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Eat, Love, Pray & Play Bali – Part 5.

DSC06544DSC05339After a one and a half hour van ride from Seminyak, followed by a bumpy traverse over narrow unpaved tracks deep into the paddy fields, we finally arrived at our destination – Agung Khalia Villa, abode for our 5 nights in Ubud, Bali. 

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This incredibly alluring  villa complex is surrounded by plots of lush paddy fields; we learned from our driver that they belong to different farming families, with the boundaries of ownership demarcated by small shrines planted at the corners of each plot.

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Agung Khalia Villa has an interesting history, as told to me by the villa manager Guru, a local Balinese who incidentally is a superb hospitality professional who doesn’t say no to any guest requests. Apparently the c0-owner of the villa, Californian college professor Laura Leaver, used to lead school trips to Bali. She fell in love with the place…

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Novotel

   Novotel Phuket is a great place for a holiday stay just off Patong Beach Thailand  On my first trip to Thailand a friend and I both booked separate rooms here.

Its sits on a hill overlooking Patong Bay and is just far enough away to be quite and a sense of seclusion. But is just a very short walk to the beach and all the shops, vendors.

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Baumanburi

I stayed here couple years ago for several weeks with friends and had a great time and recommend it! Price is not expensive and the service was very good.

Baumanburi is in Patong Phuket Thailand just a block away from Patong Beach and in the middle of all the fun things to do Shopping, eating massages, and party.

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When I stayed, the wing on the far side from the street had not been added.  We both had the rooms off the pool which is great!

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travelux

Sanctum Inle Resort is not comparable to other hotels we usually preview in this section. The resort in Myanmar is a unique combination of a luxury hotel and a convent. Sanctum Inle Resort combines the calm and beauty of nature in Myanmar with the simplicity of life as a monk. All this is combined with the luxurious touches throughout the hotel.

Located at Inle Lake, a few dozen kilometers away from Myanmar’s capital Naypyitaw, Sanctum Inle Resort invites guests to get to know something totally new in life. The experience at Sanctum Inle Resort focuses on relaxation, calm and spiritual experiences.

Sanctum Inle Resort Lobby Lobby (Image Source: Sanctum Inle Resort / sanctum-inle-resort.com)

Each and every guest at Sanctum Inle Lake will come back from the hotel with a complete new mindset. Which hotel can say something like that from the experience guests will have?

Rooms at Sanctum Inle Resort

Minimalism is the key…

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She Walks the World

The Hard Rock Hotel Penang is located along the coastal stretch of Batu Ferringhi, in Malaysia’s northern island state of Penang. It is one of the most popular tourist spots on the island– a stretch of beach lined with world-class resorts, hotels and ritzy condominiums. The beach itself isn’t anything to shout about, but with the luxury and comfort most of the resorts provide; it more than makes up for it.

And of course, if you’re staying in a resort like the Hard Rock– with specially designed rooms, sandy bottom swimming pools and fun-filled activities; there is really no need to go anywhere else.

The Hard Rock Hotel PenangOverview
I stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel Penang a couple of times when I visited Batu Ferringhi. It is one of the more prominent resorts along this stretch of coastal road– after all, who can miss its signature purple sign? Just like the other few…

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The Filipino Wanderer

Whether you want to admit it to yourself or not, there are times when, after visiting one place, over and over again, you just become a bit bored, and your interest in visiting it once again wanes.

Cebu is a little bit like that for me. After visiting it for more then 20 times already for events, and business meetings over the past 13 years, it has become a very boring place for me and begged off some opportunities to come visit it again.

But all that changed when I had the chance to visit the city and stay at the luxurious Movenpick Hotel in Mactan Island.

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I have heard only wonderful things about the hotel and I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to experience it for myself.

Needless to say, I had high expectations but I was also realistic.

Thank God that Movenpick exceeded all my expectations and…

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goodywinks

I travelled 8 countries in 4 months, and these were the top 5 places I stayed and why. All had free wifi in the communal areas and in some of the dorms – always good to know! Some did food, some didn’t.

  1.  Mad Monkey – Siem Reap, Kampot, Koh Rong Samloem, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

These two giggly girls helping my friend Stuart out with handwashing his clothes in the sink... These two giggly girls helping my friend Stuart out with handwashing his clothes in the sink…

This one will be a long description as there’s a lot to say…A reasonably priced party hostel, by all accounts, but one with good facilities ($8, or £5 per night and a swimming pool in the hostel!?), really friendly and cheekily fun staff (cleaning ladies who liked to sit on my bed and look at photos of my boyfriend, giggle and basically hide from their boss for a few minutes were a high point!) and pretty strong ethics. Large…

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She Walks the World

Villa Samadhi is a luxurious retreat in the calm of nature, right smack in the middle of bustling Kuala Lumpur. It is located just a drive away to many of the city’s highlights– the Petronas Twin Towers, the KL Tower, and the Golden Triangle area of Bukit Bintang. The resort itself is nestled within a quiet corner of the city; surrounded by upscale condominiums and foreign embassies.

Villa Samadhi: A Kuala Lumpur Retreat- www.shewalkstheworld.comMy Samadhi Experience
There are not many luxury boutique resorts in the heart of Kuala Lumpur– so Villa Samadhi is in a league of its own. Living in the city, I wanted to go somewhere for the weekend that didn’t require me to travel too much; and this villa offered me the peace and tranquility I needed while being close enough to home.

With a front entrance that could easily be missed if you’re not looking for it, I felt like I was…

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The Filipino Wanderer

I am definitely a man who’s after value for money.

So when my mom asked me whether I wanted to try having a buffet dinner at Market Cafe for about $50 per person, it was an understatement to say that I was skeptical about it. In fact, I wasn’t that thrilled. I wasn’t planning on spending $100 when I can dine at a great restaurant for a fraction of the cost.

But since we were in the area, (my mom tried her hands at the slots), we proceeded to have dinner at Market Cafe, located at the third floor of the Hyatt Hotel and Casino in Malate, Manila.

Now, being the food lover that I am, I am very much familiar with buffet dinners. I’ve tried having dinner at Spiral in Sofitel; Circles in Makati Shang; Heat in Edsa Shang; Escolta in Manila Pen; Cafe Ilang-Ilang in Manila Hotel and…

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Peter's Big Adventure

In my last article we talked about some of my favorite places to go around Hanoi for various things. But when you make the jump from traveler to expat you have a different set of needs. When people contact me with questions about moving to Hanoi, they usually ask the same things. I’m going to do my best to address all of those questions here.  So here are my official cliff notes on how to get your feet on the ground in Hanoi…

DISCLAIMER: This is not the end-all be-all of Hanoi. There are always other places you can look, and it’s possible that many of them would be good options. But if you choose to rely exclusively on my suggestions, everything will be fine. That’s a Peter Promise.


Housing & Accommodations

Where should I live?
Obviously you can live anywhere you want to (Hanoi really doesn’t have any dangerous…

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The Filipino Wanderer

Whenever I go out of the country, people always ask the same questions, how long will you stay there and where will you stay?

I often times give a vague answer, because most people are not yet familiar with the concepts of couchsurfing and hostels. I don’t want them to end up confused.

Couchsurfing has been going in the Philippines but most people, including a lot of its new members have misguided notion of what it is.

On the other hand, the concept of hostels and dormitory type accommodations is gaining popularity in the country. Granted, most of the clienteles of these dorm type hostels are mostly foreigners and experienced travelers, but the increasing number of such facilities give me satisfaction.

At least, more and more people will be able to experience the joys of hostel living.

But what is it exactly that makes hostel ling quite an awesome experience?

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