A Charm called Chiang Mai

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IN the northernmost part of Thailand is Chiang Mai, a city that caught my heart and became my instant favorite the first time I saw it from an airplane window. Chiang Mai is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. It is small and laid-back but packed with everything—from mountains to verdant …

Breath-taking rides to Saipan’s hidden trails

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EXPLORING Saipan’s hidden jungles and rugged trails while strapped to your seat onboard a Polariz Razr is one of the must-not-miss experiences to get to know the island from a whole different perspective. If you are not that adventurous and daring,   looking at the Polariz Razr with its irregularly shaped wheels will make you think …

In search of drums and feathers

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The number one item in my bucket list when I visited Oklahoma a few months back is to shoot real cultural dancers from the Oklahoma Indian tribes in photos and video. I searched online and saw one that was scheduled for that weekend in Ponca City about two hours drive from Oklahoma so we started …

Tinuy-an Falls: The Little Niagara of the Philippines

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My first glimpse of Tinuy-an Falls is a wide cascading body of water more or less three feet tall, beautiful but nothing impressive and I thought all the promotion about the Tinuy-an Falls, dubbed as the Little Niagara Falls of the Philippines, was just media hype. Why, it was just like any ordinary small falls! …

Saipan Zoo revisited

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DRIVING aimlessly one Saturday afternoon, I ended up at a popular destination in As Mahetug, the Saipan Zoo, which I had not visited for the past couple of years. Except for a woman with a couple of kids, there were no other visitors at the zoo when I pulled over and walked leisurely toward the …

Footnotes from Tokyo

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THE long walk through endless halls from the arrival area at Guam Airport to Gate 8 where we were scheduled to board the Continental Airlines to Narita Airport a couple of weeks ago should have been an omen of more walks and feet blisters to come. I was with Jinky Kintaro, one of the members …

An afternoon at the zoo

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A DEEP and frightful roaring drew us to the direction where Lambert the African lion is caged. It was past 4 p.m. and the continuous roaring signaled that Lambert was hungry. Several meters away, BooBoo, a female black bear was impatiently climbing on the bars and the roof of his quarters. Near the entrance, Tasha, …