Category Archives: Asia

Diving in Sipadan and Mabul Islands

Located in the Celebes Sea off the east coast of Sabah, Malaysia, this place looks like heaven to me. During the 6 days I spent there, I loved sitting on the deck sipping cold beer, working on my tan and gazing at turtles and rays swimming right under the bungalows. The ocean was in the hue […]
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An Afternoon Biking around Tazawa Lake

My heart beat faster as we continued pedaling. The highway road took us through dense mountain forests where sunlight shone through towering pine trees, forming strange shapes. The fresh cool wind stroked my hair. We turned onto a small lane lined with rolls of chestnut tress. There was no other sound but our tires crashing […]
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Kakunodate: Sumurai Heritage & Dakigaeri Valley

Just one train station away from JR Tazawako Station, there lies this former castle town and samurai stronghold – Kakunodate. Although Kakunodate Castle is no longer there, you can still visit the old street lined with sakura trees and samurai mansions. This small town is actually a famous spot for cherry blossom viewing in Japan. In spring time, […]
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Soak your stress away at Kuroyu Onsen, Akita

The mountain air is fresh and crisp. As you gaze around, you can see autumn leaves in bright shades of red and gold playing with sunlight. You can hear the sound of birds and water running. The smell of sulfur hits your nose as you start to submerge into the warm milky water of Nyuto Onsen, […]
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Intro to Malaysian Food

Malaysian food has been influenced by various cultures around the world, especially the three main ethnic groups in Malaysia – Malays, Chinese and Indians. Some dishes are very similar to the ones you find in Thailand but they have their own distinct flavours. Here are a few to try out the next time you are […]
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Walking the Olle Trails on Jeju & U-do Islands

Jeju island or Jejudo is the largest island in South Korea located in the Southwest of the Korean peninsula. Every year in October, visitors from mainland Korea and elsewhere will gather on this scenic island to walk the well-signed Olle trails around the coast of Jeju Island. There are 21 routes to choose from, with varying degrees […]
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