Travel Photo Diary: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia…of Batu Cave..KL Station …and Petronas Towers…

Much have been said about Malaysia. Many travelers of all sizes, colors and nationalities extolled high praises on how discipline and friendly Malaysians are. Travel blogs, tips, do’s and don’ts abound the web in the hope of making the travel  to this country an easy one.

Our travel to Malaysia was part of the Indochina trip my daughter and I did last 2017. We spent two days in Kuala Lumpur, and believe you me, it was not enough to check out all the interesting points the city offers.  And don’t get me started on the rain! It was raining heavily for two days when we were there so gallivanting around the city on foot became impossible. Nonetheless, our short stay was memorable and fun.

We visited the famous Batu Cave because you know, we’re mainstream didn’t want to spend our short time getting lost to look for those unbeaten tourist paths. You’d meet Lord Murungan on your way up guarding the entrance to the cave. This holy deity is revered by the Hindus. We survived the over 200+ steps up and down! No other way in or out to the cave but those stairs! Along the way we meet the infamous/spoiled monkeys who’d stare at you like you’re  the most absurd thing they have seen in a long while. Those monkeys would sure win hands down in a staring contest.

Since we were there early, there were less tourists so we had an hour of peace inside the cave and we were able to “oohhh” and “aahhh” to our hearts content with whatever our eyes laid on.

We then went back to the city and proceeded to the Petronas Towers. We did the obligatory PT shots because you can’t visit KL and leave without a shot with the PT in the background! It was raining like crazy so we had to take shelter and went inside the KLCC Suria.

We were supposed to go to Malacca, Malaysia the following day but the rain  just went on and on so we decided to just visit the nearby Chinatown and the Petaling Street and pigged out on noodles.






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Travel Photo Diary 2017: Koh Larn, Pattaya, Thailand…of ferry ride, big waves and cold waters..

Coming from a country (Philippines)  where beaches are hailed by the foreign tourists as one of the best in the world, the beach bums in us couldn’t resist the temptation of comparing our beaches to that of the other country, specifically Thailand.

It was a choice between Phuket and Pattaya. Pattaya won only because it was nearer at a 2-hour bus ride compared to a 9-hour bus ride to Phuket. Flying was not an option as we were basically living on planes the past few days.  We simply got tired of flying. so bus ride to Pattaya it is!

We didn’t get to see what Pattaya has to offer because we went directly to Koh Larn Island via a ferry boat at the Bali Hai Pier. A mere 45-minutes away from the city. The boat ride was crazy! A typhoon was brewing somewhere in South East Asia and Thailand was affected. The huge waves were scary but stealing glances from the other passengers to see if they felt the same as we did, we were surprised they kind of enjoyed the rough ride.

The skies were downcast and the sea breeze cold when we docked at Samae Beach, one of the six beaches  in Koh Larn (Coral Island). The beach was packed with rows and rows of reclining chairs with beach umbrellas available for rent at 50 baht.  Restaurants and stores dotted the area too.

We were supposed to check out the other beaches in the island but it rained hard in the afternoon. So much for beach hopping.

Verdict? I am bias, with gray, white, pink and red colored sand, Philippine beaches are still the best for me. ..peace…




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Art Appreciation: Kublai Millan’s Artworks in Impasug-ong, Bukidnon

When you drop by the Impasug-ong municipality in the province of Bukidnon you’ll be amazed by these giant statues in their native garbs and gigantic headdress. You’ll also see  smiling cowboys riding their horses! Well, this area is after all called, “Home of the Finest Cowboys”

These are sculpted by no other than Kublai Millan, a Mindanaon artist.

If you happen to pass by Impasug-ong on any of your road trips in Mindanao take the opportunity to do a photoshoot.


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Art Appreciation: Kublai Millan’s Artworks in Surallah, South Cotabato

A landmark in what seems like the grandest roundabout in the Philippines. The area where these artworks are located has become a tourist spot.  The statues and structures depict the harmonious relationship of the so-called tri-people (T’bolis, Muslims and Christians)  inhabiting South Cotabato.




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Art Appreciation: Kublai Millan’s artworks in Panabo City Freedom Park

This guy, Ray Mudjahid Ponce Millan or Kublai Millan for short, is simply amazing! One of the best and creative artist Mindanao has ever produced. His works are gigantic in sizes, awesome doesn’t even begin to describe it.  My daughter kept asking, “he did all these by himself?!”


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Chasing Waterfalls: Panas Waterfalls, New Corella, Davao dN

We’re Davao City bound and took a side trip to the municipality of New Corella in Davao del Norte to see this locally known Panas Waterfalls. And as usual we got lost. Took a wrong turn and ended up in the midst of a  huge banana plantation with rocky roads. All the while thinking, “OMG, no flat tires now please, I’m far away from civilization!” (exagge of course!), but when you’re surrounded with nothing but bananas, you can’t help but feel that way.  Houses were few and far in between and no souls in sight!

Anyway, google maps time it is! And finally arrived here. The roads going to the waterfalls are paved and concreted, so no worry there.



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Travel Photo Diary 2017: Siem Reap, Cambodia..of Angkor Wat, wall carvings and ruins..

Goosebumps. Yes, goosebumps hit me hard when I entered the Angkor Wat ruins. The palace even in its ruined state was simply amazing! Walking through the corridors, climbing up and down the stairs of this magnificent ruins and staring at those carved walls transported me back to the ancient times.  My running thought throughout the temple run we had was ” how do this place look like in its heyday?” Grand seems an understatement because everything in this palace is more than that. To have built this with bare hands, to transport those big slabs of stones , to carve all those figures and images on every nooks and crannies of the palace is simply unthinkable for a mere mortal like me whose life is define by the words modern and technology-reliant.

Our photos did not do justice to the grandeur that is Angkor Wat. It may not give off the feeling of how awesome the place is. It may not possess the angle-perfect criteria of photography  but the feeling of success to have entered and explored this place is something that would remain in my memory for a long time to come. I’m giving my memory justice.




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