Travelling to Japan, you cannot stop noticing the difference between Japanese and Western signage. The signs in Japan can be cartoonish, funny, blunt and creative. But they do attract the attention of the intended target, both children and adults.
Here are the funniest 20 signs spotted throughout Japan, from Tokyo to Kyoto to Okinawa. Read More
Pokhara is a beautiful, quiet, lakeside town in Nepal, where – if you are adventurous – you can try to live the hippie life as in the past, even if for few ephemeral moments.
The town is the starting point for trekking in the Annapurna Mountains. From Kathmandu I fly to Pokhara in a small Yeti Airlines plane. The view of Pokhara, Phewa Lake and Annapurna range from the plane is striking.
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus
The best time to visit Canada is in the fall. Warm weather and beautiful autumn foliage, with gold and red coloured leaves.
Get a glimpse of a Canadian fall through photos and quotes.
Photography by Xue Feng
“Bread are sexy and seductive to me.” – Xue
Xue embarked on a bakery tasting adventure in Asia, following the aroma of fresh bread and pastries from Canada to China and Japan. From bakery to bakery, Xue discovered, tasted and documented a wide variety of delicacies. Her “Bread Freak in Kobe” is an introduction to ten bakeries from Kobe, Japan.
“Bakery Addiction: A Visual Poetry” is a series of close-up photos of Asian bakery and not only.
See the texture, feel the shape, imagine the aroma and guess the taste! Read More
First Flying Lesson
Time to fly! It is that time in life when you want to do something exciting, something dangerous.
“Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller
Photography by Xue Feng
The most amazing rice terraces in China – Longsheng or Longji (Dragon’s Backbone) – are located in Guilin, Guangxi Province, China. Read More
From Luang Prabang to Hanoi
When the tuk-tuk driver dropped me at the airport in Luang Prabang, Laos, for a flight to Hanoi, I thought he brought me somewhere else. I asked him “Where is the airport?”. “Here”, he said pointing to the small building we stopped in front of. And from here, a new adventure started in Vietnam! Read More
Yubu Jima (由布島) Island
With a circumference of only 2.15 kilometers, Yubu Jima is the smallest island in the Yaeyama Archipelago, Okinawa. The entire island is a subtropical garden, with more than 100 varieties of trees!
On the island are 43 water buffaloes, 23 carts, 23 people and 17 households (2010, yubujima.com).
The island is accessible by water buffalo cart from Iriomote Jima.
August 6, 1945
“When you arrive in Hiroshima you can look around and for 25 and perhaps 30 square miles you can see hardly a building. It gives you an empty feeling in the stomach to see such man-made devastation.” – Wilfred Burchett
72 years ago, on this day, the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped by a US bomber over the city of Hiroshima.
The time was 8:15 a.m., as recorded by this watch that remained still once the explosion reached the ground. Read More
“I like to be grounded by nature, go hiking… go to an isolated island that’s not glamorous and touristy at all.” – Cote de Pablo
Iriomote Jima (西表島) Island
Covered by dense jungles and mangrove forests, and surrounded by beautiful coral reefs – Iriomote Jima is one of the best destinations in Japan for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Read More
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
The “Shell” 貝の店ロダン
“This is a drinking cafe in a museum where jazz flows.” – Mr. Seiichi Ishikawa
Introduction to the Shell Jazz Bar
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
“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.