Indonesia Travel

Starting from 2016, I’ve been doing my Indonesia travel yearly, except for this year due to the pandemic. I love the country. It’s beautiful people, great food and amazing culture is what makes me come back again and again. And this month of August is supposed to be time for my trip to this archipelago, just like back in 2016, 2018 and 2019 when I was traveling around. As Indonesia celebrated its National Day yesterday, it is fitting that I reminisce on my trips to…Continue Reading “Indonesia Travel, fond memories of the country”

Istana Maimun Medan

Ah, Istana Maimun, the royal palace in Medan. It was curiosity that brought me to this city, the capital of North Sumatra in Indonesia. Also called as the Maimun or Maimoon Palace. Built at the center of a sprawling 2,772 square meter land and always beckons as you pass Jalan Brigjend Katamso. The wide and green lawn is a fitting space that frames the elegant gold and white structure. The unique architecture is one of the city’s gems. The day was bright and sunny as…Continue Reading “Istana Maimun, Medan’s top attraction and landmark”

Tausug wedding

I visited Sitangkai for a book assignment and for the five days I was there, my host toured me around. Two days in a row, I attended a Tausug wedding and a Sama circumcision ritual. These community events are quite colorful with most women, other than the bride and groom dressed in multihued outfits. In both instances, we started at the groom’s house where the whole family and kin were busy preparing the food. At the bride’s abode, will be the ceremony. When all was…Continue Reading “Tausug wedding in Sitangkai, a colorful and beautiful affair”

Antequera weaving

It was already almost 11 AM when we arrived at the landlocked municipality of Antiquera at the southeasten side of Bohol. Unfortunately, we sort of missed the peak of the Sunday market of the town. Antiquera was established in 1876 and is a fourth class municipality. It was named after the hometown of Joaquin Bengoechia, Governor of Bohol at that time who hails from Antiquera in Malaga, Spain. It is known for two things: Mag-aso Falls and as the basket weaving capital of Bohol. Basket…Continue Reading “A short visit to the basket weaving capital of Bohol”

street art in cebu

I started my wanderings at the intersection of Spianada and Rahmann Streets, two quite roads near General Maxilom Ave. in Cebu City when I spotted a lengthy street art. Eight different heads that were connected, seemingly melting into each other spanning almost the entire wall of an old residence. At a section of Sikatuna St., another lengthy work from the same artist, Soika, this time, a white and blue boy with a worm like animal coming out from his mouth with the other end inside…Continue Reading “Street art in Cebu is alive and thriving, thanks to local artists”