Southeast Asia

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

Mt. Kinabalu Climb: Budget Breakdown

Posted on May 20, 2010

South Peak is the most recognizable ‘postcard’ vista of Mt. Kinabalu Last April’s climb up one of Southeast Asia’s highest peaks was a life-changing experience, after eleven hours worth of uphill trekking through cloud forests, alpine meadows and granite massif, battling occasional downpour, icy winds and altitude sickness. Mt. Kinabalu – my first mountain climbing experience – is an accessible peak that can be scaled by the inexperienced but persevering adventure-seeker. Re-posting the climbing expenses from a travel forum forRead More

Good Night, Bangkok

Posted on January 5, 2009

At the height of Bangkok’s anti-government protests that shut down the airports late November, I was given no choice but to spend the remainder of my second visit to this vibrant city gleefully basking in its wonderful fluorescent glow. Very eager to test the slow shutter speeds of my Horizon Perfekt, I wandered the ‘City of Angels’ camera-armed to discover a glimmering labyrinth as amazing at night as it is under the midday sun. As news of the local pandemoniumRead More