In and around Montreal

Advertorial Few North American cities are as perfectly situated to explore both the buzzing metropolis and the wonders of the great wide open as the Canadian city of Montreal. With its distinctive French culture, vibrant nightlife, and close proximity to beautiful rivers and mountains, it offers...

the grape escape

  [vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"]When I think of Australia I imagine of the Outback: The great vast wild endlessly chasing the horizon. Where taxonomy failed mankind, where Ernest Giles ate a live baby wallaby to survive, where men are men and livestocks are eternally nervous.   I was ready for it and...

the snow angel

  [vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"]"The train came out of the long tunnel and into snow country" ~ Yukiguni (Yasunari Kawabata)   It was the opening line of the epic novel by Kawabata. And that's exactly the chilling narration that I heard playing inside my head as our cable car...

the faces of sydney

  [vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"]The Boeing Dreamliner was cruising from west to east, essentially against time, towards the antipodean sunrise head on. In a matter of what I thought was few minutes of sleep, I was woken up with a breast of a woman in her mid-fifties dangling inches away from...

Getting Leh’d

. Rain. The drops of heaven carrying the nuance of childlike wondering. But these pervade every inch of my being like the countless spirits that permeates every mountain and rock, every island and bay.  Intangible as mist, unavoidable as gust. . After hours of driving from Leh across Ladakh and the...

the conquest of nubra by ron “the great” (part 1)

driving to khardung la . Two flights and combined 12 hours of waiting in airports, my transit from metropolitan Singapore to the far depths of the Silk Road battered and harassed my mortal body as if I went through five rounds of repeatedly being spanked like a...

hamilo coast @ pico de loro: quick escape near manila

hamilo coast @ pico de loro: quick escape near manila The most common first impression of inbound travelers upon landing in Manila is usually revolving around disillusionment. The urban chaos smudges what they have in mind when they planned the trip, the lush tropical tourism brochures...

traveling 101 for techies

My biggest concern while on the road is staying connected. Other hipster travelers will vehemently condone bringing of laptops and mobile phones when traveling because it apparently defeats the purpose of the escape, well, I beg to differ. The convenience of the ability to access online maps,...

the road to pangong tso

By Ron Cruz . Allizvell! Allizvell! When I saw that final scene in the film Three Idiots, my whole world froze in suspended animation, my conscious attention zeroed-in towards the TV frame, to that unworldly landscape, that vivid shade of teal. While in deep awe, I immediately grabbed a pen. LADAKH,...