Sunday, November 27, 2016
Friday, November 25, 2016
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.
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
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.