Asia

Being half Asian I automatically have an affinity with this region of the world, but regardless of ethnicity it’s easy to fall in love with Asia. I know you will.

Biking in Bagan - using the electrical bike
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A Bumpy Ride: E-biking in Bagan!

The handle bar jolts from left to right and from right to left, she skims an oncoming vehicle, and then another. She swerves in the opposite direction in a desperate plea to gain recovery but almost hits the curb. I run after her, excelling forward like my friend’s life depends on it, which is true….

Travel to Myanmar, fishermen at Inle Lake.
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Myanmar – 2 week travel itinerary

Defying all expectations, Ruchi and I didn’t feel ready to leave Myanmar. Sitting in the departure lounge looking like a pair of jilted brides at the altar. Post-holiday blues had already kicked in. You know you love a place when you find yourself practically holding back the tears because you really, really, don’t want to…

Golden Temple in Kyoto
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Exploring Kyoto, Japan’s Most Beautiful City

If Tokyo is like stepping into the future with its hypermodern architecture, giant video screens and electronic district, Kyoto is like stepping back in time with its classic Zen gardens, ancient shrines and mystical geishas. I spent five nights in Kyoto staying in a ryokan which is a traditional Japanese Inn with tatami mat rooms…

Kabukicho, Tokyo
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Kabukicho : The Strange World of East Shinjuku

Within east Shinjuku lies Kabukicho (named after a large Kabuki theatre which was meant to have been built in the area in the 1940’s but was never completed), Japan’s most well-known red-light district, renowned worldwide for its plethora of restaurants, bars and sex-related establishments. This is the Tokyo I’d always pictured in my mind; streets…

Tokyo neon lights
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Japan: A Country of Intense Contrasts

In terms of things to see and do, I cannot think of a country that offers as much diversity as Japan.  It has a cultural dualism of zen and the zany, leaving visitors to oscillate between the two worlds, often just streets apart, without getting dizzy. I’ve never been to a country that can separate…

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