Manila, the gateway to more than 7,000 islands, has changed so drastically, its “heart” has moved from the colonial Intramuros to the surrounding neighborhoods and to the financial district in Makati. Now, it’s changing yet again, with the masterplanned city of Bonifacio Global city quickly becoming the new center of town, with the shopping, food and entertainment district around BGC … Continue reading →
Palawan has been on a number of “best island” lists over the last few years with beautiful beaches, high-end resorts and the unique underground river. But the airport experience on my first visit a few years ago was very basic, with a small, old airport in the main city of Puerto Princesa. Now, the new terminal has opened with a … Continue reading →
I came to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, for the unspoiled nature and incredible nightlife – but was looking for a peaceful beach to relax. And the nicest beach is also easy to reach and almost deserted: Tanjung Aru Beach is 20 minutes by car from town, near the airport and you get beautiful sunsets to boot – what’s not to like? … Continue reading →
I have called Kuala Lumpur the perfect springboard to explore South East Asia – and the key reason is that it’s so easy & inexpensive to get there and around. With a low-cost flag carrier, the world’s favorite low-cost carrier Air Asia and great public transport around Kuala Lumpur, it’s one of the least expensive places to visit. … Continue reading →
I have been to a number of wild life destinations and on safaris – but nothing felt as up-close and personal as driving around Kruger National Park in South Africa in my own car. I didn’t mind sharing the roads with the elephants – but another driver found out quickly that there is no point in arguing with these multi-ton giants!
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Singapore Airlines (SQ) became my favorite airline when I lived in Singapore and flew them enough to attain PPS status in their Kris Flyer rewards program. Even after leaving Singapore, I have flown them regularly and love their Business Class and First Class service. Unfortunately, they have announced changes that will reduce the value of Kris Flyer miles by up … Continue reading →
Do you just need to get away from it all? This week’s Deal Dispatch brings you some bargain fares around the world. Delta and their partners will take you from the US to Italy starting from $457 round-trip. And Eurowings, Lufthansa’s budget subsidiary, will fly you to Thailand from EUR169 or the US from EUR179, each one-way. Time to pack your … Continue reading →
The Philippines’ Spanish, Chinese and Filipino roots all have influenced its cuisine – and 50 years of American influence have left the locals with a love of burgers that gives you a better choice than anywhere else outside the US! One of my favorite places to eat in Manila and to still my occasional cravings for a burger is 8cut – … Continue reading →
There are two things that any visitor to the Philippines raves about, regardless of where they go: The incredible warmth and friendliness of the Filipino people and the amazing food! And while most countries in Asia claim amazing, local food, the Philippines is the only one where the expression for “hello” is “have you eaten?”! … Continue reading →