10 days in Thailand (Part II)

Part I of travelling in Thailand (about Bangkok and Ayutthaya) is here. Elephants are must-see in Thailand, aren’t they? Thai people adore elephants, so they put everywhere statues or drawings of elephants, called Chang in the local language (like the popular Chang beer). But how can one spend time with elephants responsibly? I chose toContinue reading “10 days in Thailand (Part II)”

10 days in Thailand (Part I)

If you are a casual traveller who has explored the US or Europe and now is looking to expand their horizons in Asia, then Thailand is the obvious choice. Located in the middle of Southeast Asia, it can be either a standalone destination or the start of a multi-country trip. I’ll be honest. My expectationContinue reading “10 days in Thailand (Part I)”

Haedong Yonggung Temple (해동 용궁사 or 海東龍宮寺)

[Full size] A sign in the entrance describes it as “The most beautiful temple in Korea”. While the Korean variation of Buddhism is deep rooted in mountain worship, this “temple of the dragon of the east sea” proves that the marine scenery can be equally spiritual. Further proof: More content searchable with the tag #instead ofContinue reading “Haedong Yonggung Temple (해동 용궁사 or 海東龍宮寺)”

Souvenir from Hong Kong: Unboxing HKUST memorabilia

[Random images from HKUST follow.] When I was in Hong Kong, I spent a lot of time in Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), either chilling at the library terrace or attending random aeronautical engineering-related courses. At the entrance of the campus, there was a cute little shop with items and gifts relatedContinue reading “Souvenir from Hong Kong: Unboxing HKUST memorabilia”

Souvenir from Hong Kong: Jenny cookies

A good friend from Japan suggested 3 MUST DO foods to try in case someone visits Hong Kong. Egg tarts – Cantonese delicacy, you can find them everywhere but prefer the morning freshly baked ones. Beef jerky – thin dried strips of non-fatty meat, preserved for long term consumption. Jenny cookies a.k.a. Drug cookies –Continue reading “Souvenir from Hong Kong: Jenny cookies”

The obvious contrasts

I’ve spent a wonderful 3-week long spring break in Greece and now I am back in Japan to continue my daily routine. At the time of both arriving to Greece and returning to Japan, the contrast hit me – HARD. As I leave Japan, everything is smooth as usual; trains on time, smiling airport employees,Continue reading “The obvious contrasts”