Category: Asia

I Left my Soul in Seoul

If Tokyo were my second home, then Seoul would undeniably be my third. I will need more than my ten digits to really count the number of times I’ve visited this city, not that I can be absolutely sure anymore. And still, every single…

Traipsy Pixie’s List – Representative Korean Food

Having only been properly introduced to Korean food (sans Seoul Garden Korean BBQ, which isn’t exactly Korean) in 2012 after I started learning the Korean Language, I would say that we’ve come a long way since. Many Singaporeans still associate Korean cuisine simply with…

Jeonju, the Birthplace of Bibimbap

[2018.11.07-08] From Muju 무주 where we had our lunch, our very nice coach driver dropped us at the local bus interchange where we could catch our next ride to Jeonju 전주. Just the three of us. We bade farewell to our teachers and travel…

Of Sunset, Seafood and a General in Tongyeong

[2018.11.05-06] When in Tongyeong 통영, one most certainly must visit Yi Sun-Shin Park 이순신공원, named after Korea’s favourite hero. Although a little out of the way, this coastal park was our destination after exploring around the harbour. 1. Yi Sun-Shin Park Not unlike Gwanghwamun…

Tongyeong, Korea’s Beautiful Southern Port City

[2018.11.05] It was night fall by the time we arrived in Tongyeong 통영, just in time for dinner. Since Tongyeong is a port city right to the south of South Korea, we were expecting some form of seafood. And we were not disappointed. We…

More of Andong’s Unique Allure

[2018.11.04] The next morning, we checked out of the Andong hotel but it wasn’t the end of our exploration of the city. In fact, we got to spend another full day there before proceeding southwards. 1. DOSANSEOWON CONFUCIAN ACADEMY Another must-visit site in Andong…

Andong is More than Andong Jjimdak

[2018.11.04] Mention Andong 안동 and the quintessential dish most associated with the city must certainly come to mind. Sure, Andong Jjimdak 안동찜닭 (braised chicken) is truly delicious yet there are other hidden gems to be discovered in this city, and that was what our…

Sunsets at Haneul Sky Park and Naksan Park

[2018.11.01/02] A second visit to Haneul Sky Park 하늘공원 for me, at sunset. Here is where I chronicled my first visit, in comparison. The time of the day wasn’t the only difference though, this round a friend (not the mister) and I took public…

Charmed by Naejangsan National Park

[2018.11.10] Without a doubt, Naejangsan National Park 내장산국립공원 must be one of the most incredible places to see Fall colours in its full splendour in South Korea. Located in North Jeolla 전라 province, Naejangsan (literally translated as ‘the hidden mountain’) is, true to its name,…

Kagawa and its Gem, Ritsurin Garden

[2018.04.01] We took a break from the pilgrimmage circuit on our 3rd day to drive out to the neighbouring prefecture north-west of Tokushima, Kagawa 香川. It was a decision that did not sit well with the mister when he finally realised the distance involved….

Shikoku Henro by Car I: Temples 09 – 16

[2018.03.30-2018.03.31] With little effort, we managed to complete 11 temples on the first day, of which 8 were covered in the previous post. Under usual circumstances, we would have wanted to visit the temples in the numbered order, but in cases where it didn’t…

Shikoku Henro by Car I: Temples 01 – 08

[2018.03.30] After a good night’s rest, we were ready to embark on this unique spiritual journey. As a general rule of thumb, the temple stamp offices 納経所 operate from 0700hrs to 1700hrs daily. Since it was our target to arrive at the first destination…

Sakura Season in Tokushima: A Photo Gallery

Here is a compilation of sakura we saw in Tokushima as we visited the 23 temples on the Shikoku Henro. We were very fortunate to have been in the prefecture when sakura was in full bloom there given how short-lived sakura blossoms are (once…

Prelude: The Shikoku Henro by Car, in IV Parts

Being homebodies, one of our favourite past-time at home involves travelling of another kind – watching travel programmes on the TV. Quite by chance a decade ago, this favourite Taiwanese travel programme of ours introduced Shikoku 四国 in Japan in a brief one-hour episode. Interested,…

Penultimate – A Photo Essay

 7 months after my emergency splenectomy procedure, my cancer has finally spread. I now have more bad than good days. I was still happy to wake up every morning, and loved the attention everyone showered on me. But I was quickly losing interest in food, and I could hardly…

NBH-123 Marina Bay Sands

Finally, I landed my hands on this nanoblock design. It was released months ago, yet strangely enough I couldn’t find it anywhere at my usual haunts (to purchase Kawada Nanoblock). I wonder if there are resellers stockpiling this to sell off at a premium price…

Epilogue – 2016 Autumn Romance in S. Korea

This was a trip that almost never came to fruition. What was meant to be a quick-dash-and-return solo trip (for me) ended up a vacation for the both of us because the stars aligned. Alright I was just jesting. Our cancer-stricken Paris’ health condition is…

Hort Park, the Gardeners’ Paradise

Ahead of Paris hitting a major milestone (6 months post-splenectomy!) we had set aside a couple of days to bring her out for some fun in a new park. December is monsoon season in Singapore, and the weather has been largely erratic and wet,…

A Compedium of Seoul, As We Know It

[03 Nov 2016] It was our last day in Korea and we were back in Seoul. According to plan, we were supposed to proceed to N Seoul Tower N 서울타워 to view the autumn foliage. Instead of scaling the steep slope followed by a…

Jeju, the Island of Gods D3

[02 Nov 2016] This is our third and final day in Jeju, and we didn’t even have a full day since our flight back to Seoul was schedule in the late evening. To make the most of whatever time we had left, we started…

Jeju, the Island of Gods D2: Outdoors

[01 Nov 2016] We were done with the indoor activities slightly after noon, and headed out for one of the waterfalls located at Seogwipo. While I planned for two, the mister decided to cut it down to just visiting one. Which one in particular, I…

NBH-108 Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari in Kyoto is famous for one signature sight – seemingly neverending rows of Torii that counts in the thousands. This shrine is perhaps one of the top 3 most-photographed spots in the former capital of Japan. Says much, especially when Kyoto itself…

Jeju, the Island of Gods D2: Indoors

[01 Nov 2016] The only full day we had in Jeju, and I had a lot of sightseeing packed for the day. It was a good start when we saw how good the weather was. A far cry from the overcast sky of the previous…

Jeju, the Island of Gods D1

[31 Oct 2016] How is it even possible that after at least 10 visits to South Korea, that the mister has never been to Jeju 제주도? Oh my, that’s like a blasphemy to some degree. 😳 So this trip, we were determined to right…

Of Chinese and Japanese Gardens

Towards the western end of Singapore lies two very beautiful parks that I’ve visited like, three times in my entire life. While Singapore is not considered large by any measure, I’ve always lived in the North/Northeast region with the exception of my 4 undergraduate…

10 Things about South Korea

Republic of Korea (also more commonly known as South Korea) is a sovereign state located south of the 38th Parallel in East Asia. Seoul, official known as Seoul Special City, is also the capital and largest metropolis of  South Korea and has a population…

The Astounding ‘Park in the Sky’

[30 Oct 2016] The discovery of such a beautiful place in Seoul almost didn’t happen. While it was planned for, I had other prior commitment that might run late so this was a dispensable schedule on our itinerary. As luck would have it, the prior…

Of Traipsing Korean Palaces

[28 Oct 2016] Years ago, we went to South Korea for our mini honeymoon, during which we must have visited many of the palaces. But I don’t remember much, with it being more than a decade ago. This trip, we decided to revisit some…

Of Gyeongbokgung Palace by Night

[27 Oct 2016] It was by chance that I discovered about this special night event at Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁) , one of the five main palaces situated in Seoul and the largest. As our trip this time coincided with the last days of the event…

The Enchanting Nami Island

[27 Oct 2016] It was a side trip we talked and talked (to death, actually) of making for several trips now, yet it never materialised till this autumn. The location in question is Nami Island (남이섬) . In order to get to Nami Island situated…