22 Dec, 2018 in Kumamoto, Visions

Japan is one of my favorite travel destinations. I’ve been to Japan many times, and it has always proved a unique cultural and aesthetically beautiful experience challenging much of how I previously experienced Asia, or travel anywhere else in the world. In my most recent visit I set out to start from Kagoshima in the […]

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 […]

19 Mar, 2017 in Bristol

In 2001, I had a plan of visiting a friend in New York, with a British Airways flight stopping over in London. Then, 9/11 happened, and all flights to New York were cancelled for almost three weeks, leading to my first ever out-of-the-blue backpack trip through England. I had visited the UK before that, London […]

18 Feb, 2017 in Daytrips from Sapporo, Visions

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 started off with the blue pond and Biei and then made my way to the hotsprings and cable car area in the city of Furano, […]

30 May, 2016 in Boquete
Horseback riding and hotsprings -Boquete Panama (17)

After a few days in Panama City and the gorgeous islands of Bocas del Toro I took a boat and bus down south and up the mountain to Boquete, considered one of the best American Xpat retirement towns. For a small town, there’s plenty to do, and only once I arrived I realized I could have probably planned for longer. […]

23 Mar, 2012 in Dumaguete
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If like me, you’ve seen the beginning of 127 Hours and thought to yourself "this is me, I know what this feels like" then you must also be familiar with the possible consequences of what happens later on. Living as a singleton and experiencing ultimate freedom at some point must come at a price, and […]

7 Jun, 2011 in Taipei
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Fancy some hotsprings while visiting Taipei? there are a number of options, the most obvious ones being aboriginal Wulai to the south and Beitou up in the north. As for Beitou, just an MTR ride away there’s a really big selection of hotsprings in all sorts and forms, public or private, indoors or outdoors, low […]

19 Apr, 2011 in Taipei
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In Beitou, one of the wonderful hotspring areas in northern Taipei, there is a small valley with a lake of natural hot waters bubbling up at temperatures of 80 to 100 degrees Celsius creating a special scene with clouds of steam.     As you arrive at the Xin …

16 Jan, 2010 in Tokyo

The Japanese are famous for their hotsprings obsession and so Tokyo’s full of public bathes (sentos), big and small, private and public, some of which enjoy a steady stream of natural hotsprings (onsens). One of the more up-market posh options for hotsprings in Tokyo and a recommended spot by many recent guidebooks is the LaQau […]

27 Nov, 2008 in Tainan
Tainan County’s Guanziling –Stone Baked Chicken

The other weekend I was feeling a bit bored, so I decided it was time to chillout in a hotspring. The closest hot springs to Tainan City are at the northern tip of Tainan County, very close to the border with Chiayi County – in Guan Zi Ling. This was my first time heading up […]

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