2018: New Year, New Opportunities

It has been a while since I last wrote a blog post, and I still haven’t updated my recent trips. After my Myanmar trip back in April and Shanghai trip in the following months, I met my SO in Dubai at Halloween season. It was a long story though, as many things happened during that date. We also met in my home country in the Philippines last Christmas and it is one of the best days of the year. I am gonna write about those experiences soon.

To summarize my past year, 2017, I have been abroad few times and most of them were spent in China. This year, I have no international travel plans yet but at least I know I am gonna spend more time in the Philippine beaches! After concluding my local trip with her at Puerto Galera in Mindoro, PH, I found more interest visiting the sea and just relaxing at those kinds of places.

To start the year right, I attempted to visit Cagbalete Island in Quezon Province but unfortunately it was suddenly rainy at that day so I just went home after an overnight stay at Mauban, the town where tourists ride a boat to cross the sea towards the tropical paradise.

I hope to have a great new year ahead, and hoping for more adventures to come. Happy New Year to everyone!

JPE

 

Thingyan: The Burmese Water Festival

My trip to Myanmar this year was a fun and exciting experience as the dates fell on the most important national holiday called Thingyan festival, a celebration done to welcome the Burmese New Year at the end of the hot season on mid-April. This Theravada Buddhist celebration is similar to the ones in neighbouring countries of Thailand (Songkran), Cambodia (Chaul Chnam Thmey), and Laos (Songkran/ Pii Mai).

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The most remarkable thing on this four-day period is the Continue reading

Akihabara, Japan

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Akihabara is located in the eastern side of Chiyoda ward. The Electric Town is just a short walk from the station. It is one of the must-visits while in Tokyo. The area is famous for its maid cafés, anime and manga goods, and video games. Some names can be identified by many, including the Sega Game Center.

Akihabara Electric Town, Tokyo, Japan
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Sapi Island, Malaysia

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Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park consists of five islands: Gaya, Sapi, Manukan, Mamutik, and Sulug Island. The cheapest way from Kota Kinabalu is thru Jesselton Point, where tourists can book island hopping and water activities with plenty of tour operators in choice.

Sapi Island, Sabah, Malaysia
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Jiufen, Taiwan

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Jiufen is one of the most visited tourist spots outside of Taipei. It is usually a daytrip destination, which can be visited together with Keelung. To go to this area, people can ride a train from Taipei to Ruifang Station, and ride another bus bound to the old street.

Jiufen, New Taipei City, Taiwan
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Odaiba, Japan

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Odaiba is an artificial island popular for its shopping and entertainment district, which lies in Tokyo Bay. The Rainbow Bridge, as seen at the back, is the line that connects the island to the rest of Tokyo. It supports a highway, a rail line and a walkway.

Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan
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