Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Happy Wanderer, or Home Regained

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And so it has come to this at last… The end of my days as the Happy Wanderer, travelling the world, seeing its sights, visiting old friends, racking up miles, and just generally doing whatever it is I want in … Continue reading

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Divine Light – San Agustin Church, Manila

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The Church of San Agustin (St Augustine), located within Intramuros, is the oldest standing church in the Philippines. Erected in 1607, it managed to survive eight major earthquakes in Manila over the course of three centuries, and was the only … Continue reading

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Within the Walled City of Intramuros, Manila

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Intramuros… The name itself conjures up these visions of sequestered splendour; of Spanish doñas in their black silk shawls slipping into their spectacular horse-driven calesas; of the plaintive strains of a distant guitar as a caballero picks out an old … Continue reading

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The Manila Hotel, Manila

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A Grand American Hotel Manila features on my Grand Tour because of the Manila Hotel, which, in its heyday in the early 19th century, was considered one of the three best hotels in the East, together with the Raffles in … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour II – Fabled Opulence… Manila, the Philippines

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“It is a useless life that is not consecrated to a great ideal. It is like a stone wasted on the field without becoming a part of any edifice.” Jose Rizal, Noli Me Tangere Of Martyrdom and Making-Do It was … Continue reading

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30th St – Bellevue, 2231 A.D. (2nd Ave to FDR Drive)

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Crossing the street at 2nd Avenue from the verdant oasis of Rose Hill into the stark modernism of Kips Bay is rather daunting. This vast area on the eastern waterfront of Manhattan is the culmination and highlight of the 30th … Continue reading

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30th St – Boston, 1775 A.D. (Madison to 2nd Ave)

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Between Madison and 2nd Avenue sits a slice of colonial Boston, like you’ve never seen before, cobbled together with a diversity of architectural styles from the old world: English, Dutch, Italianate, French.  Here are some of the most beautiful and … Continue reading

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