A typical Tokyoite’s day starts and ends with a (crammed) train ride. The efficiency of the Tokyo train system means that workers residing in the suburbs can commute to their workplace in the morning and retire to their homes in the evening, even if their residence is 50 kilometers away. To while away the time, the Japanese have perfected the art of reading books while standing in a moving train, as well as sleeping and waking up right when the train doors open at their destination.
Yosemite National Park is a national park in eastern central California known for its grand waterfalls, impressive granite cliffs, towering sequoias, and vast wilderness. The bulk of visitors to Yosemite converge on Yosemite Valley, an 18 km2 glacier-carved valley where most of the park facilities and natural landmarks are located. On our visit to Yosemite last February 2013, we stopped at Tunnel View, a viewpoint at the end of Wawona Tunnel, where three of Yosemite’s prominent landmarks can be seen in one frame: El Capitan granite cliff on the left, Bridalveil Falls on the right, and Half Dome straight ahead in the center.
Shanghai was our first honeymoon stop back in 2011. This is the view of Pudong financial district across the Huangpu River. The tallest structures are the Shanghai World Financial Center (492m, the building with huge trapezoid hole on top), the Oriental Pearl Tower (468m, the tower with spherical structures), and the Jin Mao (421m, building to the left of Shanghai World Financial Center). Upon its completion in 2014, the Shanghai Tower (not yet in this photo) will surpass the Shanghai World Financial Center as the tallest building in China at 632m.
Day trips don’t get any better than this. As we were in Daet (my hometown) during the Holy Week break in 2011, we went to Calaguas on Black Saturday and were back in Daet by early evening.