Sunday, 24 July 2016

Follow the Dutch heritage trail in Malacca

2016-07-24 YOU MAY have been to Malacca many times before, but if you take a walk along the Dutch Heritage trail, you just might find out a few things that you didn’t know about the historical city. According to Dennis De Witt, 49 — a management consultant...

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Images of old Jakarta with modern twist

2016-07-16 TYPICALLY, I would jump at any opportunity to explore new places but I must admit that I’m not exactly the biggest fan when it comes to exploring bustling big cities with shining malls. These noisy cities just never seem like a place where you can...

Saturday, 2 July 2016

The street that time forgot

2016-07-02 WHENEVER a foreign friend will ask about what to see in the Philippines, what immediately comes to mind will always be our sun-kissed beaches with clear skies, bluer than blue or turquoise-coloured waters: A real tropical paradise. Being an...

Sunday, 26 June 2016

A pleasant glimpse into Bandung,land amid volcanoes, tea plantations

2016-06-26 LET me be completely honest here: I knew from the second that I started my journey to Bandung, Indonesia that two days would not be enough for me to see and experience all that there is to see in a place filled with so much art, history and culture...

Sunday, 1 May 2016

China targets tourist misbehaviour

2016-05-01 CHINESE tourist agencies and local authorities are hoping that lectures given to tourists ahead of the May Day holiday can avoid the unruly behaviour for which the country’s travelers and sightseers have become notorious. In recent years, Chinese...

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Distinct and flavourful Vietnam

2016-03-19 WHILE sitting at my kitchen table and watching dark roast coffee dripping into my cup through a stainless steel filter, I thought about my recent trip to Ho Chi Minh and how the experience resembled the cup of Vietnamese-style coffee that I was...

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Nepal: 10 months after the earthquake

2016-02-28 IT WAS last April 25 just before noon, that the magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck central Nepal. I was taking photos of a Sadu, a Hindu priest, at the Vatsala Temple in the ancient Nepalese capital, Bhaktapur.   The ancient stupa and towers in...

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Taking in Japan’s history, arts and culture

2016-02-07 WELCOME to the fourth and final part of my Japan series covering my two-week stay at the land of the rising sun. Aside from the shopping and the food, one of the more interesting places that I went to with an old high school friend now working in...

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Dining and shopping in Tokyo

2016-02-06   WELCOME to the third part of my Japan series of articles. In this part, I will talk about shopping and dining in Tokyo. As I mentioned in the previous part, our hostel was located not 10 minutes from the Electric Town of Akihabara. If you’re a...

Friday, 5 February 2016

Rooms away from home in Japan

2016-02-05 FOR my two-week vacation in Japan, I learned how to spend my time there without busting my wallet or budget. One big concern that I had before heading there was where to stay in Japan for cheap, especially in Tokyo, Japan’s bustling capital...

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Vacationing to Japan for cheap

2016-02-04 IT HAS been a dream of mine to take a trip to the land of the rising sun, Japan, ever since I was exposed to Japanese anime and tokusatsu, which are live action superhero shows such as the Kamen Rider, Ultraman, and Super Sentai (known more in the...

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Live near your food: Farm stay in Bentong

2016-01-21 OLD MacDonald had a farm … so the nursery rhyme goes. But we’re not talking about that kindergarten song. Nor are we talking about the “Happy Farm” social network game in the virtual world of smartphones and laptops. Rather, I’m talking about a...

Chinese Garden at SoCal’s Huntington Library

2016-01-21 ON A typical day at the Chinese Garden at the Huntington Library in San Marino, the smell of flowers — jasmine, camellias — floats across the garden’s man-made lake in the centre, flanked by limestone rocks, airy pavilions and hand-carved bridges...

British Airways’ top 6 destinations for 2016

2016-01-21 IF EUROPE and Britain are on your travel list this year, then check out British Airways’ top six destinations for 2016. Specially catering to culture seekers, city jetsetters and beach dwellers, all the holiday hotspots are within easy reach for...

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Tutong’s fascinating destinations

2016-01-17 DUBBED as a district of rich culture and heritage, Tutong has an array of fascinating art, cultural practices and historical sites showcasing its wonder and beauty. It is situated approximately 45 minutes from the capital city and is abundant with...

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Exploring Penang’s Fort Cornwallis

2015-12-27 IN the late 18th century, the British East India Company built Fort Cornwallis in the northeastern coast of Penang Island with the purpose to fend off enemies and pirates from Kedah. As a fan of role-playing games with naval battle system,...

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Weekend getaway in George Town

2015-12-20 NO WORDS can describe George Town’s historic aura – it is said that there’s no other World Heritage Site quite like it anywhere else in the world. George Town – along with Melaka – was awarded the coveted title of World Heritage Site in 2008 by...

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Asia’s the most affordable region to be during holiday season

2015-12-06 JAKARTA, Indonesia has emerged the most affordable travel destination in Asia for US travellers this winter, according to the number crunchers at TripAdvisor. In fact, for Americans who’ve long had Asia on their minds, there’s perhaps no better...

And the best city in Europe is...

2015-12-06 LONDON tops a new list ranking the top destinations in Europe which, in addition to reams of hard statistics and figures, also took into account reviews and ratings from social media sites such as Yelp and TripAdvisor. In the 2015 European Union...

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Culture and heritage come to life in Ipoh

2015-09-20 AN UNFORGETTABLE journey to Ipoh had definitely brought out the wanderlust in me. As part of the ‘Out of Window’ programme organised by Tourism Malaysia Brunei, I was given the opportunity to visit Malaysia third largest city, Ipoh. The capital...