This year was a huge year for me. When I started in January I was expecting a few travels here and there, the big ones were: Hong Kong for a conference and Indonesia for a wedding. Little did I know that I would be heading off to another dream destination a few months after, Seoul, South Korea. That trip was a memorable first for me, I didn’t expect it but at the same time I welcomed it because it was an opportunity to travel solo, something I had been meaning to do for quite some time now. In the last part of my three part year in review series, let’s take a look back some of the best places I’ve visited this 2016.
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It’s been more than a month since I visited Seoul, South Korea and since then I still go back to that experience. As you may know, this was the first time I traveled solo and for me, it was a big leap. In the past I used to to travel with friends or with a few officemates for work. During those times, I would separate from the group and go explore on my own. Last month, it was a different story it was just me, my bags, and whatever stuff I had written on my trusty notebook. Looking back at those experiences, I’d like to share some of the tips that really helped me a lot during my travel. Continue reading →
The bookworm in me will always find a happy place among the bookshelves of any bookstore. I find meaning and inspiration among the paperbacks and the hard bounds, I find stories of culture and fantasy, and every now and then I’d like to visit a bookstore of places I visit. It gives me a sense of what kind of reading culture a certain place has. In Hong Kong I really took the time to go out of my way to visit not one but two bookstores. Continue reading →
Every traveler knows the timeless quote “do what the Romans do” and when it comes to food there’s no better way for this quote to hold true. Back in 2012 I tried out some pretty cool food from different places and I really wanted to blog about those food back then. This time around I decided to visit places I ate in before and some new ones as well.
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I remember learning a little about Hong Kong when I took up a History of China subject during my undergraduate days and also reading James Clavell’s Gai-jin and Tai-pan novels. In those instances I learned the beginnings of Hong Kong, from a backwater province to its transformation into a leading port area, drug haven, and international prestige. But those are only one part of Hong Kong’s rich history, being a part of China it also meant that Hong Kong would have even deeper layers of history. In fact those layers stretch out to over 400,000,000 and even beyond that. Continue reading →
If I had known about the wonders of IKEA back in 2012 I would have stayed there longer than usual and bought a lot of things. Prior to my trip I perused their online catalog (IKEA.com) to check out their inventory of uniquely Swedish stuff. I was most impressed when I finally entered the Causeway Bay branch of the store. Continue reading →
The one thing I love about Hong Kong (apart from it being very near Manila) is its transport system. Back in 2012 I was floored by the efficiency of the MTR, every second wasn’t wasted on people waiting for the next train, there were no moments of it breaking down, and the stations were massive cathedrals devoted to the praise and worship of these gentle machines roaring from one place to another. Its 2016 and I am back in Hong Kong, this time I decided I would try something different from the usual MTRs I would take going to different places. Continue reading →