Tokyo Extravaganza D6: Yokohama, Revisited

It was a Monday, and very likely a public holiday in Japan because E didn’t need to report for work (can’t remember it now, it being almost 5 years later). Instead he gamely… Continue reading

Tokyo Extravaganza D4+5: A Walk in the Park, Mostly

And the park in question here? Yoyogi Park (代々木公園), one of Tokyo’s largests parks located adjacent to Harajuku Station (原宿駅) and Meiji Shrine (明治神宮). The discovery of how interesting a mere park could be… Continue reading

Tokyo Extravaganza D3: Asakusa & Odaiba

Asakusa (浅草) is located on the north-eastern side of central Tokyo and is most famous for Senso-ji (金龍山浅草寺), an ancient Buddhist temple. Senso-ji is dedicated to the Bodhisattva Kannon, is apparently the oldest… Continue reading

Tokyo Extravaganza D2: Imperial Palace & Tokyo Tower

Not many tourists to Japan know this little snippet but with some prior planning, anyone could apply to attend a free tour of the Tokyo Imperial Palace (皇居). This is also the only… Continue reading

Tokyo Extravaganza D1: Harajuku & Shibuya

Finally, we were properly according some time to explore Japan. Apart from this being our first time together to the Land of the Rising Sun, it was also landmark in it being our… Continue reading

How It All Began

We never used to believe in planning for our own vacations. To us, a planned vacation is… somewhat like an oxymoron. Simply put, we would gladly pay a premium to travel agencies, and… Continue reading

Phuket: The Sights and Sounds

Phuket has changed a lot since we last visited. Several large shopping malls now replace the low-rise shophouses of the past. One of these mega shopping complexes is Jungceylon, which I’m fairly certain… Continue reading

Resilient Phuket and Its Seafood

The last time we visited Phuket was 4-5 years ago, before the tsunami tragedy struck the lovely island off the South-West coast of Thailand. We had wanted to visit earlier but the opportunity… Continue reading

First Permanent Capital and City of Vitality

Without a doubt, the cities I am referring to are Nara (奈良市) and Osaka (大阪) respectively. Nara, formerly known as Heijo (平城), was Japan’s first permanent capital, established in 710. Due to its… Continue reading

Kyoto and Its Rich Cultural Heritage

And Kyoto, the old Imperial Capital of Japan, was up next. Resources (from books to reviews from friends) reveal that Kyoto is one of the most, if not the most beautiful city in… Continue reading

In Search of The Elusive Fuji-San

After a quiet and peaceful night sleeping at an Onsen Ryokan in Hakone (箱根), we left early the next morning in search of the elusive Fuji-san (富士山), otherwise more commonly known as Mount… Continue reading

Of Ramen and Hello Kitty

It’s a wonder what one night of good rest could do to a person. From the grouch I was the day before I transformed into someone in considerably better spirits the next morning.… Continue reading

Tokyo Disneyland, Adults’ Paradise Too

After a rather long flight including a layover at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, the mum, the little sis and I stepped foot on Japan soil. And immediately, as typical of most guided tours, we… Continue reading

Of Camp Nou & Port Vell

We had a total of 2 days in Barcelona. On the second day, we decided to break away from the group to explore Camp Nou and the city by our own. Though not… Continue reading

Barcelona, The City of Counts

Barcelona, nicknamed the City of Counts (‘Ciutat Comtal‘ in Spanish), is the capital of Catalonia (an autonomous community of Spain) and the second largest city in Spain, after Madrid the capital. This moniker came… Continue reading

Passing Up on Skiing at Stevens Pass

And one week later, we found ourselves driving up to yet another ski resort. I guess P truly wanted to snowboard. 😆 Throughout the week prior, D & I contemplated about following P… Continue reading

Day Trip to Crystal Mountain

Courtesy of our parent company in the US, the 4 of us from Singapore were assigned a vehicle for our exclusive use. With the exception of Y who couldn’t drive, S, D and… Continue reading

Visit to The Farm

Seriously, the name of the farm we were visiting is called ‘The Farm‘! I kid you not! I visited the place with some colleagues to take a look at the pumpkins available for… Continue reading

10 Things About Switzerland

Switzerland’s official name is Swiss Confederation (Confoederatio Helvetica in Latin) hence explaining its official abbreviation CH. Switzerland is a land-locked country in Western Europe bordered by Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy… Continue reading

Luggage Choice for Long Trips

Prior to our Europe Honeymoon, we had not taken trips together that lasted beyond a week. In more ways than one, the Europe Honeymoon was special. Logistically, especially. We thought hard about how… Continue reading

Epilogue – Europe Honeymoon

Expectations were feverishly high because it was after all (pricey!) Europe and well… our honeymoon. The honeymoon. One may travel to many places in his entire lifetime and promptly forget about some of… Continue reading

The ‘Motleys’

Not that Lake Maggiore in Italy, Brussels in Belgium and London in England are any less important, but they have been lumped together simply for convenience’s sake since we spent very little time… Continue reading

Of The Keukenhof & Canals

Contrary to popular belief, not all women are partial to flowers. I am one such exception. Apart from two white flowers – tiger lilies and white cymbidiums – no other flower, however resplendently packaged… Continue reading

Paris The City of Lights

The last time I saw Paris Her heart was warm and gay, I heard the laughter of her heart in every street café. –  Oscar Hammerstein II Paris, the City of Lights. Certainly… Continue reading

Heart of the Alps, Switzerland

Though sharing the Alps mountain range with France, Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein, land-locked Switzerland is undoubtedly regarded as heart of the Alps. The Alps occupy about 65% of Switzerland’s surface area, making it… Continue reading

Playground of the Rich & Famous

Our next destination brought us to the French Riviera (or Côte d’Azur in French), the southeast Mediterranean coastline off France. Due to its hot summers and mild winters, the French Riviera started out as a… Continue reading

The Romance & Fashion Capitals

Venice (or ‘Venezia’ in Italian), a city in northern Italy proverbial for tourism, goes by several other names including “City of Masks”, “City of Bridges” and “The Floating City”. However, none of these monikers… Continue reading

First Encounter with The ‘Boot’

Italy (or ‘Italia’ in Italian) also often goes by the moniker of ‘The Boot’, ascribed by the physical shape of the country. Me thinks this endearing nickname is rather befitting for a soccer-crazed… Continue reading

Of First Trips and Many More

It was our first trip together as man and wife. Fondly coined as the ‘Mini Honeymoon’, we chose a country close by to vacation for a week, postponing the honeymoon proper to Europe till… Continue reading

Of First Snow

The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and… Continue reading