Hippopotamus, St. Lucia Estuary, South Africa

South Africa: Boat Safari in St. Lucia Estuary

  After our jeep safari in  Kruger National Park and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, we embarked on another safari adventure but of a different kind –  a boat safari. We headed to St. Lucia,  a small town in the east coast where the population of hippos and crocs outnumber the people. It is home to one the largest estuary... Read more
Laundry line n Langa Township, Cape Town, South Africa.jpg

Langa Township: The Different Side of Cape Town

In visiting Cape Town, as well as Cape Peninsula and Cape Winelands,  we were not only in awe of their natural beauty but also of their remarkable affluence. Aware of the country’s history, we knew that somewhere out there lies a different picture, a deep contradiction to what we have seen so far.  We know that... Read more
Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

Cool City Break in Cape Town

Voted as one of the  “Top Destinations of the World,” “Most Loved Cities of the World,” “Cities to Visit Before you Die,” etc.. – we found that Cape Town certainly lived up to the voting hype.  Aside from its breathtaking and romantic setting beneath the Tabletop Mountain at the foot of the African continent,  Cape... Read more
African Penguins, Boulder Beach, Cape Peninsula, South Africa

Cape Peninsula: A Stunning Road Trip

  Still intoxicated from the physical beauty and ‘grape juice products’ of the Cape Winelands, we set out for another gorgeous road trip from Cape Town.  This time we headed south of the city to explore Cape Peninsula, an area of great diversity where the coastal route took us from a scenic fishing village to the... Read more
Wine Tasting at Haute Cabriere Cellar, Franschhoek, Winelands, South Africa

Wine Tasting and Visual Feast in South Africa’s Winelands

If our safari adventure in South Africa came short of our expectation, our visit to the Winelands absolutely took our breath away. We were not prepared for the majestic scenery that greeted us in this region.  An easy day trip  from Cape Town, the Winelands region boasts spectacular landscape of mountains, wine hills, farms and... Read more
Old City of Jerusalem, Israel

The Old City of Jerusalem

  Exploring the Old City of Jerusalem was a very powerful experience for us.  Who would’t be moved seeing the major religions of the world – Christianity, Judaism and Islam – peacefully co-existing within the dense confine of this walled city.  It made us wonder – why can’t it happen in the world outside this... Read more
Embera Children playing instruments, Embera Village, Charges National Park, Panama

Panama: A Visit to an Embera Tribe Village

  We became curious about Embera people since we read an article about them several years ago. During our trip in Panama,  a visit to an Embera village to learn more about the tribe and their culture was on top of our list. We  visited one of the Embera villages on the banks of  the Upper... Read more
Bird's Eyeview of Colorful Houses and Buildings in Reykjavik, Iceland from the top of Hallgrimskirkja Church

The Colorful Cityscape of Reykjavik

Iceland maybe gloomy in the winter but its capital Reykjavik doesn’t succumb to the mood of the weather and season. All year round, this northernmost capital city in the world is always vibrant, thanks to the burst of colors of its cityscape.  Somehow it is a reflection of the admirable disposition of the Icelandic people.  Rain... Read more
Scenic Mountain Flight over Mt. Everest, Nepal

Mt. Everest Experience: A Scenic Mountain Flight in Nepal

  Do you want to see Mt. Everest and other Himalayan peaks so close that you can almost touch them and without any physical exertion?  We did just that. Our trip in Nepal was not long enough for us to do long treks to or around the Himalayan peaks.  However, we found an alternative way... Read more