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Cambodia: Grand Royal Palace in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is Cambodia’s capital city—and it is a city of contrasts. While the Cambodians are proud of their glorious past as reflected on their magnificent Grand Royal Palace, what you see on the street is the extreme opposite of the lavish atmosphere inside the compound of the impressive palace

The Reclining Buddha in Bangkok

If you had tried a traditional Thai massage, then, you should know that such kind of massage was born here in Wat Pho where it houses the world’s biggest reclining Buddha. No, I’m not talking about that kind of “massage” offered by some around Silom or Khao San Road–with a

Five Great Reasons to Live in New York City

(An acquaintance I met before came up with 5 reasons why living in New York is great! She has lived in 4 other countries—but decided to settle in New York City as her permanent address, most of the time. When there’s typhoon or hurricane coming up in the great city,

Chocolate Hills in Bohol – View from Carmen Peak

Chocolate Hills in Bohol is a natural wonder that you have to see. It’s not like any other natural wonder you’ve seen in your life. There’s not just one or a hundred chocolate hills (or mounds) but 1,776 of them scattered like they’re some kind of a giant’s turd. LOL…. 

What it’s like inside Davao Crocodile Park

“What’s it’s like in a Crocodile Park?”, you might ask. Well, there are lots of crocodiles for sure. I’ve never seen so many crocodiles before in my life. The crocodiles I know in the Philippines are people, the politicians. Not a joke. If I were a crocodile, I’d be devastated

Panglao Beach

My friends and I went to Panglao Beach in Bohol this summer and we were so disappointed. It’s our fault. We went to the dirty part of Panglao Beach, the one near the Aloha Kew White Beach Resort. There’s nothing there that’s impressive. I’ve been to a lot of beaches

Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila

If you want to understand the Philippines as a country, visit Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila. Buildings of colonial architecture are well-preserved, neat and well-maintained. I’d recommend you to join the two-hour tour to better yourself in understanding the [easyazon_link asin=”1741796946″ locale=”US” new_window=”yes” nofollow=”default” tag=”pridecostume-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”yes” popups=”yes”]Philippines’

Luneta Park in Manila

Paris Hilton had a selfie here in Luneta Park. So should you. 🙂 The day I was in Manila, I visited Luneta Park right after my lunch by Manila Bay before I went to Intramuros and Fort Santiago nearby. Luneta Park is the Philippines’ most famous park where a statue of

Hakata Machiya Furusato-Kan in Fukuoka

I woke up with the “rhythm of the falling rain.” And I dunno what to do for the day. The rain didn’t like it’s gonna stop soon. Should I go out and embrace the rain like the way I did when I was a kid—splashing naked under the rain or should

Bangkok – Temples, Palace, Park and Tower

I woke up early and joined thousands of Thai commuters in the bus. Though I still have a bit of a hangover from last night’s debauchery, the excitement of going around Bangkok’s busy streets and tourist spots overwhelmed me. Word for the wise: When entering temples in Thailand, it is advised

Grasslands in Inner Mongolia

A visit to the grasslands in Inner Mongolia is a must when you’re in the region. So, on our third and last day in Hohot, the capital city, we were excited to see real Mongolian yurts and feast on Mongolian food like no other. For three hours, our car went up

The Hanging Monastery in Datong

Right after spending two hours at Yunggang Cave, our group headed off to the next destination: The Hanging Monastery which is about two hours travel by the CITS mini-bus. We left at 11:30 a.m. with our stomach asking, “When and where are we gonna eat?” But before the question was

Yungang Grottoes in Datong

Right after we exited the train station in Datong at 6:30 a.m., my student, Michael, and I looked for the CITS Travel Agency Office so we could book the two trips / destinations we wanna go and see: the Yungang Grottoes and the Hanging Monasteries. The two are the must-see

The Ancient Village of Cuandixia

Cuandixia is an ancient village that time forgot. Bored for making myself a prisoner this week due to my dry cough, I set out on a day trip outside Beijing. Together with a bicultural gay male couple, we hired a taxi from Pingguoyuan subway to the ancient village of Cuandixia.
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