Category Archive: culture

Pura Tanah Lot

A quick google search of Pura Tanah Lot will yield many superlatives—most sacred, most important, most beautiful—but only one can be considered fact: the Hindu temple of Tanah Lot is (one of) the… Continue reading

Bali, the Island of the Gods

Bali needs no introduction. As one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, anyone who hasn’t had their head under the sand at least knows of Bali, even if they don’t know about… Continue reading

Food culture: Philippines

I gots a confession to make, y’all: I was a finicky filly when it came to eating in the Philippines. Local delicacies include: Balút: boiled duck egg with a partially developed embryo (bonus… Continue reading

Hooping in the Philippines

The people of the Philippines LOVE their basketball. In every village, no matter how small, there will be at least one basketball hoop. After a while I finally started to snap pictures of… Continue reading

Finding another side to Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa is the capital of the Palawan province, located smack dab in the center of Palawan Island. After a short and scenic flight from Manila, we arrived in Puerto early afternoon, excited… Continue reading

Sizzling Bacon Beach

Picked it out a whim, maybe because of the funny name, most likely because of its proximity to Legazpi. As soon as we got off the jeepney, it was obvious that we had… Continue reading

Chinatown of Manila

“Welcome to the jungle,” said a young man wearing a sly smile. A very delightful welcome it was, and ‘jungle’ is the only accurate term for it. I was anything but prepared for… Continue reading

The rice terraces of Batad

Straight up: Batad is ah-maze-zing. Imagine this: a huge amphitheater of lush, stonewalled rice terraces—over 2000 years old and in impeccable condition—nestled amid a vast stage of steep green hills. You and everyone… Continue reading

Sagada

Sagada is lush and hilly, picturesque and calm, and the weather is mildly cool, which offers a much-needed respite from the searing summer humidity of the lowlands. And when you add to that… Continue reading

Getting wet and wild for Songkran

As the traditional Thai New Year, Songkran is one of the biggest and most fun-filled holidays on the Thai calendar! Dousing each other with water actually started as a traditional ritual of simply… Continue reading

Bangkok

Ah, Bangkok. Uncomfortably hot and humid, impossibly crowded and polluted. But, amidst the chaos of vehicular and human traffic, there are pockets of comforts and serenity; there’s always something to appreciate, anywhere we… Continue reading

Venturing outside Thamel

I know, I know. It’s easy to fall into the tourist trap that is Thamel. Those apple danishes and pizzas are delicious, after all, and having wifi at the hotel is sooo nice.… Continue reading

Kids of Katman

Aw, who doesn’t love kids? Especially when they aren’t your own, and you can just hand them back to their parents once they start whining. Here are some cuties! Near Thamel Met these… Continue reading

Tansen

Upon a friend’s recommendation we decided to check out Tansen, a Newari town in the hills a few hours south of Pokhara. It turned out to be a relatively big town, with old… Continue reading

Bhameshvar

With an staggering fee of 1,000nrs per person for admission into the Pashupatinath Temple and the Bhameshvar cremation ghats, the venture doesn’t seem quite worth it. Supposedly the temple dates a few thousand… Continue reading

Walking: the great equalizer?

Another trekker’s declaration I read in a book about the Annapurnas lodged into my head and I’d turn it over, again and again, in my head as I toiled up a slope. “No… Continue reading

Life in the shadows of the Annapurnas

Without doubt my favorite part of trekking the Annapurna Circuit was discovering life in the skies, saying the word “namaste” and earning a smile as wind-kissed cheeks turned into apples beneath crinkled eyes.… Continue reading

Khajuraho: faces

I was (somewhat) prepared for the persistent touts, the overfriendly fellas who just wanted to ‘help’ and the subsequent dogging, but in the end, despite a few hair-pulling incidents, the people of Madhya… Continue reading

Wise words of the Dalai Lama

We have bigger houses but smaller families: We have more degrees but less sense; more knowledge but less judgements; more experts but more problems; more medicines, but less healthiness. We’ve been all the… Continue reading

Little Tibet and the 14th Dalai Lama

I’ll be honest. Before reaching Mcleod Ganj–current home base of the exiled Dalai Lama–I knew next to nothing of Tibet, her people and her struggles, only that I wanted to visit someday. After… Continue reading

Pallikere & the Bekal Fort

Despite leading us to the middle of a tiny-ass town, Lady Luck decided to throw us a party… or, rather, lead us to one. In Kochin, we decided we needed a stop somewhere… Continue reading

Artsy Kochi

Kochi-Muziris Biennale, an international exhibition of contemporary art, is the first ever held in India. We didn’t bother paying for the tickets but managed to get into a few exhibits for free… Some… Continue reading

Shorts in India: do or do not?

The first day, I covered up appropriately. The second day, I wore a tanktop. Though I got the same amount of stares, I noticed less smiles and more judgmental expressions. But wearing shorts… Continue reading