Friday, March 21, 2014

Foodie Friday: Thai Curry Paste

(We all know I love to eat, so you know I am not kidding around when talking about food. On Fridays, let me torture myself and anyone who might stumble upon this travel blog with a photo of a delicious food I had in my travels. This week, Foodie Friday features not food specifically, but an ingredient, really a hallmark of Thai cooking: Thai curry paste.)

Curry Paste, Asia Scenic Thai Cooking School, Chiang Mai, Thailand
From farthest back: Khao Soi curry paste, Thai red curry paste, and Penang curry paste. Things of beauty.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Why Travel Tuesday: Wat Lok Molee, Chiang Mai

(Every Tuesday, I will be featuring a photograph from a place I have gone to, a photograph which I believe will inspire others to go out and see the world for themselves. For this week, Why Travel Tuesday features a photo from my favorite temple in all the temples of Chiang Mai: Wat Lok Molee.)

Wat Lok Molee, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Colorful night lights of Wat Lok Molee in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Backpacking Itinerary: Shanghai and Huangshan in Five Days

The objective: Travel to a visually stunning place on this side of the world where, the season being winter, our Filipino tropical sensibilities would be jarred by freezing cold snow. The rationale: Get ourselves a travel experience far from our "ordinary." The real rationale though: Heck, who knows? Why would anyone trade comfortably warm in flip-flops for mind-numbing cold in clunky winter boots?

But we did. And our objectives? Glad to say, achieved and surpassed.


Backpacking Itinerary: Shanghai and Huangshan in Five Days

With only five full days in between round-trip flights to Shanghai, I seriously thought we would be pressed for time. I'd soon discover, however, that a schedule of five days was just right for this trip. It was a combination of trekking in the "Avatar" mountains covered in snow, lazily strolling through a UNESCO Heritage ancient village, and treating our eyes to the bright lights of China's largest city.

So without further ado, that this may be of service to other travelers out there, let me present a backpacking itinerary of Shanghai and Huangshan in five days.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Shanghai, China: A Birthday in the City that Ignited My Wanderlust

I only had a few minutes to myself before my travel companions and I reunited at the lobby. We had just settled into our accommodations for the night but I quickly rushed down as soon as I dropped off my bags. Fortunately, our hostel was steps away from one of the most impressive riverfronts on this side of the world. So I walked towards where the people and the glittering lights were and again saw the sight that ignited my wanderlust three years ago.

There, on the other side of the river, was the global financial center of Pudong. Skyscrapers filled the skyline and their lights flashed extra bright this cold winter night. I was back.

Welcome to Shanghai, China.

Pudong Skyline, Shanghai, China
I do heart SH. I really do.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Why Travel Tuesday: Bali, Indonesia

(Every Tuesday, I will be featuring a photograph from a place I have gone to, a photograph which I believe will inspire others to go out and see the world for themselves. For this week, Why Travel Tuesday features a photo from the island of the gods: Bali, Indonesia.)

Bali, Indonesia
Scootering around South Bali equals a day well spent.