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View from the Pool
View of our hotel, Four Points by Sheraton Langkawi, from the infinity pool.
One of the main reasons why I am always drawn to museums when I travel is that I would want to see, in real life, the fascinating things that I've only read in books or have seen in the films, such as archaeological artifacts or the paintings of Van Gogh and Dali . Museums give you access to all that. I majored in History when I was an undergraduate in the University of the Philippines. As such, I am always excited to see artifacts and historical curiosities that I encounter during my travels. But sometimes, they also make me sad, like when I saw the Golden Tara of Agusan in the Field Museum in Chicago. The reverse of the Golden Tara The Golden Tara is a gold statue of a Hindu-Malayan deity discovered in 1917 in Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, in southern Philippines. Weighing about four pounds, the 21-karat gold statue depicts a woman deity sitting cross-legged, ornamented with a headdress and various accruements in the arms and legs. It was dated to early 13
Guest post by Mara Ione Sarail Mapun? Where is that?” I get this question a lot when people ask me about my hometown. I’d ramble on and on the island (its location and the culture and the pretty spots...) but since the place is not really in any of the Philippines tourist spots and is in the middle of nowhere, I might as well talk about Atlantis instead. But the island does exist. Mapun Tawi-Tawi or Cagayan de Sulu) is an island municipality in the Sulu Sea on the southwestern extreme of the Philippines, located very close to Sabah. Or from the way I see it on the Philippine map, the island is located on the Philippine’s “armpit”. Mapun is a volcanic island. The picture above shows Mt. Nanggoy, an inactive volcano near the Sapah Lake. The most popular tourist attraction in Mapun would be the three crater lakes on the west part of the island. Legend says that the three lakes were once volcanoes that erupted together. The first two, Danao and Singuwang, becam
The first cathedral to be built west of the Mississippi River, the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France was constructed - in Greek revival style - in 1831 (the original church was built in 1770). Named after King Louis IX of France, the cathedral was St. Louis's only parish church until 1845. The main altar, which is made of marble, has a painting of crucified Christ instead of an altar crucifix. The painting is a copy of Diego Velasquez's The Crucifixion. Statues of saints, such as Joan of Arc , are also displayed inside the church. How to Get There: The basilica is located at 209 Walnut St., near the St. Louis riverfront, and adjacent to the Gateway Arch and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. If taking the Metrolink, Stadium station is the nearest to the church. It is open Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 6pm. by Kin Enriquez