Khao San Road (Bangkok, Thailand):

Posted on August 29, 2008

At the busy neighborhood of Banglamphu north of the Grand Palace is the famous backpacker’s Mecca: Khao San Road. Chaos is constant in Khao San, a pulsating plethora of multicultural, gastronomical and commercial life… true to the images swirling in my head as I read Alex Garland’s cult-classic-turned-blockbuster about a secret paradise called “The Beach”:  “The first I heard of the beach was in Bangkok on Ko Sanh Road. The Ko Sanh Road was backpacker land. Almost all the buildingsRead More

Wat Phra Kaew (Bangkok, Thailand)

Posted on August 29, 2008

Upon entering the most sacred temple in Thailand, you will be overwhelmed by its ornate grandiosity and magnificent religious art, leaving you gawking at the entire orchestration in a state of pseudo-nirvana: “Wat a sight!”  Located within the Grand Palace grounds, the Wat Phra Kaew or  Temple of the Emerald Buddha houses a 66-centimeter tall image of Buddha made of nephrite (a type of jade). “Emerald” refers to the green color of the relic. Although the true origin of theRead More

Wat Arun (Bangkok, Thailand)

Posted on August 27, 2008

A city as vibrant, crazy and ironic as Manila would be Asia’s ‘City of Angels’, where the sacred and vulgar randomly collide amidst temple stupas, soaring skyscrapers, maniacal tuk-tuks and sidewalk delivery elephants. A handful of my succeeding entries highlights some of this tourist haven’s hotspots. Join me as the EAZY Traveler gets a bang out of Bangkok! Named after the morning glow that bounces off its mosaicked Khmer-style towers called prangs, the Wat Arun or Temple of the Dawn sits byRead More

P. Burgos Street (Bel-Air Village)

Posted on July 26, 2008

Hunting down my neighbors on spontaneous lomocrawls is a challenging task. My neighbors are of… how shall I put this… the shady kind. They are creatures of the night, especially wary of the intrusive attempts of a probing camera lens.  No, I don’t live by a night safari, but a furtive glance away from P. Burgos Street a red-light jungle tucked away in the northern fringe of Makati City: a glitzy strip of nightclubs and snazzy hotels where feline streetwalkersRead More

Pasig River Ferry

Posted on July 14, 2008

One of the most wonderful additions to the metropolis is the revival of the Pasig River Ferry which, since its inauguration in February 2007, leisurely takes passengers to and from the heart of Old Manila… through the Makati Central Business District… up to the outskirts of Pasig City, and eventually northwards to the shoe capital, Marikina City.  Sure, this may not be a trip down the Seine, but a cruise through the city’s first highway aboard these air-conditioned catamarans provides a uniqueRead More

Philippine National Railways (PNR)

Posted on July 1, 2008

The Light Railway Transits may be the preference of most commuters nowadays, but we mustn’t take for granted the granddaddy that started it all.  Although the present-day Philippine National Railways (PNR) started in 1964, the history of railway transport in the country dates back to 1875 when King Alfonso XII of Spain decreed that a railway system be constructed in the island of Luzon. In 1892, the Northrail (Ferrocaril de Manila-Dagupan) was opened. Well into 1940, the network continued to expandRead More