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I miss being the only Trinidadian in Uzbekistan

I miss being the only Trinidadian in Uzbekistan

It’s been about a year since my epic first adventure through Central Asia and specifically being blown away by Uzbekistan as a tourist destination. In a somewhat perverse way, I also miss being a sideshow attraction of being a Trinidadian in Uzbekistan. For instance, when I was walking through the Walled City of Khiva, I subject to many curious glances and a lot of people said “Hi!” …if just to figure out where I was from … since they hadn’t seen a big brown guy before. Everywhere Lev (my Russian guide ) and I walked, people were interested in chatting ... Read More »

Wednesday Photo Nights #24 : Crushing Buffets in Manila

Wednesday Photo Nights #24 : Crushing Buffets in Manila

When you’re travelling around the planet, you’re bound to see some amazing food emporiums. That being said, I’ve seen nowhere else in the world that offers consistently amazing hotel buffets like those found in Manila, Philippines. Spiral at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Circles at Makati Shangri-La Talipapa Fish Market If you’re looking for an exhaustive list of buffets in Manila … here you go Hotel Restaurant Buffets in Manila Acaci at the Acacia Hotel Basix, Benjarong, Tosca, UMU – Crossover Brunch at Dusit Thani Café Asie at the Bellevue Cafe Eight at the Crimson Hotel Cafe Felisa at the Aloha ... Read More »

Wining at a Trini wedding … and more videos

Wining at a Trini wedding … and more videos

Over the years, I’ve take a lot of videos. I would say that my videos are pretty horrible, since I have no sense of cinematography whatsoever. It’s almost as though I’ve been shooting my video in the same manner in which I shoot my photos … but they’re obviously two very different things. I’ve never really expected anyone to see my videos … so I’m always surprised at comments on my YouTube channel. For instance … this video of random women wining at my brother’s wedding got a lot of hits … now 40000 views isn’t Justin Bieber-ish, but it’s ... Read More »

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic – that’s a lot to say

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic – that’s a lot to say

When you’re in Kandy, along with the cricket ground where Murali grew up and the elephant orphanage, you will visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. This temple complex houses one of the most important Buddhist relics in all of Sri Lanka, an object so sacred it bring throngs of devotees to the temple threshold every year. I’m sure from the name, you can guess what’s housed in the temple – a tooth of Buddha himself in a golden box. According to legend, the tooth was taken from the Buddha as he lay on his funeral pyre. It was ... Read More »

Bukhara Sightseeing : Poi Kalyan photoblog

Bukhara Sightseeing : Poi Kalyan photoblog

It’s been about two months since I left Uzbekistan, but I can’t think of a place I’ve been that I’ve expected so little from that offered so much. As a Trinidadian, the idea of vast mosque complexes, rugged terrain and amazing food would be something that I would expect in the much more well known Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran etc … but not Uzbekistan. As for Bukhara, it’s one of the holiest places of Islam and was one of the key stops along the Silk Route. In the Middle Ages, when the region was at its zenith, scholars ... Read More »

Here’s how to do Pagsanjan Falls … my Pagsanjan Falls DIY approach

Here’s how to do Pagsanjan Falls … my Pagsanjan Falls DIY approach

It’s a known fact that I love waterfalls (well it’s known, if you read this travel blog). I’ve done 4 of the big 5 waterfalls around the world, and I’ll generally go to any place where there is an awesome waterfall. On a trip to the Philippines, I had a chance to go behind Pagsanjan Falls. It’s pretty awesome and there are a couple ways you can see the falls Do a day tour from Manila DIY using local transport. I’ve put a link with directions at the bottom of the article – Pagsanjan Falls DIY Use a local driver ... Read More »

All about tea in Sri Lanka … no Lipton for me

All about tea in Sri Lanka … no Lipton for me

Growing up in Trinidad leads you to believe certain truths about the world Any drink with fizz or carbonation is a “Swee Drink” All condensed milk should come from a small Nestle can. All tea is either Lipton or Dilmah, always comes in a bag. I was never a big tea person back home because I’m lactose intolerant. In the years when I grew up (80′s and 90′s), if you walked into any Indo-Trini household and you’re going to find a pot of tea in the morning along with a can of Carnation evaporated milk or Nestle Condensed Milk for ... Read More »

Who else wants to go to Male?

Who else wants to go to Male?

I know what you’re thinking “What to do in Male?”… you might have stumbled on this, thinking something else. That being said, Male is the capital of the Maldives. I had a chance to visit one of those magical honeymoon paradises, two years ago and aside from the phenomenal beaches and stunning sunsets, I had a chance to visit Male. Typically, you’re going to be on a resort island and getting from your resort island to Male, will usually involve some exorbitant day fee … get used to it. You’re in the Maldives now – things are going to be ... Read More »

Wine tasting in Samarkand … yep … seriously!

Wine tasting in Samarkand … yep … seriously!

Wine tasting in Samarkand? You didn’t know that Uzbekistan had wine? Neither did I! So our gracious friend and guide Yuliya suggested that we try some Uzbek wine, you could imagine the face I made and the thoughts which ran amok in my brain. Yuliya’s suggestion wasn’t really about the wine but her story that the woman who runs the tasting is frequently drunk while things are going on. That sounded like excellent entertainment to me. The Filatov winery also has a museum of wine, which stores collection of the winery’s best wines – but I couldn’t be bothered about ... Read More »

Dealing with my food preferences on the road

Dealing with my food preferences on the road

When you’re on the road, chasing epic food adventures is part and parcel of your journey. This being said, with all my years of travel experience and exposure, I am a very finicky eater. For too many reasons, I have the following aversions I don’t eat Lamb/Mutton or Goat Meat … I’ll eat them once in a while, but only if very certain people cook it. I don’t eat anything with dairy (Milk, Butter, Cheese) I don’t like the strong taste of margarine I might not learn the language, but I’m always 100% sure of how to say I don’t ... Read More »

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