A Delightful Evening At Sitio Remedios Heritage Village Resort

Sitio Remedios is located about 45 minutes’ drive from Laoag airport in Ilocos Norte, and is a private seaside heritage resort recreated to resemble the charming Ilocano village typical during the Spanish times. We were due to have our dinner here after a long day of sand-duning and touring churches and museums, thus we were looking forward to a place where we could sit, relax and enjoy our meal. And indeed, we came to the right place. Upon arrival at the resort, we were greeted by a paved walkway, lined by fourteen Stations of the Cross carved out of stone,

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Discovering Malaysia’s Painted Heritage

We recently had the Labour Day long weekend and surprise, surprise, I wasn’t travelling 🙂 I was in KL, spending time with family as my parents came over from Malacca to visit. Aside from time with family, I spent an interesting Saturday morning at our National Museum (Muzium Negara). I joined a group of bloggers that morning to attend an event hosted by Tripovo and Muzium Negara. It’s in conjunction with International Museum Day on 18th May 2016, and we were invited to re-learn our Malaysia history at the museum and to participate in a crash course on batik painting. I was particularly excited

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Central Market and Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur

If you are planning to visit Kuala Lumpur (KL) for the first time, the first few stops of the day are our historical landmarks, namely, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and Independence Square. The other historical areas are easily explored on foot, that is, if you do not mind the tropical heat and humidity. Depending where you come from, it’s a respite from the cold winters for some people but the humidity might be a drag for others. The best time to walk around the city centre is before 11am and after 5pm. However, should you find yourselves wandering around the

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In Pictures: Handloom Weaving and Thangka Painting in Gangtok

One of the standard sightseeing tours (3 point, 7 point & 10 point interests) offered by local taxi drivers in Gangtok is a visit to the Directorate of Handicrafts and Handloom (DHH). I know some of you probably cringe at these touristy visits but please try not to resist it because Sikkimese people take pride in their local heritage and culture. Many of their sightseeing tours are very touristy – curated by their state tourism – but with good intent. In fact, the locals recommend you to visit these places, not because of the commercialism that comes along with it but is an

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48 Hours in Kolkata: Day Two – Walking Tour with Calcutta Walks

If you only have 48 hours in Kolkata, what would you do? On Day One, my friend, Amrita and I had visited a museum, two synagogues, a coffee house, the river ghat, and walked along the prime commercial district in the city. A bit much? Well, our original list was much longer but we skipped other places as they were shut for the festive season. For Day Two, I signed up for a half-day walking tour, and a walking tour is the best activity to know a city. The first time I went on a walking tour was in Mumbai

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48 Hours in Kolkata: Day One

Kolkata was my first port of call in West Bengal, a start to an eleven-day trip covering Kolkata, Darjeeling and Gangtok. I arrived from Kuala Lumpur close to midnight and woke up the next morning to catch the tail end of the Durga Puja festival. In between the festivities, my host Amrita and I planned our activities for the next two days, after which I would head off to Darjeeling. Kolkata is a densely populated city of 14 million, thus there are numerous places to visit and things to do. I’m a heritage buff, so the first thing I always look

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A ‘Bom’ First Impression of Mumbai

I wrote this article sometime last year as soon as I came back from Mumbai, and posted in my blog. Coincidentally, the editors of FlyMe360 Magazine ran a competition to look for contributors on travel writing and I submitted this article which won their Honourable Mention Award. The editors finally published the article for their October edition, and needless to say, I was very excited and pleased 🙂 To view the article and other travel articles featured in the magazine, subscribe to FlyMe360 NOW, click here . In the meantime, here’s the text format of my piece on Mumbai, for easy reading: ***** After

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Farewell to the Land of Persia!

Yes, this is my last post on Iran, a travel series that I had written for the past 3 months, capturing the places that I had visited and experiences that I had went through during that 8-day trip. It seems quite a lot for an 8-day trip but rest assured, we had quite a lot of free time as well to experience Iran at a more leisurely pace. We left Esfahan on a Friday – it was a start to their weekend and the city was quiet. There were not many cars on the roads. Shops were closed and not

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Palaces and Museums of Tehran: Part 2

After lunch, our guide, Rana, was ready to take us to the next stop – Glass & Ceramics Museum. Sounds boring, isn’t it? I’m not into pots and vases, and especially after such a fascinating morning of history and architecture at Golestan Palace, I wasn’t sure if the afternoon itinerary was going to be as interesting as the morning one. But I told myself to keep an open mind and just go with the flow. I won’t go into details about the artefacts in the Glass & Ceramics Museum but the history behind the building was: It was formerly a

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