Strangers & Scammers in Kuta

Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
― Marthe Troly-Curtin, Phrynette Married

Ubud was warm, friendly and peaceful. The seamless serenity and the breathtaking backdrop serves to be a perfect retreat for our mind, body and soul.

Bali: Island of a Thousand Temples

“Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.”

― Langston Hughes

 

A Balinese holiday  isn’t complete without a visit to any of the thousand temples spread around the island. I consider myself lucky that my first impression of Bali is in the town of Ubud. The cultural and religious aspiration emanates from the core value of it’s people. Inspiration rifts through the ornate walls of this artists’ colony and infuses art in every intricate details of handmade structures. In Bali, there can never be too many temples, and I’m smitten.

Top 10 Luxury Hotels & Resorts in Singapore

Singapore is made up of diverse population of nearly 5 million people brimming with rich blend of culture, vibrant colours, tropical climate, mouthwatering cuisines and modern architecture.

The small, heavily-urbanised land of Singapore is one of the world’s most prosperous countries and boasts the world’s busiest port. The modern subways, business hub, premier shopping and local art scene embodies the best of east and west. The Garden City provides a lush backdrop to shining skyscrapers.

Enjoy this fascinating selection of Top 10 Luxury Resorts & Hotels in Singapore. Make a stopover or stay a little longer. Relax on a beach or getaway from the bustling city lights.

Sunrise Trekking at Mount Batur

“Our task must be to free ourselves…
by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures
and the whole of nature and it’s beauty.”
-Albert Einstein

Somewhere between shopping, yoga retreat and indulging in sumptuous banana pancakes, I decided to get some serious cardio workout by including a trek  to Mt. Batur in our Bali itinerary, and I drag Yen along for her first climb.

Set in North-eastern part of Bali, Indonesia, about 45 minutes from Ubud, is the highlands of Kintamani.  It’s picturesque view of Lake Batur and Mt. Batur (Gunung Batur) volcano makes it one of the top Bali destination for backpackers, trekkers and cycling enthusiasts.

Two Girls in Bali: Walking Around Ubud

“You pray in your distress and in your need;
would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy
and in your days of abundance.”
― Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Whenever I feel that life is too stressful and I need to recharge before the next wave comes in to knock me off, I always resort to a little “me” time, or sometimes, “you & me” time. No matter, the need to getaway is vital, even for a short weekend of R&R, to breathe, get my perspectives in order, rest and soak into life’s bare essentials.

Bali, Indonesia was a plan out of the blue. When AirAsia held a seat sale, my colleagues and I decided to grabbed promo seats. Before Eat, Pray, Love happened, it was known that Bali have stolen the hearts of many. Travellers come back again and again. I was keen  to discover the reason why.

Tulipmania at Gardens by the Bay

Colourful journeys start with thousands of tulips. Pink, red, white, yellow and more will welcome you when you visit the Flower Dome at  Gardens by the Bay from 29 April to 20 May 2013. Be dazzled by a colourful display of 20,000 imported tulips – the largest of its kind in Singapore.

List of Visa-Free Countries for Filipino citizens

Over the decades, tourism around the world has grown substantially to support economic and regional development. Tourists tend to flocked destinations like top  island resorts in Asia and then there are some that do long-term backpacking.

It’s high time to see the world. Even though It is More Fun in the Philippines, we see a rising number of Filipino travellers exploring beyond the limits of the 7,107 islands.

Thanks to the increasing number of low-cost economy airlines, globetrotting is more affordable than ever and if you plan to cross the borders without any hassle, check out the list below for countries that  Philippine passport holders are entitled for visa-exemption.

5 Budget Destinations in Asia

“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote,
and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life”
― Michael Palin

 

One of the perks in growing up in Asia is that every country is strategically positioned to complement a well-diverse landscape. Fly over and explore an entirely different world filled with shoestring budget-worthy destinations.

While Europe is extremely popular for holidays, seasoned travellers, retirees and backpackers also flocked the huge continent of Asia  to experience the eclectic mix of culture, religion, history and local tradition.

Romancing El Nido Sunset

“Clouds come floating into my life,
No longer to carry rain or usher storm,
But to add color to my sunset sky.”
– Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

A day of basking in full glory of the infinite golden sands of Nacpan Beach, we then capped of our fourth day and last sundown in El Nido at Stunning Vistas Beach Resort.

Hidden Paradise: Twin Beach of El Nido, Palawan

I would love you all the day, every night we would kiss and play,
if with me you’d fondly stray, over the hills and far away.

- John Gray

 

Trapped in an unpredictable weather for days, we finally made it to our Island Hopping tour off the coast of El Nido. One can never get tired of exploring any of the 7,107 islands of the Philippines and feasting the best of Pinoy street food.

Another off the road challenge when in Palawan is visiting El Nido’s best kept secret. The unadulterated, undisturbed, absolutely stunning and utterly peaceful twin beach of Nacpan & Calitang.

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