The Shanghai Bund (外滩; pinyin: wai4tan1) is the equivalent of your city’s esplanade, boardwalk or embankment. This was where China’s financial centre was born more than a century ago and it still maintains its allure. By walking along the Bund, you can appreciate Shanghai’s historic colonial and contemporary architecture at the same time.
Think Asian craft beer and South Korea is probably not the first country you’d think of. After all, Hite, Cass and makgeolli dominate the scene there. However, since brewing regulations were relaxed in 2014, more than 200 Korean craft breweries have sprung up! I haven’t tried all of them—how could I, with only a week […]
While most of the ornamental cherry trees (beotkkot/벚꽃 in Korean) in South Korea were planted during Japan‘s rule, they have remained and cherry blossoms have become a big part of spring in Korea. I’ll make the case for viewing cherry blossoms in Busan, South Korea rather than, say, in Seoul or on Jeju Island: The blooming […]
When I’m on holiday, I usually seek out dishes that I can’t get back home in Singapore. I didn’t expect Korean pufferfish to corner me in Busan, however. It could’ve killed me, but the fact that I’m writing about it now doesn’t ruin the fun of writing about what I went through.
As our MariCAR Tokyo convoy gunned up the ramp towards the Rainbow Bridge, the insanity of the whole operation dawned on me. The January wind roared in my ears and bit my cheeks, reminding me that I was piloting a pimped-out go-kart on public roads without a helmet. If I crashed, I had only the […]
If I had the choice, I wouldn’t spend only 36 hours in Tokyo, especially on my first visit to Japan. When you can’t take any other days off on your birthday weekend, however, you deal with what you have. I took a katana to the usual three/seven-day itinerary, slashing ruthlessly until my two days in […]