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Yehliu Geopark Queen's Head

There were ten times as many people as there were the mushroom-like stones rising out of the geopark. We should’ve expected this, visiting one of Taiwan’s most famous tourist spots on a weekend. My friend tried posing in front of the rocks, waiting for tourists to clear the view, but to no avail. After some minutes of waiting, the view almost cleared, then another group suddenly appeared into the frame. Shoot it! I’ll just clone everyone off in Snapseed, my friend exclaimed in frustration.

Yehliu Geopark Wanli District
SHORT WALK FROM THE BUS STATION TO YEHLIU GEOPARK

Yehliu Geopark is located at the Wanli District of New Taipei. Getting to Yehliu from Taipei is easy enough. Since we were lodged at the Grand Hyatt Taipei, we just took a train to Taipei’s Main Station (using the 3-day train pass we used for our Taipei day trip), and from there, took a Yehliu-bound bus for TWD96.00 (PHP148.84). It took about an hour and half to reach the Yehliu Bus Stop. From there we just walked for about ten minutes to the gate of the geopark, passing by a sleepy town fronted by a less than busy wharf.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Taipei Day Tour DIY

My friend V, who isn’t going with us, was more excited than we were when he heard that we’re going to Taipei, taking advantage of the new Taiwan visa exemptions for the Philippines. We rode on his enthusiasm, asking him what we could do there. “A whole lot!” He exclaimed, stamping both his hands down the table. He told us of hiking a mountain within Taipei for a panoramic evening view of the city, about night markets where the best street food can be found, and a lot of things we could hardly remember. His passion and liking for Taiwan seems to have no bounds. And by the end of our trip, ours too. We became instant converts.

Taipei Day Tour DIY
TAIPEI’S CHIANG KAI-SHEK MEMORIAL HALL

And so it was that a few days before our flight, I listed down a rough list of places we would visit in Taipei, knowing full well that the itinerary wouldn’t really be followed; knowing my friends’ waking habits and our very own haphazard way of traveling. It was quite a surprise then that we almost ticked off all the tourist spots I listed down. A miracle!

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Saturday, December 3, 2016

Taipei 101 Grand Hyatt Taipei

Four days has passed and still, we haven’t taken a single photograph of city’s landmark building, the Taipei 101. Hailed as the tallest building in the world in 2004, it has only been topped by Dubai’s Burj Khalifa five years after. It stands right across our hotel and can actually be seen right from our room window. It is, in most probability, the reason why we were taking it for granted.

TOUCHDOWN TAIPEI!

We arrived in Taipei quite late, taking an almost midnight flight from Manila. There were no delays, but the flight time took about an hour and a half, take in the immigration lines and we were out into the nippy Taipei night in the wee hours of the morning, our chauffer from Grand Hyatt Taipei, waiting for us at the arrivals area with a welcoming smile.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Friday, December 2, 2016

7 Reasons Why Central Asia Should be on Your Bucket List

With all the excitement of Japan and China to the east and India in the south, it’s little surprise the bulk of central Asian nations wrongfully go overlooked. Today, we’re going to endeavour to provide you with seven spots in the region you simply have to add to your bucket list.

 

1. Shymkent Zoo – Kazakhstan

Shymkent Zoo – Kazakhstan

While the Kazakhs have become famed somewhat in recent years for the backwards-exploits of the fictional character Borat, in reality this central Asian country is actually incredibly advanced.

Shymkent is a city located in the south of the nation (the most densely populated region) and has a zoo situated slap-bang in the middle of it.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Thursday, December 1, 2016
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Antique Travel Guide and Itinerary

More than its tourist spots, Antique is more known for its legendary folklore of aswang and mananangal. Those mythical legends probably have kept tourists from pouring in to the province, making Antique one of the most unexplored places in the Philippines. But during my brief visit to this off-beat province, I found places, culture and eco activities that are at par with any famous tourist spots in the country. Allow me to welcome you and peel the mystery behind the province of Antique.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Health & Home Antique Attractions

My article and photos appeared recently on the September to October 2016 issue of Health and Home, a subscription only magazine. This is my third contribution to the publication and this time, Antique Province took the spotlight.

Health & Home Antique Attractions
ANTIQUE ATTRACTIONS ON HEALTH AND HOME MAGAZINE

It’s a summary of a trip I did a couple of years back, visiting Sira-an hot spring, Anini-y church, Antique’s muscovado sugar mill, Nica Rambutan Farm and the Tibiao Fish Spa. I also added the activities we did, like the buri and Patadyong weaving, Antique clay pottery, Tibiao white water kayaking and lambaklad fishing.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Coron Travel Guide Itinerary Budget

Coron, a town in the province of Palawan, is one of the most sought after destinations in the Philippines. And you can easily understand why. It has pristine white sand beaches, unbelievably turquoise waters, rich marine life, World War II shipwrecks and karsts-dotted landscapes that can rival the best that the world has to offer. Often referred to as the country’s Last Frontier, it is located at the upper region of Palawan, 595 kilometers from Metro Manila.

Coron is the perfect destination for the casual vacationers, the hardcore backpackers, the beach lovers and adventurous divers. Once you’ve visited, coming back for a second time is really something you won’t need to decide on; Coron would automatically make the decision for you.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Thursday, November 24, 2016

Langkawi Geoforest Park Cruise

It was strange, a chilly morning in Malaysia. The only temperature I know when in the country is hot, and hotter. The clouds were low, thinly blanketing the ridges of the karsts surrounding us, overgrown with hardy vegetation. Below, the water was almost green, its color muffled by the gray clouds overhead. Boats zigged and zagged along its placid surface, ferrying early tourists along the mangroves, their faces marveling at the scenery along the geopark.

Langkawi Geoforest Park Cruise
MANGROVES ALONG THE KARSTS OF KILIM GEOFOREST PARK

Langkawi was the second stop for the Star Cruises SuperStar Gemini Singapore-Malaysia cruise. The day before, we explored the historic Georgetown for our Penang shore excursion, a UNESCO World Heritage City. This time, we’re checking out Langkawi’s Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Sunday, November 20, 2016