Friday, July 21, 2017

Ruf Resto Bar at Ferra Hotel Boracay ~ Updated

Where To Eat In Boracay

It was our second night in Boracay and everybody seemed to have adjusted with the party vibe of the island. Before heading out to our Friday night-out, we checked out our dinner options at the town center. Beaming with its radiant night lights, the Ruf Resto Bar at the 4th level of Ferra Hotel seemed to be the most suitable dinner place for our group, so off we went.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Personalized Customer Service Redefined at Ferra Hotel Boracay


Stephanie, the attendant at the restaurant, asked me of my preferred drink that morning; my head was still banging from last night's beer sesh and my body was still dead to the world. I gave her my forced smile and mentioned my usual morning fix of black coffee with milk. While I was tinkering my breakie plate, she went back and brought my request, a mugful of brewed coffee with milk on the side. I was about to sip my first when I noticed a blue letter "C" printed on the white mug, my initial with my favorite color. My spirit was restored back to life while I glanced over to where she was. I then gave her my sweetest smile. She actually knows my name even if it's the first time we've met. My first morning in Boracay was made lovelier by this gesture. And I must tell you, this is not the last one that I'd feel so loved in Ferra Hotel Boracay.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A Romantic Overnight Cruise along Ha Long Bay, Vietnam


It was a year ago when me and my buddy booked for a day trip on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay in the northern part of Vietnam. It was all set until a storm came the day before; it made us cancel the trip. It was unfortunate, but it paved the way for a better one, an overnight cruise that is.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Balik Pulau: The Other Side of Penang, Malaysia


It was supposedly just a drop off, but our driver became our instant tour guide as we explore the other side of Penang, Balik Pulau. 

Just when I thought that I've been to every corner of Penang after visiting it for the nth time, I saw a bus at the KOMTAR terminal that had a signage going to "Balik Pulau". It roused my curiosity of that unpopular side of the island state. That was a year ago.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Lone Pine Hotel – Penang, Malaysia ~ Updated


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.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Penang, Malaysia Food Hunt: The Ultimate Street Food Hunt ~ Updated


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 of the country with influences from the Chinese, Nonya, Malay, Indian and Thai 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.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Eastern & Oriental Hotel – Penang, Malaysia ~ Updated


A 2-hour delayed flight from Langkawi, choppy plane ride and wrong bus stop; I was worn-out, drained and almost ready to give up. My buddy was tired but not as cranky as me. I was totally battered; until I walked into our suite at Eastern and Oriental Hotel and got blown away by our funky retro modern room. I went into the bathroom and almost cried in so much joy. I didn’t expect that bathrooms can totally revive my spirit back.