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Monday, June 30, 2014

(At long last) The Arrival: Kolkata, India


My fascination of going to India started even before I was bitten by the travel bug. Five to six years ago I deemed of going there as almost next to impossible as there are many factors to consider; the long haul flight and expensive airfare, being tied up with a corporate job and for a country as big as India - a mere 5 day trip just won't cut it, unless you go there just to see the Taj Mahal at Agra. However, circumstances have a strange way of conspiring to bring me to the country I longed sought to see.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Halong Bay Side Step to Dau Go Cave


Apart from the thousands of limestone karst and small isles that adorns the whole of Halong Bay, there are small islands that also provides additional attraction like the Dau Go Cave (Wooden Stakes Cave). According to local stories, while planning a counter attack on their Mongolian enemies in 1288, the men of General Tran Hung Dao hid an enormous number of wooden stakes inside this cave. The wooden stakes were then flowed into the Bach Dang River to serve as obstacles against the attacking Mongols. It was a risky plan that tricked the enemy as the men of Kublai Khan got entangled with the wooden stakes as it tried to cross through the treacherous river bed, drowning a number of Mongolian warriors. 

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Channeling Dolph Lundgren at Pulangui Bridge in Quezon, Bukidnon


When one mentions 'rappelling' I always remember the scene in the first Universal Soldier film where the characters of Dolph Lundgren and Jean Claude Van Damme go on an Australian rappel assault down the Hoover dam. Though, our experience at the 155 feet high Pulangui Bridge at Quezon, Bukidnon ain't nowhere near a UniSol's territory, I felt a massive rat throbbing from inside my chest as our guide prepares my safety gears. "Are you nervous" he repeated it to me "Are you nervous" I give him a thumbs up sign which betrays what I'm feeling, just before I kicked my feet and catapulted my body mid-air with only a sturdy rope saving me from a 3 second free fall to massive broken bones, or worse death.

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