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The Rituals of Voladores

The first time I saw it was at a park, on my way to the the Tulum Ruins gate, I thought there was some kind of festival going on. Five men in their full ethnic costume were on the pinnacle of a 30-m pole with extended rotating wooden planks in

Cenote Azul

Cenotes are unique to Mexico, especially in the Yucatan State. They are wells surrounded by rocks and most often they serve as the mouth of an underground river or a cave. They’re also good for snorkeling and diving. The freshwater is crystal clean that you can see the bottom /

Snorkeling in Cozumel

Together with a fellow backpacker I met at Playa del Carmen, we bought a round-trip ferry ticket to Cozumel for 316 Mexican Pesos. The plan was to chill in one of the famed beaches there—and perhaps, go snorkeling at one of the island’s famous diving and snorkeling sites. The ferry

Mexico – Playa del Carmen

I’ve been told. And I’ve been warned: “Cancun and Playa del Carmen are not your Mexico you would want to know,” a Mexican friend said. I went to PlayaCar, anyway. And she was right! I planned to stay there for three nights but I was turned off by the place. I cancelled

A Day in Valladolid

Valladolid is a very colonial city that has retained much of its Spanish characteristics. A leisurely stroll in the city center and on its narrow cobbled and concrete streets is an experience to enjoy. Though tagged as Yucatan State’s third largest city, this place is quiet and doesn’t have much

Mexico – Tulum Ruins aka Tulum Ruinas

Less than 20 minutes by public transport from Sirenis Beach Hotel and Resort is the Tulum Ruins archaeological site that dates back to the days when the Mayans rule the state. This site is different from Chichen Itza and other ruins in the region for this one is strategically built

Eating Deer Meat in Mexico

We left Chichen Itza at around 3 in the afternoon—and everyone was hungry. Except me. I felt that the calories I had from my huge breakfast wasn’t burned yet. So, we stopped in a village 20 minutes away from Chichen Itza, on our way back to Tulum. We missed to

Chichen Itza Pyramid in Mexico

Chichen Itza was once the center of the Mayan universe. It’s an ancient city once occupied by brilliant Mayans who invented the calendar and were keen observers of the stars. They were amazing astronomers that they could predict solar and lunar eclipses by just looking / observing the movements of

Grand Sirenis Beach Resort Riviera Maya in Tulum

Our flight was 4 hours delayed at Toronto Pearson International Airport due to heavy snowfall. We all thought we’re gonna be told our flight would be cancelled. But the good thing was, it was just a snowfall and no sign of storm. But, still, it could pose danger to any

Dance The Winter Away at IglooFest in Montreal

It’ was damn cold in Montreal last weekend. Freezing, actually. After the tempestuous snowstorm last Friday, it’s no good to be depressed by and wallowed in it. Plowing your snow-covered backyard would be a good thing to do but dancing the winter away at Igloofest was the best thing you

Snow Village in Montreal a.k.a. Village des Neiges

Despite the fury of the snow storm last Friday, I was actually thankful that megabus didn’t cancel any trips for Montreal. Though the snow fall already stopped  around 9 p.m. and the city was literally buried in snow and transportation services were all delayed. But the good news was: commuters

The Grand Palace in Bangkok

China has Forbidden City in Beijing. Cambodia has its own Grand Palace in Phnom Pehn. Laos has Haw Kham in Luang Prabang. England has Buckingham Palace in London. South Korea has Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul. Japan has an Imperial Palace in Tokyo. And Thailand has Grand Royal Palace in Bangkok.

Bangkok: Wat Arun – Temple of Dawn

The climb to the top of Wat Arun wasn’t easy breezy even for the young at heart. The steepness would make you dizzy and if you look down while clambering up, you’d be scared. The far-reaching view of the city of Bangkok across the Chao Phraya river is a breathtaking

Young Monks in Bangkok

These young monks were waiting for a boat to ferry them across the Chao Phraya river on their way to Wat Arun. Just as I was exiting Wat Pho, where the Reclining Buddha is, they came out altogether from a temple where they just had a lesson. They were lively,
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