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Chichibu and Nagatoro, Japan

The number of covid-19 cases in Tokyo is on the rise again, but several weeks ago when we enjoyed a moment’s optimism, we made a break for Saitama prefecture. We were able to avoid prolonged hours on public transport by renting a car, no doubt …

Anjō and Okazaki, Japan

This is the final piece covering my winter vacation to Aichi Prefecture. Prior to meeting Emi, it was never really in my mind to specifically visit Aichi (despite having a lofty 47 prefecture goal a la Cheeserland), let alone spend as much time as we …

Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora, Japan

It’s a Hakone hat trick with my third visit to this getaway town, being the most memorable to date. This time we’re journey-bound to visit the IHG newborn, Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora, a jewel amongst a many star-studded locale, famous for its hot springs. It’s …

Nagoya, Japan

The road to the end of 2019, to the start of 2020 and to Aichi Prefecture began with our first stop in the city of Nagoya. Nagoya is famous for not having very many things to do at all, or so said my cheeky colleagues when …

2018 Encapsulate

This is the fifth annual highlights recap that I have published on this blog. Blogging has never been all that consistent for me, much to my own dismay and embarrassment. But the one post that I try to plan ahead and spend weeks thinking about …

Hida-Takayama, Gifu

Journeying into Hida-Takayama takes one deep into the woods of your last Studio Ghibli film. When I’m stressed, I typically drift off into mindless scenery viewed from the vantage point of a moving train. But on this day, I visited my day dream in real …

Penerbangan

Today is the day and I’ve been diligent about it like my parents have always told me to be, so I am ready. I’ve packed my best clothes, functional shoes, money, a book and my most important documents, because like a space cadet on a …

Of Butterflies and Trail Running

There are any number of folk beliefs, developed through Chinese history and culture. Some of these superstitions have manifested in different ways, tapered off, interlaced with the rituals of other communities, or born anew as would happen when our brand, Chinese-Malaysian, branched off from the …

Climbing Mount Kosciuszko

March has well and truly entered the room and we’ll soon be saying goodbye to Q1 of 2018. And if thinking about the year in terms of financial quarters isn’t already an indication of old age, I don’t know what is. Being a January baby …

Merry Christmas from the Maldives

I haven’t written a comprehensive ‘I did this, then I did that’ travel post in a long time. This wasn’t a conscious decision on my part, just a gradual shift in the way I wanted to write my posts. However, I think a lot of …