Thursday, August 25, 2016

Baguio City Diaries



The sky was painted grey as we started to stroll around Burnham Park. Armed with hoodies and umbrella, we tiptoed along the muddy path as it started to drizzle. The cool wind gave us the chills but we kept our pace and reached the hilly roads going to Session Road. We’re drenched in rainwater, our feet mud-covered, but it didn't bother us that much, we’re quite amused about it. It was Baguio the way we wanted it, wet season without the maddening tourist crowd.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Paragon Hotel and Suites – Baguio City


I woke up at one in the afternoon and went straight to the glass windows of our room at Paragon Hotel and Suites. It overlooked Burnham Park, the incessant downpour making everything misty. I prepared coffee on the kitchenette and slumped on the couch. It was our first day and it’s raining hard, we loved it; Baguio without the maddening tourist crowd.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Penang Food Hunt: The Ultimate Street Food Hunt


If there’s one place that could exemplify what street food culture is then that would be the state of Penang in Malaysia. Located at the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Penang’s cuisine mirrors the diverse culture with influences from the Chinese, Nonya, Malay, Indian and even Thailand into its wide selection of food options; probably a bizarre mix but it works as it wouldn’t be regarded as the Best Street Food in Asia by Time Magazine (2004) for nothing. So let me share with you my recent food trip that would make you drool afterwards.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Lone Pine Hotel – Penang, Malaysia


It was an end to a lovely day as the sun started to dip lower into the horizon along Batu Ferringhi. Walking along the shore with beer on one hand, me and my buddy watched as the day bid its last. We found our perfect spot right in front of our second home in Penang, Lone Pine Hotel, and lounged on a wooden beach table; it was romantic, and then someone offered a horse ride for a fee, we exchanged looks of amusement and politely declined the offer.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Change the Way You See Happiness


The cold pre-dawn wind was waning as daylight started to inch slowly into the room. At six in the morning, while others are still getting ready for work, I’m all prepped up for the day’s activities. I stood in the middle of the room and noticed some yawns and smiles; they acknowledged me with their routine greeting and I responded with a sunny Good Morning Class!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Pure Energy Signature Spa – Penang, Malaysia


I’m one of those tomboys who regards beauty regimen as washing my face with soap before going to bed. Growing up in a not-so-girly family (I have two brothers), I never saw the importance of taking care of my skin. So when me and my buddy had a chance to have a relaxing pamper me time in Penang, I was shocked to why I chose a facial treatment over massage at Pure Energy Spa. My buddy had that stern look on his face as I started to choose from a number of facial treatments. The girly in me chose not to notice it and focus on the list.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Georgetown Diaries - Penang, Malaysia


At one in the afternoon, the sun was brilliant and beaming towards the English colonial houses and shophouses that lined the narrow street. Sweltering under the sun, we found refuge under a tree on the corner of Lebuh Armenian. Trishaw drivers gathered to where we were and started their late afternoon chill out sesh. I cannot make out the words between their conversation, but their laughter and gestures show that they were speaking of something amusing. There’s this old man selling our ultimate favorite noodle dish, mee goreng, and we ordered some, delivered right to where we were. Two cans of ice-cold beer after and then we’re sharing stories with the drivers, a typical day at Georgetown in Penang, Malaysia.