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Going to Boracay Island

Going to Boracay Island

Avid travelers have been advised never to miss Boracay Island, a tiny piece of paradise located in Central Philippines that has been known for its low and quiet tides that are ideal for swimming, powder-white sand, and an amazing variety of amenities and entertainment.  Getting there, however, provides a challenge even for seasoned adventurers. Aside from the usual “by air” method, there are many ways to get into Boracay Island.  Here are some of the options.By air and seaThe main port of entry …

Where to Go in Boracay Island

Where to Go in Boracay Island

Even though Boracay Island in Central Philippines is a small stretch of land, it has a myriad of possibilities. You can have your piece of quiet paradise or enjoy the pulsating rhythms until the wee hours. Here are some of the recommended areas and venues when coming to Boracay. White BeachThis stretch of powdery white sand is where most tourists go. Not only it has a vast sand area where you can never run out of space to lay your towel and sunbathe yourself, it is also the island’s commercial a…

Dili, East Timor Travel Guide

Dili, East Timor Travel Guide

In one of the tiniest countries in Asia, its capital city is rising from the ashes by inviting weary travelers to take a dive deep into their majestic coral reefs.  Coming to the charming seaside city of Dili in East Timor, you may still see the ruins left by past conflicts when the former Portuguese colony declared independence from Indonesia in 2002. Squeezed along the narrow plains between the Timor Island and Ombai Strait, Dili was a backwater even during colonial times, being in a remote co…

Tết, the Vietnamese New Year

Tết, the Vietnamese New Year

Every nation celebrates the New Year in a very special way, although different from the commonly celebrated day of January 1. In Vietnam, they follow the lunar calendar in celebrating this momentous event.Traditionally called Tết Nguyên Ðán, the Tết is the most important and popular holiday in Vietnam. Its name literally means “Feast of the First Morning,” although the celebration can last for a week. Tết can be divided into three periods: Tất Niên (before New Year’s Eve), Giao Thừa (N…

Istana Nurul Iman, the Largest Palace in the World

Istana Nurul Iman, the Largest Palace in the World

The Sultanate of Brunei is an Islamic country that prides itself of its rich oil reserves.  However, unlike some cities in the Middle East like Dubai, Brunei is not as ostentatious.  Instead, they prefer displaying their riches almost politely and unassuming just like its people.  A perfect example of this is the world’s largest residential palace, Istana Nurul Iman.Measuring about 200,000 square meters, the Istana Nurul Iman is both a residential palace as well as an administrative office for t…

Travel Advice for Singapore

Travel Advice for Singapore

Singapore is considered as one of the safest major cities in the world, largely due to its very steep fines on even the lightest of offenses.  No wonder the locals joke around that Singapore is a “fine city.”  Although enforcement of these strict disciplinarian laws is sporadic, it is better to be safe than sorry.  Here are some of the activities that may cause you great trouble and you should avoid when visiting Singapore.Maintain common sense for light offensesMinor offenses such as jay-walkin…

Where to Go in Majestic Palau

Where to Go in Majestic Palau

Most tourists going to Palau have only one thing in mind:  diving into its precious natural treasures under the sea.  The Pacific island of Palau prides itself of its great natural beauty, untouched wilderness, and intact culture that are ideal for a relaxing holiday.  Here are some of the best locations you can enjoy while staying a week or two in Palau.Angaur IslandGarnished with timeless South Seas charm, the low-key Angaur Island has a lot to offer for tourists who prefer to stay away from t…

Taking a Relaxing Massage in Denpasar

Taking a Relaxing Massage in Denpasar

Apart from its scenic beauty, Bali is becoming known for its soothing, relaxing spa treatments that are simply incomparable.  Bali goes beyond the usual wet massages, as its treatments include body scrubs, body masks, foot massages, and even fragrant baths of pandan and lemongrass.  Many hotels in Bali have its own spa package, each providing a completely different experience.  Tourists going to its capital city of Denpasar, however, have one place in mind when it comes to getting that renowned …

The White Elephant of Thailand

The White Elephant of Thailand

The legend of white elephant started in Southeast Asia, it was the land of these rare creatures that were attributed to royalty. The story of Buddha sees the White Elephant as a symbol of fertility and knowledge wherein the mother of Buddha saw the vision of a white elephant offering lotus which is the symbol of purity and knowledge upon the birth of Buddha. The temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia depicted these magnificent animals in their murals whereas a few years later, Siam or today known as …

Manila, Manila… I Keep Coming Back to Manila

Manila, Manila... I Keep Coming Back to Manila

The pearl of the East, that’s how Philippines is described for its bountiful resources, scenic mountains not to mention fabulous beaches. Most tourists would be attracted to these scenic locations but few really do appreciate the amazing culture and story imprinted on the walls of structures dating back from its colonization under the Spaniard. Brief historySet at the middle of the its capital is Intramuros; cobblestone streets, magnificent churches such as the San Agustin , relics of the fort, …