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. […]

8 Feb, 2017 in Brussels

Since I already started covering Christmas markets of last year in Paris and their nearby Ferris wheel, might as well mention one more. My little sister came to visit me around Christmas time and I had the pleasure of exploring Brussels with her for the first time. Luckily for us, the Christmas market was in full […]

7 Feb, 2017 in Paris

Late last year I had a quick visit to Paris in gloomy cold weather. My previous visits to Paris were more pleasant in terms of weather, but the one perk of visiting Paris during the winter cold is the Christmas market, stretching out through the Champs-Élysées street all the way to the Jardin des Tuileries […]

6 Feb, 2017 in Poznan
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Poznan was the first city I visited in modern post-communist Poland, and it definitely left a very positive impression on me that left me wanting to see more, resulting in another visit later on that year. At the heart of Poznan and major contribution to the Poznan charm is the town hall market square, with […]

6 Dec, 2016 in Taipei
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One of the greatest things to do in Taipei is to visit one of the many crazy night markets. Sure, there are night markets in other countries, but nothing comes close to the intensity of the Taiwanese night markets. It’s a phenomenon one has to experience to fully grasp the extremity of Taiwanese food culture. […]

28 Mar, 2016 in London
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Lots to see and do in London. It’s an exciting world city, with all sorts of areas with a different vibe, and part of the charm is being able to take a quick tube ride and get into a completely different atmosphere. One of my favorite areas in my visits to London many years back […]

8 Jan, 2016 in London, Visions

The nice thing about living in the center of Western Europe is that all the big cities are within reach. A 3 hour train will get me to Paris, Amsterdam, or Frankfurt, and in 4 hour I can be in London. A few weeks after moving here I decided to test it out and give it […]

24 Jun, 2014 in Netherlands
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My first stop in the Netherlands after the Keukenhof Flower Gardens was to go see Leiden, a quiet little old town with one of Europe’s oldest universities. As a first stop in the Netherlands, this was my first introduction to canal life, and the center of the town is as charming as it can get. […]

19 Jun, 2013 in Jerusalem
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The transformation that took place in Machane Yehuda Market in central Jerusalem is remarkable (official site). From an ordinary loud and dirty wet market to a posh shopping areas filled with exotic restaurants, coffee shops, bars, pubs, tons of cool little shops that sell just about everything, and – ofcourse – an upscale version of […]

1 Apr, 2013 in Jerusalem, Visions
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Wrapping up a six months exchange in Florida State I stopped by Jerusalem for a quick visit before heading back to Hong Kong. I grew up in Jerusalem, I know Jerusalem quite well, but I always find something new and exciting and I could probably never really be oblivious to its beauty. During my …

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