Category Archive: Other Countries

S. Korea: The island of Jeju

I’m alive, and back with the last post in the South Korea series! This one also has a lot of pictures! Lots of new things will be coming soon, but I’m glad I… Continue reading

S. Korea: We ate so much in Seoul…

Wow, I didn’t realize until I started uploading, but there are exactly 100 photos in this post. Eep. To make things easier for you (and for me), feel free to use the page… Continue reading

S. Korea: Modern Seoul

For all my griping about the boys being more interested in shopping and eating, I must admit I bought my fair share of products too (about half of which were cosmetics and skin… Continue reading

S. Korea: Traditional Seoul (also, skiing!)

In my travels around Asia from my home base in Japan, the flight to Korea was the shortest. Two-hour flights are really the best — I didn’t need to rush to KIX in… Continue reading

Taipei, Summer 2013: Out-of-town Special (Jiufen, Shifen, Keelung)

I’m wrapping up this long-delayed series about last summer’s Taiwan trip with a post about the day excursion PL and I took to the north-east coast of the country. If you can manage… Continue reading

Taipei, Summer 2013: Things Eaten

Yay, I’ve managed to eventually finish this (let’s not count how many months ago this trip happened…). One of the main attractions of Taiwan (and many other countries in Asia) is undoubtedly the… Continue reading

Taipei, Summer 2013: Things Done

I talked a little about how I over-prepared for this trip in my last post, so I wanted to show exactly how much effort I put into the preparations. How did people go… Continue reading

Taipei, Summer 2013: Things Seen

Ah, Taipei… where to begin? I had never been to Taiwan before this summer, and I had never been to a country where I couldn’t speak the language/without a local friend either. In… Continue reading

Singapore: Food, and…food!

By rights, this shouldn’t warrant its own post — I was only in Singapore this time for less than 48 hours total (spread out over 4 nights and 1 day, due to layovers).… Continue reading

Thailand: Phuket and Ko Phi Phi

Following our time in Vietnam, HZ, JH, and I continued onto the southern part of Thailand! Writing this now, I don’t remember what our reasons were for going to Thailand. Perhaps because I… Continue reading

Vietnam: Da Nang and the Middle Region

— As mentioned in my last Vietnam post, we — HZ, JH, JH’s sister CW, and I — were joining a 5-day tour to the middle region of Vietnam. The tour took us… Continue reading

Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City, Part Two

Ho Chi Minh City is a bustling city with (according to Wiki) around 9 million inhabitants. While I can’t judge the accuracy of this (having avoided several districts entirely), at certain times of… Continue reading

Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City, Part One

Finally, the start of my long-overdue series about my trip to Vietnam and Thailand! — A quick disclaimer — I had a local friend, JH, whose family kindly hosted HZ and I while… Continue reading

Malaysia: Days 5 – 7

With the start of the new year, new responsibilities were also looming on the horizon. KH & JK returned to work, HZ only had vacation leave until the 3rd, and AN would start at… Continue reading

Malaysia: Day 4

Day 4 was New Year’s Eve, but when you’re surrounded by palm trees it doesn’t really feel like the last day of the year… Our first stop for the day was the Kek… Continue reading

Malaysia: Day 3

We may have woken up from the noise of other groups departing the guesthouse, but it was the prospect of strawberries and scones for breakfast that got us out of bed. A few of… Continue reading

Malaysia: Day 2

Our day began early, as it would take us a few hours to reach Cameron Highlands. We had planned to travel to Cameron and Georgetown, Penang over the New Year weekend — spending… Continue reading

Malaysia: Day 1

As stated in Day 4 in Singapore, HZ and I were flying at night to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The flight was only an hour, but it took us less than 5 minutes to fall… Continue reading

Singapore: Day 5.5 + 6

I love flying in half-empty flights. It’s bad for the environment, but it makes traveling less stressful — there’s not as many strangers sitting close to me, invading my personal space and testing… Continue reading

Singapore: Day 5

Being on JET means getting a chance to meet people from other countries working in the same prefecture as you. That is certainly true for me — V, one of the people I… Continue reading