madrid, Spain, July 2012. Nice meeting you, Santi!)
Roggeveen (Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 2012. Nice meeting you, Walt!)
santamonicaboy (Venice, CA)
Sha_Stallion (when she visited Los Angeles, CA)
SoCal_Chick (Southern California meets)
spgood301 (San Juan Capistrano, CA)
supune (Southern California meets)
talmid (Long Beach, CA)
Tilman (Southern California meets)
TinKan & Dionosaur (Southern California meets)
travelagent4thailand (Bangkok, Thailand)
vigi (when she visited Santa Monica, CA)
VdV (Southern California meets)
worldtrekker (Southern California meets)
yubert (Southern California meets)
Recruits: ognini and poupeeAztec
but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.
~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Carefully watch your THOUGHTS, for they become your WORDS.
Manage and watch your WORDS, for they will become your ACTIONS.
Consider and judge your ACTIONS, for they have become your HABITS.
Acknowledge and watch your HABITS, for they shall become your VALUES.
Understand and embrace your VALUES, for they become YOUR DESTINY.
~ Mahatma Gandhi
Speaking with kindness creates confidence,
thinking with kindness creates profoundness,
giving with kindness creates love.
~ Lao Tseu
An open mind, a giving heart, and a helping hand transcends all socio-political boundaries.
Thank you for visiting my site and please feel free to stop by at any time and say, "hello."
Wishing you bountiful blessings and much happiness filled with many travels,
vivid photographs, and unforgettable memories this year and beyond.
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