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Three Countries In Ten Days: Dawn At Wat Arun

November 27th, 2009 by

It was a magnificent experience exploring Wat Po or what is more popularly known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.  To the people of Thailand, it is known by its complete name which is Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan.  It is accessible from any hotel in Thailand like  All Seasons Bangkok Huamark Hotel.  Of course, we relished every minute that we spent in the temple that housed the famous Reclining Buddha – one of the biggest in Thailand given that it measures a total forty-six meters long and fifteen meters high.  Some parts of its body were even made of intricately designed Mother of Pearl. Now that was really amazing! We even got to drop coins in little pots and made silent wishes to boot.

Wat Arun from Afar

We left the Temple of the Reclining Buddha so that we can still visit the last temple in our itinerary.  Our tour guide brought us back to the Maharaj Pier so that we can catch a boat that would help us cross the river.  This was a different boat and not the Chao Phraya Express Boats that we rode earlier when we first arrived at the Maharaj Pier.

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More Than Convenience Is Stored At The Konbini

November 26th, 2009 by

Celebrity traveling chef Anthony Bourdain will immediately retch at the idea of eating anything other than traditional food in any new country he visits. But many modern amenities in the world can surprise travelers with their range of healthy eating choices, from both the traditional to the fusion of international cuisine. Case in point: Japan‘s convenience stores. The konbini, as it is called locally, got its start when businessman Hideo Shimizu visited the United States in his search for the next big thing and fell in love with the idea of a store that sells items one might need in short notice, displayed in a uniform way.


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Proper Korean Dining Etiquette

November 25th, 2009 by

Proper etiquette varies from country to country and even the aspects of life you think are the same from place to play may be startlingly different. Such is true with Korean dining etiquette.

my first korean dining experience

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Three Countries In Ten Days: Wonderful Wat Po

November 20th, 2009 by

My partner and I surely had a fun time exploring the Vimanmek Mansion, which was very accessible to a lot of hotels in Thailand like the Convenient Park Hotel Bangkok.To start with, Thais claim that the Vimanmek Mansion is the world’s biggest golden teakwood mansion.  It is also sometimes referred to as the Vimanmek Palace.  It took us more than an hour to go through the huge exhibition rooms which were filled with various memorabilia from King Rama V’s reign.  The English Speaking guide, who was assigned to tour us during that hour, showed us the different rooms, décor, collection of photographs, silver, ceramic items, porcelain, jade, and items that were made of glistening gold.  But of course, we had to pay attention to whatever time we had left on our hands.  Our guide told us that we have to hurry so that we can make it in time to our next destination.

In Front of the Hall of the Reclining Buddha

It was a comfortable and short ride from the Vimanmek Mansion to the next item in our itinerary.  Our guide said that we will be thrilled with what we were about to see.  True enough, our hearts leaped when we found out that we will be visiting Wat Po which was home to the magnificent golden reclining Buddha image.

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General Santos City, Home Of Boxing Great Manny Pacquiao

November 18th, 2009 by

General Santos City, located south of Manila, has long been known as the “Tuna Capital of the Philippines” due to its bountiful fishing industry, which contributes more than 50% to the city’s economy. However, it is becoming better known worldwide as the hometown of boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, the unprecedented holder of 7 title belts in 7 different weight divisions. Pacquiao has made it to the cover of Time Magazine and maybe declared Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated. What kind of city can produce the best boxer in the entire world?


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Finding Serenity in Damyang

November 18th, 2009 by

It’s not uncommon to visit an Asian country and find that the people have carved a niche of some sort for themselves. In Korea, especially, you’ll find that different cities or provinces attach themselves to specific cultural habits. Some have special festivals while others boast intense cuisines. In the end, despite each area having much to offer, they’ll only become well-known for one or two.

Damyang Bamboo Resort - Nov 08 048

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Are You Ready To Join the Pillow Fight Club?

November 17th, 2009 by

The folks over at have recently released a fun, new flash game to take your mind off work and test those pillow fighting skills you’ve developed over the years! Not only that, but by playing the game (and possibly finger smashing your keyboard at the same time), you are in the running to win amazing prizes in the form of free accommodation in any hotel of your choice! Awesome!

So what are you waiting for? Play “Pillow Fight Club” NOW!

Three Countries In Ten Days: The Grandiose Vimanmek Mansion

November 13th, 2009 by

Riding one of the Chao Phraya Express Boats was definitely worthwhile for us.  My partner and I decided to see another side of Bangkok using a different mode of transportation.  From the time we got off at the Maharaj Pier, we proceeded to explore the Grand Palace and asked our guide tons of questions about the magnificent architecture.  From the palace, we moved on to pay our respects to the Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew.  We even got to make a few wishes using the blessed water at the temple.  After having our fill of these glorious attractions, our guide told us that we can go to another interesting tourist spot.  He was referring to none other than the Vimanmek Mansion.

Welcome to the Vimanmek Mansion

The Vimanmek Mansion is also popularly known as the Vimanmek Teak Mansion or the Vimanmek Palace.  It is specifically located within the Dusit Palace complex near the Dusit Zoo in Dusit district. The Vimanmek is considered the world’s largest golden teakwood mansion.

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Incredible Ceylon Teas from Sri Lanka

November 11th, 2009 by

While you’ll find a myriad of incredible tea brews in countries all around the world, some of the most notable come from the island of Sri Lanka.

The Tea Factory, Kandapola, Sri Lanka

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Taishan, God Of Mountains

November 10th, 2009 by

Taishan (Mount Tai) is one of China’s 5 sacred mountains, a set of Taoism’s holy places that includes Huashan. A symbol of sunrise and renewal, Taishan is foremost among the five mountains and is considered a deity in itself, a son of the Jade Emperor in heaven who acts as a channel between gods and men. In ancient times, the first thing a newly-crowned emperor would do is climb up Taishan and pray to heaven (at the peak), earth (at the base) and his ancestors. A total of 72 emperors have ascended this mountain, as well as numerous poets and literary scholars; the various monuments, temples and stone tablets throughout the slopes bear witness to these visits with poetic inscriptions. The first Chinese emperor, Shih Huang, left an inscription on the mountain; Confucius has also written poems about it, as well. “The Pride of Shandong Province” is located at the center of the region, and is visited by six million people every year. These visitors can explore the 22 ancient temples, 1,800 carved stones and all the ruins, pavilions, bridges and pine trees in between.


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