Monthly Archives: April 2012

Crossing Borders: Thailand-Cambodia

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“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all” –Helen Keller

Inspired by the drive to make each day count and see the world one day at a time, we decided to take on another adventure—this time, in Cambodia and Thailand (our fifth and sixth country together respectively). And  truly, we experienced the best of both worlds in the two countries. Cambodia and Thailand are so unique in so many different ways, but we openly embraced the respective diversity of their culture and people. And it’s so cool that a single border manages to remain witness to two completely different cultures, with completely different sets of values and people happening at the same time.

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Baguio Weekend and the Chase for the Strawberry Taho

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Almost all of us have a keep a happy memory of Baguio somewhere in our brain. Most of it, we  would mostly relate with our childhood. Like Tagaytay, Baguio will always be a place that never gets old. It will always be a familiar place that could never satiate us. We can’t explain why, but maybe because of its friendly weather, or the comforting atmosphere, or maybe just because of the good memories. But whatever it is, we always find comfort in seeking refuge in the solitude that Baguio always brings, 5000 feet above sea level.

One random weekend, our spontaneity made our feet itch and made us hop on a 7 hour trip to Baguio. Pao did all the planning since I was so busy with the year-end requirements for my class. Weekends are always rewarding for me because I always make it a point that it will be my perfect time to relax and unwind. Pao made all of it possible by planning a spontaneous Baguio trip for both of us. With a last minute itinerary that I prepared, we were good to go!

Good thing we visited during the weekend before the Panagbenga Festival, when Baguio was not crowded and the weather was all sunny. With only our backpacks and bus-reclined-rested-bodies, we reacquainted ourselves with wonderful Baguio memories as we started off with Mines View Park to meet Baguio’s famous dog, Douglas the Saint Bernard. Mines View Park is perhaps one of the tourist friendly spots in Baguio as caters mostly for recreation and sight-seeing. It gives a breathtaking panoramic view of Benguet’s mountains along with its copper and gold mines.

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Mind-blown at The Mind Museum

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Exciting. Enthralling. Thrilling. Within the streets of BGC in Taguig lies a unique and modern structure inspired by a space-age design which opens the doors to limitless knowledge and exciting Science adventures. Upon setting foot on it, learning begins to fire away and it wont just stop because learning never seemed to be this kind of fun especially for very curious minds.

The Mind Museum promises nothing but to spark one’s curiosity, knowledge and exploration. There is no better way to understand something but to experience it on your own, on your own pace, and reward yourself with your own fulfillment. When you learn through your personal volition and undertaking, that’s when learning gets more meaningful. And through this, everything starts to get exciting and make sense.

I’ve already expressed before how much I am in curious about museums. Good thing Pao and I share the same wavelength about almost anything that’s why I’m just so fortunate that he does not get bored and he’s into museums too! Because we just had to satisfy our inner geekness, thirst for new experiences, and love for museums, we knew we just had to visit the Mind Museum as soon as we can after 5 years in its making. The Mind Museum, recently opened last March 16, 2012, is the first-world class Science museum in the Philippines. And yes, I can say that it is very much at par with the museums that we see abroad.

Photo courtesy of The Mind Museum

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