Thailand 2018 : The Sanctuary of Truth

Although The Sanctuary of Truth has probably left some forest bald , deforestation , you can’t helped but be impressed by it.

This temple is located Pattaya which is about 3 hours by bus from Bangkok.  It is located along the shore, so the sea breeze constantly deteriorate the structure so it needs constant maintenance.

Let’s take a short tour of the temple:

Wat Phraya Tai, Sancturay of Truth, Noong Nooch Garden
A view from a far.

Wat Phraya Tai, Sancturay of Truth, Noong Nooch Garden

Closer..

Wat Phraya Tai, Sancturay of Truth, Noong Nooch Garden
Side View.

Wat Phraya Tai, Sancturay of Truth, Noong Nooch Garden
A little closer.

Wat Phraya Tai, Sancturay of Truth, Noong Nooch Garden
One side of the temple is under renovation, replacing the areas which are already starting to disintegrate.

Wat Phraya Tai, Sancturay of Truth, Noong Nooch Garden
Busy like a bee.

Wat Phraya Tai, Sancturay of Truth, Noong Nooch Garden
Very intricate detail of the temple.

Wat Phraya Tai, Sancturay of Truth, Noong Nooch Garden
At the workshop, busy carving new status.

Inside the temple is as intricate outside or even more.

Visiting this place made the trip to Pattaya worth it.

Manhole : Iga City

Iga City

I think this manhole cover is very obvious what it represents 🙂

Koga and Iga Ninja Village

There are two neighboring Ninja Village , Koga in Kyoto and Iga in Mie.

Koga or Koka  is less touristy and more for kids than adults.

Iga has more activities for tourist and for adults as well. Ninja costume are more elaborate than of Koga but both places are fun to visit and just an hour by train from each other.

Koga Activities

Kouga Ninja Village Kids can try to imitate walking on water. Kouga Ninja Village
Shuriken Throwing.

Kouga Ninja Village Rent a Ninja Costume. Kouga Ninja Village
Check the museum.

Iga Activities

Iga Ninja Village Exploring the Castle. Iga Ninja Village
Haiseiden (Matsuo Basho Memorial)

Iga is also easier to access from the train station than Koga.

If you decide to go to Koga, you can give them a call for free pick up from the train Station.

Have Fun !

 

Manhole : Himeji City

Himeji City is famously known for it’s magnificent castle.

It is a city located in Hyogo Prefecture and can easily be accessed by either JR or Hanshin Train line from Osaka.

Himeji ( Colored Version )

At first I thought the design was a bird but it is actually the city’s flower called Sagiso (Radiata Flower).

Himeji ( Colored Version )

This other one is the flower and the bird (White Egret).

According to this page, there is another design which has the castle on it. I guess I have to go and look for it one more time.

If you are ever in Himeji area, try to look this manhole cover.

 

Philippines 2017: Swimming with the Turtles

Heard many things about Apo Island from friends and though I cannot swim, I was still intrigue and want to see the underwater beauty and see beautiful corals and swim with the turtles.

The island is best known as one of most beautiful diving spot in the country.  It is located just a few hours by boat from the main island of Dumaguete. There are several options to from Dumaguete to the island but after computing the cost of day trip to the island several times, we decided to opt and join a tour by Acqua  Dive.

There were 2 other customer who joined us so we had the boat all to ourselves. All snorkeling equipment are included. They also move around several times so we can get some good snorkeling area since the best location was currently close. The corals were damaged during the big typhoon that happened a year before, so they close off that part of the corals to give it time to heal.

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Can you see the Turtle’s head?

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Beautiful Island.

It was a beautiful day, relaxing and lazying in the boat.

If you are around the area, try to visit the island and enjoy what nature has to offer.