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Iketeru at Hilton Kuala Lumpur – Sumptuous Japanese Cuisine

As with any major Asian capital, Japanese restaurants have somewhat become an ubiquity in Kuala Lumpur. Practically every mall has one with competition fierce for premium sushi and quality ramen. It is thus quite remarkable that Iketeru, which is housed inside Hilton Kuala Lumpur in KL Sentral remains jampacked with people even up to this […]


Solo Trip to Cotabato City and Maguindanao

I almost didn’t make it to Cotabato City. It was not because something untoward happened while I made the trip by land from General Santos City nor did I chicken out last minute. It was because no one was willing to go with me on this trip. It was kind of like my trip to […]


Hilton Kuala Lumpur – Convenience Amidst Affordable Luxury

Often cited for having the best value luxury hotels, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia is a delight for frequent travelers and luxury vacationers. This is the city where a 5-star hotel room can go for just US$100 a night. If you’re racking up points to reach elite status in a loyalty program or simply wishing to […]


An Unmistakable Malay Experience in Tanjong Jara Resort

Peninsular Malaysia’s quieter east coast is a traveler’s delight. Here, life moves at a slower pace. Balmy coconut trees sway lazily to the coastal breeze, people move about unhurriedly and the seafood is fresh. Life is as such from the seaside areas of Kelantan down to Johor that it makes one wonder why this particular […]


Buffet at Cafe Ilang Ilang, Manila Hotel

A contender for the most underrated hotel buffet in Manila has got to be the Cafe Ilang Ilang, the all-day dining restaurant inside Manila Hotel along Roxas Boulevard. Though a deserving 5-star hotel buffet in its own right, it doesn’t get as much buzz as Makati or Ortigas hotels. During my staycation at Manila Hotel, […]


The Definitive Guide to Nobu Hotel Manila in City of Dreams

Manila has seen a boom in hotel openings in recent years with several established hotel chains adding properties in the city. Part of this is due to the rise of integrated resorts and casinos which has led to a rapid change in the local hospitality scene. The newest integrated resort to open this year – […]


Travel Guide: Bataan – From Balanga to Bagac

One of the most popular weekend and holiday destinations for those living in Manila and a must-see for World War II history buffs, the province of Bataan has only quite recently entered the mainstream, thanks to new investment in hospitality and recreation. I remember Bataan from when we used to venture out some 20 to […]


Hotel Jen Manila – Great Value and Pleasantly Surprising

Looking at Hotel Jen Manila (the former Traders Hotel Manila) from the outside, one would be forgiven to skip the unassuming facade while speeding past Roxas Boulevard. The Hotel Jen name is at once mysterious as it is seemingly disproportional to the mature building that houses it. Following a global rebranding effort by the Shangri-la […]


Kitsho at Hotel Jen Manila – A Must-Try Japanese Restaurant

If I based my choices on what my family or friends recommend, I probably wouldn’t have come across Kitsho, the unassuming Japanese restaurant located inside the recently rebranded Hotel Jen Manila (former Traders Hotel Manila) along Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City. The Ermita and Malate area is of course, quite famous for standalone Japanese restaurants […]

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