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Kyoto’s Magical and Mysterious Bamboo Forest

November 22, 2014 by  

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I’ve always found bamboo to be fascinating. Sure, it has been used to manufacture various products, such as baskets, cups, boxes and mats at local workshops for centuries and certainly, it looks beautiful in those products and there’s nothing more free flowing than a bamboo door. It wasn’t until I read the book Bend Not Break by my friend Ping Fu that it struck the right chord…in other words, why it has always allured me so. A quote in her book from her Shanghai Papa, a man she lived with for part of her childhood in China goes something like this: “Bamboo is flexible, bending with the wind but never breaking, capable of adapting to any circumstance. It suggests resilience, meaning that we have the ability to bounce back even from the most difficult times. . . . Your ability to thrive depends, in the end, on your attitude to your life circumstances. Take everything in stride with grace, putting forth energy when it is needed, yet always staying calm inwardly.”   It really hits home and couldn’t be more spot on about how we live our lives. Imagine then being faced with not just one bamboo stalk but…

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How, Why and Where India Will Transform You…

November 22, 2014 by  

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India is a land which has a rich ancient history and deep cultural roots. A visit to India is unlike any other place one can visit in the world. Indian customs and traditions have been revered by most of the travelers who have visited the country and the vast range of geographical locations in India has made it one of the top tourist destinations.  It’s also a country that can transform you in a myriad of wonderful ways, from architecture to cultural experiences to spiritual wonders.

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india IMAGE (CROPPED) CREDITS @ GILI CHUPAK India has been inhabited by one of the oldest civilizations in the world dating back to the Neolithic period. It has been a home to ancient kingdoms and dynasties with each of their stories more interesting than the others. The ancient books written nearly thousands of years ago provide a deep look into one of the most interesting of all world cultures. Being a part of the European colonies from the 17th century India is a home to major world events and is an essential part of world history. The Taj Mahal india IMAGE CREDITS @ ETRENARD India is a geographically…

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Beyond Windsor Castle & Eton in England’s Berkshire

November 22, 2014 by  

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My recent travels in England took me to the town of Windsor (& Eton) in Berkshire for what I thought was the first time. I soon realized that back in 2000 I had actually visited the Legoland nearby, so this on my return to the town of Windsor on another journey, was a chance to chill out in the comfort of the Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa – the town of Windsor is gorgeous. berkshire backpacking After touring the Tower of London and Poppies Display, staying in the Mad Hatter, I hopped on a direct train from London Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside. Trains are frequent and cosy, A return price varies but mine cost just over £20 and the journey takes around 50 minutes. Here are some of the sights to take in while in Windsor, though there is easily enough here to occupy you for a couple of days – Legoland on its own can be a day trip. Windsor Castle - this is the number one sight — remember the Queen lives here! Tourists from all over the world come here to see this

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Walking Through Tokyo’s Cultural & Very Alive Shinjuku District

November 22, 2014 by  

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I was told about the Shinjuku (新宿) district when I first arrived in Tokyo, but didn’t have an opportunity to explores its streets until my last two days in Tokyo. The sprawling area is one of the 23 city wards of Tokyo and located in the central western part of Tokyo. It is commonly known as one of the city’s largest and most happening entertainment, business and shopping area. Everything is pretty much a stone’s throw from Shinjuku Station, which btw, is the world’s busiest railway station, handling over two million passengers every day. It is served by about a dozen railway and subway lines, including the JR Yamanote Line and is also one of Tokyo’s major stops for long-distance highway buses and city buses. Whoah Nelly is right. I was lost on more than one occasion and I found myself there by foot on both occasions. The city streets are sprawling with bustling crowds and everyone appears to be in a hurry, except for the random teenager you run across who might be off in a corner texting his girlfriend for the fifteenth time in the last five minutes. Billboards are massive and…

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Chaotic But Wonderful Shibuya By Night…

November 21, 2014 by  

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If you’re not a frequent traveler or haven’t been to Tokyo before, you very well may heard of Shibuya (渋谷; or the Shibuya crossing, which Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation movie made famous. I’ve been dying to get lost in the chaos ever since I saw the movie and sure enough, as I discovered on a recent trip to Tokyo, the experience is as chaotic and puzzling as the movie depicts. The intersection is famous because of its bustling traffic and the sheer volume of walkers who buzz past you on countless sides. Just outside the Shibuya subway station, you’ll exit and instantly be met with thousands of business commuters in white shirts, students, artists, shoppers and lovers. When the cars are in motion, your head is buzzing but even when they stop from the myriad of intersection’s red lights, people are flocking into this massive sprawling intersection from all sides, like bees going after the last honey. It skews young although that doesn’t mean that the area doesn’t oodle with commuters of all ages given its strategic location. I was told to come here to shop…and to eat. Frankly, I found…

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Romania Train Travel: From Bucharest to Campulung Moldovenesc

November 21, 2014 by  

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Since I hate mundane, repetitive routines when I travel, I found myself in Romania recently. I flew into the capital city of Bucharest, based myself in the heart of the Old Town and planned my next few weeks of travel from there. It was a spontaneous decision and I ended up on a rather bumpy, busy ride.   I loved looking at maps as a kid and one of the first things I checked out when I arrived in Romania, was where I was, where I could get to next and the approximate routes I would take. Romania’s location became instantly nostalgic. I glanced over at the Hungarian city of Debrecen, which is close to the Romanian border, the one I had visited back in 2009 when in love with local dancer Noemi Linzenbold. I thought of the day we saw the road sign for Romania. I had been close to Romania one day, but now here I was. A part of me couldn’t help think of her and that day. But I placed the thought at the back of my mind and at the same time decided I wouldn’t visit the west part of Romania at all.…

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The Majestic Beomeosa Temple, One of Korea’s Largest Temples, Dates Back to 678 A.D.

November 21, 2014 by  

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When headed to Busan or the surrounding area, a great add on to your trip is a visit to the magestic Beomeosa Temple just beyond the city’s northern suburbs. The Beomeosa Temple is one of Korea’s largest temples, dating back to 678 A.D. To get to the entry gates, you cross over a beautiful arched bridge and mountain brook. At the entry way/gates, which is known as the Gate of the Heavenly Kings, you will be faced with a 7th century three-stone pagoda, which was built some time during the Silla era, around 826-836 A.D. and the main temple hall, which was built around 1614. Beomeosa is a head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism in Cheongnyong-dong, Geumjeong-gu, Busan, South Korea. Built on the slopes of Geumjeongsan, it is one of the country’s most known urban temples. Built by the great priest UiSang during the reign of King MunMu, it is one of ten HwaEom temples in Korea. It was established to realize the purpose of HwaEom which pursues life full of happiness and generosity. Along with HaeInsa and TongDosa, Beomeosa is one…

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The Island of Malta, From Lazing in the Sun to Fabulous Food

November 21, 2014 by  

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The warm breeze in my hair, a margarita in hand and the view of St. Julian’s Bay makes for a perfect night in Malta. The skies are majestic, the rocks protruding from the water exude color and richness and the warm crashing of the waves take me back to another time. It’s a great place to go on long walks and take in the island’s beauty or have a great meal outside, while enjoying the balmy weather. Activities Malta’s a small island but don’t let its size fool you into thinking there’s not a lot to do there. Quite the contrary — there are tons of activities suitable for every kind of traveller. The beach is a great option for everyone; from families with small children to entertain, to couples wanting to laze in the sun, to active twenty-somethings looking to try their hand at water-sports. The sandy beach of Golden Bay is one of the largest beaches in Malta and despite also being one of the most popular, it has remained relatively undeveloped and has retained its natural beauty. For those looking for a more secluded option, head up…

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