Visiting the largest Buddhist temple in South East Asia: Kek Lok Si

Kek Lok Si Temple Penang Malaysia

Guide to Kek Lok Si Temple or Temple of Supreme Bliss in Air Itam, Penang Malaysia This huge buddhist temple in Air Itam, Penang, Malaysia first began construction in 1890, and construction continues today. That said, this huge hill like compound is very much worth a visit if you are visiting Penang or North West Malaysia. …

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The slums of Kota Kinabalu – Part 2 – bad boys, old men & a caring mother

Young girl in the slums

Problems in the slums of Kota Kinabalu The ax man cometh (part 1 of the slums of Kota Kinabalu) Faced with an ax wielding teenager, three of his friends and an excitable drunk behind me; I stood my ground.  Getting excited or angry does not work in situations like this. I still wasn’t sure whether …

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Through the Bukidnon Highlands: rainforests, lost tribes and cool weather

Cool flowing waterfall in Bukidnon

Where is Bukidnon in The Philippines? Bukidnon is an area in north central Mindanao fabled for its cooler climate, which produces many of the regions fruit and vegetables. It’s also home to one of the secret treasures of the Philippines not mentioned in any guidebook. The only place with an ethnic festival in the entire country. Bukindon …

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River mining in Mindanao: Seeing the Unseen

A Full river mining barge in The Philippines

The River Miners of Mindanao: Seeing the Unseen Unless you happen to be traveling through a place and happen to stumble across something, point to it and ask. Even the most mundane things will likely slip by your peripheral vision as just that … mundane. But, stop. Look, point and ask. Then ask again. Before …

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Finding Rafflesia, the world’s largest flower in Mindanao, The Philippines: Seeing the Unseen

Rafflesia schadenbergiana in the Philippines

Seeing the Unseen: and finding something rare in Mindanao   No matter how long you stay in a country, you will never truly know it. I know this to be true. There will always be something new to discover and see. It’s not all about what’s in the guidebooks “must see” list. Where is Rafflesia found in …

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Jeepney makers in the Philippines: Seeing the Unseen

New Style Filippino Jeepney

Jeepney’s are unique road transportation vehicles used in the Philippines. A cross between a bus and a jeep! “Where do Jeepney’s come from?” It’s a question I’ve wanted an answer to since first jumping on board one of these gas guzzlers in Manila. Of all public transport vehicles I have taken, I like the jeepney …

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Seeing the Unseen: The sea salt makers

Mindanao Salt Maker

Seeing the Unseen: I never knew the answer to “where does salt come from.” Well, besides rock salt and giant factories. Where does locally made sea salt come from? That’s more like it. White sand beaches, tropical boats, and tourist mecca’s are far removed here. Yet I find it more fascinating to visit such a …

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