Queenstown

Queenstown New Zealand Set in the backdrop the dramatic Southern Alps and on the shores of the panoramic Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand’s Otago Region is Queenstown, dubbed as South Island’s premier four season lake and alpine resort, the Adventure Capital of the World! Definitely one of the most beautiful places on Earth, Queenstown’s awe-inspiring scenery and vibrant energy make it a favorite destination for nature and adventure lovers. Go skiing or snowboarding in Treble Cone, Cardrona, Coronet Peak or The Remarkables; hiking or tramping in Queenstown Hill, Ben Lomond, Jack’s Point, Mt Alfred…Continue Reading “Snapshot: Queenstown, New Zealand’s Adventure Town”

Oslob

It is beyond magical, the grandest in South Cebu, the exaggeration of all waterfalls! It is unbelievable! And that was how I described Tumalog Falls when I visited the place on two different occasions few years back. No sugar coating! Imagine a tall wall, more than a hundred meters high, with drizzling cold water cascading on a rough mossy wall dotted with mushroom-like formations into a shallow perfectly turquoise pool. It really is beyond magical! Well, it used to be. Until humans intervened to his favor…Continue Reading “Oslob: The Lost Grandeur of Tumalog Falls”

Valencia

The original plan was to fly to Negros Occidental and dive in the waters of Sipalay, an offbeat scuba diving spot south of Bacolod City. What’s in their depths? I really do not have idea, but I heard they have colorful reefs and promising sites. Scuba diving is pretty new there so I assume that their sites are unspoiled and unexploited. But Sipalay, although an urban city, is generally offbeat. It is at least three hours of land travel from both Bacolod and Dumaguete City…Continue Reading “A Weekend of Adventures in South Cebu and Dumaguete”

Masbate 01

My penchant for Spanish-era lighthouses in the Philippines brought me cruising in the waters of Masbate Island, particularly in the towns of Aroroy and Balud, in search for the old lonely sentinels of the seas that dot the island. Masbate is home to two of the few remaining Spanish-constructed lighthouses – Bugui Point Lighthouse and Jintotolo Island Lighthouse. These two complementing lighthouses were built before the turn of 20th century, before the Spaniards handed over the Philippines to the Americans. Let us have a virtual…Continue Reading “Memoirs from Aroroy and Balud”

Yuntaishan Scenic Area

At the southern bank of East Central China side of the Yellow River is Zhengzhou, the current capital city, and the economic, technological and educational hub of Henan province. It is one of China’s Eight Great Ancient Capitals along with Luoyang, Anyang and Kaifeng, all located in the same province. Zhengzhou’s great history dates back to Neolithic times as the capital of the ancient Shang dynasty. Few traces of its old glory days are still evident today like the earthen walls at the city center….Continue Reading “Zhengzhou: Gateway to the Best of China’s Henan Province”

Mararison Island

Based on local folklore, the islands of Mararison along with Maniguin and Batbatan are siblings separated from their parents – Mount Madjaas and Mount Kanlaon – by their envious neighbor Mount Baloy. Seen from above, the three islands seem to be reaching out to their grieving mother, Mararison is the closest and just within reach. Just fifteen minutes boat ride from mainland Antique, Mararison Island (also called Malalison Island) is a small fishing village off the coast of the town of Culasi. But the tourism boom is quickly changing…Continue Reading “Mararison Island: A Gem of Culasi, Antique”