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The Peranakan, also once known as the Straits Chinese, are more commonly associated with the states of Penang and Melaka in Malaysia. However, little do people know that the East Coast state of Terengganu has a considerable Peranakan population, meshing well with its predominantly Muslim majority. Recently, we attended a festival they held to commemorate their unique culture—which some claim is sadly faltering as generations pass. Read more…

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As I landed into hot and humid Siem Reap, a representative from Le Méridien Angkor took my luggage, offered me a cold towel and water, and got me hooked on mobile wi-fi in a jiffy. I was then asked if I wanted to drive slowly by the picturesque Angkor Wat area to soak it all up en route to the hotel, and so we did. The Le Méridien brand is all about discovering the locale, so for three days, the hotel helped me see clearly what the ancient Cambodian city has to offer. Read more…

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Open for business since 2009, Anzani has already established itself on the forefront of Cebu’s culinary scene, even way before trendy restaurants opened left and right. A husband-and-wife duo runs the place that rightfully shies away from the hustle-and-bustle of the city, giving its fine New Mediterranean cuisine the exclusivity and distinction it deserves. Read more…

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After weeks in chaotic cities, I badly needed a break—one where, pretentious as it may sound, stay still and reflect. I contacted our friends at Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi, and as soon as they confirmed my reservation, I could already hear the waves calling. Read more…

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Recently, I tried out the Skyview Lounge at the NAIA Terminal 3 in Manila. Opened only last February, the airport lounge welcomes not only premium class passengers and frequent flyers of Emirates and ANA, but also paying guests and holders of certain credit cards. Read more…

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Although I was bound for Asian shopping mecca Bangkok, I opted to drop by the SM Aura Premiere branch of UNIQLO Philippines to do some jeans shopping. I could’ve easily picked a pair from say Platinum Fashion Mall or Chatuchak Weekend Market in the Thai capital, but I chose to buy a pair here in good ol’ Manila because the popular Japanese fast fashion brand just released a new line called Re-Jean or Reimagined Jeans. Read more…

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Although their hit animated film has been long gone from theatres, love for the cuddly yellow Minions, themselves a cult phenomenon, hasn’t faded yet. I proved this on my recent visit to Universal Studios Singapore where the Minion mania is well alive. Read more…