Category 'Asia'

The Hottie That I Wouldn’t Call Again

Everyone has been on one of those dates before, right? It’s the date you can’t believe you’re going on in the first place, because it’s with somebody so ridiculously beautiful that you’re almost convinced that there are hidden cameras somewhere, or that it’s with somebody who you were a little mean to in primary school who never got over it, blossomed into a total babe/studmuffin, and then spent their entire adolescence and first ten years of adulthood plotting an elaborate…
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It’s Akihabar-my!

There are plenty of things to do in Akihabara, which is quite possibly Tokyo’s barmiest neighbourhood, hence the puntastic title of this post, and when people envision the Japanese capital, it’s probably the likes of Akihabara that spring to mind. Neon signs, blaring high-energy J-Pop, video games galore and anime everywhere, Akihabara is the place to go if you want to experience otaku culture, or in other words, to get your geek on.   There’s a whole plethora of things…
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Photos From Yanaka-Nezu

Before going to Japan, I wasn’t worried about much. I knew I’d be able to get around without knowing Japanese. My Chinese still isn’t that great after a year in Taipei, and I didn’t know Spanish… when I went to Colombia, after all. People’s warnings about the amount of English spoken in Tokyo fell on deaf ears. I knew I’d be able to figure the subway system out. I’m freakishly punctual, so I knew that catching the last subway back
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Eating On The Cheap In Tokyo

Food plays an important role on all of my trips. If I don’t like the food, I won’t like the destination. If I love the food, well, then I’m more likely to leave a place with sweet, sweet memories. Paris is home to my favourite restaurant in the world, and I absolutely adore the city. Milan might have only rated as a mediocre city for me, had it not been for some of the scrumptious offerings… that satiated me. As
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Doing All The Stereotypical Japanese Things In Tokyo

Whenever I think of the word ‘Japanese’, I inevitably think of the song ‘Turning Japanese‘ by The Vapors which, in turn, envelops me in a loop of tracks Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion’s glorious soundtrack…. Just so you know, there’ll be a constant stream of stomping 80’s hits in my head while I’m writing this post. It’s not really relevant but I just thought I’d share. Isn’t it nice to share?   You know what else
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Adopting A Dog In Taipei, Or Yazhou’s Story

I’ve never really had a dog before. Well, that’s not entirely true. I grew up on a farm, and there were always dogs around. Nell, Floss, Towser, Betty, Boothroyd, Nipscrew, Scooter, Misty, and now Poppy and Doodle. But they were never my dogs so to speak. I played with them, but didn’t take care of them – that was the domain of my dad. Whenever a new litter of puppies was born, Harry and I would spend a few weeks…
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My 2015 Travel Plans

In keeping with the theme of my last post, which was about my fourteen favourite things of 2014…, I was going to call this post something like ‘The 15 New Places I’ll Visit In 2015′. Then I realised that my job involves teaching children, and I very much need to be in the country to do that. I also realised that I live on an island, so any international travel I want to do involves a flight, and I
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My 14 Fave Things From 2014

It’s the end of the year now. The very last day to be precise, a day where everyone is making resolutions on how they’ll better themselves in 2015, and where every blogger is frantically typing out some kind of year-end post because they’re too full of cake and booze to write anything else. I’m not one of those bloggers, though. I wrote this post yesterday, mostly because I’ll spend most of my New Year’s Eve on a plane heading back…
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The Bumper 2014 Round-Up Post

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, something on something and la dee doo mittens…OK, so I might need to watch The Sound Of Music again as I don’t seem to quite have the lyrics down. As you’ve no doubt already guessed, this is a 2014 round-up post about a bunch of my favourite memories and moments from the past year. Raindrops and whiskers are definitely not among my most-liked things of the past twelve months, however. I really don’t…
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How To Say Merry Christmas In Chinese

So, I’m back in the UK right now, and I’m typing this post to you from my dad’s home in Leathley…. Today has involved fish and chips, a full English breakfast (at lunch), spending lots of time with some adorable dogs, and my family, and my niece, and drinking a fair bit of cider and prosecco. Yet, I still plan on bringing you some useful information, and this post revolves around how to say Merry Christmas in Chinese. How
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