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Kings of Siam Residence | Grand Palace

The grand palace sits right along the Chao Phraya River in Phra Nakon, Bangkok. The palace complex, rather than a single structure, is an assortment of buildings, temples, halls, etc. That is owed to the complex’s additions and rebuilding over its almost 300-year history. King Rama I ordered the start… Read More »Kings of Siam Residence | Grand Palace

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The grand palace sits right along the Chao Phraya River in Phra Nakon, Bangkok. The palace complex, rather than a single structure, is an assortment of buildings, temples, halls, etc. That is owed to the complex’s additions and rebuilding over its almost 300-year history. King Rama I ordered the start… Read More »Kings of Siam Residence | Grand Palace

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Temple of the Reclining Buddha | Wat Pho

The Wat Pho is one of six temples in Thailand holding the highest distinction of First-class Royal Temple. The temple sits in the Phra Nakhon District, a boat ride across the Wat Arun. The Wat Pho existed long before Bangkok became the capital of Thailand. However, it did not reach… Read More »Temple of the Reclining Buddha | Wat Pho

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The Wat Pho is one of six temples in Thailand holding the highest distinction of First-class Royal Temple. The temple sits in the Phra Nakhon District, a boat ride across the Wat Arun. The Wat Pho existed long before Bangkok became the capital of Thailand. However, it did not reach… Read More »Temple of the Reclining Buddha | Wat Pho

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Hindu God Aruna | Wat Arun

The Wat Arun is one of Thailand’s most recognized and visited landmarks. Known for its distinct spirals, or “prangs,” the Wat Arun has existed since the 17th century. However, the temple has undergone several changes since its creation. The temple where the Wat Arun now lies was called the Wat… Read More »Hindu God Aruna | Wat Arun

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The Wat Arun is one of Thailand’s most recognized and visited landmarks. Known for its distinct spirals, or “prangs,” the Wat Arun has existed since the 17th century. However, the temple has undergone several changes since its creation. The temple where the Wat Arun now lies was called the Wat… Read More »Hindu God Aruna | Wat Arun

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Travel in Thailand | Wat Indharaviharn

Originally called Wat Rai Phrik, the Wat Indharaviharn is a class-three temple (class-three is the lowest of the four classes) constructed at the beginning of the Ayutthaya Kingdom. The temple’s main attraction is the Luang Pho To or “Phra Si Ariyamettrai”, a 32-meter high statue covered in gold leaf. People… Read More »Travel in Thailand | Wat Indharaviharn

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Originally called Wat Rai Phrik, the Wat Indharaviharn is a class-three temple (class-three is the lowest of the four classes) constructed at the beginning of the Ayutthaya Kingdom. The temple’s main attraction is the Luang Pho To or “Phra Si Ariyamettrai”, a 32-meter high statue covered in gold leaf. People… Read More »Travel in Thailand | Wat Indharaviharn

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A Weaving Culture | Lao Textile Museum

In Vientiane’s Traditional Cultural Education Center lies the Lao Textile Museum, where Laos’s textile tradition is being kept alive. The museum offers displays of various weaving and dyeing techniques. There is also a small gift shop where you can purchase hand-made fabric and other items made on-site. As a part… Read More »A Weaving Culture | Lao Textile Museum

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In Vientiane’s Traditional Cultural Education Center lies the Lao Textile Museum, where Laos’s textile tradition is being kept alive. The museum offers displays of various weaving and dyeing techniques. There is also a small gift shop where you can purchase hand-made fabric and other items made on-site. As a part… Read More »A Weaving Culture | Lao Textile Museum

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Gold Stupa | Pha That Luang

Our trip to Laos was long. We did nothing the first day except traveling and eating. That’s understandable, we were all exhausted from the trip. However, day two brought us to a couple of places, one of them being Pha That Luang. I’ll give you a brief rundown of it.… Read More »Gold Stupa | Pha That Luang

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Our trip to Laos was long. We did nothing the first day except traveling and eating. That’s understandable, we were all exhausted from the trip. However, day two brought us to a couple of places, one of them being Pha That Luang. I’ll give you a brief rundown of it.… Read More »Gold Stupa | Pha That Luang

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Travel in Taiwan | Fuzhoushan Park 福州山公園

Both locals and people new to Taipei swarm Xiangshan 象山, Taipei’s Elephant Mountain, every day. On weekends, you can bet you’ll see a group of local clad in hiking gear, hiking poles in hand, ready to make the arduous (read: easy 25min) trek up Xiangshan. Xiangshan offers a beautiful nature… Read More »Travel in Taiwan | Fuzhoushan Park 福州山公園

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Both locals and people new to Taipei swarm Xiangshan 象山, Taipei’s Elephant Mountain, every day. On weekends, you can bet you’ll see a group of local clad in hiking gear, hiking poles in hand, ready to make the arduous (read: easy 25min) trek up Xiangshan. Xiangshan offers a beautiful nature… Read More »Travel in Taiwan | Fuzhoushan Park 福州山公園

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Lil Too Close to Friends | Beitou Springs

Finally, after over six months, I’m writing a new post. Today’s post is going to be a quick one; I’d like to start things off slow again. I’m sure you have some questions: Why the long hiatus?; What have I been up to so far?; Have I been keeping true to the spirit of onethingoneweek? I’d like to answer some of these questions.

Finally, after over six months, I’m writing a new post. Today’s post is going to be a quick one; I’d like to start things off slow again. I’m sure you have some questions: Why the long hiatus?; What have I been up to so far?; Have I been keeping true to the spirit of onethingoneweek? I’d like to answer some of these questions.

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Macau Pt.2 | Taipa in a Day

If you read last week’s post, you know we spent an entire day walking around Macao. But, in the end, I qualified it by saying we walked around Mainland Macao. That means there’s a whole island to the south we didn’t touch on. On this day, we’ll be walking around all of Taipa, as well as going to the Venetian and Studio City. Our first task was crossing over the island to head to our first stop, the Taipa Houses – Museum. To do so, we walked over an hour over a long bridge to Taipa.

If you read last week’s post, you know we spent an entire day walking around Macao. But, in the end, I qualified it by saying we walked around Mainland Macao. That means there’s a whole island to the south we didn’t touch on. On this day, we’ll be walking around all of Taipa, as well as going to the Venetian and Studio City. Our first task was crossing over the island to head to our first stop, the Taipa Houses – Museum. To do so, we walked over an hour over a long bridge to Taipa.

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Unexpected Adventure | Macau in a Day

Macao, formerly a Portuguese colony, is a special administrative region (SAR) of China. In recent years, Macao has become a resort city, its gaming industry seven times that of Las Vegas. It has a population of 667,400 and an area of 12.7sq mi (or 32.9km^2), making it the most densely populated region in the world. But, this little island has a lot more to offer than high-stakes gambling and luxury shopping (luxury brand shops can be found everywhere on “the strip”).

Macao, formerly a Portuguese colony, is a special administrative region (SAR) of China. In recent years, Macao has become a resort city, its gaming industry seven times that of Las Vegas. It has a population of 667,400 and an area of 12.7sq mi (or 32.9km^2), making it the most densely populated region in the world. But, this little island has a lot more to offer than high-stakes gambling and luxury shopping (luxury brand shops can be found everywhere on “the strip”).

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