There were times as I wandered in other parts of Asia, I could also find the Philippines fitting in the picture. And vice versa – the countries, where I have been, were also remembered in some of our own spots. The following captures from my lens are either in contrast or complementary. I am presenting the photos in pairs not to demean one or to prove the other is better. In my humble viewpoint, this is my ability to recognize and to celebrate the differences and similarities of neighboring countries.
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Banpo Bridge in Seoul, South Korea – The Rainbow Fountain Bridge is the world’s longest bridge fountain. Because of its unique beauty, I was drawn to visit it twice in my entire stay in Seoul. The regular fountain show is accompanied by a music.
2. Train Station
Seoul train station – I was worried in catching up my flight in Jeju Island so I woke up in the morning and waited for the very first train going to Gimpo from Myeongdong. I arrived at this calm scenario.
A working cat in Hongdae, Seoul, South Korea – There are several dog and cat (even sheep) cafe restaurants around Hongdae catering to the Korean students in the university belt. You realize the stiff competition when a cat is employed to market the cafe by distributing ads.
4. Party Beach
Boracay Beach in Aklan – Has been regarded once as the best beach in the world and is currently marketed by the local tourism board as a 24/7 island. The best assets of beach are the fine and white sand, and the paraw sails with picturesque sunset background.
Boardwalk in Fihalhohi Island Resort – Fihalhohi is one of the many luxury island resorts in Maldives. Did you know that in this island, an hour difference from the capital Male is imposed on its timezone for business, not for geography, reason?
Boardwalk at Cloud 9, Siargao Island – Siargao Island is considered as one of the best surfing sites in the world. Here also lies the boardwalk open to public. Cloud 9 is named after the local chocolate bar being enjoyed by the Siargao locals.
Uluwatu Temple in a cliff in Bali, Indonesia – What surprised me in visiting Bali are the cliffs since what I only used to know then are its beaches. In Uluwatu Temple, you can even stand as close as to the edge of these tall cliffs.
Rolling Hills in Basco, Batanes – In Philippine context, the cliffs are often associated with Batanes. And the cliffs are still one of my most memorable mental images of the northernmost province in the country.
A husky in Chiang Kai Shek, Taipei, Taiwan – I think Taipei is the most dog-friendly city in all of the countries I’ve been that I see owners walking their best friends on leash around everywhere. This one lucky snow dog is being pampered with an ice cream.
9. Rice Terraces
Taguig skyline as seen from Binangonan Rizal – To make up for the population density in the National Capital Region, more and more buildings in the metro are being built to accommodate residences and businesses.
Taipei 101 – Figuratively and literally a green building, Taipei 101 is a supertall skyscraper in Taiwan with 101 floors and environmentally responsible and resource-efficient processes. One of the known skyscrapers that offer best firework display welcome every New Year.
Vigan Heritage Village in Ilocos Sur – Vigan is named as one of the seven newly declared wonder cities in the world. This best-preserved Spanish-planned city has been included in the World Heritage list too.
14. Infinity Pool
Infinity Pool at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore – One of my bucket list is to swim in the highest and largest infinity pool in the world. So when I got the chance and enough moolah to spend in Marina Bay Sands, I made sure I got some peeps to take a solo picture of me on it – my family.
Infinity pool in Sumilon, Cebu – Not long after, I realized that there are also equally mesmerizing infinity pools waiting to be visited in the country. One of which is in Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort in Oslob, Cebu.
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