Wednesday, October 30, 2013

asian immersion: last stop! the philippines

last stop on the asia whirlwind tour! manila, philippines. highlights include filipino mango, pomelo and prawn salad at the greenbelt, shopping at rustan's, and staying at the peninsula.

the view flying into the airport

makati area

 beautiful floral arrangements at the peninsula hotel

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

asian immersion: kuala lumpur, malaysia

part three of my whirlwind asia trip was kuala lumpur, malaysia. I had a brief moment of panic as I exited the airport... malaysia does not issue customs documentations as all the other places I'd been did. usually, those customs declarations are required for exit of the country. my first twenty minutes in malaysia were spent freaking out about whether I'd be able to leave the country without this paperwork! good times.

when I first landed in malaysia, I noticed a large group of muslims praying in the airport at the gate without their shoes on. malaysia was my very first visit to a largely muslim-populated country, I soaked it all in quickly and probably stuck out like a sore thumb with my blonde hair and western apparel. the other majority of the malaysian population is chinese and it just so happened to be the indian festival of lights, deepavali, during my trip as well.

petronas twin towers

 deepvali decor at pavilion mall

these beautiful sculptures are made of hand-painted granules of rice!

Monday, October 28, 2013

asian immersion: sunny in singapore

part two of my whirlwind asia trip was singapore! singapore was surprisingly western feeling with warm temperatures and lots of ex-pats. I met up with a friend at harry's bar, they were blasting southern tunes you would hear at home in the southern united states, I could not believe my ears. highlights include orchard road shopping, chatterbox chicken rice, marina bay sands, and dinner in dempsey hill.

orchard road: marina bay sands to the left

seas packed with cargo ships

Saturday, October 26, 2013

asian immersion: hellooo hong kong

I was fortunate to travel through several countries in europe during undergraduate school and south america during graduate school... and was really dying to explore asia next. I was able to do just that via a two week whirlwind work trip to hong kong, singapore, philippines, and malaysia. highlights include pad thai, tea pots, and overall, a unique overview of asian culture.

sunset in hong kong

nightly turn down tea service... I picked up one from the gift shop as my big souvenir from asia

rugs for days [pun intended]

pad thai is a favorite of mine, this version from the shangri-la kowloon did not disappoint