The Beautiful but Mysterious Sagpulon Falls

I lived most of my life in Cagayan de Oro City; however, I work in Cebu for few years. Last July, I went home and decided to visit one of the famous tourist destinations in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental, the Sagpulon Falls. The locals of Jasaan have been enjoying its beauty years before the Provincial Government…

WPC – Structure: The Diplomat Hotel

I chose the Diplomat Hotel as my entry for this Week’s Photo Challenge because of its interesting history and haunted walls. In 1915, during the occupation of the Americans in the Philippines, American and Spanish priests constructed a retreat house atop Dominican Hill in Baguio City, Philippines. Originally, it was planned to be a vacation…

The Hanging Temple: One of the World’s Forgotten Wonders

After being mesmerized by the beauty of the ancient Yungang Grottoes, I was patiently waiting at the exit for my driver. Unfortunately, he needed few more passengers going to the Hanging Temple. The 2 Chinese tourists who were with me didn’t go with us. For almost an hour I waited for the driver to come…

A Quick Trip To Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

From Budva, Montenegro, there are direct international buses to Mostar. I chose to take a night bus that didn’t cross the Croatian border since I didn’t have a Schengen Visa at that time. The trip took roughly 6 hours for 25 euros. Cautious about the trip and at the same time trying to get some…

A Visit To The 1500-Year Old Yungang Grottoes of Datong, China

It was a chilly morning when I arrived early at Datong Train Station. It was my next stop after my Beijing experience. At 5:00 AM, the streets of Datong were still deserted except for few early risers. I waited for the rest of the city to wake up before I started my itinerary for the…

Beijing, China: 2-Day Tour Itinerary

For convenience, I decided to book a 2-day Beijing Tour for 3250.00 PHP / $65. Usually, I do DIY trips but I had limited time in China and as mentioned on my previous blog, social media and Google are restricted in the country, my best option was to book for a group tour. Day 1-…

Weekly Photo Challenge – Texture

China holds a lot of ancient relics of its civilization, culture and religion. It has an overflowing abundance of  history that until now modern China still looks back to its ancient practices and apply it to their present daily lives.  I had a chance to witness the marvels of China last June of  2017. The…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual

Unusual It was during the summer of 2016. I was on my way to experience the exotic Cambodia. Like any other tourist, I was excited to see the beauty of the once great empire of Khmer. On my first day in Cambodia, I visited the lesser known ruins and save the best for last. Early…

A Day Tour: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Ubud, Bali is the center of Balinese tradition, culture and arts. Surrounding the town of Ubud are beautiful forests, mountains and rice paddies. The evidence of Balinese religion are evident in ancient and modern temples around town. Far from the crowded beaches and congested streets of Bali, Ubud is perfect  to those who would like to have a serene ambiance away from the city. Ubud…

How to go to Datong from Beijing via Sleeper Train

Beijing is the most crowded city I have been. At 6:00 PM, I was rushing to the train station to collect my train tickets. Beijing Train Station is massive and congested. I booked an overnight train online to Datong. From Beijing, Datong it was an 8-hour train ride. There were 2 options on how I…