Friday, July 22, 2016

ON PARASAIL: A BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF LANGKAWI

A BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF LANGKAWI VIA A PARASAIL

My fear of heights is undeniable.  Swimming skill is nearly nil.  But when presented with a breath-taking landscape hundreds of feet above a vast body of water and a new adventure to unfold, I succumbed.

I am glad my friends arranged a memorable itinerary for this Langkawi sojourn.  Everything was pre-arranged and I was just there to enjoy and this makes me fortunate to have them as travel buddies.  For a good introduction, it was a heavenly ride, gliding with a parasail on clear skies and with good friends to share the experience with.

Upon arrival at the Langkawi International Airport around 7PM, noticeable is the airports’ interior which include the famous characters of Mickey, Minnie Mouse and Goofy suspended on air riding a parachute.  It’s so coincidental that we’re three in the group as well.  Would we look the same while on air? 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

THE SUMMER LAYOVER AT KUALA LUMPUR

THE SUMMER LAYOVER AT KUALA LUMPUR

It’s a bittersweet feeling every time I am in Kuala Lumpur.  More than a layover, it has been an intangible repository of memories spent with different set of friends.  It’s been a while since I last visited the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

For the first quarter of this year and during summer, my ingress in the city have been frequent.  The shortest, being 12 hours and an overnight stay being the longest. It has served as a layover for the long trips that our group has scheduled in Southeast Asia.

Monday, July 18, 2016

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

If there is one thing I regret on our Indonesia trip, it is the limited time spent at Jakarta, Indonesia.  Warned of the fact that the city has the world’s worst traffic congestion, on the contrary we did not experience the same.  Why?  Because 90% of our time was spent on luxurious comfort and pampering – at the 5-star and world class Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta.

Friday, July 15, 2016

RAINY WEEKEND STAYCATION AT HOLIDAY INN MANILA GALLERIA

RAINY WEEKEND STAYCATION AT HOLIDAY INN MANILA GALLERIA

In the true sense of staycation and bonding, my friends and I on one rainy weekend stayed at one of the premier hotels of the buzzling Ortigas area of Metro Manila – Holiday Inn Manila Galleria.

Directly connected to Robinsons Galleria mall and surrounded by known establishments and landmarks in the likes of Asian Development Bank, Philippine Stock Exchange and Meralco, our home base for the weekend has the perfect strategic location.  However, for two days we didn’t go out, just stayed at our room, slept, drink and shared stories.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

KAWAH PUTIH AND A TEA PLANTATION SIDETRIP

KAWAH PUTIH AND A TEA PLANTATION SIDETRIP

A day before, we met a taxi driver.  He offered a direct transport from our hotel to Kawah Puti, south of Bandung.  Travel time is approximately three (3) hours.  We slept early and woke up before the break of dawn.  We waited for the taxi driver but he was nowhere to be found.

After almost an hour, we finally decided we’ll commute through public transport to our next destination.  And the adventure then began.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

EXPERIENCE PARIS AT PARK VIEW ROYAL HOTEL BANDUNG

EXPERIENCE PARIS AT PARK VIEW ROYAL HOTEL BANDUNG

The interior design says it all.  From the lobby, reception, dining area and the rooms itself, Park View Royal Hotel Bandung is a representation of Parisian theme with a twist of modern eclectic in this part of Java.

From the airport, we were fetched by the hotel shuttle and immediately checked-in and assigned our respective rooms for the 4-day stay at Bandung City.  With the full and tiresome itinerary that we have for the day, it was a relief that we have a brand new hotel experience to relax and unwind.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

INDONESIA | BANDUNG CITY FOR 2 DAYS

INDONESIA | BANDUNG CITY FOR 2 DAYS

At the break of dawn, we were ready to depart from our hotel to the domestic airport of Bali bound for Bandung City.  Approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes, we arrived at Bandara Husein Sastranegara Bandung Airport.

It was raining so hard when we arrived.  The weather was conducive to just sleep and lounge at our booked hotel.  But we are always reminded that Bandung City is quite far and the opportunity to explore is rare. 

Thus, we literally dragged ourselves from the comforts of our bed after check-in to initiate exploration.  We actually have no fixed itinerary and so we just walked and went come what may.

Monday, July 11, 2016

SOON TO OPEN: I’M HOTEL AND RESIDENCES MAKATI

SOON TO OPEN: I’M HOTEL AND RESIDENCES MAKATI

Scaffoldings, construction materials and workers occupy the intersection of Makati Avenue, Makati City.  For months, I have been wondering what the edifice will be.

The guessing game ended and it was finally revealed that an addition to Makati city’s skyscrapers is for the hospitality industry. It is a more personalized abode creating a unique concept that guests may call a home and goes by the name of I’M HOTEL AND RESIDENCES.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

THE 5-STAR EXPERIENCE AT THE SHERATON IMPERIAL KUALA LUMPUR HOTEL

THE 5-STAR EXPERIENCE AT THE SHERATON IMPERIAL KUALA LUMPUR HOTEL

It was a decision made in an instant.  I was prepared to let go of my confirmed tickets to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  But then again, my instincts tell me this is going to be a relaxed trip.

In a not so good weather where turbulence is the constant pace, I arrived in Kuala Lumpur at around 10 in the evening.  My travel buddies were already checked-in on what will be a luxurious stay for the group, in a 5-star hotel named Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

A NIGHT OF UNLIMITED BEER, RIBS AND TRADITIONAL KECAK

A NIGHT OF UNLIMITED BEER, RIBS AND TRADITIONAL KECAK

After the whole day adventure in the island of Bali, exhaustion follows. Fortunately, we were comforted for the night over bottles of unlimited local beers complemented by the eat-all-you-can baby back ribs and a showcase of local talents as an entertainment.

We were at Moonlite Kitchen and Bar of Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort, Indonesia.

H SOVEREIGN BALI: CONTEMPORARY BALINESE ELEGANCE

H SOVEREIGN BALI: CONTEMPORARY BALINESE ELEGANCE

The early morning flight to another major city of Indonesia was the main consideration for searching a hotel near the Ngurah Rai International Airport (Denpasar). 

Fortunately, we got more than what we need.  The newest hotel in Tiban area is not only about accessibility to the airport but comfort and elegance combined that goes by the name of H Sovereign Bali Hotel.

The hotel is indeed strategically located for both business and leisure.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

THE BALI CAR CHARTER TOUR

THE BALI CAR CHARTER TOUR

In the true sense of rest and relaxation, seldom do I avail of tour packages when in vacation. Even with limited research, a travel can still be pulled-off with ease and enjoyment in the company of good travel buddies and as a bonus, in the company of a local resident.

Fortunately, we availed the services of one the largest tour operators while in Bali, Indonesia, manned by local residents and with English-speaking drivers.  There is only one trusted tour operator for me while in Bali and that is the Bali Golden Tours.

The air-conditioned private car was our comfort zone against the sweltering heat in Bali.  The plotting of itinerary was done in an instant.  Because landmarks and tourist attractions in Bali are quite a distant from one another, renting a private vehicle is the best way to explore.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

RAMAYANA RESORT AND SPA: THE MODERN BALINESE IMMERSION

RAMAYANA RESORT AND SPA: THE MODERN BALINESE IMMERSION

The buzzling street life, stalls and shops of both cheap finds and branded outlet stores occupied by a number of tourists on barefoot with surfboards on tow served as my recollection of the Kuta Beach in Bali.  A year ago, we only spent an afternoon lounging on the shores of Kuta Beach with of course, bottles of beer.  There was a feeling of wanting for more but time says otherwise.

It was fortunate that this time around, our home in Bali is a 5-minute walk to Kuta Beach and accessible to the modern Balinese lifestyle – of shops, bars and restaurants.  The Ramayana Resort and Spa was and will always be a home for me.

Friday, June 24, 2016

THE BEST VANTAGE FOR A BALINESE SUNSET EXPERIENCE

THE BEST VANTAGE FOR A BALINESE SUNSET EXPERIENCE

There’s something about sunsets that makes us melodramatic. And though I believe sunsets are all the same, it only differs on the person shared with, there are vantage points undeniably a perfect setting for a sunset viewing while in Bali, Indonesia.

Friday, June 3, 2016

ABSOLUTELY LEISURE AT HOLIDAY RESORT LOMBOK INDONESIA



ABSOLUTELY LEISURE AT HOLIDAY RESORT LOMBOK INDONESIA

Apt for our accommodation’s tagline “Absolutely leisure”, that is what we came for in Lombok, Indonesia.  After the island life at the Gili’s of Indonesia, we were set to explore the mainland of Lombok.

But with a resort nestled on a pristine beach in Mangsit Village amidst a tropical mountain and gardens spread in a hectare, exploration is cancelled as we simply lounge and loiter at the Holiday Resort Lombok Indonesia.