Island In The Sun – Santorini

Chermaine Louise (@Cherietheangel on IG) is a Malaysian living in Potomac Maryland and works in Washington D.C. She flew from Washington to Budapest, Hungary to meet her partner. From there, they flew to Athens, Greece and then by ferry to the island of Mykonos, a LBGT tolerant and rave capital. Mykonos will be the first glimpse Cycladic Architecture for newcomers.- the ancient architecture is described as a harmonious mix of white cubic houses, cobblestone streets, pristine windmills, and ubiquitous blue domed churches. The landscape will blow the owl and panda embroidered socks off hipsters.

From there another ride on the Aegean Sea and the Cyclades islands to Santorini. What an adventure! They took the doubly fast SeaJet ferries. A regular ferry will take 10 hours. They started at the port city of Piraeus near Athens.

Santorini, the remains of a massive volcanic eruption in 1646 BC, attracts tourists from all over the world today. You will be surprised to know of the number of Malaysian and Asian couples who traveled there just for (pre) wedding photography. There is something magical about white wedding gowns against the white washed buildings of Sanatorini. I looked at some friends’ albums and can not find good pics free from selfies. Who can blame them when everything is so photogenic?

A tremendous effort by Chermaine in covering the island from sea level to the top of the cliff, bringing us a rare and non cliched look of Santorini – a real life Greek myth and legend. Also thanking her for her patience in answering all my questions. As always, I try to fact check everything.

Find a hotel in Santorini here:

#santorini #greece #greek #athens #cyclades #aegean #praeus #mykonos #island #thera #church #fira #oia #mediterranean #travelogue #architecture #landscape

Kerala Pictorial by Rian Maelzer

Kerala Pictorial by Rian Maelzer.

After seeing my Kerala post, my friend Rian Maelzer messaged me and said Kerala’s a tremendous holiday destination. “Easy to get around. Varied. Consistently fantastic food.” The veteran international journalist and seasoned traveler has a good eye for photography and he was there for a vacation with his family,

He kindly allowed me to share his gallery. Here are some pics I like, all unedited. I invite Rian to add more info in comment of each pic so viewers know what they are looking at. Interesting that he visited the world’s richest temple in Trivandrum where they found buried treasures worth USD 20 billion!

Book a hotel in Cochin or Kochi Kerala here:

#india #kerala #cochin #kochi #munnar #landscape #mycenhotels #trivandrum #travel #gallery #travelogue

Milestone and Kochi

Milestone and Kochi.

I received my first bookings to India today. Hotels booked were in the cities of Amritsar, New Delhi and Cochin (Kochi). Thank you anonymous stranger/user, whoever you are.

Pictures from my Malaysian friend, the lovely Maria Bernadette on FB (@maria160791 on IG), who coincidentally, is in Cochin or Kochi and the tea valleys of Munnar in Kerala state this moment. She said the monsoon is bearing down hard this time of the year. That makes the landscape more interesting.

Kochi is pronounced as in Co Chee or as in Kuih Kochi. India is such a big and vast country, use the new search at the sidebar to find the cities.

See a mud splashed 3 wheeler taxi in Cochin here:

#india #kerala #cochin #kochi #munnar #monsoon #mycenhotels #milestone

Solving One Problem At A Time

Solving One Problem At A Time.

Kind follower Viji (@vrviji on IG) gave me some feedback about the Search Box on my blog not displaying as it should on his iPhone. I suspect it is also worsen by the cranky Drupal CMS I am using. Compatibility on mobile devices is inevitably complicated with so many OS, browsers and screen sizes on so many different devices out there in the market. Tip: Resetting zoomed view to default can usually help.

I requested Viji screen capture the issue for me and he kindly did and e-mailed me promptly. I forwarded it to the manager in Agoda so he can pass it to the developers. Meanwhile, instead of waiting for trouble shooting and resolution, I requested from the manager to supply me a manual link to a neutral or generic search page that will work on all devices. The text link carries my CID or ID to properly track any commission attributed to me. Do not e-mail the link or embed it elsewhere as the system will detect or validate whether it comes from a registered or approved page or source.

Such is the complex backend of affiliate marketing. To share with a friend, always share my site url or the post “article” link. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Where are the direct text links? See position or locations on screenshot attached. On the top half is that on my blog at
and Mycen Hotels on lower half

Osaka, Japan

Osaka, Japan.

Osaka is the capital city of Osaka Prefecture and the largest component of the Keihanshin Metropolitan Area, the second largest metropolitan area in Japan and among the largest in the world with over 19 million inhabitants.

Situated at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay, Osaka is the second largest city in Japan by daytime population after Tokyo’s 23 wards and the third largest city by nighttime population after Tokyo’s 23 wards and Yokohama, serving as a major economic hub for the country. ~ Wikipedia.

Kyoto resident Mauloa Nao (@mauloa_nao on IG) or Naoko Shintani sent me some pics. She is shown here alongside her beautiful sunset pic of the Port Of Osaka. She lives in both cities which are connected by bullet trains and are 12 to 15 minutes apart.

You can’t say you can’t find a hotel in Osaka. A search for hotels in Osaka yielded over 1000 hotels from each booking partner of ours:

#osaka #honshu #japan #kyoto #metro #kansai #itami #itm #keihanshin