Category 'Asia'

All The Food I Ate In Bangkok

During the four days I spent in Bangkok to celebrate my 28th birthday, I ate. A lot. In fact, I ate so much on my last day that I practically needed rolling from the desk in my hotel room to the bed, a mere three feet away. Suffice to say, the food in Bangkok was superb, and the Thai capital definitely lived up to its reputation as being a great destination for people who love to chow down on the…
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My Bangkok Bucket List

Sometimes when I travel, I like to visit places that are a bit off the radar. The western province of Choco in Colombia is one such place. The entire country of Moldova is another. And, erm, some towns in West Yorkshire… that get a bit of a bad rep (deservedly so in some cases). The thing is though, in each of these places, I had one luxury – time. Time isn’t a luxury I had in Bangkok, where I had
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Tibetan Food: 9 Must-Nosh Noms

Tibetan food isn’t something that I’ve encountered a whole lot of before. Even here in Taipei, where there’s a whole host of food from different parts of China…, Tibetan isn’t a cuisine that I’ve had the pleasure on chowing down on. In fact, the only Tibetan food that I can recall eating are some momos that I had in Berlin last summer.   Since Tibet isn’t really on my travel radar for the immediate to near-distant future, I jumped
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An Obligatory Temple Photo Post

I loves me some temples. Baoan Temple, Longshan Temple and Treasure Hill Temple in Taipei are among my favourite places in Taipei, and I always loved heading to temples in South Korea… whenever a chance presented itself. So naturally, when I headed to Bangkok, I was incredibly excited to visit the temples there and wander around gawping at the intricacies in the decoration and all those stupas.   My second day in Bangkok, which I spent with the lovely
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Detouring In Bangkok: Joining Detours Gay Travel

A few months back, an email popped up in my inbox. It was from someone who’d seen my site, and wanted to work together. Rather than attempt to use my blog for free advertising while telling me that I won’t get charged a penny, this email greatly interested me. The email was from Miles at Detours Travel…, and he wanted to work with me, as he’d read that I would be coming to Bangkok on the exact same day
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50 Notes On Flying Premium Economy

On my recent birthday trip to Bangkok, I decided to treat myself on the journey there and back, and flew in EVA Air’s premium economy class. Sure, it wasn’t business class, but I mean, the word PREMIUM is in there. Plus, I’d never flown in any class above economy before. I’d never accumulated enough miles for an upgrade, either – I was on my way with Emirates, until their delays and attendants with piss-poor attitudes caused me to take my…
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Sunday Night Word Vomit

My contract as a teacher here in Taipei is almost half over. I truly love this city, its people, its organised mayhem, its relative open-mindedness and its food. The cafes, green spaces, gay bars and public transport. Yet, half a year comes with questions from people that didn’t exist after just a few months here. The dreaded question that I don’t quite have the answer to yet: What’s next?   Things have been all change here recently. Right after publishing…
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Delving Into Din Tai Fung

Thanks to the good ole’ interwebs, before I’d even landed in Taipei this January, I had people constantly recommend one place to me as a must-eat venue: Din Tai Fung. A dumpling den extraordinaire, Din Tai Fung is known for its xialongbao… (小龍包), a kind of soup dumpling, but I’d been resistant to go. I’d heard from friends in Taipei that it was too expensive and overrated – 90NT per dumpling? No thanks. However, after being caught in a sudden
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Taipei Stop By Stop: #2 Little Burma in Nanshijiao

Little Burma, located near Nanshijiao (南勢角) MRT station, at the beginning/end of the orange/yellowy line (the one that splits off to Huilong and Luzhou, if you look at a map), is a place that I’d been wanting to check out for a while. I heard about it from a guy I went for a drink with while he was pulling his pants back on in the morning, telling me that he was going to check out the Burmese market. …
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I’ve been living in Taipei for over half a year now. Just over seven months to be precise. I have no idea where that time has gone – it’s flying by, and frankly I find it terrifying that in just four and a half months, Christmas will have been and gone and it’ll be time to ring in 2015. Yes, I’m being that guy today. Which reminds me, I should really start buying Christmas presents soon, likely exotic looking ones…
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