Subscribe to our RSS Feed

Archive for July, 2008

Body Rejuvenation At Poring Hot Springs

July 11th, 2008 by

Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah in Malaysia, has a lot of surprises in store for all its visitors. A trip to Kota Kinabalu will not be complete without taking time to visit one of its tourist destinations, the Poring Hot Springs.

The Entrance

You will find the Poring Hot Springs at the southern end of the Kinabalu Park. “Poring” is a Kadazandusun word for the bamboo species that is abundant within the area. This exotic place is located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) away of the Park’s Head Quarters which is around 2 hours driving distance from most Kota Kinabalu hotels. 

Read the rest of this entry »

Discovering Sushi

July 9th, 2008 by

Everyone knows what sushi is. Ask anyone what sushi is and you’ll probably get an answer of a description of an image of a small block of rice with fish on top. But there so many kinds of sushi aside from the generic image people have in their minds.

So what exactly is sushi? Sushi is vinegared rice, usually topped with other ingredients. There is a wide range of ingredients from fish, seafood, vegetables and meat. The most common ingredient present in all sushi is the sushi rice. Sushi rice is made of Japanese rice that has been mixed with vinegar, sugar and salt. The essential quality of sushi rice is its stickiness. It has to be just right. Too sticky and the resulting rice would be gummy. Not sticky enough and the rice would be too dry. Nori is another item that is commonly found in sushi. Nori is dried seaweed. Quality nori is usually shiny and dark green in color. The different kinds in sushi comes from the different fillings, toppings, the condiments used and the way these ingredients are put together.


Prawn nigiri

The most common kind of sushi. This type consists of an elongated mound of rice that is shaped by the hands, served with a slice of topping and a bit of wasabi. This type is usually served in pairs.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Singapore Food Festival 2008

July 7th, 2008 by

If there’s anything that Singapore has contributed to world culture, its the food. This island-nation, a harmonious blend of three ethnic groups and one european culture, has created a perfect storm of cuisine, where any visitor could spend every day sampling a new taste treat for a year and still encounter something deliciously new each time. In fact, back in 2006, food and beverage spending by visitors accounted for more than S$1 billion or about 12 per cent of overseas visitors’ total expenditure.

Char Kway Teow

The very savvy Singapore Tourism Board has celebrated the city’s gastronomic leanings every July for 15 years with the Singapore Food Festival. This year, the Board is co-organizing with food consultancy group Peter Knipp Holdings (PKH) to bring more than 40 events to this year’s festival, including the opening activity in Lau Pa Sat (“old market” in the Hokkien dialect), A Dish for Every Week at Suntec City, The Sentosa BBQ, and a Major League eating competition on July 27, a first for Asia. What’s more, foodies can enjoy outdoor jazz, mobile musicians, demonstrations, and even a fashion show. If Singapore is internationally recognized as a food paradise, then consider the Food Festival as the annual Rapture.

Read the rest of this entry »

Asian Getaway Specials

July 6th, 2008 by

Manila City at NightFrom bustling markets, to monstrous mega malls and buzzing nightlife, Manila will have your heart racing for more! With its blend of American and Spanish influences, and well spoken English, the Filipino locals will surely not disappoint with their accommodating and friendly nature.

It takes a while to get used to Manila but those who persevere will find that it’s a unique city with a lot of personality and character. Let this magical city inspire you with its own sense of charm and energy.

Bellhop Picks:

High-end: InterContinental Manila

Mid-range: Somerset Olympia Makati

Low-range: Garden Plaza Hotel & Suites Manila

Read more about other attractions in our Philippines guide. See what fellow travellers have to say in the Philippines tales section.

A Hotel For You?

July 6th, 2008 by

Hotel Door in MelbourneMelbourne, The second largest city in Australia, Melbourne has a passion for sports, good coffee and a razzle dazzle of cultural events.

Bellhop Picks:

Read more about other attractions in our Australia guide. See what fellow travellers have to say in the Australia tales section.

Easter Treats

July 6th, 2008 by

Skyscrapers in Hong KongNo other city is as vibrant and alive as Hong Kong which thrives to a different beat from sun up to sundown.

Bellhop Picks:

Read more about other attractions in our Hong Kong guide. See what fellow travellers have to say in the Hong Kong tales section.

Fishing for Love?

July 6th, 2008 by

Romance in GuamRelease that romance by sharing a scuba dive or a zesty meal with your loved one in Guam! Surrounded by the North Pacific Ocean and Philippine Sea, Guam enjoys world renowned diving conditions in serene blue waters. Be consumed by the dance, festivals, cuisine and fantastic shopping that this island offers.

Bellhop Picks:

Plan Your Escape!

July 6th, 2008 by

Temple in New DelhiExhibiting remnants of 7 ancient cities, is the capital city of India, New Delhi. Immerse yourself in the intense culture that Delhi has to offer through its many attractions, including shrines, temples and museums.

Bellhop Picks:

Read more about other attractions in our India guide. See what fellow travellers have to say in the India tales section.

Season Greetings!

July 6th, 2008 by

Japanese TempleFrom castles to shopping malls and business districts, Sendai is vibrant and fast paced but this bustling city also boasts the name of “City of Trees” for its tranquil parks, the Hirose-gawa River and the beautiful zelkova trees that border the city’s streets.

Bellhop Picks:

Read more about other attractions in our Japan guide. See what fellow travellers have to say in the Japan tales section.

Island Hopping In Kota Kinabalu

July 4th, 2008 by

The Tunku Abdul Rahman Park of Kota Kinabalu is a marine park that is made up of a cluster of five idyllic islands namely: Palau Manukan, Palau Mamutik, Palau Sapi, Palau Gaya and Palau Sulug.

There are also tours that are being offered by various travel agencies. The Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is labelled as the Island Hopping Tour and rates range from RM 100 (US$ 31) to RM 150 (US$ 46 ). The most expensive tour would include the following: Entrance Fee, Port Fee, Boat Fee, Land Return Transfer and even a buffet BBQ lunch at the island of your choice.

Jesselton Point

Read the rest of this entry »

About Travel Blog Travel Blog is your central source of news bits, amusing experiences, funny observations, and helpful tips and guides to travelling around Asia. For easier browsing, check the Categories section for topics you are interested in. Every month, we also highlight an Asian destination with quick links to the travel guide and best hotels in […]

read more »

Unexpected Highlights

Sri LankaSri Lanka weaves an amazing mix of attractive highlights – exotic wildlife, ancient ruins, temples, beaches and rolling tea plantations. Bellhop Picks: Read more about other attractions in our Sri Lanka guide. See what fellow travellers have to say in the Sri Lanka tales section.
  • Polls

    Top 5 Romantic Spots in Asia

    • Palawan, Philippines (39%, 182 Votes)
    • Boracay, Philippines (36%, 168 Votes)
    • Bali, Indonesia (31%, 143 Votes)
    • Agra, India (18%, 84 Votes)
    • Batangas, Philippines (17%, 79 Votes)
    • Male, Maldives (16%, 77 Votes)
    • Jeju Island, South Korea (16%, 75 Votes)
    • Sentosa Island, Singapore (15%, 72 Votes)
    • Krabi, Thailand (13%, 60 Votes)
    • Macau, China (10%, 49 Votes)
    • Halong Bay, Vietnam (7%, 34 Votes)

    Total Voters: 467

    Loading ... Loading ...