Never Thought I’d be in Angkor Wat

The Angkor Wat is one of the largest religious monuments in the entire world. It spans more than 160 hectares of land and is composed of several structures. Built around the end of the 12th century, this was originally a Hindu Temple which was eventually transformed to a Buddhist Temple over time.

The grandeur, design, and overall aesthetic of Angkor Wat is overwhelming. And that’s exactly what I felt when I first laid my own eyes on this temple. Overwhelmed.

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There is a Reason why a Tourist Spot is Touristy

I found that there are three types of people who travel for vacation.

  • Those who want to visit the most popular sites and attractions of the city/country
  • Those who want to go on an adventure and travel off the beaten track
  • Those who want to try the place as a local

I see that there’s no “best” way to travel. All of these types have their own merits. To each their own and if you enjoy it, then it’s worth it. But personally, there is one thing I tried to avoid when travelling, touristy places.

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My Ho Chi Minh City Experience Part 6 – The Culture and People

Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City in particular is an amazing place to go to. They are rich in history and culture and the people really makes the city so alive and vibrant. I truly enjoyed my visits to this city which was highlighted by the people I met and who I consider as friends.

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My Ho Chi Minh City Experience Part 5 – Finding Food

There are more meal times than planned meals during our travel to Ho Chi Minh City. And in all honesty I find that is the case more often than not when travelling. This is a very exciting time because you never really know where you’ll end up in and what you’ll be eating. So here are three of those happy surprises!

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My Ho Chi Minh City Experience Part 4 – The Lunch Lady

The Lunch Lady has been on top of my bucket list for the longest time. I was introduced to her by Anthony Bourdain in his No Reservations show. He loves Vietnam and the fact that you can eat a great bowl of noodles on the street/sidewalk. And one of his favorites was the Lunch Lady.

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My Ho Chi Minh City Experience Part 3 – My Beloved Surprise

One of the best things about travelling is being able to share it with the person you love the most. In my first few days in Ho Chi Minh, I was discovering a lot of things and I really wanted to share it with Mei. Good thing I got an unlimited internet sim card so I can video call her. But she upped the ante…she got a plane ticket.

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My Ho Chi Minh City Experience Part 2 – First Few Days in the City

I’m in Vietnam. First time I flied on my own to boot. It didn’t sink in to me immediately as my only focus was to get through security, customs, and get a ride to my hotel.

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My Ho Chi Minh City Experience Part 1 – Why I am Excited about Ho Chi Minh City

I have a special place in my heart for Ho Chi Minh City. For Saigon. Not just because of its rustic elegance. Or its delicious food. Or its warm and welcoming people. But because of all these and many more experiences that the city has given me.

The first time I heard about Ho Chi Minh City was through the Discovery Channel. It was a documentary film about the Vietnam War. It chronicled the history of the name change from Saigon to Ho Chi Minh City.

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A Travel of Firsts

March 12, 2017 was a pretty significant date for me. It was the first time in a decade to ride a plane and experience a different country. And it was the first time I traveled with my future wife. Aaaand it was my first “business travel”.

Back in 1993 was the first time I went to Hong Kong. I was a very little kid back then so I have very vivid memories of it. Although I do know I thoroughly enjoyed it as evident with the pictures. And yes, that’s a shark by my head…

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It’s All Because of Her

Since I was born, I’ve only left the Philippines twice. Once in 1993 to go to Hong Kong with my family; and once in 2008 to go to Singapore for another vacation. But since 2017, I’ve been out of the country numerous times. I was able to take in different cultures around Asia and try different food! Just like the different travel shows I watch, I tried the local cuisines and experienced and learned something new.

And it’s all because of my future wife, Mei.

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