One of the gems of the Philippine landscape is certainly the Batad Rice Terraces of Banaue in Ifugao Province. Its importance is not merely for the fact that it’s a sight for sore eyes, but that it represents so much of what the Filipino culture and heritage stands for. The terraces were built by the Ifugao ancestors two thousand years ago almost entirely by hand in order to combat the erosion brought about by heavy rains during the monsoon season. When rain falls, the water will flow gradually from terrace to another until the water is evenly distribute to all the rice plants. This irrigation system stands and lasts till this day – a testament to just how hardworking and innovative the Filipino people can be.
Bandung, the capital of West Java, is a beautiful city sought as a refreshing getaway from the typical hot and humid weather. It boasts of a cool climate all year- round which makes it a popular tourist destination, especially for neighbors in the tropical region. Ciwidey lies within the southern portion of the city which is one of the coldest places in Bandung. Tourists know Ciwidey for being a host to a plethora of activities ranging from adrenaline-pumping adventures like river boarding to more laid back ones such as strawberry-picking.
Indonesia is one of the must-see travel destinations in Asia. This country is filled with rich culture and beautiful sceneries, which feature the beauty of history, nature, and religion. One of the majestic tourist spots in Indonesia is the Borobudur Temple in Kedu Valley, Central Java.
One of the most treasured and visited locations in Indonesia is a temple which holds a rich history and a thriving expression of culture; the Prambanan Temple, or also known as the Roro Jonggrang Temple in Indonesia, or also the “Temple of the Slender Virgin” is located in Yogyakarta. It is a temple that was built during the 9th century, which holds a mystical charm that entices its visitors and gives such an exotic atmosphere. It has eight shrines in total, three of which are the main shrines that are for Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma.
Yogyakarta, also referred to as Jogja, is an autonomous province located in the Southern Java Island of Indonesia. It is one of the most historically and culturally rich locations in region, known for its ancient Javanese artifacts and remnants of the Dutch colonial rule. If you want to experience the best arts and music scenes of Indonesia, this is the place to visit. Its history stays so strong that it’s still rules by a monarchy to this day! Jogja’s diverse past is influenced by the Western culture combined with Hindu and Buddhist roots, making it wonderful destination to visit and explore – the only question is, what to do first when the possibilities are endless?
For most people, the first thing that comes to their mind when they hear the word “Cordillera” is the Banaue Rice Terraces. It is a famous tourist spot known all around the world and was even called as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Officially, there are only Seven Wonders of the World which are must-see natural and man-made structures or places. The Eight Wonder is a place, structure, or natural creations comparable to the official Seven Wonders. The Banaue Rice Terraces has been nominated as an Eighth Wonder of the World because of its beauty, perfection, use, and antiquity. The Banaue Rice Terraces was built by hand almost 2,000 years ago by Ifugao ancestors. There are still debates as to the real age of the rice terraces because the stones used to hold the soil trace back to a much older date. The rice terraces cover several mountainsides, carved from the top down to the bottom of the mountain. It was an ingenious farming method devised by the Ifugao people due to lack of flat terrain to plant rice. It also makes watering more efficient as water from the top would flow down to every layer. Each layer is bigger than the layer before it, forming a staircase like pattern, which earned the Tagalog reference “hagdang-hangdang palayan.”
2017. I knew it was going to be my year - it had to be. I had decided that working a standard, 9 to 5 job simply wasn’t for me. I wanted to give earning money with just a computer, an Internet connection, and a frenzied dream a try. However, I knew that creating a reliable source of income every month would be a significant challenge in itself.
The Mountain Province located in the Cordillera Administrative Region is, of course, known for its lush greenery, hanging coffins, cold high-altitude weather, and mountain ranges. But one of the most beloved gems in the province is the Bomod-ok Falls. The Bomok-od Falls can be found in the town of Sagada, nestled within the north of the Cordillera Mountains. It is a stunning 200-meter waterfall hidden amongst palay (rice) paddies and small towns. Tempting as it may, getting there isn’t exactly what you would call a walk in the park.