Southeast Asia

Burma Basics: Big Four in Seven Days – An Itinerary

Posted on July 13, 2011

Taking advantage of overnight trip aboard private buses, this packed itinerary will reward you with the best sights around Burma’s ‘Big Four’ – Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake – in only a week. Yangon and Mandalay can each be explored in a day, so we spent more time in Bagan and Inle Lake which is best enjoyed when you take your time. We didn’t want to spend a night in Yangon so we booked the bus for Bagan daysRead More

Burma Basics: Visa Application, Money Matters & Getting There

Posted on July 12, 2011

Sule Paya glows behind the gloomy atmosphere in central Yangon (Rangoon) IS IT ETHICAL TO VISIT BURMA? Read up on Lonely Planet’s free chapter to help you decide. VISA MATTERS: Filipinos need a visa to visit Myanmar. Visit the embassy: 8th Floor, Gervasia Corporation Centre, 152 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City. Tel. Nos.: +632 893-1944 or +632 812-3644. Requirements: application form (get hard copy from the embassy), 2 hardcopy passport photos (white background), 1 CD containing a soft copyRead More

George Town & Melaka: Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca

Posted on May 12, 2011

Stadthuys (Red Square), Melaka If the Philippines has Vigan, Malaysia has the World Heritage cities of George Town and Melaka. Having the opportunity to visit Singapore frequently for business trips has afforded me leisurely side trips to Peninsular Malaysia from time to time. My favorite getaway is Melaka, a former settlement of the British East India Company which still retains much of its colonial, small town charm. It is a city that wakes up the senses: the architectural textures ofRead 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

Express Bus Schedule To/From Kinabalu Park

Posted on May 31, 2010

Timpohon Summit Trail, Kinabalu Park To KOTA KINABALU From Sandakan Arrival at Kinabalu Park 6:30 AM 11:00 AM 7:00 AM 11:30 AM 9:00 AM 1:30 PM 12:30 PM 4:30 PM 2:00 PM 6:30 PM 8:00 PM 12:30 AM To SANDAKAN From Kota Kinabalu Arrival at Kinabalu Park 7:00 AM 8:30 AM 8:00 AM 9:30 AM 9:00 AM 10:30 AM 10:00 AM 11:30 AM 12:30 PM 2:00 PM 2:00 PM 3:30 PM 8:00 PM 9:30 PM To SEMPORNA From Kota KinabaluRead More