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Fruit Tripping In Thailand

February 26th, 2010 by

One of the things that I look forward to when visiting far off lands is the glorious food. Somehow the combination of exhilarating adventures and treating your palate to a rollercoaster of flavors makes traveling all the more pleasurable and something that you would really want to look forward to.  I believe that flavors can also heighten one’s impression of a particular place and it could leave a definitive mark in ones memory.  Sometimes, a whiff of something spicy that is being sautéed in your own kitchen can easily bring back memories of a particular trip to Indonesia or a bite into a juicy mango can make you recall your trip to a mango farm in a province in the Philippines.

Thailand Tamarind

It was definitely no different when I visited Thailand.  There were just so many dishes and tasty delicacies to try.  Some of the food varieties were even exotic – surely not the type that you will encounter on your dining table.   But what I truly enjoyed while in Thailand were the succulent fruits that were always delicious, fresh and juicy.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Betel Nut Culture

February 25th, 2010 by

Betel nuts come from the betel palm, which is prevalent in Asian countries and is used in the same way as tobacco is used in Western countries. The walnut-sized growths come in bundles of 250 to 500 pieces. It is a mild stimulant, and is primarily consumed by chewing., which various Asian cultures creating their own practices and belief systems around this habit-forming nut.

Here are 10 facts you may not know about Betel Nut culture:

betel leaf

*Betel nuts are shaved into slivers for easier chewing, often combined with spices and tobacco by producers to give a more appealing flavor. These are usually wrapped in betel leaves (which comes from the unrelated plant evergreen Piper Betle) before being distributed to shops.

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10 Amazing Sites to See in Hong Kong

February 24th, 2010 by

The city of Hong Kong is truly astounding. As you look over the skyline you’ll see an incredible contrast of old world style and modern architectural anomalies. Unlike most other modernized metropolitan cities, Hong Kong seems to have sprung up over night. Surrounded by mountains and islands, the city of Hong Kong has much to offer visitors from all walks of life. Here are a few attractions you won’t want to miss.

10. Hong Kong Art Museum

The Hong Kong  Museum of Art - where you can view Chinese antiquities, fine art and calligraphy.

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My Love Affair With Boracay Part 2

February 19th, 2010 by

The first morning of our stay at The Boracay Regency Beach Resort and Convention Center was very filling – literally!  We were escorted to the Sea Breeze Café for our buffet breakfast.  We ogled at the superb spread of the freshest breads, cheeses, fruits, juices, and other delectable breakfast fares.  I immediately fell in love with their fresh ripe mangoes and their heavenly French Toasts with yummy syrup.   To burn all the calories, we decided to take a morning stroll…

Relaxing in Boracay

To those who have not been to Boracay, it is just fitting to explain that Boracay is famous for its long stretch of sandy shore and shallow glistening blue green water.  The water is shallow in the sense that you will find yourself already a couple of meters from the shore and yet the water will only reach your knees.  This kind of water is what you can say safe for kids as there is no terrifying drop to deep water.  This long sandy stretch of beach is divided into several sections.

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10 Must-Try Anhui Dishes

February 18th, 2010 by

Anhui is one of the 8 great cuisines of China. This style of cooking, which was developed in South Anhei, Huai Bei and Yanjiang, is notable for its elaborate choice of cooking materials as well as the strictness of the cooking process. Ingredients are commonly found in mountain areas, such as bamboo shoots, stone frog, pangolin, mushrooms and tea leaves. Braising and stewing are common styles of cooking in this tradition, which are composed of southern Anhui region, Yangtze River region and Huai River region. Many Anhui dishes are stewed for hours and include dark, heavy sauces enhanced by sugar.

fried stinky tofu

Fried Stinky Tofu – Legend has it that a failed Anhui government examinee started a restaurant instead and chopped up tofu for cooking later. When he checked on the tofu several days later, he found they turned blue and smelly, but with a rich flavor. Today, this odorous snack food is sold by street vendors.

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A Visitor’s Guide to Cebu City

February 17th, 2010 by

Nestled in the heart of the Philippines is the stunning Cebu City. Cebu City serves as the capital of Cebu and is considered the oldest city in the Philippines.

Sinulog in Mambaling, Cebu City 2009 (January 25, 2009)

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My Love Affair With Boracay Part 1

February 12th, 2010 by

I have done much traveling ever since I rode my very first plane in 2002.  I can say that I have seen a lot of shopping stops, breathtaking sights, wonderful people, white sandy beaches and got to try a wide variety of food and mouth watering delicacies.  My very first trip was to Hong Kong and followed by numerous trips to international destinations.

Welcome to Boracay

After a year or two, I realized that I must learn more about my country and that I should book trips to the different provinces.  I have been to quite a number of local tourist spots but have not booked a trip to the famous island getaway called Boracay.  I figured that it was all hype and that I was not that fond of the noisy night scene that this place is famous for.

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Have A Romantic Time Along Love River

February 11th, 2010 by

The Love River is as historically important to Kaohsiung, Southern Taiwan, as the River Thames is for London. Formerly called Kaohsiung River, the 12-kilometer river passes through 7 prosperous urban districts and ends in Kaohsiung Harbor, and has undergone several renovations to become a beloved part of the city’s tourism.

Love River

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Visiting the Tian Tan Buddha – One of the Largest in the World

February 10th, 2010 by

As you travel throughout Asia you’ll find yourself surrounded by statues of the great Buddha. Some are seated, some are standing, some are bronze, and some are stone. They vary in shape and design, for sure, but none are quite as ominous as the great Tian Tan Buddha in Hong Kong.

Tian Tan Buddha Statue #1, Ngong Ping - Lantau Island

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Go With The Flow Of The Pearl River

February 5th, 2010 by

People who have been in some parts of China would most probably have come across the magnificent Pearl River which is located down South.  The Pearl River is also referred to as the Guangdong River and freely flows between Macau and Hong Kong as it joins the South China Sea.  This river ranks third in the list of longest rivers given that it is about 2, 200 kilometers long.  It follows after the equally famous Yangtze River and the Yellow River.

Welcome to the Pearl River

Based on available readings, the Pearl River got its name from a huge rock island that used to be found in the middle of the river and was always enveloped by water.  Because of its constant contact with the ravaging water, the rock became extra smooth and shiny similar to the polished and lustrous look of a pearl.  Because of this likeness with a pearl, the rock was then called the Haizhu Rock or Sea Pearl Rock and the river was consequentially referred to as the Pearl River – the river where the Pearl Rock can be found!

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