Category 'Asia'

Life In Seat 1A

Remember that time when I waxed lyrical about flying in EVA Air’s Elite class? Yes? I talked about things like flowers in the bathroom and actual cutlery? No? Well, here’s the link in case you need to refresh your memory or, well, read it for the first time. I absolutely loved those couple of flights from Taipei to Bangkok, but something has come along and completely blown them out of the water: business class.   Oh yes. Business is the…
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The Dog Days Aren’t Over

The media always paints a rosy picture of owning a dog. A canine bounding over to its owner, tail wagging, all joy and slobbery kisses. Or an adorable puppy that has completely unravelled your delightfully soft toilet roll, but the puppy is so damn cute that you can’t be mad at it for wasting your overpriced butt wipes. Or the dog that dutifully follows you while you hike through fields and meadows, not getting at all distracted by things like…
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The Macau Casino Survival Guide

The first time I ever went in a casino was in Macau. Or, at least I think it was. It’s the first one I remember. I may have been to one in Newcastle before, whilst drunk and swooning over a fine hunk of heterosexual homo sapiens called Max,  but I really don’t recall whether or not that actually happened. Plus I haven’t talked to Max in years, and it’d be awkward to open with, “hey Max, remember that time we…
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On This Travel Blogging Thing

I’ve been writing this blog since way back in September 2010, which is now almost five years ago. Half a decade. When Yazhou was still a puppy and I was, well, still teaching English. OK so not much has changed on that last point, but a lot of other things have changed in the meantime. Like the country I teach English in, for example, and the fact that I now have a nephew as well as a niece, and my…
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All The Delicious Things I Ate In April-i

Work, take care of dogs. Work, meet friends, research dog problems. That’s pretty much been my life lately, but I’m not complaining. I have some great things coming up in the next couple of months, which you’d know if you’d signed up to my monthly newsletter (look to the right hand side, hint hint), and life here in Taipei is plodding along nicely, if a bit more damply than before, thanks to the increase in temperature. Also, I’ve been eating…
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Exploring Manka: Taipei Walking Tours

As a blogger who occasionally travels and then writes about things, I get a fair few emails in my inbox from people and companies who are looking to work with me. Some of them make sense, like Hostelbookers and Detours and I end up working with those companies. Some make sense but the timing is all wrong. Some are just plain ludicrous, like family campsites, irrelevant infographics, or requests for reviewing menstrual cups. OK so that last one didn’t happen,…
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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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