Saturday, June 21, 2008

River Walk, San Antonio, Texas..

If ever there is a perfect host, then BJ is the one, that gorgeous lady, the spouse of our nephew. They were the host and we play guest as well as tourist during the duration of our stay in Houston. Like all tourists do, we just relax and take it easy and let things develop as its goes. It was our turn to enjoy living among loves one in this part of the world, a world where once we would just see on the TV. Razak our nephew was in his teen when we send him to study in the US. It is that education that saw this kid transformed from a Kampong boy to a successful executive in the global institution and now based at Houston. Doing his best to raised a family and I believed enjoying doing that. With those godsend kids of theirs, what else would anyone ask for but to enjoy life!.

With such a wonderful host we enjoy our stay there to the fullest. They decided that we should spend a night in San Antonia, a historical city to the west of Houston. To accommodate the whole family our nephew rented a more spacious MPV for the overnight trip to San Antonio. We left Houston after lunch on that sunny afternoon travelling on Highway 46. The Texas plain was flat and the sky was blue all the way. We took it easy and enjoy the 176 miles about 283 kilometers trip with a stop at an R & R on the way. After about three hours of pleasant journey we arrived at San Antonio. With the GPS getting to our final destination, the Hyatt was so simple. The GPS did all the guiding toward our final destination. Now I know how the GPS works and impressed with this technology which is starting to be use in Malaysia. I am going to get one before I return to Malaysia and would surely made travelling in KL and Singapore easy as ABC. Had it not been for the GPS we would have to use our ingenuity to find our way along the Highway and the inner city on our own and often the route we take would not be that easy. With the GPS, the thinking part is done and taken over by the gadget. What we had to do is to put the input of our destination and just follow the direction, Voila! we got to our direction without wasting time.

After checking in, the kids went for a swim at the pool like all kids do, while me and my spouse went out to walk along the River Walk, where part of the walk start right from the lower lobby of the hotel. The San Antonio River Walk is a must visit for tourists. We soon found what a picturesque sight this River Walk is, now throng with tourists. All along the river there are restaurants and souvenir shops. We join in the crowd and enjoy ourselves. After awhile we went back to the hotel to freshen ourselves before going out for dinner with the kids and their mom and dad. We then walk along the river path which by now has been lighted up, turning the whole area into a sort of a fairyland. With the kids around, this time the trip at time became hilarious. We wonder around and end up at a mall where we had dinner at the food court. Since it was late and we all were rather tired after that three hours trip from Houston, we decided to call the day of. Have a nice day.


ms istanbul said...

Pak Idrus,

Looks like all of you had a great time! You must be really proud of ur nephew.

ps: Have good news to share.

Pak Idrus said...

ms istanbul, thanks for the visit and the kind words.

Well, it is because of education that this generation get to go places. I have always stress on the right kind of education for the race to progress in the ever changing world.

Have a nice day.

svllee said...

Dear Pak IDrus, you sound like you are having a great time in Texas! Just curious...Texas is voted for being the fattest state in USA, is it true with all the fast food joints and huge servings?

Pak Idrus said...

svlee, Steven thanks for the visit and the kind words. Yes we are having a gala of a time here.

As for Texas, I really did not see many fat ppl here but I have heard that they say everything in Texas are big or large. We went to a shopping outlet, and it is really huge, the largest shopping outlet that I had ever been, you need a car to get around. It is at San Marcos. I also went to an electronic mall and it is more then four acres, every things electronic under one roof.

Have a nice day.

Wiz said...

Pak Idrus!!!! You're in Boston? SOunds like fun. I have read all your previous posts pertaining to your trip to the US of A. SOrry for not visiting you any sooner. Thanks for dropping by. Enjoy the rest of your journey Pak Idrus. Take care.

mamadou said...

Assalamu'alaikum Pak Idrus

Thank you for sharing with us your visit to Houston and San Antonio as I have never been to Houston. Very enjoyable reading your experience that give meinsight of developed country

Pak Idrus said...

wiz, thanks for the visit and the kind words. Yes we do enjoy our visit to this part of the world this time. I believe you are enjoying you visit as well. Have a nice day.

Pak Idrus said...

mamadou, thanks for the visit and the greeting.

I am indeed glad that you enjoy this posting. There are so much to see and experience in the US, such a develop country. I learn many things while here. You should try to come for a visit and let me know when you are coming so that I may give you my contact here.

Have a nice day.

mutalib saifuddin said...

hello, pak

may i recommend you getting the Garmin GNS 200/295 GPS. Good brand, yes!, and i have used it once, virtually. But it resembles the real one! so user friendly.

Pak Idrus said...

mutalib, thanks for the info. I am looking for the same brand. Have a nice day.

Chris Crawford said...

Hi Mr. Idrus,

I am a student at Trinity University, which is a small school in San Antonio... and we go to the River Walk all the time! You must have also seen the Tower of Americas, which is (I guess) similar to the Kuala Lumpur Tower (though I bet our tower is much smaller!). It was fun reading about how San Antonio looked to someone from so far away.

Take care

Pak Idrus said...

Chris Crawford thanks for the visit and the good words on this posting.

Yes I did enjoy my visit to San Antonio and to me the way the exploit the river is real great. It gave the river a new meaning where folks could still see the river and at the same time enjoy dinner or whatever along it.

As for the tower, I am not that sure, the Petronas Twin Tower is still the tallest Twin tower in the world and it is now the icon of Malaysia.

Have a nice day.