Saturday, July 4, 2015

Jambuluwuk Malioboro Boutique Hotel – Yogyakarta, Indonesia


A traditional Javanese gamelan music ensemble was playing at the background as we entered the lush lobby of Jambuluwuk Malioboro Boutique Hotel. I didn’t mind it at all for I was too sleepy and I was thinking that it’s just one of those recorded music that’s usually being played at most hotels. But as I gazed upon the spacious lobby, I noticed that there was an old man holding on to some mallets while lightly tapping the gongs; it was a live performance after all. I was glued at him for minutes.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Pancit Batil Patong – Bustillos, Manila


Where in the world are we heading for lunch? - grumpy me

We endured the midafternoon heat and conquered the wilderness of downtown Manila just to have lunch. I hate surprises, but this pancit batil patong lunch rendezvous was a pleasant one.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bali Food Hunt: There’s more to Bali than Bintang Beer


Julius was trying his best to convince me and my buddy with a meal at a local McDonald’s store nearby, I told him I wanted to try out legit Balinese food. I won. We all won.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Trans Resort Bali – Bali, Indonesia


Oh, and by the way, you have a personal butler available 24 hours, just dial the star button on your phone. Enjoy your stay Miss Carla! And this, ladies and gentleman, is how I define luxury. Welcome to The Trans Resort Bali, our home in Seminyak.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Temples of Bali


I fell in love with the exceptional Balinese Hindu temples. If you know me pretty well, you’d think that the statement might be a bluff for I easily get templed out on temple tours, but no, I really love the temples in Bali.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Beaches of Bali


I’ve been itching to go to the beach since I started to feel the burning heat in the metro. So when me and my buddies were in Bali, I devoted a day and a half to check out some nice beaches on the island; one of which really captivated me that I instantly stripped off and ran to the clear turquoise waters like a child.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Bali Tour: Ubud and Kintamani Villages


I didn’t imagine Bali to be this huge island where you need to drive an hour or so in between temple runs, within the same village. I was thinking all the while that our nine-day jaunt was too short.