Kinkaku-ji: The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

Kinkaku-ji Temple, in all its majesty is something you must see with your own eyes to believe. A stunningly beautiful temple covered in gold leaf, even seeing it in person feels almost illusory. It’s as if viewing a famous painting for the first time. But it is so much more than just art, it is a piece of history that solely rests in the peaceful pond of Kyoto.20160402_142656-01[1]20160402_142641-01[1]

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Walking towards the Golden Pavilion, you’ll see the hojo, (Ooops! this ain’t yet the temple) lol. :p This is actually the head priest’s former living quarters. 20160402_141542-01[1]20160402_141538-01[1]

Voilaaah! From afar you can see the glimmering glory of this temple reflecting its beauty in the surrounding pond. 20160402_142028-01[1]20160402_142251-01[1]20160402_143109-01[1]

The Golden Pavilion, as it’s commonly known, was originally built in 1397. It withstood wars and time only to be burnt down in 1950 by a monk suffering from mental illness. The current temple is rebuilt in 1955 based on the original structure and more extensive gold leaf coating was used in this version. In all its glistening glory, stands as a legacy of medieval Japan. It is a World Cultural Heritage Site and one of seventeen locations that comprise the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto. 20160402_142448-01[1]20160402_142524-01[1]I wasn’t expecting it to be that gold! lol.
And as you walk past the temple is a small native hut with pretty old mementos. They also sell some souvenir! :p20160402_143215-01[1]

Just follow the pathway inside the temple grounds and it will lead you to their zen garden.

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There’s still a lot to see though, infact there is also a silver temple located nearby called “Ginkaku-ji”. Despite the name, the temple isn’t covered in silver but is believed to have earned its name from the moonlight reflecting on its dark exterior, which used to be covered in black lacquer. It isn’t not a waste if you can’t make it to the silver pavilion (my tip) :p

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From Kyoto Station:

Slowest and easiest route:
Bus #101 or #205 from Kyoto station, about 40 minutes, ¥230.

Fastest route:
Karasuma line train to Kitaoji, 13 minutes, ¥260. Then take bus #101, 102, 204, or 205 to Kinkaku-ji, 10 minutes, ¥230.

As per my Itinerary, I spent half day in Arashiyama district  (Click to read post). Leave the Scenic Countryside of Kyoto around 1 or 2 to visit Kinkakuji temple. You probably will end around 4-5 depending on the crowd, traffic etc. and just nice to be back in kyoto station before sunset. If you are planning to take the shinkansen ride bound for tokyo then this I say is the most time efficient course if you still want to explore kyoto before leaving for tokyo on the the same day. ENJOY!

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The Scenic Countryside of Kyoto

Located on the Western Outskirts of Kyoto lies the Historic Site and Place of Scenic Beauty of Arashiyama. It’s terrifically charming and feels a bit like traveling back in time a few hundred years. Undoubtedly, it has become one of the famous landmark which offers a unique window into Kyoto’s historic heart.

Start the day around 9 in the morning to explore the district of Arashiyama. For those who have JR PASS, take the JR Sagano line from Kyoto Station and alight at Saga Arashiyama Station. It is 10 mins. on foot before you reach the gate of Tenryuji temple. Entrance costs ¥500 (6sgd/203php) and it’s really worth the visit.20160402_090653-01[1]As we mosey around the temple grounds of Tenryuji, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and considered as Kyoto’s top 5 Zen Temples, I was in awe.20160402_091643-01[1]
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The glorious garden that surrounds it is a testament to the timeless nature of Japanese landscaping. 20160402_092054-01[1]20160402_092934-01[1]20160402_092419-01[1]20160402_092824-01[1]20160402_092345-01[1]20160402_092244-01[1]20160402_093323-01[1]20160402_093424-01[1]20160402_093148-01[1]After Tenryuji, head back to where you entered the temple grounds. From there is actually the starting point of the must see Arashiyama Bamboo Forest (Click to read post).20160402_090442-01[1]20160402_090412-01[1]20160402_090259-01[1]20160402_093556-01[1] I love the wind chime quality of the bamboo rattling and the light rustle of the leaves. It’s magical! And as you keep walking towards the end of the groves, is the way to the breathtaking view of Arashiyama Mountain.20160402_095821-01[1]20160402_100437-01-01[1]20160402_103035-01-01[1]20160402_103032-01-01[1]If there is one place in Kyoto where I could say I fell in love with at first sight, then It would be the scenic view of Arashiyama Mountain. Surrounded by wonderful scenery of nature and the togetsu-kyo bridge as its most iconic landmark. It’s definitely magnificent! Here, you will be listening to relaxing sounds of the river, spotting boat rowing, and running into visitors enjoying their rickshaw rides. I spent a few hours to savor the picturesque setting. So, you definitely must dedicate at least half a day at Arashiyama district. Now, I’ll let the pictures do the talking. 🙂
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I purposely had a simple meal cause I know that on the other side of togetsukyo bridge lies a lot of  Japanese food stalls by the river.

And who do not want to try as much food as you can? lol.

TADAAAH!
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The first part of the day ends here. So, the next part is to visit the famous Golden Pavilion Temple before taking the Shinkansen ride bound for Tokyo. I’ll be making a separate post for the Ginkakuji Temple coz I find this post a bit lengthy now. lol.

 

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I hope you find this blog post helpful, especially for you guys planning to explore the Countryside of Kyoto, Arashiyama district. It actually is one of my fave!

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Kalibiru, The Viral Destination

Kalibiru National Park is about 1.5 hour drive from Jogja or a 30min. drive from Borobudur Temple managed by a local citizen to be a tourism destination in Kulonprogo, Yogyakarta. When this attraction became popular in social media, it grew too busy and crowded especially during weekend and holiday season.IMG_5384-01IMG_5386-01 This tourism destination provides the tourists 3 great things:
1.) Breathtaking view of vast vegetation, Menoreh Hills and Waduk Sermo from heights.
2.) Long but thrilling queue to get that Instagrammable photo spots.
3.) Exciting journey to reach the destination. It is true that the best view comes after the hardest climb. Drove past the steep and narrow road before reaching Kalibiru definitely gives you a fun ride. IMG_5397-02IMG_5388-01-01IMG_5396-01To be honest, the main attraction is taking a picture on the tree stage. There is 1 big stage and 3 tree stage spots. But don’t be sad, they offer fun adventures too such as flyingfox, canopy walk and adrenaline bridge so you won’t be too bored with nature. If you just want to take a picture on the area and don’t mind some trees in your background, you can also skip the lines and find your own spot. But since you’ve travelled quite a distance then better take that Tree top shot. You have to pay Rp. 15.000 per person to get up to the tree stage and take a picture. You pay additional Rp. 20.000 for 4 pictures taken by their photographers. The wait is pretty long since they allow about 5 minutes per person to take pictures. I suggest you come early so you don’t have to wait too long. Otherwise, the waiting game is about 1 to 1.5 hours. As per my Yogyakarta Itinerary, went first for a Borobudur Sunrise tour then head straight to kalibiru national park around 7am. Mind you, it’s the best timing.IMG_5390-01IMG_5391-01IMG_5393-01IMG_5394-01Despite its remote location, Kalibiru offers amenities to facilitate the tourists: guiding staffs, warungs, toilet, prayer room, outbound facilities, homestay, parking area and reasonable price. Kudos to local villager who manage Kalibiru. Very recommended!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESYour safest and convenient way of getting around this area is through hiring a personal tour driver. Lucky that throughout our Yogyakarta trip we had the best Jogja tour driver. Click www.jogjatourdriver.com for booking. And so my simple tip before you go is to avoid using slippery footwear as you still have to walk through a slope heading to the main area and of course do not ever forget to bring camera to capture your best instagram photos! Have fun!

Now take that Instagram selfie! :p
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Borobudur Sunrise Tour, Central Java

20160211_055026-01The Borobudur temple is a majestic piece of architecture located in Central Java. The temple sits majestically on a top of hill overlooking lush greenery and cultivated fields. This famous Buddhist temple allows you to travel back in time to enjoy an unrivalled combination of history, culture, spirituality and natural beauty.20160211_054406-0120160211_054405-01-0120160211_054415-01-0120160211_053940-0120160211_054027-0120160211_054427-0120160211_054424-0120160211_053902-01 (1)The magnificent Borobudur temple is one of Indonesia’s spectacular site and is widely considered to be one of the world’s seven wonders. An ancient site dating from the 8th and 9th centuries decorated with stone carvings in bas-relief representing images from the life of Buddha. The structure is like a set of massive interconnecting Lego blocks held together without any glue making its stonework has no equal. This awe inspiring monument is truly a wonder.20160211_061319-0120160211_061323-0120160211_061317-0120160211_061316-0120160211_061314-0120160211_061308-01 (1)20160211_061255-01Went for a sunrise tour. It was quite misty and the experience began from absolute darkness. Armed with a small electric torch and an adventurous standpoint, you start from walking up steep steps to get to the peak of the temple, find a cosy spot that gives you the best view of the emerging sunrise, watch the sky bit by bit change colours, and keeping your eyes peeled just so you won’t miss a single moment.20160211_051941-01SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES20160211_053440-01 (1)20160211_055310-0120160211_055305-0120160211_054848-0120160211_054613-0220160211_055045-0120160211_055051-01-0120160211_055029-01Describing the view as spectacular is totally an understatement. I’ll let the pictures do the talking.20160211_055646-01 (1)20160211_060950-0120160211_060948-0120160211_060314-0120160211_060946-0120160211_060750-0120160211_060754-0120160211_060616-0120160211_060625-02SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESIt is absolutely worth visiting.20160211_061058-0120160211_061805-0120160211_061736-0120160211_061734-01

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”

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The Dancing Clouds of Imogiri, Yogyakarta

A scenery that can make you feel at one with nature. A peak that has breathtaking panoramic view. A spot where the clouds appear below where you would be standing.
Indisputably! – A PERFECT PICTURE!20160212_054231-0120160212_054241-0120160212_054234-01Mangunan fruit garden is located in the district of Imogiri, Yogyakarta. However during the time of our visit I didn’t see any fruit at all. Might not be in season for bearing fruit I still find myself favoured to witness such natural beauty. The hike up the hill is quite tough but the view is definitely worth it! The struggle from the rugged terrain to get up the hill will be paid off when you reach the mountain top. And you will see nothing but the beauty of real nature.20160212_053710-0120160212_054212-0120160212_053705-0120160212_053655-01The best time to visit is at dawn where the clouds is dancing in front of you at the terrace right on top of the hill. I was speechless. A scene where heaven meets earth. Savour the moment and wait as the rising sun shoots beams of light through cracks and holes in the clouds. I was totally in awe. I couldn’t be more grateful for witnessing the pastoral scene.20160212_053533-0120160212_053633-0120160212_053624-0120160212_053501-0120160212_053600-01-0120160212_053810-0120160212_054926-0120160212_054920-0120160212_054438-01

Definitely one of my fave when in Yogyakarta.

Meet Mr. Jogja Tour Driver , His name is Wahyu. Lucky to have crossed his website on the night before our flight to Jogja. He was not just our tour driver throughout our trip but became our local friend too. Our day by day tour was definitely smooth. He even arranged my Itineraries and made it possible to visit all in my list.

You may visit his site www.jogjatourdriver.com and see all what he can offer!
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Wearing online goodies, all black suit and a pop of pink boots.
Scarf from tokichoi 

 

Your 3Day Guide To Ho Chi Minh

Discover enthralling history, fantastic food, cutting-edge art galleries and a year-round party scene in one of Asia’s most exciting cities.

Touchdown Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport, first thing we did after getting out their big and clean airport was to look for transport heading to district 1, Bizu Hotel our home for 3 days/2nights in Saigon.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESIt’s roughly a 40min drive (including the traffic) from airport to district 1, the backpacker’s area. We took BUS 152 just outside the airport instead of taking a taxi. Taxi costs you around 150 – 200k dong while bus is only 10k dong. Woah! Such a huge drop. And I would recommend taking a bus too than a taxi because the traffic is quite heavy. Even if you take a cab you still end up stuck in traffic. Anyhow the bus is air-conditioned, spacious and only got few passengers. Need not to worry coz it’s still comfy!

Along the way you can witness hundreds of motorbikes squeezing on the road, this explains the traffic. Err! Nevertheless, arrived in our hotel past 9 in the morning. We’re on a perfect location. District, 1 de tham street, home of the backpackers. So many tourists wandering around. At any corner were small hotels and travel agents. Food was everywhere, Cafes too. And ain’t too lucky though coz the hotel staff allowed us to check in even if it’s too early. Yay!

After everything was settled, we went for a walk around the area. And guess what? Just across our hotel, we found a great deal tour-package for the next 2 days including the afternoon tour on our day of arrival. Yuhoo! Total of 50sgd only (roughly 1800php). Hurray for cheap deals! Lol

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DAY 1: Morning

Airport Arrival around 9am
Hotel Check in by 10am
Eat local street foods
Tryclo ride for 2 hours in the main streets of the City

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DAY 1: Afternoon

Exploring the nearby streets through riding a tryclo was indeed fun. Back in our hotel for the CU CHI TUNNEL TOUR. (click to read separate post)

The daily tour package includes:
Air-conditioned Van/Mini Bus
Sightseeing with admissions as specified
English speaking tour guide
Complimentary water

Ended the tour at around 5pm and got back in our hotel by 7pm. The tour itself, travel and the congestion makes you dead tired! You need some rest, and…. oh shower. :p

On the good side, our location was perfect! Didn’t spend much time finding places to eat. So a nearby resto brought us to try their local dishes. Hunger pangs satisfied! After dinner was the most awaited rest and shower. Haha! 2 hours rest is enough though for you to be energized. Lol. And get ready to feel the night life of the City! Woohoo! Set off by 10 pm from hotel and have some cocktails in Chill Sky Bar. (the word “chill” is an understatement :p ) Awesome night indeed!20160125_225516-01[1]20160125_224824-01[1]20160125_230422-01[1]20160125_225642-01[1]image-5f49cf5de8630547bfd758db2a5b75a127c787eabad2f3a854075143a0b0f7f7-V-01[1]image-4d01bd701bd6824fa771c62797f128a7000b1fe81dc6839336d340128f36dbf9-V-01[1]20160125_225714-01[1]image-b80dacb996387772b6a99bc03367e9349997ff2a3614023482f3070213640adf-V-01[1]image-529d9fca82887ce097588370415a571cb6f695d268c870551dd81c2065c7402f-V-01[1]image-80ad186b7195fb920019d30a36854918f62b76db104396fd76698d3f5693c003-V-01[1]image-f0ed2e8be4183db144f5ed349cf07a5f4cd32b1cecb4373893f32609a461b82d-V[1]

Day 2

Rise and shine! 7.30am call for MEKONG DELTA TOUR (click to read separate post)

It was a whole day tour. Back in the hotel around 6pm. Well again, you need some shower and rest. Lol Set off by 8pm for the street food and night market outside Ben Than. Ended the night with a relaxing massage nearby hotel. I really love our location. Everything is just by foot.image-c0cfe532d180d050cb18cc08ba53ab4e806118968b332949d152c904ec9b9ec3-V-01[1]image-9ad8d4b5dd28280108e2d23d1ebb07a4ae6a8ed112d57728dc12aebc9e8731a3-V-01[1]image-cf8193c6b2e8e3271699c38dddd1b1b0e02e3c7257fb71e724b82fec0373cd44-V-01[1]

Day 3

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8am pick up time for HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR (click to read separate post). Ended around 4 in the afternoon. Need to grab a bite and have some cold drinks before saying tạm biệt.

Vietnam, a country of contradictions. It is vibrant. The cities are riots of colour and noise, packed with aromatic street food stalls and endless swarms of motorbikes. Another jam-packed adventure for me.  Cám ơn Vietnam!

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City of Saigon

Embrace the spirit of Saigon – “Pearl of the Far East “.IMG-20160127-WA0331-01

Ho Chi Minh City – former name Saigon is Vietnam’s largest city. A fast paced city with a unique mix of French colonial architecture, Chinese influences, a modern entrepreneurial spirit and numerous temples.

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The Vietnamese metropolis can intimidate you at first, but with a local to guide you on a Ho Chi Minh City tour, it’s never been easier to visit this incredible city. The city tour unravels Saigon’s raging past and provides a glimpse into the captivating variety the city has to offer.

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Morning Highlight.

The War Remnant Museum – the most popular museum in Ho Chi Minh city. For me, the museum isn’t for everyone; some of the pictures and displays are explicit and shocking.

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The brutality of war is on full effect. What is displayed there may not be suitable for the faint of heart. But if you’re interested in war history, this is definitely your place.

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Headed to Thien Hau Pagoda located inside China Town, it’s a place of great historical and cultural importance.

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Then shopping at Ben Thanh Market in city center. It offers extensive range of souvenirs and mementos. But this market is not just for the purpose to serve the tourist and travellers’ need, it’s also where the locals get their daily necessities such as fresh foods, groceries, household items and more.

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Afternoon Highlight.

The Reunification palace served as the South Vietnamese president’s home and office during the Vietnam War.

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It’s immense significance to the Vietnamese was when a Vietnamese military tank crashed the gates marking the end of America’s failed mission in Vietnam thus ending the war in April 30, 1975.

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The Notre Dame Cathedral, the General Post Office – 2 most famous and oldest of classical French colonial architecture construction was built more than 100 years ago.

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The cathedral was built by the French late in the 19th century. Its design, apart from the intention to create a religious look, aims at showing the influence of French civilization and Christianity over Saigon. At the time it was built, the Basilica was the most beautiful cathedral of this kind amongst all French colonies. IMG-20160127-WA0519-01-01IMG-20160127-WA0553-01-01IMG-20160127-WA0546-01-01IMG-20160127-WA0509-02-01IMG-20160127-WA0521-01IMG-20160127-WA0544-01

All the materials were directly imported from France like red bricks of the outside walls, which retain their bright and lively red color until today.

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The beautiful colonial General Post Office facing the cathedral square was completed at about the same time as the cathedral. With its huge clock and cavernous interior, the post office has the air of an old-fashioned railway station.

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The lacquerware shop, handicrafts from handicaps. The paintings and other handicrafts were assembled by handicapped people, mostly war victims who were no longer eligible to work in offices or farms but who still wanted to earn a living.

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The Mekong Delta Experience

A trip to Vietnam would not be complete without a trip to the Mekong Delta.IMG-20160127-WA0202-01-01[1](you don’t wanna miss that Iconic shot on a canoe ride with a conical hat right?) :p

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IMG-20160127-WA0401-01-01[1]Heading to the Mekong Delta, never miss to drop by the Mekong Rest Stop. We halted at this place, had a quick drink, bite and pee. hee! :p Much to our surprise we saw a nice landscape garden behind the resto. The place combines man-made sight with modern facility in a very natural way. Seems that all the tour buses and all the people that will go to a Mekong River Delta, stopped here.

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Welcome aboard! The leisurely boat ride along the river. Viewed the stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Proceeded to Tortoise islet, and finally! time to feed our hunger pangs in the orchard garden. 🙂

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Vietnamese honey tea
The canoe ride through gorgeous waterways with my conical hat. Oh yes! THIS was the Mekong Delta that I had imagined.

IMG-20160127-WA0184-01-01[1]IMG-20160127-WA0139-01-01[1]IMG-20160127-WA0155-01-01[1]As the local man rowing our boat took long, sure strokes to propel us through the groves of water coconut trees, we all marveled at the beauty of this part of Vietnam. Truly in awe at the simpleness and at the silence.

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Sometimes the journey means so much more than the destination.

 

Củ Chi Tunnels

Step back in time to experience the world of the Viet Cong with a glimpse into The Cu Chi Tunnels. It is certainly a great place to get a hands-on look at Vietnamese history. Well, I’m not a history geek nor a history lover. I even almost failed on this matter. haha :p
And to be honest, I never knew much about the Vietnam war until recently, so I’m only just getting to grips with how vast and brutal the combat was.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESIMG-20160127-WA0026-02[1]IMG-20160127-WA0037-02[1]IMG-20160127-WA0066-02[1]The Cu Chi Tunnels —a dark and claustrophobic 250km underground network that helped the Southern Vietnamese hide from the Americans during the last war in Vietnam, served as a hiding place, living quarters and barracks for Vietnamese soldiers and their families during the war —

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESIt’s hard to imagine that the peaceful forest could just forty years ago have been home to so much death and destruction.

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Bamboo pikes beneath this trapdoor, back in the day splashed with poison. Whoever advanced to this area, shouldn’t be able to return to his comrades to tell about his discoveries.

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A row of holes in the ground, each full of spikes arranged in different patterns. Varied in their size, depth, and the particular way they were designed to rupture your body, but they all had one thing in common: they were utterly horrifying. I shrink away while just looking at them.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESFurther into the woods, we walked past the trenches and then stopped at some old shelters.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESShuffled along to the next attraction: an old American tanker.

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And apparently it was time for another photoshoot, as people took turns climbing up onto the tanker and smiling for the camera.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESDuring wartime, Vietnam was ravaged and those torrid years plenty of structures, bases and monuments were completely destroyed. Cu Chi Tunnels, though, remain fairly intact and similar to how they appeared during the time of the war, making them one of the best preserved artifacts of the Vietnam/American War.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESHere’s the final encounter where you wou’d be crouching and crawling. Not only it’d be hot, sticky and narrow, it’d be dark. Really dark! :p

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESBut don’t be afraid, 2 frail wooden stairways lead up to the daylight every 20 meters. Sadly, after the first 20 meters, felt choking, the air got tight. Not being able to stood up and just being able to walk in squatting position, drove me insane. So I flee to the daylight. Went out on the first exit, the first 20 meters coz I really wanted to breathe.

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The Rest Stop

Before I forget, when we were on the way to Cu Chi, we stopped at a local gallery disguised as a rest stop, where we had to walk through an art factory to get to the bathrooms and outside got some snacks or coffee.

It was interesting to see people working on egg shell mosaic paintings at all stages of the process – and what’s striking there was these artists were disabled. Though expensive compared from buying it at the souvenir shop at Cu CHi, think of it as a donation to them.

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I look upon it as a blessing that I was born in Philippines 1989, and not – well, almost anywhere else, at almost any other point in history. Not a day goes by where I don’t remind myself how lucky I am. Today especially.

There are some experiences you can have when you travel that really will get to you. That get deep down within you and make you think. And so this was one of those.

 

 

“Holidaying” in France?

“Holidaying” in France? No, it’s Colmar Tropicale in BUKIT TINGGI MALAYSIA – BERJAYA HILLS. 

Colmar Tropicale, a French-themed village and resort inspired by the old town of Colmar in Alsace, France, which is known to be one of the most beautiful city in Europe.

This spectacular French-Themed Resort is a perfect place for a quiet laid back getaway with a picturesque and romantic environment.

It does look like you are “holidaying” in France.

Feel the French atmosphere.
“Relish in century old Alsace charm at this French-themed resort, settled at 2,700 feet above sea-level amidst 80 acres of rainforests.”

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It’s quite a unique experience, really. Think of it as a resort situated in Malaysia role-playing as a French village. Cool isn’t it?

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(Oops.. Did i blent in?) haha :p

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