Playing Hide-&-Seek with Cherry Blossoms in Samseonghyeol

Getting Around Jeju Folklore & Natural History Museum (Tour Course 4) Travelling in Jeju can be tricky if you haven’t figured out the right transportation. Unlike Seoul (or other big cities) which has a dense subway network and timely buses; Jeju’s more laid-back and endorses ‘slow-travel’ (천천히). Time can literally stand still when you’re waiting…

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Our First Christmas in Seoul

We thought we’d spend a quiet Christmas in Seoul this time. The past year had been chaotic with back-to-back travel. We had to tweak our plans because Basil had a work trip to Shanghai — on the next day of Christmas. We’d effectively have to spend most of Christmas Day at Incheon Airport. But we…

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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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