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JORDAN | ROAD TRIP X FOOD TRIP

Similar to an impulse that travels from the brain to the spine and elsewhere, the decision to take my feet to one of the places in my bucket list happened spontaneously. Destination : Jordan. My random online surfing during ungodly hours of the morning in mid-May of 2014 made me aware about His Holiness Pope…

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INTRAMUROS, MANILA | SAN AGUSTIN MUSEUM

I’ve been going to San Agustin Church within the historic and cobblestone streets of Intramuros, Manila since my wonder years. My parents used to take me and my siblings to 30 churches every Holy Week back then, and their list included San Agustin Church. But it took more than 30 years before I set foot…

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ANGONO | HIGANTES FESTIVAL & BALAW BALAW RESTAURANT

It only took me 20 minutes and twenty-two Philippine pesos on a single public-utility-jeepney ride from our place in Pasig City to reach Angono, Rizal.  Although it sounded quite near and convenient, I did not have any idea where to alight! I only remembered from what I googled, that the Higantes Festival parade would start at…

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INTRAMUROS, MANILA | 2013 GRAND MARIAN PROCESSION

“I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of religion, and it is the spirit.” ~ Khalil Gibran Around 3PM, I rode the MRT train from Santolan Station all the way to its last stop in Recto, Manila. Strolled my…

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RANDOM MEMORIES, HAPPY THOUGHTS FROM MALACCA

Malacca is as colorful as her trishaws. That shine bright like diamonds at dusk. Malacca is sweeter than her cendol. Dare I say it’s tastier than Jalan Penang’s. It was in Malacca we wore Malaysia as Baba-Nyonya. Spent (pa-) cute bonding moments. Inspired to pose for more photos. As we discovered Church of St. Paul Ruins as…

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MELAKA! MALACCA!

Rocking the Baba, Nyonya Malaysian traditional attires | Christ Church Melaka, 31 March 2013. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber We’re supposed to be in Singapore again from March 30 to midnight of April 2, 2013 but because of unforseen and inevitable circumstance that happened the last minute when we’re already in Johor…

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KOTA BHARU, KELANTAN SERIES : BUDDHIST TEMPLES

Being one of the towns bordering Malaysia and Thailand, Kelantan is obviously rich in culture and religion. It’s considered to be the cradle of Malay civilization and is predominantly a Muslim state but inevitably Buddhist temples sprung like mushrooms. More than being tourist spots, these temples are apparently sacred sanctuaries.  However, one could not help but admire its architecture, interiors and ambience. On our second day…

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CHOCOLATES ON GOOD FRIDAY

I am not complaining but as a Catholic, I consider working during Holy Week particularly last Maundy Thursday and Good Friday as one of my atypical experiences to date.  The fact that I have been exposed to  several activities like watching and at time, participating in religious procession in Marikina City, and to my wife’s family tradition of chanting the Lord’s Passion or pabasa…

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THUNDERBIRD RESORTS (part 3) : DISCOVERING LA UNION

27 July 2010 Tuesday–City tour was part of the bloggers’ tour but I was actually surprised when the people of THUNDERBIRD RESORTS brought us to different unsung historic spots within La Union. It was truly beyond my expectation. First stop :  PINDANGAN  RUINS Built in May 6, 1786, Minasterio de San Fernando was the oldest…

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UNUSUAL PASYAL

Guess where I took my kid for a walk? Even my wife, Tina had no word to explain what got into me when I decided to bring Gabby to this park on one weekend morning.  Perhaps, I wanted a breather between our usual routine of going to malls, coffee shops and restaurants or maybe I…

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