Ligao City illustrates classic Philippine town layout

The layout of Ligao City in Albay Province, Philippines reminded me of a humanities lecture in college, which was about the typical layout of a Philippine town during Spanish rule in the country.

Life at that time practically revolved around politics and religion, symbolized by the town hall and the church, respectively. A public square where people socialized could be found close to the two powers.

That’s the exact layout of Ligao City – the plaza is located almost in between the city hall and the church. This is the first time I’ve seen such layout outside Intramuros, Manila.

Ligao City, Albay #ligaocityhall #ligao #albay #bicol #philippines

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Ligao City #ligao #albay #bicol #philippines

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Ligao City #ligao #albay #bicol #philippines

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Flight cancelled… again!

Early this morning the weather in Legazpi, Albay, Philippines took a turn for the worse, leading to the cancellation of my flight back to Manila. My first-ever domestic flight has been cancelled for two consecutive days! Oh well…

Fortunately the weather improved about a couple of hours later. I was able to take better pictures of Mayon Volcano because of that.

Mayon Volcano #mayonvolcano #legazpi #albay #bicol #philippines

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Mayon Volcano #mayonvolcano #legazpi #albay #bicol #philippines

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Manila to Legazpi flight cancelled due to bad weather

I wrote in a post earlier today that today’s my last day in Legazpi, the capital of Albay Province in the Philippines.

Well, I’m still here, because bad weather has forced the cancellation of our flight back to Manila. Hopefully we can return to Manila tomorrow.

I always try to look on the bright side. Because of the flight cancellation today, we were able to visit more places in Legazpi. I realized that our hotel is very near the Battle of Legazpi Monument and Ayala Malls.

Albay Gulf splashes water on me

It’s been quite rainy today in Legazpi City in Albay Province, Philippines. So while I walked around the vicinity of the hotel on my last day here (it’s my tradition to do that whenever I travel), I wasn’t outside for too long.

We can see the sea from our hotel room so I thought it would be just walking distance. It was.

Albay Gulf was not that rough, but strong enough to splash water on me! My umbrella protected me from the rain, but not from the sea.

Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is the crown jewel of the harbor and the rest of the city. To say that the Opera House is an architectural marvel is an understatement – where else can you find such a structure? You see it in pictures or on TV and you instantly know it’s a building in Sydney.

Sydney Opera House, Australia #Sydney #operahouse #australia

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Opened in 1973, the Sydney Opera House is a relatively new structure.

Yet it has become the foremost man-made symbol not only of Sydney, but all of Australia as well. 

Crossed the Sydney Harbour Bridge when I got there

The Sydney Opera House is the undisputed top tourist attraction in the city. But hey, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is also one of the city’s most iconic landmarks.

And the Harbour Bridge, nicknamed “The Coathanger,” had been there around four decades before the Opera House opened. So it is definitely worth your time to visit and explore.

What are bridges for? People cross it. I did exactly that when I was in Sydney: I (literally) crossed the bridge when I got there.

The Sydney Opera House as viewed from the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Bondi and Manly beaches in Sydney

Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach, Sydney

I don’t consider myself a beach person, but I went to two beaches in Sydney when I was in that city in November last year because I felt that any trip to Australia’s largest city would be incomplete without a visit to a beach.

Initially I only planned to see Bondi Beach, as it’s closer to the city center and my hotel.

Eventually however I also decided to go to Manly Beach. I grouped it with Taronga Zoo, both being stops of the hop-on hop-off ferry that I had booked.

The tree-lined Manly Beach

Peacock shows off at Taronga Zoo, Sydney

One of the main reasons why I wanted to visit Australia was its animals. Kangaroos and koalas, among others, can only be found in that continent.

So I went to Taronga Zoo in Sydney to see them. But there was one creature that stole the show: a peacock.

It happened near the entrance. I was asking for a map of the zoo from the staff when a peacock suddenly appeared and fanned out his tail feathers.

Peacock at Taronga Zoo, Sydney, Australia. #peacock #tarongazoo #Sydney #Australia

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When he did that visitors gathered around him to take pictures. He proudly showed off his colorful feathers and enjoyed the attention. 

It made me wonder. Was he trained to do that? Did he do that because he was used to seeing visitors? Was he a fame whore 🙂

Regardless of the reason, that peacock displaying his tail feathers in all their glory was one of the most memorable moments of my visit to Australia.

Peacock at Taronga Zoo, Sydney, Australia. #Peacock #tarongazoo #Sydney #Australia

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