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.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

HOW TO SOUND LIKE A MALAYSIAN (even when you're not Malaysian)

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 Jan Sevilla


Go ahead, say it.

It's kinda' like saying 'aaa' at the dentist, only shorter, and with a little more love.
Got it? Good. Because 'La' is the word that will turn your trip in Malaysia into a great adventure.

It's the open sesame to the heart of any Malaysian. It's the sambal on Nasi Lemak.
(If it's your first trip, I highly recommend this delectable dish anytime of the day).

Without 'La' Malaysia would just Maysia. That's like a hamburger that's just a hamger.

Photo by Sandy^in^a^bikini       

Monday, 24 February 2014


Monday, February 24, 2014 Jan Sevilla

The crowd, like migratory birds during winter, had flocked to the open space, spreading sheets of blanket over the sun-beaten grass of the Esplanade while waiting for the sun to set. Yet, it’s not winter in Penang, it was the beginning of the summer of 2014.

Two giant screens were hoisted in the middle of the field telling everyone on what is going to happen next.

The cheer from the crowd, the flashing of lights, the sound, the excitement and then the big thing happened. Held for the first time outside Australia, the Tropfest South East Asia 2014 Film Festival took the center stage, leaving thousands of audience, all hungry for a bowl of rice depicted in a seven-minute short film.

Monday, 3 February 2014


Monday, February 03, 2014 Jan Sevilla

Yes you’ve been to Kuala Lumpur!

You’ve been wowed by the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, dazzled by beguiling ancient temples and mosques that lie in the shadows of space-age skyscrapers.

Possibly you’ve taken a sip of the infamous teh tarik or shared a cup of espresso in a wi-fi– empowered coffee shop and perhaps, even feasted on some local cuisine at hawker stalls on a bustling street corner serving food from all over the peninsula.

In short, like many before you, you’ve fallen in love with Malaysia. Smitten by the wonders; the multi-culture, the diversity, the fusion, the bazaars, and the beauty; now all you want to know is where to get your next fix.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014


Wednesday, January 29, 2014 Jan Sevilla

Always pulsating with life and vibrancy - Barcelona gravitates toward what’s hot with its great city spots, enticing visitors for centuries and makes everyone ask- where to and what’s new?

Tuesday, 7 January 2014


Tuesday, January 07, 2014 Jan Sevilla

When William Graves opened the door of his father’s old casa in the undulating side of Deià on the island of Majorca, his eyes twinkled. Elena, whom he had been married to for 48 years, was with him. He was sporting a rain coat while she had a shawl around her neck and a jacket to boot and they had been confabulating about the cold-rainy weather.

Monday, 23 December 2013


Monday, December 23, 2013 Jan Sevilla

I knew that you brought a box of ensaimadas!

I heard you craving for pa’amboli every now and then, sobrassada sausages and frito mallorquín. No doubt, you’ve been missing Palma.


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