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Exploring Bogor, Indonesia traveling
Exploring Bogor, Indonesia
(Jun 25-27, 2016) I tried, but Jakarta wasn't doing it for me. It didn't make sense to stay longer. There were a few looming possibilities, but the closest one was Bogor. It was highly talked about by a few travelers I met, and it was only 1.5 hours away by a direct train ride.....more »»

A First-timer in Jakarta traveling
A First-timer in Jakarta
(June 23-25, 2016) As my Malaysian visa was expiring in 1 day, I had to quickly decide which country to go to next. India required 4 days visa processing...too late. Kunming, China was suggested by a yogi friend but at $100 flight, it was too pricey. Bali was also at $100. Using, Jakarta was the cheapest at $57 from Kuala Lumpur. Without knowing anything about Jakarta, I was off to this big city in Indonesia.....more »»

Layover in Kuala Lumpur traveling
Layover in Kuala Lumpur
(June 22, 2016) Having enjoyed a full 30 days in Kuala Lumpur last year, it now felt like just an uneventful stopover for Malaysia's other destinations. But somehow, Julia Clarete shows up in the picture....more »»

Cool Climate of Cameron Highlands traveling
Cool Climate of Cameron Highlands
(June 19-23, 2016) From Penang en route to Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands was the logical destination as it was along the way. Travelers talked about treks on tea plantation but somehow, no one mentioned the cold climate at 1,100 - 1,600 meters above sea level.....more »»

Penang (Malaysia) Immersion traveling
Penang (Malaysia) Immersion
(May 27-Jun 19, 2016) After 23 days in Penang, I connected to the place in the same way I get to know a person. Every place has a personality...a unique way of interacting with you. Penang is not perfect but it's special. I put it up there together with other engaging destinations I've been to. I will keep coming back to this place.....more »»

Exploring the Emergent Cafe Culture of Penang food
Exploring the Emergent Cafe Culture of Penang
(Jun 18, 2016) Complementing Penang's compelling food scene is an emergent cafe culture characterized by chic European-styled cafes with artistic themes fused into the mainstream, adding color, dimension and energy to Penang's already vibrant cityscape.....more »»

Encounters with the Guru-Types of Penang people
Encounters with the Guru-Types of Penang
(Jun 17, 2016) Every once in a while, I come across people whom I would call guru-types. They have this uncanny power to dominate and impose their presence while being soft-spoken and disarming. People are naturally drawn to them, elevating their status to guru and them, disciples. The influence they carry is almost hypnotic. You don't come across them everyday, but in Penang, I was fortunate to come across three.....more »»

Overnight Camping at Turtle Beach traveling
Overnight Camping at Turtle Beach
(Jun 10, 2016) Over communal breakfast with other travelers at our hostel, Marat, another traveler, talked about camping overnight at Turtle Beach at Penang's National Park. Stoked, 4 of us headed out that same day for Turtle Beach!....more »»

Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation in Penang yoga
Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation in Penang
(Jun 10, 2016) With the seaside Esplanade Park just steps away from our hostel, I got to practise yoga with new friends who were themselves travelers and yogis. The session could sometimes stretch to 3 hours. After the session, we would walk to Little India for some teh tarik (pulled tea) and roti canai (bread pancake with curry dip) as a fitting treat. This is how we begin our day in Penang...more »»

Daytrip to Batu Ferringhi traveling
Daytrip to Batu Ferringhi
(Jun 9, 2016) After Georgetown, Batu Ferringhi is perhaps the most visited place in Penang for its beaches. With its long stretch of white sand beach just 30 minutes away from Georgetown by public bus, it's very accessible.....more »»

Savouring the Food of Penang food
Savouring the Food of Penang
(May 27 - Jun 6, 2016) Like Lyon (France) or Hanoi (Vietnam), Penang is synonymous with food. To visit Penang is to savour its gastronomic indulgence from hawker food to fine-dining. Food permeates the city. Even after a meal, there is eager anticipation to try the next dish on the checklist.....more »»

Surreal Glow-in-the-Dark 3D World at Dark Mansion art
Surreal Glow-in-the-Dark 3D World at Dark Mansion
(June 3, 2016) Visiting Dark Mansion is like falling into the rabbit hole and finding yourself in wonderland that takes on new dimension with the changing of the lights as glow-in-the-dark paintings reveal a hidden world. You get to interact with 2D wall murals designed to look 3D from a specific angle. It's surreal!....more »»

The Animated Street Art of Penang art
The Animated Street Art of Penang
(Jun 3, 2016) Penang's street art has grown from an international art competition to a global phenomenon attracting tourists and art lovers alike. Street art mantles the quaint streets of Georgetown from narrow alleys to wide open streets and house facades from wrought iron pieces to mixed-medium 3D art on a wall. Very popular are the 3D wall murals since the public can interact with them. Walking Penang's street is a pleasure with so many Easter Eggs you discover along the way.....more »»

Exploring the Lush Greenery of Botanic Gardens traveling
Exploring the Lush Greenery of Botanic Gardens
(May 29, 2016) Another staple tourist destination in Penang is the Botanic Gardens. Imagine a manicured rain forest full of exotic and indigenous flora spaning 29 hectares with an elevation of 579 meters.....more »»

Up up and Away to Penang Hill traveling
Up up and Away to Penang Hill
(May 28, 2016) Penang Hill is one of the major tourist attractions in Penang at a peak altitude of 833 meters. Going to the top is via tram where the temperature is 5° cooler than Georgetown. The view of Penang Island is panoramic. On top of the hill, many things can be done as it's a cluster of several peaks. You can make it a full day activity. For the ultra-fit, you can take the flight of steps to the top...about 2 hours. On the way down, there is an option to hike it down 4.2 kms to Botanical Gardens.....more »»

About Penang traveling
About Penang
(May 27, 2016) Getting a sense of bearing on Penang....more »»

The Legacy of President NoyNoy (PNoy) Aquino politics
The Legacy of President NoyNoy (PNoy) Aquino
(May 26, 2016) After 6 years of presidential rule, PNoy will be stepping down in June to give way to incoming President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. I rallied for PNoy to be elected, had heated conversations with friends who thought differently, and even unfriended a few friends who championed someone else in the presidential campaign of 2010. Let's look back and let us look in the here-and-now to take stock of his accomplishments and failures. What exactly is his legacy?....more »»

Bogor Yoga

Natura Yoga, Bogor
Natura Yoga
Bogor, Indonesia

Jakarta Hotels

Six Degrees Backpackers Hostel, Jakarta
Six Degrees Backpackers Hostel

Penang Hotels

Le Dream Boutique Hotel, Penang
Le Dream
Boutique Hotel

Penang, Malaysia

Just Inn, Penang
Just Inn
clean | affordable
Penang, Malaysia

Dark Mansion 3D Glow In The Dark Museum, Penang
Dark Mansion
3D Glow In The Dark Museum
Penang, Malaysia

My Voice Cafe, Penang
My Voice Cafe
Big Bowl Ramen
Penang, Malaysia

Pai Hotels

Medio de Pai Boutique Hotel, Pai
Medio de Pai Boutique Hotel
central location
Pai, Thailand

Phonnock Moccasin, Pai
Phonnock Moccasin
leather craft
Pai, Thailand

Chiang Rai Hotels

Suknirand Hotel, Chiang Rai
Suknirand Hotel
budget hotel
near Clock Tower

Chiang Rai, Thailand

Chiang Khong Hotels

Chiangkhong Green Inn Resident, Chiang Khong
Chiangkhong Green Inn Resident
budget hotel
central location

Chiang Khong

Chiangkhong Green River, Chiang Khong
Chiangkhong Green River
river-front hotel
Chiang Khong

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