Observing Yangon

Posted on 30. Jul, 2013 by .

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Myanmar – a country that was shrouded in mystery and conjured images of lush undiscovered natural beauty until recently – is still relatively untouched by tourism. There is no luxury resorts to lure the big spenders; no banana pancake trail to tempt the average backpackers looking for fun. But it is THE destination most avid […]

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The best meal I have ever had

Posted on 26. Jul, 2013 by .

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“What’s the best meal you’ve had?” One of the backpackers I met in Dali, China asked us as we sat on the step of an old Chinese temple nursing a bottle of mao tai (a strong Chinese liquor). Four backpackers from 4 corners of the world and distinctive travel experiences, we were sharing our experiences […]

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Ramadhan food bazaar in Malaysia

Posted on 21. Jul, 2013 by .

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Ramadhan is the fasting month for the Muslims; a time of spiritual reflection and increased devotion. It is almost like Lent for the Catholics but more severely practiced and observed. For about a month (29 to 30 days), the Muslims are supposed to fast from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. If you are […]

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Postcards 4U: Piety

Posted on 21. Jun, 2013 by .

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Dear U, If Thailand is the land of smile, then Myanmar is the land of piety. Golden Rock (Kyaiktiyo Pagoda) is one of the holiest sites in Myanmar. Like most religious sites, only men are allowed to go near the rock. While the men could touch the rock and many put golden stickers on it, […]

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This is… Southeast Asia’s Largest Taoist Temple

Posted on 28. Oct, 2012 by .

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Do not confused Taoism (Daoism) with Buddhism. Although for the non-initiated it’s hard to tell where one starts and the other ends. The founder of Taoism is Laozi, and his teachings – the Tao Te Ching – have a profound influence in Chinese culture. So the contemporary Chinese cultural practices are the result of centuries […]

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Spirited away

Posted on 20. Oct, 2012 by .

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Taiwan is one of the most fascinating countries in Asia. The discerning travellers come here for the colourful culture, glorious food and breathtaking nature. Tainan, the oldest city, is famous for its temples. So this is one of the best place to see a temple festival. One afternoon, my friend asked to meet at a street corner […]

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Postcards 4U: Guardian angels

Posted on 13. Oct, 2012 by .

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Dear U, Wandering the streets of Taiwan you’ll be stunned by the elaborated entrance of the temples. This one was taken on a side street at Danshui, near Taipei city. The 2 brightly painted figures are the “Door Gods”. They guard the door to keep the people inside safe from evil spirits or ghosts. And […]

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Chat with a blind masseur

Posted on 06. Sep, 2012 by .

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Nothing compares to the heavenly sensation of getting a massage after a long day of sight-seeing, trekking, walking, etc. One of the many pleasures of travelling in South East Asia – the affordable massages. For example, a 1-hour full body massage in Siem Reap will only set you back between $5-$10, and a relaxing foot […]

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Moving Cambodia

Posted on 23. Aug, 2012 by .

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One of my most terrifying experiences, on par with jumping off a cliff and being mugged, is riding on the back of a motorbike as it zigzag at breakneck speed through Hanoi’s congested traffic. If you’ve never tried it, then put it in your bucket list. When travelling in Southeast Asia, you’ll encounter many unconventional […]

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This is… Borneo sunset

Posted on 03. Aug, 2012 by .

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The 3rd largest island in the world, Borneo is as exotic a destination as it comes. The dense and unexplored rainforest jungles (one of the oldest in the world, along with the Amazon rainforest), the many National Parks, tropical beaches, and the native tribes who still cling on to their traditional way of life, all […]

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