I recently joined a trip to Malacca, specifically Malacca Town Centre, which is rich in culture and heritage, loaded with historical sites and ancient artifacts. I got to spend a whole day there but trust me, it's not enough! :) I personally see Malacca as a 'tourist-friendly' city, loaded with backpackers from all around the world, a very colourful and pleasant sight for first time travellers. While the possibilities of having a sunburn and tanned skin is high in the noon, it gets very breezy, calm and cloudy in the evening. It's like a signal that the 'backpacking' adventure that…
For those that have read this blog before you know that I am a big proponent of getting off the tourist path and doing some exploring wherever you happen to be. That happened recently while in Manila where I noticed a very large compound surrounded by a 8 foot tall solid metal fence painted bright green. The buildings inside where very ornate around the rooftops and appeared to be some type of Chinese Temple. Never one to be to shy I knocked on the small gate and a gentleman working inside answered. I asked if this was a temple of…
The last few days I have been staying at Badladz Adventure Resort and Badladz Beach Resort in Puerto Galera, Philippines. Owners Sean and Mylene Cooney have put together two great locations for travelers to Puerto Galera that cater to both the diving crowd and those that just want to get away and relax. View of Puerto Galera Harbor from Badladz Adventure Resort Puerto Galera Resorts normally cater to the diving crowd with most facilities in Sabang but Badladz has made it easy for you to step off the ferry at Muelle Pier in Puerto Galera turn left and walk 50…
It's white and slimy, worm like, but dip it in spicy vinegar and its one hell of a tasty (raw) fare! I wasn't really expecting to eat "tamilok" or woodworm, a type of mollusc that burrows inside old and decaying wood and are present primarily in mangrove areas. But when I was at the Bakhawan Eco Park in Kalibo, Aklan, the Philippines, a world showcase of community development according to UN's FAO, it was posted that there's a tamilok eating challenge. When I reached the picnic area of the park near the sea, Ruperto de la Luna, the one who…
Are you planning on taking a ferry between El Nido and Coron in the Philippines? If so there are two options for you. Tourist Ferry Every day of the week you can catch the tourist ferry between these two ports. The ride will supposedly average 8 hours and cost 2,200 Pesos. From what I have heard the boat can take longer than the scheduled time and frequently runs out of food. There are many companies that offer this service but they all cost the same and from the services advertised no real difference is apparent. I personally did not go…
Sitting alongside Silom Road right in the heart of Bangkok lies the Bangkok Seashell Museum. Always a fan of unique and offbeat museums, I decided to stop on in the other day with a friend who was visiting town. The small but modern Bangkok Seashell Museum is three stories and is packed full of thousands and thousands of seashells from hundreds of different species all painstakingly arranged by size and color into elaborate displays. Most have information on where/when they were found. Was quite surprised to see that the shells here come from countries around the world, not just Thailand…
Multi-colored volcanic lakes. Haunted resorts. The world's largest mud volcano. The world's most elaborate funerals. An abandoned chicken church and other abandoned structures. Yes, this is Indonesia Off The Beaten Path. When I arrived in Indonesia for the first time ever, I assumed one month would be long enough to see all there was worth seeing. HA! How wrong I was. Here it is many years later and I'm still finding new places to travel in Indonesia. Indonesia is one of those countries where for every one place you visit, you learn of two more places that you have to…
Indonesia is an amazingly vast and impressive country. When I first arrived here I thought one month would be enough. HA! How wrong I was. Six months later and I am still exploring this diverse country. Doing almost all of it by motorcycle, as well. Many Westerns are scared or worried about navigating the wild and unpredictable streets of Indonesia -- or any nation in Southeast Asia for that matter. Audrey of That Backpacker wrote a post about it several months back that further reinforced peoples' fears. However I'm here to tell you it's not as bad as you might…
Indonesia is a vast and diverse archipelago that continues to impress and surprise longtime expats and even locals. To think that because you've seen Jakarta and done Bali then you "know" Indonesia is to be sorely mistaken. As one expat told me: "Just when you think you're starting to understand Indonesia, that's when you realize you don't understand it at all." From amazing cultures and regional customs to a seemingly neverending variety of local cuisines, Indonesia is home to more diversity in some of it's larger islands than other nations have in their entirety. Especially when it comes to langauges…
Surviving Jakarta. It was afternoon when I arrived at the Soekarno-Hatta airport and first thing I did was get a cab. The most reliable taxis are the Silver Bird (the make is Mercedez-Benz, very comfortable), Blue Bird (the make is Toyota), and Express. Most locals will recommend this and only this for you. For the record, I took Silver Bird because my friend's uncle was the driver. Traffic In Jakarta One thing you will notice as soon as you get on the road is the traffic. Superbly congested in a nice way. You can see people along the road promoting…
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