How to Get to Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane is the Capital and largest City of the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos. It was once called the Paris of the East. Laos is a member of ASEAN and is bounded by Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and China. For Filipinos, no prior visa is required when entering Vientiane. […]

Batam Island in One Day

Batam is the second most visited city in Indonesia – a close second to Bali. Batam is a small Indonesian Island very close to Singapore. A day tour to the island would give a glimpse of Indonesia. My jump off to Batam from Singapore is Harbourfront Ferry Terminal. […]

Of Sugar and Mint

In India, sugar and mint are served every meal – at least in fine dining restaurants. Eating it after meal gives a “mentos” effect. Both the mint and sugar are taken at the same time using a table spoon. Correction from a reader: “The green grain” is called […]

China | Beijing Panda Zoo

Beijing is a good alternative to Chengdu if one wants to see a giant panda. The Panda House or Panda Zoo is inside the Beijing Zoo. The Zoo itself has more than 15 exhibition halls – and the Panda Zoo is one of these. Panda House was built […]

China |Beijing’s Summer Palace

The freezing lake immediately caught my attention. The Summer Palace or the Royal Garden is located ten kilometers to the northwest of Beijing and used to be a summer residence of Qing Dynasty emperors and is now a public park. It is an imperial garden famous for its architectural […]

China | Temple of Heaven

Upon arrival at the Temple of Heaven complex, I noticed people playing cards along the corridors. Some are having dancing exercises at the lawn while others do some sort of martial arts exhibition.  And some others are knitting. All these observations made my visit here more interesting. The […]

China | Ming Tombs

In the afternoon, we visited Ming Tombs. Ming Tombs is the general name given to the mausoleums of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). The mausoleums have been perfectly preserved, as well as the graveyards of each of the many emperors. Because of its long […]