Saturday, 23 August 2014


Saturday, August 23, 2014 Jan Sevilla
Bouillabaisse ​[bu.ja.bɛːs].  For first timers, getting the correct pronunciation is hard. Yet it’s even harder to spell it. For first timers, it’s also easier to have a bowl of soup in Shanghai, Japan or even in Malaysia, where slurping is encouraged. But here in Marseille, the birthplace of bouillabaisse – it is no casual affair.

Saturday, 9 August 2014


Saturday, August 09, 2014 Jan Sevilla

Either he picked up the wrong colors or has probably run out of paint; Paul Cézanne, the most rebellious of the 19th-century French artists, painted his work of art “Le Lac d’Annecy” – unromantically.

Lac d'Annecy 1896. Oil on canvas. © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London.

Thursday, 19 June 2014


Thursday, June 19, 2014 Jan Sevilla

There was nothing but the gentle lapping, splashing and sedating sound of the waves, and the occasional cry of a passing gaff-rigged motorboat or the crisp April zephyr blowing from the shore of Punta Engaño on the Island of Mactan, Cebu.

Saturday, 17 May 2014


Saturday, May 17, 2014 Jan Sevilla

It’s inescapable. 

In the nucleus of Pantai Dalit Beach in Tuaran, hidden amidst the nature reserve, half an hour north of Sabah’s capital, Kota Kinabalu; lies a slice of paradise that sets the scene for one of the world’s greatest tourist destinations. 

Tuesday, 6 May 2014


Tuesday, May 06, 2014 Jan Sevilla

Upon reading this, I would probably be at 36,000 feet in a triple 7 Air France jet liner 12-time zones away from you.

Somehow I won't have to press the arret button as many times, as I did during the past two weeks while I was making my way to Saint-Germain-des-Prés station to the Sixteenth Arrondissement, only to find out that I missed my stop on the way home.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014


Wednesday, April 09, 2014 Jan Sevilla
The hallucinogenic effect started to kick in – hard.

I blamed that man, hunching over the ebony Yamaha piano. Despite his being 75, something told me that behind the white tuxedo, the bow tie and the hearing aid he wears on his left ear, he is someone that could spin your thoughts and weave them perfectly, without guilt, into a distant past.

And little do the chatty aunties know that Ooi Eow Jin, a once sought-after musician has been playing since 1963 who performed with Sudirman and P. Ramlee. (Photo by glaringnotebook.com)

Wednesday, 2 April 2014


Wednesday, April 02, 2014 Jan Sevilla

In ever-sunny, ever-carefree Bangkok, don’t let the beguiling temples, the vibrant markets, the swanky attractions surrounding the enchanting Chao-Phraya river and those infamous Thai smiles consume you. Allow your senses to be your guide in exploring the charms of its old secret little side lanes, bustling streets, plush shopping malls and chef-driven restaurants; and let them take you to the wonders of the many art spaces or just simply to a pastoral-shaded park.

Friday, 14 March 2014

A ROOM WITH (with more than just) A VIEW

Friday, March 14, 2014 Jan Sevilla

The world can still surprise you. Marseilles in the Provence region of France will let you in on many.

It was the winter of 2013 and the harsh weather forced us into chasing an elusive Mediterranean sun. Destination - Marseilles. Strong gusts haltered our wind-beaten Volvo and the six-hour drive across the Spanish border became more intimidating. It could have been like a scene out of the movies; our car felt like it was a Lilliputian dinghy out on the open sea, tossed and buffeted constantly from side to side. Driving up to France from Barcelona, the infamous French mistral wind was true to form.


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