Jeffer's Odyssey

Hanoi, Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum & The House-on-Stilts

OK. Things are getting way too summery, so let’s buckle down a bit. According to CNN’s 2012 ranking on the “Top 10 Ugliest Buildings in the World“, sixth on the list is the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam. I wonder what they based the ranking on, since I was going through the list, and I wondered if I had to have some technical know-how on architecture and construction, because most of them looked pretty OK to me. That ranking did not seem to have an effect really, since it hardly made a dent on the high level of interest that the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum generated – and continues to generate – to this day.  Read more

Why You Should Visit Masungi Georeserve in Rizal

We all have different reasons for visiting new places. The first, obviously, is to satisfy our curiosity about that place. Another is to satisfy that perennial itch on your feet to be constantly on the move, preferably stepping on unfamiliar ground. Another, still, is to increase your know-how about that place, and the world, in general, seeing as travel is something that “enriches” you and makes you wealthier, “experience-wise”. Of course, recently, some people do it for bragging rights, and to make their Instagram feeds. Let me add another one: to celebrateAnd that’s exactly what we did during our memorable visit to the Masungi Georeserve in Baras, Rizal.

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Things To Do At The Cagsawa Ruins in Albay

What is it about gloomy, dreary, cold and wet weather that easily turns most people nostalgic? Suddenly one wishes for those warm, dry days, when the sun shone so high and hot – completely ignoring the fact that, during that specific day, all they did was complain at the heat. 🙂 Not that my complaints during our last visit to the Cagsawa Ruins really had any weight. Sure, it was scorching hot, and I felt myself burning, and I was sweating like crazy, but I was still having a lot of fun, so really, complaining just ain’t right.  Read more

Three Times Lucky… at the Cagsawa Ruins in Albay

The thing about Mt. Mayon… no matter what your vantage point is, whether you’re in Daraga in the South, or downtown Legazpi City in the SSW, in Tabaco City in the North, further SSW in Donsol…. and even when just passing by on the highway, IT LOOKS THE SAME PERFECT CONE THAT IT IS. It is, for lack of a better word, picture-perfect.

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Ziplining at Lignon Nature Park in Legazpi City, Albay

The answer to “where can you get the best view of Mt. Mayon in Legazpi?” is debatable, considering how the volcano with the perfect cone shape can be seen wherever you are in Legazpi, and its neighboring towns. But you get a bonus if you head up to the Lignon Hill Nature Park. I’d say several bonuses, actually. Aside from Mt. Mayon, you’d get a panoramic 360-degree view of Legazpi City, the town of Daraga, and Albay Gulf in the distance. Oh, and you can also try out their zipline.

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Revisiting the Botanical Garden of Baguio City

The Botanical Garden of Baguio City has become famous among local tourists as a place where they can have their photos taken with old Igorot women in traditional garb. And… that’s it. I confess to having relegated the place to the back of my mind after those visits during elementary school for field trips. Since then, I pretty much ignored it.

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