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 rishi@rishiray.com

March, 2011

  • 10 March

    Sunsets and Volcanoes in Tagaytay : How to hike up Taal Volcano

    After a long day and night of working onshore and offshore  hours, I decided that there should be an impromptu trip to Tagaytay and the Taal Volcano. In the grand scheme of things, this seemed like a good plan but because of a lack of preparation, this could have been a better trip. Tagaytay is about 90 mins away from Manila …

  • 9 March

    Batad is definitely a wonder of world … dont know what number though?

    Sunday 6th, March 2011 After the trouble in getting to Batad Pouring rain Ill equipped vehicle – CRVs are not jeepneys and should never be considered for true offroading Hiking 20 mintues to the Saddle Attack of the “splats” from eating “Spaghetti Bolognaise” at Hotel Banaue We then had to actually do the hike down from the Saddle into Batad properly …

  • 7 March

    Where to get a taste of the world in Manila?

    Buffets as a dinner concept hold nothing special to me. I’ve seen the buffets all across the world and they’re all the same – heaps of food – generally lower quality ingredients and the same stale variety of food within the buffet itself. However it seems that hotel buffet dining is something of a sport in Manila, which I would …

  • 7 March

    Welcome to the Real Batad …

    In coming to the Philippines, I had one major travel goal to achieve i.e. Get myself to Banaue and Batad. Given the description of the hike to Batad from the “Saddle” (the limit of where vehicles could go), I was quite reluctant to attempt this hike given the state of my physical condition : “A fat ass who can lift heavy …

  • 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 …