Bandung – First Impressions

The fam and I have been planning for an overseas trip for some time, but we had to put it off coz my mum had some health problems. But after months of planning, we finally came through with plane tickets to Bandung, Indonesia! 🙂 Bandung is the capital city of West Java. Landlocked by mountains, it is the third largest city in Indonesia and has … Continue reading Bandung – First Impressions

Things To Do At The Melaka Sultanate Palace Museum, Melaka

The Melaka/Malacca Sultanate was one of the most powerful and wealthy Islamic Malay kingdoms in Southeast Asia, dating back to the early 1400s. It flourished for over a 100 years, establishing trade and diplomatic relations with foreign powers, and received tributes from smaller kingdoms in the region. Dubbed ‘the Venice of the East’, Malacca’s influence spread far and wide, with traders from Arab, Persia, China, … Continue reading Things To Do At The Melaka Sultanate Palace Museum, Melaka

Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon@ Sunway Lagoon, Malaysia

As far as theme parks go in Malaysia, Sunway Lagoon takes the cake. Opened in 1997, the place is massive (I’d know. I ran a race here before and it left me half dead). Even though it’s pretty old, it hasn’t lost its appeal, attracting millions of visitors every year. The dry rides are meh (pirate ship, coaster, ferris wheel.. standard stuff), but the real … Continue reading Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon@ Sunway Lagoon, Malaysia

Ash Wednesday @ Antipolo Cathedral, Rizal

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent for Christians, which includes 40 days of fasting that ends with Easter. In the Philippines, a major Catholic country, the practice of Ash Wednesday is even more pronounced. E wanted me to experience it for myself, so we hopped into a jeepney in the early morning from Manila to Antipolo Cathedral, in neighbouring Rizal province. I haven’t really … Continue reading Ash Wednesday @ Antipolo Cathedral, Rizal

Manila Cat Cafe, Teachers Village Quezon City

I LOVE cats. With a capital L. If I had my way, my house would be full of them…but because I’m broke and Asian (mostly the latter), I live with my parents – who hate cats. It’s funny coz I’m the only one in my family who likes cats. Of course, dogs are cute too but cats are just so… full of character, you know? … Continue reading Manila Cat Cafe, Teachers Village Quezon City

Plaza San Luis / Manila Cathedral @ Intramuros Manila

After a whole day of exploring Intramuros, E and I were hungry and raring for food. We walked across the street from San Agustin Church and into Plaza San Luis, a white-washed building with Spanish colonial architecture. It was pleasantly cool as we stepped into the compound, which was lined with trees and wrought-iron lamps. The historical/commercial complex is home to five houses – namely … Continue reading Plaza San Luis / Manila Cathedral @ Intramuros Manila

San Agustin Church & Museum, Intramuros Manila

  For some reason, my heart felt heavy as I stepped through the intricately carved doors of San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila. Maybe it was the imposing stone facade – a far cry from its once bright yellow front – but mostly I think because the church has a sad beauty about it. It has seen its fair share of wartime horrors, and was … Continue reading San Agustin Church & Museum, Intramuros Manila