Taipei has a quirky side. Oh yes it does. If you didn’t know it, there’s a handful of off-beat and unusual things to do in Taipei from museums, factory tours and theme cafes. As always, my video give an inside peek into the experience as I report from that location. The information between written post […]
Buddhist monks are a prominent part of Southeast Asia culture. You can’t go very far without seeing an orange, yellow or red
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“Go ahead honey, be a good girl/boy and eat your bugs. ” This something you could be telling your child some day and if you do, you’d not be alone. Over 2 billion people in the world supplement their diets with … you guessed it,.. bugs!
The travel lady I have the honor to interview today stands on the other side of that looking glass… in the world of the strangely bizarre, strange and beautiful. She’s an extraordinary lady, successful at seeking out the “off-beat, cool, bizarre and eclectic” when she travels. Let me welcome, La Carmina.
I was in Tokyo’s Harajuku area. It was Sunday afternoon and I had just missed seeing the pageant of cosplayers (aka costume play) near the park bridge, so my next chance was on the popular side street of Takeshita.
I have a fascination with Buddhist monks.
India and Southeast Asia are rife with them.
Maybe it’s the shaved heads, robes, spiritual aspiration and ascetic lifestyle. Whether they’re wearing a Tibetan crimson or Theravada orange and brown, whenever I see a monk, my eyes zero in with intent focus as if they’re human puzzle pieces, walking on a waft of incense.
“The monk life is very hard. I spent 6 years as a monk and I am thankful to grow up in the monastery, but I couldn’t wait to leave!” cajoled my 24-year-old Laotian tour agent.
– You didn’t enjoy it or have fun? I asked.
” It’s not that it was bad. There are many boys there with you.