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Where Not To Go in Bangkok

May 6th, 2011 by

Tourists are always reminded to take extra precaution when visiting new countries and unfamiliar destinations. Cultures will be different and there will be the usual fear of being taken advantage of. Because of this, it is a good idea to conduct some research prior to one’s trip.

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Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, is no different. Overall, the huge metropolis is a safe play but still, there are some areas that can be unsafe for tourists – or anyone for that matter. Concierges at hotels in Bangkok can be a huge help in this regard but in the meantime, check out a few infamous areas in the city.

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Six Great Cities For Street Photography

January 25th, 2011 by

Travel photographers may have the best equipment and years of experience but the choice of subject matter can spell the difference between a successful photo shoot and a drab one. Some cities are perpetually beloved by photographers for the richness of their visual impact and the variety of contrasting elements they offer.

Here are six cities around the world that give street photography a good name.

Hong Kong

Photo courtesy of  Ryan Holst.

Hong Kong

This dynamic economic centre is a sparkling jewel from afar and a startling contrast of oriental and occidental influences. Nothing captures the magnificence of the city like the view from the Kowloon side at night, as the mighty edifices blot out the darkness with sparkling radiance. Walking the streets of Hong Kong offers glimpses of historic temples, modern skyscrapers and British colonial sites together with dazzling commercial establishments. Finally, the sheer density of the island means you can snap away as soon as you step out of your Hong Kong hotel.

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My Petronas Skybridge Experience

November 26th, 2010 by

I have been fortunate enough to see the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur several times in the past.  As for the Skybridge, well, I never had the chance to visit it up close and personal.  You see, the climb to floor 41 of the impressive twin skyscrapers not only requires precious ringgits but in my case, a good deal of patience and sheer determination as well.

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The Petronas Twin Towers (or simply the Petronas Towers) were designed by Argentine architects César Pelli and Djay Cerico. The towers were the world’s tallest upon completion in 1998 but had to relinquish the glory to Taipei 101 in 2004.  Still, the modern icons are the tallest twin buildings worldwide, which counts for something.

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Bacolod, Philippines: City Of Smiles

September 21st, 2010 by

Bacolod City is the capital of Negros Occidental in the Western Visayas Region of the Philippines. The city’s famous annual MassKara Festival gave rise to the now-ubiquitous nickname “City of Smiles”.

The center of Ilonggo culture is full of superb food, monuments, heritage sites and people who exhibit the best of what the Western Visayas Region has to offer.

Masskara Festival

Here are some notable items to check off your Bacolod list:

Fountain of Justice

The historic Fountain of Justice in front of Bacolod City Hall commemorates the Spanish colonial surrender of 1898. The area is now a vital recreation and civic space.
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Vietnam In Seven Days – Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake

August 27th, 2010 by

Vietnam had turned out to be quite a surprise from the moment we got out of the airport and rode the private van sent to us for our airport transfer by Hanoi Capital Hotel.  For one, I never knew a million motorcycles can converge in such narrow streets and tight alleys.  It was then that I confirmed that the Vietnamese people rely heavily on motorcycles as a convenient and accessible means of transport.  Even young women in high heels cruise along the highways on speeding pink motorbikes and bright yellow Vespas.

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Upon arriving at our hotel, we were informed they were fully booked and couldn’t accommodate an early check-in.  Still dead tired from not being able to sleep a wink at Tan Son Nhat International Airport the previous night, I gladly accepted their offer to transfer us to a sister hotel.

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Explore Spectacular Sanya, Hainan Island

August 23rd, 2010 by

Sanya is China’s southernmost city and a rather famous and notable seaside resort. Russians and Northern Chinese often flee to this Hainan Island destination in winter to escape the cold. From wide coastlines to palm trees, Sanya is a tropical paradise with terrific activities to enjoy. Western travelers are starting to trickle in and those who do visit enjoy incredible weather, beautiful beaches, world class Sanya hotels and a variety of Chinese ethnic minority cultures.

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Vietnam In Seven Days: Journey To Hanoi

August 13th, 2010 by

The day that I have been looking forward to for the past three months has arrived.  With all bags properly packed, I rode a taxi to the airport.  It had been raining heavily for days so I figured it was better to start the trip as early as possible in order for us to get to the airport at least three hours before our scheduled flight.

Cebu Pacific Airbus A320 Photo by: georgeparrilla
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Vietnam In Seven Days: Preparing For The Trip

August 6th, 2010 by

I have always wanted to go to Vietnam.  There was a time last year when I thought I would finally go but in the end, the trip didn’t happen. No complaints however – my partner and I ended up visiting Malaysia, Thailand, and Cambodia in a span of ten days instead. We did promise ourselves to visit Vietnam this year however.

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For this post, I would like to share a simple checklist of what I took into consideration to make my “Vietnam in 7 Days” adventure hassle-free, within budget and a lot more fun.

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Manila’s Binondo Chinatown District

August 2nd, 2010 by

Binondo is truly a historic district of Old Manila, serving as the Chinese community since the earliest days of the city.  This area near the Spanish settlement of Intramuros was a major financial center until Makati took over the role (it was even referred to as “The Wall Street of the Philippines” at one time).

Since then, members of the Chinese community who made it big have established new residences in the suburbs, but often still maintain stores and offices in Binondo. Today, the world’s first Chinatown retains much of its heritage, and visitors can enjoy a quick immersion of Chinoy culture by walking along these crowded urban streets, a combination of high-end stores, vintage establishments and iconic institutions.

Here are some recommended Binondo activities:

Eng Bee Tin

Shop for Sweets in Eng Bee Tin. Eng Bee Tin is a famous Chinese pastry shop that sells red bean paste pastries, glutinous rice cakes, moon cakes and other tempting delights. There are several branches in Binondo and throughout Metro Manila. The owners of Eng Bee Tin paid homage to their Binondo roots by donating a purple fire truck to the local fire department, in reference to their popular purple yam (ube) pastry.

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Japan’s Quintessential Karaoke Culture

July 16th, 2010 by

Like pachinko and vending, karaoke parlors are found on every corner of Japan. Unlike these other forms of entertainment, karaoke is omnipresent around world, enthralling and irritating millions of people with good singing and bad. And with home karaoke sets, everyone can feel like a diva for a song, as it were.

Karaoke

Photo courtesy by dominiekth.

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