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Vigan City Named One of Asia’s Top 13 Most Picturesque Towns

There are thousands of cities spread across the 48 countries in Asia. Thus, it is an honor for Vigan City to be picked among Asia’s top 13 most picturesque towns!

And while many of the towns and cities picked on the list showcased rugged mountains, beautiful rice paddies and countryside views, and tropical islands, Vigan City stands out with its gorgeous Spanish colonial-era architecture, the best you can find in Asia.

Photo credit: Irvin Parco Sto. Tomas [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Established in 1572 by Spanish colonizers, it is not surprising that the city features a lot of Spanish colonial-era architecture. But what is impressive is that the city was able to preserve many of these centuries-old infrastructures, most of which are placed around the city square.

The city owes its beautifully planned out structure to Conquistador Juan de Salcedo developed a grid-like plan that mapped out where everything should be placed. Set in the center of town, the white and yellow St. Paul’s Cathedral is a focal point that you should not miss when visiting this beautiful city. In front is Plaza Salcedo, the city’s central square.

Photo credit: Jesstine Co [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Around the park are many colonial buildings that are landmarks in their own right. Truly a picturesque place, there are plenty of picture-perfect spots across the city for the best Instagram post.

When in Vigan, don’t ever miss a tour of Calle Crisologo just a short walk from Plaza Salcedo. With kalesas (horse-drawn carriages) that actually offer rides and tours, you feel like you are transported back in time as you pass the well-preserved heritage houses along this old street that features cobblestone paths.

Photo credit: Joelaldor [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: Negdelacruz [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Day or night, this place is magical. It is easy to envision Spanish conquestadors and beautiful mestizas still taking a stroll along this centuries-old calle, admiring the grand mansions.

Asia’s Top 13 Most Picturesque Towns

A UNESCO World Heritage City, Vigan City is truly a great place to visit. Its inclusion on the list makes it an even more exciting place to add on your bucket list.

The towns and cities that made it to the list, in alphabetical order:

  • City of Vigan, Philippines
  • Galle, Sri Lanka
  • George Town, Malaysia
  • Ghandruk, Nepal
  • Hoi An, Vietnam
  • Kampot, Cambodia
  • Kota Gede, Indonesia
  • Luang Prabang, Laos
  • Mawlynnong, India
  • Phuket Town, Thailand
  • Sai Kung, Hong Kong
  • Yufuin, Japan
  • Zhouzhuang, China

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#ManilaBayChallenge Trends on Various Social Media Sites

The #ManilaBayChallenge trends on various social media sites, with netizens showing a lot of creativity as they shared hilarious pictures.

#ManilaBayChallenge Trends

Last week, netizens flooded social media with angry posts about the crushed dolomite rocks that were dumped along the shores of Manila Bay as part of the beautification project. Many think that the crushed dolomite, passed off as white sand, is not a good thing to put on that spot.

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But others disagreed, saying that the new look of the Manila Bay, whether due to crushed dolomite rocks or real white sand, is so much better than when it was covered with lots of trash.

On Sunday, authorities temporarily opened the portion with the white sand so people can admire its beauty. Soon, however, things got out of hand as thousands flocked to the spot to take photos, without thought of social distancing.

Photo credit: Pang Koy Tolin / Facebook
Considering that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage, many were alarmed to see so many people taking photos of the white beach, with many not even wearing face masks. The SWAT had to be called in to make people follow the rules but it was clear that so many hard-headed folks had flocked to the spot.

Photos of the tightly packed crowd quickly went viral.

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But netizens soon found a hilarious way to use these photos as the #ManilaBayChallenge went viral. Using photos of the crowd, netizens jokingly added their own beach photos and claimed that these people were taking their photos. LOL.

The posts are quite creative, with many sharing some of their most beautiful beach pictures while others picked the funnies ones.

Photo credit: Ejay Duay / Facebook
Kalma lang guys, Ako lang to oh! 😄✌️🤫. Pki organize nlng po sa social distancing pwde naman po via share-it nlng ang iba 😂😂😂✌️✌️✌️🤪🤪🤪. #manilabaychallenge #DominateChallenge,” one joked.

What is the #ManilaBayChallenge?

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The #ManilaBayChallenge dares people to share their beach selfies in a photo collage with a photo of the crowd taking pictures of the ‘white beach’ at the Manila Bay.
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Kid Orders Snacks from Uncle’s Phone, But Shipping Fee is Higher than Snack Price

A kid orders snacks from his uncle’s phone, but the latter was surprised after learning about the order, especially because the shipping fee is higher than the actual snack price! Ouch.

Online Shopping

These days, it is easy for us to buy virtually anything and everything online! There are shops that offer various stuff, ranging from food and items you need at home to big ticket items such as cars and real estate. You can actually buy your own private plane or even your own private island through online transactions.

kid orders snacks from uncle’s phone
Photo credit: Andrew Pascual/ Facebook

But food is among the primary items bought online, especially during the COVID-19 crisis when everyone is forced to stay at home to avoid contracting the virus.

With kids being so tech-savvy these days, one managed to order some snacks on his uncle’s phone. The latter was rather shocked when a rider arrived at their house with the order, only for him to discover that his nephew bought something online – and the shipping fee is much higher than the actual item price. LOL.

kid orders snacks from uncle’s phone
Photo credit: Andrew Pascual/ Facebook

Netizen Andrew Pascual shares some photos taken from his online shopping app, showing what his nephew had ordered: a small pack of Oishi Pillows worth Php8. The kid bought only 1 pack of the choco-filled crackers.

Perhaps the little boy was craving for some snacks but there are no sari-sari stores nearby or perhaps he really just wanted to eat Oishi Pillows at the time. But the kid had no idea how online shopping works and that there’s a delivery fee for the item he bought.

kid orders snacks from uncle’s phone
Photo credit: Andrew Pascual/ Facebook

So, imagine Andrew’s surprise when the rider arrived with the boy’s order. The snack costs just Php8 but the delivery fee is Php69! Whew.

Note: Huwag ipalaro yung cellphone mo sa pamangkin mo 😑,” Andrew advised.

Netizens had a good laugh over Andrew’s experience, but told him he is still lucky that the kid only ordered some cheap snacks.

Such a big help na rin para sa rider. 69 pesos lang naman, buti nga hindi pa 100 piso hehehe,” one netizen wrote.

Seryoso ba iyan? Hahaha. Sana dinamihan na lang ang order para win-win situation. Pero hindi naman lumagpas sa 500 pesos so okay pa rin iyan. Enjoy!” another commented.

Photo credit: Andrew Pascual/ Facebook

How to Avoid Kids’ Accidental Online Shopping Orders

If you let kids use your phone, make sure to logout from online shopping apps and other apps that involve any money or you might be in for a big surprise.

Another option is to hide the apps in a folder; though that’s not fail-safe as kids could still find the app inside the folders! Logging out of the account is still the best option.

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Netizen Shares Impressive Room Transformation as Quarantine Project

A netizen shares the impressive room transformation he did as quarantine project – and the results are simply amazing! The room went from an ordinary one to something that you can truly be proud of having as your room. It’s even comparable to ones on glossy home magazines.

impressive room transformation
Photo credit: Nelo Coloma / Facebook

Quarantine Project

Netizen Nelo Coloma shared that he always feels amazed every time he enters a hotel room. Because his room at home is really just simple, he had always wished to have a comfortable and nice room to live in.

impressive room transformation
Photo credit: Nelo Coloma / Facebook

With that in mind, he always tells himself that one day he will also have a room like that. It might not be the same as a hotel room, but it would at least be something that looks almost like one.

impressive room transformation
Photo credit: Nelo Coloma / Facebook
Photo credit: Nelo Coloma / Facebook

In a series of photos, Coloma shared that before the transformation, he did not mind what curtain his mom would put on the window as long as it keeps the light out. Perhaps he works on a night shift so he has to sleep at day time.

The room was quite disorganized, with things scattered here and there. His clothes are hung on a rack and the room looks rather drab.

Photo credit: Nelo Coloma / Facebook

At first, he thought of just painting the room on his own but realized that is actually hard work. So, he hired some guys to help him out. First, a white base coat was placed on the walls. Then, most of the walls were painted in dark grayish blue. One side is left in white for effect. The ceiling was also painted in white.

Photo credit: Nelo Coloma / Facebook
Photo credit: Nelo Coloma / Facebook
Photo credit: Nelo Coloma / Facebook

The lights were replaced and mood lights were also added around the room. Instead of tiles, the floor was covered with a nice carpet. The bed was topped with a comforter and some artwork were added on the walls.

impressive room transformation
Photo credit: Nelo Coloma / Facebook
Photo credit: Nelo Coloma / Facebook
impressive room transformation
Photo credit: Nelo Coloma / Facebook

A flat-screen TV now occupies one wall and other lovely furniture pieces were added in the room. It’s amazing that the space looks so much different than it had been before, with just some paint and finishing touches! Wow.

Photo credit: Nelo Coloma / Facebook
Photo credit: Nelo Coloma / Facebook
impressive room transformation
Photo credit: Nelo Coloma / Facebook

DIY Home Renovation

Home renovation projects can be quite expensive, but you could be wasting more money if you do it yourself and you actually have no idea how to do things. It would be a good idea to research on what design you want to copy or make for your house.

Consult an expert, if possible, and hire people to work on more difficult tasks like painting (especially ceilings!) and doing carpentry or masonry work.

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