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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Conquering Mount Pinatubo


It was love at first sight yet again! I don't mind trekking for more than 2 hours on a rocky terrain to get a sight of paradise! I will never get tired. Not at this age! :)

We left Manila at around 3am via a public bus in Cubao. By 6am we're already in Tarlac. From Tarlac bus terminal, we had to travel by tricycle (Philippine tuktuk) for another 1.5 hours more to the local tourism office where we had to pay the fees. From there we start the 4x4 ride to the crater lake, which takes approximately 1-2 hours.




The 4x4 jeep can only accommodate us up to a certain point because as you get near the crater, the rocks and boulders get huge, and the only way to go about these is by trekking. It was around 8am when we started walking - it's still cold, the sun has just started showing up, so walking was not much of a hassle. Actually, you'd enjoy taking selfies and groupies because of the majestic views of the skies and huge rock walls in your background.





By 10am, we're already at this camp with nipa huts where you can rest and refresh for a while, have snacks, or take a short nap. It would tale about 20 minutes more to get to the world-renowned volcano crater. The excitement intensifies!!



20 minutes later...

My jaw droppped, LITERALLY when I saw the view...



Another love at first sight moment! I finally got to see THE majestic Mount Pinatubo crater lake, in the flesh! It was surreal and heart-stopping.



After a lot of picture taking and sight-seeing, we cooked our lunch, ate, a few more photo shoots, and started our descent. We stayed at the crater for about 2 hours. That's more than enough to appreciate the beauty of what was once a fierce peak.


By 5pm, we're back at the tourism office. And if you're wondering if there are rest rooms around, yes, there are locals offering rest rooms/shower rooms for a fee.

At the end of the day, everything was all worth it.

Traveling is therapeutic. It teaches you the basic values of life - patience, courage, value for relationship/friendship, love for the environment; that as you travel and explore the four corners of our earth, you get to appreciate life, even the smallest things. Something you will never pick up if you keep locking yourself at your comfort zone.

Just go ahead. You will never know what could be on the other side. :)



Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Giant Golden Reclining Buddha of Wat Pho, Bangkok

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

Wat Pho is one of the largest and oldest temples in Bangkok and is home to more than one thousand Buddha images, including the famous and one of the largest single Buddha structures in the world, the Reclining Buddha, 43 meters (160 feet) long and 15 meters high.

The sacredness of the place is religiously maintained. You need to take off your shoes as you enter the templr. But don't worry, in case you were not informed, robes are provided for those wearing sleeveless tops or short skirts.

The reclining golden buddha is jaw dropping. I've never seen a buddha as big as this. The soles of the Buddha's feet alone are whopping 3 meters high and almost 5 meters long, and are embedded with mother of pearls.

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

Wat Pho temple is just a few walks away from The Grand Palace.

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

The temple, considered as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage, is home to one of the earliest Thai massage schools. And I was able to experience the massage - an authentic Thai massage for the win!

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

The reclining Buddha is so huge, it makes it so hard to get a nice angle to photograph it.

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

Around the walls of the temple are beautifully preserved hand paintings depicting the rich Thai culture and tradition.

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

Along the giant buddha image you will find 108 bronze bowls where people donate coins because it is believed to bring good fortune, and also to help the monks maintain the temple.

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

The intrinsic design of each temple here is just unbelievable. Very detailed!

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

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- Jaypee