Exploring SIMUNUL: The Cradle of Islam in the Philippines

Have you ever wondered how Islam came into our country? Wonder no more. An Arab missionary came to the island of Simunul in the wonderful province of Tawi-Tawi centuries ago, and from there, Islam has finally planted its roots in the country . In this blog, I’m going to present what you can do in…

Exploring Vientiane: Laos’ Mesmerizing Capital

The country of Laos has initially caught my attention as a child because of its name. (If you’re not sure about what I mean, the word laos in our mother tongue means obsolete.) Of course, I knew better when I already grew up. The country of Laos is definitely not obsolete, outdated or unpopular in…

Exploring Bali: Indonesia’s Premiere Travel Destination

The last leg of our Indonesian getaway happened in Bali, the most famous travel destination in the country of Indonesia. According to statistics, Bali accounts for approximately 45% of Indonesia’s total tourist numbers. Reported to have attracted 5.5 million foreign visitors in 2017, Bali offers a lot of natural wonders, man-made structures and various activities…

Exploring Lombok: One of Indonesia’s tropical gems

The next leg of our Indonesian getaway happened in Lombok, an island found in the province of West Nusa Tenggara in Indonesia. It is located at the east side of Bali, having Lombok Strait separating it from its more famous neighboring island. Unbeknownst to many, Lombok is the place to go to when you are…

Exploring MT. BROMO: Indonesia’s Iconic Place of Beauty and Danger

Definitely my most favorite part in our Indonesian trip is none other than our Mt. Bromo experience. To tell you the truth, I had no expectations whatsoever when we were going here. All I knew was we’re going to this volcano in Indonesia which is a beautiful and an active one. I saw pictures before…

EXPLORING BOROBUDUR AND PRAMBANAN: Indonesia’s Centuries-old Temples

Aside from Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism are two of the most popular religions in the country of Indonesia. Temples of these denominations are found across the archipelago, but it is in Central Java where two of the oldest, most impressive and most visited temples can be found. They are the Buddhist temple of Borobudur and…

Exploring the Extraordinary Beaches of Yogyakarta, Indonesia

There are two things that you have to know first before reading this blog post about Yogyakarta. First, I went here with my Shembot Squad friends, and should you see words like we, our and us in the post, I am referring to our group. Second, this travel to Yogyakarta is the first leg of…

Exploring INDONESIA: A Travel Guide

Being the largest archipelagic country in the whole world, Indonesia has always interested me. Imagine, if our country, the Philippines, has 7,641 islands and we have so many beautiful places to go to, what more of Indonesia that has 13,466 islands?   Our group, the #ShembotSquad, has eyed Indonesia to be our next travel goal…

Exploring THAILAND: Ayutthaya and Bangkok

I have always been curious to visit Thailand, one of the most visited countries in the world. Just this 2016, it has attracted 32.6 million visitors, resulting to $45.9 billion worth of business. Is it a wonder why this is the case? Let’s find out why Thailand is a traveler-magnet and how should it serve…

Exploring Casiguran: Aurora’s Hidden Haven of Nature

  Aurora has been a constant go-to place of many people who are either on a long vacation or just wanting to escape for a short but good time. Baler is a haven for surfers while Dingalan is a sanctuary for stunning landscapes. But one place in Aurora hasn’t been explored by many people yet…