Another Day in Halong Bay

Another Day in Halong Bay

That moment when you want to get drunk in a foreign country and you can’t, because, you have to wake up early the following day for a well specified itinerary…it’s worth it.  The cruise ships were all docked in a calm part of the bay and as soon as the sound died down, with only the minimum sound of wave and occasional engine noises, the bay was peaceful and almost completely dark except for the lights illuminating from the ships.

 

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The Beauty that is Halong Bay

The Beauty that is Halong Bay

Woke up at Essence Palace Hotel in Old Quarter, Hanoi two hours before the scheduled shuttle pick up ride to the famous Halong Bay with much anticipation.  Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the, if not the most, famous tourist attractions in Vietnam and is in every list of every travellers around the world.  Known for its scenic landscape, magnificent isles, and incredible limestone karsts ready for everyone to gawk upon in awe while cruising in an extravagant ship, is a perfect destination for everyone’s well-deserved vacation.

 

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Hanoi, Vietnam:  One Afternoon with a Vietnamese Family

Hanoi, Vietnam: One Afternoon with a Vietnamese Family

I have been away from my keyboard for a long time that my last entry on this blog was two months ago.  My absence can be attributed to so many things; election in the Philippines, lacking of materials to write, work, social life, and probably, laziness.  So, to make up for the lost time, I am writing one now.  Oh, how I’ve missed this. 🙂Read More    

Macau Museums in a Day

Macau Museums in a Day

Some people tend to stereotype people who visit museums as boring, nerd, reserved, introverts or sometimes classy.  That isn’t entirely true.  Museums appeal to people from different walks of life, different generations, and different social classes.  People are attracted to visit museums because they are curious, they are hungry to learn about history, ancient cultures, the past, the old ways, and almost anything under the sun.  They are all born famished of knowledge and are all eager to fill the void with information that continue to fascinates each and every one of us.

 

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Tagaytay, Philippines Day 2

Tagaytay, Philippines Day 2

Half past seven, I was awoken by familiar sounds I haven’t heard in a long time; crowing of rooster, cow’s mooing, birds tweeting and my parents early-morning conversation which had brought me a pang of nostalgia and at the same time comfort and happiness.  These and the scent of grilled pork accompanied by cool weather had me jumping out of my bed.

 

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Tagaytay City, Philippines Day 1

Tagaytay City, Philippines Day 1

Tagaytay City which belongs to Cavite, a province in the southern part of Manila, is considered as the other “Summer Capital of the Philippines” due to its cool temperature, high altitude location and numerous tourist spots.  It is here where you can get the most picturesque view of one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines, the Taal Volcano.  Whether planned or unplanned trip, Tagaytay is a place to go if you are looking for a short break away from the city, or if you want to temporarily release stress, or if you are just on a road trip mission.

 

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Baguio City, Philippines

Baguio City, Philippines

Cold weather, fog, rain, strawberry, grilled corn, lengua, peanut brittle, pine trees, session road, and Marcos highway are just some of my recollections of Baguio City.  I had good memories of the place, because I used to frequent Baguio city when I was young up until high school.  In fact, other than Manila and my province, Bataan, Baguio city is probably one of my most frequented cities in the Philippines.  But that was a long time ago, it has been ages since I’ve last visited the city.  And it’s good to finally be back.

 

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Angkor Wat:  Like No Other Place On Earth

Angkor Wat:  Like No Other Place On Earth

I’ve always been fascinated by Man-Made Wonders of the World that I promised myself to visit as many wonders as possible.  I have great respect for ancient people who made these great Man-Made Wonders and I’ve always been bemused by their resourcefulness and creativity.  I can’t help but think and wonder how they could’ve possibly built such colossal and magnificent structures without the use of modern technology.  That has puzzled me to no end.

 

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The Struggle is Real:  Living and Working Abroad

The Struggle is Real:  Living and Working Abroad

This blog has been on hiatus for the last 4 years so pardon me if my first two entries after that long break are both about me. The first one being my bucket list, my apologies if that bored you to death but I’m pretty sure this next entry will be a total snooze fest that you might stop reading after the first sentence. But for those of you who will cut me some slack and will continue reading, thank you!Read More