[Malaysia] Batu Caves is a Must-Visit!

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When you tell people you’re going to Malaysia, they’ll probably tell you to visit the Batu Caves. It’s a limestone hill with several caves and cave temples, about 40 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur by car and 25 minutes by train. If you’re traveling in groups of 4, better get car service (UBER or GRAB) so you don’t have to wait for the train. Getting there is very convenient and totally worth it. I’ve been to the Batu Caves several times, roughly 6 times since 2012. We always bring our guests there, but the uphill climb is really not for […]

[Malaysia] A Day at the Islamic Arts Museum

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My family and I love to visit museums. It’s just a nice way to spend the day, especially if you live in a tropical country where the outside heat can be brutal. My husband and I have visited a lot of museums in Malaysia but the Islamic Arts Museum is my top favorite. Here are some photos I’d like to share.       The highlights would be the impressive mosque replicas from around the world.                               Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia Jalan Lembah Perdana, Tasik Perdana, […]

[Malaysia] Celebrated My 30th Birthday with Coffee & Art

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In 2015, I celebrated my 30th birthday in Malaysia. I’ve always been a fan of coffee and arts. So what better way to celebrate it than attending a coffee and arts festival in one of the malls here. Jet and I went to Publika Mall and checked out Nescafe’s Coffee & Art Fringe Festival. Personally, I think the festivals (or mall events) in the Philippines are staged better. More fun, really. But we enjoyed the day and had fat, juicy, delicious burgers at Fatboy’s The Burger Bar. It was a fun day to be out and about. Free entrance to […]

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar: Home To Our Heritage and Legacy

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Words by Katherine Castillo Eustaquio Photos by Nicole Alvaro Published in Balikbayan Magazine       Our trip to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan relived an age-old, almost-forgotten Filipino custom. The tour guides told us to remove our shoes before entering the two-storey house called Casa Luna. The 1850s house is now home to a wide collection of old Filipino memorabilia: old milk cans, wooden tobacco cases, antique ironing board, typewriters, and a victrola from the 18th to early 20th century. As soon as we entered the old Ilocano home, we immediately noticed the very narrow hallway, […]

Hong Kong Trip 2011: The Peak

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From Kowloon, there are many convenient ways to get to The Peak Tram.  You can take the Star Ferry to Hong Kong Island and take the 15C bus from the terminal beside the Central Ferry Pier Building.  It’s a 5-minute bus ride to the lower Peak Tram terminal in Garden Road. But we wanted torture, sorry, I meant adventure, so we walked north from the Central Ferry Pier Building all the way to Garden Road.  That’s really far, so far that my feet were screaming “mercy” during the entire uphill walk.  It took us 20 minutes to get from the […]

Hong Kong Trip 2011: Avenue of Stars

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  After settling in, we finally went on our first tour on foot. From our guesthouse, we crossed the street and walked the length of Nathan Road towards the Avenue of Stars, which is located at the Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront Promenade.  This HK$40 million project officially opened on April 27, 2004, in celebration of the best names in Hong Kong’s film industry including Jet Li and Jackie Chan.     I’ve always been curious to see this busy avenue with my own eyes. Well, it wasn’t that impressive. I don’t know.  Maybe I’m not really easily impressed but we […]

Hong Kong Trip 2011: Ngong Ping 360

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After a hearty breakfast, we decided to roam around Nathan Road first so we went to Kowloon Park.  It spans to about 13.47 hectares and is located in the Tsim Sha Tsui district just across our guest house in Haiphong Mansion.  The area used to be the British Army’s Whitfield Barracks.  It was first opened to the public in 1970.  Apart from vast and well-maintained open gardens, the Kowloon Park is also the home of the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre, a small aviary, a Chinese Garden, a beautiful maze garden, a Bird Lake, a sculpture walk, swimming pools, and […]

Hong Kong Trip 2011: Local Eats

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One of the best things about traveling to a new country is trying the local eats, am I right? So here are some of the local eats we tried in Hong Kong. The beef noodles that we ate at a small restaurant in one MTR station.   Flaky, savory pastry. We bought this home as a pasalubong. They’re filled with corned beef-like, dried slices of beef.   Chicken chop rice meal from the Citygate Outlets mall food court. Red bean dessert from the Citygate Outlets mall food court.   Jet and I like checking out the differences in local McDonald’s. I […]

Hong Kong Trip 2011: Walking Around

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  Starbucks Coffee at Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade. They say it’s the best Starbucks Coffee branch here in Hong Kong.   The overpass at the Sha Tsui East Promenade. We purchased our Hong Kong Disneyland tickets at the Avenue of Stars Kiosks and we got a free umbrella in celebration of their 5th year anniversary.  After breathing in the sights and sounds of the promenade, we took the escalator near Deck N Beer and Starbucks to get to the overpass that would take us back to Salisbury Road. Kath trying out her photography skills at Salisbury Road. And here’s […]

Hong Kong Trip 2011 Part 1

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    To say that we’ve planned our Hong Kong vacation for months is an understatement. We planned for it way too much that we even downloaded Google Earth to get a bird’s eye view of where we would be staying for 5 days. Jet even memorized Hong Kong’s MTR system for god’s sake. But looking back, I’m glad we did because it paid off big time. Unlike other tourists who wanted to see Asia’s World City for the first time, we decided not to get one of those tour packages from travel agencies with a planned itinerary because, as […]