From 40 millions to almost none, crowded to deserted, bustling to peaceful. From Tokyo to Iriomote. Welcome to Okinawa!
Sometime in October, after enjoying the craziness of Tokyo, I took the bullet train (shinkansen) from Tokyo to Nagoya, and the airplane from Nagoya to Ishigaki city. Final destination: Iriomote Jima island, the southernmost island of Japan. This is part 1 of three series posts about three beautiful islands from Okinawa. Read More
Flying Thai Airways for the first time was “smooth as silk”. Fasten your seat belts and enjoy the flight!
“The First Choice Carrier with Touches of THAI”
By Xue Feng
“Because I like sea. And I’m crazy.”
Onomichi city, Hiroshima prefecture
“This is a drinking cafe in a museum where jazz flows.” – Mr. Seiichi Ishikawa
A lover of Japan, Xue spent more than one year in this incredible country, most of the time off the beaten path – that makes her stories and photos so much unique.
This time Xue discovered a hidden gem in the Onomichi city in the Hiroshima prefecture: the “Shell”. Read More
By Arun Sharma – Guest Blogger
“Everyone living abroad has their own story and their own little quirks to say and express, so, this is me and this is my experience as a student in Bangkok, Thailand.”
A few months ago, everything was different and now that I look back, I realize that time can do a lot to a person. Today marks the hundredth day living in Bangkok, Thailand away from home and my family for the first time in my life. Read More
Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. In Toronto the commemoration takes place in Little Italy. The Good Friday procession is a reenacting of the 14 stations of the cross, symbolizing the path Jesus walked before the moment of his crucifixion.
The preparations for the procession take place at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi. Hundreds of people line the streets of Little Italy to watch the procession where parishioners are dressed as Jesus, Roman soldiers and disciples – carrying statues and banners telling the story of Jesus’ crucifixion. Read More
“Let’s Go to Singapore!” is the entry page to a series of posts exploring the island city-state of Singapore.
One of a sudden I decided to go to Singapore. I checked the AirAsia.com promotions for Bangkok and I booked the flight and the “Fragrance Hotel Ruby” in the middle of the Singapore red light district, Geylang.
I did a quick planning of the trip using the Frommer’s Singapore online guide, letting the details out for the fate (or whim) to decide.
For the five days trip I renounced to the checked baggage (that would cost me extra) and I took only my backpack as a carry-on luggage.
One of the harshest and coldest winters in Canada was the winter of 2013/14 – with a Christmas ice storm that downed trees and hydro lines, cutting power to half million people – and a series of polar vortexes. The polar vortex from the beginning of January froze the Niagara River and the two smaller waterfalls, creating an unusual winter landscape. Read More
Photographic and video images can reveal great truths, expose wrongdoing and neglect, inspire hope and understanding and connect people around the globe through the language of visual understanding. Photographs can also cause great harm if they are callously intrusive or are manipulated. – National Press Photographers Association’s Code of Ethics Read More
“I can resist everything except temptation.” – Oscar Wilde
When I arrived first time at the Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, I was lost. 3.64 million passengers pass through the world’s busiest transport hub each day, more than the population of Toronto! Once you find your way out (from over 200 exits), you may head to the famous red light district of Tokyo, Kabukichō – the “Sleepless Town”.
Your first clue that you are in the area is when you will see well dressed young Japanese men with very long hair. You find them at the main entrances to the Kabukichō district, every day and night. Read More