La Union: Pindangan Ruins


Pindangan Ruins is located adjacent to Carmelite monastery. The place is a bit off the main road, there are just a few structures surviving but there is lush greenery and flowers. The Virgin Mary still stands at the end where it was the altar before and the outer walls of the former church with its…

La Union: Ma-Cho Temple


The first Taoist Temple in the Philippines  which was established on 1975 through the initiative of then Tourism Minister Jose D. Aspiras, with the cooperation of the Chinese community in the Philippines. The place is so peaceful, good for “alone time” and reflection. You can make a wish or pay tribute.  The temple complex is certainly…

La Union: Old Spanish Watch Tower and Luna Pebble Beach


The restored Baluarte/Watch Tower now looks like an odd combination of old adobe and coral blocks with new light colred red bricks. It stands on an embarkment that restores the former level of Luna’s famous Pebble Beach. Before the restoration, the watchtower stands in disarray- vertically cut in two because of eroded base and foundation….

BACKPACKING TAIWAN: FO GUANG SHAN TEMPLE & MUSEUM


They call this place the “Buddhist Disneyworld”,  Fo Guang Shan is a must see destination for tourist and visitors in Kaohsiung. This place is worth a visit even if you are not a buddhist. It shows the relics and statues of Buddha and is the center of Buddhism belief in Kaohsiung in terms of land area….

BACKPACKING ALBAY: DARAGA CHURCH


This church has magnificent views and there are many picture spots both of the surrounding picturesque vistas and of the church itself. It is good to note that this church was made of volcanic rock and so one can appreciate the architecture and the labor that it took to build, including any attempts to restore…

BACKPACKING ALBAY: CAGSAWA RUINS


Cagsawa Ruins is always a part of every trip in Legaspi City in Albay.  It is always a site for photos and has always been a must for tourists.

France: Strasbourg Cathedral de Notre-Dame


Strasbourg is about an hour’s drive from Stuttgart, Germany. It’s a beautiful drive along the countryside. When you cross the Rhine River coming into the city, you might see a huge Viking River Cruise ship in the river, waiting at the wharf, or you might glimpse the steeple of the Cathedral first started at the…