It was October and I stopped by at one of Bangkok’s most popular shrines while walking around the center of Bangkok. It was hot and humid but the pull of Erawan Shrine, for both believers and tourists, is just too great to resist that, for the second time in 15 years, I was once again back at this place. It was early afternoon, but the area, at the center of Bangkok’s mecca of commercialism was teeming with people. Visitors, both from East Asia and China…Continue Reading “Faith is stronger at the Erawan Shrine”

The giant stag beetle at the facade was ubiquitous and it caught my attention as our group of bloggers went up the building for our lunch. Because the characters written were all in Japanese, I had to ask our guide what that insect represented and was told that it was an insect museum. Wow! An insect museum! And that lit up my eyes! As you might or might not know, I’m a bit of a geek and have been collecting, first butterflies, which I sold…Continue Reading “My first ever visit at a stunning insect museum in Japan”

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This New Year, a magical countdown awaits at the Manila Pavilion’s Boulvar as guests are treated to a special party for the family. For just P1,999, it already includes hors d’oeurves, festive poppers and wine to toast and weekend Filipino regional specialties prepared by Chef Giovanni Sias makes for a redefined weekend buffet. A grand fireworks display as 2016 comes can be seen at the Luneta if guests opt to celebrate there. Other treats and special packages before the year ends: Starting at P1,705, Christmas…Continue Reading “Magical New Year’s Countdown at the Manila Pavilion”

It’s a shame that in the 20 years that I’ve been living and visiting Metro Manila, it was my first and only time to visit the grand Manila Hotel last month. And when I did enter it’s historic halls, I was in awe. Such opulence, such history and such beauty. If not for the invitation of Lloyd, I would’ve totally missed this! The lobby is grand! It’s one of the best ones that I’ve seen: beautiful arcade at its flanks, those massive chandeliers, the wooden…Continue Reading “Unexpected surprise at Manila Hotel!”