Monday, July 25, 2016

#GoFearless with Pacsafe


A backpack, belt bag and a camera bag; my typical travel pack during long backpacking trips (my life for months all set within). Sometimes, I tend to focus more on my luggage rather than enjoying the journey just because I’m too preoccupied regarding the safety of my stuff. Wouldn’t it be more fun if I don’t worry that much? The good news is that there’s a company that answers to the needs of every traveler in terms of safety. Pacsafe is the only travel brand that combines practicality, beauty and safety into its travel gear for over eighteen years now. And they just opened their first ever stand-alone store in the world at Glorietta 5 in Makati City, Philippines. Isn’t that great news?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Best Western Plus Ivywall Hotel – Puerto Princesa City, Palawan


I entered the lobby and immediately noticed the modish rattan seats on one end; the curvy lines of its back rest perfectly matching the clean lines from the glass windows. I went further and spotted some quirky mirrors silently hanging on one of the walls. The oddly-shaped light fixtures also complemented the wooden parquetry on some of the furniture. After a minute or so, it occurred to me that this newest hotel in Puerto Princesa City is utilizing local products without overlooking its aesthetic appeal; modernly minimalistic but surprisingly well-textured layout that works. The artist in me wanted to explore more on the detailed interior but my body was screaming for rest.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Langkawi Food Hunt: Malaysian Comfort Food on a Budget


Malaysia is our comfort zone in terms of food. The very diverse culture and racial mix made it more advantageous to the culinary exploration in the country. As first-timers in Langkawi, me and my buddy pumped up our spicy meter and enjoyed its local food fares.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Century Helang Hotel - Langkawi, Malaysia


It was our last day in Langkawi and we were too early for our afternoon flight which was delayed for two hours. I hate waiting on airports so me and my buddy checked out some nearby hotels and found out that Century Helang Hotel is just a 5-minute walk to the airport. So it started as our lunch place which ended up being our shortest hotel stay ever.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Century Langkasuka Resort - Langkawi, Malaysia


It was midday when I took a plunge into the pool, grabbed a yellow donut floater and basked in the sun overlooking the beach. The swimming pool of Century Langkasuka Resort achieved the infinity effect. I was all alone and swam like a kid on a race. And then my buddy emerged from the spa and mentioned that it was time for my massage. I paddled on the way to the pool steps but lost my balance and fell from my donut. And then laughter echoed throughout the resort as I try to salvage the floater.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Malaysia: Langkawi Sunset Dinner Cruise in Style


Lounging on my director’s chair with wine beer on one hand, I had an unobstructed view of the gorgeous sunset bidding its last farewell to Andaman Sea. I was on my third (or maybe fourth) booze that afternoon and everything stood still as the heavens paved way for a glorious end of the day. Langkawi surprised me more than I could ever imagine. This is definitely one of the best sunsets I’ve seen in Malaysia, well, the fact that we’re onboard a catramaran made it more special.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Malaysia: Mangrove Eco-Safari and Parasailing in Langkawi


Hundreds of feet up in the air, me and my two travel buddies were hanging on to our dear lives, literally. Screams of anxiety and happiness echoed throughout the air. After minutes of yells and shrieks, it was silence, awe-stricken of the beauty from above; those little islands dotting the vast blue sea and the dreamlike hazy mountain range. I loved it. No need for words, we just smiled at each other as we enjoyed every second of parasailing.