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 biased, 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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Travel Photo Diary 2017: Bangkok, Thailand…of ancient city, wats and royals..

Bangkok, Thailand November 5-8, 2017

Much have been said about how awesome Thailand is. And it truly is! Bangkok specially is full of life. Brimming with fun and funny tourists, overflowing with friendly, smiling Thais and oozing with confidence that wherever you come from and whatever your needs are, the city can offer it to you.

Our wandering feet (my daughter and mine) brought us to Thailand, the mecca of all the world backpackers. We got lost, we got hungry, we got rained on but we had fun!

Walk around Bangkok and you will understand why tourists love to visit this place. There is always something wonderful in every corner you take a turn to; a wat, a fashion store, a goody-old restaurant, a flower shop, a trader…name it, they have it. Or is it simply because we are foreigners and everything are new to our eyes? Well, whatever…One thing is for sure, I’m coming back to explore more of you, Thailand! Up north on the next travel..Crossing fingers…





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