Monday, May 31, 2010
MORE WORDS FROM DEAR FRIENDS - THIS TIME FROM BRUNEI!!! MY BRAVE ADVENTUROUS JEFF AND PAULINE
WORDS SOMETIMES CAN EXPLAIN EVERYTHING, BUT NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT FOR ME TO READ THE WORLDS OF MY FANTASTIC GUESTS THAT CAME TO RIO AND FIGURED OUT THAT RIO IS MUCH MORE THAN A TRAVEL DESTINATION. RIO DE JANEIRO BECAME THEIR SECOND HOME!!!
First our visitors realized that Rio is not that dangerous place like everybody say before you travel, second they feel that Rio has a positive vibe and everyone is friendly without speaking english. They know they have a guide and much more than that, THEY KNOW THAT THEY DO HAVE A FRIEND!
Jeffrey Wong and Pauline Wong are sibblings and just like me they have an accurate taste for adventure! They travelled a big portion of South América and I was the one responsible to make Rio more than special. I think I made it!!!
We had a lovely day in Niterói and they saw much more than expected. They saw a vibrant city very next door to Rio de Janeiro, and we managed to reach the top of Viração Hill, our famous PARQUE DA CIDADE, the views from there are unique and we had the place just for us. We did not have na official authorization to go there as the area was destructed by many landslides, so for security reasons people were not allowed to go there! Well, I usually go there for years and years. And I know the way to the top through the woodlands and there we went. It was such a funny and glorious moment that I can do with you when you come to Rio!!!
THESE FANTASTIC TRAVELLERS FROM BRUNEI ASKED ME TO PUBLISH THEIR OWN OPINION ABOUT THEIR GOOD EXPERIENCE IN RIO, PLEASE READ WHAT THEY WROTE:
Thank you for the fabulous time. Our adventure was very unique as we had an interesting start of the day and gained access to a prohibited park! We have been sharing our stories about Iguazu falls, Rio and NITEROI =) to our friends and families. We have been encouraging people to visit Brazil and make the first trip perfect by embarking on your adventurous guides! Throughout this entire trip, you have been more than a guide - you have been our good Brazilian friend! Thank you for taking some time out of your very busy life to share your travel suggestions, dining ideas and program planning (Niteroi adventure). Your unrivaled effort and dedicated commitment to your work make you the most unique guide in the world!
As the saying goes, "It doesn't matter how you start, but how you end", so even though we did not get to start our Rio adventure with you since Day 1, the last day spent as Niteroi day left us lasting impression on Rio! We will really miss Rio!
I MET TWO GUESTS and we have been communicating for quite some time, and exactly like we wanted, we had a great day, and in the end of our tour I got TWO FASCINATING FRIENDS with gorgeous personal history!!!
THE GREATEST NEWS – Jeff and Pauline are my VERY FIRST guests from BRUNEI...
A very tiny and organized little country in Ásia...so all my love goes to Brunei and I am sending many thanks to all people there to give me the chance to meet such wonderful friends and I am waiting here for all of you, for more future friends from Brunei!!!
If you want to see more about this lovely country, we had a special TV documentary directed by a brazilian team that you can see more of Brunei, the links are:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9q1kXo-JLZQ – in portuguese but with english subtitles!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9nKb5fO3ks&feature=related – all in portuguese.
Now Pauline and Jeff are in Vancouver, again, always Canada ready to welcome very talented and bright people to make the country, a real land of opportunities where everyone can have a great future.
So Brunei’s people and Canadians, thanks for so much confidence, friendship and fun!!!
I will be always here to provide joy and knowledge to anyone. I will take good care of all of you!!!
Rafael Torres Lopes
Tour Guide and Travel Planner