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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bataan: Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

There are only a handful of places which show an appreciation for the richness of Filipino history and culture. In Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (or Filipino House of Acuzar), Filipino culture is not only showcased, but celebrated in every way possible from the grand and meticulously decorated Filipino houses of the olden times to its vast cobble stone streets.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Taiwan: Martyr's Shrine

Part of our trip to Taipei was the Martyr's Shrine.  When we went there, I honestly didn't have an idea what we are to see there.  Since it's called Martyr's Shrine, it came to my mind that there will be statues of the martyr's considered by Taiwan.  I imagined the statues to made of either stone or steel with layer of gold color.

But nothing like that was in the place.  Totally different from what I was expecting.  We went in the gates and saw a lot of people standing around.  So, why were they standing around???  They were waiting for the guards.  Then I realized that's what we came to see.  We woke up early to see the changing of the guards in the Martyr's Shrine.  It might be silly to believe that people wake up early and wait just to see the changing of guards, but seldom do you see something like that.  They had a very disciplined formation!

New guards coming as replacements

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Peking Garden: A Chinese New Year Celebration

It's a Chinese belief during CNY to eat a lot your favorite food so that good luck and abundance will follow throughout the year. Keeping with this tradition, our family decided to eat at one of our favorite Chinese restaurants in Manila  - Peking Garden.


Sunday, February 06, 2011

Palawan: Ka Lui Restaurant

Upon reaching Palawan, the first thing that we asked our receptionist was if she could recommend a good seafood restaurant, without hesitation the place she mentioned was "Ka Lui". Just few kilometers away from the Puerto Princesa airport, Ka Lui is a native house which has been transformed into a homey, artsy restaurant that is uniquely Filipino.


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