Famous Indonesia Scams

As general, Indonesia is a relatively safe place to visit. The streets life are far less threatening compared to some countries in the west, and most of the people are nice. However, there are always some individuals who want to take advantages of tourists for their personal gain. To prevent that, here is a small list of most common travel scams that you may find during your visit to Indonesia. Thus, always be cautious with your surroundings, travel safe, and enjoy your time wandering around !!

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  1. Taxi Scams

Since taxi is the only transportation mode to get you to the downtown, it is very easy to find taxi drivers that are dishonest. No taxi meter, longer routes, no change, and applying extra charges for unreasonable explanations are common things that scam taxi drivers always do in order to force you on paying more for the trip. That is why it is better to book taxi from credible taxi counters wherever you go and let their staffs help you to find the taxi. Rely on using taxi from Blue Bird or Express, since both of them are trustworthy taxi companies that are majorly used by the local. Alternatively, if you are not in rush, hiring uber or grab for a lift is better since there are plenty of promos that you can use for cheaper rides.

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  1. Sellers Scams

While going on shopping in local markets or at tourist shops, scam sellers are always exist with their thousands of ways to make you have for buying their goods.   And here, these are two common types you may always find. First, the follower. This kind of sellers are very consistent on selling their goods to every tourists by following them until they gave up and deciding to buy. It is indeed irritating and because of it, don’t hesitate to say “No, thank you” as your response once you are not interested to buy from them.   Second, the price increaser.   Some sellers have targeted international tourists for selling their stuffs in much higher price than their usual. Therefore, when you are buying something, go to the stores that have clear price tags on their items or just bring the locals with you to do trades with the sellers.

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  1. Unnecessary Services

Public places such as airports, train stations, and harbors are meeting points for many scammers. They usually work in disguise by offering unnecessary services such as voluntarily offering you to carry on the luggage, selling cheaper fake tickets, or force you to take a stay on newly-open hotels that are definitely not located at a strategic place. At first, those sweet talks and hustles may sounds good to be heard, however it won’t get you to anywhere, since they will take your money after they did their job and looking out for the next potentials. For handling this, keep distance with strangers who tried “too hard” on getting your attention, and ignore them by keep walking through.

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  1. Ticket Scammers

Holiday season especially to welcome eid al fitr days can be so hectic since all transportation tickets from planes until trains were fully booked. In this situation, ticket scammers or usually be called as “calo” are easily to be found. Usually, their modus is to offer you extremely cheap tickets. Never buy a ticket that you think is too cheap from the normal price, especially during holiday season since there are huge possibilities for them to be fake. If you are suddenly have to travel, consider to book your tickets online. It is better to pay a little more expensive price than losing all your money to some scammers.

One surefire way to steer clear of scammers is to engage us at askus@ladyredot.com.


dsc_4705-jpgHello, I’m Jenica from Indonesia.  As a law student in progress, studying law can sometimes become really boring.  That’s why I always like to wander around and exploring new, unusual places to relieve some tension.  I also like to capture my experience through lenses and especially from writing, because it helps me to create memories that will last forever, yet it can also enjoy by a lot of people.  Meanwhile, if I don’t have time to travel, you can find me easily at the markets while trying delicious street foods from various local food stalls.  Nasi goreng, rendang, and martabak are my all time favourite that will never be replaced with anything. For me, diet always starts tomorrow so  let’s enjoy the life to the fullest!  If you want to know more about me, drop me an email now.

Secret Beaches in the Philippines

The Republic of the Philippines, an archipelagic country that has 7,107 islands, is almost synonymous to “beautiful beaches.” Its pristine beaches, along with its world-known hospitality, are one of the many reasons why almost 5 Million tourists flock to this tiny country each year.

While the globally known beaches like Boracay, Malapascua, and Panglao should be on each beach bum’s bucket list, LadyReDot understands that there are people who want to enjoy the beautiful paradise away from the crowd. We know how you feel, so we will let you in a secret. We’ll show you the secret beaches in the Philippines

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  • Dako Island, Siargao

Siargao, an island in Surigao del Norte, Mindanao that faces the Pacific Ocean, boasts numerous hidden beaches it will take us days to talk about all of them. This province is known for its waves, the reason why the annual Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup is held there. But aside from its perfect tunnels, it also boasts white sands, temperate climate, and a rich marine life. One of the must-go beaches in Siargao is Dako Island, a 15-minute bangka ride (a Filipino term for tiny boat) from the big island. Swim just a few meters away from the shore and you will find color-changing cuttlefish, several nudi species, and, ocassionally, bamboo sharks (they’re harmless!)

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  • Quinale Beach, Anda

Located on the Eastern side of Bohol, Anda is a more laidback beach destination than Panglao. It may be almost unheard of, but its powdery sand and turquoise waters are to die for! Bonus: you don’t have to rent a boat to access Quinale Beach. It’s right on the main island in front of a quiet plaza. It’s very accessible (but definitely not crowded).

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  • Hermit’s Cove, Aloguinsan

This gem in Cebu is three hours away from the city. Locals used go down a treacherous cliff to get to the beach, but now, tourists can go down the wooden staircase to get to this paradise. Be ready though, going up more or less a hundred steps is definitely not a walk in the park (but it’s a great cardio exercise).

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  • Bonbon Beach, Romblon

The nicest thing about this beach (aside from its marvelous sand and warm waters) is that, despite it being a public beach, it’s still serene. You can stay here for days, months, or years, without hurting your pocket as it features a very laidback lifestyle.

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  • Panampangan Beach, Tawi-Tawi

Okay, before you Google Tawi-Tawi, let us tell you ahead of time: this island is located in Mindanao, which may seem intimidating for tourists. Contrary to popular belief, Tawi-Tawi is actually a beautiful place. It features unspoiled beaches that are dotted with palm trees. You can definitely have the serene paradise all to yourself.

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  • Tikling Island, Sorsogon

This tiny island near Matnog, Sorsogon is very inviting. It’s quiet, beautiful, and well preserved. Bonus: hop to the nearby (and equally beautiful) island called Subic Beach. Boatmen offer a very affordable island-hopping package for only PhP1500 for the entire day. You can even ask the boatmen to show you their other secret beaches.

Guys, we definitely have MORE for you but it will take us an entire month to go over the beautiful secret beaches in the Philippines. So go visit, immerse, live with the locals, and enjoy these hidden gems as locals would. For us to bring you to the secret world of Philippines, just askus@ladyredot.com!


mish
Hello, I am Mish! I used to work as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since I graduated, I decided to give up my corporate job to focuses on my 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. I am a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, I’m tiny but I am an Olympic-level glutton. Let me bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach me at LinkedIn.

Top 5 Must-Have Travel Apps to Kickstart 2018

Thanks to technology and smart devices, booking hotel reservations, flights, car rentals, planning itineraries, and looking up restaurants and food hubs, have never been so easy. In this article, we will share with you our favorite travel apps for 2018.

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Yuggler

Travelling with kids is never easy. They need constant sensory input and would easily get cranky if bored. If you have kids and can relate to this, Yuggler is your best friend. This app helps you find kid-friendly activities in your destination. It allows you to set filters to check out different places, photos, and even tips depending on your children’s ages. It is currently only available to iOS users but the developer is building an Android version to go live soon.

ME

Sometimes, the travel experience is better without a tour guide. You get to explore and learn the culture yourself. You establish a connection with the locals. You learn how to get to a certain place by asking around, or by reading signs (and using your instincts). If you are that kind of traveller, MAPS.ME should be on your smartphone now. No matter where you are in the world, whether you are in a remote area or a bustling city, you can find your way because it can be used offline. All you need to do is download the maps ahead of time. It is available to both iOS and Android users.

Google Translate

This one is not new, but it never gets old and overrated. Learning a foreign language does not happen in 2 weeks, so this is definitely a great tool for you to be able to communicate with the locals when on a vacation in a foreign land. If you don’t know this yet, Google Translate can be used offline and provides real time translation. All you need to do is choose and download a language ahead of time. Aim the camera at the text you need translated and voila!

XE

It is a fact that many people do poorly in Math. And even if you are a Math expert, it’s no fun to have to manually convert rates into different currencies every time you need to. XE is an app that allows you to punch in the numbers that you need converted. You don’t have to pull up your phone’s calculator every time you need to convert an amount to a specific currency. Want to quickly find out how much 8,945 Vietnamese Dong is in US Dollars? XE does that for you.

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Like A Local

People travel not only to see different places, but also to experience a different culture. Travelling is more memorable if you get to experience how locals live, go where locals go, and do what they do. Like A Local gives you just that. It features tips from locals that give you an idea where to go, what to try, what to do, and where to eat. The best thing? You don’t even need internet connection!

These are my top apps to prep myself with more globe exploring in 2018. What are your favourite travel apps? Come and share with us!


mish

Hello, I am Mish! I used to work as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since I graduated, I decided to give up my corporate job to focuses on my 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. I am a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, I’m tiny but I am an Olympic-level glutton. Let me bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach me at LinkedIn.

Life Lessons on The Road

Mindset is Key

Marcel Proust, the great French novelist, once said “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes”. Some people travel to get out of their living situation, to change their lives. This is completely fine but what one must understand is that what really matters is mindset. You can live in the best place on earth with the most money but have a bad mindset and be depressed.

I recently visited the island of Koh Phi Phi in Thailand. The overall trip was great but I remember the last day there I was feeling grey. I could have been the heat, the food, or lake of sleep but I remember thinking to myself- why am I in a bad mood. Quickly after realizing it I snapped out of my temporary depression and now I keep a constant eye on my emotions.

When visiting a new place don’t slip into a negative mindset. It can sneak up on you but always be present and listen to your body. Having a bad mindset can literally change the way you perceive your surroundings.

 Get Lost!

For some, those two simple words can be terrifying, but learning to embrace the over stimulus of a new land can lead to finding hidden treasures.

Leave your apartment and friends and spend a day wondering around somewhere new. You may end up finding an interesting café or museum. You could find a new favorite restaurant or bookstore. You might walk into a local parade or music festival by accident (both have happened to me).

You don’t need to travel across the globe to learn about different cultures, sometimes it just takes exploring a place you’ve never been before.

Don’t Believe Everything People Say

Experience cultures on your own and don’t let what one person- your grumpy uncle or a stranger- let them tell you.

Before I left for my trip abroad I was talking with a man from South Korea. I told him I was going to study in Thailand for the a semester and once hearing it he gave me a strange look announcing “Thailand? Why Thailand… It’s is so dangerous there. Stay in America”. Although upsetting me, I pushed forward and the trip ended up being one of the best in my life.

Don’t let what one person might say brainwash you – get out learn for yourself!

Build a Community!!

For those staying in an area for an extended amount of time or just want to experience something deeper on your next trip- get to know as many people as possible and build a community.

Meeting people in itself is a key element to traveling. By meeting people, you are able to see firsthand what the culture is like. Especially if you’re in a touristy area, you could end up meeting people all around the world: Germany, France, Croatia, South Africa and more! By doing so, lining up your next destinations to visit friends.

Finding a community is also a great way to minimize culture shock. Instead of being sad to leave your home you can be excited to make a new one.

Traveling Is Easy

For those who have never left their home’s boarders, traveling can be daunting. It may be unimaginable to leave. For those living in a True Man Show world- where traveling seems impossible- I’m here to testify that its easy.

The major hindrance is thinking too much. Once you start over thinking thousands of reasons come up of why it is a bad idea: “my family wants me to stay”, “I could save money for another year”, “I’m ok where I am”, “The next season of Game of Thrones is starting soon” … Stop hesitating, think of a place you’ve always wanted to go, AND GO!!

There are entire worlds out there that are ripe for traveling to. It will widen your perception of the world and deepen your respect for people. Don’t hesitate, just go!

Learn to Budget

For those with a tight budget traveling can seem completely out of the picture, but in reality all you need is a little gumption.

Tomislav Perko, a native Croatia has traveled for 5 years with almost no money. His main two philosophies are first “you don’t need to be brave to travel, you just need a little courage to start” and second “you don’t have to be rich to travel”. He goes on to explain that the major travel expenses fall under: transportation, accommodation, and food/water. “If you can minimize those three, it can actually be cheaper to travel then live in your own city” he states. He hitchhiked, couch surfed, and volunteered for food and when asking if it was worth it, his response “definitely yes”!

For some inspiration check out his TED talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7vmHGAshi8.

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josh-may Hello! I’m Josh and I’m a journalism and business student from the U.S. I grew up near Boston but now I’m living in Thailand. In the past I’ve been a ski instructor, waiter, and camp counselor. Now I’ve taken up the pen and want to develop my skills as a writer. I got hooked on traveling last December. I found the microscopic image of my town and realized how much of the earth I hadn’t seen. Since then I’ve had a fire in my belly to see and do as much as I can. My experience here in Thailand has been so great and now I’m eager to share and inspire others to get out, it’s worth it! You can keep in contact with me at LinkedInUpwork or Facebook.

Heritage Walk and Food Tour in Little India, Singapore

Ladyredot, co-founder, Irene is honoured to be invited by Monster Day Tours to participate in their Little India Walk and Foodie Express tour. Little India is one of Singapore ethic district where it is filled with rich North and South Indian culture.

Being a Singaporean, I have not been to Little India except for Mustafa, where it is a 24 hours shopping mall. [P.S: You can actually get anything (food, daily essentials, imported brands etc.) there]

We gathered together with other invited guests at 10am in the morning at Little India MRT, Exit E. It was very enjoyable; meeting different partners like Beds & Dreams Inn and other lifestyle bloggers. Dani, is a very cheerful, energetic and passion about her job. She is our tour guide, who previously works in a hotel industry. Together with Yap, tour assistance, who is equally enthusiastic in guiding the group and sharing information about what we eat and see. You can see from the pictures, they actually wore the traditional India costumes – Men, Achkan and Women, Shalwar Kameez.

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There are many beautiful painted Murals along streets of Little India. The murals are all related to Indian culture. Watch out for them the next time you stepped into Little India!

The first attraction is Former House of Tan Teng Niah. It is a colourful 2 storey villa, a former house of last surviving Chinese, who owned several sweet-making factories along Serangoon Road and rubber business. He is also the first to create a five-foot way (five feet wide space for pedestrians to walk) around the estate.

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Monster Day Tours have done many types of research and trial walks around Little India. They found a HDB Block 668 where you can get a bird’s eye view of Singapore city area – Bugis, Beach Road, City Hall and Raffles Place. This is my favourite spot to take Insta-worthy pictures.

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After 45 minutes of touring Little India, we reached the first food spot – Komala Vilas. They are set up in Singapore since 1947 and have become a household name till today. They offer authentic Indian cuisine at a very reasonable price. It serves both South and North Indian food which gives the best of both options to patrons like myself who loves to taste as many as possible in one place.

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Monster Day Tours have prepared for us 3 dishes to share among the different tables and each a cup of Masala Tea. We have Dosai Meal, Bhattura and Poori Set. They are made of flour and comes with different vegetarian dipping sauce. The only difference is the cooking method. As a first timer to Indian cuisine (other than Roti Prata), it’s indeed a great start for the day to have such delicious and fulfilling brunch. “It’s really yummy!”

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Yap, went around each table to give the history of Komala and explain what Masala tea is made of. The tea has five basic spices: cardamom, ginger, clove, black pepper and cinnamon. It is very fragrant and leaves a sweet aftertaste. One thing to add on, their home made Bundung – rose syrup drink is the best in Singapore (so far) I have tried. Do give it a try before you leave the restaurant.

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Next, we head to the highlight of this tour, which is a secret destination that Monster Day Tour did not reveal in the itinerary. I shall leave this as a top secret. You be surprised to know that such attraction is found in Little India. Do join the walking tour to find out where!

We then continued to Indian Heritage Centre. It is a new building that opened in 2015 and there are many art & cultural tours available. Around the centre, there are many shops selling Indian costumes, accessories, home decorations and tibits. We got a box of tradition Indian sweets and biscuits. The traditional Indian sweets are mainly made with sugar, milk or condensed milk and flavoured with almonds, pistachios and nuts. It’s exceptionally sweet. Beware if you are not a sweet tooth person.

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The final destination is at Tekka Hawker Centre, where it is a 3 storey building. In the first level, it is a wet market, the second level is a hawker centre and the third level is a dry market where it sells mainly clothing, dried food and accessories. Part of this tour is to taste 10 different local Indian food. Hence, Monster Day Tours team have prepared Mee Rebus, Mee Soto, Mee Siam, Nasi Brani, Satay and Indian Rojak.

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Dani gives the group information on how the food is prepared and their uniqueness. Personally, I love Mee Soto and Satay. They scouted around to find the best stall in this hawker. Tekka Hawker Centre food is also one of the cheapest hawker in Singapore. Do come with an empty stomach and get a taste of all the delicious local food.

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I am grateful that I spent a wonderful Saturday morning with Monster Day Tours, knowing more about Singapore and our Indian culture. I would like to Thank You their CEO, TY for this invitation.

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Should you be interested in joining any of their tours, you can visit their website for more information.

Free Walking Tour** –

Chinatown: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 9.30am to 12noon

Little India: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, 9.30am to 12noon

Foodie Express Tour** – SGD$29 per pax

Chinatown: Every Sunday, 1pm to 4pm

Little India: Every Saturday, 1pm to 4pm

**Rain or Shine event

Ladyredot is a partner of Monster Day Tours, do quote ” LRQUOTE10 ” for a 10% off in your booking.

As a personal travel planner, we can assist in your itinerary when you visit Singapore. Do contact us at askus@ladyredot.com for more details.

“This is not a sponsored post. The tour is to allow travel partners to understand Singapore culture and join in the fun.”


IreneHi, I’m Irene. Born as a Sagittarius and living in the South of Singapore, I have been working in the Information Technology as a Business Product Manager for 8 years. Enjoying my scope that allows the challenge of learning new things every day as my role demands frequent business travels all over the globe. I have an adventurous bold soul that nothing can tie me down. When I am not sweating it out, I can be found chilling at a corner of any café, bury my head in a Sales Strategy or a Poem book, whatever my mood takes me. Besides being a yoga and gym enthusiast, my passion for travelling and planning travel itineraries show through friends who encourage me to share my travel experiences with others. Reach out to me @ irene@ladyredot.com for amazing impromptu ideas for your next trip abroad!

Best Backdrop for Photoshoot in Melbourne

The best way to stole every photographer’s heart is by taking them to places that have great spots for capturing pictures. Combining serene nature landscapes with vibrant diverse attractions, Melbourne offers plenty of places to choose from for adding those fresh feeds on your Instagram. Just get your camera and prepare yourself to hunt down since we present you six cool places in Melbourne that have the best backdrop for photoshoot. Have a great time wandering around!

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  1. Brighton Beach

Brighton is one of Melbourne’s most exclusive suburbs, located only 11 km from south-east of Melbourne’s central business district. With abundant amount of sunshine, golden sands, and strong breezy waves, no wonder it is always full by the visitors during weekend. For seeing its famous photo spot, head to Port Philip Bay where you can find 82 vibrant bathing boxes that have been existed since hundreds of years ago.   Constructed in Victorian architectural style, these bathing boxes are set up lining the foreshore at Brighton Beach. Each of those bathing boxes are decorated differently with the other, so there are no same looks can be found. You can choose whatever bathing boxes you like and simply reminiscing yourself back to the old times from posing pictures at there.

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  1. Flinders Railway Station

As Melbourne’s famous city’s landmark attraction, it is a must to spend some time for visiting Flinders Railway Station. In fact, this 100 year old train terminus is still known as doing its function to connect the city’s north and south part, making it as one of the city’s famous meeting places. Built in 1854, Flinder Railways Station comprises of highly historical architectural values under the influence of classic Renaissance style. Don’t forget to take some shoots under the tall clock tower since generations of Melburnians have deemed this iconic clocks for a long time, and using it as their meeting point by starting the expression of “meet me under the Clocks”.

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  1. Laneway Alley

Explore Melbourne like locals by taking a stroll to the main streets and dig through into Melbourne’s varieties of laneways. It is a city’s labyrinths filled with hidden surprises, where you will discover lots of food scenes, from high-end dining, late night bites, until humble family restaurants that serve great cuisines that feasts your eyes and appetite. Start off from Flinders Lane, where you can have a taste of exotic cuisines from India and Peru, then later head on to little Chinatown’s in Bourke Street for having a nice succulent xiao long bao. Those streets have a lot of great moments to be captured, especially if you are interested in food-photography.

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  1. Hosier Lane

Hosier Lane is one of the famous laneway in Melbourne for its colorful street arts and graffiti. Pointed as the icon of Melbourne’s youth generations, the laneway showcase itself as a center hub of local and international artists to express their feelings through arts.   Take in to the wonderful journey of looking through fascinating colors, shapes, and characters from stencils and paste-ups until complicated installations. It made every picture taken in here are screaming exciting stories to tell. Since the arts are always changing, do visit Hosier Lane more than once, because every visit to Hosier Lane will never be the same.

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  1. The Docklands

Adjacent to the Melbourne’s Central Business District, Docklands is an integrated area of government offices that is famous for the home of several Melbourne’s modern landmarks. Along with high density housing and the busy lifestyle of a metropolitan city, Docklands offers many attractions that hardly to be miss. The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel is a great spot to capture Melbourne city skyline in a different perspective of height. On the other hand, for those who are interested in modern sculptures, visiting Monument Park at New Quay will give an interesting backdrop to your photos. Lastly, when the game is on, capture every swift movements of those football players in Etihad Stadium, especially during the Australian Football League.

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  1. Carlton Gardens

Carlton Garden is a perfect oasis of natures in the middle of the city. Enlisted as a World Heritage Site, Carlton Garden is an escape place to unwind and settle down from the hustle bustle of city life. This 26-hectare site are neatly decorated with various trees such as English oaks, cedars, conifers, and combined with beautiful flower beds. Best time to visit is during the fall season, since you can witness the falling leaves while strolling around with your loved ones. The garden has a romantic ambience that hard to resist when it comes on taking couple photos together.

If you are thinking of out-of-box pre-wedding photoshoot, we can help to link you up with a local photographer, a makeup artist and pick the locations for you too! All you need to do is to askus@ladyredot.com.


dsc_4705-jpg Hello, I’m Jenica from Indonesia.  As a law student in progress, studying law can sometimes become really boring.  That’s why I always like to wander around and exploring new, unusual places to relieve some tension.  I also like to capture my experience through lenses and especially from writing, because it helps me to create memories that will last forever, yet it can also enjoy by a lot of people.  Meanwhile, if I don’t have time to travel, you can find me easily at the markets while trying delicious street foods from various local food stalls.  Nasi goreng, rendang, and martabak are my all time favourite that will never be replaced with anything. For me, diet always starts tomorrow so  let’s enjoy the life to the fullest!  If you want to know more about me, drop me an email now.

Street Food in Manila

If you are in Manila, be sure to brave the streets and try the street food. Why not? They say the best way to appreciate and learn the culture of a foreign place is by immersion, and that includes trying out what locals do or eat. Convinced? Great! Let me show you Manila’s world famous street food. Warning: this will probably make you drool (or gag, if you’re a bit squeamish).

Balut
Perhaps the most famous Filipino street food by far, Balut or Balot is both weird and appetizing. Balut is an intact duck egg that is boiled and then eaten with vinegar and salt. What do you see inside? Well, it depends on “how old” the embryo is. Some eggs are pure eggs (you know, with the egg white and egg yolk), while some eggs contain tiny developing ducks (yes, with beaks, eyes, and feathers!) We know it’s weird, but we know it’s irresistible! It is a must-try!

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By Debbie Tingzon from Doha, Qatar – Day 2 – Street Food, CC BY 2.0, Link

Kwek-kwek
Filipinos are known for repeating names like Rap-rap, Maw-maw, and Ton-ton, so you can say that “kwek-kwek” is, on all levels, so Filipino. This dish is essentially just whole quail eggs coated with a mixture of food dye, flour, eggs, and water. The coated egg will then be submerged in super hot cooking oil. The orange eggs are finally served with a very appetizing sauce made with vinegar, calamansi (local lemon), salt, onions, and pepper.

Adidas
No, you’re not gonna be eating some pieces of rubber! Adidas is actually chicken feet on sticks. The chicken feet are coated with a special sauce made with ketchup, soy sauce, and pepper and then grilled. It may look scary, but Adidas is delicious, and is best paired with rice. Why “Adidas”? Because, (chicken) feet = shoes (Adidas)!

Obet's Fried Isaw

Isaw
Isaw is grilled or fried chicken intestines on a stick. Now don’t get squeamish just yet. The intestines are purposely boiled for several minutes prior to kill organisms. It is served with a dipping sauce made with vinegar and salt, or a combination of chili, soy sauce, and coconut vinegar.

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Betamax
Named after the real Betamax tapes, Betamax is chicken blood cut into cubes, skewered, and then grilled. But how do we cut chicken blood into cubes? Well, chicken blood turns into a gelatinous state when cooled (and no it does not go back to its liquid state when grilled). Gross? Wait ‘till you taste it. It’s sinfully delicious.

Taho
Every Filipino, regardless of age, loves Taho. It is basically soy curd with brown sugar caramel and tapioca pearls and is best served warm. It’s a healthy and very affordable drink! If you’re in Manila or in any other place in the Philippines, you’ll know that a Taho vendor is nearby because you’ll hear “taaaaahoooooo!!”

Banana Que
Banana Q or Banana Que a shortcut for Banana Barbeque is banana on stick. Usually served as a snack, this dish involves deep-frying plantain bananas in boiling oil with caramelized brown sugar. It’s usually eaten in the afternoons, after or before a siesta.

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mish

Hello, I am Mish! I used to work as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since I graduated, I decided to give up my corporate job to focuses on my 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. I am a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, I’m tiny but I am an Olympic-level glutton. Let me bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach me at LinkedIn.