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First Philippine Travel Calendar 2015

I still vividly remember the exact moment I brought up my camera, focused and pressed the shutter on a particular limestone cliff in Palawan. It was a Coron trip from two years ago with my family. We just got off from our boat and climbed the rickety platform attached to a karts soaring above the aquamarine waters.
First Philippine Travel Calendar 2015

And now, it’s on the front cover of Eastgate’s First Philippine Travel Calendar 2015. They’re the same guys that publish the multi-awarded Mabuhay Magazine and the Best of the Best: Philippines coffee table book. I knew that they’re gonna have my photo on one of the calendar months, which turns out to be January, but I didn’t know they’re gonna plaster it on the cover.

If I’d only known then, I would’ve taken out my DSLR and used it instead of my measly Canon D10 underwater camera. I used to be lazy like that haha.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Tuesday, October 21, 2014

North Bound Issue 12

North Bound magazine’s twelfth issue features Baguio City, my all-time favorite city in the country—I can go there every month and enjoy it every single time. And I’m lucky enough to feature some of the best places to eat in the city through my photos.

North Bound Best Eats Along Session Road

North Bound is a free mini-magazine—usually distributed on hotels and restaurants—that features the northern provinces of the Philippines. The article is divided into two segments; the first one is their Best Eats Along Session Road, which features my photo of the Pizza Volante interiors.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Monday, October 20, 2014

Pool Area at Siripanna Villa Resort Spa in Chiang Mai

From the alley leading to my villa at the Siripanna Villa Resort, I spied a swimming pool hidden behind green hedges. Without dropping my bag, I immediately went looking for its entrance. Going through it, an elevated pool, mazelike in its unique design greeted me. It also made me want to drop my backpack and strip. I wanted to swim through the pool’s meandering pathways right there and then.

Lounge at Siripanna Villa Resort Spa in Chiang Mai

Siripanna Villa Resort & Spa is our home for two nights in Chiang Mai. From the lobby, I can already see that this is no ordinary resort; its architecture and interior design is fashioned after the Lanna tradition of northern Thailand and it looked awesome (and not to mention, expensive).

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Sunday, October 19, 2014

Chiang Mai Night Bazaar

Who’s for shopping and who’s for massage? So goes our host’ usual line after all the activities of the day has been done and dealt with. Those two, however, only leads to a single place. For two consecutive nights, the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar was our go-to place to unwind and relax after busily running around the city.

Tuktuk Along Chiang Mai Night Bazaar

The night market is a kilometer-long stretch of road along the bustling Chang Khlan Road at the east side of the walled city. The place is already filled with shops during the mornings, but becomes even more alive at night with street vendors setting up makeshift stores along the sidewalk.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Saturday, October 18, 2014

Lanna Folklife Museum in Chiang Mai

I gazed, lost and fascinated at the mural painted on one of the walls of the Lanna Folklife Museum. It tells of lives past in the northern region of Thailand, all colorfully done with a few unfinished ones. It’s almost like hieroglyphs, although you won’t need an Egyptologist to translate it for you. Somehow, you can discern what’s going on throughout the massive painting; that is if you have the time to see to its every detail.

Lanna Folklife Museum in Chiang MaiIt was the last day of the Thailand Connect: Hip & Heritage Business Events tour, and for this day, we were free to choose where we want to go. We visited the Umbrella Making Center and a small temple, Wat Buak Krok Luang, earlier and now we requested if we could see a museum to complete our cultural experience.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Thursday, October 16, 2014

Lunch at a Chiang Mai Street Food Hawker

Satay, khao man gai, khao man gai tod, khao and a variety of dips, sauces and soups filled our tables at a hole-in-the-wall hawker eatery in Chiang Mai. We’ve been eating nothing but fine Thai cuisine on posh restaurants and hotels the past few days that this was actually a refreshing treat for us.

Street Food Hawker in Chiang Mai

Well, okay I don’t know about my companions but I love eating on these kinds of places. I love having meals where the locals do. Not only do you get to taste the real local flavor of the place but you also got to save a bit on your travel funds. Food in these places are unbelievably cheap.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wat Buak Krok Luang in Chiang Mai

One would think that since we’re in Thailand, we’d have loads of Thai temple pictures stuffed in our camera’s memory cards. Well, we could’ve done that, but our host for the Thailand Connect: Hip & Heritage Business Events tour tried to steer clear of the usual touristy areas.

It was only on the last day of the tour that we got to visit a temple, and it was in Chiang Mai.
Wat Buak Krok Luang in Chiang Mai

Wat Buak Krok Luang was the chosen temple for that day. Located at Amphoe Mueang, Chiang Mai’s capital district, it sits on one of the quiet streets of the town. There were hardly any tourists when we visited; it was just us, a single orange-robed monk and a faithful, offering prayers to a dark statue outside the temple.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Swimming Tiger at the Chiang Mai Night Safari

Tigers can swim?! I was flabbergasted to find out as I sat on an amphitheater with my mouth agape, staring at an unbelievably huge tiger making its way across water.

We were at the Chiang Mai Night Safari and we were watching an animal show even though it wasn’t even dark yet.

The Chiang Mai Night Safari

It was drizzling on and off the whole day, but after alighting at the main hall of the Chiang Mai Night Safari, the sky finally lightened up.

Situated ten kilometers from the city center, it is a sprawling park at 819 acres large. That’s twice the size of the more popular Singapore Night Safari. This zoo currently holds the titles as being the largest of its kind in the world.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Monday, October 13, 2014