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Al Bukhari Mosque, Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia

I traveled for 25 days in October 2012

October was another busy month traveling around the country and abroad. If statistics have to be considered, I was out of Makati City for the past 25 days!

Chicken and peach in Focaccia

Should you try Cebu Pacific’s onboard eats?

I’ve always considered Cebu Pacific Air’s onboard eats as expensive because it is. But I’ve always been curious, beyond the cup noodles and biscuits, are their savory sandwiches and filled bread buns worth the expense? I wanted to find out.

A breathtaking scenery spread early in the morning at Halsema Highway's highest point. Atok, Benguet. CLICK TO ENLARGE

Spectacular landscape at Atok highest point

As the bus we took from Sagada neared the marker to the highest point of the Halsema Highway in Atok, Benguet, we called on the driver to stop, clambered down, and when we gazed at the spectacular scenery before us, we were in great awe.

The rugged terrain of Bokod in Benguet

25 days out in September 2012

For much of September, I was mostly out of Metro Manila, off traveling in Baguio, Zamboanga Peninsula, Basilan, Ozamiz, Cebu and Davao

A devotee who has abstained from meat during the 9 day festival. On the last day, some of these devotees do self mutilation, for this man, he pierced his cheeks. They move in a peculiar manner, sort of in a trance and followers will come near them to ask for blessings.

I caught the end of the 9 Emperor Gods Festival

When I arrived at Alor Setar, little did I know that it was the last day of a local Taoist festival. Think about it. Travel as discovery and it was those moments wherein I can readily say I was at the right time at the right place.

Kjaer chong kas as worn by a Khmer man

How to ward off ghosts in Siem Reap

Fearful of ghosts harming you? In Siem Reap, they have this kind of amulet to protect one from bad ghosts, as this man told me.

At the back of the tuktuk that took me from Siem Reap International Airport to my guest house

Now in a new country, Cambodia

After a whirlwind trip in several destinations in the southern Philippines starting 17 October, plus Kuala Lumpur and Alor Setar in Malaysia, I’m now here in Cambodia, specifically, Siem Reap.

The lobby of the Leverage

A cheap and comfortable stay in Alor Setar

I stayed at a beautiful, well designed and minimalistic hotel in Alor Setar. For a single room? Its just RM50 with free fast wifi and breakfast. Good value for money.

A muslim girl comfortably sleeping in the plush and reclining chair with leg support

Lost in transit from KL to Alor Setar

Travel to new destinations always give you that feeling of being lost. Lost in a new place, lost in a new language, lost in a new cuisine.