Itbayat | Rapang Cliffs and Stone Bell: Otherworldy Landscape

Sunrise at Rapang Cliffs
Sunrise at Rapang Cliffs

The summer solstice extended the days in the country. But here in Batanes, the days felt a lot longer. 4:11 AM the sky was already showing shades of blue. The milky way slowly dissolves into the sky over at Mt Riposed. The purple glow brightens and unveils the landscape. We were at the sunrise point of Rapang Cliffs. I climbed on some sharp limestone rocks to get a better view near the cliffs. As soon as I saw the view behind the high rocks, my jaw dropped in amazement. I never thought Batanes could mesmerize me anew, but the landscape near the northern edge of the country just did.

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Salmiya | Better Books Kuwait: More than a Second Hand Bookstore

Inside Better Books in Salmiya
Inside Better Books in Salmiya

It was one of those afternoons where I was simply sitting down and relaxing in a donut shop with coffee in hand. Being new in Kuwait, walking has been my way to familiarize with the city. Afternoons are much pleasant and bearable even with the summer heat. I was browsing through my google maps checking what’s interesting near my area then I came across Better Books. As I haven’t seen a lot of good bookstores yet in Kuwait, I thought it would be interesting to check it out being near to where I am in Amman street.

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Virginia | Cedar Hill Cemetery: Stroll Through 200 Years of Suffolk History

On the road up to Mt Samat
On the road up to Mt Samat

And I found myself running around, apparently lost in this 32-acre hilly terrain dotted with massive cedar trees located inside the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Suffolk, Virginia. I was supposed to accompany my aunt at the grocery in town but I found a map of the cemetery when we visited the nearby Riddick’s Folly House Museum. From the old train station, the famed public cemetery listed in USA’s National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) was just beyond the fence. I’m such a sucker for maps and finding places like solving a mystery case. I asked my aunt to squeeze in a little time before our chore and she gladly obliged. Even for a moment, I was excited to explore the grounds by Nansemond River where Suffolk community began.

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