Saturday, December 3, 2016

Trip of Wonders: Ain't No Bali Low Enough!

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Tucked away in the cerulean waters of the Bali Sea and the towering Mount Agung is an island blessed with fertile lands and rich biodiversity. Bali, with its varied terrain, numerous white sand beaches, picturesque temples, and standout local cuisines, has always been a favorite holiday destination for both local and international tourists.

When I found out I won a free trip to Bali, I got overwhelmed. I never thought I'd be back here so soon! For three days, we went to rediscover Bali, and to understand more about its culture.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Kingdom of Ayutthaya


I was still feeling groggy from last night's bar hopping activity at Sukhumvit, one of Bangkok's bustling night districts. At half past six, we drove north of Bangkok to explore the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam - Ayutthaya (or as what my travel buddy always say in our chat group, Uttaya LOL).

Unlike most cities in the world who were put under pressure to conform, this former capital of the Siamese kingdom remained immune to these sweeping changes. The vestiges of its past allowed us to understand its influence not just in Thailand, but also throughout southeast Asia.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Patta-yeah: Day 2 of Amazing Thailand



Two hours from the fervid sprawl of Bangkok, a four-lane expressway surrounded by wild grasses and weeds led us to another city off the coast of the Gulf of Thailand. We were driving at a speed of one hundred and twenty, an antithesis of what we had experienced in downtown Bangkok.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Thailand It That Way: Exploring Bangkok



One can easily fall in love with Thailand. You can never go wrong with their vibrant and multifaceted culture, their colorful heritage, and their food. History tells us that this country was once a powerful kingdom in this region, and had fought numerous tribes and neighboring kingdoms who had tried to claim their throne. Even after their beloved king's passing a few months ago, it didn't stop us from exploring this country in Southeast Asia.

For four days, we got awed by the stunning Buddhist architecture, idled inside our van as we endured the notorious Bangkok traffic, visited temples as if we were brought back to the golden era of Siam, and rode down narrow pathways on our bicycles through verdant orchards and appreciate Thailand's timeless beauty.

Interesting Vacation Ideas for Criminal Justice Students



What better way to break up the monotony of studying full-time than with a vacation in a far off land, where you can let all of your worries fade into the background. In reality, students don’t really need an excuse to travel, especially when they’re studying for their masters criminal justice degree. If your goal is to have an exciting vacation, first you have to be sure that you’ve chosen an interesting location to spend your time. There are museums abroad dedicated to criminal justice, as well as countries that have their unique ways of appointing peacekeepers and members of the armed services. While you really should spend most of your time relaxing while on vacation, learning a few new fun facts about your chosen course of study is always good too.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Photo Diary: Bali, Indonesia



Bali is an island province of Indonesia. Unlike its neighboring provinces, this region is predominantly Hindu, which is why this region stands out from the rest. After exploring the cities and towns of West and Central Java last year, I finally know why people keep on coming back to Bali. I love the diversity of Balinese culture. Not to mention, there are so many activities to do on this island alone!

I spent my 26th birthday here, and damn, I regret nothing! For four days, we went temple hopping, visited the sacred monkey forest of Ubud, and ate different Balinese dishes. That's why I got so thrilled after receiving an email from Wonderful Indonesia. I just won a trip for two to Bali, Indonesia! Christmas came early! I remember making a promise that I'll return to Bali, but I didn't expect I'll be back so soon. Mom and I will be there in the third week of November, just a few days after our Bangkok trip. Hahaha!

Here are some of my favorite photos on my first visit to Bali. I do hope I'd add more as I explore more of this famed island. Weapon of choice: Canon EOS 1100D, 50mm f/1.8 prime lens.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

4 Helpful Tips in Traveling to Philippines



Decades ago, exploring the Philippines can be quite challenging. Those were the days when the interconnectivity between islands aren't that extensive and a number of accommodations every city are only a few. But all thanks to the increasing interconnectivity between regions and islands, the growth of hotel industry, and the rise of technology, traveling around the archipelago has been easier.

Here are some helpful tips for exploring the Philippines.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

10 Things I Learned About Tokyo



A few weeks ago, I spent four days in Tokyo (with a side trip in the neighboring Kanagawa Prefecture), and as my friends are probably tired of hearing, I loved it. Absolutely loved it. Behind their towering skyscrapers and their disciplined culture, Tokyo still retains its charm. Here are the things I learned from traveling in this metropolis.

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