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Imperial Heritage Melaka Hotel

Kuala Lumpur has always been a favorite for us, but during our two-month ASEAN Summer Loop trip, we wanted to explore a new place in Malaysia. Melaka was the first thing that came to our mind. Not only is it just a couple of hours away from the new KLIA II airport, but it also boast of a UNESCO World Heritage Site listing.

Imperial Heritage Melaka Hotel
BEAUTIFUL SUNSET AT MELAKA

Coming straight from the airport, we arrived at Melaka just before twilight sets in. I quickly whipped out my phone and opened my map. Our hotel of choice which we pre-booked in Agoda, The Imperial Heritage, was just walking distance from the Mahkota Medical Centre bus drop off. We followed our map as the sky exploded into an array of reds and oranges.

We were quite flabbergasted when the massive, stately facade of the hotel loomed from across the street from where we were standing. It was stunning, very imperial indeed!

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Friday, July 3, 2015

Ma Mon Luk Restaurant in Quiapo, Quezon Avenue

Where are we going to eat next? As if we weren’t already gut-bustingly full, my buddies were already looking forward to the next food place after passing through numerous street eats along Quiapo. Our tummies had already gone through Cagayan’s Best Pancit Batil Patong, Master Hopia Factory, Hidalgo’s crispy tokwa and siomai and Globe Lumpia House.

We were on a food rampage across the gritty streets of Manila and R. Ma Mon Luk Restaurant was the next one on our list.

Ma Mon Luk Restaurant in Quiapo, Quezon Avenue
R. MA MON LUK RESTAURANT AT QUIAPO

I’ve passed by this pioneering Chinese restaurant located along the crowded Quezon Boulevard in Quiapo uncountable times, but for one reason or another, I’ve never ever tried eating there. The closest I did was to sit along its antiquated open-aired hall and look at their menu. I found it too expensive at the time and I hurriedly went out before a waiter approached me.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Cagayan's Best Pancit Batil Patong Bustillos Manila

It’s not where I want to eat, it’s what I want to eat. We were headed to Manila, and I knew right then what my buddy was craving for when I asked her for lunch, a plate filled with noodles from north of the Philippines, pancit batil patong.

I know just the place where we could get one without going all the way to Tuguegarao City.

Cagayan's Best Pancit Batil Patong Bustillos Manila
OPEN-AIRED SET UP, WE DECIDED TO EAT OUTSIDE

Having previously tried most of the panciterias selling pancit batil patong in Metro Manila, I knew that going to Cagayan’s Best Pancit Batil Patong would be a challenge. Most of these eateries are located on out of the way places, along unknown and narrow streets. This one near the Bustillos area in Sampaloc proved to be the same.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Monday, June 29, 2015

Bangkok Water Taxi at Khlong Saen Saep Canal

The long-tailed wooden boat growled as we gingerly hopped from the pier and seated ourselves inside. All the other commuters had taken the previous boat, filling it almost to capacity. Now, this one was all ours. A guy called out for more commuters, but the pier was already empty. The motorized boat growled once more, and gaining speed, ripped across the narrow canal, roaring onwards to a place called we-don’t-know-where.

Bangkok Water Taxi at Khlong Saen Saep Canal
COMMUTERS TAKING THE MORNING WATER TAXIS TO WORK

We have no idea that such antiquated transport system still existed in the modern metropolis that is Bangkok. It was only by chance that we were staying in Novotel Platinum Bangkok, which sits beside the Khlong Saen Saep canal, and we saw these long river taxis plying the waterways in regular intervals.

With no real plans, we decided to ride one before we leave Bangkok.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Sunday, June 28, 2015

Novotel Platinum Bangkok

Heaving a sigh of relief, we set our feet up and sipped on our cold drinks. We ruminated on Myanmar, where we came from just a few hours ago, spending a week or so along its arid lands, chasing temples and stupas with our bicycles.

We’ve had enough of roughing it out. Right now, the only thing we really wanted was to simply sit back and relax before the next leg of our two-month ASEAN Summer Loop trip starts again. And there’s nowhere else we’d rather be right then than at Novotel Platinum’s deck, overlooking the glittering lights of Bangkok.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Friday, June 26, 2015

Baiyoke Tower II Revolving View Point

If you focus hard enough, you will see the Bangkok metropolis swirl into light trails.

The ground beneath our feet was moving. That ground though was set 84 floors above the city. It was spinning, showing off the city’s magnificence at almost a thousand feet. And I thought, having a tremendous buffet dinner just before going to this revolving view deck ain’t such a good idea.

En Route to Baiyoke Tower II Revolving View Point
YOU THINK WE HAVE IT BAD IN MANILA, BANGKOK HAS CRAZIER TRAFFIC JAMS

We were rooted on one of the city’s nasty traffic jams a couple of hours before we arrived at the Baiyoke Tower II for dinner. From Sofitel So Bangkok, where we were staying, we can easily see the tower. We thought it would be a quick cab ride from our place to our rendezvous.

We thought wrong. Very wrong.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bangkok Grand Palace

It was not the time for the clouds to scud quickly out of sight and the sun to make a heated comeback. It threw its harsh, unrelenting rays across the courtyards of Bangkok’s Grand Palace, homing in on our heads and zapping us with its death rays one by one.

After a minute of walking, I was already bathed in sweat, my mouth turned down into a grimace and my face resembling that of a yaksha, a Thai demon, lifting a golden slab of whatever.

Bangkok Grand Palace
SPELL O-R-N-A-T-E

It was decided earlier in the day that we were gonna leave the comfort of Bangkok’s Sofitel So to see just what exactly the city has to offer in terms of temple runs. We checked the major temples, crossing out lesser known ones, until finally, there’s only one left. The Grand Palace.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Patpong Bangkok

Super Pussy. Now that’s a bar name you’d never likely to forget anytime soon.

I was browsing through some souvenirs being sold at Patpong Road’s open-aired night market when I came across the glowing neon sign announcing that it has, well, Super Pussy. Whatever that means, I leave up to your imaginations.

En Route to Patpong Bangkok
EN ROUTE TO PATPONG ROAD

After a filling dinner at the very touristy Asiatique The Riverfront, instead of going straight to Khao San Road for a few bottles of beer as we usually do when in Bangkok, the gang decided to head out to the more infamous street in the city, Patpong Road.

A few days in Thailand and we finally gave in to curiosity. And you know what they say about curiosity and pussies, err, I mean cats.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Tuesday, June 23, 2015