It’s no secret that I am very interested in Korean history and culture. This is the primary reason why in my travel bucket list, South Korea was the first country I listed that I want to visit. Last year, I was able to cross out that item off my list. That trip to South Korea marked my 1st overseas travel and what a gamble it was considering I had to apply for a visa.

South Korea has a very rich in history and it has done a very good job of preserving its historic places.  The presence of several palaces in the heart of Seoul amidst modern infrastructure is a testament to that. Of the five (5) palaces found in Jongno, my favorite would have to be the Changdeokgung Palace. The  palace complex is especially lovely during autumn.

While walking around, I chanced upon these quarters with a very ornate roofing. Imagine the detail placed in designing them.



Check out  this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge with the theme Ornate.



It’s so hard to blog these days. I don’t  know if it’s a matter of my busy schedule or simply because I don’t have the drive. Anyway, for some “I am alive” post, here are some “historical” doors I want to share with your guys. Most of these are doors in old Spanish houses across the Philippines.

Tested by time.

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I like lines, symmetry, history and contrast.

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Take time to realize… The unknown.

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Have a great weekend everyone!

See a variety of doors at Daily Post.

(Travel Diary) The Historic City of Silay

I usually try to schedule an out of town trip during summer. In the Philippines, school break falls on the months of April to May so I have come to associate summer = vacation. Now that I am working, I maintain that association by going on vacation trips during summer.

In the summer of 2014, I went to the provinces of Negros Occidental, Guimaras and Iloilo in the Visayas area of the Philippines with my high school friends, Cez, Thomas and Galembs. Our trip lasted for four days. Our entry point was Silay City in Negros Occidental, then our exit point was Iloilo.

The next travel series I will share are what I have to come to call as “BIG trip”. It stands for Bacolod-Iloilo-Guimaras.

Balay Negrense, one of the famous old houses of Silay.
Balay Negrense, one of the famous old houses of Silay.

1st stop: Silay City

Bacolod is the capital of the province of Negros Occidental but its airport is located in the province of Silay, which is about a 30-45 minute ride from Bacolod City. Silay City is one of the two museum cities in the Philippines, the other one being Vigan City in Ilocos Sur. It has been referred to as  such due to the number of preserved Spanish houses in the city. In the airport, we were even given a map which detailed where all the Spanish houses were situated.

From the airport, we decided to proceed first to El Ideal Bakery, of the most must try’s in Silay, to eat breakfast. The restaurant-bakery is is also housed inside an old Spanish residence! Continue reading “(Travel Diary) The Historic City of Silay”

When Useless Information Becomes Useful

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend one of the lectures of Ambeth Ocampo’s History Comes Alive series. The title of his talk was “Before Japayuki: Japan in Philippine History”. For those who aren’t familiar with him, Ambeth Ocampo is a Filipino historian. He has served previously as Chairman of the Historical Commission of the Philippines but I think  he is best known for his books on Jose Rizal such as the Looking Back series and Rizal Without the Overcoat.

The speaker from a distance.

I am not much of a Philippine history enthusiast but when my friend invited me to attend his talk I did not hesitate to go because Ocampo is rumored to be a very indulging speaker. I was able to able to validate that when I attended the talk. He is witty, highly knowledgeable in his chosen field and can turn the most boring topic into interesting one.

Despite the fascination I had for the speaker, I actually feel ashamed for myself. Why? Because it was the speaker that lured me into the talk and not history itself. Furthermore, I think I am in a point my life where I am more bothered of “what is now” and “what will be”. I am slowly forgetting asking the questions “what happened, why and how?” The latter could generate tons of “useless information” because digging could lead you to thousand of stories. But as Ocampo has said, “The world has become a  lesser place because people don’t appreciate useless information anymore”.

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