Nagoya Again and Also Kanazawa

Having to find a destination that can fit an itinerary for 5 days, wasn’t hot in the summer, wasn’t raining, was affordable from a trip from Hong Kong, was easy to get around and walk around, and a city that we haven’t been many times before or recently, we settled on Nagoya.

To visit the major sites of Nagoya, you could probably do it in 3 days.  So since we were there for 5 days, including the flights, we decided to also pay visits to Shirakawa-gō, Kanazawa, and Tojinbo.

Nagoya is actually the fourth largest city in Japan, but you definitely wouldn’t see it that way when you arrive here.  The city represents a sense of calmness, serenity, peace, and all things that a city wouldn’t possess.  Yet at the same time, there is everything you want from a city – interesting people, convenient transportation, lots of food, and more.  It’s just organized and cleaned up well here.

I’ve written about a post about Nagoya before, so if you haven’t already, please check out Let’s Drive: Nagoya (Japan Part Three).  I’ll try my best to not overlap any sort of information. Continue reading Nagoya Again and Also Kanazawa

Haikou is a No Go

Of all the countries I’ve been, China somehow continues to disappoint again and again (exception of Chengdu).  This was how I felt in Lijiang and Shangri-La, and especially this time in Haikou.

Coined “China’s Hawaii”, Haikou has semi resemblances with the beautiful island of US, except we don’t use the word beautiful in this case.  Haikou does have beaches and sunny weather that reminds you of other islands or beachy places like Kenting, except it’s so polluted and quite dirty and rather boring.  Haikou is definitely one of those cities where going once is enough, in fact more than enough. Continue reading Haikou is a No Go

Barcelona Architectural Design and More

While my trip to Barcelona was mainly for work related purposes, I had such a phenomenal time that I had split my trip experience there into three different posts.  One of the posts covered was Mobile World Congress, the biggest mobile trade show in the world.  The food in Barcelona deserves an entire post itself, hence I’ve given the name Barcelona, the City of Gastronomy to give my respects to cuisine in this city.  In this post, I will focus on the other aspects of Barcelona, and one thing that sticks out in this city is the beautiful and unique architectural designs notable from block to block.

Some cities in the world are not walking cities; one such city that sticks out in my mind is Dubai.  Barcelona has some fantastic cool weather in late February / early March, with beautiful people on the streets and remarkable architecture with many things to see along the way that you would prefer to walk all the time, unless of course you have to go somewhere quite the distance.

I heard that there may be strikes in Barcelona time to time, but lucky for me, there was no such thing when I was there.  Usually if I wasn’t walking, I had the option to take the metro, which was easy to understand and takes you near the places you need to be as a tourist.  If anything, there’s also the option of taking a taxi as well. Continue reading Barcelona Architectural Design and More

Los Angeles – Fun For A Few Days Only

So I grew up studying university in Los Angeles for 4 years, and those were some of the best years in my life.  I think to a certain extent it was also because I was situated in Los Angeles, and as a university student, it was a good place to have fun there, especially when you have a car.

Los AngelesLA during the night

After graduation and moving out from the city, I would periodically come back to Los Angeles every few years, for differing reasons (nostalgia, music festivals, weddings etc.).  Each time finding myself needing to do more and more research to find out what else is there to do in Los Angeles besides typical city stuff, like eating. Continue reading Los Angeles – Fun For A Few Days Only

What Happens in Vegas, Stays In My Stomach

Las Vegas has always been one of my favorite destinations to go to; no other place matches its sinfulness, its exoticness, and its desirability.  My favorite time to arrive to Las Vegas driving from Los Angeles has always been when the sun is just about to set so that the lights from the Strip start to light up… it’s one of the most beautiful and exciting scenes to enter into.

Las Vegas StripLas Vegas strip at night – what a beauty.  This is the view from the Eiffel Tower Experience. Continue reading What Happens in Vegas, Stays In My Stomach

Barcelona, the City of Gastronomy

The reputation for Spain and its marvellous food is undoubtedly some of the best and most creative food I’ve ever tasted.  The struggle to find a fitting title that Barcelona deserves gave me hesitation; it deserved its respects.  The City of Food wasn’t even thought of and would have been outright rejected.  The City of Taste was too simple and too surface.  The City of Flavor was a bit better as it brings out the meaning of tasting in depth that is all too important in Barcelona restaurants.

What about Gastronomy?  A simple definition look up indicates that gastronomy is “the art of choosing, cooking, and eating good food” (Merriam-Webster).  Perfect, this exact word was what I was looking for.  The good restaurants in Barcelona contained all the requirements of good food – flavorful, creative, generous and ideal portions, unique combinations of flavors, fresh ingredients, and the ability to ‘wow’ you when it touches your tongue.  Other bonus factors, while not necessary, include atmosphere, service, and presentation of food, and all the good restaurants excel in those criteria as well.  Go to a Barcelona restaurant’s website and you can just tell that they take their food seriously. Continue reading Barcelona, the City of Gastronomy

Mobile World Congress 2017 – The Next Element

I had the extreme privilege to attend Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year.  Mobile World Congress (MWC), the largest annual mobile and telecom show, is hosted by the organization GSMA.  This year, there were over 108,000 attendees and 2,200 exhibitors attending the show.

Just before I continue, I have to make a disclaimer – I currently work for GSMA, and that is why I was able to go to MWC.  But this post is in no way affiliated with GSMA or represents the opinions of GSMA, it is just my own personal experiences and opinions (as with all my other posts) going to the event . Continue reading Mobile World Congress 2017 – The Next Element

Hipstering in Wonderfruit

Wonderfruit is supposed to be the Asia “Burning Man”, or at least it was somewhat influenced by it.  Created by a bunch of rich Thai kids, Wonderfruit is a wonderful event for you to explore, dance, create, and experience.  And doing all that in hipster clothes and style.

The discovery of this event was during a tipsy moment when we were talking about my Visvim friend’s chair in his apartment.  He bought the chair in the music festival, and soon enough, the hype about the event led to my impulsive purchase for an early bird ticket of the event later in the night.  I bought my ticket extremely early, in July, to show commitment that I am definitely going to the event and that other people will follow suit since I’ve committed.  The worst is when a group of friends talk about doing an event, and no one follows through, and ends up no one goes to the event.  Once one person does it, other people will want to join. Continue reading Hipstering in Wonderfruit

Travel Bucket List

Decided to add a travel bucket list in case anybody was interested in doing a trip in one of the following locations below.  The list does not include the places where I have already been to; these are all places where I’ve never been.  Also while the list is quite compact at the moment, expect for me to add on more places and more description whenever I feel like it.  But just contact me if you want to travel together.

 

*Updated May 31, 2017: Instead of just listing the countries that I want to go, I also want to provide a couple of website links that I come across time to time that prove good travel resources or are interesting articles etc.

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Roaming In Athens

Unlike the city of Dubai, Athens is a city to walk around in.  In fact, I would say Athens is a city where you’re supposed to roam around in.  Pretty much everything around here is centered around the Acropolis.

If you’ve never been to Greece before, you may feel a bit nervous or worried; after all, it’s a city that’s been in the news for it’s near bankruptcy, for its austerity measures, for always needing bailout money, and for its high unemployment rates.  I remembered back when I was still working in a brokerage department, markets were falling because of the potential for Greece to default, because of the future that if Greece left the Eurozone, a lot of countries would follow suit, and because of the fear that it would create a domino effect of defaults in Eurozone.  This was back in 2011. Continue reading Roaming In Athens