16 May, 2018 in Lijiang, Visions

Roaming around Yunnan I visited most of the obvious tourist destinations, starting from Kunming, then Dali, and finally Lijiang. What I didn’t plan, but found a delightful surprise, was an ancient water town about 30 minutes north-west of Lijiang called Shuhe which I visited to escape the endless tourist crowds visiting the very same destinations. […]

30 Apr, 2018 in Dambulla and Sigiriya, Visions

Following a short stay getting my bearings in Colombo, I decided to head to the mountains. I had very limited time and public transport is time consuming, and so the visitor’s center made a good argument for renting a car with a driver, something I’m typically very reluctant to do. But it worked out nicely, […]

20 Apr, 2018 in Kunming, Visions

In my recent visit to Yunnan province in China I spent a few days roaming around, from Kunming, to Dali, to Lijiang and Shuhe, and then back for a final day near Kunming to fly back to Hong Kong. In that last day before going back I was looking to do something a bit different […]

18 Apr, 2018 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Visions

Back to exploring Asia, and so been looking for a new exotic destination. I’ve been eyeing Sri Lanka for many years, but have not had the chance to go. A “reading week” at uni combined with low airfare resulted in last minute booking and so I found myself in Colombo Sri Lanka with no plan […]

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, […]

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