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Buhay Probinsya Philippine Panorama

A boy flying a colorful kite, running through a verdant grassy field, graces the cover of this week’s Philippine Panorama issue, their theme Buhay Probinsya.

I was lucky enough to be given two spots for one of Manila Bulletin’s longest running Sunday magazine supplement; Countryside Escape and Local Flavors. This is my second time to contribute to Panorama and it’s always a pleasure to see my writing and photos translated into the printed page.

Buhay Probinsya Philippine Panorama
COUNTRYSIDE ESCAPE; FIVE BEST PLACES TO GO THIS SUMMER

On the Countryside Escape, I detailed five provincial places in the Philippines where you can bring back childhood memories of your hometown province; Quirino Province, Romblon, Antique, Nueva Ecija and Batanes.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Monday, March 30, 2015

Singapore Food Republic BGC Mee Goreng

Vietnamese or Singaporean? That was the question we were trying to resolve as we briskly crossed Bonifacio Global City’s busy streets. If we go Singaporean, what can we eat there? I asked. Well, they have satay, laksa, mee goreng…

You had me at mee goreng, Singapore Food Republic it is.

Singapore Food Republic BGC
SINGAPORE FOOD REPUBLIC’S CLEAN INTERIORS

Our restaurant of choice is located at the ground floor of Commercenter in BGC. It has a namesake in a mall somewhere in Singapore, although this one is totally unrelated to it. Well, besides their cuisine.

Singapore Food Republic has a very snazzy look; clean lines, serious furniture and a mezzanine overlooking the main dining hall. On one of its walls, posters of Singaporean dishes proudly announce what the restaurant has to offer.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Saturday, March 28, 2015

Luxent Hotel Quezon City

The pool’s aquamarine water seemed vertically frozen, held in place by a transparent thick glass. Above, the sky was nicely warming up in tones of subdued orange; the sun slowly lowering itself against the busy skyline of Quezon City.

Game? Game!

E dove into the water and glided across the translucent wall. Cameras clicked and LCD screens were checked. Still unsatisfied with the photos, we asked E for the nth time, can you do it one more time, please?

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Thursday, March 26, 2015

Siem Reap Travel Guide and Itinerary

Siem Reap (pronounced siim rrip) is a capital city located in the province of Siem Reap in the northwestern Kingdom of Cambodia. Its name is derived from the words Siam Defeated, which points to a period in its history where it defeated the people of Siam, the present day Thailand.

It is the gateway to the Angkor Archeological Site, a series of 9th to 15th century Khmer temple architecture that’s inscribed as part of the UNESCO World Heritage site, including the famous Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom.

The area is a favorite backpacking destination for tourists around the world due to its number of historic temples and thriving night life. The fact that a stay in the area is inexpensive is a bonus.

This travel guide is for both new and returning travelers to Siem Reap. The area has so much to offer, that unless one is staying for weeks on end, you probably won’t be able to cover all the temples in the province. A travel itinerary is also provided for on the last part, flexible for both short and long stays.


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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Angkor Wat in Siem Reap

Angkor Wat, the name evokes a combination of Indiana Jones, Lara Croft and books. I have read and heard about this temple during my History of Architecture classes way back in college, have memorized its name en route to exams; and now finally, years after, I’m gonna see it with my own two eyes and feel its rough stone columns with my own bare hands.

Angkor Wat in Siem Reap
MORNING AT ANGKOR WAT

The first time I laid my eyes on Angkor Wat was on a late Sunday morning. It was during the early month of February and it was a holiday. Instead of stopping and walking into its 190-meter long sandstone bridge and crossing over its mighty moat, I instructed our tuk-tuk driver to speed on and proceed to our next temple. There were just too many people. Hordes and hordes of visitors making some sort of pilgrimage to a tourist Mecca.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Sunday, March 22, 2015

Bayon in Angkor Thom, Siem Reap

A man carrying a twisted wooden staff and wearing a shiny golden dress emerged from one of the stone towers of Prasat Bayon. I doubled-back, are we on a movie set?

We were on our last leg of our Angkor Thom tour. Having previously visited three out of its eight major sites, we were dead tired. That weariness, however, quickly wore off as we emerged on the upper deck of the Bayon temple where massive, serene stone faces greeted us.

Lok Lek in Angkor Thom, Siem Reap
LOK LEK FOR LUNCH AT ANGKOR THOM

The sun was at its brightest as we went out from the makeshift eateries near the Leper King Terrace inside Angkor Thom’s enormous complex. We’ve had our fix of lok lek for lunch and were rarin’ to do the daunting Angkor Thom tour. The complex covers an area of 145.8 hectares; it was simply impossible to do this on just one afternoon.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Saturday, March 21, 2015

Siem Reap Angkor Temples and Small-Group Tour

It was our third straight day of temple hopping and to be honest, we were quite templed out. We’ve really had enough of temples dedicated to Shiva and the millions of Hindu gods. But this was a special day. Today we get to visit Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. Two temples I’ve read with wonder on my History of Architecture book back in college. Today we get to see them in real life.

Ta Prohm Temple in Siem Reap
TA PROHM TEMPLE, AMAZINGLY DEVOID OF TOURISTS

Together with our ever reliable tuk-tuk driver from Happy Guesthouse, Nga, we again zipped through the forest roads of Siem Reap. Our target, five temples; Angkor Wat, Banteay Kdei, Ta Prohm and Angkor Thom’s Phimeanakas, Baphuon and Bayon temples.



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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Friday, March 20, 2015

Sokha Angkor Resort in Siem Reap

The salt water pool at Sokha Angkor Resort was heaven. We almost forgot about the temples we’re gonna visit that day, spending too much time swimming and goofing around the hotel’s huge pool after breakfast. It was our second time in Siem Reap and this time, we decided to splurge a bit.

Sokha Angkor Resort Lobby in Siem Reap
SOKHA ANGKOR RESORT GRAND LOBBY

Coming from an overnight bus ride from Thailand, we arrived at Siem Reap at quarter past nine. We hailed a tuk-tuk and were dropped off at the Sokha Angkor Resort’s driveway in a few minutes. We knew as we entered its expansive lobby that we’re gonna be in for a treat.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Thursday, March 19, 2015

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