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Souvenirs To Buy In Cambodia

July 2nd, 2010 by

Not so many people get to experience the magic of Cambodia.  Those who are fortunate enough to visit this extraordinary country choose to stay far longer than planned.  When it is about time to leave, one is left with no choice but to simply browse through photos, watch videos in order to prolong the feeling of being in Cambodia and cherish the marvelous memories.  As for me, I make it a point to buy a lot of souvenirs in order for me to share a bit of each place with my loved ones back home.


Painting of an Apsara Dancer   Photo by: theshutterbugs

It was no different when I got to visit the Kingdom of Cambodia last year together with my partner.  But I would have to admit that I did a bit of research before hand to check which souvenirs were worth lugging back with me and possibly cause me to pay some overweight baggage fines at the airport.
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Things To Do In Batanes

July 1st, 2010 by

The Batanes Islands are the northernmost province of the Philippines, a largely undeveloped region known for its beaches and natural attractions. It is also the smallest and least populated region in the country, a land ideal for relaxing far away from the hectic urban life. Imagine a place with no traffic, no industrial pollution and no crime, and Bataan will come to mind.

Here are some of things you can do in Batanes:

Batan Island

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Hop the islands. Only 3 of the 10 islands comprising the Batanes are large enough to sustain communities, while the rest can be experienced by boat. Sabtang Island is a highlight among the islands; it was named one of the country’s 12 best destinations by the Department of Tourism for its white beaches and deep canyons. Itbayat Island and Mavudis are other points of interest.

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Things To Do In Seto Inland Sea

June 17th, 2010 by

Seto Inland Sea is a strait passing through Japan that connects the Pacific Ocean and the Japanese Sea. Located between the main islands of Honshu and Shikoku and stretching 300 miles from Osaka to the resort town of Beppu, the Inland Sea is one of the most beautiful and tranquil parts of the country. The strait snakes through a multitude of islands, villages, beaches and natural sceneries.

Here are some things to do while in Seto Inland Sea:

Shimanami Kaido

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Cycle throughout the Inland Sea. There is a dedicated bike path along the Shimanami Kaido, a 60-kilometer toll road which connects Honshu’s Onomichi City to the six islands of Mukaishima, Innoshima, Ikuchijima, Omishima, Hakatajima and Oshima before ending in Iwabari City in Shikoku. Experienced cyclists can enjoy the numerous islands dotting the route, and there are no big climbs to challenge them. A bicycle rental system is in place where visitors can rent any of several types of bicycles, then drop them off at twelve terminals along the path if they wish to continue on by bus, instead. There are even kid’s type and electrically-assisted models available.

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Things To Do In Laguna

June 10th, 2010 by

Laguna is a thriving province in the Philippines just south of the capital of Manila, rich with coconuts and other natural resources. Due to its proximity near the city, Laguna is popular with the weekend crowd who wish to escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Many towns benefit from the amenities of modern life plus the laid-back tranquility of small-town living. There’s plenty to enjoy here for visitors, from the resorts and hotels to the natural, historical and modern attractions that abound.

Here are some things to do in Laguna:

Mt. Makiling


Trek up mystical Mt. Makiling. An inactive volcano with a height of 1,109 meters, Mt. Makiling is said to be the abode of a fairy who protects the residents around her. The mountain itself is great for nature hikes and is a favorite among mountaineers. The University of the Philippines, Los Banos, a satellite institution of the premier state university, is located at the foot of Mt. Makiling.

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Dining Etiquette In Vietnam

June 4th, 2010 by

Vietnam has its own set of traditions and customs that must be respected by all its visitors. The locals would greatly appreciate it if we behave properly according to their own culture like with how we conduct ourselves while in Vietnam, how we dress, how we speak, and of course, with how we dine.

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Read on to find out more about dining etiquette in Vietnam:

CHOPSTICKS – One must never leave chopsticks positioned vertically out of any food bowl whether it is plain steamed rice or noodles. This must also be remembered when visiting China. Vertical chopsticks is frowned upon because they look like incense sticks that are positioned vertically during a wake or a funeral. It is better to simply put both chopsticks on top of the bowl and position both sticks side by side.

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Things To Do In Suwon

April 1st, 2010 by

Known as “The City of Filial Piety”, Suwon is the provincial capital of Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. The city lies 30 kilometers south of Seoul and is one of the most prosperous of the capital’s satellite cities, as well as a major educational center.

Here are several things you can do while visiting Suwon:
Hwaseong Fortress

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Defend against invaders in Hwaseong Fortress – built by King Jeongjo during the Joseon Dynasty between 1794 to 1796, this fortress is the most advanced during its time and was supposed to cement the city’s position as the new capital. It is made of bricks unlike other Korean fortresses made of stone, with the help of the first Korean crane. There are 4 gates:  Paldalmun, Changganmun, Hwasomun, and Changnyongmun. A wall was also built around the city especially to protect the tomb of Jeongjo’s father; travelers can traverse the length of this wall and enjoy a view of the surroundings at the highest points, such as Seonamgangnu. Hwaseong Fortress has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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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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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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Things To Do In Subic Bay

December 24th, 2009 by

A former US Naval Station, Subic Bay has transformed itself into a premier economic zone and entertainment complex in the Philippines. With a multitude of natural and modern attractions, this city located north of Manila is a holiday destination for residents in the region as well as international travelers. There is also the usual complement of malls, restaurants, bars, and hotels to make anyone’s stay as memorable as possible.

Subic entrance

Here are some things to do while in Subic Bay:

Admire marine life in Subic Park Ocean Adventure - The two shows worth seeing are the dolphin and false killer whale show and the sea lion exhibition, which gives a more personal experience. There are also 10 aquariums which recreate marine conditions around Subic Bay.

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Have A Winter Wonderland At Hong Kong Disneyland

December 18th, 2009 by

It is this time of the year again when everyone gets to visit their favorite holiday destinations for the Christmas season.  Some people choose to just book a local flight to their own provinces and be united with their families.  There are also others who grab the opportunity of having long “off” days from work to go out of the country for some rest,relaxation and adventure.

Sparkling Christmas at Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong would have to be counted as one of the popular stops of tourists for Christmas.  People who live in tropical countries like the Philippines, Thailand, etc would certainly welcome the cold and soothing weather.  Given that it is a tourist friendly city, there are tons to do in Hong Kong and one will be assured of an endless list of things to do for his or her travel itinerary.  There are also a lot of nice hotels to stay in like the Acesite Hotel Hong Kong.

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