About Mount Huashan   When Jing and I heard we were going to Xi’an, there was only one thing on our minds. It was to get to Mount Hua and cross the world’s most dangerous trail on a mountain. Alright, make that two things - Jing also had her mind set on visiting the UNESCO Terra Cotta Warriors. We were exhilarated, extremely eager to tick two things off our travel bucket list.  Mount Hua, located 120km (75 miles) from Xi’an City, is one of the five tallest mountains in China, standing at 2155m above sea level. The Sparrow Hawk Cliff in...
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Xi'An - The birthplace of 5000 years of Chinese history   If you’re like me, always lost on cultural references and history trivia, this will be the not-so-comprehensive-but-good-enough guide for you. Let this be your part of your arsenal whenever someone in your group thinks it’s fun to talk about China and her past emperors. Who has the time to remember all 26 dynasties and the even crazier amounts of monarchs who ruled during that period?  Embark with me as I traverse 5000 years in a day and regale you with Emperor Qin’s fixation with the Terracotta Warriors, Emperor Tang’s love...
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About Xi'An, China   Having only been to populous cities in China like Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin and Xiamen, I've always wondered what it was like to travel to other parts of China. Chinese history lessons in school had sparked my curiosity to explore and experience the rich culture and long history of China first hand.  I guess my reservations against visiting other cities in China originate from the tiered system the Chinese government imposed - the Chinese government classifies cities according to population sizes, development of infrastructure and services, historical and cultural significance and the cosmopolitan environment of the city. Despite having...
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About Busan   Earlier this month, I travelled to Busan, a thriving city on the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula. Its favourable geographical location is why it's the 5th busiest port in the world (by cargo tonnage). Busan was once known as Busanpo with 'Bu' meaning cauldron, 'San' mountain, and 'Po' harbour. Since the 15th century, it’s name has being shortened to simply Busan. The culture here is more laid back compared to Seoul, but it's still the second largest city in Korea. It's interesting to note that people from Seoul and Busan consider themselves very different and even speak the language in a...
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5 Reasons To Use Flight Centre   I’m meticulous when it comes to planning my travels. I enjoy checking out the best deals and attractions for days before actually embarking on the trip itself. This means I have to spend a lot of time visiting numerous websites and read multiple reviews before getting the information I need. And when I do use travel agents, most have only been able to help with one aspect of my trip, or price full packages exorbitantly. Here’s where Flight Centre comes in. They aim to make travelling an easy and fuss-free experience by being a...
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The Lesser Seen Parts of Taipei   Cheap delicious food, beautiful scenery and friendly locals. Taiwan is a gorgeous land of food and shopping.  From it’s world famous night markets, such as Shi Lin, Xi Men Ding and Rao He, to the beautiful hot springs in Yang Ming Shan and Xin Bei Tou, Taiwan is one of the most attractive places to visit in Asia. But that is not all Taiwan has to offer. During our recent trip back to Taiwan, we decided to go in search for the lesser visited gems within Taipei, digging deep into the roots of Taiwanese culture. Here...
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Beyond Taipei's Shopping and Food   Whenever Taipei is mentioned, many immediately think of the iconic Taipei 101, bustling night markets and mouth-watering small bites. While I am a fan of city life in Taipei, the geography of Taiwan has endowed her with more than just high rise buildings. Located among the complex tectonics of Yangtze Plate, Okinawa Plate and Philippine Mobile Belt Plate, Taiwan is an ideal location for mountain trekking or taking day trips away from the labyrinth of skyscrapers.  Having spent my last summer backpacking Taiwan, I have come up with a list of places you can go...
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Getting to know Lombok   This was not an easy piece to write. Lombok is like the amazing secret lover you don’t want people to know of. You canoodle, enjoy days of passionate rendezvous and live to tell a couple of close friends about it, but nothing more. You look through your journal, at the scribbles of what you’d seen and done in Lombok, and flick through pictures that obviously did little justice to the actual sights you beheld - sights you hope would stay engraved in your memory and would never ever forget.   I embarked on this four-day trip...
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12 MUST TRY Taiwanese Street Food   Taipei is well known throughout the world for it’s night markets and street food. The hustle and bustle of the Taipei nightlife does not confine itself to bars and nightclubs, and the night markets stay open till past midnight, sometimes even till the wee hours of the morning. Photo Source: toktheham From the world famous Shi Lin Market (士林夜市) and Xi Men Ding (西門町) to Rao He (饒河街觀光夜市), Jing Mei (景美夜市) and Shi Da (師大路夜市), the many night markets across Taipei itself leaves you in a dilemma from not knowing which one to visit!   Here is a list of the best 12 Street...
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About EVA Air's Hello Kitty Jets   Jerome and I I've been a fan of Hello Kitty ever since receiving my first Kitty toy at the age of 4. And I have always wondered what it would be like to be on a Hello Kitty themed jet. Imagine my excitement when I heard about the nine full service Hello Kitty flights offered by EVA Air - between Taiwan and Singapore this December, 2014.  EVA Air is the only airline in the world to launch Hello Kitty Jets with partner Sanrio. There are now 6 variants of the aircraft on flight routes...
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