The cacophony of a crowd of people at the entrance of Bangkoa Wooden Jetty just across historic Fort Rotterdam caught my attention as we as a group crossed the street and started to meander into the throng. I wasn’t much aware why such a heavy presence was massing as we pushed our way while the lingua franca, Bahasa Indonesia, was filling the air combined with the sound of engines starting, laughter and other ambient sounds. A neat line of motorcycles flanked the already narrow road,…Continue Reading “Enjoying a pristine sandbar off the waters of Makassar”

I’m writing this piece while inside my resort room at Hotel Ketapang Indah in Banyuwangi, East Java. This is my fifth hotel/resort stay since the Wonderful Indonesia trip started last 23 July. In the span of five days, I’ve taken six flights, including the one from Manila and two transit flights and two boat rides. From Manila to Jakarta to Makassar to Lombok to Gili Trawangan. A transit to Surabaya from Bali and another transit to this small town at the coast of East Java….Continue Reading “Breathtaking, Wonderful Indonesia”

I love museums! It’s where you can get a glimpse of the place’s history and culture. Whenever I visit countries and cities, I’m sure to pass by some. Although I’ve been a long time visitor of Laoag, I should confess that it was just a few months ago that I was able to visit its Museo Ilocos Norte as well as its Taoid Museum, both a must visit for the serious Laoag visitor or tourist. The two museums are just beside each other, in a…Continue Reading “2 must visit Laoag museums you should check out”

It’s habit forming. But whenever I pass by SM Seaside City mall enroute to my shoot whenever I am in Cebu, or on the way back, I have been dropping by Leona’s most of the time. Many times. Lately. If not to have coffee and a slice of cake, its egg tart or their turnovers. Or their baked goods for a snack. The choice is varied and what’s best? It’s not that expensive. With many multinational and national cafes setting up shop in Cebu, here’s…Continue Reading “Good coffee & cakes at a great price at my favorite Cebu cake shop”

Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino has appointed two new executives. Anders Hallden returns to the hotel property as the new General Manager from his previous stint as Executive Chef ten years ago. A Swedish national with over two decades experience as a chef, he was exuberant of coming home again to Cebu, where his wife comes from. Giovanni Sias is the new Executive Chef, an Italian, with over 27 years of experience in several countries. His mastery of food and his creative experimentation was…Continue Reading “New executives at Waterfront Cebu plus mouthwatering dishes at La Gondola”