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Japan: Land of the Rising Sun

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A country found in East Asia, Japan ( 日本 ) is a stratovolcanic archipelago composed of 6,852 islands. Also called Nippon or Nihon, Japan is a major economic power and is the world's third-largest economy. Japan Flag The sun has always had a special place in Japanese culture. The ancient Chinese, seeing the sunrise over the islands to the east called them ji-pon (which translates to the source of the sun ) Hence as time passed the name stuck and eventually became Japan. The country is categorized into four major islands; Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku . Japan Map Honshu (which translates to "Main Island" or "Main Province" ) is the largest and most populated island of Japan. Tokyo, the de facto capital of the country is located here. Hokkaido (which means "Northern Sea Circuit" ) is the second-largest and northernmost island of Japan. Kyushu (which means "Nine Provinces" ) is the third-largest island of Japan. It

Lake Pandin - Laguna

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Located in the City of San Pablo in the province of Laguna, Lake Pandin is one half of the Twin Lakes and also one of the Seven Lakes of San Pablo. Lake Pandin Lake Pandin details Lake Pandin has a total surface area of 20.5 hectares and an average depth of 63 meters or 207 feet. The lake is separated from the nearby Lake Yambo by just a narrow strip of Land. Collectively known as the twin crater lakes, both can be found in Barangay San Lorenzo in San Pablo City. Lake Pandin - San Pablo City, Laguna Reminds me of the film lake placid. Despite being smaller, Lake Pandin is deeper than Lake Yambo. It is also said that the waters of Lake Pandin are the most pristine of the Seven Lakes of San Pablo. Hi, doggy! Bamboo rafting anyone? The shrine at the far end of Lake Pandin The Legend of Lake Pandin and Lake Yambo According to legends, the twin lakes were named after two ill-fated lovers of olden times. Pandin was a very beautiful woman who was cursed not to step o

Camarines Sur: San Francisco Church

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Located in Naga City in the province of Camarines Sur,  San Francisco Church  is one of the many religious establishments in the city of Naga. Constructed sometime in the 17th century, San Francisco Church ironically served a double sided purpose. The church served the religious needs of the people while its infirmary and basement served as an interrogation and torture room for Filipinos suspected of being part of the Filipino Revolution of 1896. It was in this church that many innocent Filipinos died in the hands of the Spaniards.  A peek at the church interior during a mass Church altar The left side of the church interior The right side of the church interior The church was also used as a fortress by 500 Spaniards and Filipino loyalists during the attacks of the Filipino revolutionaries led by Elias Angeles and Feliz Plazo in September 1896. After several weeks under siege the Civil Governor of Camarines surrendered to the Filipinos. with his surrender, t

Food Trip: Bag of Beans (Tagaytay)

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What do you think is the best way to fight the cold weather in Tagaytay ? A hot soup... A cuddle or a tight hug from someone you love... or perhaps an expensive fur jacket... All these would do, but I'm looking for a particular answer that would serve as my intro to this blog article. Anyway, the answer that I was looking for is... (drum roll please) coffee . Bag of Beans Tagaytay Bag of Beans Tagaytay details Located in Tagaytay City in the province of Cavite,  Bag of Beans  is a cozy coffee shop and restaurant rolled into one. Bag of Beans Main Branch - Tagaytay City, Cavite Although it doesn't have the Taal volcano factor used by many to lure customers, Bag of Beans has its own means of attracting people -it's the aroma. Who wouldn't be drawn to the smell of freshly brewed coffee especially on a cold morning? Aside from that, this place also has a very rustic feel which is mixed with a natural and provincial atmosphere. Trying out the Breakfast buffet You migh

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