Category 'Asia'

My 2016 Travel Plans!

It’s been a quiet year on the blog so far. Not having a computer makes typing blog posts significantly harder but now that that issue has been resolved, well, you should be hearing from me a lot more frequently. My silence on the blog also doesn’t mean that I haven’t been travelling. On the contrary, if you follow me on Snapchat, where my ID is waegook_tom, you’ll see that I started the year off in South Korea, and have already…
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A Saigon City Break: I Heart HCMC

After I booked a rather last minute Saigon city break during last year’s Moon Festival, I approached the vacation with a little trepidation. Vietnam can get a bad reputation from some. I’d avoided going for ages, unsure if I’d survive in what has been portrayed as a land of scammers, abrasive and aggressive locals, and people trying to rip you off at each and every turn. Well, I did get scammed, but thankfully it wasn’t anything major. But the…
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Purple Suitcase Problems

Sitting on board EVA Air’s (in)famous Hello Kitty plane bound for Incheon Airport, the main air hub serving Seoul, capital of South Korea, I was a little worried. You see, I was travelling with Ting, shortly after we parted ways the previous month. But that’s not what I was worried about as we’d been getting along fairly amicably. That wasn’t a problem. Rather, I was nervous. What if South Korea was nothing like I remembered? What if it had changed…
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Surviving Vietnam Scams

In the lovely land of Vietnam, scams are rife and always lingering at the forefront of any traveller’s mind. Well, any traveller who’s done their research. Ting and I decided to head to Ho Chi Minh City for a short jaunt during September’s Moon Festival, which landed us both with four days off work. Being a fairly well-seasoned traveller and a sceptical soul anyway, I figured that we wouldn’t fall victim to any Vietnam scams, especially in such a short…
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Scrumptious Summer Eats

Now before I get started, I have to warn you: there are no pictures of refreshing fruit salads, leafy greens spritzed with lemon juice, nor anything else that you may typically associate with summer. The title of this post merely refers to the fact that I ate the food that shall shortly follow in summer. It’s not summer food in the sense that it’s been inspired by a season. And if it were, well, I’d be late in on the…
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Thirty Before Thirty

I’m not particularly good at setting goals. Well, actually that’s a lie. I’m good at setting them. I’m not particularly good at achieving those goals, even if it’s something relatively easy like, “go to the gym twelve times this month”, “wait for the bus to work instead of taking a taxi to avoid the crowds of people”, and “don’t eat Pizza Hut or KFC this week”. Yet,there’s one goal I’ve had since I was in my late teens, and that…
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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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