The state of Selangor, surrounding Kuala Lumpur, is a melting pot of cultures, including that of the Javanese. The Javanese people – or Orang Jawa – migrated from Central Java, Indonesia, to Malaysia from 1880 to 1930, seeking greener pastures away from the Dutch colonizers who ruled Indonesia at that time. Today, descendants of the Javanese settlers live throughout Peninsular Malaysia in parts of Perak, Selangor, and Kedah. There are also isolated communities in coastal areas of Sabah. Some Jawa have even gainedRead More→
I love hotels that evoke a genuine sense of place. After a few days in Singapore, I crossed the border to Malaysia to visit one of my favorite heritage cities, Melaka, to check in at The Settlement Hotel, a new boutique stay housed in a repurposed white-painted commercial building – a blank canvas for the owner’s private collection of Malaysian artworks and antiques. Like Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong, this marries the classic and contemporary, exuding the eclectic charm of the UNESCO WorldRead More→
If you’re looking for a unique, locally-inspired stay in Singapore, check in at Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong, a new boutique hotel that draws inspiration from the local neighborhood of Joo Chiat or Katong, the country’s first heritage town renowned for its Peranakan (Straits Chinese) heritage, evidenced by the exquisitely preserved shophouses in the area. Throughout the hotel, one can find Peranakan culture and heritage interpreted in a contemporary manner – a refreshing break from the standard modern hotels you findRead More→
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With destination research, bookings and socialization done online, the internet has become essential to independent travel that more and more people need to always stay connected on the go. As a travel journalist and blogger, staying online while in transit is part of the job, and can be cumbersome at times when one has to rely on spotty wifi signals, switch local SIM cards for every country I visit, or worry about exorbitant charges when availing of roaming services from yay mobile serviceRead More→
Who says going on a cruise ship is boring? I recently joined a three-night cruise aboard the Superstar Gemini by Star Cruises, traveling from Singapore to Penang and Langkawi islands and back. I looked forward to the trip because it was my first time on a cruise ship, but wasn’t expecting to have as much fun as we had in the company of my blogger friends! Here are the most fun things we did during our trip on the Superstar Gemini:Read More→
Kuta is the go-to place for most tourists, but if you’re looking for some quiet and relaxing downtime with your family and friends, the beach resorts of South Bali would be a far better choice. After a few days checked in at Loft Legian Hotel in Kuta, where I usually stay when I visit Bali, I went south to spend the rest of my vacation at Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa at Tanjung Benoa Beach. Only a 15-minute drive southRead More→