my top ten favorite tumbling shots!
i love traveling. ♥
other travelers collect magnets, others collect coasters. i collect tumbling shots.
i started collecting these in 2008, and so sadly, all my trips prior to that, i have no tumbling shots. and sadly, whenever i travel alone, no one is there to take my tumbling shot for me. :(
i now have over 70 tumbling shots, with multiple shots in one city. but counting only the really good ones, i am proud to say i have 48 kick ass tumbling shots! some shots we got with only one take, but i've gone up to tumbling a dozen times just to get the perfect shot! i remember one time in the todai-ji temple, nara, japan, the place was extremely full with tourists and i just wanted to get the perfect shot. i had to tumble around three or four times, so much so that when we got the perfect shot, the grandmas and grandpas who were watching me were clapping and cheering! i smiled and took a bow. :p
every city i've visited has a very special place in my heart. every tumbling shot has a story. it is very, very hard for me to choose which are my favorite! after much thought and serious deliberation in my head, i am happy to share with you all my top ten tumbling shots! enjoy!
i was on a field visit with unicef philippines in daet, camarines norte, and one night, we were brought this beautiful area where the shore of the sea met this abandoned airport where kids were just playing on the runway. the sun was setting and it created beautiful shadows everywhere. there was a parked motorbike right by the edge and i decided to take a tumbling shot right beside it. it created this silhouette against the dimming sky.
krabi is the less popular beach destination in thailand, as opposed to phuket. i've never been to phuket, but i must say, krabi is beautiful. it was off peak season during the time we were there, so we had our giant resort almost solely to ourselves, and the weather was divine. the whole place was peaceful and beautiful, which made for a perfect rest and relaxation trip. i decided to tumble on this rock formation by the shore.
i've been on quite a number of trips where i got to play in snow, but none like this trip to tahoe. we ran around, we slid, we even made snow angels! my brother, sister-in-law tracy, and godson roco brought me to tahoe on one trip i had to san francisco, because they wanted to show me the place where they love to go snowboarding. i may not have learned how to snowboard on that trip, but i didn't miss the chance to get my tumbling shot done, on solid ice! my coldest tumbling shot to date.
a year ago, my sister aissa moved to london to study. i have never been to london before that and have always wanted to, so her moving there was the perfect reason and time for me to take a trip there. she showed me all around the city to see all the beautiful streets and sights and it definitely was tumbling shot heaven! i chose this shot by the house of parliament because it was so surreal. i only see this in movies or in the news! actually being there, for real, was pretty awesome.
canada is beautiful. its one of those places where you feel so close to nature. from vancouver, to victoria, to whistler, everything was just so pretty. this is a shot taken on the street behind an extremely charming winter lake lodge we stayed at while in whistler. we had just arrived and we were checking out the place, when we saw this view. the calm lake, snow topped trees, and light flurries in the air made for one really precious tumbling shot!
japan is one of my absolute favorite countries in the world! tokyo, kyoto, nara, and kobe are the cities i've been to, and if you plan to visit japan, i suggest you see all of them. words and photos do not do justice to how beautiful the place is! the first time i saw cherry blossoms was in tokyo. i instantly fell in love with cherry blossom season! this shot however was taken on an empty street in kyoto at night. cherry blossoms are gorgeous even at night.
russia is one of those countries i've always wanted to go to but never actually thought i would. everyone goes to europe, or north of asia, but who goes to russia?! so i was more than ecstatic when i found out that i was going to moscow with the mega magazine team!! i was only in the city for a little more than two days, but i did my best to soak up all the sites. the red square is something i only see in the news so it was a blast having my tumbling shot taken there!
siem reap has been on my to-go list for the longest time because i've been dreaming to see angkor wat. we here in the philippines are so lucky because aside from the beautiful sites in our own country, we're so close to so many amazing places to go to here in asia! the angkor wat temples exceeded all my expectations. walking through the halls of centuries-old structures was like a dream. i felt like i am now part of history after doing this tumbling shot.
there is no other city in the world like new york city! a trip to new york never ever fails to inspire and energize, and as alicia keys sang, its the "concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there's nothing you can't do," its so true! i love central park, upper west, upper east, brooklyn, chelsea, but soho has got to be my favorite! i love how the texture of the street and the wide leg pants complimented each other in this shot. i love new york.
i can't claim i've been to that many cities around the world compared to other travelers, there are still sooo many more on my list.. but if you ask me what the most beautiful sight in the world that i've seen is, i would have to answer the great wall of china. of all the sites that have amazed me, have gone beyond my wildest dreams, and have taken my breath away, this tops my list. it is precisely that, the. great. wall. we did the 10 kilometre trek from jinshanling to simatai, which is the part of the wall that is still the original wall, not remade or recreated. every single huff and puff and sweat bead was more than worth it. walking, climbing, and scaling the actual ruins of the wall that divides mongolia and china is one of the most unreal experiences i've had. the way the sunlight hits each stone on the wall is divine. at some point, i felt like angels were singing! its that beautiful! that is why, this is my choice for my favorite tumbling shot of alll time. ♥
my name is bianca, traveler, and i collect tumbling shots. i dream to tumble in many, many more places. :)
what is your passion, and what is your dream? :)