Osaka Castle in Autumn

It was my first, a visit to Osaka Castle in Autumn proved to be a resplendent experience. Yellow, orange and red colors painted the castle grounds as trees were in autumn foliage. It was beautiful to look at. So much beautiful than seeing it in photos or videos. The colors were alive, the wind is cool and I was there under the trees, awestruck at what I was seeing. This was a much better experience when I was touring the Aichi region two weeks earlier,…Continue Reading “Resplendent colors at Osaka Castle in Autumn”

Things to do in Bali

My first visit to Bali was just limited to a transit stopover from Lombok’s Gili as we were enroute to Surabaya. My second visit last October was a prize after winning an online contest sponsored by Tourism Indonesia. It is a culinary tour in this wonderful island by the Ministry of Tourism with the centerpiece of the visit a cooking class and a fine dining experience. Although not as exhaustive, here are eight things to do in Bali, listed here based on our tour for…Continue Reading “8 things to do in Bali for two days”

The highland city of Bandung reminds me of Baguio. But better and more interesting. For the first time traveler, it is such a beautiful city filled with geologic wonders, cheap shopping, great food, and of course, it’s Indonesia’s art deco capital. Life here is a bit slow but the cool weather make it the perfect weekend getaway for the people of Jakarta that it can get crowded and traffic becomes terrible. But on weekdays? It’s bliss. Here is a list of some things to do…Continue Reading “Things to do in Bandung for a memorable visit”

Things to do in Cagayan

For many tourists, Cagayan province in northwest Luzon is distant and hard to reach. And if a traveler persisted to visit, it may be in Tuguegarao, the provincial capital, to see the cathedral or eat pansit batil patung.. And for the adventurer, a quick stop in Penablanca for the caves. But my travels over the years to this fascinating province has made me realize that there are more untamed places to visit in Cagayan. This listing is in no way complete but gives you an…Continue Reading “10 untamed places to visit in Cagayan Province”

Visita Iglesia Cagayan

Rich in history and heritage, Visita Iglesia Cagayan is an apt endeavor to explore and get to know the faith and piety of the Cagayanos, especially that summer is here and Holy Week is near. From Tuguegarao straight up to Aparri, discover places of religious importance, get to know the brick structures whose building materials were made and fired in a gigantic oven in one of the towns and see the oldest bell in the Philippines cast 400 years ago. Tuguegarao Cathedral The Metropolitan Cathedral…Continue Reading “Visita Iglesia Cagayan: Touring Tuguegarao to Aparri”