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…

Khao Yai Thailand – A Paradise Near Bangkok

A friend of mine visited Khao Yai posted his pictures on Facebook, and from that time onward, Khao Yai got onto my bucket list. This year 2015, we spent Christmas there. For those who want to go there, some key points to note: You need transport. Khao Yai is one loooong road (more than 100km?)…

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…

Chiang Mai – the City of Charm

A short annual break with my wife without the kids took us to Chiang Mai, northern Thailand this year. This city to the far north exceeds my expectations by far. It is a lovely place, a real northern rose. I love the simplicity of the place, the lack of crowds (compared with the chaotic but…

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…

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…