I am a proud Filipino but there are some aspects of the Filipino culture that needs to be improved. These improvements are impossible if everybody thinks there is no need for them, so I start with my contribution by recognizing these in this blogpost.1. Learn to wait.No Filipino can wait. We all find ways to be ahead of the others. We are known for this. We simply can not wait as if there is no other chance to do a certain thing. As a result, chaos results, which is reflected in the systems we have either in large-scale government services or in ourselves as well.2. Learn to think before talking.Feed a Filipino an attractive title of an article or news, he or she is able to form opinions even without knowing and understanding the story. I call this "Facebook mentality of hastiness." As a result, most non-Filipinos do not take us seriously, because we are more noisy than smart. 3. Learn to respect differences and opinions.Every Filipino thinks everyone should conform to him…
Situated in the largest port of the Scandinavian peninsula lies the second largest Swedish city of Gothenburg. This city has deepen my understanding on the Nordic history, culture and tradition through a short vacation. Given that Gothenburg is maritime-oriented fortress city along the Gothia river, many ancient empires had interest on strategically-located area, as well as group of people aiming to reap benefits after gaining authority in the city. In fact, Gothenburg was heavily influenced by the Dutch, Germans and the Scots, who were tasked to develop the city given the swampy terrain of the area. Moreover, Gothenburg, located along the western Swedish coast, so in history has been a harbour for trade and emigration for Swedes bound for United States. All of these have made me interested on this city, so in this blogpost, I will enumerate and describe the various places I have seen within my two-day visit on the Swedish urban center. Click here for the second day.1. Nordstan and Cen…
The world's largest collection of sculptures in a park is attracting one million people every year. The art pieces, which were made from bronze, granite and iron features the appreciation of the human spirit of Norway's most renowned sculptor Gustav Vigeland.
Visiting Vigelandsparken makes one realize things in life, inspired from the different sections of the park: the Main Gate, the Bridge, the Fountain, the Monolith and the Wheel of life.
The main gate is very simple but elegant. It features a long pathway towards the main section of the park. It gives the visitor the feeling that life requires a pathway and direction where one should follow through. That direction is the person's purpose in his or her life, that will guide all his or her actions, no matter what situations the person will be experiencing and whoever the person will be meeting.
The bridge is one of the most dramatic part of the park, which traverses a body …
Traversing the North sea towards the Northern region of Denmark from the Norwegian southern coast is fantastic experience. One get to distinguish the common maritime interests of the Scandinavian countries, especially between Norway and Denmark. These two nations have shared history in the past several centuries, both good and bad, such that only the North Sea became an important witness of this rich cultural and historical exchange.
The North Jutlandic Island was connected to the rest of the Danish mainland before the 18th century, but due to the strong currents of the North sea, the Agger Channel was created, separating the island from the rest of the Danish northern landmass region. These geographical and historical backgrounds has encouraged me to embark in the journey to, from and between the important cities of North Jutlandic Island in Denmark. This will be the focus of this blogpost. Frederikshavn Kirke This church is one of the biggest in
Denmark in terms of seating capacity. …
Not so long ago, my cousins from the United Kingdom expressed their intention to visit us in Norway. It has been almost over a decade we have seen each other, and they think it would also be an opportunity for them to bond with each other and meet us as well. These cousins are from my paternal side, who used to live in the Philippines and migrated in Great Britain almost a decade ago, with my aunt. So, since Norway and UK seem not to far from each other, it would be natural to spend time with them either of the two countries. I planned to visit them later this year, so it their turn to appreciate the beauty and the uniqueness of Norway, as part of Scandinavia.
Being task as the primary responsible for deciding where to go, I opted to have a short tour in Gothenburg, Sweden, a place I had been few months ago. Click here for my Gothenburg adventures. It was raining that time, so I was really eager to come back again. Furthermore, my sister also has not visited the Swedish city before, as…
After exploring the third largest city in Sweden, we went directly to Copenhagen, Denmark; which is just about 30 minutes by train. We arrived in the Danish capital at night, so decided to rent out the cheapest decent place we can find, just for us to relax and sleep. Initially, I planned the tour to be so relaxed given that we have plenty of time in the area. However, due to a very bad morning weather, we ended up seeking shelter in the beautiful churches in the area, while attending masses and being amazed by the architecture of the structures we visited. In spite of these travelling challenges, we got to explore Copenhagen as much as possible within a single day. I forgot to mention that we did explore Copenhagen WITHOUT using the train and bus. I did not intend to do this, just to save money; but the circumstances lead me to choose that way. As we seek shelter from the cold, windy weather, I realized most of the attractions were closely-located. There were times, I wanted to take th…
Berlin is associated with the Cold War. The ideological schism between democracy and socialism has caused this city to be literally divided into West and East Berlin. Interestingly, the landscape of the German capital being crisscrossed by the canals of the river Spree aided in this physical separation. Furthermore, the city's history reminds of the disunity among Roman Catholics and Protestants during the Protestant Reformation during the Renaissance Period, and the alienation or annihilation of the Jews by the Nazis during the First and Second World War. These facts are sufficient reasons to embark into a historical adventure the German nations capital, Berlin.
Being the Danish nation’s northernmost town, Skagen is
known for the Skagen Odde peninsula located in the North Jutland Island. The
town also houses the world largest fish oil factory. The sand and fish port
factors make vacations to Skagen peninsula a very unique experience. This has
been made more special during my visit in the winter season in February when
spring pauses occur. Thus, my short trip became a combination of sun, snow and
sand in Skagen. Skagen Fyr
The Skagen Lighthouse was a reconstruction of the
White Lighthouse, which is primarily used for exhibitions nowadays. This
lighthouse has been useful in preventing invasion of the Danish capital
Copenhagen by Western countries like the Great Britain. Grenen
This is Denmark’s northernmost tip where
the North Sea and the Baltic Sea meet. Grenen literally means the branch,
showcases a very beautiful landscape and sea horizon.
It is a wagon pulled by a tractor carrying people who
want to visit Grenen in Skagen from the parki…
middle of the day of going around Oslo to accompany my sister’s friend, I
realized going to Sweden or/and Denmark would be great. I have only been in
Sweden only once in the last 17 months. It was only in the boundary between
Norway and Sweden in the east. Given the limitation of time, I was thinking of
Gøtenborg, but I was thinking it would be better to go to a Swedish city, that
would be near to Denmark, so it would be easy to transfer from Sweden to
Denmark, but still possible to travel to Oslo in less than 8 hours. The choice
was easy – Malmø in Sweden.
the third largest Swedish city, next to Gøtenborg and Stockholm. Its population
stands only at about 250,000. It has been one of the major cities of Denmark
before, but was lost to Sweden. Denmark tried to recapture was unable to do so.
The city has been famous for shipbuilding but has been affected by bubonic
plague in 18th century and the Swedish financial crisis in 1990s.
However, after significant efforts of the …
Korean culture has amazed and attracted people to visit the country.
This has since part of my travel list, since it is not far away from my home
country the Philippines, so I embarked in a journey into the South Korean
metropolis. There I learned a lot about Korean history and the nation who are
obviously proud of their heritage and tradition, which has been threatened
several times in history. Seoul is considered the world’s second largest metropolis. It is a quite
amazing that this city is a reminder of the South Korean nation courage and
perseverance to turn their country into one of the most richest countries in
the world after being significantly destroyed during the Japanese occupation of
World War 2 and the subsequent Korean civil war, which cut deeply between the
North and South Korea. With regards to tourism, Seoul is among the top ten most visited city in
the world and has become a role model of other Asian cities to become as progressive
as Seoul is today – a leading and ris…