NBH-031 Brandenburger Tor

I’ve come to really love Germany, and that was completely not within my expectations. For years, I avoided travel plans that brought us to Germany, thinking that since we don’t speak a word… Continue reading

NBH-003 Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go

As promised, this is the mister’s favourite at the moment. I think it has a lot to do with the memories he has of the trip we took, not so much of how… Continue reading

NBH-007 Kaminarimon

This was the first Sights-to-See nanoblock I purchased back when I was in Japan a couple of years back. Loved it because of its very Japanese-styled architecture including a gigantic paper lantern that… Continue reading

Concert-Going in Japan

* As of 13 Oct 2015, I am locking comments on this post. This blog is first and foremost a travel blog. I really do not wish to answer any more questions on… Continue reading

Braving Osaka As a Lone Female Traveller

… and returning home to the mister in one piece. This was the primary aim of the missus’ quick week-long trip without him by my side. Work exigencies (and extreme bad luck at… Continue reading

Tokyo for a First-Timer Part II

Tokyo (東京), like any other metropolis in the world, offers activities diverse enough to satiate the voracious appetite of any type of traveller. Eating, marathon running, shopping, sightseeing, trekking… you name it, Tokyo… Continue reading

Tokyo for a First-Timer Part I

I don’t profess to know Tokyo (東京) extremely well – don’t think we even covered 50% of this awesome metropolis despite having been there 5 times the last 5 years – but with… Continue reading

Mobile Phone Prepaid Plan in Seoul

This was one of the first things I researched on once I decided upon signing up for the one-month language immersion programme in Seoul. While free Wi-Fi is readily available and easily tapped… Continue reading

Back to School in Seoul

Exciting times ahead for the missus. In specific it is 5 weeks’ worth of excitement as I spend the said duration in Seoul as a student of Korean Language and Culture. And so… Continue reading

Epilogue – 2013 冬の北陸旅行記

We are back from our tour of Western-Central Japan! It was cold, but we had fun! And brought home 3,400 worth of pictures to prove it. Admittedly, I would not have planned for… Continue reading

Nagoya, in a Nutshell

It used to be that Nagoya (名古屋) could not evoke any sort of interest in us. That would have totally explained why despite it being one of the five SIA Japan destinations (the… Continue reading

10 Things about Shanghai

Shanghai is also known as Hu (沪), the official abbreviation. It is this chinese character 沪 that one sees on motor vehicle licence plates registered in Shanghai. It is a port city on Huangpu… Continue reading

Epilogue – 匆匆沪之行

Observations on Shanghai The trip was essentially our very first to China. We both had been to Hong Kong a couple of times and I to Shenzhen for a couple of days too,… Continue reading

CHAR Grill: A Photo Gallery

I did wrap up all the posts on our trip to Shanghai last Dec in Jan this year, but something was nagging in the back of my mind. To be specific, I really… Continue reading

Resplendent Pudong

Shanghai is divided into the East and West segments with the Huangpu River (黄浦江) flowing through it. As such, the area to the east is called Pudong (浦东) and the area to the… Continue reading

Oh, What a View!

This short trip to Shanghai started out as a need to get away from it all for a while; it was last-minute, and completely unplanned for. That would have explained why we chose… Continue reading

The Quintessential Shanghai Xiaolongbao

Because we have eaten at 3 separate restaurants serving superb Shanghai Xiaolongbao (上海小笼包) on this trip, the mister mandated that I must write about our experiences (despite the fact that he does not eat… Continue reading

Shanghai Faves: 田子坊 and 朱家角

Two of my favourite places that we visited during this Shanghai Trip must be Tianzifang (田子坊) and Zhujiajiao (朱家角). The former is a small, renovated residential enclave in the French Concession now stuffed… Continue reading

West Lake, the Heaven on Earth

上有天堂,下有苏杭 This is a very famous Chinese saying that most speakers of the language, no matter how inept, would have heard before. The literal translation is, ‘Heaven up there, Suzhou and Hangzhou down… Continue reading

Romanticising The Bund

The Bund requires no introduction. Without a doubt, I am referring to The Bund in Shanghai, a waterfront area found in central Shanghai and is singularly the most famous tourist attraction of Shanghai.… Continue reading

Planning – 2013 冬の北陸旅行記

Planning for 2013 冬の北陸旅行記 (Winter in West-Central Japan) commenced way earlier than expected, a little more than 7 months ahead. It may even appear to be needlessly excessive (as it did initially, to… Continue reading

Walking the Town Wall and More

We slept our jet lag away by going to bed early the night before. Wise decision it was; we were bright and alert the next morning to explore more of Rothenburg ob der… Continue reading

The Red Fortress above the Tauber

In German, it translates to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. This well-preserved medieval old town is situated within Bavaria Germany and earned itself such a name due to its location upon a plateau overlooking… Continue reading

Planning II – 2011 White Christmas

There have been further changes made to the trip route, in less than a week since I last posted the last draft route. I discussed some more with several people, including the mister… Continue reading

Planning I – 2011 White Christmas

I’m not entirely certain why this is so, but oddly enough we’ve never been to Germany (though we’d been to many other parts of Europe). I mean, Germany is in central Europe and… Continue reading

10 Things about Italy

Italy, or Italia in Italian, has an official name called the Italian Republic and is shaped like a boot. Rome, the capital, has a population of 3 million and is nicknamed the ‘Eternal City’. It… Continue reading

Romancing Our Love, Venezia

Venezia (or ‘Venice‘ in English) was suitably the first stop of our 18-day grand tour of Italia given how much we loved this enchanting little city (and had vowed to return with the… Continue reading

Beautiful Spring Blooms of Central Japan

[2009.05.03] It was unfortunate that we chose to make this short trip to Tokyo during Japan’s Golden Week, notorious for crowds everywhere one turns. Incidentally it was also a great time to make… Continue reading

10 Things About Tokyo

Tokyo is the capital of Japan, and the home of the Japanese Imperial Family. There are about 12 million people in the official metropolitan area alone. 2 airports serve Tokyo – Narita Airport… Continue reading