A Weekend in Auckland

“How did it get so late so soon?” ― Dr. Seuss

Time flies, and somehow quicker whenever I’m in Auckland. I guess you put it down to the variety of things you can do and see in the city of sails. Whether if you chose to sail or hike or just lay on the beach, your afternoons to nights very soon.

Before there is any regret on wishing time better spent, a good weekend schedule to maximise this city is a must!

P.S Between a new job and moving,  my time management skill is at its worst. I apologise for the delay of this post.
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Across The Tasman

“Reason is no match for desire: when desire is purely and powerfully felt, it becomes a kind of reason of its own.” ― Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries

New Zealand is quite a magical land. It was a land where practical reasons failed and improbable desire found . Oddly enough, it was the place that bookmarked my travel odyssey, from start to finish.

Yes, it was not any faraway countries that gave me that damned desire to travel. It was no more than that little flight across the Tasman. Continue reading “Across The Tasman”

The Straight (Talk) of Melaka

“There are no secrets that time does not reveal.”- Jean Racine

As a kid growing up on the Borneo side of Malaysia, Melaka was stuff of legends. The Sultanate and legendary heroes were definitely the crux of any Malaysian history. The famed city of red buildings was supposed to be enthralling, like a step back into the glory of yesteryear.  However, anyone’s a fool to believe a city wouldn’t change with times, without reflection of the present. Continue reading “The Straight (Talk) of Melaka”

Otherworldly Kansai: Kyoto

“I dream. Sometimes I think that’s the only right thing to do.”
―Haruki Murakami

It is difficult to write about Japan sometimes without being biased by her history, not with Misshoggy, who had worked closely with her Korean colleagues in South Korea. Precarious is probably an understatement to describe Korea-Japan relationship.War is not kind and reveals the worst of mankind. The unkindness of war, however, escaped Kyoto. Due to an American statesman’s desire to protect the land of dreams he remembered Kyoto to be, thus the city of Kyoto is preserved till this very day, allowing her visitors to enter a dream of old Japanese charm. Continue reading “Otherworldly Kansai: Kyoto”

Otherworldly Kansai: Osaka

“Sooner or later, everybody dreams of other worlds.”
―J. Aleksandr Wooton

The grind of work in South Korea sometimes led Misshoggy dreaming of other worlds, outside of her classrooms and lesson planning. Alas, a long weekend beckoned. Hence, she packed her bags and flew across the sea to Osaka for a five-day journey across Kansai.It was sorely needed: the quirks of Osaka swept across her like magical dust, leaving behind the happiness-sucking worm at the office. Continue reading “Otherworldly Kansai: Osaka”

Mysterious Gateway of the Eastern Shore

“Still round the corner there may wait, a new road or a secret gate.”
-J. R. R. Tolkien

Sokcho, two days ferry ride from Vladivostok, an hour to the DMZ, a home for North Korean refugees in the 50s, entrance to the highest mountain in South Korea, a place between the sea and the mountains. Here is Sokcho. Welcome to the gateway of the Eastern shore. Continue reading “Mysterious Gateway of the Eastern Shore”