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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.

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

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,

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

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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