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The Netherlands in the Spring

At first glance, it looks like a giant child armed with a box of crayons, has been let loose upon the landscape…vivid stripes of purple, yellow, red, pink, orange and green make up a glorious patchwork…yet far from being a child’s sketch book, this is, in fact, the northern Netherlands in the middle of Tulip season…the Dutch landscape in April is a kaleidoscope of color as the tulips burst into bloom…the bulb are planted in […]



I bought a book of views of Shanghai Scenes and loved it all.  Allow me to share it with you. Constructed in the Yuan Dynasty and enjoying a history of over 700 years, the temple of Confucius is located near Yu Garden Bazaar.  It is the only temple of its kind in Shanghai Proper.                 Dajing Pavilion, enjoying a history of over 400 years, was originally used as […]


Puerto Princesa Underground River

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park lies in the Saint Paul Mountain Range, 81 kilometers from the center of Puerto Princesa City, Philippines but is still within the boundaries. The Park is a National Wonder. Its geological features are unique and the Subterranean River is said to be among the longest in the world measuring up to 8.2 kilometers. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River is one of the few in the world that flow out into […]


Philippine’s Money And Economy

A visitor requested more information about our people, etc., in her planned trip to Manila…let me start with our economy and money. Economy Philippine economy is agriculture-based, with vast farmlands planted to staples such as rice and corn.  The country is also the world’s largest producer of coconuts.  Other sectors like mining, fishing, manufacturing, electronics, and other industries contribute significantly to the economy of the nation. Money The unit of currency is the Philippine peso […]


Historic City of Vigan in Ilocos Sur, Philippines

During the height of the Spanish Colonial era in the 18th and 19th centuries, Vigan or Ciudad Fernandina de Vigan was the third most important city after Manila and Cebu. It was the center of  Spanish Colonial Power in Northern Luzon. The range of structures along the plazas and streets reveals the story of the town. Large and imposing buidings evoke political or religious power. Grand homes speaks of wealth, while others speak of more […]


Crocodile Farm, Palawan, Philippines

Crocodylus mindorenis also known as Philppine Crocodile, Mindoro crocodile and the Philippine freshwater crocodile is very similar in appearance to the New Guinea crocodile (Crocodylus novaeguineae).  It is a relatively small.  Growing no more than 3 meters, and females even smaller.  It has 66 to 68 teeth that are always growing, periodically falling out and new ones growing in.  They have relatively broad snout and thick bony plates on its back (heavy dorsal armor). The […]


One of the Four Baroque Churches of the Philippines

Church of San Agustin in Paoay, Ilocos Norte     The San Agustin Church in Paoay, began its construction in 1604 and finally completed in 1710.  This is one of the most outstanding “earthquake baroque” structure in the Philippines where the primary concern was to design the church for earthquake protection. The coral stone bell tower standing at some distance from the church for earthquake protection, was finished in the second half of the 18th century.  Philippine […]


Ifugao Rice Terraces

Among the World Heritage sites in the Philippines, the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras have such a powerful presence that makes them one of the most outstanding places in the country.  Lying high in the Cordillera mountain range, their setting can not be replicated anywhere in the lowland tropical landscape or even anywhere in the world. Scholars believe, slopes have been terraced and planted with rice as far back as 2,000 years.  Mountains terraced […]