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Wenchuan, China: The Wenchuan Earthquake

The Wenchuan Earthquake was a colossal event that changed the lives of so many people in China’s Sichuan Province. These are my thoughts and recollections of the event on that day and the weeks that followed. The date is forever etched in my memory. May the 12th, 2008, it was a normal Monday as I […]

Silk Street Market, China: How to Barter

The Silk Street Market in Beijing is a famous shopping market in the city’s Chaoyang District on East Xiushui Street. It was originally an outdoor market and became famous for the quality of materials and for having clothes tailor made to order. More than 1,700 small stalls are accommodated within the multistory building that has […]

Suihua, China: Hostages in Suihua

My wife (Lisa) and I were on our way to China to begin teaching in Harbin, or so we believed. We had been in Beijing for a couple of weeks visiting the major tourist attractions before heading up to the northeast of China to begin working. We took the train from Beijing and arrived into […]

Beijing, China: Getting Lost

Together with my then wife, we had been working in South Korea for around six months when we decided to relocate to China. We were not enjoying our time in South Korea and felt like giving ourselves a new challenge in a new country. We applied for teaching jobs in several cities. We knew so […]

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Six Great Things to Do

Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City, is the largest city in Vietnam and the main commercial center of the country. The French colonial architecture is a stark reminder of its historical past and tourists will never get bored in this fascinating city. Ho Chi Minh City is brimming with life and culture and even a […]

Wuhan, China: How to Eat Out in the Furnace City

I live and work most of the year in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei province in central China. It is known as one of the “Furnace Cities” of China due to the oppressive heat during the summer. I once stayed in the city for part of one summer teaching and […]

Paete, Philippines: The Carving Capital of the Philippines

Is there something you are proud of about your homeland? If there’s something Filipinos are known for, it is being too proud of being a Filipino. I think Filipinos are one of the most patriotic people in the world. So, don’t be surprised when you see one who is trying to defend his culture or […]

Macau: Where to Take the Kids

Macau, which is just an hour’s ferry ride from Hong Kong, is a unique city and one of the foremost tourist destinations in this part of the world. Many tourists make the mistake of regarding Macau as a stopover destination only, but this notion is really misplaced. It is a city of extreme contrasts – […]

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Perdana Botanical Garden

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Kuala Lumpur? Isn’t it the Petronas Towers? Bet it is! In fact, a trip to Kuala Lumpur is considered incomplete without paying a visit to these magnificent towers. While the city offers a brilliant view of the towers as well as […]

Kota Bharu, Malaysia: Exploring the City

Kota Bharu is the capital of Kelantan, Malaysia. There are a lot of things to do in this little city if you have the inclination to try something new and rather quiet. My nearly three-year stint in this place helped me discover a lot of things that can be done in this sleepy town. It […]