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Friday, May 30, 2014

Accidental Tourist Buddies in Jakarta


Remember the two ladies who made a cameo on my flight-to-Jakarta narrative? well they stayed in the capital of Indonesia while I took a train to Yogyakarta. I thought the story ended there but to my wonderful surprise I bumped into them again a few days later. After spending 4 days at Yogyakarta I went back to Jakarta for the tail-end of my trip and ended up staying at the same hostel as these two lovelies who answers at the name of Tania and Carmel. I was downstairs of the hostel at the lounge working on my laptop when I saw them come down, I almost fell out of my seat and just froze. I heard about them talking about eating in a Korean Restaurant before they walked out the door. 

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Murmurs of Awe at Borobudur


Anytime you find your way to the world's largest and one of the acclaimed Buddhist temples in the world, you feel like toasting your kismet for bringing you there. Anytime you step foot on a structure built with such creativity and workmanship as far back the 9th century, it certainly rub additional semblance of history in the moment. Borobudur was the primary goal why I ventured into the city of Yogyakarta, to which at the time  I experienced my longest train ride from Jakarta, it has since been on my mind as something I shall see and scratch off the list of must-see places.

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

India Postcard Series: Arrival at Kolkata



Since my writing mojo usually arrives unannounced and at the least expected moment, I can't pinpoint exactly when I can start my India series. However, since I really wanted to share that experience I'm posting here a series of pictures I posted on my Facebook wall. This way, it'll give you an idea of the ground we covered, places we visited and some personal observations I made along the way. This first online postcard was taken at the airport in Kolkata. Finally, after years of wanting to visit the country of India I've made it into a reality, though there were no welcoming party, I must say our first night was spent trying to make up for  lost sleep.


Friday, May 2, 2014

Must Love Spelunking at Lahab Cave, Lights out for Pacquiao


Seated among other travel writers inside a van, we advanced further inland of Capiz province. As we passed by the scenic countryside my mind seem to wander towards the fourth fight of Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, which at that time was about to happen in a few minutes. I was somehow unexcited about our next destination, a cave called Lahab Cave located at the town of Dumalag - around 45 klicks south of Roxas City. Little do I know that a shocker of a boxing result and a charming cave which exceeded my expectation, awaits me in a few hours. 

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