Korean Panchan: 101 little reasons to love Korean food

Panchan are side dishes in Korea

I first fell in love with Korean food in New York City.

I was in a restaurant in Korea Town with a girlfriend and before our meal could even arrive, the waiter brought out a handful of side dishes.

What was this generosity? New York is hardly the kind of place to find it…


What to Do and See in Macau in a day

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What to do and see in Macau in a day?

As early as 1850, Macau was known as “Monte Carlo of the Orient”.

As the only destination in China to legalize gambling,  Macau gains its revenue through gambling dollars made mostly off of visitors from China and Hong Kong.

Riding in on the ferry, I realized Macau was a larger island, than I initially bargained for. I thought it might be walkable, but that clearly wasn’t the case.

After passing through immigration (note: don’t forget to bring your passport) and exchanging some of my Hong Kong dollars into Macanese currency (aka pataca),  my first stop was the official Macau tourist information office conveniently in the ferry terminal. I grabbed a map and had the attendant take her marker and write bus route numbers and circle (more…)

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Is the Clever Travel Companion clever about travel theft?

As a female solo traveler, I’m constantly thinking of ways to protect my valuables and to not show that I have them.

This is because I have to be my own Superman and “tourist carrying a DSLR camera” usually equates big money for depressed economies and desperate folk.


How do I protect my valuables when I travel?

I don’t wear money belts….

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Selling husbands and pink dolphins… Lantau Island’s Tai O fishing village

There’s a rural beauty to Asia that I’m continually drawn to.

Whether it’s tribal villages that you can visit through treks in the mountain, one-room boat houses on river, floating river markets or night markets with curious food snacks and crafts, … visiting other lifestyles can feel like stepping into a medieval fairytale.

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Lantau Island’s most romantic ride and a really giant Buddha

Hong Kong is made up of islands and one of the must-see islands is Lantau Island, the home of the Giant Buddha and Tai-O Fishing Village.

As it happened, the one week I was in Hong Kong, was the one week they had bad weather… a lot of rain, clouds and low visibility.

When life and travel seasons aren’t optimum, there’s no sense crying over what you can’t change. Instead, it’s time to put on the soggy galoshes, go with the flow and make the most of it. So I didn’t let a little bad weather spoil my sightseeing.

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7 Fun Things to Do in Hong Kong

How much sightseeing can you squeeze into six days in Hong Kong?

Probably more than you think and Hong Kong has enough sights to keep you busy.

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7 Jaw-dropping Reasons to visit Hong Kong now

When I booked my flight to Hong Kong, I knew little of what to expect.

I only knew three things … it was a modern city, it would likely have Chinese cuisine and most importantly to me for winging a trip, it didn’t require a visa for entrance.

I never suspected it would be one of those few countries that would floor me.

What was so jaw-dropping about it?

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5 Ways to Trim your Travel Wardrobe

Traveling to multiple countries? Changing climates? Looking for ways to put your luggage on a diet? I’m a big fan of packing light and smart. Versatile and convertible fashion accessories can go a long way, when you’re on the road and the constant go.

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Wanna jump aboard the Ultimate Train Challenge?

Imagine yourself…

It’s May. You’ve got 31 days to get from Saigon to Lisbon or Lisbon to Saigon.

You can choose any route to take. Choose to stop and spend time wherever you want. The one catch? You must make the whole journey by rail.

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