I’ve been to Seoul a few more times since I first posted about it and mentioned that Seoul was a Shopping Heaven. As such, I would like to share more information about this city to give you an even more in depth experience of what it’s like to perhaps live in Seoul.
A beautiful sky
Surprisingly I didn’t mention about this in the previous post, but one common food item in Korean BBQ restaurants was beef organs. I remember going to a BBQ restaurant with my friends and asked them, through body language since they didn’t understand English, if the restaurant only served beef organs, and there were no “normal” beef meat, responding that they only do have organs. We immediately left.
Then of course Koreans also love to eat spicy food, so you cannot get away with not eating spicy food in any Korean restaurants, especially if you want to eat the delicious dishes.
Continue reading The Shilla Seoul in Winter
Xin Chao Da Nang!
I’ve been ‘xin chaoed’ endlessly by the courteous and well trained staff at Angsana Lang Co. The resort was a sister company of the famous Banyan Tree resort chain, and we’ve been told that Angsana was not that different from Banyan Tree, except for the cheaper price and that Banyan tree Lang Co seems to have more privacy as each accommodation was its own villa, while we would have two other floors in the same building. But still, ours was very private already, there were no intersections between us and the tenants at the other floors.
Anyway, just like a lot of South East Asian countries, hotel staff members tend to be very friendly, courteous, and in a way subservient. We tested their politeness by working out this theory, and it worked! Whenever you make eye contact with a staff member, they must make eye contact with you and give you a smile, and then also say Xin Chao (which means hello in Vietnamese). Continue reading Xin Chao Da Nang
Once again, we have another photographer on board for our interviews, but with a different style and a different perspective towards this medium. Paul Tan has always been passionate about all things vintage, and has used this style to define his own photography works. In this interview, Paul shares his perspective on where vintage photography is going, where he thinks is the best place to shoot street photography, and tips on how to improve our photography skills.
Tell us about your life story.
I’m from Singapore, currently in my early 30’s, and working in finance, specifically forex trading, in Hong Kong. I love football and also grew up learning music so I naturally have a creative inclination and like to do creative things. Since my current job requires a different skillset rather than creativity, photography provides me an outlet for this, and Hong Kong is a great city for photography. Continue reading Vintage Photography
Tattoos, nose rings, murals, trees, food carts. These are all characteristics that make Portland so quirky and fun at the same time.
I knew nothing about Portland before arriving here, except the fact that this was where Nike was born. From my blog post in Athens, we learn that the name Nike belongs to the Greek goddess, the goddess of Victory.
Prior to travelling here, I researched more about this city – about what to do, what to eat, where things are located, and more. One key interesting fact is that Portland is one of the more ‘active’ cities in United States – currently for those who commute, the current percentage of people who bicycle to work is 7%. The state’s target is to aim as high as 21%, and that means making infrastructure so that it becomes more cyclists’ friendly. A second fact is that it tends to rain a lot… lucky for me though, I experienced only an afternoon of light rain and that was it. Continue reading Portland, the Quirky City of Roses
I may be one of the luckiest persons on earth.
Last year in the summer of 2016, I was in Nice during the Bastille Attack. This year, I was in Las Vegas during the Route 91 Festival Shooting. Both times, I/we almost decided to have dinner or participate in night activities near both of these shocking events. And both times, my fatigue decided to not pursue such activities. Laziness does help you sometimes. By the way, my heart goes out to all those affected.
That said, I was attending a wedding in Vegas but not on the strip, but on Henderson at a beautiful location. The day after the Route 91 Festival Shooting, I did end up having to go to the Strip, specifically Flamingo Hotel, because that was where I rented my car to go to Grand Canyon (and for the next few days in Los Angeles). While ubering to Flamingo, I managed to get a glimpse of the Mandalay Bay… not the two windows that were both exposed, but definitely seeing the cops barricading the whole area around it.
I am also one of the luckiest persons on earth because I get to witness the magnificence of breathtaking Grand Canyon. During my uber ride, my amazing driver did tell me that pictures cannot define Grand Canyon, and I simply cannot agree more. Grand Canyon is quite astonishing, and its massive size and grandness just isn’t something that can be captured even by the most professional Leica camera. Continue reading Sunrise at Grand Canyon
Tony Bennett’s song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”, isn’t a good impression of San Francisco. He makes the song so silky, smooth, deep, vibrant and charming, but my impression of San Francisco didn’t give me that.
After my PCH trip, I started driving up to San Francisco and of course, I had to be greeted by the severe traffic that doubled the time for me to get to downtown San Francisco.
From my car window, you can see a pile of cars waiting behind me.
While driving there, you get to see some cool train tracks. Not the best weather that day btw. Continue reading I Didn’t Leave My Heart in San Francisco
As a day trip on my stay in San Francisco, I decided that I had to visit Napa Valley. So, I signed up via Viator for a Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour that picked you up at your designated hotel before 9am and ended the journey at 5pm (well it ended up being around 6:30pm since we also stopped by Golden Gate Bridge to take pictures). You will be joining the tour operator Gray Line actually.
The drivers / guides were funny, informative and professional and in general I had a good time. During lunch time, I even missed the bus (more on that later) but another driver from the same tour operator was able to drive me back to catch up with my old tour group. Continue reading Missed My Bus at Napa Valley and Sonoma County
I got the idea of driving along the Pacific Coast Highway from one of my Bucket List links illustrating some of the top 10 drives in America. Since I had to be in the west coast, and I wanted to minimize my time in Los Angeles due to the lack of things to do as a tourist visitor, I thought to myself… why not drive PCH?
I was extremely excited by the prospect of driving along the sea coast; I was imagining all the magnificent views I would be getting. Continue reading Pacific Coast Highway, Not Really
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
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