Saturday, August 1, 2015

Backpack Photography Invites You to Explore Maligcong

Farther up from Bontoc is a quaint village of breathtaking terraces hemmed with stones, draped with clouds at sunrise and visited by fireflies at night.

Come with us to Maligcong in time for the harvest season and come home with a yield of memorable images.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Cavite Rex Museum: Finding the Treasures of Giants in Tanza

Anthromorphic stone sculptures from the island of giants
Hard to believe it's been two years since we made a visit to the Rex Group's Book and Ethnology Museum in Marikina where we found one of the smallest books in the world as well as waded through a treasure trove of arts and relics from Mountain Province.  Here we are in mid-2015, invited once again to see a second museum location for the group (Rex calls it a Display Area but I personally prefer the simple, straightforward 'museum' tag), this time outside Metro Manila, all the way in Tanza, Cavite, some 2 1/2 - 3 hours drive away.

The Cavite museum is supposed to carry an angels and devils/good and evil theme, the ground floor housing collections representing the denizens of the underworld and the upper floor, which also houses the chapel, devoted to angels, saints, apostles, even a life-sized Superman.  The second floor, incidentally, shares space with a lot of stuff that Rex owner, Atty. Dominador Buhain, has amassed in five decades of traveling to 215 sites all over the world, a crazy hodgepodge of items from hotel door signs, toiletries, miniature liquor bottles, to room slippers and robes.  Far from finished (IMHO, the museum is a work in progress), it is already bursting at the seams with stuff, a lot of which resist the confines of the angels and devils theme.

What piqued my curiosity are some of the things that, in the surfeit of collectibles, seemed to have been relegated to the background, literally and figuratively.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

5 Tips When Looking For Temporary Accommodation in a Foreign City

Illustration © 2015 Oggie Ramos of
Moving to a new city can be difficult, especially if it’s your first time to be away from the comforts of home. Trying to find temporary accommodation can often add to stress. Thankfully, it doesn't have to be this way. Here are five tips when looking for temporary properties in a foreign city.

Do your research
If this is your first time living in a foreign city, research the marketplace to decide the best place for you. Do you want to live in the city center where convenience stores and trains are nearby? Does the peacefulness of a park appeal to you?

How about the laid-back vibe of the suburbs? Answering these questions will help you narrow down your property search and give you a better idea of what you want in your new temporary home. Online property finding websites like Zipmatch, a Philippine real estate marketplace, can provide you with a list of accommodations based on your requirements and match you up with a real estate professional, if you so desire.


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