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”

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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”

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: 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”