Often called Micronesia, the Federated States of Micronesia is a Pacific paradise north of Papua New Guinea. This culture-rich sovereign state is in free association with the United States. It is one of the safest places on earth due to its very low crime rate, however you are likely to get wet since it is also considered as the wettest place on earth, it rains almost every day. Micronesia's four states, Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk and Yap, passed through colonial hands, but their distinct lifestyles have stayed as colorful as the corals underneath their crystal-blue waters.
Fondly dubbed “Venice of the Pacific” for its canals that connect artificial islands, Nan Madol is Pohnpei's ancient stone city used as the seat of the Saudeleur dynasty, recognized for its unique megalithic architecture and supposed “black magic.” Pohnpei retains its system of chiefs and clan titles. It is home to mangrove forests, dive sites and WWII leftovers.
Notable for its beautiful manta rays, Yap Island is bank to Rai or gigantic stone money up to eight feet in height. As the currency, rais are brought as far as to Papua New Guinea. Approximately 6,500 of them are scattered in Yap. Hailed as one of the world's best aquatic explorations, Chuuk's virgin reefs and underwater WWII museum are eye candies for divers and snorkelers. In Kosrae, Pacific myths come alive in ancient peoples' ruins like Lelu and the temple of Goddess of Breadfruit Sinlaku.
Food sharing is important for Micronesians, and their meals are served with starches, fish, chicken, fruits, and turtles. Pork and beef are usually reserved for feasts, as accompanied by sakau or pepper root drink. The best time to visit is from January to November to avoid the dangerous typhoon season. All states have their own ports, while Yap and Pohnpei have island-hopper flights from Honolulu, Guam and Manila. Travelers need a driver's license to hire cars, but there are also inexpensive taxis everywhere. Wood carvings, woven baskets and wall hangings with shell and wood decors are some of the exotic purchases you can make from the markets.
Traveling back to my 2009 trips
Watching travelers in an airport coffee shop while waiting for my flight, I couldn't help but wonder what 2010 has for me when it comes to traveling. Of course, 2009 was a good one. I have covered almost 20,000 miles, visited four countries, and enjoyed several beaches and landmarks. It was my first time to cross the Pacific, expanding my journeys beyond Asia, and to travel during my birthday. Looking ... Read full Blog post
What to see in Sydney, Australia
Sydney is a beautiful and livable city and is one of the most famous and representative in Australia. It 's definitely the cultural capital, although the administrative capital is the nearby Canberra. Despite his poor beginnings as a British penal colony, now Sydney has a diverse population that seems to live quite well by its variety. This city has many hotels to choose from. Pick up one that has ... Read full Blog post
Bali - Bromo - Ijen Crater - Bali 3D 2N
Tour Itenarary Day 1 : Bali - Bromo Hotel our staff will pick the clients up from their hotel in Bali. then take them to the most western tip of Bali for about 3 hours by private car with AC to reach gilimanuk ferry port then proceed to take a ferry to cross Bali strait for about 1 hours to reach ketapang ferry port in Banyuwangi (in eastern tip of java). the trip goes through th rural ... Read full Blog post
A road trip around Australia
For this trip we rented a Nissan Patrol 4x4 and we have traveled 13,756 kilometers. Of course we had carefully read an auto blog in order to pick up the best car for this long trip. The Australian roads are in excellent condition, the maximum speed is 100/110 miles per hour. Potentially dangerous situations encountered driving outback, due to kangaroos or cows crossing the road. However there ... Read full Blog post