The day I was left so hungry in New Delhi

New Delhi, India has thousands of restaurants serving local and international food choices, but let me tell you of the day when everything was closed that left me so hungry. I'm usually open to new adventures while traveling, but my taste buds are not as daring and much slower to adapt to new and strange flavors. A couple of years back, a bus unloaded me and a buddy along with a bus full…

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Hostel Tales

When you were just on the verge of sleep in a strange hostel and a stranger wakes you up and asks you if you want to join them and he was totally naked except for a towel around his waist, that's a whole different story. I have a love-hate relationship with hotels. I'm never comfortable sleeping in somebody else's bed and using someone else's bathroom but traveling leaves you no choice most of…

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Bus mix ups (and downs)

The dispatcher made another call and a rickshaw appeared. We were loaded into it and off we zoomed into the rain and darkness with instructions to pay the driver 200 rupees. The driver flew the rickshaw over humps and bumps while we held on for life. THERE'S nothing worse than missing your bus in the middle of nowhere on a rainy night and you just can't hop on another bus because there's none…

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An awkward temple visit in New Delhi

Some months ago, when our tour guide in New Delhi asked if we wanted a quick stopover at one of the most prominent temples in India, my travel buddy and I said "yes" right away. I normally do a bit of research on top attractions in a place, but the temple was not on my list, but as I have never been to a Sikh temple before, I was happy to visit one.…

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Quick affair with Indian food

I learned that hunger makes you cross-eyed and I only realized I ordered total “strangers” when the waiter set it on our table. The waiter laid out this round tray on my table, and I just stared at the hodge-podge of selections despite the hunger that already numbed my senses. It’s the result of just pointing to the first item that seemed attractive from the menu. I learned that hunger makes you cross-eyed…

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Catching winter’s last hurrah in the Himalayas

INDIA has always been in my bucket list for as long as I can remember, so when my travel buddy from Thailand suggested a trip to India, I said yes right away. After numerous email exchanges and chats and ticket booking updates and travel arrangements, we finalized our plan and  to cut it short, we met in Kuala Lumpur last March for the trip to New Delhi. I discovered Rolly was interested in…

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Cash-strapped at the New Delhi airport

When I got off the taxi at the Terminal 2 of Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi a few weeks back, I already exchanged all the Indian rupees I had in the stash to Thailand Baht and was left with nothing else but a 50 rupee bill for a souvenir.That turned out to be the biggest mistake I committed. The Air Asia counter was in Section C and when I inquired about…

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