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Neptune Fountain

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Sculptor Juan Pascual de Mena started working on this fountain way back in 1780. The marble statue of Neptune has a trident in one hand and a coiled snake in the other. The fountain is located at Paseo del Prado, a few steps away from the Prado Museum in Madrid.

Porcelain Mosaic

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The prang, or spire, of Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) in Bangkok is decorated with mosaic made using pieces of porcelain and sea shells.

Horse-drawn carriage

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This ride will cost a few euros, but considering that Via Veneto is one of the most stylish streets of Rome, some people wouldn't mind "arriving in style".

Santa Maria Maggiore

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The Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore is the largest Marian church in Rome, thus the name Maggiore (major). The church was built after the Council of Ephesus in 431 A.D. which declared Mary as the Mother of God.

To Protect and Serve

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An NYPD police car passes a busy intersection in Times Square.

Framed

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Motorbikes are primary transportation mode for the locals of Shanghai, and their function go beyond just transporting the rider. Moving over-sized cargo, like this door frame, are included as well.

Vigan Building with Capiz Windows

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Capiz, a kind of mollusk with translucent mother-of-pearl shells, is often used in making windows in buildings during the Spanish era until about early 20th century in the Philippines.  A good example is this building in Vigan.

The Grand Staircase

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The Beaux-Arts Grand Staircase of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ascending these steps from the Great Hall will bring you to the European art collection of the museum, which includes works by van Gogh and Degas.

Empire State Building Lobby

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The lobby of the Empire State Building. The three-story high Art Deco lobby features an aluminum relief of the building.

Flat Stanley

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Flat Stanley (originally a character of a book written in 1964) was a school project for Gavin, the son of my colleague in the United States. Drawings of Flat Stanley are to be sent to different parts of the country by the kids in the class, and the drawings will be photographed together with a landmark. The pictures will then be presented by the kids to the class, as a way of teaching them geography. Gavin's was the only one sent outside the United States, to me; here Flat Stanley was in a beach in Caramoan.

Barcelona Olympic Stadium

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Strangely, the Barcelona Olympic Stadium was built way back in 1929, but wasn't used for the Olympics until 1992. Prior to that, it was used for football matches and concerts that require a seating capacity of about 60,000 people.

East Tangat Wreck, Coron

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Saying 'Hi' to the camera while wreck diving in Coron, Philippines. Coron has a number of wreck diving sites - all of them Japanese warships that were sunk during the Second World War. 


The bow of this ship - a gunboat/submarine chaser named Tamakase - is located about 4 meters underwater. The dive site is known as East Tangat Wreck.

by Kin Enriquez

Do Not Enter

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There's a section in Liberty Island - where the Statue of Liberty stands welcoming immigrants during the 19th and 20th century - with this quite ironic sign. Manhattan is the cluster of skyscrapers in the distance.

The Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel

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This mosaic floor, on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, was discovered in 1996 in a construction site in Lod, Israel. The mosaic, featuring exotic animals and fishes, probably belonged to a house by a wealthy Roman, dating to about 300 A.D. 


The mosaic was on loan from the Israel Antiquities Authority, and the Met Museum was venue for its first public exhibition.

by Kin Enriquez

Ruins of Corregidor

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The empty, bullet-riddled shell of a building in Corregidor, stark reminder of the destructiveness of war.

Crystal-Clear Waters of Caramoan

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Just to give you an idea of how clear the waters around the islands of Caramoan are.

Pawikan

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This sea turtle (pawikan  in Filipino) is a resident of the marine sanctuary in front of Dive and Trek resort in Bauan, Batangas, and it is a delight to run into him while scuba diving in the area.


Another picture of the turtle here.

Padre Burgos House

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This is the birthplace and ancestral house of Padre Jose Burgos, a secular priest who was accused of mutiny by the Spanish colonizers in 1872. It was located in Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Burgos was executed - together with two other priests, Jacinto Zamora and Mariano Gomez -  by garrote. Their execution inspired Jose Rizal, the national hero who was also executed by the Spaniards, to write the novel El Filibusterismo, which was published in 1891. 

The building is under the administration of the National Museum of the Philippines. 

by Kin Enriquez

A Beach in Caramoan

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One of the scores of beaches that dot the islands of Caramoan, Philippines

Petronas Towers Skybridge

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The skybridge that connects the Petronas Twin Towers. The 58-meter long double-decker bridge, located 170 meters up, connects the 41st and 42nd floors. It (the 41st floor level) is open to visitors.

Ancestor of the Air Jordans

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A pair of moccasins, the traditional footwear of Native Americans. They are usually made from deerskin or other kind of soft leather and  pimped up with colorful beads. 


St. Louis Art Museum.

Manila Yacht Club

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The playground of the rich in Manila Bay.

The Beach on Pinatubo Crater Lake

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Looking down from the rim, those ant-like figures below are actually people on the beach in Mt. Pinatubo crater lake.

Rainy in Barracuda Lake

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A drizzle did not deter us from going in to snorkel in Barracuda Lake (a resident barracuda is said to have given the lake its name) in Coron. That's one of my companions in mask and snorkel.

Peek-a-Boo

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A child peeks over the bench of the tram that took us around the fortress island of Corregidor.


Dome of the Manila Cathedral

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The dome of the neo-Romanesque Manila Cathedral


The cathedral was built in 1953, the eight structure on the site that dates back to 1571.

Lahar Country

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The remnants of the 1991 Mount Pinatubo eruption- pyroclastic materials called lahar - are still apparent on the trail going to the crater of the volcano.

Times Square

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Times Square is dubbed the "Crossroads of the World".

Mighty Tasty

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Fried crickets on sale at a street food stall in Chatuchak, Bangkok.

España

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The Spain Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo

Sunset at the Magic Kingdom

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The Disney Castle at dusk.

A Boat in Banol Beach

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Our boat, docked at Banol Beach in Coron, Palawan.

Opulence

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This is probably the most opulent room I've slept in during my travels so far - a suite at The Venetian Macao. We were upgraded to this room when the one we booked was not available.  


Shanghai World Financial Center at Night

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The 492-meter Shanghai World Financial Center, at night. The supertall has an observation deck at the 100th floor of the building - 474 meters above ground.

Sphinx of Hetshepsut

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Front view of the Sphinx of Hetsepsut, the fifth pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty, on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

A sphinx is mythical creature with a body of a lion and a human's head. Egyptian sphinxes were guardians to the entrances of temples.

by Kin Enriquez

White-Water Rafting

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Me and my friends white-water rafting in Cagayan de Oro

New York Pizzeria

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Pizzerias like this are good places to find cheap eats in New York City. A slice (big enough to for somebody like me) cost from $2.75 to $5.50, and a Coke will set you back another $1.75. Perfect way to satisfy a hungry traveller after walking along the streets of Manhattan for hours.

Sapin-sapin

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Sapin-sapin is a dessert popular in the Philippines, especially in Luzon island. Made from glutinous rice flour and coconut milk, sapin-sapin (which means 'layered' in Tagalog) is served with toasted coconut flakes on top as merienda, or mid-day snack.

Clarke Quay

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The riverside quay in Singapore that is now a popular tourist attraction, with nightclubs and restaurants dominating the area.

Give it a Wave

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A girl waves to the crowd during a parade in Shanghai.

Waiting

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The driver of a horse-drawn carriage waits for passengers in Manhattan.

The Red Door

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This one's in one of the houses lining up Delmar Boulevard in St. Louis.

Seventh-Inning Stretch

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A tradition during baseball games in the United States, the seventh-inning stretch is the time for patrons to take a short break, stretch their legs, and get snacks after the middle of the seventh inning. The song Take Me Out to the Ball Game is also sang by the audience. 
This one is during the game between St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros.

Woman Putting a Stocking

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To celebrate Edgar Degas's 178th birthday (yesterday), here's one sculpture done by the Impressionist artist: Woman Putting on a Stocking.


Bronze, 1895-1910. At the Met Museum

All Aboard

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A passenger looks out the window of Bicol Express, a train service that connects Manila to the Bicol region in the Philippines, just as the train is leaving the station.

First Automobile in the Philippines

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The first car to ever grace the Philippine roads was this 9-horsepower, 2-cylinder 1904 Richard Brasier roadster, brought into the country by the trading firm Estrella del Norte in 1904.


On display at the Mind Museum Taguig, on loan from Pilipinas Shell.

Cape Bolinao

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The lighthouse in Bolinao, Philippines, at 101 feet in height, is the second tallest in the country.

Poland Pavilion

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The Poland Pavilion during the 2010 World Expo has a paper cut-out design reminiscent to the Polish folk art of paper cutting.

Cardinal Points

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A signpost  in Corregidor lighthouse points the way to other cities in the world and how far are they from the place.

30 Rock

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30 Rockefeller Plaza is the centerpiece of the Rockefeller Center (which has 19 buildings in the complex) in Manhattan. The Art Deco building, also known as GE Building (RCA Building before that), has 70 floors and is 266 meters in height. It has an observation deck, named Top of the Rock, which is open to the public.

The TV show 30 Rock is named after the building, where the NBC studio, the producer of the show, is located.