Nepal – A Nagarkot Sunrise Hike

A business trip to Nepal allowed me to visit the famed Nagarkot hills to see the sun rise over the Himalayas. A truly amazing experience, followed by a 15 km hike through the hills overlooking Kathmandu Valley. A chance to see the beautiful country and the people. A good tour company to go with: http://himalayatrip.com/nagarkot-day-hiking/ I…

Cu Chi Tunnels – The Cycling way

This is my second post on HCMC. the first was mostly on travel tips and where to eat – I didn’t have much else to write about because all my 20 trips to Saigon over the last five years were all for work. This week I did something different – finally. We visited Cu Chi…

Hirado the Hidden Gem – Things to Do

Many years ago, I took students to Kyushu for an exchange program and since then have fell in love with this beautiful southern island. During this visit, I made a friend who is a really good photographer. He is based in Hirado, a southern port town in Nagasaki Prefecture. Enjoy this video he made: Hirado…

Tokyo Tokyo – A Photography Trail

A business trip to the US allowed a short transit in Tokyo. With the limited time, I decided to learn and sight-see at the same time. I joined a great group of guys on a photography lesson across Tokyo, shooting at various hidden places and learning new techniques. Anyone looking to join a Tokyo photography…

Beautiful Bali

The name of this island conveys feelings of paradise, exotic beaches, nature and wonder. My trip 2 weeks ago to this Hindu island in the middle of Indonesia was no different. Despite being my third trip, this vacation was no less wonderful. In fact, it was better because the familiarity helped to avoid the cliche…

Orlando Beyond the Theme Parks

A weekend off after a week of conference at Orlando allowed me to spend some time there. Without the kids, I decided not to go to Disneyworld. I thought I should explore the lesser known attractions of this wonderful place. Here they are: The Eternal Everglades This is a place no one should ever miss!…

Lung Yeuk Tau: A Little Known Part of Hong Kong’s Past

A short business trip allowed a half-day to discover Hong Kong’s past. I found the heritage area of Lung Yeuk Tau, an area with with walled compounds dating back to the Song Dynasty. People still live there, and now that area is a reflection of what Hong Kong has always been – a perfect juxtaposing…

PENANG – The PLACE to be

This is short post on Penang, the little island state to the northwest of Malaysia. This little treasure chest of a place has too much for me to cover in just 3 short days. Hence, I will pick out the highlights and share them here. Culture, history, food, beaches, nature, this awesome place has it…

Oh my…Manado

After one week of restful holidaying, it is time to turn on the brain cells again. For one week, surrounded by the idyllic beauty of Manado, my mind just shuts off – it wanted to admire the surrounding paradise-like charm and did not want to dwell on more earthly matters like work. Enjoy the pictures,…

Buying a Camera in Taipei Jan 2013

Ok, this is something I tried to find as much information as I could before I went to Taipei, and now that I have actually done it, it is time to give a report. Overall, 1. Prices of camera bodies can be really cheap. Bargaining is not as easy, as the margins are already quite…

Delicious Taiwan – Ginger Duck in a pot!

Ginger Duck in a Pot! One of Taiwan’s loveliest dish – best eaten in winter. My business associate took me to this place at Banqiao, a suburb of Taipei. Business is so good people queue in winter to eat here. A place not to be missed. Other must-try dishes are the rice noodles. Never eaten…

Tai O – Another Face of Hong Kong

  A short business trip to Hong Kong allowed a 2 hour trip to historic and quaint Tai O while waiting for the evening flight.  Tai O is on Lantau island, very near to the airport. Along the way there, there are cows on the road. You won’t feel like you are in Hong Kong…