Over the last few years as our travels increased, I decided to latch on to one of the loyalty memberships and with a wide spectrum of choices from budget to ultra-luxury, Accor suited the most. The ease of redemption, special treatment for direct booking and some great locations has been the USP so far. With … Continue reading MyRoom at Ibis – an innovative concept
And so we embarked on the trip that we have been planning for and laughing off as one of our “dream” projects. It was when we finally had the bookings in place (for the 2nd time. Don’t ask how…) that I started educating myself about the countries we were going to visit! All that I … Continue reading Xin chào Vietnam !
Group Tour or individual tour, the dilemma was answered the moment we came to know that the group tour would not take us to the firing range which we were looking forward to since the trip was planned. Cu Chi is an hour and half away from HCMC / Saigon, our first stop in Vietnam. … Continue reading The Cu Chi Intrigue!
I’m not sure when I fell in love with Vietnamese cuisine. The first time I had Pho, I thought it was truly unspectacular. A few weeks in Indonesia and visiting some local Vietnamese restaurants I had learned to dress it up with fresh herbs, bean sprouts, sauces and lime. I was addicted! While I proudly … Continue reading Vietnam – the land of Pho & coffee
“Siem Reap Tower, Good Afternoon XU-189 requesting startup for Angkor Wat flight” “Good Afternoon XU-189 Startup approved” “Siem Reap Tower, XU -189 requesting take off clearance for Angkor Wat flight” “XU-189 cleared for takeoff” I was elated, all strapped up in the Eurocopter AS350 with my better half for a flight over the historic Angkor … Continue reading XU-189 cleared for takeoff – The helicopter experience
When you think Indonesia, you think Bali. A place certainly not on most itineraries is Pontianak. Twelve countries the world over are on the equator and there is only one city, Pontianak – which is located right on the equator. Pontianak is the head quarter of West Kalimantan province and is on the island of … Continue reading Pontianak – Visiting the Equator in Indonesia
As the A320 started its descent I start to see the ocean dotted with medium sized cargo ships and oil tankers. We are landing on an island but the ocean around cannot be described in any shade of blue, there are no golden sand beaches or thatched roofs in sight. We are landing in Jakarta, … Continue reading 36 hours in Jakarta
Thanks to the tulips festival, the hotel costs in Amsterdam were at its peak. With an efficient public transport system and the Tulip gardens closer from the airport, we decided to stay at an airport hotel. A completely unknown brand citizenM looked enticing because the picture of the room on their website showed the room … Continue reading citizenM Schiphol – Room with a view
The tour left TW-TH at local market around dinner time. Now they had to figure out what is edible for their palate! TW is a proud carnivore and so she was (over)confident that she would eat anything comfortably, it was just TH who had to find food palatable to him. But, a visit to South … Continue reading The Cambodia Chronicles – Part 2
Sitting idle comes naturally to TW (The Wife). TW can while away zillions of hours doing nothing. And living a packed schedule comes equally naturally to her. But there has to be a good enough reason for her to snap out of her inertia. Recently the reason came in the form of an impromptu trip … Continue reading The Cambodia Chronicles – Part 1