The Polonnaruwa Vatadage, a structure that enshrined sacred Buddha relics

Exploring the Sacred City of Polonnaruwa

From Sigiraya, we drove 60 kms to Polonnaruwa, the ancient capital of Sri Lanka from 1070 to about 1255 AD. One of the reasons we drove here was that there were a lot of ancient Buddhist ruins, something that le hubby has not seen before. Polonnaruwa comprises the monumental ruins of the fabulous garden-city created … Continue reading Exploring the Sacred City of Polonnaruwa

Hotel Limelight: Wali Kukula Nest

We stayed at Wali Kukula Nest only for night, as the base for our trip in one side of the Sri Lankan Cultural Triangle. Which was rather unfortunate because the place was amazing. 'Wali Kukula' is the local term for the Sri Lankan jungle fowl which is endemic to the island and is the country's … Continue reading Hotel Limelight: Wali Kukula Nest

Visiting Sigiraya: The Formidable Lion’s Rock

Our one day trip in Sigiraya continued with a climb to another rock; the rock we watched from our climb in the other mountain rock - Pidurangala (no seriously, they are both just rocks). This time, we made our way to Sigiraya's Lion Rock, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The entire fortress are ruins of … Continue reading Visiting Sigiraya: The Formidable Lion’s Rock

Visiting Sigiraya: Climbing Pidurangala Rock

I've always wanted to visit Sri Lanka for its history and culture. The island's history dates back to the 3rd Century BC and written history was made as early as 4th Century CE by Buddhist nuns. Le hubby has never visited Buddhist sites, so it was imperative that we would visit one of the ancient … Continue reading Visiting Sigiraya: Climbing Pidurangala Rock

Local or Resort: How to Choose your Perfect Maldivian Island

This is the last of the posts about the Maldives. Our trip was short but sweet: we visited a couple of local islands and visited a luxurious one, enjoyed delicious food (and fell in love with the Maldivian breakfast mas huni), saw sharks and mantas (among other underwater animals), and met some amazing people. If … Continue reading Local or Resort: How to Choose your Perfect Maldivian Island

Hotel Limelight: Centara Ras Fushi Resort and Spa

We spent the last day of our trip at one of the Maldivian island resorts. I chose a resort close to MalΓ© so that we did not need to travel far and maximize our last day in the Maldives. At first we were little disappointed that the resort told us the boat would only take … Continue reading Hotel Limelight: Centara Ras Fushi Resort and Spa

A Guide to Thulusdhoo in the Maldives

I admit we were a little bit biased for this guide to Thulusdhoo simply because we did not enjoy it as much asΒ Dhangethi. It wasn't as much fun as our first Maldivian local island. Nevertheless, it was still a fun and relaxing trip despite the bad weather and not being able to go to surf. … Continue reading A Guide to Thulusdhoo in the Maldives

Hotel Limelight: Ariston Dhangethi Inn

On our first few days in the Maldives, we stayed in a local island called in the South Ari Atoll (now called Alifu Dhaalu Atoll). The atoll has 49 inhabited islands and we stayed in the island of Dhangethi. We chose this island, even if it was quite far, for two reasons: one, scheduled speedboats … Continue reading Hotel Limelight: Ariston Dhangethi Inn

A Guide to Dhangethi in the Maldives

Like the Philippines, the Republic of the Maldives is an archipelago composed of 26 atolls and 1,192 islands. Some of the islands are owned by resorts, other are inhabited by locals, and a few are uninhabited. We went on a two-part holiday in this archipelago (flying to Sri Lanka in between) and went diving on … Continue reading A Guide to Dhangethi in the Maldives

Abu Dhabi Photo Diary

I transited for a couple of days in the UAE before flying back to Cebu to see my sister. Unfortunately, due to an incorrectly rebooked flight, I ended up staying for two days only instead of the maximum allowed of four.Β We decided to spend one of the two afternoons in Abu Dhabi to bask in … Continue reading Abu Dhabi Photo Diary