Tag: wanderlust

Palawan Amidst the Torrential Rains

Palawan Amidst the Torrential Rains

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 […]

Movies That Inspired My Wanderlust

Movies That Inspired My Wanderlust

Movies are like magic, they transport us to a bygone era so that we may learn lessons in history; they take us to the future so that we may see the promise of what is to come; and they make everything impossible seem possible. These […]

Books That Inspired My Wanderlust

Books That Inspired My Wanderlust

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.

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Pura Luhur Uluwatu

Pura Luhur Uluwatu

Southeast Asia is a place which has a profusion of temples and Buddha statues. Bali, aptly called the Island of the Gods, is home to magnificent temples but I have to admit that the one which impressed me most was Pura Luhur Uluwatu. Also known as […]

Kecak and Fire Dance in Uluwatu

Kecak and Fire Dance in Uluwatu

“Cak cak cak”. On and on goes the chant from half-naked men sitting in a circle around a fire. They are in a trance, “cak cak cak”. Inebriated perhaps? No. Got a little hash-hish in their system? Wrong again. This is the most stunning of […]

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 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.

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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 […]

Beauty, Peace and Contentment in the Streets of Hanoi, Vietnam

Beauty, Peace and Contentment in the Streets of Hanoi, Vietnam

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.

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 […]