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Homo Hill in Seoul

What a monicker for a gay district, isn’t it? Before I came to Seoul, I already knew about this famous Homo Hill, the city’s gay district. The surrounding area is actually not exclusive to queer community. In fact, before reaching Homo Hill, everyone has to pass the long queue of bars,

Busan in a Day

“Dynamic Busan.” That’s how Busan is being sold to tourists. For two nights stay in this city, I didn’t exactly see how dynamic Busan is. Not even a bit. Ok fine, the bar life was dynamic! 😀 In two crazy nights I spent here with friends, I’d say that this city CAN

My first Korean Barbecue

On the day I arrived Busan, I asked my super fab couch host about Gay Busan. Though not surprised by my question, I was the one who was surprised by his answer: “What gay life? Here?” He smiled boyishly as if he doesn’t know. Well, he does know where the gay area is.

Beaches in Busan

Due to last night’s debauchery, I woke up at 11 a.m. It’s too late for sightseeing so I decided to just concentrate my exploration of the city by the seaside where I can dip my feet into the sea and see boys in their trunks and golden beach bodies. Haha!

Delicious Okonomiyaki in Hiroshima!

When I got back to Hiroshima City, from Miyajima Island, I walked again for a long time at the Peace Boulevard. This time, no more camwhoring. I’ve used up my 5 GB memory card in the island. 🙂 I decided to try Hiroshima’s famous okonomiyaki, a Japanese pancake. It was easy to find the

Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima Island

Miyajima is an island just an hour by tram (to its last station) from Hiroshima Station. It takes 30 minutes via JR Line Train. From the last tram station, I took a huge ferry to the island for ten minutes. Miyajima Island is Japan’s third most visited tourist attraction. Here,

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

You can’t unsee all the things you’ve seen inside Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. They will be with you forever. They might not haunt you but they’ll stay in your memory. The history. The displays. The graphic photos. The voices. The clothes. The ruins. The objects. The haunting feeling. The guilt. The horrors and terrors. The scream. The hopelessness. The victims.

Landmarks to see at Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima

There are no more traces of the war and the atomic bombing in Hiroshima. Except for the A-Bomb Dome which is preserved and sturdily standing by the river. People are moving on but they don’t forget that saddest day of their lives and they don’t forget to honor the 140,000 victims

Dotombori Namba is the heartbeat of Osaka

Dotombori Namba is the heartbeat of Osaka’s city life. It’s a good place to do everything: eat, shop, drink or watch strangers as they go by. This area has a lot of Japanese teenagers ready to get wasted, have fun and maybe, get laid. The colourful neon lights and the

Japan: Gay Osaka

While typing this blog update, I am tipsy. Ok, well, in between tipsy and drunk. What’s the word? The Japanese guy I met at a sauna called Hokuohkan kept on pouring me some sparkling wine at the dinner. And to answer your questions, dahlin, “No, we didn’t do it.” We

Open Museum of Traditional Houses

The Open Museum of Traditional Houses in Osaka is in the outskirts of the city but it is very accessible to the subway. From the subway, challenge yourself to walk for 800 meters. It’s easy to find it even if I didn’t see any billboards to direct me there. However,

World’s Largest Ferris Wheel and Largest Aquarium Tank in Osaka

I went to two world records today. Oh no, I’m not talking about my sex life. LOL… I’m talking about two amazing things I’ve seen today: the World’s largest Ferris Wheel and the Largest Aquarium Tank in Osaka. Well, I didn’t know that until I read the brochure. JAPAN, THE LAND

Osaka Skyline from Umeda Sky Building

I left Kyoto this morning at 10:00 and arrived in Osaka 30 minutes later. I’m impressed with Japan’s train system. I didn’t queue up. When I arrived at the JR Express train station in Kyoto, I got a ticket through the vending machine and bingo, the train arrives on time.

The Glorious Osaka Castle

I’m surprised to know that Japan has a castle. And they do have some. Not just one. And one of the most well-known castles is the Osaka Castle. Nowadays, the castle is turned into a museum with impressive presentation of history using digital technology that will blow you away. The presentations are

Traditional Japanese Houses in Kyoto

I told you yesterday that I had so much of temples here and there and everywhere in this city. So, instead of going to the city and see buildings again, I decided to be a bit of historical and cultural. How did I do it? I just walked around the city,
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