HONG KONG UNIVERSITIES are approaching their mid-semester break, and that generally means one thing – travel. But with midterms approaching, that leaves them little time or resources to fly out. Not to worry, because Hong Kong’s contrasts extend well into nature, and while many of its nature getaways are on outlying islands, Sai Kung East … More Hong Kong Hotspot: Effort, Reward and a Trek to Paradise
TRAVEL ALWAYS HAS its high and low seasons. There are always good and bad times to do the must-do activities in any destination, usually depending on the weather. But those recommendations don’t always line up with the necessities of our lifestyles. Study and project plans here are only getting more intense, and the staff at … More Hong Kong Hotspot: Doing It At The Worst Time
I JUST MOVED in last week – and when you do, things get busy very quickly. Administrative errands, shopping, setting up – this is the difference between travelling and moving to a new home. And somehow you find more time for socialising during this time than you do when you’ve settled down. Perhaps it’s because of the … More Introducing the Hong Kong Hotspot
MUSIC IS MY catharsis. Wherever I go, it is the bridge between experiencing the local culture and globalisation, the authentically local and the familiar. I’ve made it a habit to visit a music bar at least once, preferably at least twice, wherever I go. Often the genres are very similar: rock, classical, jazz; with the … More Beijing Backpacking, Day 17: Regardless of the Contrast, Music is The Universal Language
What does any traveller do with a few hours to kill in a city? Take the long way, of course. There was no shortage of landmarks to see between my original origin and destination stations. And with a subway, you really get no hint of what life is like outside, making each first-time subway exit … More Beijing Backpacking, Day 3: Point A to Point B and Everything In Between
As a traveller, Beijing ought to have a unique place in my mind and heart; yet I barely gave it the chance to. After studying the language for two years, it took me another three to finally set foot on Chinese soil. And the fact that I had studied the country more thoroughly than any … More Introducing the Beijing Backpacking Blog
When I was a child and I saw a map, or a street directory, I would always wonder what existed at the final page, as though it was the most extreme point one could adventure to. Naturally this was way before Google Maps, or even Wikipedia, so one’s imagination was left to run wild. There’s … More The Edge of Civilisation in Your City
Sitting sentinel upon on the tallest hill in Reykjavik, the seventy meter high silhouette of Hallgrimskirkja appears to resemble a sword that has been buried deep to it’s hilt. Surrounded by snow capped mountains, frozen lakes, eerie graveyards, Hallgrimskirkja (the Church of Hallgrimur) adds to the magic and mystery of Iceland and it’s capital city, … More Hallgrimskirkja: The sentinel of Reykjavik
Kota Tua, or people call it as “Old Town”, “Old Jakarta”, or even “Old Batavia” feels like a time leap through 16th century. Colonial Dutch buildings stand side by side, reflecting the Dutch colonization for about three centuries long. Exploring 1.3 square kilometres of old town is one unforgettable adventure. Hop on to your time … More Local Travel in Jakarta: Been to Kota Tua?
LOCAL TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE. When talking about travel and our experiences, my friends and I always continue to bring up the idea that travel goes well beyond holidaying and snaps. We are puzzled at how people could satisfy themselves by sleeping in cloistered hotels, only leaving on buses to voyeuristically look at tourist traps and … More Local Travel: one post, one neighbourhood, one city, one day at a time.