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11 Things To Do In Beijing

(A friend of mine and his family are going for a one-week trip to Beijing in late Spring this year and they asked me some recommendations on what to do and see in the city. I’m trying my best to recall the ones I recommended to the couchsurfers I had

China Best Travel Photos – Part 1

My first trip abroad was in late 2002. My first destination was Beijing, China. Back then, Beijing was a bit of a chaos. It was The China in my mind: Chinese courtyard houses were still everywhere, waiting to be discovered; the morning rush hours meant people go to work in

The Great Wall of China

Sunrise at the Great Wall of China is one view that would forever be etched in my memory. The serenity from where I stood to take this pic is reflected in the rugged terrains of the landscape where the ancient wall is snaking through its way up, as if reaching

The Spanish Photographer

My friend who goes by name Dodi Fog is a world wanderer. The photos below are some of his many favorites which he took in one of his travels.  

2010 Great Wall Rave

Great Wall Beach Party is the most-awaited partay of Beijing hedonists. It’s the rave of the summer—and for five years, summer’s not complete without this party in Beijing! Or, to exaggerate, in China. Sadly, it’s my first time not to be around in this convention of everything fun: alcohol, dance,

Beijing PRIDE

 My comrades in Beijing celebrated PRIDE last Saturday with pomp, colors, glitters, pageantry, sequins, drag performances and lots of fun—–in the most fabulous way of all. Though without a Parade, it’s a good start. It was not a public celebration, of course. China will get there on the streets someday.

2010 Shanghai World Expo: Asia Pavilions 2

To continue the Asia Pavilions at the ongoing Shanghai World Expo, the next countries are Nepal – Vietnam. I think it would be best to visit the Expo area at night to get really nice photos. Don’t fret, the expo closes at midnight but admittance will only be until 9:00

Beijing Finally Joins International Pillowfight Day!

Yes, finally! After two consecutive years of TRYING to organize and do it—it finally happened YESTERDAY, April 3, joining with the rest of more than a hundred cities around the world. WE did Beijing’s FIRST Pillowfight Day in the touristy area in Nalouguxiang sans delays and armed policemen. We’ll take

The Cultural Revolution Restaurant in Beijing

The Cultural Revolution in China is definitely NOT over yet. There’s one more restaurant standing— on the outskirts of Beijing, just outside on the East side of the fifth ring road. Kid you not. This is one place where the atmosphere is VERY revolutionary and where nationalism is instilled above

The Penis Restaurant in Beijing

So….. last night, six of us went to this Penis Restaurant which my Swiss friend had been babbling about since January. Honestly, I was not looking forward to eating a phallus but excited to try my first ever penis dish of the animal kingdom.  We were all so curious and had no

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

SHIT Restaurant in Beijing

The Chinese guy I was with simply translated the restaurant’s name as, “SHIT IN THE RESTAURANT.” For brevity and clarity, let’s just call it as SHIT RESTAURANT. Or to be less gross TOILET RESTAURANT.  🙂  And yes, I know. It’s not fabulous to talk about shit. 🙂 I’ve been meaning

Beijing:Temple of Heaven

Pardon me if this blog has turned into a photoblog. My life has not been exciting this past weeks and it’s my choice. I’m on hiatus from raves and going to parties that involves drinking. It’s doctor’s advice. I should be sober (meaning, alcohol-free) for the next three months to


Last night, I brought my friend’s family, who are visiting Beijing for 6 days, to this Dimsum restaurant that I have been so many times but can’t even figure / say out the name of it in Chinese. It’s a good thing that it’s near the subway and a famous

Christmas Eve in Beijing

Beijing was crazy last night, Christmas Eve. China, of course, doesn’t celebrate Christmas. But, in big cities, like Beijing, it has become a fad. Just a fad. Right after work yesterday, I decided to visit the St. Joseph Cathedral in Wangfujing to try my new toy, Canon 500D. As early

Beijing Santacon

Despite the windy, freezing coldness, Naughty and Nice Santas came in droves to spread holiday cheers, love, hug and alcohol to the Beijing rens. Santacon started at noon in two different Poles of Beijing: The Northwest Pole (Pyro at Wudaoko) and the Southeast Pole(The Bricks in Shuangjing). Santas from these