LOOK MA! I climbed an active volcano! My first time on an extended hiking trip. It was one that was planned 6 months prior, so we had time for lots of stairclimbing training. But no one can ever be truly prepared for what’s coming… the element of surprise! And that is what makes a trip so […]

A ONE DAY stopover in Kyoto simply just wasn’t enough. I was mesmerised by its old and new, and a strong reason to return again someday – next time with an abundance of time exploring its every nook and cranny. What did the fox say? My my, what red cheeks you have! Seeing red at Inari […]

I HAD NEVER seen so many deers per square mile. Friendly in nature and no strangers to the tourists (be careful with having biscuits treats in your hand!). Legend has it that long ago, the deity Takemikazuchi arrived on a white deer to guard the capital city. As such, deers are considered sacred animals till today. […]

UPON ARRIVAL in Narita Airport, we headed straight to Shinjuku and caught the highway bus to Yamanashi prefecture on a 2-hour journey. The bus had us dropped off at Kawaguchiko station – a lovely sight with its trains and railway tracks. Kawaguchiko station The small town of Kawaguchiko Ramen anyone? The town of Kawaguchiko was quiet. […]

I WONDER if you know? How they live in Tokyo. Tokyo was nothing short of amazing. It was a final pitstop on our 9-day Japan trip. Needless to say we had the theme song (Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift) going on the entire week! Narita Airport In the streets of Asakusabashi Drawings along the stairway walls […]

AW-KHUN, or simply thank you in the Khmer language of Cambodia.   Earlier this week, I went on a short five-day trip to Siem Reap with my (other) best friend. On our first day, like most other tourists, Angkor Wat was on our itinerary. Woke up at 4.30am and took the Tuk Tuk to catch […]

B&W; or black-and-white is a form of monochromatic art. In photography terms, it is just the direct opposite of colour photography.  So a friend put me up to the challenge. Post a photograph each day for 5 days – all in black-and-white. Problem is that I don’t seek out to shoot in that element and […]

TRAVELLING AT 300km/h on the Renfe train from Madrid to Toledo… Best decision ever on our Spanish trip this past April! It really was only a half-hour journey and I paid €20 for a return trip. Tickets were reasonably priced, so what’s there to complain about! I would recommend anyone visiting Madrid to take a day’s trip to this […]

PARIS IS ALWAYS a good idea. Oh, Hepburn! To me, Paris will always be an iconic city and the world’s most romantic cliche. The Eiffel tower is probably one of the most recognisable landmarks of all-time. My photo spread simply says Bienvenue à Paris! __________________ My recommendations for a fantastic tour: Bike About Tours http://www.bikeabouttours.com Inside the Vinci […]

I FLEW INTO Brussels having little or close to zilch expectations of the city, other than the fact that we were going to stay in Molenbeek. Brussels surprised me. And I always like good surprises. I remembered standing in the middle of Grand Place in absolute awe, and arguably one of the most beautiful squares in […]