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Should we be turning Japanese?


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Locals in traditional garb love posing for tourists at the Golden Pavilion

The café is called Schooner, and after a week of unremitting ramen and sashimi—sold half price at a nearby supermart 30 minutes before closing—I was craving some distinctly Western food. A ham and cheese sandwich, perhaps a pizza, and Schooner sounded promising.

Posted: November 2nd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Beyond Everest


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HUMAN CONNECTION: A child smiles amidst the squalor and a monk with begging bowl.

For my birthday, I wanted to try something different. And Nepal looked different.

Posted: August 3rd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Barefoot in India


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India: Love it or hate it. It is the liveliest place I have been to so far. The craziest. Cows in the middle of the road, the traffic, the honking, dust, garbage, vendors, Hinduism, motors, tuktuks, touts, crowded trains—the moment I started walking the streets of Delhi, this mix dazzled me at every turn. Walking was like negotiating a maze as I sidestepped cow pies without getting hit by a motorcycle or tuktuk or bumping into people. Locals, especially men, stared while touts and vendors hawked their stuff and beggars followed at my heels. Being a tourist, I found out, meant being the attraction du jour.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Baguio revisited


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BAMBOO ART: A piece from the Bamboo Museum (PDI Northern Luzon/Richard Balonglong)

Talk about the perfect place to spend the summer and Baguio City’s cool mountain breeze readily comes to mind.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Hidden Thailand


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Bang Pa-in Palace

So what else is there to see in Thailand after you’ve toured all the temples, seen all manner of reverence for the Buddha, marveled at the distinct Thai architecture, carted home choice handicrafts from Chatuchak and tasted all those strange but wondrous street food?

Posted: December 7th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

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