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Koh Yao Noi

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Koh Yao Noi

Posted on 01 July 2014 by Dreidel Regala

Drones. Don’t you just love those drone travel films that are going around lately? Here’s the latest I found.

Koh Yao Noi from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

It was shot in Koh Yao Noi, Thailand by Philip Bloom. Beautiful place, beautiful filming. Read his full blog post if you want to do something similar.

Koh Yao Noi

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Roti for me, roti for you!

Posted on 20 July 2012 by Dreidel Regala

Ao Nang Pancake (Roti) from D R on Vimeo.

This is a pancake (aka roti) that I got to try in Ao Nang, Thailand. It looks different from the western pancake we know but it tastes good. It’s very thin with the chosen filling wrapped inside then fried to a good crisp then topped with condensed milk. It’s sold on the streets by mostly Muslim vendors. For a cheap 20baht your afternoons will surely be a delight, oh and don’t forget your fruit shake!

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Baler Surf & Music Festival

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Long Story – it’s Short!

Posted on 21 March 2012 by Dreidel Regala

When I went to Taiwan some weeks back I knew I had to go back. It was only a week long trip and I was busy running around a couple of cities, jumping on buses, and catching trains. I knew very much it’s considered a big no-no for travelers to do it this way – I mean there’s just no way experiences will be deep more so it ain’t relaxing at all. But for a corporate worker like me, this is the only way I know I can. I know that already, accepted it, and tossed all my complaining at the back… after all I still need to work it so I can make the dreaming into reality even for just a tiny sip of the cup.

In these short trips we are bound to miss some things. Just like me missing Taipei Zoo and seeing the cute Panda bears when I was in Taiwan. Pandas are not native to Taiwan, they came in from China but even so these huggable creatures are definitely an interesting sight.

Another I consider a “miss” are Yehliu and Jiufen Old Street, technically I did not miss these two because I did pay a visit to these places but due to the awful weather the stop was not fun. Rain and cloud hampered my view but these two are a definite must. Yehliu’s unique rock formation is remarkable and picture perfect so next time I’ll make sure the sun is high and winds are kept to a minimum.

Yehliu on upper right corner

Yehliu on upper right corner

While I was able to get a few snapshots of Yehliu, Jiufen on the other hand had none when I was there. I wasn’t aware of the impending Taiwan holiday when I planned my trip to which resulted in an overcrowded Jiufen. It was awful that I could barely enjoy the food because every stall was busy. On other news the overlooking view of Jiufen was caught M.I.A. too due to the heavy cloud… yeah I thought the cool February is perfect but I guess not. My timing was not right but Jiufen’s Old Street looked really nice. Sometimes though it’s the itinerary that’s too busy…. ahhh I remember going to Kamotes Island in Cebu wherein I never got to try the beach when I was there!

Kamotes Island, Cebu

Kamotes Island, Cebu

On a different angle missing out is not all about the not so good first time. Sometimes when something so nice happened you just want to prolong it… well that’s the case when I was in Krabi Thailand. Known for its great beaches (yes “beaches” not just one).

Maya Bay, Krabi

Maya Bay, Krabi

We were able to see the beautiful islands under the good sun but time flies so fast on the good ones. Just like my stay in Bantayan, Cebu where quiet beautiful white beach lies.

Bantayan Island, Cebu

Bantayan Island, Cebu

Or when you are in a music festival that you never want to stop!

Baler Surf & Music Festival

Baler Surf & Music Festival

So if we can’t have those long trips we’ll just have to keep coming back.

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“Secret” Beach No More

Posted on 03 February 2012 by Dreidel Regala

We’ve all seen the movie “The Beach” – (if not then where were you during the 90s?! kidding!). It’s a film that always ends up in a traveler’s list. All the mystery, adventure and urban legend feeling is just intriguing, right. It’s no news anymore about the whereabouts of this featured paradise. Location – Maya bay in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand.

I may not be as mighty adventurous as Richard there, but once I heard about the possibility of going there with some group of people I was like “Game!”. I was immediately imagining how it would look in person. I am from The Philippines and while I’m already used to seeing sea and beaches I still want to be amazed anew.

It’s generally a long trip to Krabi from The Philippines. There’s no direct flight so we had to go to Kuala Lumpur first, sleep in the airport, then fly again to Krabi. In Krabi is the the town of Ao Nang where we’ll use as our base. Ao Nang is a nice sea side place where walking along the streets, checking out street food, souvenir shopping, and having Thai massage is a common routine. The town is used to travelers from all over which is why they generally understand English. Thai food is fantastic, spicy but nice. Locals are friendly. Though the movie made the place really famous, I was surprised it wasn’t super crowded when we got there.

We hopped on a speedboat along with some other asian groups (I think they arrange boats by continent haha), then after stopping a couple of islands for swimming, snorkeling, and picture taking, we arrived to a hidden enclave where the water is still & clear, and the sand is fine. It’s an awesome find for someone who wants a beach for themselves BUT now since it’s no longer secret I felt like “hmmm so this is where the whole of Ao Nang is?” The water still looked pristine although half of the beach front (it wasn’t long by the way) was already taken as a docking area. Walking further into the island, we saw that some movie items such as tents, lamps etc. were displayed in like a beach museum. A couple of steps more and we reached the other side of the island. Could be cool if I was with Leonardo in the island but I could just enjoy the fine sand, sun & water then that he once did =)

Here’s my clip of Krabi

Feel Good Beach 😀 from D R on Vimeo.

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Tea’s Up

Posted on 27 August 2011 by Dreidel Regala

If there’s one thing I really enjoy doing when I’m on vacation besides getting a local massage it’s this baby – Milk Tea! I love Nai Cha, the calm taste of tea plus the sweetness of milk ahhh, and asia’s got the best of these.

I had it in Hong Kong…

… then the Thai version

probably a good surprise is the offering of Thailand 7eleven

and then China’s Happy Lemon opens in Manila too!

So far I like the ones from Thailand but the quest continues as soon I’ll find out about Taiwan’s offering too… happy tea drinking everyone!

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