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All the places in Asia I’ve been to.

Xitang at Night is Absolutely the Movie in Your Mind

Xitang at night is absolutely the movie in your mind. It’s the one you always see in Chinese soap operas, classic telenovelas, and films. On the night I arrived there, I wasted no time. I hurriedly checked into my hotel room, changed my t-shirt, and off I went to the

To Xitang – Where Mission Impossible 3 Was Shot

Xitang is an ancient water town where Mission Impossible 3 (Tom Cruise) was shot. I really didn’t know about it until a friend recommended this water village. And indeed, it never disappointed me. I love it there – and since I went there during off-peak season, the crowd was just

The Yunyansi Pagoda on Tiger Hill is China’s Leaning Tower

The Yunyansi Pagoda on Tiger Hill in Suzhou is China’s answer to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Well, you won’t really notice it if you’re not standing on the right side below the tower. I went there with no idea that this was a leaning pagoda. I gradually noticed it

Itinerary – 10 Days in India

Early this year, I spent 10 days in India. Yes, I know, for a huge country like India, 10 days is a joke, right? šŸ˜€ That’s why, I chose to explore New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. These three cities are the usual tourist destinationsĀ for those who have little time in

Sheesh Mahal – The Flickering Palace of Mirrors in Jaipur

Sheesh Mahal is inside Amer Fort in Jaipur. It’s a flickering Palace of Mirrors that would delight your experience in the imposing fort. You can’t miss it. Most tourists spend a long time here, taking a hundred selfies. And that means, good luck finding a spot for your own selfie

Interesting Facts About Agra Fort

Agra Fort is another Mughal fortress that speaks volumes of Indian history. We all know that Agra is synonymous with its timeless Taj Mahal. But, if you go beyond the world-renowned marble architecture, you’ll find yourself busy with other places of interest. There’s Sikandra where the Emperor Akbar the Great

Fatehpur Sikri in Agra – City of Victory

Taj Mahal is not the only tourist attraction worth visiting in Agra, India. If you have time to spare before you get on your train to another destination, visit Fatehpur Sikri. It’s just 40 kms outside Agra and there’s a bus that goes there from the main station in Agra.

The Beautiful Jama Masjid in Fatehpur Sikri

The beautiful Jama Masjid in Fatehpur Sikri is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the area. Fatehpur Sikri is an hour drive from Agra and it is one of the most visited places, next to Taj Mahal. The Friday Mosque sits on top of a hill, overlooking a

The Magnificent Tomb of Akbar the Great

The tomb of Mughal emperor Akbar the Great isn’t the usual tourist destination. For most tourists in Agra, Taj Mahal is the only reason why they visit the city. Akbar the Great is, no doubt, considered the greatest of all Mughal emperors that ruled India. He is the son of

I Wasn't Allowed to Bring my Rainbow Wig at Taj Mahal

Yes, that’s true. I wasn’t allowed to bring my rainbow wig inside the Taj Mahal. People with backpacks were sent to the scanner line to have their things scanned. Unfortunately, my rainbow wig was detected and the girl in-charged asked what it was for. I told her “it’s a harmless wig

Taj Mahal – The Monument of Love

Visiting Taj Mahal – The Monument of Love – is something you should include in your bucket list. What comes to mind when the Taj Mahal is mentioned? Love. Undying love. Yes, Taj Mahal is always synonymous with the undying love of Emperor Shah Jahan to his favorite wife. He

Cambodia’s Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is so Heartbreaking

As I walked through the gates of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, I couldnā€™t help but feel a sense of heaviness in my heart. The thought of the atrocities that occurred in this former high school turned prison left me feeling saddened and horrified. The museum, also

Six Things To Do And See in Hongkong

I’ve been to Hongkong four times in the past—and those visits weren’t really for pleasure and leisure. They were short visits that lasted only 3-4 days, just to exit mainland China and to get a new temporary visa which will be changed to working visa by my employer in Beijing.

$1-Food Challenge in Asia

Food is an essential fuel when traveling. Without it, you’ll end up like a car whose engine is nothing but crap. And dead. However, when you’re backpacking / traveling, your gastronomic sense is in full mode—you want to try the local food for the love of it, for the experience of

Face-changing Show

Finally, I was able to see a face-changing show in Beijing. This is one thing I promised myself that I’d never leave China without seeing one. Last week, when a friend moved our original rendezvous for dinner from Dongzhimen to a restaurant near my workplace in Jianwai Soho, Goumao, I
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