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Two Majestic Mosques Of Brunei

October 31st, 2008 by

Touring the Empire Hotel and Country Club was the perfect introduction to the beauty of Brunei. The luxurious hotel can be compared to the appetizer of a 10-course meal where the food that you savor just keeps on getting better with every bite.

There are so many places to explore in this regal country. Brunei’s climate of high temperature and extreme humidity did not even bother me most especially since I am already used to living in a country where the average temperature is around 28 degrees Celsius.

Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

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Feast On These Asian Festival Foods!

October 30th, 2008 by

MooncakeSome Asian delicacies are so one-of-a-kind, they are served only on special occasions. Some of these are made available as a culinary highlight of the festivities, while others are so culturally significant they are the very center of many celebrations.

Here are 7 eastern food fares that are served especially during Asian festivals.

Mooncake

The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Mooncake Festival, is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month every year in Chinese communities. It coincides with many harvest festivals which occur in Western societies. It is during this time that mooncakes, a sweet moon-shaped pastry dish made with sesame seeds, lotus seed paste, and salted duck eggs, are served and exchanged as gifts.

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Thailand Markets Come Alive At Night

October 29th, 2008 by

There are a lot of countries to choose from in Asia if shopping is the number one item in your list of priorities during your trip. If you decide to go to Thailand for your shopping hunt then I am very sure that Thailand will not disappoint you. You will surely be excited with the variety of merchandise that are available to you and the best part is you can extend your shopping time until late at night because of the dependable night markets of Thailand.

These night markets are highly accessible if you come from most hotels in the country. A personal favourite of mine is the elegant business hotel, the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel Bangkok. I like it because all its 387 beautifully designed rooms and first class amenities are strategically located at the heart of Bangkok. After your day activities, you can head back to your hotel to freshen up and go out again for your night shopping.

Suan Lum Night Bazaar

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Delicious Asian Street Foods

October 27th, 2008 by

Newton Circus Hawker CentreNothing comes close to an affordable, exotic, and authentic Asian experience as sampling the region’s street food. Whether they are baked, grilled, fried, or steamed, these commoner’s culinary creations may be remade into expensive and pretentious entrees at elite restaurants, but we all know the best-tasting of these simple dishes come from the humble street hawkers of appreciative Asian cities.

Here are a few samples of Asian street food for you to savor.

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Live Like A Sultan For A Day In Brunei

October 24th, 2008 by

There are so many travel destinations in Asia and I feel extremely lucky to have been given the chance to visit most of them at one time or another. Some of these destinations are a favorite among tourists because of the great shopping experience that you can get out of your visit. There are countries that are frequented by tourists because of the landmarks and extraordinary architectures that are so photo-worthy. There are also Asian countries that are frequently visited because of their accessibility to various modes of transportation including budget airlines, ferries, etc. You will commonly hear Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, and Indonesia to be countries of choice and almost always included in travel itineraries. I guess you would agree with me that Brunei is usually left out.

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Nine Haunted Places In Asia

October 23rd, 2008 by

GhostThrill-seeking travelers would find no shortage of haunted places to visit around Asia. After all, a whole sub-genre of movies called Asian Horror wouldn’t be so popular if cultures across the continent didn’t have their own ghostly legends.

Here are nine places in Asia that are said to be haunted.

Old Changi Hospital – once a military hospital in Singapore before being closed down some years ago, this hospital is the most haunted spot in Asia’s most ghost-ridden city. The morgue is a particular hot spot for ghost sightings of the headless and feetless kind. Recently, plans have been drawn out to convert the area into a spa resort. Will it still maintain its most haunted status by then?

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Climbing Mt. Kinabalu: The Summit Of Borneo

October 21st, 2008 by

So many tourists go to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah Malaysia to test their limits by conquering Mt. Kinabalu, the tallest mountain in Malaysia.

Climbing Mt. Kinabalu can actually be completed within two days but it is not recommended most especially for novice climbers. A slower paced 3-day climb is more comfortable and suggested to acclimatise to the altitude and to give you to enjoy the climb and appreciate the rich flora and fauna including rare plants, colourful birds, interesting insects, etc.

Mt. Kinabalu

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Look Down From Awesome Observation Decks In Asia

October 20th, 2008 by

Nothing starts a city-wide tour than by viewing the whole city from high above. Whether its from a tower, a skybridge, or even an observation wheel, a bird’s eye view of the streets, the buildings, the people, and the lights is something to be part of the memories of your trip.

Here are nine skyscraping perches which overlooks magnificent Asian cities.

Shanghai World Financial Centre

This 101-story mixed-use tower accomplishes so  many things, like being China’s tallest building, the world’s third tallest building, and the world’s tallest hotel. The observation deck on it is the world’s highest, being located on the 97th to 100th floor, some 450 meters above the ground. Visitors will have to pay 150 Yuan for the chance to see Shanghai from so far up. Sad to say, the designers were forced to abandon plans to include a Ferris wheel on top, which would have made the view from above Shanghai even Shang-higher.

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Fall In Love With The Waterfalls Of Asia

October 18th, 2008 by

Beautiful WaterfallNo portfolio of a nature photographer is complete with capturing the majestic beauty of waterfalls. The rush of water pouring into an emerald pool surrounded by greenery is the stuff that inspires zen gardens and nature walks. What’s best about these waterfalls in Asia is the occurrence of the monsoon season, when torrential rains turn the surge of water into a glorious spectacle of  nature’s fury.

Here are nine Asian Waterfalls to admire during your travels.

Shiraito Falls – the most famous waterfall in Japan, located in the lower slopes of Mount Fuji. Shiraito has been proclaimed as one of the most scenic waterfalls in the country. The best time to visit is during autumn, when the leaves in the enclosing forest are starting to change color.

Pagsanjan Falls – one of the big thrills of this falls in the Philippines is the journey by traditional bancas. A boatman will paddle, push, and shove his boatload of passengers past rocks, curves, and the current to reach the destination, then repeat the performance on the way back. The base of the falls is a large pool where people can swim, bathe, and enjoy themselves. There is also a cave behind the falls for exploring.

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10 Things To Buy In Hong Kong

October 17th, 2008 by

Hong Kong has a popular reputation for being one of the best shopping destinations in Asia. I would have to say that this reputation is well deserved. Shopping choices include the finest fashion boutiques, and huge malls that sell everything from cameras to cosmetics, clothes, shoes, jade, jewelry, etc. Visit alleyway markets and practice your bargaining powers. Include factory outlets in your itinerary and get a kick from rummaging through piles of stocks. Your patience might just reward you with interesting finds like stylish designer pieces.

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