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Taal Volcano Horses

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Horse carrying its keeper and its food, or maybe food for the working horses

Taal volcano is a regular tourist destination for visitors in Manila. But this post is not about it. Rather this is dedicated to those poor horses employed by the tourists. The horse’s job is to carry visitors who prefer not to walk to the top of Taal volcano and back. That’s their routine the whole day every day. Folks living in the volcano make money from these creatures by asking 500 pesos for the ride.

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Another horse carrying horse food

I think you don’t need to be extraordinarily fit to tread the same path as that of the horses. The trail is unchallenging. It took me just an hour of roundtrip walk with summit view appreciation. I heard a local says it’s about 4 kilometers to the top but I think he meant the roundtrip distance. It’s so easy. Too short for running though. So unless you consider horse riding an experience, walking is better especially on a just rained ground.

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Child tourist on a horse

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A grazing horse seen along the trail

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Loading dock for tourists riding a horse

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Obviously not a horse but this creature is welcome in this post too. See you can take a pause and appreciate a goat if you walk instead

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Another creature sighted at Taal Lake, the beginning and end of the Taal volcano walking tour

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Airborne Wishes

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Writing wishes on their lantern

There is one district in the outskirts of Taipei named Pingxi where tourists flock mainly to see and experience the flying lanterns on a railroad track.

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Readying the hot air lantern by putting fire on bunch of papers inside

To do the lantern experience, I’ve observed that first, you choose and buy a lantern from one of the many vendors in there, then write anything that you (and your companions if lantern sharing) hope or wish for, afterwards stand on the railroad tracks (when there’s no passing train of course), it is there that fire will be lit on a bunch of papers inside to generate hot air. Just before releasing, smile at the camera (100% of those I’ve observed have their photographs taken, and they were all smiling, the lantern must be expensive, I suppose), lastly let go of thy wishes into the air. Goodbye. I wonder where all those lanterns end up.

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Couple smiling at the camera with their lantern on the railroad tracks

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Released lantern

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Assortment of lanterns

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Bye bye lantern

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Trio lantern sharing

Notes on Souvenirs, Generally

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Malapascua Island attracts foreign diving tourists because of the thresher sharks, but I guess this souvenir stall profits more from local tourists

Trip souvenir acquisition is a big thing among Filipinos, generally speaking. It’s a proof of “I’ve been here“, regardless of the amount of visiting time in that statement. Outside the country, if you want to meet Filipino travelers, it is highly likely you’ll see them in keychain, t-shirt and ref magnet sort of souvenir shops.

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To have seen that man making thresher shark figurine and documenting it here is my kind of souvenir

Again, generally speaking, it’s not limited to souvenir shops where one can see some concentration of Filipino travelers, but also in popular shopping stores or districts with affordable popular items associated with the destination. Keyword is “popular”. This penchant for imported goods makes destination shopping an unwritten constant itinerary of Filipino travelers, generally.

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Varnished thresher sharks

Tourism Shack

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Registration shack for Batad visitors

Cuti-Cuti Malaysia

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Port in Penang where one can ride a ferry to Langkawi

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Malaysian tourism tagline at the bow

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Ferries from Penang arrive at this port in Langkawi

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