28 Feb, 2008 in India
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I arrive at 4:30am at Panaji, totally exhausted from a night-bus ride from Pune, and it was completely dark around us. Not a single building light in view. Going down from the local bus, all the Rickshaw folks quickly headed my way. “We take you best best beach, only 500 rupee” they start …

27 Feb, 2008 in India
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Mumbai to Pune train-2.JPG

Half way through my Mumbai experience during my first day in India, I decided to head out of Mumbai to a more peaceful country-side relaxation spot up on the famous British hill-mountain stations. I arrived at the Victoria terminus and bought a ticket to the station where the slow train was suppose to take off […]

Madou Dai Tien - Five Gods Temple-9.JPG

The other day, I went with John and his family around Tainan County, and although we were aiming for the Lantern festival, the number of people and cars directed us in a different direction. We eventually ended up heading up to one 5 Gods Temple (Wu Wang Temple) near the town of Madou.   …

Insane Taiwanese fireworks - The crazy Lantern Festival at Ci-gu Lu-er-men Sheng-mu-miao 元宵節台南正統鹿耳門聖母廟

This was, by far, the most insane fireworks display I’ve ever been in. The Lantern Festival (元宵節/元宵) is a Chinese festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunar year in the Chinese calendar. During the Lantern Festival, children go out at night to temples carrying rabbit-shaped lanterns (免子燈) …

Gateway of India Mumbai-3.JPG

Arriving at India’s Mumbai international airport at 4 o’clock in the morning with barely reading anything about what to expect is not something I’d recommend anyone. I arrived at the airport and my first impression was that it was – by far – the worst international airport I’ve ever seen. I distinctly remember finding it […]

Taiwan youth travel let

Everytime I visit Taiwan’s international airport, once Chang Kai Shek Airport but now renamed to Taoyuan International Airport, I am both surprised and impressed, promising myself to write something about it when I get back – but never get around to it. I’ve been to some fine world-class airports, but I really like the Taiwanese […]

3 weeks of India travel - summary : India map with travel route

It was a crazy overwhelming 3 weeks in India. I don’t even know where to start with the 2 gigs of photos and videos I have. This is the Lonely Planet India map with a yellow line highlighting the route I did. You can see it was a bit spread out, starting off from …

The beautiful Betel Nut experience video : Betel Nut beauty girl

Eh, a video! and about Betel Nut! This one’s too nice to be kept private (:$). John, of TheRealTaiwan, has a real talent for doing this freestyle exploration of Taiwanese people and culture, and he figured it was time for me to get my first taste of a betelnut, and on camera (:$). Yep, …

Touring Tainan : An Nan, Lu-er-man Temple and Taiwanese Holland

John of TheRealTaiwan, his family, and I went exploring around Tainan. Not really sure where to go, we thought we’d check out the mysterious spot on the Tainan map always pushed to the top left corner that goes by the name of An Nan. We drove around for a while till we spotted a huge […]

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