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Kawaii and How Japan is Kicking the World’s Ass on Cuteness

Kawaii and How Japan is Kicking the World’s Ass on Cuteness

      What is kawaii and why is everything in Japan so cute? “Kawaii” is the Japanese term for “cute.” And if you know anything about Japan you know kawaii reigns. The love of all things cute is found throughout Asia, but it is heightened to an art...
A Guide to Koh Lanta, Thailand – What to Do and Where to Eat, Sleep and Drink

A Guide to Koh Lanta, Thailand – What to Do and Where to Eat, Sleep and Drink

A guide to one of the most relaxing and chill islands in Thailand If you are looking for an island in Thailand where you can enjoy some of the best of the Thai beach scene, here’s why Koh Lanta should be on the short list. Lesser known than...
Biking in the Bangkok Jungle

Biking in the Bangkok Jungle

I never go on group tours, I hate having others show me around, and I can’t stand being spoon-fed culture. So what am I doing perched atop a borrowed bike with a group of European tourist zipping along the busy streets of Bangkok?
Reasons why Shanghai, China is one of the coolest cities in the world

Reasons why Shanghai, China is one of the coolest cities in the world

Why Shanghai is one of the most exciting cities in the world right now! I have been coming to Shanghai now for 4 years. For those who came in the 80’s and 90’s and saw a wholly different China this will no doubt seem very recent. My Shanghai...
Environmental Sustainability in Asia – From Food to Architecture to Manufacturing

Environmental Sustainability in Asia – From Food to Architecture to Manufacturing

The environment is finally on the agenda in Asia – from jewelry to architecture to food sourcing. I moved to Asia in 2007 – first to Bangkok, known for its pollution and traffic jams. People in Bangkok will drive their car 5 miles across town and it will...
Exclusive and Fantastic Travel Deals at Jetsetter

Exclusive and Fantastic Travel Deals at Jetsetter

When a friend told us about this fantastic discount website, we were hooked! I know not everyone is addicted to travel as we are. But I don’t know anyone who doesn’t get that little buzz from getting a deal, especially on travel. My friend Tracy (who’s also a...
72 hours Prague – Shopping, Sightseeing, Eating & Drinking

72 hours Prague – Shopping, Sightseeing, Eating & Drinking

An old friend gives me the insider scoop on Prague gems over a recent visit I was visiting an old friend of mine in Prague, Jason. Jason and his partner have been living in Prague now for 7 years and are clearly authorities on this charming and picturesque...
Market for Designer Fake Goods in Shanghai

Market for Designer Fake Goods in Shanghai

Faux designer bags, jewelry, clothes and more   On West Nanjing Road, the side of Nanjing with the more local stores, lies 580 West Nanjing Road. An emporium for fake bag, jewelry, clothing and more. Here you will find everything from Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Marc Jacobs bags...
Hakone Ryokan and Onsen Hot Springs, near Mt Fuji, Japan

Hakone Ryokan and Onsen Hot Springs, near Mt Fuji, Japan

An amazing retreat only 1.5 hours outside of Tokyo   Just West of Tokyo, lies Hakone – a picturesque Japanese town famous for its views of Mt Fuji, ryokans and onsen (natural Japanese volcanic hot springs). While one can go year round, undoubtedly the most popular time of...
Guide to Shopping in Hanoi – the Nha Tho Area in the Hoan Kiem Lake District

Guide to Shopping in Hanoi – the Nha Tho Area in the Hoan Kiem Lake District

What to buy and where to buy it in Hanoi I travel a lot and I am tempted by so many stunning Asian goods and textiles. When in a country which has a famous good, e.g. Sri Lanka’s Ceylon Tea, Chinese Silks, Thai teak, etc. it is a...
Tianzi Fang at Taikang Lu in Shanghai – A Destination for Shopping, Galleries, Food and Drink

Tianzi Fang at Taikang Lu in Shanghai – A Destination for Shopping, Galleries, Food and Drink

A wonderful way to spend a weekend afternoon in Shanghai I love a lazy weekend afternoon in Shanghai. Unlike Singapore where the steamy weather often forces me into taxi cabs with air con, in Shanghai I love to spend the day walking the city and exploring various neighborhoods....
A Weekend Trip from Singapore - Banyan Tree Bintan, Indonesia

A Weekend Trip from Singapore – Banyan Tree Bintan, Indonesia

A luxe weekend getaway just a couple of hours from Singapore (pictures from Banyan Tree Website) Singapore is a convenient hub – parts of Indonesia and Malaysia are next door neighbors and as such provide great options for short weekend trips vs. the slighty longer destinations of Thailand,...