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When I think of the Philippines, I think of pristine beaches and crystal clear waters and world famous beaches like Borocay and Palawan. Somehow the capital city of Manila is not my first thought. I found myself in Manila this year and ended up spending nearly a week there and I have to confess it might not be as alluring as the world famous beaches and the traffic will kill you, but the city has a charm of its own. It’s a great city to give you a true sense of Filipinos and I’d say is a pretty good introduction…

Bali is considered to be the jewel in Indonesia’s crown. This island has become incredibly popular and visitors can’t get enough of everything Bali. For great food, high end restaurants, casual cafes and even cheap and cheerful street food, shopping, the beach, the nightlife, Bali has much to offer. The agenda is simple, kick back relax and work on your tan. Come nightfall indulge in a fun night out. This is what most tourists do but if you’re up for something different then these are a couple of experiences worth exploring. VW Safari ride – Without a doubt this is…

There are a few countries of cities that have a stronger pull for me than most other places. I always say I’m happy to go anywhere and everywhere but if I’m being completely honest I have a few places where the urge to visit is far stronger. Berlin was one such city. I don’t know why, maybe it’s friends hyping it up, or the media portraying it as this uber cool destination but Berlin has been on my mind for ages and this summer I had a fleeting visit. Despite the lack of time, I managed to squeeze in a…

” You’re going to see the Komodo Dragon!!! You’re so lucky !” squealed a friend when I first mentioned what my trip to Indonesia entailed. I must admit I was curious about these creatures I’d heard so much about but this ear piercing level of excitement and enthusiasm wasn’t my first reaction. I’d seen a Komodo Dragon before in a zoo in Singapore and to be honest despite the fact that I was practically repulsed at the sight of it, to me it didn’t really count as seeing the reptile as it wasn’t in the wild.  So unlike my friends…

India has plenty to offer a curious traveler if only we take the time to look beyond the obvious. To call our country diverse is an understatement and people forget that there is a reason we’re called a sub continent. For many travelling to India is restricted to the usual suspects like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Goa, other popular metros and some typical tourist spots. Not that they don’t have their own unique offerings but if one takes the time and makes the effort to explore the interiors of India, you’ll be left speechless and equally impressed. A recent trip to…

I seem to have very distinct thought and impressions about cities that I visit and most of the time they do not change. Munich was very different from any other city. I first visited last year and to call it a whirlwind 48 hours is an understatement. Most of my time was spent at a beer garden and then at a beer house drinking and eating and having the time of my life, not much time was spent actually walking about and exploring the city. As a result of which I thought Munich had nothing to offer, looked drab and…

It’s no secret that I love exploring different cuisines and dishes when I travel and I think it is imperative to eat local when you’re in a foreign country. Local cuisine is always full of surprises and sometimes very different from what you’re normally used to back home. Ten days in Germany and mostly time spent in the Southern region had me exploring a lot of German cuisine. Bavarian food is not for the faint hearted. It’s big, it’s hearty and most importantly it’s delicious. This high carb and high protein based culinary delight was one of the highlights during…

People always ask me which is my favourite place to visit and I’m always stumped because really, how can you choose just one single destination. I will say that Singapore features quite high on my list of top places I enjoy visiting and to be honest it has everything to do with the Singaporean culinary scene. It’s a city that is constantly eating and eats well! There is an abundant variety of dishes and cuisines and you can find almost every single type of food here. I always tend to gravitate towards local dishes best found in hawker centers so…

I had a great Euro adventure last year and one of the stops on this fun express was Germany. A quick trip to Munich and Heidelberg filled with beer, sausage and long nights of revelry was my first taste of this country. Great memories but not enough time to really explore or process much. The same time this year I managed to spend a significant amount of time in the country, mostly in Bavaria and it would seem I fell in love. This trip took me all over from smaller cities I hadn’t thought much of to the hustle and…

Most folks are either terrified of flying or dread flights because they take them often for work trips. For me, both scenarios seem extremely odd because for this curious traveler, every single flight is an adventure. Not always are my adventures pleasant, I end up with inconsiderate people, invariably a screeching baby or a indisciplined child that kicks my seat throughout the flight. I’ve had drunks behind me fight with the cabin crew and have even had really noisy loud families talk to each other in such high decibel levels that I can hear their entire conversation though my head…