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”

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The Real Jackpot of Macau

“Don’t judge a book by its cover”- English idiom

Had no idea what to expect when I boarded the ferry to Macau from Central Hong Kong. All I ever heard is it is the Vegas of Asia, where everything is fuelled by the greed of gambling. I was also advised that Macau is only worth a day trip, unless you like casinos. How wrong were they!
Macau maybe known for gamblers for losing their whole pot on the Black Jack table, but what I found was jackpots of goodness! Chilli goodness! Or dessert goodness! Or.. Who cares, but there is definitely more to Macau than what I’ve been told.

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Fishy Find at Tai O

Hong Kong is popular as it is: urban, hip, foodie’s dream. I can talk all about the great food in the multiple Michelin starred restaurant or the shopping frenzy you can do there. But lo and behold, I was charmed by none other than a small, fishy fishing village west of the main Hong Kong island, on Lantau Island. Seriously though, even a typhoon-like rain did not stop us loving this little hamlet called Tai O.

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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”

Sageuk Glory in Gochang

Misshoggy’s imagination has struck again. This time, she’s in the realm of the sageuk (Korean period drama), as a strong-willed former palace maid, nearly died from the death trap designed by corrupted palace maids, only to be brought to safety in a secluded temple by a kind man. Don’t call me crazy: it wasn’t all that hard when you’re on a hiking trip around Seonunsa Temple, Gochang, the former filming location of Dae Jang Geum, the famous 2003 sageuk drama that ultimately started a certain K-drama addiction.

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