anhui, anyway, anyhow.

shanghai to huangshan by bus Few minutes away to what we felt like an impending hypothermic shock, the Bus terminal gates opened sucking the pool of shivering passengers inwards like a fast filling vacuum hole. Sleepless, cold and hungry, we scanned through the schedule grid as fast as...

bavarian roll: the road trip across the alps

If it is going to be your first time in Europe, I am assuming that your expectation was just like mine, coated with sugary frostings, glitters and fairy dust. Well, sorry to burst your bubble but Europe is not all fairy tale, castles, unicorns, knights...

novelty that is laos

The journey from the Thai border to Luang Prabang is a long arduous road leading to a secluded Shangri La. Like in any stories written, hardship should come first before the blissful reward. Popular route is the three day slow boat down the Mekong river. An...

the day i gave up biking

My knee joints wobbled as Ron's rear-end disappeared on the bend. It was early in the morning when we decided we wanted to roam around Pai on bicycles. Everyone on it seemed to be enjoying and I thought, "How hard can it be?" and that...

first slice of pai

The past couple of days in Singapore, Manila and Bangkok took a toll on us, the metro-urban visuals of Chiang Mai pretty much saturated our wanderlusts that we wanted to spontaneously puke asphalt and concrete at any given time. We decided to go somewhere rustic and laid...

bhaktapur: history and faith’s perfection

The taxi driver revved and stirred dust as we pulled away from the chaos that is Kathmandu with his outdated Suzuki hatchback. Somewhere in the middle of the trip, he turned his DVD player on, the first time we ever saw one since arriving in...

kathman-do’s and don’ts

Alone and confabulated, I dumped my backpack on a corner, slipped in my ribbed jacket and stormed-out the room faster than a receptionist can utter the word "Namaste" on a bad hair day. What's my plan? I do not have a plan. So I wandered aimlessly, crossing...

the tagbanua tribe of coron island

We pulled away from the port and, as if by divine providence, the sky cleared. If not, we would not have risked the visit to the northern part of Coron Island while the clouds beat the crap out of the ocean. But he was too...