Indonesia

Jakarta Jaunt

Posted on August 19, 2011

Schooners moored at Sunda Kelapa, as they have since colonial times Like Manila, Jakarta suffers from an image problem. Tourists would rather skip this polluted, poverty-ridden and “dangerous” Southeast Asian megacity and scoot off to the cultural heart of Yogyakarta or the resort island of Bali, just as Philippine visitors would rather spend more time frolicking in Cordillera, Boracay, or Palawan. Nonetheless, Jakarta, like most Asian megacities, is an exciting primer to the country’s diverse culture, food and everyday life.Read More

Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park (East Java, Indonesia)

Posted on February 28, 2011

A Tenggerese horseman rides across the Lautan Pasir (Sea of Sand) Since January, Gunung Bromo has been continuously belching lava and ash. During our visit to the park last week, the volcano periodically explodes, sending shock waves that ripple throughout the Tengger Caldera. At Cemoro Lawang – a village on the caldera rim where tourists stay, windows and ceilings would rattle with every thunderous explosion day and night. Colorful traditional houses at Cemoro Lawang village The powerful eruption last JanuaryRead More

Singapore Sidetrips: Tanjung Pinang, Johor Bahru & Pulau Ubin

Posted on November 9, 2010

The following article is a commissioned article I wrote for this month’s issue (November 2010) of SMILE, the in-flight magazine of Cebu Pacific Air. You may browse the magazine online at http://www.cebusmile.com With its central location, Singapore is a great jump-off point to other destinations. Why not take quick visits to some of the city’s outlying attractions? TEXT EDGAR ALAN ZETA-YAPPHOTOS LESTER LEDESMA (TANJUNG PINANG), EDGAR ALAN ZETA-YAP (JOHOR BAHRU AND PULAU UBIN) Tanjung Pinang The neighboring Indonesian island ofRead More