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Hi there folks, Dominic checking in again from Honolulu 

I’ve been doing the beach thing and have to spend some time close back to base due to some whohave come up, so trips have been half a day here and a couple of hours there.

That being said there is some exciting stuff to see around Honolulu which is closer to my base than having to venture off.

I visited the Iolani Palace. It might not be the biggest in the world,yet it has a heap of history. It had been the home of King Kamehameha III when he moved the capital to Honolulu in 1845. It must be good having that much power.

The original building was demolished with a new one taking its place and was then considered one of the best examples of Hawaiian architecture. It combined both European and local styles to produce something pretty unique.

It is an excellent sight into the history of Hawaii as a whole, and you get to look around the original throne room as well as the king and queens private suites. It is very regal and very different to what you expect to see in Honolulu.

Another pretty spectacular place I visited was Shangri La. This was home of Doris Duke who was the daughter of a tobacco tycoon. When he passed away, he left his fortune to her which was a whopping $1.3 billion in 1993. As she had no children, she spent much of her wealth on art collections, various homes and spent her time fulfilling philanthropic works for the good.

Shangrila here in Honolulu was only one of her many homes, and it was inspired by her many travels around the globe. I had a sense of familiarity when I read that part. A lot of her traveling took her to the middle east. Well, a home on five acres is a hefty building, to say the least. It even has a 75ft saltwater pool and some magnificent views of the ocean.

It feels strange to be standing in Honolulu yet looking at 3500 pieces of Islamic art that adorns much of the home. Her collection is impressive and has embroidered pieces from central Asia, carvings in wood from Morocco and tiles from Iran of all places. She was a huge fan of this type of art, and quite a few of the Muslim artists were alive at the time she purchased from them. I wonder if they got a big break after she showed an interest?

You can see why she called it Shangrila as the place is spectacular and is built on one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Well done Doris Duke.

Dominic is calling it a day, I’m bushed.

 

Hi there folks, Dominic checking in from Honolulu (Hawaii).

Its the first stop on my nomadic legs and apart from the culture (tourist culture), it doesn’t feel much different to home. One thing I wasn’t expecting was how expensive it could be, and as I’m not staying too long, it won’t make too much of a dent.

I also found out the worst time to visit December. Not only is there Christmas to contend with but also Pearl Harbor anniversary and the Honolulu marathon. What a month that is.

Anyway, I missed it so I was lucky although it would be cool to see something a little different. I had booked a place to stay for the five days I was there as a thought a hostel would be out of the question.

As I needed to keep a check on my laptop (work wonderfulwork), I didn’t want to leave it anywhere where the possibility of it not being there later would arise.

As I was only staying a short time venturing to the other islands was a little unreasonable, soI concentrated my short tourist expeditions around Honolulu. It would have been nice to venture out yet there is more than enough to keep you occupied here.

The first trip I took was way over to the east of the island to Hanauma Bay which is the best place for snorkeling. Due to it being based in a nature reserve the visitors are obliged to watch a short video of the marine life and how they preserve it. Well, you have to expect something like this, and it makes sense.

After that, there is a 5 – 10-minute hike to the beach where you are greeted by the cool clear water at the bottom of the crater. If you have your own snorkel mask take it as they charge $12.50 for hire on top of your $7.50 entrance. Maybe it is better to purchase in case more snorkeling comes along on my trips?

A quick tip, get there before 7 am, and entrance is free.

I quickly found out you are better arriving early as they now limit the number of visitors per day so if you get there too late you might find you can’t get in. At 3000 there is still more than enough souls kicking around to make it feel full, so I decided to call it a day not long after lunch.

A couple of hours in the water was more than enough to make me feel wrinkled and then drying off in the early morning sun. It is a great way to start off a nomadic lifestyle but Idon’t think all my stops will be this relaxing or they will have the same amenities for visitors.

Lockers, showers, restroom, and places for lunch and snacks, and I can see it is a great place to take the kids if you are over this way. They also have a lifeguard, so there is no need to worry about the none swimmers.

All in all, it was a great half a day, now I had to think of something to top it over the next few days

Things to do and places to visit in The Cebu Islands

Cebu Island is known as a great tropical destination with many things to do. And, there are many places that you visit in the Cebu Islands. If you are planning a vacation at the Cebu Islands and you are wondering if there is going to be something that you can do or places that you like to visit, then you should read this. These are some of the best places you can do when you are in the Cebu Islands:

Going to the Cebu Westown Lagoon for the whole family

This is normally the highlight of many tourists that are visiting the Cebu Islands. This is the number one place that you can take your children to. Children from all ages can have fun here. There is the lagoon where they can play and have fun at, or they can enjoy the kiddies pool or enjoy rides of the water park.

There are many things that you can do in Cebu Islands, but the Cebu Westown Lagoon is the number one place to go.

Visit the terraced flower garden

If you like nature walks and see different flowers, and then the terraced flower garden is the place that you should visit. The terraced flower garden is the first terraced garden in the world, and is for sure something that you should visit, no matter what.

This is a great place to take your children to. Not only will they be able to learn more about these flowers, but they will be able to say that they have visited the first ever terraced flower garden in the world.

The temple of Lea

The temple of Lea can’t be missed. This is a large temple with the lion’s head in front of the temple. This is a great tourist attraction and everyone that is going to the Cebu Islands can’t wait to see this temple.

There are interesting facts about the temple that you can learn there. Things that you might not have known and things that you might find interesting. If you are at the temple, you will be able to see over the whole city. This is a great view that you can’t miss out on.

Hike Mount Babag

For the adventurer, the hike on mount Babag is going to be an experience that they will never forget. This might not be ideal for children to do the hike, but larger children and adults can do the hike without any problems. The hike will show off all the nature scenes that can be found in Cebu Island.

There are truly a lot of things that you can do when you are visiting the Cebu Islands. You should just make sure that you are going to do research and to find the best places to visit. There are many things in and around the Cebu islands that are making this one of the best tropical holiday destinations.

Intro – Dominic

Ever since I was a kid and had a massive interest in sci-fi and all things “techie” it was apparent I was going to go into a career which somewhat fulfilled my interests. I missed out on some of my childhood in the later years, from the age of eleven or twelve onwards to be exact as I had my head stuck in books pretty much all of the chance I had.

As I got older, I did get a life. I soon realized the world out there was huge and needed to be seen. My interest in all things tech continued yet it got paired with all the different countries out there. It was then I came up with my three-year plan.

I Dominic, twenty-three-years-old and single (at the moment), was going to save like hell and then become a nomad. I had, or should I say “I HAVE” the best job in the world that lets me do this, computer programming is fantastic, even more so with phone apps flooding the market.

That’s not saying I can go without work, but all those years of having my head in a book have paid off. Ever since I found out about “freelancing,” I was pretty much set for my travels. All I had to do was reach my three-year saving period goal, and I was set.

At the time I started to put my nomadic plan onto paper. What I needed to continue working and what countries I was going to visit and in what order. I did know there had to be some order as I would possibly need visas and somewhere to stay that gave that all critical “Internet connection” for when I had to work and contact my clients.

I checked what a regular traveler would do, and they would venture off to the east and head toward Europe. I was doing something entirely different and heading in the opposite direction. Without giving too much away, I was heading to Asia for a while, but I had one stop off on the way just to have a taster of a different culture for a few days. Talk about dipping your toe in the water first, and it was close enough to home that if I changed my mind, I could head back.

Well, I had saved up quite a stash over three years and living a life of luxury, albeit a very cautious life of luxury, I had put aside enough to last a good ten to twelve months along with a ticket home from pretty much anywhere.

That wasn’t the point of the exercise though. I was going to be a nomad, living and working when and where I pleased “within reason and work allowing.”

My plan was in place, and I had bid my farewells for the time being. My flip-flops and shorts were packed right next to my laptop.

Next was a short flight from Los Angeles to Hawaii—Aloha.