Bali Temple Mystery – To sarong or not to Sarong?

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Do I need to wear a sarong? This is a question that all tourists will ask over and over again when going to a temple in Bali.  People get confused and wonder what other dress codes and rules there are specific for females and males. I wanted to share my thoughts and experience in this regards from a recent trip to Bali. For starters, I will say that the dress code rules vary base on the temple being visited. I dare say there are somewhat-strict and strict-strict temples in Bali which result to this differences in dress code […]

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My Authentic Getaway to South Asia

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Close your eyes and imagine hills of verdurous rice paddies, clear blue beaches and colourful vibrate coral reefs waiting to be explored by you.  Now imagine sweating it out at a meditating yoga class and feeling fully refreshed afterwards.  To help loosen up the tension in the muscles, a luxuriate massage session is waiting for you by the resort pool.  Sounds amazing? Bali is a small yet an exotic island that encapsulates all these things.  Its exoticness is exactly the reason why so many people travel there – for the so-called authentic relax paced holiday in […]

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Breathtaking Hokkaido

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn For years, Hokkaido has been on my travel list.  I’ve wanted to put a tick next to this place on my list for yonks.  Years of listening to other people’s stories about how great the place was, and having amazing pictures on various locations in Hokkaido presented to me when I least expected it; I was done being the sitting duck. I needed to take matters in my own hands.  One night, while sitting on the floor in my apartment, I took out my work calendar. I looked at the upcoming two months very carefully. I […]

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Photo Update: Plum Blossom in Gunma are up!

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn I have finally gotten around to uploading the photos I took during my travels in Gunma early this year.  The photos were taken during the plum blossom season which is around January to early or mid March in Japan. Apart from the featured image of this post, this is also one of my favourites: Make sure to check out more photos I uploaded under “Photos” > “Gunma“. Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn

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London Escape

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn During the end of August to early September, schools in Japan go on summer vacation. My workplace, a Japanese high school, was no exception (although, most students and teachers continue to linger around school for extra classes and extra curriculum activities – aka school club activities). Luckily for me, my job role did not bind me to any work commitments of the sort.  Not sure whether it was the travel bug or the stress built up from work, but I had to go for another holiday to unwind. Together with my friend, A, we booked flights […]

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Strange 4D Animation Evening

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Movies have evolved so much over the few decade.  New spectrum and story line push the limits of what producers and directors can do to make a good show for its audience.  Back in the day, when Titanic was filmed, it was label the most extraordinary and expensive movie of its time.  It’s budget was 200 million US dollars.  Well done, James Cameron.  Next, we had Avatar which made designers create new technology to make the backdrop of the movie look real.  It started a new era of imagination and possibilities for film makers.  It’s budget […]

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Onsen Away

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Around the end of April “slash” beginning of May, it was Golden Week in Japan. Golden Week is one of the best holidays in Japan because people get a consecutive three day holiday during the middle of the week. Now this doesn’t sound like much, but trust me when I say it sure does mean a lot to the Japanese working society. Fortunately for me I didn’t have any commitments at school during that week, so I was able to fully enjoy the time off work. I do know some people, however, depending on where they work who did have to work […]

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Living Alone – The Truth

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn It is nearly one-year since I moved away from my hometown and started a cultural luxurious life in Japan.  I moved away from my home town about one year ago.  The move was overwhelming, exciting, tiring, frustrating yet satisfying. This was my second time moving out but truthfully the first time to know what moving out really meant. My first time moving out, you could say, was a bit of a failure.  I was still back in my home town and choose to move out of home to live closer to work.  The idea seemed good […]

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Black Friday

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Friday is usually my favourite day of the week.  I would dare to say it is the same for many people as well.  What’s not to love about Friday? It is the last day of the long week. It is the day before the weekend.  It is the day where anyone could go out drinking and past out for literally two days and feel ok when returning back into work for the following week. Ain’t Fridays great? In most cases, I would definitely say so. I have never been superstitious person.  When I realised that it […]

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