Flamenco: A beach lover’s paradise

ABOUT 20 minutes or so onboard a small plane from Puerto Rico toward the east coast of is a small slice of idyllic paradise surrounded by the bluest waters of the Caribbean Ocean. The island is called Isla de Culebra. From the air, the first sight that attracts one’s attention to Culebra is a long … Continue reading Flamenco: A beach lover’s paradise

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)

‘Flaming’ islands

IT’S that time of the year once again in the Northern Mariana Islands when all you see while driving around the island are bare flame trees with nothing but twigs on them. Those leafless trees are just the onset of something wonderful. In a few weeks, red flaming flowers will blossom and replace the bleak … Continue reading ‘Flaming’ islands

Managaha: An island getaway

Any visit or stay on Saipan is never complete if you have not stepped foot on this small, flat coral islet that is one of Saipan’s main tourist attractions. Managaha Island, accessible by about 20 minutes by ferry from the Lower Base, is one site that never fails to get its fair share of visitors … Continue reading Managaha: An island getaway

Roadtrip Rota

DRIVING aimlessly around the island of Rota is one of the most rewarding experiences on island, especially if it is your first time there and you came with a thirst for adventure. Upon your arrival, rent a car from the car rental companies outside the arrival area of the airport and as soon as you … Continue reading Roadtrip Rota

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

Stepping on Stars

SAIPAN, CNMI—Have you ever heard of star-shaped sand but haven’t actually seen it? Here is your chance and you don’t even have to fly to Tinian’s Star Sands or Chulu Beach to do it. A friend and I went on a jungle tour to Kagman one afternoon some weeks back and we took the short … Continue reading Stepping on Stars

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

Trip back in time at a cave museum

ROTA—The drive from the village of Sinapalo to Songsong is not only breathtakingly beautiful with the pristine waters and the soft white sand along the coastal road but it is also littered with historical treasures dating back to the World War 11. One must-not-miss destination on Rota is the Marianas Trench Cave Museum in Lotgan … Continue reading Trip back in time at a cave museum

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

Parasailing over Saipan waters

SAIPAN— Parasailing is one of the most popular marine activities in the island that never fails to lure thousands of tourists to Saipan every year. For those who have never tried parasailing, all you see are just those colorful parachutes floating above the Saipan lagoon on bright sunny days but if you have experienced the … Continue reading Parasailing over Saipan waters

Rediscovering Saipan’s pocket beaches

SAIPAN—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

Experiencing Paris in Las Vegas

I SAW it the moment the taxi drove through the famous Las Vegas Strip from the McCarran International Airport that early morning—the towering 541-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower. It was not actually in my list but I knew I was not going to leave Las Vegas without going up to the Eiffel Tower. At … Continue reading Experiencing Paris in Las Vegas

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.