On April 15, 2019, millions of people around the world watched in helpless horror as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was engulfed with flames. It was undergoing a restoration work when the fire broke out. Although the Cathedral was not totally destroyed, its wooden roof was totally burned together with much of its interiors. After the fire, unprecedented amount of donations poured in not just from France but from around the world to help reconstruct the Cathedral.
For Christians, Holy week is supposed to be a time to reconnect with God by reflecting on the life and sacrifice that Jesus made for humanity. Unfortunately in the Philippines, Holy Week had become synonymous to a chance to unwind and get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life because of the long holiday. Well, there is nothing wrong with having fun as long as we remember the essence of Holy Week.
The Forty-five minute plane from Manila to Bicol was my first flying experience in the Philippines. I thought I would only see clouds and the real life Philippine map, but flying above the Philippine islands was more breathtaking than what I have expected. My first “wow”-experience was seeing Mayon Volcano’s top view and the Earth’s beautiful land formations. I thought it was just a visit, but I knew it was a journey I have to be excited for.
Carved in the mountains of Ifugao, the Rice Terraces of the Cordilleras is one of the six UNESCO World Heritage Sites found in the Philippines. The rice fields were planted by Ifugaos, the indigenous people of the mountainous region in northern Philippines some 2,000 years ago.
Hong Kong is not just an ordinary city. It is a fusion of two worlds with the territory’s Chinese roots mixed with the influences of more than one hundred fifty years of British colonization. This East meets West culture is quite evident in the city’s food, architecture, tradition and fashion.
If you value quality over quantity and have the money to spare, do shop for designer items. More often than not, they are made of high quality materials. They are more expensive compared to regular items but expect these items to stay in your closet for much longer than ordinary items. Designer items are made to last. In addition, some designer merchandise such as watches and handbags can be a form of investment too.
Every year, we visit the graves of our friends and loved ones who have gone on before us. Traditionally, we bring flowers and candles to their burial place to commemorate them. We gather the family around and we say a prayer for our departed loved ones.
Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is a prime destination for travelers. However, Paris is also one of the most expensive cities in the world, but it does not have to be. Here are a few tips on how to make your trip to Paris not just affordable but fun and memorable as well:Read More »
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is actually the bell tower or the campanile, located next to the Cathedral in the Piazza dei Miracoli or in the Square of Miracles in the city of Pisa, Italy. It is a medieval style of architecture constructed in 1173 and completed in 1399. Over the course of 800 years, because of the poorly laid foundation and loose subsoil, the 55-meter tower started to lean at a rate of one to two millimetres per year. Today, the tower is now leaning at a 5 degree angle from its original position.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is obviously an engineering failure but it is precisely because of that that it became of the world’s most iconic structure with millions of tourists going to Pisa every year just to see it. This is one classic example of how failure is part of success. If it was not a failure, it would just be one ordinary tower in Pisa.