Catching winter’s last hurrah in the Himalayas

INDIA has always been in my bucket list for as long as I can remember, so when my travel buddy from Thailand suggested a trip to India, I said yes right away. After numerous email exchanges and chats and ticket booking updates and travel arrangements, we finalized our plan and  to cut it short, we … Continue reading Catching winter’s last hurrah in the Himalayas

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

King’s Well in Malacca

The King’s Well or Hang Li Poh’s Well is a historical water well in Kampung Bukit China in Malacca City. It is the oldest water wells in Malaysia and is now one of the top tourist attractions in the city. The well sits right next to the Poh San Teng temple At first glance, the … Continue reading King’s Well in Malacca

Taiwan’s Wall of Literature

TAIWAN—If you are thinking the phrase ‘Wall of Literature’ belongs to a school or any educational institution, you’re wrong. That is if you are inside the Terminal 2 of Taoyuan International Airport in Taiwan. If you are one of those travelers who do not just sit or sleep while waiting for connecting flights but go … Continue reading Taiwan’s Wall of Literature

Trip to magical Cape San Agustin

IF you ever want to experience the feeling of standing at the edge of the world, head out to Cape San Agustin, the southernmost tip of Governor Generoso in Davao Oriental, Philippines.  Up at the very tip of this quiet municipality is one magical destination known to many but dreamed about by more and continues … Continue reading Trip to magical Cape San Agustin

Tuk-tuk: Ride of a lifetime

BANGKOK—Do you remember that 2002 Visa card commercial where James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) rented a tuk-tuk, those sputtering three-wheeled open air taxis  to cut through the traffic and catch up with his date Zhang Ziyi in Bangkok and how the tuk-tuk collapsed to the ground from fatigue? I always thought that commercial as exaggerated but … Continue reading Tuk-tuk: Ride of a lifetime

Hop on hop off in Kuala Lumpur

IF it’s your first time to visit the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, the best way to get the most of it is to buy a ticket for the hop on, hop off bus and explore the city at your own leisurely pace. After failing to find a tour agency at the Kuala … Continue reading Hop on hop off in Kuala Lumpur

Singapore Quickie

If you only have at least six hours stopover, grab the chance for a quickie tour of the flower city for free. Changi International Airport is a dream. One of the world’s most modern airports that you would appreciate being stranded in for even a whole day and there is so much to do it’s like having a free vacation in a luxurious resort.

Crossing borders: I walked all the way from Thailand to Malaysia

If I say I walked all the way from Thailand to Malaysia and you haven’t done that, chances are you won’t believe me but I did! Traveling to Malaysia from Thailand is easy, especially if you are already staying near the border. I was at Narathiwat, Thailand’s southernmost city for a couple of days before … Continue reading Crossing borders: I walked all the way from Thailand to Malaysia