Archive for SEA History

The Beautiful, historic churches of Ilocandia

posted by: Prime Sarmiento

I love to travel around Southeast Asia if only because I’m on a temple tripping kick. The region after all has a rich Hindu-Buddhist tradition. The kind that produces the magnificent Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Borobudur in Indonesia. (read more here)

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I joined the Pahiyas festival and I got this kitschy souvenir photo

by Prime Sarmiento

Thank goddess for entrepreneurs! (read more here)

Visita Iglesia 2010: A short tour of some of Manila’s historic churches

posted by: Prime Sarmiento

Growing up in a devout Catholic family means spending a lot of time hearing mass in any place where there’s a Catholic church. And in a predominantly Catholic Philippines, that’s very easy as Filipinos don’t only go to church on Sundays- the traditional day of obligation. For people like my mother, every day is church day, with each day dedicated to a specific church (i.e. Wednesdays are devoted to Baclaran, to say the novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, while Friday means a trip to Quiapo to pay homage to the Black Nazarene. (read more here)

Binondo Food Tripping (part 2): Food Wok Tour with Ivan Man Dy

posted by: Gypsygal Prime

Note to self: I should really spend more time in the gym.

I was thinking about this, out of guilt, or maybe out of vanity, as I munched on a spring roll (which, I have to remind all you foodies there, really goes well with a dollop of that sweet brown syrup and some hot sauce). (read more here)

Quickie: 48 Hours In…Penang

Posted by: Gypsygal Prime

Located at the northwest part of the Malaysian peninsula, Penang island was established as the first British settlement in Malaysia in 1791. Its capital, Georgetown, evolved into a colonial administrative center, with Captain Francis Light, who once worked in a European trading house, as its superintendent. (read more here)

Channeling Lara Croft in Ta Prohm

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Next only to Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm is perhaps the most recognizable Cambodian site, having served as a location for the Angelina Jolie starrer-Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. (read more here)

Weekend in Siem Reap: Angkor Wat

text by Gypsygals Nina and Prime

photos by Gypsygal Nina

We can only reserve three days to “flashpack” our way to Cambodia (ahhh, the agonies of having a day job!). So, the only way for us to savor this Cambodian trip is to go to a place that will best define Cambodia: the ruins of Angkor Wat. (read more here)

Postcard Moment: Angkor Thom

View from the Top (of an Elephant)

View from the Top (of an Elephant)

Text and Photos By: Gypsygal Nina

I finally got my first elephant ride while sightseeing at the ruins of Angkor Thom! Wheee! It did cost me and my sister (Gypsygal Prime) 20 U.S. dollars (we paid 10 bucks apiece) . But I think it’s worth it. It gave me a bird’s eye view of the complex atop the elephant. (read more here)

Covering Cory: Thoughts and Tours

Remembering Tita Cory

Remembering Tita Cory


Posted by: Gypsygal Prime
Photos by: Luis Liwanag (www.luisliwanag.com)

It all started with a text message from Johanna. (read more here)

Chillin’ in Bagan

Shwezigon Temple

Shwezigon Temple

May 1, 2008

No night bars, no cafes, no cable tv, no malls, no dating scene” how do you exactly ‘chill’ in Bagan? (read more here)

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