Italian Hand Signage

“We Italians like to say that a gesture is more valuable than a thousand words.” – Silvia Marchetti

Ma Che Vuoi? (“What the hell are you saying?”) and Ma Va Va (“Get Lost”) are just few expressions not told, but conveyed through hand gestures.

You don’t have to go to Italy to see how Italians use hand gestures. Just watch an Italian movie!

Don’t forget the Mafia sign Occhio (Eye) that means “Beware, I’m watching you every step you take”.

Believe it or not, I received the “Occhio” warning a couple of years ago from an IT director when I worked for a municipality – not in Italy, but in Canada!

You never know when you will get the “Occhio”, so be prepared: learn about the Italian hand gestures expressions from the excellent CNN article published by Silvia Marchetti.

Leaf Pattern

Photos of patterns found in nature from countries such as Canada, Thailand, Japan, Romania and Cuba.

The featured image of the post shows the pattern and texture of a leaf, the parallel angled lines giving an optical illusion to the viewer.

“The beauty of the natural world lies in the details.” – Natalie Angier

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Lonely Beaches

Koh Mak Island

One hour by speed boat from Koh Chang Island, Koh Mak is a small, beautiful island, only 16 square meters. So wild and undeveloped, that even the Russians from Koh Chang didn’t venture here. But the Germans, Scandinavians and one Canadian – Romanian did, in search of adventure, peacefulness and close to nature living. Read More

Porn Bungalow

Koh Chang Island

It took me a while to decide about the name of the post. What is ‘Porn Bungalow’? And what is ‘Porn Resort’? Depending from where you are coming from, the word “porn” may have different connotations.

And now, that I’ve awakened your curiosity, let’s solve the mystery! Read More

Kuala Lumpur

Arriving in Kuala Lumpur from Bangkok, the first impressions are of a quieter and cleaner city, with palm trees lining the streets and people walking in a leisurely pace.

  • What impressed me the most? The Petronas Twin Towers and the Batu Caves!
  • What surprised me? The night life in the streets of Jalan Alor: street food and music bands
  • What’s funny? The KL Monorail: you never know what to expect!
  • What I tried? Blue rice and stingray!
  • What I got? Food poisoning from mussels…

Let’s tell the story through Images. Read More

Bangkok Night

Impressions from Bangkok

What’s different, new and surprising for a foreigner in Bangkok in short stories and photos. Read More

Worms, Insects, Bugs and Frogs

Finally I did it! From a large variety of insects, worms, frogs, bugs and other alien looking creatures I tried three varieties here in Bangkok, under my own will and being in the right state of mind: fried frogs, bamboo and wood worms!

A certain quantity of Hong Thong (Thai spirits) helps.

Read the tasting review, and, if have a chance, try a little bug next time! Read More

Khone Phapheng Falls, Laos

The News

I am back in Bangkok, after days of intensive travel to Hua Hin and River Kwai in Thailand, to Pakse area and waterfalls in Laos and to Ko Lipe Island in the Andaman Sea.

Busy itineraries, an injury, lack of internet connection and romance in between prevented me to post new stories to the blog.

The photos are piling up, hundreds at a time. The process of selecting the best photos from almost 4,000 is tedious and takes a lot of time.

In Laos I hurt my left leg (ligament rupture). I am still recovering. Despite this, the search for adventure, romance and enlightenment continues! Read More

Taipei, Taiwan

By Xue Feng

Or Why I travel?

First of all, let me give a big sigh. This is the fifth time I re-write the opening paragraph. I’d blame on my fever I just got as a souvenir in this not-so-cold season in Beijing.

I just flew back from Seoul, a city full of crazy shopping malls that open almost 24 hrs. per day. Before this, I was travelling in Taiwan for roughly two months. Actually this is the first time for me going on a half a year trip. My travel routine usually ranges from one week to one month. Read More

Bangkok street photography

Bangkok street photography: city, people, faith, food, night life and fun photos with a story.

Black and Red

Bangkok at night reminds me of the “Sin City” neo-noir movie without the violence: the suspended highways right through the city, the sound of sirens, the strange-looking skyscrapers with a hint of gothic, the shanty places, the red light neon signs and the ladies of the night, the stray dogs and stray people in dark alleys. Read More

Taipei Airport Information Center girl

EVA Air

Flying for the first time with the Taiwanese EVA Airlines was a pleasant surprise. Everything is done with the customer in mind, starting with the service and ending with the branding.

EVA Air Stewardesses

The cute, mignon stewardesses were running up and down the aisles in beautiful dark cyan uniforms. When there was time for serving the meals, they will wear pastel coloured aprons. “Watch out! The cart is coming!” Read More

Cuba Travel Tips

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What’s the connection between Ricoh, Kanji, Enterprise & Merlot?

Read the post to find out! Read More

Thailand

Taking the plunge into unknown and living the dream you always wanted is scary, challenging and rewarding at the same time.

In the pursuit of happiness you may change jobs, you may change countries, you may even change yourself. But always follow your heart! Read More

Whiskey Saigon

A little bit of history

“Whiskey Saigon” was my first blog, created in 2010 in order to keep in touch with my family, friends and coworkers during my four month Asia & Africa adventure.

More than 10 years ago I bought the domain name whiskeysaigon.com. I was looking for a good name, something catchy, exotic, that I can use it or sale it.

It happened to be the name of a well-known club in Toronto, no longer in business.

What is the “100 Travel Stories”?

The “100 Travel Stories” is a continuation and revamping of the old “Whiskey Saigon” travel blog with the addition of new trips and stories. Read More