Tag: Asia

Trekking at MacRitchie Nature Trail and Reservoir

Trekking at MacRitchie Nature Trail and Reservoir

Being stuck in Singapore during the Chinese New Year holidays can either be a bore or an adventure, depending on how you look at it and how you spend your time. Me, I chose to go out and explore the city which I have called […]

Cong Ca Phe – Delectable Coffee in Hanoi, Vietnam

Cong Ca Phe – Delectable Coffee in Hanoi, Vietnam

When I travel I make it a point to do two things in the city where I’m in. One is to get a massage and the other is to try local cafes or at least one local café. When we were in Hanoi we were […]

Cruising in Halong Bay

Cruising in Halong Bay

Halong Bay in Hanoi, Vietnam has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Annually, tourists travel to Halong Bay to marvel at its beauty and swim in its waters. However, very few really know the mystery that lie in its calm waters.

The word “halong” literally means descending dragon. According to legend, during the old times when the country of Vietnam was just formed, there were fierce invaders from the north. The Jade Emperor felt sorry for the country and the people so he sent the Mother Dragon and her children down to earth to help the ancient Vietnamese people.

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Maison D’ Orient – Hanoi, Vietnam

Maison D’ Orient – Hanoi, Vietnam

If you are a traveler, whether seasoned or not, one of the first things you should do before booking a hotel, aside from looking at rates, is to check the reviews. Reading hotel reviews is a good way to find out if the hotel is […]

Vietnam Street Scene

Vietnam Street Scene

Hanoi is a bustling place. It is  vibrant modern city heading towards progress without forgetting its history. In this post, I would like to share with you some photos I took on its busy streets.

Cha Ca La Vong – The Verdict

Cha Ca La Vong – The Verdict

For me, one of the biggest attractions of traveling is being able to sample foods from different parts of the globe. Each nation, even each city, has its own way of cooking and use their own ingredients to lend uniqueness and a distinct flavor to a certain dish. Even the same dish will taste different when cooked and eaten in different cities.

A foodophile like me watches countless culinary travel shows so that I, myself, can try the best gastronomic dishes a city has to offer. So, long before my trip to Hanoi, Vietnam, I watched two episodes of “No Reservations” hosted by the suave and funny Anthony Bourdain, as well as a the show “Street Food Around the World”, hosted by the lesser known and not as entertaining, Ishai Golan. Pardon me but I am quite partial to Anthony, he is my ultimate travel god.

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Trickeye Museum – A World of Optical Illusions

Trickeye Museum – A World of Optical Illusions

We live in a world of optical illusions. What you see is not always what you get and this could not apply more to any place than to the Trickeye Museum in Resorts World Sentosa. Short for trick of the eye, Trickeye Museum is full […]

TRAVEL GUIDE TO KUALA LUMPUR

TRAVEL GUIDE TO KUALA LUMPUR

The capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is vibrant, modern and yet it retains its history. The iconic symbol of the country, Kuala Lumpur boasts of 8.9 million visitors every year. It is one of the most visited cities in the world today. The city […]

Remnants of Portuguese Occupation in Malacca – A ‘Famosa

Remnants of Portuguese Occupation in Malacca – A ‘Famosa

One of the most valuable ruins left by the Portuguese in Malacca is A ‘Famosa, which means famous in the Portuguese language. If you are ever in Malacca, you should definitely visit it. Known also as Porta de Santiago, the structure is one of the four main gates of the famous Portuguese fortress.

Built by Alfonso de Albuquerque in 1512, A ‘Famosa was intended to help secure the place from an attack by Sultan Mahmud, as well as the continuous attack from the Johor and Acheh empires. The fortress is 3 meters thick and its 40-meter watchtower has played a pivotal role in the protection of the Portuguese from their enemies. Out of all the structure that the Portuguese have built, it is the most famous and most popular.

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The Charming Little Town of Malacca

The Charming Little Town of Malacca

I have always loved the bucolic country life where everything is so simple. No people hurrying about to get to work and no one rushing to the bus stop or the train station. Everyone is just enjoying life at a leisurely pace. I am not […]