Bali: Short & Sweet

When I decided to accept a job in Indonesia, I told myself that I would visit Bali within two years, then I would be heading back home. Sixteen-plus years and five Bali visits later, I hopped on the midnight plane for my sixth trip to the Island of the Gods. This trip was my shortest…

My First Big Bad Wolf Experience

For someone, like me, who loves books and reading, a roomful of books and a book sale are a huge come-on. So, when the Big Bad Wolf book sale came to town, I made sure to allot time to visit the book sale. Fortunately, I have a friend who shares the same pastime (and enthusiasm),…

10 Favorite Filipino Food of a Non-Pinoy

‘Tis the season to be chubby fa la la la la la la… And that’s true whenever I go home to the Philippines especially during the holidays — Christmas and new year. The Filipinos are noted to celebrate Christmas the longest and every celebration involves food, lots of food. So, it is the season to…

Finding Space at Savoy Hotel Manila

On the last leg of our Manila trip, we decided to book a hotel with a higher ranking – or more stars – than the budget accommodations we previously stayed in. Through Trip.com, we came across the Savoy Hotel Manila. It sounded alien to me when Andreas asked me about it, I said I am…

Cafe Cruising 7: Tagaytay and Mega Manila

Metro Manila and major urban centers in the Philippines host a big number of cafes and coffee shops and they are sprouting like mushrooms during the wet season. There were so many of them, yet we only had limited time.  We went to a number of them and three stood out and impressed us —…

Tangerang Trip and Treats: Sale Ristorante and Kakolait

Last weekend, my friends and I hied off to Tangerang for another quick get-away. And when I am with them, there seem to be an endless discovery of places to dine and to haunt.  This time, our gracious hosts — Joe and Eli –brought us to two of the most remarkable places in the city…

A Coarse and Fine Brunch [Cafe Cruising 6]

Coarse and Fine  is a two-story affair that is comfortably homey, and a great venue for friends to catch up on each other over great coffee and food, plus excellent service.

CAFE CRUISING V: Ravelle & Miko

It has been quite some time since I wrote about the coffee shops that I have visited but it doesn’t mean I have stopped café cruising.  I have been to a number of cafés – some I discovered hiding behind bushes and some were introduced by friends. However, it takes time for me two write…

Six Bookstores Selling English Books in Jakarta

For someone who loves reading, a steady supply of reading materials must be secured. And for someone (a foreigner) who loves reading, and living in a non-English speaking country, a steady supply of books, magazines, and newspapers in the English language is almost always a concern. Finding a bookstore selling foreign language titles was a…