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Bernardo Arellano III
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Mapper, Geography and History Student, Travel Blogger, Cultural and Heritage Advocate
Mapper, Geography and History Student, Travel Blogger, Cultural and Heritage Advocate

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Please hush down your voices when visiting Vigan's Calle Crisologo (or surrounding streets) early in the morning or late at night. It is still a residential area essentially.
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Is it an image and spirit of a strong nation amid adversity, or is "resilience/katatagan" becoming more of an excuse for mediocrity?

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How do you get in and out of Mactan-Cebu International Airport nowadays? Thank goodness, there are express Airport Bus services from mainland Cebu nowadays. It makes the airport easier to access.

Aside from these, here's a tip on how to get into the airport without passing through the gridlock in between.
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While Bohol in Central Philippines is already well known for the Chocolate Hills, the Tarsier, and old colonial churches that are center of its socio-cultural poblacion life, there are some places in the island province that is often overlooked by tourists, but cherished by the locals.
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For non-Malaysians like I do, Ipoh is known for one thing, or two, or three I guess: White Coffee and for being the hometown of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon actress Michelle Yeoh and the prolific Malaysian cartoonist Lat.

The capital city of the state of Perak is only two hours away from Kuala Lumpur and is littered with a lot of colonial-era shophouses and buildings echoing its importance as a tin city producer back in the day. Just like Iloilo and Vigan, when the fortunes went somewhere else, it left an old town that is reflective of its vibrant past. It is one of the few Malaysian cities that still has a lot of well-preserved heritage structures.

I only had limited time going around the Perakan city, as I attended the wedding feast of my friend in Chemor, a kampung suburb up a few kilometers, which I experienced a different kind of cultural immersion from the Martial Art of silat to food.

Ipoh was memorable for me as a first timer. I hope I'll go back here to catch more of the Perakan life, culture, heritage and perhaps adventure as well.
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Bandung is only three hours away by train from Jakarta, yet it is a world on its own. The capital city of West Java, not only it features well-preserved colonial era structures (particularly Indonesian Tropical Art Deco), but also a vibrant life and culture of its own. The city has played a vital role in international diplomacy and geopolitics due to the Conference that happened in the 1950s.

And while we only stayed for 2 days, I should go back here for more!
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You know the district and the street where you're working or living, but do you know your barangay? City of Manila has a pretty peculiar naming convention with its barangays, and it's quite confusing and "dehumanizing."
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Places are oftentimes our basis of our hugot. May naaalala tayo kapag nakikita, naamoy, at nararamdaman natin ang mga espasyong may kahulugan sa atin. Nagiging kasama ito sa kung ano man tayo ngayon, at kung ano na ang lugar na iyon.

A reaction post on Itchyworms' "Di Na Muli" and the dynamics of places sa kontekstong Pilipino.
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The UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan is known for being a heritage city. However, its historic center, Mestizo District, has another face overseen by tourists and frequented by locals. The city may have "two main streets."

#Vigan #Philippines #city #geography  
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"The Little Red Dot." A phrase that casually describes the city state of Singapore. In maps, it is usually depicted as a red dot amid the background of greens and blues. However, it being a small yet red (which is one of the colours of Singaporean flag, too) catches the attention of any map reader looking at a small-scale map. It does best describe the small nation state in South East Asia--physically small yet its importance in the global economy is vast.

Temasek or Singapura has gone a long way from being a small fishing village into an Asian powerhouse of transshipment. International shipping to and from Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean pass through the city state, making its place strategic. It used its strategic location as a capital.

Although it has laid out the usual tourist spots, we focused much of our short visit within the downtown area--as efficient and as cheap as much as possible. It's getting to know the faces of Singapore--the modern and fast-paced, and the remaining traditional.

And it has a pretty interesting history, too.
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