Walks

Shibuya Crossing Tokyo

My Tokyo List: Crossing Off Popular Districts and Streets

Posted on July 29, 2017

I love exploring cities on foot (e.g., Gion in a yukata and geta sandals). I can walk for hours and still want more, and this is true even under the sweltering sun. The only exception is if the heat is too much to bear, or if it’s raining. I chose to spend the remaining two days of my Japan trip in Tokyo, walking some of its popular streets and districts. Here’s a list of where my feet have taken me.Read More

Sagano Bamboo Forest

Arashiyama DIY Tour: Possible to Visit the Bamboo Forest in Half Day?

Posted on July 20, 2017

One tourist asks: “Is it possible to visit the Sagano Bamboo Forest in half day?” The answer is a resounding yes. The bamboo forest is not a long stretch, so you can complete it in just 20 minutes. But as there are other attractions in Arashiyama that you don’t want to miss, you’ll want to spend several hours to better explore the place. After hiking Mt. Inari in a yukata and a pair of geta shoes, I was accompanied byRead More

Gion Tatsumi Bridge

Chasing Gion One Afternoon, In a Yukata and Geta Sandals

Posted on July 20, 2017

If someone says they want to go to Kyoto, chances are, Gion is what they have in mind. After all, Gion is a historic district, and everyone wants a taste of old Japan, from geishas and centuries-old temples to Zen gardens and narrow streets with well-preserved machiya‘s (or old-style Japanese houses). Gion (and Kyoto in general) has several attractions to offer. These include temples, walking streets, and museums. If you have one afternoon (and a few hours in the evening)Read More

Harie Water Wheel

A Walk Around Harie Shozu-no-Sato, Takashima, Home of Fresh Water

Posted on July 19, 2017

Like Yuasa, my interest in Harie was piqued by a documentary I watched on Youtube. As a whole, the documentary talks about Japan’s beautiful coexistence with nature through a concept called Satoyama (sato means “village” and yama means “mountain”). The key features of a Satoyama landscape are truly impressive, but what I found most interesting was how, over the centuries, the people have managed to use and preserve a system that gives them access to clean and pure water soRead More

Retail Store Kadocho Brewery

A Visit to Yuasa Town, Wakayama: Birthplace of Soy Sauce

Posted on July 18, 2017

When I saw National Geographic’s documentary on Yuasa, I knew I had to see the place. So immediately, I revised my itinerary to include a visit to this idyllic town, which is said to be the birthplace of shoyu, or soy sauce. I’m not going to relay the story of how soy sauce was discovered. I leave it to you to watch this video to know what got me interested. How to Get to Yuasa from Osaka From Umeda Station,Read More

Ho Chi Minh Tour

DIY Walking Tour: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Posted on July 16, 2017

My friends and I didn’t want to spend 50 USD on a Saigon city tour however interesting a ride around the city on a Vespa might be, so we opted for a DIY walking tour instead. We set out at 9 in the morning, and then came back at 3 in the afternoon. It was an exhausting walk, but we managed to visit a total of 7 attractions. RELATED: The day before, we explored a section of the Mekong throughRead More

Wedding Photoshoot in Galle Fort

Galle Fort is a Romantic Getaway for Backpacking Couples

Posted on May 29, 2017

From Kandy, I headed to the southern part of Sri Lanka to find out what Galle was like. I decided to skip the train because I didn’t think I’d enjoy the ride as much as I did with my Ella-Hatton trip – and that’s mainly because I prefer the mountains over coastlines. Besides, taking the train means waking up really early and paying more for a ticket. Galle isn’t my cup of tea, but I have to say that theRead More

Places to See in Kandy if You Don’t Have Much Time

Posted on May 28, 2017

“You have to go to Kandy. It’s one of our favorites,” two girls I met in Ella excitedly told me. But admittedly, when I got to the city from Dalhousie, I was a bit let down. It was partly because except the Temple of the Tooth, the rest of “things to see in Kandy” as suggested by other bloggers were not interesting enough. Although this was the case, I still set aside half day to check out what Kandy hasRead More

That Sagada to Besao Walk

Posted on April 13, 2017

April 8, 2017 – As expected, I arrived in Sagada at 2:30 in the afternoon. I could have chosen to stay on the bus until Besao – the next town and the venue for our family reunion – but my itchy feet decided to walk. “How much time did it take?” a cousin asked when I finally reached Besao’s St. James High School. It took an hour and 40 minutes. It was an easy 7.1 km route along the well-pavedRead More

Salaam Balaak City Walk Program

Salaam Baalak City Walk – A Glimpse Into the Streets of Paharganj

Posted on March 30, 2017

I had 2 days to spend in Delhi before a multi-day trek in Uttarakhand, so what better way to spend it than to do a walking tour with Salaam Baalak Trust (New Delhi). I signed up for this program upon the recommendation of a website when I was searching for “top things to do” in the city. I didn’t have expectations about the walk, only that I thought it would be an extensive one. At 11:20 in the morning, whenRead More

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