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Top 10 Tips in Traveling to Siem Reap/Angkor Wat

We were at Siem Reap last weekend for my birthday. Here are some takeaways from our trip: 1. The flight and temple tickets were expensive. The rest were not. We booked a direct flight from Manila to Siem Reap via … Continue reading

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Language Miscommunication

I asked why the stir fried beef noodles my family took home last night had no beef.  We were in Siem Reap for a family vacation. I stayed at home to be with my sleeping toddler. They laughed. “Your husband … Continue reading

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So How Does It Feel to be Married?

June 14, 2014 We are two weeks into our marriage, and I’m writing this entry enroute to Amsterdam, our first stop on our extensive 3-week European honeymoon trip. So how does it feel to be Mrs. XXXX? For one, it’s … Continue reading

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We Took Mommy Scuba Diving

My mom celebrated her 67th birthday last week. In all her 40 years married to my dad, she never really got to celebrate her freedom apart from what my dad wanted. Which was why we were ecstatic when she showed … Continue reading

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Enjoying London: Picadilly Circle

This may have been the smartest suggestion of the week: as we homesick pups are starting to miss our Asian fare, we’ve decided to head over to London’s Chinatown for some “authentic” (cough, cough) Chinese food. Chinatown or Soho is … Continue reading

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Back in Hong Kong

Spent a lovely weekend in Phuket with Trader. We spent a few days at the quiet Surin Beach where unlike the more infamous Patong beach, there were: a) less prostitutes, b) more seclusion, and c) average-wise, we were probably the … Continue reading

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Happy Chinese New Year from Vietnam!

Just got back from a fun-filled, stress-filled midnight watching 15 minutes of fireworks at Ho Chih Minh. Finding a taxi was just a complete pain. To our surprise, Vietnamese peeps are just thieves especially if they know you’re a foreigner. … Continue reading

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Home from Boracay, arguably one of Philippines’ best beaches!

This was where I spent December 26 to 30 with the family — Boracay, a beautiful island in the middle of the Philippines known for its 5 kilometers strip of white fine sand beach. To get to Boracay, we did the … Continue reading

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It’s all downhill for Singapore?

I’ve noticed that there are far more non-Singaporeans in Singapore nowadays. These are the men who man the Kilkenny Coffeeshops or sell cosmetics at Isetan.   “The problem is that the Singaporean youth is far too sheltered,” one insider had commented. … Continue reading

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Diaries of Egypt: The Edfu Temple

Day 3: Edfu Temple We wake up in a more forgiving 5:45 am to travel on horse driven carriages to the Edfu Temple in where else? The town of Edfu. The town itself lies in the middle of Luxor (100 … Continue reading

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Back from the Australia: the Land Down Under!

I’m becoming a bad blogger. When I first started this site, I had been blogging at least every other day. Unfortunately, life has gotten a bit busier these days with all of my traveling that I haven’t been able to … Continue reading

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Diaries of Egypt – Day 2: Abu Simbel, the High Dam of Aswan, Unfinished Obelisk and Kon Ombo

We rise up at 2:15 am (yes, that’s not a typo) to travel three hours to Abu Simbel, an optional tour which costs me a petty USD140. It’s amazing how tours are cheaper and they just add on the costs … Continue reading

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Egyptian Diaries: Day 1 – Karnak Temple

You never really realize just how hot Egypt is despite the scorching sun that lights up every single thing in sight. “One or two days a year,” our guide said, indicating how much rainfall the country gets. I wince in … Continue reading

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In Luxor

Just a brief note to all you readers saying that am still alive. Burnt, feeling very hot, but ALIVE! Current location: Luxor What I did today: Visited the Valley of the Kings and even went inside the young pharaoh’s tomb … Continue reading

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Greetings from Doha!

At the airport in Doha waiting for our flight to send us to Luxor. Sniffling with a stubborn cough that couldn’t go away, I now woed that I never really learn how to spit. We call spitting dura in our … Continue reading

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Trader’s Birthday Treat

Just came back from a week-long visit to Singapore. It was Trader’s birthday weekend so it was really nice to be able to spend it with him. In addition, I get to “escape” the pressures of work, and there were … Continue reading

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On the Shanghai Exponanza!

Stuck at the Shanghai International Airport waiting for the free Wifi to work. It doesn’t so I’m writing as a draft and publishing later. The last three days were spent pushing my dad in a wheelchair around the magnificent Shanghai … Continue reading

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Top 5 Snacks at the Shilin Night Market

Trader and I visited Taiwan last weekend and gorged on its cheap eats at the Night Market. Boy, Trader was like a little boy let lose in the candy store. He LOVED everything! I took him to the cheapest place … Continue reading

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Trips – love/hate him more

Last week, I joined Trader and his friends on a week-long trip out of town. Trader and I had traveled together before but this is the first time we’ve gone out together for this long. People say that couples who … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to a 29 year-old me!

Last year, my parents told me that I can now officially date. Now turning 29, I’m dating this really nice guy, relocated to a new country and are celebrating by parent-sitting this week. My dad is constantly in my back … Continue reading

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Thai Amazing Le!

Just got back from a terrific weekend get-away with Trader, and coming back, I really think WE could work. 😀 “That’s what I’ve been telling you for the beginning,” my sweet love patiently reminded me. “What?” I murmured as I … Continue reading

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Parentsitter

My parents are here for two weekends and have just spent the last couple of days with them in Shenzhen. So far, it’s surprisingly been such a blast and no wonder. We spent the last two days checking out the … Continue reading

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Day 2 – Cannakale and Pergamon

We wake up early and I once again enjoy the breakfast buffet. Seems that I’ll be eating a whole LOT in Turkey but I cannot help it — they even serve fresh honey off the honey combs. A typical Turkish … Continue reading

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Turkish Delights!

After over half a year of no vacations, decided to cash in and join a Canto-speaking tour to Turkey. No, I cannot speak any Canto but figured that I can easily get by with a reliable tourbook in hand and … Continue reading

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Saying goodbye to 2008 — and hello to 2009!

2008 passed by so fast — where has it gone?  In a way, it seems that 2008 was the transitional year.  It was the year when I deepened my expertise in project and relationship management, in addition to actually making … Continue reading

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Leaving on a Jetplane

21 boxes of boxes — that’s what it took to pack a whole lot of memories in these six years. In a few hours, I’ll be leaving Taiwan. Sayonara, cai jian, bye bye baby. Last night, I had a relaxing … Continue reading

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3 Sri Lankan Misconceptions Debunked!

I’m back! Okay, I admit it… Sri Lanka was different from what I expected. I went in with a lot of misconceptions that were debunked as early as the first day. In fact, my real draw of Sri Lanka was … Continue reading

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On my way to Sri Lanka

I am at the Changi Airport in Singapore as a stopover to Sri Lanka. Earlier this afternoon, had stopped over in the spanking new Hong Kong airport. Oh, I feel exhausted after having travelled to countries at the same time. … Continue reading

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How am I special?

Feeling a bit blue, I need to pop myself happy a bit. And what better to do than to make a slightly more narcissistic post than before? 🙂 As I was riding the MRT home, I asked myself, what made … Continue reading

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Yes, I’m still alive!

Despite a less than satisfactory company performance, I am happy to report that my boss has fairly compensated us for slaving ourselves to death last year. First, I got a minor pay increase, but the fact that I have received … Continue reading

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Laos: To Luang Prabang (Part V)

As a rock climber, I try to squeeze in some rock climbing in my travels. Hence, I’ve been rock climbing in Phi Phi Island and of course, Laos was no exception. Hence, when I heard that you can actually rock … Continue reading

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Laos: Vang in the Vieng (Part IV)

I wanted to wake up early because I wanted to try one of two Vientiane’s most famous bakeries, both of which were situated near the fountain. There was the Scandinavian Bakery, which failed to appeal to me at all. Maybe … Continue reading

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Laos: Lost and Found in Vientiane (Part III)

Lost in Vientiane It all started innocently enough. After a heaping breakfast at our hotel, we decided to visit Talat Sao, Vientiane’s bigger market. According to the Lonely Planet, Talat Sao is a sprawling collection of stalls offering fabrics… of … Continue reading

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Laos: Jewel of the Mekong (Part II)

Cheap? Not really… The trip to Laos was surprisingly expensive relative to other places I’ve visited. Whereas India for 7 days cost a mere USD 1,000 all in, Laos airfare already cost USD 750 for one international and domestic return … Continue reading

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Laos: Jewel of the Mekong (Part I)

Just got back last Wednesday from an awesome Laos trip. It was great — despite receiving a handful of calls from work, Laos was as far away from Taipei as possible. It was indeed a world of its own, living … Continue reading

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How I spent my Christmas

I am in an Internet cafe who is charging me insane amounts of money just to write to my parents and leave everyone a message. First of all, MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! This year hasn’t particularly been easy, but it’s been … Continue reading

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Leaving on a jetplane…

Flying to Laos tomorrow for another “one last stand before 2007 ends” adventure… So excited! As always, since I’ve been busy with work, I still have to research about the country! Bah, will just do that when I get there. … Continue reading

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Another Crazy Marathon Weekend!

Since last Tuesday, I’m 27 years old! *Shudders* NOT a good thing when a day before your birthday, you bump into an acquaintance, who after finding out you’ll be turning 2-7 the next day nonchalantly comments: “Oh, so you have … Continue reading

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Crazy Weekend

This weekend was just CRAZY. So, what else is new? To summarize, I went to Room 18 not once but twice. Watched Mamma Mia in the middle of nowhere. Tried out an A-Plus restaurant. Dropped by a KTV party. Did … Continue reading

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I’m Baaack!

Sorry for the hiatus but been back from a 7-day trip from: INDIA! Here’s the highlights and lowlights:LOW LIGHTS: Gained 3 freaking kilos! After hearing my friends warn me about the dangers of drinking water in India and haunting stories … Continue reading

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Guess where I went? :)

Every single time I travel, I have to go through the hassles of looking for a companion to go with me. I’ve posted via MSN, spread the news far and wide, and hear crickets in response. The last time I … Continue reading

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Jade mountain

Finally, after 2 long days, I’ve done it. Conquered Jade Mountain (3,952 kilometers above sea level), that’s what! Yes, after walking almost 22 kilometers (21.8 kilometers to be exact) at a total of almost 16 hours in just 2 days … Continue reading

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Alishan

First and foremost, let me say this with a shout, ALISHAN WAS GREAT!!! I was awake at freaking 5:30AM and 3:00AM for two consecutive days that it almost didn’t feel like a vacation, but it was f*cking great! So totally … Continue reading

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Krazy Kenting

As promised, here are some of the pictures of the COMPUTEX girls that I promised the boys. This was from my trip there last Friday afternoon. With 4 exhibition halls, this year’s COMPUTEX is one of the biggest COMPUTEX exhibitions … Continue reading

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The Golden Shwedagon Pagoda

At the Sule Pagoda, we met this nice man. Haha, that’s what’s good when you’re a foreigner in a foreign land, there are always friendly locals who would want to strike a friendship with you: He explained that he works … Continue reading

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Back from Burma

Hello, hello! Sorry for the blogging hiatus again, but the bird’s back from her magnificent trip to Burma/Cambodia! The entire trip was great! Definitely a place that one has to go to in his/her lifetime! Hence, even if this Raven’s … Continue reading

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Burma Bound

Hai ho… hai ho… It’s off to Burma I go… La… la… la….la…! La… la… la….la…! Hai ho… hai ho hai ho hai ho…! Wheeeeeee! It’s GREAT to travel again! Get out from the office… Escape from the dreary Taipei … Continue reading

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Pictures from the Philippines!

Well, why not? Since coming back from the Philippines, I took quite a few pictures that I’d like to share with all of you. Most of these pictures were taken to share with my foreign friends distinct things that make … Continue reading

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Cambodia: Third Day

On our third day, I’m particularly excited as we’ll get to visit the famous Ta Phrom temple, which is where Angelina Jolie shot several scenes from “Tomb Raider.” Left to its own, Ta Phrom is probably one of the most … Continue reading

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Cambodia: Second Day

We woke up not-too-bright and early (See? There are benefits of not being part of a tour group) and had a nice Western/Cambodian breakfast downstairs. The service was terrific! Our coffee cups were filled even before we said a word, … Continue reading

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Cambodia: First Day

1st Day Shit. I almost missed my plane. Even with Mark giving me an early wakeup call at both 6:40AM and 7:05AM, I still managed to sleep again… only to wake up at 8AM and rush to Taipei Main Station! … Continue reading

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Back from Cambodia!

Just got back from warm and sunny Siem Reap, Cambodia yesterday night! Omigosh, it was such a terrific trip and I feel so empowered! I just can’t wait to go on my next trip… maybe this time, to Thailand (Phuket) … Continue reading

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Green to GO!

This weekend has been fantastic! Along with 22 other people, we went on a fun-filled weekend trip to Green Island! We slept on the tain and took a boat ride there (Boat ride was awful! I puked half of the … Continue reading

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