Mambukal Resort in the neighboring municipality of Murcia is probably the most popular day trip destination for those who live in Bacolod. It’s actually quite old, dating back to 1927, when it first opened its gates to the public. Originally designed by Kokichi Paul Ishiwata – a Christian Japanese – the resort is now ran by the provincial government. Because it’s located in at the foothills of Mt. Kanlaon, the area is dotted by hot sulfur springs and waterfalls. Continue reading
“Talisay” is the name of a type of tree, and is also a pretty common place-name in the Philippines. As far as i know, there are 2 cities and 2 municipalities that are known by this name in Negros Occidental, Cebu, Batangas and Camarines Norte, respectively. What sets apart the Talisay of Negros Occidental is undoubtedly the remains of the building formerly known as the Mariano Ledesma Lacson Mansion, now referred to as “The Ruins”. Talisay is adjacent to both Silay and Bacolod and I planned to spend the afternoon viewing The Ruins. Continue reading
When one flies to Bacolod City, one doesn’t really land in any airport within Bacolod. Like most airports named after major cities, they’re usually actually located in a neighboring city or municipality where there’s much more open space. This is the case with the “Dumaguete Airport” located in Sibulan, the former “Manila International Airport” located in Parañaque, the “Iloilo Airport” located in Cabatuan, and of course, the Bacolod Airport, which is located in the city of Silay. Continue reading
Mandalay was the royal capital of the last Burmese Kingdom before the monarchy was abolished as a result of a disastrous war with the British. Despite being known today as the cultural capital of Myanmar, it is actually not very old, having been established only in 1857. Continue reading
Last December 1 & 2, 2013, my girlfriend, Ann, and I climbed Mt. Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia. Although reputed to be the highest mountain in Southeast Asia, it’s actually just the highest in archipelagic Southeast Asia because Myanmar in the Asian mainland occupies a portion of the Himalayas, which has peaks much higher than Mt. Kinabalu.
We were supposed to climb another mountain back here in the Philippines (Mt. Bulusan) as our year-end climb, but Mt. Kinabalu got us both physically and mentally exhausted that we agreed to not climb mountains anytime soon after. As usual, expect me to blog about this about a year from now as it’s now officially placed in the blog backlog.
More often than not, Bagan is the highlight of any tourist’s Myanmar itinerary. Like most tourist spots in the country, it was once a royal capital in the olden days of the First Burmese Empire. Its main feature are the thousands of pagodas of various sizes that dot a vast plain adjacent to the Ayeyarwaddy River. Continue reading
I realized that a general travel guide would not enable me to say everything I want to share regarding traveling within Myanmar. So I thought of creating this supplement to provide some helpful tips that are unique to some specific areas in the country. In our 7-day trip, we were able to visit 3 of the top 4 tourist destinations in Myanmar. These are Yangon, Bagan and Mandalay. Together with Inle Lake (which we were not able to visit) they are collectively known as the “Big 4″ of Burmese tourism. Continue reading
I decided to leapfrog over a year’s worth of pending drafts and backlog to create this Myanmar travel guide primarily for 2 reasons: (1) I want to do this while all details of the trip are still fresh in my mind. A few months from now, I would have already forgotten half of them and more so if I let a year pass without writing down anything. And (2) I want to come up with a guide that is still relevant. As I mentioned before, a lot of changes are happening in Myanmar, and at a fast pace at that. It would be pretty much a waste of time to make a travel guide no one can use. Continue reading
At around late November of last year, 2012, I undertook a trip that brought me to 11 cities and municipalities in 4 provinces within the Western Visayas region (and a bit of MIMAROPA). This was the most number of places I’ve visited in a single vacation, and was in many ways a great learning experience for me. Continue reading
This is absolutely the last entry of this series and I must say I’m relieved that I’ve already come to this point. As I’ve already mentioned before, the events of this series occurred more than 1 year before and I’m eager to blog about my more recent travels. I originally planned to have this epilogue as the last part of the previous entry on Taiwan, but since that was getting to be too long, I just decided to create a separate entry for it. Continue reading