Beijing Backpacking, Day 28: Good Company is the Best Way to Pass Time

A FEW WEEKS ago I sought hallmarks of Chinese heritage and architecture at one of Beijing’s main railway stations, only to be bitterly disappointed at the fact that the entire concourse is transit, for ticketed passengers only. This time, on my way out of Beijing for a few days, I had the opportunity to check … More Beijing Backpacking, Day 28: Good Company is the Best Way to Pass Time

Beijing Backpacking, Day 7: The Ultimate Hole In The Wall

If the first day of the week was about Chinese cuisine adopting the Western fast food format, today we hit the other extreme. When you’re hungry on your way home, sometimes you just have to point at a random subway station and take a gamble on what’s there. This joint is in Liuliqiao, the intersection … More Beijing Backpacking, Day 7: The Ultimate Hole In The Wall

Which traveller dares to ride a bus in Manila?

WHEN YOU’RE TRAVELLING in a developing country, there are just some things, some places, some parts of society, that unspoken word, others’ previous experiences or historical facts advise you against. Even for Western-born Asians, we have to admit that socioeconomic and cultural differences mean that while we have the purchasing power to live like kings, … More Which traveller dares to ride a bus in Manila?