iDiscover Quiapo: Heritage and Culture You May Have Not Seen

The Ocampo Pagoda Mansion
The Ocampo Pagoda Mansion

I remember spending a lot of time in the streets of Quiapo when I was still in college. There are familiar streets and landmarks but my wanderings remains to what is required from school. Deovir art supplies, Hidalgo camera shops and bookstores nearby. Venturing through the bustling streets of Quiapo can be challenging and intimidating. Not to mention its seedy reputation as home of pickpockets. But thread carefully and guided properly, a trip to Quiapo can be an enriching experience. Behind the many shops, dvd stalls and buzzing transpos are heritage gems, foodie finds and culture

(more…)
Advertisements

Underwater World Pattaya: On Foot Aquatic Voyage of Thailand

The aquarium tunnel at the Underwater World Pattaya
The aquarium tunnel at the Underwater World Pattaya

The city of Pattaya, second most visited City of Thailand feels like one big theme park. It’s a good thing since it used to have a reputation of being seedy. Not only were the stretches of beach a main draw and the Pattaya Sea Adventure, there are several man-made attractions. From the lively night life of cabarets and muay thai arenas, theme parks have popped up all over the place. The Underwater World Pattaya is one that is family friendly and offers a glimpse of the nearby underwater world of Thailand without the need to get wet.

(more…)

Bucas Grande | Tiktikan Lagoon: A Spot to Unwind

The wooden pier at Tiktikan Lagoon
The wooden pier at Tiktikan Lagoon

Just checking in at Sohoton Bay Resort was already a preview of what Bucas Grande Island holds. This municipality has often been overshadowed by the nearby island of Siargao. There are even day tours from Siargao for Sohoton Cove and their stingless jellyfish which people often mistake as being part of their municipality. But Bucas Grande is a destination of its own. My tour starts at Tiktikan Lagoon (also referred to as the Tiktikan Lake), a serene body of water concealed within Sohoton Cove.

(more…)

Bangkok | Across the River for Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn

The Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun
The Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun

No rain. I guess the afternoon squall has finally decided to halt. I just got out of Wat Pho and noticed I still have enough time to explore another temple that afternoon. The Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun is just across Chao Phraya river. Just a short walk from Wat Pho is the ferry terminal to cross the river. Only 3.50 baht and I’m across the river in less than 10 minutes.

(more…)

Isabela | Magat Dam Afternoon Stroll

Afternoon at Magat Dam
Afternoon at Magat Dam

It was one of those national landmarks in the country most people are familiar with. Having grown up reading about it on text books, Magat Dam is known one of the largest dams in the country. The water is mainly used for irrigation, flood control and electric source through the Magat Hydroelectric Power Plant. We took a drive to the municipality of Ramon from Echague to visit this popular dam for an afternoon sightseeing.

(more…)

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.

(more…)

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.

(more…)