Chile: March 4 – 18, 2017

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UK: February 27 – March 3, 2017

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The Philippines (2) January 10-20, 2017

January 15-20, 2017: El Nido & Manila

Leuk & Lili on Zip Line, El Nido

Leuk & Lili on Zip Line, El Nido

Saint Augustine Church, Manila

Saint Augustine Church, Manila

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The Philippines (1) January 10-20, 2017

January 10- 14, 2017: Puerto Princesa  El Nido

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

El Nido

El Nido

I made my third trip to the Philippines with Leuk and Lili (my nephew and niece) as they were both on holiday. We spent 11 days in Puerto Princesa and El Nido in Palawan and Manila in Luzon. Read more »

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Japan (5): December 28, 2016 – January 4, 2017

January 1 -4, 2017: Kumano Sanzan, Shingu, Kumano, Ise, Nara & Osaka

Grave of Ganjin, Toshodai-ji, Nara

Grave of Ganjin, Toshodai-ji, Nara

Horu0ji

Horu0ji

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Japan (4):December 28, 2016 – January 4, 2017

December 28 – 31, 2016: Kyoto, Nara, Kiikatsuura- Kumano Sanzan

Kokfuku-ji with its five-story pagoda

Kokfuku-ji with its five-story pagoda

 Steep ascent to Kamikra-jinja, Shingu

Steep ascent to Kamikra-jinja, Shingu

I climbed Mt. Fuji last August and had no plan to return in 2016 until I learnt about an opera performance “Monk Ganjin Sailing East” in Kyoto on December 28. My friend TIAN Hao Jiang would be playing the role of Ganjin. After seeing the superb performance, I spent a week visiting several World Heritage temples in Nara and Shinto shrines in Kumano Sanzan and Ise in Kii Peninsula. Read more »

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3 Months-3 Continents (19): September 4 – December 10, 2016 – Epilogue

Spending three months on the road is nothing new. But my three-month trip beginning in Elba, Italy on September 10 and ending in Sri Lanka on December 9, 2016 is the best and most memorable three-month trip I have ever had. Read more »

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3 Months-3 Continents (18): Sri Lanka November 30 – December 9, 2016

Kandy, Galle, Yala National Park, Whale Watching & Colombo: December 4 – 9, 2016

Damabulla Cave Temple

Damabulla Cave Temple

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3 Months-3 Continents (17): Sri Lanka November 30 – December 9, 2016

Pilgrimage Tour- Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa & Kandy: December 1 – 5, 2016

Sacred Quadrangle, Polonnaruwa

Sacred Quadrangle, Polonnaruwa

Jetawana, Anuradhapura

Jetawana, Anuradhapura

I joined a pilgrimage trip to Shikoku, Japan organised by a Buddhist charity organisation in Hong Kong in December 2012. When I discovered it would be organising a pilgrimage tour to Sri Lanka on December 1 – 5, I decided to join after my African trip. My friend Cat joined me and we spent five more days in Sri Lanka after the pilgrimage trip. Read more »

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3 Months-3 Continents (16): Mt Kilimanjaro Climb November 18-28, 2016

7-day Machame Route Trek: November 19-25, 2016

Standing at the Roof of Africa (5895m) at 11am on November 24, 2016

Standing at the Roof of Africa (5895m) at 11am on November 24, 2016

View of Kilimanjaro from High Camp on November 25

View of Kilimanjaro from High Camp on November 25

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