Thursday, November 29, 2018

Climbing the Sunlight Rock in Gulangyu Island, Xiamen (China)


The highest peak of Gulangyu Island is the Sunlight Rock.


The Sunlight Rock (aka Ri Guang Yan 日光岩) is a Buddhist Temple built on Gulangyu Island (Xiamen) during the Ming dynasty circa the early 1500s. The temple worships Guanyin, the goddess of mercy.

The boulder lookout point has 2 huge rocks and when I climbed on top of it I was rewarded with sweeping panoramic views of Xiamen downtown (Siming district) and the coastline stretch, the red rooftops of Gulangyu Island and even caught a glimpse of the Kinmen Islands.

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Scape Skydeck Dinner in Mactan, Cebu, Philippines

This is a bit of a very late post. This dinner was my last dinner in Cebu, just after Christmas.


Scape Skydeck view in Mactan Island, Cebu.


We are Asians - Filipinos, so it's all about sharing the food.

The family is going to Vietnam, well my parents, my sister and I are flying to Ho Chi Minh City later on the same evening, so we decided to have dinner not too far away from the airport.

I heard about this restaurant and its rooftop so we quickly made arrangements to eat here.

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Valletta, Malta Postcards

I was in Malta last week for a short holiday.


The view from our hotel room at Phoenicia is the Valletta fortified city, the Grand Harbour, and the Three Cities. The view above is Valletta fortified city. It's just surreal to wake up to this view every day.


Malta's iconic architectural feature, its window balconies.

Just a quickie one to recharge me from the rigours of work and daily life. Sometimes its good to set aside these things once in a while to pursue the discovery of a new country, new culture and new food.

These are just a few of the almost 1,000 pictures I took of Malta. In particular, these pictures are of Valletta, the capital of Malta.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Goodbye Views of Sarajevo!

Ah, our last day in Sarajevo!


View of the city of Sarajevo from the hills near the fortress.


Well, we didn't do much on our last day in the city.

We had breakfast at the hotel, then we checked out and dragged our suitcases down to the ground floor and piled them at the back of the car. We were set to leave the city for the south. We were going to Mostar!

I think it was best to say that Bubbles and I were ready for a new place to explore.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Srebrenica (Massacre) Exhibition in Sarajevo

Have you heard of the Bosnian War and Genocide in the 1990's? For the young generations and for those living outside of Europe, perhaps you have not.


I believe this is the missing person wall. I did not take this picture though. I got this from the website of the Srebrenica Exhibition: Gallerija 11/07/1995. I stopped taking pictures when I entered the exhibition room


The exhibition is a documentary about the war and the genocide that happened in Bosnia & Hercegovina in the mid-1990's. There were, in fact, many genocide cases that happened in the country, however,  this exhibition is focused on the biggest genocide that took place in the east, the Srebrenica Massacre.

There is a missing person wall, short films, a detailed genocide map, audio stories, confronting portraits of survivors and the deceased and moving biographies of the victims. It's a heartbreaking and emotional place. It's not for the faint at heart to come here.

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Friday, November 09, 2018

Bosnian Easter Sunday Mass in Sarajevo

First things first, I am not a religious person. I do not believe in any god or deity of some sort. I used to though. But that was a looooong time ago. Like, some 20+ years ago.


Easter Sunday mass service at the Sacred Heart Cathedral of Sarajevo.


Treat after the mass service.

However, I can perhaps say I have an open soul. I respect all religions and beliefs and do not mind partaking in any service, as long as nobody is trying to proselyte me into joining the church or whatever it is called. I like being an observer and in fact, I enjoy being in the background, watching and appreciating cultures and all people in different walks of life. Religion, you know is culture.

Anyway, Bubbles and I realised that we will be spending Easter Sunday in Sarajevo. Bubbles being a Roman Catholic requested that we go to church and attend Easter Sunday Mass. I am all for it, after all, it’s been decades since I have attended one. I am also curious what an Easter Sunday Mass is like in Sarajevo.

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Monday, November 05, 2018

Sarajevo: Dinner at Restaurant Kibe Mahala in the Hills


The beautiful ambiance and views at the top of the restaurant.


Restoran Kibe Mahala in Sarajevo.

I have to say that Restaurant Kibe Mahala, is hands down, the best restaurant in Sarajevo when it comes to ambiance and views.

This upscale restaurant in the hills is difficult to beat. If someone asks me where they should eat for dinner in Sarajevo, I will gladly recommend this place. It’s just a unique restaurant in a stunning setting, plus the food is local cuisine and quite good.

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Saturday, November 03, 2018

Stari Grad, Sarajevo: Ferhadija Pedestrian Street

Stari Grad is the old town center of Sarajevo and within Stari Grad you will find Baščaršija, the inner old town, the remaining vestiges of the Ottoman Empire in Bosnia & Hercegovina. This blog post, however, is about the other part of Stari Grad.


The busy Ferhadija (pedestrian) Street in Sarajevo.


They say that Sarajevo is the ‘Damascus of the North’ and the ‘European Jerusalem’. I couldn't agree more. In the same neighbourhood and within just a few hundred meters from each other, we found a mosque, a synagogue, a Catholic Church and an Orthodox Church. We didn't get to visit a mosque and a synagogue here but we were able to check out the Old Orthodox Church and even attended a mass at the Catholic Cathedral.

Connecting Baščaršija in the east to Stari Grad and Center, which is the newer part of Sarajevo, is the busy pedestrian promenade, Ferhadija Street.

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