Chiang Mai, Thailand 2016

Photography, Travel, Visual

Welcome to the country side where its quaint and far from the bustling city of Bangkok. The city is in the north side of Thailand. It is mountainous in geography and refer as the creative capital of country. There’s more to Thailand’s second city than its glittering golden temples. A burgeoning population of digital nomads is transforming the place into a hipster heaven.

If you are looking for a place where in your creative juices would flow like the Chao Phraya River, This is the place. You will find some cheap rentals and instagrammable places easily.

This is Ang Kaew Reservoir at Chiang Mai University.

FOOD. This is the main reason why I visited Thailand. Thai Food is known in the world to be one of the best and delicious culinary cuisine.

Don’t miss the Night Bazaar Market in the Old City Wall.The Night Bazaar is approximately 1km long on Thanon Chang Khlan (large roads in Thailand are named Thanon, and smaller side streets are named Soi) (so Thanon Chang Khlan translates to Chang Khlan Road(http://www.visitchiangmai.com.au/night_bazaar.html)

So prepare your bargaining skills because you will need it.

The main temples and markets all lie within the old city walls, This an area of one square mile. You’ll probably want to sleep outside of it, though – its streets are multitude with tuk-tuks, backpackers on motorbikes and cheap massage joints. Chiang Mai, once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lanna, runs on tuk-tuks and you can get almost anywhere in the back of one

The view from sacred Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, This Chiang Mai’s main temple, is the city’s most popular panorama. You have to climb 309 stairs up the Naga Serpent Staircase to see it. This is quite an experience. Make your way past orange-draped monks, golden spires and shrines to the far side of the wat for a view over Chiang Mai and the lush mountains beyond. You can either take a taxi, tuktuk or motorcycle.

The Long Neck Village is one memory that is etched in my mind forever, I have dreamt of seeing them in person since the first time I saw them on National Geographic Channel and I really can’t believe it that I was able to see, interact and even hug them. It was truly a magical experience.

I also went on a Elephant Safari which is really cool, one of the highlights of my trip. It was so fun watching them. I highly suggest to see it and experience feeding them. One thing though, they are animals and they get tired too, so please do not ride on them, the staff will let you experience it but just say no. The least thing the we can do to help is to feed and play with them.

Nimmanhaemin Road (8), This epicentre of hipster Chiang Mai, Locals call in “Nimman” It’s a kilometre-long road where in you can witness some of the best tasting coffee in South East Asia where espresso-fuelled digital nomads have made their home.

Here are some of my favorite coffee shops.

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BulBul Cafe,

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Graph Cafe

Over-all I really enjoyed my stay in Chiang Mai. Thank you to my friend Bank for touring me around the city and for letting me stay in your house. I really appreciate the kind gesture. He is really talented too, you can visit his Blog and Instagram. Follow him.

If you want packages tour, you may visit the old city wall where in you can see heaps of travel tours that will suit to your liking. One reminder though is be ready to bargain as the prices varies. I hope you enjoy this photo tour of the city and will help you decide to visit Chiang Mai.

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All Photos© – Mackario

 

 

 

 

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Travel: Siem Reap, Cambodia 2016

Photography, Travel, Visual

They say when you go to Angkor Wat, It’s like heaven on earth. It truly is.

It’s my dream to travel to Cambodia and I have been anticipating this travel for the past 7 months. I  am very lucky that I got to see this majestic beauty.

Its a once in a lifetime experience, I gained so many friends along the way. I am grateful that I was given the opportunity to travel and experience different culture.

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Angkor Wat Temple

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Mackario, Our Couchsurfer Host Mike and Theo from SG

I arrived in Siem Reap at past 10:00pm,  My friend Theo picked me up at the bus station. Theo is from Singapore whom I met in Couchsurfing. We stop over for dinner as I am very very hungry and then went straight to our Host. Theo introduced me to our host Mike, He is living with his brother. The place is 10 minutes away from the city proper via tuktuk. He is really a gracious host and provided everything we need. We stayed there for 1 night.

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Tour Guide

My journey began on the second day as we explore Angkor Wat. I was like a kid very excited  to see Disneyland for the first time. It’s the same reaction and anticipation.

 

Taken using iPhone 5s

 

This is a 1 day pass ticket, You will get this far from the Angkor Wat proper. There are many tourist especially in the morning because they want to see the sunrise but the lines are decent so waiting for your turn is not a hassle.
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This is Angkor Wat proper. As you scroll down, You will see the intricate details of the temple and you will be astound by the ingenuity and craftsmanship of the Khmer People. I was blown away by the details of structure and how they build it without modern technology. It was really interesting.

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The upclose look on the details of the architecture in Angkor Wat.

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This is the famous Angelina Jolie’s scene in Tomb Raider Movie

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Ta Phrom

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Asia represent: L-R (Vannak (Siem Reap), Sreymom(Siem Reap), Theo (Singapore) , Me and Leonard (Indonesia)

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Travel: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 2016

Travel, Visual

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 2016

Ho Chi Minh is a vibrant city that keeps it’s traditional cultures up to today. It is evident in their day to day lives. The architecture in the city is a mesh of old and new that is why many foreigners are drawn to exploring the city.

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It is my first time in Vietnam and I stayed at this little Hostel called Long Hostel, It’s located in Pham Ngu Lao Street, District 1 or popularly known as the “Backpacker District”. Its really recommended, it change the way I look at Hostels in general and living with other travellers. The owner of the hostel is very accommodating and very very helpful. The free breakfast is delicious and of course the most loved Vietnamese  Coffee.

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This is taken in the Patio of the Hostel – iPhone5s

Let me show you around Saigon.

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This is the park near the “backpacker district” it’s huge and most of the locals just hang around here in the morning. you can always see the traditional hat everywhere, which is really cool.

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Vietnam is a motorbike heaven, This is the main transportation in the city and when it’s rush hour you will see a gazillion of them.

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You can see a lot of people eating in the sidewalk. This is pretty much their culture. There are a lot of Themed Cafes too and Street Food is all around the city. It’s a must try.

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Food

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For for more photos checkout my instagram account @imackario

Photos are all taken using the FujiFilm X100s 

 

 

 

 

Travel: Singapura 2015

Photography, Travel

I am considering Singapore as my second home because of the amount of times I am there in a year.  It really is an advantage when you have relatives living there. It will save you a lot of accomodation money. Here are some of my snaps through my iPhone.

Random Shots of Gardens by the Bay, Lasalle College of Arts, SOTA, Helix Bridge, Esplanade, Ang Mo Kio Street, National Museum of Singapore, Fort Canning, SMU, Plaza Singapura and Many More

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Travel: Georgetown, Penang

Photography, Travel

Georgetown is describe as an art haven. Wherever your eyes gazed, you will see art. That is the reason why this little town is so famous to foreigners. It will give you a different taste of Malaysia. According to Lonely Planet, Penang was colonised by an East British India Company to find spices and then later on settled in the harbour of Penang. Since then this little island was once known to be a home to rich British and affluent family in Asia.

Georgetown has plethora of unique, colourful shops. Every little shops has its own unique taste, feature and feel. There are a lot of neo classical architecture which I fell in love with, and of course the UNESCO world heritage sites Town of Georgetown.

 Georgetown is also famous for its unique coffee shops, so if you are a coffee addict you need to go here to explore the different kind of unique concepts on how to enjoy your favourite daily cortado.

 Georgetown will always be memorable and will always always be special in my HEART.

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Photos taken using FujiFilm x100s

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 All Photos below are taken using the iPhone5S

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Travel: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Photography, Travel

My very first out of the country alone. It’s really a mixed feeling because at first I don’t know what is in store for me, but like a wanderlust that I am. I will just go with the flow.

I visited Kuala Lumpur for just a short period of time.

I wish I had enough time to go down the Hop off Hop On Bus tour  to really explore Kuala Lumpur.

I arrived at 1:00am in the morning in KLIA. There are no trains going to the city so I decided to book a capsule hotel in KLIA. Its called “The Capsule”

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It’s a cozy place to stay, It has everything you need. Towel is clean and the bathroom is neat.

I had a wake up call at 6am and then went to the KLIA Ekspres to wait for the Train going to the City. This is the waiting area platform. It’s modern and minimalist. I like it.

KLIA is the fastest express going to the city. It will take you just 28 minutes. KL Sentral is the Heart of the train hub, All the transportation from Land, Sea and Air will start here. KL Sentral has everything you need, It is connected to Hotels, Restaurants and some Tourist spots plus an ultra high speed WIFI.

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Stayed at Regalia Residences at Chow Kit through AirBnB

The  Magnificent View of the City

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First Stop is the National Museum of Kuala Lumpur. I’ve been to many museums before so this is just a decent museum, I guess I was just expecting a beautiful architecture like the ones in Korea and in Manila. I didn’t get to take photo of the place because it’s dark for a decent photograph but it was a good over-all experience. You learn a lot of things about the Malay Civilisation and also the Present Malaysia.

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The Mansion of the Datu of Malaysia. Royal Family lives here.

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The National Mosque of Malaysia

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The City Gallery – Showcasing the Modern Malaysia and the Birth of Beautiful Architecture

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Explored the City

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The Textile Museum of Malaysia, Beautiful Architecture. I was really blown away.

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Oh Hello there Petronas, My God this building is magnificent.

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all photos are taken by yours truly (Fujifilm X100s and iPhone 5S)

Travel: Taal Heritage Town, Batangas

Travel

The Taal Heritage Town Tour

After so many months of preparing for this trip, finally it came through. I was supposed to go on a trekking in Taal however I did not came prepared because of all the things that you need to bring and plus It’s expensive when you are alone. So I opted to just explore the very quaint town of Taal, known as the Heritage Town.

Let me transport you in old rich Taal.

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The Taal Arch of Friendship

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The very old Pillars and Doors

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Don Gregorio Agoncillo (The White House)

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St. Martin de Tours Basilica – Asia’s largest Catholic Cathedral

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A Baroque style interiors plus gold, marbles and steel.

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Villavicencio “Wedding Gift House” – This is home screaming old era. This very colorful restored house is very beautiful.

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The original copied version given to by Jose Rizal to the Villavicencio’s in the old era.

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Swooning over perfect tiles.

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The Camera House “Heaven”

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Hagdan Hagdan as they call it, This 125 Steps is gateway going to the Casaysay Church and the Well of Sta. Lucia

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The Well of Sta. Lucia – Tomb Raider-ish

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The National Shrine of Casaysay

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The Main House of Villavicencio

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The Mason Jars

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Kitchen

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Living Room

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The Guest Room

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The Full View of Living Room

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