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California | Get Lost to Danish City of America - Solvang

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Not visited California yet? Start planning your trip and get lost to the most vibrant countries and utmost expansive areas in the United States. A day after I arrived in California, the destination that I visited was California’s danish city of Solvang. This DIY trip was started in Simi Valley. We drove going to Santa Barbara traversing the State trace 154. A great long drive endured to me.

Davao Del Norte | Things to do in Bay Walk - Panabo City

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Panabo City - one of the fastest-growing cities in the province of Davao Del Norte, located in between Davao City and Tagum City. Not so famous in terms of tourism spots compared to neighboring towns like Samal Island, Tagum, and Davao City, but there are places that families and colleagues can be enjoyed with a lesser budget to spend; one of those, the Bay Walk Area!

Mindanao | Things to Do in Panabo City, Davao Del Norte

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Panabo City is a 3rd class city in the province of Davao Del Norte located on the border of Metro Davao with a population of more than 180 thousand people and one of the fastest-growing cities in the Davao Region.  It is formerly known as Magugpo (an old barangay of Tagum) and was originally inhabited by the native group of Aetas that directly engage in hunting using the bow and arrow   (Pana sa Baboy)  and root crops production as their daily diet.  In the 20th century, Panabo became the center of trade or known as Taboan, immigrated by the Christians, then later, the indigenous group moved to the highland.

UTAH | The Stunning View of Bryce Canyon

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  Bryce Canyon is located 50 miles southwestern of Utah. It lies with a uniquely made Amphitheaters shape plateau, filled with delicate pinnacle and rock formations called hoodoos. Believes they do not form nor develop from erosion but formed through erosions made by wind, frost, and rains that create fins, spire, awesome shapes in pinkish colors.

Mindanao | Visiting the promising town of Bacuag in Surigao Del Norte

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Bacuag, a small town located in the fiefdom of Surigao del Norte with a population of 14,881 people in census 2020. Rich in ocean coffers and beautiful sand lines, Bacuag Town is positioned 44 kilometers from Surigao City facing the eastern seacoast of Mindanao.

Surigao del Norte | 1-day visit in Claver Town

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The city of Claver is located in the province of Surigao del Norte on the island of Mindanao with a population of according to the 2020 Census. Situated between the city of Carascal to the south and Gugaquit on the west, Claver is thick with its mineral deposits such as iron, nickel, copper, and silver deposits. The mining site operates just 10 kilometers from the main city.

Davao Del Norte | Interesting Things to Do in Sto. Tomas

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  Bananas haven, first impression that you will say when entering the municipality of Santo Tomas.  Previously known as Tibal-og, home of the "tribong lumad" called Ata-Manobo inhabited in the lush forest in current days.   Located in between the municipality of Kapalong (north), Davao City (west), Asuncion (east), and Kapalong on the east side; this town is one of the fastest-growing municipalities in Davao Del Norte province in which economy is dependent on the multi-national corporations and cooperatives connected to banana-based production while rice is very significant in helping the economic development of the community.

Mindanao | The Grand Mosque of Cotabato City - the 2nd largest in Southeast Asia

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Cotabato City is a place full of history and stories. One of the oldest societies in the Philippines, Cotabato City is an independent megacity forcefully located in the capital of Bangsamoro Region with a population of 325,079 people in the 2020 Census.

Mindanao| A must visit place in Sultan Kudarat Province

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During this post epidemic time, I had an occasion to visit the fiefdom of Sultan Kudarat in Mindanao for a week. This fiefdom is located 100 kilometers from General Santos City , the profitable mecca of the SOCCSKSARGEN region (region 12), and a neighbor fiefdom of Maguindanao.  The capital is Isulan, the alternate populous city next to Tacurong City. Sultan Kudarat is named to the stalwart Moro idol the great sultan of Maguindanao in 1851-1671 led the Sultanate of Mindanao during his reign.  The iconic statehouse was primarily erected while the new Arena and the provincial hospital was added recently.  Contrary, the Capitol compount is truly the state of the art with a jaw-dropping structure similar to an ultramodern gallery and structures overseas.

Mindanao | The La Palmera Mountain Ridge of Columbio, Sultan Kudarat

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On weekend, using google maps! we traveled for a further than a 3-hour drive from Davao City to fulfill our DIY Tour - the La Palmera Mountain Ridge in Columbio, Sultan Kudarat. Before lunch, we traveled from  Davao City traversing Digos - Makila - Tacuring highway then turned left again at Datu Paglas junction.

Indonesia | The Istiqlal Mosque - the 6th largest Mosque in the World?

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Sunday morning, a day of wandering. We reserved a Grab Taxi from Alam Sutera in Serpong going to Central Jakarta in Indonesia covering the Toll Kuciran connecting roadways to roadways until the business jam began while entering the Jalan Taman Wijaya Kusuma. The closest road to the largest mosque in Southeast Asia is located.

Indonesia | Interesting Thing to DO, Must visit places in Central Jakarta

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Jakarta in Indonesia is the oldest inhabited megacity in Southeast Asia established in the 4th century latterly the important trading harborage for the Sunda Kingdom back then. Famously known as the Batavia during the Dutch rule.

Indonesia | The famous Kawah Putih of Ciwidey, Bandung

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Ciwidey is located 50 kilometers from the south of Bandung metropolis, home of the notorious sulfur lake in West Java in Indonesia – the Kawah Putih (the white crater). Positioned in the timberland right on an andesitic stratovolcano-Mount Patuha which erupted in the 12th century creating 2 craters, one is dry and on came the lake, the Kawah Putih. There has been no recorded eruption of Mount Patuha since 1600 so this area can be considered stable. During the Dutch rule, this place was formerly a sulfur mining point but now in cease. The Indonesian forestry department took over the area in the 1900s to develop as a tourist point.

Indonesia | The most visited places in Ciwidey, Bandung

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This passage broke in Tangerang, aboard a private car, we headed to the small city of Ciwidey in Bandung to visit the noted sites in the area. It has a distance of about 210 kilometers and we traveled for over 3 hours via Jl. Tol Jakarta-Cikampek and Jl. Cipularang Toll Road from the starting point. It's farther compared to 140 kilometers from the southern part of metropolitan Jakarta.

Camiguin Island | The stunning beauty of the Tuasan Falls

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  There is a never-ending exploration in Camiguin Island's alluring destinations, from dipping into the inland waters, exploring the Islands' beaches up to the historical places. But then, it will not be completed if you dropped an opportunity to scout the majestic waterfalls on the Island. On the second day of the visit, got lucky with perfect weather, the group headed to barangay Mainit in the town of Catarman to experience the nature's impact of the Tuasan Falls. It is about 27 kilometers away from the place we stay in Mambajao.  Going there is like, easy as pie; passing a very accessible and concrete road with a little bit of zigzag towards the location. If you're passing the same way, don’t miss to visit  the Sunken Cemetery  just along the road in Barangay Bonbon.  

Indonesia | Enjoying the beauty of Pantai Pangi and the alluring sunset of Pantai Tambakrejo in Blitar Regency

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  Blitar city is located in the East Java province, noted as the home of Indonesia’s first president Sukarno and the active volcano named Keludat in the north area of the regency. Blitar has a tropical climate while the economy depends on the majority in Agriculture. One weekend in September when I visited Blitar City for the second time and one of the things that I missed during my visit is to explore some side of the Blitar coast. 

The Serang beach of Blitar in East Java, Indonesia

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Still can’t imagine how beautiful the Blitar beach has to offer for a beach seeker like me. With a challenging distance of the beach location; most of those are situated in a secluded part far from the progressive city, hidden behind the mountains. During my second visit to this city, I decide to go after the beaches and we ended up   in Pantai Pangi and Tambakrejo which I had experienced the alluring sunset of Blitar.  But my journey does not end there, another  opportunity gives its way to oversee the beauty of the other side of the Blitar coastline and landed to the Serang Beach.

Indonesia | The stunning beach line and the largest water reservoir in southeast Asia - Tulungagung Regency

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  If you're looking for an alternative weekend getaway in the east part of  Java Island, then, try visiting the Tulungagung Regency. This Regency is located less than a 2-hours drive from the City of  Blitar which is also famous with historical attractions. This Regency has numerous collections of beaches, beautiful mountains, cultural and historical sites.       

Davao region | The best resort in Banaybanay, Davao Oriental - Bonhomie Leisure resorts

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Davao Oriental is a province in the Davao Region in the Philippines that is famously known for the World Heritage Park- Mt. Haguimitan situated in San Isidro, Aliwagwag Waterfall in Cateel, and the Surf Capital of Davao - the Mati City. However, most towns in this province are trying to cope up with tourism development spots particularly the beach resorts.

Camiguin | Morning grind at the White Island

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Situated in the Northern Island of Mindanao, Camiguin is considered the second smallest province in the Philippines. Camiguin Island has seven (7) volcanos in total including the famous Mt. Hibok Hibok that erupted in the 1950s. Old folks believe that this island exists throughout volcanic eruptions way back in time. With namesake “Islands-born of fire”.  Yet the volcanic Island of Camiguin is described as the most peaceful Island paradise in the country, blessed with several tourist attractions, spring, beaches, waterfalls, and the people that make tourists are mumble staying here.

The stunning view from the Bongao Peak, Tawi Tawi

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  Bongao Peak   or famously known as "Bud Bongao"   is a Historical landmark in the province that stands tall to welcome visitors.   Bongao   is located in the Island group of Tawi-Tawi Province under the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) believed to be the safest place in the region. Bongao peak has by approximately 314 meters above sea level and is considered as the highest peak in the province that dominates by its landscape.

Panataran Temple Compound in Blitar Regency, Indonesia

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Blitar is a landlock megalopolis located in East Java, Indonesia; about 73 kilometers from the City of Malang. From Jakarta, I flew to Malang for a weekday work-related exercise. Since no work during the weekend, so I had an opening to explore some sightseer lodestones in Malang and I ended up at the Coban Rondo Cataracts.

The Simpang Lima Gumul Monument in Kediri, Indonesia

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Simpang Lima Gumul Monument (SLG) is located in Kediri Regency, East Java. It's likely all rubberneckers would drop by once they pass the area. In the evening, the nuance becomes charmer and suitable for hanging out. The construction of the SLG monument began in 2003 likewise to the Arc de Triomphe of Paris, France, and was inaugurated in 2008.

Irenggolo Waterfalls, Kediri in Indonesia

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A beautiful tourism magnet indeed in Kediri is underrated since this small town is far from the airport and the beautiful spots in East Java. Irenggolo falls (Air Terjun Irenggolo) is one of the area's well-known attractions. The waterfall name derives from the legend army commander, Iro Manggolo that lost to the War and fled into these falls to the end of his life, later, the villagers found him  

Borobudur Temple in Jogja Region, the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World?

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Borobudur is a 7th-century Buddhist temple compound located in the lush green forest of Kecamatan Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia.  It was and the largest Buddhist temple in the world built in the 8th and 9th AD during the reign of the Sailendra Dynasty.  I was given a break to visit one of the most celebrated temples in the world in 2018 - The Borobudur Buddhist temple; one of the so-called 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. One weekend, my itinerary is to explore the astonishing attraction in Yogyakarta known not only in Indonesia but also in the world. 

Exploring the Majestic Sedudo Waterfall in Nganjuk, Indonesia

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When you find yourself in Nganjuk, Indonesia, don't miss the chance to explore its famous waterfalls, often frequented by locals and tourists alike. Among these natural wonders is Sedudo Waterfall, nestled in Ngliman Village, Sawahan District, within Nganjuk Regency. This picturesque waterfall sits at an altitude of 1,438 meters above sea level, cascading approximately 105 meters down near the base of Mount Wilis.

Playing over snow on a toboggan at the Bear Mountain in Southern California

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One weekend morning, Big Bear mountain invited me to go to see the snowfalls. This trip must have a lot of first-time to be experienced by chance; my first time to see actual fall of snowflakes; first time to drive in the snow? first time to slide downhill over snow on a toboggan? this must be fun.  The Big Bear Mountain is located in the heart of southern California widely known as the jewel of the Bernardino National Forest, famous for its various recreational activities, fishing sites, snowboarding & skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and more. . . 

Visiting the Hindu Temple in Chino Hills, California - BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir or known as Neasden Temple is an authentic Hindu temple and built entirely with traditional methods and material and was inaugurated in 1995 located in Chino Hills, California, which is in the part of San Bernardino County that borders Los Angeles County.  One afternoon in December, we traveled from Simi valley going to Chino Hills for a temple visit, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. It's a mixture of emotions since this was my first time visiting this place and driving towards the southern part of California. 

The Las Vegas experience, USA Road Trip

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From Simi Valley California we traveled to the land of Utah. Nice views and surroundings as you traverse along the massive highway. Snow-covered mountains, deserts we drove to Las Vegas. I suddenly fell asleep on that road trip, and those moments; when I woke up we were already on a way to Las Vegas. then, stop at a famous water dam to relax a bit. The place is mesmerizing, very relaxing and many tourists come here. I found out that this dam is one of the main sources of water in the city and its surroundings.

Quick visit at Washington DC, Lincoln Memorial, The White House

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Washington DC is founded after the American Revolution as a set of the government of the newly independent country and was named to the first President and founding father of the United States of America, George Washington.   

The underrated tourists attractions of Davao Oriental

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Davao Region is very famous for many spots that can offer to every tourist plus people's hospitality and generosity. You could enjoy and bump into many resorts, the finest restaurants, and nightlife. Aside from that, Davao has a lot of places you could take your memorable vacation experience especially if you travel outside the Central City. If you looking for many attractions, historical places, and beaches you should explore the Province of Davao Oriental definitely worth for your budget this summer

Visiting Cateel amid Pandemic - Aliwagwag Falls, Hanging bridge

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After visiting the town of Lingig in Surigao Del Sur, we headed straight to Cateel in the province Davao Oriental for an hour and a half drive. Town of the famous and the highest waterfalls in the whole Philippines - the Aliwagwag Waterfall. Cateel is a 2nd class municipality located on the east coast part of Davao Oriental. It has a population of 44, 207 people according to the 2020 census. 

Visiting Tinuy-an Falls during the Covid19 period | Bislig, Surigao del Sur

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The month of August,  I went back to Bislig city in Surigao de Sur from Tagum City. It was afternoon when I left Tagum City so I will definitely spend the night on the road because it is about 3 hours drive by private car. This is my first visit to Bislig City during Covid19 so the city of Bislig is in General Community Quarantine (GCQ). Checkpoints at each border are definitely strict in addition to the strict protocols and curfew hours.

Island Visit in Tubay, Agusan Del Norte

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Tubay is a coastal and a fifth class municipality living 25, 785 people with more than 5, 000 represents 6.65% of Agusan del Norte’s total population,  according to the 2020 census. The named Tubay is inspired by the legendary Datu Tabay who lived in this area during the Spanish occupation in Agusan which was declared as Pueblo in 1751 and officially became an independent municipality in 1947. Today, this small town is politically divided into 13 barangays, some of these can be reached by boats. 

Visiting Lingig - Bonbon Maribuhok and group of Islands, Surigao del Sur

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Lining is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Surigao del Sur in the Philippines with a land area of 305.17 square kilometers or 117.83 square miles comprising 19 barangay. According to the census 2020, the total population recorded with 35,142 people represent a 5.47% contribution to the entire province. This small town is located in between Bislig City, around one and a half journey by Bus, and Boston town in Davao Oriental, a border town of Surigao del Sur. 

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