Colorful Trishaw Rides

THEY all abound around the historic Dutch Square in Malacca—trishaws decked out in colorful cartoons, movie themes and storybook characters including the all famous Hello Kitty, Pokemon, Frozen, Snow White, Cinderella, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Minions, Sponge Bob, Barbie, Angry Bird, name it and it’s there. The trishaws or bicycles with sidecars attached to them … Continue reading Colorful Trishaw Rides

Malacca in one day (and it’s not enough)

  The historic city of Melaka, or Malacca in the southwestern Malaysia has always been in my bucket list for as long as I can remember. I finally had the chance to check it off few weeks ago. I had one day to spare and learned that one day is never enough. To get as … Continue reading Malacca in one day (and it’s not enough)

Cash-strapped at the New Delhi airport

When I got off the taxi at the Terminal 2 of Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi a few weeks back, I already exchanged all the Indian rupees I had in stash to Thailand Baht and was left with nothing else but 50 rupee bill for souvenir. That turned out to be the biggest … Continue reading Cash-strapped at the New Delhi airport

I slept in a crypt in Kuala Lumpur

I slept in between two guys last night, with another guy on top of me and yet another guy across from me. There was also a girl and another girl next to her. We were all strangers to each other and we all slept on crypts. And I survived unscathed. When I say I survived … Continue reading I slept in a crypt in Kuala Lumpur

Vietnam: Where I became an instant millionaire

WHEN I said I became an instant millionaire in Vietnam, I just mean that. It was the first time I held over two million in bills in my hand at one time. An ATM was the first thing I looked for after I cleared immigration after over an hour in Ho Chi Minh, which I’d … Continue reading Vietnam: Where I became an instant millionaire

Early morning at the India Gate

I first saw the India Gate from the Parliament Building in New Delhi and I thought it was just a short walk away, but I guess I was looking at it from a forced perspective. It was a good few blocks down the street with intersections and heavy traffic so walking would require more than … Continue reading Early morning at the India Gate

Chiang Rai’s Golden Toilet

IT is not a golden palace where a royal family lives, or a temple but it is a public restroom. The golden toilet at Wat Rong Khun temple is probably the most luxurious and the most photographed restroom in the world. I usually take sneak photos of everything and anything everywhere I go but I … Continue reading Chiang Rai’s Golden Toilet

Sunset at the Taga Beach

TINIAN, Northern Mariana Islands—Just a few meters across from the Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino is my favorite beach on the island—Taga Beach. From the ground level, you won’t see any beach but just the rocky ledge bordered with Taga Stone-shaped rocks leading to the jump off or diving point the end which is the … Continue reading Sunset at the Taga Beach

Taste of the Marianas kicks off tourism month

MAY. It's that month again when Saipan holds the month-long celebration of the Annual Taste of the Marianas International Food & Beer Garden Festival drawing thousands of locals and tourists at the American Memorial Park grounds on Saturday evenings. It was almost impossible to move around without bumping into someone else at the festival grounds … Continue reading Taste of the Marianas kicks off tourism month

Rediscovering Saipan’s pocket beaches

Go beyond the end of the paved roads in the island and discover pocket beaches that you didn’t think existed. These ‘pocket’ beaches which are usually nestled between coves along the rocky shoreline are usually hidden from view by thick blankets of shrubs, and are not usually photographed by anyone else except for those who … Continue reading Rediscovering Saipan’s pocket beaches

Naftan Point: Thrill on Edge

NAFTAN Point all the way to the southernmost tip of Saipan is one of the most popular places on island to greet the dawn of a new day but there is more to these jungles can offer an adventurous hiker in addition to spectacular sunrises. The trail to Naftan Point is not paved easy for … Continue reading Naftan Point: Thrill on Edge

Showers at the Blow Hole

ON calm and peaceful days, there is nothing extraordinary about the long stretch of rugged cliff lines and the wire fence that leads all the way near the water’s edge at the North Field on Tinian. Come come on a windy day and it’s a whole different story. Prepare for a special treat—a salty but … Continue reading Showers at the Blow Hole

Escaping beyond Banzai Cliff

IF you have driven all the way to the Banzai Cliff in Marpi, marveled at the Suicide Cliff from a distance, got fascinated by the huge waves crashing on the cliffs below, and enjoyed the peacefully quiet yet eerie atmosphere and think that you have seen everything, you’re wrong. At the far end of the … Continue reading Escaping beyond Banzai Cliff

Smiling Cove: favorite island hangout

  FROM its old view with sharp and rusty pieces of steel sticking out along the water’s edge, the newly-paved walkway with protective bars at the Smiling Cove Marina has become one of the newest destinations for joggers and sunset watchers these days. The long stretch of walkway at the Smiling Cove is an alternative … Continue reading Smiling Cove: favorite island hangout