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Dispatch: Ending Where it Began at Shwedagon

The Magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda
The Magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda

After 11-days, 5 overnight bus rides, 1 train ride, 1 pick-up truck, 2 horse carts, countless motorbike rides and thousands of words scribbled in my notebook, I finished my journey around Myanmar. I can say it was one of my fulfilling travels in a while in line with my travels in Laos and China. It was one of those journeys where Traveling and Photography is all about being in the moment, being part of the scene, melding, and being invisible. I love the interaction I get with the locals and just being in there. It’s the travel and the photography where the only person I’m shooting for is myself. I can’t wait to write it for the next few months. Here’s is Shwedagon Pagoda, a gold studded landmark which symbolizes the country. It was the major sight I visited the first time I got in the country and also the last before I left. Myanmar is a wonderful country that I won’t hesitate to go back again.

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Dispatch: Wonderful People of Myanmar

Shwezigon Siblings (Olympus E-PL1, 45mm, f2, 1/400s)
Shwezigon Siblings (Olympus E-PL1, 45mm, f2, 1/400s)

I’m nearing the end of my Myanmar Journey with only a few days of stay here. I had a bit of snag in Inle Lake which was supposed to be some sort of a highlight for my trip but things got complicated when there was a festival on the nearby town. One things for sure I tell you, avoid the local festivals if you can. While it might be interesting, prices double and accommodations are non-existent. But still it was an experience. Good thing I met a very helpful lady in Aung Mingalar Hotel who accommodated me on my very brief stay in Nyaungshwe when I was already loosing hope of finding a place or even going back to Mandalay. Anyways more details of the story when I write them. In the meantime here’s a fun young sibling I met in Shwezigon in Bagan. That thanaka on their faces just gives the poeple of Myanmar a distinct character.

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Dispatch: Halfway Through Myanmar

View of the Old Bagan during sunrise
View of the Old Bagan during sunrise

I’m currently halfway through my journey in Myanmar and I can say it’s more than I expected it to be. I’m currently in Pyin U Lwin at the north of Mandalay. 3445 ft above sea level, taking the slow train immediately coming from Bagan. The cool clime is a refreshing change from the warm and dusty environs of Bagan. One thing I can say that the country is changing fast, any latest information from 1 year ago or even a few months ago has changed. Anyways I’ll leave you guys with one of the sunrise shots in Bagan which I thought was really a fabulous place.

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Dispatch: A Taste of AirPhil Express Fly and Sail AdvenTour in Singapore

Star Cruises Superstar Virgo seen from the cable car from Sentosa
Star Cruises Superstar Virgo seen from the cable car from Sentosa

Last weekend, I was invited by AirPhil Express to experience their  new AdvenTour Package offering they had call “Fly and Sail”. In partnership with Star Cruises, the Fly and Sail is a four-day Adventure Tour Package where once can Fly to Singapore and go for a cruise to Malaysia for only P24,888 per person. It’s my first time to actually try a cruise and it was pretty fun. I’ll be writing about the experience starting next week in ironwulf.net En Route. In the meantime if you would like to know more of the details, read on.

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Dispatch: AirAsia Philippines 1st Branded A320 Plane Arrived in Clark

AirAsia Philippine's First Branded A320
AirAsia Philippine's First Branded A320

Exciting travel times are ahead for us travelers as Low-cost Carrier giant expands its wings establishing its 13th hub in the Philippines. AirAsia has been in operation in DMIA (Diosdado Macapagal International Airport), Clark for many years now. I even remember having my first international flight via AirAsia to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia from Clark. The difference now, is that AirAsia Philippines is co-owned and operated by Filipinos this time.

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Dispatch: A Flagellant at Angeles

Angeles Flagellants
Angeles Flagellant (Olympus E-PL2, 40-150mm at 100mm, F5, 1/250, ISO 200)

It was a Bloody Good Friday at Angeles, Pampanga. We were there to witness the Siete Palabras (The Seven Last Words) re-enactment which is a first at Barangay Lourdes, Angeles City. It was chaotically interesting I could say. But alongside there were numerous flagellants. At first I thought I couldn’t handle the gore, the pain of seeing them punish themselves and their blood splattering all over the place but it was interesting to observe their practice of this old Filipino tradition.