Notre Dame Cathedral

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.

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The Archipelago of a Thousand Dreams: The Wonders in Bicol

By:  Gytha Kate A. Torres

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.

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Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras

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.

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Top Things To Do in Bangkok

Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand has again garnered the top spot for the 2018 most visited cities in the world according to Mastercard’s Global Destination Cities Index. The ranking measures the number of visitors and their daily spending. Continue reading Top Things To Do in Bangkok

Hong Kong for First Timers

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.

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa

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.