The Great Food Raid in Nagoya and its Surrounding Prefecture

August 31, 2016

The country of Japan always ranks high among the best food destinations in the world. Even prior to setting foot in this land of the rising sun, every time I see myself circling buffet tables I always dive first on the Japanese food section, filling my plate with all sorts of Maki rolls and sashimi. When the Ramen craze hit town, I made it a point to try out one Japanese restaurant each week and order a different ramen flavor. Even though I am hundred thousands of miles away from the real thing, my worship of Japanese cuisine mirrors cult-like proportion.

Asari Kamamabushi Gozen Meal

Interview with a Backpacker: Journeying James Betia

August 27, 2016


THE backpacking culture in the Philippines has grown significantly in the last few years. Coinciding with this development is the emergence of many travel bloggers who have peppered the social media with inspiring travel narratives and images of picturesque destinations.

James in East Timor

Eco Hotel Panglao, Bohol: A Charming Green Abode in the Lively District of Alona Beach

August 12, 2016
After a rugged night missing out on much needed slumber I arrived in the province of Bohol under sunny skies – barely escaping the wild weather brewing in Manila. I have been looking forward to a return trip to the island of Panglao and as I survey the scenery along the way I can feel sleep starting to take a grip of me. The idea of resting would soon come as I arrived at the doorsteps of Eco Hotel and was handed my room key fixed in a small wine cork. The amiable front desk staff smiled and welcomed me instantly. Preparing to nap the remaining morning I hurriedly entered my room – a King Studio nestled beside the garden side, only to be greeted by an interesting set of interior fixtures; the eco bricks adorning the walls of the shower room, the headboard made of reclaimed woods, up-cycled wine bottles turned into hanging light fixtures, a framed art work featuring intertwining tree branches and the wooden based aesthetics made from refurbished furnishing - all combined to give the room a unique and Earthly vibe.

Desert Glamping at Sun City Camp | Wadi Rum, Jordan

August 09, 2016

My first time spending a night in the desert was in Jaisalmer the day before Holi Festival in 2014. It was a wonderful experience sleeping on just a single mattress laid out over soft fine sands—under a canopy of stars. I would have been fine with a similar simple set-up for our accommodation in Wadi Rum. But man oh man, imagine my surprise upon seeing the place we would camp that night. It was like straight from a folk tale from Arabian Nights.