Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Bamboo has always been metaphorically linked to us humans due to its natural characteristics. In most cultures, it is deemed as a symbol of man’s virtues, soul and emotions, and even resiliency. It ain’t surprising that bamboo has played a huge role even in Japan’s myths and festivals. And that’s why in the Land of the Rising Sun, you could see bamboos almost everywhere. One of the most famous spots to see them is at Arashiyama Bamboo Grove located in Kyoto. It’s a hundred metre (more or less) pathway surrounded by lines of bamboos that rustle every time the wind will blow. When you look up on a sunny day, you’d see the rays of sunshine getting through.

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Cape Bolinao Lighthouse

At Punta Piedro Point lies one of the most significant landmarks in Bolinao, Pangasinan. Facing the West Philippine Sea stands one of the oldest lighthouses in the Philippines — the Cape Bolinao Lighthouse.

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7 things a non-swimmer learned from Seazoned’s skin dive class

I grew up in Bataan, a province at the edge of mainland Luzon. Our house then was just a 10-minute walk (or so) away from the shoreline. Anytime we felt like hitting the sea during low tide, we could easily do so. Now you’d think that growing up near the coastline made me a good, if not great, swimmer. Sorry to disappoint, but I never learned how to swim.

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Corals’ last will & testament

I recently watched Chasing Coral, a documentary I first heard about when I took a skin diving class. It’s an hour and a half long, and after seeing the documentary, it further strengthened the baffling thought at the back of my mind. A thought that has been bothering me every time I’d travel and witness how the environment has been changing. A thought that the corals so conveniently affirmed.

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Mt. Pinatubo – Is it really a ‘Beautiful Disaster’?

Mt. Pinatubo, known by many today as the ‘Beautiful Disaster’ due to its breathtaking caldera (crater), made news globally when it erupted in June 1991. Although a lot of Filipinos and even volcanologists worldwide are aware of the cataclysmic phenomenon it caused in the 20th century, some may only know the tip of the iceberg — or in this case, volcano. Not everyone completely knows about the events that transpired before, during, and after the eruption. Such extraordinary and powerful display of force of nature deserves everyone’s respect and attention.

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NSFW: We never thought we’d publish this article

As travelers, there are instances that we’d find ourselves in situations we never thought of or even imagined about. Totally unexpected, these experiences are the kinds that involuntarily arouse a specific set of emotions, or hit close to home. In this day and age, it’s almost always unavoidable that you’d chance upon circumstances that are utterly NSFW.

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La Union Travel Guide – The northern surfing capital of the Philippines

Despite being relatively young, certain spots in the province were witnesses to the Philippines’ rich history when Filipinos revolted against our colonisers aeons ago. Likewise, nowadays, the province is a favourite destination for the young generations who’d love to enjoy and experience a laidback chillaxing urban life away from the bustling metropolis.

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Our Manifesto: Harv is not your usual travel website

We live in this day and age when people believe that posting online and joining the bandwagon is the best way to express oneself and likewise to influence people. In Harv, we beg to differ.

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