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Yuushien Garden in Matsue

Best of Japan Photos – Nature, Shrines & Cartoon Cats

Pardon the inconvenience.

I’ve been working on a novel with most of my time, so I’ve been left with little opportunity for updates. This post on traveling in Japan, for example, is half a year late, as my trip there took place during the cherry blossom (sakura) season in spring.

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Gyeongbokgung Palace

Oh Hey That One Time I Went to South Korea

Right. Remember that time I went to South Korea, like, half a year ago? No? Well, maybe it’s because I haven’t shared anything about it until now (freelance work is tough). And since the travel blogging universe doesn’t need another travelogue about what I did someplace you may or may not have been to, I’ll keep the description short, so that you can enjoy all the pretty photos (hover over them for more info).

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Riding the Historic Double Decker Tram in Hong Kong

The sound of Tic Tacs rattling in their plastic compartments reminds me of the historic double decker tramways that run though Hong Kong island. I always had Tic Tacs on me when I was here as a kid, often the orange ones but sometimes also the white. This, in turn, reminds me of the heat, the dust, the lack of air condition and the principle of the phrase, “you get what you pay for.” Continue reading “Riding the Historic Double Decker Tram in Hong Kong”

Seeking Sentosa – Finding magic on Singapore’s resort island

Sentosa Island in Singapore - Sentosa Boardwalk

Sentosa is a resort island located at the southern end of Singapore. It is an inescapable place if you’re visiting Singapore for the first time, though, for many, its touristy nature may cause weariness. It’s here that attractions like Universal Studios Singapore, Underwater World and the MegaZip Adventure Park sit. Reminiscent of Vegas, a giant casino sits not-so-hidden away amongst the shows and shops of the main resort area. Further away, indoor extreme sports offer thrills for luge aficionados and fans of high heights. All of this is available for a fee, of course. Continue reading “Seeking Sentosa – Finding magic on Singapore’s resort island”

Old meets new in Lijiang during the COART international artists festival

Old Meets New in Lijiang During the COART International Artists Festival

China isn’t the red communist country of same-faced okay men and yessir women that the past presented. The nation formerly under Mao’s cultural servitude is now brimming with hip artists, free thinkers and incredibly fashionable people. This was especially true during the COART international artists festival in Shu He Ancient City during the start of this month. Folks of past traditions mixed with young artists from around the world in the historic town, creating a dichotomy of old and new that was visually appealing.

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Couple in traditional Chinese clothing pose on Qinglong Bridge in Lijiang

Finding Love in Lijiang

It’s not difficult to understand why Shu He Ancient City and Lijiang Old Town are filled with independent photo studios. The historic centers of this Chinese city are simply beautiful, making them prime choices for wedding photo shoots. Here’s a collection of shots from pretty couples finding love in Lijiang.

(Okay, maybe it’s a little stalkerish.)

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