24 Hours in Jakarta

Getting our visa extension (in Seoul) before our Indonesian trip was going to be a tight finish. Fortunately, we got our cards renewed on Tuesday and left for Indonesia on Saturday morning. The minute we boarded the flight to Jakarta from Hong Kong, I was amazed by the cultural diversity of the people onboard and felt welcome by…

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Exploring Tokyo’s Eclectic Food Trail

Monjayaki in Asakusa By late evening, once the shutters of tourist shops are down, Asakusa resembles a ghost town with deserted alleyways — occasionally lit by an array of yellow lanterns. It’s hard to distinguish one alley from another in the dull street light. It’s harder to stay focussed on the route when there’s so…

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An Evening in Saigon

We stayed in District 1 for the entire duration of our stay in Saigon (also called Ho Chi Mihn City). It’s hard to get a real feel of the city when you’re restricted to a 2-day travel schedule. Fortunately, District 1 isn’t a bore. You can spend the day exploring remnants of the city’s colonial past…

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The Vegetarian

The Vegetarian isn’t an easy read. However, I also knew, I couldn’t miss being a part of the revelry. For the first time, the translated work of a Korean author had won a Man Booker International Prize. Local bookshops and Korean newspapers had posters (like the one above) splashed across glass windows and the front page. Why…

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Back-Alleys of Gwangjang Market

Seoul breathes at a frightening pace. It’s not difficult to lose yourself or your breath, here. Towering slabs of mortar and glass, dominate a jagged skyline, often competing — for a spot of grey. Following a Darwinian model of survival, primitive structures are quick to be razed, to be equally quickly replaced, by monsters of…

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Seoul Food

Generally, I don’t pay much attention to local food. I could survive on bread & cheese or opt for fast food. And I would prefer vegetables over meat. I can visualise food lovers shaking their head in disappointment. I guess, I’m that not into food. And it works for us – as Basil is the foodie. Korean…

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A Day in the Life of Shanghai

In April, we stayed collectively for a period of three weeks in China – clocking two weeks in Shanghai. I’m not sure if the time was sufficient to make me get a deeper understanding of the city, but, I’ve always felt the minute you choose to stay in an apartment over a hotel, scout for…

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What does Chinese food taste like?

Undoubtedly, Chinese cuisine is probably the most popular food globally. So, what does authentic Chinese food actually taste like? There seems to be a common belief that authentic Chinese cuisine is largely raw or bland – without a trace of spice. While there maybe some truth behind this misconception; it’s hard to categorise Chinese food into a…

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