• Travel + Places

    One night in a mountain ryokan in Maze, Japan

    by  • December 18, 2013 • - Japan • 6 Comments

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    Maze is not your usual tourist destination. It’s a small mountain village of 1500 people in Hida area of Japan’s Gifu Perfecture. With lush greens and crystal clear river, Maze is known mainly in Japan for fishing, especially the ayu (sweetfish) – an indigenous freshwater fish found only in Japan and some parts of Korea,...

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    Endo sushi, Osaka

    by  • December 1, 2013 • - Japan • 2 Comments

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    Our 2-day stop is Osaka was pretty much free and easy, mainly shopping and random eating. There’s one must-do on my list though – breakfast at Endo Sushi. I’ve heard rave reviews about this tiny, 106-year-old sushi bar in the Central Wholesale Market and was eager to check it out. We arrived at Endo...

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    Geisha-spotting & some random thoughts

    by  • November 23, 2013 • - Japan • 2 Comments

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    After my first geisha-spotting in Gion Kyoto a year ago, I walked away intrigued, and yet feeling as if I may be missing something. Ever so often, I’d be pre-occupied with capturing the perfect shot. If only I’d taken more time to observe the little details. This time around, as we hang around Hanami-koji in Gion...

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    Kuala Kubu Baru

    by  • July 28, 2013 • - Malaysia • 0 Comments

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    Since I spend most of my time in KL, it’s nice to get away from the city every now and then. About an hour’s drive away is Kuala Kubu Baru, a quaint little town. The journey to Kuala Kubu Baru itself is already a soothing sight, filled with greens.   Some shops in this...

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    Half day trip to Ipoh

    by  • June 30, 2013 • - Malaysia, Ipoh • 0 Comments

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    To be exact, we were in Ipoh for barely three hours minus the traveling time from KL. Don’t know how we manage to eat so much within such a short time. I guess with lots of good food in Ipoh, it’s easy to overindulge. And a shame not to. Here are a few places...

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    One night in the temple in Koyasan, Japan

    by  • May 22, 2013 • - Japan, Travel + Places • 0 Comments

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    After a few days in the city, Koyasan was a nice change of scenery – peaceful and serene. This secluded temple town is the center of Shingon Buddhism and located high in the forest-covered mountains of Kansai region . Getting to Koya-san is easier than it seems. From Osaka, it takes two change of trains, cable car...

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    To market, to market

    by  • April 14, 2013 • - Europe / Scandinavia, Travel + Places • 0 Comments

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    It’s always market day in London. Any day of the week, there’s bound to be one, somewhere in London. I’m sure this is where I’ll be spending most of my time if I were living here. On a quick stopover in London, I visited the market. It was fun pottering around, checking out the fresh...

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    Eel, Englishman and Pie & Mash

    by  • February 3, 2013 • - Europe / Scandinavia, Travel + Places • 2 Comments

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    I am smitten by this traditional eel, pie and mash shop in Broadway Market, Hackney, East London. With its cheery pastel yellow wall tiles and quaint furniture, F. Cooke has been here since 1900s. Antique eel sign. Traditional menu.   Robert Cooke, the charming owner. Handmade beef pies, served with mashed potatoes and parsley-based gravy (known...

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    Taiwan, a new year, a new beginning

    by  • January 13, 2013 • - Asia, Travel + Places • 0 Comments

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    Xiaoling – East Metro Mall, Zhongxiao Road, Taipei   I’ve always had a soft spot for Taiwan ever since my first visit here years ago. When I think of this charming country, I think of delicious street food, lovely sights, and most of all, warmth and friendliness. It was great having the opportunity to spend...

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    Geisha-spotting in Gion, Kyoto

    by  • November 28, 2012 • - Japan, Travel + Places • 0 Comments

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    These are probably the worst shots of my recent Japan trip. Please excuse the blurry, out-of-range images and underexposed photos. Japanese thoughtfulness and politeness has rubbed off on me and I can’t seem to get myself to use a flash in these circumstances. I think it’s bad enough that these exquisite ladies are being...

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