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Cameron Highlands, Pahang: Strawberry Overload at Raju’s Hill Strawberry Farm! [SP]

Posted on June 24, 2012

Strawberry overload – strawberry milkshake and strawberry yoghurt cheesecake  After exploring the mossy forests of Gunung Brinchang – supposedly the last stop of our full-day tour of Cameron Highlands – we had a couple of hours to spare, so our guide threw in a free additional visit to one of the most popular strawberry farms called Raju’s Hill Strawberry Farm. Aside from planting hectares of tea, the high altitude and soil condition of Cameron Highlands are very ideal for growing strawberries. ThereRead More

CASA San Miguel Bed & Breakfast – A Dreamer’s Retreat [SP]

Posted on March 26, 2012

CASA San Miguel, a community-based arts center, now offers a bed and breakfast. Cozy, rustic double rooms Last weekend, Starbucks Philippines invited me to join a visit to CASA San Miguel, a community-based school for the arts in San Antonio, Zambales – a destination better known for beginner’s surf, and as a jump-off point to the camping beach coves of Anawangin and Nagsasa. The coffee brand currently sponsors six-month residency-mentorship programs at the arts center, wherein professional artists can shareRead More

Phnom Penh on a Plate: Golden Indulgences, Gut-Wrenching Genocide & Arachnid Appetizers

Posted on February 16, 2012

Loved the fried tarantulas at Romdeng! There’s a certain ambivalence to how I feel about Phnom Penh. Sure, compared to Saigon, Phnom Penh was equally appealing, and I honestly could not decide which city I enjoyed more. But one thing is certain: some of the city highlights may be hard to swallow. The Cambodian capital, according to legend, was named after a 14th century nun named Lady Penh, who found five buddha statues in a tree trunk floating down theRead More

DIY Walking Tour – Roxas City

Posted on January 25, 2012

Location: Roxas City, Capiz Starting Point: Manuel Roxas Shrine End Point: Roxas City Museum (Panublion Museum) Distance: 1.5 km Duration: 2 hours Though much father from famed Boracay Island – four hours, to be exact – the city of Roxas in Capiz province makes for a much more pleasant, laid-back gateway to Western Visayas, compared to neighboring Kalibo in Aklan or even industrialized Iloilo City. Roxas City (formerly Capiz town) was established when Captain Diego de Artieda, who was sent by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi from Cebu, movedRead More

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

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