• Travel + Places

    Autumn in Kyoto

    by  • December 17, 2016 • - Japan, Travel + Places • 0 Comments

    enkoji temple in autumn - fallen leaves

    Spent a few days in Japan’s ancient capital recently. I’d seen pictures of Kyoto in vivid red foliage and just had to see it for real.   I never expected it to be so crowded. Yes, it was jam-packed with tourist (autumn and sakura season are peak in Kyoto).   Flea market in Kitano...

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    Stopover in Reykjavik

    by  • April 3, 2016 • - Europe / Scandinavia, Travel + Places • 0 Comments

    reykjavik port

    Some photos from my half-day stopover in Reykjavik after the ’round Iceland tour. Reykjavik harbor   Harpa concert hall   Laugavegur shopping street   Delicious hot dog at Baejarins Beztu Pylsur, near the Reykjavík Harbor. Claimed to be one of the best European food stalls by The Guardian. Just go for the one with everything (lamb-based...

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    Winter in Iceland

    by  • April 2, 2016 • - Europe / Scandinavia, Travel + Places • 0 Comments

    iceland flying birds2 - Kirkjugólf

    Kirkjugólf   For a someone who normally prefers the city, coming to Iceland is a rare occurrence, if not an exception. I didn’t know what I was missing. sunset in Ásborgir, South Iceland   Goðafoss, North Iceland   Akureyri, capital of North Iceland   Djúpivogur fishing village – East Iceland   Fáskruðsfjörður, East Iceland –...

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    36 hours in Copenhagen

    by  • January 25, 2016 • - Europe / Scandinavia, Travel + Places • 0 Comments

    Copenhagen - trees

    Quick stopover in Lego land. Love, love, love the functional minimalism that’s typically Danish. Everything’s so well thought out and beautifully designed. Copenhagen Kongens Nytorv station   Nyhavn   Public transport in Copenhagen runs 24-7. The city is clean and safe with lots of open and green spaces. Education and healthcare is free. With...

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    Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow..

    by  • January 1, 2016 • - Japan, Travel + Places • 0 Comments

    moerenuma park sapporo2

    Took a short trip to cold, cold Hokkaido (finally!). Temperature was below zero throughout the few days we were there. But that did not stop us from eating A LOT (as always). And having some winter fun. Christmas market – Odori Park, Sapporo   Sapporo Classic beer – special brew available only in Hokkaido....

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    72 hours in Seoul

    by  • November 16, 2014 • - Asia, Travel + Places • 0 Comments

    seoul - cute baby in subway

    Some pictures from a short trip to Seoul. Love the blend of old and new, BBQ meat, streetside stalls, trendy cafes, chic fashion and gorgeous girls. Yummy pancake at Gwangjang market   You’ll never go hungry in Seoul, street side stalls are everywhere.   Patbingsu at Dalsuga, Seoul     On the way to...

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    Noryangjin Fish Market, Seoul

    by  • October 29, 2014 • - Asia, Travel + Places • 0 Comments

    seoul - noryangjin market smiling lady

    One of my favorite ways to spend the morning – pottering around wet markets. Noryangjin is not a huge market. If you have time to spare, it’s a nice way to spend a couple of hours. This is a wet market, literally. If you decide to visit Noryangjin, do leave your favorite shoes behind. Navigating...

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    Singapura, oh Singapura

    by  • March 2, 2014 • - Asia • 0 Comments


    Going down south always feels a bit like coming home. After all, this is where I spent a good decade of my life. Despite the crazy rise in property prices, food here remains quite affordable. I’m surprised that a bowl of noodles still cost SGD2.50 and you can even get ice-blended juice for SGD1!...

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    48 hours in Dublin

    by  • February 1, 2014 • - Europe / Scandinavia, Travel + Places • 0 Comments

    Arthur and his daily pint

    This trip was inspired by Anthony Bourdain’s layover series. It’s not the best way to see a new place, but if you’re short of time, it’s better than not getting there at all. The Irish are a naturally friendly lot. Everyone I met had a ready smile. There’s generally a good vibe around here. The...

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    It has been quite a year

    by  • December 31, 2013 • Travel + Places, Uncategorized • 0 Comments


    In the blink of an eye, it’s another year. 2013 came and is almost gone…way too soon. It has been quite a year. Made new friends, and rekindle old ones.   Visited some new places.Shifen, Taiwan   Keelung, Taiwan   Takayama, Japan   London   Shilin, Taipei   Geneva   Shirakawago, Japan   Interlaken, Switzerland  ...

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    The Persimmon

    by  • December 21, 2013 • - Japan • 0 Comments


    Found this in the fridge…I’d almost forgotten all about it. We got this from a roadside stall while strolling along Kamo river in Kyoto. The old lady manning the stall even threw in some tomatoes which were the sweetest I’ve ever had. It’s been almost a month since we got back from Japan. I’m amazed...

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