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Charismatic Caleruega

January 29th, 2010 by

I love road trips.  Road trips can bring you to far-off places and can inspire spontaneity in anyone.  In these trips, people can discover a lot of things about themselves and realize traveling off the beaten path has its own advantages and thrills.

Welcome to Caleruega

In one of my previous articles, I mentioned that a lot of people in the Philippines enjoy going on a road trip to Tagaytay given that it is very accessible to the country’s capital – Manila.  For just a little under two hours, one can enjoy serene surroundings, cascading green landscapes and a refreshingly cool breeze high up on elevated ground.  But some of those who have been to Tagaytay multiple times opt to go the further mile and travel for a bit more to yet another fantastic road trip destination called CALERUEGA!

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Japan’s Mother Of All Tug-Of-Wars

January 28th, 2010 by

Every October, tens of thousands of spectators gather in Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture for the largest tug-of-war in the world. It is the highlight of the annual Ryukyu Kingdom Festival Tsunahiki (rope-pulling ritual) and has even made it to the Guinness Book of World Records for its sizable feat of rope pulling.

Kokusai Street

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Visiting Langkawi: A Guide for Tourists

January 27th, 2010 by

Langkawi, formally known as Palau Langkawi, is one of 99 islands that make up the stunning Lakgkawi archipelago.

Flying to Langkawi -1 Pictures from Above

Often referred to as the “Legendary Island,” there are dozens of incredible myths surrounding the formation of the island and the way it drifts in the ocean alongside the mainland of Malaysia. Langkawi is a stunning place to visit and you should be prepared for the adventure of a lifetime. Read the rest of this entry »

How To Kill Time At The Hong Kong International Airport

January 22nd, 2010 by

I have been forced to wait around at the Chek Lap Kok Airport numerous times in the past for different reasons.  I had to roam around the airport while waiting for my connecting flights or worse – to wait for extremely delayed planes.

Hong Kong International Airport

But, I would have to admit that staying at the Chek Lap Kok Airport is not entirely a pain.  In fact, this airport would have to be one of my ultimate favorites.  I do not mind being stranded there for a couple of hours because that just gives me reason to explore and check if there is anything new to see or experience.  It is an understatement to say that this airport continues to surprise me!

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The Fascinating Funerals Of Tana Toraja

January 21st, 2010 by

If you are a pig or water buffalo, it’s a bad decision to visit the highlands of Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi. In this Indonesian province, despite the rapid encroachment of modernization, the locals cling to many traditional ways as exemplified in their funeral rites. In a ceremony that takes days or even months to complete, the family of the deceased organize a large party to bid their final farewells to the departed. And that includes feasting on large quantities of pork and native beef.

Horns

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9 Incredible Hotels in Ho Chi Minh

January 20th, 2010 by

The city of Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam is one of the largest in the country. What was once the city of Saigon, Ho Chi Minh is a fast paced city full of economical change and cultural attractions.

golden triangle vacation - ho chi minh city day 2, vietnam_20071228_051

You will, of course, need a great place to stay in between excursions into the city and we’re prepared to uncover some of the most popular hotels in Ho Chi Minh. Read the rest of this entry »

Enjoy A Road Trip To Tagaytay City

January 15th, 2010 by

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — I had no idea that my travel adventures would start so soon this 2010.  My past year was overflowing with a lot of trips that truly blew me away when I thought that my budget would keep me from setting foot on foreign land.  I promised myself that I must make it a point to outdo my travel list for 2009.  I have to keep my fingers crossed as I know that it would be a challenging promise to keep for myself.

Tagaytay Zipline and Cable Car

But surprise…surprise… I found myself traveling out-of-town so early in the year!  My family decided to do a road trip to make the most of what was left of the holidays.  So, we agreed to just ride our car and don’t plan on a specific destination and just go where the wind would lead us, so to speak.  After driving for a few minutes, we figured that maybe we can visit a famous theme park south of the Manila.  We changed our minds at the last minute when we noticed the long line of cars making a beeline to the park’s parking lot.  We turned the car around and decided to go the other way and head to TAGAYTAY CITY.

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Things To Do In Melaka

January 14th, 2010 by

Located in the southwest part of Malaysia, Melaka is the oldest and 3rd smallest part of the country. This area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, full of historic places from the days when this region was successively conquered by the Portugese, the Dutch and the British.

The center of Peranakan culture, Melaka continues to support the descendants of Chinese traders and local women, who developed a unique lifestyle expressed in their fashion, architecture, dialect and customs. The Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum contains various relics of this society.

Here are some things you can do in Melaka:

Stadhuys

Start off the trip in Stadthuys – Also known as Dutch Square, this is one of the oldest Dutch buildings in Asia and was once the center of Dutch administration in the region. Notable for its crimson-hued buildings, a replica of Queen Victoria’s fountain is also found here, as well as the Tang Beng Swee Clock Tower and Christ Church. Stadhuys now houses a historical museum.

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A Visitor’s Guide to Bali

January 13th, 2010 by

Set in the heart of Indonesia, the island of Bali has long been a popular destination amongst those seeking a place to escape from the rest of the world.

ayun garden

The white sandy beaches and pristine waters offer a warm invitation to those who simply need to relax while the open waters, hiking trails, and historic attractions intrigue those who want to stay active. Are you ready to embark on a trip to Bali? Here are a few things you should know. Read the rest of this entry »

Scrumptious Khmer Cuisine To Delight Your Palate

January 8th, 2010 by

I would have to admit that I truly miss Cambodia.  My partner and I were in that marvelous country just a few months ago and it feels as if it had been ages.  Aside from the amazing Angkor Temples like Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat, there is another thing that we are truly missing about Cambodia.  We are extremely salivating over authentic Khmer food!

Enjoying Khmer Food

One of the things that we enjoy when we travel is the opportunity to try the local dishes.  More often than not, the popular food that one can find in a country has a lot to say about the people, culture, way of life, even history, of that place.  It is always exciting to try the different dishes and be in a rollercoaster ride of different tastes – something that will make your mouth explode from the different blend of exotic flavors.

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