16 Sep, 2018 in Cienfuegos

Coming down from Havana and Vinales to explore a bit of central Cuba, I only had a day to spend in Cienfuegos, but even during that day I was able to see and explore quite a lot, much in thanks to my very friendly and efficient Airbnb host. After taking half a day to explore Castillo […]

6 Dec, 2017 in Athens, Greece, Visions

Greece has been very high on my travel TODO list for long, but have never found the time to go visit. I’ve recently concluded two years of living in Europe and then had to move back to Asia and realized that I might have spent all that time in Europe but not visit Greece. I […]

9 Mar, 2017 in Visions, Yangon

For years I’ve been wanting to visit Myanmar (Burma) but somehow throughout the long time that I’ve lived in Asia I’ve failed to visit. It was only recently on a business trip to Asia that I was able to take a weekend+ to go see Yangon and Bagan, the obvious highlights, and get a taste […]

7 Mar, 2017 in Madrid

If you want to get grand views of Madrid from above then you really only have one option, the somewhat bizarre observation deck on the Faro de Moncloa tower. You can’t miss it. Aside from the business area, Spain does not have many skyscrapers, and so the tower is very visible from almost anywhere in Madrid. It’s 92 […]

3 Mar, 2016 in Philadelphia
Philadelphia downtown walking tour (2)

Last year I had my first visit to Philadelphia, to see the UPenn campus and tour the city a bit after a conference in NYC and a stop at the Princeton University campus. I did plenty of walking around Philadelphia during that visit, roaming around downtown and trying to see as much as I can during that […]

31 Dec, 2013 in Boston, Itineraries

To kickoff my move from Hong Kong to the United States last year, I chose Boston to be my first stop in the USA. With top universities like Harvard and MIT (and many others) and the many years since I visited last as a child, it was long overdue. Boston has exceeded every expectation, academically […]

17 Feb, 2012 in Southern Israel
Avdat - Negev (14).JPG

Avdat, an ancient city at the heart of the Israeli Negev dating back to 7th century BC was built by the Nabataeans – the world famous traders based in Petra (one of newly announced wonders of the world) who built magnificent thriving cities in the middle of the bare desert. Since the Nabataeans it’s also […]

5 Nov, 2011 in Shanghai
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition (2).JPG

If you want to learn how the Shanghai huge metropolitan came to be what it is today and get a glimpse of where it’s headed – then the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center building might be very interesting for you to explore. It’s a somewhat narcissistic self promoting view of Shanghai, yet it …

12 Dec, 2007 in Taipei
Chih Nan Temple - Muzha-11.JPG

Chi-nan Temple (指南宮) in Taipei’s Muzha area is one of the most beautiful spots I’ve been to in Taiwan. Up on the mountain, overlooking the city of Taipei from the south, the temples are gorgeous and the view is absolutely breath-taking. I could spend ages in a place like that, just resting down with something to drink, […]

5 Jul, 2007 in Israel
City of David - South to Old City Jerusalem

In the past month, we’ve been revisiting some of the main tourist attractions in the Jerusalem and central-Israel area. It’s the second time I actually take the time to tour around a little, the first time – “Around Israel in 20 days” – being in mid-summer, and it’s quite remarkable that I discovered some incredible […]

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