Why Boracay is the Paradise? #PhilippinesDiary

Located in central Philippines, this little jewel has received many awards from travel publications and agencies. It has made to list of “Top 10 destinations to visit in 2016”. And if I have to award it, I will address it as “Best place for honeymooners”:-).

Dancing on white bed of sand while listening to those wild waves of ocean is not a dream of yours? Treat your eyes here, rather than just imagining how it would feel.

The picturesque beach offers some of the best spots for pictures and I too did not miss the opportunity…

Sunset here is never to be missed. Those unnamed colors seen in the sky would be the lifetime memories.

Also, you will see the sand artist at their best, almost at every half kilometer….Keep clicking, I told to myself.

The happening beach is full of palm trees, bars and restaurants. Boracay is the best place for relaxation and nightlife and once visited, you will agree to that.  The night life here is all about exploring, walking barefoot, enjoying different cuisines, trying karaoke, relaxing while enjoying massage, observing and sinking in the ambience around and finally, sleeping on towels on beach, while looking at those shining stars…..

The blue water and white sand are not allowing me to go back to my real life, although I am already back and believe me, you too will not….

And with this, if you think, Boracay story is over here…..Sorry, my friend. Stay tuned to drink the beauty of islands around….

10 memories for test buds from Bali

Short time to explore the beautiful place like Bali, does not leave you with much flexibility to try all the offered mouthwatering items. Of course, being pure vegetarian leaves you with least options but whatever I could try, believe me, my test buds are still craving for them. Would like to take you through the eye-treating pictures of my trials in Bali….Control and deep breathe. Just don’t crave (note to myself :-)) and book ticket for Bali…

  1.   Whatever you are looking below is real. Yes, you will be offered 6 varieties of tea and 7 varieties of coffee, while any coffee plantation visit. Believe me, the coconut coffee and vanila coffee are too good and yes, how can I forget that ginger tea?

2.   An evening visit to the well known temple of Bali presented an opportunity to try this local ice-cream. Its coconut ice-cream and yes, you observed it correct. Its served in real coconut bowl. What? Are you still asking me to confirm taste of ice-cream? A must try, I would say 🙂

3.   Fresh fruit dish for breakfast @hotel (I will write separate post about the hotel) and all fruits are from their farm. BTW, those mangoes were sweet and juicy 🙂

4.   Another breakfast item at same hotel….Tempe Burger. How many times do you eat burger that melts in your mouth? The  tempting dish was the last item for breakfast and I am glad I ordered it 🙂

5.   Fresh fruit juice at any time of the day is a treat to body. And yes, you saw it right. You are supposed to drink it with that one centimeter diametered natural straw 🙂

6.   How can you forget the most important pleasure for test buds? The local brand beer is a worth try…

7.   Fresh watermelon juice served in tempting glass bottles……well, 2 is not enough. yeh dil maange more 🙂

8.   I am not able to recall name of this dish but those tofu fried slices along with steamed rice and spicy chutney was an awesome combination on a cloudy day. Of course, fresh salad is always a bonus 🙂

9.   Balinese fried rice served with tofu, salad and peanut crackers (worth trying)…

10.   And last but not the least…..beer on the beach…treat to eyes and tongue together 🙂

Stay tuned to read some more experiences from the wonderful place….

Photo Story : Taiwan – Part 4

After the visit of Sun Moon Lake on previous day, you are not ready for any ordinary sight and you love the day when your expectations are fulfilled or I should say, exceeded. To read about last three parts of photo story of Taiwan, please refer Part-1, Part-2 and Part-3.

Fo Guang Shan (Chinese: 佛光山) is around 50 years old, an international Chinese Buddhist monastic order and new religious movement based in Taiwan. The headquarters of Fo Guang Shan, located in Dashu District, Kaohsiung, is the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan. The organization is also one of the largest charity organizations in Taiwan.

Founded by  Hsing Yun, the order promotes Humanistic Buddhism and is known for its efforts in the modernization of Chinese Buddhism. And availability of Star Bucks inside monastery premises is the best proof of it. Number of restaurants, cafes and shops inside monastery never makes you feel that you are in religions premises.

The entrance is not extra ordinary and at entrance, you can never  imagine, what mixture of art, religion and technology, you are going to witness inside the monastery.

Beyond the Welcoming Hall are eight Chinese-styled pagodas on either side of the main avenue leading up to the Bodhi Square.  And every step towards Bodhi Square reminds you how tiny we are and our problems. A peaceful surrounding, artwork everywhere and Statue of Buddha at the highest point….what else can you think of?

 

And yes, looking back from different levels, from Bodhi square will never allow you to stop the camera clicks…Proofs 🙂

Above the hall are four stupas that symbolize the Four Noble Truths.

Standing behind, there is an enormous seated metal Shakyamuni Buddha of 108 meters height and believe me, that’s the most beautiful sight.

The Center was opened at an international ceremony on 25 December 2011 and the memorable picture from the opening ceremony is mind blowing.

And with this, if you are thinking, this photo story is ended, you are mistaken. Remember? I said, the dream place was Taipei….So, I am yet to cover the main part – Taipei City….And of course, one more beautiful place from Taiwan…Stay tuned 🙂

Photo Story : Taiwan – Part 1

If I remember correctly, a beautiful picture of Taroko Gorge was the reason to add Taipei in dream bucket list. Never thought the dream would come true so soon. Taiwan visit was a memorable treat to soul and will always be nearer to my heart..

Taiwan is a small island nation 180km east of China with modern cities, traditional Chinese temples, hot springs resorts and dramatic mountainous terrain. Taiwan is the most populous state that is not a member of the United Nations and the largest economy outside the UN.

When the itinerary read temple with famous Sun Moon lake in Taiwan, I was almost sure that I would not be interested in visiting that temple rather would spend time around lake. But being proved wrong always feels good. That bright, serene and picturesque temple is still fresh in my mind and therefore we will start Photo Story of Taiwan with Wan Wu Temple.

I will allow you to enjoy the visual treat rather than me inking words here….

The Wen Wu Temple (日月潭文武廟) is located on the perimeter of Sun Moon Lake in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan

Previously, two temples were located on the coast of Sun Moon Lake. After the Japanese handed over Taiwan to the Republic of China in 1945, the government invested in developing tourism around the lake. Wen Wu temple was rebuilt again in 1969, increasing its size and constructing it in the Chinese palace style.

The temple consists of three halls. The first hall, located on the second floor of the front hall, is a shrine devoted to the First Ancestor Kaiji and the God of Literature. The central hall is devoted to Guan Gong, the God of War, and the warrior-God Yue Fei. The rear hall is dedicated to Confucius.

 

 

This layered and intricate temple is major attraction for the tourists.  As soon as you have passed through one temple, you enter another and you do not want to stop.

 

 

 

Every wall and colorful carvings on them are mind blowing proof of art. You will not be able to take off your eyes.

 

 

 

The Wall in the very back of the Temple is like a gate to another palace. I was in awe. Could not stop myself for picture.

 

Want to watch the whole story in couple of minutes? Here it is….

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(picture source : Google and my phone)