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Rishiray

Rishi Sankar is a Cloud HRMS Project Manager/ Solution Architect. Over the past 15+ years, he has managed to combine his overwhelming wanderlust with a desire to stay employed, resulting in continuing stints with 3 major consulting firms (IBM, Deloitte, Accenture). He documents his adventures around the world on "Ah Trini Travelogue" with pictures and stories from the road/tuk-tuk/camel/rickshaw. You can follow him on Twitter at @rishiray and on Facebook at "Ah Trini Travelogue . He doesn't like Chicken Curry but loves Curry Chicken and is always trying to find the perfect Trinidadian roti on the road. He also doesn't like cheese and kittens ... and definitely not together. E-mail from his blog is appreciated like a 35 yr old Balvenie at [email protected]

March, 2011

  • 5 March

    Getting into Banaue …

    Well definitely a miserable final drive into Banaue. This place is far when you’re delayed by three hours. The rain here isn’t making things better, so hopefully the rain will break and ensure we can see some stuff. If only this was sunny, this would be a spectacular landscape.

  • 5 March

    Jeepneys, Tricycles, Buses and Car Rental breakdowns in Cabanach

    Today was definitely an exercise in attrition. Getting to Banaue (pronounced banaaa-way) from Manila is a task itself. This trip can take between 8-12 hours depending on your mode of transport. If you looking for “how tos” in getting from Manila to Banaue – these are three links that explain the process and steps in logical detail – I would …

  • 3 March

    I finally ate something … and it’s not god damn Balut!

    For the past two days here in Manila, I’ve not been able to eat anything fried, since the grease that is used, is quite different from what we get in the US or Canada or Trinidad. I don’t prefer the smell or taste but the filipinos love their Jollibees – note that the mascot is a Jolly Bee in a …

  • 2 March

    Can I have a piece of KFC … Spicy … and it comes with …

    RICE??!???! So for early lunch today, I decided that I would grab something quick. Walking around the campus here, I saw most brands but being the Trini I am … and coming from a country with the world’s greatest KFC, I wanted to try the KFC in Manila. Mistake!! Conclusions … Chicken tastes like grease … duh … but serious …

  • 1 March

    Even flying first class to Hong Kong is ridiculously long …

    The one thing to consider when flying from North America to Asia is that no matter what class you’re flying in, it is a long, long flight – my first two trips to Asia seemed shorter but this one seemed brutal. Here is what the last 15 1/2 hours have consisted of First 20 mins was spent playing with the …

February, 2011

  • 28 February

    Monday Morning Consultant … Feb 28th, 2011 (Pins and Needles Edition)

    In conversations, people ask what I do for a living. As a consultant, people think that we sometimes get to travel to far off locations to enjoy sun, sand and sea, while working from a laptop connected to the hotel wireless and knocking back a single malt scotch. The standard response to this line of questioning is We never ever fly …

  • 27 February

    Monday Morning Consultant – Last minute Philippine edition

    It is official … for the first time in my traveling life, I am a little overwhelmed by options and hazards in a traveling destination – just because I have NOT fully scoped out the following: Taxis/Scams/Danger : After 60+ countries of bouncing around, and not taking heed to obvious dangers, I have to say that the couple weeks that I have …

  • 22 February

    Tuesday Morning – Overrated!!! Sistine Chapel

    As the travel log evolves, I get asked many questions: What is the best travel experience Where is the best place What is the best food you’ve had Where is … where is … what is ???? A new focus of the travel log will be the Tuesday Morning Overrated!! section. Every Tuesday, I’ll have a picture of the most …

  • 14 February

    Monday Morning Consultant … Feb 14th, 2011 (Valentines Day Edition)

    Generally Valentines Day for consultants is a sucky day … thankfully with our seclusion from the rest of the human race, we generally don’t have to be subjected to the comments and pawing from the rest of the world.  Consulting Valentines Day sucks for many reasons and it doesn’t matter whether you’re single or have a significant other for the …

  • 7 February

    Monday Morning Consultant … Feb 7th, 2011 (TN-1 Edition)

    As a “visible minority” North American tech consultant, there is almost nothing as nerve racking as going to the border to apply for a work permit (TN-1/L or H1-B visa). At least, if you’re applying for the L and H1-B, you have fair warning whether you will get through or not, however with the TN-1 visa, there is no guarantee …