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TWICE a year, usually during my wife’s vacation days (about two weeks), from her job as a Cathay Pacific cabin crew, we travel to places that we deem unique and interesting. These places, (my wife has a bucket list) offer us a world different from the place we call our second home – Hong Kong. Call it a perk or simply the benefit of...

March 27, 2017
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THE first thing I noticed upon arriving in Chiang Mai is a kind of lightness, softness even, in the air. It was not immediately recognizable; in fact, it is the kind of thing that slowly dawns on you, like a realization and an eventual submission. I boarded a taxi outside the airport and grew a bit apprehensive since my hotel is located i...

March 13, 2017
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What comes to your mind when you think of Indonesia? It would come as no surprise if you thought of Bali. You probably picture yourself lying on a beach, enjoying fresh coconut water, as the sun kisses your skin. If you are bold and adventurous, you might see yourself on a surfboard, riding gigantic walls of water that could drag you into the...

February 7, 2017
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FILIPINOS love singing - whatever the occasion may be, music is always there. PrimeCredit, a Hong Kong-based financial institution serving the migrant workers community in the city, supports and harnesses the Filipino’s passion and talent for singing. In 2010, PrimeCredit launched “Superstar Search”, a singing contest for OFWs in...

February 7, 2017
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“Nahold-up ako ng usa.” With a smiley, I sent this message to a friend after gallivanting across the green expanse of Nara Park. Nara served as Japan’s capital for around a century some 1,300 years ago and so it has beautiful temples and other historic places. I was on my way to the Todaiji temple complex, which houses the bron...

January 26, 2017
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MILLIONS of people around the world, particularly the Chinese, are optimistic that the Year of the Rooster will bring more prosperity, good health and good luck after the Year of the Monkey. While some fear of “living from hand to mouth” when the Year of the Rooster  comes on January 28, Feng Shui Expert Maxie Tiu said people with pos...

January 26, 2017

IT caught my eye while our taxi was barreling down the freeway from Osaka. The mountain range in the distance looked like it was ablaze. I squinted and took in the view. The foliage had begun changing to the colors of Fall: from yellow to red to a tinge of deep orange. “Wala nito sa Pilipinas (We don’t have this in the Philippines),...

November 25, 2016
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CANNABIS, canals and carnal pursuits pretty much sum up the tourist’s image of Amsterdam. And you really can’t blame them when Google serves up Tips for Getting Stoned like a Pro or Best Places for Cannabis Shopping when you type in “Amsterdam travel.” In the capital of the Netherlands, you will learn the big difference between a...

November 16, 2016
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LEGEND has it that when Vietnam was a newly-formed country, its people had to fight against invaders from the north through the sea. To help the Vietnamese, the Jade Emperor was said to have sent the Mother Dragon and her children to help the people defend the country. When the enemies were attacking Vietnam, the Mother Dragon and her ...

October 26, 2016
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THE men were fast, the machines were beastly, and the music was pulsating! With this heady mix, the F1 weekend at the 2016 Singapore Grand Prix was the kind of mayhem you would want to experience at least once in your lifetime. For car enthusiasts and racing fans, the three-day F1 event afforded them the chance to witness up close and p...

October 12, 2016
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