Tag: wanderlust

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 […]

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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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 […]

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 sure if it was because we visited Malacca on a weekend or if people there are just less frazzled and bothered but one thing is evident, they surely know how to live and enjoy life and they have some of the best food I have ever tasted in Malaysia.

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One of the many riverside hotels in Malacca

Malacca is a charming little town. As a matter of fact, it is the most charming little town I have visited so far. There is a palpable feeling of relaxation and just being carefree, luxuries which you cannot afford when you live in a metropolis. Dubbed “The Historical State” because of its long and sometimes bloody history, Malacca is simply gorgeous.

Malacca offer history buffs a list of places which are a must-see and must-visit.  The best part about going there is that the area is small and two days and a night are enough to cover what is significant about the entire town but should you need more time to savor its exquisiteness, three days would be more than adequate.

One of the highlights to any trip to Malacca is the river cruise at night. The canals look very nice at night with all the lights and the quaint little hotels and buildings by the side of the river. There are numerous restaurants where couples eat by candle light, as well as drink wine. Perhaps they also think about their past, the places they have been, and the future where they are heading.

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The Flora de la Mar maritime museum

If you are a food connoisseur, you will be very happy to know that there is one long street in Malacca where you can find various dishes which will truly delight your heart. You can find Western, Malay, Chinese and Indian dishes and your fill without breaking the bank.

The trip to Malacca filled my senses. It taught me a little history lesson, allowed me to explore great food and gave me the chance to destress myself.

Universal Studios Singapore – Your Gateway to the Movies

Universal Studios Singapore – Your Gateway to the Movies

One of the most visited places in Singapore is Universal Studios in Sentosa Island. It is on the list of every person who plans on visiting the city-state. If you are a fan of theme parks, movies, adrenaline rush and thrills, it is definitely worth going […]

My Food Journey in Yogyakarta

My Food Journey in Yogyakarta

Whenever I book tickets, I make sure that the weather is good for the planned travel dates. Nobody wants to travel to an exciting and lovely place during rainy season when you can’t do anything but stay in the hotel or hostel. I was thinking of […]

Candi Borobudur: A Journey to Nirvana

Candi Borobudur: A Journey to Nirvana

It was a little overcast when our plane finally landed at Adisucipto International Airport but at least it was no longer raining. After a quick check through immigration ( my friend and I did not need a visa as we are Filipinos), we exited the airport and looked for transportation to the hotel. You will find many taxis and private cars in Yogyakarta and you can hire most of them for as little as $40 a day.

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My journey to Borobudur started with a plane ride to Yogyakarta

It was a great thing to finally be in Yogyakarta; however, luck was not with me during my recent trip. A nearby volcano, Mt. Kelud, had just recently erupted and most of the place was covered in ash. I was disheartened to hear over breakfast on our second day that only up to level 2 of the temple would be accessible to tourists as they were still cleaning. I was disappointed but I was already in Yogyakarta and I was not going to pass up the chance to finally see Borobudur. Bring on the ash!

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I Left My Heart in Yogyakarta

I Left My Heart in Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta has truly captured my heart. The culture, the sights, the music, the food and the people are just incredible. Here are more of the photos taken during my trip to a Javanese jewel called Yogyakarta.