The Philippines

The blue and white Palawan Cathedral, a photo

On the main highway in Puerto Princesa in Palawan is the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. It is the island’s central church, and in front of it is the Rizal Monument and Park.

The cathedral is 300 m from the Palawan Baywalk Park, or if you are feeling energetic right off the plane, it is 2.5 km from the airport. The cathedral is a tourist attraction, so you will surely be able to get directions if you get lost along the way. If you’re not in the mood to walk, you should have now problem getting a tricycle from anywhere in town.

The blue and white architecture on the outside is lovely, and inside the cathedral are religious edifices that are over a century old. The cathedral was built in 1872, during the Spanish occupation.

It is free to visit the church, and anyone is welcome to join mass, of which the schedule is posted on the door. Continue reading “The blue and white Palawan Cathedral, a photo”


Travel theme: Eyes

This post in response to the weekly travel theme: eyes.

This photo was taken in Jaipur, India. While in the back of a rickshaw somewhere in the city, I spotted this boy clutching his mother as she drove her scooter through the traffic. I was lucky enough to have a few seconds at a red light to get this shot. Continue reading “Travel theme: Eyes”


Travel theme: Gold

This post is in response to the weekly travel theme, of which the theme this week is gold.

I took this photo in Thailand, where there are many golden Buddhas. I especially like that in the bottom right corner there is another mini golden Buddha statue next to the folded hands.

Buddha inception. Continue reading “Travel theme: Gold”


Koshoji Temple, a photo

In the Yagoto area of Nagoya is a small temple and garden complex. There is a five story pagoda and other buildings scattered around. The smell of incense floats through the air, and if the time is right, the chanting of monks can be heard. The grounds are not busy, making it a peaceful place to relax and wander. A little cafe sells ice cream cones, and twice a month there is small flea market.