After quite some time on hiatus, I am now back in sunny Cebu after an unfortunate week of torrential rain spent in Palawan, stuck in the guesthouse and unable to go island hopping in El Nido. Timing does matter because instead of long shorelines and […]
As an avid reader, oftentimes I come across books, which give me a call to action and inspire to get off my butt and do things, some of which are to travel the world, meet people and learn new things. In this post I am going to share all the books that inspired my wanderlust.
Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey
By Angie Brenner and Joy E. Stocke
“Reality is framed within our memories. Maybe it happened, but then again”
My ultimate dream destination is Istanbul and I plan to go there in two years’ time. Anatolian Days and Nights is like a diary of two women who went to Turkey for the summer but ended up staying longer and forming relationships with the Turks in the process. The book paints a vivid picture of the beauty of Turkey; its verdant greens; its plains and plateaus; and of its warm people and sumptuous cuisine. Just reading it made me want to teleport myself to Istanbul right away. I can almost hear the muezzin calling people to prayer.
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 fortunate enough to have dropped by Cong Ca Phe while waiting for our trip to the airport for the flight that will take us back to Singapore.
Tucked in an unassuming little corner in close proximity to St. Joseph’s Cathedral, you wouldn’t know just by looking outside all the delightful coffees that await inside. Good thing we didn’t let appearances put us off for although the exterior was drab, the interior was quirky and there were magical things in cups we all call coffee. Although I am not much of a coffee drinker, blame it on my constant bouts with hyperacidity, I enjoy the aroma of coffee and I love taking small sips.
Life is constant search for respite, for beauty, for fulfilment and for goodness. Everywhere we go we always look around to see the good and the beautiful. All these things I have found during my trip to Vietnam. Surprisingly, while crossing Vietnam’s busy streets under the scorching heat of the sun, while dodging loud motorbikes honking here and there, I found peace and contentment in the eyes and beautiful faces of the Vietnamese and when I say beauty I mean it. I saw so many beautiful Vietnamese women during my trip.
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.