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ARMENIA : WHERE MY FEET TOOK ME IN 4 DAYS AND 3 NIGHTS

Starting the day literally in another country has been one of the best rewarding stimulants to my senses. Witnessing how the sun rises in a different place, strolling around to familiarise myself with the unknown,  trying to figure out how to go about a day while getting lost in translation are a part of the…

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40 BEAUTIFUL CHURCHES IN THE WORLD

Maundy Thursday for the Roman Catholic community is usually celebrated by Seven Churches Visitation or what we call in the Philppines as Visita Iglesia. If you must know, I grew up memorising the major streets of Metro Manila and nearby southern and northern provinces because our mother back home used to take our whole family…

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IRAN : VISITING MOSQUES IN SHIRAZ

Traveling has been compelling enough for me to accept differences, and to embrace diversities including religion. With acceptance, comes respect. Because of this, it becomes natural for me to involve places of worship in almost all my itineraries. Visiting churches, temples, shrines, and mosques, and learning even a bit of their practices, architecture and history…

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IRAN : A VISIT TO NECROPOLIS & PERSEPOLIS

“So, what made you choose to go to the devil instead of Heaven?”  I was greeted by a smile under dark sunnies with such query. “Excuse me? I didn’t get you.” “What brings you to Shiraz? Hi, My name is Ivan, and she’s Sabina.” “What brought me here? Probably the same reason why you’re here.…

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IRAN : COLORFUL MORNING AT NASIR OL MOLK MOSQUE

Spending almost an entire morning inside a place of worship, that’s built not even for my own religion became one of my most remarkable travel experiences to date! I reckon, it’s an extraordinary and unforgettable moment that’s worth sharing. Although, I’ve already been to a few impressively stunning mosques in the world (Masjid Putra or the…

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IRAN : PARHAMI TRADITIONAL HOUSE IN SHIRAZ

Although the Visa-on-arrival procedure at Shiraz International Airport took me an hour to wait before I passed through Passport Control and collect my check-in luggage, finding my accommodation for my first 3 nights in Iran wasn’t an issue. I was armed with a print out of the address of Parhami Traditional House, where the location…

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IRAN : NIAYESH BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN SHIRAZ

On the last night of my 5-day-trip in Iran, I opted to stay at Niayesh Boutique Hotel in Shiraz.  From my personal research prior to my trip, I found out that it’s one of the favourite accommodation of tourists and even backpackers who are most of the time, budget-conscious like me. Niayesh Hotel offers private single room,…

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IRAN : DISCOVERING SHIRAZ

Despite with growling stomach and runny nose, I was sincerely smiling when I presented my passport and boarding pass at the Passport Control section upon my departure from Shiraz International Airport. All the remarkable sights and atypical experiences I had for 5 days flashed in a blink. Right that very moment, there’s a proud man…

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DUSIT THANI DUBAI FRIDAY BRUNCH

Feasting on Friday Brunch in Dubai has always been one of the most anticipated weekend activities of UAE residents like us. Nothing beats gathering and having conversation with friends and families over a great spread of food and drinks, following a long and productive workweek! And among the countless restaurants and hotels that offer Friday brunch buffets,…

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PORTRAITS BY DOCGELO

To say that living abroad and traveling provide me infinite opportunities to meet people from all walks of life, is an understatement. Indubitably, the benefits extend by becoming interactive, and eventually learning about a bit of their character, culture and identity. From random greetings to short conversation, encountering locals has never failed to promote making friends…

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