Taking a Walk on a Sunday Morning

Walking in the morning, especially on weekends, has become one my favorite activities. Taking a walk not only aids one’s physical and mental well-being but there are also many beautiful things in the early morning that we don’t see during the rest of the day. Walking allows me to see a place as it wakes…

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),…

Walking Through Jakarta’s Chinatown

There is one building I saw that hosts a tea house  in the Glodok district of Jakarta that caught my interest.  I  see the building every time I go to Kota Tua (Old City) in Indonesia’s capital.  I planned to visit the place for quite some time until I finally decided last Tuesday to give it a…

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 —…

Mangrove Forest Walk

My brother dropped by for a visit 6-day visit during the Lebaran holidays in June. On the day he arrived, my best friend and I picked him up from the airport and went directly to Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK), in North Jakarta, for lunch.  We had some Acehnese and Singapore-style noodles in PIK Market and…

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 [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.