Fellowship of the Wanderlusters

The living room was dimly lit, the furniture was from a forgotten era, and the room smelled of age. Sitting on the bygone era sofas were six travelers, from different countries. Their presence, youthful excitements, and lively chatters injected life to a room that had seen its glory days.

Unconventional Beds

In these 12 years of wandering life I have encountered all kinds of accommodations and slept in all sorts of beds; rocking trains, luxurious buses, swinging hammocks, third-class boats, bedbugs infested beds, etc. But I have also slept in some really unusual beds.

Wanderlust in Motion

For many people, watching movie is a form of escape from reality. Movies take us to a different reality, and some even take us to places. I love watching movies, even more so movies set in exotic destinations and movies about travel. Some movies are so well made that they created a traveling boom for…read more

Observing Equanimity

As the bus, carrying only a dozen passengers, left BTS Bus Terminal in Kuala Lumpur, my thought had already covered the 250km to my destination; an oasis of calm in the middle of an oil palm plantation near the town of Kuantan on Malaysia’s east coast.

Looking for My Khaosan Road

I came to Bangkok for the first time with my family when I was 15 years old. Like any typical Asian family travel, we joined a tour. We were bused from sites to sights, and the only thing I remember was getting sick from the boat ride to Pattaya. I had never heard of Khaosan…read more

Outer Travel Inner Journey

The autumn of 2005 I did something that changed my life – I walked the Camino de Santiago. For 37 days I traversed over 800km from Roncesvalles, in the Pyrenees, to Finisterre, at the Atlantic coast of northwestern Spain.

Finding Lucky

There is nothing compare to the warm and relaxing sensation of sitting by the beach and watching the sun slowly sets on the horizon. And there’s no sunset quite like the one in Borneo. 2014 was the year I explored my own backyard, Sarawak, and I was surprised to find treasure trove of cultural gems…read more

Chat with a coffee farmer

Salento is fast becoming a must-stop for travelers in Colombia. Drawn here by the spectacular Valle de Cocora and its quaint streets dotted with bohemian cafes, it’s one of the best places to unwind and rest. One of the activities offered in Salento is visiting a coffee farm. There are a few that charge a…read more

Postcards 4U: Heavenly creatures

Dear U, This was taken at Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai. A work of majestic proportion by local artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, this contemporary Buddhist temple is all white to represent the purity of the Buddha.

Chat with Buddhist Monks

Growing up a Catholic, I had never paid much interest in other religions and philosophies. But when I started a self discovering journey I find myself unconsciously and unknowing drawn to Buddhist philosophy.

Postcards 4U: Devotion

Dear U, This is a picture taken in a wat in Chiang Mai. The amount of incense in front of the statue of Buddha reflects the devotion of the Thais.

Wat is this

Thailand has been a tourist/traveler’s mecca for a long time. Known as The Land of Smiles, the Thais are friendly, polite and humble. I think that has a lot to do with their religion – Buddhism.

Chat with a wildlife guide

Sitting in a dug-out motorized boat, being led here and there by the experienced hand of a guide to spot wildlife is an amazing experience but what caught my attention was how the guide could spot these wildlife from a distance, even at night. My guide Tong-tong is only 19 years old but has a…read more

Meeting crocs and spying orangutans

“There are crocodiles in the river,” 2 cute little boys told me just before I went on the boat to cruise down the brown-colored crocodiles-infested river.

The Refined Art of Packing

I’m writing this at home, 2 days before the departure for my 2 months plus trip around South East Asia.