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50 REASONS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH HANOI AND HALONG BAY, VIETNAM

HaNoi. The Vietnamese metropolis has been one of the most favourite travel destinations in Southeast Asia. It continues to draw tourists from around the globe because of attractive and charming reasons that the city and the country have to offer. Old yet striking architecture, traditional cuisine, vibrant however relaxed lifestyle, inviting natural resources, cheap and affordable…

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WHERE MY FEET BROUGHT ME IN 2013

It takes a formidable spirit to endure 2013.  From the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan, earthquake and armed conflict in our country, The Philippines, to my personal adversities, we could either dwell on tragedy and misery or choose to rise, become better, and move on. The results will always depend on our decisions. Yet in…

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MY MINI GUIDE TO GEORGE TOWN, PENANG

While my family and I have been living and working in Penang for almost 3 years now, I have not written yet a blog post summarizing the reasons why Penang is a must-visit place in Malaysia. So I was inspired by a travel magazine from Singapore that circulates around Asia where one of my amateur travel photos was fortunately published. Below…

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CHIANG MAI SERIES : DOI SUTHEP

29 December 2012. Saturday. Past Noon. Chiang Mai, Thailand. After being thrilled like a kid at Chiang Mai Zoo with my very first sighting of pandas and koalas, I thought I was content with my weekend and was ready to go back to my guesthouse and sleep the afternoon away until I saw red taxi cabs that are locally called, songthaews (literally means 10-seater-2-row-cab)…

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CHIANG MAI SERIES : ELEPHANT ADVENTURE AND MORE IN ONE DAY

Some people invest on material things, my family and I on memories. One of my unforgettable days in my brief, solo-backpacking trip from Penang to Chiang Mai was spent entirely inside an elephant camp and a few more itineraries. I wished I could share the fun with Tina and Gabby that day but then again, my wife has vertigo…

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CHIANG MAI SERIES : DRAGONS WITH COILS

After I greeted,“Hello!” and asked her name that slipped my poor memory, this old woman of Kayan, a refugee tribe from Myanmar whose age is beyond 60s, displayed the faintest smile and teary eyes. Her reactions were almost infectious. She’s one of those called by lowland Burmese as Padaung women or long necked. They wear spiral metal coils of many turns on their necks…

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CHIANG MAI SERIES : BEYOND BOUNDARIES

You will never understand how a solitary backpacking feels like unless you experienced it yourself.  It might be dangerous and risky but you won’t learn your abilities to hurdle what seems like challenges until you take the first step. December 26 -30, 2012. Words are unnecessary to explain why I left Tina & Gabby in our current home in Penang…

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