Monday, May 30, 2011

Royal Bali mornings

view from the terrace



lobby relief


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Ma having Bali coffee

outdoor shower?

Friday, May 27, 2011

Thoughts before the weekend

I am sure that my dream last night came from a Facebook poll. There was a question in our group about restaging our play. In my dream, there was going to be a restaging. The play was to happen that day. I thought I had everything with me until I realized that I was missing two of my props: an orange and a fake moustache. Panic! I didn't have a script, either, and I also realized that I had forgotten my lines. Today, in my waking hours, I figured that I didn't really forget--my alternate and I went through our first scene and the words came back.

It's only been less than four months but it seems like ages since we last had the show. Today I went back to the theater to watch their summer production. It was great to see everyone again and I feel proud that they are owning the stage.


In other news, I am creeped out that my niece has been using my photos (the unrecognizable ones) as her profile photos on Facebook. I don't think it's right. To think that she isn't even my contact. I messaged her and asked her to stop it. I could imagine some people act out their fantasies online, but I don't think Facebook is the right venue for it.

[Update] She has since apologized and removed the photos. Her current profile photo: anime characters.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Royal Bali nights

Arriving in Bali in the evening, we heard music as we checked in. Crossing the garden, we saw musicians and dancers entertaining the resort's guests at the dining area. My brother and I attempted to dance Balinese style. It would be the first of three nights where even my dad and brother would sport kalachuchi blossoms behind their ears.


There is a funny story behind this photo. My lips are sealed.

Sunday, May 22, 2011



Flew on AirAsia for the first time on our way to Bali via Singapore (there's no direct flight from Manila to Bali). What impressed us is that it didn't feel so much like a low-cost carrier.

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Ma appreciated that they still had complimentary water and peanuts, and that you can buy hot meals on board (not just the instant kind). My brother liked the FA uniforms. I liked the black leather seats. If you didn't see the in-house ads on the tray tables and the overhead compartments, you wouldn't think you were on a budget airline.


The in-flight magazine could take a hint from the re-design of Cebu Pacific's Smile. That and the small inconvenience of taking the airport bus are the only downsides. We'd be happy to fly on AirAsia again. Can't wait to see what AirAsia Philippines has to offer when it launches in August.

Monday, May 16, 2011


Because people put effort into editing these. And a couple of guys bothered to put them all in one place


[via brandflakesforbreakfast]

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Changi Airport

Flying into Singapore is like seeing a dreamscape. A parking lot of hundreds of ships. Tankers and empty cargo freighters of various sizes, all lined up to face the same direction. Further ahead, building rise like white cliffs.

I wish I had photographed it.

Changi Terminal 1 is not too shabby for a 30-year-old airport.

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Even from afar, the A380 is imposing

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Design as a national priority
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Friday, May 6, 2011

Our heads in the clouds

Two vacations in one go. It all started at NAIA Terminal 2.


Cloud formations over either Malaysia or Indonesia


On the Philippine Airlines flight to Singapore

Two plane rides later, on the return flight to Singapore...


I wouldn't want to fly into that cloud


Possibly the kind of cloud formation marked by arrows on your meteorologist's map

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Getting started


Coming soon: a series of travel posts of the family's latest trip. Sorting photos now. Will get back to you later.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Postcard from Bali

I haven't uploaded my holiday shots yet. No time. For now, this should do.

Postcard from Bali (Canon 5d MkII) from Stephan Kot on Vimeo.

It's not mine, but it makes me want to get a Canon 5D. And a good video editor.