Macau

Ruins of Saint Paul’s Church in Macau

The Ruins of St. Paul in Macau is one of the most recognizable, dramatic, and popular icons of the city. The front façade and the grand stone stairs are the only remains of the greatest church in Macau or even in East Asia. It was built by the Jesuits between 1582 and 1602.

After the Jesuits were expelled from Macau, sometimes during the 18th century, the Cathedral was taken over by the army and, in 1835, it was destroyed by fire.

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The façade, up close.

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Philippines

Philippines: Maribina Falls in Bato, Catanduanes

The Maribina Falls is one of the attractions in Bato, Catanduanes, which is  located (4) kilometers away from town proper and about 10 minutes hike from the National Highway. The waterfalls is not as majestic as I thought it would be based on the pictures but the ambiance is pretty amazing.

maribina008Us on our way to Maribina Falls, about 10 minutes walk from the highway.

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Philippines

Philippines: Jet-skiing and Paddle Boating in Matabungkay Beach, Batangas

Matabungkay, Batangas (about 2 hours drive from Manila) is a popular area for water sports such as swimming, diving, boating and snorkeling. It has a 2 km stretch of good beach and sand. It’s not as good as Boracay, Baler or even Puerto Galera but is okay for day trips and group outings.

I’ll leave you with a warning that as some tour operators will tell you, jet skiing is addictive! At my first attempt, the mother  wouldn’t allow me to go on my own so I asked my  (not so) little cousin to go with me (and so to not give her a heart attack).

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