Before the rise of Baguio City, Bontoc is believed to be the center of Cordillera Region, a melting pot of culture and tradition as it sits near the boundaries of the the old Mountain’s sub-provinces of Abra, Kalinga and Ifugao. Bontoc today is a town making its own name and carving its own proud identity as the bustling capital of the present day Mountain Province. As with the other towns in Mountain Province and Cordillera, Bontoc is dotted with panoramic rice terraces. One of which…Continue Reading “Maligcong: Paradise Reborn”
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”
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”
Candi Prambanan / Candi Rara Jonggrang Yogyakarta, Indonesia According to Lonely Planet, Yogyakarta is the soul of Java while Jakarta is its financial and industrial powerhouse. It is the center of the island’s artistic and intellectual heritage. I couldn’t agree more! Along with Solo, Yogyakarta is the cradle of civilization of Java, the seat of religion and power that produced Borobudur and Prambanan, both world’s largest temples and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Borobodur is for Buddhists, Prambanan is for Hindus. Based on UNSECO’s official account, Candi…Continue Reading “Snapshot: Candi Prambanan of Yogyakarta”
Quarry Lake, Pulau Ubin Singapore Singapore, a bustling metropolis, a melting pot of diverse cultures and races, a dense city home to 5.5 million inhabitants. Vibrant and modern, busy and cosmopolitan. We all picture Singapore as an urban metropolis filled with stylish skyscrapers but unknown to many, the city state has an other side… a contrasting side. Northeast of the city is Pulau Ubin or simply Ubin Island, once a granite quarrying island, is considered as one of the few remaining rural villages if Singapore. A day of strolling and biking in the…Continue Reading “Snapshot: Pulau Ubin, Singapore’s Secret Corner”
Without a doubt, she is beautiful, she is majestic, she has magic! Every image of her, be as a main subject or a backdrop, makes us fall in love with her even more! Oh the Majestic! Oh Mayon Volcano! You’re beauty is as perfect as your cone. Your charm hides your dangerous temper. Your allure erases the dangers you have brought and you possess. You easily captures our emotion. You are uniquely beautiful in all your angles.