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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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ESTONIA : WINTER MORNING STROLL IN OLD TOWN TALLINN

Waking up few hours before dawn to hit the shower and prepare to go out, to explore a new place at the dead of winter sounds like a crazy idea, doesn’t it? Perhaps, only those who have strong will and extreme wanderlust would entertain such thought and pursue the plan of discovering an unfamiliar place in…

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DUBAI : RAS AL KHOR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Whoever said Dubai is only about desert safari, soaring skyscrapers, massive malls and man-made archipelago, hasn’t been to Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Apart from going to Old Dubai, Jumeirah and Kite beaches, weekend brunches, themed parks and other attractions that Dubai has to offer, you can while away time and commune with nature at…

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21 PHOTOS AND 10 REASONS THAT WILL MAKE YOU TRAVEL TO MUSLIM COUNTRIES WITHOUT PREJUDICE

I was fortunate and will remain forever grateful to have chances to live and work in predominantly Muslim countries, in Malaysia for 3 years, and in United Arab Emirates at present. Expectedly, it did not only give me opportunities to grow personally and professionally, more so, it widened my perception, and made me embrace diversities of…

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FINLAND : WINTER DAYS IN HELSINKI

I honestly had no intention of going to Helsinki. When I was planning for my 9-day-winter trip for December of 2016, my eyes were on Rovaniemi (then go by ferry to Tallinn and to Riga by bus). I was excited to walk on snow, drive a snowmobile on a frozen river, meet Santa Claus, see…

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TALLINN : MY REVIEW OF THE ORIGINAL SOKOS HOTEL VIRU

Have you ever been to Tallinn, Estonia? Where did you stay? How was your experience?  Neither I thought that my senses will be charmed, nor my entire being would be left in awe by this attractive country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. Experiencing Tallinn was like sitting in front of a fireplace on…

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HELSINKI : MY HOTEL REVIEW OF SCANDIC PAASI

Location matters. It always does. It’s on top of my priorities whenever I’m scouting the worldwide web or relying from friends’ recommendations for possible travel-accommodation, regardless if it’s a hotel, a hostel, an apartment or a room for rent. And on my recent Nordic winter trip, one trusted name in hotel industry in the region…

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25 MOST PICTURESQUE PLACES IN THE WORLD

picturesque ˌpɪktʃəˈrɛsk/ adjective (of a place or building) visually attractive, especially in a quaint or charming way. Among the many cities and tourist spots in the 32 countries to date that I’ve been to, excluding the ones located in the countries where I come from, where I used to live and where I currently live (those are the…

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ROVANIEMI, FINLAND : 12 THINGS I LEARNED ABOUT NORTHERN LIGHTS

It was a night filled with hope, northern lights and stardust. When Alex and Ulik of Helios Tours arrived on time for the pre-arranged pick up at 9:15PM from my hotel in Rovaniemi, Finland, I knew I was in a good company. Together with a random Russian tourist, I joined Helios Tour’s Hunting Northern Lights…

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ROVANIEMI, FINLAND : MY SANTA CLAUS SAFARI EXPERIENCE IN LAPLAND!

“If you live an ordinary life, all you will have is ordinary stories.”  Those were the sharp yet truthful words of  Aurora Lane, played by the stunningly gorgeous, Jennifer Lawrence in the movie, the Passengers. So here’s a rundown of my extraordinary experiences from Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland! Why travel to Finland? I am a 40 year old kid who’s…

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