Monday, August 29, 2011

364 days, 2 hours and 2 minutes later

Haeundae Beach, Busan, South Korea in 2010 and 2011

What a difference the camera, lighting and haircut make.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Food adventure

One week, three cities.

Celebrating my dad's birthday with Chinese food at H.K. Choi, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila.


The following night at Royal Bali Beach Club, Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia.


The next day, we saw snakefruit at Kintamani.


Two days later, the local version of chicharon and lechon at an eatery. No tourists here.


Banana leaf-wrapped dinner at RBBC


Not salabat. From the airport in Bali.


Laksa at the Esplanade, Singapore


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Bali flora and fauna + last few notes


Say hello to the source of kopi luwak, the civet cat

Bat in captivity

Kopi luwak and Bali coffee




There are a number of rice terraces in hilly parts. I feel embarrassed not to have seen the ones in Banawe.

Similar to what you find in Philippine provinces, there is a small entry fee to tourist sites.

Visitors will have their own Eat Pray Love moment: people wear traditional dress and offerings are part of daily life.

Speaking to our drivers, I had memorized the usual names of local men in the order they are born: First-borns are named Wayan, next is Made, then Nyoman and Ketut. Our drivers know Manny Pacquiao, which is cool.

Vehicles in Bali are mostly colored silver and black. Am not sure why. As is common in much of Asia, there are many motorbikes and scooters. Petrol is sold in Absolut bottles.

No land left is left idle and most of them are used for farming.

Starbucks and the American fastfood joints can be found at major intersections.

I would consider living here.

Thursday, August 4, 2011


Thanks to Facebook friends for sharing this one.