saffron sunrise: mornings of luang prabang

An overnight trip from Thailand was a tiring  journey. Arriving before the break of dawn with a cloudy consciousness and chilly air seeping through your air sacs can make it even more daunting. The sleeping riverside town of Luang Prabang seemed to drag itself out of...

5 deadliest storms that changed the course of asian history

How can a typhoon change the course of history? In the past centuries the Pacific ring of fire was a mainstay in catastrophic natural disaster headlines. It surely shaped nations' identities, cultures and political models. Like how tropical storms inspired Japan's infamous tradition of Kamikaze which literally...

Driving Across Australia’s Epic Sand Dunes

Australia's known for its alien wild life, severe landscapes and diverse scenery, but it's hard to top its networks of sand dunes which stretch on for miles at a time. So if you're interested in a true testosterone-driven off-roading adventure, or maybe just for a...

get a room: review of hotel 878 libis

Sometime in 2008, when college stress warrants regular weekend partying and the age when sobriety is a social taboo, I surrendered myself to the lures of alcohol inebriation and temptations of pounding bass sounds of the old strips of Malate. One Sunday morning when the humming...

siquijor demystified

Foreboding never felt so ominous. Like folklores  that grow wings and perch on top of the roof at night, waiting for the perfect chance to lower its tongue into the belly of an unsuspecting mother, Siquijor's reputation for nurturing hands that curse and hands that...