asia

All Asia-bound travelers need some guidance before tackling the largest and most populous continent on Earth.

Mountain Sage2 years ago
Tokyo
Right before I had decided to live in the highest skyscraper in Boulder, Colorado I had signed up for the CIEE Program. I saw studying abroad as one choice only and that was to re-visit Japan. If I we...
Mountain Sage2 years ago
Kendo
Every time I step into Japan I feel it is the result of some unspoken quest for me to visit a past life. It does fall naturally that I do come from a Japanese background. It was thus that when I did s...
Mountain Sage2 years ago
Into the Inaka
There's this feeling I have even now when I look back on the experience of leaving Tokyo and going north to Fukushima, which was the place where I would teach. It's a feeling of warmth and adventure a...
Mountain Sage2 years ago
Re-Entry
I'd be lying if I told you that when I arrived in Narita Airport in July of 2009 that it was a new experience. The summer of 2009 marked the third time I had ventured to Japan. The first time was when...
Mountain Sage2 years ago
The Flow
Once I was in the flow everything happened fast. I still remember rising early in the morning in Cairns and saying goodbye at a corner to Jen and then walking to the airport. A few hours later I was i...
Judy Mae2 years ago
China Like You (Didn’t) Know It
Forget whatever you have heard about China previously, this country has too many dimensions and is way too diverse to be categorized singularly. A while back, I took a two-week trip to China, spending...
Roger Wells2 years ago
Learning to Love Vietnam
A while ago, I was living in Chiangmai, in Northern Thailand, while writing a book. Every three months, I had to leave Thailand to renew my visa, so I'd take a trip to one or other of the nearby count...
Loni Beach2 years ago
10 Reasons Why I Want to Visit Japan, and Why You Should Too!
Japan is a unique country with its beautiful architecture and contrasting culture compared to the United States. I think we can all agree that Japan is an interesting and extraordinary trip. So, here ...
Gareth Johnson2 years ago
Borocay Beach Time
The Philippines is a fascinating country — an archipelago consisting of over seven thousand islands. The main starting point is the capital Manila — a bustling, thriving city that somehow manages to b...
Gareth Johnson2 years ago
The Temples of Ubud
Indonesia’s holiday island of Bali is a stunning destination — the warm, tropical weather, the friendly people, the huge range of accommodation and dining options, or you could just focus on the spect...
Cil Borlaza2 years ago
An Expat Guide to South Korea
I moved to South Korea to pursue my Doctoral Degree last February 2015. I did minor research before coming in, since Philippines and South Korea are both Asian countries, I didn't expect there would b...
Gareth Johnson2 years ago
Five Things I Love About Japan
A few years ago I was working in Japan for a couple of months. I’d visited briefly a couple of times before, but this was the first time that I’d had an extended stay. My base was the ancient capital ...
Gareth Johnson2 years ago
Discovering the Indonesian Island of Bali
The Indonesian island of Bali is a favourite destination for Australian holiday-makers, and it’s easy to see why. Here's a quick guide on how to get the most out of your visit to this beguiling tropic...
Made in DNA2 years ago
Beauty in Transience
Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) "season" (it only lasts a week) is a fantastic time to be in Japan. Enjoyed across the nation by young and old alike, it is a festive occasion that has been passed down...
Rob Latham2 years ago
Ho Chi Minh to Hue and Hanoi: My Vietnam Diary
Over the Christmas 2016 holidays I took my first ever trip to Asia and visited my brother in his adopted homeland of Vietnam. I spent three weeks traveling a few cities, and kept a diary of what I got...
Natasha Sydor2 years ago
Why I Only Travel Solo And You Should Too
"A stranger sees us the way we are, not as he wishes to think we are." —Shadow of the Wind Exposed inquisitive exploration—that is what it means to travel the world, and in my case, solo; where experi...
Scott Snowden2 years ago
Hong Kong: An Exercise In Controlled Chaos
Despite the fact that Hong Kong is a modern metropolis and one of the financial epicentres of the world, strong local traditions are still not lost among the infinite cultural crossovers. Aromatic sce...
Made in DNA2 years ago
Unofficial Japanese Calendar Anniversaries (Jan-Jun)
Everyone loves to celebrate something, and the Japanese are no different, but a few Japanese companies and organizations have taken this to a whole new level. In an effort to promote a product or even...