GabLabCebu Profile

Just your average gen-z dude, but with a passion for history, geography, geology, and most importantly, travel

I grew up in a travel-loving family, which over time has developed my skill in creating itineraries through researching logistics and destinations for a trip. One great source of interesting destinations for my itineraries has always been the World Heritage Site List, and I love discovering lesser-known sites, amazing or just a tad interesting, that I never could've dreamed of without the list.

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Wadi Rum

GabLabCebu Philippines - 17-Jan-20

Wadi Rum

WHS#57

Deserts have always been a bit of a mystery for me. I'm from a wet tropical place, and I hate the heat, but desert landscapes have been quite enchanting to me lately. Ever since the experience of dune-buggying and sandboarding in Huacachina in Peru, the dunes have been calling me. But as cool as dunes are, by far the most enchanting desert landscape for me was Wadi Rum. Yes, more so than the canyons of Arizona, oases of the Atacama, or makhteshim of the Negev, the various formations of Wadi Rum have been the most memorable for me. The sandstone mountains just glow gold with a certain magic, drawing you to look closer and explore deeper into the desert. i visited in April 2018, taking a detour from Petra to Amman to enjoy a half-day jeep tour of Wadi Rum

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El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area (T)

GabLabCebu Philippines - 15-Jan-20

El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area (T)

If you've read my review on the T-list site Coron, the stunningly pristine karst landscapes and seascapes, and abode of the native Tagbanwa in northern Palawan, you might've noticed that I recommended an inscription together with fellow T-list site El Nido without having gone there. Well, now I have! I just came from El Nido a few days ago (probably over a week ago by the time this is published), and it's been an epic adventure. And I think I confirmed the recommendation I made prior to the visit. The stunningly pristine karst landscapes and seascapes, and abode of the native Tagbanwa in northern Palawan, that is El Nido too. Even the name "El Nido" derives from the birds' nests used to make soup

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Ancient Kyoto

GabLabCebu Philippines - 06-Jan-20

Ancient Kyoto

WHS#3

Kyoto is the first WHS that I've had the chance to visit in 2 different trips. I first visited this amazing city on a day trip from Tokyo in May 2012, visiting just 2 out of the 17 WHS component sites, namely Kinkakuji and Kiyomizu-dera, probably the 2 most popular to visit. When I came back to Japan in December 2019, I knew I had to refresh my Kyoto experience, so I ended up coming back to Kyoto on a day trip from Osaka and visited 3 more sites in Kozanji, Ninnaji, and Nijo-jo. Kyoto as a WHS is a bit disconnected, as it's a predominantly modern city, but no one can deny how remarkable and evident its historic heritage is

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Petra

GabLabCebu Philippines - 06-Jan-20

Petra

WHS#56

Petra, man. There isn't much that hasn't been said about Petra, so I'll make this short for once. It's one of the most undeniable wonders of the world, and to me, one of those few places that lives up to the huge amount of hype it gets. I was lucky enough to visit in April 2018, arriving late morning from Amman and staying until nightfall. It was enough time to thoroughly explore the basic route from the entrance to the Monastery at a relatively relaxed pace, though I wish I had been able to get to the Treasury Overlook and the High Place of Sacrifice. Nevertheless, the short visit was just an amazing experience, and I think it gave me a good look at Petra's unique OUV. It's a city of the dead and the living, of culture and nature, and of creative and technical genius

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Horyu-ji Area

GabLabCebu Philippines - 04-Jan-20

Horyu-ji Area

WHS#78

Horyuji is home to the undisputed oldest wooden buildings left in the world today. The Chumon, Kondo, 5-story pagoda, and the surrounding cloister in the Western Precinct were all built and last rebuilt in the Asuka Period, over 1300 years ago. Other structures, like the Western Precinct's Great Lecture Hall and the Yumedono in the Eastern Precinct were last rebuilt over 1000 years ago, as well. Only a church in England and a few temples in China even come close to being a millenium old. And the whole complex has been around for over 1400 years! Enough about age, though, Horyuji is genuinely a very interesting temple complex to see if you're in the Kansai Region

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Name
GabLabCebu
Country
Philippines
Most Impressive
Te Wahipounamu, Ancient Thebes
Proposal
Baroque Churches of Southern Cebu, Dalaguete Range and Chocolate Hills Karst Landscapes of the Visayas, Kitanglad Mountain Range of Bukidnon, San Sebastian Church in Manila

Recently Visited WHS

Update 07.01.20
Rating Stats
Petra 5
Rome 5
Cordoba 4.5
Cracow 4.5
Iguacu 4.5
Prague 4
Quito 4
Belem 3.5
Cuzco 3.5
Dubrovnik 3.5
Granada 3.5
Himeji-jo 3.5
Salamanca 3.5
Sintra 3.5
Wadi Rum 3.5
Jeju 3
Macao 3
Ayutthaya 2.5
Brasilia 2.5
Kotor 2.5
Masada 2.5
Rabat 2.5
Lima 2
Sucre 2
Vienna 2
Warsaw 2