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10 Travel Trends We Will See in 2016

  Ok, time to channel my inner Zenaida Seva and try to play mister smarty-pants, churn an unsolicited opinion on what I think will happen in the Filipino travel industry and be a total know-it-all. Just to make things clear, this is just my opinion based on...

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[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"]An hour by boat across the straight plus an hour by land through the gentle slopes of Bintan, hides a refuge that is Trikora.   At first, I thought it would be like the other resorts in the island of Riau Indonesia with generic stretches of average-looking...

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the grape escape

  [vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"]When I think of Australia I imagine of the Outback: The great vast wild endlessly chasing the horizon. Where taxonomy failed mankind, where Ernest Giles ate a live baby wallaby to survive, where men are men and livestocks are eternally nervous.   I was ready for it and...

the faces of sydney

  [vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"]The Boeing Dreamliner was cruising from west to east, essentially against time, towards the antipodean sunrise head on. In a matter of what I thought was few minutes of sleep, I was woken up with a breast of a woman in her mid-fifties dangling inches away from...

Getting Leh’d

. Rain. The drops of heaven carrying the nuance of childlike wondering. But these pervade every inch of my being like the countless spirits that permeates every mountain and rock, every island and bay.  Intangible as mist, unavoidable as gust. . After hours of driving from Leh across Ladakh and the...

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the conquest of nubra by ron “the great” (part 1)

driving to khardung la . Two flights and combined 12 hours of waiting in airports, my transit from metropolitan Singapore to the far depths of the Silk Road battered and harassed my mortal body as if I went through five rounds of repeatedly being spanked like a...

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the road to pangong tso

By Ron Cruz . Allizvell! Allizvell! When I saw that final scene in the film Three Idiots, my whole world froze in suspended animation, my conscious attention zeroed-in towards the TV frame, to that unworldly landscape, that vivid shade of teal. While in deep awe, I immediately grabbed a pen. LADAKH,...

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bears and introspection: magome to tsumago

. On high mountains the wind is created easily. In deep oceans it is difficult to measure the volume of water. People cannot know the limits of space. ~Kukai (774–835)  . A pilgrimage is intended to be difficult, that is how one will draw the perseverance to complete the trail in...

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lols in translation

. A young drunk Japanese man sat beside be and started baffling threads of words like as if we've known each other before. I don't want to embarrass him so I just played along. Guy: Hokrshamzxchmgame dshuwaka me desh, chishaganxzwqb desu ne? Me: So desu ne! Guy: Hahahahahahahha Me: Hahahahahaha...

blue christmas in shanghai

By: Ron Cruz getting out of pudong airport Christmas day. Cruising at 490 kn and 10,000 miles above sea level, in what appears like an aircraft filled with Chinese passengers with huge possibility that I am the only one celebrating this holiday. While trying to make sense out of the bad Christmas dinner...