Paulo Travels: Siem Reap – Part 1

Paulo Travels: Siem Reap – Part 1

Paulo Travels, Uncategorized
This is the second time I've been to Siem Reap (the first was on vacation, the second, for work), and yet the beauty and wonder of Angkor Wat never fails to take my breath away. Although I have been to these same sites before, there were certainly new things to discover. First stop, Ta Prohm, late 12th and early 13th centuries. A mere 20-minute tuktuk ride from my hotel in Siem Reap, this temple is known to have the "Tomb Raider" tree within its vicinity, thanks to the movie starring Angelina Jolie.  It is also because of this that it is quite the tourist trap. The movie has made this place more popular than it already is and tourists come in droves to have their pictures and selfies taken by these…
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Paulo Travels: DDP, Seoul, South Korea

Paulo Travels: DDP, Seoul, South Korea

Architecture, Paulo Travels
In a vibrant city such as Seoul, everything takes on a different charm and character as soon as dusk sets in (sunsets during the Summer season are as late as seven to eight in the evening, by the way). With my trusty Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens, plus the lightest tripod that I'll ever own, the aptly titled "BeFree" Manfrotto travel tripod, I made my way to Dongdaemun Design Plaza. The Dongdaemun Design Plaza is a silver meandering bastion by day and a spectacular structural lightshow at night. Designed by legandary Iraqui-British architect Zaha Hadid, the impressive structure houses a fashion design information center with seminar rooms and a lecture hall. The DDP is distinctively neofuturistic in design and is characterized by the "powerful,…
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Paulo Travels: San Agustin Church, Intramuros

Paulo Travels: San Agustin Church, Intramuros

Paulo Travels
The San Agustin Church is one of the more interesting must-see sites found within the historic walled city of Intramuros. Built between 1587 and 1606, it is the oldest church in the Philippines. The church has survived a number of natural disasters, fires as well as looting during wartime in its centuries-old existence. The San Agustin Church was the only building left intact after the destruction of Intramuros in WWII. The present structure is actually the third to stand on the site and has weathered seven major earthquakes, as well as the Battle of Manila. I was able to explore the dimly lit interior quite thoroughly with my trusty Canon 17-40mm f/4 USM L lens, (without flash of course to respect Church worshipers who come and go). Because of this, a high ISO…
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