Category Archives: Travel

Paradise Island in Samal

If you have the time, there’s Pearl Farm and Malipano Island in Samal. But if you want a quick escape, Paradise Island is just a 10-minute boat ride from the jetty in Davao City. You still get the same sun … Continue reading

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Ate Indian Food, Did Chinatown (in Bangkok)

Yes, exactly. The closest thing I got to traditional Thai cuisine was that Pad Thai dinner by the hotel pool and in the wedding party. Now I’m not sure I ever was in Bangkok if not for the wedding party … Continue reading

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Going Gaga in Gaggan 

Bangkok. Here for a wedding. And a dinner. And what a magical dinner! Everything is a piece of art and a wonder of science. A genius play on creativity, ingenuity, art and technique.  Gaggan Anand. The Asian Czar of Gastronomy. … Continue reading

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Only In Japan

There’s something about Japan. Its culture. Its food. Its people. Excellence seems to be the norm. No settling for anything mediocre. If your seafood is fresh, it means “just-dead-a-few-secs-ago”. If your steak is succulently tender, it means “melt-in-your-mouth”. If your … Continue reading

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Almost Forgot You, Sapporo

Bad. I’ve written a series of blogs on my 2 week holiday in Japan, and missed you! Sapporo. If I visited just a week later, I would have experienced your transition into winter with your first snowfall. My friends who … Continue reading

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Old Japan in Kyoto

From bustling, cosmopolitan Tokyo, food coma-inducing Hokkaido,  and rustic Magome-Tsumago to Kyoto. They say Kyoto is the heart of Old Japan. I bet those many, many tourists think so too. We did the touristy thing and visited many tourist traps. … Continue reading

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Miyajima’s Oysters & Eels

And more.  We were drawn to Miyajima because of that iconic floating Torii Gate off Hiroshima Bay. At low tide, you can approach and walk around the gate. Took the 1 1/2 hour train ride from Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima and … Continue reading

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