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…

Car-less Sunday in Jakarta

If there is one government program in Jakarta related to the preservation of the  environment and to combating urban pollution that is consistently being implemented, that would be every Sunday morning’s car-free day along Jakarta’s central business districts of Jalan Thamrin and Jalan Sudirman. Originally held twice a month, car-free day is now being held…

A Coarse and Fine Brunch

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…

Revisiting Taytay Falls

If my memory serves me right, it was after graduation from high school when I last visited Taytay Falls in Majayjay, Laguna. I planned to revisit the place several times but things would pop up and I would have forgotten about it.  So, when I learned that my brother was off-duty from work one Thursday…

Culinaria Lucban: Isabelito’s Cucina Filipino

Lucban, in Quezon Province, is globally-known for the colorful and tradition-laden Pahiyas Festival but the quaint Southern Tagalog town is also known for its culinary tradition. A visit to Isabelito’s Garden Resto
is must-try for modern Filipino cuisine with a Lucban twist.

Will I Ever See You Again?

I looked at you for the last time. You have been the face that I see (almost) every day in fifteen years. I have seen you change colors – from blue to gray to the wild colors of the sunset. I have witnessed how you changed your mood from sunny to windy to stormy. I…

CAFE CRUISING 4 : Morning at Monks

I woke up a tad early today, a Sunday, for a trip to a diagnostic clinic for a blood test.  On my walk back to look for a convenience store to buy bottled water and for a breakfast nook, I found a large black door with the word “Monks” painted in white on it. There…

LEAVING FOR LEMBANG

Cool and cold places appeal to me so much so that when I was asked to spend a weekend in Lembang, not an ounce of hesitation was dropped. Lembang is a tiny municipality 16 kilometers north of the city of Bandung in West Java, Indonesia. It sits at the foot of Mount Tangkuban Perahu and has an elevation…

NOT THE USUAL EL NIDO TRIP

I woke up to a gloomy, gray morning. I dragged myself out of bed, went for breakfast, and dined with the Japanese (mom) and German (dad) couple and their kids. After a cold shower, I decided to take a walk to the pier, the take-off point to all islands facing the West Philippine Sea, including…

NOTHING CAN SPOIL AN EL NIDO TRIP

It was July and the weather was unpredictable. It rained on most days in El Nido, Palawan. There was a brewing storm up northern Philippines, and that caused monsoon rains in the western part of central Philippines, where El Nido is located. All island-hopping trips were cancelled. It was frustrating. Tourists, travellers, and visitors go…