After my early shopping trip to Queen Victoria Market, I went back to my hotel and registered for the Apple Academy. A quick lunch spruced me up and I was ready to explore another part of Melbourne. But as luck would have it and with the prodding of my fellow ADEs (Apple Distinguished Educators), I joined them on a quick trip to visit the city’s trendy shopping district: Bourke Street Continue reading →
iAfter that really exciting and enjoyable trip to Universal Studios and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, it was time for us to see and explore another part of Osaka. On our second full day in the city, we decided to devote the day learning all about the city’s history and culture. Continue reading →
For the longest time, I’ve always wanted to see the beautiful Fushimi Inari shrine, I was amazed by its beauty when I saw the young Sayuri run through those now famous black and orange torii gates and just seeing pictures of it already inspired my wanderlust. Continue reading →
I’ve escaped the heat of Gyeongbokgung Palace and made my way to the National Palace Museum just beside it. What a relief it is to be inside an air-conditioned building, and what a relief it is to see more stuff about Korea. By this time, I am eyeballs deep in Korean history and frankly, I am enjoying every bit of it. I haven’t picked up any Hangeul along the way but slowly my knowledge of Korean history widens with each museum visit.
Prior to our departure we were told that we shouldn’t leave Indonesia without going to Yogyakarta and visiting the one of the world’s largest Buddhist and Hindu temples: Borobudur and Prambanan. After visiting and exploring Jakarta, we then took an 8 hour train ride east to see and marvel the two temples. The experience was truly amazing.
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After a day spent traveling and getting stuck in traffic along Jakarta’s busiest highways, our feet were itching to travel. The morning after our arrival we were faced with two options: visit Old Batavia or go to Taman Mini Indonesia. We chose the latter given its nearness to our residence. Before going to Taman Mini I had some misgivings about visiting a park celebrating all things Indonesia, the very idea was like going to Luneta and seeing the giant relief map of the country with garbage floating near one of the Visayas islands. However my misgivings were turned around when I finally saw Taman Mini and learned a great deal about Indonesian culture.
It’s been three days since I arrived in Indonesia and so far I’ve been enjoying the culture and history so far. Here are some things we’ve done so far: