Travel Abroad

My Quebec City Walking Tour in Canada

Upper Town Quebec- Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

When I told my Canadian friend, whom I met in my island home of Bucas Grande in the Philippines, that I would travel to Canada to attend the Second International Summit of Co-operatives in Quebec City from October 6-9, 2014, he advised me not to miss having a Quebec City walking tour. In fact, his admonition that If you have ... Read More »

My Japan Trip: A Visit to the Sensoji Budhist Temple in Tokyo

A souvenir photo in front of the Hōzōmon (Treasure House) Gate.

It was a Saturday, July 26, 2014, during the first weekly break of my first Japan trip attending the 25-day 1st ICA/Japan Training Course for "Fostering Leaders to Reinforce Business Development of Agricultural Co-operatives in FY 2014" at the Institute for the Development of Agricultural Cooperation in Asia (IDACA) in Machida City, Tokyo, that I experienced the first sightseeing trip on the famous attractions in the capital of the Land of the Rising Sun. Read More »

Lost in the Stone Forest of Yunnan in China

A reclined victory sign at the zenith of the Major Stone Forest...

Among the number of things that I learned during my China travel was their reference to a lot of things as a forest. Hence, when they see so many pairs of shoes displayed in a store, they would exclaim… Oh! It’s a shoe forest. So, when the tour guide told us participants to the Asia-Pacific High Level Cooperative Leaders Round Table Discussion on Business Cooperation in Kunming City, Yunnan Province, China that we will be visiting the Stone Forest, countless stones popped up in my mind. Read More »

A Dangerous Trip to Great Wall of China

A thumbs-up pose both for the upcoming climb and the aborted cardiac arrest of my Indonesian buddy. . .

If you have not climbed the Great Wall, you have not seen China so goes the declaration of Chairman Mao Zedong . These were the words that kept reverberating in my mind when I was in Kunming City, Yunan Province, China participating not only in an ordinary study tour but attending the 2012 Asia and Pacific High Level Cooperative Leaders Round Table Discussion on Business Cooperation. Hence, on the last day of the Kunming activity, when the bulk of the 35 delegates from 16 cooperative federations in 12 Asia-Pacific countries were heading home, I took a 4-hour Kunming to Beijing flight together with the 5 delegates from Indonesia. Like me, the Indonesians were able to have a prior arrangement with the host, the All-China Federation of Supply and Marketing Cooperatives (ACFSMC), for a side trip to the capital city to make our China travel worthwhile. Read More »

Spain Attractions – A Peek At Valencia City Tourist Spots

A pose for posterity at the unique Turia Fountain at Plaza de la Virgen in Valencia, Spain

Seeing Spain attractions is one of my intentions for my travel to Spain. Nevertheless, the travel itinerary prepared by the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional Para el Desarrollo (AECID), which sponsored our 10-day Study Tour on the Development of Cooperative Integration In Spain, was very hectic. Hence, I and the rest of the 15-man Philippine Delegation just made use of whatever free time available to have a free wheeling visit to Spain attractions and have a peek on Spain culture. Read More »

Castielfabib Agro Tourism – The Other Side of Valencia, Spain

A pose for posterity in front of the Hostal Centenares

Agro Tourism as well as crop and livestock production are the businesses being engaged into by agricultural cooperatives in the Autonomous Community of Valencia, Spain. This was the information I got during my visit together with the other members of the 15-man Philippine Delegation to the Study Tour on the Development of Cooperative Integration In Spain at the Conselleria D’ Agricultura (Department of Agriculture Regional Office) at Peixca I, Alimentacion, Valencia City, Spain. Read More »

How The Spaniards Regard Food In Spain?

The famous Paella a la Valenciana

My first taste of food in Spain was at a coffee shop fronting Meson del Corregidor in the vicinity of Plaza Mayor located in the heart of the capital city of  Madrid. While savoring the strange taste of Bartilillos con Crema (small custard pie), Churros (Long fluted wads of fried dough) and a cup of thick, hot chocolate, our expert tour guide Miss Katia Oceransky, gamely lectured us members of the 15-man Philippine delegation to the Study Tour on the Development of Cooperative Integration in Spain that food in Spain is not only a form of nourishment but is literally part of Spain culture and is influenced greatly by the history of Spain. Read More »

Salt Water Crocodile Wrestling in Bangkok Thailand

crocodile wrestling

My eyes twinkled with excitement when,  during the morning of  the third day of our September 22-25, 2010 Study Tour on Credit Cooperatives in Thailand, our expert tour guide Mr. Prakob “Tom Cruise” Srirai announced that we would be visiting the popular salt water crocodile wrestling show by the afternoon. Hence, after the usual visit to successful cooperatives included in ... Read More »