28 Dec, 2017 in Penghu islands

More that a year later, I realized I have not summed up my wonderful summer trip to the magical Penghu islands in Taiwan. That trip reminded me of everything I loved about Taiwan. Crazy temples, gorgeous beaches, breathtaking scenic views, Taiwanese village life with Fijianese architecture houses, ancient Dutch and Japanese forts, amazing local food, and very […]

17 Dec, 2017 in Sapporo

Wrapping up my long stay at Sapporo in Hokkaido last summer, there are two places I left unmentioned in Sapporo the Former Hokkaido Government Office near the train station and the Maruyama Park and Hokkaido Shrine I visited on the way to the cable cars. The government office you’ll probably stumble upon a few times when roaming […]

27 Oct, 2017 in Bagan

While touring Burma I made my way to Bagan to do a two-days temple run. The first day I spent walking on foot around the temples in the old Bagan area (see temple run day 1 Part 1 and Part 2), . On the second day I had an electric scooter, so that made life easier, and started […]

1 Oct, 2017 in Daytrips from Sapporo

I did lots of daytrips around Hokkaido, and the last one I’ll mention was on the way to Furano, stopping by Asahikawa. Really wasn’t sure what to do in the area, didn’t do my homework, and had very little time, but the person at the hotel suggested taking the shuttle to see the local ice museum. […]

23 Sep, 2017 in Daytrips from Sapporo

While spending the summer in Sapporo in Hokkadio, at the northern region of Japan, I made a number of daytrips to explore a bit of the mountainous region of Furano. I ended up in a mountainous cultural village Ningle Terrance located next to fancy hotsprings of the New Furano Prince Hotel Onsen with a nearby cable car, the […]

15 Sep, 2017 in Bagan

While touring Burma I made my way to Bagan to do a two-days temple run. The first day I spent walking on foot around the temples in the old Bagan area (see temple run day 1 Part 1 and Part 2). On the second day I had an electric scooter, so that made life easier, […]

12 Sep, 2017 in Sapporo

One of the most interesting attractions in Sapporo is an open-air Historical Village of Hokkaido museum on the eastern side of the city featuring 50+ historical buildings from all over the northern Japanese region of Hokkaido from the Meiji and Taisho periods of Japan (1868 – 1926) to take you back in time to a […]

7 Sep, 2017 in Taipei

Near the Taipei 101, once the tallest building in the world, is a historical KMT army village that was turned into a culture village – the Four Four South Village. Long ago I wrote about the disappearing Taiwanese Juan Cun culture and some of what I discovered of what little is left from those KMT villages. […]

28 Aug, 2017 in Penghu islands

Last summer I did a scooter trip roaming through the Taiwanese islands of Penghu. Combing gorgeous beaches, fascinating local cultural life, war history, it was a trip to remember, exactly the kind of adventure I like. Each of the spots I stopped at had something special and me being there on my own made it […]

17 Aug, 2017 in Nagoya

To wrap up my visit to Nagoya last summer, I want to share a few more Nagoya gems with you that I neglected to mention so far. There are several Nagoya attractions, like the Nagoya Castle and the Toyota Museum of Industry and Technology, but most big Japanese cities are just fun to explore around on foot. […]

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