Baguio City in the Cordillera region in the northern Philippines is dubbed as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines” that is why people flock here throughout the year especially during summer to escape the heat in their places of origin. Aside from the cold weather, amazing views, and good food, Baguio City also presents a unique cultural heritage that is distinct from the rest of the country. We are very lucky that several museums are built around the city to showcase the art, history, and culture of the region. Below are five of the several museums that are really worth the visit:
- BenCab Museum
BenCab, or Benjamin Cabrera, is a National Artist for Visual Arts, is the owner of this majestic museum. It houses several of his contemporary art collections and own works. You will also see many bul-ul (a carved wooden figure used to guard the rice crops by the Ifugaos) installations here. “Sabel” a common theme in BanCab’s works, is actually inspired by a real-life scavenger. A coffee shop is located at the ground floor of the museum which he also named “Sabel”. An eco-trail outside Sabel Café where traditional Cordillera houses can be seen can also be explored for a separate fee, just ask the café staff to avail. Nature and art combined indeed. Entrance fee is Php100 (Php80 for students and senior citizens).
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Rejoice, dimsum lovers! Contemporary Chinese restaurant Lugang Café’s Feast All You Can is baaack!
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So, we stumbled upon this very nice hotel in Bangkok during our stay there: The Journey Hotel. With its strategic location, affordable rates, good interiors, and nice staff, your stay will be so worth it! Here are 5 photos which will make you want to book a room in this lovely hotel:
1. Its facade
2. The World Map mural in its lobby
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Since opening up its borders to the world, especially for tourists, Myanmar has always been one of the most recommended places to visit worldwide. In fact, it was number 9 in the Top 10 countries of the Best in Travel 2016 book by Lonely Planet. My 2016 travel to Myanmar has been the best thus far. I am hereby recommending these 15 spots to include in your itineraries as you visit this golden spectacular country:
1. Mandalay Palace
The Mandalay Palace is the last royal palace of the last Burmese monarchy which is said to be built around mid-1800s, but the current structure existing is only a replica of the original. The top of the spiral watchtower will give you a spectacular view (such as shown in the photo above). I recommend you to devote 1-2hours to go around the complex because it is really huge. Entrance fee is MKY10,000.
2. Kuthodaw Pagoda
Maha Lawkamarazein or Kuthodaw Inscription Shrines (which literally means Royal Merit) contains the world’s largest book and was inscribed on the Register by UNESCO in 2013. This stupa is located at the foot of the Mandalay Hill and is patterned after Shwegizon Pagoda. It contains 729 marble slabs with Buddhust scriptures displayed in them.
3. Sutaungpyei Pagoda at Mandalay Hill
The Sutaungpei Pagoda is located atop Mandalay Hill which gives a spectacular view of Mandalay City. The way up is not an easy one — it’s like going up to the City of Baguio in the northern Philippines, but the experience is really worth it. It is also a gppd spot to view the sunset on the side where the Irrawaddy River can be found. It’s a huge complex, and there are actually escalators around! This pagoda is also more ‘shining shimmering splendid’ compared to other pagodas since mirrors and beautiful tiles surround the place.
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Bicol Region, Philippines (composed of 6 provinces – Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, and Catanduanes) is one local destination I will always keep on coming back – the food is great, the views are spectacular, the people are naturally kind, and there will always be new places to see. Below are 9 things that made my recent trip to Bicol Region an unforgettable one:
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