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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Hong Kong: All You Need is a Willing Tummy and Patience

It was in the middle of summer when I arrived in Hong Kong. There was this soggy feeling, as every pores in my body was oozing sweat, even in the nicely air-conditioned double-decker bus. Finally after years of dreaming, my feet were on solid dim-sum ground. You do not have to be a fortune teller to find out that this is going to another gourmand post. Mate, you are in Hong Kong after all.

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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”

Busan: The Misunderstood City (Part 1)

“To be great is to be misunderstood.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Busan, your accent has been the benchmark of any feared gangsters, your people mistaken as unsophisticated countryside peasants and your cuisine is supposed to consist only of seafood. Do not worry, being misunderstood is just a path to greatness. And you are a great city, Busan. Shall we explore and untangle these misunderstandings?

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